Patricia (Patty) J. O'Keefe

Patricia J. O'Keefe 031319 onlineIt is with great sadness that the family of Patricia (Patty) J. O’Keefe announces her passing on March 1, 2019 at home in Mountain View. She was born on April 20, 1929 in Flagstaff, Arizona. She attended Nativity School, Flagstaff High School and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1950. In college, she was a Gamma Phi Beta sorority member, Phi Beta Kappa society member and captain of the golf team. She married fellow University of Arizona graduate John C. O’Keefe and they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Together they raised three daughters, Maureen, Marcy and Kelley. Patty was greatly loved by family and friends alike who appreciated her zest for life, her wisdom, strong convictions, and the energy with which she undertook all her pursuits. After raising the girls she became a docent for the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford, especially enjoying leading guided tours of the Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Juanita Nissley

Juanita Nissley 030619 online(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley, née Reeder, a forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills, California passed away at home with her loved ones caring for her on January 21, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Juanita was born in Houlka, Mississippi on May 19, 1931 to Robert Elon Reeder and Annie Mae Reeder, née Cockrell, a baby sister for Charles and Nelda. She grew up in nearby Columbus and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Secretarial Sciences in 1953. Working as a civilian secretary at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi she met her husband, Harold Thomas Nissley, who was stationed there. They married in 1957 and moved to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in 1958, supporting Harold as he finished at Case Western, and had five children between 1959 and 1966.

Erika Nord Richards

Erika Nord Richards 030619 onlineErika Nord Richards never seemed to age. She died Feb. 13, 2019, seven weeks shy of her 103rd birthday, still young in mind, spirit, and body. The most frequent word used to describe Erika is “amazing.” Until December, Erika took twice-daily walks, swam on Sundays, played bridge five times a week, completed Sudoku puzzles every morning, and enjoyed social and cultural events. She was a model of how to live -- with zest, optimism, integrity, and a kind heart. If someone suggested an activity, she enthusiastically answered, “Yes, why not?” Erika was born April 7, 1916 in Berlin, Germany, to Walter and Herta Nord and was raised in Hamburg. She enjoyed field hockey, sailing, and gymnastics. After studying two years in Sweden, Erika came to America in 1936 with $10 in her pocket and settled in Chicago (thanks to a young doctor she had met in Germany, who eventually became her husband). Erika earned a physical therapy certificate from Northwestern University.

(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley

(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley 030619 online(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley, née Reeder, a forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills, California passed away at home with her loved ones caring for her on January 21, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Juanita was born in Houlka, Mississippi on May 19, 1931 to Robert Elon Reeder and Annie Mae Reeder, née Cockrell, a baby sister for Charles and Nelda. She grew up in nearby Columbus and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Secretarial Sciences in 1953. Working as a civilian secretary at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi she met her husband, Harold Thomas Nissley, who was stationed there. They married in 1957 and moved to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in 1958, supporting Harold as he finished at Case Western, and had five children between 1959 and 1966. They moved to Canada in 1969 when an investment of Harold’s began operations in Toronto.

Arthur Merrill Brown

Arthur Merrill Brown, MD, passed on from this life at the age of 91 after facing dementia and colon cancer with strength derived from his faith in God. After growing up in Oakland, Arcata and Santa Rosa, and becoming an Eagle Scout, Art’s family moved to San Jose. They rented a home from the parents of his future wife Margaret (Margy), so she was literally “the girl next door”. Her family ran the Lincoln Pastry Shop in Willow Glen and there was no lack of need for a loaf of bread or pastries that Art’s trip to the bakery couldn’t address. Soon after Art completed radio school in the Navy WWII ended before he was deployed out to sea. Nonetheless, Art’s GI Bill benefits helped support his medical training at Stanford University. He put his education in OB/GYN to good use as one of the founding group of physicians that formed the Sunnyvale Medical Clinic (now the Palo Alto Medical Foundation). His 35+ year career saw him deliver over 4,000 babies including children born to mothers whom he had also delivered. In accordance with his wishes, and in appreciation for the education he received, he donated his body to the Willed-Body Donation Program for the Anatomy Department at Stanford University.

William Davis Ramsey

Billy Ramsey 022019 onlineApril 11, 1953-December 29, 2018 William Davis Ramsey passed away December 29, 2018, after falling ill with the flu this winter and consequently fighting a short battle with ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) at Renown Hospital in Reno. He led a full life sharing his love, laughter, gift of gab, and sometimes off-color sense of humor with his many friends, family, and acquaintances. Bill was an incredibly selfless soul who showed unwavering, unconditional, wholehearted love to all those around him and in turn was loved and will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him. Born April 11, 1953, in Palo Alto, CA, to James and Betty Ramsey, he grew up in Los Altos, CA. He attended Santa Rita Elementary, Egan Junior High, and graduated from Los Altos High School in 1971. He completed his AA at Columbia College in Sonora and his BA in Business Administration at Humboldt State University. He settled in South Lake Tahoe where he happily enjoyed the Tahoe lifestyle for over 45 years. Bill began his career working at Tahoe’s casinos, but found he enjoyed being self-employed.


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