In Our Care

Natividad DeAnda

January 14, 1935 - January 26, 2024

Sonora - Nat was the brightest light in the DeAnda family. His intelligence, creativity, talent, and caring will always be remembered.


Look to This Day
Look to this day, for it is life It is the very life of life.
For in its brief course, lie all the varieties and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth, The glory of action, The splendor of beauty.
Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision...
But this day, well lived, will make your yesterday a dream of happiness; and your tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day
for it is yours to keep.
-Sanskrit Prayer circa 4,000 BCE

Jean Ann Taylor

July 19th, 1936-January 26th, 2024

JEAN ANN TAYLOR, of Mill Valley, passed away January 26th following a long accomplished, fulfilled and joyous life. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio Jean’s intellectual prowess and leadership aptitude were recognized at a young age getting her assigned to Cincinnati’s elite college preparatory high school Walnut Hills, where she excelled academically and was elected class president.

Jean went on to the University of Cincinnati, joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in American History and a B.S. in Education.This is also where she met and began a six decade love story with husband Ray.

The two arrived in Marin County in 1963 settling in San Rafael where they would raise their son Jeffrey and daughter Stephanie. Jean and Ray enthusiastically embraced the bay area and the California lifestyle, becoming lifelong members of the Marin Tennis Club, spending countless weekends on the ski slopes of Tahoe, supporting the Marin Arts Council and Alter Theater, getting involved with the Marin Shakespeare Company and San Francisco Symphony, and, hosting foreign exchange students to share the dream.

Jean began teaching elementary grades and picked up another degree, a Master’s in Psychology at Dominican University. But she would soon be on a new trajectory to becoming an invaluable public servant and agent of change on social issues in the North Bay.
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In 1993 Jean Co-Founded the New Beginnings Center, a transitional housing and job training facility for the homeless, chairing Capitol Campaigns that funded an on-site culinary institute and an additional 80-bed residential development. In the years that followed Jean raised more than $17 million for these and other projects, and served on the Marin Commission on Homelessness. Her efforts earned her a George H.W. Bush Presidential Points of Light Award and changed the blueprint for Marin County’s response to homelessness.

Jean’s next fight prompted change within the family court system. Learning of repeated legal rulings that left children vulnerable to violence, Jean sensed systemic injustice. Together with Kathleen Russell she established The Center for Judicial Excellence, serving as Board President for a decade. The Center’s mission is to protect children exposed to domestic abuse and foster accountability throughout the judicial branch. What started as a local non-profit in San Rafael is now a national research and policy organization.

Recognition and awards for her contributions include: Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, Marin’s Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian of the Year, Heart of Marin’s Volunteer of the Year and many more.

As Ray retired his 33-year career with Herman Miller he and Jean ramped up their globetrotting, traveling to more than 30-countries. They sailed around Tahiti, went to Turkey, across Western Europe, South America and into the ports of China, Japan and South Korea by cruise ship; took the Orient Express from London to Venice and safaried through Kenya and Tanzania, and were frequent flyers to Paris and parts of Italy.

Jean’s life was adventurous, productive and rich with friendship. To her community she was a soldier for those in need. To her family she was our center; organizer of all, and the axis from which we all thrived. Her special touches and added sparkle brought magic to every occasion. She made sure each of us was recognized and celebrated for every accomplishment and step forward. Her passing leaves a massive void in our lives, but her presence will remain with us forever.

In January of 2017 Jean suffered a severe brain hemorrhage and subsequent stroke that ravaged both muscle and memory. Not surprisingly she beat the odds recovering well beyond expectation. Her condition was in steep decline during the past several months however, and in the early hours of January 26 she passed in her sleep.

Jean Ann (Lea) Taylor is survived by her husband Raymond, son Jeffrey, daughter in law Amy and their children, grandsons Cameron, Scott and Joshua; daughter Stephanie, son in law Bill Boland, their son, grandson Dominic; and sister Ida (Lea) Scherer.

Remembering Ron Cooper

Ronald Arthur Cooper was born on October 18th, 1941 in Stockton, California. In 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Frances Baucom and they remained happily married for over 59 years. He lived a wonderful life of 82 years, surrounded by his devoted wife Kathleen, two children, Christian and Chelsea, and two cherished grandchildren, Kylie and Keenan. Those who knew him personally recognized his authenticity, the depth of his character, and his gentle humanity. He was passionate and dedicated to his family and his work as an lifelong educator. Ron loved music, baseball, and making people laugh with his clever wordplay and unique sense of humor.

Ron was a 1959 graduate of Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, and a 1962 graduate of Stockton Junior College. In 1967 he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. Art education was Ron's true passion. After receiving his teaching credential from SF State, he taught Fine Art, Sculpture and Ceramics at many Bay Area college campuses which included Foothill College, the College of Marin, the College of San Mateo, the California Summer School of the Arts and finally Gunn High School in Palo Alto, where he taught art for 39 years. In addition to art instruction, he became the Student Activities Director and head coach of the Varsity Men’s Soccer Team. His coaching prowess and experience earned him a position as an NCAA Soccer referee.He was a member of the Palo Alto Public Arts Commission for many years, being a liaison between contributing artists and the city.

As lifelong Jazz enthusiasts, Ron and Kathie attended 50 Monterey Jazz Festivals together. Jazz would often be the musical backdrop during his art classes.

Ron will be forever loved for his kind spirit and limitless acceptance for everyone he encountered. A dedicated man of infinite patience with his students, colleagues and his family.

A gentle man with a heart filled with generosity and kindness.

Life and Legacy of Jerome L. James -Stallworth

12/27/1983-12/16/2023

Jerome fulfilled the roles of son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, advocate, and true friend.

An engaged humanitarian who was always thoughtful and aware of others. A beautiful soul who helped others in need. Loving, kind, understanding, free spirited, and philosophical. Naturally introspective and introverted, highly intellectual, helpful, funny, inquisitive, and generous. He wasn’t afraid to take risks to grow and unfold. Jerome loved listening to, creating and recording music. He found joy in nature, animals and watching and creating anime. He was a deep thinker and always pondering the experience of being human. An IT genius, poet and spoken word artist, avid gamer, prolific writer who lived by his own terms and always remained true to himself.

Jerome loved to learn, obtaining an A+ certification, and CDL license. He attended the College of Marin where he studied Cyber Security and Philadelphia Community College where he studied Liberal Arts and was a dedicated student of quantum physics.

He leaves no one behind because he knew unequivocally, we are all interconnected and One with all that Is and we know he is with us in all ways. In the warmth and light from the sun, in the caress of the wind, in the beauty of the trees, in the illuminous night sky, and in the vastness of the ocean; his pure spirit is omnipresent.



One Power
One Presence
God is all there is
God is Love
Jerome is Love
Jerome is One with God

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

Light to Light, rest easy and well Jerome. You are Loved.

“I have everything I need”

MARYON DAVIES LEWIS

1930-2023

Maryon Davies Lewis, whose childhood nickname was “Brownie,” and later “Black Cloud,” or simply “Stormy,” died on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Davies Campus formerly named for Ralph K. Davies, her father. She was 93.

Maryon Davies Lewis (MDL) was passionate about the art of giving and will be remembered with her chin up, ready to take on the world’s problems as well as her own. Although raised in Woodside, California, Maryon traversed the world stage: going to war-torn Bosnia as a board member of nonprofit Global Impact, travelling to Africa with World Wildlife and to Ireland with the Irish American Foundation.

Maryon commanded any room she entered with her acerbic wit and inimitable five-inch heels. As a child, Maryon hid underneath a desk and listened to discussions between then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and her father, Ralph K. Davies who was Deputy Petroleum Administrator for War, about the matter at hand, supplying American oil through a pipeline to Europe during WWII. Maryon’s love for politics grew over the years, from campaigning for Eisenhower in 1952 to supporting many Democratic candidates afterwards.

Maryon received her hazel green eyes from her mother, Louise, who had the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall named after her. Maryon financially supported the concerts at Davies Hall to the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico to the Music in the Schools program for SF public schools.

Maryon’s heyday was the DiFi era in San Francisco, when Dianne Feinstein was mayor, between 1978 and 1988, the Willie Brown years (1996- 2004) into the Gavin Newsom years (2004- 2011.) Besides the politicians, Maryon’s friends included many writers of the 60’s and 70’s: Barnaby Conrad, Peter Matthiessen, Herb Gold, Blair Fuller, Alastair Cooke… ending with the Three Wise Men of San Francisco: Herb Caen, Wilkes Bashford and the Nonesuch, Willie Brown.

Maryon Davies Lewis is succeeded by her daughter, Lucy Louise Lewis, and her son, Ralph Davies Lewis and four grandchildren: Ian Dreyer, Elena Dreyer, Milo Lewis and Atherton Lewis. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the San Francisco Symphony. The date for Maryon Davies Lewis’ Celebration of Life will be announced soon.

Stewart Jay McFarland

1955-2023

Stewart Jay McFarland , long time Marin County resident, passed away on April18, 2023 after valiantly battling a long series of illnesses and health setbacks . He was born on August 20, 1955 in Corvallis Oregon and was a fifth generation Oregonian. As a young man in the late 70's he made his way to Marin County by motorcycle to join his brother and sister who had already set up residence .
Stu is survived by his longtime life partner Virginia Beauchamp , his sister Jennifer McFarland, mother Caroline McFarland, brother Alex McFarland, sister in law Marybeth McFarland , and two nieces Devan and Jenna, as well as his nephew Jake and great niece Sophia.
As a young man Stu , like many other children of the time, picked produce when not going to school . His dream to work for the Oregon Highway Department was denied to him by a congenital medical condition that kept him from being hired . He attended two semesters of college in Oregon and was a teachers assistant for a time. He was very gifted in all things mechanical. As a young man he would buy inexpensive cars and fix them to re- sell. He worked at a shop that renovated recreational vehicles . He also worked at a Christmas tree lot where he lived during the season to watch over the trees. In the span of his working career he held many jobs including being a manager of the Sears service center in the Northgate Mall . He also worked in other positions in the company including the Tool department and estimating carpet installations. People that met him there will remember him for his helpfulness and dedication. Stewart became a caretaker for well known Mill Valley photographer Pirkle Jones, who was a student of Ansel Adams . He was a manager for many years at San Anselmo Self Storage until his health forced him to retire early. He was valued for his honesty , friendliness, strong work ethic and troubleshooting abilities. If you needed someone you could count on, Stu was your man!
Stewart was a very sweet and loving person. While his health was still good , he enjoyed fishing, traveling, and treasure hunting at garage sales, flea markets, and second hand stores. He loved a good hunt and had a great eye for a find . If there was a job title for this hobby, his would have been “Urban Archaeologist”! He enjoyed listening to jazz music.
Stewart was fortunate to be able to travel for a time during which he visited Sweden, Maui, Boston, and locations in New York and Pennsylvania.
Stewart was on a kidney transplant list. Sadly, he was not able to get a kidney in time. In death, he was able to make tissue donations to help give a quality of life to several other people. He would have been happy and proud of that!
If you have any stories to share about Stu they would be greatly appreciated and collected into a book of remembrance for the family. (How did you meet, favorite memory or observance, any photos, etc.) They can be left as an email to [email protected] or by phone message to 415/686/1635.
Stu will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.
A small family gathering will be held at his sister's home to plant a tree in his remembrance on what would have been his 68th birthday.
Donations in his honor can be made to :
Vivalon Senior services in Marin
The Marin Food Bank
The Marin Humane Society
or St. Jude's

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