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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

Tammy Lee Davis

1961-2023

Tammy was the youngest of four children born to Nugean and Mary Jane. Tammy was raised in Sunnyvale, with her sisters. While growing up she made some lifelong friends, and she stayed connected with them throughout her life. In 1982 she met Ray while working as a temp within a company he worked. Through their courtship they married in 1985 and was blessed with their first child the following year, RJ, and Gene 3 years later. Tammy had a heart of gold and gave the boy's all the love she had. Ray and Tammy also gave them the joy of camping, fishing, boating and car shows. Tammy loved attending her children’s sporting events and was probably the loudest mom there. One could hear her from miles away. Tammy was just blessed with her first Grandchild, who she loved dearly. Tammy lived and loved hard. She never judged anyone and was there without asking for anything in return. Ray and Tammy had set roots in Hayward where they spent many years raising their family. Their home is also where she passed peacefully. This is a great sadness to all.

Survived by: Husband Ray, Sons, RJ and Gene, Daughter-in-law, Marcy, Grandson DJ, Sisters Vinney, Rhonda, Sharon and many Nieces and Nephews, Cousins, Uncles and Aunts and all of the extended family who called her Mom, Aunty, Granma, Sister and friend.

Bethina Fleischer

Bethina Fleischer, 68 years old of San Francisco, California & San Antonio, Texas sadly left us on March 2, 2023 following an acute illness. She was born in Bogota, Columbia. She is survived by her two sisters, Jeannette Fleischer (Florida) and Michelle Fleischer (Texas); her niece, Feliza and grandnephew, Ricardo.

Bethina followed in her mother’s footsteps as an artist. After her education at the University of Texas in San Antonio and in New York City, she became a commercial artist, a seamstress, and loved cooking and baking unique meals for her friends. Cooking became part of her art. She was always bringing people together in beautiful new ways. Friends and neighbors described her as a “free spirit” or the “Magic Woman” in the neighborhood. She was a helper of anybody who looked like they needed help. She was known to be sympathetic to people who were hurting or just needed a listening ear. She was also known to do sidewalk chalk drawings in her neighborhood of a winged heart in front of the house of the person who was having a birthday. Her motto was “Love saves lives”. She was also involved in producing two panels for the AIDS quilt. After 9/11, she wanted to do something to remember the lives lost. She made thousands of crosses out of coffee stirrers and placed them in one of the parks in San Francisco. A rabbi who knew her said she seemed to resemble peace and wholeness. Shalom.

She is to be cremated by Fernwood Funeral Home, Crematory and Cemetery in Mill Valley, CA. www.fernwood.com

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