She was born and raised in Parkersburg, W.V., graduating Parkersburg High School in 1955. She and her family settled in East Longmeadow, Mass., and she was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Later they moved to Northern California, where she made many new friends in Danville. She was an active member of the Danville-Alamo Newcomers Club and very involved in the Diablo Cotillion, chairing the event one year.
When her daughters were grown, she went back to school, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology and graduating with highest honors from UC Berkeley. She was an avid bridge player and was a bright woman with a sharp wit, who loved to debate controversial subjects such as politics and religion.
She is survived by her brother Michael Baker of Parkersburg, W.V.; three daughters, Rebecca Sudtell, Jennifer Lahl and Susie Scarth, all of northern California, their respective spouses, along with eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. No services were held per her request. Donations may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association; 801 Roeder Road, Suite 400; Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Arthur H. Dougherty
Arthur H. Dougherty, a resident of Danville since 1962, died Sept. 2, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 80.
He was born Sept. 25, 1927, and was active as a musician and music educator his entire life.
He is survived by Mary Jane Dougherty, his wife of 51 years; daughter Kate Altieri; son and daughter-in-law William and Leslie Dougherty; daughter Janet Dougherty Pagano and son-in-law Frank Pagano; sister Annabelle Thompson of Naples, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
A Memorial Service and Celebration will be held from 2-6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, at the Brazilian Room in Tildon Park. Musicians are encouraged to bring their horns. Donations may be made to the Art Dougherty Memorial Fund, c/o Musicians Local 6, Attention Maria Kozak, 116 Ninth St., San Francisco, CA 94103-2603. Call (415) 575-0777.
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