Danville Express

Community Pulse - October 19, 2007


Phyllis Jean Smith

Phyllis Jean Smith, a former resident of Danville and Diablo, lost her battle with cancer at her home in Lincoln, Calif., on Sept. 22, at the age of 81.

She was born June 4, 1926, to Joseph and Isabel Courchene in Beverly, Mass. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Salem Teacher's College in 1948 and was on the president's list for Scholastic Excellence all four years. She was a gifted artist and designed the college seal.

She taught elementary school in Long Beach, and married Franklin J. Smith in San Diego on Oct. 6, 1951. They moved to Danville in 1952, then to Diablo in 1966 where they resided for 45 years. They moved to Lincoln in 2001. While living in Diablo she worked for the San Ramon Valley School District in food services. She was active at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, and enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, reading, scrapbooking, and sharing her creative talents in many ways.

She was a loving wife to Franklin for 56 years, a loving mother to Janet, Karen, Stephen and Pamela, a loving grandmother to Jennifer, Jeffrey, Stephen, Ryan, Jason, Alicia, Sarah and John, a loving mother-in-law to Bob, Tom, Kelly and John and a loving friend to so many. A memorial service was held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Monday. Memorial donations may be made to Sutter VNA and Hospice, 1836 Sierra Gardens Drive, Suite 130, Roseville 95661 or the American Cancer Society.

Thomas J. Foley

Thomas J. Foley, 78, a former resident of Danville, passed away Sept. 21 in Grass Valley.

He was born April 5, 1929, in Compton. He received a BS degree from Loyola University and then served three years in the Navy during the Korean War. He then married Betty and they settled in Los Angeles, where they started their family. They later moved to Danville, where they lived for 33 years. They were currently living in Penn Valley.

He retired as vice president of sales in the trucking industry after 28 years, and then worked as a substitute teacher in the San Ramon Valley for the next 14 years. He was a coach of youth sports and later was an ardent fan and supporter of all of his grandchildren's sports and activities.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; sons Patrick and Michael; daughters Donna, Kathleen and Karen; and 11 grandchildren. Services were held Sept. 29 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.


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