She was born Feb. 26, 1929, and spent her childhood in Berkeley, graduating from Berkeley High School in 1946. She lived most of her adult life in Alamo and Danville. She loved family, friends and gardening, and dying and spinning wool into yarn with the "Treadles to Threads" and "Wednesday Ladies" groups, creating beautiful hats, scarves and garments. She taught her grandchildren and an entire fifth-grade class the art of spinning and weaving. She also found artistic expression in stained glass, rosemaling, sewing and watercolor painting.
She was a member of the Primetime Bell Ringers at the Danville Community Presbyterian Church. She loved to cook, preparing every imaginable food for her family and friends. She owned Fox Crest Catering in Alamo, Coventry Kitchen Restaurant in Auburn, plus drove a school bus, worked as a real estate agent, and was a gardening expert at Navlet's and Green Acres nurseries. She also assisted others as a home health aid and drove cars for auto auctions.
She is survived by her five children, Nancy Annie Countz of Mariposa; Barbara Holmes (Ken) of Walnut Creek; Erik Olofson (Susan) of Livermore; Janice Joy (Larry) of Martinez; and Jill Little (Joe) of Auburn; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, John Fox (Joanne) of El Cerrito and a sister Glenda Showalter (Dick) of Redmond, Ore. She was preceded in death by her former husband Walter Olofson.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 8, at Community Presbyterian Church, 222 West El Pintado in Danville. The family suggests honoring her by planting something, or by making a donation to a favorite charity. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 2127, Walnut Creek 94595.
Elinor Jean Carter
Elinor Jean Carter, a resident of Alamo, passed away Jan. 29 at the age of 76.
She was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Illinois, where she lived until moving to California in 1954. She touched many lives with her gentle spirit, positive outlook on life and generous ways.
She is survived by sons Robert W. Haws and Terry E. Haws; two granddaughters and a grandson. A memorial service was held Feb. 7 at Memory Gardens in Concord. Donations can be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 23664, Oakland 94623.
Marianne Duemling, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 12, joining her late husband who passed away in 1990.
She was born June 4, 1928, in Heidelberg, Germany. She graduated from the University of Heidelberg and worked as a translator for the U.S. Army and Judge Advocates Office, where she met her husband, Herman. They were married in Heidelberg and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after his discharge from the Army.
She taught German at Calvary Lutheran School in San Lorenzo. She and her husband established a thriving family business and raised three sons. Her joy in life was family, good friends, cooking, music, gardening and travel.
She is survived by her three sons and their wives: Rick and Judi Duemling of Pleasanton; Dr. David and Sue Duemling of Portland, Ore.; and Herman and Joyce Duemling of Livermore; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister Hedwig and brother Carle of Heidelberg, their families, many cousins and extended family.
A private service was held. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.
Devon Rachel Marvin
Danville resident Devon Rachel Marvin passed away Feb. 9.
She was born April 1, 1994. In her 13 years, Devon touched the hearts of many people with her caring spirit, gentle nature, quick wit and loving personality.
Born in North Carolina, she lived in Illinois, Washington and then moved with her family to California in 2005. An honor roll student at Diablo Vista Middle School, she was an avid reader and talented musician, playing piano and as second violinist in the school orchestra.
She is survived by parents Scott and Jane Marvin, sister Mitchell, grandparents Robert Marvin and Eric and Patricia Goldie, and extended family and friends.
A memorial service was held Feb. 16 at Wilson and Kratzer. Contributions can be made to the Devon Marvin Memorial Fund, c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation, attn: Gift Administration, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View 94040.
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