We salute our members who have passed on and cherish the time we had with them. Now, we celebrate their lives. They live on in their works.
1928 – 2021
This obituary is compliments of Jim’s daughters Tracy, and Tanya, with their permission, as James loved the CWC-Mt. Diablo Branch, its events, and the members he cherished. He also brought his family along whenever possible.
My father ended his journey in this world after 93 years. He was my dad, friend, mentor and advisor. He taught me to always be curious and seek knowledge and always grow and learn.
November 21, 2019
Originally a Vancouver Island, Canada native, Jil and her husband traveled the world for his work as a photographer. They had the privilege of living in several countries, some of which became the inspirations for settings in Jil’s books.
1947 – January 27, 2021
In Ellen’s own words – a quote from her unfinished novel The Grandview Arms:
Betty speaking about Mac
“…It makes me feel an odd sense of panic. I didn’t know her well, but loved the music of her writing… To go away and take such a gift out of the world, seems like a sacrilege to me… Am I doing enough to open up my own life?”
Gerald (Jerry) Wilson Vaught
August 14, 1940 – July 28, 2022
Published by the East Bay Times on Aug. 28, 2022.
Gerald Wilson Vaught (Jerry) bragged about being married to Cheryl Vaught for 55 years. They parented Kevin and Katherine.
Jerry was proud of achieving high academic excellence, having a BA from Arizona State University and a master’s from UC Berkeley. This was in spite of his mother, who forbade education beyond high school.
December 3, 2020
Former Mt. Diablo branch president Captain Jack Russ passed away December 3, 2020 in his 90s.
During a 30 year career in the Navy, Jack collected anecdotes based on his experiences beginning with flying and combat experience aboard a destroyer escort in Korea then assignments around the world.