Remembrances

In Loving Memory~Denise Southwick

Denise Diane Southwick embraced  the end of her 4 year journey of fallopian tube cancer on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at age 42 with her family and friends at her side.   

Denise is survived by her parents, Joan and Danny Southwick; sister and brother-in-law, Dana and Robert Mankin III; nephew Robert Mankin IV and niece Rileigh Mankin, her beloved dog, Oliver, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends..  Denise is preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Jacqueline Ford, Margaret and Harlo Southwick, and Uncle Charlie Southwick.

She graduated from French Camp School, East Union High, Cal State Fresno, and UC Irvine earning a Masters and Nurse Practitioner degrees.

Denise was employed as a women’s health Nurse Practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, Planned Parenthood, private practice in Yuma, AZ, Sonoma State Instructor, and Registered Nurse at San Joaquin General Hospital.

Once diagnosed, Denise embraced her disease and used it as an opportunity to learn and heal with laughter, living her life joyfully and to the fullest.  Denise was known internationally as an inspirational speaker.

She was cherished for her amazing smile, quick wit, infectious laugh, inspiring others, positive view of life, strength of spirit, and shining brilliance.

Denise loved gardening, being outdoors, exercising, running marathons, baking, camping, and traveling with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Denise Southwick Memorial Fund % Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, 1169 South Main Street #272, Manteca, CA 95337.


UmbalinIn Loving Memory ~Alice Umbalin

Alice Umbalin, 70, entered peacefully into rest, surrounded by her loving family and friends at Doctor’s Hospital in Manteca on June 30, 2013. She was born in French Camp on May 7, 1943 to Frank and Nelly Calderon. Alice leaves behind her loving husband of 47 years Manuel Joseph Umbalin of Manteca, their daughters, Monica Umbalin-Somera of Manteca and Denisa Samson and husband Kevin of Manteca.       Alice was blessed with five grandchildren, Alyssa Somera, Joseph Samson, Antonio Samson, Diego Samson and Mina Samson and great grandbaby Marina Diaz.  In addition Alice has two surviving siblings, Frank Calderon of Modesto and Elvira Fierro of Atwater.

Alice was a Manteca resident her entire life. She married the love of her life Manuel in 1965 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where they still remained members and where she was a member of the Legion of Mary.  She was dedicated and hardworking and no matter how long the day, always looking impeccable, just another touch up of lipstick and she was ready to go. She enjoyed shopping… or should we say Alice Loved shopping, but not for herself usually for others, as she always put so much effort in buying the perfect gift.  To Alice everyone was family, whether you were a close friend, a patient or simply someone that needed that sweet smile, she would never let you down.  Alice loved her family dearly and it was for them whom she fought her battle so valiantly.  Strong, Loving, Nurturing, Courageous these are some words used to describe Alice, but the best one was Selfless. Heaven has now received the brightest star. So when you walk into Macy’s and you find that perfect blouse, just smile for she will always be there.

In honor of Alice please help fight Ovarian Cancer; donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, , 1169 S. Main Street #272, Manteca, CA. 95337.


 

peck  In Loving  Memory ~ Sharon Ruth Peck

 

Sharon Ruth Peck Lewis, 55, entered into rest surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 21, 2015, in Hughson, CA. She was born on July 12, 1960, in Oakland to the late Herman Harold Lewis and Ruth Lewis of Manteca.

Sharon leaves behind her husband, George Peck; her loving sons, Kevin and Nathan Peck both of Manteca; her grandbaby Maycee Peck; siblings, Yvonne Carrillo of Discovery Bay, Gary Lewis of Roseville, Steve Lewis of Manteca and Timothy Lewis of Manteca, and many nieces and nephews.

Sharon was a long time Manteca resident. She attended Sequoia and Nile Garden elementary schools and graduated in the Manteca High class of 1978. In her later years, Sharon worked as a medical biller and as a caregiver at assisted living facilities, but mostly took care of her boys. She was her sons’ support throughout their lives and was so proud of their every achievement. A natural caregiver, Sharon felt a certain attachment to senior citizens, always willing to help or just carry on a conversation. Along with her father, her favorite hangout was The Coffee Klatch, where she would catch up on the latest Manteca news. She would eventually be one of the only ladies to be a part of the prestigious “Romeo Club”, meaning Retired Old Men Eating Out. She loved the Giants, and as a loyal fan always cheered them on. Her strong presence never went unnoticed, a fighter until the end. She loved her family immensely and always held them close to her heart. She will be remembered for her old soul, and fighting spirit. She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California, 1169 Main Street #272, Manteca, CA 95337.