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Virginia Johnson
Feb. 22, 1931 - June 7, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Ms. Johnson was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and as a young person also lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, South Bend, Indiana and Washington, D.C. Her father, Courtney Johnson, from Chicago, was an automobile executive and one-time assistant secretary of the Army. Her mother was Pauline Watson Johnson from Flint, Michigan. Ginger attended St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, The Madeira School in Virginia and received a B.A. in biology from Vassar College and an M.A. in Teaching Secondary School Science from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ginger taught general science in a District of Columbia junior high school. In a U.S. Navy school in Naples, Italy, she taught physics, chemistry, biology and general science. She moved to New York and became the biology editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston. For several years she was managing editor of "Modern Biology" by Moon, Mann and Otto. She had used the textbook in high school, which got her interested in biology, and ended up being its editor. It was the leading high school biology textbook for nearly 50 years. She came to Palo Alto in 1966 to take a job with Addison-Wesley Publishing Company in Menlo Park, where she held a var...

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Claire Anne Donohoe
Aug. 25, 1936 - May 22, 2016
Mountain View, California

Claire Anne Donohoe, age 79 of Mountain View California, passed away on Sunday, May 22 2016. She was surrounded by family and went peacefully to her heavenly home. Claire was an active member in the community – working at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, volunteering for Pathways Home Health & Hospice and serving as a mentor for youth through the Mountain View-Los Altos School District. Service to others, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and making a difference as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend were Claire’s driving forces. She planted roots in Mountain View in 1965 and lived to see them flourish for over fifty years. She loved to walk the neighborhood with her friends, cook and bake for others, travel the world, and work at her beloved “Center”—especially when it was full of children. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend…but most importantly, an inspiration to all who knew her. Claire is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, and brother. She also leaves behind numerous loving colleagues and friends. We will celebrate the life of Claire on July 30, 2016 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The servic...

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Billy Prior
1920 - June 21, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Billy Prior, a World War II veteran, who experienced the fury of the Buzz Bombs in London, was in the Battle of Normandy, was one of the first women soldiers to arrive in Paris after its liberation, and who received the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star, has died. Prior, who was declared by the Pa...

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Evelyn B. Stoops
Aug. 19, 1917 - June 20, 2016 Woodside, California

Evelyn Stoops, 98, passed away on June 20, 2016 at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA. Born to Harold A. and Mary A. Mortola in Sausalito, CA on August 19, 1917, and raised in both San Francisco, CA and Woodside, CA along with her Sister, Sr. Marie Julie (Marcella Mortola) Dominican Order, who ...

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Kathryn Childress
March 2, 1920 - June 16, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Kathryn Werry Childress, one of the oldest living native Palo Altans living in her hometown, passed away in her sleep at Stanford Hospital on June 16 just a few hundred yards from her birthplace. She was 96 years and three months old. Born in the Hoover Pavilion at Stanford in 1920 to a well-know...

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Eunice D. Haas
Dec. 24, 1918 - June 15, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Eunice D. Haas of Palo Alto was born on Christmas Eve in 1918 in New York City and died on June 15, 2016, at home in Palo Alto. Eunice was a lifelong lover of reading, writing, theater, dance, music and her devoted family; a book club and writing group member of long standing; and a walking repos...

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