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Dennis Haralson

Dec 25, 1943 - Nov 29, 2023

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Bakersfield, CA

Dennis Marion Haralson, age 79, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. A graveside service for Dennis will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306.

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Mary Carmen Moreno

Jul 16, 1957 - Feb 23, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Mary Carmen Moreno, age 66, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. A velación for Mary will be held Monday, March 11, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Funeraria Del Angel Hillcrest, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A velorio will occur from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A sepelio will occur Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A sepelio will occur Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306.

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Dorothy Leon Hillis

Oct 12, 1933 - Jan 18, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Dorothy Leon Hillis, age 90, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024. A visitation for Dorothy will be held Monday, March 4, 2024 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Funeraria Del Angel Hillcrest, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Following the visitation will be a graveside service from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306.

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Leona Merle Grant

Oct 20, 1926 - Feb 22, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Leona Merle Grant was born in Sallisaw, OK on October 20,1926. Merle is the daughter of Maxie & Besse Wasson. The family moved to Wasco in 1932, where she attended Wasco schools and graduated from Wasco High School in 1944. She became a Life Member of the California Scholarship Association.Merle married Loran S. Grant, whose parents were among the early pioneers of Wasco, on March 10, 1944. They had 4 children: Jill, Janet, Loran D. and Ray. Her career was wife and mother to her family.Merle’s interest in community service began in 1955 when she re-activated the 4-H Home Economics Club. She served on the Kern County Council of 4-H for 7 years. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother in the 1950’s.She was the ‘angel’ in the local music group, “The Four Saints and an Angel”. That group played at various social and civic gatherings for 25 years. Merle was a faithful member of the First Methodist Church, then the First Baptist Church, which combined with the First Congregational Church to become Grace Community Church. She was active as a Sunday School teacher, an AWANA leader, held many offices in Women’s Fellowship, was a Teaching Leader of Bible Study Fellowship for 2 years and led Bible Studies for young women for 13 years. She was very involved with National Day of Prayer for the city of Wasco.Merle served with her husband, Loran, in the Evangelistic Crusades in much of the United States and 20 countries, including Russia and Tonga. While on one of the trips, a strong friendship was forged in Sri Lanka with the parents of a young seminary student. Their son, Ajith Fernando became a frequent guest of the Grants during school holidays. Dr. Fernando’s book on Deuteronomy was dedicated to Loran and Merle, along with 2 other couples. She was on the Wasco High School Board for 8 years and truly enjoyed visiting the classrooms. Merle was a member of Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge, was a member and held several offices in the Wasco Woman’s Club and was in the Alpha and Omega Parliamentary Law Club.She is preceded in death by her parents, Maxie and Besse Wasson, sister Marjorie Faschel, husband Loran, and daughter-in-law Jan Grant. She is survived by brother Jim Wasson, daughter Jill Grant (Shellie & Phil Ogino, Kimberly Franks), daughter Janet Stephenson (Michael & Regina Beveridge, Michael & Jodi Stephenson, Leslie & Cory Banta, Denise & Chad Dessert & Matthew Stephenson), son Loran Grant (Wesley & Charlotte Grant, Michelle & Oscar Sandoval, Beth & Dave Buck), son Ray Grant (Thomas & Natalia Grant, Kathleen Grant, Kishna Grant), 23 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, plus many nieces and nephews and very special friends.A special thanks to the staff at Hoffman Hospice Hospital. Merle chose to stay there until her end, because of their loving care.Donations may be made to Grace Community Church for a memorial fund that will be distributed to Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka and Hoffman Hospice.Visitation will be held Friday, March 1 from 3pm till 7pm at Peters Funeral Home, Wasco.A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, March 2 at 10am at the Wasco Memorial Park for Leona Merle Grant, age 97, who passed away February 22, 2024 in Bakersfield. A memorial service will follow at 11am at Grace Community Church, 1544 7th Street, Wasco.

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Albert Pena

May 19, 1943 - Feb 17, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Albert Pena,80, of Bakersfield California, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on February 17th, 2024. Albert was born on May 19th, 1943, in Los Angeles. At the age of three he was raised by his uncle and aunt Ramon and Cesaria Pena who loved him as their very own. Albert met the love of his life Amanda Rodriguez Pena in Shafter California 62 years ago. This marriage would stand the test of time for 60 years. And because of this marriage a legacy of his life was left. Albert enjoyed being on the road he worked for Carlson van lines for over 30 years. His favorite drive was taking in the scenery up and down the Pacific Coast. Albert enjoyed camping with his children and grandchildren up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the Balch Park campgrounds, he loved being up there in nature. He enjoyed driving down to the water to watch his family play while he listened to the sounds of the water rushing through the river. Albert enjoyed BBQs in his home, especially during the summer months where he would watch his family and friends enjoy the pool. Albert may not have talked much, but he always took time to meet new people. He especially enjoyed sitting outside of his home while occasionally picking up conversations with his neighbors. Albert enjoyed playing pool and poker. Albert also enjoyed cars and motorcycles. One of his prized possessions was a 1957 Ford Fairlane that he won in a pool game. He also enjoyed cruising his Porsche 911 through the Azusa Canyon. Throughout his life he had several kinds of motorcycles that he enjoyed riding, in his younger years he rode his Triumph on the 2-highway taking in the scenery, as he got older, he still enjoyed cruising his Shadow Honda motorcycle around Bakersfield. Even into his senior years he would ride his Champ moped around his neighborhood. Albert is survived by his wife Amanda Pena, five children, fourteen Grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and sisters. He is proceeded in death by his parents, sisters, and brothers. All who knew him loved him, as he loved them in return.

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Diane Ilene Fitches

Aug 10, 1944 - Feb 19, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Diane Ilene Fitches was born on August 10,1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to James William Fitches Sr. And Margaret Rigby. Diane was the 10th of 11 with her twin sister being born just 4 minutes later. Diane lived in Utah until about the age of 7 when her family relocated to Southern California to the Los Angeles area because her father worked for the railroad. Diane was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints which she cherished and was faithful her whole life. Even when health and circumstances took her away from church, she would find ways to feel the spirit in her life. At 18 Diane married Gordon Sanders and had three children Margaret, Gordon, and Jeanette. She loved being a mother and could not wait for grandchildren. In the Mid 1970’s Diane was forced to enter the employment world where she became a receptionist and learned the skill of typing at CJ Eklund company. A couple years later she switched to L.A.U.S.D. And got a position starting in 1979 in the school's attendance office. She started at Luther Burbank and soon moved to Irving Jr. High School where she remained until retiring in 2010. She loved to catch the kids ditching and writing their own notes. Diane finally got her wish and the grandchildren started coming in 1989. From her 3 children, she managed to get 22 grandchildren. 14 great grandchildren (so far) and 1 great great grandchild. She considered them the joy of her life. Through the years Diane had the opportunity to go on many adventures with her family from trips to days at Disneyland, Knott’s berry farm, and Magic Mountain where you could put her on any ride, and she never freaked out! As long as she was with the family that is what mattered to her. In 2021 Diane’s health took a turn and she moved in with her daughter Margaret. While she loved being with her daughter, she often found herself upset about her health conditions not permitting her to do some of the things from her past. Diane passed away on February 19,2024 after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. We know that there were many to greet Diane on the other side as she was the last surviving of all her siblings… Diane is survived by her 3 children, 21 of her grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She will be Missed but we know that she was happy being reunited with those above. Her services will be 3/9/2024 at 12:00 pm at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery in Bakersfield, California.

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RICKIE VIRGAIL TURNER

Apr 06, 1959 - Feb 17, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1PM- FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2024 AT JESSE E. COOLEY JR, FUNERAL CHAPEL To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of , please .

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JESSE LEE WHITE

Jul 17, 1959 - Feb 12, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

VISITATION: 5PM-8PM, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2024 AT JESSE E. COOLEY JR, FUNERAL SERVICE INC. SERVICE: 1PM- FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2024 AT JESSE E. COOLEY JR FUNERAL CHAPEL To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of , please .

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Rommy Lee Craig

Mar 08, 1944 - Feb 19, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Rommy Lee Craig, 79, of Bakersfield, CA, passed in peace on February 19th, 2024. Rommy was born March 8, 1944, in Bakersfield, CA to Claudia and Guy Craig. He is survived by his wife, Donnie Craig; his children, Michelle Craig-Columbia, Amanda Doremus (Ryan), Barry Moss and Shawn Moss; his sister, Eunice Sacco; grandchildren, Braxton Richmond, Everett Richmond, Kynlee Brewer, Mitchel Moss and Kacie Moss; many nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Jeff Wilkes and many more family and friends. In Rommy’s earlier life he served his country in the Navy as a draftsman. He was stationed at the naval base in San Diego, CA and ran the Naval art shop creating entertainment and news for navy personnel. Despite his unbelievable talent towards his artwork, when he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1966, he began to pursue a different passion in travel. He owned and managed his own travel agency here in Bakersfield, Stockdale Argos Travel, and later partnered with Lambourne Travel Partners until around 2005. Throughout his life, he explored the world and was able to visit most of the world's countries. Despite all his worldly endeavors, his family was his greatest passion. He cherished being a Dad above everything else. When the time arose for him to become a grandpa, aka ‘White Papa,’ his heart was fully content. He had so much love to share and spoiled his grandchildren to the fullest. He poured his heart and soul into being the best father and grandfather he could be, nurturing strong bonds and creating lasting memories with each cherished moment shared. Not only did he attend countless sport games and school achievements, he enjoyed the simple things in life, like taking them to Rite Aide for some delicious Thrifty ice cream. He was a one-of-a-kind husband, father, White Papa, and overall family man. Rommy was known for his friendly and outgoing personality and enjoyed his family, photography, computer graphics, and artwork. His computer graphics were far ahead of his time. It was hard to believe most things he created digitally were not reality. He definitely had a head start on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The memories he was able to create and capture through his pictures, paintings, books, magazine ads and videos will forever be treasured. Most times, his family thought his camera was permanently glued to his hands! He loved to make others laugh. You could always find him cracking jokes, or even dressing up like Austin Powers (fake teeth included), all for the entertainment of others. Though his physical presence may no longer grace our lives, the warmth of his love and the echo of his laughter will forever linger in our hearts, serving as a beacon of comfort and solace in moments of sorrow. Forever in our hearts, we will miss you “A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, and a million, billion, trillion, more.” Military Services will be held on March 7, 2024 at 10:30am at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital or the American Heart Association.

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Phyllis Jean Adams

Dec 22, 1920 - Feb 21, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Phyllis Jean Adams, age 103, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

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Linda Bennett

Sep 04, 1939 - Feb 22, 2024

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Bakersfield, CA

Linda Bennett, age 84, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024. A graveside service for Linda will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306.

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