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A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Life for ‘Millie’
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
— Romans 14:8

Millie passed away in Oakland on Aug. 25, 2020, just four days before her 97th birthday. Mildred Ruth Champion was born on Aug. 29, 1923, in South Dakota to parents Gertrude and William Champion.

She went to college in Kansas and learned to be a sheet metal worker. She moved to Seattle and worked for Boeing, riveting wings onto airplanes. Millie and Kenneth C. Black were married in Alameda on March 19, 1949.

Millie later worked as a waitress for many years. She was a long-time resident of Alameda and a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon and a Bible teacher. Millie faithfully participated in the weekly Bible study for decades.

Millie was honored by Alameda Meals on Wheels for serving that organization for 40 years.

Millie was predeceased by her husband. She was living at Marina Garden Nursing Center in Alameda before a short hospitalization. She leaves many loving friends at First Presbyterian Church and at Marina Garden.

Donations in lieu of flowers for the purchase of her final resting place may be left at the First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Beverly Jean McCall. She passed away in LaPine, OR on Friday August 21, 2020 at 11:30 pm after fighting pancreatic cancer.

Beverly was born April 30, 1934 in Alameda, CA to Marjorie and Reginold Brown. She married James Lee McCall in Alameda, CA on November 14, 1964. They have three daughters, Ramona (Larry) Turner of ID, Gerilee McCall of TX and Colleen (Thomas) Laszlo of OR. She also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Beverly was a Terminal Agent with Greyhound for 26 years before opening a business with her husband. They operated their business together for 30 years before retiring to LaPine, OR in 2005. Prior to their retirement they enjoyed traveling both in and out of the country. Along with her husband she was a longtime member of the High Lakes Car Club, and Bev never missed stopping at garage sales.

Beverly was preceded in death by her sister Faith Sellers and her brother Sterling Brown. There will be a small private gathering to celebrate her life later this month in LaPine. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Beverly’s name to the American Cancer Society.

For further information please call, Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745),Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services. 510-522-6020.

Jean grew up in Scotland. She immigrated to the United States in 1950. She worked in Scotland and the United States as a comptometer operator in accounting.

She met her future husband Eric West a few years later. They married and had four children: Sheena, Penny, Brian, and Maureen. After several moves Jean and Eric settled in Alameda.

Jean worked as the school librarian at St. Philip Neri Elementary School for many years.

She was very active in the choir and loved to sing. She worked with the Legion of Mary, bringing Holy Communion to the sick, as well as her gift of song. She enjoyed painting in miniature, knitting, crocheting and sewing.

When she was a little girl she told her older brother Joe that one day she would have roses blooming in December. Her garden in Alameda included more than 25 rose bushes.

Jean had four children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Jean was celebrated in a Catholic funeral service held at Greer Mortuary Chapel on Aug. 25, and was laid to rest alongside Eric at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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