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On March 31 Mary Frances Rawlinson, 91, passed away in San Leandro. Mary was born in Massachusetts on Dec. 18, 1927, to Charles and Mary Kiddy. 

Mary is survived by her six children: Patricia, James, Michael, Charles, Mary and Robert; one sister, Loraine, and two brothers, Charles and Stanley. Mary also had 11 grandchildren: Shaun, Kathleen, Danny, Kristen, Jason, Michael, Jacqueline, Adrian, Gabrielle, Maria and Alexandra; eight great- grandchildren: Calissa, Courtney, Alexander, Ashley, Marcelo, Justin, Natalia and Nolan; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Prior to Mary living in San Leandro she had lived in Alameda for more than 50 years. After retiring from the Hilton Hotel at the Oakland Airport where she was a waitress, she loved dancing, crossword puzzles and Oakland Athletics baseball. 

Mary also worked many more years as a caregiver. She will be forever loved and dearly missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. In lieu of flowers and donations, Mary requested donations be made to the local A.S.P.C.A.

Oramae Brady, 103, passed away peacefully on June 28. She was a long time resident of San Leandro. Oramae was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 2, 1915. She grew up with her beautiful, older sister, who later died. She eventually migrated to the Bay Area. She was married for a short time but later divorced. Oramae never had any children. She later went to work for a company in Oakland as a bookkeeper for many years.  

Throughout her life she enjoyed many of her lifelong friends, ballroom dancing, a love for animals, especially cats. She enjoyed going to Neptune Beach in Alameda and just hanging out, enjoying the outdoors. She was a free-spirited type of person. 

She belonged to a Baptist church in Alameda and attended every Sunday. She always made it a point to visit with her friends afterwards. 

Oramae also developed an interest in ballroom dancing and began attending the Mastick Senior Center in Alameda for lessons. It was there, where she met one of her lifelong friends, Joanne Lindsey, who was one of the dance instructors.  

Joanne had a gentleman friend, Wallace Johnson, who also became a friend of Oramae’s who always made it a point to check on her to make sure she was OK. Another lifelong friend of Oramae’s was Shelly Chamberlin who also made sure Oramae was taken care of throughout the years. Shelly’s mother was one of Oramae’s mother’s friends.  

Oramae was preceded in death by her older sister and her mother, Elizabeth Childs.  

Services will be held at Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services in Alameda, located at 2694 Blanding Ave. A viewing will take place today, Thursday, July 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. Her body will be flown to Arkansas and laid to rest next to her mother’s grave.  

Longtime Alameda hairstylist Kenneth “Ken” Darrell, 74, passed away May 30, 2019, at his home in Livermore with his wife Linda, daughter Kristin, son-in-law Kenon and two grandchildren Brooke and Brady. 

Ken was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., to George and Sylvia Darrell. He married Linda Angerame on Feb. 20, 1977, in West Hempstead, N.Y. They traveled across the country together on a motorcycle and arrived in Alameda.

Ken operated Ken Darrell’s Hair Design at the Encinal Shopping Center for more than 30 years. The many stylists and customers that worked with him remember his sense of humor, his wonderful storytelling and many great conversations in his stylist’s chair. 

Ken and Linda became parents on March 13, 1981, to their daughter Kristin Lyn. They moved to a ranch in Livermore in 1986 and owned many animals.

Ken was known for his love for his family and his love for all of his animals, which over the years included: dogs, cats, pigs, horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits and sheep. He was also known for his consistent and determined work ethic.

Friends and family celebrated Ken’s life at a memorial service held June 14 at Chapel of Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore, officiated by Clay Felicitas. 

Love lives on
Those we love are never really lost to us.
We feel them in so many special ways. Through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind, in beauty that they added to our days, in words of wisdom we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone. 
Those we love are never really lost to us. For everywhere their special love lives on.

— A. Bradley