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Born in Stockton on June 17, 1939, to the late Alvin and Edna Jensen, Dorothy was the beloved wife of Walter Emil Hebel, Jr; loving mother to Joanne Hebel Weeton and Walter “Butch” Hebel; mother-in-law to John Marquez, Randy Weeton and Lydia Acu Hebel; and grandmother to Rebecca Marquez and Douglas Hebel.

Dorothy moved to Alameda when she married Walter in 1961. She enjoyed bowling, crafting gift tags, greeting cards and Christmas décor. She was a member of the Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary and The Sons of Norway, San Francisco Lodge. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Dorothy’s life on Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave.

 

Born in Paducha, Tex., Royce Gladden soon after made the journey to California with his parents, Bea and Melvin and brother FE Gladden, to join other family members in Madera. There they raised rabbits and chickens for the local store. His father worked the fields of the Hoover Ranch. After a few years, they loaded up their panel truck and migrated to Alameda, where he and his parents lived out their earthly lives creating a legacy of hospitality in their small home. 

Royce graduated from San Jose State College, where he studied history and was very active in his fraternity, Phi Kappa Alpha. The brothers he had there continued to be lifelong relationships. The stories of living in the frat house were even longer, and Royce loved to tell them.

Within a week of graduation, Royce was drafted into the Army and sent to Fort Dix, N.J., where he was an admin and self-proclaimed New York Times crossword master. His military highlight was processing the discharge papers for Elvis Presley. 

As a history major, Royce inevitably held many interesting jobs completely unrelated to his education. This knowledge came into play later when helping his daughters with reports and essays for school and lessons for the grandchildren. In 1995 he retired from BART to take full advantage of the Monday to Friday golf course availability, primarily in Alameda, occasionally in Maui, but always in a Hawaiian shirt, regardless. 

Royce’s love of country music introduced him to a group of friends who gathered annually in Texas to honor his favorite singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury. Although he didn’t play music himself, he would stay up until all hours listening to their picking circles. 

Royce, along with his wife of 54 years, Betty Gladden, spent countless hours restoring and maintaining an 1893 Victorian to what would become the Garratt Mansion Bed and Breakfast. He could fix anything and his list stayed full. This list of “fix its” slowly came to a halt after a series of strokes that eventually led to Alzheimer’s, which he battled for the next 14 years until the Lord decided it was time for him to come home. During this time his sense of humor still found a way to enhance the lives of those around him.

He was a kind and loving father to Kelly Gladden Finn and Diana Gladden. He attended all their sports games, coached teams and entertained their friends and neighbors. He was a friendly face to all who knew him. His grandchildren: Curtis, Ryan and Rachel Finn, Daniel and Emma Jones were the light of his life and visits were never long enough. 

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 2133 Central Ave., with a celebration reception to follow at Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are welcome at http://www.alz.org.

Betty was born at the former Fabiola Hospital in Oakland. The hospital was replaced by Kaiser Hospital. She was the daughter and only child of Blanche and Leslie George Follrath, and a descendant of California pioneers with deep roots in Alameda. Her father was born in Alameda in 1902.

Betty graduated from Oakland Technical High School, and proudly sang the fight song.  
She is predeceased by numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins, including: Benjamin R. Follrath (Harriet), Robert H. Follrath, Sr., Donald A. Follrath, Gladys Follrath Thompson (Chester) and Charles A. Follrath, each either a resident or lifelong resident of Alameda. 

Betty is survived by: Jean A. Follrath, Karen Follrath, cousins Carol M. Thompson Johnson, Michael Alward (Connie), Robert Alward, Beverly J. Follrath Johnson (Michael), Geoffrey Johnson, Katherine Johnson, Carol Follrath Cole, Janet Follrath, Gregory Follrath and stepdaughters Valerie McCaffrey and Patsy Reid. 

Betty moved to Alameda in the 1970s and lived in the same house as her Aunt Alma Follrath Monteiro. Betty loved Alameda and looked forward to the Fourth of July Parade and walking her dog around her neighborhood. 

She explored the world traveling with her late cousin Myrtle and late Aunt Alma. In her 40s, Betty married her late husband Ralph McCaffrey, and they continued traveling together. Betty often shared fond memories of her travels to England, France, Greece, Israel, Jerusalem, Egypt, Turkey, Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. 

Betty was active in the Humane Society of Alameda, W.E.T.S. and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. For many years Betty volunteered for Alameda Meals on Wheels, delivering meals several times each week. 

Betty loved her animal companions who gave her much love and joy, most recently Mugsy and little Bette. Betty was loved and cherished by many and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

At Betty’s request a private service was held on March 1 at Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services. For more information contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745).

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