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Jean L. Oliver Patterson, 93, passed away peacefully in Alameda on March 7, 2019, in the presence of her family.

Jean was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 10, 1925, to Thomas D. and Florence Arends. Jean’s father was a Presbyterian minister, so the family moved frequently around the Midwest. In 1946, Jean married Jack Oliver and continued to move around the country numerous times during his career in the Army. They divorced in 1978 and she moved to Alameda. In 1983, Jean married Roger Patterson and they enjoyed 24 years together.  

Jean resided in Alameda for more than 40 years, 20 of which she spent working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After retiring in 1995, she volunteered as an English tutor at Woodstock School. In her free time, Jean enjoyed playing and watching golf, rooting for the 49ers, doing crossword puzzles, drinking red wine and working out with her personal trainer. She also loved to travel, taking trips to Europe and Alaska with her family.

She is survived by her three children: Marilyn Thomas (Joel) of Brentwood, Susan Godfrey of Alameda and Steven Oliver (Stella) of Manteca, her step-daughter Sue Patterson of Alameda, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She has one living sister, Patricia Barry, who resides in Sacramento. 

She was preceded in death by her two husbands and her sister Muriel “Terry” Arends. 
Her energy, sass and love of life will be sorely missed by her friends and family.  

Andrew “Andy” Dubois passed away peacefully in his sleep in late February. 

He was born on the family ranch near El Centro, Calif., the third son of John Lamont and Isabelle Oakley DuBois. 

His education began in a one-room schoolhouse and ended with degrees in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. 

He served his country in World War II. During that time married Aliton Marsh. They had four children: Jennifer, Barbara, Amanda and Emily. 

Andy’s working career began at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) working on particle accelerators and ended at LBL working on the two Keck telescopes on Mona Kea in Hawaii.
Andy and Aliton divorced in 1962 and in 1966 he married Rosemary Brandes. Their daughter Julie was born to complete his “treasure of daughters.” In 2008 Rosemary succumbed to Alzheimer’s. 

But Andy never stopped growing and learning. To his children he seemed to age backwards, getting younger, more open minded and even more fun as the years went by.He was a shining example to us all. And, to quote a son-in-law, “he was the best man I ever knew.”

A memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Alameda. Those interested in attending should email for details.


Florence Jeannette Cote, 90, passed away surrounded by family on March 24, 2019. She is survived by three loving daughters: Michelle McCourt, Denise LaBarre and Collette McHugh, two sons-in-law, Eugene LaBarre and Karl McHugh, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She will also be dearly missed by many other relatives and friends.

Florence was born on June 6, 1928, in Manchester, N.H. A diligent student all her life, Florence was the first person in her family to graduate from college, Mount St. Mary College, in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Florence married J.P. Maurice Cote, to whom she was married to for 50 years, until Maurice’s death in 2001. 

Florence and Maurice raised their three daughters in Manchester and were active members of their community throughout their lives. Florence was also a first-grade teacher in Manchester public schools for 20 years. Florence spent her later years with her daughters and their families in Clinton, Mass., and Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Florence loved nothing more than being with family. Whether she was playing the spoons at one of her famous Christmas parties or holding one of her great-grandchildren in her arms, Florence was always happiest when she saw her family all together. 

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, March 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mann and Rodgers Funeral Homes, 44 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain, with a funeral mass on Monday, April 1, at 9 a.m. at St. Ann’s Parish in Dorchester, Mass. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester.