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June 18, 1930 – Feb. 7 2014
Resident of Oakland

Helen Argyropoulos, 83, passed away on Feb. 7. She was born in Reedly, Calif., to the late Athan and Sofia Krouscas. Upon graduating from Fremont High School, in Oakland, she began working in the accounting department of Montgomery Wards, until 1957.

It was during that time, in 1952, that Helen married the late Kostos Argyropoulos. In 1966, she began working as an instructional assistant for the Oakland Public Schools, until her retirement in 1996. Helen also volunteered countless hours on the PTA board, Vacation Bible School, for the traffic patrol and as a Sunday school teacher, to name just a few.

In her spare time, Helen enjoyed stitching, flower arranging, gardening and cooking. Most of all, she loved spending time with her mutually adoring family and friends. She will be missed more than words can express.

Helen is survived by her three children: Jon and Lisa Argyropoulos of Boulder City, Nev., Doreen Argyropoulos of Castro Valley, Diane and Curtis Elia of San Carlos; and eight grandchildren: Alexander Ricker (Natalia), Aaron Argyropoulos (Elyse), Jacquelyn ‘Babes’ Ricker, Sophia Argyropoulos, Elaina Ricker, Nathaniel Elia, Nicole Elia and Rachel Elia.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 www.greermortuary.com 865-3755

Resident of Alameda Born in Daly City, Patricia lived and passed away peacefully in Alameda. She was the beloved partner of Brad Miner and sister of Sue Mason. Patricia worked for Sybase as a technical writer and enjoyed travel, sports, music and auto racing, was a supporter of the Humane Society and had a special affection for all things hippo.

Private services will be held, and online condolences may be shared at www.greermortuary. com. Donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, FD 1408, 865-3755 www.greermortuary.com

Beth Murray McCain, age 92, former resident of Alameda, passed away on Feb. 8, 2014, surrounded by those that loved her. She was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Wellsville, Utah. She grew up on the family farm until age 16, when she began the life journey that brought her to Alameda where she raised her family.

In 1985 she retired from the Alameda Hospital after 23 years service. She was a loving and devoted first caregiver to hundreds of Alameda babies and their mothers during that period. Beth will be missed by her loving sister, Janice Parker, of Hyrum, Utah, who comforted her until the end; her children and their spouses: Dianne Rodrigues (Philip DePietro) of Alameda, Donald Rodrigues (Mona) of Alameda, and Cheryl Fergen of San Lorenzo; Grandchildren: Noah DePietro, John Butler, Neal Rodrigues, Louis Rodrigues and Martin Rodrigues; sisters-in-law: Barbara Murray and AngelaMurray; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert McCain; parents Luther Parker Murray and Geneva (Morris) Murray; three brothers: Lee Murray, Keith Murray and Derlin Murray; sonin- law, Michael Fergen, and dear friend, Ethel Rossiter. Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing and memorial service at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online by visiting www. oakland.chapelofthechimes.com. In lieu of flowers, plant an extra tomato plant in your garden in memory of the best mom ever.

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