Obituaries Friday, April 27, 2007

• Evelyn Brown

• Jack Morgan Martin

• Wilma C. Meyer

• Loka Kaohelaulii

• Joy Merrick


Evelyn Brown

Evelyn May Brown, who has long maintained a residence in Princeville, died on April 20, 2007, at the age of 92.

Born May 18, 1914, in Chico, Calif., after graduating from high school, she attended Chico Community College, and received her degree in economics from UC Berkeley. She lived in Modesto, Calif., for the past 10 years after 50 years on the poultry ranch that she and her husband Earl built in Ceres, Calif..

Evelyn and Earl loved to travel, becoming avid photographers during their travels. They won many awards at the Modesto Color Photography Club. They visited Africa, traveled through China and visited her ancestral lands, England and Scotland, but their favorite place was Hawai‘i, where, after visiting many times, they built a house in 1989.

Strongly independent, Evelyn continued to travel to Kaua‘i twice a year after Earl died in 1991 even though she was almost completely blind for the last three years of her life she returned from her last trip there in August 2006. In the last few months she frequently expressed regrets to her family that, due to declining health, she could no longer continue to travel to her house in Princeville. She truly loved Kaua‘i and was even seen accompanying the Hanalei hula dance group, doing all the hand motions, at her 90th birthday party in Princeville.

Evelyn was very active in community affairs. On Kaua‘i she was an active member of the Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church in Hanalei and the Mokihana Club of Kaua‘i. She also worked as a docent at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, continuing to work in the Lighthouse gift shop even after she was no longer able to help with tours of the grounds.

She is survived by children Susan Martin of Modesto, Calif., and David Brown of Los Angeles; grandchildren Joaquin Brown of Laguna Beach, Alejandro Brown of Seattle, Wash., Corey Ploutz and Kerri Vasquez of Modesto; step-grandchildren Maria Elisa Posada of Los Angeles, Paula Posada of Medellin, Colombia, Grant Martin of Washington D.C., and James Martin of Modesto; four great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, as well as her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death in 1991 by Earl Brown, her husband of 49 years, her sister Lucille Leisure of Eugene, Ore., and brother Elwood Cooper of Homestead, Fla.

Services will be held at 10 a.m.. Saturday, April 28, at the Harvest Presbyterian Church, 1813 Moffet Road in Ceres. Viewing will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Franklin and Downs Colonial location at 12th and G in Modesto.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends honor Evelyn’s life with gifts in her name to the charity of their choice.


Jack Morgan Martin

Jack Morgan Martin of Waimea died at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital on April 23, 2007, at the age of 88.

Born Jan. 30, 1919, in Jacksonvile, Ark., he was a business owner and court reporter with Clark, Snyder and Martin, C.S.R.

He is survived by daughters Sharon Helton of Colorado Springs, Co., Donna (Steve) Gallegos of Del Norte, Co., Angela (Kim) Headley of Hanapepe and Lori Martin of Hanapepe; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Arrangements will be handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Wilma C. Meyer

Wilma C. Meyer of Anahola, died April 19, 2007, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 67.

Born on Kaua‘i, she was a housekeeper.

She is preceded in death by son Stanley W. Farias and sister Luana C. Young. She is survived by her husband, Arthur K. Meyer; sons Darrell (Dory) Farias, Frederick (Rowena) Farias, Anthony “Dinx” (Stacy) Farias and Glenn W. Kaleleiki; daughters Virginia “Ginny” (Moses “Moki” Fernandez) Farias and Wilma M.C. “Mala” (Lori M. Tama-yose) Meyer; brothers Willie Carrillo and Fred “Raffy” Carrillo; 11 gandchilden and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Anahola Ko‘olau Hui‘ia Protestant Church, where services will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Cremation to follow.

Casual attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Loka Kaohelaulii

Loka Kenemaka Kumuwaina Kaohelaulii of Kekaha, died April 17, 2007, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the age of 68.

She was born in Pu‘uwai, Ni‘ihau, on March 30, 1939.

She is survived by sons Marcelo (Debbie) Bustillos of Wailuku, Maui, Sam (Lotu) Bustillos of Kekaha, Joe (Michelle) Bustillos of Pa‘ia, Maui and Lambert (Brenda) Kaohelaulii of Kahului, Maui; daughters Joann (Robert Sr.) Figaroa of Anahola, Connie (Kaimana) Castaneda of Kekaha, Hua-lani (Dave) Duncan of Hanapepe, Grace (Harry) Kala of Lihu‘e, and Ruth Kaohelaulii of Kekaha; 24 grandchildren 12 great-grandchildren; brother Ho‘okipa Kanahele of Makaweli; sisters Mileka Kanahele of Nanakulu, O‘ahu, and Pua Crawford, both of Nanakuli, O‘ahu.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Garden Island Mortuary chapel where services will begin at 3 p.m.

Burial will be at Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery.

Aloha attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary.


Joy Merrick

Former Kalaheo resident Joy Merrick of Roseville, MN, died at home on April 20, 2007, at the age of 89.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dale.

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