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Hershel Dwight Smith
March 6, 1924 - April 21, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Hershel Dwight Smith, a retired doctor who died April 21 of heart failure. Hershel was 92 and lived in Palo Alto for 61 years. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology in the Bay Area for 34 years, retiring in 1988. He was a warm, generous, optimistic man whose great passions were medicine, science and technology. He served for many years as a volunteer for the Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL), where he and his late wife Helen were both known for their passionate love of books and reading. When rare books were donated to FOPAL, Hershel took great joy in selling them on Amazon to raise money for the library. Hershel came a long way from his humble beginnings in Depew, Oklahoma, the small farming community about 50 miles southwest of Tulsa where he was born in 1924. His father, Aldon, worked in the oil fields and lived in a boarding house where he met Hershel's mother, Jessie, working there as a dessert chef. Aldon and Jessie raised Hershel and his younger sister, Vivian, on a farm, where everyone pitched in. Hershel had idyllic memories of growing up in rural Oklahoma and often regaled his family with stories about his beloved dog...

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Mary E. Stone
May 19, 1927 - April 29, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Mary Elizabeth Stone, 88, of Palo Alto, CA died after a courageous battle with cancer at home on April 29, 2016. She was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and was the daughter of Edwin Wadsworth Stone and Dorothy Stelle Rogers Stone. She graduated from Classical High School and the Emma Willard Sch...

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Alfreda G. Stavn
July 20, 1937 - April 22, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Alfreda Gladys Stavn, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, California, born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan in Canada, has died. She passed peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016 with her daughter and son by her side. She was born on July 20, 1937, the second youngest of four children. She was 78 and is surviv...

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Diana J. Pearce
Oct. 10, 1949 - April 22, 2016 Mountain View, California

Diana Jane Pearce, age 66, passed away peacefully at her home on April 22, 2016, from cancer. She was born on Oct. 10, 1949, in Zebulon, North Carolina, to the late Jane Baker Pearce and C. E. Pearce Jr., LCDR USN ret. After graduating from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, North CArolina, Diana went ...

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Sarah M. Longyear
May 13, 1996 - April 22, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Sarah Marie Longyear, age 19, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016. She was born on May 13, 1996, in Palo Alto, California, where she was raised. She graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School in 2014. Sarah was a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), majoring in global health with mi...

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