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Barb Jones
Dec. 18, 1951 - July 13, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Barbara Ellis Jones, 67, passed away on July 13, 2019, after a short battle with aggressive lung cancer. She left us peacefully, with a view of her beautiful Palo Alto garden, her children holding her hands. The oldest of five, Barb grew up in St. Louis. At Georgetown University, she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Economics. After raising her three kids in Palo Alto and Nantucket, Ma...

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Jane Gibson
1941 - July 10, 2019
Mountain View, California
Jane Marie Gibson (Herrmann), of Mountain View, passed away on July 10, 2019 from pneumonia. Jane graduated from Palo Alto High School (Class of 1959) and Foothill College. She spent her career working as a Pediatric Medical Assistant. Jane also spent many years volunteering with the Children’s Home Society Adoption Agency. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. The first patient...

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Athina Manis
Sept. 7, 1929 - July 7, 2019
San Carlos, California
Athina Manis was born in Karlovasi, Greece, on the island of Samos on September 7, 1929. She was one of four children. She immigrated to the United States, settling on the Peninsula with her husband Ippocratis who preceded her in death. She was an Esthetician in San Carlos, CA for 62 years. She is survived by her daughter, Tina Manis. She passed away peacefully Sunday, July 7, 2019 surrounded ...

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Kerry M. Wood
April 24, 1938 - July 2, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Retired English teacher Kerry Michael Wood, a Palo Alto resident from 1960 to 2000, died July 2, 2019, at his home in Pleasanton with his wife and sons at his side. He was 81. Born in Long Beach, California, Kerry attended St. Anthony High School. He graduated from Yale University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in English, and earned a Master of Arts from San Jose State University. During ...

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Jeffrey Faravelli
Dec. 15, 1965 - July 2, 2019
Folsom, California
Jeffrey Thomas Faravelli, son of Ralph and Carmen Faravelli, died unexpectedly in Sacramento, CA at the age of 53. Jeffrey is survived by his sisters, Jennifer of Folsom, Camille of Folsom, brother Keith of El Dorado Hills, his sons, Nick of Citrus Heights, Jared of Folsom, Jake and Cole of Roseville, his nephews, Jason and Todd, his niece, Marissa. Jeffrey was born on December 15, 1965 in M...

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Eitan Moshe Fenson
Sept. 3, 1953 - June 30, 2019
Los Altos, CA

Tags: teacher/educator, business, public service

Eitan Moshe Fenson passed away on June 30, 2019, at age 65 from complications of thyroid cancer. A Silicon Valley technologist-turned-community-activist, Eitan was known throughout the South Bay as a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and social justice. Eitan was born in Israel to an American mother and Canadian father, and moved to New York City at the age of four. He grew up in the Fl...

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Verna Aldous
Feb. 18, 1924 - June 30, 2019
Portola Valley, California
Verna Greaves Aldous of Portola Valley, CA, passed away on June 30, 2019. She was born in Preston, Idaho on February 18, 1924. She loved dances, movies, tennis, and especially her horses. She was on her high school debate team and served in student government. She was an excellent student and was active in her church. Verna earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Uta...

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Christopher G. Dawes
1951 - June 29, 2019
Los Altos , California
Former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Christopher G. Dawes, died on June 29 as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 68 years old. Dawes stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the hospital in March 2018 to focus on his health. "I am particularly proud of the excellent clinical services we have created, sever...

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Donald Fitton
Nov. 10, 1924 - June 26, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator, public service

At the age of 94, Don died peacefully in his home with his family at his side. In his final hours, Don expressed profound gratitude for the full and blessed life he led. A native Californian, Don was born on an orange ranch in Lindsay, California, to Roland and Georgia Fitton. His father was an “Ace” fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force in WWI. To follow in his footsteps became Don’s gr...

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Martha Ann Acevedo
Oct. 14, 1918 - June 20, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Tags: teacher/educator

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Martha Ann, a loving widow, mother of five, and social activist, passed away at the age of 100. Martha Ann was born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 14, 1918 to Edgar and Mattie Jamison. She had an older sister, Sara, with whom she was very close, and she had wonderful memories of the summers she spent on the Kinzie’s farm in Virginia with their children and farm a...

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Judy Curry Daniels
Sept. 4, 1934 - June 19, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Judy contributed to the lives of numerous people through her extraordinary kindness, positivity and love. While living at Kensington Place, a memory care facility, she passed away peacefully. Until her death Judy remarkably continued to bring love and warmth to others and will always be remembered for her loving spirit. Judy was born in Providence, RI and subsequently raised in Santa Barbara, CA. ...

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Xia Guan
Feb. 4, 1970 - June 18, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Xia Guan, beloved mother, wife, and daughter, passed away on June 18, 2019, after 5 years of brave battle with cancer. She was born February 4, 1970, in Hubei, China. At age 14, she was admitted to the Special Class for Gifted Youth in the best science and technology university in China. After graduating from University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in ...

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David I Brees
Oct. 23, 1930 - June 15, 2019
Carson City, Nevada
David I. Brees, 88, passed away peacefully June 15, 2019 in Carson City, NV. A former resident of Palo Alto, he and his wife Jan owned Nature’s Alley located in the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, which originally opened in Los Gatos. Born in Portland, OR, Dave attended UCLA where he met the love of his life, Jan, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Dave was an active long-time member of ...

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Jeanne D. Hutchins
July 26, 1918 - June 10, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Jeanne D. Hutchins, California Native and long-time resident of Palo Alto, died June 10, in her own bed where she wanted to be. She was almost 101. Gifted with long-life, health, charm, and strong will, she and husband Hutch raised her two children with passion and humor, and as her family grew, ran "Camp-Cheese Fat"--a delicious Green Acres home for her pets and grandchildren, who dubbed her "...

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Thomas Edward McCrea
June 18, 1931 - June 6, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: veteran

Thomas Edward McCrea, Sr., 87, of Palo Alto passed away on June 6 at the Palo Alto VA hospice, surrounded by family. Born June 18, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first of four sons born to Irish immigrants, William and Catherine (nee Clinton) McCrea. Tom had a long and varied career, but was always most proud of his service to country, starting with a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy and l...

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