Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998


Dorothy Ames

Dorothy Imogene Lanier Ames, 88, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died June 9 at University Convalescent Hospital in Menlo Park after a lengthy illness. She was born in 1910 in Nashville, Tenn., but attended elementary and high school in Phoenix, Ariz. She received a teaching credential in 1932 from Arizona State University. She and her husband, Edward, were married in 1932, after he graduated from Stanford University. The couple honeymooned in Palo Alto. After residing in the Northwest, where Edward was in business and sales, the couple returned to Palo Alto in 1950. She served as a volunteer at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park for 25 years. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 400 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Lawrence W. Bruce

Lawrence W. Bruce, 91, a resident of Atherton for 30 years, died from natural causes at his home on May 17. He was a native of Springfield, Ore. He worked as a representative for Union Oil Company. He was a member of Elks Club BPOE No. 1471 and the Union Oil Company Retirees Association. He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Heisel of Menlo Park and Marjorie (Justin) Berglund of Los Altos; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Stanford Health Care Services, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Webster Jones Jr.

Webster Jones Jr., 84, a resident of the Palo Alto/Menlo Park area for more than 40 years, died May 24 in Santa Barbara. He was born in San Rafael in 1913, and attended private elementary schools and Tamalpais High School, where he distinguished himself both athletically and academically. He then attended Stanford University, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He was Head Yell Leader for two years in which Stanford went to the Rose Bowl. His acrobatics and booming voice charged up the student body and rallied the team to victory. Upon his graduation from Stanford in 1937, he did some traveling around the country and then went to work in 1938 as a Marine Underwriter for Fireman's Fund Insurance in San Francisco, where he continued to move up the corporate ladder until his retirement in 1979. At the outset of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a lieutenant commander and head gunnery officer on troop transports in the South Pacific. He set down roots in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, where he and his wife, Jean, raised three children. They traveled extensively for most of the past 20 years. After his wife died in 1994, he moved to Santa Barbara to spend time with his children and enjoy a warmer climate. He loved wild animals, and his favorite adventure vacation was a three-week safari to Africa with many of his Stanford friends. He also had a passion for golf. He is survived by a son, Webster "Skip" Jones of Tarzana; two daughters, Alicia Jones James of Bishop and Paige Jones Kelleher of Goleta; and five grandchildren. He will be buried in a private family ceremony next to his wife.

Jessie Locke Howell Landsdale

Jessie Locke Howell Landsdale, 94, a resident of Palo Alto for 18 years, died June 2 in Sunnyvale. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1903, and lived in many countries before moving to Westchester County, New York. An alumna of Barnard College, she worked as assistant to the Borough President of Manhattan, assistant to the director of the U.S.O. during World War II, assistant to the president of Sarah Lawrence College and as a librarian for the National Council of YMCAs. She was an accomplished musician, performing in many singing roles, and also in concerts as a pianist. She spent many years in New York City, in Rochester, N.Y., and in Athens, Greece. She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Howell Peterson of Palo Alto; two step-sons, H. Parker Lansdale of Sarasota, Fla., and Bruce Lansdale of Aptos; a sister, Joan Locke Brown of Orleans, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Services will be private. Contributions may be made to the American Farm Schook, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, or to the YMCA of the USA Archives, 2642 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Joan Pearl McDonald

Joan Pearl McDonald, 76, a one-time resident of Palo Alto, died June 6 at a Chico hospital. She was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, Ind. She moved to California as a child, was raised in Palo Alto, and graduated from Castilleja High School in 1941. In 1943, she married Donald Moon in Palo Alto. She married again in 1960, in Reno, Nev., to Clifford McDonald. She relocated to Orland in 1978 and settled in Chico in 1983. She traveled extensively throughout the United States for the last 15 years. She enjoyed conducting craft classes at the various mobile home parks at which she stayed. She is survived by her husband, Clifford McDonald of Chico; two daughters, Donna Bjork-Auger of Palo Alto and Cheryl Alaways of Chico; two sons, Jim Moon and Tom McDonald, both of Chico; two step-daughters, Phylice Jensen of Fair Oaks, and Nadine Lyon of Union City, Tenn.; one sister, Lucille Moreno of Santa Clara; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

Louise Renfrew

Louise Renfrew, 64, a resident of Palo Alto for 20 years, died in San Francisco on June 15. She was active in the Junior League of Palo Alto for 30 years as well as the PTA. She was also involved in the Garden Club of Palo Alto and was an avid tennis player and runner. She is survived by three daughters, Anne Lepesant of Los Angeles, Cate Blakeseley of Portland, Ore., and Meg Renfrew of San Francisco; one son, Bruce Renfrew of Redwood City; and 6 granddaughters. Services will be held on Monday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco.

Elmus Ruff

Elmus "Lin" Ruff, 81 a resident of the Menlo Park area for 51 years, died June 10 at Stanford Hospital. He was a native of Stockton. After graduating from the University of California at Davis he took up an interest in flying. Before World War II, he got into the Civilian Pilot Training Program and during the war he became a flight instructor for Army cadets at the Mississippi Institute of Aeronautics at Jackson, Miss. and later at Souther Field, Americus, Ga. In 1945, he joined TWA and flew the DC-3, DC-4, Martin 404, all Constellations and the Convair 880. He retired a 30-year captain in 1974. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Ruff of Menlo Park; two daughters, Carol L. Woodward of Carson City, Nev., and Jeanette Tranberg of San Jose; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held. A memorial gathering will be held at his home on Saturday, June 20, from 2-5 p.m. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4810, Burlingame, CA 94011-4810 or to Serra Parents Association, c/o John King, 160 Walter Hays Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

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