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CHRISTENSEN, MARY BOWMAN  
MARY BOWMAN CHRISTENSEN Mary Bowman Christensen, age 88, passed away peacefully at home in Reno, Nev., on Jan. 8, 2017, after a brief illness. The native Nevadan and long time Pahrump resident was born Dec. 6, 1928 to Elizabeth (Waite) and Elmer Bowman in Logandale, Nev. She was raised in Logandale and was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She moved to Las Vegas after graduation from high school and attended beautician school in Long Beach, Calif. In 1948 she married Lyle Christensen and moved to the Manse Ranch in Pahrump, which had been purchased by her parents. She and her husband worked on the ranch and began a family. In 1961, Mary and Lyle bought a 264-acre portion of the ranch and moved a wood-frame house from Las Vegas to a new homesite on CAAS Street. Mary and Lyle operated Christensen Aerial Application Service for 22-years. Lyle was the pilot, Mary drove the water truck support vehicle. In 1998, after 50 years of farming in Pahrump, they sold the farm, which is now part of the Mountain Falls development and golf course, and moved to Reno. Mary was elected to and served as chair of the Nye County School Board in the late 1960s. Mary loved music and played the piano and organ for her church. Listening to classic country artists and singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole gave her much happiness in her final years. She was a strong woman and took pride in her ability to live on her own until shortly before she passed. Mary was predeceased by Lyle and their daughter Rosemary. She was the loving mother of Mitch (Lisa), JoLynn Worley (Dave), Hans and Wade, and grandmother of Sam Austin, Molly Beaupre (Tim) and Lesley. Mary is survived by her sisters, Lola Stiborek and Imogene Andersen, and her brothers, Merton and Mel Bowman. Funeral services will be in Pahrump at the Manse Springs Ward of the LDS Church on Sat., Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Chief Tecopa Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Pahrump Family Mortuary.
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Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Jan. 18, 2017
DENISON SR., DARRYL D.  
DARRYL D. DENISON, SR. Darryl D. Denison, Sr., formerly of Pahrump, passed away on Christmas. He was a proud 50+ year member of Teamsters Local 631. A Memorial service will be held on January 28th at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on Gamebird Road.
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Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Jan. 18, 2017
OKURA, EIKO  
EIKO OKURA Eiko Okura, 84, passed away from kidney cancer on December 29, 2016 in Walnut Creek, CA. She was born to the late Uheiji and Sato Matsumoto on March 22, 1932 in Chatsworth, CA. In 1942, Eiko and her family were interned to Manzanar Relocation Camp in Inyo County, CA. She married Tadashi (Tada) Okura on July 30, 1955 and moved to Honolulu, HI. They later moved to Gardena, CA and raised 2 children. They retired to Pahrump, NV for 19 years. Recently, they moved to Walnut Creek, CA, to live with their daughter's family. Eiko enjoyed cooking and hosting family celebrations at their home. Eiko will be remembered for her many delicious meals, especially on New Years. Many friends will also fondly remember the weekly poker parties they hosted. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Eiko is preceded in death by her parents Uheiji and Sato, as well as her 6 siblings and many siblings-in-laws. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, her 2 children Darlene (Russell) Muraoka and Mark (Deb), 4 grandchildren: Kalene, Colin, Kyle, Kristen, along with many, many nieces and nephews. A cremation service will be held at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, CA on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10 am. In addition, funeral services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday, February 11, 2016 at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Jan. 20, 2017
PARKER, LINDA CHRISTINE  
LINDA CHRISTINE PARKER Linda Parker, born June 4, 1948, in San Bernardino, Calif., left us January 1, 2017 in Pahrump, Nev. Born the only child of William Vernon and Elizabeth Ella Jacobson Graham with a birth defect not having an ankle joint in her left foot, she spent most of her life having surgeries and in braces to accommodate the growth until 1976 when an amputation became necessary. Unfortunately the effects created spine and hip irregularities that would become irreversible. Linda married James Jean Cummins, Sr. in 1966 and bore 2 children with him, Jim passed in 1973. Linda married Tommie Joe Chapman later that year and moved to Las Vegas where they raised those children as his own, and she worked as head secretary for the Las Vegas Convention Center until 1980 when they moved to Pahrump. Linda got involved with the local extension office and was one of the founders of the 4-H Easy Rider Equine group and rescued many animals, working as a change girl and bar tender. She and Tommie moved back to San Bernardino for a short time until their divorce, when she returned. Later she married Randy Lee Parker and tried living in central Tex., but Pahrump was her home, retiring there with her son and daughter-in-law. Linda is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randy Chandler. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law Clay and Kristi O'Laughlin of Wash. State; grandchildren: Joseph and Cindy Clugston and Nathan Clugston, all of San Diego, CA. She was very close with her son Jimmy Cummins of Pahrump as well as her ex-daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Starr Grenier. She had many people in her life that loved and cared for her and her needs that are not forgotten. A celebration of life will be today, Friday Jan 20, 4:00 pm at the LDS Manse Building, 5461 Manse Road.
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Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Jan. 20, 2017
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