October 10, 2002

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Marianna Williamson

Marianna Williamson, recently of Yellow Springs, died Sunday, Sept. 22, in Knoxville, Tenn. She was 99 years of age.

Born on August 31, 1903, in Lodi, N.J., she grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. She was a graduate of the Dwight School in Englewood, N.J., and of Ogontz Junior College in Philadelphia. An accomplished pianist, she also attended music school in New York City. Later, she lived in Knoxville for 62 years.

She was an avid traveler, particularly drawn to the ocean and beach, and was a serious shell collector. Every year for 45 years she visited Cape Hatteras, N.C., which became her beloved second home. She also loved dogs.

In 1999, she moved to Yellow Springs and lived for three years with her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Gordon Chapman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Williamson, a faculty member at the University of Tennessee.

In addition to the Chapmans, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Lee Williamson, of Knoxville, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held in Knoxville on Sept. 24. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, 800 Millwood Road, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Estella B. Walker

Estella B. Walker, of Yellow Springs, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Villa of Springfield. She was 76 years of age.

She was born August 29, 1926, in Chillicothe, the daughter of Samuel and Estella (Winbun) Stewart.

She was a homemaker and a Springfield newspaper carrier for 16 years. She was also a member of Faith Wesleyan Church, where she served as church treasurer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond E. Walker; two sons, Roland and Michael L. Walker; two daughters, Ruth E. and Deborah S. Walker; and four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra K. Lynch of Orange, Calif., and Rose M. (Jack) Walker-Smith, of Springfield; one son, Danny R. Walker of Yellow Springs; one sister, Jean Upthegrove of Utica, N.Y.; one brother, Richard (Dianne) Stewart of Lancaster; six grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Faith Wesleyan Church, and burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The final tribute was a service of the Porter-Qualls Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel.

Grace A. Tribur

Grace A. (Driscoll) Tribur died Monday, Sept. 30, at Regina Nursing Home in Hastings, Minn. She was 91 years of age.

She was born in Columbus on April 21, 1911, to David A. and Annie Laurie Driscoll. She made her home in South St. Paul, Minn., and Yellow Springs.

She was a past member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Yellow Springs, St. John Vianney Church, South St. Paul, Minn., and Regina Chapel, Hastings, Minn. She was a past member of the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center, a long-time member of the National Right to Life Organization, and a special friend to many at Regina Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers and sisters, husband, Cyril, granddaughter, Mirielle, and many loved family members and friends.

She is survived by her children, Christopher A. (Marie) Tribur of Morrison, Colo., and Laurie T. (Brad) Nilles of South St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren, Douglas, Zoe, Aaron, Martha, Luke and Hannah; and her special “daughters,” Ellen Hart-Shegos and Ann C. Fox.

Mass of Catholic Burial and Resurrection was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel, with interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Columbus, on Oct. 4.

Elinor B. Preis

Elinor B. Preis, a longtime resident of Yellow Springs, died of pneumonia in San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 16. She was 88 years of age.

She was born May 25, 1914, in Elberon, N.J.

She first came to Yellow Springs in 1949 with her family and remained here until 1963, when her family moved to New Zealand. Subsequently she moved to Griffith, Australia, where she lived until moving to San Diego in 1988.

She was a lover of opera and musical productions. Shortly after moving to Yellow Springs, she performed in a Gilbert and Sullivan production at the old Yellow Springs Opera House. She had been a member of the Yellow Springs Friends Meeting and served on the Board of Directors of the Yellow Springs Senior Citizen’s Center.

She is remembered for her gentle, modest, and unassuming manner and for her kindness and helpfulness to those around her. Having worn glasses since she was 14 years old, she had a lifelong interest in helping those with vision problems. She frequently assisted people with visual handicaps and particularly enjoyed reading to people with poor eyesight.

She is survived by her sons, Michael of Port Washington, N.Y., and Pat (Betsy) of Girdwood, Ala.; and two grandsons, Thomas and Andrew, both of Girdwood, Ala., of whom she was very proud.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 21 in San Diego.

David W. Hull

David W. Hull, Xenia, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 30, at Greene Memorial Hospital. He was 67 years of age.

He was born June 21, 1935, in Fairfield, Ohio, the son of Charles and Cora Young Hull.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of St. Brigid Church and was formerly employed at Vernay Laboratories.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. “Peg” (Finn) Hull, whom he married May 17, 1958; four children and their spouses, Douglas W. and Veronica Hull, Beavercreek, Melissa and Brian Neary, Xenia, Angie and Scott Beam, Xenia, and Michael J. Hull, Xenia; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Allison, David, Nicholas, Alexander, Jackson, Olivia and Chloe; and a brother, Chester Davis, Virginia Beach, Va.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Brigid Church, Xenia. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery, Yellow Springs. Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.