Santa Paula Times


May 29, 2009
Vernon Austin Tubbs Vernon Austin Tubbs of Santa Paula went to be with the Lord May 23, 2009 at the age of 78 after he lost a long battle with emphysema and COPD. Vernon was born on June 14, 1930 in Russellville, Arkansas to his parents, John and Olive Tubbs.Vernon was married on January 15, 1954 to Lila M. Guthrie, and was married for 54 years. Vernon attended Santa Paula Union High School. He called Santa Paula home for over 60 years.Vernon enjoyed many different jobs while living in Santa Paula. Vernon was a 20-year veteran of the Santa Paula Police Department. During his career, he was the first detective of the SPPD. He worked with the FBI and DEA on the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force for many years. He retired to own and operate a trucking company and rooter business with two of his brothers. Vernon later returned to law enforcement as a federal police officer with the Department of Defense at Point Mugu Naval Air Station for another 12 years, where he later retired for good.Vernon enjoyed camping at the lake, fishing, water skiing and hunting. He enjoyed the lake so much that for many years he was a patrolman on Lake Piru.Vernon also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Between the years of 1949 to 1951, he served two tours in Korea.Vernon loved spending time and visiting with his family, and especially all of his grandkids. Vernon is survived by his son Ed and wife Debbie of Cambridge, Idaho; daughter Jo Ellen Smelcer of Santa Margarita; son Bob and wife Kathy of Santa Paula; son Paul and wife Sharon of Santa Paula; grandchildren: Darren, Lisa, Travis, Mike, Heather, Jared, Lindsay, Kristy, Candace, James, Calvin, Nianna, Patrick and Brenna, as well as many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews; and sister Peggy Davis of Santa Paula. Both of his parents and nine brothers and sisters preceded Vernon in death.Graveside services will be held on May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery. Pastor Robert Walpole will officiate the services.The Tubbs family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Santa Paula Hospital, CMH, Santa Paula Health Care/Twin Pines, and Dr. Michael Tushla and his staff for all the help, support and care.Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.Charles RuizCharles Ruiz, 55, a lifelong resident of Santa Paula, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Charles was born on September 18, 1953 in Ventura, California to Jesse Ruiz and Hortencia Gonzalez.Mr. Ruiz enjoyed fishing, boxing and spending time with the people he loved and loved him back... his family and friends. “We will miss all those special moments.”Charles is now reunited with his parents Jesse Ruiz and Hortencia Gonzalez-Morales and his stepfather Oscar Morales, and brothers Mark Morales and Ernie Morales.He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Lugo; sons, Anthony Ruiz and Isaiah Ruiz; daughters, Vanessa Ruiz, Brianna Ruiz and Ondrea Ruiz; his granddaughter Pearl Ruiz; his brothers, Jesse Ruiz Jr., Robert Ruiz, Joey Ruiz and Ambros Morales; his sister Jackie Villanueva; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, on Friday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a Chapel Service starting at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula.
Rebecca Ruth (Becky Walkup) EatonIt is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Becky Walkup Eaton. She went to be with Our Lord on May 15, 2009; this leaves a great void in the lives and hearts of her family, her friends, and the many patients she was devoted to.Becky was born May 2, 1945 in Hallock, Minnesota to Ruth and Gerald Eaton. She was the oldest of four children. Having three brothers she developed, at an early age, the strength to move forward, stand up for herself and face a challenge.At the age of 40 and without a high school diploma, Becky started nursing studies and graduated in 1984. She entered USC, where she received her Master of Science in nursing, specializing in geriatrics. This was a challenge, as she was working shifts at three different hospitals.Her career began in public health, and she eventually became a certified oncology and Hospice nurse. Becky worked for Meditech Health Services, caring for patients throughout the county of Ventura. In 1995 Becky added the position of part time nurse for Santa Clara Valley Hospice, where she was dearly loved by her patients and their families.Becky has received certificates of appreciation from members of the U.S. Congress, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ventura County Board of Supervisors, Congresswoman Lois Capps, Senator Tom McClintock, and Assembly members Julia Brownlee and Pedro Nava. Becky was honored as a Woman of History by a local civic organization. One of her greatest honors was to receive the David C. Fainer Award as Community Nurse of the Year in 2007, having been nominated by her dear friend and colleague Dr. Mike Tushla.Becky enjoyed traveling anywhere by air, by motorcycle or in a motor home. Becky always met challenges upfront; although she was afraid of heights she went bungee jumping and skydiving. She often incorporated traveling with her passion for helping others. She and Bob traveled to Mexico to assist the Doctors and Dentists Christian Group. She also went to Turkey on a mission for IMPACT, through the Presbyterian Church.Becky served on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club; she was the keynote speaker as a cancer survivor for Santa Paula Relay for Life Walk in 2006. She was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, and also their parish nurse.She is survived by her mother Ruth Barron of Fargo, North Dakota; brothers Brad, Bryce and Barry; daughters Tammy Hay and Heidi Morris (husband Doug); nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her friend, love and companion Bob Richardson.Becky was preceded in death by her father Gerald and her beloved Aunt Vivian of Jamestown, North Dakota.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Ventura County Community Foundation/Becky Eaton Nursing Scholarship, 1317 Del Norte Rd., Suite 150, Camarillo, CA 93010.A celebration of her life was held Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Davis St., Santa Paula.Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.