Santa Paula Times


July 30, 2010

Edward C. “Ted” Powers

Edward C. “Ted” Powers, 56, succumbed at his home in Oak View, CA on July 23, 2010 after an admirable battle with cancer. Ted was born on December 4, 1953 in Beach, ND. He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1972 and then from Humboldt State University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s in Geology.

Ted worked as a geologist, a profession he loved, for more than 35 years. He was both a Registered Geologist (‘89) and a Certified Engineering Geologist(‘91). A longtime resident of Santa Paula, he spent years studying the geology of  Ventura County’s coastline, with a special emphasis on the La Conchita area.

Ted’s family, friends, and colleagues will remember him as an extraordinary person, strong and tough, but also incredibly fair, kind, and generous. He was also a bit of a rascal, with a self-deprecating and bone-dry sense of humor.

He was a true and loyal friend, incredibly intelligent and well read, with an encyclopedic knowledge of geology, history, and engineering. Ted loved the outdoors, including hiking and camping with family and friends,and spending time on his boat.

Ted will also be remembered for his faithful service as a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team for 17 years, from 1993 to 2010.

Ted is survived by his mother, Yvonne; three daughters, Katy, Claire, and Janie; a grandson, Wyatt; one sister, Suzanne, three brothers, Tom, Jim, and Mike; and his best friend and companion through thick and thin, Adrienne.

Ted wanted to be sure that a special “Thanks” is relayed to the skilled and extraordinarily caring doctors, nurses, and staff at the VCMC, the Oncology Center, and Livingston Memorial’s palliative and hospice care team. VCMC’s

Dr. Bryan Wong and Dr. Evan Slater, and Livingston’s Jean Marie Tantalo, RN, became extended family members. Their collective professionalism, concern, and compassion made Ted’s last year as fulfilling and dignified as it could possibly have been. Ted’s friends and family will be forever grateful.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Cummings’ Barn in Santa Paula on Wednesday, August 4 at 5pm.

Please contact Katy Powers at 805-907-1222 for directions or details.


Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010.  She was a long time resident of Ventura County, also she was a charter member of the Santa Paula Freewill Baptist Church, where she was very active for many years.

She moved to Oklahoma 12 years ago to be near her children

Edna is survived by her Son; Devone Lewis and Daughter; Sharon Olsen, Granddaughters; Cindy Bjerk, Shellie Barr, Kelly Conour, Judy Watson, Susie Johnson, Patty Mead and Bridget Smith, 12 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Friday, July 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, 380 Cemetery rd., Santa Paula, CA, with Cecil Spurlock officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, CA (805) 525-3391.