Monday, 15 July 2024


Ruth Darling. Courtesy photo.

In Loving Memory
Ruth Darling
Wife, Mother, Nonni, Sister and Friend
Jan. 15, 1957 — Feb. 10, 2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Ruth Darling passed away on Feb. 10, 2024.

She lived her life with joy and very rare were the days that she didn’t laugh and count her blessings.

She had battled cancer for the last months of her life but never complained and still was the heart of her family, finding joy in her marriage and being a loving mother and grandmother.

Ruth Nelson was born to Vivian and Jack Nelson in Winnemucca, Nevada in 1957. She never forgave her parents for not making it to Reno for her birth!

Ruth attended multiple schools before finally settling in Grass Valley, California, and finishing grammar school.

Ruth attended Nevada Union High School where she met the love of her life, Dennis Darling. From the time that they met in the grocery aisles of Shop N’ Save they were inseparable for the next 53 years.

Ruth received her greatest pleasure in the company of her family. She hosted family dinners on a regular basis and loved the cacophony of children playing and adults sharing their lives. Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays were always loud and celebrated with all the family.

She loved her daughters and relished their calls that kept her updated on their lives. She loved all her grandchildren and spent many happy hours sharing their lives, always passing on a life lesson. Her fondest memories were of family cruises, family trips to Hawaii, Disneyland and wherever family was nearby.

Ruth was very involved in the Lake County community. She worked in the family grocery business starting in 1983 and retired only a month before her passing.

She had served on the Lakeport schools site council, PTO and was involved in her daughter’s sports and fine arts.

Ruth supported many local charities with her time and donations, but when she joined the Lakeport Rotary Club, she really found her passion. She loved working on the Konocti Challenge bike race, the community Easter egg hunt, community service projects and hosting foreign exchange students. She served as club president and secretary and loved the local and international community service that Rotary provided.

Ruth loved her home and never tired of the beautiful sunrise over Clear Lake. She was at peace there and commented many times that she had found her paradise right here in Lake County.

She also loved to travel and had been all over the world and to all 50 states. Ruth loved experiencing new places and meeting new people, always with a smile. She truly believed that travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness and that only through learning about other people can we understand the world.

Ruth approached each day with enthusiasm and curiosity, finding joy in simple pleasures and expressing gratitude for life.

Her attitude was contagious, inspiring those around her to appreciate their own experiences. Ruth embodied the spirit of a life well lived and will be missed by all who she touched.

Ruth was predeceased by her mother, Vivian, and her father, Jack, and sister Lennis.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; daughter Amber (Victor) Talmage; grandsons, Devon Talmage, Blake Talmage and Braxton Talmage; granddaughters, Chelsea Cook, Madison Boyer and Hope Cook; great granddaughter, Wrenley Floro; daughter, Kori (Andrew) Pierson; grandsons, Quinn Pierson, Jacob Pierson and Ben Pierson; and sister; Dawn (Jim) Hodge.

In addition, she leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

It isn’t when we were born or when we died that matters, it is the time in between and how we lived and loved.

Ruth lived everyday with joy and gave her love unconditionally.

Martha Morinda. Courtesy photo.

Martha E. Morinda
Aug. 10, 1952 — Feb. 18, 2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — In loving memory of Martha E. Morinda, 71 years old, she was a member of the Elem Indian Colony.

Martha is predeceased by Godfrey SR (her baby Daddy); son, Lawerence Jr.; siblings, Barbara and Mayfield. She leaves behind her sisters, Bonnie, Pam, and Brenda; children, Adrian, Ko-e-ya, Houghton Sr., Nellie, Coletta, and Elton; grandchildren, Xae-li, Moe, Vanessa, Isa, Lil Adrian, Jordan, Mya, Jazzmyne, Damien, Houghton Jr., Laylah, Nations, Giancarlo, Pebbz, and Bibbz; great grandchildren, Jermaine, Lyda, Lejen, Adrian III and one on the way.

Martha was a hard working home-maker.

We will be bringing her home to Elem Indian Colony Reservation for traditional visitation starting on Friday, March 1, at 11 a.m. and continuing until her burial on Monday, March 4, at 11 a.m.

She will be greatly missed by all and may she rest in peace.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Trinten Batemon. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Trinten Paul-Lee Batemon, born Aug. 8, 2004, unexpectedly gained his wings and joined his younger brother Blue, his papa and daughter Makayla on Feb. 3, 2024, at the young age of 19.

Trint is survived by his mom, Lorisha Scott (Que); father, Ed Batemon; Mema Joy, great grams (Elaine); sisters, Karissa and Aaijsha; brothers, Thomas and Eddie; his auntie/cousin Jessie and her husband Miguel; Auntie Caca; and not just his cousin but more of a brother, Demillion; along with lots of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Trint had many close friends who they all called each other brothers that were always at the house especially if mama was cookin’!

Services will be held at 14550 Pearl Ave in Clearlake on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date and will be posted as soon as we have that date time and place!

Donations are not necessary but greatly appreciated and can be made on the Gofundme page, Zelle, Cashapp and Apple Pay or you can contact Trint’s mom Lorisha at 707-701-1108 or on Facebook under Lorisha Scott for more information.

Marilyn Hanson aboard one of her horses. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Marilyn Hanson passed away in Kelseyville on Feb. 22 at the age of 74. She was born in Lake County on May 15, 1949 where she grew up and went to Kelseyville schools.

Marilyn was a long time participant and leader in 4-H, raising steers to sell at the 4-H auction at the Lake County Fair.

She was a long time member and leader in the Lake County Junior Horsemen. She loved horses and was an accomplished rider. She competed in horse shows and fairs throughout Northern California, eventually accumulating more than 250 ribbons, 81 trophies and several belt buckles.

In 1965 Marilyn was chosen Lake County Rodeo Queen. She had two appearances at the Cow Palace in San Francisco both times being the runner-up for Cow Palace Queen. On July 2, 1967, she entered and won the annual Miss Lake County Pageant. A short time later on July 20, 1967, she represented Lake County in the California Rodeo in Salinas, winning that title as well.

As an adult Marilyn was a long time and active member of the Clearlake Senior Horsemen, serving as an officer and participating in many events. She worked at several occupations.

She co-owned a consulting business, Environmental Systems and Services. And for several years Marilyn worked at Homestake Gold Mine driving one of the huge dump trucks.

Marilyn is survived by her two sons, three grandchildren and her brother.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Erik Mezori. Courtesy photo.

Erik Neal Mezori, 44, passed away suddenly on Feb. 2, 2024, due to unexpected heart complications at Adventist Health St. Helena, California; his family and friends are profoundly saddened.

Erik was like the sun, radiating warmth and brightness into the lives of those around him. He was an exemplary partner, friend and human being. He embodied the best qualities, unconditional love, great sense of humor, charming, words of wisdom, resiliency and an unending generosity to others.

Erik is survived by his father, Patrick Vincent; sister, Rikki Ruiz; and fiancé, Toshia Johnson. He is predeceased by his mother, Mary Mezori.

Erik was born on Feb. 12, 1979, in Ukiah, California. He attended Upper Lake High School in Upper Lake, California.

He accepted everyone with an open heart, open arms and a perpetual smile.

In his career, he worked as a production coordinator at Bellota Agrisolutions & Tools in Rock Island, Illinois, team leader at JMF Manufacturing, and assistant camera operator on various TV shows. His hobbies included playing frisbee golf, basketball and hiking.

A celebration of life for Erik will be held in the Quad Cities in March, and early summer in Idaho with his immediate family.

Erik's departure comes as a great shock, making a deep wound that is gravely felt by his entire family and countless others who loved him dearly in his wide-network of friends and acquaintances. The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Philip Gomez. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Big Valley Rancheria Tribal Elder Philip Gomez entered into rest on Feb. 16, 2024.

He dedicated the last 11 years to serving his tribe.

Philip was a family man. He leaves behind his wife, Rudelle; and children, Rosie, Vanessa, Devin, Chet and Philip Gomez Jr.

He is predeceased by his parents, Phil and Zelda McCloud.

Traditional visitation will take place at his home, 2975 Red Feather Lane in Lakeport, starting Thursday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. and continue until his graveside funeral at St. Mary's Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

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