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Obits From page 2 honest, kind and loyal woman who loved things close to home. She enjoyed knitting, baking bread, crosswords, writing, movies, na- ture, wildflowers, birds, horses, time with her girlfriends, family and her grandchildren. Horses were a very special part of her life. She loved to go to Mid- dle Ranch and ride Crumpet (her favorite horse) with the COBRAS (Catalina's Old Broads Riding As- sociation), of which she was one of the founding members. She cher- ished her time riding in the peace- ful, beautiful interior hills of the Island with her dear friends and the horses. In later years, when riding be- came difficult, Donna along with her husband Mike enjoyed shar- ing her love of horses, by driving the young Pony Club girls to-and- from Middle Ranch for their riding lessons. She realized riding was a good thing to keep the young girls of the Island busy and out of trouble. Donna's husband Mike passed in 2001. After falling and break- ing her ankle in April of 201 ~i, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She moved into assisted living and has been near her children for the past two years in Hollywood and Corona del Mar. Six months ago Donna was diagnosed with inoperable heart aneurisms. Although Donna's chil- dren planned to try to bring "Miss Donna" home to Avalon, God had different plans and he took her sooner than the family expected. It is no doubt that all who knew Donna will surely miss her sweet smile and laugh, her beautiful, in- nocent and kind spirit. She will be in all our hearts forever. She is predeceased by her be- loved husband Michael Piacentini, parents Alice and James Smith all of Avalon, and brother, Mickey Smith of Santa Mafia. Donna is survived by her son Gregg Piacentini, of West Hol- lywood, daughter Suzanne Vasu, granddaughters Alexandria & Raquel of Laguna Beach, brother Charlie Smith, of Oklahoma and Sister-in-law Jackie Smith of Santa Mafia, CA. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine's Church in Avalon at 12:30pm on Saturday January 7th. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Donna's name to The Santa Cata- lina Island Pony Club supporting CATAUNA COUPLE OF THE YEAR Jack and Cathy Sweeney for being misidenti- fled not only once, but the correction was unidentified. Murphy's Law does live on this Island. Thank you for your patience. Middle Ranch horseback riding lessons/care and mainland horse event opportunities, for the youth of Avalon: S.C.I.P.C. P.O. Box 395 Avalon, CA 90704. For additional information con- tact: Suzanne Vasu at (949) 230- 8858, Kelly Morrow 1961-2011 Kelly Morrow died on Sept. 5 of this year with her family by her side. She was born July 26, 1961, in San Pedro to Art and Marie Emerson. Morrow spent her summers on the Island, enjoying its unique life- style. She worked for many years at Lloyd's, where she made many life-long friends. She spent her days playing games at the arcade, waterskiing with Darcee Gollatz and the gang, going to movies and dances at the Casino and just en- joying Avalon. Morrow graduated from USC Business School in 1984 second in her class. She earlier gradu- ated from San Pedro High School in 1979, after attending Dodson Middle School and Crestwood Elementary School. She was an accomplished student, graduating with scholastic honors; always near the top of her class. She married and had two girls: Katie and Caroline. Morrow's in- terests included cooking, sewing and reading. She enjoyed travel- ling, especially to France where she could speak fluent French with relatives outside of Paris. She de- voted much of her time and energy to her job as a mother and as an Accounting Supervisor at various companies through the years. Morrow is survived by her two daughters Katie and Caroline; mother Marie; sister Kathy; broth- ers Mitch and Brian; niece Gene- vieve; nephew Henry and Max, the family's faithful golden retriever. She was preceded in death by her father, Art Emerson. Remembrance From page 9 Paul Sr., was caretaker at the Bird Park and was an air raid warden in Avalon during World War II while Paul Jr. was in the Amphibious Corp of the US Navy helping to retake Guam. Robert Hoyt He was born in Avalon, Cata- lina Island, on Aug. 14, 1926, where his father, Jack Dows, was employed by the Wrigley Corpo- ration. Later, the family moved to the Los Feliz area of Los Ange- les. In 1944, at the age of 17, he joined the U. S. Navy, where he served two years. After his discharge he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Ana College, and then a Bachelor of Arts in business from Fresno State University. Con- sidered by many in the business world to be one of Santa Ana College's most successful alumni, Bob also enjoyed a successful career as a quarterback for the Santa Ana College Dons during 1946-1947. He continued his foot- ball career for the Fresno State Bulldogs. In 1950, he married Dorothy, his college sweetheart began his career with First Ameri- can Title Company. In 1979, Bob received the Alumni Achievement Award from Santa Ana College. Joan Allen Cincush On Sept. 4, 1915, Joan Alice Quartermaine was born in the Bloomsbury District of London, England. At the age of 7, the sisters crossed the Atlantic to meet their mother in New York. Joan married Leonard Allen in 1937. They had four children. The family visited many places on vacations and one of their favorites was Avalon, where Joan and Leonard bought a home and YIR From page 8 then returned to the yacht on a dinghy. The next morning, Doug Bombard found Wood's body in the water and the dinghy adrift, and that's all we know for sure. The official investigation con- cluded that Wood drowned acci- dentally. She was found wearing a nightgown, socks, and a jacket that most likely kept the body from sinking. Now, 30 years later, Captain Davem has written a book. His inflammatory comments prompted the LA County Sheriffs to re-open the investigation. Davem said on the "Today Show" recently that he lied to in- vestigators 30 years ago, and told a story "more compatible with the one Wagner wanted to release." He claims that Wagner kept him from searching for Wood, after Wagner earlier accused Walken of trying to sleep with his wife. According to recent statements by California resident Marilyn Wayne, who was moored in the same area that night -- approxi- mately 40 yards away--she heard a woman's cries for help. "While listening to the cries, we called the harbor patrol but no one answered. Then we called the sheriff's office in Avalon, 12 miles away. Whoever answered told us a helicopter would be sent, but it did not come. Now, compare it to her account in 1981. The original Times article cov- ers the cries for help, but when Wayne was asked then why they didn't help, she was quoted as saying, "It was laid back. There was no urgency or immediacy in their shouts." Island eagle rescued in Washington State Avalon, an Island-born eagle, is now training with the educational programs of Ojai Raptor Center after recovering from injuries she received on a months-long journey throughout the contiguous United States. Avalon--formally known by those who work with her by her tagged name, eagle K04--was a chick of the Two Harbors nest last year. The nest has been breeding successfully and has produced at least one viable chick each year since 2004. While these eagles have instinctive flight patterns, the departure of Avalon was unexpect- ed, as neither of her parents had left the Island in 25 years. Howev- er, in the early months of2011, she flew more than the usual 26 miles across the sea, and actually ended up in Washington state. She was discovered in a muddy field near the city of Duvall, with a serious wing injury. Unable to fly properly, the eagle flew by a different method back to care centers: by airplane. She ar- rived at the Institute of Wildlife Studies, which was dedicated to Avalon's rehabilitation and release (the Institute releases 60 percent moved in 1972. In 1975 she began attending the Christian Science Church in Avalon, took classes and joined the church in 1981. She participated as second reader and was an attendant in the Reading Room both in Avalon and in Ontario. She died Oct. 4. Her ashes were scattered at sea off Catalina Island. Frank Baker Frank Baker, 57, died follow- ing an accident Sunday, Dec. 4. Baker and his companion of nine years, Sue Perkins, were near Cleveland, Georgia when the incident occurred. They had moved from Avalon in the spring of 2010 after Baker took early retirement from the city of Avalon Public Works Department follow- ing 13 years of service. Many will remember him often driving the street sweeper, in addition to many other duties. of its patient animals back into the wild). However, when it was found that Avalon would be unable to return to such a free lifestyle, she was officially transferred to the Ojai Raptor Center in Ventura County. She is being trained as an ambassador eagle as a prelude to her full work in education. The typical eagle wing mark- ers were also removed from Ava- lon after she was officially com- mitted to work at the Ojai Raptor Center. The eagles are also usu- ally equipped with a labeled band, which displays a phone number for anyone who may find the eagle. It was these precautions that ensured the quick medical attention that saved Avalon's life. Though she was out of reach of the tracking de- vices, the provided phone number ensured her safety when she was discovered. Island Co. unveils Night Zip Uning Santa Catalina Island Company started a new Night Zip Line expe- rience beginning Dec. 16. Night Zip begins when a par- ticipant steps off a platform high above the ocean's edge and plung- es into total darkness. It covers three-quarters of a mile on five separate zip lines, reaching speeds of nearly 45 mph, at heights up to 300 feet above the canyon floor. At night, the speed and height seem faster than during the daylight. Night Zip Line riders can fly under the stars and moon, while high tech and solar lighting illu- minates the platforms. At each sta- tion, guides talk about the unique ecology and bio-diversity of Cata- lina Island, its nocturnal wildlife, history and culture. THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, December 30, 2011111