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Paul Ballard Cox


A private memorial will take place in Florida for Paul Ballard Cox, 89, who died April 11, 2005 in Carson City.

Mr. Cox was born Jan. 31, 1916 in Homestead, Fla., to Charlie and Irene Cavender Cox. He was in the U.S. Army. A retired heavy equipment operator, he was a member of the Gardnerville Kiwanis Club and the Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Elizabeth McIlwain, he is survived by his wife Betty Cox , daughters, Carol Tudor and husband David and Paula Caves and husband Larry, sisters, Mildred Holt , Jeanette Lopez, Irene Smith, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to a charity of your choice.

Nancy McGuire


A former Carson Valley resident, Nancy McGuire, 88, of Santa Barbara, died March 27 in a Santa Maria Hospital.

Born in Vallejo, Calif., in 1916, she graduated from Galileo High School in San Francisco where she was active in sports and cheerleading.

During WWII, she worked as a volunteer army nurse, and was later accepted into the women’s army air force pilot training program in Carson Valley, Nev. There, she met her husband Benny (also a pilot) and had one son, David. The family lived in the Valley from 1945 to 1959.

Together, with their own hands, they built their own house, while she worked as the personal secretary to the governor of Nevada. In 1969 they moved to the family home in Santa Barbara.

Always trying to be the best possible person she could be, she enrolled in UCSB and graduated in 1971 with a degree in sociology. Later, she wrote several children’s and mystery novels while helping her husband with the newsletter for the SB County Retirement Association.

In 1994 Nancy and Benny played a key role in helping their son, David, start and develop a world-wide alternative therapy program for people who stutter.

She has joined her husband as the guardian angels of the people of this program, their son, granddaughters, and all those who knew them for the loyal, honest, loving, hard working, wise people they were. They also helped David start Rite of Passage in 1984.

A memorial will be held in Santa Barbara, and Eneskillen, Ireland where her ashes will join those of her husband near the ancestral McGuire Castle.

Ruth Marie Upton


Memorial services will take place at a later time for Ruth Marie Upton, 77, who died April 7, 2005, in Gardnerville.

Mrs. Upton was born July 29, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., to John and Opal Barnes Applebee. She was married to Richard C. Upton, Sept. 8, 1947, in San Francisco, Calif. She has been a resident of Minden for 18 years, moving to the Carson Valley from South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She belonged to Republican Women’s Club, Foot Printers International and was a member of High Sierra Fellowship Church.

She is survived by her husband, Richard C. Upton of Minden, son and daughter-in-law, Richard R. and Wendy Upton of Kalispell, Mont., Grandson, Andrew Upton, granddaughters, Sarah and Megan Upton, great-granddaughter, Emma Upton, sister, Pat Swartz and brother Jack Applebee.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville. Cremation will take place at FitzHenry’s Crematory in Carson City. Memorial contributions can be made in Ruth’s name to High Sierra Fellowship Church, 1516 Highway 395, Gardnerville, Nev. 89410.