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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:35 pm

Margaret Sue Rollins

Active in Women’s Fellowship

Margaret Sue Rollins, 17-year resident of Sebastopol, died in her home on October 24, at age 92. Rollins was born near Rockville MO, the youngest of five children, to Stella Warner Strickland and James Strickland. Her mother died from diabetes when she was seven years old. Her father lost his farm in foreclosure. The family split up, with the eldest son going to California, while the sisters moved to Kansas City for a time. Rolliins was raised by her sisters, eventually going with her eldest sister Lucile to Morgantown WV and subsequently to St. Paul Minnesota where she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in home economics. While studying at the University, she met her future husband, Pat Rollins. The Second World War interrupted their courtship. He served, while she taught and held other jobs. They married and after the war he studied medicine and graduated in 1950 as a Doctor of Medicine. She made friends in the many places she lived, before coming to Sebastopol in 1996. Her interests were artistic and domestic. She competed in floral arranging, particularly Ikebana, and belonged to numerous garden clubs. Rollins was an excellent cook and studied nutrition in addition to cooking techniques. She enjoyed classical music and had season tickets to the symphony for many years. A voracious reader, she preferred histories, biography and documentation, to fiction. Upon moving to Sebastopol, she and her husband were active in the Newcomers Club. They joined the Community Church of Sebastopol, and she was active for many years in Women’s Fellowship. Rollins was preceded in death by her husband Pat, and four siblings: Warner, Lucile, Ada, and Virginia. She is survived by her son Jim; granddaughters Amy and Arleen; great-grandchildren Justin and Dylan as well as nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Nov. 10. The service will be held at the Community Church of Sebastopol starting at 1 p.m. The family suggests donations to a charity of the donor’s choice in lieu of flowers.

Susan Theresa Windus

Longtime Guerneville resident

Susan Theresa Windus died on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the age of 47. She was a longtime resident of Santa Rosa and Guerneville. She was happy to be a mother to her three children. Windus is survived by her three children: Stephanie Royeton, Rachael Royeton and Bailey Windus; two brothers Joseph and Brian McAndrew; sister Paula McAndrew and father Richard Hunt. A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Guerneville Community Church, 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville.

Candace Nash Watson

Twin Hills School volunteer

Candace Renae Nash Watson died at age 66. Watson was born in Eugene, OR, the daughter of James Henry and Doris May Nash, and sister to Perry Nash. Her parents were the developers of Enchanted Meadows in Anchor Bay. Candace grew up in the Santa Rosa, Boonville and Anchor Bay, California areas. She went to school in Santa Rosa and graduated from Montgomery High School, after which she continued her education by attending college. At 18, she married and, soon after, started a family with the birth of her children, Dawn and Scott Sutherland. Watson worked as a teachers’ aide and was also a volunteer at Twin Hills School, where her children attended. She helped students and teachers alike by reading to children, decorating classrooms, or providing playground supervision. As her children grew, she continued her work as an aide and volunteer at Twin Hills and then at Apple Blossom School. It was at Apple Blossom School where she met Bob Watson, a then second grade school teacher and soon to be principal of Twin Hills Union School District. In December 1979, the pair were married. During this time, she worked various jobs, including as a real estate agent for Merrill Lynch, a CIBA Contact Lens Rep, and Ralston-Purina Sales Rep, covering the Northern California territory. Watson’s volunteer involvements included training her Pomeranians as therapy dogs through the Prescription: Pets Program, and would visit nursing homes and hospitals, providing therapy to many patients. Additionally, she volunteered in local READ programs. She also spent time with her granddaughter, Grace, baking, making crafts, reading, taking singing lessons and dog training. In her spare time, Watson enjoyed yoga, sailing, gardening, reading, making stained glass, crafts of all sorts, and having fun with family and friends. She enjoyed immersing herself in personal growth, higher education, cooking, health, and happiness. Watson is survived by her husband of 32 years, Bob; daughter, Dawn (Keith) Lawrence; son, Scott Sutherland; granddaughter, Grace as well as many friends and relatives, and other people that crossed her path. In lieu of flowers, the family asks support of Watson’s favorite programs: www.acawl.org and www.prescriptionpets.org.

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