Claudia Lee Long

Claudia Lee Long passed away on Feb. 1, 2024. She was 85 years old. Celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 at the Exeter Church of God. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.

Charles Adrian Mills

Charles Adrian Mills
1950–2024

Charlie was the first born to Jim and Margaret Mills on May 19, 1950 at the Exeter Memorial Hospital. Charlie was the first of three boys raised in Lemon Cove, Calif. Charlie attended Sequoia Union elementary, Exeter Union High School, College of Sequoias and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he graduated with a degree in agriculture.

After marrying his late wife Judy Rhea Waymire they would eventually settle in Elderwood where they raised their three sons. Charlie’s love for the back country, where he felt closest to the Lord, bloomed during his high school years where he worked during the summer for the California Department of Forestry and blossomed when he and wife Judy ran the Horse Corral Pack Station for many years.

Charlie was presided in death by his mother and father, wife Judy, and brother Dave. Is survived by his brother Brad and family, son Jim, son Jacob, son Matt and their families. There will be a memorial service March 2024 at 2 p.m. at the Foothill Bible Church, 37721 Rd 200, in Elderwood, Calif.

Mary Ann Scott

Mary Ann Scott, our beloved Mother, Granny and GG went to be with the Lord very peacefully on Feb. 2, 2024 at 2:30 a.m. She was surrounded with family as we celebrated her entrance to heaven. She was 87 years old.

Mary Ann Scott
1936–2024

Mary was born in Oklahoma on Feb. 28, 1936. When she was 14, her family came to Farmersville. She attended Exeter Union High School until her sophomore year. She met Wayne Scott when she was 16 and they were married under a brush arbor shortly after. They moved to Exeter and built a wonderful life together. They had three daughters, Connie Featherston (Randy), Machele Ward (Bill) and Cheryl Smoot (Mark). She had six grandchildren, Scott Reyna, Rosemarie Mitchell (David), Sara Gray, Lance Featherston (Carolina), Rosalie Sears (John) and Jenna Halsey (Cory). She also had 13 great grandchildren, Rory Crist, Briana Martin (Jonathan), Blake Baffo, Cameron Mitchell, Jenna Mitchell, Lucas Featherston, Emma Featherston, Ely Reed, Scarlett Sears, Colin Sears, Ava Sears, Camilla Halsey and Nova Halsey.

Mary built quite a legacy with her family, community and church. Once her children were grown, she took a cake decorating course at COS and began making wedding cakes. She later started a catering business and started cooking dinners at the Veterans Memorial Building in Exeter, breakfast for the Exeter Lions Club and lunch for the Kiwanis Club in the old Mixter Building.

She had quite and impact on the community. She provided lunch for two clubs at EUHS, the Huddle, and the Prayer Club. She also provided lunch for Character Counts in Visalia and Women’s Ministries once a month starting at New Life Church in Exeter and most recently at Farmersville Assembly of God.

Mary was quite a prayer warrior. There is no doubt if you knew her, she was praying for you. Pray Exeter was some thing she was very passionate about. She prayed three days a week with local clergy. They prayed for Exeter, all of the schools students, faculty and staff, and for our local, state and federal government and its agencies. You can see her efforts all around Exeter.

She impacted her community in so many ways. Because of all of her hard work and dedication to others, she was awarded Woman of the Year in Exeter and the Apple Award for her commitment to our local schools.

Mary loved spending time with her family more than anything. She traveled with her sisters, brother, daughters, grandchildren and friends. She loved to garden, cook, bake and serve the Lord.

Mary will be deeply missed. She was welcomed into heaven by her husband Wayne Scott, her parents Rev. Frank and Florence Simpson, her sisters Wanda (Jeannie) Woolley, Dorcas Rico and her brother and Sister in law Tom and Ann Simpson.

Services for Mary were held Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at New Life Church in Exeter. Directly following services was burial at Exeter District Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Condolences may be sent to the family through smithfamilychapel.com.

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