James Ernest Sunderland
Mildred J. Sunderland
ERNEST SUNDERLAND Passed away peacefully late Sunday, June 29, 2008, with his family close by, in Thousand Oaks, California. Ernie was born on August 5, 1919 in Winfield, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Millie; two sons, Cal and Don; and siblings, Frank, Mable, Earl, Lewis and Dick. He is survived by his children, Bob, Joe, Jeanne, Jill and Jan and their spouses; 19 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
His childhood was spent on his family's farm in Kansas. Searching for better opportunities, while in his early twenties, he moved to Los Angeles on Pearl Harbor day 1941, he found exactly what he was looking for when he met his future wife, Millie, at a church function. A few years later, he enlisted in the Navy, where he proudly served in World War II. Ernie and Millie lived in the San Fernando Valley together for over 50 years, raising their seven children. He held several civil service positions, and retired after more than 30 years of service with the DWP. He spent his most recent years serving as a docent for the Reagan Library, involving himself in church activities, and spending time with his family. He touched the lives of countless individuals with his family centered values, religious devotion and zeal for life.
We would also like to thank the wonderful people at Livingston Hospice, especially Theresa and Sylvia, who took such wonderful care of him. We invite everyone who knew and loved Ernie to come and celebrate his life with us at 3:00 p.m., on July 12, 2008, at Bethany Church, 200 W. Bethany Ct., Thousand Oaks. Pastor Dan Borg will be officiating. CRAWFORD MORTUARY Directors (818) 349-9701 Published in the Los Angeles Daily News on 7/8/2008
Mrs. Mildred J. (Millie) Sunderland, Passed away peacefully late Thursday, November 1, 2007, after a courageous fight against Alzheimer's, at an assisted living facility in Thousand Oaks, CA. Millie was born on July 1, 1921 in San Fernando. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Cal and Don; and her brothers, Lee, Floyd, Frank and Vernon. She is survived by her husband, Ernie of 65 years; her siblings, Herb, Lois and Liz; her children, Bob, Joe, Jeanne, Jill and Jan and their spouses; nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Her early years were spent in the Fresno area.
She moved to the Los Angeles area in her early twenties where she met and married Ernie. Millie was a loving homemaker who stayed home raising their seven children. She was very active within the Baptist church, maintaining the church library and organizing the Women's Missionary Society. In her free time, Millie loved stamp collecting, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, following professional sports' teams, and babies!
A private burial was held for family only. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 17, 2007, 1:00 p.m., at Bethany Church, located at 200 W. Bethany Court, Thousand Oaks. Dr. Dan Borg officiated. We welcome everyone who wants to celebrate Millie's life. CRAWFORD MORTUARY Northridge (818) 349-9701 Published in the Los Angeles Daily News on 11/12/2007. Los Angeles Daily News Guest Book
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