Obituaries for the week of 11/10/2005


Virginia Mashin

Virginia Mashin, educator in San Diego, California for many years died Thursday, October 27th, at her home in Point Loma, California, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Mashin was raised in Vevay, Indiana, the daughter of Harry and Bertie Sullivan. She graduated with honors from Purdue University and received a masters degree from University of Southern California. She moved to California in 1939 to teach school in Blythe.

In 1939, she moved to San Diego to teach at Grossmont High School where she met and married the love of her life, Coach Jack Mashin. Together they traveled the world, visiting 150 countries as they pursued their love of the Olympics. Mrs. Mashin also taught at Kearny High School in San Diego and was a gifted administrator for the San Diego City Schools. She was co-author of a textbook on math.

Mrs. Mashin stayed alert and interested in world and national affairs, reading the San Diego Union Tribune each day even at the age of 93. Her great love for the San Diego Padres was culminated by a visit to a game at Petco Park, a few weeks before her death.

She is survived by her nieces, Kay Seraphine of Huntington Beach, California, Pat Richins of Clinton, Utah, Anne Wyne of Pittsboro, North Carolina, and Anne Barlett of Lancaster, Ohio; her nephew, Mike Sullivan of Ocean Isle, North Carolina; and many grand-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sisters, Charlotte Turner and Jeanne Haskell; and her brothers, Harry Loomis Sullivan and Paul “Newt” Sullivan.

Mrs. Mashin requested no memorial service be held in her honor and her family and friends will respect that request. To honor Mrs. Mashin, memorial gifts may be sent in her name to San Diego Hall of Champions, % Jill White, 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, where her husband’s outstanding coaching career is honored.

Robert A. Miller

Robert A. “Bob” Miller, 65, of Madison, passed away Thursday, November 3rd, at his home.

He was born October 9th, 1940, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Raymond and Margaret Louise (Ruthven) Miller. He was raised in West Chester and Pasadena, California, graduating from high school there. He was employed by United Parcel Service in Los Angeles for 30 years as a driver. He was a great lover of animals and had worked the past several years with the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. He moved to Madison in 1995 and was a member of the Zoar United Methodist Church and the Jefferson County Humane Society.

He was united in marriage to Doris Dee Winters on July 17th, 1991, in Los Angeles.

Survivors include his wife, Doris “Dee” Miller of Madison; his son, Shawn Miller and wife Jennifer of Prescott, Arizona; his mother, Margaret Louise (Ruthven) Miller Webb of Montgomery, Alabama; his stepsons, Steve Thomas of Los Angeles, California, Scott Thomas and wife Sue of Los Angeles, Dennis Long and wife Bonnie of Madison, formerly of Patriot, Kevin Claghorn and wife Laura of Hanover, and Jack Long and Tracy Youngblood of Madison; his stepdaughters, Pam Young and husband Mike of Madison, Terri Yancey and husband Jerry of Madison; his grandchildren, Jessica and Allison Miller; his step-grandchildren, Tricia, Chrissy, Jason, Brent, Brandi, Jimmy, Jason, Autumn, Chandra and Kelsey; his step-great-grandchildren, Kegan, Alex, Jayde, Jackson, Iris, Sabrina, Austin and Evan; and his nieces, Sara and Missy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Miller; his sister, Babsy Arleno; and his step-great-grandson, Aidan Kenneth Blackthorn.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 7th, by Reverend Tammy Roberts at Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at