The Cambrian


William Paul Jones

William Paul Jones was born in June 1922 in Lakewood, Ohio, and passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Cambria, with his wife, Faye, and other family members at his bedside.

Paul retired to Cambria in July 1990, but has had a home here since 1973.

He was a member of the Cambria Fishing Club for many years and also a volunteer docent at the Hearst Castle Visitors Center.

Paul is survived by his wife of 53 years, Faye.

He was cremated and burial was at sea.

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Nell Hines

Nell Hines, longtime resident of Cambria, passed away quietly in her sleep Sunday, July 15, 2012.

A native of McColl, South Carolina, Nellie earned her B.S. degree in Music from Winthrop College and went on to live a life where music was central.

She met her beloved husband, Harry, when she was teaching music in High Point, North Carolina, during World War II. He was on R and R from the U.S. Army Air Corps.

In 1945, they married and moved to Southern California, where Harry worked in the aircraft industry.

In 1955, they moved to South Pasadena, where Nell focused on raising their two daughters and was active in community and church affairs.

In 1984, she and Harry retired to Cambria, where they once again became active members of the community.

Pursuing her love of music, she and Harry sang in the Cambria Chorale and Cambria Community Presbyterian choir; participated in the Cambria Follies; and supported the Cuesta Master Chorale and the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

They were part of the “First Wave” of donors to the Christopher Cohan Center, home of the SLO Symphony.

Above all things, Nell, known by many as the “Duchess of Cambria,” was considered one of the greatest ladies ever to have graced our world. Her kindness, generosity, natural beauty, classic Southern charm — all of these will be sorely missed by those who knew her.

Nell is survived by her daughters, Connie Solari of Menlo Park, Calif., and Jennifer Ciucki of Newport Beach, Calif.; sons-in-law Ray Solari and Jim Ciucki; grandchildren Antonia Moran, Alexis McCauley, Christopher Solari, Brette Miller and Samantha Diehr; and great-grandsons Arthur and Harrison Moran.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Cambria Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire in Cambria.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

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Hazel Reid Benham

Artist Hazel Reid Benham, 93, died at home Friday, June 29, 2012. She and husband, Boyd, had lived in Cambria for 40 years.

She was known for beautiful watercolor paintings of local flowers. She enjoyed art for nine decades and favored fabric and watercolors.

She was a protege of artists Mary Cole and Jo Wertz, and her artwork hangs in the U.S., Mexico and East Africa.

Hazel and Boyd were adventurous. In the ’30s they toured the Sierras on a Harley Davidson. By the ’60s, they were rally drivers and purchased Porsche sports cars at the German factory.

They explored Europe and drove to Yugoslavia, then the only communist nation that permitted western tourists.

Hazel collected fine arts and loved the stories that accompanied each piece. She liked to send cards and letters and, in later years, included miniature watercolors.

In her last months family and friends visited her from near and far.

Son, Phillip Benham; daughter, April Benham (Stan Cooper) of Cambria, survive her, as do friends and family that span five generations.

Hazel is at rest with her husband and grandson, Kenny, in the family plot at the Cambria Cemetery.

A memorial will be held in late September.

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Ruth Cockins

Ruth Cockins, longtime Cambrian resident, died Monday, July 16, 2012.

A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Cambrian Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire in Cambria, followed by a grave-side service at the Cambria Cemetery.

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