The Cambrian


Our beloved Iona Soucie passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo. At her side was her loving husband of 51 years Roland Soucie, sons James and Mark, daughter Heather and grandson Drew.

Iona’s father, James E. McLaren, was born in Nova Scotia, a Mechanical Engineer, served as Managing Director of Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) in England. Her mother, Claire, was born in Ireland and was an entertainer and homemaker.

At the beginning of World War II, Iona and her sister, Sheila, were brought to the U.S. on the Queen Elizabeth to Philadelphia, Pa., to live with her uncle and family. After the War, they returned to the UK.

Iona graduated as an R.N. and worked at Birmingham General Hospital. Then she joined Sheila in Vermont, who had emigrated two years prior.

Iona and Roland met in Boston, while she worked at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. They were married in 1961 and recently celebrated their 51st anniversary.

Iona had a great passion for music. After she retired and moved to Cambria 13 years ago, she joined the Presbyterian Church choir, and later a number of local vocal groups.

Iona’s passion for life and family was immeasurable. She especially loved the beach, the Dog Park, and all creatures great and small.

She was a dedicated volunteer and understood the importance of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) within the community and was passionate about being a member.

Iona is survived by her husband, Roland; three children, James, Mark and Heather; as well as her two grandsons, Drew and Brandon.

Donations in her name may be made to the Cambria Chorale Scholarship Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and the M.S. Society.

Iona is with the Lord.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria, 2250 Yorkshire Drive, Cambria.

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Homer Turner McInerney

Homer Turner McInerney, 93, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in San Luis Obispo. Born in 1919 in Abbott, Ark., to Homer Turner and Aida Medlin Turner, he was then adopted.

Years later, he met up with his remarried birth mother, Aida McInerney, and began a long-lived relationship with his four new half brothers and sisters, Larry, John, Betty and Margaret.

While working for the U.S. Post Office in Bakersfield, Calif., he met Elizabeth Eidson Kokjer and her daughter Joan. He married Elizabeth “Betty” in March 1947.

His most important occupation was being a great father and husband, loving unconditionally — he was always a great listener.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Betty; son, John Allen (29); and daughter, Joan Elizabeth (50).

He was fortunate to find love again and remarried Bebe Eidson in April 1994

in Cambria, where they spent 13 years before their move to the Las Brisas Retirement Home in San Luis Obispo in 2007.

Homer loved to travel, take car vacations, mentor at Juvenile Hall, lawn bowling, bocce ball, hand ball and playing bridge. He put himself through college and had two very successful accounting businesses in both Bakersfield and Studio City, Calif.

Homer is survived by his wife of 18 years, Bebe; daughter, Janet Laiblin and partner (Corky Crain) of Indio, Calif.; son, Jim McInerney and wife (Melinda) of Studio City; daughter, Judi Colson and husband (De- Wayne) of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and step-daughter JoAnn Evans and husband (Dave) of Cambria.

He was blessed with seven grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; seven great-grandchildren; and a step great-grandson. He held a special love of his nephew, Richard Eidson and his wife Peggy, their daughter, her husband and their twins.

A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire Drive in Cambria.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office,;or the American Diabetes Association,

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June Ann Birri

June Ann Birri was born in 1946 in Lentner, Mo., and died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. She lived in Lentner until she married David Birri in 1965.

The couple moved to Southern California and lived there until 1997, when they moved to their dream home in Cambria.

June worked for Bank of America in various Southern California locations for 28 years. She loved to paint, read, crochet, do jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and play with her little black cat, Teddi.

She is the beloved aunt of David and Lisa Briggs of Wake Forest, N.C.; and cousin of Danny and Mark Renner of Brunswick, Mo.

June was laid to rest Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the Cambria Cemetery beside her loving husband, who passed before her.

To know June was to love her. She will be dearly missed.

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