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Tina Botill

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:22

Clara Garcia Gloria

Clara Garcia Gloria was born in Colorado City, Texas on August 28, 1928.  She died October 7, 2018 at the age of 90. 
Clara worked as a farm laborer for 80 years. 
Survivors include her children, Raymond, Sally, Esperanza, Pete, Santa, Rosie, Yolanda, Sylvia and Jesse; her sisters, Martha and Maria Elena; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon, parents, Francisco Garcia and Rosa Cuevas Garcia, son, Joe Gloria and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation was held Thursday October 18 at Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel from 3-6 p.m. Rosary followed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 7 p.m.  Mass services were held (Friday) October 19 at 10 a.m.  Interment was to follow at Corcoran Cemetery District.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:21

Carmen De Anda De La Fuente

Carmen De Anda De La Fuente was born in Upland, California January 30, 1941.  She died October 12, 2018 in Hanford at the age of 77. 
Carmen worked for Corcoran Unified School District for 37 years. She was a hard worker and accepted any challenges.   Although she held various positions while employed for the school she enjoyed community contact most.  Carmen was a great cook and was always looking forward to cooking family meals on Sundays and was known for sharing her tamales at Christmas time.  She was a strong independent woman, always putting her family first.  After her retirement in 2007, Carmen enjoyed going to Tachi Palace and camping with her family.
Survivors include her children Yolanda and husband Danny Pacheco, Luis De La Fuente, Jr., Frank De La Fuente, Barbara and husband Tom Franco and Donna Chavez; her siblings, Leo De Anda, Stella Apodaca, Jimmy De Anda, Julia Collins, Alberta De Anda, Richard De Anda and Margarita Gomez; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Danny De La Fuente in 2016.
Memorial mass was held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  Following mass services, inurnment was held at Corcoran Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel.
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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:19

David Burnias Barrera

Services were held for David Burnias Barrera, who was born in Hanford, California to Jesus Barrera and Anita Burnias Barrera on October 22, 1955.  Mr. Barrera, 62, died September 10, 2018. 
David worked as a service truck driver for 37 years. 
Survivors include his children, Christine Barrera Campos, Regina Barrera and Jennifer Barrera; his siblings, Rebecca Bernal, Abel Barrera and Eva Moz; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Following services, interment was at Corcoran District Cemetery.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:14

Gilbert Hernandez Garcia

There will be no services held for Gilbert Hernandez Garcia, who was born February 17, 1951 in Los Angeles and who died September 7, 2018 in Corcoran.  He was 67.
Gilbert moved to Corcoran with his parents, brothers and sisters. He graduated from Corcoran High School and worked in the agriculture industry. He enjoyed traveling. 
Mr. Garcia is survived by his wife of 20 years, Toni Hawkins; six sisters, Antonia Roman of Porterville, Stella Garcia of Goodyear, Arizona, Gloria Gutierrez of Chula Vista, and Mary Perez, Zenaida Garcia and Sara Torres, all of Corcoran; two brothers, Louis Garcia and John Garcia, both of Corcoran; and many nieces and nephews.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his son, Gilbert Garcia Jr., his parents, Lupe and Felipe, and his brother, Felipe (Packer) Garcia.
Gilbert will be buried at Corcoran District Cemetery.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:14

Barbara J. Flaherty

Barbara J. Flaherty was born June 17, 1934 in Woodlake, California.  She passed away September 28, 2018 in Visalia.
Barbara married Bruce Flaherty 63 years ago.  She belonged to the 50-50 Club for years.  Barbara was a wonderful wife to Bruce, a loving mother to Pat and his wife JoAnn, Jeff and his wife Monica and Kyle.  She was also a wonderful grandmother to Rusty and his wife Lindsay, Briana, Kevin, Brian and Brent and a loving great-grandmother to Jace and Rylee. 
Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.  Celebration of life Services were held October 3 at Corcoran District Cemetery.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:12

Roger W. Shannon

Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Corcoran District Cemetery for Roger Wayne Shannon, who died October 5, 2018 in El Dorado Hills, Ca.
Shannon was born in Leechville, Arkansas and his family moved to the Corcoran area in the early 1930’s. “Wayne” as he liked to be called grew up in Corcoran, worked on farms in the area, and even married his high school sweetheart. They then moved to San Jose and finally to El Dorado Hills where he passed peacefully in his home.
He is survived by his wife Patsy; daughter, Susanna Tator; his sons, Roger Wayne Shannon Jr. and John Shannon. He also has three grandchildren and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:10

Dr. Joyce Marie Keyes Williams

Dr. Joyce Marie Keyes Williams was born in Corcoran, Ca. January 30, 1971, to May and Alfred Keyes Sr. While living in Lathrop, CA, with husband of 23 years, Tedd Williams, Joyce took ill on Aug. 25th, 2018. At the tender age of 47, Joyce was called home, Sept. 25th, 2018.
In 1989, Joyce graduated from CHS as one of the top students in her class. Joyce earned a plethora of academic scholarships.  In 1994, Joyce received her B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. In 1999, Joyce received her MPA in Public Administration and Policy, at CSU Hayward and in 2015, Joyce received her Ph. D in Public-Policy and Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, NY.
A profound woman of God, Joyce brought joy, inspiration, encouragement, spiritual uplifting, and love to all she knew. She touched the hearts and souls of many people as a wife, daughter, sister, educator, and friend.
She leaves behind parents, May and Alfred Keyes Sr., husband, Tedd Williams, siblings; Felicia (William) Dean, Alfred (Alana) Keyes Jr., and Takeera (Mahlon) Mack and a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Friday, October 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Harvest Community Baptist Church, 144 North Dairy Ave. Corcoran, CA  93212 with a reception to follow at Church of Light, 750 Pickerell in Corcoran.

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In honor of its 35th Anniversary, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is hosting a Street Fair on Thursday, November 1 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tachi Palace south entrance. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Also part of its 35th Anniversary celebration, Tachi Palace is giving away more than $2 million in cash and prizes, including a Tiny House, One-Ton Truck and more, with the drawing also taking place on Thursday, November 1. For those wanting to see the grand prizes in person, the house and truck will be on display at the casino starting Monday, October 15.

Fun for the entire family, the Street Fair will feature photo opportunities with Miss California, local midget race car drivers and their cars, The Grizzlies own Parker, Local TPF fighters, and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Elvis will be in the building with his pink Cadillac for a photo op. There also will be live entertainment, music, hot air balloon rides, face painting, plus games and raffles for those 18 years and older. Musical performances include Latin music by Heavy Weather and Afro Latin Psychedelic with Jungle Fire. Roaming the grounds will be costumed characters including Chewy & Darth Vader from Star Wars, stilt walkers and other impersonators.

In addition, local artisans will be on-hand selling crafts including an area dedicated specifically to Native American artists. Local charities will be joining the excitement with various raffle opportunities and fun games to educate attendees about their organizations. Food trucks will have a variety of options available for purchase and will be participating in a Food Truck Throw Down. Proceeds from the booth and food truck spaces, and the raffle, which includes a Trace Adkins autographed guitar, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Throughout the year, Tachi Palace has been enhancing the property with more than 900 additional parking spaces, a paved outdoor entertainment center on the north lawn – home to a free comedy concert series with the last concert on October 14 – and a new outdoor Sprung structure providing 45,000 square feet of shade and exhaust fans for cooling for concerts and entertainment.

Also under construction is the new Tachi Palace Family Entertainment Center. Slated to open soon, the 88,350 square foot center will include a 30-lane bowling alley and eight screen movie theaters, plus an arcade with latest games and a 10-table billiards room. New food and drink concessions also will be part of the concourse at the Entertainment Center.

For more information about the Street Fair, 35th Anniversary Celebration and Tachi Palace, visit

About Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino

The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino is owned and operated by Tachi-Yokut Tribe. Tachi Palace is located in Lemoore, CA, on the Santa Rosa Rancheria. Tachi Palace offers the finest gaming action with slots, bingo, various table games, and a poker room. They have five dining options and host national entertainment. The hotel features 255 luxurious rooms and suites. Bookings for weddings, special occasions and business functions are available.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:39

Manule Ronquillo

On September 10, 2018, Manuel Salas Ronquillo of Corcoran, California passed away peacefully at the age of 83, surrounded by his loved ones. He is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Maria Leonidez Ronquillo. He is survived by his son, Jaime M. Ronquillo, and his two daughters, Lucia L. Solis and Bertha Martinez, along with five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Manuel Ronquillo will forever be remembered by his loved ones as a hero and a strong man who loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed road trips and listening to music. He also enjoyed watching his “novelas” on TV, as well as his favorite sport, boxing.

Services for Manuel were held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 1127 Letts Avenue, Corcoran CA 93212. Service was from 4-6 p.m., dinner from 7-9 p.m.

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Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is proud to present multi-talented comedian, actor, singer and writer, Rodney Carrington on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the bingo hall. Tachi Palace offers the premier entertainment experience in the area.

Carrington has been on the comedy scene since 1998 when he had his break through CD, Hangin’ With Rodney, which consisted of both standup comedy and original songs. Since then, he has released nine more albums, including Morning Wood, his first Top 20 album and first certified Gold album, and Laughter’s Good, a number one hit on the Billboard Comedy Charts. His 2004 Greatest Hits peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Comedy Charts and No. 11 on the Billboard Country Charts.

For two seasons he starred in his own ABC TV sitcom, Rodney, and he also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the 2008 feature film, Beer For My Horses. Carrington won “Supporting Character of the Year” from the CMT Music Video Awards for his appearance on Trace Adkins’ music video, “I Got My Game On.”

Tickets for Rodney Carrington are on sale starting Friday, July 27 and are available online at or at the Hotel Gift Shop.  Tickets start at $40 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino is owned and operated by Tachi-Yokut Tribe. Tachi Palace is located in Lemoore, CA, on the Santa Rosa Rancheria. Tachi Palace offers the finest gaming action with slots, bingo, various table games, and a poker room. They have five dining options and host national entertainment. The hotel features 255 luxurious rooms and suites. Bookings for weddings, special occasions and business functions are available.

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