Rebecca Lee “Jewell” Tabb-Pearce 1926-2015

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Rebecca Lee “Jewell” Tabb-Pearce, 88 years old of Abilene, Texas went on to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, March 17th 2015 while in the loving care of Hendricks Hospice “Angels”, thus ending her earthly journey.

Jewell was born in Hamlin Texas August 22, 1926 to Monroe & Lela Mae Tabb and was a “big little sister” to Monroe Ericson Tabb. She grew up in and around Jones County, was a graduate of Hamlin High School class of 1944 and a proud Pied Piper. She went on to graduate as a stenographer from Draughn’s Business College in Abilene Texas.

She married Foursquare Gospel Minister, Marvin Pearce of Artesia California on December 29, 1946. As well as being a faithful pastor’s wife, Sunday school teacher, and mother to 5 children, she worked for Rita Barber as a seamstress, Timex and then retired from Texas Rehabilitation Commission. Upon retirement from the State of Texas, Jewell went on to operate her in home business of sewing for the public which included both Abilene Police and Fire Departments. She loved and called everyone she sewed for “her kids”. Her last alteration was only three weeks ago.

Jewell served the Lord and “the church” with gladness. Her most recent service was with the body of believers at Church at The Cross in Abilene, Texas where she did everything from encourage her pastor from the front row during his sermons to scrubbing windows during the church work day and sponsored many a youth to summer camp. She loved being outside and “digging in the dirt”, feeding and watching the birds and observing God’s handiwork. Appropriately named Jewell, she was adorned with great love for her Lord and was blessed by Him. She shared this love not only with her family, but everyone she met. Jewell worshiped and walked with Jesus daily by being a lover of His Word and an intercessory prayer warrior, most particularly for her family. She was a nurturing care-giver, giving much of her life for the ones she loved. The embodiment of a Proverbs 31 wife, a virtuous woman and role model, her worth was far above rubies, the heart of her husband safely trusted her, she lacked nothing. She provided food for her household, and girded herself with strength. Her lamp never dimmed, she extended her hand to the needy. Jewell wasn’t afraid of any storm. Strength and honor were her clothing and she rejoiced in all things. She opened her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue was the law of kindness. Her children rise up and call her blessed and her husband also praised her. She was our angel on earth now our guardian angel.

She is survived by her cherished brother, Monroe Ericson Tabb and wife Jesydean “her little sister” of McCaulley, Texas. Her children, David Pearce and wife Diane of Carrollton, Texas, Stephen Pearce and wife Tina of Abilene, Texas, Larry Pearce and wife Carol of Royse City, Texas, Twyla Pearce-Foreman and husband Craig of the community of Ericksdahl, Texas. Her grand children Gary Pearce and wife Kristin Pearce, Amie Pearce-Bedgood and husband Steven, Jerry Pearce, Stephanie Pearce, Micah Pearce, Rachel Pearce, Sara Pearce-Rodewald and husband Joe, Steele Pearce and wife Claire, Brylyn Foreman-Rohrdanz and husband Rick, Larysa Foreman-Wright and husband Justin, Garrison Foreman and wife Jacqueline. She was blessed with 16 beautiful great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marlene Rebecca Pearce, husband Marvin Frances Pearce, and parents, Monroe and Lela Mae Tabb.

Services will be Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 South Pioneer Drive Abilene, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday March 22, 2015 from 2:00-5:00pm at Elliott Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas. Private burial will follow at Neanda Cemetery in Jones, County.


Buck Lee Osmer 1962-2014

Buck Lee Osmer passed away on February 26th, 2014, with his partner Steve by his side. Buck was born on December 12, 1962 in Seattle, WA to Dean and Patricia (Clements) Osmer. Buck grew up in the family home in Port Ludlow and he graduated from Chimacum High School in 1982.

Buck will be remembered for his strength, wicked sense of humor, kindness, loyalty, and compassion. And for his smile. His smile was infectious and drew in everyone that met him. When he spoke with him he had the incredible ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world. Buck knew that compliments cost him nothing and he gave them out freely to those he encountered. Buck enjoyed a relatively simple life in Seattle, enjoying visiting with family and friends, and spending time with his beloved dog Kira.
He especially enjoyed the beach at Golden Gardens and it was well known as his “favorite place on earth”. His passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but his family takes solace in knowing that nothing was left unsaid. Buck had such a bright spark that the world will always seem a little dimmer without him.

Buck is survived by his partner of twelve years, Steven Grossman of Seattle, his father Dean Osmer of Kingston, brothers James Osmer of Chimacum, Danny Osmer (DeAnna) of Chimacum, Wade Osmer of King Beach, CA, Warren Osmer (Bonnie) of Chimacum, Jessie Osmer (Lisa) of Chimacum, Dean Osmer of Seattle, and sisters Shirley Sangrey (Bill) of Port Orchard, Elizabeth Osmer (Chris Wade) of Kingston, and Filina Niemeyer (Joel) of Seattle, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. Buck was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Osmer.

Patricia Jane (nee Clements) Osmer, 79

March 09, 2011 / Kitsap Sun News

Patricia Jane Osmer

of Port Ludlow

Oct. 22, 1931

to March 3, 2011

Patricia Osmer, born to Vera Clements (Longmire) and James Hamilton Clements in Seattle, WA Oct. 22nd 1931, passed peacefully at home on March 3rd 2011, surrounded by family.

Patricia is survived by her family; her children Shirley (Sangrey), James, Daniel, Wade, Warren, Jesse, Buck, Elizabeth, Dean J. and Filina (Niemeyer), husband Dean, as well as 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Larry Tyler, her sisters Jean Lesnick and Shirley Thomas, and many nieces and nephews. Patricia is preceded in death by her brothers James H. Clements and Francis “Buzz” Tyler II.

She was a descendant of one of Washington’s pioneer families, the Longmires and spent most of her life on the Olympic Peninsula. Patricia will be remembered for her vivaciousness, outgoing spirit, compassion, love of animals, gardening and woodcarving. Above all, she will be remembered as a dedicated and loving mother.

She will be dearly missed by all of us.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March the 13th., 2 p.m., at the Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA.

Richard F. Butler 1940 – 2017



Richard F. Butler

10/16/1940 – 3/23/2017

Richard F. Butler, lost a battle with his organ transplant after 10 years of success. He died at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California. He had a wonderful life and lived it to the fullest. A California native he was born in San Francisco but grew up in San Diego where he went to High School and was a Graduate of San Diego State University. He had a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, SEC License, California Insurance Broker License specializing in Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, and a California Real Estate Salesperson License.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marty whom he married in 1983, His two step-daughters, Linda Burnette (husband, Steven Burnette), Lisa Caverly and his daughter Michelle Rezendes (husband, Tim Rezendes) and his granddaughter Shannon and grandsons Dylan and Ryan. His brother Dan Butler, (wife Diana) who predeceased him.

He worked for 30+ years as an Independent Insurance Broker and sold his business in 1995 a few years after coming to the Desert. In San Diego he was past President of the San Diego Leukemia Society and started “The Run across the Coronado Bridge” to raise money for the Society. Continuing in his civic life he was a Planning Commissioner for the City of La Quinta for 9 years and helped the City to become the great place it is now. After retiring he decided to get a real estate license and was a successful new home salesman for a large developer. He retired again in 2005. Along the way He traveled, golfed, played tennis, hunted which he dearly loved and was gone every year for the opening of Dove Season.

In the words of an Irish Blessing “May the road rise up to meet you, the wind always be at your back and the sun shine warm upon your face”. Until we meet again, you were deeply loved by all who knew you.

Published in The Desert Sun on Apr. 1, 2017


James Edward Bilicki 1949 – 2017


James Edward Bilicki

July 30, 1949 – March 22, 2017

The Palm Desert tennis community lost one of its most beloved tennis players March 22, 2017. James Edward Bilicki was well known to his friends for his tough forehand and closet full of tennis shoes in every color imaginable.

Jim was born on July 30, 1949 in Port Jefferson New York where he was raised along with his two brothers by his parents Joseph and Alberta Bilicki. As a teenager Jim was one of very few East Coast surfers, spending time surfing on Long Island. This is also where Jim learned to play tennis, a sport for which he developed a lifelong passion.

He served in the United States Army Reserves and US Army and was honorably discharged in 1975.

At the age of 21 Jim earned his broker’s license in the State of New York. He always liked to brag he was one of the youngest ever to achieve this. He left New York for California for the sun and surf and to pursue his career as a real estate broker. After working with various companies, he opened his own firm Equity Commercial Real Estate Services in Thousand Oaks. He was very successful in his real estate career that spanned close to 50 years.

He married Larraine Daniel in 2005 and moved permanently to the Coachella Valley to continue his pursuit of perfection in his tennis game, enjoy life with Larraine and take advantage of the deserts’ fantastic weather allowing him to play tennis everyday! He played on many leagues, and won trophies in mixed doubles tournaments with Larraine and men’s doubles tournaments as well.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers Donald and Robert as well as his father Joseph. He is survived by his wife Larraine, son Jason, stepdaughters Tamara (Brad) and Trisha (Lou) and 5 grandchildren Joseph, Grant, Erika, Dante and Diego.

A private celebration of life is being planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to RMHS ASB Tennis in “Memory of Jim Bilicki. C/o of Owen McIntosh, 10 Oakmont Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

Published in The Desert Sun on Mar. 31, 2017

Rosie Hamlin 1945 – 2017

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Rosie Hamlin, singer and songwriter of the classic song “Angel Baby,” has died at 71, according to multiple news sources.

Hamlin was the lead singer of the group Rosie and the Originals whose “Angel Baby” was a hit song in 1960-1961. The song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of January, 1961.

Hamlin’s daughter confirmed her mother’s death on the group’s official website. She passed away on March 30, 2017.

“She didn’t perform anymore, and had removed herself from the music scene because of health concerns. She did still paint and tended a very lovely garden. She will be greatly missed by so many,” Hamlin’s daughter wrote. “Thank you for all your wishes and time and kind words. It meant a lot to her.

Hamlin was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon on July 21, 1945. Her father and grandfather had musical backgrounds. Her first singing job was in a country western band.

According to her website biography, Hamlin wrote “Angel Baby” at the age of 14. The song was about teenage love. She had been playing with some musicians in San Diego. They decided to go out and make a recording of the song. They found a studio in an old airplane hangar and made the record. The sound on the recording was not that great and they had trouble finding a record label to release the song.

Determined to have the song heard, they took the record to Kresge’s Department Store. They asked the manager to play the record in the store. Some kids in the store liked what they heard and asked where they could buy the record. Coincidentally there was a man at the store who was a distributor for Highland Records. When Rosie signed the record label contract with Highland, they listed an older male bandmember as the writer of the song “Angel Baby.” This kept her from collecting royalties on her song until years later after many legal battles.

She wrote “Angel Baby” at age 14 and recorded it with a group of relatives: David Ponci and Noah Tafolla on guitar and Tony Gomez on bass. Carl Von Goodat later joined on drums and and Alfred Barrett on saxophone.

Rosie and the Originals moved to Brunswick Records at the invitation of singer Jackie Wilson. The band opened for the Rolling Stones at a 1964 concert in San Diego. Rosie recorded an album with guitarist Noah Tafolla, who became her husband. Later she would record and perform occasionally.

The song was covered by John Lennon and released posthumously on the album “Menlove Ave.” in 1986. In Lennon’s intro to the song he says, “This here is one of my all-time favorite songs.” “Send my love to Rosie, wherever she may be.” Linda Ronstadt and System of a Down also did cover versions of the song.

Hamlin wrote on her website that she was the first Latina to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” show.

 Published in The Desert Sun on Mar. 31, 2017