Betty J Garcia

Mother, teacher, sister, practitioner, lover of animals and all nature, Betty Garcia, passed away at home in the loving company of her daughter, Kate and brother, Tom. Betty was a giving, loving, friend and an example of faith in Love and God to all those who were blessed to know her. For over 20 years, Betty shared her time and love, touching the lives of many students from elementary age through adult.

She was at total peace with the upcoming transition, looking forward to being with her mom again and of course being one with Spirit. It all happened quickly and she often said, “All of this is Divinely guided. This is just perfect”

The message she left for her daughter, Kate, was, “I love you desperately. Katie, you are the most important person in my life.”

When she passed, her brother Tom said, “She is going to get run over by all the animals at the Rainbow bridge!” She was a St Francis of sorts and throughout out her life she had countless animals for which she loved and cared.

Betty was very involved at CSLSR in the Heart in Hand ministry, serving our community in this capacity for many years. Another of her favorite projects was which providing backpacks for children going back to school and collected much needed classroom supplies for teachers. She continuously studied and took classes at the center.

She will be remembered with much respect, love and admiration. Betty was a teacher to her last days, modeling not only how to die with grace and peace, but teaching us all that it is possible to end this lifetime with a sense of gratitude, excitement and anticipation about what will be next.

David Charles Goode

March 25, 1917 - April 3, 2018

David C. Goode passed away suddenly on April 3rd, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California.

David had just celebrated his 101st birthday the previous week with family and close friends.

David was born at home on March 25th, 1917 in Oakland, California. David is survived by the "love of his life" of 33 years, Joan Marie Goode.

David has five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

David was a proud veteran of World War II. He received the Bronze Star Medal as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army for meritorious achievement in connection with operations on Biak Island, Netherlands East Indies and in the Philippine Islands during 1945. David served in the Pacific Theater running the post office for the 41st Infantry.

Prior to his military service, David began working in the Oakland Post Office. After military service, David rejoined the Postal Service where he worked his way up to Postal Inspector. After a 38 years career with the Postal Service, David took a position with the United States Justice Department performing background investigations on current and prospective new hires.

David owned and operated a mortgage business with his wife for 13 years. David has attended services at Center for Spiritual Living for more than 30 years.

David was loved deeply by those around him and will be remembered as a humble and compassionate man who always looked out for others and loved his family.

Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, May 5th at 1 p.m. at Santa Rosa, Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA where David attended services on Sunday, and when he couldn't he would listen to the radio broadcast on KSRO AM Radio 1350 at 8:30 am.

Rev. Lynn Johnson

In Memoriam

Join Us for a Celebration of Life
to remember our previous Assistant Minister, in  Santa Rosa,
and previous Senior Minister in Portland, 

a family member, and friend

Rev. Lynn Johnson

Family, friends, church members and ministerial colleagues are all invited to gather Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 PM for a celebration of Rev. Lynn's life.

Excerpt from Lynn's self-written memorial service:
"...and so today, we celebrate two aspects of the One Life—the releasing of our friend Lynn from her human space suit, with all of its joys, sorrows, lessons, accomplishments, dramas, quiet reflections, emotions and history, and our own embracing of life as it relates to a new awareness of being connected with Lynn for all eternity through our shared consciousness as spiritual beings."
Rev. Lynn made her peaceful transition 4/26/2018.

Memorial to be held at:
Portland Center for Spiritual Living
6211 NE Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Many of us remember Lynn Johnson as a good friend, influential teacher, and important part of the history of our Center. She received her Practitioner License here in 1995, graduated from ministerial school in 2000, and served as our Assistant Minister until 2002. Her loving heart and insightful mind shaped our Spiritual Care and Education Ministries in ways that continue to benefit our community today. After leaving Santa Rosa, Rev. Lynn was the Senior Minister of the Center for Spiritual Living, Portland for five years, and taught Science of Mind in La Paz, Mexico for six years. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living, Portland, on May 12 at 1 pm. Our Center will be sending flowers carrying our love and gratitude for the light Rev. Lynn shared with us. An audio recording of the service will be available to us.  

Rebekah “Becka” Kelley

Rebekah “Becka Kelley, died unexpectedly on March 26, 2018 at the age of 33. She most recently resided in Santa Rosa, CA, previously of Wayne, MI. Beloved daughter of Samantha Goodell, and the late Steven DeLong. Step- daughter of Walter Goodell.

Becka’s gentle nature and loving presence touched many lives here at the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa. She was a member of the One Heart Choir, a co-facilitator and workshop presenter for the young adult group (from 2012-2015) and often served as an announcer for our Sunday morning services. 

Her love for healthy plant based foods was often shared via some tasty treat that she lovingly prepared for group events and throughcontributions to the Sunday morning food team.  

An informal gathering of friends will take place on May 4th at 5:30 pm in Waggoner Hall, located in the North Wing of the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa, 2075 Occidental Road, Ca. 95401. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Rebekah’s name to Devils Tower Natural History Association, ATTN: Sandra Mooney, P.O. Box 37, Devil's Tower, WY 82714

Jeanette Doyle

Jeanette Mancini Roush Doyel passed away on February 28,2018. Forestville native, Analy grad, R.N. and volunteer for many organizations. Survived by her three daughters, large extended family, and innumerable friends. Donations may be made in her honor to the Laguna Foundation or the Humane Society of So.Co. A celebration of life will be on April 7, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., 7800 Giusti Rd. Forestville, CA. Please carpool, if possible.

Published Online in the Press Democrat

Jacque Mielke

Jacque Mielke was born in 1936 in San Jose, CA.  In 1957 after graduating from San Jose State College with a teaching degree/art minor, she taught 5th grade in Campbell for a few years then in 1959 went to Germany with the Armed Forces and taught in Geissen.  She met Don, an NY State veterinarian/soldier there and they married in 1963.  They had two children, Carl, in 1965 and Jennifer, in 1966.

They lived in Tahoe City for 20 years.  Don had a veterinary clinic there, and Jacque had an arts and crafts retail store called Ideas Unlimited where she taught photography and stained glass classes.

In 1985 they moved to Sonoma County, and after "creating, running, and selling" the Gravenstein Inn in Graton, they moved in 1994 to Pond Hollow in Sebastopol.  Jacque enjoyed being a member of AWS and The Sebastopol Center for the Arts where her work has appeared in their exhibits.  She also supported  Art for Life and has been featured on their auction booklet cover.

Jacque has enjoyed being involved with Science of Mind since the 1950s and this Center since 1985.

John Monteith Gray, M.D.,

John Monteith Gray, M.D., one of the Bay Area’s leading orthopedic spine surgeons, passed away peacefully at his home in Windsor on the morning of January 17, 2018. Dr. Gray had been battling cancer. At the time of his death, John was surrounded by his beloved wife Nancy, his dog Sadie, and close friends and family.

Dr. Gray was the youngest of two children born to the late Margit and Donald Monteith Gray on May 27, 1943. Dr. Gray was extremely proud of his heritage, of growing up in Kansas City, his Scottish, English, Welsh and Swedish lineage, and his family. His father Don was a vice president of Hallmark International; his mother Margit was a home economics teacher and dedicated homemaker, and his “second mother” Frances (Keeney) Gray, was a lead artist for Hallmark.

After receiving a BA from Westminster College in Missouri, and attending medical school at the University of Kansas, Dr. Gray headed to the West Coast to complete his orthopaedic residency training at the University of California in San Francisco, and fell in love with the Bay Area. He continued his studies to complete his postgraduate training at Harvard Medical School in Boston. As a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, Dr Gray served as Chief of Orthopaedics at Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital in Puerto Rico.

After his tour of duty, Dr Gray returned to the Bay Area in 1978 to begin his long-standing private practice of Pediatric Orthopedics and Orthopaedics of the Spine. He was on staff at California Pacific Medical Center for 35 years, as well as Marin General, Santa Rosa Memorial, and Sutter Santa Rosa Hospitals. He specialized in scoliosis in adult and pediatric patients, spinal deformities, and degenerative conditions of the spine. He was well known for his proactive conservative approach to back care, and taught his patients a “back safe” lifestyle to prevent back pain and reduce the need for surgical intervention.

Dr. Gray was widely respected by his colleges and a father figure to many of his young scoliosis patients. He was chosen by his peers as one of the top 100 doctors in the Bay Area, one of only 10 orthopedic surgeons to receive this prestigious award.

Dr. Gray trained numerous orthopedic and pediatric residents and attained the level of Full Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF. In addition to his busy practice, he volunteered his time for many years at Shriner’s Hospital in San Francisco in surgery on extremely complex spinal deformities in children.

Dr. Gray was on the Board of Trustees at Unity in Marin, where he met and married his wife Nancy. The couple loved living in the wine country, exploring wineries and the richness of beautiful Sonoma County.

As his friends knew, Dr. Gray had a delightfully dry sense of Midwestern-style humor. He was a passionate music fan, played guitar, sang in his church choir, and loved bands of the ‘60s, especially Peter, Paul and Mary. But his favorite pastime was his spectacular garden filled with roughly 150 rose bushes, a fruit orchard and a vegetable garden with 20 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes that he famously distributed among friends and coworkers. He would joke that like the rich who make money while they sleep, his tomatoes were growing while he was in surgery, and that made him a truly wealthy man. For everyone who knew him, John was one of the most gracious, generous, kind, and loving gentleman they ever met.

Mourning him are his wife Nancy Gray and her family; sister Susan Gray Detweiler and her husband Will Detweiler of Philadelphia; sons Andrew, Alexander and Logan Gray of Melbourne, Australia; nephew John Detweiler of Philadelphia and nieces Margit Detweiler of Brooklyn, New York and Sara Gray Detweiler Loughman of Farmington, Connecticut.

Nancy Gray would like to invite all to join in a celebration of Dr. Gray’s life that will be held on March 24, 2018 at 2:00pm at Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato, CA. Spring was his favorite season. Please visit to be posted of further details on the memorial service or to leave a memory or a tribute to Dr. Gray. In lieu of flowers, honorary contributions can be made to North Bay Fire Relief Fund (Redwood Credit Union) to support those affected by the recent North Bay fires.