Obituaries

Sarah Bettencourt
B: 1988-03-20
D: 2017-04-22
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Bettencourt, Sarah
Ida Lee Lucas
B: 1937-08-30
D: 2017-04-26
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Lucas, Ida Lee
Jeanette Fairbanks
B: 1928-12-11
D: 2017-04-17
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Fairbanks, Jeanette
Robert O. Pittenger
B: 1959-01-09
D: 2017-04-24
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Pittenger, Robert O.
Emelia A Nyantekyi
B: 1953-06-20
D: 2017-04-16
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Nyantekyi, Emelia A
Mattie Stewart
B: 1935-07-14
D: 2017-04-28
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Stewart, Mattie
Charlotte Higgins
B: 1937-07-19
D: 2017-04-18
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Higgins, Charlotte
Michael Paul
B: 1945-10-07
D: 2017-04-25
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Paul, Michael
George Beggin
B: 1949-08-17
D: 2017-04-13
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Beggin, George
Shawn Michael Thompson
B: 1982-01-15
D: 2017-04-08
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Thompson, Shawn Michael
Alvina Zeh
B: 1929-12-05
D: 2017-04-03
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Zeh, Alvina
Peggy Taylor
B: 1922-01-24
D: 2017-04-14
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Taylor, Peggy
Helen A. Richardson
B: 1996-06-27
D: 2017-04-23
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Richardson, Helen A.
Sofia Ceja
B: 1999-12-28
D: 2017-04-14
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Ceja, Sofia
Gwendolyn Williams
B: 1965-04-23
D: 2017-04-22
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Williams, Gwendolyn
James Willerford
B: 1928-05-15
D: 2017-03-27
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Willerford, James
Ana Maria Carrillo De Vargas
B: 1948-09-16
D: 2017-04-12
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Carrillo De Vargas, Ana Maria
Maria Snyder
B: 1938-12-14
D: 2017-04-20
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Snyder, Maria
Clair Ott
B: 1932-03-18
D: 2017-03-29
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Ott, Clair
Woodie Frank Gulley Jr.
B: 1959-01-18
D: 2017-04-09
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Gulley Jr., Woodie Frank
Margaret "Peggy" Williams
B: 1937-07-16
D: 2017-04-20
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Williams , Margaret "Peggy"

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PO BOX 1077 Hemet , CA 92546
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Tammy Elkins, Human Resource Adminstrator
Email: telkins@miller-jones.com
Office Phone: 951-928-5105  X 108

Tammy Elkins is Human Resources Manager at Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory.  Tammy comes to us with 20 years of human resource management experience.  Originally born in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was raised in San Diego, where she met and married her husband.  Tammy, her husband and now 2 children have lived in Murrieta for over 21 years.

Tammy is a well rounded, hands on human resource professional.  She has worked and consulted for both large and small companies, established and start-up operations.  Immediately prior to working with Miller-Jones Ms. Elkins worked with a number of entrepreneurs, helping them create the infrastructure to grow their companies.  Most recently this meant being responsible for the growth of a Design/Build firm from a staff only a handful to over 300 in only 2 years through successful recruitment strategies, position design, and human resource management.  

While working with a Fortune 500, publicly traded municipal finance firm, she was responsible for all aspect of human resources, benefits coordination, recruitment, position design, legal compliance, policy creation, training, career development planning, FMLA, ADA and Worker’s Compensation.  

Tammy previously worked with Kemper insurance for about 10 years, where she functioned in a variety of roles culminating into Human Resources, Generalist/Counselor.  While at Kemper Insurance she was responsible for recruitment, benefits, performance reviews, salary administration.  She also had the opportunity to be trained on insurance claims and benefits, an insight that has proven useful throughout her years as a human resource professional.  

Tammy is an active member of Professional in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), and has held positions as Communications/Publicity Chair for PIHRA District 17.  She has completed extensive coursework in human resources management, obtaining her Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of California, Riverside.

Sandra Kelly , Weekend Secretary Sun CIty
Email: skelly@miller-jones.com

I graduated from Scappoose Union High School in Oregon and majored in music at Santa Barbara Junior College.  I was married and widowed after 39 years and have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
I stepped into the banking world for 10 years and after a brief “retirement” came here and worked as a Receptionist.  I’ve been a Service Director and as a utility person, filled in when and wherever I was needed.  I’ve worked in all our locations and am proud and honored to have worked with a compassionate
Staff for 18 years.  I have been the Sun City Weekend  Receptionist for too many years to count.
My interests include, reading, traveling the world, (when I can) playing various games with the many friends I’ve made over the years.

Michael Angiolillo, Weekend Secretary Moreno Valley
Email: mangiolillo@miller-jones.com

Michael Hernandez-Angiolillo joined Miller-Jones Mortuary in 2015 at the Moreno Valley and Perris locations as a weekend administrative assistant.
Born in Syracuse, NY he moved to California with his family when his father was stationed at March Air Force Base. Michael had an adventurous youth working as a model at the age of 16, managing a young R&B recording artist, and attended lavish parties hosted by several celebrities. His resume includes working for a few prestigious law firms in Los Angeles where he was served as an office manager/legal assistant to a civil litigator and being a hands-on co-manager for an event planning company in Hollywood.
In his spare time Michael enjoys taking road trips, camping, hiking, fishing, and his practicing his hobby of photography; his portfolio includes skyscape, landscape and astral photography.
Michael looks forward to serving the community and growing within the Miller-Jones family.

Arnell W. Nauden, Service Director

 Born in the state of Arkansas, Arnell transitioned to Chicago with his parents. A Graduate of Englewood High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps in which he made a Career. Arnell is a Positive, confident, and self-reliant leader, trainer, and team-builder offering extensive expertise in human resources and operations management. Creative and analytical problem-solver and strategist possessing a working knowledge of diverse occupational fields, including retail and customer service, product distribution, and military and government operations. Recognized and highly respected coach, mentor, and trainer with 30 years of experience in the United States Marine Corps. Loyal and dedicated team player with a reputation for integrity, performing beyond expectations, and leaving a situation better than found

Bob Butler, Service Director

I have been married for 30+ years. Bonnie and I have three adult children and four grandchildren. I grew up in Whittier, CA.  I graduated from Cal Hi and then the University of California, Irvine. I have been involved with pastoral ministry and Christian education.

I became a service director at Miller-Jones in 2002. Shortly after that, I became the pastor at Grace Church on Goetz Road. Life is a gift from God and everyone’s should be celebrated by those who knew and loved them. It is a privilege to help families commemorate the life of one that has passed.

Mark Hopkins, Service Director


Mark Hopkins is from Los Angeles, California. He resides in MorenoValley where he conducts funeral services for Miller-Jones, all over the Inland Empire and surrounding counties.
Mark has been a funeral service director for 25 years. He started his career with Forest Lawn Mortuary Hollywood Hills in 1987. After two years of service Mark was promoted to manager of funeral services for Forest Lawn Covina Hills. After ten years of service, Mark relocated to Las Vegas Nevada to work for Palm Mortuary and Crematory, working in a variety of different positions within that company. Mark always maintained a lead roll in Funeral Service.
Joining Miller Jones in 2011 Mark is well trained in traditional, non traditional and all faiths and religious funeral practices with his years of experience. Mark has three children and a grandson in the Las Vegas area.
It is a great honor for him to serve the families that come to Miller Jones. “I am very proud to work for a company that has such a high quality of customer and community service, Miller Jones definitely gives back as much as they receive”.
Mark also attends Crossword Christian Church in Moreno Valley, where he is involved with the men’s prayer group.

Susan Taylor , Service Director

  I was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1953 and moved to Southern California (Orange County) in 1976. After spending many summer weekends boating in Canyon Lake, in 1992 we decided to make this 'little bit of paradise' our home.
  I have been married for 34 years, have 3 grown children and 2 teenage grandsons. We have been at Cornerstone Community Church for 18 years. I have been the wedding coordinator there for 13 years and been active in prison ministry at Chino Institute for Women.
   My prior work experience includes banking, food and beverage service, catering, and we owned a restaurant. I was a licensed realtor in new homes as well as resales, and my husband and I have bought and flipped homes and own and manage rental properties.
   In 2007, I flew back to St. Louis to be with my mother in the last weeks before she passed away. When I returned home I realized how important the hospice and funeral staff were to our family at that time and felt a strong desire to help others in the same way. When I had the opportunity to tour Miller-Jones I realized this was the place I could fulfill that calling. I joined them first in Pre-need as I am very passionate about the difference preplanning arrangements can make when a family is faced with loss. I am now a service director with a commitment to making each memorial service a memorable day that will be a first step in the families healing.

Rudy Cabrera , Service Director

Born in Monterrey, Mexico on October 24, 1953.
Beaumont High School Graduate
Mt. San Jacinto College Graduate
Chapman University Graduate, Business Science Degree
FBI National Academy Graduate, April 1993.
I am an Army veteran, serving overseas for 2 ½ years as a helicopter Crew Chief.
My prior employment is varied. I’ve labored in poultry farms, spice fields (San Jacinto); restaurants as a dishwasher and short order cook; a short stint as a liquor stockman; a long stint as a Deputy (Riverside County); a part-time rain-gutter salesman, Police Sergeant, and a Police Lieutenant, retiring from Hemet Police Department as a Captain in July 2006. I  attend Calvary Chapel Hemet, where I serve in Retirement Home and Prison Ministries.
I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren; who live locally.
I make my home in Hemet, having lived in the San Jacinto Valley since March of 1978
My hobbies are woodworking, kayaking, motorcycling, traveling this great country and spoiling my grandkids.

Bob Rokes , Service Director

Bob started in various Cities in South Carolina serving his Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, South Carolina, Columbia Mission when bob returned back to California he became a school bus driver in Riverside for 12 years, then Bob was a live in caretaker of his grandparents for 13 years in Torrance , while still in Torrance hew was a Limousine Driver/Chauffeur for 3 years. Then Bob moved to Hawthorne where he was a Hand Prop Maker for Movie and TV Industry for 15 years.
Bob then moved back down to southern California where was a Hand Prop Maker for Movie and TV Industry for 10 years. in North Hollywood.Finally Bob moved to Sun City where Meet Miller-Jones Mortuary and became a Service Director and Double Decker Bus Driver Specialist. Groups or Organization in which Bob is Involved: Boy Scouts of America - Boy Scout and Boy Scout Leader for 43 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – Life-long Member. Bob is the Oldest of four children and is proud uncle of thirteen nieces and nephews.

Karen Harckey , Service Director

Karen Harkey was a resident of Temecula since 1981 but has recently

moved to Murrieta, Ca. Married to John Harkey who is dedicated to

working in the real estate field, at Rancon Real Estate now 30 years. She has 3

children JD, Autumn (deceased)  Heidee and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

She has been a service director at Miller Jones Mortuary for 4 years.

Previously a licensed  administrator in the Residential Care for the Elderly

field. She has been active in her community in many ways, past service and

board member at the Community Panty in Temecula for 10 years. Participant

and co-founder of Heavenbound Bereavement Group. Committee member for the

Annual Christmas Candlelight Tribute 13 years. Jacobs House volunteer (a

home for critical care patients families, in progress), TIP volunteer (Trauma Intervention

Program).  Now currently working with CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship)

Inland Valley Chapter. She is a member of The Way Family Church in Murrieta of which

her nephew Matthew Pollock pastors. She considers herself a "lifetime

volunteer".


Bob Marinshaw

I was born in 1947 in Washington D.C..
Our Family moved to Maryland in the early 50's.
Joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1966 and was Honorably discharged in 1968.
Met my wife Bonnie in 1966, moved to Alexandria Virginia and just celebrated our 46 years together.
We have three grown children, Doreen & Daniel live in San Diego and Darin lives in Menifee.
In 1984 I was re-located to San Diego Ca. to run a Chevrolet Dealership.
My successful career in Automotive sales and finance management lasted for over 25 years.
I left the Automotive business in late 1998 I went to work for Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery in Bloomington California.
At Green acres I was a Family Service counselor and was responsible for at need and pre-need Funeral and Cemetery arrangements.
I left in 2001 and moved to Sun City where a year later I started my own Landscaping Business and got my state contractor's license.
In September of 2012 I started to scale down the business and retire from active landscaping. I still consult friends, Family and acquaintences regarding landscaping issues whenever possible.
I am an avid fan of Drag Racing, walking, and love to play Golf whenever possible.
I still maintain my State Contractor's license as well as my Life Insurance license.

Dave Butler


 After personally experiencing the professional care and understanding of Miller-Jones staff & services.I  joined Miller-Jones in 2012 as a Service Director and now I am currently a team leader on the night time transportation team.

 I worked Highway Construction for 30 years and 10 years as a Sales Manager for a family owned Company assisting Credit Union Mortgage Departments.

 I moved to Menifee in 2008 from Huntington Beach to care for my parents and property. I attend Grace Free Church in Menifee. I am unmarried with 3 children and 8 grandchildren. I enjoy being outdoors, camping and spending time with family.