April 24, 2010

Agnes Hendry Morrison, a columnist for the Burbank Leader during the 1980s, died at an assisted-care facility in Stockton on March 20 after a lengthy illness. She was 91.

She was born in 1918 in Toronto, Ohio. In 1933, she moved with her family to Burbank, where she attended John Muir Junior High School and graduated from Burbank High School. She attended Glendale Community College and UCLA.

During World War II she was employed by Lockheed as a mathematician. She was also a librarian for the Burbank city libraries.


As a columnist for the Leader she wrote about community events, local personalities and nature. She also illustrated them with her own pictures.

Morrison and her husband, Fred, retired to Galt, Calif., to be closer to their daughter and three grandchildren. Fred preceded her in death in 1995.

Throughout Morrison’s life, her hobbies were photography, traveling and genealogy, and her research allowed her family to be reunited with relatives living in the United Kingdom.

She is survived by her sister Helen Martin of Burbank; her daughter Linda Balfour (Morris); three grandchildren, Charlene (Jack), Gregory and Stephen (Karina); and numerous nieces and cousins.

Bradley Miller Scheire of Hemet died April 17. He was 48.

Scheire graduated from John Burroughs High School in 1979, obtained an associate’s degree in engineering from Los Angeles Valley College and then was employed at Boeing.

He was a motorcycle racer and set several land-speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

He was preceded in death by his mother Darlene Scheire and brother David Scheire, and is survived by his father, Robert W. Scheire, brother Robert R. Scheire, sister Tamara Murphy and his four sons Noah, Joshua, Jacob and Jonah.

Memorial services will be at 6 tonight in the Miller-Jones Mortuary Chapel, 1501 Florida Ave. in Hemet.

Mary Jane Cole Hormuth died Wednesday in her Burbank home. She was 87.

She was born April 2, 1923, in her childhood home in Glendale on North Orange Street and was delivered by Elmer H. Thompson (of the original Thompson Memorial Medical Center) who arrived for the delivery via horse and buggy.

She married Paul Francis Hormuth in 1941. Paul Hormuth had transferred from the University of Kansas to USC to play basketball. He preceded her in death in 1965.

She was a homemaker until their children finished school, and then in 1990 she went to work for Chicago Title, where she stayed until her retirement 10 years later. She lived in the same Burbank home since 1945.

She is survived by her sister Bonnie Foley; her children Sandy Dennis, Bill (and Karen) Hormuth, Dave (and Nancy) Hormuth, and Mike Hormuth, her eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Hills in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.

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