Two Long-Time Lone Pine Residents Have Died

A beautiful woman who enjoyed a singing career in earlier years and who hosted a jazz show on a former Independence radio station, Pat Roberts of Lone Pine has died at the age of 82.

Pat lived in Lone Pine for many years and made many friends with her strong personality. Her mellow voice could be heard on former radio station KNYO as she delivered jazz and swing music to her audience. Pat also performed sales for the station.

She is survived by sister Mary Ellen Cox, brother Make Baker and children Susan Strong, Clayton Anderson, Nancy Roberts, Jeff Roberts and John Roberts and many grand children and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Pat were held over the week-end. The family asks that if you wish, you may donate in Pat's name to the Southern Inyo Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in appreciation of their wonderful care.

And, another long-time Lone Pine resident has died – 84 year old Ruby Bonham Tonkin. Ruby passed away at Southern Inyo Hospital after a long struggle with lung disease.

Ruby's family said she was an avid reader and loved children. She was an excellent horsewoman in her early years. She worked tirelessly on important community issues and was an active member of Concerned Citizens of Inyo County and the Lone Pine School Board.

Ruby Tonkin is survived by her sister Barbara Strickland; children Kathleen New and Barbara and Richard Morgan of Lone Pine, and from out of the area – Harvey and Becky Getty and Willie and Kerry Tonkin.

The family suggests that donations may be made in Ruby's name to the Southern Inyo Hospital Nursing Care Unit or the American Lung Association.

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