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Table for Two

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Best Friends:
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Pet of the Week
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Christine Flowers
Dick Polman
Stuart Tolchin On …
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Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
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Civic Leader Elva 
Johnson passed away 
on March 5, 2021. 
Elva was born in 1935 
just outside of Sierra 
Madre at St. Luke’s 
Hospital in Pasadena to 
Roy and Lucille Pickett 
and grew up in Sierra 
Madre just blocks 
away from where her 
father owned a Service 
She attended Sierra 
Madre School, 
Marshall Junior High 
School in Pasadena, 
and Pasadena Junior 
College to finish 
high school. She also 
attended Pasadena 
City College, Cal State Los Angeles and Pacific Oaks University. 
In 1955, Elva married Richard ‘Dick” Johnson. For several years 
they couple lived in San Gabriel and San Diego and eventually 
moved back to Sierra Madre in 1964. They purchased the historic 
Wilson-Bixby House where they raised five children. In 2014 they 
moved into The British Home. 
Elva taught school for Monrovia School District for 12 and was a 
Certified Marriage and Family Counseling Therapist, specializingin Therapy for Child Development until her retirement in 2012. 
Elva was one of the 'Unsung Heroines' featured in th enewly 
released book on Sierra Madre civic leaders who were members 
of 'The Priscillas. She served as President of the group and was 
also very involved with the Historical Preservation Society and the 
Methodist Church in Sierra Madre. n(partial listing). 
Elva is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.. She is 
survived by her husband, Dick, sister Velma Embree, children 
Cristii Ann Cox (Dr. David Cox), Kari Lynn Janzen (Tom Janzen), 
Rick Johnson, Dianna Johnson and Jason Johnson, 11 grandchildren 
and 6 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Elva's interment will be at Sierra Madre’s Pioneer Cemetery. 
No further details are available at this time. 

Story By Carolyn Grumm and Photos courtesy of SMSR. 

The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team (SMSR) has been assisting San 
Dimas Mountain Rescue Team (SDMRT) in the search for Maria Loida 
Tice. This 60 year old woman is missing after heading out on a hike to 
Iron Mountain with a Meetup group on Saturday February 13th. She was 
last seen by other hikers around noon as she was nearing the summit and 
still hiking towards the 

Iron Mountain is considered 
one of the most 
strenuous hikes in Southern 
California. The trail-
head at Heaton Flats starts 
at an elevation of 2,000feet and the trail climbs 
about 7 miles up to the 
peak at just over 8,000feet. The trail is rough and 
rugged. A few years ago 
this peak was rarely hiked,
but it has recently become 
more popular. It is part of 
a worrying trend that the 
Search and Rescue team is 
seeing. Social media sites 
are pushing people to attempt 
hikes they never 
would have heard of before, 
and that are often 
beyond their capabilities. 

Members of the Meetup 
group Tice was hiking 
with summited before 
her and saw her on their 
descent. She still wanted 
to continue to the summit. 
Tice was not reported 
missing until Wednesday 
February 17th by 
concerned coworkers. 
Members of the SDMRT 
and SMSR responded immediately 
and raced to 
get searchers inserted byhelicopter onto the peak 
before sunset. Searchers 
then worked through the 
night on the mountain. 

On Thursday February18th searchers were called 
in from around Los Angeles county. On the weekend the call for help 
extended throughout southern California with teams from Los Angeles,
San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino counties responding. Dozens of 
searchers, dog teams and multiple airships have participated in the search. 
The terrain is vast and grueling. Search assignments have been starting first 
thing in the morning and sometimes aren’t completed until the early hours 
of the next day. 

Unfortunately this is not the first search SMSR has been a part of involvinga Meetup Group or other hiking group. Below are some tips you can follow 
to keep yourself and others safe when participating in a hiking group. Following 
these simple steps could save someone’s life: 

Do not depend on someone else in the group to take care of you.
Carry the 10 essentialsCarry a map that you have looked at to get an idea of the area you 
are hikingTell someone who is not on the trip where you are and when to 
expect you back 

Take steps to look out for your fellow hikers. If the group leader isn’t doingit, you can. 

When you meet in the parking lot create a list of everyone’s:


Cell phone number

Emergency contact

License plate

Have a knowledgeable hiker who knows the route lead

Put a strong hiker in the back (a sweep). The sweep never passes 

a group member.

Group up at trail junctions or any possible points of confusion

Be sure everyone makes it off of the mountain. 

If a group member decides to separate from the group for any reason be 
sure they get off of the mountain safely. Check for their car in the parkinglot when you return (you have their license plate number on your list) or 
call them later in the evening (you have their number on your list.) If theydon’t make it off of the mountain call 911. This simple act could save a life. 

SMSR is grateful to the people they have found on social media who were 
hiking the mountain the day Tice went missing. They have provided valuable 
information to help in this search. 

Anyone with information on Tice's whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff 
's department's missing persons unit at 323-890-5500. 

Since 1951, the all-volunteer Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team has 
responded to calls for help in the local mountains and beyond. SMSR also 
provides a range of free wilderness safety education programs. For more 
information on the Team, to donate, or to arrange a wilderness safety demonstration 
for your school or group, visit www.smsr.org. 

SMSR crews searched the trails, canyonsand ridges of Iron Mountain for Tice

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