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Lydia Ray (Telnoff) GoresFebruary 6, 1924 ~ July 29, 2017 (age 93)
Mrs. Lydia Ray Gores (Lydia Michael Telnoff aka Lydia Ray) died peacefully in her home on July 29, 2017 in Walnut Creek at the age of 93.
Lydia is survived by her two children, Ray Schaeffer, Leslie Fennell and 6 grandchildren,
Christopher Schaeffer, Erik Edgren, Eva Edgren, Jennifer Schaeffer, Max Fennell and Ned Fennell and cat, Aladdin.
Lydia is preceded in death by her brother Valentine Ray of Riverside and sister Tania Meyer of Walnut creek.
Lydia was born on February 6th1924 in Harbin, Manchuria to Michael Telnoff and Anna Shevcoplias of Russian and Ukrainian descent. (Later adopting her middle name Ray from her loving stepfather Serge Ray Aka Serge Abramoff, (also of Russian descent). Lydia went to school where the family lived in Bishop Ca. and graduated from Loma Linda University in southern California with a degree in Music and San Francisco State University with a degree in Teaching. After moving to Walnut Creek in 1962 Lydia began Teaching at Campolindo High School in Moraga Teaching Five languages for the next 30 years. Lydia was loved by her students and maintained contact with many of them over the years.
Lydia was an accomplished vocalist. In the early 50’s she sang regularly at the Carmel Bach festival, and was an original member of the Lamplighters, (famous to this day for performing the light operas of Gilbert and Sullivan). Over the years Lydia regularly sang at Russian orthodox church services in San Francisco and Christian church services in Walnut Creek. She was a long-time member of the Diablo women’s choir and most recently a 20+ year member of the Golden Notes choir of Pleasant Hill.
Lydia was a generous, dedicated individual who loved all her children, singing, opera, classical music, cats and food and who was passionate about educating her students in the cultures of the languages she taught.
A memorial celebration is scheduled for Sunday August 13th at 144 Mayhew Way, Walnut Creek Ca. 94597 from 2 to 4 pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lydia’s life. The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at the Reyes Guest Home on Belford Drive in Walnut Creek for their care and dedication.
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