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Welcome to our online Tribute Wall, offering individuals and families a way to honor and remember those whose lives have been changed forever by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. This page is yours. We want you to have the opportunity to share a photograph and message about your loved one.

Through this online collection of photos, we hope to shine a light on the thousands of people in our area with Alzheimer's as well as those who have lost the battle. If you would like to share a message and a photo, please send your photo and short message (two or three sentences) via email to, or mail your photo and message to Alzheimer's Association, Mitchel Sloan, 1528 Chapala Street #204, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. If you would like your photo returned, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission.

There is no charge to participate on this page, but you can make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one here.

Eleusa Galvo Fonseca 
A beloved wife and adored mother of two, Eleusa generously extended her motherly affection to her daughters-in-law. This lovely woman has supported us all in times of sorrow, encouraged us in our endeavors and celebrated our achievements. Now that she is living with Alzheimer's, we make certain the unconditional love she always showed us is reflected right back onto her. --Luciana Cramer


Marie Pearson
Marie is a mother of four, grandmother to eight and has numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She spent her life with Donald Pearson growing corn and soy beans on a family farm in Illinois. She is now living with Alzheimer's but is still a lover of family and animals. She loved to feed the birds, adopted many stray cats, grew apples on the "back 40," and made the best angel food cake in the world. Thank you Grandma for everything you did for our family.  --Donna Beal

Michael Sean Parr
This is my father. He has 4 children, and is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Navy from 1968-1972. Before being diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's at the age of 63 my father lived an incredibly great life. He was the first to help anyone in need and raised all of his children to be strong independent individuals. He is very loved and does his best to keep a smile on his face and remain positive in such a negative situation. Keep the light going Dad, we love you!!!  
--Courtney, Cody, Nicole, Anthony and Mom.


Lorene Bishop Swearingen
Lorene was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We will always cherish our memories of her.
--Lovingly, Judy, Jonathan Alfonso & Marisol




Alberta & Jim Shull, aka Nana & Pop
My mother suffered from dementia, a slow onset likely over the past 10 years of her life. I have pictured my father also because he was her main caregiver. They were high school sweethearts married in 1944. They passed away just 11 days apart just 1 month short of their 71st anniversary.
My mother was very artistic she sewed most our clothes, made numerous art projects, and learned how to make porcelain dolls after the age of 50. My Dad was a working man, first as a logger then mechanic. There was nothing he could not fix. They raised a family of 5 children. My mother was the true caregiver who loved children, and reveled in each of her grand children and great grand children. She taught us all the love of nature especially flowers & animals. Their last 3 years were spent in assisted living, Mom had a small Ischemic Stroke that really accentuated her dementia. This also had a big affect on my Dad. I can relate to the saying the it is catching in the sense that when one person has dementia it greatly affects the partner. We miss them terribly every day. This will be the second year that our family will take part in the Walk. It is imperative that research continues to find a cure for this destructive disease. 

--Sheri Giddings


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