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Memorials planned for 7 plane crash victims

Leonel Sanchez

05-Nov-1999 Friday

Memorial services are scheduled or being planned for seven victims of
EgyptAir Flight 990 who had San Diego ties.

Betty and David Van Buskirk, Barbara and Jerry Freeman, Robert and Mary
Rice and Gavin Stearns were among the 217 passengers who were killed when
their Egypt-bound jetliner plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.

A memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. Rice is scheduled at 4 p.m. tomorrow at
Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church in El Cajon, which the retired couple

Mr. Stearns, who graduated from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, will be
formally remembered at a gathering of family and friends next month in Los
Altos in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived and worked as a
computer specialist.

Mr. Stearns is survived by his mother, Charlotte Stanley, and stepfather,
Ron Stanley, of Chula Vista; his sister, Lisa, of Norway; and a cousin,
Carole Fuller of Washington state.

Memorial services were being planned for Mr. and Mrs. Van Buskirk and Mr.
and Mrs. Freeman, longtime friends who were traveling together on the

Mr. and Mrs. Van Buskirk are survived by their daughter, Lisa Van Buskirk;
and three grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for sometime
next weekend, Lisa Van Buskirk said.

Mr. and Mrs. Freeman are survived by children from separate marriages. A
memorial for them is being planned.

Mrs. Rice, a retired nurse who was active with the local Alzheimer's
Association, is survived by her children from her first marriage, Gaia
Layser of Oregon, Richard Layser of Virginia and Terri Rabinowicz of

Her first husband was a Navy pilot who died in a plane crash during
training exercises in Europe in the 1960s, Gaia Layser said.

Mr. Rice, a retired General Dynamics engineer, is survived by Robin Purdie
of the Sacramento area and Diana Rich of Maryland, stepchildren from his
first marriage.

The couple loved to travel and participate in race-walking events around
the world. They were planning to visit Spain next year.

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