November 27, 2005
Cece's Later Life
Yreka Inn, Snowbound, 1950
Cece went to work at the Navy Officer’s Club at the Naval Air Station in Alameda. She then purchased Rosie’s Diner, in Alameda, which she operated for several years. Ray Hinckley, who had been manager of the officers club when she worked there, came to the diner to work as her manager. They later married. After some difficulty, probably a difference in managerial philosophy, they divorced.
Cece and Ray Hinckley (Click for a Larger View)
Albert Brixius, a Coast Guard Chief, completed his time [in the Service], retired and came to help Cece run the diner. They later married and remained married until Cece’s death in 1979. She died of cancer at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California on October 25, 1979.
Al Brixius, Early 1960s (Click for a Larger View)
Cece was a generous person who helped numerous people through the years.