Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 209-838-7321 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Ashley Vella

Ashley Vella

Managing Partner

Ashley was born and raised in Modesto, California; she attended Modesto High, Modesto Junior College and finished her education at California State University, Stanislaus, earning her Bachelor's degree in Forensic Anthropology. Ashley comes from a farming background in West County Modesto in the Wood Colony area, where her family has farmed almonds for three generations.

Ashley was brand new to the funeral industry when she started at Franklin & Downs Funeral Home in May of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office working as an autopsy tech. She also coached competitive gymnastics for ten years prior to joining Franklin & Downs. In March 2015, Ashley took the position of Managing Partner for Deegan Funeral Chapels in Escalon and Ripon.
Ashley and her husband Cody have two children, Logan and Dylan. Together, they live in Modesto and enjoy camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Email: ashley.vella@carriageservices.com


Jack & Joanne Deegan

Jack & Joanne Deegan

Ambassador

Former owner of Deegan Funeral Chapel

Jack, a resident of Ripon and Escalon, moved to Escalon in 1953 when his parents purchased the funeral home in Escalon. In Escalon, he attended Dent Elementary School and Escalon High School. He went to Cal Berkeley and then transferred to San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, obtaining his funeral director and embalming licenses and graduating in 1962. Jack worked for about five years at a funeral home in Modesto and then started working with his dad in Escalon in 1968. In 1975, when his dad retired, Jack purchased the funeral home in Escalon. In 1988, Jack purchased the funeral home in Ripon. In May 2002, he sold both of the funeral homes so that he could enjoy retirement, but he continues to work some of the services with us.

Jessica Campos

Jessica Campos

Funeral Director

Jessica grew up in Manteca most of her life and recently moved to Ripon. She attended Sierra High School then majored in Business Management at California State University, Stanislaus. She grew up surrounded by music and now directs the Youth Mass Music Ministry and the Spanish Music Ministry at St. Anthony’s in Manteca. She plays the piano and sings for the English and Spanish masses on weekends, alongside with her family. Jessica has been in the funeral industry since August 2011. She began singing for funerals on the side, and shortly after, she was offered a part-time job at the mortuary. She eventually developed a passion for the industry and truly wanted to help grieving families. In July 2014, she earned her Funeral Director’s license.

Nick Valdes

Nick Valdes

Funeral Assistant



Erica Campos

Erica Campos

Funeral Assistant



Holly Strickland-Barragan

Holly Strickland-Barragan

Advanced Planning Agent



Brandon Pacariem

Brandon Pacariem

Funeral Assistant / Student Intern



Carol Bauman

Carol Bauman

Funeral Assistant

Carol was born in "house on the prairie" country, the plains of Kansas. Her family moved to California when she was ten where she has remained in the Modesto and Ripon area. After graduating from Grace Davis High School and Modesto Junior College, she was a legal secretary with the Stanislaus County District Attorney's office for a time. From 1986 until 2016 Carol was employed with Ripon's long-established medical family practice office, now Ripon Family Physicians. There she engaged in axillary patient care, staff management, and business assistance; support and advocacy. Since June 2017 Carol is a part time Funeral Assistant with Deegan Chapels in Ripon and Escalon. She has volunteered with Modesto Pregnancy Center and currently in various ministries with Ripon Grace Church. Carol was married to Richard Bauman for 45 years until he was called home in 2014.  Their son, Greg and his wife, Lisa, live in Ripon. Greg is a Battalion Chief, Ripon Fire Department, and Lisa is an Activity Director at Bethany Home Skilled Nursing Facility. We are grateful for our Ripon home and for active participation in community care. 


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