In Loving Memory
12/2/31 to 12/24/16
Reflections and celebration of the life and times of
Edward Bosworth of Cayton Valley on Feb 12th from
2-4 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the Inter-Mountain
Please stop by and share with family and friends.
In Loving Memory
Joann Arlene Asher
Joann Arlene Asher, 80, passed away January 13, 2017
at home. Joann was a wonderful wife, mother,
grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived
by her husband Eugene Asher, two daughters, three
sons, seven grandchildren, 11-great grandchildren
and one sister. She will be greatly missed by all.
In Loving Memory
William (Willie) Charles Howard
William (Willie) Charles Howard passed away
January 5, 2017 at his home in McArthur after a
Obituary and inurment arrangements are pending.
In Loving Memory
James Burton Schryver
Burton Schryver, 93, passed away peacefully at home
with family members by his side on January 11, 2017.
Jim was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Edson and
Elizabeth Schryver. After graduating from Staples
High School in Westport, CN, Jim enrolled in the
engineering program at Cornell University in 1941.
Before completing his degree he enlisted in the Army
in 1943 and ultimately became part of the U.S.
involvement in World War II. He fought in the Battle
of the Bulge and remained in Europe after the war as
a 1st Lt., responsible for relocating German
prisoners of war. In 1946 Jim returned home and
resumed his education at Cornell, earning a
Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1949
he moved to Reno, Nevada, and worked for Dean Witter
as a Stock Broker. In 1950 he was recalled to the
Army and served in the Korean War until he was
Honorably Discharged in 1952. Jim then went to work
for Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation where he
became a branch manager responsible for Northern
California, Hawaii and Nevada. Jim served as the CEO
of the Comstock Tunnel and Drainage Co. and the
Sutro Tunnel Co. in Virginia City, Nevada from 1959
to 1987. In 1973 Jim opened Sutro Realty in Carson
City, Nevada, and remained active in the Real Estate
business until his official retirement in 2006. In
1990, Jim married his wife, Margaret, and they built
a home on Eastman Lake in the Fall River Valley
where they lived part time until they made it their
permanent residence in the late 90’s. Jim loved to
fish, travel the world, and be with his family and
friends. He was an incredibly positive man who
inspired those around him.
Jim is survived by his wife Margaret Estes Schryver;
his sisters: Patricia Mills (Tacoma, WA) and Sally
Raines (Jackson Hole, WY); Children: Laurie Schryver
(San Francisco) and Thomas Schryver (Melek),
grandson Jimmy (Marin Co.); Stepchildren: Jeanne
Utterback (McArthur), Donna Utterback (McArthur) and
Robert Utterback (Erin) (Fall River Mills); and
numerous other grandchildren, great grandchildren,
and nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of life for Jim Schryver
on Saturday, February 11 at the Veterans’ Hall in
Fall River Mills at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made in his memory, to the Fort
Crook Museum in Fall River Mills.
In Loving Memory
Glovena Criss of Bieber passed away on December 14,
2016 at the age of 93.
Glovena was born in Lookout California and lived her
entire life in Big Valley with the exception of
attending college in Fresno, California and her
nurses’ training at Sacramento County General
Hospital where she received her Registered Nursing
Degree. Glovena returned to Big Valley and was
married to Harold T. Criss. They had two children,
Gail and Tracy.
She worked for many years as a school nurse for the
Big Valley School District.
In 1967 Harold and Glovena built and operated the
Big Valley Drive-In.
She had a terrific green thumb and always had
flowers for everyone to enjoy including Petunias,
tomatoes and other potted vegetables.
She always enjoyed the wildlife who came to the
Glovena was preceded in death by husband Harold and
She is survived by daughter Gail (Ron) Clark of
Klamath Falls, Oregon; daughter-in-law Marlene Criss
of Bieber, four grandchildren and five great
grandchildren and quilting and garden club members.
Burial will be at Lookout Cemetery and a life
memorial this spring.
May Mom always walk in God’s ever-blossoming flower
In Loving Memory
Dr. Tom Vestal
Tom Vestal passed away at Mayers Memorial Hospital
on January 8th, 2017, surrounded by his loving
family. Tom was born on March 28th, 1939, in
McCloud, CA, to Hardy and June Vestal. Tom spent the
majority of his life in the Fall River Valley and
spent his youth working on the family ranch. Tom was
an active member in the McArthur FFA, ultimately
receiving the American Farmer Degree. He graduated
from Fall River High School in 1956, and moved to
Davis, CA to attend UC Davis. Tom graduated with
honors from UC Davis in 1962 as a Dr. in Veterinary
Medicine. Tom spoke fondly of his time at Davis and
about his brothers at Alpha Gamma Rho. Establishing
a Veterinary Practice, back in the Valley ,and
running the family ranch kept Tom busy but meeting
Marie made his life complete. For his 77 years Tom
did the things he loved, veterinary medicine,
raising working quarter horses, roping, riding and
enjoying the sport of rodeo. He was especially proud
of his 3 children and grandchildren. Pa will be
greatly missed. Tom is survived by his son, Mark
Vestal and daughter-in-law, Diana; his daughter,
Tami Humphry and son-in-law Brian; his son, Hardy
Vestal and daughter in law Chelle, and 9
grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday,
January 28th, 2017, 1:00PM at the Intermountain Fair
Grounds in McArthur, CA. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to the Intermountain Fair
Heritage Foundation, PO Box 10, McArthur, CA, 96056,
or a charity of your choice.
In Loving Memory
Vestal passed away at Mayers Memorial Hospital on
January 9th, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
Marie was born on August 19th, 1940, in Twin Falls,
ID to Glen and Gladys Griffin.
In December of 1947, Marie and her sister Marjorie
moved to Lake Tahoe and grew up taking care of each
Marie graduated from South Lake Tahoe High School
and at age 18 years old moved to Fair Oaks, CA, to
work at Aerojet in Sacramento. In the summer of
1965, Marie traveled to the Fall River Valley and
met the love of her life, Dr. Tom Vestal and on
November 25th, 1965, they were married.
For the next 51 years Marie loved the ranch, her
cows, but especially her family.
She loved to bowl, play cards and follow her
children’s and grand children’s activities and
adventures. Ma will be greatly missed. Marie is
survived by her mother, Gladys Gust; sister,
Marjorie Stephens and brother- in-law, Robert; her
son, Mark Vestal and daughter-in-law, Diana; her
daughter Tami Humphry and son-inlaw Brian; her son,
Hardy Vestal and daughter-in-law Chelle; and 9
Services will be held on Saturday, January 28th,
2017, 1:00PM at the Intermountain Fair Grounds in
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the
Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation, PO Box 10,
McArthur, CA, 96056, or a charity of your choice.
In Loving Memory
generation Rancher Edward Bosworth passed away after
a long illness at Brentwood Post-Acute in Red Bluff
in the early hours of December 24, 2016.
Ed was born to Laurence and Ethel Bosworth December
2, 1931. He graduated from Anderson High School in
1949 and returned to Cayton Valley to begin his
career ranching. Ed Married Carlene Cole June 3,
Until he was unable, Ed dearly loved ranching and
caring for his cattle. He was also known to have
pretty good cow dogs, even being asked to judge dogs
at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale.
Ed was a past master of Fort Crook Lodge #250. He
served as a director for the Northern California
Farm Credit, and was a trustee on the Mayers
Memorial Hospital board. He was a member of the
Burney Lions Club, Red Bluff Elks, Shasta County
Farm Bureau, Fall River/Big Valley, Shasta County
and Tehama County Cattlemen’s Associations.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother
Melburn. He leaves behind his loving wife of 65
years, Charlene; two sons, Edward Jr. (Cherri) of
Cayton Valley and Larry (Patricia) of Medford,
Oregon; Three sisters, Lorena Kincaid, Virginia
William, Ann Broeckel; five grandchildren, 11 great
grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on February 4, 2017, 1 p.m. at
the Red Bluff Elks Club on Gilmore Road in Red
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mayers
Intermountain Health Care Foundation or a charity of
In Loving Memory
David Eugene Wicks
Eugene Wicks of Burney died tragically Wednesday,
December 21, 2016, in Burney, California.
Dave was born January 18, 1962, in Carson City,
Nevada. He spent his whole life in Northern
California and in the Reno-Carson City area.
At a very young age he picked up a guitar and
learned to play. Music became a big part of his
life. Actually, he spent much of his adult life
employed in the entertainment field.
At a very young age Dave also began a search for
God. He attended church as a youth, even when other
members of his family were not. His search for God
continued into his adult life when he went from
church to church looking for something that made
sense to him, something he could really believe in.
In fact, at one point in his 20’s he became
depressed when his search for God in various
churches left him empty.
Back to Dave’s music. He was playing music at the
Rex Club in Burney in October, 2000. That’s where he
met Sonja. She was to become the love of his life. A
relationship developed and they were married in
Back to Dave’s search for God. Sonja had been
receiving visits from Jehovah’s Witnesses in their
door-to-door ministry. Dave answered the door and he
liked what he heard. By early 2005 Dave and Sonja
were having a regular Bible study with Jehovah’s
Witnesses in their home. Dave finally found what he
had been looking for. He could live forever in
paradise on earth. He could see his dead loved ones
resurrected to life right here on earth. He found a
religion who answered all of his questions right
from the Bible.
Dave’s life changed. His appearance changed as well
as the life style common in the entertainment world.
Dave became a happier person. He and Sonja were
baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2006. Dave began
sharing his new-found faith with his neighbors. Dave
did this primarily in the door-to-door ministry of
Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dave loved to be with people
and meet strangers and this part of his personality
served him well in his ministry work.
Dave touched the hearts of everyone he met with his
friendly smile and infectious personality whether it
was through his public ministry, his music or his
secular work. Dave had a knack for remembering names
and this served him well as he interacted with
people. No one was a stranger to Dave.
Dave was a giving person, often offering to help
others with a variety of needs. Dave had a motto:
“view people as God views them.” That view showed in
how Dave treated others.
Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Michael
Dave is survived by his wife, Sonja, and his mother,
Karen Deriso, and sons, Justin and David Wicks, and
daughter Megan Wicks, stepdaughter, Yvonne Hand, and
Dave is also survived by twin sisters Jennifer and
Jessica Deriso, Uncle Richard and Linda Bacon, and
many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service for Dave Wicks will be held at the
Burney Senior High School Gymnasium on Saturday,
January 21, at 2 p.m.
Anyone wishing to help Sonja with expenses may do so
through a “Go Fund Me” account online or at the US
Bank in Burney.
In Loving Memory
Robert Leon Thompson
Robert Leon (Bob/Bobby) Thompson passed away
December 13, 2016, at age 67, at Mercy Medical
Center in Redding. After decades of robust health, a
blood disorder led to a stem cell bone marrow
transplant 6 ½ years ago. This journey was aided by
numerous friends, family, Hat Creek Construction
employees, and countless people in the health care
Bob was a larger-than-life man in the way he lived
his life both personally and professionally. He took
that same attack-approach to his medical challenges.
Bob believed in “giving back”, as evidenced by the
way he volunteered for the many youth, service,
community, and professional organizations he
Bob’s early education included 5 years attending a
2-room school. He was a 1967 graduate of Fall River
High School where he proudly participated in sports,
leadership, and FFA. After high school, Bob attended
Chico State, majoring in Agriculture. There he
married his wife of 49 years, Alice Hutchings. Their
only child, son Perry, was born in 1970. While they
were students there, Bob worked at many and varying
jobs to put himself (and Alice) through college
without incurring large student loan debt.
Bob’s background in farming and ranching began as a
toddler on the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch. He became
active in 4-H and FFA. His involvement in
agriculture continued when Bob, Alice, and Perry
returned home. Bob helped run the family ranch and
Alice began her 37 year teaching career. While Bob
loved working with cattle, farming the land, and
being involved in numerous agricultural
organizations, he turned his focus to construction
to “pay the bills”.
With guidance and support from his father, Bob and
brother-in-law Howard Lakey became founders and
co-owners of Hat Creek Construction. They began from
humble beginnings with a used Toyota pickup and
several home remodel projects. They soon starting
building homes and cabins in the Eagle Lake area.
Bob’s construction love favored equipment, and soon
the company was doing road building, hydro
construction, and general engineering work. The
company is currently a dominant force in the
construction industry and an area leader in asphalt,
concrete, and aggregate delivery and placement. Bob
was able to consult and advise until the time of his
passing, and witnessed his beloved company and team
complete its largest season ever, while proudly
providing jobs for 125 local employees.
Bob is survived by wife Alice, son Perry,
daughter-in-law April, and grandchildren Isiah,
Jessica, and Zachary. He is also survived by sisters
Kathy (Howard) Lakey, Pam (Henry) Giacomini, and
nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob was preceded in
death by his parents Robert Ivan and Lois Opdyke
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday,
January 7, 2017, at 1 PM, in George Ingram Hall at
the Inter Mountain Fairgrounds (where he served as a
board member for 32 years) in McArthur, CA. In lieu
of flowers, the family wishes that any donations be
made to: New Hospital Wing Building Fund, Mayers
I.H.F., P.O. Box 77, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.
In Loving Memory
Virginia Lucile McKee
1927 - 2016
Virginia went home to be with her Lord and Savior on
Sunday, December 11, 2016. She was 96-years old and
was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill)
McKee, brothers Richard Weller and Clifford Weller,
and sister Grace Steinwandt. Virginia is survived by
one sister: Beverly Eaton; two brothers- Daniel
(Bob) Weller and Glen Weller; her son, Tom McKee
(Susie) of Orangevale, CA; her daughter, Peggy King
(Steve) of Cassel, CA: grandchildren, Thom
McKee(Amy), Jonathan McKee (Lori), Randy King
(Patty), Russ King, and Heidi Williams (Doug) and
eleven greatgrandchildren and 1 great-great
Virginia was a wonderful wife and homemaker. She was
a great mother to son, Tom and daughter, Peggy. She
was a foster mother of her younger cousin, Faith for
several years. She loved entertaining, cooking,
gardening, and teaching the Bible. She and Bill were
founding members of Calvary Baptist Church in Los
Gatos, California. Bill, a carpenter by trade, was
appointed to be the Sunday School Superintendent.
When the Sunday School grew to over 800 members,
Bill was made full time member of the staff.
Virginia was his “right hand.” He held the position
for 30 years. Their son, Tom, was youth pastor there
for several years and then was the founding pastor
of Sun River Church of Rancho Cordova, California.
Bill and Virginia moved to Shingletown, California,
when Bill retired. Their son-in-law Steve King was
pastor of Open Door Community Church in Shingletown.
Bill and Virginia joined the church and started a a
ministry for the seniors. They took the group on
many week long bus tours.
When Steve and Peggy moved to a ranch in Little
Valley, California, to start a home for
developmentally disabled adults (Mountain Jewels
Ranch), Bill and Virginia moved to the ranch, as
well. They enjoyed having one of the “special
ranchers” over for dinner one night a week.
The ranchers enjoyed hanging out with “Grandpa and
Bill and Virginia became involved at the the
Intermountain Free Church in McArthur, where their
grandson, Thom McKee, is now pastor.
“Mom and Grandma, we love you. Thank you for being
such a wonderful role model to us.” Your family.
In Loving Memory
Harold Richard Watega
Richard Watega of Anderson, CA was born May 18, 1936
and died December 3, 2016 peacefully at home at the
age of 80. Harold was born in Stockton, California
to Ladislaus (Bill) and Edna Watega. Harold was the
eldest of three brothers. The family lived in
various locations as Bill was in the Navy. The
family was living in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was
attacked. Edna and the boys returned to Stockton and
remained there until the war was over. In 1948 they
moved to Day, California.
Harold attended grade school in Stockton,
California, Greenbelt, Maryland and Vallejo,
California and then started high school in McArthur,
California, graduating in 1954.
In 1958 Harold enlisted in the US Marine Corp and
served for four years. He received an honorable
discharge on March 16, 1962. Harold married Diana
and had two sons, Gerald and Thomas. They resided in
Anderson, CA from 1963 to present.
He was a backhoe operator. He worked for E.W. Cook
in Redding, CA and then joined Kirkwood- Bly, Inc.
for the next 30 years. He traveled to many locations
and had an interesting career with them. In 1997 he
and Kevin Broderick formed Watega/Broderick, Inc.
and did work locally. After retiring from
construction, Harold then went to work at Fall River
Outfitters for five years. He retired in April 2015.
Harold is survived by wife, Diana of Anderson, sons,
Gerald of Palo Cedro and Thomas of Anderson, brother
William of Hamilton, Montana, nephews Craig, Kevin
and Brad, nieces Leah and Kathleen. Predeceased by
parents, Bill and Edna Watega, brother Gary and
Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
3141 Saint Stephens Drive, Anderson, CA on December
14, 2016. A reception followed at the Anderson
Veterans Memorial Building, Burial will be at the
Northern California Veterans Cemetery at a later
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
Haven Humane, PO Box 992202, Redding, CA 96099-2202
or Charity of your choice.
In Loving Memory
Stephen Philip Lawrence
August 16, 1933 - December 8, 2016
Lrence passed away at home on December 8, 2016
surrounded by Lydia and other family members.
He is survived by his wife Lydia, his brother Dennis, and sons Edward and
Mathew Lawrence and Cory and Adam Thompson. He was
predecesased by his daughter Patricia Bockenkamp. He
had eight grandchildren and three
Steve was a native Walnut Creek resident and lived
there until 1996 when he and Lydia moved to the Fall
River Valley. He owned the Walnut Creek Meet
Company, so he arrived in the Valley with an
extensive knowledge of meat but little about
None-the-less, purchased a rice and hay ranch and
early-on learned much from the generous local
ranchers who stopped by to offer their knowledge. As
a result, Steve and Lydia successfully worked their
ranch together until his death.
Steve was one to quietly offer help, not wanting any
fanfare. He was particularly interested in helping
many young loal citizens, teaching them about how to
succeed as an adult. He also contributed his advice
on quaility meat to many local organizations when it
came to fund raising dinners. He had a passion for
outdoor sports and was a duck advocate. He was a
highly respected business owner and citizen to both
Walnut Creek and Fall River Mills.
He had many good friends and made a lasting impact
on hose who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
A service for Steve will be held at the Lafayette
Veterans Memorial Building in Lafayette January 8 at
In memory of Steve donations can be made to either
the Mayers Memorial Hospital emergency room or
In Loving Memory
Crystal Lynn Stannage
Crystal went to be with the Lord and his angels on
November ,28, 2016 at home in Burney California. She
was born in Healdsburg, California June 3, 1986 to
Tammy and Thomas Stannage. She was 30-years old.
Surviving her are her loving parents Tammy and
Thomas Stannage of Burney; grand parents, Larry and
Darlene McCarty of Cassel, California, Marry Parrott
and Rodger Tominello of Middletown, California; many
aunts, uncles and friends!
Crystal graduated with her class at Burney High
School and attended the Intermountain Services
Center in Burney and loved every moment of it! She
enjoyed life and was always smiling. She will be
The celebration of life for Crystal will be on
December 21, 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Bible
Church, 20218 Tamarack Avenue, Burney. Pastor Henry
Winkelman, uncle, Reverend Bill McCarty and uncle
Reverend Roy McCarty will officiate.
There will be a dinner following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made at Tri Counties
Bank in Burney.
In Loving Memory
Janet Ione Wolter
October 27, 2016, Janet Ione Wolter passed away at
Mayers Memorial Hospital, joining her husband Jim E.
Wolter in heaven on their wedding anniversary. While
her death is a great loss to those who crossed her
path, it is comforting to imagine her now walking,
dancing, gardening, swimming, riding her horse,
petting her dog, making bread, and reuniting with
loved ones in paradise. After nearly 13 years of
being partially paralyzed as a result of a stroke,
Janet is free at last.
Janet was born on February 13, 1927, in Oakland, CA
to parents Edwin J. “Chuck” and Grace M. Larson and
sister Mardy. The family had migrated to California
from Duluth, Minnesota in 1925. For most of her
childhood she grew up in the Oakland Hills and
graduated from Oakland High School in 1945. As part
of our nation’s “Greatest Generation,” Janet
witnessed firsthand some of history’s most talked
about events. However, some of her fondest memories
centered around an area known as Coon Creek near
Auburn, CA where her family spent many summers
beginning during the Great Depression. Dressed in
bathing suits under jeans, and having eaten a
wood-stove-cooked breakfast to fuel an entire day
exploring open country by horseback, along with six
other “local” kids who also adored swimming,
singing, fishing and playing in and around Coon
Creek, was how the Larson girls spent Janet’s
favorite childhood days. It was during this time
that Janet’s love of “country living” was sparked as
she helped care for goats, cattle, chickens and a
family garden on the Goodridge Ranch.
As a young woman, Janet worked as a ticket agent for
a start-up airline, Southwest Airways, which served
9 cities from San Diego to Medford, Oregon. She
later worked at the Olson-Nolte Saddlery, which sold
fine bits, spurs, saddles and horse gear produced in
San Francisco’s “Butcher- Town”. Janet met more
life-long friends as she attended U.C. Davis, which
is where she met the love of her life, Jim Wolter.
On October 27, 1950 Jim and Janet eloped to Reno,
Nevada. For the next decade, they lived in Carmel
Valley until they set out for Nevada County, where
they eventually purchased 10 acres between Auburn
and Grass Valley, suited for accommodating a few
horses, a milk cow and livestock projects for their
As the mother of four children Janet was committed
to providing a stable, yet fun, rural upbringing
featuring 4-H and FFA membership, as well as
opportunities to participate in local horse-related
events, youth rodeos and jackpot roping and county
fairs. She served as a board member for the Nevada
County Fair and was a founding member of the Nevada
County Agricultural Youth Boosters Club. A cabin on
Lake Combie near Grass Valley, where Janet’s and
Mardy’s parents spent their retirement, provided the
venue for countless hours of swimming, boating, and
gathering of family and friends around good food and
sometimes a bonfire with campfire songs.
Janet worked as the secretary at the Pleasant Ridge
Elementary School for many years, and partnered with
Jim on a cattle, hog and sheep operation near Grass
Valley, from 1977 until their retirement in 1999. It
was then that Jim and Janet began their next
adventure by moving to Ash Valley, in Lassen County,
to live out their “golden years.” In 2004, following
her stroke, they moved into their cherished home in
Adin. In 2011 they moved for the final time,
together, into the Skilled Nursing Facility of
Mayer’s Memorial Hospital, in Fall River Mills, CA.
While it is impossible to adequately capture her
life in an obituary, it’s clear that Janet made the
most of the hands she was dealt through her nearly
90 years on Earth. Her can-do spirit of strength,
perseverance, and quiet toughness through challenges
she faced will live on in the hearts of all she met
along her journey in life. Her legacy of love for
her family, good humor, being a good sport, her love
of the outdoors and creating things from scratch
will live on through her children: Kathy (Tom)
DeForest of Adin, CA, Joe (Jimmie) Wolter of
Aspermont, TX, Matt (Jackie) Wolter of Corning, CA
and Sally (Billy) Askew of Carmel Valley, CA. She
touched the lives of 12 grandchildren, 10
great-grandchildren (and 2 on the way), 5 nieces and
3 nephews. She also leaves behind her sister, Mardy
Carson of Ashland, OR, cousin, Donald Larson, of
Bovey, MN, and dear friends from all across the
country. She was preceded in death by her parents
and husband, Jim (on Valentine’s Day, 2012).
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of
Janet’s life on December 10, 2016, 1pm, at the Adin
Community Church, Adin, CA. Random acts of kindness
and expressions of gratitude are encouraged to honor
Janet’s memory. Memorial contributions may also be
made to Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation,
PO Box 77, Fall River Mills, CA, 96028 or to the
charity of the donor’s choice.
In Loving Service
Carrie Eleanor Guttry
Carrie Eleanor Guttry was born February 19, 1923 in
Santa Rosa, Missouri to Frank and Hattie Wright
Leonard. Carrie and her brother Francis were raised
with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as her dad
had 14 brothers and one sister and her mother had
five brothers and one sister. Music, church and
Chautauqua’s were a big part of their lives.
When some of her dad’s brothers starting moving to
California, her folks decided to move there also.
They made their new home in Adin on A-2 in the late
30’s. They farm raised livestock, chickens and
rabbits. They all worked very hard. Carrie helped
her folks and brother with the harvest and all of
the farm chores. She loved to go fishing with her
dad. She loved playing basketball in high school
with the Babcock girls. She made many lifelong
friendships while there. She loved to whistle, sing,
yodel and play auto-harp. She loved to go to fairs
with her brother Francis. She climbed Mount Lassen
three times and signed her name in a book that used
to be on the summit in a wooden cabinet.
Carrie met Evan Guttry when he came to see her
bother. Her first glance of seeing him on a
beautiful white horse made her heart skip a beat!
Later she was helping her mother cook for a hay crew
at Frank Iverson’s ranch and lo and behold there
Evan was again! They went to many of the Saturday
night dances what were held all over Big Valley at
the different dance halls. Even asked her to marry
him and they were wed in March 1943. Evan was
foreman at the time of the For the Dixie Valley
Ranch and that’s where their married life began.
Later they moved to the T.E. Connley Ranch in
Bieber. That’s where their first daughter, Barbara,
was born. When Evan’s Uncle Giles Walsh moved off
the Walsh Ranch by Pumpkin Center they bought it and
made their home there. This is where their second
daughter, Nadine, was born. They farmed and raised
cattle, sheep, and lots of chickens. Carrie was a
busy homemaker and she raised a large garden. She
sold cream, eggs and dressed chickens. The lumber
mills were really booming at that time and there
were a lot of families in town who were her
Carrie loved to sew, paint, cook and can. She made
wonderful turkey dinners and her hot rolls with wild
plum jam were a favorite. She played cards at the
Country Club that met once a month. She and Evan had
a lot of fun square dancing with the Bunselmeirs and
Charlotte and Dolan Southard. They made many friends
dancing. She was PTA president and helped at
potlucks for Farm Bureau and rabbit drives.
She loved to travel and in the 50’s the family and
her mother all piled into a Pontiac and went to see
relatives in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and
Tennessee. They’ have big family reunions and lots
of fun. When some of those same relatives came to
California they wanted to see Mount Lassen and
Shasta Dam. So, they happily became tour guides.
They loved the coast and redwoods and in the 80’s
went on a month-long bus tour to see the fall leaves
in New England. They continued fall trips with their
daughter Nadine and her husband Dave. They had the
opportunity to see where their grandkids were going
to college. Evan passed away in 1995 and Carrie went
back to Missouri one more time. She also traveled
with her fiend Glovena to see the tulip fields in
Carrie went to live at Hilltop Estates in Redding, a
retirement home, where she made more friends, played
cards and had a real good time. In 2012 she went to
live at the Vista where she made even more friends
and had a lot of fun with fellow San Francisco
Giants fans. Her family was always visiting her
there and shared many happy occasions with her.
Carrie had a full life and will be missed by so many
friends and family. She leaves behind her two
daughters, Barbara Albaugh of Adin and her four
kids, Patti Ellison (Vince), Aaron Albaugh (Becky),
Nancy McClaflin (Stacy) and Andy (Helen) Albaugh and
nine great grandkids, and Nadine Bradshaw (Dave) of
Lookout and their two sons, Brian (Mindy) and David
(Dee) and four great grandkids. She also leaves her
nephew David Leonard (Susan) of Bieber and great
niece Cheri Leonard and Niece Gail Betz (Larry) and
great nieces Kaila and Kathy Betz.
The family wishes to thank the Vista staff for the
friendship and care of Carrie these past five years.
“Go stand high upon the mountain – your work on
earth is done…”
Carrie’s final resting place will be at Hillside
Cemetery, Nubieber by the love of her life, Evan.
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