OBITUARY ARCHIVES FOR
2011 OBITUARIES (Continued)
Frank Roy Banner
Resident of McArthur and Lafayette
April 13, 1920 - February 25, 2011
At age 90, Frank Roy Banner, known as “Roy” to his friends and
family, passed away suddenly in Lafayette, CA. He was born in San
Pablo, California, and graduated from Albany High School in 1938.
After high school, he helped his father, Walter Banner, with the
firing of the kilns in their Oakland pottery business, which was
known for producing the Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls.
A proud U.S. Marine during WWII, he saw action in the Marianas and
on Okinawa, and was later sent to China for eight months to
operate heavy equipment. After the war, he managed, and later
owned Merritt Supply, a wholesale hardware company in Oakland,
California. In 1983, Roy and his beloved wife Florence (Flos)
moved to their property in McArthur, California.
Roy was an active Ben Ali Shriner, and member of the Oakland, and
later, Fort Crook Masonic Lodges. He served as president of the
Fort Crook Historical Society.
Roy was always known for his music. An accomplished piano,
accordion and organ player, Roy originally learned music from his
mother, Zeo Banner. He then perfected his ability to learn and
play legions of popular songs, all by ear. As a marine, he was
the official organist in San Diego and later he played for many
years at his church, the Berkeley Park Chapel. He played at
weddings and parties and for Masonic Lodge and Shriner meetings
and events, and he played regularly at Mayers Memorial Hospital.
In 2007 he moved to Lafayette to be with his sister. When they
moved into an assisted living facility, he became the resident
pianist. Using the grand piano and songs from their era, he and
his sister established the music program. Roy always embraced
life to the fullest.
Survived by those who loved him dearly and will miss him, are his
sister, Julia (Judy) McCleary; his niece, Mary Handel; his
nephews, Lee McCleary and Rod McCleary; and his stepson, Herb
Crowell. In honor of Roy’s wishes, no memorial service will be
Enid (Jimmy) Cowan
In loving memory of Enid (Jimmy)
Cowan Jimmy was born in Deer River, Minnesota, on December 24,
1912 and died March 7, 2011 She was 98-years-old. Jimmy lived in
the Intermountain Area 55 years. She was a homemaker and worked
for the U.S. Forest Service in the fire lookouts, she and her late
husband were caretakers at Rising River Ranch for Bing Crosby in
the 50,s. She was a waitress for several different restaurants in
the Burney area and she was very active in Grace Community Church
in Burney as a Deaconess.
She is survived by daughter Yvonne McKinney, Tuscon AZ. married
to Dick McKinney and their four children, Herbert McKinney, Nancy
Ayers, Ron McKinney, and Robert McKinney; and daughter Sandra
Canada of Fall River Mills,CA, married to Doyle Canada, and their
three children Doyle R. Canada, Carol Annabelle, and Debra Panter.
Jimmy had seven grandchildren 26 great grandchildren and 12
We’ll miss you Mom & Grandma Love the McKinney and Canada
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s unit at the Burney Annex.
Army Staff Sergeant
Mark C. Wells
Army Staff Sergeant Mark C. Wells died while disarming a bomb in
the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
He was deployed to Afghanistan in August after having served a 14
month tour in Iraq. He was assigned to the 45th Sustainment
Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Schofield Barracks,
Hawaii. He used to play the bagpipes at funerals of his fallen
comrades, now his friends will play for him.
Mark leaves behind a wife, Danielle, who is 8-months pregnant with
a daughter and a 2-year old son, Finnegan. His parents are Burl
and Sharon Wells along with two sisters, Sheila Blue and Shannon
McCarn as well as extended family.
His father, Burl said that Mark always said, “Dad, if anything
ever happens to me remember that I love doing this.”
“His loss has been devastating to our family. He will be sorely
missed, but we are all so very proud of the job he did and the
sacrifice he made,” said Shannon, his sister.
A military service with full honors will be held March 17 at the
Arizona National Memorial Cemetery followed by a celebration of
For those wishing to make a donation in his honor, the family has
requested the EOD Memorial Foundation at http://www.eodmemorial.org/memorial.html
or the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation at http://woundedeodwarrior.org/.
Condolences can be sent to Shannon McCarn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graveside services will be held February 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at
Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur for Ronald Ray Campbell, 73, of
Ronald was born in Pittville on October 2. 1937, Graduated from
Fall River High in 1956. He passed away peacefully in Red Bluff at
Southpoint Residential Care, his loving caregiver, on January
He leaves his brother Tom, wife Lois of Igo, Sisters Nancy
Campbell, Merl, husband Steve Winkle both of Pittville, and Jean,
husband Jim Beaver of Citrus Heights, many nieces and nephews and
grest nieces and nephews.
In Memory of
Ora Lillian “Dolly” Warnock
Ora Lillian “Dolly” Warnock was born to William and Mary Carson on
April 3, 1932 in Rudy, Arkansas. Ora passed away on February 9,
2011 in Fall River Mills at Mayers Memorial Hospital after a long
Ora moved with her family to Susanville, California about 1940.
She married Casey Reuck in 1948. Ora and Casey lived in Madeline,
Alturas, Bieber, Hilt, and then in Madeline again. They divorced
and Ora moved to Springfield, Oregon. She worked at various jobs
until she moved to Springfield where she went to school to be a
nurse. That career was not be as she was diagnosed with
She married Fred Warnock and worked as a CNA and in the home care
Ora is survived by her five children: Daughter Sheri (David)
Duncan of Pittville, California, sons Larry (Joan) Reuck of Paso
Robles, California, Bruce (Terry) Reuck of Adrian, Oregon, Casey
Reuck and Brian Reuck both of Redding, California, two sisters Eve
Fanning of Chester, California and Gerildean Pilcher of Lincoln
City, Oregon. She has 13 grandchildren and 21 great
Ora was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Warnock, parents
William and Mary Carson, brothers Bill Carson, Ray Carson, Jimmy
Carson, and Clayton Carson.
Donations in honor of Ora can be made to your favorite charity. A
Memorial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDonald’s Chapel, Burney,
Services for Robert Michael Albright, 73, of Burney were held
February 4, 2011 in Antioch, California. He was buried at Oak View
Memorial Park in Antioch.
Mr. Albright was born July 31, 1937 in Antioch, moved to Burney in
2008 from Fremont and died of natural causes at his residence in
Burney January 28. He was a paper manufacturer for 41 years.
He is survived by his wife Marlene of Burney; son Nick of Reedley;
daughter Dori Cass of Coeur-d-Alene, Idaho and Ginny Orr of
Oneida, Kentucky; brothers Larry of Antioch, Sam of Colfax
California and Bill of Dublin; 10 grandchildren and two
Jerry Van Soest
Passed away unexpectedly January 10, 2011 near his home in Fall
River Mills, California. He was born in San Francisco on December
25, 1927. Jerry attended San Rafael and Tamalpais high schools in
Marin and later College of Marin and San Francisco State. He
served in the United States Air Force during World War II and
Korea. In 1951 he married Marie (Byrne) Van Soest and they resided
together in San Rafael for over 30-years. Jerry enjoyed his
occupation in the fire service where he served as an assistant
fire chief for the Marin County Fire Department. He also taught
fire science classes at College of Marin.
After his retirement from the fire service, he and his beloved
Marie made their residence in Fall River Mills, California so they
could enjoy a life of fishing and hunting in open country. Jerry’s
favorite hobby was fishing, which he did on a regular basis and he
will be greatly missed by his good friend and fishing partner Gary
Sheffield. Jerry will also be missed by his cat, Sissy, and his
dog, Bo, who was a constant partner whether they went fishing or
to the grocery store together.
Besides his wife, Marie, he is survived by his son, Eric and
daughter-in-law, Robin, of San Rafael. Jerry was most happy in
life when he was with his grandchildren, Max and Baxter, both of
San Rafael. He is also survived by his brother, Peter Van Soest of
Novato, John Van Soest of Sacramento and by his sister Carol
Clancy of Sacramento, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Fall River
Mills, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.
A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, February 5,
2011, at Glenburn Community Church on McArthur Road in Glenburn,
In memory of
Dorothy Barbara Ruud
March 27, 1924 - January 28, 2011
Dorothy Ruud passed away at the hospital in Fall River Mills CA
on January 28, 2011. She had been a resident of Burney, CA since
she & her husband Eddie moved there in 1989.
Dorothy Barbara Lane was born March 27, 1924 in Scotia CA & was
raised by her father Leslie Lane also spending much of her time as
a child with her Grandma & Grandpa Lane. She had fond memories of
going to the horse races in Ferndale with her grandfather as a
little girl. Another favorite memory as a teenager was working at
the Winema Theater in Scotia when Gone With the Wind was released
& getting to watch it night after night.
Dottie & Eddie were married in Reno NV in 1942 & lived in San
Francisco early in their marriage. As they told us often, their
entertainment was to go to a “double feature” at the movies, then
find a place with a live ‘big band’ dance band and dance into the
wee hours of the morning.
As a young bride during WWII (in addition to living in SF) she
followed Eddie to New Orleans & on to New York City while he was
serving in the US Navy. Both she & Eddie were born and raised in
Humboldt County where they also raised their own family. She &
Eddie lived in Eureka for many years before moving to Modesto in
the mid 70’s and then retiring to Burney in 1989. Eddie passed
away in 1992 shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Burney and enjoyed
bible study classes and working on projects for the church’s fund
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Dennis & Sheryl
Ruud, Arlington TX; Michael & Lucy Ruud, Eureka CA; and Kristi &
Ken Rodrigues of Burney; her grandchildren Steve Ruud & Kathy
Clark of Eureka; Jeff & Rachael Ruud of Eureka; Emily & Eryn Biles
of Burney; Mollie & Ray Witzel of Redding; Fonda & Dory Jimenez of
Mansfield TX; and great-grandchildren Kayla, Seth & Gabriella
Jimenez of Mansfield TX; Elizabeth Clark of Eureka; Kaylynn,
Killian & Aislynn Biles of Burney; and Alexis Witzel of Redding.
Services will be on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Burney
Presbyterian Church - 20435 Marquette in Burney CA. She will be
interred at the Burney Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Burney
Presbyterian Church, 20435 Marquette, Burney CA 96013 or to your
Campbell,73, of McArthur – Red Bluff died at Puckett Residence
House January 10, 2011. Lawncrest Chapel is handling the
Laroque, 63, of Lookout died January 8 at Mercy Medical Center in
Redding. McDonald’s Chapel in Burney is handling the arrangements.
Marlin A. “Muggs” Norgaard, 79, of
Burney died January 10 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River
Mills. McDonald’s Chapel in Burney is handling the arrangements.
There will be a celebration of life for Eugene W. Speakman on
Friday, June 17 at 6 p.m. at the Squaw Valley Riding Club, also
known as the Horseman’s, in McCloud. A light buffet and limited
bar will follow.
For directions call Jeanette Speakman at 941-7012.
A memorial mass will be held Wednesday,June 8, 9 a.m. at St.
Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Burney in memory of Gwendolyn
Lojo who died April 14,2011. A graveside service will he held at a
Services will be held at 11 a.m., June 11, at Valley Baptist
Church in McArthur for Donald Eugene Morris, 77, of McArthur.
He died after a short battle with leukemia at Mayers Memorial
Hospital in Fall River Mills.
Mr. Morris was a logger and contractor as “The Morris Boys” for 28
He is survived by his wife Phyllis of 54 years and five children –
Claude Charles and wife Michelle of McArthur, Phillip Eugene of
Alturas, Donna Marie Hutchinson and husband Craig of Washington,
Mary Louise Graves and husband Rocky of Klamath Falls, Oregon;
brother Edward of Denio, Nevada; sisters Rosa Lee Hatch of
Redding, and Sharon Fuller of Elko, Nevada, four grandsons, seven
granddaughters, two great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters;
many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by
daughter Amanda Lee Elliott. He will be missed.
Donald Eugene Morris was born April 24, 1934 and died May 24, 2011
after short battle with leukemia.
Born in Casa Grande Arizona, he grew up as a cowboy, rancher, then
contract logger, well driller and worked in fence construction.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, four children, nine
grandchildren and five great grand children. He was a resident of
McArthur since 1954.
Phillip A Raglin
Phillip A Raglin, 34, of Fall River Mills died of natural causes
May 19, 2011 at the California Pacific Medical Center in San
McDonald’s Burney Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
memory of Roy Ontano
Roy J. Ontano, age 88, of Cassel
passed away peacefully on May 10, 2011. He is survived by his wife
of 65 years, Reba, children Doug and Kathy Ontano of Fall River
Mills, Gary and Janet Ontano of Livermore, California, six
grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
In lieu of
flowers the family asking that donations be made in his name to
SNIPP (spay, neuter, Intermountain, pets, placement, P.O. Box 223,
Services will be set at a later
In memory of Elinor Sawdey
Elinor K. Sawdey passed away on January 14, 2011 in Salt Lake
Born January 31, 1920 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to George and
Edna Meier. Elinor was the eldest of four children and grew up
working on the family farm. She left Nebraska for Denver,
Colorado after high school and put herself through business
school, eventually landing a job as assistant to the project
director for the construction of Shasta Dam outside of Redding,
California. There she met and married Jim Sawdey. After the
family moved to Sacramento, California, Elinor began working for
San Juan Unified School District. When she left San Juan Unified
she was the Budget Director. She became Vice-Chancellor of
Finance for Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento
and worked there until her retirement. Throughout her career she
was active in many community organizations. She served as a Girl
Scout Troop Leader and District Leader, was president of the
P.T.A. for her children’s elementary school, and treasurer of
the California State Employees Association. After retiring she
and Jim moved to their dream cabin in the Sierra Nevada town of
Markleeville. Not content with being retired, Elinor ran for
county supervisor of Alpine County. While serving on the Board
of Supervisors she started a community concert series, advocated
for better housing for the Native American population and served
on the bi-state commission that oversees the management of Lake
Tahoe. She was chosen Senior of the Year while living in
She and Jim loved to go to their condo in Maui each year and
their home in San Jacinto, CA to escape the cold winters of the
Sierras. After purchasing property in the Northern California
community of Fall River Mills they decided to build a new home
there, near the spot they met and married. While living in Fall
River Mills, Elinor was active in the Garden Club, the Hospital
Guild, the Intermountain Artists, and worked as a volunteer in
the local library.
Elinor is survived by her sister, Norma Childs, of Redding,
California, her brother, Robert Meier, of Albuquerque, New
Mexico, her son, Ron Sawdey (Cissy Wolff) of Salt Lake, her
daughter, Rosalie O’Donnell (Dwight), of Arlington, Virginia,
and her grandsons, Evan Sawdey, Justin Warford, Bryan O’Donnell
and Cohn O’onnell.
Internment will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:00
a.m. in the Fall River Mills Cemetery. A memorial service will
be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Glenburn Community Church in Fall
River Mills, California. The family would like to thank the
staff of Emeritus of Salt Lake for the care and compassion that
they gave her in her last few months. The family requests that
in lieu of flowers any donations be made to The Humane Society.
In memory of Lucean “Lou” Poteet
Lucean “Lou” M. Poteet left us April 16, 2011 at Mayers Memorial
Hospital under the care of Hospice.
He was born September 26th, 1924 in Bridgeport, TX. and was a
WWII Veteran who participated in the second wave of the Normandy
Invasion. After working many years in the Bay Area he retired to
the Fall River Valley where he could continue his passion for
golf and became a member of the Men’s Golf Club. During his 18
years of retirement he made many friends and joined the Lions
Club, serving as its president for several years and
contributing to various community projects which he enjoyed. The
highlight of his day was going to the Morning Coffee Group at
the Lions Hall and being with his best friends.
Lou is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy, a true
companion. He was preceded in death by his daughter Laura Lee
Poteet January 16, 2011 of Santa Cruz, California. He leaves
daughters Karen Lotella Stafford of Amarillo, Tx., Kimberly Dawn
Grotz of Millbrae, CA and Melissa Lou Larratt of Burlingame, Ca.
He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren with memories of zoo
trips and summers on Day road as well as nine great
Final farewells to his beloved pets and know one and all he will
John Tarancon, a Burney resident for the past 3 years, died on
February 20, 2011.
He was born in Fresno, California and lived most of his life in
Milpitas. Mr Tarancon retired from the San Jose Foundry where he
was an iron worker and was a WWII Veteran.
He is survived by one son and three daughters, 10 grandchildren,
and 25 great grandchildren.
Eugene William Speakman, 72, of
Redding, Calif. passed into his eternal home in heaven April 7,
2011, in the presence of his loving wife, Jeanette at home.
On October 6, 1938, in Perry, Okla., Gene was born to Ellis
William and Opal Louise (Moore) Speakman. They preceded him in
From his marriage in 1958 in Castle Rock to Kathleen Circo were
born a daughter, Lisa Ann Pollard of Lake Oswebo, Ore., and a
son, Joel William Speakman who preceded him in death Dec. 29,
1990, both of whom were cherished by him. He and Kathleen later
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by three siblings,
Carol (Paul) Gillen of Toledo, and Marvin Speakman and Emily
(Clyde) Blakely, both of Sutherlin, Ore.; many nieces and
nephews; and two granddaughters, Melissa and Jessica, both in
Gene and Jeanette were married in Mt. Shasta, Calif., Oct. 6,
1996. She survives him at home. Also surviving are Jeanette’s
daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Scott Bingham, and their
children, Christopher and Elizabeth.
All loved him dearly.
Gene graduated from Castle Rock High School and served both in
the Coast Guard and the Navy. He recently told his family it was
1969 in Vietnam that he came to know the Lord Jesus. After his
military service, Gene bought his own truck for long hauls but
finally decided he was to be a logger. He came to know the
mountains and roads of Northern Calif. very well and loved his
life and livelyhood. His many friends in McCloud and Burney,
Calif., knew how he loved fishing and swapping stories at The
He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
and the Lions Club in Burney. He dedicated all his spare time to
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at The Horseman in
McCloud at a future date. His remains will be buried at sea.
Arrangements are by Allen & Dahl, Redding, Calif.
Rosalie May Brown, 85, of Burney died April 8, 2011 in Redding
of natural causes.
She was born June 26, 1925 in Fallon, Nevada.
She was a grocery clerk and homemaker.
She is survived by her husband Arthur L.
Brown, Sr. of Burney; brother Sterling Lima of Fallon,
daughter-in-law Sandy Brown of Burney, California, son-in-law
Larry Miller of Fernley, Nevada, four grandchildren and five
Maggie Lorene Cravens, 84, of Burney died at her residence March
31, 2011 of natural causes. Arrangements are handled by
McDonald’s Burney Chapel.
Florence Evelyn Keener, a former resident of Fall River Mills,
died March 4 2011 in Roseville, California.
She was born Dec. 25, 1916 in Verden, Oklahoma and moved to Fall
River Mills in 1938. She leaves her son Gary Lee, a brother
Ernest, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and 1
Florence attended Northern Oklahoma University, was a life
member of California PTA and upon retirement an accountant.
Graveside services are pending at the Fall River Cemetery.
Family graveside services are pending for Mayme Nicholson Mynatt,
91, of McArthur.
Mrs. Mynatt was born June 26, 1919 in Glenburn and died March
23, 2011 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
She is survived by daughters Karen Chambers of Shasta Lake City
and Georgianna Bader of Fall River Mills, three grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren and two grear-great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. April 8, 2011 at
Hillside Cemetery in Nubieber, CA. A potluck will follow the
service at the Grace Bible Church.
Helen Graham was 94 and died March 31, 2011. She was born March
19, 1917 in Los Angeles, CA.
She was a secretary and housewife. She is survived by her son
Gary Graham, daughter Judy Maddox, and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Bible Youth Center,
P.O. Box 187, Bieber, CA 96009.
McDonald’s Burney Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
A graveside service for Josephine Alma Meeker, 90, of Fall River
Mills, will be held April 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fall
River Mills Cemetery.
Mrs. Meeker died March 28th after a long illness. She was born
in Glenburn in 1921. She lived in the intermountain area all of
her adult life.
She co-owned Meeker’s Service in Fall River Mills and was
founding owner of the Bull Dog Bite in McArthur.
She is survived by son Norman Meeker, and her grandson John
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made
in her name to the Intermountain Hospice.
McDonald’s Burney Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Louis A. Boban
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., April 2, 2011 in the
Veterans Memorial Hall in Fall River Mills for Louis A. Boban,
79, of Fall River Mills. A potluck will follow the service.
Mr. Boban died at home following a lengthy illness March 22,
He was born May 31, 1931 in New Kensington, PA.
He was a carpenter and general contractor and a veteran of the
Mr. Boban is survived by his wife Nadine; daughter Angela of
Anderson; sons, Tony and Patrick, both of Anderson, Danny of
Quincy and Steve of Cottonwood; stepdaughter Shirley of Fall
River Mills; stepsons Charles Parker of Lincoln, CA and Danny
Parker of Alturas, numerous grandchildren and nieces and
Effie Beatrice Myers
A private family service will be held at a later date for Effie
Beatrice Myers, 78, of Adin. Burial will be in the Pine Grove
Cemetery in Fall River Mills.
Mrs. Myers died March 22, 2011 of natural causes at Mayers
Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
She was born May 28, 1932 in Magazine, Arkansas and moved to the
area in 1986 from Dixon, California. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband James of Adin, Two sisters, two
grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
In memory of John Roger Yochum
1927 - 2011
Services have been conducted for
John Yochum, 84, whopassed away at home February 24, 2011.
John was born February 10, 1927 in
Longeville, Minnesota to John Lawrence Yochum and Leola Blance
Yochum. He was the fourth child of six and is survived by his
sister, Joyce Warmbrodt.
John was married to Lorraine, his
loving wife of 62 years. He was preceded in death by two of his
four children, Lawrence Wayne and Rita Kay. Surviving children
are Susan Jenkins and Rick Yochum. John has six grandchildren
He was a heavy equipment operator
for 28 years with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
He served in the U.S. Navy in
WWII,and loved his country, mountains and hunting.
Services scheduled for Bob Wilmore
Memorial services are scheduled for retired Burney businessman
Robert “Bob” Wilmore who died at Mayers Memorial Hospital in
Fall River Mills February 2, 2011.
The services will be at the Veterans Hall in Burney Saturday,
March 19, 2011 at 3 p.m.
Nell “Tanty” Stringer
Vyra Neil (Stever) Stringer was born September 18, 1929 in Red
Bluff, CA to Hazel and Harry Stever. She passed away June 3,
Nell was the first born of seven children. The family lived in
Exeter, CA for many years.
At the age of 17 she married Frank Ladure. She lost her father
and her mother and eventually married Tom Anderson. Tom and
Hazel had one son. They moved to Eureka, CA, but eventually
separated and divorced.
Nel worked at the Carson Mansion for awhile and then accepted a
position as a nanny to care for two –year old twin boys who had
lost their mother. A few years later she married Bill VanHoutin,
the boys’ father. Bill also had daughters that were older and no
longer living at home.
She and Bill were married until his death in February 1975.
In August 1975, while attending a family wedding, Nell came into
contact with an ex-brother-in-law, Vernon Stringer. She traveled
back to Bieber with Vernon planning to visit other family
members that she hadn’t seen for years. She ended up staying in
Bieber with Vernon and they got married in December 1986. They
moved to the Lookout Ranchettes and lived there for many years,
moving back to Bieber in 2001.
Nell loved cooking, gardening, square dancing, playing bingo,
fishing, camping and most of all children which she had never
had any of her own.
She was a member of the Big Valley 50+ Club and also the Ladies
Auxiliary for the Lookout Fire Department.
Nell entered “Long-Term Care at Mayers Memorial Hospital in
April 2001. You never heard her complain about anything.
What we did hear a lot was “OK Vern.”
All Nell ever wanted was to love and be loved. “Tanty” (Nell)
will be missed by all.
She is survived by sisters Doris Stringer, Aubery, CA, Jackie
Bolerjack, Santa Rosa, CA and Jane Stever, Gerber, CA; brother,
Alan Anderson of Auburn, CA; niece/step daughter, Debbie Watters
of McArthur; Nephews/Step sons, David Stinger, Placerville, CA,
Darren Stinger, Elk Grove, CA; Step Sons, Tom Van Houtin, Gig
Harbor, WA, Don Van Houtin, Auburn,; Step Daughters Patricia
Estevo, Eureka, Helen Deniston, Lynnwood, WA, and Edith Landrum,
Eureka; many step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and
She was preceded in death by Husband Vernon Stringer; parents
Hazel and Harry Stever; sisters Jeannie Randalls and Charlotte
Foster and brother James Stever.
In-lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Big Valley
Private family graveside services will be at 2 p.m., June 17,
2011 at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter.
Ronald “Ron” Nelson
Ronald A. Nelson of Burney died at home on June 2, 2011 after a
brief battle with cancer.
Ron was born in San Rafael, California on February 25, 1939. He
spent his childhood in Larkspur, California and graduated from
Sir Francis Drake High School in June of 1957. Ron joined the
Navy in 1957 and served as a Machinist Mate aboard the USS
Hamner. After his discharge in October of 1961, Ron worked for
the City of Larkspur and attended College of Marin before
joining the Larkspur Fire Department.
Ron had a long and successful career in fire service. In
February of 1978, Ron became the first paid Fire Chief for the
Burney Fire Department. Over the years Ron received many awards
and certificates, including the CSFA Valor Award for heroism in
the line of duty. He retired on June 24, 1994.
He had a life-long passion for trains, whether it was his model
trains or building wooden trains with his buddy, Dan, to give
away to children (and adults) or, finally, the Los Angeles Live
Steamers. He was a member of the LALS Railroad Museum for
twelve years and spent his winters in Burney building scenes and
props for their annual Halloween runs. Ron’s wife could always
persuade him to travel…as long as a train ride or train museum
Ron had a keen sense of humor and always had a joke to tell.
He is survived by Evalee, his wife of 36 years, his two
daughters, Lori (Jeremy) and Kim (Alex); adopted daughter Denice
(Mark); five beautiful granddaughters, Ella, Bianca, Isabella,
Gloria, and Becky; brothers Jim, Rudy, and Dennis; sister,
A remembrance of his life and the lives that he touched will be
held on June 18th at 12:00 noon at the Lion’s park in Burney,
and a dedication will be held at the LALS railroad Museum at a
In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial donations for
the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, PO Box 2156,
Toluca Lake, CA 91610 or the Burney Volunteer Fire Department.
Raymond Warne Nicholls
10-15-24 to 6-23-11
Raymond Warne Nicholls, known affectionately as “Doc” passed
away at home after a long illness.
Born in Tamaqua, PA, he served in the Navy in WWII and was
discharged in San Francisco where he met his first wife Carol
Ehlers. They married and had three children, Matthew, Gary and
Michael who preceded him in death.
Doc had many jobs, including driving a cab, being a school
teacher before going to the University of San Francisco Dental
When he graduated, he practiced in Daly City, CA until he moved
to the Fall River Valley in 1970. He continued to practice
dentistry until he retired in 1990.
He was involved in fisheries conservation through the 1960’s and
70’s. He was also involved with the Issak Walton League, the
Federation of Fly Fishers, and a pioneer of fly fishing and
instruction including the beginning of the Golden Gate Casting
In 1980 he started Shasta Angler with his son Matthew in the
back of his dental office. It quickly outgrew that location and
When he retired his dental practice he moved the business to its
current location where he spent all his time educating and
entertaining. His other passions included Steelhead, Bass and
Crappie fishing as well as Chukar hinting.
In 2008 he became too ill to continue working.
He will be sorely missed.
Doc is survived by his wife Lyn of Fall River Mills, sons and
daughters-in-laws Matthew and Rebekah Nicholls of Fall River
Mills and Gary and Julie Nicholls of Redding, grandsons, Ryan
Nicholls of Fall River Mills, Zac Nicholls of Rhonert Park and
granddaughters Moriah Padilla of Redding and Crystal Mitchell of
Mike Tomsitz died October 18, 2010 and was buried at Pine Grove
Cemetery June 18, 2011.
Thomas “Tom” Powers
Thomas Powers of McArthur, age 76, died June 23,2011 at the
Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding of natural causes.
Arrangements pending: McDonald’s Chapel Burney
Robert “Bob” Facey
Robert Facey of Burney, age 86, died June 24, 2011 at Mayers
Memorial Hospital Burney Annex in Burney of natural causes.
Arrangements are pending at McDonald’s Chapel in Burney.
There will be an informal pot luck gathering on Friday, July 1
at 1:00 p.m., at the Burney Civic Park in Burney. The event is
for Norma Richberger who died in an auto accident June 17.
Norma lived in Fall River Mills. The event is sponsored by the
Circle of Friends.
Vernon Floyd Wolter, age 91, of Adin passed away at Mercy
Medical Center in Redding of natural causes on June 15, 2011.
There will be a celebration of life for Ivan Arbogast June 21,
2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Highway 299 in
Private family services will be conducted at a later
date for Jan Creighton with a celebration of life this spring at
Mt. Hope Church in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Mrs. Creigton is a former resident of the Fall River Valley.
Mrs. Creighton 81, died December 30, 2011 after a lengthy battle
She is survived by her husband John; sons Ken of Reno, Nevada,
Larry of Reno, Nevada, Larry of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters Kathy
Creighton-Smith of Chinook, Mondana, Linda Rest of Sheppard,
Montana and seven grandchildren.
The family has set up a memorial fund in Jan’s name to benefit
Hospices of The Valley. For information email email@example.com.
Friends may offer online condolences at
www.wickenburgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the
of Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory
A Celebration of Life was held January 14, 2011 at the
Assembly of God Church in Burney. Mrs. Hinds died December 31,
2011 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills. She was 80.
She was born May 23, 1931 in Springfield, Illinois.
Dolores was a homemaker and loved art and photography.
She married David S. Hinds December 25, 1951 and moved to the Fall
River Mills area in 1986.
Dolores was a homemaker and did volunteer work as a literacy
teacher, at the Senior Center lunch room in Burney.
She is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Diaz, Kathy Broadway
and Melodie Hinds of Burney and two sons, David D. of Little
Valley and Joseph C. Hinds of Burney and was the grandmother of 12
children and great grandmother of 18.
Wilma Bernice Gilmore
Wilma was born
the 9th of 11 children to Marion Moore and Leona Belle Spillman-Moore,
on December 17th, 1925 in East Lynn, Mo.
At the age of
3, she traveled with her family from Missouri to California.
Wilma graduated from high school in Cottage Grove, OR. She
married Harold Gilmore in 1946, lived in the Cupertino area and
had 3 sons, Art, Dave and Hal.
Harold and Art
preceded her in passing. Harold moved his family to the
Montgomery Creek area in 1953, then to Burney in 1957.
years, Wilma volunteered for the local blood drive and was a
member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She worked in
several locations through the years and retired from AmeriGas.
behind Dave Gilmore, Hal and Bobbi Gilmore, her sister, Lillian
Gilmore, two grandchildren and spouses, Two step grandchildren
and spouses 6 great grandchildren, beloved nephews and nieces,
as well as many, many friends.
peacefully December 29, 2011 at Mayers Memorial Hospital, Fall
River Mills, CA.
service will be held at a future date for loved ones to attend.
In lieu of
flowers the family requests that donations be made to Golden
Umbrell Jones have said they will be there.
Janis (Janny) Guyn McGrann
Jan 08, 1950 – Dec 31, 2011
Janny, aged 61, passed away unexpectedly at her home
in Brentwood, CA.
Janny was born in Chico and grew up in Burney. She attended
schools in the Fall River and Burney areas graduating from Fall
River High School in 1968. Following her graduation, Janny
became a homemaker raising three wonderful girls, Noelle
Kathleen Boucherle, April Barrington Thompson and Faith Marie
Hanlon. She met and married Tom McGrann in Hawaii in 1990 and
helped to raise two more wonderful children, Megan Leigh
Carmilani and T.J. McGrann. She was “Mom” to all.
She is survived by her parents, Judge(ret) William H. and
Lucille G. Phelps of Redding, CA, her sisters Kris Hathaway of
Burney, CA, Heidi Urias of Huntsville, AL, Holly Smart of
Redding, CA, and her brothers Dr. Tom Guyn of Santa Rosa, CA,
and Dr. Jim Guyn of Minnetonka, MN. She will also be remembered
by the seven lights of her life, Bodhi and Benji Boucherle,
Isiah, Jessica and Zachary Thompson, and Everest and Elias
After raising her children, Janny became a Speech Pathologist in
the Brentwood area readily sharing her love, compassion and
skills to all who needed her. Her wide and creative talents
ranged from architecture to painting. She was the cornerstone of
this large and loving family. Her boundless love and limitless
understanding impacted all who knew her. We all miss her.
Services are being arranged in the Redding area for Saturday,
Jan 7th, by her sister Kris and her husband Abe Hathaway. They
can be reached at 530-335-4170.
Linda Rae Gonzalez
Services for Linda Rae Gonzalez, 51, of Fall River
Mills will be today (Tuesday) December 27, 2011, 1 p.m., at the
Fall River Full Gospel Indian Mission in Fall River Mills.
Mrs. Gonzalez was born December 24, 1959 in Redding.
A lifelong resident of Fall River Mills, she died December 16,
2011 in the Golden Living Center in Redding.
When was a homemaker and was raising her grandson, Johnathon.
She is survived by sons Juan, Ignacio, Jose, and Ramon Venegas,
and 11 grandchildren.
Larry Lewis Howard, 62, of Fall River Mills, died
Larry was born September 19, 1949 in Lewiston Idaho to Jere and
Ann Howard. The family relocated to the Fall River Valley in
1950. Larry graduated from Fall River High School in 1968 and
joined the Army, serving his country honorably in the Vietnam
War and earning commendations for his bravery.
Larry will be remembered as a kind and loving man. He leaves
behind brothers; Terry and Tracy Howard, sister, Nicholette
Howard, and niece Renee Carrillo.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January
7 at the Fall River Mills Cemetery, followed by a gathering at
the Fall River Mills Veteran’s Memorial Hall.
Oliver Peter (Pete) Smelcer, Jr.., 87, died December
15, 2011 at his home in Burney, CA after a long illness.
Graveside services were held December 20, 2011 at the Adin, CA
Cemetery with Reverend Jeff Bidwell of Grace Bible Church
Pete was born September 13, 1924 in Adin to O. P. and Imogene
Smelcer. He graduated from Adin High School in 1942 and
subsequently served in World War II in the Pacific Theater of
Operations from 1943-1945 as both a platoon leader and staff
sergeant in the US Army’s 132nd Infantry Regiment, Americal
Division. Pete’s numerous military decorations include three
Purple Heart medals and three Bronze Star medals.
Pete married Beulah Criss, a native of Lookout, on August 31,
1946. They made their home in Adin, where Pete owned the
Chevron Station and later worked at the Adin mill until he moved
to Sacramento in 1970.
On January 3, 1970, Pete married Hollyce Nelson in Reno, NV.
After living and working in Sacramento for twenty years, where
Pete was a mechanic specializing in forklift repair, he and
Holly retired and moved back to Adin in 1990, and then to Burney
in 1996. When Holly became ill in 2005, Pete took loving care
of her until her death in 2009.
Pete was an avid car racing fan, and he spent countless hours
researching and writing about his family history with his
sister, Margaret Vanderlaan. Pete was also proud of his World
War II service, attending many reunions of his 1st Platoon,
Company I in Chicago. He was always eager to share stories of
his service in the Solomon Islands and in the Philippines, and
he created detailed scrapbooks documenting specific battles and
showcasing his platoon reunions.
Pete is survived by children Sharon McCulley of Burney, Gary
Smelcer of Anderson, John Smelcer of Palo Cedro, and Annette
Convy of Seattle, WA, and by stepsons Vincent Nelson of
Susanville and Glenn Nelson of Redding. He is also survived by
numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his sisters
Alice Criss and Margaret Vanderlaan. Pete’s wife, Holly,
preceded him in death on July 4, 2009.
Donations may be sent to the Fort Crook Historical Society
and/or to Intermountain Hospice, both located in Fall River
Grace Marie Green-Tobin
Grace Marie Green-Tobin, age 90, died peacefully at
the A&E Quality Care Home in Suisun City, CA on December 4,
2011. She came to live with her son Joe when she could no
longer care for herself, but to the end she maintained her
She loved her Burney friends, the trees, and especially her
Born May 8, 1921 in Bayard, NE, to Mr. and Mrs. Ora Dee Lay.
She attended school on the family ranch until high school when
she went to Torrington and stayed with her grandparents going
home only occasionally due the distance from the ranch. In
December 1936 she married Arnold G. Schmidt.
On May 1, 1941 she and her husband and her two oldest children
moved to Burney from the family homestead in Chestnut Valley.
From this marriage seven children were born. In 1950 she married
Donald L. Green and together they had one son. In 1972 she
married Walter L. Tobin and took up residence in Pleasant Valley
near Hartville, WY. After his death she returned to Burney.
Grace was a life member of the ladies VFW auxiliary in Burney
and a member of the American Legion in Fall River Mills.Grace
will be especially remembered for her crocheting and knitting
skills. She fondly recalled knitting more than 100 afghans that
she donated to Fort Crook Historical Society, the VFW or gave
away to family members or friends. She also loved to bake and
can produce that was given to her. She will be remembered for
her sunny disposition, a ready smile and a compliment to
everyone she met.
Survivors include her sons, Arnold D. Schmidt (Grace) of
Truckee, CA, Joseph H. Schmidt (Aurora) of Fairfield, CA, and
her daughter Elisabeth Crum of McArthur, CA., and two sisters,
Martha Joecks and Beth Jones of Guernsey, WY. Grace was
preceded in death by her three husbands, her sons, Jimmy
Schmidt, Raymond John Schmidt, Donald Lee Green, Jr., her
daughters Kathryn Louise Schmidt, and Janet Spalding.
She leaves behind 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and
2 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 12 noon, Saturday December 17, 2011 at
the Burney VFW hall. Inurnment will be at the Burney cemetery
on Monday December 19, 2011.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to a charity of your
choice or to the Burney Senior Lunch program would be
A special thanks to Dr. Tom Watson for his compassionate care;
Pat Redding, Ralph and Patty Richwine who kept an eye on her,
and her many friends at the Burney Senior Center, especially
John and Herb.
John Steve Sparkman
Services for John Steve Sparkman will be conducted at
the Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo at 2 p.m., December 8.
Mr. Sparkman died at Mayers Memorial Hospital November 4.
He was born in Texas October 3, 1913 and lived most of his life
He was a chauffer and apartment manager, WWII veteran of the
Pacific Theatre where he was awarded a Presidential Citation
He is survived by his daughter Arneta Crossman of Fall River
Arloa Hawkins Drake
Graveside services were held December 2, 2011 at the
Burney Cemetery for Arloa Hawkins Drake, 61, of Burney.
Mrs. Drake died at home November 29, 2011.
She was born in Beloit, Kansas March 8, 1950.
Mrs. Drake was a food service employee for the Fall River Joint
Unified School District for 26 years.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; son Jeff of Troy,
Montana; daughter Donna Ford of Hat Creek; sisters Nancy
Hildreth of Kingman, Arizona, Judy Gurergia of Red Bluff,
Roxanna Coustette of Red Bluff; five grand children and one
In Memory of Leonard Leroy Grove
Wasilla resident, Leonard Leroy Grove, age 70, passed
away November 27, 2011 in Wasilla, Alaska.
No services are scheduled. The family invites friends and
family to participate in a pink balloon release, wherever you
feel appropriate on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 12 p.m. in
honor of Leonard.
Leonard was born September 18, 1941 in Day, California son of
Merrill John Grove and Dorothy (Oilar) Scholl.
Leonard moved to Alaska in 1997 and enjoyed hunting and
fishing. Leonard had worked for Halliburton and Louisiana
Pacific. He was also a member and believer of AA.
The family wrote “Dad was a man who loved the laughter of life.
He had a story for almost every setting. He loved to be the
jokester and bring smiles to the people around him. When he
gave you his word no contract was needed. He never shied away
from work and always gave it his all. If you needed a shirt, he
would give you the shirt off his back and then buy you an extra
one. He loved family, friends, and all types of celebrations
and anything that included the color pink. So celebrate his
life by giving and sharing love with those around you.”
Leonard’s favorite saying: “Live life on life’s terms – Don’t
take life too seriously”
Leonard is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Merrill J.
and Laura Grove; granddaughter, Merilyn J. Grove; grandson,
Christian L. Grove; brother, Virgil D. Grove; sister, Marvella
D. Webster; mother, Dorothy P. Scholl; nieces, Leah, Dorothy,
Amanda, Rayna, Janette, Anne, and Dallas; nephews, Steve and
Lucas; 23 great nieces and nephews; and 3 great-great nieces and
He is preceded in death by his brother, Norman D. Grove; and his
father, Merrill J. Grove.
Family cared for by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.
Nathan Ryan Estis “Nate”
February 14, 1938 – November 9, 2011
Nate passed at home surrounded by his precious wife Jeri of 49
years and their Children; Ryan Estis (Linda), Dawn Masterjohn -Stieler,
Renee’ Slattery, Jennifer Masterjohn (Terry), Grandchildren;
Nathan, Danielle, Jason, Meghan, Boy Nate, Brittany, Savannah,
Terelynn, Santana & Thomas. Great grandchildren: Tristen, Aiden,
Tygan, Chase & Hunter. Proceeded in death he joins his parents
and young grandson Zachary to be at the right hand of his
Nate was born In Loma Linda CA. to Ranz Ray and Cora Mae Estis.
He attended Santa Fe High School. After Serving our Country with
the Marine Corps. 1958-1963 (Korea) he met and married Jeri and
moved their family to Fall River Mills, CA. There they raised
Ryan, Dawn, Renee’ and Jennifer. In 1979 the family moved to
Everett WA. Where Nate accepted a position at the Boeing Co. He
retired in ’98 from the “Flight Line,” to begin another career
with The Elizabeth Foundation. Nate was an outgoing, caring
family man; he loved the Lord, his family and Country. Nate was
a great friend and loved to tell stories about his adventurous
life and make people laugh.
He will be missed by many, including his “Auntie” Dorothy &
family (Lake Isabella, CA.), his little Brother David & family
(Albany, OR.) “Bro” Ray Howe & family (Gardena, CA.) “The Boys”
(Fall River Mills CA. & Everett, WA.)
Please join us November 26th at 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate Nate’s
life at the New Life Center 6830 Highland Drive. Everett WA.
Where he will receive full Military Honors by his daughter
Jennifer’s Honor Guard team out of VFW Post 2995. Reception to
2/14/1922 ~ 10/21/2011
Carl was the son of Mayor Albert Bracy of Fort Lupton, Colorado.
He and his wife of 68 years, Gertrude, were the parents of
twins, Marilyn and Carilyn. He homesteaded 143 acres in Alaska
and built a log cabin for his family by hand.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, A member of
the Free and Accepted Masons for over 50 years, President of the
75 member Burney Motor Cycle Club, and the president of the
Roving Archers of El Sobrante.
He was a barber for over 70 years and a Burney businessman for
over 40 years.
One of his passions was dowsing. A member of the American
Society of Dowsers, he was the only certified Master Dowser.
Carl was busy up until the night he went to sleep and didn’t
wake up! He was cutting hair out of his garage almost daily and
was still attending the monthly NorCal Dowsers meetings in
Redding. He was still working with his dowsing trade either by
phone, fax or on site. One of his last well locations was in
the Big Bend area. Carl was a very spiritual man.
Shirley Edward French,
age 85, from Fall River Mills died at home of natural causes
November 10, 2011. Arrangements pending at McDonald’s Chapel
Arma Lois Shoemaker was born in Birmingham, Alabama on
March 6, 1921.
She moved to Burney in 1943 and was the co-owner of the Shell
Station in Burney with her husband Gene for years. She was
active in the Lion’s Auxiliary.
Arma Lois passed away from natural causes at Mayer’s Memorial
Hospital Burney Annex on November 1, 2011 at the age of 90.
She is survived by her 3 children, Gerry Zumwalt of Tucson, AZ,
Buck Shoemaker, and Tommy Shoemaker both of Burney, 7
grandchildren, and 7 great grand children.
There will be a grave side gathering on Saturday November 12th
at 10:00 a.m. at the Old Burney Cemetery.
November 14, 1919 – October 6, 2011
Lucy Ingram passed over to a better place on October 6th, 2011,
at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her husband,
William James Ingram in 1967, a lifelong resident of Pittville,
and her eldest son Gregory Manella in 1999. She is survived by
her son William John Ingram, daughter Melissa (Ingram) Fayard,
grandson Christopher Fayard, great-grandson Jorden Fayard,
brothers James and Wes Bartholomew, nephew Scott Bartholomew,
and niece Kathan (Bartholomew) Moore.
Born November 14th, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lucy
moved to the Fall River Valley in 1953 to become housekeeper and
cook on the Knoch Ranch. There she met her future husband whom
she married in 1954. Lucy lived and worked 46 years in the
valley before leaving the area in 1999. She returned frequently
in later years to what she called “God’s country” and the place
she considered her only real “home.”
A memorial service is planned for early summer when her ashes
will be brought home to Pine Grove Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Fort Crook Historical Society.
In memory of
Jean E. Eilts
March 7, 1922 - October 13, 2011
Jean E. Eilts (March 7, 1922 – October 13, 2011). Jean Eilts,
89, a 7-yr. resident of Redding, California and 40-yr resident
of Fall River Mills, California, passed way at Mercy Medical
Center in Redding, CA. Jean was born and raised in Atlantic,
Iowa. She graduated from Atlantic Iowa High School in May of
1939 and became a one-room all-grade schoolteacher until moving
to California and marrying Al Eilts in 1941.
Al and Jean Eilts were married for 60 years until Al passed away
in 2002. Jean also had an older brother, Harold Kuehl, who
preceded her in death when he was 55 years old.
Jean will be remembered by her devoted children, Jim Eilts,
Barbara Snethen, Linda Bowers, Jon Eilts and Glen Eilts. She is
also survived by 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren who
love her very much. They will always remember what a kind,
caring person she was whether it was for a stray animal or a
grandchild that had just fallen down. She gave freely of her
love, time and energy for all those who knew her as “Mom, Jean,
Jeanie, Grandma, or Aunt Jeanie”.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service for
Jean on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at Redding, CA, in the
afternoon. If you would like particulars regarding time and
place, please contact Jim Eilts, at (530) 336-6154.
Glory Ann Moriarty
02/23/1937 - 09/22/2011
Glory Ann Moriarty passed away peacefully on Thursday September
22, 2011 at the age of 74. Her husband and children were able to
spend her final days by her side. She was a loving wife,
mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly
Glory was born in Marysville, Kansas to Frank and Betty Patty.
She married and had her four children. During this time she and
her family made several moves to: Lincoln, NE; Campbell, CA; and
eventually ending up in Fall River Mills in 1971. In 1978 Glory
and John Moriarty married. They lived many years together in
the Fall River Valley and they eventually relocated full-time to
Ajo, AZ in 2002. Her final months were spent in the Fall River
Valley where she lived with her son, Bill, and his wife.
Glory loved her crafts. At one point she owned her own craft
store in Fall River Mills. She was a talented piano and
She is survived by her husband John Moriarty Sr. of Redding;
daughter and son-in-law Kita and Bill Wolfe of Cottage Grove,
Oregon; her son and daughter-in-law Bill and Carol Morris of
McArthur; her son and daughter-in-law Mac and Cindy Morris of
Vacaville; her daughter and son-in-law Tanya and Scott Daub of
San Jose; step-son John Moriarty Jr. of Idaho, step-son Dennis
Moriarty of Little Valley; step-daughter Kathleen Moriarty of
Burney; grandchildren: Brandi Wolfe-Garza, Bob Wolfe, Megan
Morris, Susan Morris-Knoch, Jamie Morris-Riggs, John Morris,
Robin Morris, Kristine Daub, Eric Daub, Shelly Moriarty-Wilhite,
Cordell Moriarty, Hauva Moriarty-Ward, Lacy Moriarty-Stevenson,
and Stormy Moriarty; 15 great grand-children and one more due in
Graveside services will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at
1:00 p.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, CA.
Howard Richard Clark
Howard Richard Clark passed away peacefully on Monday, September
26, 2011. He was 91 years young. Howard was born to Donnie and
Earl Clark on January 6, 1920 in Adin, CA. He was born on the
ranch where he spent most of his days. Howard worked the ranch
with his parents and then eventually took it over himself.
Howard met the girl of his dreams, Freda Smith, and married her
on December 30, 1941. They had three children, Janice, Donna
and Perry. The couple raised their family on the ranch raising
cattle, horses, lots of 4-H and FFA animals and many acres of
hay. Countless young men, family and friends, have memories of
hauling hay on the Clark Ranch!
Howard served his country in the Army from January 20, 1942 to
July 17, 1943 in the 33rd Armored Regiment. He was honorably
discharged due to the hardship his absence placed on the family
Known for his quick wit, he loved to tell stories and would soon
be laughing so hard at his own story he’d have you in tears!
He was also known for his love of sports. Howard could always
be found attending a ball game, whether it be one of Perry’s or
one of his grandson’s games. He loved to brave the cold at a
football game or be one of the first spectators to arrive at
marathon basketball games! Once his grandsons graduated from
high school, he changed his attendance at games to attendance in
the living room watching all kinds of sports on TV. Basketball
was always his favorite and he loved to tell stories of his
glory days in high school.
He also loved Halloween! Howard and Freda would spend days
decorating for Halloween and took great pride in scaring many
generations of children!
Howard was preceded in death by his wife Freda, brothers Jack
and Raymond Clark, sister Fay Badger, son in laws Dale Weigand
and George Woolery and grandson Ryan Clark. He leaves his
children Janice Weigand of Chico, and her family, granddaughter
Vicki and her husband Tim Dahl, granddaughter Valerie and great
grandchildren Nick and Jacquie; daughter Donna Woolery of Dairy
OR and her family, granddaughter Natalie Turnbull and her
husband Jeff and great grandson Alex Turnbull; son Perry and his
wife Sammi of Nampa ID, and their family, grandson Chris Clark
and his wife Michelle and great grandson Tucker, grandson Bryce
Clark and his wife Katie. He also leaves his sister June Siemer,
her husband Harold and numerous loving family members.
Donations in his name can be made to the Adin Ambulance Fund,
c/o The Big Valley Endowment Foundation; The American Cancer
Society, or any charity of your choice.
A former long time resident of Burney, died on Aug. 29 at her
daughters home in Eureka, Ca. She was 91. She will be missed by
her children, Jean and David Cook of McCloud, Jim Benton of
Burney and Joanne and Jim Spannaus of Eureka as well as many
grand and great grand children. She was preceded in death by her
husband of 62 years, Buck Benton. She often spoke of her many
good friends in Burney so thank you all for giving her nice
Robert Jasper Shaw, a lifetime resident of Lookout, CA, passed
away on September 5, 2011, in Redding, CA, at the age of 79.
He is survived by three nieces, Bridgette Hunsberger of La
Cresenta, CA, Louise Meadows of Corvallis, OR, and Janet Lindsey
A memorial Service will be held on October 1, 2011 at 11:00 am,
at the Lookout Fire Hall with a potluck lunch to follow. Instead
of flowers or gifts, a donation to the High Desert Humane
Society or a charity of the donor’s choice would be preferred.
Ruby Linder, 86, of Burney, died Monday at home. Arrangements
are pending at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding.
Wanda L. Baker, 73, of Burney died September 9 at Mercy Medical
Center in Redding. Arrangements are pending at McDonald’s
Eugene Fisher, 76, of Burney died September 15 at Mercy Medical
Center in Redding. Arrangements are pending at Allen and Dahl
Dale R. Heiss
Dale R. Heiss, 83, of Round Mountain died at Mercy Medical
Center in Redding. Allen and Dahl is in charge of arrangements.
William Orville Crum
William Orville Crum was born on November 1, 1942 in Fall River
Mills. He passed away on August 24, 2011 at the Crum Ranch in
Pittville. He was the son of Orville and Alice Crum. Bill spent
his entire life in the Fall River Valley except for the years he
spent in college.
Bill graduated from FRHS in 1960. While in high school he was
active in 4-H, FFA, and played a year of football. Bill
graduated from Chico State in 1964. He then attended graduate
school at Oregon State University. Bill left Oregon to return to
Pittville to work on the family ranch.
In 1969 Bill married Elisabeth (Liz) Schmidt. Bill was deeply
involved in the community. He belonged to the McArthur Volunteer
Fire Department, the Resource Conservation District, the Hay
Growers, and the Cattlemen. Bill was an avid wood-worker. He
also loved to read about history and visit museums. Most of all,
Bill loved to be out on the ranch checking the crops and cattle.
Bill was a wonderful story teller and loved to share stories
with his grandchildren. Bill also loved to fish and visit his
beloved Pine Creek.
Bill is survived by his wife Elisabeth (Liz), children Donald
Flynn of Pittville, Catherine Crum Turner and husband Richard of
McArthur, Donna Crum of Pittville, Samuel Crum and wife Ellen of
Oregon, Alice Crum Linlor of San Marcos, and Jody Crum Brown and
husband William of Elk Grove. He was preceded in death by son
Francis (Frank) Crum of Moulton, Alabama.
He is also survived by grandchildren Michael Turner, Alisha
Turner Skelly, Thomas Turner, Larissa Flynn, Elisabeth Eye, Cody
Crum, August Brown, and Alexandra Linlor, his mother-in-law
Grace Tobin, and his sister and brother-in-law Muriel and Buz
Eades, nephews Kevin Eades and Cory Eades, and nieces Cheri
Relph and Kelly St. John.
A memorial service will be held at Ingram Hall (McArthur
Fairgrounds) on September 10, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. . A pot luck
will follow the service.
Bonnie Boyer, 69, of Lookout, died September 2, 2011 of natural
causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
McDonald’s Burney Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Diamond, 70, of Bieber, died of natural causes at his
residence September 3, 2011. Arrangements are pending at
McDonalds Chapel Burney.
Jean Bowman - 85 a long time resident of the Intermountain
Born March 5th, 1926 in Alta Loma, California, passed away
peacefully on August 21, 2011 at Mayers Memorial Hospital.
Preceded in death by her husband Marvin of 42 years, daughter
Barbara Andrews and son Stephen W. Bowman, SR.
Jean is survived by daughter Emily Bowman, 8 grandchildren, 18
great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and many good
Private services will be conducted at a later date.
William "Bill" Crum
William O. Crum, 68, of McArthur died of natural causes August
24, 2011 at home. McDonald’s Burney Chapel is in charge of
On August 23, 2011 Burney lost long time resident Tony Ortiz. He
was also known as the "The Legend" trout fisherman for his
famous 15lb. 29 inch trout caught on January 17, 1999 at Baum
Lake. Tony lived in Burney for 20 plus years and loved every day
Tony has always been an avid fisherman and had many spots that
he loved to fish at. He first fished at Brooke Off Meadows, then
Hat Creek, Baum Lake, and Bidwell Ranch just to name a few.
My dad Tony, was always a very hard working man. He worked in
construction and building maintenance. Then he
worked for Pinole Valley Hospital for almost 15 years and then
at Pitney Bowes in Oakland Ca.
Tony was always out socializing in the community. Over the years
he had gotten to know many friends. He was a regular at the
local Rite Aid and Holiday Market. Thank you to all of the staff
that was always kind to him and assisted him. Until only a few
months ago, Tony lived at Burney’s senior living facility and
had many friends and neighbors there. Again, a big thank you to
all of you that helped my dad and were so nice to him. A very
special thank you to Bill who worked their and kept and eye on
my dad and also was a good friend to him and myself.
I would like to thank Golden Umbrella and Meals on Wheels for
all of the help they gave my dad and also all that they do in
the community for others. My dad spent the last
few months at Burney Annex and I appreciate all of the wonderful
care he received and your staff is truly first class.
In closing, thank you again to everyone that has been a part of
his life. He loved Burney and that is where his heart was. He
appreciated all of his friends and will be missed by
the community. And I want to extend my appreciation to all of
Burney for helping my dad and giving him such a blessed life. I
and my family extend our deepest gratitude.
SHARON LYNN NEWTON
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory
no one can steal.
Sharon Lynn Newton passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2011 at
her home. Sharon was
born on August 22, 1962 in Newport Beach, California. Sharon and
her family moved to Fall
River Mills, California in 1972 where she attended Fall River
High and graduated in 1980.
Sharon is survived by her son Patrick Newton and his partner Jon
of Placerville, CA., daughter Jennifer Richardson and Son-in-law
Noah Richardson from Redding, CA., mother Marlene Tapfer from
Fall River Mills, CA., sister Susie Lorenzen and brother-in-law
Pete Lorenzen from McArthur, CA., brother Gary Tapfer from
Shasta Lake, CA., and the grandchildren she loved so dearly
Parker, Zach, Madeline, Carson and Gabrielle. Sharon was
preceaded in death by her brother Steve Tapfer and her father
We little knew the day that God was going to call your name, In
life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to loose you,But in God we put our trust,In
times as difficult as this,
Faith is such a must.You left us peaceful memories,Your love is
still our guide.
And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our
family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same, But as God
calls us one by one The chain will link again.
Mom, though we find comfort knowing you are no longer in pain
and can now rest peacefully,
nothing will ever fill the hole we have in our hearts for you.
Your life was cut too short but we will forever cherish the
memories you have left behind.
A Celebration of Life well be held for Sharon on September 10,
2011 at 4pm at 1640 Canter Ct., Redding, California 96002.
Harold "Stub Johnson
A memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, at 2 p.m.
at the Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur for Harold “Stub”
Mr. Johnson was born in Bergville, Mn. In 1915, fourth of eight
He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940 at Fort Snelling, Mn.
They was sent to North Africa where he was in armaments against
the “Desert Fox” Erwin Rommel. From there he was sent to Sicily
and Italy where he fought against Benito Mussolini’s forces.
Stub earned the rank of Staff Sergeant before he returned home
in 1945 on the Queen Mary.
He moved to McArthur with his family, Clyde and Maude Johnson,
owners of Pop Johnson’s Grocery Store. He worked in McCloud at
the Wyntoon Heart Castle as a carpenter and then worked as a
He built houses in the McArthur area, including his own, the one
he shared with his wife Eda.
After that he became the carpenter maintenance man at Fall River
High School where he stayed until he retired.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter and had many stories about
the Fall River Valley.
The Willis Hollenbeak Post of the American Legion will assist at
Dan Shoemaker, 57, of Fall River Mills died August 17 at home.
Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Anita S. Weatherman, 76, of Burney died August 14 at Mercy
Medical Center in Redding. The Forrest Funeral Home in
Weaverville is handling the arrangements.
Services were conducted at Halcumb Cemetery in Round Mountain
August 11 for Kenny Ray Wilson, a lifetime resident of the
Montgomery Creek area.
Mr. Wilson was born August 24, 1969 in Redding.He died August 4,
2011 in Redding.
He is survived by his mother, Carol Cantrell of Montgomery
Creek; father, Gerald Wilson, Sr. of Hat Creek, grandmothers
Gloria Hursey Melton of Montgomery Creek and Majorie Hendricks
of Burney;brothers, Phillip Potter, Jr. of Round Mountain,Gerald
Mel Wilson of Sacrament and sister Andrea Wilson of Hat Creek.
He was a member of the Pit River Tribe.
Eddie passed unexpectedly while on vacation in San Luis Obispo
County August 3, 2011. He was born in Porterville, CA, and grew
up in Meridian, CA. Eddie graduated from Sutter High School in
1954, and subsequently joined the US Coast Guard serving
primarily at Fort Point, CA and Cape Decision, AK. After
completing his service, Eddie returned to California and joined
the California Division of Highways (later Caltrans) working out
of Marysville and Colusa. In 1969, Eddie was promoted to lead
worker for the state, and took a transfer opportunity to move to
Burney, where he raised his young family. In addition to
serving on the board of the Burney Water District for 18 years,
Eddie was awarded “life member” status of the Burney Lion’s Club
Eddie retired from Caltrans in 1996, becoming a passionate
world traveler with trips to England, Australia, Ireland, Italy,
Sweden, New Zealand, and several other locations.
Eddie is survived by Connie, his wife of nearly 49 years, as
well as his sons Damon (wife Priya) of Altadena, CA and Courtney
of Burney. He leaves one grandson, Govind.
There will be a potluck picnic of
remembering and sharing at the
Lion’s Civic Park in Burney,
August 27, at 12.
JOEL ALLEN MALMEN
Services for Joel Allen Malmen will be held August 13, 2011 in
La Crescenta, CA. Born in Newport Beach, CA in 1960, Joel passed
away August 3 at his home in Tujunga, CA.
Joel went through the schools in Fall River graduating from high
school in 1978. As a child he was active in baseball and
scouting. In high school he was a member of the chess club,
worked on the newspaper, and was a behind the scenes guy during
high school plays.
He entered the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Atsugi, Japan
where he was a photographer and camera repairman. His second
Navy stint was served at Cubi Point, Subic Bay in the
Philippines and it was there, in 1986, that he married Myling
Mangubat and their son, Jonathan was born.
In 1987 Joel returned to the U.S. and began working as a camera
repairman in Hollywood for Otto Nemenz, Int., eventually
becoming manager of that department. His family followed in 1987
and his daughter Nicole was born in LA in 1993.
Joel’s interests included collecting first edition books, many
of them signed by their authors and he had a huge collection of
hat pins from all over the world, beautifully mounted and
displayed in his office. More recently he took up scuba diving
and enjoyed that sport on several trips back to the Philippines.
Joel was a devoted father and was proud to attend the graduation
of his son, Jonathan from U.C. Northridge in May and that his
daughter, Nicole, from Verdugo Hills High School in June.
Joel leaves his children, Johathan and Nicole, of Tugunga, his
parents, John and Jan Malmen and his brother James of Fall River
Mills. Services are being handled through Crippen Mortuary in La
Crescenta, CA. His cremains will be interred beside those of his
brother, John, at the Fall River Mills Cemetery.
He will be forever missed and lives on in the hearts of his
Marie Weldon of Adin died at her residence July 17, 2011.
Services will be held at a future date.
Robert Sales, Jr., 51
Robert Sales, Jr lost his battle with cancer on July 18, 2011.
He was born February 23, 1960 in Fresno, CA to Robert and Dottie
Sales. He was raised in San Diego and joined the US Army after
graduation. After training, His was assigned to the 82nd
Airborne and was stationed at Ft Bragg. He spent time in Panama
and at West Point training cadets. After serving 4 years,
Robert returned to California to attend Chico State, where he
studied computer science with mathematical scientific research.
Before moving to Phoenix to work as an electrician, Robert
operated Burney Mt. Video. Robert is survived by his parents,
Robert and Dottie Sales of Cassel; his sister Laurie Sales of
Clovis, CA, nephew Benjamin Looney of Clovis and his daughter
Evie Looney. Private services will be held at a later date.
SHARON LEE (WOOD)
(Wood) Trump, known to many as Sister Trump, passed on into
glory on Sunday July 10th, 2011, at the age of 67 years old. She
was a resident of Burney, California, for the past 20 years.
Prior to moving to Burney, Lawrence and Sharon resided at their
home on Murray Road in McKinleyville. She passed away in
Redding, from unexpected causes.
Mom was born
on October 11, 1943, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Rollie Wood and
Frances Doramus Wood. She was one of 16 children born to Rollie
and Frances Wood. Mom resided in Idaho, Marcola, Oregon,
McKinleyville, and Eureka while growing up. She graduated from
Arcata High School in 1962.
On October 8,
1960, mom married her high school sweetheart and the love of her
life for almost 51 years, Lawrence Trump, in Arcata, CA. They
raised two children: Laurel (Trump) Lewis and Lawrence “Steven”
Trump II, while living in McKinleyville. Due to health problems,
Mom and Dad sold their home in McKinleyville and moved to Burney
Mom was an
experienced homemaker, gifted baker, great cook, gardener and
canning queen, Bible study teacher, Sunday school teacher, and
the World’s Best Granny. Her greatest joy was hogging the
grandchildren every chance she got. Mom was well known wherever
she lived for her exceptional homemade pies, cakes, cookies,
candies, and jellies.
Sharon were members of the United Pentecostal Church of Arcata,
and Full Gospel Tabernacle UPS of Eureka. Mom was active in the
Ladies Auxiliary, and spent countless hours making and selling
peanut brittle to assist with fundraisers, organizing bake
survived by her husband, Lawrence S. Trump, her daughter Laurel
Lewis (and Tommy), her son, Lawrence Steven Trump II (and
Georgette), her grandchildren: Tommy Lewis, Jeremy Lewis (and
Jaja), Lawrence S. Trump III (and fiancé Melonie Frost), Alicen
Trump, Holly Trump (and fiancé Alex Bateman), and her
great-grandson, Gabriel Trump.
survived by her siblings: Ramona Engell, Betty Rohrbach, Pauline
Lee, Judith Shiplet, Jacqueline Wood, Yevonne Kantz, Dean Wood,
Gene Wood, Merry Wood, Juanita Wood, Rollie E. Wood, Rodney G.
Wood, and Connie Voltura, her Uncle Dick Wood and Aunt Berta
Allen. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, as
well as great and great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins.
preceded in death by her parents, Rollie and Frances Wood, her
brothers Corwyn Wood and Tony Wood, and her nephews Michael
Wood, and Rodney E. Wood.
of Life will be held at the Word of Life Assembly of God church
on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 3:00pm. For more information
please call Jackie Wood at 964-2711 or Connie Voltura at
We would like
to thank all of our family, friends, and church family for your
prayers, support, cards, and love that have gotten us through
the unfortunate turn of events resulting in the loss of our
wife, mother, and granny.
Jackson Alvie Harrie
Jackson Alvin David Harrie was a lifelong resident of Montgomery
Creek, CA. On July 26,
2011 he lost his battle with Leukemia.
Born at Oak Knoll Naval Air Station in Oakland, CA, August 7th,
He is survived by his mother, Gloria Melton, brother, Ronald
Harrie, and sister Carol Cantrell, all of Montgomery Creek, CA;
sister Marian Winn of McArthur, CA, and was preceded in death by
younger brother Benjamin Harrie who lived in Big Bend. He is
also survived by
his lifelong companion, Betty Brown of Montgomery Creek. He was
a beloved son, brother,
uncle and friend to his many nephews, nieces, cousins and
Jackson was Karuk and member of the Madesi Band of the Pit River
Indian Tribe. His most
favorite passions in life were camping, hunting, fishing,
country music and dancing. One of
the best places to find Uncle Jackson and Aunt Betty was at Iron
Canyon fishing or dancing
together, having fun.
The viewing will be at Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel in Palo
Cedro, CA on Tuesday August
second for family from 9:30 a.m. to noon and for friends from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a viewing on Wednesday, August
3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services will be held Thursday,
August 4, at Halcumb Cemetery in Montgomery Creek at 11 a.m.
A memorial Service will be held at the Burney Veteran’s Hall at
3 p.m. Saturday, August 13 for Jerry Lane “J.J.” Joiner of
Burney. J.J. died July 28 at Shasta Regional Medical
Center in Redding after a long illness. He was 62.
He was born January 18, 1949 in Red Bluff and a life-long
resident of Shasta County. J.J. was larger than life. He was a
war hero with the 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam era who
received a purple heart after being wounded on December 7, 1968,
a Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Army
Commendation Medal along with his jump badge, the National
Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.
He was a civilian hero, swimming the Fall River Lake to reach
a man floating face down, dragging him to the other side
and resuscitating him in the summer of 1973.
He was a trucker, the Commander of Burney Post 5689 of the VFW
from 1994 - 96, a trivia expert, an expert dart player and
story teller who went out of his way to help other veterans,
service men and women, their families and his legion of friends.
He will be sorely missed.
Dorothy Mae Brewster
Dorothy Mae Gerig was born on September 26, 1916, to George and
Brewster in Dana, California. She passed away July 19, 2011, at
Shepherd of God Assisted Living Facility in Grenada,
Dorothy was the middle child of seven and she cherished the
memories of her childhood. She always reminisced about her
family not having much, but they never noticed because they were
so loved. They were always taught to share and give to others,
which explains her generous nature and ways.
In 1935, she married Norris Gerig and moved to Bieber,
California where they began their life together on the family
ranch. She was known for her friendly, welcoming home.
Seldom a day went by when extras didn’t gather in her kitchen
around the huge dining room table, surrounded by windows
over-looking the beautiful meadows, mountains, and river viewof
the ranch and life she so loved. Never weary or complaining
about her days filled with the many chores of being a ranch
hand, cook, gardener, wife, grandmother, etc., she was a silent
rock to her family and always there with help, compassion,
understanding, love and a listening ear.
Dorothy was always helpful and supportive of anything to do
for youngsters. Many young people from the valley and other
locations (Arizona, Washington, Southern California) have great
recollections of their first jobs at the Gerig Ranch during
haying season and enjoy remembering the numerous experiences
they all learned and shared.
Dorothy enjoyed and looked forward to yearly trips to the
Cow Palace, Pendleton Round-Up, all the county fairs (Modoc,
Lassen, and Intermountain), being a spectator at rodeos, ropings,
country music concerts, and attending or watching World Series
Games, as well as attending her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren’s sporting events, school activities, and
4-H and FFA events.
Her hobbies included; crocheting, sewing, knitting,
quilting, hook rugs, cross word puzzles, and bowling.
As the matriarch of the family, her wisdom was endless, her
love sincere, and times spent with her so memorable and
cherished. She always stated, “My most valued treasures are my
family and friends.” We are going to miss you Nana!
Dorothy is survived by her two children, Peter (Lynne) Gerig
or Bieber, and daughter Glenda (Carl) Stanfield of Klamath
Falls, Oregon; Five grandchildren; Michelle (Leo) Estes and
Debbie Jones of Burney, California; Johnna Markham of Klamath
Falls, Oregon; Lori Salters of Yreka, California; and Bryan
(Shannon) of Bieber, California; 17 great-grandchildren, and 16
great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers,
Jim (Bubbles) and Bob Brewster of Dana, California; as well as
numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norris (1999),
after 64 years of marriage; her parents; brothers, Earl and
Lewis; her sisters Delores Brewster; and Thelma Ashe; Grandson
Curtis Gerig; Son-in-Law, John Solus; and Grandson-in-Law,
Kenneth “Hoss” Salters.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Big Valley Recreation
District, P.O. Box 457, Bieber, California, 96009, or a charity
of the donor’s choice.
Grace Margaret Bath
Bath DeForest died peacefully at her home in Loma Rica, CA on
July 7, 2011.
service will be held at the Adin Community Church, Adin, CA on
Friday, July 22,
at 1 pm at the
Adin Community Church.
Grace was born
in Ash Valley, Lassen County, CA on December 23, 1922 to John
Thaddeus and Amy Gladys Crow Bath. The eldest of 5 siblings she
attended the Ash Valley Grammar School, high school in Adin and
Sacramento Junior College.
24, 1945 she married the love of her life, Chesley Hilman
DeForest. They raised a wonderful family of 5 children. Grace
created inviting and comfortable homes for her family and
friends while Ches worked on ranches for the Flournoys in
Likely, TH Richards in Oregon House, and Bob Obrien in Loma
Rica. Tireless and with a positive attitude, she was a
substitute teacher and worked in packing sheds during peach and
tomato seasons. The DeForests eventually moved to their own
place at Loma Rica and upon retirement enjoyed their summers in
Adin and winters in Loma Rica.
cherished the memories of her childhood in Ash Valley. She
enjoyed traveling, if not with Ches, then with her sister,
Martha, to visit family and friends. She adored her children
and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
devout Christian, and member or the Loma Rica Community Church,
lived a good and full life, always helping others first, looking
for the positive in every situation, and sharing her faith. She
was active in the Yuba Sutter Cowbelles, having received a
Cattlewoman of the Year Award.
survived by daughter Cheryl DeForest, Marysville, CA,; daughter
and son-in-law Beverly and Darrell “Bo” Tipton, Loma Rica; sons
and daughters-in-law Tom and Kathy DeForest, Adin CA; Paul and
Karin DeForest, Ash Valley; and Charles and Becky DeForest,
Wheatland, CA; brother and sister-in-law John and Villeta Bath,
Bonanza, OR; twelve (12)
nine (9) great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chesley
DeForest; father, John Thaddeus Bath; mother, Amy Gladys Crow
Bath; sister, Martha Bath McNeal; and brothers Fred Bath and
in memory of Grace DeForest may be made to: Yuba-Sutter
Cowbelles Scholarship Fund, c/o Val Middleton, PO Box 402,
Oregon House, CA 95962; Intermountain Cattlewomen c/o Rose Marie
Thompson, PO Box 98, Bieber, CA 96009; or to a charity of the
husband of Jean Sjoberg, formerly of Glenburn, passed away on
being held at the Northern California Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo
July 21 at 2
Gerry Lea Benson
Benson, 72, passed away on June 16, 2011 at Kaiser Hospital near
Citrus Heights, California. Her secondary home was in Fall River
She died of complications of her many years struggling with
Lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome. She was also a cancer survivor.
She was born
in 1939 in Los Angeles, California to Antonio David Hurtado and
Edna Mae Buttenhoff and lived is Spokane, Washington; the Santa
Rosa area, San Raphael, Redding region and Sacramento,
She was a
leader in her professional life starting in the 1950’s when few
women entered the workforce. Her positions included manager of
various businesses which eventually led to starting her own
consulting business for a Private Industry Council. She was on
numerous boards and service organizations.
incredibly talented woman, she put her hand to hobbies such as
gourmet cooking, gardening, writing, various arts, and won
several awards for her, most recent hobby, photography.
survived by her husband of 23 wonderful years, Robert Benson;
daughters Deborah Silva, Kimberly Munson and step-daughter
Nicole Stewart; seven grandchildren and beloved dog Lucy.
A funeral mass was said June 30, 2011 at the St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church in Burney for Robert Stanley (Bob) Facey, 86, of
Burney. Mr. Facey died June 24, 2011 at Mayer’s Memorial
Hospital’s Burney Annex.
He was born in Callahan, CA September 10, 1924.
He moved to Burney from Etna in 1957.
He was a U.S. Marine veteran of WWII, a bus driver for the Fall
River Joint Unified School District for 28 years and a member of
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife Melba; daughter, Jane Taylor of Burney;
son, Robert E. Facey, of Grangeville, ID; four grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and nine
step-great grandchildren, a brother, William Young. of
Weaverville, CA; and a sister, Patricia De Faria of Orland, CA
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to
the Saint Vincent de Paul “Feed the Hungry” program at St. Francis
Donna Y’vonne Quainance,76, Of Marion, Oregon died Wednesday,
June 1, 2011 At Salem General Hospital in Salem, Oregon following
a brief illness.
A graveside service for Donna, will be held June 18, 2011 at
4:00 p.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery, where she will be buried
beside her husband Pastor Ernest F. Quainance. Longtime family
friend Laurel (Heringer) Cordova will officiate.
Donna was born November 2, 1934 in Springfield IL. to Mary Ellen
and Arch Carroll she resided most of her life in Northern
California and Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents,
two children who died during childbirth and her husband of 43
Survivors include her sister Madge Dimmick of Kensington, Ca and
brother Robert Carroll of Santa Clara Ca: four daughters Fawn
Bartlett of Marion Or, Lynn Nielsen of San Diego Ca, Jan Pope of
Rogue River Or and Aileen Kampstra of Salem Or; she also has 9
grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
In loving memory of Earl A. Haddon, who died suddenly of heart
failure on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Pittville, near McArthur, CA
just six days before his 83rd birthday. The last years of his
life were some of the happiest and were spent living with his
step-daughter Linda Scott. She states that one of his greatest
accomplishments in life was being a wonderful father figure and
that “he treated me with the most unconditional love, support,
kindness and respect of any person I have ever known, he never
spoke an unkind word and he impacted my life tremendously!” He
stayed very active right up to his last day on Earth and enjoyed
gardening, sunsets and reading. He moved to Pittville from Novato,
CA in 2005, a couple years after the death of Audrey, his wife of
He was born to Earl and Vera Haddon in Craig, Moffett County, CO
on June 11, 1928. He had a rugged childhood where he grew up in a
coal-miners camp in a dwelling with dirt floors. He graduated
Shasta High School in 1947, having worked summers for the USFS at
the Wiley Ranch, Siskiyou County near Glenburn, CA. Some of his
fondest memories were of that time at that ranch and after he
moved to Pittville, he often went out there to re-live his youth.
During the Korean War, he served in the army as corporal at Fort
Carson, CO. He graduated from Shasta Community College in 1955
and earned his BS in civil engineering from UC Berkeley in 1957.
He worked first for the Bureau of Reclamation on the Trinity Dam
Project and spent the bulk of his career working for Bechtal Corp.
in San Francisco where he was sent to places such as Algeria and
Chile for his work. He finished his engineering career with them
He is survived by his brothers Leonard Haddon and David Haddon of
Redding, CA, by his nephew Jack Haddon of Elk Grove, CA and by
Linda Scott, who was like a daughter to him. He had no biological
Margaret Louise Ireland (Schoenberger/Siegenthaler), 76, died
June 11, 2011 at Sierra Oaks Assisted Living Center in Redding.
She was born in Hartford, CT on October 30, 1934.
Margaret moved to California in her early 20’s. She lived in
Sausalito, San Francisco, and Corona del Mar, before settling in
Burney. She worked for PG&E as a customer service representative
until she retired in 1974 and she was a member of St. Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband Glen Ireland, her brother Robert
Schoenberger of Connecticut,
A graveside service was held June 20, 2011 at the Burney District
Cemetery on Bailey Street.
Arrangements by McDonalds Chapel Burney.