CURRENT  OBITUARIES

In Loving Memory
Nicholas Kinsey Hanson

Nicholas Kinsey Hanson was born in Frederick, MD on April 14th, 1990 to John and Sharon Hanson. He went to Greencastle-Antrim Elementary and Middle Schools and made many close friends there. He moved to Fall River Mills, CA in High School and graduated from Fall River High School in 2009. He obtained his pilots license at age 16 for his senior project. He attended Utah Valley University and studied aviation for one year. He then attended Sierra Academy of Aeronautics. He obtained his FAA Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multiengine and Certified Flight Instruction Licensing. He stayed on at the Academy instructing spin training for three years. He was a talented aerobatic pilot and loved to be in the air; he had over 4000 hours. He recently passed his crop dusting certification testing and was flying an Air Tractor - 502. Nick left this world on June 29th. He was ferrying a Citabria in NE when it is believed he passed out following a maneuver. He had just phoned his father while fueling up the aircraft and mentioned that he felt nauseated. The accident was witnessed by a close family friend. He had good altitude with plenty of recovery time.

Impressions of a Pilot Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I’d do it again;
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know, I was born to fly.
Gary Claud Stokor

His spirit was larger than life and he lit up a room with his beautiful smile and spirit. He had an incredible sense of humor and he never met anyone that was not a friend. He was nonjudgmental and never had time for pettiness. He was an animal lover and supported the Giants and 49’ers. He was an avid fly fisherman and loved hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, boating, motorcycle riding and mountain biking. He enjoyed music and played the guitar. He loved working on planes and cars with his dad. He loved the Inter-Mountain Fair, working on derby cars, bald eagles, November Mustaches and THE AMERICAN FLAG and everything it stands for. He was an incredible Patriot. He was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back or his very last dollar. He enriched the lives of our family and friends and will be missed beyond measure. Our hearts are broken and our family has been forever changed in an incomprehensible way with the loss of this amazing man. He died doing what he absolutely loved. A scholarship fund, in his honor, will be set up for students who wish to become a pilot at Fall River Mills High School.

Nick is survived by his father - John Hanson (Pam Waiswa), mother - Sharon Hanson (Naiche Minor), siblings - Heather Corr PAC (Colin Corr), Joshua Frye DDS (Tiffany Frye MD), Lindsay Frye MD (Ben Wershing DPT). Nephew - Calvin Corr, Nieces - Genevieve Marie Frye and Lalya Kimberley Frye. Grandparents - Susan Hanson, Jerry and Sandra Kimberley, Uncles - Forrest Hanson, Bruce Hanson, John Kimberley, Steve Kimberley (Debbie), Cindy Bunner (Rodney). Cousins - Forrest Hanson Jr (Krysti), Stephen Hanson (Emily), Daniel Hanson, Bradley Hanson, Sam Bunner, Abigail Bunner, Jessica Havelt, Jeremiah Kimberley, Natalie Miller (Steve), Jacob Kimberley. The Love of Nick’s Life - Lindsey “Cookie Monster” Crum. Nick was preceded in death by his beloved Grandpa Edward Ellis Hanson.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Nick Hanson Aviator Scholarship Fund PO Box 324 Fall River Mills, CA 96028


In Loving Memory
Sheryl Lynn Carnegie

Sheryl Lynn Carnegie passed away on June 29, 2018. Sheryl was born in Grass Valley, California on July 24, 1939 to Amie and Al Dyer. She attended grade schools in Grass Valley, Eugene, Oregon, and Willits, California. She also attended Sacramento State College.

Married for 60 years, Sheryl and her husband, Lee, lived in California, Utah, Washington, and Alaska, before settling in Fall River Mills, California. Sheryl and her family had many adventures in her early years including logging and constructing their own log home in the Gig Harbor area of Washington State. She later moved to Alaska for ten years where she had her own accounting business and was able to spend time river rafting, camping, fishing and skiing. Recently, in her “retirement” she was a supervisor for the National Park Service for sixteen years at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Over the years, she has volunteered over twelve thousand hours with various federal land management agencies, including the Salmon-Challis, Humboldt-Toiyabe, Tahoe, and Lassen National Forests, Bosque del Apache, Bill Williams, and Cibola National Wildlife Refuges, Lava Beds National Monument, and the Arctic Inter-agency Visitor Center in Alaska, as well as with the Nature Conservancy in Henry’s Fork Idaho.

Sheryl was a strong, adventurous person, traveling the world to see what was out there and to never stop moving. Sheryl is survived by her husband Lee, daughter Amie (Todd) Drotning, son Scott (Shannon), brother Pat Dyer, four grandchildren Niki, Sierra, Jake, and Skyler, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace.


In Loving Memory
Rae Murray Perkins8

Rae Isabell Murray Perkins was born in Reno, NV on April 21, 1937, to Kenneth and Ellen Murray. She passed away at the Modoc Medical Center Skilled Nursing facility in Alturas, CA on June 29, 2018. She is peacefully tending the gardens in heaven.

Rae was raised in the Fall River Valley and graduated from Fall River High School in 1955. Rae was married to John “Squeek” Maurice Perkins. After Squeek passed away, Rae moved to Alturas where she lived next to her daughter and son-in-law.

Rae was a cook for the area restaurants. When she moved to Alturas she worked at Maxwell’s Nursery. She was active in the Alturas Senior Center, June Jamboree, Bunco Club, Friends of the Library, a member of the hospital auxiliary, and volunteered when needed. She loved to work in her garden. Her flower garden had won the garden of the month award from the Alturas Garden Club. She also liked to go fishing, crochet, do crafts and was an avid reader. She enjoyed helping her daughter with things for her classroom.

Rae is survived by her sister Irene Estes (Wally) of Fall River; her daughter Kim Parker (Danny) of Alturas, CA; son Kent Perkins (Kelly) of Brentwood, CA; grandchildren Bryan Parker, Tiffany Morris (Chad), Nick Perkins and Lexy Perkins; great-grandchildren Madeline Rae Morris and Odin Jack Morris. She has numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Squeek and her son Kirt Perkins.

Services will be held on July 11, 2:00 p.m. at the Fall River Cemetery. A picnic potluck will follow at the McArthur fairgrounds. Donations may be made to the Intermountain Fair in her memory.


In Loving Memory
Gerald (Jarie) Lowell Fowles
September 30, 1931 - June 13, 2018
Gerald (Jarie) Lowell Fowles, 86, passed away peacefully from causes related to age on June 13, 2018, in Yuba City, California, after living a full and active life.
 
Jarie was born in Salt Lake City on September 30, 1931, to Lowell David Fowles and Eva Viola Astle. He was the second of three sons. The firstborn son, Junior Astle, died soon after birth, making Jarie the big brother to younger brother Jay. They had a wonderful childhood growing up in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City.

Jarie graduated with honors from South High, an achievement he repeated at every level of education. He was the student director of the a cappella choir, a member of the basketball and track teams, and a cheerleader. He earned his Eagle Scout award which began a life-long love for scouting.

Following high school Jarie served for three and a half years in U.S. Air Force, serving aboard a C-47 as a “door gunner” during the Korean War. Returning from Korea, he met Beverly (Bev) Jean Nielson and they were married several months later in the Salt Lake Temple on January 29, 1953.

Jarie started his college education at the University of Utah where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Their first son, Steven, was born during that time. The family moved to California, where Jarie attended graduate school at Stanford University.

Jarie began his thirty four year high school and junior college career teaching history in Newport Beach, California, where two more sons, David and Matthew joined the family. Jarie and Bev, growing weary of the big city life, moved to the beautiful Fall River Valley at the other end of the state in 1964.

During his 30 years teaching at Fall River High School, he taught every student who ever entered its doors, numbering in the thousands. Many students considered him their favorite teacher. Jarie coached basketball teams, kept score and announced during sporting events, and was proud to have read almost every book in the school library so that he could recommend books to his students.

His love for learning never ended, and he spent parts of 15 summers studying history, geography, political science, and economics at colleges and universities from Oregon to Michigan to Israel. During a summer attending school in Utah, their fourth son, Aaron, was born.

Jarie served as a scoutmaster for over 10 years, receiving the Silver Beaver award. He was especially proud that all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts. He denied stories told by scouts that his 5 mile hikes always seemed to be twice that distance. Jarie and Bev loved the Fall River Valley, loved the people who lived there, and always considered it home.

Upon retiring, Jarie and Bev moved to Mc- Minnville, Oregon, where they enjoyed attending concerts and sporting events at local high schools and colleges. Keeping busy, Jarie volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and shelving books at Mc- Minnville Public Library. Jarie and Bev loved traveling the world together.

Jarie was an active and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). He loved to share the Gospel, and together with Bev, serve a combined four years as LDS missionaries in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Wyoming. They served for 18 years in the LDS Portland Temple and taught English in Qingdao, China, for nearly two years.

Gerald was preceded in death by Beverly, his wife of 59 years, his brother, Jay, a daughter- in-law, Michelle, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild. Gerald is survived by his four sons, Steven (Jeanne), David (Cami), Matthew (Heather), and Aaron (Lisa), 15 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will take place on Friday, June 29, from 9-10 AM at the Amity Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18565 South Hwy 99W, Amity, Oregon, followed by Gerald’s funeral service at 10:30 AM. He will be buried next to his wife in the South Yamhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity. Private online condolences can be made to www. macyandson.com.


In Loving Memory
Betty Jean Estes
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Betty Jean Estes, a lifelong resident of the Fall River Valley.

Betty Jean Estes, 75, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Marquis Shasta in Redding, CA surrounded by her family.

Born in Oakland, California on February, 17, 1943 and moving to Fall River Mills, California shortly after. Betty graduated from Fall River High School in 1960. The following year she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Estes, and they were happily married for 54 years.

Betty spent her working years, 1965 to 1999, as a bookkeeper for Sierra Market. She dedicated her life to being a faithful loving wife, mother and grandma. Betty enjoyed working in her beautiful yard, sewing, crocheting, fishing, camping and most of all spending time at the ocean with the love of her life “Billy Bob.” She loved being with her grandkids and was one of their biggest fans. Betty cherished her family as much as they cherished her. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Our love for her will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Betty is survived by her son, Dean Estes (Melissa) of Redding, daughter Cindy Wimer (Marty) also of Redding, brothers Butch Mitchell (Carol) and Bob Palmer (Lyn), brother-in-laws Ron Estes (Barbara), George Estes, Leo Estes (Michelle) and sister-in-law Carolyn Tidmore (Jim). Betty has seven grandchildren: Megan Dyson (Jason), Bobby Estes, Jordan Wimer, Jackson Estes (Danika), Tanner Estes (JoJo, fiance), Ally Wimer and Averi Wimer, one great grandchild Jesse as well as 16 nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her spouse Bill Estes, in 2015, her father Marion Palmer, in 1999 and her mother Virginia Palmer, in 2002.

A private family memorial will be held in honor of her wishes.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bill Estes Memorial Scholarship for the Burney / Fall River High School education foundation.


In Loving Memory
Betty Louella Hofstar

Born Betty Louella Hofstar on October 22, 1927 in Ben Hill, GA, Betty “Lou” grew up in Loma Linda, CA. She married Bill Miller on his return from Korea after World War Two. She moved all over California with her contractor husband, with a short stint in Washington and seven years in Texas. She worked as a secretary for many years, adding four children along the way.

The Millers retired to Round Mountain, California in 1991 where Betty Lou was active in her church, serving as treasurer and pianist. She was also involved in the Arts League in the Round Mountain Community.

Betty Lou passed away quietly in the Lord on May 5, 2018 in Baker City, Oregon. She is survived by sister, Joyce Pihl and Lois Funk; son Robin Miller of Round Mountain; daughters Glenda Risch of La Clede, Idaho, Aletha Wehtje of Baker City and Joy Tjaden of Fall River Mills, CA; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on June 23 at 3 p.m. in the Round Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist Church.


In Loving Memory
Harvey William Haley

Harvey William Haley was born on November 29, 1949. On May 31, 2018, Harvey went home to be with God and the love of his life, Bonnie. He left this world peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. Harvey leaves behind his two daughters, Jenni Haley (Donnie Bertagna), Kari Haley-Hathaway (Justin Hathaway), grandchildren Bailey Hovis, Jared Hovis, Jaden Ellenberger, brother, Wayne Haley, half-sister Nena Panza, and numerous nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Wanda, and his wife, Bonnie Haley.

Harvey grew up in Burney, attended the schools in the area, then graduated from Fall River High School in 1967. He and Bonnie were high school sweethearts and walked together at graduation. They were married in 1968 and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the 15th of June. They made their home in Burney and raised their girls there. Harvey spent most of his life working as a skidder operator in the woods after the Louisiana- Pacific mill closed in Burney. After retiring from the logging industry, Harvey moved to Redding to be closer to his family in the summer of 2017.

A celebration of life was held for Harvey on Sunday, June 10th, at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur, CA.


In Loving Memory
Eileen Karen Husa (Tasa)
In Memory of Eileen Karen Husa (Tasa) Loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, Eileen Karen Husa born June 8th, 1943 in Aitken Valley, Minnesota passed away May 17th 2018 in Redding, CA. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Terrance Leroy Husa of Burney, CA and her three children; Melody Gray of Eureka, CA, James Winner of Oregon City, OR and Jennifer Montgomery of Milwaukee, OR. She also has four step-children; Cheryl Hiller, David Husa, Bill Husa and Travis Husa. She has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Eileen had 13 siblings of which four survive her in Oregon today.

Eileen moved from Minnesota to Oregon with her parents who are now deceased, Clarence and Margaret Tasa. Eileen attended a school for Secretarial Occupational Studies in Oregon. She moved to Eureka, CA in her thirties and worked in card rooms there. Eileen also owned Kris & Eileen’s card room at 301 F on 3rd and F Street in Eureka. She loved playing cards professionally and for fun. Having moved to Redding in 1980 she began working at the Casino Club as a card dealer and professional card player. Eileen and Terry attended professional poker tournaments on cruises that they had won. Later in life, Eileen loved to garden. She developed the back yard into a beautiful place to visit all summer long. Having had a beautiful green thumb, she could make anything grow. Eileen was fun loving, who loved the beach and swimming in the local lakes and enjoying the summer sun,. She had a great love for Pugs and owned a great many over the years. Eileen loved to spend time with family which brought her great joy. “Life is short, get out and do it while you can.”

There will be a Celebration of Life held for Eileen in Burney, CA that will be announced on her memorial tribute at: https://www.forevermillsed.com/eileen-karen-husa/#about Please sign her book and share your pictures and stories.


In Loving Memory
Christian D. Valov
May 1954 - December 2016

Mechanic. Computer technician. Part-time mad scientist. Autodidact. That was Chris. Always a bit of a hell-raiser in his early teens alongside his older brothers Jim and Greg, he settled down a bit after his mother and four of five siblings emigrated to Sydney, Australia when he was 14 years old. Chris attended Pittwater High School and then went on to get his professional auto mechanic’s training at a nearby technical college, during which time he also apprenticed at a European/Japanese auto shop. While still in high school, he and a friend took a month’s long trip around the world, piquing his curiosity for adventure and other cultures. At the age of 21, when he and the family decided to return to the US, he opted for the long way round. Going solo, Chris spent nine months on the road, crossing Australia, Indonesia, India, and the Middle East on his customized Suzuki 1500 motorcycle. He stopped first in Western Australia, where he worked on mining vehicles to earn enough for the second leg of his adventure across Asia. Arriving in Turkey after a risky crossing of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, he sold the bike so that he could fly to Europe and then the US. He developed a love for cooking and music along the way. Chris rejoined the family in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976, where they settled not far from where they had departed seven years earlier. His foreign car expertise paid off for Chris, and he found himself in demand for the specialized work needed on Peugeot, Citroën, Fiat, and several Japanese brands. Due to health issues in the 1990s, Chris eventually had to give up his automotive work, but his electronics skills helped in the transition to becoming a computer repair technician, which he mostly learned on his own. He went on to provide computer services in Big Valley for about 15 years before his illness.. He usually had at least one repair job or another on his workbench. He would have been 64 this week. He is survived by his mother Frances in Bieber, his sister Michalanne Sloan in Tennessee, sister Debra in Oakland, and a pile of unfinished projects.


In Loving Memory
Dona Hammons

Dona was born to Virginia and Donald Diesch on May 4th, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she grew up and met the love of her life, Mr. Willard R Hammons and they married on June 13th, 1964 in Pittsburgh. They moved to Mount Shasta, California the same year. They also lived in Red Bluff; Walnut Creek, and Grass Valley, CA as well as Lakeview, Oregon before moving to Bieber, CA where they remained for over 26 years and coowned and operated Bob and Dona’s Pizza before settling in Klamath Falls, OR in 1977.

Dona enjoyed crocheting, fishing, camping, boating and playing Rummy. But, what she enjoyed most was spending time with her grandchildren. She absolutely loved family gatherings. Her family described her as a very loving, caring, loyal and fearless individual. But what she will be remembered for most was her nurturing nature and her kind heart.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Tina (Richard) Cressy, Paula Hammons, Bobbi (Amber), Vieira and Jessica (David) Pinacho; her loving sons, Edward (Michelle) Hammons, and Mark (Teri) Hammons; her loving sisters, Pamela Elaine Rymniak, Debra Carol and Lonnie Yarberry; including 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donna is preceded in death by her loving parents Virginia and Donald Diesch; her loving sister, Janet Carmichael and her little angel Kimberly Jane Hammons who passed away at birth. Private services will be held.

Affordable Cremation Care is handling the arrangements at 541-887-2888. Condolences can be made at www.acck fo.com/notices.Dona-Hammons.


In Loving Memory
Leo Ellis

Leo Ellis (Coach) was born in Elmira, Missouri on March 9, 1922 with identical twin Lee Ellis to Mildred and Edgar Ellis. Leo passed in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 11, 2018.

Leo was raised in Lexington MO and graduated from Lexington High School where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was always happy and loved visiting with people. He loved to talk and did not know a stranger. His mother gave him the nickname “smiles.”

 He served in the navy aboard the USS Pfifer in the South Pacific and Philippines. Because he sent his military paycheck to his mother, he was among the first be discharged at the end of WWII. He attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO where he was a junior college All-American football player on a team that played in the Papoose Bowl. He was later inducted into the Wentworth Military Athletic Hall of Fame.

Leo obtained a bachelor degree from Central Missouri State College and taught school for 30 years in Missouri, Japan and California. He loved all sports, especially assignment where he coached football. Leo married Mary Jane Robbins on august 3, 1949 and had one daughter, Deborah. He loved his grandchildren. He was a faithful fan at all of their sporting activities, 4-H events and horse shows. He and Mary Jane traveled from Sacramento to Fall River Mills to spend time with them; later they moved to Fall River mills to live in their dream home on the golf course where he enjoyed greeting golfers and giving advise.

Leo enjoyed fishing and played golf into his 0’s. In his last year, his greatest pride was his great-grandson EJ; Leo’’s dream was to coach EJ as he grew older.

He is survived by his daughter Deborah Marcum and husband Daniel; Mary Jane Marcum Orr and her husband Evan; and great-grandchild Evan Jeffrey (EJ) Orr. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane Ellis, grandson Jeffrey Alan Marcum, brother Lee Ellis and sister Elnora May Elmore.

A service and burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, California. Forbis and Dick Funeral Home is serving the Ellis family.


In Loving Memory
Mary Jane Robbins Ellis

 Mary Jane Robbins Ellis was born in Chilhowee, Missouri on July 13,1931 and passed in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 23, 2018. Her parents were Bonnie Martha Francis Robbins and Harold Franklin Robbins. She was raised on a farm and went to school in Lafayette County, Missouri.

She often spoke of riding a horse to school and one cherished family picture is of her and her brothers and sisters on the family horse on the way to school. Mary Jane graduated from Odessa High School and attended Central Missouri State college. She later taught all eight grades in a country school and had many stories about her experiences while there.

She met her husband, Leo Ellis while attending Central Missouri State College. The were married for 68 years. They had one daughter, Deborah (Ellis) Marcum.

Mary Jane loved her family and her great joy was spending time with her grandchildren Jeffrey Alan and Mary Jane. She did everything from trim sheep to washing chickens for their 4-H projects. She loved horses and had great pride and joy in watching horse shows. She was also present at their sporting events and their biggest fan. She also cherished trips to Missouri to be with relatives.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband Leo, Sisters Betty Ring of Sacramento, California, and Minnie Schmidt of Odessa, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews. She also survived by her daughter, Deborah Marcum and her husband Daniel, granddaughter Mary Jane Marcum Orr, husband Evan and great grandchild, Evan Jeffrey Orr. A brother, James Robbins, sister, Wyota Kite, and grandson, Jeffrey Alan Marcum, preceded her in death.

A funeral service was held Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Burial will be at a later date in McArthur, California. Scholarship donations in her memory may be made to the “High Caliber Hot Shots,” a youth riding club of High Caliber Stables, 8506 Cedar Hollow Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455, or the First Baptist Church, 100 west 00 Hwy, Odessa, MO 64076.


In Loving Memory
Ida Lee (Bue) Spurrier
Ida Lee (Bue) Spurrier (82) Services were held at the Burney Cemetery April 20th with friends and family present. She passed peacefully in Walnut Creek April 7, 2018. She was laid to rest with her husband and her parents. Ida Lee was born in Red Bluff, CA, April 30, 1935 to Salve and Kathleen Bue. She grew up in Burney with a sister Kathleen Bue (Bauer) and a father known as the “Potato King” who later became the Burney US Postmaster. Her mother Kathleen was an elementary school teacher.

Ida Lee attended elementary school in Burney and later rode the school bus to McArthur where she forged friendships with people on a daily basis that lasted all her life. She loved school and was active in nearly everything available from CSF to Yearbook staff.

After high school she moved to Berkeley where she attended UC Berkeley and graduated in 1957. She also received a Masters Education degree in 1974. December 16, 1956 Ida Lee married Lonnie Spurrier of Delano, Ca. He had just returned from the 1956 World Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He was a participant in field and track (running). Ida still had a semester to finish in 1957, and then they moved to Tucson, AZ where Lon was a Lt. in the Air Force. They moved in 1958 to Manhattan, NY. They also lived in Chatham, NJ and moved back to California (Orinda) in 1967. Her husband passed in 2016 and she ultimately moved to Pleasant Hill, CA.

Ida was a loved and highly regarded teacher for 28 years. She taught 1st grade and kindergarten 19 years, 6th grade 3 years, as well as Computer Special Program 3 years and Special Education Program 3 years. Her passion was early childhood development. She developed a community reputation as “The Kindergarten teacher you wanted to get your kids assigned to”

Ida was a loving wife and mother. She has a daughter Dana and a son Randy. She also has two grandchildren, Jack and Amelia.

Ida and Lon were devotees of anything affiliated with UC Berkeley. Any activities with UC systems you could find them participating. After her mother, Kathleen Bue died, the family came to the home in Burney where she grew up for summer get-aways. Burney Basin Days was a draw for her to reunite with all her friends. She was always smiling and laughing out loud. That was definitely her trademark.

She was generous to so many people in so many ways. She always remembered her classmates and neighbors, and there were always get-togethers when she was in town. After she retired she brought boxes of children books to her Burney home from her years of teaching. Every trip the car was full of boxes. She donated nearly all of them to the Burney Library.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ida at the Cal Alumni House in Berkeley June 9th.

Family has asked any donations in Ida’s name be given to the Burney Public Library. She will be missed by all who knew her.


In Loving Memory
Marcus V. Murray

Marcus V. Murray was born February 14, 1930 in Havre, Montana. He passed away March 11, 2018 in Redding, California.

He moved to Burney in 1936. His claim to fame was the fact that he was the last of the originals who settled in the Burney basin in the 1930’s.

Marcus was well known for his joking nature and he truly enjoyed teasing everyone he met.

Marcus worked at the Burney Lumber Company mill which was located on what is now the Desmond property, Julia’s Liquor Store, a contractor building homes, one of those homes he bought and raised his family, and Scott’s lumber mill. Marcus bought a gas station and operated it until he went to work for Shasta County, operating heavy equipment and running a snow plow. He started working for Cal Trans in 1967 again operating heavy equipment as well as plowing snow.

Marcus was a member of the Junior Chamber, Burney Volunteer Fire Department, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burney Post 5689 and twice past master of Fort Crook Lodge #250 Free and Accepted Masons.

Marcus is preceded in death by his parents Jim and Rosina Murray, brothers Wallace and Jimmy, daughter Theresa Kay Murray, first wife Mary Alton Murray Harkey, second wife Patricia Sue Brundage Murray and Grandson Chester Brundage.

He is survived by sisters Dorothy Stoich of Washington state, Fritz Baker of Idaho. Daughters Ricki Murray Turner & Anita Murray Allen of Burney, Marlene Murray & Angie Murray of Hawaii, stepsons Randy Brundage of South Carolina, Andy Brundage & Danny Brundage of Redding. 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on July 28th, 2018 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Burney at 1:00pm. Potluck will follow.

Time for sharing your stories of Marcus is planned. If you have a story but are uncomfortable talking to a crowd, write it down as I would love to read it at that time.


In Loving Memory
Paul Ellis Tooley

It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Ellis Tooley announces his sudden passing at age 40. Paul will be forever remembered by his precious children Liddy, Erica, Martin, Rose, and his step children Trista, Sonna, TJ and Ryker. He will also be fondly remembered by his parents Mike & Rosie, his siblings Joe (Shannon), Daniel (Holly), Pam (Jason), Michael, Kim, April (Carlos), and his grandchildren Leighton and Kason.

Paul was born on September 5, 1977 and grew up in the Fall River Valley. He loved fishing, working on and riding his Harley Davidson, making memories with his children, events with his bike club, playing his guitar and MMA fighting. Paul attended Shasta College and worked as a welder with the Local Union 228.

Paul had an enormous heart and always helped those in need without hesitation. His warm personality gave light to those around him. He was caring, thoughtful, selfless and courageous, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Fall River Full Gospel Mission on Bridge Street, Fall River Mills, CA. There will be a viewing for the family from 12pm-1pm, open viewing from 1pm-2pm for all others. The main service will start at 2pm, followed by a graveside service at 3pm at the Fall River Cemetery. A celebration of life at the VFW Hall on Long Street will be for family and close friends after the graveside services.


In Loving Memory
Joseph L. Harris

Joseph L. Harris was born in Wayne County, IL, April 14, 1931, the youngest of four children raised on the family farm until going to work for General Telephone. He was also a member of the Illinois National Guard. He moved to California in 1955 with his wife and two children. He went to work for Citizen Utilities Telephone Company. He retired from the company as Burney District Manager for 28 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Ann, brother Ray and two sisters Reba and Fern. He is survived by his two children Terry and JoAnn Harris, four grandchildren Laura Jonland, Jessica Harris, Bobby Hunt and Katelyn Harris and three great grandchildren. Liberty Jonland, Lydia Jonland and Vannessa Hunt.

Services will be April 14, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Halcumb Cemetery in Montgomery Creek.

In Lieu of flower’s the family asks that donations be given to the Burney Rotary Club. Being in the Rotary was a special part of his life along with his volunteer service


In Loving Memory
Dee Dee Lahey

Dee Dee Lahey was born in Oakland, California on February 9, 1946. Dee Dee joined her savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, March 8, 2018 in Redding, Cal- i - fornia at 8:43 a.m.

Dee Dee would like to let all her family and friends know that her work here on earth is done, the sort of offer you cannot refuse, an appointment from which she will not be returning.

She leaves behind so many: her partner Budd Contival who shared her life, her love; her sister Barbara who will miss her constant and dependable expressions of understanding and love; her niece Alicia, who loved her deeply and who did, in fact, win the last game of dominoes with her; her younger sister Joanne; her two nephews; Zackary and Garbriel, and her niece, Veronica; her beloved doggies, Joy and Sha Sha who gave her the best kisses and hugs; and all her many friends in the Intermountain Area.

A informal Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, April 7 at the New Hope Evangelical Church with a reception following at the community Center, both in Burney, California.


In Loving Memory
Daniel Delano Kane
US Air Force & CARING/US Army Veteran


Daniel Delano Kane US Air Force & CARING/US Army Veteran Daniel Delano Kane, aged 74, also known as Dan or Danny, of Hat Creek, California, passed away on January 22, 2018 at his home in Hat Creek. He was a wonderful, kind man and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. He leaves behind his loving wife of over 37 years, Monique Kane of Hat Creek. From his first marriage, he is survived by his son, Terry Kane, daughter Valery Kane, and his grandchildren, Maureen, Stacey, Brenda, Steve and Mickael, his great-grandson, Jackson, all of whom live in France, as well as his brother Robert Kane of Modesto, California.

Dan was born on August 8,1945, in Fresno, California. His parents moved around a lot and when he joined the US Air Force two days after his seventeenth birth, on Aug. 10, 1962, he had already been in all 48 continental United States, Canada and Mexico and had 21 different places of residence while attending 19 different schools.

Dan spent over 11 years in the US Air Force as a Communications Center Specialist from 1962- 1973 and completed his military career with the California Army National Guard from 1983-1993 as a tank commander and finally, as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent/French Interpreter when he retired from the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion (L), San Francisco, in 1993. He received his Certificate of Retirement from the U.S. Army for over 20 1/2 total years of military service.

Dan accomplished many things during his life having circled the globe twice and having been in 23 different countries. He was also a certified scuba diving instructor; NCO Club Manager; factory trained AMF Automatic Pinspotter mechanic; restaurant owner in France; Restaurant Manager at Sahara Reno Hotel Casino, and worked for the US Postal Service from which he retired on disability in 1997.

Dan received many medals, ribbons and awards for his service in the US Air Force and California Army National Guard/US Army and received certificates of appreciation for assisting in fighting forest fires in Northern California during US Forest Service “Siege of ’87” and from the American Red Cross for his assistance during the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989. He also received recognition with an Award for Public Service from the United States Government Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, in San Francisco, in 1992 for his assistance as a French translator in a counternarcotics case involving the largest seizure of hashish in US history, 73 tons, from the ship, Lucky Star, in 1991. Dan was a Vietnam War veteran and life member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars post 5689 in Burney.

Dan and Monique moved to Hat Creek in January of 2001 where he lived out his days in a quiet life with a passion for improving their home and landscaping their property and garden.

Donations may be made to either the Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Dept, P.O. Box 148, Hat Creek, CA 96040, the Burney VFW Post 5689, P.O.Box 1448, Burney, CA 96013, or Mayers Memorial Hospital, Hospice at MMH, 43563 State Highway 299 East, Fall River Mills, CA 96028


In Loving Memory
John H. Carlton

John H. Carlton, 90, of Burney, California, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Vistas Assisted Living in Redding, California. John was born in Singer, Louisiana on April 25,1927, to Dr. Arthur and Dulcina Carlton, as one of five children.

John graduated from Singer High School in 1945 and later joined the Army Air Corps the same year. John met and married Naomi in January of 1953 when he was working as an agent for the Apache Railroad in McNary, Arizona.

His career with the railroad took him and his family to Burney, California in 1955, where he worked for the McCloud River Railroad for 32 years. In 1967, John started cutting household size Christmas trees to supplement the family’s income, which turned into “Carlton Christmas Trees.” Carlton Christmas Trees is still operating today by his two sons along with other business ventures.

John is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Don and Webb Carlton. He is survived by his loving wife, Naomi Carlton, his daughter: Linda Randall of Fort Collins, CO; two sons: James and Leslie Carlton; grandchildren: Michele Petersen of Redding, CA; Jamie Lozoya, Anderson, CA; Alecia Carlton of Redding, CA; Tyler Carlton of Vacaville, CA; Derrick Carlton of Burney, CA; Ashley Carlton of Chico, CA; Maggie Carlton of Montgomery Creek, CA and great-grandsons: Jordan Petersen, Justus Petersen, Alex Lozoya, Boston Carlton, and Jackson Carlton.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Intermountain Baptist Church, 20410 Marquette Street, Burney, CA.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and the caregivers at the Vistas Assisted Living for the loving care and support of John. We would also like to thank all those family friends and associates we have known through the years for your support. Any condolences and memories are gladly accepted at www.McDonalds Chapel.com


In Loving Memory
Andrew Franklin Lakey

Andy Lakey was born January 29, 1925 in Burney, CA to Asa and Agnes Lakey and went home to his Lord and Savior on February 23, 2018. He was preceeded in death by his wife of 59 years, Milly, his parents, three brothers; Asa Jr., Howard Sr., and Dean, and four sisters; Dorothy, Muriel, Bessie and Dorcas.

He was raised in Burney and attended elementary school there, graduating from Fall River High School in 1942. He was one of 10 children and had story after story of the childhood mischief they got into. Many stories were “enhanced” for effect, although the craziest stories turned out to be true! It was during his childhood era of the late 20’s and early 30’s, with no television or electronics that his imagination grew and he and his brothers and sisters created their own fun. Making people laugh brought him much joy and he became the “story” and “joke teller” that we all know and love.

After turning 18 in January 1943, he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WW II. All five brothers served in the Navy and he was very proud of that. He attended Peru State College in Nebraska for pilot training and then was shipped out to the South Pacific. He never saw action as a pilot and was instead stationed as needed aboard ship in a variety of positions. The war impacted him greatly and he never talked about it much, yet he was a proud veteran and patriot.

After the war ended, he attended Cal Poly, which was an all boys school at the time and received his degree in Electrical Engineering. He then returned to Burney and worked at the mill as an electrician.

It was love at first sight when he laid eyes on his future bride Milly, as she helped her folks move cows down 299 in McArthur. As he told it, “She was the prettiest girl I’d ever seen” and immediately had his friend John McArthur arrange a double date with him, Shirley and “the dark haired beauty on the horse.” They married in 1954 and started their married life in Burney, moving to Glenburn 2-years later when his father in law Walter Jensen became ill. And that was when he found his true calling. He became a Rancher. He was taught the ropes by his wife, and mother in law Zereda, and quickly became a “natural.” He and Milly registered their own brand and became the Bar Thirteen Ranch. He loved to ride and round up stray cows on the summer range with Milly by his side and whether it was a cattle drive, branding, fence mending, putting up hay or feeding, he truly enjoyed every minute. They invested wisely and grew their herd of Hereford cattle, creating a life together that was so satisfying they didn’t want to do anything or live anywhere else in the world.

As their family grew, he taught his children Marty, Debbie and Tim the ranching way of life and to always shut the gate, turn off the water, and put back whatever tool you borrowed where you found it. He instilled old fashioned values and was the true example of a hand shake was as good as gold. His kindness towards others was part of his gentle spirit and his endearing smile and twinkle in his bright blue eyes will not be forgotten.

His involvement in the community spanned decades and he enjoyed belonging to many clubs and organizations. Among his favorites were the Sheriff’s Flying Posse, Elks, Shriners, Masons and the Cattlemen’s Association. His love of flying was something his entire family enjoyed and we were in the plane as much as we were in the car. Loop de loops, soaring through clouds and buzzing the house…such thrills we enjoyed with him. He was the happiest when he was on his horse or in his plane, with Milly by his side. Such love and joy they shared here on earth and now they are together with their Lord and Savior… eternally.

He is survived by his son Marty (Lisa) Lakey, daughter Debbie Lakey, and son Tim (Val) Lakey, grandchildren Marianne Lakey, Nick (LeslieLakey, Mandy Lakey, Shay Corder, Justin (Sera) Warner, and Brian Carmentia, seven great grandchildren, Emma, Brianna, Jacob, Lily, Hayden,  Daniel and Autumn. His grandson Nick and wife Leslie are expecting his 8th great granddaughter in May. He also leaves a sister, Marcie Thornhill, brother Kenneth (Sumi) Lakey and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 4th at 2:30 p.m. in George Ingram Hall at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sheriff’s Flying Posse, Shriners Hospital, the Pete Lakey Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice



In Loving Memory
Barbara Frances Hester

Barbara Frances (Reade) Hester, 92, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 in her home at Hilltop Estates in Redding, where she has been living for the past year and a half.

She was born October 25th, 1925 in Glendale, California to Arthur R. and Beatrice (Williams) Reade. She attended Pasadena City College in 1942.

She married the love of her life, Charles (Chuck) Hester in June 1943. They were married 52 years until his passing in 1996. The couple raised their children in San Diego, California then moved to Fall Riger Mills in 1970. They built their home on the Fall River, whih became a haven of hospitality to their family and friends for 45 years.

She was active in her church and community, ever ready to lend a helping hand, pray for a need, or bake a pie. Many of her friends and family are recipients of her beautifully crocheted afghans, or quilts.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Joe) Schley and Richard (Judy) Hester; her grandchildren Ezra Hamill, Anna Perkins, Joel Hamill, Sarah Richards, Daniel Hester and Jordan Hester, six great-grandchldren, former son-in-law Steve Hamill and other friends.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will forever be in their hearts..

Condolences can be sent to Family of Barara Hester, c/o Richard Hester, 508 Chestnut St. Ste 1, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067.

Her mmemorial will be held at the Glenburn Church, 42045 McArthur Rd. Fall River Mills, 96028 at 11 a.m.


In Loving Memory
Felix Warren Eastman

Services for Felix Warren Eastman will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, February 24 at 10 a.m. A potluck luncheon will follow at the Vets Hall in Fall River Mills.

Felix Eastman - the man we soon won’t forget.

Felix was born April 5, 1921 in Hayward, California of all places. His parents went to visit some relatives and he decided to come into this world and put his two cents in. He was the oldest of nine children.

 He basically grew up in Glenburn staying in school until he was 12. His father said that he knew enough already and besides school was a mile away and he either had to walk or ride a horse to get there so he went to work wherever he could find it, mostly working on his grandfather’s ranch to help him out.      

He worked in the lumber business in any job that could be had. If you needed work done, you called Felix. He worked for Harry Horr, Burney Transportation, J.J. Bartle and Larry Carpenter. At one time or the other, he probably worked for just about everyone in the Valley. He skidded logs from Soldier Mountain, and felled timber with David Schneider, his partner. He trapped muskrats in the winter and sold the pelts to help support his growing family.

He served his time in the military as a Tech Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. Always outspoken, the military taught him to stifle that trait. An antidote to that training is this, “After eating an entire bull, a Mountain Lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral of this story? Just like the military: “When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut!”

He had known Dorothy from school and around town. It was love at first sight and Felix had met his match. They were married for 69 years and had three children. Living in Dana was great.

His only setback was a heart attack at 39-years of age. The doctor told him to get out of the woods, so they sold the house and moved to Middletown in 1962. They opened he Jolly Kone, but it didn’t keep him down. He worked for Sterling Shaw as a carpenter five days a week, also working nights and weekends at the Jolly Kone. He did what he wanted to do, and no one could tell him different. Stubbornness ran through is blood.

After several tries, He and Dorothy sold the Jolly Kone and moved back to Fall River Mills. They lived in that house for 42 years. He worked again for Burney Transportation and the Carpenters. He did anything and everything the Carpenters needed him to do up until two years ago. He took care of the Harbert Oil gas station across the street from his house for 18 years. Felix was successful at mostly everything he tried to do except for one thing…. Retire!

He loved to go to the Bartle Lodge to eat every Sunday.

He loved to go to the luncheons the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary held once a month.

He loved to go fishing and hunting, those were his hobbies.

He had more friends than you could ever count.

If he liked you, he couldn’t do enough for you. But look out if he didn’t.

He loved to watch westerns on TV which reminded him of the era he grew up in.   To him, a hand shake was your word.

Many of you don’t know this, but Felix had a chauffeur’s license until he was 90.

Even though he grew up at the beautiful Eastman Lake, he never learned to swim.

In the summertime, you could always see him setting outside in the carport if you drove by.

He loved to tell stories of the good old days, bygone days that made him happy.

He loved his little dog Penny. He had many dogs through the years, but Penny was the one that warmed his heart. When she barked an order and told “him” what she wanted, he listened!

He also had a string of sayings that I’m sure many of you remember, some would make a sailor blush. But Felix didn’t care. That’s who he was, that’s what we will miss. Inside that ruff, gruff exterior was a man with a heart of gold, a man who did and said whatever he felt.

He was a man that cared deeply about people even if he didn’t always show it.

He was a man who grieved for his wife daily.

He was a man we will miss and soon not forget.

Felix was one of a kind and no one can replace him.

He is survived by many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and one sister-inlaw.

Rest in Peace, Felix.


In Loving Memory
Mark Stephen Hays
July 25, 1955 - Feb.8, 2018

Our most dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, Mark Stephen Hays was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 1955 to Robert Frank Hays and Mary Jane McCarver. He passed on from this mortal journey Feb. 8, 2018. He was diagnosed on Nov. 30th with Hepatocellular carcinoma. Just like his 10 years of chronic fatigue, Mark accepted his health challenges with faith, determination to try his best in enduring great difficulties and always a heart-warming smile on his face. His positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor remained his every day choice.

Mark is survived by his wife, Janet Hays, who adores him with her whole heart, his three children from a previous marriage, Danielle Elsberry, Kara Hays and Bryce Hays who have been blessed with an amazing father, Noah and Amai who have a very kind grandfather, his father, Robert Hays who deeply loves him, and his siblings, Jeff Hays, Donna Evans, and Brooke Hoffman who love and cherish their wonderful brother. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane McCarver Hays, his sister Deborah Davison and his brother Scott Hays.

Mark grew up in LaMirada, CA. At age 7 his family moved to Northern CA—Pitville (named for the Pit Indians where the Pit River flows.) Pitville was a boy’s paradise. Mark often mentioned gratitude for his parents decision to move to a beautiful, peaceful place.

Mark served a mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation (Holbrook Arizona.) He graduated from BYU in Elementary Education with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Mark and Janet met at a workshop for teachers. It truly was love at first sight! They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time AND FOR ETERNITY on July 20, 1991.

Mark and Janet shared 26½ loving, joyful, glorious, grateful years of marriage together! A wonderful part of their marriage included summer vacations all over the U.S. and Canada.

Mark taught elementary school for 18 years, mainly 5th graders. That wonderful Mr. Hays provided awesome experiences for his students including a reenactment of the 3-Day Gettysburg Battle from the Civil War. Mark served in many scouting callings as well as teaching youth Sunday classes, He was known in his neighborhood as an incredible, talented scouter, one to help with leather and woodworking projects, and especially one who always wanted to help out in any way he could. 

Mark will be greatly missed by all who know him and love him. The best tribute anyone could give him would be to follow his great example of discipleship for our Savior, Jesus Christ.


In Loving Memory
Kathleen "Mickey" Young

Kathleen died January 27, 2018, peacefully at home in the Sierra Pointe assisted living facility in Roseville, CA where she lived for the past 20 months.

Kathleen, the older of two daughters, was born in Fall River Mills, CA to Philip and Lilian Cumiskey on March 17, 1919. Mickey, as she was known to her family and friends, is survived by her son, Donald and her daughter-in-law Christine, residents of Roseville, CA. Other surviving members of Mickey’s small family are: Vivian Dawson, Alden Cockerill and Marilyn Stephens of Redding, CA; Sharon Neveau and Suzanne Jacobs of Riverside, CA; Sharon Rossetto of San Carlos, CA; and Katharina and Jeffery Hardesty of Eugene, OR.
A memorial service
and celebration of life for Mickey will be held in Fall River Mills, CA in April.

In Loving Memory
Loyd Crossman

Loyd Crossman, father, grandfather and husband, passed away in his home on Monday, January 8, 2018.

He is best known for his many talents: Educator, musician, photographer and fisherman. He is survived by his two daughters, Heidi and Lauri Crossman and two granchildren Nathaniel and Cierra.

A celebration of life with military honors will be held at the Methodist Church in Fall River Mills on Sunday, February 18 (Lloyd’s Birthday) at 1 p.m.

In Loving Memory
Lenora Callison Lang

Pioneers were moving by the hundreds in the mid 1800’s joining the Oregon Trail. They were moving westward to find their fortune and to start a new life. Among those pioneers was the family of Gilmore Callison, a Kentucky Methodist circuit rider in the early 1800’s settling in Eugene, Oregon. One of Gilmores sons, William T. and wife Rebecca were the first Callison’s in the Fall River Valley in 1866. His first winter there they stayed in some empty housing at Fort Crook with his wife, Rebecca and their 5 children. Today it is known as The Fort Crook Museum. Lenora’s father Frank Merton was the great grandson of Gilmore Callison and her mother Wanda Lee, a descendent from the Lee family of Virginia was not a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee, but a fourth cousin, 5x removed.

Lenora Callison was born on December 16,1921 to Merton and Wanda in San Francisco. She grew up in Fall River Mills, along with her older brother Walter, and younger sister Roselee. They had many fond memories growing up, never forgetting their 6 mile walk to school many times in weeks of snow. Their father was the Justice of the Peace for many years in the Intermountain area. 
Lenora graduated from Fall River High School in 1939. She then enrolled at Sacramento Junior College and earned her B.S. degree from Chico State in Home Economics Marrying Frank Lang in 1955, residing in Santa Cruz..

She taught high school Home Economics for 35 years in several high schools in Calif. beginning , 1944 in Mt, Shasta, 1 year at Fall High, and retiring from Healdsburg in 1982. Lenora enjoyed traveling in her retirement. She relocated to Redding in 2015.

Lenora passed away on January 10, 2018 at the age of 96. She was the last of that generation of Callison’s. She is survived by her nieces Marilyn Callison Bailey & Linda Ross Yates, nephews, Bob, Rich & Russell Callison and Wayne Ross and her brother-in-law, Bill Ross.


In Loving Memory
Donna Ruth Edwards
Donna passed on January 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Donna was born on June 4, 1937, in Greenville, CA to Al and Ruth Goodfellow. Donna married Glenn Edwards June 4, 1955.

Donna is survived by husband Glenn, daughter Glenda Edwards and son-in-law, JB, Daughter Shelley Edwards and son-in-law, Shawn. Brothers Sonny and Scott Goodfellow.

Donna loved her family. Enjoyed residing in the Fall River Valley and was an active member of the community. She was outgoing and loved by many. Donna had many talents, Floral Design, Jewelry Making, Painting and many Arts and Crafts. Donna also enjoyed bowling and playing bridge with her dear friends. Private Family services to follow.



In Loving Memory
Marjorie (Babcock) Keene
Marjorie Keene passed away on Jan. 1, 2018 at Mayers Memorial Hospital. She was 103 years old.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Marie (Keene) and Leroy Roberts of Bieber, sonin- law Will Russell of Redding, Grandchildren, Neva (Roberts) Martin of Lookout, and Reed Roberts of Washoe Valley, NV, six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Barnes Keene, her infant son Robert Marion Keene, daughter Joy Marlene (Keene) Russell, Grandchildren Julie Ann (Toney) Rutter, and Ronald Joe Toney, both of Redding.

To say she was a native of Bieber, says it all. She lived all her life within 3 miles of her birthplace.

Services will be January 21, at 2:00pm at the Bieber Veterans Memorial Hall. In lieu of flowers, please choose from one of her favorite charities - Shriner’s Cripple Children’s Hospital, Big Valley Historical Museum, 50+ Senior Services, or Big Valley Endowment.



In Loving Memory
Donna Russell
Donna Russell passed away Friday, January 5, 2018. Her battle with lung cancer ended peacefully in her home in the company of her daughter.

Don and Donna Russell were the owners and operators of Russell Cycle Products in Fall River Mills for several years before the passing of Don in 1999. Donna continued to operate the business for a few more years before selling it and retiring.

One of Donna’s great joys was participating in the hospital ministry at Mayer’s hospital in Fall River Mills.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Gonzalez (married to Rafael Gonzalez), and her four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and one sister.


In Loving Memory
LeNoir "Checkers" Parry Giessner
LeNoir “Checkers” Parry Giessner, 95, died January 9, 2018 in McArthur. The kindling box at her wood stove was filled with daily crossword puzzles completed in ink. A Kleenex marked the place in her book.

An avid reader, she delighted in determining the next recipient for each finished novel.

After years cooking for her husband Rudolph and five children, and eventually their spouses and children, she announced she was done in the kitchen. She took up quilting and enjoyed the camaraderie of her quilting circle. Each new baby was welcomed to her family with a handmade quilt. The absence of her cinnamon rolls and German Chocolate cakes were lamented for years.

She read, sewed, ate chocolate, and enjoyed visitors from a chair at a picture window overlooking the Giessner Ranch in Cassel. She delighted in the movements of cattle, deer and birds on the ranch and gave choice words to gophers and squirrels that encroached her lawn.

Born May 21, 1922 in Redding to LeNoir Parry and Blanche Hammons Parry, she spent her young childhood in Los Angeles. The family later returned to Redding with two new children in tow, Jordan and Audrey.

At 15, she took notice of Rudolph Giessner of Giessner Brothers Lumber when he came in for a meal at her parents’ bar in Project City. Two years later, after graduating Shasta High, they married in Reno and began a life of cattle ranching and logging in Cassel. The deaths of Rudolph, and granddaughters Robin and Shandi, as well as Blanche, Jordan and Audrey were significant markers in her life.

The couple had five children: Jan Reuther, Jordi Grant (Bob), Jo Giessner, Jill Stoltenberg (Steve), and Jeffry Giessner (Virginia), sixteen grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 10 great, great grandchildren.

Checkers supported Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation (10701 Parkridge Blvd, Ste 170, Reston, VA 20191 www.sjogrens.org) and asks that donations be made there in her name in lieu of flowers. A private service will be held.



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