CURRENT  OBITUARIES

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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