Longtime Chester resident and educator Ellen Jane Grahlman passed from this life peacefully, at Seneca Health Care District Hospital Friday evening, May 17, 2013, at the age of 91.
Born in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 26, 1921, to the late James and Florence (Hanson) Harrington, her father served a career in the military and the family traveled extensively throughout the world.
Ellen graduated from Vallejo High School as a member of the Class of 1939 and went on to attend college at the College of Pacific where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry.
It is while attending college she fell in love with her tutor in physics — a handsome young gentleman named Robert R. Grahlman — and the couple were united in matrimony on April 14, 1946, on the Campus of the College of the Pacific. To this union two daughters were born.
The newlyweds later moved to Berkeley where Richard continued his education. In 1948, following Robert’s graduation, the couple moved to the northeastern California lumber community of Chester where Richard took employment as a forester with the Collins family at their Chester Mill.
First and foremost a loving wife and mother who always kept her family first, as Ellen’s family grew up she began what became a 14-year career with the Plumas Unified School District as a home economics teacher at their Chester High School campus, a job that let her share her love of cooking and her talent as a seamstress. She retired in 1981.
Ellen enjoyed the outdoors thru hiking and fishing as well as traveling throughout the West with her husband.
In passing, Ellen leaves her loving husband of 67 years, Robert, of Chester; daughters Peggy Leonard and her husband John, of Grass Valley, Linda Halbert and her husband Jay, of Chico; her cherished grandchildren, Sage Hopkins and his wife Tammy, Holli Anderson and her husband Beau, and Bryn Alexander and her husband Jesse, along with her equally cherished great-grandchildren Venice, Gunner, Chance, Broen, Landon and Summer.
Along with her parents, she joins a sister in their eternal home.
Private family services will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Betty Bottomley left us to be with her father in heaven at 2 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013. She was born Dec 1, 1927, in Georgetown Illinois to Jeremiah Cokeley and Mary Elizabeth Jackson.
She worked as an emergency room clerk at the Long Beach Hospital until retiring in 1987 at which time she and her husband moved to Lake Almanor. She loved the outdoors especially camping and fishing with her husband.
She is survived by her husband John Bottomley and five stepchildren. Her children, John ( Felicisima) Bottomley, Utica Ill , Raymond Bottomley, of Palm Beach, Fla. , Douglas (Chris) Bottomley of Walla Walla, Wash., Terrianne Amedee of Palm Beach, Fla., and Holly ( Paul) Schaad of Pearia, Ill. She also has fourteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren .
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Cokeley.
Betty will be missed and loved by so many that she touched in her life.
A Celebration of Betty’s life will take place at the graveside 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Forest Lawn Cemetery-Long Beach. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Edwin Sherman Butler was born on Dec. 31, 1932, and left this world on Feb. 1, 2013.
Ed was born and raised in Pasadena, and married Margaret S. Foerster in 1952. In 1956 he joined the Pomona Fire Department and moved his family to Pomona where he and “the wife” raised their four children. After retirement, he moved to Lake Almanor. In 2011 he and Margaret relocated to San Angelo, Texas. Ed lived a high-energy life filled with passion for his family. He had extensive knowledge of fire-fighting, hunting, training gun dogs, fishing, camping, hiking, shooting, gun-smithing, knife making, cooking and nature. Ed loved water skiing, snowmobiling, and in his later years enjoyed golf. In his spare time he was constantly active in community service, eager to lend a helping hand, a meal, a place to stay, or friendly advice.
Ed is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Margaret Suzanne Foerster; brother Al Butler and partner Sandy Olsen, of Cottonwood; son Stanley Butler and partner Sandia Slaby, of Olympia, Wash.; daughter Cheryl Ricci and husband Larry, of San Angelo, Texas; son David Butler of Waimanalo, Hawaii; daughter Nancy Munns; granddaughter Laura Elkins and husband Art; granddaughter Stephanie Reisner and husband Randy, all of San Angelo, Texas; granddaughters Meeghan Zahorsky and Natale Butler, of Olympia, Wash.; great-grandchildren Kaleb and Jade Reisner, Rachel and Gage Elkins, all of San Angelo, Texas; nieces Gail Butler and Leah Shark, sister-in-law Barbara Parry, all of Elsinore, Utah; and nephew Russell Butler, of Cottonwood.
There will be a graveside burial service held on June 9, 1 p.m at Chester Cemetery. Immediately following the service, a Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held at the Edwin S. Butler Fire Hall at Peninsula Fire Station No. 2, LACC.
An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com
Lake Almanor resident Patricia Elizabeth Ward died March 7, 2013, at her residence following a valiant battle with mesothelioma.
She was born Jan. 2, 1947, to John and Barbara (Elliott) Ward in San Francisco.
In passing Patty leaves her brothers John “Tinker” Ward of Squaw Valley, and Pierce Ward, of Chester.
She joins her father John and mother Barbara in their eternal home.
A celebration of Patty’s life is planned for Saturday June 8, from 2-5 p.m. at 501 Feather River Drive, Chester, CA 96020. Inurnment will take place with her parents in the Mt. Tamapalis Cemetery in San Rafael, CA. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. Patty had asked that any remembrances in her memory be made to Sierra Hospice's Camp HUG c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
Hamilton Branch resident Evelyn Darline Ullrey died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District. She was 86 years old.
Born in Waco, Nebraska to the late David and Evelyn (Guest) Stewart on March 17, 1927, she was raised in Petaluma.
In passing Evelyn leaves her husband Willis “Bud” Ullrey, of Hamilton Branch; son Robert and his wife Nancy, of Woodland, and daughter Lisa D. Ullrey, of Lake Balboa, CA.
Along with her parents she joins two brothers in their eternal home.
Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory private family services will take place. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.