Obituaries for the week of 12/30/2009

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Joanne Merkley, 74

William Haman, 59

Helen Dorothy Goulding, 86


    Joanne Margaret Merkley died peacefully in Portola after a long illness Dec. 3, 2009. She was surrounded by family and friends, who loved her very much.
    Joanne and her twin sister, Jeanne, were born in Lake City, Minn., July 17, 1935, to Clifford and Carol Warren. She grew up in St. Paul, Minn., along with Jeanne and their younger sister, Judy.
    She attended Humboldt High School where she met her future husband, Lloyd. They became high school sweethearts and were married in 1951. Their son, Thomas was born shortly after, followed by their daughter, Susan. Six years later, another daughter was born, Sandy, who only lived one day.
    Joanne, and Lloyd were divorced a year later, but remained good friends to this day.
    Joanne worked as a dental assistant for many years and eventually went to work for the Port Authority, City of St. Paul, a job she loved.
    She met Bart Merkley during this time and they were married in the fall of 1981. They eventually relocated to Santa Rosa, and when Bart passed away, she moved to Portola to be closer to her daughter.
    Her own health deteriorated to the point where she needed 24-hour care. She was a resident of Eastern Plumas Health Care Skilled Nursing Facility at the time of her death.
    Joanne loved to paint ceramics and always had an eye for color and style. She had a knack for decorating and putting things together. She loved to cook and bake. When she moved to Portola, she became a. part of Portola Station Baptist Church and joined the church choir. She had a beautiful voice and loved singing in the choir, which she did for three years.
    She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Carol Warren, infant daughter Sandy, twin sister Jeanne John and husband Barton Merkley.
    She is survived by her sister Judy Seib (Dave), children Thomas Quinlin (Sandy) and Susan Sessions (John), twin granddaughters Sky Robyns (Aaron) and Serena Sessions, great-grandsons Collyn Skejan and Gavin Dunn, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    A memorial service was held Dec. 12, in St. Paul, Minn.
    Online condolences may be made at legacy.com.

    Quincy resident William Haman passed from this life peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday evening, Dec. 19, 2009, at his residence, following a valiant battle with cancer.
    Born March 27, 1950, in Wimber, Pa. to the late Pennsylvania natives Raymond and Winifred (Legal) Haman, Bill as he affectionately became known was raised in St. Michael and educated in Sidman, Pa.
    He entered the Army during his senior year in high school, serving his country courageously as a POW during the Viet Nam War.
    He settled in the Northern California community of Mt. Shasta following his discharge and in 1992, he and his family relocated to Greenville, before moving to Quincy in 2002.
    Bill worked in the lumber industry for some 35 years as a millwright. Recently he will be remembered by many as the co-manager with his wife of the Gold Pan Lodge in Quincy.
    Bill fell in love with a pretty young bartender, the former Janice Robinson and after a long relationship married her in Reno, Nev., Nov. 15, 1999. To this union four sons and two daughters were born.
    Bill found great pleasure in spending time in the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and enjoyed the art of gunsmithing as well as collecting and repairing vintage items. Over and above all was his passion for his wife and children.
    In passing Bill leaves his loving wife, Janice; sons Raymond B., Andrew T., Robert D. and Tristan M. Haman, all of Quincy; daughters Emily J., Rebecca M.W. Haman of Quincy and Lynn M. Haman of McKinleyville; along with brothers George and David Haman of Johnstown, Pa.
    He joins his two sisters and two brothers in their eternal home.
    A celebration of Bill's life was held at the Starlight Missionary Baptist Church in East Quincy, Monday, Dec. 28.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at wwfehrmanmortuary.com.
    The family suggests any remembrances in Bill's memory be made to either the National Rifle Association (NRA) or Ducks Unlimited, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

    Quincy resident Helen Dorothy Goulding passed from this life peacefully, with her daughter at her side, Monday evening, Dec. 21, 2009, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, following a sudden stroke.
    Born in Long Beach June 20, 1923, to the late California natives Robert and Dorothy (Kelly) Heath, Helen was raised and educated in Southern California, graduating from Long Beach High School as a member of the class of 1941.
    She was a talented vocalist who sang both in the choir and as a soloist at numerous venues in her youth.
    Helen gained her strong work ethic as a young child working to help provide for the family. She had worked at a number of jobs during her life but was most fulfilled by her time owning and operating a poultry hatchery and feed store.
    Helen moved to Quincy in 1996, from Paradise.
    Helen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
    An accomplished seamstress she enjoyed knitting as well as sewing clothes for her children. Her children still remember the beautiful garments she sewed out of the cotton feed bags from her store.
`She was proud to be a regular blood donor with the Red Cross and served the youth of her community as a former Den Mother with the Cub Scouts.
    In passing Helen leaves her daughters Dorothy Frances Dickler of Tustin, Kathleen Marie Nichols of Quincy; son Charles Robert McGhauey of Hawthorne, Nev.; sisters Isabelle Jobe of Houston, Texas, Lois Smith of Yreka and Katherine Perez of Stockton, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Along with her parents she joins her husband, Russell, and daughter, JoAnn Wood, in their eternal home.
    A celebration of Helen's life will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy. Private interment will take place with her husband Russell in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    The family suggests any remembrances in Helen's memory be made to the Plumas Crisis Center c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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