Obituaries for the week of 2/10/2010

Darwin Lacey, 83

Eugena Margaret Buker, 77

    Darwin Lacey passed away Jan. 14, 2010, in his home in Citrus Heights, where he had moved to be close to family. He was 83. He had been struggling with emphysema for the last few years.
    Darwin was a lumber grader most of his career. He earned his grading certificate in Oroville, at the Sierra Pine Lumber Co. In 1960, he became a lumber inspector for the Western Pine Association where he traveled the Western United States assuring consistency in grading standards among lumber mills.
    He tired of the traveling and came to Quincy where he settled.
    He loved living in Quincy where he said the people were so friendly. He went to work at the Meadow Valley Lumber Co., where he became foreman for a while but chose to return to grading.
    While he was at Meadow Valley, he was presented with the prestigious "Master Lumberman's Certificate" from the Western Wood Products Association, their highest award.
    Darwin's family is very thankful that he lived close to them during the past four years, where he was a big part of their lives. They spent a lot of quality time together.
    He is survived by two sons, a stepdaughter, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is missed immensely.

    With all the grace of an angel, Eugena Margaret Buker joined her husband in their eternal home with the Lord, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, following a gracious bout with breast cancer. Her loving family was at her side.
    Born in Alameda, April 14, 1932, to the late Eugene and Doris (Berry) Schmidt, she was raised and educated in the San Francisco East Bay.
    In 1973, after bicycling in the area, she and her late husband relocated from Danville, to Greenville. Here she continued her career as a bus driver with the Plumas Unified School District, where she operated the bus for the mentally challenged and physically handicapped of the district.
    Genie, as she affectionately became known, retired from the Plumas Unified School District after over 40 years of safely transporting children to and from school and their after school activities.
    A devout member of the Lutheran Faith, Genie was a stalwart with the Greenville First Lutheran Church, serving the congregation as their organist for some 35 years. She was a Lutheran Brotherhood Communicator as well as a member of the Lutheran Womens Missionary League.
    She served the community as a member of the Greenville Senior Gleaners. Genie enjoyed the outdoors through walking, hiking, backpacking and bicycle riding. She especially enjoyed watching her son race his stock car.
    Above all Genie was a devoted spouse, mother and grandmother who took great pride in her family.
    In passing, Genie leaves her daughters Doris Baum of Seattle, Wash., Marjorie Meeker of Greenville, Linda Reed of Redding; sons Stephen Baum of Boston, Mass., Richard Baum of Fallon, Nev. and Alan Buker of the Lake Almanor Peninsula; brothers Paul Schmidt of Oakland, Michael Schmidt of Sutter Creek; sisters Martha Kaelin of Oakland, Katherine Donaldson of Davis; 12 grand- and three precious great-grandchildren.
    She joins her loving husband Herbert "Herb" Buker in their eternal home.
    A celebration of Genie's life will take place 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at her beloved First Lutheran Church in Greenville. Interment will take place with her husband in the Greenville District Cemetery.
    An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at  fehrmanmortuary.com.
    The family suggests any remembrances in Genie's memory be made to either the Greenville First Lutheran Church or Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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