Obituaries for the week of 2/24/2010

Margaret "Peggy" V. Lee, 84

Nancy N. Wren, 87

Dean Lawson, 81

Betty Sidener, 84

Helen Mikesell Stapley, 100

Charles Maynard Young, 82

Charles Bruce Hall, 71

Nadine Taresh Berry, 80
    Margaret "Peggy" Vadney Lee died Oct. 20, 2009, in Reno, NV. Peggy was born March 31, 1925 in Chico.

    She was the oldest child of Albert and Evelyn (White) Vadney of Vina.
    Peggy graduated from Chico High School and Chico State College.
    In 1947, she married Glynn B. Lee. They moved to Portola in 1950, and lived there until 2000.
    Peggy worked for many years as a substitute teacher and home schoolteacher. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and her beloved Portola Sewing Club.
    After Glynn retired, Peggy and Glynn much enjoyed the time they spent traveling throughout the United States and Europe.
    Peggy was preceded in death by Glynn, and leaves daughters Margaret Turner and Gail Lee, son Russell Lee, seven grandchildren and her brother Richard Vadney.
    No services are planned at this time. A celebration of life will be held May 29, 2010, from 11:30 am until 3 p.m. at the Graeagle Fire Hall in Graeagle. Arrangements were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.

    Nancy N. Wren passed away January 6, 2010, after a brief illness with her family by her side.
    She was born in Chapleau, Ontario, Canada, on Dec. 3, 1922, to Lily and Tom Smith.
    Nancy graduated from Portola High School in 1941, and went on to become a registered nurse.

    She was very proud of her nursing career, reluctantly retiring in her 60s. Graeagle became her permanent home in 1960, and she enjoyed many camping trips to Lakes Basin. Long Lake was her favorite hiking spot. She enjoyed traveling and her time with family and friends.
    The family would like to thank the entire staff of Eastern Plumas District Hospital for their kindness and special care given to our mother.
    Nancy is survived by daughters Deborah Olson (Ken) and Theresa Bok; sons Thomas Roney and John Roney (fiance Heather); six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; her brother Robert “Smitty” Smith, sister Hannah Heryford (Jim) and friends of many years too numerous to mention. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kennedy Wren.
    She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family and friends.
    There will be a celebration of her life at the Calpine Elks Lodge in Maybe, Sunday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.

    Dean Lawson passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at his home in Quincy, with his wife Diane at his side. He was 81-years-old.
    Dean was born Feb. 8, 1929, in Turlock, to Alice Maude Chase Lawson and Joshua “Jim” Martin Lawson, and was the oldest of four brothers.
    While still a child, the family moved to Oroville where his maternal grandparents lived.
    Taking a job as the manager of Moseley & Grenke Market in Quincy, his father, Jim, moved the family to Quincy in 1943.
    Dean entered the ninth grade at Quincy High School with his new best friend Jim Bob Gossett and graduated from that school in 1946.
    He attended San Jose State for a year, then joined the army in 1948, on the buddy plan with Jim Ellwood. Dean attained the rank of sergeant in the 5th Armored Division and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the Korean War.
    After his discharge in 1951, he attended Chico State College.
    Following college, Dean came back to Quincy and worked in the woods falling timber with and for Don Clark Logging.
    It was during the time he was logging above Indian Valley that Dean met his lifelong love, Diane Fisher, of Taylorsville. The two were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greenville June 24, 1956.
     Soon after, Dean left logging to work as the head bartender at the Sleepy Hollow Tavern in the Hotel Quincy.
    In 1962, he went to work for Quincy Motor Sales in what is known as “The Old Cadillac Show Room.”
    With Tom Gossett, he became a partner in the Ford dealership in 1970, selling it in 1981. For the next 17 years, Dean was the head custodial engineer at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, until he retired in 1999.
    Dean was a walking encyclopedia, particularly on the big band and swing music of the 1930s and 1940s. When co-workers at the hospital found themselves stumped for answers to questions ranging from who wrote a certain song to how a certain place in the county got its name Dean would know, or could find the answer.
    Stream fishing was a favorite pastime of his into his 30s, but surpassing that, golf was his favorite all through his adult life, a game he kept active at until the last few years, when illness forced him to lay it aside.
    He enjoyed cooking, reading, taking walks around town, visiting with the Gossett Auto Club, swing music, and gardening.
    Dean is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane; four sons, Scott, Nic, Michael and Joshua; three brothers, Alan, Loren and Kenneth; five grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of traditional services, a celebration of life will be held at the Plumas County Museum Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to come share their stories and memories of Dean.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Dean Lawson to the Plumas County Museum, Quincy Hospice or a charity of your choice.

    Betty Sidener passed away Feb. 14, 2010, at home in Rescue.
    She was born March 21, 1925, in Reno, Nev., to Frank and Mabel Larsen. She moved to Quincy around 1940 and graduated from Quincy High School in 1943.
    Betty worked at Pacific Telephone Company as an operator and was one of the remaining operators when Quincy became the last town in California to change from operator assisted calling to direct dial.
    Her favorite hobby was cooking and was she very good at it. She loved to cook for her family and friends. She was a good mother, even becoming a Cub Scout den mother.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence “Bud” Sidener and her four brothers — Frank Jr., Bob, Bill and Jack Larsen.
    She leaves her two sons, Donald Clarke of Tahoe City and Tim Clarke of Quincy, as well as stepsons Dale Sidener of West Jorden, Utah, and Kim Sidener of Santa Rosa. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    There are no services planned. She will be laid to rest in the Quincy Cemetery.

    Taylorsville, resident Charles Maynard Young passed from this life Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., at the age of 82.
    Born in Freeborn, Minn., Oct. 18, 1927, to the late Minnesota natives Delbert and Margaret (Nelson) Young, at the age of 10 he and his family relocated to Taylorsville.
    Charlie, as he affectionately became know, continued his education in Indian Valley before leaving high school early to work in the woods.
    Charlie later entered the armed forces and served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
    Upon his discharge and return home, he went back to work in the woods as an equipment operator before starting a 30-year career with the Plumas County Road Department.
    Charlie was a member of the Greenville Post of the VFW and an original member of the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club, as well as being a member of the Operating Engineers Union. He enjoyed the outdoors through fishing and hunting.
    In passing, Charlie leaves his brother Alvin and wife Vivian Young of Sparks, Nev.; sister Margaret Young of Quincy, who Charlie so lovingly looked after for many years and Alice McDonald of Stockton; nieces, Brenda and Jean Ann and nephew Duane, all of Sparks, Nev.; niece Roberta McDonald and nephew Robert McDonald, as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews.
    A celebration of Charlie's life, to include military honors, will take place at the graveside in the Taylorsville District Cemetery 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


 Word has been received of the passing of longtime Meadow Valley resident Helen Stapley Feb. 16, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev.
    She was born Jan. 15, 1910, in Mammoth, Utah, and raised by her mother Anita Seitz, who also was a longtime resident of the Meadow Valley and Quincy area.
    She married Laurence Stapley Dec. 28, 1927. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Oakland Latter-day Saints temple. Laurence preceded her in death in 1980.
    During the building of Hoover Dam she and Laurence and their little family lived in Las Vegas while Laurence was a cement foreman on the dam.
    From there they moved to Washington where Laurence worked on the Grand Coulee Dam, and from there they moved to Meadow Valley in December 1935.
    Helen and Laurence are the parents of six children, all of whom survive her: Connie Glattly of Reno, Nev.; Anita Gerry of Salt Lake City, Utah; Nancy Dixon (Frank) of Las Vegas, Nev.; Robert Stapley (Suzanne) of Yuba City; Niki Vanetti (Guilio) of Vinton and Cynthia Stapley of Stockton; 21 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
    Helen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many responsible callings in the church. She loved to sew and read, often reading three books a week.
    A special thanks is given to her granddaughter-in-law, Julie Gerry for her kind and loving care and attention over the past several years.
    Graveside services are planned for Friday, Feb. 26, at the Meadow Valley Cemetery.

    Meadow Valley resident Chester "Chet" Walker Winton Jr. passed from this life peacefully Thursday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. He was 82. His loving family was at his side.
    Born in Ely, Nev., Aug. 19, 1927, to Canadian immigrants Chester Sr. and Evelyn (Smith) Winton, Chet—as he soon became known—was raised and educated in Ely. He is a member of Ely High School's graduating class of 1945.
    Shortly following Chet's high school graduation he entered the military and served his country honorably during the conclusion of World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy.
    Following his discharge Chet returned home to settle in Logan, Utah, where he continued his education at Utah State University obtaining his BS degree in engineering.
    In September 1948, while attending college, Chet married his childhood sweetheart Ruby. To this union three sons were born.
    Following graduation Chet eventually went to work at McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev. as an aircraft maintenance supervisor while residing and raising his family in Henderson, Nev.
    Chet fulfilled his lifelong dream of retiring at 50. He and Ruby moved to Meadow Valley in 1976, where he enjoyed his passion for fishing and gardening. He is a former member of the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
    In passing, Chet leaves his sons Craig and his wife Debi Winton, and Steve and his wife Chris Winton, all of Henderson, Nev.; a sister, Jane Riddle of Folsom; grandchildren Reece, Torie and Stefanie, as well as his great-grandchildren Shaun, Kyle, Zach and Tara.
    He joins in his eternal home his wife, Ruby, who passed from this life in 1982; son Paul, who passed from this life in 1985 and his grandchild Casey, who passed from this life in 2006.
    A celebration of Chet's life was held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Meadow Valley Community Church with Pastor George Tarleton of the Quincy First Baptist Church officiating.
    Interment with military honors will follow alongside his late wife in the Meadow Valley District Cemetery.
    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 Chet's memory be made to the Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department/School House, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

    Meadow Valley resident Charles Bruce Hall passed from this life peacefully, Friday morning, Feb. 19, 2010, at his residence with his wife at his side.
    Born in Oroville, to the late Charles and Marsha (Hipes) Hall Nov. 11, 1938, he was raised and educated in Oroville, graduating from Oroville High School. He went on to attend Butte College where he was just a couple of units shy of obtaining his AA degree.
    Charlie lived in Oroville until moving to Greenville, 15 years ago. After residing in Greenville for five years, he and his wife moved to Meadow Valley where they have lived the past 10 years.
    On Sept. 26, 1964, in Reno, Nev., Charlie married his childhood friend, the former Carol Mix, with whom he had become reacquainted with while attending church.
    Charlie had a 40-year career in the lumber industry, retiring as a certified lumber grader. He enjoyed carving Native American pipes, as well as all types of animals. Charlie was an avid believer in the power of prayer and obtained great solace in praying for those in need.
    Adopted into the Maidu Nation, Charlie took great pride in the Native American heritage bestowed him by his forefathers.
    In passing, Charlie leaves his wife and loving caregiver of over 45 years, Carol of Meadow Valley; sons Leslie Warren Hall and his wife Mara of San Leandro, Ethan Wayne Hall and his wife Regina and Jonathan Rose all of Greenville; a daughter, Belinda Jean Stevens and her husband Bob of Oroville; sisters Ressie Lloyd of Albany, Ore., and Donna Graf of Gridley, his grandchildren Robin, Travis, Shateka, Ethan and Katie Lee, along with his great-granddaughter Macayla Faith.
    Along with his parents, he joins his brother Floyd in their eternal home.
    A celebration of Charlie’s life will be announced at a later date. Interment will take place in the Nevada City Rancheria Cemetery.
    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 Charlie's memory be made to the Roundhouse Council of Greenville, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


    Nadine Taresh Berry, 80, of Orland, died Feb. 11, 2010, in Chico.
    She was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Taylorsville.
    Funeral services were held Feb. 18, in Orland.

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