Obituaries for the week of 4/21/2010

Fern W. Seever, 80
William Edward Harrison, 88
Thomas Scott Rutherford, 98
Ervin Duane Weiland, 75
Jay G. Mills, 56
 Eva Adeline Jester, 75

    Former Quincy resident Fern W. Seever passed away peacefully April 7, 2010, in Paradise, at the age of 80, following a brief illness.

    Fern was born in Shanghai, China, Jan. 6, 1930, to Jesef Horn of Austria and Fern W. Barnhardt of Minnesota. Her father owned an import company in Shanghai and later was the Austrian consulate in Hong Kong.
    Fern lived in Shanghai during the Japanese invasion of China during World War II with her parents and graduated from high school there. She graduated from college and earned her Master's Degree at San Francisco College for Women. She taught school in San Francisco, Hong Kong and San Diego.
    Later she moved to Quincy and was active in the Community United Methodist Church of Quincy, mah jongg groups and helped at the Plumas Animal Welfare Society.
    In 2003 Fern moved to Oak Knoll Assisted Living in Paradise. She made many friends there and enjoyed the activities and outings.
    Fern leaves her two cousins, Dr. Erika Grübitsch and Dorothea Nürnberg of Austria and many good friends in Quincy and Paradise. She will be greatly missed, but we all feel blessed to have known her. Fern was a very positive and caring Christian.
    At her request a private graveside service was held in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery April 9.
    An opportunity to share your condolences along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    Any remembrances in Fern's memory may be made to the Plumas Animal Welfare Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

    Quincy resident William Edward Harrison passed from this life peacefully, with his family at his side, early Saturday morning, April 10, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital.
    Born Nov. 23, 1921, to William Tommie and Zettie Zuling (Meginson) Harrison in Tallahatta Springs, Ala., here he was also raised and educated.
    Bill joined the CCC and migrated west until his discharge in Oregon. Here while on a walk one day he met a pretty young lady named L. Arline Adolph whom he invited to the rodeo. That encounter led to the couple’s eventual marriage Oct. 10, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash., a union that has lasted some 67 years.
    Bill moved from Yreka, to Sloat in 1962, and later Quincy in 1966. A talented electrician and millwright, he retired from Sierra Pacific Industries after over 48 years of employment in the lumber industry.
    Bill was a member of the Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship, as well as a longtime member of the Lumber and Industrial Workers Union Local 3074. His passion in life other than his family was his work. He took great pride in a hard days work. A talented handyman he enjoyed tinkering in his shop as well as spending time in the outdoors fishing and hunting.
    In passing Bill leaves his loving wife Arline, of Quincy; son Jimmie Lee and his wife Stacey of Quincy; daughters Jane Eichler and husband Ron of Homer, Alaska, and Judy Lynn Williams of Quincy; brother Robert of Fredericksburg, Va.; sister Nell Lee of Daphne, Ala.;  grandchildren Michelle Cannady of Kenai, Alaska, Eric Harrison of Reno, Nev., Crystal Harrison of Redding, Justin Harley of Quincy, along with four great-grandchildren.
    He is preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and granddaughter Ashley Harley.
    A celebration of Bill's life will take place 11 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at the Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship.
    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 Bill's memory be made to the Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship Building Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

    Thomas Scott Rutherford, a long time Portola resident, passed away at Eastern Plumas District Hospital Long Term Care facility on April 16, 2010.
    He was born to Walter Scott Rutherford and Florence Wosser Rutherford in Sausalito, on Oct. 16, 1911.
    He moved to Portola in 1941 where he worked as an engineer for the Western Pacific Railroad. He enjoyed a good outdoor life.
    A memorial service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Portola on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Services entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


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Robert Jay Barnes
    Quincy resident Robert Jay Barnes passed from this life unexpectedly at his residence Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the age of 52.
    Robert was born Jan. 8, 1958, to J.C. and Betty (Murray) Barnes in Blythe, graduating from Blythe High School in 1976. He moved to Quincy three years ago from Las Vegas, Nev.
    In passing Robert leaves a brother, William "Bill" Barnes and his wife, Dianna, of Quincy, along with two nieces.
    A private family celebration of Robert's life will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
     The family would appreciate any remembrances of Robert be forwarded to them to help defray the cost of final expenses, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Lori Jean Zifko
    Greenville resident Lori Jean Zifko died at Country Villa-Quincy Monday, April 12, 2010. She had fought a valiant battle with colon cancer.
    Lori was born 53 years ago in San Jose, to Arkansas natives Loy and Gretta "Jane" (Woodson) Rhodes on Sept. 8, 1956.
    She is survived by her son Nathan Loy Zifko of Chico; mother Jane Putnam of Oroville; brothers David Putnam and his wife, Diana, of Greenville, and Rick Rhodes and his wife, Pat, of Searcy, Ark; a sister Vicki Rhodes of Chico, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Zifko.
    Following cremation, services will take place at a later date. 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 Lori's memory be made to either Sierra Hospice or the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

    Ervin Duane Weiland, 75, born July 28, 1934, in Stormlake, Iowa, died in Dinuba, April 15, 2010.
    Memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Reedley, Wednesday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Chapel. Condolences may be sent to smithfamilychapel.com.

    Jay G. (Gorgeous) Mills, 56, of Tobin, died April 14, 2010.
    He was born July 31, 1953, in Glendale.
    Survivors include his brothers, Jon Beteaq and Stewart Mills, both of Washington; sister Camille Thomsen of Hawaii, and stepmother Betty Mills of Oceanside.

Quincy resident Eva Adeline Jester, 75, passed from this life peacefully from complications related to Alzheimer’s, under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa-Quincy, Sunday, April 18, 2010.
    Born June 23, 1934, to North Dakota natives Andrew and Helen (Thompson) Skeldum in Woodworth, N.D., she was also raised and educated there.
    Following high school, Eva moved west to Quincy to live with her sister. On a blind date she was introduced to a handsome young man named Bobby Jester. As their love for one another grew they were married in the Quincy Baptist Church Aug. 25, 1956, and to this union two sons and a daughter were born.
    Eva went on to continue her education at Butte College where she received her AA degree and LVN license. She provided loving and compassionate care to the patients of Plumas District Hospital for some 30 years.
    Eva was a member of the Quincy Baptist Church. She enjoyed her daily walks as well as the art of embroidery and working in the garden. Later in life her passion was spending time with her grand- and great-grandchildren.
    In passing Eva leaves her loving husband of 53 years, Bobby Jester Sr. of Quincy; sons Bobby Jr. and wife Tanya Jester of Yreka, and Wayne and wife Hope Jester of Chico; daughter Cheryl and her husband Jerry Daudelin of Columbus, Mont.; sister Shirley Bates of Sacramento; along with the jewels of her later life, her grandchildren, Nathan, Shawna, Jennifer, Jeremy, Christina, Nicholas, Hannah and Danielle and her 10 great-grandchildren. Eva joins in her eternal home her brothers Merle, Herbert and Ervin; and sister Charlotte.
    A celebration of Eva's life will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, April 23, graveside in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.
    Opportunity to express condolences and sign the memorial guest register is available at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    Remembrances in Eva's memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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