Obituaries for the week of 9/1/2010

Richard Carleton Nye, 79

Janitta Colleen McKay, 75

Donna Dorothy Miller, 94


Richard Carleton Nye died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Reno, Nev., at the age of 79. He was born in Greenville, May 12, 1931, to Plumas Albert Nye and Verna Gott.

His parents divorced when Richard was five and he lived primarily with his mother in Greenville. He graduated from Greenville High School, class of 1949, and later joined the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War era.

Richard later began a long career in the banking business; working at various times in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Richard married Patricia Scott in 1963, and lived in Hawthorne, Nev., with his wife and stepson, Paul Gerber for several years before relocating to Phoenix, Ariz., and later to Las Vegas, where Pat ran a retail clothing shop until their retirement when they moved to Sparks, Nev.

Richard was an avid marksman who participated in many target-shooting championships in California and Nevada over the years.

After the death of his wife in 1996, Richard cultivated an interest in jewelry; primarily silver and gemstones and enjoyed displaying and selling at various gem and jewelry shows frequently during the past few years.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Patricia, and his half-brother, Jerry Wright.

He is survived by his stepson, Paul Gerber of Las Vegas, half-siblings, David Wright of Greenville and Clarita Wright Fischer of Quincy; Margaret Nye Florey and Barbara Nye Jensen, both of Vancouver, Wash.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Veteran’s Hospital in Reno for their compassionate care during his final illness. At his request, there will be no memorial service.


Juanita McKay passed away Aug. 24, 2010, at the age of 75.

Born in Harve, Mont., as Juanita Colleen, she forged a lifelong career in nursing immediately after high school. Through her schooling and training at the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, in Spokane, Wash., she became a registered nurse.

Nita married Michael McKay in 1955, in Idaho, but soon left the mountains of Idaho for the warmer climate of San Jose.

She supported the growing family while Michael finished his education. The family, now with three boys, moved to Quincy, where she lived the remainder of her life.

Nita practiced nursing at Plumas District Hospital for 39 years. Her skill and passion for nursing were best exercised in the operating room. She pursued and obtained the nationally recognized accreditation of Operating room nurse. Sharing the details of surgical procedures with her sometimes squeamish family was a favorite pastime.

Nita loved the mountains and the written word. She carried many a novel on her hikes and camping trips. The sight of “Mema” on shore reading a book was familiar to all the grandchildren. Nita took a feisty approach to life that was contagious to all around her.

Nita now joins her beloved husband, Michael. She will be missed by her three sons, Bruce, Bryan and David; sister Vesta; daughters-in-law, Mary Alice, Stacie and Robin, grandchildren; Holly, Matthew, Morgan, Stuart, and Tanner; great-granddaughter Cecelia and many extended family members.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m. at Greenhorn Ranch, to remember Nita.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Quincy resident Donna Dorothy Miller passed from this life peacefully with her son and daughter-in-law at her side Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital at the age of 94.

Born in Moorhead City, Minn., to the late Minnesota natives Edward and Kathryn (Sanders) Rudd, she was raised in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota.

Donna graduated High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and went to work for the Federal Works Agency during the 1940s.

While traveling by train, she met a young soldier, Edward Anthony Miller, an encounter that eventually led to their marriage in Eureka, Oct. 21, 1944. They had one son.

The newlyweds moved to the San Francisco East Bay area, settling in Walnut Creek, where they resided for some 50 years.

A devout member of the Roman Catholic faith, Donna and her husband were active with Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, and later with St. Stephens Parish in Walnut Creek.

In 1998, following the passing of her husband, Donna moved to Plumas County where she could be closer to her son and granddaughters.

In passing Donna leaves her son, Dennis and his wife, Dorothy, of Butterfly Valley, and two granddaughters, Hannah Rose and Rachel Jean.

Donna was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Edward, and her only sister, Flora. Roman Catholic graveside services will take place in the Old Quincy Cemetery, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Donna's memory be made to Catholic Relief Services, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



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