Obituaries for the week of 11/3/2010

Jack Burford Lehr, 58

Banier Edward Heater Jr., 54

Victoria Dolly Hopkins, 84

Indian Valley native Jack Burford Lehr passed from this life peacefully, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at his residence in Taylorsville following a long and valiant battle with cancer. His loving family was at his side. He was 58 years old.

Born in Greenville, to Delbert and Donna (Burford) Lehr Aug. 3, 1952, Jack attended Taylorsville Elementary School before moving on to attend Greenville High School where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track, while also honored for his artistic ability. He is a 1970 graduate of Greenville High School. Jack went on to further his education at Chico State for four years.

Jack left Chico State to continue in the family's long heritage in the lumber mill industry working briefly for a wholesale lumber yard in Folsom, before becoming the sales manager for the family’s distribution yard in Calexico.

He returned to Taylorsville in 1982, to work for Sacramento Valley Moulding before moving to New Mexico and later Oklahoma to continue as the sales manager for the family’s moulding mill business, working there until the sale of the business in 2003.

A passionate fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, Jack enjoyed playing the game of golf when time permitted, as well as deep sea fishing off the Baja coast of Mexico.

In passing, Jack leaves his parents, Delbert "Del" and Donna Lehr of Taylorsville; brothers Jeff Lehr of Quincy, Steve and his wife, Kelli Lehr, of Idabel, Okla.; two nieces, Claire and Madelyn, his aunt and uncle, Jim and Eleanor Stoeckel, of Taylorsville; aunt Ginny Stoeckel of Concord and Winnie Solo of Fresno and numerous cousins.

Graveside services will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, followed by a celebration of his life at the Taylorsville Rock and Museum Building.
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 Jack's memory be made to Cancer Fund of America, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947



Banier Edward Heater Jr. passed from this life Monday, Oct. 25, 2010.

He was born Nov. 7, 1955, in Quincy and graduated from Quincy Junior-Senior High School.

Eddie had many talents. His first and favorite was a timber faller; he worked in Plumas and Eldorado counties. He was an artist, a carpenter; he was a father, a grandfather; he was an uncle, a great-uncle.

He had a great sense of humor, always had a laugh for you or a joke to tell and he always said, “I love you.” He will be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters.

Survivors include Georgia (Simmons) Lee from Oakdale, George and Renate Simmons from Williams, Patrick and Carolyn Simmons from Chicago, Ill., Theresa (Simmons) Murphy from Atascadero, Jerry and Glenda Simmons from Kentucky, Bettie (Heater) and Billy Crews of Spring Garden, Stacy Heater from Reno, Nev., and Karen (Heater) and Dennis McElroy from Meadow Valley.

Eddie’s children include Dove Leathers from Quincy, and grandchildren Morgan, Madison and Thomas Leathers; Camillie Williams from Quincy, Jason Heater from Somerset, Cara Heater from Redding, Patrick Heater from Somerset; he is also survived by his wife, Cindy Heater from Redding; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eddie will be met in heaven by his parents, Edd and Bettie Heater; sister, Barbara (Simmons) Ford and “Little Jack,” a grandson.



Quincy native Victoria Dolly Hopkins passed from this life peacefully, under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa-Riverview of Susanville, late Thursday evening, Oct. 28, 2010, at the age of 84.

Born on the family homestead outside of Quincy to the late California natives John and Sadie (Hedrick) Martinez on March 9, 1926, she spent most of her early life here in Quincy.

Victoria had worked as a cook for a number of local restaurants in the area to include Paxton Lodge before moving to Oklahoma City in the late 1960s. While residing there, she was employed at the Hilton as a cook.

Victoria returned to Quincy in 1985, residing here until health complications required her to move to Susanville in 2008.

A talented seamstress, Victoria enjoyed sewing and quilting as well as the art of canning. She was proud of her Native American heritage and enjoyed passing the history of the Maidu Tribe on to others. She fellowshipped at the Quincy Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.

In passing, Victoria leaves her sons, Richard Jeffries of Quincy and Eric Hawkenson of Baltimore, Md.; daughter Myra Jeffries-Morgan of Melbourne, Australia; brother, John Martinez of Mobile, Ala., and six grandsons.

She joins her husbands, Horace Tahbone and Charlie Hopkins, along with four brothers in their eternal home.

A celebration of Victoria's life will take place in the Sievers Family Native American Cemetery off of Chandler Road in Quincy at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.



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