Obituaries for the week of 8/29/2012

Helen ‘Louise’ Cragar, 67

Edward Douglas Shelton, 86

Rodney Glen Mason, 46

Rose Lee Shehorn, 75


Helen ‘Louisre’ Cragar, a longtime resident of Northern California, passed away Friday, Aug. 17, after a very sudden illness. Her cherished family was at her side. She was 67-years-old.

Louise was born Dec. 2, 1944, in Heber Springs, Ark., to Imodene Lucile Poyner of Red Bluff, and James Melvin Johnson of Grants Pass, Ore., (deceased).

After graduating from Chester High School, she married Marion Cragar to whom she was married for 12 years. Their only son, Jeffrey Thomas Cragar, was born in 1974 and currently lives in Jacksonville, Fla.

Louise was a devoted mother and very special family member. She was the eldest of four siblings that included James Johnson of Hollywood, Ala., Rickey Johnson (wife, April) of Red Bluff and Roberta Chase of Davis.

Louise was an avid reader, enjoyed bingo and crossword puzzles, and loved southern foods such as fried chicken. She volunteered for the literacy program in Davis and she spent many years working at Bank of America (25 years) and Quality Digest Magazine (10 years), where she made many friends.

She was a warm, loving and very generous person who family members describe as the “glue that held the family together” and “always there when you needed her.”

Louise’s simple, down-to-earth manner enabled her to easily keep in touch with family far and wide, and her helpful, fun and outgoing personality meant she had many lifelong friends who will miss her very much.

The last few years she spent sharing a home with her sister Roberta and their great bond was a wonderful comfort to Louise. Her favorite cat, Missy, was a constant companion.

She is survived by her mother Imodene, her three siblings, her treasured son Jeff and numerous loving family members in both California and Arkansas. They all brought great joy to Louise.

There was a private memorial service celebrating her life in Chester, Aug. 24, and the online guestbook is at wiscombefuneral.com.      Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.


Edward Douglas Shelton, 86, died Aug. 18, 2012, peacefully in Reno, Nev.

Ed was a resident of Reno, since 1956, but spent most of his time for the last 40 years at his second home in Graeagle.

He was a loving father, a veteran of World War II, an avid golfer, member of the Elks Lodge, and a generous person to those in need.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen and son Ron. He is survived by son Terry, daughter-in-law Marcia, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

No services will be held. Private inurnment will take place in Mt. View Cemetery in Reno.


Rodney Glen Mason, 46 of Quincy, passed away unexpectedly with his family at his side, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Renown Medical Center in Reno.

Rodney was born Feb. 24, 1966, in Yuba City, to Richard and Lynda Mason who still reside in Yuba City. He grew up in Live Oak, where he attended and graduated from Live Oak High School in 1984. Rodney excelled academically as well as athletically, playing football, basketball and baseball.

While in high school, meeting at the tender ages of 14 and 16 he found his soul mate, marrying his high school sweetheart Dec. 17, 1983. They started their family in 1985 and to this union three children were born.

Rodney was employed at Medallion Millworks in Marysville, before moving his family to Quincy in 1996 where he began his employment with Sierra Pacific Industries. Rodney had been at SPI for 16 years and was still employed there upon his untimely passing.

The most important part of Rodney’s life was his family and he proved it to them every day. He loved fishing, camping and napping as well as watching the changing of seasons: football, basketball, NASCAR (Go Jimmie) and baseball. He was a kind and compassionate man with a big heart, always thinking of others before himself. Rodney was tough when he had to be and a very hard-working man — he had his first job at nine (picking prunes) and has held a job ever since even while attending school.

Rodney is survived by his parents, mentioned above; his loving wife of 28 years, Lisa; his biggest pride and joy, his children: son Todd Mason of Houston, Texas, and daughters Jessica Mason of Yuba City and Erika Sallee of Quincy; his beloved grandchildren whom he absolutely adored: Renee, Kamille, Alex, Jamiya and Rodney Glen II due December 10; brother, Steve Mason; sisters, Kim Mason and Marla Mason, all of Yuba City; five nephews, two nieces, five great-nephews and two great-nieces. Rodney will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of Rodney’s life will take place 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, at Gansner Park. All who knew and loved Rodney are invited to come pay their respects and share their stories. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com.

Rodney will forever be in our hearts. The Masons.


Taylorsville resident Rose Lee Shehorn died at her residence in Taylorsville, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the age of 75.

She was born in Boulder, Colo., May 29, 1937, to Joseph and Annabelle (Winkle) Yost.

Survivors include her sons, Joseph Shehorn of Bardwell, Ky., and Homer Shehorn Jr. of Radcliff, Ky.; daughters, Beverly Hiles and Pamala Fitch, both of Taylorsville; a sister, Bette Petty of Las Vegas; and nine grand- and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Homer and a daughter Gwendolyn.

Services will be announced at a later date. Interment will take place alongside her late husband in the Crescent Mills District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.





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