Obituaries for week of 4/25/2014

Ethel Marthena Howell

Betty Harris RN



Long-time Quincy resident Ethel Marthena Howell passed away April 16, 2014, after a short illness. She was 102 years old.

Ethel was born Feb. 12, 1912, on a ranch in Siskiyou County to Will and Rose Hegler. Her father, Will, died when she was three years old. She and her mother lived in many places in California and southern Oregon during her childhood.

She graduated from high school in Medford, Ore., then attended Southern Oregon Normal School in Ashland, Ore., (now Southern Oregon University) to become a teacher.

Her first job was in a one-room schoolhouse with students from all eight grades, an experience which gave her a wealth of stories.

She married Wardlow W. Howell in 1936, moved to Plumas County and never left.

She taught at Pioneer and Quincy Elementary schools and always said she loved each and every one of her students.

She was active in many groups and service clubs over the years, including Eastern Star, Soroptimist Club, the League of Women Votes and, of course, the PTA.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wardlow, in 1990.

She is survived by her daughter Susan and son-in-law Donald Sargeant.

There will be no services at Mrs. Howell’s request.


Betty Irene Chaffman Harris, age 85, of Paradise, died April 10, 2014.

She was born May 2, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., to Irene and David Chaffman.

Betty is survived by her children Ellen Beldin, of Georgia, Dr. Dale Harris, of Quincy, Carol Johnson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sharon Strong, of Batavia, N.Y., and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Rutherford Funeral Home in Worthington, Ohio, on Friday April 18, with interment following next to her husband, Vernon, in Kingwood Memorial Park, Lewis Center, Ohio. 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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