Obituaries for the week of 8/1/2014

Phyllis Tarleton Baque passed peacefully and quickly from this life to the next on July 8, 2014. She has now seen the Lord face to face. 

Phyllis Ethel Berkuist was born June 21, 1922, to Harvey and Annita (Autrand) Berkuist in Los Banos. She attended grammar school and high school (Los Gatos High School 1939) in Los Gatos. She attended the University of California in Berkeley, majoring in physical education. She became one of the first Mainliner (DC3) stewardesses in 1943.

She married one of her many high school sweethearts, Ensign Les Tarleton in 1944. She was a proud Navy wife for 30 years, volunteering her time in many various organizations in addition to being a full-time mom for her two sons.

She suddenly lost her husband Les in 1976. She later met and married Jim Baque, to whom she was happily married to for 37 years until her unexpected passing.

She was interested in gardening, volunteering, being a mom, a wife, socializing, singing, acting, and wearing hats and as much jewelry as any three people could wear at one time.

After a fall, she became a resident of Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation (or whatever it is called this week) where she was much loved and known for pushing her wheelchair up and down the hallways, mooching hot chocolate, singing, playing bingo and “relocating” anything that was not nailed down.

She is preceded in death by her first husband Les, her mother and father and her son Berk and her stepdaughter Shirley.

She is survived by her loving husband Jim; her sons and daughters-in-law George and Lois Tarleton, of Quincy, Fred and Sandra Baque, of Discovery Bay; grandchildren “Tige” and Kim Tarleton, Kristina (Tarleton) and Keil Winchester of Glendive, Montana, AWS2 Berk and Kelly (Gutherie) Tarleton, of San Diego, Jennifer (Baque) and Charlie Frye, of Portland, Oregon, April (Baque) and Jason Margolis, of Portland, Oregon, and numerous great-grandchildren.

We would particularly like to thank the staff of Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation and Plumas District Hospital and the ER crew, all of whom gave her such excellent and loving care.

A private family celebration of Phyllis’ life was held on July 18, 2014. A private interment was held at Meadow Valley Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

Greenville resident Robert Lee “Bob” Pettit passed from this life early Tuesday morning, July 8, 2014, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. His loving family was at his side.

Born to the late Robert and Della (Bliler) Pettit in the costal logging community of Scotia, on Oct. 10, 1947, Bob spent his early days in Eureka, before moving with his family to the San Francisco East Bay where he graduated from high school.

Introduced to a pretty young lady babysitting for a neighbor, the couple’s love for one another quickly blossomed and they were married in Carson City, Nevada, on July 31, 1966, and to this union a son and daughter were born.

The couple settled in the East Bay area of San Francisco where Bob went to work for Continental Can Co., later International Harvester, and then DeLaval Turbine Company before moving to Greenville, where he went to work for the Plumas County Road Department 41 years ago. After a seven-year hiatus from the road department to try his hand at logging as Timberline Logging, Bob returned to the road department where he retired in December of 2009 as one of their road maintenance supervisors following some 28 years of service to the residents of Plumas County.

A talented mechanic and craftsman, Bob redesigned and rebuilt his home after a tragic fire, enjoyed repairing and rebuilding everything from boats to motorcycles, riding his Harley as well as pitching horseshoes, boating and fishing. He was a longtime member of the Operating Engineers Local, Ducks Unlimited, Greenville Horse Shoe Pitchers Club as well as helping out the youth in the community as a Little League coach and as an assistant basketball coach for the high school.

In passing, Bob leaves his loving wife, whom together were just days away from celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary, Hope Pettit, of Greenville; son Robert B. Pettit and his fiancée Kathy Stevens, of Chester; daughter Christine Pettit and husband Ron, of Greenville; and was the proud grandparent to, Coty, Kylee, Jonathan and Ryder, while also being survived by his brother, Edward and his wife Betty, of Montague; sisters Diane, Rhonda, Linda and Lynette and her husband Rick, along with numerous nieces and nephews including Dawn Myers and Vincent VanBrunt, both of Susanville.

Along with his parents, Bob joins his brother Butch in their eternal home.

A celebration of Bob’s life with a potluck is planned for Saturday Aug. 2, beginning at 4 p.m. at Bob and Hope’s residence in Greenville.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guests register is available online at

Sarah G. Whitton, of San Lorenzo, formally from Alameda and Portola, passed away peacefully July 13, 2014, at the age of 78 surrounded by love ones. She was born Oct. 2, 1935.

She was preceded in death by daughter Shannon Powell.

She is survived by brother Teel Whitton (Virginia) of Arizona, her daughters Karen Cary-Clore (Herb) of San Lorenzo, Jennifer Cordova (Jerry) of Fallon, Nevada, and sons Bill Cary (Ann) of Portola, David Cary of Reno, Nevada, and many grandchildren and one great grandson.

“To one of the strongest woman we have ever known, we will miss you each and every day.”

We Love You.

At Sarah’s request, no services will be held.

Edward “Guy” Mylrea, age 62, passed on July 14, 2014, in his residence in Sparks, Nevada, a former business owner of Lake Almanor.

Guy is survived by his sonsEdward Mylrea of Elko, Nevada, and Joseph Mylrea of Sparks, Nevada.

Lillian Dorthy Penrose Rogers

Lillian Dorthy Penrose Rogers died Sunday, July 27, one month before her 88th birthday.

She is survived by Joe, her husband of 72 years; her daughters JoAnn Isaacson and Darlene Emglish; her son Eugene Rogers; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Chester. Interment will follow in the Chester District Cemetery. A time of sharing and visitation will take place Friday evening from 5 – 8 p.m. also at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Chester.

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

Ernest E. (Mick) Johnson

A memorial service with military honors will be held for Ernest E. (Mick) Johnson, 81, on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Portola Cemetery, Shady Grove, Portola. Johnson, 81, passed away Dec. 1, 2013.

Mike and Kitty Langworthy

A Celebration of Life for Mike and Kitty Langworthy is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2.

Starting at 11 a.m., the celebration will be held at the Chester Wesleyan Church. A potluck will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Feel free to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

For more information, contact their daughter Christine at or family friend Carol at 258-3295.

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