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Obituaries for the week of 6/6/2014

 

Judith Louise “Judy” Boswell

Dolores Marie Hagen

Earnest D. “Danny” Leonhardt

Marlene Delores Summerfield

 

Judith “Judy” Boswell left this life to be with Jesus on May 9, 2014. She was born in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 7, 1942, to John and Mary Horton and had resided in the Quincy area since 2008.

Judy grew up in El Paso with her siblings Ron and Joyce and was a 1960 graduate of Burges High School. She spoke very fondly of her high school years and attended many reunions including her 50th in 2010.

Judy married Gene Kimes Boswell on May 10, 1968, and began a life of adventure traveling to and living in many countries including Holland and Libya.

Judy fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a mother on Jan. 2, 1972, giving birth to Gena Kaye and later Jill Louise on July 26, 1975. Her life was fully devoted to her girls and later to her grandchildren.

Gene died suddenly Nov. 26, 1979, while they were living in Anchorage, Alaska, leading Judy and her daughters back to El Paso. Here she raised them with the help of her parents as well as her sister Joyce and family Don, Celeste, Clint and Christi. She was very involved at Immanuel Baptist Church singing in the choir and working with the youth which provided many more “family” members. Judy worked in Environmental Affairs at El Paso Natural Gas and later as a paralegal for Akin Gump which led to a move to Houston. After retiring, she joined her daughter Jill in California.

Above all, Judy loved Jesus. She loved to sing and play the piano and used her gifts to bless others. She was very involved with the seniors at the nutrition center in Quincy and found much joy there.

She also cherished each of her 12 grandchildren given to her by Michael and Gena Mayo and Jeff and Jill Dupras: Benjamin, Josiah, Melody, Toby, Rebecca, Kaleb, Teddy, Adelaide, Emnet, Lucy, Isaiah and Elizabeth.

Her faith, laugh, courage, smile, generosity and words of encouragement were an inspiration and will be missed by many.

A celebration of her life will be held June 14, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Quincy. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

 

Dolores Marie Hagen passed peacefully from this world on May 13, 2014. Known affectionately as Doe, her journey bravely overcame many challenges which she conquered with her defining characteristics of compassion, intelligence, determination, laughter, and always a deep love toward her family and friends. In the end, she came to glorious terms with this complicated life.

Doe was born on Jan. 15, 1931, in Detroit, Mich. Hers was a difficult Depression-era childhood, foremost the loss of her twin sister Mary at age 12. Just out of high school she set off on her own to work at GM Research, where she met her future mate for life, James Franklin Hagen. Their marriage lasted for the next 58 years, spanning the golden age of post war America when, like many of the Greatest Generation, their humble origins blossomed into accomplishment and prosperity. From out of their love came the joy of Doe’s life, son James Christopher and daughter Lynn Marie.

While devoted to raising her family and recalling those years with endearment, when the children left home Doe returned to school and earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, noteworthy achievements at a time when women’s careers were not encouraged by society. The experience she gained in her appropriately chosen field lead to her own successful private practice.

Doe loved her family, decorating the homes they lived in, golf and bridge, reading, and her cats. She was a wonderful conversationalist and long talks will be a cherished memory. As kind as Doe was she also possessed a fierce competitive nature and engaging in any game with her was done forewarned!

Dolores is preceded in death by her sister Mary Abbott, father Harry Abbott and beloved husband James F. Hagen. Her children Jim and Lynn will miss her dearly every day. A memorial service is planned at a later date in Palm Desert and Graeagle.

 

Danny Leonhardt passed away early in the morning on May 22, 2014, with his children by his side. Danny joins his parents, sister Linda and daughter Karen in their eternal home.

Danny was born September 15, 1942, in Quincy to parents Ernest G. Leonhardt and Marie (Varnon) Leonhardt. He resided in Plumas County his entire life and leaves a lasting impact in the community.

Danny was not one to join formal organizations, but was the first to volunteer his time and resources to many local benefits for individuals and the community.

In his early years, he was a longtime member of the Quincy Fire Department and remained a staunch supporter. He was a dedicated member of the Feather River College Rodeo Team Advisory Board and spent many, many hours building and maintaining their facilities as well as traveling and supporting the team. Danny was also a lifetime supporter of 4H preparing the arena for events and purchasing livestock at the 4H auction.

Danny leaves behind the mother of his children, Sheila (Mattice) Leonhardt; his brothers Eric Leonhardt, Kris (Linda) Leonhardt, Chuck (Johnna) Leonhardt and Pat (Camille) Leonhardt; his sister Sheila Cottrell; son Rick (Tiffany) Leonhardt; daughters Marie (Todd) Anderson and Danna (Randy) Leonhardt; grandsons Dan, Cody, Craig and David; granddaughters Sabrina, Shonna, Lindsay and Rebecca; great-grandsons Calvin, Tommy and Grant; and hundreds of young men and women from the rodeo team and their coach, Jesse (Val) Segura. His big smile and bigger heart will be missed by all.

A Celebration of Danny’s life will be held June 7 at 5 p.m. at Danny’s home, 500 N. Mill Creek Rd. in Quincy. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Feather River Rodeo Team, 570 Golden Eagle Ave., Quincy, CA. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

 

Quincy resident Marlene Delores Summerfield passed from this life peacefully Friday May 23, 2014, under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa healthcare of Quincy. Her family was at her side.

Born in Olympia, Wash., on July 16, 1933, to the late Washington natives Clyde and Lena (Ellis) Webber, Marlene was raised and educated in Wrangle, Alaska, where she graduated high school as a member of the Class of 1951. Following her graduation, she returned to the lower 48 to seek employment.

In 1964, Marlene moved to the northeastern California lumber community of Chester and it is here she met the love of her life, Carl Summerfield. The couple was united in holy matrimony on Jan. 4, 1966. The couple relocated to Southern California in 1972 before returning to Plumas County and residing in Quincy.

Marlene was a devout member of the Seventh Day Adventist faith where she was active in the church’s missionary field with a special place in her heart for children in need. She served her community through her church and was a dependable volunteer with the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Marlene was a feline lover who cared for orphaned kittens in all stages of development. At one time, she had 23 orphaned kittens in her home. Her baking skills were counted on for fund raising events for both her church and for PAWS.

In passing, Marlene leaves her loving husband of 47 years, Carl, of Quincy; son Michael of Quincy; daughters Allena Sanders, of Chester, and Narda Jimenez, of Portland, Ore.; sister Mary Benitz, of Wrangell, Alaska, and her precious five grand- and nine great-grandchildren.

Marlene is preceded in her passing by her brother, Skip McKibbin.

A celebration of Marlene’s life is being planned for a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks that any remembrances in her memory be made to either the Adventist Development and Relief Agency or the International Children’s Care of the Adventist Church or the Holbrook Indian School c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

 

 


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