Obituaries for the week of 1/26/2011

Nancy Marie Stratton, 79

William E. Lawry Jr., 82

Mary Margaret Tarantino, 82

Paul James Whiting, 78

Kent Russell Morrison, 63

Nancy Marie Stratton was born to Joseph and Rubana Garrod Sept. 3, 1931, in Corvallis, Mont. She passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.

Nancy was married to Bruce Stratton, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her four children, Randall Stratton of Quincy, Kathy Henry of Dixon, Scott Stratton of Turlock, Bruce (Bud) and his wife Cheryl Stratton of Vacaville; and by her two sisters, Doris Zattoni of Quincy and Neta Schultz of Corcoran.

Nancy had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also had a lot of nieces and nephews.

She had two beloved animals, Bear and Copper, who will miss her greatly.

She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Nancy’s memorial will be held in late May or early June. The date is to be announced later.

William E. Lawry Jr. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in Boswell Hospital, located in Sun City, Ariz. Bill, as many knew him, was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Santa Rita, N.M., to William and Jewel Lawry.

Bill moved from Southern California to Plumas County in 1957. He worked for many years for Caltrans while living in Plumas County. He retired in 1997 and shortly after, he and his wife Joyce moved to Congress, Ariz., returning to Quincy during the summers to visit with family and friends. They enjoyed traveling all over the western United States in their motorhome.

Bill served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and riding his motorcycles. Bill is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sister, Bobby Jo Monroe; two daughters, Darlene and Debbie; three grandsons, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Mary Margaret Tarantino, 84, passed away peacefully at Plumas District Hospital with her loving children at her side Jan. 20, 2011.

Mary was born in Virginia City, Nev., on Jan. 30, 1926, to Richard and Jane Williams. When she was 1, her family moved to Ely, Nev., where she spent her youth. At the age of 17, she moved with her family to Portola. She graduated from Portola High School in 1943.

Mary married Joseph Tarantino in Greenville April 25, 1945.

Mary was an extremely dedicated mother to seven children. She volunteered as a 4-H leader in cooking. She was camp cook for the Boy Scouts at Camp Wallace Alexander for eight years and was employed with Plumas Unified School District for over 15 years as a kitchen assistant in the cafeterias.

She is survived by her seven children: sons Michael and Richard Tarantino of Quincy; and daughters Linda Marshall and husband Curtis of Portola, Lucille Boschee and husband Bob of Quincy, Cathy DeCrona and husband Rod of Quincy, Laurie Phillips and husband Rich of Taylorsville and Kim Dorris and husband Jerry of Quincy; her brother Robert Williams and wife Sandy of La Conner, Wash.; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Tarantino; her sister Betty Hyatt of Susanville; and her brother Richard Williams of Janesville.

Private family services will be held in Ely, Nev. The family suggests any remembrances in Mary’s memory be made to Plumas Community Hospice, P.O. Box 3634, Quincy, CA 95971.


Paul James Whiting passed away surrounded by family at St. Mary’s hospital in Reno Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on June 13, 1932, in Springville, Utah, to John L. Whiting and Louise McConnell.

The family moved and resided in Sparks, Nev., before relocating to Quincy. He attended Quincy High, played football and was a recipient of the Hall of Fame football team of 1949, graduating in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart Louise Shoote in April 1951. He worked for the Forest Service until called to service during the Korean War. He attended and graduated from Chico State, beginning his teaching career in Lincoln as well as coaching football, wrestling and track.

The family moved back to Quincy in 1964 where he began teaching at Quincy High School. In addition to teaching, he was the drivers’ training instructor and coached track, wrestling, gymnastics and various other athletic programs for many years, including of course JV and/or varsity football, till the day he retired 30 years later. He then coached Pop Warner Football for three years and was the athletic director at Feather River College for one year.

He enjoyed working out, walking the dog, having coffee with the coffee gang, playing with the poker group and everything and anything to do with football. He was an avid and devoted fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Louise Whiting, his brothers Richard and Gordon and his son Steven Whiting.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Louise; his brother Col. Robert and Marion Whiting of Universal City, Texas; his sisters Connie and Al Larronde of Salinas and Annette and Bill Holden of La Jara, Colo.; and his children Stan and Jerilynn Whiting of Lakeside and David and Debbie Whiting, Cyndi and Richard Stockton and Paul Whiting Jr. (Scooter), all of Quincy. He was blessed with five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

For the many years spent and devoted to the high school and its athletic program, along with his love for football, the family felt it would be fitting to hold the services at the Quincy High School gymnasium the day before the Super Bowl: Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged to wear red and white in honor of our high school and his many years of happiness and dedication. Those attending who are alumni football team members that played for Coach Whiting, please call 283-0402 for information. A reception immediately following will be held in the small gym adjacent to the gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances in his name be made to the American Cancer Society and the Quincy High School Athletic Department.


Kent Russell Morrison was a psychotherapist in Plumas County for 25 years. He passed away Jan. 20, 2011, at his home in Clio. He was born Sept. 30, 1946.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Morrison; son, Muir Morrison; brothers, Donald and Brian Morrison; and sister, Laurena Chamlee-Cole.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Whitehawk Community Center in Clio. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to The Nature Conservancy. Services are arranged by Manni Funeral Home of Portola.




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