Obituaries for the week of 6/6/2012

Virgil “Ray” Keefer, 81

Diann Conant, 65

Veda Marguerite Rude, 103

Nancy Annette Barbea, 69


Virgil “Ray” Keefer passed away May 13, 2012. He was born in Concord, June 10, 1931.

Ray was raised in Oregon and graduated from Ontario High School, in Ontario, Ore., in 1949.

Ray joined the Air Force and was a cargo specialist during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge, he moved to Chester where he met the love of his life and best friend Maxine Hughes. They were married on Nov. 28, 1953, and moved to Chico where Ray attended Chico State University graduating in 1957 with a B.A. in business administration.

They returned to Chester where he was a real estate broker for over 40 years and was a Plumas County Justice Court Judge for Greenville and Chester for nine years.

Ray served as president of the Judges, Marshals and Constables Association. He was a member of the Chester Lions Club and served as secretary and president. Ray was also a member of the Plumas County board of Realtors serving as president and regional chairman of District 2. He received Realtor of the Year in 1991. Ray was honored as Lifetime Member of PTA for his work with and for young people.

After retirement, they relocated to Durham and Chico.

Ray is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maxine; his daughter Teri (Dave) Schell of Durham; sons, Steve of Tustin, and Dale (Bonnie) of Susanville; eight grandchildren, Laural (Ryan) Davis, Brandon, Brett and Bradley Keefer, Brieanna (Bryan) Rhoads, Kaena Keefer, Morgan and Madison Schell; one great-grandson Ashton Rhoads; a sister, Helen (Dean) Fraizer of Oregon; and a brother, Earl (Ann) of Redding; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and many, many friends.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Enloe Hospital and Twin Oaks Care Facility for the wonderful care he was given.

A celebration of Ray’s life will be held Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m., at the Chester Elks Lodge. “Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries, it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Alzheimers Association in care of Brusie Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at brusiefh.com


Diann Conant, of Portola, passed away May 14, 2012, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., after a long fight with COPD.

Born in Portola, Feb. 5, 1947, she joins her parents, William “Bill” Conant and Genevive “Betty” Baldwin, in eternal life.

She is survived by her daughter, Amber Knox; sister, Cheryl Plane; and nephews Jason and Matthew Manit.

At her request, she will be buried with her paternal grandparents, George and Florence Conant, at the Shady Grove cemetery in Portola.

A Celebration of life will be held at the Mohawk Tavern, 999 Johnsville Rd., Graeagle, Aug. 11, at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers please donate to any local organization. Diann believed in taking care of the locals.


At the tender age of 103, with her loving family at her side, Veda Marguerite Rude passed from this life peacefully on the morning of May 25, 2012, at her residence in East Quincy.

Born to Alfred and Ida (Bowan) Salmon on the family ranch at French Camp, she was raised and educated in Manteca where she attended high school.

At the age of 15 she met Merlyn Rude, whom she later married in Eureka on July 18, 1927, and to this blessed union a son and daughter were born. Following their marriage the newlyweds moved to Turlock before settling in Modesto. In 1988, they moved to the northeastern California community of Quincy.

Veda was an accomplished seamstress who took great pride in sewing the clothes for her family. She also enjoyed the art of embroidery and crocheting and, as her daughter tells, “was one hell of a good cook.”

In passing Veda leaves her daughter, Arlene Van Lier, of Quincy; son Ronald “Jack” Rude and his wife Jean, of Quincy; four grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She joins her husband Merlyn, who passed from this life in 1993; a sister, Eva; and two grandchildren in their eternal home.

At Veda’s request no services will take place. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Nancy Annette Barbea peacefully passed from this life Wednesday evening, May 30, 2012, with her husband at her side at her residence in East Quincy.

Born Sept. 4, 1943, in Bremerton, Wash., Nancy and her family relocated to Quincy when she was 4 after a brief stay in the San Francisco East Bay. She is a 1961 graduate of Quincy High School and following graduation worked at the Lariat Lodge and later for Plumas District Hospital in their kitchen.

She was introduced through mutual friends to a handsome young gentleman named C. Dee Barbea, and the couple was united in matrimony July 25, 1970, in Reno, Nev.

Dee’s career with the California Highway Patrol led the couple to move to Concord, where they resided from 1970 to 1983. While residing in the East Bay Area, Nancy was active with the Wetted Wheels Motorcycle Club as well as the Twilight Twirlers Square Dancing Club. The couple returned to Quincy in 1983 where Nancy became active with the Mt. Jura Gem Society out of Taylorsville as well as the Feather River Model A’s Club.

Nancy found pleasure in cruising the backcountry with her husband in their Jeep, touring on their motorcycle, rock hunting and beach combing as well as collecting antiques and working in her garden.

In passing, she leaves her best friend and love of her life, her husband Dee, of Quincy; daughter Katy Marie Barbea, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and her beloved companion Kekoa.

Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, private family services will take place at a later date. Inurnment will take place in the Cromberg District Cemetery.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

The family asks that any remembrances in Nancy’s name be made to Plumas Community Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.



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