Obituaries for the week of 6/20/2012

Maxine Palazzi, 88

Isabelle Catherine Murchison, 98


Maxine Palazzi died peacefully at her home in Greenville Tuesday morning, June 12, 2012, at the age of 88.

She was born Nov. 17, 1923, in Drain, Ore., the fifth of six children of Elmer and Mildred Long. The family moved from Oregon to Seneca when she was 6 years old and she attended school there through the sixth grade before the family moved to Greenville.

While living in Seneca, Maxine’s father was a gold miner and took other work as it came available. Her mother did baking for the popular summer resort that was in Seneca at the time. Many families from cities such as San Francisco came to the resort in the summertime, and Maxine had many fond memories of the people that she met while living there. She often would say that her family “didn’t have much, but they never wanted for anything.”

Maxine had a very rich and full life. She and her husband Joseph Palazzi were married in 1940 and enjoyed their life together every minute of every day. They enjoyed fishing, hunting and dancing — and working. They did everything together. They both devoted their lives to their family, friends and home. Everyone was always welcome when they came to the Palazzis’ door. Maxine was an incredible cook and spent hours in her kitchen preparing every kind of meal one could imagine. No matter how many people dropped by unexpectedly there was always more than enough food to go around. She was known for her fried chicken and potato salad at the July Fourth rodeo. Everyone would stop by their picnic spot to enjoy the food. She also grew a large garden each year and did a lot of canning. Her family was eating organic before it was in style!

Maxine was a seamstress, sewing for her children and grandchildren. She did many other crafts such as crocheting, knitting, ceramics and quilting. In addition to these she worked for 20 years as secretary for the carpenters union at the office in Greenville.

No one loved children more than Maxine and all that came to her home knew immediately that they were special to her. She had such a way about her that little ones loved her instantly. She was the mother, grandmother and aunt that we all wish we could be. She will be so missed by all who knew her and felt her love.

Maxine is preceded in death by her husband Joe, who died in 2008.

She is survived by her sister, Alta Tweedle, of Oroville; her two children, Jolene Palazzi, of Greenville, and Gary Palazzi, of Fairfield; three grandchildren, Roberta Allen and Kelly Williamson, of Greenville, and Rita Brasher of Nesbit, Miss.; four great-grandchildren, Amber Cravens, of Greenville, Emily Allen, of Chico, Joseph Allen, of Greenville, and Richie Williamson, of Ohio; and two great-great-grandsons, Mason Mesa, of Greenville, and Bryce Brasher, of Nesbit, Miss. She also leaves behind dozens of nieces and nephews.

Maxine was laid to rest June 18 with a service at Greenville Cemetery at 11 a.m. Viewing at Fehrman Mortuary in Greenville preceded the service. She will finally have a much-deserved rest and go to meet her beloved Joe. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Murchison family matriarch Isabelle Catherine Murchison peacefully passed from this life under the compassionate care of the staff at the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Healthcare District Wednesday night, June 13, 2012, at the age of 98.

Born Oct. 1, 1913, in Austin, Ore., to Frank and Lucy (Crane) Robinson, she was raised and educated in the Austin and Baker, Ore., areas. In July 1932, she married Charles Crane and to this union a daughter was born. The family tragically lost Charles in a hunting accident.

In February 1940 Isabelle married Merald Murchison and to this union a son and a daughter were added. In 1943 the family relocated to the Northeastern California logging community of Chester where Isabelle worked as a cook at both the former Chester Club and the Almanor Inn. She served the residents of Plumas County as a member of the Plumas County Election Board for a number of years.

In passing Isabelle leaves her two daughters, Dorothy McDonough and her husband Gene, of Boise, Idaho, and Sharon Roberts and her husband Jay, of Hamilton, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom she held so dearly in her heart.

Isabelle joins her husbands, Charles and Merald; son Lyle Murchison; brothers Jim and Walter Robinson; sister Francis; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild in their eternal home.

At Isabelle’s request, private inurnment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

Isabelle asked that any remembrances in her memory be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



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