Obituaries for the week of 1/17/2014

Elinor J. Munson

Floyd Raymond Owen

Betty Christian Bell

Jack Allen Linn

  Elinor J. Munson went to be with the Lord on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2014. She had just celebrated her 86th birthday on Dec. 17, 2013. She had been living at Seneca Long Term Convalescent Hospital since October 2012.

  She was born on Dec. 17, 1927, in Seattle, Wash., to Mabel and Arthur Lindquist.

  Her faith and her children were the most important things in her life.

  She and her first husband, Morris Hayes, pastored their own church in the 1950s. This was the happiest time in her life.

  Elinor was an accomplished musician. She played the piano, organ, violin, accordion and lap harp. She had several careers during her lifetime. She was the executive secretary to the Head of the Music Department at Oral Roberts University. She also worked as a real estate agent, but her favorite career was owning her own gift store in La Mesa.

  She loved to entertain and was proud of her homegrown vegetables which she served to her guests. She was an avid gardener and had many beautiful rose bushes as well as gardenias in her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  She was also very active in the churches she attended. She loved to have college students as well as other guests over for Sunday dinner on a regular basis.

  In her later years, Elinor and her husband, Fred Munson, visited Cypress Acres Retirement Home, in Paradise, on a weekly basis with the Bible Singers for over nine years.

  She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Robinson (Bob) and Glenda Blackman (Gary), and her son, Stephen Hayes (Carmen), five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her three husbands, Morris Hayes, Norman Smith and Fred Munson.

  Her Celebration of Life service was held at the Chapel of the Pines in Paradise on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m.


  Floyd Raymond Owen, a longtime valley ranch foreman and current resident of Lake Almanor Peninsula, went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, Jan. 4, 2014, at Seneca Hospital in Chester.

  A native of Gridley, born to the late William and Nellie (Roberts) Owen on Nov. 21, 1924, Floyd was raised and educated in Gridley. Floyd left high school early to serve his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. At this time, he married his high school sweetheart, Ada Graves. To this union, three sons and a daughter were born. Ada passed from this life in October of 1986.

  Upon his honorable discharge, Floyd returned to Northern California where he worked as a ranch foreman in both the cattle and rice industries. In 1989, in Yuba City, Floyd met and and later married a nursing assistant named Betty Kay Battershell. Betty Kay had cared for one of his family members. The couple moved to Coos Bay, Ore., and were married June 12, 1991. They lived in Coos Bay, Ore., and later Buhl, Idaho, before settling in the northeastern California community of Lake Almanor in June of 1995.

  Floyd was a devoted Christian who attended the Westwood Assembly of God. Floyd was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his family, enjoyed the outdoors through fishing and hunting, loved to tell stories of the good ol’ days, and always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say.

  In passing, Floyd leaves behind his loving wife of 23 years, Betty Kay Owen of Lake Almanor; sons Kenny, and his wife Sue, and Kevin, and his wife Donna, all of Gridley; daughters, Tammy Lynn Hettrick and her husband Glen, of Chico, and Teri Kay Rabey and her husband Rick, of Red Bluff; daughter- in-law Annie Owen, 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

  Floyd joins his first wife Ada, his son Keith, his daughter Konnie, his brothers Walt, Warner and Virgil and his sister Gladys in heaven with the Lord.

  A celebration of Floyd’s life will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Westwood Assembly of God church. Interment will take place in the Oroville District Cemetery.

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


  Betty Christian Bell, 82, of Chandler, Ariz., passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Chandler. Born April 14, 1931, in Austin, Minn., Betty grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and married college sweetheart, Robert Bell, on Aug. 19, 1951.

  After Bob’s  years in the Air Force, they settled in Midland, Mich., where their three children were born.  In the early 1960s, they moved to Traverse City, Mich.

  Betty began working as a fiber artist, weaving tapestries on her 60-inch Cranbrook loom, and making beautiful dyed-silk creations. While living in Clearwater, Fla., she continued to build her reputation as a talented artist, with one of her tapestries displayed in the Florida State Capital.

  They moved to northern California in the early 1990s, and loved their mountain home overlooking Lake Almanor in the Cascade Mountains.

  After Bob’s retirement, they moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 2006. Betty loved singing in church choirs throughout her life, and in her later years, she loved performing in the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church choir. She was an active member of the P.E.O. women’s organization for 65 years.

  She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Bell; children: Barbara Bell Fletcher (John), David Bell (Bonnie), and Steven Bell (Karen), as well as five grandchildren. 

  Funeral services were held Sat., Jan. 11, at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church. Betty greeted everyone with a big smile and was a source of encouragement and joy for her family. She is deeply loved and missed.

  Arrangements by Bueler  Chandler Mortuary.


  Following a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease, Hamilton Branch resident Jack Allen Linn passed from this life with his wife and son at his side, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Seneca Health Care District Hospital in Chester.

  Born July 23, 1936, in Turlock, to the late Albert and Gladys (Kellogg) Linn, Jack was raised and educated in the Turlock and Sacramento areas. Jack left high school early to begin what became a 48-year career in the telecommunications industry as a repairman and installer. He moved to the Lake Almanor area in 1983 to finish out his career with Citizens Utilities, retiring in 1998.

  One who always looked to solve a need, Jack was an inventor who held a patent for his and his partners design of a table saw fence. He designed and built a number of specialty hole-drilling machines. Jack enjoyed the freedom of flight through his pilot’s license and while restoring a Piper J-3 as well as owning a home-built aircraft for a number of years.

  A motorcycle enthusiast, Jack raced flat track, scrambles and rallies throughout the west. He found great enjoyment in exploring the desert with father-in-law Gil Morrill, gold panning in the rivers and streams throughout the area and driving and exploring the back woods. Jack found solace in his walks in the woods. He could be found in the local coffee shops meeting old friends and making new acquaintances.

  In passing Jack leaves his loving wife and best friend Patricia “Trish” Linn, of Lake Almanor; children Bobby McCoy, of Hawaii, Patrick Linn, of Auburn, and Ann Beachamp, of Ukiah; sisters Janet “Susie” Collins, of Orangevale, and Roberta Sampson, of Auburn; grandchildren Chris, Jim, Scott, and Mike McCoy, Joie Tollestrup, Ray Peck, Sarah and Randi Linn; great-grandchildren Berlinn, Scarlett, Josh, Joe, Seth, Zoey, Mika and Autumn; sister and brother -in-law Gail and Bob Bengard, as well as his longtime dear friend Jim Green and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Along with his parents, Jack joins his son John Scott Linn in their eternal home.

  At Jack’s request no services will take place following cremation. His wish that was fulfilled was that he have a great gathering for his 75th birthday instead. A gathering of friends and family is being planned for later this spring. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


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