After a long, complicated struggle, Ronald Barry Marks passed from this life December 17, 2013, at his home in Quincy. He was born Jan. 2, 1946, to late parents, Isabelle and Donald Marks in Toledo, Ohio, where he loved swimming at the family cottage on Lake Erie, Cub Scouts and catching fireflies with his siblings.
The family moved to Southern California when he was nine years old. Two years later, they relocated to Santa Clara in northern California. In those days, the valley was filled with orchards and summers were spent “cutting cots” where he was the favorite orchard “yard boy” or enjoying the beach at Santa Cruz. Ron graduated from Wilcox High School in 1964. He often said the one thing that kept him interested in high school was playing trumpet in the high school marching band.
After high school, he attended Foothill College in Los Altos and joined the Junior Kiwanis Club. He eventually started his own tow truck business and lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He was drawn to the small town life of the Sierras and moved to Quincy in 1973. He opened an auto repair business and worked for a year as the QHS ROP auto shop teacher.
But his real passion came when his career goals turned to woodworking and his business, the Woodworks, was born. Ron was a gifted, creative craftsman with an original, artistic eye. Together with his wife Cindy, they created beautiful pieces of woodwork and cabinet making still treasured in Plumas County homes and businesses.
Ron was fortunate to have a special group of life-long friends from high school and college who shared friendship with fun-loving humor while reminiscing about the “good old days” and staying in touch with him throughout his life. Ron is survived by his sister, Sue Gutierrez, of Meadow Valley; brother, Richard Marks, of Santa Clara; niece Rebecca and husband Neil Bence, children Nathan and Megan of Boston, Mass.; niece Alison and husband John Kim, children Annabel and Sara of Belmont.
Family and friends will always cherish loving memories of Ron’s witty sense of humor, the home he loved filled with 49er memorabilia and those great barbecues from his outdoor kitchen sitting on the deck overlooking American Valley. The family and close friends will have a private celebration of his life at a future time.
Virginia (Gina) Bailey Gossett passed away Dec. 18, 2013, at the age of 83. She died from complications following a stroke.
Virginia was born in Sacramento on Dec. 9, 1930, to S.L. Bailey and Helen Armstrong Bailey. As an infant, her parents moved to Quincy where her father was the pharmacist at Quincy Drug Store. She attended Quincy Grammar School and Quincy High School. After graduation, she went to University of Nevada, Reno, where she belonged to Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She later transferred to Heald’s Business College in Oakland.
On April 26, 1952, she married James R. Gossett. Their first home was in El Paso, Texas, where Jim was stationed in the army. Following Jim’s discharge, they moved to Malvern, Ark. In September 1953, they returned to Quincy which became their permanent home.
Virginia was a Plumas County employee for 30 years retiring in 1991. During this time, she was a legal secretary for the district attorney, county counsel and superior court judge. Some of the attorneys and judges she had the honor of working for included Chellis Carpenter, Morris Durant, Judge Bertram Janes, Judge Stanley Young, Susan Roth and Rob Shulman.
Virginia was an avid reader. She loved horses and often hosted Kentucky Derby parties. After retirement, she and Jim traveled to many different places, but Bucks Lake was her favorite vacation spot. She never gave up her love for learning.
Virginia is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim; her daughter Sheila Hoad and husband Tom, of Martinez; her son Barry, of Quincy, and her daughter Lorin Roncancio and husband Samuel, of Plano, Texas. Grandchildren left behind are Robert and William Hoad, of Martinez, and Andre, Gabriela and Jonathan Roncancio, of Plano, Texas. She is also survived by her brother Barry Bailey and his wife Peggy, of Quincy, brother-in-law Tom Gossett and his wife Jane, of Quincy, and sister-in-law Mary Straws, of Columbia, California. Also, she leaves behind many much-loved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at the Gossett home on Friday, Dec. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please come by and share some memories. Private interment will take place in the Old Quincy Cemetary.
An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com.
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