Obituaries for the week of 2/228/2014

Vonnie-linn Humbird

John (David) Pope

Norman Edward ‘Cotton’Shelton

Patricia Rose Lynch



Vonnie-linn Humbird, 77, of Council, Idaho, passed Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, of lung cancer.

Vonnie was born in Berkeley Oct. 16, 1936, to Floyd Lester “Les” & Lila Ames.

The family moved to Twain, where Vonnie married David Marsh and had three children: Rebecca L. (Greg) Wunsch, Cynthia L. (Fred) Pierson and David H. (Janet) Fox. They divorced and she later married Carl J. Fox of Willows, who adopted all three of her children.

She worked for the Postal Service in the Feather River Canyon and had a career in banking in the Quincy and Willows area.

After retirement and Carl’s death, she married Don Humbird and joined him in Council, Idaho, in 2005.

She is survived by her husband Don Humbird, of Council; daughters Rebecca Wunsch of Council, and Cynthia Pierson, of Hollywood; daughter-in-law Janet Fox of Emmett, Idaho, and step-daughter Toni Maki of Reno, Nev. Also included are four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren, sister Geniene (Gary) Burns of Culpeper, Va., sister-in-law Patsy Sue Ames of Granby, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vonnie was predeceased by her parents, her brother Frank and her son David.

Vonnie enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards and Bunko, and loved organizing get-togethers with family and friends.

Vonnie’s wishes were to be cremated and then interned at the cemetery in Willows at a later date.


John (David) Pope, formerly of Twain, left us on Feb. 14, 2014, at the age of 67 to be with his Maker.

He is preceded in death by his parents John and Geneva Pope and his daughter Erin Pope.

He is survived by his daughters, Samantha Pope and Jennifer Anderson, and their mother Tammy Pope, siblings Linda Lile and Dean Pope and family, grandchildren Ally and Liam Anderson, and many more family and friends.

Goodbye, for now, our friend. See you at the horseshoe pits. We miss and love you.

A gathering in memory of David will be held March 1, in Somis, Calif. Please contact the family for details.



Longtime Quincy resident Norman Shelton, 95, peacefully went to his eternal resting place on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, while receiving care at Renown Medical Center in Reno.

Norman was born to parents Edward and Maude Shelton in Redding on May 5, 1918.

His father worked for the California Division of Highways, building the Northern California highway system, so Norm spent the better part of his youth moving from one northern California town to another, eventually settling down in Weed, where he graduated with honors from high school in 1937.

That’s where he met his high school sweetheart, Elinor Herberlie. The romance blossomed and the two married on June 16, 1940, and began their own family raising two girls and a son.

The devoted couple’s marriage lasted 66 years, until Elinor’s passing in 2006.

Norm attended Chico State for two years before deciding he needed to serve his country. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1946.

Using his college studies and military training in accounting and personnel, Norm began a 34-year career with Pacific Gas and Electric, initially in Chico. While there, he served on the President Council at the University of California, Chico. Being both ambitious and tenacious, he began in the accounting department for PG&E and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the utility’s district manager for its Las Plumas Division in Quincy.

During this time, he was considered one of the local experts on the Feather River Canyon’s hydro operations “Staircase of Power” and subsequently served as chairman of the California Supervisor’s Association’s Committee on Agriculture and Water.

After retiring in 1980, Norm spent several years working part time as a safety consultant for Feather Publishing Company.

Norm was very civic-minded and showed a tremendous capacity for balancing his family responsibilities, career and his commitment to his community through the various service clubs and organizations.

In Quincy, he was a past president of the Rotary Club, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Quincy Community Services District.

He was also an active member and Grand Exalted Ruler of the Quincy Elks Lodge and fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a York Rite Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge a couple of years before his passing.

Norm will be remembered as a gentle, compassionate and thoughtful man who could easily share his wealth of knowledge on a variety of subjects. He was an avid reader and always enjoyed a round of golf, good or bad.

In addition to his wife Elinor, Norm was preceded in death by his daughter Pam in 2005.

He is survived by his son Timothy and his wife Joyce of Sparks, Nev., and daughter Susan Shelton Ringbloom and her husband Drex of Chico, along with 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild (with two more on the way) and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at the Christ the King Episcopal Church on Lawrence Street in Quincy. A reception to share memories of Norm will follow.

Graveside services will be held Monday, March 10, at 12:30 p.m. at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Rd, in Igo, (just east of Redding).

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations in his memory be made to Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson St. Quincy, CA 95971

Norm would want to share this parting thought for us in some of his personal reflections: “The onward progress of gathering family and friends, the recurring and giving of knowledge and love until at last, back to where we came, perhaps to begin again.”



Quincy resident Patricia Rose Lynch passed from this life peacefully Friday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2014, at Renown Medical Center located in Reno, Nev. Her loving family was at her side.

Born in Madera to former fire chief John T. Brammer and his wife Hermalinda, Pat — as she affectionately became know — was raised and educated in Madera where she graduated from Madera High School as a member of the Class of 1945. It is during this time she was introduced to a handsome young Army aviator named James B. Lynch. She and Lt. Lynch were married on April 24, 1944, in Fresno. To this union three sons were born.

The couple resided in Madera where they raised their family until moving to Quincy some forty years ago.

Pat was a devout member of the Roman Catholic faith and while residing in Quincy was a regular attendee at St. John’s Catholic Church. Pat was a devoted homemaker who always kept her family first and always had a place at the table for any other child that wished to be there at any time. She served her community as a member of the Plumas District Hospital Auxiliary and was a member of the Red Hatters of Quincy. She found enjoyment in tending to her garden but found raising her grand- and great-grandchildren God’s calling in her later life.

In passing, Pat leaves her husband of just a couple of months shy of celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary together, James B. Lynch Sr., of Quincy; sons John T. Lynch and his wife Angelina, of Dayton, Nev., Jimmy Lynch, of Reno, Nev., and Jeffrey J. Lynch, of Quincy; along with the precious jewels of her later life, her grandchildren Sarah, Seana, Jessica, Jordan and great-grandchildren Logan, Noah, Emma and Elle.

Along with her parents, she joins her brother John Jr. in their eternal home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for the repose of Pat’s soul at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, at her beloved St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery in Madera.

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

Pat will be dearly missed by her family and so many she has come in contact with throughout the years.


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