Obituaries for the week of 3/29/17

Rita Raylene Benedict

Rita Raylene Benedict, 67, passed away peacefully March 5, 2017, with her family by her side.

She was born Rita Raylene King in Fresno, in 1949. Later, her family moved to Humbolt County, where she graduated from Fortuna Union High School in 1967. In 1976, she moved to Sloat, where she would stay until moving to Quincy in 1991, where she met and married her husband of 21 years, Clayton Benedict. They spent their time enjoying the outdoors, attending music festivals, traveling and spending time with family.

She enjoyed the many summers she spent working at Oakland Camp until she began her 15-year career with the US Forest Service, where she retired in 2015. She loved writing poetry, photography, riding her horse, playing music and taking care of her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Clayton Benedict, of Quincy; her daughters, Amber Hill and Rhiana Hill Killingsworth, of Reno, Nevada; her stepson, Sean Benedict, of Grisham, Oregon; and her five grandchildren, Aspen and Gaven Schuyler, Beau, Brody, and Kash Killingsworth, all of Reno.

Rita will be remembered as a beautiful, unique and talented woman. She was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by all who love her. She will live on in the hearts of her loved ones forever.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Edith H. Gifford

Edith H. Gifford of Reno, Nevada, died March 18, 2017.

Edith was born in San Francisco on March 2, 1922, to Maude and James Head. She lived most of her life around the San Francisco bay.

Edith was an avid traveler and visited all over the world. She loved the Orient and England, often visiting relatives in Cornwall.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vance; son, Gary; and granddaughter, Paige.

She is survived by daughter Pamela Gifford; grandsons Jason, James and Ian, and great-grandchildren Justin, Lea, Trevor, Vivian and Evelyn.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Louis Breeze Oar

Louis Breeze Oar was born in 1935 in Reno, Nevada, to Frank and Esther Oar. He grew up wearing bib overalls on the Oar and Lucas Ranches in Fallon, Nevada, before moving to Reno as a young boy. He played football and basketball at Bishop Manogue High School, before graduating in 1953. He was a United States Navy veteran. He retired from the Reno Fire Department in 1987 following 30 years of service. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Albee, in 1955.

Louis loved his retirement years living in Portola. His children and grandchildren have many fond memories of time spent with he and Shirley in Portola. He enjoyed time spent with his retired fireman friends, who jokingly nicknamed him “Norton.” Louis will be remembered for his deep faith and devotion to the Catholic Church.

Louis passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; brother, Frank Oar Jr.; and sister, Sarah Smith.

He is survived by his children, Donald W. Oar (Shirley), Tammera Malicki-Wong (Malcolm), Richard L. Oar (Teresa), and Jeannie Lagorio (Terry, deceased); nine grandchildren, Danae, Christine, Ryan, Brent, Tessa, Jamie, Kathy, Trisha, and Nichole; and 13 great-grandchildren, Easton, Graham, Addison, Audrey, baby girl Cracolici, Elliott, Parker, Joseph Jr., Jacob, Ella, Alina, Johnny, and Sasha. He is also survived by his sisters, Phyllis Ferrell, and Bonnie Sylvester (Pete), and his friend, Sharon Sembach.

There will be a viewing Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. Rosary, at Walton’s Funeral Home, 875 W. 2nd Street, Reno, Nevada. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 10:10 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno. Reception to follow.

Bob Raymond

On the afternoon of March 13, 2017, Bob Raymond passed on to heaven from the comfort of his home in Clio, after a long and hard fought battle with brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathy Raymond; daughter and son-in-law Caitlin and Cole Comstock; and daughter Laura Raymond. Bob also leaves behind sisters, Barb Rorwick, Joni Reilley and Suzie Peterson; and brother, John Raymond.

His brother Mike and parents Howard and Jean welcomed him to heaven.

Bob was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 29, 1954, to Howard and Jean Raymond. He later lived in El Cajon, with his family, until leaving for Honduras, Mexico, to serve 18 months in the Peace Corps. Upon his return to the United States, he attended Humboldt State University and earned a degree in forestry. Bob moved to Plumas County in 1980, and met his lovely bride in 1981.

The owner of multiple successful community businesses, Bob was well known and loved in Eastern Plumas County. As a referee for his daughter’s AYSO soccer games and a Little League softball coach, he was respected by many. Bob was an avid golfer, loved mountain biking, surfing, water skiing, skateboarding, snowboarding, camping, boating, High Sierra Music Festival and early morning swimming in Bucks Lake. He was also a member of the Calpine Elks, former president of the Clio Public Utilities District and owner of his beloved mistress: a candy-apple-red 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Bob will be remembered for his wit, smile and unique sense of humor.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held in Bob’s honor on Saturday, April 1, from 12 – 3 p.m. at Longboards Bar & Grill.

Eunice Roath

Greenville resident Eunice Roath was called to her eternal home with her family by her side, on Wednesday evening, March 22, 2017.

Born in Vandervoort, Arkansas, to Arkansas natives Delmer and Ozie (Milam) Ward, she was raised and educated in Arkansas and Oklahoma. In July of 1944 in Oklahoma, Eunice was united with the love of her life Lloyd Roath in matrimony and to the blessed union four sons were born. During the late 40s the family moved west, residing in Live Oak and Chico, before settling in the northeastern California community of Greenville in 1963.

Eunice was a loving wife and mother who took great pride in her family. She is remembered fondly by them as a great cook. She enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing and camping with her family. She adorned her home with family pictures and was always excited when a new addition to the family arrived.
It was the simple things of life that brought her the most pleasure: a sunset, blooming flowers, ripening berries, freshly fallen snow, or a glimpse of deer or turkeys wandering near her home.

Eunice believed she lived in the most beautiful place on earth. She never took for granted the beauty of Indian Valley or the warmth of its people.
Above all, she was a devout Christian. She loved her Lord and was always eager to share her faith with others. Nothing touched Eunice’s heart and soul more than music. She often sang solos in church, which blessed everyone who heard her. As she went throughout her day you would hear her singing or humming one of her favorite hymns.

In her passing, Eunice leaves her sons, Ronald, of Greenville, Fred and his wife Debra, of Placerville and Richard and his wife Linda, of Los Molinos; her five grandchildren, Steve, Blake, Scott, Danny and Jennifer; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; along with a brother, Everett Ward, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, son Delmer, two brothers and four sisters.

A celebration of Eunice’s life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 1, at her beloved Greenville Southern Baptist Church, with a potluck to follow. Interment will take place with her husband in the Greenville District Cemetery. The family asks that any remembrances in Eunice’s memory be made to the Greenville Southern Baptist Church c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947. An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

Sheri Lynn Sullivan

Sheri Lynn Sullivan passed from this life on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center located in Redding.

Born Oct. 7, 1955, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Benjamin and Wilma (Lewellin) Johnson, she moved with her family as a young child to Southern California where she attended Vista High School. Following an earlier marriage that ended in divorce, she was reunited with a former classmate from high school, a handsome young recently discharged Marine, Gary Sullivan and as their love for one another blossomed they were united in matrimony on Jan. 1, 1977.

The couple moved from Vista, where Sheri had owned and operated a hairdressing salon to Lake Almanor, in 1990. Here she, along with her husband, ran the Paul Bunyan Frosty on the Lake Almanor Peninsula from 1991 to 1998.

While residing in Southern California, she served as team mom for her son’s Little League team and as the proud owner of a 1965 Mustang she served as the secretary of the Southern California Mustang Club. Sheri enjoyed relaxing fishing and trying her luck at video poker.

In her passing, Sheri leaves her loving family: her husband, Gary, of Lake Almanor; son, Jason, of Vista; mother, Wilma Johnson, of Lebanon, Missouri; and brother, Daniel Johnson, of Texas; and Benjamin “Benny” Johnson Jr., of Colorado.

Private family services are planned for a later date. An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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