Life Tributes for the week of 11/29/19

Terese (Teri) Alene Tucker Haas

After battling with rapidly progressive dementia, Terese (Teri) Alene Tucker Haas succumbed to complications from the disease, peacefully, at her home on Nov. 18, 2019, in Quincy, while under the constant care of her long-time partner and friend, Homer Read Sr.

Teri was born Jan. 11, 1951. She graduated from Salinas High School in 1969, and moved to Crescent Mills in the mid-1970s with her son, Alex. She later moved to Quincy where she worked several years for the Plumas County Animal Control. For the past many years, Teri owned and operated Top Dog Grooming from her home on Bell Lane. She was active in local 4H groups, conducted community classes in dog first aid and was an outspoken advocate for animal protection and safety.

Teri is survived by Homer Read Sr. (partner/spouse), Alex Amaral (son), Dalton and Tyler Amaral (grandsons), Bentley and Bennett Amaral (great-grandsons), Kim Tucker Wolf (sister), Jon Tucker (brother), Lisa Tucker Forcino (sister) Harry Cominos (brother), Helen Cominos (sister) and Mary Cominos (sister).

The family has no plans for services at this time, but donations to Alzheimer’s / Dementia research would be appreciated.

Joyce Whitford Hall

Joyce Whitford Hall, age 87, passed away early Saturday morning, Nov. 16, 2019, at Plumas District Hospital with family by her side.

Born July 7, 1932, in Daytona Beach, Florida, to James and Lillian Whitford, Joyce was the seventh of 11 siblings.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tracy Ned Hall, in 2006.

She and Tracy met while working for Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento in the early 1960s. After they married in 1963, Tracy’s career transferred the young family to Yuba City, Auburn and then Quincy, in 1970. In love with the community, Tracy and Joyce decided to reside in beautiful Plumas County for the rest of their lives.

Joyce ran a daycare for about 20 years and always felt lucky to be a part of so many families’ lives. She loved her family dearly, always had a German shepherd by her side, baked delicious pies for every possible occasion, was a loyal Sacramento Kings fan and put her heart and soul into her beautiful garden year after year.

Mom/ Nana/ Nana-peel/ Joyce-y is survived by her sisters, Ruth Meadows, Barbara Esser; and brothers, Charles and Robert Whitford; daughter, Jamie Aylward (husband Todd); and sons, Tracy Hall (wife Danelle), Tim Hall (wife Hollie), and Thom Hall (wife Mimi); stepdaughter, Denise Lanier (husband Dan); as well as eight grandchildren, Niki, David, Nariah, Whitney, Taylor, Kainoa, Melia and Thommi; and five great-grandchildren, Maverick, Avery, Cole, Cade and Jack. She also leaves many other family and friends who will sadly miss her.

Funeral Service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the East Lawn Cemetery in Quincy. A Celebration of Life to follow at the Aylward residence.

Wayne Paul Lichti

Wayne Paul Lichti, age 65, of Chester, passed away on Nov. 19, 2019, in Chico, due to a severe cerebral event. Wayne was born on Oct. 5, 1954, in Long Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen Lichti, his three children, Josh Lichti, Sara Schmid, and Rebekah Hescox, as well as his five grandkids. He is also survived by his mother, Helen Lichti and sister, Marilyn Buster.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lichti and brother, Robert Lichti, Jr.

A memorial was held on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Anthony “Tony” Allen Lawson McGirr

Tony was suddenly taken from us on Nov. 11, 2019.

Tony was born in Quincy, on April 8, 2010. He attended Quincy Elementary School. He was active in American Valley 4H and judo. He truly loved his 4H family and loved 4H Camp the best. He loved being on the Bresciani Ranch with all of his relatives and animals. He loved playing Legos and Minecraft. His play dates with all his best friends was the highlight of his days out of school. He had a very special relationship with his Grandpa Marvin and could frequently be seen doing errands together.

He is survived by father, Caleb McGirr and mother, Sarah Lawson; his brothers, Tysen and Oliver McGirr; sisters, Addisyn and Myah Merino; grandparents, Marvin and Gina McGirr, also grandparents, Scott Lawson and Melaine Lawson; great-grandparents, Ernest and Beverly McGirr, and Diana Lawson; aunt, Jenna McGirr; uncle, Sam Lawson; and special brother, Skylar Ralston.

Services will be held Nov. 30 at the Mormon Church at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family will be setting up a scholarship for children that cannot afford to attend 4H Camp. If you wish to donate to Tony’s Kids to Camp, please make checks payable to Gina or Marvin McGirr at Plumas Bank.

Stanley Alden Thomas

Stan entered into eternal life on Nov. 16, 2019, to be with his parents, Beverly and Alden, and his brother, Richard.

He was the beloved husband of Marion for 57 years, the devoted father of Curtis and his wife, Crystal, Bruce and his wife, Diane, Laura and Marcie (Marcella) and the loving grandfather of Alyssa, Matthew, Nick, Casey and Shelby.

He was born on Feb. 26, 1940, in Quincy at the Plumas County Hospital and was the eldest son of Beverly and Alden Thomas and was the oldest brother to Richard and Jerry. He was raised in the small railroad town of Keddie during its heyday, (population about 300) and spent his days hiking, swimming, shooting and playing the sports of the season with his friends.

Thanks to Stan, his closest friend, Pete Hanley, and others, a basketball court was constructed between the Keddie store and hotel annex, allowing the rest of us Keddie-ballers to spend hours honing our skills in hopes of someday starting for the Quincy High Trojans.

Stan had a love and talent for all sports, starting at first base on the QHS varsity baseball team and also starting on the 1958 championship basketball team at point guard. Later, he even was selected for several all-star baseball teams while serving in the Army.

His service in the Army also led to his greatest achievement. While serving on a Nike missile base, Stan would drive for hours on his days off from his station in Maine to spend time in East Hampton, Connecticut, where he had met his lifetime sweetheart, Marion DiStefano.

Soon after leaving the Army and getting married, they packed their ’56 Chevy convertible and went on a transcontinental journey across the U.S. back to Stan’s roots of Quincy to follow in his father’s footsteps working for the Western Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad. After a few years, Stan and Marion decided to take a better job with the WP in Stockton, where they made their permanent home and raised their family. He worked for the railroad for over 44 years as a brakeman/conductor.

Stan continued to satisfy his love for sports, playing golf as often as he could at Swenson along with outings to many links throughout northern California and the U.S. Also a big sports fan, Stan was a season ticket holder for the University of the Pacific basketball team, cheering them in victory and defeat while loudly critiquing the local referees.

Stan loved the outdoors and never lost his love for his roots, returning to the Sierra of his pioneer and Maidu ancestor’s homeland whenever possible. He enjoyed motorcycle road trips and camping excursions to Yosemite and Bucks Lake with family and friends. Folklore has it that when the lights dimmed and the generators hummed at the Thomas and Migliori campsite, there was a mini-camper migration to enjoy one of those Stan or Gene margaritas. Nothing was more important or special to him then spending time with his family.

A funeral service will be held on Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at Cherokee Memorial in the Evergreen Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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