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Life Tributes for the week of 4/8/20

Patrick Donald Cook

Patrick Donald Cook, of Graeagle, passed away March 21, 2020, in Reno, Nevada.

He was born Sept.  4, 1936, in Santa Barbara, a second generation native.

He was a retired firefighter for 25 years with Santa Barbara City Fire and went on to establish Bucks Lake Volunteer Fire Department and was chief for 13 years. He was a past board member of Plumas County Museum and past president of the Historical Society. Patrick was a retired naval veteran, a Mason and a clamper. He was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Quincy.

He was married for 61 years to the love of his life, Janna Walters Cook (April 6, 1958, in Santa Barbara), who survives him. He is also survived by Wade Patrick Cook (son); Julie Ann (Spencer) Garrett (daughter); granddaughters Cambria (Dain) Smith, Alyssa Garrett; grandsons, Wade Cook Jr. and Wes Cook; great-grand children, Patrick Smith and Oliva Rose Smith; four step-grandchildren (Spencer and Amanda, Trevor and Vanessa Garrett); and three step-great-grandsons (Breyan, Holden and Tahoe Garrett).

Donations in memory of Patrick Cook can be sent to: Bucks Lake Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 119, Meadow Valley, CA, 95956 or Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA    95971.

Celebration of Life to follow this summer.

Albert C. “Bud” Duncan

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Bud Duncan passed away peacefully at age 89.

Bud was born on Aug. 16, 1930, in Colusa. He graduated from Chico High in 1949. Bud joined the Army in 1953, was a member of their rifle team and was a MP stationed in Austria. Bud worked for PG&E for 35 years, moving his way up from a lineman to district manager. While a lineman he and his family enjoyed working on their almond orchard in Chico. His career with PG&E took him to Chico, Quincy, Arcata, Willow Creek and Garberville.

Bud was a past president of PSEA and was active in the communities he lived, including past president of Lions in Quincy and Rotary in Arcata. He also umpired Little League baseball and refereed high school football. He retired to Lake Almanor in 1987, was a member of Lake Almanor West Golf Club and spent the winters in Parker, Arizona. Bud enjoyed being with family and friends, travel, golf, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing and parachuting (once).

Bud was preceded in death by father, Kenneth; mother, Margaret; first wife, Louise; and siblings, Dick and Dorothy.

He is survived by Betty, his wife of 46 years; his two, children Dave and Deborah; stepchildren, Linda, Debbie and Jacque; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Celebration of Life will be held this summer at Lake Almanor. Condolences may be sent to the family at brusiefh.com.

Rita Johnson

Rita Johnson, surrounded by her family, passed away and went to live with her heavenly father on April 4, 2020.

Rita was born on Feb. 17, 1956, in Loyalton. Rita grew up in Portola and served her community in many ways. She helped co-run Project Santa Claus and Holiday Helping Hands. She served, in many ways, at Portola Assembly of God Church in Portola, where her father pastored for many years. She then became a member of Reno Assembly of God Church and has been their Children’s Pastor for many years. Rita worked as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Plumas County Sheriff’s Department. She was also a sign language interpreter for Plumas Unified School District.

Rita is survived by her husband, Dale Johnson; mother, Wanda Driggers; sisters, Carol Thompson and Darlene Crews; her children, Linda and Allan Cash and Sharon and Jonathan Hoover; her grandchildren include: Brittany and Wesley Tripp, Ryan and Lili Cash, Savannah Cash, Raegan Cash, Ryleigh Cash, Makayla Hoover, Angel Ani, Goeth Ani and Godstime Ani.

Rita is preceded in death by her father, Reverend James Driggers.

Rita loved everyone she met and was loved by many. They include her nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, adopted kids, adopted grandkids and many friends.

Due to Covid-19, Rita will have a service online. Information will be posted on her Facebook page. There also will be a church service at Reno Assembly of God in Rita’s memory once Covid-19 is over.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting monetary donations be made to Reno Assembly of God Church for their children’s department: Reno Assembly of God Church, PO BOX 6077, Reno, Nevada, 98513.

Penelope W. “Penny” Shepardson

Penelope W. “Penny” Shepardson, a full-time resident of Lake Almanor for the past 30 years, passed away on March 16, 2020.

Penny, born on June 23, 1955, in Boston, Massachusetts, devoted her life to her beloved husband, Dean E. and children, Dean W., April and Laura, who survive her.

Penny began spending summers at Lake Almanor with her parents, Willis and Franny Bower, in the mid 1960s. She met her husband at a training program for Medical Technologists in 1981 in Brea. The couple married in 1983 and lived in Southern California, with Penny working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, before settling in Lake Almanor in 1990.

Everyone who met Penny described her as sweet, kind and caring … and always with a smile. She loved to shop and supported many local gift stores! Penny was a lover of all animals and enjoyed collecting figurines and artwork that highlighted that affinity. Her favorite color was pink.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Dean E.; children, Dean W., April and Laura; grandchildren, Ellie, Holly, Jasmine, Joey, and Krystal; great-grandchildren, Liam and Caleb; and brothers, Stuart and Ted.

For information regarding celebration of life services, please contact April at 951-534-3816.

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