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Mignonne Hodnett
May 18, 1921 - December 14, 2006
Birthplace: Portland, Michigan
Resided In: Chico, California
Mignonne T. Hodnett
Passed away peacefully at the home of her oldest son and his wife in Chico, Ca on the 14th of December 2006.
Mignonne was born to one of the oldest continuing farm families in Michigan on May 18, 1921. She was the last generation to work a farm that had been in the same family for over 200 years and has a family history in the US dating back to the mid 1600’s. She had the privilege of living in a time where she saw the advent of electricity, indoor plumbing, the automobile and gas driven farm equipment. She was part of the “Greatest Generation” that saw the spread of the auto & aircraft for common transportation, the Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and numerous wars in the Middle East. The rise of the middle class in the US as well as the advent of the computer age and the dawn of the Space Age all happened during her lifetime.
Shortly after the start of WWII she moved to Detroit, Michigan, quitting college to do so, to work as the quintessential “Rosie the Riveter” in support of the war effort. She met her husband, Howard, on a blind date, in Detroit shortly after he was discharged from the Army at the end of the war. They were married on her family’s farm outside Lansing, Michigan. They lived on the farm until shortly after the birth of their first child, Ken and then moved to Dallas, Texas, where Howard opened a photography business, and to be near his mother. They then moved to Los Angeles where Howard, with the help of his Father, was able to find a career in the aerospace industry for the next 20 yrs. While in L.A., they had their daughter, Cirrue and another son, Jim and lived there until the late 60’s before moving to Chico and purchasing Johnny’s Lock & Safe in 1968. She and Howard, along with their two sons operated Johnny’s for over 18 years. In the mid 1980’s, they finally sold the locksmithing business and retired in Chico.
Mignonne is survived by her three children; Ken Hodnett of Chico, Cirrue Horn, and Jim Hodnett both of Palisade, CO; her four grandchildren, Tyler Hodnett of the US Air Force, Jillian Hodnett and Megan Hodnett of Chico, and Delila Katz of Boston. Her grandson Tyler is a third generation veteran of military armed conflict.
She is a Life Member of the Eastern star - Portland MI Chapter No. 258, Past President of Chico Soroptimist Club, Past President of the Chico Bonsai Society, where she was awarded numerous ribbons for her work with Bonasi both locally at the Silver Dollar Fair and through statewide events. Mignonne was very active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls for many years while raising a family in So. Calif.
Memorial Service will be held at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home on Friday December 22nd at 11AM Burial will be at the Chico Cemetery, Masonic area following the service. Memorial Donations may be made to Soroptimist International in care of the funeral home.

Tanya Elizabeth Jacoby
January 31, 1982 - December 17, 2006
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada
Resided In: Orland, California
Tanya Elizabeth Jacoby, 24, of Orland, was born January 31, 1982, in Reno, Nev. She passed away December 17, 2006 at Enloe Hospital in Chico, Ca. Her infant son, David Kenneth Dylan Ball, passed away later the same day.
She grew up in Oregon and Orland and attended Orland High School, graduating in 2000.
Tanya enjoyed camping and four-wheeling with her family and friends, especially annual trips to Coos Bay, Ore. and the mountains near Paskenta. She also had a passion for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and made many donations to their organization.
She was employed as a supervisor at the Yellow Transportation company in Orland.
Tanya is survived by her fiancé, Ryan Ball of Orland; parents, Evelyn Jacoby of Orland, and Gilbert and Nevena Payer of Orland; sisters, Amanda and Cassie Jacoby of Orland, Brandy and Katy Slaughter of Orland; brothers Cory and Chris Payer of Orland; grandparents, Faye Slaughter, Gloria Sargent, and Donna and John Badger, also all of Orland; and her beloved dog, Jake.
A Celebration of Tanya’s life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on January 6, 2007 at Eagles Hall, 6381 County Road 200 in Orland. For more information, contact Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

David Kenneth Dylan Ball
December 11, 2006 - December 17, 2006
Birthplace: Chico, California
Resided In: Orland, California
David Kenneth Dylan Ball, 7 days old, of Orland, was born December 11, 2006, in Chico, Ca. to Ryan Ball and Tanya Jacoby. He passed away December 17, 2006 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Ca. His mother, Tanya, passed away earlier the same day.
David is survived by his father, Ryan Ball of Orland; paternal grandparents, Louis Ball and Jennifer Blighton of Galt, Ca., Jim and Susan Long of Orland; maternal grandparents, Evelyn Jacoby of Orland, and Gilbert and Nevena Payer of Orland; aunts, Amy Dahl of Chico, Hannah Ball of Galt; Amanda and Cassie Jacoby of Orland, Brandy and Katy Slaughter of Orland; uncles, Dale Ball of Galt, Cory and Chris Payer of Orland; great-grandparents, Wilbur and Katie Volz of Orland, Faye Slaughter of Orland, Gloria Sargent of Orland, and Donna and John Badger of Orland; and cousins, Kelsey and Katie Dahl of Chico.
A Celebration of David’s brief life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on January 6, 2007 at Eagles Hall, 6381 County Road 200 in Orland. For more information, contact Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Marvin Hale Detrick
October 21, 1929 - December 18, 2006
Birthplace: Chico, California
Resided In: Chico, California
Memorial services will be held for Marvin Hale Detrick, 77, of Chico, 11 a.m., Friday, December 29th, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, and a reception will follow at the family home. He died Monday December 18, 2006 at Windchime Assisted Living Facility in Chico. Marvin was born October 21st 1929 in Chico, Calif., to Hale and Flora Detrick.
He graduated from Chico High School. He was a starting pitcher for the College of the Pacific Panthers as well as the Chico Colts.
On June 10th 1950 Marvin married his High School sweetheart, Beverly Akister. They made their home in Chico where Marv was employed by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In 1965 they moved to Quincy where Marv continued to work as a lineman and troubleman until 1986 when he retired after 35 years of service. In 1988 they moved to Lake Almanor and later back to Chico. Marvin enjoyed golfing and earned several top awards through the years.
Survivors include his sons, Scott of Sacramento and Bruce of Etna, and 3 grandchildren Tyler, Sherry, and Max.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

Ella Mosca
July 14, 1933 - December 18, 2006
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Resided In: Chico, California
Ella Mosca 73, of Chico entered into rest on December 18, 2006. She was pre-deceased by her husband Gene to whom she had been married to for 30 years. She had two daughters Catherine and Gina. Catherine and Paul Helms live in Pleasanton and have one daughter Lori. Gina and Tom Maclean live in Chico and have two children Valerie and Ryan. Ella was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Gerald L. Francis
July 14, 1919 - December 18, 2006
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington
Resided In: Chico, California
Gerald L. Francis was born on July 14, 1919 to Arthur and Effie Francis in Spokane, Washington. He died peacefully December 18, 2006 in Chico.
He moved to Willows, CA with his family as a young child and graduated from Willows High School in 1939.
He served in the Air Force from 1941 -1945 including one year in Guam supporting B-29 aircraft. In 1944 he married Arlyne Polson, who he met on a blind date in Wayne, NE while attending a military sponsored technical school. After his discharge, the pair moved to Willows where Gerry went into the photography business, eventually opening Gerry’s Photo. He sold the business in 1948 and moved to Chico to attend Chico State College and with a two year exception, lived here ever since.
He earned a degree in Elementary Education from Chico State in 1953 and moved to Pondosa, CA (near McCloud) to be the principal in a two room school house serving the logging community. In 1955 he moved back to Chico and accepted a teaching position with the Chico Unified School at Citrus School. Before he retired from the district in 1982 he also taught at Neal Dow, Sierra View and Cohasset.
Gerry was a member of Faith Lutheran Church for over 50 years. He was also a member of the VFW, Elks, SIRS and the Chico Retired Teachers Association.
He is survived by Arlyne, his wife of 62 years and by his three children: Betty Lynn of Jacksonville, FL; Reed and his wife Barbara in Chico and their children, Katharine, Teresa and Mike; Mark and his wife Jolene in Chico and their children, Kristen, Lauren and Casey.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 26, 2006. Private Interment was held at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to the Education Fund at Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E. 1st Avenue, Chico, 95926 Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Walter Jigour
June 28, 1917 - December 24, 2006
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Resided In: Chico, California
John Walter Jigour passed away Sunday, December 24, 2006 in Chico, CA at the age of 89. He was born June 28, 1917 to Verner and Mary Jigour in San Francisco, where he lived for 30 years.
John graduated from Commerce High School and San Francisco City College. John graduated from U.C. Berkeley in the class of 1942 with a degree in Business Education and from Stanford University with a master’s degree in Education. He loved the time he spent in San Francisco, and proudly walked across the Golden Gate Bridge the day it opened.
John was a WWII veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945 as First Lt.. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day+4 with the 552 Railhead Company.
Prior to D-Day, he met his devoted wife Leila on a blind date while stationed in Omagh, Northern Ireland. He always called her his wild Irish rose. They were married in Omagh in March, 1945.
John loved music. He played accordion, harmonica and piano. He and his brother Eddie learned to play accordion growing up during the depression. They played in a band at a summer resort in Clear Lake. He reminded everyone that “if you can play music you can always get a sandwich.” He was also an avid tennis player, playing until he was 87. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
John loved his wife and family above all. He loved his grandchildren and was a fun, enthusiastic grandpa. John was a people person and loved people from all walks of life. He enjoyed conversing in Spanish and Russian, and did so at every opportunity. He traveled across the former USSR, to Europe and to the British Isles. He inspired and motivated everyone he met in his life with his enthusiasm, boundless energy and zest for life.
John loved working with children, serving 28 years in San Lorenzo Unified School District as an elementary school principal. He was Member of the California Teachers Association and an ardent supporter of education. John actively encouraged young people to enter the profession. After living in San Lorenzo for 30 years he retired to Kelly Ridge near Lake Oroville, CA for 15 years before moving to Chico in 1991.
John was strong in his faith. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chico and Christ the King Episcopal Church in Quincy, CA.
John leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Leila Jigour; daughters, Heather Way and her husband Joe of Quincy; Hillary Cook and her husband Bill of Chico; Wendy Hood and her husband Robin of Quincy; sons, Ian Jigour and his wife Chere of Reno; Wes Jigour and his wife Kim Easterling of Folsom, CA; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and brother Edward Jigour of Santa Clara, CA.
John Jigour completed an incredible life journey. He is loved.
A Memorial service for John will be held at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Quincy at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the charity of your choice in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

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