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Kenneth R. Herrick M.D.
January 24, 1934 - October 30, 2007
Birthplace: Grady, New Mexico
Resided In: Chico, California
January 24, 1934 – October 30, 2007
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00 am, at the Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 208 West 1st Street in Chico.
Ken Herrick was born in Grady, NM. In 1964 he traveled to Chico, CA, with his family and began his Medical Practice. From 1976 to 1978 he served his country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He returned to Chico and continued his private practice from 1978 to 1980, and then in 1980 he graduated with a degree in Anesthesiology from OHSU in Portland, OR. Ken returned to Chico and practiced as an Anesthesiologist at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise, CA. Ken loved his family, friends and Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Myrna, he was a wonderful father to five children, Myrna Rae (Todd) Dow of Sisters, OR, Celeste Jean (Randy) Anderson of Chico, CA, Caryn Grace (Kevin) Crutchfield of Midland, TX, Kenneth Lane Herrick of Brooklyn, NY, and Paul Wesley Herrick of Chico, CA. He was a caring mentor to his 6 grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob and Anna Anderson, Loren, Erin, and Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Bible Society at or in care of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Homes.

Marjorie Eleanor Gonnion
October 12, 1915 - October 30, 2007
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Resided In: Chico, California
Born Marjorie Eleanor Flescher on October 12, 1915 to Victor & Edith Flescher in Omaha, Nebraska, she was also raised and educated here. August 31, 1940 she married James “Bud” Gonnion. They lived in Wisconsin, Oakland, Calif., Half Moon Bay, Calif., and Washington before moving to Chico in 1961. Marj worked a short time as a cook for the Chico Unified School District. She attended First Assembly of God and Pleasant Valley Assembly of God Churches and was very active in church work her whole life. Marj died on Wednesday, October 30, 2007 at her daughter’s home in Washington.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane and Nancy, four grandchildren, Judy, Martha, Jared and Joel, and two great grandchildren, Cameron and Ian. She is preceded in death by a son Lyle and her husband James “Bud”.
A Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 pm, Wednesday, at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held 11 am, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 at Chico Cemetery.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Gideon’s in care of the funeral home.

Marvin Albert Crites
June 01, 1913 - October 31, 2007
Birthplace: Live Oak, California
Resided In: Chico, California
A memorial service for Marvin Albert Crites, 94, of Chico will be at 11 :00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1289 Filbert Avenue in Chico.
He died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, October 31, 2007 of complications following hip replacement surgery.
Marvin was born in Live Oak, CA, June 1, 1913 to Albert and Irene Crites. He was raised in the Church of the Brethren and graduated from LaVerne College. He taught at Orland High School for several years. In 1938 he married Beulah Fillmore and raised three children on a dairy farm south of Gridley. He also was an agricultural surveyor and in the early 70's moved to Chico where he was the driving force behind and the first president of the Kiwi Growers' Association in California. He and Beulah were among the founders of the local Farmers' Market.
He was a long time member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and active in the Democratic Club. He was an optimistic, gregarious man who loved people and who always defended the rights of the less fortunate among us. He loved baseball, gardening, and singing.
Survivors include his daughter, Marla Crites of Chico; two sons, Ron Crites of Davis and Dennis Crites of Greenville; four grandchildren, Stacie Hooper, Kelby Gardiner, Daniel Crites, and Steven Crites; and Daniel's mother, Sandy Graham, a good friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah, in 1988.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship or to the Peace & Justice Center.

Frederick Howard McDiarmid
March 31, 1926 - October 31, 2007
Birthplace: Hollywood, California
Resided In: Chico, California
Fred was born to Harry McDiarmid and Eunice Bourland McDiarmid on March 31, 1926 in Hollywood, CA.
Fred was most proud of his family and is survived by his wife Pat (formerly Patricia Benoit) and his five children: Paula, (London, England); Anne, (Canberra, Australia); Michael, (Santa Fe, New Mexico); Therese, (Toronto, Canada); and Karen (Petaluma, CA). Also Surviving are eight grandchildren and one great grandson.
Fred was proud of his Marine Corps service in WWII. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and survived the battle of Iwo Jima. He was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart.
Fred was a graduate of the University of California at Davis and Berkeley. After graduation in 1950 he worked in Hawaii in the production of pineapple, for Del Monte.
The remainder of his working life was with the Du Pont Company, except for a brief time selling insurance. Fred’s career with Du Pont took him and his family to Cupertino, Santa Barbara, Salinas and Kenwood, CA.; Orlando, FL.; Pheonix, AZ.; Wilmington, DE.; Panama, Sydney, Australia; Geneva, and Switzerland. Fred retired from Dupont in 1986.
A private military funeral service will be held in Dixon, California.

William "Bill" Galbraith Martin
April 02, 1922 - October 31, 2007
Birthplace: Chico, California
Resided In: Chico, California
William Galbraith Martin, 85, died Wednesday October 31, 2007 at a local hospital. He was born April 2, 1922 in Chico to Amanda and Charles Martin.
Bill attended Chico schools, and during WWII he served in the U.S. Army where he served 3-years overseas. On July 28, 1945 he married Celia Blanc. Bill had a 33-year career with PG&E where he worked as a lineman, troubleshooter and foreman. He enjoyed playing baseball and coaching Little League. He also liked hunting, fishing, golfing and playing different musical instruments. Bill’s greatest love was being with his family.
He was a Past Master of Chico-Leland Stanford Masonic Lodge #111, Past Patron of Josephine Chapter #104 of Eastern Star, Past President of Chico Shrine Club and a member of Ben Ali Shrine Temple. He was a recipient of the Grand Cross of Colors given by the Order of Rainbow for Girls. Bill was also a member of First Christian Church, V.F.W. Post 1555, Chico Elks Lodge #423 and Bidwell Golf Club.
Survivors include his wife, Celia; 2 daughters, Kathleen (Mike) Gabriel and Jenice (Jack) Hester; 4 grandchildren, Renee Murphy, Stephanie Gabriel-Boyden, and Isaac and Lucas Gabriel; 2 great-grandsons, Connor and Jack Murphy, and his sister, Claudia Poore.
Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday November 3, 2007 at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund or to Shriners Children’s Hospital in care of the funeral home.

Paula Mae Warner
June 14, 1935 - November 01, 2007
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Resided In: Magalia, California
Paula Mae Warner
Paula M. Warner age 72, passed away November 1, 2007. She was one of three daughters. She is survived by her sister, Betty Pratt and husband, sister Carolyn Waugh and husband and four nephews and a niece as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. Her service will be Friday, November 9, 2007 at 11:00a.m. at Paradise Alliance Church at 6491 Clark Rd. The burial will follow at Skyway Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers make donations to American Cancer Society in care of Newton-Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Service of Paradise who are handling the arrangements.

Doris Ann Laughlin
February 14, 1944 - November 01, 2007
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Resided In: Palermo, California
Our mom, was like no other, she was your mom too.
Her heart was as open as the doors of our home, our table always had room for one more, often times it was her seat and making sure you had enough before she sat down.
Alone, Mom found a way to protect and provide for my sister and I, thinking of herself last, sacrificing her teenage years to give the strongest thing she ever possessed...the love of a mother...our mother. I remember falling to sleep to swish-swash of the washer, awakening to the smell of cinnamon oatmeal, and coffee-milk, as we grabbed our clean clothes off the dryer.
As I grew up, so did the situations and problems I faced, she was always there, praying, crying, and pleading with judges to give me a chance, and it was always "The last time."
I was always the second to know it was my birthday, no matter where I was, she would call me at 6:15 am and tell me the story of the auto accident and the pain she endured to bring me into the world......I'll miss her this year.
As time passed, visits became less frequent, but the phone calls increased, busy as ever, no strays in our neighborhood as any animal was subject to her affection and eventually, our house, then she upgraded to people! She made a lot of friends and would call me with the names of "oh you remember" friends, that I acknowledged as "oh her, or yea him," then she explained the plan she had to help them with their cases or get their children back or whatever she felt she could do to make their situation right, she would never give up, on anything or anyone.
Over time the list of her friends grew as well as the people in her prayers and the names became house-hold conversation.
She was going to pray for me the last time we spoke on Halloween morning, and said she had something for our kids, she was happy. Always giving, helping was all she knew.
Anyone who was touched by her life will never be the same....
Thank you mom,
We love you!!

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