David Edward Stratford, 56, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his residence in Chester. He was born March 7, 1945, in Long Beach. He moved to Chester in 1976, following his graduation from Humboldt State University where he received a BA in marine biology. David served with the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam Conflict. He was employed as the supervisor of Emergency Medical Services at Seneca Health Care District. Dave had been employed by the hospital for 22 years and was instrumental in developing the professional emergency care that we now know and expect in the Almanor Basin. He moved to the area to go to work with the Department of Fish and Game, where he surveyed the streams of Plumas and Lassen counties for two years. He is a former educator for Lassen Community College, where he taught anatomy, physiology and math. Dave was a longtime member of Northern California Emergency Medical Services Inc., served as the coordinator and director for Life Line Services in the Almanor Basin and was a former member of both the Hamilton Branch Volunteer Fire Department and the Chester Volunteer Fire Department. An avid outdoorsman, Dave was a member of numerous wildlife conservation associations including Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and California Waterfowl Association. He loved spending leisure time tending to his yard and garden along with fishing the streams and lakes in the area and deep sea fishing off the northern California coast. Dave is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ginger, of Chester; and daughter, Monica Carr of San Francisco. Visitations were held Monday evening, April 16. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday, April 17 at the Chester Community United Methodist Church with Pastor Glenn Cheney of the Chester Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Chester District Cemetery. A memorial scholarship fund is being set up to help with the education of EMTs in the area, and donations in his memory can be made to Seneca Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
Donald H. Harkness, 69, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in Williamsburg, Va. He was born in Kanano, N.Y., to Charles and Myrtle Hudson Harkness. Donald was a member of the King of Glory Lutheran Church, in which he was very active and also enjoyed music. He had a love for gourmet cooking. In the 70s, Donald and his wife Janet moved to Quincy from Thousand Oaks. They spent many summers at their cabin at Lundy's Plumas Eureka. Don and Janet opened the Harkness House Restaurant in East Quincy. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janet Russell Harkness; brother, Charles Harkness of Leesburg, Fla.; one nephew; and one niece. Cards of condolence can be sent to Janet Harkness, c/o Linda Lyn, 1923 Claremont Way, Quincy, CA 95971.
Eldon L. Parsons, Jr., 79, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Indian Valley District Hospital in Greenville. He was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Oakland. He had been a resident of Orinda for over 50 years, moving to Greenville one year ago. Eldon served as a pilot, first with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, flying C-46s and C-47s with the Air Lift Command, and later with the U.S. Air Force flying with and training in reconnaissance flying out of Langley Field during and following the Korean conflict. He worked as a machinist at Alameda Naval Air Station, where he rose to be a general foreman. He had worked in the civil service field for 40 years. Eldon attended Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Orinda. He served the community as a Boy Scout Leader and as a longtime member of the Power Squadron, where he taught and helped enforce boating safety. He was an accomplished sailor who was a former member of the San Leandro Yacht Club. He remained active as a pilot flying out of Buchanan Field in Concord as a member of the Buchanan Field Flying Club. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Alan Harvey, in 1998. Eldon is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary, of Greenville; son, Scott L. Parsons of Orinda; daughters, Marjorie L. Tremain of Ogden, Utah, and Nancy J. Fluke of Greenville; brother, Raymond E. Parsons of Rome, Italy; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Following cremation, a private family celebration of his life will take place in the Greenville Cemetery
at a later date. The family requests any donations in his memory be made to the Long Term Care Unit of Indian Valley Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
Velma Jeanne Beatty, 72, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at her residence in Chester. She was born Feb. 20, 1929, in Burbank, where she was raised and attended Pasadena City College. She moved to Chester 31 years ago from Costa Mesa. Velma, along with her husband, owned and operated the Green Pine Cafe in Chester during the '70s. She had also worked for several banks, and was a former postal employee. She was an ardent gardener who could often be found tending to the plants and flowers in her garden. A great enjoyment in her life was that of tending for her family. Velma was preceded in death by her sister, Luetta, in 1987. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Neil, of Chester; son, Steve Ver Planck of Chester; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Following cremation, at her request no services will be held. The family requests donations in her memory be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Quincy, CA 95947.
Ira Benjamin Brewer, Jr., 74, died April 9, 2001, at his residence in Carson City, Nev. He was born April 12, 1926, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Bennie and Vera White Brewer. He had been a resident of Carson City since 1960. Ira served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars. He retired from Nevada Bell after 27 years of employment. Ira was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. He was also a past member of the Carson City Elks Lodge. Ira was a member of the Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He and his wife traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada in their motor home for ten years, after his retirement. He loved country and western music. Ira had a large family and loved being with them. Ira is survived by his wife of 48 years, Iris Brewer, of Carson City, Nev.; daughters, Ronda Bedegrew of Jackson, and Diana Kerfeld of Carson City, Nev.; sister, Ira Mae Lutrell of Rison, Ark.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, at Walton's Chapel of the Valley. Burial took place in Walton's Carson Gardens Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Humane Society of Nevada, 200 Kresge Lane, Sparks, NV 89802.
Annie Catherine Johnson, 91, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Manor Care in Carmichael. She was born Aug. 8, 1909, in Quincy, to American Valley pioneers William and Marie Bell; she resided in Quincy for 87 years until ill health forced her to move to Carmichael. Annie attended the Quincy Community United Methodist Church and was a longtime member of both the Native Daughters of the Golden West and Quincy Rebekah Lodge No. 192. She was a talented seamstress who enjoyed playing cards and tending to her garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland, in 1982; son, Carroll, in 1992; and two brothers. Annie is survived her son, Don Johnson, of Carmichael; sisters, Leda Brown of Quincy, Ruth Egbert of Sattley, and Helen Prince of Sacramento; seven grandsons; and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held at graveside in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery
Thursday, April 12. The family requests any donations in her memory be made to the Plumas County Museum, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.
Betty Lou Coleman Williams, 67, died April 11, 2001, at her home in Portola. She was born Dec. 28, 1932, in Winnemucca, Nev., to Patrick Frank and Pearl Estelle Kalb Coleman, and had been a resident of Portola since 1960. Betty worked as a homemaker.
She was a graduate of Winnemucca High School. Betty was a member of Order of Eastern Star No. 201 (Beckwith) and a past member of the Portola City Council. She was preceded in death by her parents. Betty is survived by her husband, Bob, of Quincy; sister, Margaret Terkelsen of Winnemucca; brother, Gene Coleman of Elko, Nev.; one step-daughter; and two step-grandchildren. Private inurnment will be held in Winnemucca Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to Shrine Hospital for Children, Northern Calif. Unit, P.O. Box 21-4477, Sacramento, CA 95821-0477.
Longtime Greenville resident F.W. "Scotty" Scott, died at the Long Term Unit at Indian Valley Hospital. He was 80 years old. The oldest of four children, Scotty was born October 2, 1920, in Pretty Prairie, Kan., to Ray and Dora Scott. He moved to California with his family as a young child. During World War II, Scotty served with the Army as a Scout stationed in the Philippines. The Scouts would later evolve into the Special Forces. He married Donna Griffis in 1946; they spent most of their life in San Jose and Santa Clara. Scotty retired from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in 1978 after 27 years as a bus driver. He was a member of the Million Mile Club, a distinction awarded after driving one million miles without a preventable accident. Scotty and Donna moved to Greenville in 1979 and built their home on North Valley Road. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Scott, in 1989; and sister, Arlene, in 1999. Scotty is survived by his son, Kevin, of San Jose; sisters, Nelda Patronski, of San Jose, and Vonnie Heisey, of Ceres. Services will be held in Greenville Saturday, April 21. Internment will be at Golden Gate National Cemetery
in San Bruno. The family requests no flowers be sent, a grant will be established in the future.
Virginia Lee London, 88, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at SunBridge Nursing and Rehabilitation in Susanville. She was born May 15, 1912, in Maryville, Mo.; she moved to Westwood in 1962 from Los Angeles and had resided in Susanville for the past two-and-a-half years. Virginia had been employed as a legal secretary for 26 years, last employed by Thomas Mercola, attorney at law. She enjoyed tending to her garden and sewing. Virginia was preceded in death by her sister and brother. She is survived by her friend, Dixie Spear, of Westwood. Following cremation, at her request, no services will be held. Inurnment will take place in the Westwood Cemetery. The family requests any donations in her memory be made to the Lassen County Sheriff's Association Needy Children Program, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.