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Butte County, California Obituaries

Butte County, California Obituaries from 2000 - 13

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Date: Thursday, 5 November 2009, at 4:44 p.m.

Helen Hess
Helen Sue “TuTu” Hess, a graduate of Paradise High School and a lifetime resident of Paradise, worked as a waitress many years at Pinocchio’s Gourmet Resta-urant.
An avid archer for many years, Mrs. Hess competed in tournaments all over California, winning several.
Mrs. Hess, 54, died Saturday at Feather River Hospital.
She was past Worthy Advisor of Rainbow Assembly No. 97 of Paradise, an active member in the Paradise Women of the Moose No. 1628 and in the Chico Archers 7 California Bowhunters Association.
Mrs. Hess also loved fishing and camping with family and friends. She was born to Ward and Grace Bolton in Springfield, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Alden; three daughters, Lisa “Suyajasu” Dulcich of New Albany, Ind., Pamela Voit of Redding and Betty Brenner of Princeton, Texas; a son, Timothy of South Lake Tahoe; a sister, Elaine Nichols of Lodi; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Her parents and a son, Andrew, preceded her in death.
At her request, no services are planned. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is in charge of the arrangements. She will be privately inurned in Paradise Cemetery.
Friends may donate to a favorite charity in care of Chapel of the Pines.

John Hawkins
John Scott Hawkins enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He moved to Magalia in the early ’70s from Canoga Park, where he was born, raised and attended school. He worked as a laborer with the Department of Forestry for nine years.
He was born to Harry L. and Barbra Hawkins in 1952. Following a lifelong battle with diabetes, Mr. Hawkins died Sunday in his home. He was 48.
His mother, Barbra Stuart of Magalia, survives him, as do his two sisters, Teresa Flint of Redding and Anne Hawkins of Honolulu; one brother, Richard Hawkins of Los Angeles; his stepfather, Al Magrisi of Magalia; two half-brothers, Michael Magrisi of Las Vegas, and Val Magrisi of Chico; three uncles and his lifelong friend, Dale MacCracken of Magalia.
At Mr. Hawkins’ request, no formal service will be held. Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.

Tod Briner
Tod Clark Briner attended the Mari-time Officer’s Academy in the early ’40s and sailed with merchant ships from 1942 to 1947. He survived two ships being sunk by torpedoes during World War II.
Mr. Briner died Sunday at Feather River Hospital. The Magalia resident was 85.
He was born in California to Edmund and Cecile Briner.
He attended schools in Chicago and attended Northwestern University.
Mr. Briner worked for the Belmont Police Department as a radio dispatcher for 17 years.
In 1959, he married Theora Lawhorn in Reno, Nev.
Mr. Briner is survived by his stepson, James Kalligas of Magalia; and his niece, Fay Mcgowan of Peoria, Ill.
His ashes will be privately scattered at sea off the coast of Marin County. The Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.

Philip Colling
Phillip Colling, who moved to Magalia from the Bay Area in 1996, enjoyed fixing up his home. He especially loved his animals.
Mr. Phillip, 63, died in Feather River Hospital on Nov. 10.
After serving as a U.S. Navy officer, he taught high school for the Hayward School District for 31 years.
He was born in San Francisco.
His survivors include his domestic partner, Blanche Williams.
Pastor Dave Sweet, of Calvary Chapel, will officiate at Mr. Colling’s service at 2 p.m. Monday at Rose Chapel Mortuary.
In his memory, contributions may be given to Paradise Animal Shelter Helpers in care of Rose Chapel.
Private inurnment will take place at a later date.

Gehard Mickelson
Gehard “Gay” Mickelson, a resident of Magalia, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, gardening and politics.
He retired after several years as owner and operator of a mobile home park in Davis. He was a member of the Paradise Elks and a past president of California Sportsman Associa-tion.
Mr. Mickelson died Sunday at age 91.
He was born in Prairie Farm, Wis., to Ole and Kari Mickelson. On May 29, 1955, in Oakland he married Louise Porter, who survives him.
His other survivors are two sisters, Margaret Clements of Grass Valley and Nora Caswell of San Jose; a nephew, Melvin Mickelson of Wisconsin; and a niece, Kathleen Lothian of Alameda.
A private family service will be held. He will be buried in Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico.
Brusie Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Joan Jensen Payne
Joan Jensen Payne amazed those who knew her with her artistry. She enjoyed ceramics, painting and home decorating.
The Paradise resident was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the Moose Lodge.
Mrs. Payne, 71, died Sunday at Feather River Hospital.
She was born in Racine, Wis., to Harold and Berniece Jensen. She graduated from Washington Park High School in Wisconsin. On Sept. 29, 1950, she married Jack Payne in Racine, Wis.
She and her husband owned and operated Opportunities Unlimited Publications, where she worked for 33 years.
Besides her husband, Jack, she is survived by three sons, David of Paradise, Ronald of Sacramento and Jeffrey of Seattle; and one grandchild.
A private service will be held at a later date, along with a scattering of her ashes off the coast of Marin County. Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.

Lillian Gard
Lillian Thelma Gard worked in the cafeteria for the Paradise Unified School District for 30 years. The Paradise resident loved crocheting, decorating cakes and going camping.
Mrs. Gard died Tuesday at age 91.
She was born in Omaha, Neb. She was a member of Eastern Star. A niece, Frankie Lyons of Huntington Beach, survives her. At her request, no services will be held.

Richard Berryman
During his career in the oil industry, Richard John Berryman Jr. invented new machinery and procedures for moving oil drilling towers, saving time and money.
Mr. Berryman, a Paradise resident since 1978, died Saturday at age 84.
He was born in Miami, Ariz., to Richard John and Mary Jane Berryman, but he was raised in Long Beach. In 1935, he graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. While attending the University of Southern California on a football scholarship, he played in the Rose Bowl in 1939.
On Dec. 17, 1939, he married Lois Annette Campbell in Long Beach. The following February, he graduated from USC with a degree in petroleum engineering. While working for Union Oil Co., he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
He worked in the oil industry in Southern California during all of his career. He worked for Santa Fe Drilling Co. and retired as drilling superintendent for Thum’s Oil Co. He served as president of the Long Beach Petroleum Club.
Mr. Berryman also was a member of SIRS, the Paradise Senior Center, Feather River Hospital Maintenance Volun-teers and Sporthaven Health Center.
He enjoyed golf, racquetball, fishing, playing pool and building clocks, model ships and N-gauge railroads. Mr. Berryman was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and his son, Richard Berryman III in 1998; his grandson, Richard Berryman IV, in 1992; and his brother, Robert in 1953. His survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Schwichten-bergs of St. Cloud, Minn., and Toni Chittester of Mead, Wash.; a brother, Clifton of Sun City; and longtime friend Emily Kremper of Paradise.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
He will be privately inurned.

Joe Smith
During World War II, Joe M. Smith was promoted to the night shift foreman’s postion at Alcoa in Maywood, where he supervised 24 steam-hammer positions with 56 employees.
They produced more than 2.5 million forged parts for the war effort.
Mr. Smith, 85, died Thursday in San Ramon, where he had moved in 1988 to be near his son. Mr. Smith lived in Paradise eight years, starting in 1980.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Joseph and Anna Smith, he moved to California in 1937 and attended Aircraft A & E Mechanic’s Trade School. After the war, he went into the auto parts and machine shop business in the Los Angeles area in 1947.
He enjoyed his work so much, he continued in it until 1998.
He also enjoyed gardening, clock making , woodworking and traveling. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 3777 in Artesia and a member of the Shrine Club.
Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Alex, and his daughter, Dorothy Smith of Los Angeles; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. today, and a funeral service will be held 3 p.m. today – both at the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
He will be buried in Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier.

James Benson
James C. Benson was the service manager of auto repair for Pardella’s in Downey for 40 years. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2026 and SIRS No. 52 He loved gardening and fishing.
Mr. Benson, a Paradise resident for 6-1/2 years, died Saturday at Feather River Hospital. He was 76.
He was born in Bellflower to Charles and Adeline Benson.
From December of 1942 to January of 1946, he served as a radioman 3rd class in the U.S. Navy.
In Covina, he married Gloria on Aug. 14, 1982. She survives him, as do three stepsons, Robert Benson of Covina, William Benson of Glendora and John Benson of Nevada City; three stepdaughters, Kathryn Morgan of Duarte, Christine Simmons of Redding and Francis Drew of Willits; two brothers, Don of Carlsbad and Richard of Orlando, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Judi Arrowsmith, died in 1992.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Rose Chapel Mortuary. Visitation will be today from noon to 5 p.m. Full military honors will follow the service.
Contributions in Mr. Benson’s memory may be given to Paradise Hospice, drawer 2287, Paradise

Eugene Flowers
Eugene R. Flowers worked 35 years with the state of Cali-fornia as chief of plant operations at Cali-fornia Youth Authority.
Mr. Flowers died Wednesday at age 81. He had lived in Paradise for 11 years.
He was born in Tulsa, Okla., to Emmett and Agnes Flowers.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1939 to 1945.
His wife, Edna, survives him, as do a daughter, Laura Blaine of Sacramento; and three grandchildren.
Private family services were held Friday at Paradise Chapel of the Pines. He was buried in Paradise Cemetery.

Virginia Carlos
A volunteer for Hospice in Paradise, Virginia C. Carlos lived in Butte and Sutter counties since 1954.
She worked as a cosmetologist for Renzi’s Beauty Salon in Gridley. For 30 years, she grew peaches and prunes as a self-employed farmer.
Mrs. Carlos died Wednesday at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. The Yuba City resident was 80.
She was born in Brockton, Mass., to Joseph and Virginia Chaves.
In Yuba City, she attended St. Isidore Catholic Church.
She is survived by her two sons, Kenneth Lemos of Live Oak and Donald Carlos of Olivehurst; a daughter, Donna McFarlane of Yuba City; a brother, Bob Chaves of Minden, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Manuel Lemos, who died in World War II, and her second husband, Clarence Carlos.
Private services are planned for a later date. Mrs. Carlos’ remains will be scattered at sea off the coast of Marin County. Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.

David Holmes
David Wellington Holmes worked as a musician, photographer and cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he worked 30 years for Pilot Productions in Evanston, Ill.
A Paradise resident since July 1998, Mr. Holmes died Nov. 14. He was 81.
He was born in Logansport, Ind., to Rev. Wellington Cornell Holmes and Elizabeth Irene Coppock. Both of his parents were from Missouri.
He graduated from Logan-sport High School and attended Indiana University in Bloom-ington, where he met his wife, Frances Anna Doll.
His father, Rev. Holmes, married them in 1943 in Milton, Ind.
Besides his wife, Frances, Mr. Holmes is survived by his sister, Mary Henrich; his half-sister, Katherine Elliott; his cousins; and a very special friend, David Leffler of Paradise, who was like a son.
No services are planned. Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.

Suzanne Millet
Millet came to the United States from France in 1919, bringing with her the lost art of millinery, the making of women’s hats.
She owned her own millinery shop in Burlingame.
Mrs. Millet, a resident of Magalia, died Saturday in Cypress Acres. She was 98.
She was born in France to Louise and Emil Petrequin.
Her survivors include her son, Maurice of Magalia; her brother, Gaynor Petrequin of Oregon; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Roger, and her daughter, Jacquie Oldon.
No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice.
Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.

Alice Whalen
A member of the Paradise Senior Citizens Center Bridge Club, Alice E. Whalen enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, crocheting afghans and spending time with her family. She moved to Paradise in 1972.
Mrs. Whalen died Sunday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, in Roseville. She was 88.
She was raised and attended schools in Toledo, Ohio. Her parents were Earl and Elsie Tallman. She graduated from Libbey High School in Toledo, Ohio, in 1930.
She married T. Mylo Whalen in Toledo, Ohio, on October 7, 1934. He survives her, as does her son, Thomas of Danville; her sister, Lucille Crowder of Toledo, Ohio; two granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters.
At her request, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to a favorite charity. Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling arrangements.

Cathy Rice
Cathy Jane Rice died Monday after an eight-year battle against cancer, leaving behind a son, Steve Scott, a sister, Jean Hardt and a brother, Ken McGuire, all of Paradise.
The resident of Chico was 56. After attending Walla Walla College of Nursing, she was a medical secretary throughout her life.
She worked for local doctors, the Tumor Board, Tumor registry and Butte, Glenn Medical Society. She last worked 22 years for Enloe Hospital in respiratory care, nursing administration and the Chico Children’s Center.
She loved going to the coast and walking in Bidwell Park.
Her other survivors include her husband, Rod Rice; another son, John Scott of Beale Air Force Base; a daughter, Kelly Merrill of Chico; another brother, Gordon McGuire of Merced; and two grandchildren.
The service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Newton Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. She will be privately inurned at Chico Memorial Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to Enloe Hospice and Home Health in care of Newton Bracewell.

Ernie Kaztdorn
Ernie T. Katzdorn loved racing motorcycles when he was young and enjoyed water skiing, camping with his wife and family, kayaking and participating in the E Clampus Vitus yearly “search.”
He worked for General Telephone Co. for 17 years before moving to Magalia in 1974. He served in the Army National Guard for eight years. He owned and operated the Bobcat, a clothing store in Paradise, for 10 years.
And for eight years, he worked as a “roll off” truck driver with PSWS.
Mr. Katzdorn, 62, died Thursday in Feather River Hospital.
Born to Paul and Marjorie Katzdorn in Downey, Mr. Katzdorn graduated from Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colo., in 1956.
He married Connie on Oct. 11, 1958, in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; two daughters, Kelly Williams of Magalia and Kara Katzdorn of Santa Rosa; his mother, Marjorie of Paradise; his sister, Emilee Fleischer of Huntington Beach; his brother, Sam of Gilbert, Ariz.; and four grandsons.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2732 Cohasset Road #A, Chico.

Cora Isometsa
Cora Jean Isometsa, a waitress of various restaurants for 20 years, enjoyed camping and loved her cats.
Ms. Isometsa died Nov. 16 of natural causes.
The Paradise resident was 51.
She was born in San Mateo to Einer and Virginia Isometsa.
Her survivors include a son, Richard Mason of Brentwood; two brothers, George Isometsa of Santa Cruz and Jack Wheeler of Reno, Nev.; a sister, June Goold of Magalia; and a companion, Al McNelly of Winataches, Wash.
No memorial services are planned. Memorial contributions may be given to Paradise Hospice in care of Paradise Chapel of the Pines, which is handling the arrangements.
Her family will privately inurn Ms. Isometsa.

Ilona O’Dor
Ilona Helen O’Dor moved to Butte County in 1969 and owned Helen’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Paradise during the 1970s. Besides cooking, she loved working as a seamstress, making dresses.
Mrs. O’Dor died Thursday at age 81.
Mrs. O’Dor, born in Debrecen, Hungary, came to the United States in 1959 and settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
Her parents were Joseph and Sarah Dobi. She moved to Los Angeles in 1961 and was the head cook at the Hungarian Club.
She attended St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Her survivors include a son, Andrew O’Dor of Clear Lake; a daughter, Helen Reinbold of Paradise; a brother, Joseph Dobi of Hungary; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Her graveside service will be 3 p.m. tomorrow at Paradise Cemetery. The family invites all friends to a reception at the daughter’s home immediately following the graveside services.
Contributions may be made to a favorite charity in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mortu-ary, which is handling the arrangements.

Cyril Blanchard
Cyril A. Blanchard, a one-time resident of Paradise, died Wednesday in Palmdale at age 75.
He was born in Renton, Wash.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, both at Chapel of the Valley Mortuary in Palmdale.

Gerda Hopkins
Gerda Hopkins, a resident of Paradise since 1982, enjoyed watercolor painting, cooking, gardening, square dancing and flower arranging. She especially loved her cat, Tami, the deer and birds.
Mrs. Hopkins died in her home with her family beside her on Nov. 18. She was 85.
She was born in Newdale, Manitoba, Canada. Her family came from Germany in 1912 as contract farmers growing flax in Manitoba.
She worked as a color restorer on black and white photography during the 1930s and ’40s. Later she was a director of food services for a retirement community.
In 1944, she married Eric Hopkins in New Westminster, British Columbia, and they moved to California in 1968
Mrs. Hopkins attended the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Paradise.
Her survivors include her daughter, Joy Mendoza of Paradise; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Eric, died January 1998.
At her request, no services will be held.

Stephen Dunphy
Stephen R. Dunphy began his 20-year radiology practice in 1971 at the Buschmann Clinic and the Feather River Hospital in Paradise.
Dr. Dunphy died Nov. 18. The Chico resident was 74.
He received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in medicine from the University of Minnesota. He did his radiology residency training at the University of Utah.
Dr. Dunphy served two years in the Public Health Service and then 12 years as a general practitioner in private practice in Denver. While practicing in Paradise, he worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff.
Dr. Dunphy served as chief of staff at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., and Feather River Hospital .
He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Butte-Glenn Medical Society.
Dr, Dunphy enjoyed golf immensely, playing mostly at Butte Creek Country Club. He was also an expert downhill skier, he enjoyed fly fishing, bird hunting, classical music and reading. He was born to Walter and Laura Dunphy in Cloquet, Minn. On June 16, 1954, he married Trudy Weeber in Minneapolis.
He is survived by his wife, Trudy; a son, Paul, of Billings, Mont.; daughter, Ann Watt of Austin, Texas; a sister, Jeanne Schiedermayer of Lafayette; and five grandchildren. Contributions may be made to a favorite charity or the American Cancer Society. A private burial took place on Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Brusie Funeral Home.

John Schmitt
John Aloys Schmitt worked for Douglas Hughes Aircraft for 30 years and taught in high school and tech school for two years. The former Paradise resident moved to a convalescent hospital in Galt three years ago. He died there Wednesday at age 89.Mr. Schmitt was born in new Jersey. On Sept. 6, 1941, he married Eleanor Olinger in Whittier.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Paradise; a daughter, Carolyn Lewis of Elk Grove; and one grandson.
No services are planned. He will be buried in Green Valley Cemetery in Rescue. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.

Millicent DeMello
Millicent DeMello led an active life at the “F” wing at Cypress Acres, where she lived for the last few years. She knitted, crocheted, cooked, played bingo and especially loved watching baseball games on television. Mrs. DeMello also enjoyed cruising in an RV, traveling and attending baseball games.
Mrs. DeMello died Monday in Paradise at age 96.
She was born to William and Susan Kempton in Somerville, Mass. On May 21, 1935, she married Seraphine DeMello in Barnstable, Mass. For 15 years, she worked as a telephone operator in the civil service. She moved to Paradise from Palm Springs.
Besides her husband, Seraphine, Mrs. DeMello is survived by a daughter, Loretta Millar of Magalia; a son, Henry Murray of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Two grandsons and one great-granddaughter preceded her in death.
A memorial service at Paradise Chapel of the Pines will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Old Magalia Community Church or to any favorite charity.

Myrtle Griffiths
Roses were the pride and joy of Myrtle M. Griffiths, who lived most of the last 31 years on the Ridge.
She also enjoyed crocheting, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially loved visiting two places bearing her name — Myrtlewood and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Mrs. Griffiths died Monday in Twin Oaks Convalescent Hospital. She was 97.
She was born in Escondido to Henry and Eva McDonald. She worked as a salesperson at Sears Roebuck in Inglewood for more than 35 years.
Her husband, Richard Griffiths, and one grandchild died before her. Her survivors include a daughter, Ruth Marshall of Chico; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Her service will be held 10 a.m. tomorrow at her graveside in Paradise Cemetery, weather permitting; otherwise, the service will be at Rose Chapel Mortuary. Visitation will be today from noon to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 3148, Paradise.

Genevieve Boehm
Genevieve Boehm, a member of the Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church and the Paradise Pentecostal Church of God, came to Paradise in 1971.
She enjoyed golf, cooking and gardening.
Mrs. Boehm died Sunday in a local hospital. She was 84.She was born in Blanca, Colo., to Grace and William Mansfield. She was raised and educated in Keewatin, Minn. After marrying Earl Maki, the couple settled in Pittsburgh, Calif., where she worked as a waitress.
In 1975, her husband died. On March 19, 1994, she married Virgil Boehm, who survives her. Besides him, she is survived by a daughter, Sharon Harris of Jericho, Vt.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church. Visitation will be at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. She will be entombed next to her first husband at Chico Memorial Mausloeum. Contributions in her name may be made to the Paradise Pentecostal Church of God Memorial Fund in care of Newton-Bracewell.

Helen Reineke
In the summer of 1952, Mrs. Reineke and her family moved to Paradise. She worked for Harrison’s Market and then as a bookkeeper for Al’s Economy Center until she retired to Phoenix.
Mrs. Reineke died Nov. 2 in Phoenix at age 84. She was born in Eskridge, Kan., to Lettie and Earl Grabast. During her early years, she lived on a small farm. In 1941, she and her family moved to California, where she worked as an overseas telephone operator during World War II.
After retiring, she enjoyed golfing and traveling. And she was an avid reader. She always said it is important to learn something new everyday. Her survivors include her husband, Albert Reineke; her son, Tom Peoples of Maricopa; her two daughters, Nedra Beaver and Terri Kemen, both of Paradise; two stepdaughters, Maurine Cain of Texas and Debbie Lind of Georgetown; a sister, Patricia Ann Esser of Prescott, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.

Alma Whitman
Alma Whitman, a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise, died Nov. 20 at age 93.
She moved to Paradise 28 years ago from Los Angeles.
She was a secretary at General Electric during World War II. Later, she volunteered at the Motion Picture Retirement Home in Los Angeles.She was born in Hamilton, Texas, to Jessie and Emma Ellis. Her husband, Jack Whitman Sr., died in 1998. Surviving her are sons Jack Whitman Jr. of Paradise and William Whitman of West Hills. At her request, no services will be held. Rose Chapel Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Cunningham
Ruth May Cunningham, a Paradise resident, enjoyed sewing, music and the outdoors. She was a seamstress for 15 years.
Mrs. Cunningham, 75, died Nov. 23. She was born to John and Cecilia Rowe in Nevada. Her husband, Glade Cunningham, died in February 1994. A son, Cliff Lindvig of Paradise, survives her. No service is planned. She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery. Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.

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