Orval Johnson of Redding died Oct. 17, 2000, at Amber Oaks Assisted Living. He was 88.
He was born to Nelson and Amanda Johnson Jan. 6, 1912, in Tyler, Okla. and was the youngest of six children. He lived in Red Bluff from 1939 to 1998 when he moved to Redding.
When he was 9 , his father died and he quit school and went to work in the fields. He was always proud that he started driving cars at the age of 10. He settled in Marysville where he cared for his mother until her death in 1939.
He married Minnie Irvin in 1939. The family moved to Red Bluff in 1946 and he worked in the orchards and vegetable gardens. They bought an almond and walnut orchard, which he cared for after work. He later worked for a building contractor and enjoyed telling stories of the homes he helped build in Red Bluff.
In 1956, the Johnsons bought a grocery store seven miles south of Red Bluff in which they worked 10 years until her death in 1967.
Mr. Johnson then married Marie Reed Byrd. Both worked at Diamond National, and he worked until retirement at the age of 70.
He enjoyed music and was known for his whistling and singing. He took pride in his work.
Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law Geri and Jim Bennett of Redding; son and daughter-in-law Don and Sherry Johnson of Newport, Ore., sister Ruth Jones of Auburn; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight at Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pastors Dick McBride and Nick Bruno of the North Valley Baptist Church in Redding will officiate.
Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Shirley J. Clement died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at her home in Red Bluff. She was 54.
Born Jan. 9, 1946, in Quinter, Kan., she lived in Tehama County 48 years. She was employed by Pactiv as a packer. She graduated Red Bluff High School and Chico Beauty College. She had also worked for Commander Industries, Kimberly-Clark and Roseburg Lumber.
Survivors include: husband Barry Clement of Red Bluff; sons and daughters-in-law Donnie and Georgia Clement of Red Bluff, Mark and Laura Clement of Jackson, son William Clement of Red Bluff; mother Alta Teach of Red Bluff; sisters Pat Drummond and JoAnn Hopson Norton, both of Red Bluff; brothers Dwayne Teach of Rio Dell and William Teach of Ukiah; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at First Church of God in Red Bluff.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 2550 Sr. Mary Columba Dr., Red Bluff.
Chapel of the Flowers is handling arrangements.
A funeral service was held Monday for James Harold Waddell at Chapel of the Flowers. A graveside service was held Tuesday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Sister Peggy Byrnes, Chaplain at St. Elizabeth Hospice officiated.
Mr. Waddell died Oct. 11, 2000. He was 77.
William Ruby Robinson of Red Bluff died Oct. 12, 2000, at a convalescent hospital in Willows. He was 85.
Born to Urah and Ora Robinson Dec. 1, 1914, in Matthews, Mo., Mr. Robinsion moved to California in 1936 and worked in the sawmills. He was widely known for his expertise as a saw filer. He was baptized and married in the First Christian Church of Red Bluff and enjoyed singing and playing guitar.
Survivors include: wife Effie Robinson of Red Bluff; sons Ronald Robinson of Orland, John Robinson of Millville; daughter Louise Grajczyk, stepson Gary Grajczyk, stepdaughters Joan Vinson and Rita Crawford, all of Corning; brother Charlie Robinson, sister Nadine Porter, both of Chico; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
His first wife Elizabeth died in 1979.
Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Brusie Funeral Home in Chico.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Brusie Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Red Bluff in care of the Brusie Funeral Home.
Brusie Funeral Home of Chico is handling arrangements.
Myrtle Irene McGrath died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at her home in Red Bluff. She was 86.
Born Jan. 19, 1914, in Jackson where she was raised, Mrs. McGrath lived in Redding during the 1960s where she worked as a pharmacy clerk for Eaton's Pharmacy. She moved to Red Bluff in 1968.
Mrs. McGrath enjoyed spending time with her husband and watching him oil paint. She also enjoyed RV traveling, fishing, golfing, square dancing and visiting with friends.
Survivors include: daughter Patricia McGrath Phillips of Smith River; sister Louise Bryant of Jackson; brother and sister-in-law James and Mary Nettle of Jackson; grandson Michael Phillips of Tacoma, Wash.; granddaughter Heidi Phillips Lauer of Sacramento; and great-grandchildren Madelyn and Arthur Phillips of South Carolina.
Her husband Dudley died in 1995.
At her request, no formal services will be held. Her cremated remains will be scattered at sea off the coast of Marin County.
The Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico Branch, is handling arrangements.
Loy M. Nielsen of Corning died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Enloe Hospital in Chico. He was 79.
Born to Charles and Leone Nielsen on Aug. 29, 1921, in Hyrum, Utah, he attended schools in Utah and served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a technical sergeant from 1942 to 1945.
He was affiliated with Johnson and Sons Motor Sales in Willows for 40 years. He and his wife lived in Glenn for many years before moving to Corning.
Survivors include: wife Dolores Cox Nielsen of Corning; sons Richard L. Nielsen of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Ray Nielsen of Orlando, Fla.; daughters Judith Todd of Sacramento, Karen Schneible of Yosemite, Nancy Taylor of Corning; brothers Clyde Nielsen of Phoenix, Ariz., Rud Nielsen of Willows; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Corning.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Hall Brothers Corning Mortuary is handling arrangements.
A graveside service was held Friday for Lola Marie Williams at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pastor Richard L. Beddoe of the First Christian Church officiated.
Pallbearers were: David Mansfield, Brandon Mansfield, Joe Noble, Daniel Lara, Bill Buntain and Mike Hewitt.
Mrs. Williams died Oct. 9, 2000. She was 93.
Kenneth Levi Hollingshead of Los Molinos died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Chico Creek Healthcare in Chico. He was 79.
Born to Fred and Mae Hollingshead April 24, 1921, in Aurelia, Iowa, Mr. Hollingshead served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked for Douglas Aircraft. He was an orchardist after moving to Los Molinos until his reitrement in 1977. He enjoyed carpentry, antiques and gardening.
Survivors include: wife Elsie Hollingshead of Los Molinos; son Lon Hollingshead and family of Los Molinos; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A private interment will take place at the Los Molinos Cemetery.
Hall Brothers Corning Mortuary is handling arrangements.
James Harold Waddell of Gerber died at his home Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000. He was 77.
Born Nov. 22, 1922 in Hanging Rock, Ohio, he had been a resident of Tehama County for 32 years working as a truck driver for Cheek Logging. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending time with family.
Survivors include: wife Anna M. Waddell of Gerber; daughters Bertha Ables, Carol Broward, Susan Franks, Laura Henderson, all of Red Bluff, Sandy Ables of Gerber, Jeannie Rosan of Cottonwood; sons Butch Waddell of Orland, Gerald Waddell of Gerber, James Waddell, Randy Waddell, Ronald Waddell, all of Red Bluff, Kevin Waddell and Michael Waddell, both of Idaho; 33 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by great-grandson Justin Waddell.
Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of the Flowers.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Roberta Nellie Wilson of Red Bluff died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. She was 68.
Mrs. Wilson was born on April 20, 1932, in Morrison, Okla.
Survivors include: sons John F. Wilson, Raymond B. Wilson and Robert L. Wilson, all of Red Bluff; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Ray Lorin Wilson in 1969, daughter Beverly Wilson, sister Louise Geer and brothers Everett, Phillip, Layton and James Huffman.
Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Chapel of the Flowers.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tehama County Pink Ladies, care of Tehama County Health Center, 1850 Walnut St., Red Bluff 96080.
Dorothy Lorraine McGee, former resident of Red Bluff, died Aug. 18, 2000, in West Sacramento.
Mrs. McGee was born to Frank and Daisy Jennings on Jan. 22, 1920, in Apache, Okla., and was a dietition for the Red Bluff school system for many years.
She spent many summers working as a dietition for youth camps and as the chef at Camp Noel Porter, an Episcopal church camp at Lake Tahoe and was affectionately known as Fifi by the children and clergy.
After retirement, she and her husband became snowbirds, traveling between West Sacramento and St. David, Ariz. She was activity director at Apche Mobile Park in St. David and remained active until a stroke in 1999.
Survivors include: daughters Judy McGee and Barbara Shelton, of West Sacramento; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Her husband of 59 years Owen McGee died in 1997.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery. A reception will follow at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on the corner of Elm and Jefferson streets.
Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.