Obituaries for the week of 10/31/2012

James Donald Thomas, 79

Cindy Anderson, 62

Claude Davis McColm, 85


  With a sense of humor until the very end, James Donald Thomas, of Quincy, passed away after a brief illness Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the age of 79.

  Jim was born in Rialto on May 28, 1933, to Clifford and Ann Thomas. In 1948, the family said goodbye to city life and moved north to Orland to run a small dairy farm. Jim graduated from Corning High School in 1951 and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1953. He proudly served during the Korean War in Germany as a cannoneer with Btry B, 18th FA Bn APO 46. Cpl. James D. Thomas was honorably discharged Feb. 17, 1955, awarded with the Army Occupation (Germany), Good Conduct and National Defense service medals.

  Upon returning home to the family dairy, Jim decided milking cows wasn’t a career so he got a job with the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co., met the beautiful Janet McNear, and wed in January 1957.

  In 1959, Jim and Jan moved to Quincy and set down roots. They raised three strong, independent daughters and raised a fourth because three wasn’t enough. Jim had a 36-year career with the phone company, repairing cables and making friends from the Plumas/Butte county line out through Sierra Valley, retiring in 1990.

  Jim loved to hunt, fish, camp (especially at the Shinn Ranch), share good jokes (even if he couldn’t remember the punch line), Basque dinner with friends at the Santa Fe, and a glass or two of Carlo. He played softball until 1990 and was known for batting as a lefty and hitting it in the trees behind right field at Gansner.

  Jim is survived by Janet Thomas, his loving wife of 55 years; daughters Lynn Thomas-Novi (and Mark), of Lincoln, Jean Thomas-Largo, of Florida, Janice Thomas, of Quincy, and other daughters Darlene Demoret-Arzillo, of Tennessee, and Kristen Bauer, of Quincy; beloved grandchildren Nicholas Rose, Adrianna Novi, Sara Novi, Kayla Arzillo and Ashtin Arzillo; great-granddaughter Kaytlin Rose; his brother Jack Thomas (and Marlene), of Santa Rosa; and many other cousins, nephews, nieces and great friends, and his dog Connie.

  Jim always said he didn’t need much and chose to live a simple life with honesty and love for his family. We know dad is sitting in a chair, Maybelle on his lap, glass of wine in hand, listening to country music and planning his next adventure. We promise you, Daddy, to take care of Mom, to live true to the values you gave us, and enjoy life. See you later, alligator!

  In lieu of services and to honor our veteran, the family invites you to attend a celebration of Jim’s life Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 – 5 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 2004 E. Main St., Quincy.

Bill Hicks

  On Oct. 18, 2012, Bill Hicks passed away in Newnan, Ga. He was a loving, giving and humble man and the family has decided the best way to pay tribute to him, in lieu of flowers, is to give to the Alzheimer’s Foundation even though his death was not from any complications or result of Alzheimer’s disease.

  Bill was born in Texas on June 5, 1924. He met his future wife, Elaine, in 1944 and they had their first date at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1945. They were married in May 1945 and recently celebrated 67 years together.

  Bill was a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Anaheim Union High School District.He started his career at Anaheim High School as a part of coach Clare Van Hoorebeck’s staff in the 1950s.He coached and taught at seven different schools, ending his career at Savanna High School as the head football coach.Bill retired from the school district in 1980.

  Bill also worked at Disneyland in Anaheim from the first day it opened.

  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine; his three daughters, Linda Hicks Brown, Debbie Hicks and Marcie Hicks Bayne; three grandchildren, Adrienne Pressel Watroba, AF “Rick” Pressel III and Michael Turner; and five great-grandchildren.

  Tributes in Bill’s honor can be made to: Metro Atlanta Region, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346 or at alz.org/tributes or http://bit.ly/WMmIKh.

  Condolences can be sent to the family online at mckoon.com.


  Cindy Anderson, born April 9, 1950, passed from this life at her home in Manteca on Oct. 21, 2012. She was born in Stockton and lived most of her life in Manteca and French Camp. Cindy was a resident of Graeagle from 2004 until 2009. During her time in Graeagle, Cindy made many close friends, was a member of the Graeagle Community Church congregation, a member of the Graeagle Lions and worked for several local title companies.

  As a 22-year cancer survivor, Cindy was an enthusiastic participant in the Relay for Life at Feather River College. She loved the mountain life and regularly hiked the area trails with friends and her faithful dog Emmitt.

  Cindy is survived by her two brothers, Michael R. Moore, of the Portola area, and Patrick Moore, of Stockton; three sons, Matthew Vezaldenos, Scott Anderson and Brett Anderson; three granddaughters; and one grandson.

  Services were held Oct. 30 at Park View Cemetery in Manteca. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society in Cindy’s name. Send to ACS, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, CA 95204.

Della Mae Bridges

  Della Mae Bridges passed from this life Oct. 24, 2012, in Chico. 

  She was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Ruth, Nev., to Henry and Violet Gooderham. Much of her childhood was spent in Oregon and, in 1944, she moved with her family to Chester.

  She attended high school in Westwood where she met Robert ‘Bob’ Bridges.

  They had 3 children: Connie (Don) Parsons from Chico, Karyn Merriman (Bob) from Chester and Bobby (Debby) from Brentwood. She has five grandchildren, Tami White, Wendy Tyger, Justin Parsons, Sarah and Eric Bridges; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

She leaves behind many lifelong friends, some of whom they traveled with for many years. She also met numerous people along the way who became dear friends, some of whom they would cross paths with in their travels year after year.

  She worked at the old Almanor Inn and Plumas Pines Restaurants in the 1950s and ’60s and then for Bank of America for 20 years. Della retired and traveled with her husband Bob extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They also took a 50th anniversary trip to Europe, including Switzerland and Austria. 

  She was a member of the Wesleyan Church for almost 70 years. She loved music, especially Lawrence Welk. She loved dancing, sewing, crafts, gardening and singing in the choir. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 56 years and her parents, Violet and Henry Gooderham. 

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

  A memorial fund has been set up at the Wesleyan Church (Box 3010, Chester) in lieu of flowers.

A celebration of Della’s life will take place at the Wesleyan Church on Frost and Gay Streets in Chester this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., with internment alongside her late husband to follow at the Chester Cemetery. A reception will then take place at the fellowship hall at the Wesleyan Church. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com


  Claude McColm passed away peacefully at home with his wife Beverly by his side Oct. 27, 2012. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 2, 1928.

  He is survived by his wife Beverly McColm; his children, Cindy and Kris Maybury, Leslie and Annie McColm deJong, Suzie and Stan Henson, David McColm, Valerie and Tom Romanello, Michael and Jennifer McColm, William and Vicki Ghidossi, Tabitha Logan, Robin and Tobin Boyd, his 14 grandchildren and his two great-grandchildren.

  He proudly served in the Marine Corps and was a successful business owner throughout his life. He was a past president of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International and Plumas Ski Club.

  He was a firm believer that laws were only guidelines and he taught his children to use common sense. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

  His body was donated to scientific research with arrangements handled by Manni Funeral Home in Portola.

  A private memorial will be held at a later time.

  The family requests that any remembrances for Claude be donated to Plumas Community Hospice at: P.O. Box 3634, Quincy, CA 95971.

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