Obituaries for the week of 2/21/2013

Edwin Sherman “Ed” Butler

Kathy Merkley

Jodie Youens-Streater

Virginia Emma Wilson

Sharon Kay Kaufman

  Edwin Sherman “Ed” Butler passed away at 4:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2013, in San Angelo, Texas. His wife Peggy, his two daughters, Cheryl and Nancy, were at his bedside. Ed also had two sons, Stanley and David.

  Ed was born to Alvin Butler and Marie Sherman Dec. 31, 1932, in Pasadena. He married Peggy on March 7, 1952. He retired from the City of Pomona Fire Dept in 1986, and the couple came up to Lake Almanor to live.

  Ed had many interests and served the community well.

  A celebration of Ed’s life will be held later in the spring.


  Kathy Merkley, of Portola, died Feb. 8, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev.

  She was born Nov. 5, 1950, in St. Louis, Mo., to James Clinton and Mary Elizabeth Marler. She graduated from Portola High School in 1969.

  While working for UP Railroad at the Beanery, she met her future husband, Mike Merkley. They were married 41 years.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, James Clinton and Mary Elizabeth Marler.

  Survivors include her husband Mike; her daughters Mary Ann and Jessica; grandchildren Michael Dennison and Kyli Merkley; her brother Jim and his wife Lynn Marler, of Chico; brother Ron Marler of southern California; brother Rick and his wife Tina Marler, of Portola; her sister Patty and her husband JR Reynolds, of Dixon, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Private family services will be held at a later date.


  Jodie Youens-Streater passed away suddenly at her home in San Rafael on Feb. 8, 2013. Jodie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 20, 1958, to Winfield and Merilyn Youens. She graduated from Tamalpias High School in Mill Valley in 1976.

  Prior to her marriage, Jodie worked with her father at various auto dealerships in Marin County.

  Jodie was known and loved for her joyous smile and laughter.

  She is survived by her daughter Caroline Michelle Streater, of Petaluma; her father Winfield Youens, of Meadow Valley; her sister Jill Youens-Inglish, of San Rafael; and brothers Jeffrey Youens of San Anselmo, and Winfield Youens Jr. of Meadow Valley.

  Jodie was preceded in death by her mother Merilyn Snell, and her infant son Jamie.

  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


  Quincy resident Virginia Emma Wilson passed from this life peacefully, Valentines Day, Feb. 14, 2013, under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa-Quincy at the age of 99 with her loving family at her side.

  Born June 20, 1913, to Ohio natives William and Minnie (Hochenberger) Noonan, as a young child she and her family moved west to settle in Southern California where Virginia was raised and educated graduating from high school in Santa Ana.

  Shortly out of high school Virginia married her childhood sweetheart, Carlyle Woodrow Wilson on May 22, 1934, and to this union a son and daughter were born. The newlyweds settled in Santa Ana where together they raised their family and Virginia began what became a twenty-one year career with the Santa Ana School District as a secretary. She was a staunch supporter and highly active with the Salvation Army while residing in southern California. In 1970, she and Woody relocated to the northeastern California community of Quincy.

  First and foremost a loving wife, mother and grandparent, Virginia took great pride in caring for and providing for her family. She was an accomplished seamstress who also enjoyed the art of knitting and crocheting. Virginia had a great fondness for animals especially dogs.

  In passing Virginia leaves her grandchildren, Virginia Windle and her husband David, Laura Lazenby, Chris Wilson and his wife JoElla, Woody Wilson and wife Suzanne; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Windle and wife Katie, Candice MacLean and husband Josh, Jamie Schultz and husband Dave, Christopher Carlyle Wilson and Richard Edmiston Wilson; along with great-great-grandchildren Lillian Jane Windle, George Owen Windle and Allison Emma MacLean.

  She joins her husband Carlyle Woodrow Wilson, daughter Darleen Carolyn Lyon and son Carlyle Edward Wilson in their eternal home.

  Virginia will be greatly missed by all of those she came in contact with. At her request no services will take place. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family suggests any remembrances in Virginia’s memory be made to either the Salvation Army or the Plumas County Museum c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


  Sharon Kay Kaufman, 65, died Feb. 9, 2013, in Reno, Nev.

  The Portola resident was born Jan. 23, 1948, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  She is survived by her husband Joe Kaufman; daughter Dawn Pipes; granddaughter Bethany Pipes; and stepdaughters Jeanette Kaufman and Candy Nally.

  Services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Portola United Methodist Church. Donations may be made to containers in various local businesses or at wepay.com/donations/skkmemorial.

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