Obituaries for the week of 3/14/2013

Steven Earl Robinson

Yvonne Frances Papenhausen

Larry Hugh Wilburn

Kenneth Michael Williams

Patricia Elizabeth “Patty” Ward

Terry Lee Kellum

Ricki Lynn Best

Norman Waller

Minnie Edmonds

Karen Pittman



  Steven Earl Robinson, born Aug. 15, 1946, in San Diego to Nathan and Mildred Grace Robinson, went fishing for the big one Feb. 17, 2013.

  Steve was a loving and constant partner to his wife, Judy, and was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Nate; sister Jill; and father-in-law Duke McCarty.

  Steve is survived by his three children, Sparke Robinson (Tiffany), Jackie Oswald (Michael) and Jennifer Roberts (Larry); and nine wonderful grandchildren. He was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.

  As soon as Steve could carry a long board, he began surfing and surfed until he joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Most of his tour of duty was in the Philippines, ending with a short tour in Washington, D.C.

  Following his military service, Steve came to Westwood for a short visit with friends. He returned the following week with all of his possessions and never looked back.

  Steve formed the Mountain Meadows Conservancy (MMC) in 2000 and worked tirelessly to protect and enhance his beloved Mountain Meadows. For 13 years, Steve volunteered his time without pay to see his dream live on. Before retirement, he was a carpenter for 30 years.

  He loved fishing and the outdoors. He loved all of the friends he met throughout the Sierra Nevada and was well respected for gaining the knowledge he needed to form and operate MMC.

  Fishing for largemouth bass was his passion, but the MMC was his true passion. He volunteered tirelessly for MMC, becoming a major force in the Sierra Nevada. He made numerous friends throughout the Sierra. Steve was a true Renaissance man and a true environmentalist. There wasn’t anything he could not do once he put his mind to it. We will hold Steve close to our hearts forever, but no one as much as his fishing partner, wood cutting buddy and helper with the conservancy, his wife, Judy.

  Donations to honor Steve’s tireless devotion to the region may be made to Mountain Meadows Conservancy with a stipulation for the Steve Robinson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 40, Westwood, CA 96137.


  Greenville resident and longtime business woman Yvonne Frances Papenhausen passed from this life with her family at her side, Sunday evening, March 3, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center located in Reno, Nev.

  A native of San Francisco, she was born May 19, 1922, to Phillip and Kathleen Thompson and was raised and educated in San Francisco where she graduated from Lick-Wilburding High School as a member of the Class of 1939.

  Shortly out of high school, she married her high school sweetheart Russell Papenhausen and to this union two sons were born.

  The newlyweds went to work in the family’s hardware store (Papenhausen Hardware located in San Francisco and still there today) which they shortly thereafter purchased from Russ’s parents and operated it together until selling. The couple then entered the building contracting field where Russ built and remodeled homes throughout the San Francisco and North Bay Area.

  In 1964 the couple retired and moved from Sausalito, to Indian Valley where they set up residence on the old Crescent Mills Stamp Mill property. Not ones to sit idle, they soon saw a need for a grocery store built in 1965 and operated as Evergreen Market today, where Yvonne also operated a Montgomery Wards Catalog Store and soon thereafter a gas station and auto repair facility operated as Mohawk Trading Company today. She moved the catalog store to the station building in the early 70s. They remodeled the upstairs of the station to their residence where Yvonne has resided until her passing. She continued to operate the family businesses until her passing.

  First and foremost a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandparent, Yvonne took great pride in her family. She especially enjoyed following her grandson’s racing career. Yvonne is a former member of the Greenville Soroptimists. A dedicated Christian, Yvonne was a stalwart in the Greenville Southern Baptist Church. She found great enjoyment in dining out and was a longtime member of a local women’s singles dining club.

  In passing, Yvonne leaves her sons, David Papenhausen, of Petaluma, John Papenhausen and his wife Jessica, of Greenville; her grandchildren, Mike, Kathy, Richard and Scott; great-grandchildren Victoria, Garrett, Brittney and Madison; and great-great-grandchildren Isabella and Cooper.

  She lovingly joins her high school sweetheart, husband, best friend and longtime business partner Russell Papenhausen, who passed from this life in November of 1999 and a sister, Nadine Schram, in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Yvonne’s life will take place at her beloved Greenville Southern Baptist Church 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, with a reception to follow at the Open Door next door to the church. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Any remembrances in Yvonne’s memory can be made to either the Greenville Southern Baptist Church’s memorial fund or a favorite charity of the donor’s choice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Larry Hugh Wilburn died in an off-road motorcycle accident on March 4, 2013, while on vacation near Alamo Lake, Ariz.

  Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding and his wagon train trips through Death Valley. He worked at Edwards Air Force Base for 35 years.

  He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Cindy.

  He leaves behind his wife Georgia, of Rosamond; sister Peggy Wilburn, of Janesville; brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Trish Wilburn, of Greenhorn Ranch; nephews Tracy Wilburn and John Treat, both of Quincy; niece Melody Cramer, of Denver, Colo.; his son Greg, of Newbury Park; daughter Sherry Wilburn, of Coos Bay, Ore.; stepsons Curtis and Brian Coakley and stepdaughter Sherry Smith, all of the Lancaster area; and many other relatives and friends.

  Larry (commonly known as “Uncle Larry”) and Georgia spent their summers at Greenhorn Ranch pulling the wagon with their team of mules and helping the ranch in many ways. Larry will be remembered as a man who could fix anything, who loved his animals, the outdoors, his family and his friends.

  Services are being scheduled in the Lancaster area and Greenhorn Ranch at a later date.


  Kenneth Michael Williams (Mike) passed from this life on Thursday, March 7, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., with his family by his side.

  Born May 21, 1944, in Portola to Kenneth and Virginia (Virgie) Williams. Mike graduated from Portola High school in 1962 as an awesome athlete, setting school records in track and field and even tried out for the Olympics! After graduating Mike moved to Marin county and worked as a commercial and residential contractor for many years building homes and businesses in Tiburon, Mill Valley and numerous other areas of the bay.

  In 1983, Michael moved back to his hometown and purchased the Knotty Pine Tavern in Graeagle and enjoyed 30 years running a “Place Where Friends Would Meet.” The ultimate host, at times, could have been seen singing into the soda gun, counseling a patron, or welcoming new people to the area.

  Mike had a passion for woodworking, golf and sports. In 1989 Mike married the love of his life and best friend Cathy Williams (Plumas Bank). Mike was a gentle soul. His love for his family, friends and his dog Buster are the part of him that we can all hold on to.

  Mike is survived by his wife Cathy; daughters Janet and Joy; granddaughter Lauren and son-in-law Chris Baker; his brother Rod Williams; sisters Helen Stevenson, Patsy Ball, Candi Ward; and numerous nephews and nieces.

  A celebration of life will be held in the late spring in Graeagle.


  Lake Almanor resident Patricia Elizabeth Ward passed from this life peacefully, with her family and friends at her side early Thursday morning, March 7, 2013, at her residence following a valiant battle with mesothelioma.

  Born Jan. 2, 1947, to John and Barbara (Elliott) Ward in San Francisco, “Patty,” as she affectionately was called, was raised and educated in Marin County where she is a member of the Class of 1965 graduating class of Sr. Francis Drake High School. She went on to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with her bachelors degree and teaching credential in 1969.

  Patty began a teaching career in Sacramento and later to the Marin County community of Sausalito. Following a ten-year teaching career, she entered the corporate world where she became a vice president with Bank of America. In 2001, Patty left BofA to become a human resource manager for Unum/Providence Insurance Group. In 2003, she decided to semi-retire and move to the northeastern California community of Lake Almanor where she continued to do consulting work for Collins Pine Company.

  Patty had a deep faith in her Lord and as a member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, she served both as a member of their board and as an elder.

  Wherever she has resided she has been active as a community volunteer. While residing in Marin County, Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo became dear to her heart. After essentially begging her, she accepted a position on the Board of Directors of Sierra Hospice in Chester, was instrumental in the success of their Good Grief Golf Tournament and became a staunch believer in Hospice’s bereavement camps for both children and adults. Patty enjoyed singing in the Chester Community Choir.

  Patty traveled the world, she loved the outdoors through hiking, kayaking, swimming gardening, biking and any other activity that would take her outdoors.

  In passing Patty leaves her brothers John “Tinker” Ward of Squaw Valley, Pierce Ward and his wife Penne, of Chester; nephews Bobby Ward, of Davis, and Sean of San Diego; a niece Kelly Wotruba, of Bremen, Ohio; along with a host of dear friends that were at her side during her illness, be in person or spirit.

  She joins her father John and mother Barbara in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Patty’s life is being planned for early June. Inurnment will take place with her parents in the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery located in San Rafael. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Patty had asked that any remembrances in her memory be made to Sierra Hospice’s Camp HUG c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

  Westwood resident Terry Lee Kellum died Friday, March 1, 2013, at Seneca District Hospital in Chester.

  He was born in Santa Barbara, March 21, 1952.

  In passing, Terry leaves his son Patrick Kellum, of Yuba City; daughters Gina Holterman, of Elk Grove, Angela Kellum-Duncan, of Minneapolis, and Danielle Kellum, along with eight grandchildren.

  Along with his parents, he joins his sister Ricky Hannaway in their eternal home.

  Private family scattering services will take place off of Glass Beach along the Mendocino Coast following cremation at Fehrman Crematory. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Greenhorn Ranch resident Ricki Lynn Best passed from this life March 3, 2013, at her residence at the age of 59.

  She was born Aug. 8, 1953, in Sonora, to Owen and Mary (Morroney) Masters.

  In passing, Ricki leaves her husband of 25 years, Gregory Best, of Greenhorn Ranch; daughter Autumn Bastedo, of Arkansas; four grandchildren; brother Pete Masters, of Meadow Valley; and sister Linda Lee, of Quincy.

  She joins her daughter Lisa Ann Best in their eternal home.

  Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, private family services will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Norman Waller died Friday, March 8, 2013. Graveside service will be held Saturday March 16, at 2 p.m., at Whispering Pines cemetery, on Grizzly Road off Highway 70 near Portola.

Westwood resident Minnie Edmonds passed from this life peacefully under the compassionate care of the staff at the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District Sunday afternoon, March 3, 2013, at the tender age of 101. 

Born Jan. 12, 1912, in Reyno, Ark., to the late Albert and Edna (Tyler) Lafferty, she was raised and educated in Michigan. 

In 1936, following her marriage to Harry Jarvis, the newlyweds relocated to the northeastern California Lumber community of Westwood. Shortly thereafter, the marriage ended in divorce. On Jan. 26, 1936, she married the one who became her best friend and longtime love of her life, Ronald Edmonds, and to this union two sons and a daughter were born. 

A devoted Christian, Minnie had been a longtime member of the former Peoples Church of Westwood before becoming a member of the First Baptist Church of Westwood upon the closing of the Peoples Church. She was a longtime member of the former Rebekah Lodge of Westwood where she held a number of leadership positions, was a member of the former Moose Lodge of Westwood, enjoyed cooking for the Westwood Seniors before joining herself and was a former cook for CDF. 

In passing, Minnie leaves her sons, Victor Edmonds and his wife Roselie, of Sacramento, and Don Edmonds and his wife Phyllis, of Westwood; six grand-, nine great-grand and five great-great-grand-children. 

She joins her loving husband Ronald and daughter Ruth Ceaglio in their eternal home. 

A celebration of Minnie’s life will take place 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her beloved First Baptist Church of Westwood with interment to follow in the Westwood Cemetery next to her husband. A time of visitation will precede the celebration of her life from 11 a.m. to service time.  

The family asks that any remembrances in Minnie’s memory be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Westwood c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



  A graveside service at Chico Cemetery will be held for Brenda Karen Pittman Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. She was a 1962 graduate of Portola High School. She was born Jan. 10, 1945, and died March 7, 2013.

  Donations in Karen’s honor, and to recognize her love of cats especially, can be made to Butte Humane Society in care of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home or at 2580 Fair Street, Chico CA 95928.



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