Obituaries for the week of 6/27/2013

Sharon Ann McDonald

Jay R. McGuire

Nan Brown

Loni Rae Shipley

  Sharon Ann McDonald (Shaw, Hadenfeldt) died on June 20, 2013, at the long-term care unit of the Eastern Plumas Health Care hospital. She was a ten-year survivor of metastatic breast cancer.

  Sharon was born in Spiro, Okla., on Dec. 17, 1942, to Lavada and Elmer Shaw. She moved to California when she was three and lived the rest of her life here. She attended Richmond High School and graduated in 1960.

  She was married to Ervin Hadenfeldt Jr. in 1961, and had three children: Gina Thompson, Lisa Larsen, and Ervin Hadenfeldt III. They later moved to Fairfield and lived there for many years.

  She divorced Erv in 1992. She loved to bowl and joined three leagues after her divorce. In 1995, she met Randy McDonald in one of her leagues and they were married in 1997. Sharon never bowled a 600 series, but one night in 1996, she bowled an amazing 720. She also loved to play softball, on both co-ed and women’s teams. She played first base and pitcher. When she was 53, she was pitching and was hit by a line drive in her left bicep. After that, she quit softball and took up golf. Her best golf memory was playing the Old Course at Saint Andrews in 2000.

  She lived in Vacaville until Randy retired and they moved to the Plumas Pines Golf course in Plumas County in 2002. Sharon was very active in the community, including the Graeagle Community Church, the Plumas Eureka Preservation Society, the Plumas Republican Women and the Plumas Pines Women’s Golf Club.

  During her ten-year battle with cancer and a major stroke in 2004, Sharon maintained a positive attitude and was an inspiration to many of her friends and relatives on how to deal with a major illness. One of the major highlights of her life was a ten-week trailer trip that she and Randy took in 2006, when they visited 13 National Parks in the western United States. Every new park became her favorite until she got to Grand Teton National Park. After that, none could top that one as her favorite.

  She is survived by her children: Gina Thompson (Rick Tomason); Lisa Larsen (Rob); Ervin Hadenfeldt (Anita); Kate Vankol (Jesse); Thom McDonald; grandchildren Maria Hadenfeldt, Gina Thompson, Marlena Thompson, Ray Thompson, Michelle Bull, Chelsea Bull, Hannah Hadenfeldt, Savannah Hadenfeldt, Nathaniel Vankol, Tanner Vankol, and seven great-grandchildren.

  Services were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  Jay McGuire passed away suddenly at his home in Clio, on June 20, 2013.

  Jay was born January 31, 1928, in Mountain Home, Ark. He lived in Arkansas and Illinois before moving west to settle in Contra Costa County in California. Jay retired as a lead mechanic in the Transportation Department for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Concord in 1988.

  For many years, Jay and his family vacationed in Plumas County. Upon retirement, Jay and his wife Ruth moved to Clio. Among the many activities they engaged in, Jay especially enjoyed going fishing in the many lakes and streams in the area. He fondly recalled his yearly getaway and fishing outings to Eagle Lake with a group of fishing buddies.

  Jay is survived by his son Russ (Theresa); daughter Terri (Steve) Roe; stepsons Greg (Carol) Fell, Bill (Annette) Fell, Charles (Nancy) Poston, and Paul Poston; stepdaughter Susan Poston Breckon; sister Phyllis (Bill) Wagner; along with many grand- and great-grandchildren.

  Funeral services will be held at the Graeagle Community Church in Graeagle, on Sunday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m.

  Services were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  Nan Brown passed from this life on Sunday, June 23, 2013. She was surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home in San Francisco.

  Born Jan. 20, 1952, in New York City, Nan spent her early years in steel mill towns around the San Francisco Bay where her father, Carter Brown, was a mill worker. Her Martha Graham-trained mother, Jane Brown, taught dance to children. Growing up, Nan participated in the community hall dance recitals. Summer weeks were spent at the family mining claim in the Plumas forest of the northern Sierra, an area where Nan would later make her home.

  Nan and her brother Peter attended high school in Pleasant Hill. In the 1970s, she went to Antioch College and then the San Francisco Art Institute, where her interest in photography blossomed and became one of the major passions of her life. Nan was a student of photography all her adult life, studying with Mark Citret, John Sexton, and Peter Goin, as well as Ansel Adams. She moved to Plumas County in 1975 and pursued a 15-year career in studio photography beginning in Susanville at historic Eastman’s Studio, and later opening Nan Brown Photography in Quincy. She began teaching photography at Feather River College in 1988. She was a member of the Main Street Artists Gallery and Plumas Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Southwest Museum of Photography; and was recently accepted into the Special Collections at Stanford University’s Art and Architecture Library.

  Nan and her husband Bill started a family in 1984, and Nan devoted herself lovingly to raising her three children and caring for their family. She reflected their central place in her life through her photography with the series “Intimations.” Her diagnosis in 1998 with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was a deep challenge, but one she said gave her “life in the present; a most precious gift.”

  Nan is survived by her husband, Bill Egloff, and their children, Lillian, Merete and Maximillian, as well as a dear extended family including her brother Peter Brown of Oakland, sister-in-law Vicki Gunter, and nieces Cory and Tenaya.

  A memorial is being planned for this Saturday in Quincy.


  Loni Rae Shipley, 92, died at Country Villa-Quincy, Saturday evening, June 8, 2013. She was a 36-year resident of Quincy.

  She was born June 24, 1920, in Bend, Ore., to L.E. and Mattie (Shephard) Shipley.

  Although Loni had no formal family left, she leaves a number of dear friends and caregivers that made her life so fulfilling these past years.

  Graveside services were held Thursday, June 20, in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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