Obituaries for the week of 9/6/2013

Rosemary (Bedell) Couchman

John H. Murray

James C. Pearson

  Rosemary (Bedell) Couchman age 78, of Ione, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Ione.

    Rosemary was born in Lone Pine, on April 2, 1935, a daughter of the late Eutice (Muelker) and Orville James Bedell.

  Rosemary is survived by her husband of 59 years, David Couchman, of Ione; daughters Susan and her husband Richard Marino, of Milpitas, Kathy and her husband Bob Ralston, of Ione; son Daniel Couchman, of Ione; sister Dixie, and her husband Bob Ahl, of Paso Robles; brother Don and his wife Phyllis Bedell, of Paso Robles; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many beloved family members.

  Rosemary graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1953.On Feb. 19, 1954, she married David Couchman in San Luis Obispo.The couple moved to San Jose and spent many years there.In the late 1980s, they retired to Graeagle, their dream retirement location. The only thing missing was their family, so they would move once again to Amador County in 2006 to be closer to their children.

    Rosemary was a great cook, loved baseball, especially the San Francisco Giants. She loved socializing and always enjoyed meeting new people.In her lifetime, Rosemary held various jobs but one she found very rewarding was her work as a weight management consultant for Weight Watchers. She enjoyed this position for over 10 years.

    Rosemary was also a wonderful grandmother, cherishing her time with her grandchildren.

  At this time, there will only be private family services.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras counties, P.O. Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642.

  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting danerimortuary.comand signing the guest book



  John H. Murray was born Oct. 8, 1920, in Oakland, to John H. and Margaret Murray.

  He graduated from the School of Forestry, U.C. Berkeley, Class of 1943. Seriously injured in a forest fire when he was 18, he was hospitalized for a year-and-a half recovering. He began his U.S. Forest Service career doing research on the U.C. Campus where he met Marjorie Snell.

  Their marriage in December 1945 produced four sons, Christopher, John, Randal (deceased, age 5) and Robert.

  John is survived by his much-loved wife Marge and sons Christopher Murray and Nancy Gambell, John, Robert and Robin Adrian Murray; five grandchildren: Daniel Murray, Sierra and Seamas Gallagher, Hillary Murray, Kathleen Murray, Ryan Murray; and two great-grandchildren: Oisin and Jakodi Gallagher.

  John retired from the Forest Service at age 55, and was in private practice as a Registered Forester for an additional 10 years.

  He passed away Aug. 28, 2013, with his loving, supportive family around him.

  John loved the outdoors, taught his family fishing, skiing, camping and woodcutting. He was a long-time member of Quincy Lions Club. He helped in the community effort to build Gansner Park in the early fifties, volunteered at Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl and assisted his sons in building their homes. He loved to read and could often be found with his nose in a history book or periodical. He was a fine, loving, humorous patriarch and he will be missed.

  Contributions in his name may be made to Feather River Land Trust ‘Learning Landscapes’, PO Box 1826, Quincy or to the Plumas Ski Club, P.O. Box 4003, Quincy.


  James C. Pearson, of Susanville, passed away Aug. 28, 2013, at Northern Nevada Medical Center in Reno, Nev.

    A graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Portola.

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