Obituaries for 11/18/2009

Patricia Millicent McCulloch, 88    

Janet Cameron Ottolini, 86

Kenneth Dale Butts, 75

Carl LeRoy Roberts, 82


Patricia Millicent McCulloch passed away peacefully Oct. 27 in Oroville, following a very long fight to recover from surgery.
    Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1921, Pat was the third of five daughters of Joseph Gordon and Marjorie Coles Coates. Her father served in several elected and ministerial positions in government, and became the country's first native-born prime minister, giving Pat and her sisters ample opportunity to move between Wellington, the capital, and the family’s ancestral farm, Ruatuna, near Matakohe, NZ.
    Pat graduated from the Marsden Girls School and entered the workforce as a secretary.
    As World War II began, she joined the New Zealand Army, serving as a driver. She soon met Ben McCulloch, a bomber pilot on leave from the U.S. Eighth Army Air Corps based in the Solomon Islands. Pat and Ben were married in 1944, and after the war, Pat emigrated to the United States on an Army troop ship, landing in San Pedro. Over the next 50 years, Pat and Ben made their home in Tijuana, Mexico, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.
    Following Ben’s retirement in 1980, they built and retired to their final home at Lake Almanor, near Chester and Mt. Lassen.
    For nearly 50 years, Pat devoted her considerable energies as a volunteer, providing emotional and social care to elderly and terminally ill patients, at hospitals and in their homes.
    In her last position at Chester’s Seneca Hospital she led the volunteer program and was beloved by her many patients and associates for the legacy she established.
    Pat survived Ben, her husband of 55 years, and sisters Sheila Pryde and Barbara Coates, of New Zealand.
    Pat is survived by sisters Irirangi Bloomfield, of Cohasett, Mass., and Josephine Thornton, of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter Patricia, and husband Sam Ballenger, of Oroville; son Ben McCulloch Jr. and wife Laurie of Huntington Beach; grandson Jeff Roden of Richmond and granddaughters Cassie McCulloch, of Seattle, Wash. and Amy Wienzirl of Woodbridge, Va., and great-grandson Austin Blevins.
    The family plans to hold a private remembrance for Pat in the spring 2010, at Lake Almanor.
    In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a contribution in her memory to a long-term care or hospice program of your choice.

    Janet Ottolini, of San Francisco, died at age 86 in Santa Barbara, Nov. 3, 2009.
    Janet was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 66 years, Arthur, her firstborn, Robin Repp, and by her parents, Robert and Corinne Cameron.
    Janet is survived by her sons and daughters: Bruce Ottolini and wife Gail; Julie Ottolini McGovern and husband Steven; Keith Ottolini, Lori Ottolini Geno and husband Kevin and Jennifer Ottolini and partner Wendy Bear; her sister, Peggy Roberts; brother Sam Cameron; brother in-law Lloyd Bowen; son-in-law Joseph Repp and by many cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
    Janet was born in Westwood July 2, 1923, the sixth of nine children, and spent her early years on the family mining claim in Seneca in the Sierra Mountain Range.
    At age six, after her father died, her mother moved the family to nearby Greenville, supporting the family by having the town’s first telephone switchboard installed in their home, and operating the switchboard seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
    Janet attended Greenville elementary and high schools, graduating in 1941.
    Although the family lived in a rural setting, Janet was well versed in poetry, literature, music and enjoyed trips to San Francisco to partake in cultural events.
    After high school, Janet moved to San Francisco, where she worked at the telephone company as an operator, and was introduced to her future husband, Arthur, through mutual family friends.
    Janet and Art married in December 1942, in San Francisco and shortly afterward, she bid farewell to her young husband, as he, along with other Army Air Corps pilots, headed to the South Pacific. Like many young wives during World War II, Janet welcomed the arrival of their first daughter in 1945, while eagerly awaiting Art's return from war.
    For the next 20 years, Janet was a devoted wife and mother to their six children—making certain each had basic reading and math skills before starting first grade. Janet volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, was an active volunteer in Boy Scouts, and in many of her children's school and cultural activities.
    Many family summer vacations were spent at Lake Almanor in the Sierras instilling her children with pride in her family's beginnings and a love of the outdoors.
    In the mid-60, when just the girls, Lori and Jennifer, remained in the home, Janet started her career first working in an interior design showroom located on San Francisco’s Maiden Lane, and later as an administrator for the Federal Government's Civil Service Commission, which became the Office of Personnel Management. She was commended for her administration of the prestigious 'White House Fellow' selection process.
    After 20 years of public service, Janet retired to enjoy many years with family and friends in San Francisco and summers in Lake Almanor.
    In 2005, Janet, Art and their beloved dog, Angus, moved to the Vista Del Monte retirement community in Santa Barbara. While their decision to leave San Francisco was difficult, they quickly made friends at Vista del Monte and enjoyed frequent visits with family and friends.
    Janet will be buried alongside her husband in the 'Prattville Pioneer Cemetery' beside Lake Almanor over Thanksgiving weekend, and a family mass will follow at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco.
    The family is grateful for the devoted care provided by her doctors at Sansum Clinic and for the many friends and wonderful staff at Vista Del Monte of Santa Barbara, and invites donations made in her memory to these wonderful organizations.

    Greenville resident Kenneth Dale Butts, 75, passed from this life peacefully, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
    Born Aug. 31, 1936, in Newark, Ohio, to the late Forrest and Rowena (McManee) Butts, he was raised and educated in Ohio.
    Shortly following his high school graduation Ken entered the U.S. Air Force, serving his country honorably retiring after 20 years of service to his country. Ken was a veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam wars.
    Upon his retirement Ken settled in Auburn. While attending college he met fellow student Mary Lucille McMullen, and as their love for one another grew the couple was united in matrimony in Carson City, Nev., May 26, 1981. The newlyweds moved to Greenville shortly following their wedding.
    Ken enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid fisherman while also enjoying hunting. He was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post.
    In passing Ken leaves his loving wife of 28 years Mary of Greenville; daughter Anita Armas of North Highlands; brother Richard of Newark, Ohio, along with his grandchildren Marco, Aaron, Jordan, Daniel and Tiffany.
    Along with his parents he joins his son Alan, who passed from this life in October this year, grandson Mario and brother Edward.
    A celebration of Ken's life to include military honors will take place at the graveside in the Greenville District Cemetery 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


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Marian Ella Flick
    Quincy resident Marian Ella Smith Flick died at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the age of 72.
    She was born in Port Jervis, N.Y., Jan. 29, 1937, to late New York natives Herbert and Jennie (Thompson) Smith.
    In passing Marian leaves her longtime loving companion Carl Nielsen of Quincy; son Leon Shabott of Montpelier, Vt.; daughters Laura Shabott of Provincetown, Mass. and Rachel Rodgers of Montpelier, Vt.; brothers Richard D. Smith of Chesterfield, Va. and Herbert Smith of Kauneonga Lake, N.Y., along with four precious grandchildren.
    A celebration of Marian's life will take place 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy. Inurnment will take place in the family plot in Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, N.Y.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    Marian requested any remembrances in her memory be made to the Plumas County Mental Health Advisory Board, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

    Carl LeRoy Roberts died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Copper Ridge Health Care Center in Redding.
    He was born in Gateway, Ark., to the late Alvin and Burma (Youngblood) Roberts Sept. 9, 1927.
    Carl is survived by his wife Jenny of Hayfork; son Vernon Roberts of Greenville; daughters Carrie Scruggs of Westwood and Verna and Kathy Roberts, both of Hayfork; a brother Elmer of Burney; sister Sarah of Branson, Mo., six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    A celebration of Carl's life was held at graveside in the Westwood Cemetery, Tuesday, Nov. 17.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


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