Obituaries for the week of 3/10/2010

Jewel Ann White-Lawry, 102

Joe "Benny" Ramon Garcia, 88

Daisy Mildred Farmer

Flavio “Jim” Jimenez, 88

John Robert Holt, 55

     Jewel Lawry passed away peacefully, at her daughter's home in Meadow Valley Feb. 19, 2010, with her son and daughter at her side. Jewel celebrated her 102nd birthday Dec. 29, 2009. Jewel is preceded in death by her husband, a daughter and two grandchildren.
    Jewel was born in Alamagordo, N.M., in 1907, to Effie Smith and Leon White. (New Mexico was still a U.S. territory at that time). Jewel was the eldest of three siblings, Fern, Geri, and Bud White.
    Jewel met William "Bill" E. Lawry, in New Mexico, and they married in 1927. Jewel and Bill had three children, William, Bobby and Bette, and the family moved to Los Angeles in 1940.
    During World War II, Jewel found work at a machine shop, and later worked at the main plant of Van De Kamps Foods, while her husband worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as an engineer. She was also an accomplished seamstress and took in sewing to supplement the family's income.
    Jewel loved to bowl, joining many bowling leagues, and over the years, winning numerous trophies and honors. She joined the Quincy Bowling League where she continued to bowl until she was 93-years-old.
    Other activities she enjoyed were camping and fishing, along with the hobby of rock hunting and lapidary. She loved spending time with her family, which included her three children, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.
    Jewel moved to the Quincy area in 1971, to join her son, Bill Lawry, his wife Joyce, and his two daughters, Darlene and Debbie. Over the years, many of Jewel's family joined her in the Quincy area, including her daughter Bobby, and her daughter's husband, Bill Monroe and their children Bill and his wife. Elise, and daughter. Anne Monroe.
    For several years, Jewel's daughter, Bette Livingston, and some of her children, Gayle Burke, Janet Livingston, Steven Brunk and Doug Livingston also lived in Quincy.
    Jewel's sister, Geri, and her husband Dan Cook, and their daughter, Dana, and her husband, Ron Gerhardtm also moved to the Quincy area. Jewel's brother, Bud Whitem and his wife, Cora, retired and relocated to Quincy.
    Jewel enjoyed helping others, caring for elderly friends, and assisting at the Quincy Senior Nutrition Center. She was a sweet and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many and will be dearly missed by all.
    An outdoor celebration of Jewel's life will be planned for early summer in Meadow Valley. Jewel's family asks for any remembrances in her name be made to Plumas Community Hospice or Plumas County Senior Nutrition Center, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

    Because of an unfortunate accident, Joe Ramon Garcia was taken from this world Monday, Feb. 23, 2010. Services were held Friday, Feb. 26, at Final Wishes Funeral home in Reno, Nev. 
    He was born Nov. 11, 1922.
    Joe is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Lillian, of Portola, his sister Domitila; nieces and nephews of Santa Rosa and many other loving family members, including daughters Nina and spouse Vince Ramone of Sacramento; Andy and spouse Dave Newman of Susanville; Tina and spouse Jim Stokes of Ravendale; Mary and Al Babcock of Redding and son Richard and spouse Ginger Corona of Greenville.
    He is also survived by many grandchildren and great- and great-great-grandchildren. The larger Joe's family grew, the more love he found in his heart for them.
    Joe was an avid horseshoe player and employee of Union Pacific R.R. for many years. He was a former resident of Greenville. His wife, Lillian, and he moved to Portola in 1980.
    Joe was a very active man and was often found out splitting wood or moving mountains of snow and was quick to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.
    Benny will be missed by everyone whose life was touched by his.

    Daisy Mildred Farmer, long-time Quincy resident, died in her sleep in Sacramento Thursday, March 4, 2010.
    Born in Silverton, Colo., she was a 1940 graduate of Quincy High School where she played tennis and trombone. She attended San Jose State College, served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, raised a family, graduated from Sierra College, and worked for the U.S. Forest Service.
    She wrote and published delightful articles on Plumas County history. Millie was a founding member of the Quincy Emblem Club as well as its last president. Over the many intervening years she was an active participant in many community service projects and club activities. She was the long-time adjutant of the local Dewey F. McElroy post of the American legion. She was well-known in Plumas County Fair competition, particularly for her baking which won many blue ribbons over the years.
    No one ever loved Quincy more than Millie. She lived in Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Alaska and various places in California including the Feather River Canyon, Corning, and Sacramento; but Quincy was always where she came home.
    Eventually her health required moving to the Valley and an easier life, but she always asked her visitors about Quincy — specifically about many of her friends, and always about how much snow there was at various times over the winter.
    Her greatest love was her family, particularly her boys. She was happiest observing them enjoying life together.
    She is survived by her sister, Connie Mower; her three sons, Edward, Glenn, and John; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
    She joins her parents, Murl and Della Chamberlain, and her husband, Glenn R. Farmer, in the Old Quincy Cemetery Sunday, March 14, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Ferhman’s Mortuary, followed by internment. All of her friends are welcome.

    Long-time Chester resident, Jim Jimenez, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010, at Northbay Medical Center in Fairfield. He was born to Josefina Carmona and Antonio Jimenez in Miami, Ariz., May 12, 1922.
`Jim moved to Chester from San Francisco in 1953. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater and was very proud to have been a Marine.
    Jim was a devoted member of the Chester community. He spent most of his career working for the Plumas County Road Department, retiring in 1987.
    Jim helped to establish Chester’s Little League program in 1956, coaching its first four years and later umpiring into his 60s. He was a great fan of Chester High School athletics and a long-time member of the Booster Club.
    Jim supported the community as a volunteer fireman, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and several organizations over the years.
    Jim counted many Plumas County residents among his dearest friends. He worshipped at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic church.
    Jim was an outstanding high school athlete at Miami High School in Arizona where he played football and baseball and ran track and field.
    He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on an athletic scholarship for football and track before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1942.
    In 2007, Jim was inducted into the Miami High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements as a member of the 1938 State Championship football team, and as an individual State Champion in the javelin throw.
    Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Lorraine, of Fairfield; sons Bob, Mark and Jim Jimenez and Lindsey Granger; daughter Lena Newman; sisters Sylvia Almeyda, Angelita Jimenez, and Alice Taylor; brothers Tom and Trini Hernandez of Arizona.
    Jim is adored and revered by many beautiful grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
    Jim is preceded in death by his former wives, June and Delma, brother Frank Jimenez, son U.S. Army Lieutenant “Sonny” Granger who gave his life in Vietnam, and daughter Loretta Vineyard.
    Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Tentative plans to celebrate Jim’s life include a viewing at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Chester Friday, March 19, from 4 – 6 p.m.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church in Chester, Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery. A reception will follow.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

    John Robert Holt, 55, died March 1, 2010, at his residence in Keddie.
    He is survived by his wife, Raelyn Holt of Quincy; daughter Geneva Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and brother Mike Holt of Reno, Nev.
    Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Care Hospital and School, 2501 W. 26th St., Sioux Falls, S. D. 57107.

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