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Obituaries for the week of 5/5/2010

Marty Shower, 53
Shirley Ruth Jones, 76
Robert C. Posner, 75
Ann Marie Edmondson, 74

 

    Marty (Martha Lynn) Shower of Greenville, had her life cut short on April 19, 2010, in Yuba City as a result of a traffic accident. She was 53 years old. Marty, a 13-year resident of Greenville, was born in Oceanside and grew up in Southern California. She was a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. While living in Indian Valley, Marty made numerous friends and touched many people with her positive attitude and many community contributions. Her passion and commitment benefited several organizations, including Native Animal Rescue, Taylorsville Fire Department, Feather River Land Trust, and the Indian Valley Recreation and Park District.
    One of Marty's favorite contributions was providing culinary delights. She prepared food for the Round Valley Run, Heart K Ranch events, Shanghai Shindig, Pasta Party, Hawaiian Luau, numerous Indian Valley Fire Department events and many others. Her ever-present smile, giving attitude, graciousness and attention to detail made these events enjoyable and successful.
    Marty worked as a First Responder in the Taylorsville Fire Department for many years. She also served as a girls’ soccer coach for the Recreation District.
    She was an avid gardener, known for her fantastic heritage tomatoes. Marty’s expertise as a gourmet cook is well documented by those who shared the Showers’ table and enjoyed being guinea pigs for her wonderful edible experiments. She was a baker extraordinaire, making many wedding and special occasion cakes, using her ingenuity and talent.
    Marty’s love for adventure took her and her husband on bird watching excursions to far-off destinations including: Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Japan and Malaysia. She was an enthusiastic fly fisher, hitting rivers and streams over the Western U.S., sometimes landing the biggest fish of the trip. She strived to maintain good physical fitness with her hiking, walking, cycling and running. She had a long-standing passion for good opera and was an avid reader.
    Marty is survived by her husband John, and father-in-law, Tom Shower, both of Greenville; stepson Michael Shower, his wife Wakako, and her granddaughters, Kate and Suzue, all of Hawaii; John’s sister and brother-in-law Sandra and John Ritchie, of Concord; mother Barbara Rench, of Paradise; brother Dwayne of Bali; brother Brian; and Jenny Robinson, of Santa Cruz, whom Marty considered as a daughter. Mother-in-law Kate Shower, long an inspiration to Marty, recently preceded her.
    Prior to retiring to Indian Valley, Marty and John lived in the Santa Cruz area. Having earned a degree at San Jose State University in Food Science, Marty, out of a commitment to the family business, became a licensed real estate agent and property manager, much to her chagrin. Her love for animals kept her very active in the Native Animal Rescue program, a talent Indian Valley residents frequently utilized as their unofficial rescue contact.
    Friends and loved ones will be celebrating this warm, charming, and beautiful woman's life on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 1 p.m. at the family home at 5817 Diamond Mountain Road, Greenville. In honor of Marty’s love of food, celebrants should bring their favorite dish to share and a chair for this outside event. With inclement weather, the celebration will be held at the Community Center in Greenville.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to one of Marty’s favorite organizations: Feather River Land Trust, P.O. Box 1826, Quincy, CA 95971; PAWS, P.O. Box 125, Quincy, CA 95971; or the Indian Valley Park and Recreation District, P.O. Box 928, Greenville, CA 95947.


    Community activist Shirley Ruth Jones passed from this life peacefully following a valiant battle with lung cancer, Thursday morning, April 22, 2010, at Mercy San Juan Medical Center located in Carmichael. Her loving family was at her side.
    Born Sept. 6, 1933, in Belgrade, Neb., to the late Hilbert and Agnes Newquist as one of nine children, she was raised and educated in Belgrade.
    In 1950, she married fellow Nebraskan Buck Plumbtree in Belgrade and to this union one daughter and three sons were born.
    The family relocated west to the Sacramento area in 1962, where Shirley lovingly cared for her family and in 1968 began a 17-year career with J.C. Penney Co. rising to the position as office manager. Shirley's union to Buck ended in divorce in 1979.
    Following her divorce, while working for J.C. Penney she met a handsome young electrician, named Tom Jones, whose invoices she made sure were always on the top of the stack to be paid. As their love for one another matured they were united in matrimony in Reno, Nev., March 10, 1989.
    Shirley was a longtime dedicated member of the Theta Nu Chapter No. 2801 of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority. She was honored many times over for her dedication to the sorority and served her chapter as president in 1992.
    Shirley and Tom retired to Lake Almanor in 1993, later to become "snowbirds" and winter in Yuma, Ariz.
    Shirley quickly became involved in her community where the soft spot in her heart for those less fortunate became her passion. As a member of the Chimney Fund, she and her sorority sisters were instrumental in the organization of Chuck's Railroad Room's Chili Feed to help those in need.
    She was always at her husband’s side supporting him in his endeavors with the Westwood Rotary and was never heard to say no when asked to help out in the community.
    In passing Shirley leaves her loving husband — with whom she just celebrated her 21st wedding anniversary — Tom of Lake Almanor; sons Rick Plumbtree and wife, Amy, of Rancho Murieta; Jay Plumbtree of Sacramento; Randy Plumbtree of Petaluma; daughter Lea Obermire and husband, Michael, of Rocklin; stepson Michael Jones and wife, Kim, of Auburn, and stepdaughter Jacqueline England of Roseville; brothers Donald Newquist of Yuma, Ariz., and Cack Newquist of Selinsgrove, Pa., along with six precious grandchildren.
    Shirley joins in her eternal home her three sisters and three brothers.
    A wake celebrating Shirley's life will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Chuck's Railroad Room in Westwood.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    The family suggests any remembrances in Shirley's memory be made to either the Chimney Fund or the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


    Beloved Greenville High School art teacher and longtime Plumas County resident Robert C. Posner passed away Thursday, April 29, after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer.
    Born in Chicago in 1935, he moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1941. He grew up in the La Brea area of Los Angeles, graduating from Los Angeles High School in 1953, and going on to study art at UCLA. He completed his degree in 1958, and married fellow UCLA art student and Chicago native Sally Ann Simison in 1959.
    After graduating, Robert was a teaching assistant in the Department of Art at UCLA and worked at other jobs that included Diversified Design, the U.S. Post Office, Nebraska Packing and Frederick’s of Hollywood.
    In 1961, Robert and Sally spent several months traveling through Europe in a Volkswagen Beetle, which they picked up at the factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. At the end of their trip, they shipped themselves and the car back to New York, and then drove cross-country to Los Angeles.
    Robert began his teaching career at Morningside High School in Los Angeles before moving with Sally and their young son to northern California in 1964.
    His first day with Plumas Unified School District began in an August snowstorm. Robert went on to teach at Greenville High School for the next 26 years, retiring in 1990. He taught art and photography, as well as Spanish, English and American literature (none of his students could escape reading Melville’s Moby Dick); he also coached track and cross-country.
    He also served as advisor for the California Scholastic Federation group at GHS, introducing the students to big-city life on yearly trips to San Francisco.
    In addition to teaching art, Robert was a practicing artist, exhibiting his paintings and drawings in Chico, Reno, the San Francisco Bay Area and locally. He found time to further his own education as well, completing an Master of Arts in art at CSU Chico in 1972.
    He and Sally drew inspiration for their art from their years of travel with their sons, David and Sam, camping and hiking throughout the West.
    Robert was also an avid runner, cyclist, and skier, and devoted considerable time and energy to environmental causes, serving for a time as the president of the local chapter of the Sierra Club.
    He is survived by Sally, his wife of 50 years; sons David and Sam; brother Richard; and four grandchildren.
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 8, at noon at Heart K Ranch in Genesee. The family requests that donations be made in Robert Posner's name to the Feather River Land Trust, P.O. Box 1826, Quincy, CA 95971, frlt.org.


    Ann Marie was born Oct. 7, 1935, and died Feb. 23, 2010.
    She was born to Leo and Hilda Britschgi in San Francisco, and died from acute lymphoblastic leukemia contracted one year previous despite current treatments in Oceanside.
    We ask you to remember her passion for life, her love of her family and her keen appreciation for nature.
    Ann attended high school in Greenville, where she met her future husband Bob Edmondson. She attended California State University, Chico for two years. Ann and Bob were married Oct. 16, 1955, in Los Angeles. They spent the next 54 years together, building a family, pursuing careers and traveling the world.
    Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from San Diego State University. She was passionate about the importance of education and served several years in the public school system in many different capacities including ESL, special needs and substitute teaching.
    Ann’s vibrant spirit and outgoing personality was loved by all. She loved sharing her time and interests, such as tennis, golf, bridge, and the Super Bowl, with friends and family.
    She was an avid, eclectic reader, spending much of her quiet time engrossed in a book, tending to her dahlias or tackling a Sudoku puzzle.
    Ann had an adventurous heart and was amazed by the strength and beauty of nature. She and Bob explored the globe to experience nature’s wonders together. Highlights of their adventures include: snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, kayaking through the tropical rainforest of Australia, cruising on a riverboat down the Amazon, and going on a wildlife safari in Africa.
    The sight of the world’s greatest waterfalls took Ann’s breath away. Bob and Ann ventured by boat, plane, and even by ultralight to take in the splendor of Niagara Falls, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, and Brazil’s Iguassu Falls, never mind sipping wine in the great cities of Europe.
    But her greatest love was her family.  She is survived by her husband, Bob Edmondson; sister, Carolyn Edmondson; half siblings, Bill and Amber Davies; her sons, Robert, Michael and David; daughter, Leslie Ann Morgan; adoptive daughter, Courtney Leigh Rogers; and the very large, loving, extended family that miss her and are thankful that we had her for 74 years to know and love.

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