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Obituaries for the week of 5/12/2010

Louise Ann France, 56

Delbert Duane Azevedo , 78

Caroline Almeda Kingdon , 97

Lee Joseph DeMaria, 82



    Louise Ann France died April 27, 2010; she was born May 7, 1954, in Reno, Nev., and was a resident of Sierra Valley for 55 years.
    She attended Loyalton schools and graduated from Loyalton High School. She worked as office foreman and head billing clerk for Rural Electric Co-Op for 14 years.
    When not working she enjoyed her raising her family, and her hobbies included crafting and quilting.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufo and Verda Peterson. She is survived by her husband, Gary France; her sons, Charlie France and Lance Cpl. Riley K. France USMC; grandchildren, Anna Louise France and Milly Jean France.
    Services were held May 4, at the Vinton Grange Hall. Interment will be at Sharkey Cemetery at a later date. Services were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


    Meadow Valley resident Delbert Duane Azevedo passed from this life peacefully at Renown Medical Center, Monday, May 3, 2010, at the age of 78.
    Born Feb. 9, 1932, in Atwater, to the late California natives, William — a professional boxer — and Mary (Brown) Azevedo, the family relocated to Portola while he was in grammar school.
    Del, as he affectionately became known, graduated from Portola High School as a member of the "class of 1950."
    Del went on to serve his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
    Upon his honorable discharge, he began a 35 year career with the railroad, retiring with Union Pacific railroad as a conductor. He moved to Meadow Valley, from Stockton almost 50 years ago.
    After being introduced by friends to a pretty young lady named Virginia "Ginny" Steed, and as their love for one another grew, the couple was united in matrimony in Reno, Nev., May 18, 1954. To this holy union two daughters and two sons were born; the couple adopted a daughter together as well.
    Del's passion in life was his hard work and providing for the needs of his family. He enjoyed working in the outdoors tending to his garden and could be found at his wife's side helping with the needs of the 4-H chapters she so diligently helped.
    In passing, Del leaves his sons, Edward "Joe" and his wife, Elaine Azevedo of Meadow Valley; Christopher "Chris" and his wife, Michelle Azevedo of Redding; daughter, Leslie Ellis and her husband, David of Lavelette, W.V.; Colleen Leathers of Fresno; a brother, James "Jim" Azevedo and his wife, Sandy of Marysville and his precious grandchildren, Joshua, Amber, Chase, Allison, Emila and Kaylee.
    He joins in his eternal home his best friend and loving wife; Virginia "Ginny" Azevedo, who passed from this life in 2005, and his precious daughter, Lynn, in their eternal home with the Lord.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for the repose of Del's soul Saturday, May 8, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Quincy. Interment will take place next to his wife and daughter in the Meadow Valley District Cemetery.
    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 Del's memory be made to the Ginny Azevedo Scholarship Fund of the Feather River 4-H, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


    Kingdon Family matriarch Caroline Almeda Kingdon peacefully passed from this life under the compassionate care of those at Country Villa in Quincy, Wednesday night, May 5, 2010, at the age of 97.
    A lifetime resident of Indian Valley, she was born March 17, 1913, to Indian Valley pioneers Lawrence and Ida (Baccala) Stevens. There she attended both grammar and high school.
    At the tender age of 16, she married Sam Kingdon and to this union two sons were born. The newlyweds settled in Crescent Mills, where together the couple ran Kingdons General Store from 1939 until its sale in 1973.
    Caroline was a devoted wife and mother who took pride in tending to her family’s needs. She enjoyed riding throughout the countryside admiring the wildflowers as well as traveling with her husband following their retirement.
    In passing, Caroline leaves her sons, Sam Kingdon Jr. of Crescent Mills and E. Loren Kingdon of Taylorsville; her loving grandchildren, Reed, Mark, LoriAnn, Brian, Billy and Ross, along with 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
    She joins in her eternal home her husband, Sam, who passed from this life in 1986; grandson, Craig, and brothers, Eddie and Sox Stevens.
    Private family services will take place at the graveside alongside her late husband in the Crescent Mills District Cemetery. 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 Caroline's memory be made to the Activities Fund of Country Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


    Quincy resident Lee Joseph DeMaria passed from this life peacefully, following a courageous battle with cancer, Sunday, May 9, 2010, under the caring staff at Country Villa in Quincy.
    Born Feb. 23, 1928, in Houston, Pa., as a young boy he and his parents moved West to settle in San Jose, where he was raised and educated, graduating high school from San Jose High as a member of the "class of 1946."
    Through family and friends Lee was introduced to a pretty young lady, Marian Calabretta and a year later, Sept. 11, 1949, the couple was united in matrimony at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. To this holy union a son and a daughter were born.
    An auto mechanic by trade, Lee retired from Normandin Chrysler-Plymouth in 1991. In 1994, he and his late wife relocated to Citrus Heights, before moving to Quincy nine years ago.
    An accomplished bowler he competed in the sport for close to 50 years bowling four perfect games. In his younger years, he took pride in exercising and bodybuilding.
    In passing Lee leaves his son, Frank, and wife, Olivia DeMaria, of San Jose; daughter, Debbie Sherman, and husband, Bud, of Quincy, as well as his grandchildren, David and Mark.
    A time of visitation will take place at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy Thursday, May 13, from 4 – 6 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 7 p.m. at St John’s Catholic Church in Quincy.
    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 his memory be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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