Obituaries for the week of 9/12/2012

James Leroy Cox Jr., 72

Jerry Scotti, 70

Wynema “Ruth” Gardiner, 74

Clarence Ray Smith, 76

Raquel Jo Ann Baldwin, 74


James Leroy Cox Jr. peacefully passed from this life early Tuesday morning, Aug. 28, 2012, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, at the age of 72.

Born in Lynwood Nov. 20, 1939, to the late Missouri natives James Sr. and Dora (Jennings) Cox, Jim spent his early years in Southern California before moving to Missouri and then returning to Southern California where he continued his education graduating from Big Pine High School as a member of the Class of 1956.

Following graduation, Jim continued to work on the family’s dairy before beginning a career with Caltrans in the mid-1960s. He worked throughout the southern corridor of Highway 395 before transferring to the Fortuna area of the north coast and in 1979, relocating to Quincy where he retired as a supervisor in 1996.

On June 9, 1979, Jim marred Eileen in Medford, Ore. The couple was introduced through Eileen’s sister, a union that has lasted 33 loving years.

First and foremost a devoted family man, Jim found great pleasure in spending as much time as possible with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Jim was active in supporting the arts in his community and could be found assisting in the production of musicals, designing and building sets and lighting as well as working alongside his wife assisting in any way possible with her dance classes at Footloose Dance Studio.

A staunch advocate for the Constitution’s Second Amendment Right, Jim was a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed target shooting, reloading and refurbishing firearms. When his health permitted, he also enjoyed gardening. Jim was a longtime member of the Quincy Church of Christ.

In passing, Jim leaves his wife and best friend, Eileen Cox of Quincy; son, Randy Cox of Grass Valley; daughters, Kathie DeLaCruz and her husband Joe of Victorville; Kimberly and her husband Tim Retallack, Sharrill and her husband Ray Irons, all of Quincy; Maggie Glover and her husband Kevin of Port Orchard, Wash., and Mitzie Cox of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother Bob Cox of Boise, Idaho; sister Norma Schaffer of Corona; and the joys of Jims later life his 12 grandchildren,  four great-grandchildren, and the myriad other kids in the community who he considered their “Grandpa Jim.”

Along with his parents, Jim joins his two brothers, Bert and Bill, in their eternal home.

At Jim’s request, following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, no services will take place. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

Any remembrances in Jim’s memory may be made to either the NRA’s Second Amendment Rights Foundation, the Plumas Arts Programs or the Quincy High School Music Department, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.



Jerry Scotti passed away unexpectedly Aug. 31, 2012, at his home in Chester, at age 70. His wife of 20 years, Lisa, was by his side.

Born in Watsonville Oct. 27, 1941, Jerry lived most of his life in Sacramento prior to moving for a brief time to Wisconsin, and then to the place he referred to as “heaven,” Lake Almanor. Jerry was an avid camper and fisherman and living at the lake suited him perfectly.

His love and expertise of all things culinary made him the resident host extraordinaire to both his family and friends. Jerry and Lisa enjoyed a rich social life that made the place of his dreams that much more pleasurable.

The joy he experienced in spending time with his beautiful grandchildren, Sydney Kate, Nicolette Judith, Abigail Josephine and Andrew Scott, made all those around him aware of the dedication that Jerry had to family.

Jerry loved to reminisce about the adventures he experienced throughout his life, which were varied and rich. He made many friends at work and within each community that he was a part of. The consummate host, he constantly organized family gatherings and these special times will always be held close to our hearts.

Jerry will be missed by his daughters Kimberly and Stefanie, Catherine and Airiel, and their families: Tom, Sydney Kate, Nicolette, Andy, Abbie, Drew and Zach. He will also be dearly missed by his sibling Victor and his wife Lynda, and their family: Kevin, Jack, Sam, Eric, Julie, Dominic, Joey, Melissa, Chris and Angela.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Scotti; his mother Katherine Stefani Loftin; and his twin sister, Judy Ickes.

Two services will be held in his memory: The first will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at Nicoletti, Culjis and Herberger Mortuary, 5401 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento. Burial will be in the place he loved most, Chester. A graveside service will be held at the Chester Cemetery, 1400 California 36, Chester, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. All friends and family are welcome at both services.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.



Wynema “Ruth” Gardiner, a Quincy resident of 32 years, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1 2012, after a short illness. Her loving family was at her side.

Ruth was born Nov. 30, 1938, in Jay, Okla., and spent her childhood in Seaside, where she graduated high school.

She relocated to Quincy to raise her children and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, collecting antiques and cooking.

Ruth had such a love for children that she owned and operated her own family childcare and raised numerous foster children. Ruth was kind and generous, always lending her help when needed and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Ruth is survived by her son, Neil Hatch of Quincy; her daughter Sandi Braswell and son-in-law Eric, along with her two precious granddaughters Tanah and Breanah.

No services will be held. Private inurnment will take place at Pioneer Cemetery in Watsonville at a later date.



Clarence “Smitty” Smith, 76, passed away in a peaceful sleep Friday morning, Sept. 7, 2012, in Sparks, Nev., after a 35-year fight with heart disease.

The youngest of seven children, he was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Blair, Okla., to the late Susie and William Smith and moved to Mina, Nev., as a young boy.

Clarence retired from Washoe County in 1997 after 23 years and worked eight years for Harrah’s Automobile Collection prior. Clarence was passionate about restoring cars, traveling the country with Bonnie, making and building crafts, and spending time with his family. His final days were spent surrounded by family with love and laughter while cheering for the San Francisco Giants.

He was an exceptional father, grandfather, husband and friend, who never met a stranger. His stories were larger than life and his presence brightened a room. He will be missed beyond words.

His oldest son Carson, brothers Leon and Sonny and sister Laura will all be there to welcome him into heaven.

Clarence is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Bonnie; children, Mark (Lynne) Smith and Marci (John) Marshe; grandchildren, Katie and Brad (Flor) Smith, Josh and Chris (April) Marshe; sisters, DeeEtta (Ed) Berg, Madaline (Kelly) McClelland, and Wanda Steffen as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, and in-laws.

A celebration of Clarence’s life will take place at the graveside in the Old Quincy Cemetery, 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at  fehrmanmortuary.com.




Quincy resident Raquel Jo Ann Baldwin, affectionately known as Jo Ann, passed from this life peacefully, with her family at her side, Friday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2012, at her residence in East Quincy at the age of 74.

Born in Alamogordo, N.M., June 5, 1938, to the late Paul and Amanda (Rey) Hernandez, she was raised and educated in Alamogordo.

On June 4, 1955 Jo Ann eloped with a handsome young airman named Walter Baldwin and the couple was married in Roswell, N.M. To this holy union two sons and two daughters were born.

Walter became a career military man and the family traveled throughout the country and overseas before settling in Olivehurst, where Walter concluded his career with the Air Force in 1972. In 1987, the family relocated to Quincy.

Jo Ann had a special place in her heart for those in need. She unselfishly took in the homeless of the community whenever the need arouse as well as being instrumental in holding grief therapy group sessions in Quincy at the First Baptist Church.

She had been employed with Plumas County Mental Health for a number of years before retiring in 2000.

Jo Ann enjoyed the outdoors, especially going and obtaining firewood with her husband, riding the trails of the mountains on an ATV as well as fishing. She was talented in both arts and crafts. Jo Ann fellowshipped at the First Baptist Church of Quincy.

In passing, Jo Ann leaves her sons, Walter Jr. and his wife Rose of Auburn, Va., and Charles and his wife Laura of Sparks, Nev.; daughters Georgia Adair, of Greenville, and Sandra Devan and her husband Steve, of Poestenkill, N.Y.; a brother, Rudy Hernandez; sisters, Molly Kelly, Beatrice Skyler and Estella Wallace, all of Alamogordo, N.M.; along with the precious jewels of her later life, her 12 grand-, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great- granddaughter.

Jo Ann joins her husband, retired Air Force Staff Sergeant Walter Baldwin Sr., who passed from this life in 2009, and a sister, Georgia, in their eternal home.

A time of visitation and sharing will take place at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, followed by a Celebration of Jo Ann’s life to be held at the graveside alongside her late husband in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery Friday, Sept. 14.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at  fehrmanmortuary.com.

Remembrances in Jo Ann’s memory can be made to Plumas Community Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA.



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