Obituaries for the week of 1/2/2013

Gene A. Moore

Catherine Ann Brown

Russell Frank Whitney

Jaxson Markus Lee Campbell

Ruth L. Deatherage

Anna Mae Wightman

Debra Dawn Bennett


Gene A. Moore, 69, passed away Dec. 11, 2012, from heart complications.

  Gene was born May 29, 1943, to Jack and Ruth Moore. Gene was a longtime resident of Greenville. He was employed as an electrical technician for the Collins Pine Co. lumber mill in Chester for 25 years until retiring in 1993. In addition, he was an active member of the American Legion for many years.

  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Fay Moore, of Greenville; twin brother Jack Moore, of Pasadena; sister Betty Lineaweaver, of Paradise; children Pam Lyman and her husband Dale, of Greenville, Tim Walters, of Magalia, Terry Moore, of Denver, Colo., and Debbie Woodruff and her husband Chris, of Citrus Heights; grandchildren Amber Lyman, Lisa LeRoy, Laura Walters, Andrew Walters, Destiny Lyman, Eric Woodruff, Alex Woodruff and Ryan Woodruff; and six great-grandchildren.

  Services were held in Greenville at the American Legion Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  Cathy Brown, 50 passed away peacefully Dec. 16, 2012, at the age of 50, at Oroville Hospital with her family at her side. She was born Jan. 14, 1962, in Greenville, the eighth of nine children to Fletcher and Pat Brown, a long-time cattle ranching family in Butte and Plumas counties.

  Cathy attended Chico schools, graduating from Pleasant Valley High School in 1980. She worked for many years in the fabric and crafts industry. Cathy’s many enjoyments included writing, crafts, baking, gardening and travel. One of her greatest joys was writing poetry. Cathy was a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir and loved the Lord with all her heart.

  Cathy is survived by her brothers Larry (Phyllis) Brown, of Crescent Mills, and Gary (Sharon) Brown, of Oroville; sisters Linda (Larry) Willadsen, of Durham, Susie (Tucson) Smith, of Palouse, Wash., and Toni (Scott) Waller, of West Sacramento; 16 nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and -nephews; and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jim and Carl Brown and sister Sandy Mitchell.

  Cathy was a beloved sister, aunt and great-aunt and a dear friend. She was a remarkable person with a boundless capacity for love, care and generosity. She will be forever remembered for her kindness and gentle spirit. Those who knew her will greatly miss her and are grateful for the way she touched their lives. Her family thanks the staffers at Oroville Hospital for the wonderful care they provided.

  Condolences can be offered online at affordablemortuary.net.

  Memorial contributions in Cathy’s name may be made to Butte Humane Society in care of Affordable Mortuary, which is handling the arrangements. A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held at a later date.


  A resident of Portola, Russell Whitney passed away Dec. 21, 2012, after a long illness at Renown Hospital with his loving daughter, Crystal Engel, at his side. Russ was born in Glendale in 1957. He had just turned 55.

  Russ was a successful businessman in Orange County before he became ill. He moved to Plumas County about 20 years ago to be with family.

  Russ is survived by his daughter Crystal, her husband Jake and two beautiful grandchildren, Chase (3 years old) and Whitney (6 months old). Also he leaves behind his loving mother, Barbara Mowrey, and four brothers: Don, Richard, Doug and Robert. We will always remember his big smile and big heart.

  No formal services will be held at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  In need of another angel, Our Heavenly Father called Jaxson Markus Lee Campbell to join him for Christmas on Dec. 22, 2012, from his earthly home in Greenville.

  Born in Quincy on Sept. 5, 2012, to Jessica L. Campbell, Jaxson and his family made their home in Greenville.

  In his short time on earth Jaxson filled the hearts of all those with whom he came in contact with his glistening eyes, bright smiles and warm hugs.

  In passing, Jaxson leaves his loving mother, Jessica, of Greenville; grandparents Kevin and Michelle Campbell, of Fresno, and Ginger and Richard Corona, of Greenville; great-grandparents Cathy Keye, of Fresno, and Lillian Garcia, of Cottonwood; and numerous cousins.

  A celebration of Jaxson’s life took place Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Interment will take place in the Greenville District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Ruth Deatherage, 95  was born in Winona, Shannon County, Mo., to Henry and Blanch Randleman on May 30, 1917.

  Ruth and Howard Deatherage were united in holy matrimony Oct. 3, 1937, in Eminence, Mo.

  Ruth was ushered into heaven Dec. 22, 2012. She was a longtime resident of Chilcoot, Portola and Beckwourth. She was a devoted wife, mother, cook and farmer. She had a loving heart for children and fostered many over the years. Ruth was a lifetime member of the New Life Christian Center of Portola.

  Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Deatherage, and nephew Raymond Randleman.

  Ruth is survived by Ed Heddy, Bob Heddy, Barbara Frias, in-laws Donna Better and Buster and Carol Deatherage, and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was a mother to many over the years, such as Artie Seymour and Jim Parsons, to name a few. Ruth was blessed with many great and loyal friends throughout her life.

  A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Center of Portola. Arrangements are entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  Portola resident Anna Mae Wightman passed away Dec. 24, 2012. On Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. a funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Portola for the repose of her soul.

  Anna was the beloved wife of Dirk, mother of five, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of five. Anna died at the age of 85, of acute leukemia.

  Anna was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Nauvoo, Ill., the youngest “surprise” child in a family of seven children born to Alphonse and MaryEllen Woerly. She spent 18 years in Nauvoo delighting her brothers and sisters, and graduated in 1945 from Saints Peter and Paul High School.

  The next few years were spent following her first husband, Bill Turpin, in the military. They lived in several locations including post-war Japan. At the end of her marriage, she moved to Southern California to live with her sister, Harriet Pope, and met the love of her life, Dirk Wightman, whom she married one month later: Oct. 5, 1957. They were married 55 years and created many life adventures for their family, living in Silverado, Wrightwood, Soda Springs and Portola.

  Anna worked in various secretarial and bookkeeping positions and was primarily a world-class homemaker. She loved her family and her dogs, cats, goats and chickens. She was an accomplished mountain woman and had a great love of hiking, backpacking, skiing, cooking, knitting, crocheting, sewing and playing the organ. She could beat just about everyone at board and card games. She was most proud of her famous chicken dance which she performed upon request, or even when requested specifically not to perform it.

  In passing, Anna Mae leaves behind her husband Dirk Wightman; daughters Peggy Cordero, of North Tustin, and Heidi Wightman, of Portola; sons Dane Wightman, of Reno, Nev., Eric Wightman, of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Bret Wightman, of Truckee; and grandchildren Mia, of Southern California, Sean and Kathryn, of California, Thomas, Joseph, Christopher and Michael, of Colorado, Levi, of Portola, and Scarlet and Savannah, of Truckee. She also leaves behind her five great-granddaughters, Kiara, Savannah, Brianna, Brooklynn and Natalie; her sister Margaret Amon, of La Pine, Ore.; and her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

  The family suggests remembrances in Anna Mae’s memory be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 108 Taylor Ave., Portola, CA 96122. May you rest in peace, Anna Mae.


  Debra Dawn Bennett, 43, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at her residence in Burney.

  She was born Dec. 4, 1969, in Chester, to Robert and Shirley (Williams) Bennett.

  In passing Dawn leaves her father and step-mother, Robert and Anna Bennett, of Westwood; her brothers, Charles Bennett, of Westwood, and David Bennett, of Crescent City; three nieces; step-brothers David Borders, of Reno, Nev., Robert Borders, of Susanville, and Christopher Burch, of Susanville; and step-sister Kimberly Borders, of Reno, Nev.

  Dawn was predeceased by her mother, Shirley.

  A celebration of Dawn’s life was held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Calvary Chapel 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 remembrances in Dawn’s memory be made to either the Westwood Breakfast for Kids Program or the Westwood Rotary Scholarship Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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