Obituaries for the week of 8/30/2013

Jack Hedges

Donald Ray Camp Sr.

James Peter Anderson

Farrell Cunningham

Margaret Eleanor Duncan

LaRae Pearson

Cheryl Marlene Darnell

  John Elmer “Jack”Hedges passed away July 25, 2013, in Roseville, at the age of 88 from heart failure.A part-time resident of Lake Almanor for the past 40 years, he lived with his daughter Susan in Yuba City for the last few years of his life.

  Jack was born on June 25, 1925, to Edna and Charles Cecil Hedges in Richmond.He was the second of three children, with an older brother Robert (Bob) and a younger sister Ann, who are both deceased.The family moved to Long Beach and eventually settled into a compound at the Richfield Oil Refineries in Wilmington.A successful high school athlete, Jack broke the school’s mile record while running in the LA City Track finals. He graduated from Banning High School in 1943, quarterbacked the football team at Compton Community College for a year and then enlisted in the Army during WWII.He served in the Philippines, returning to California in 1946 to attend Whittier College.

  While at Whittier, Jack ran track, earned a degree in physical education and built a cadre of friends who played bridge and vacationed together for many years.Most importantly, he met and fell in love with Patricia Smith.They wed in 1952 and were happily married for 45 years until her untimely death from leukemia in 1997.Jack began his teaching and coaching career at Huntington Beach High School in 1953.He moved over to Westminster High School when the school opened in 1959, where he taught physical education and math for almost 40 years.Jack coached track and cross-country for most of his career and was one of the most renowned coaches of his era.He was recognized as the CIF Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1967 and produced numerous league championships and college level runners.His relationships with his runners carried on long after their high school careers.Fifteen of them surprised him with a visit on the Fourth of July two years ago and several of them paid their respects by visiting with him in his last days.

  Jack and Pat settled into a home in Huntington Beach in 1957.Their first child, Stuart, was born in 1953, followed by Susan in 1954, Julie in 1956 and Jack in 1960.The family moved to a brand new house in Yorba Linda in 1961 where they resided until Pat and Jack retired in 1987. The family enjoyed wonderful vacations each summer, taking their camper and boat to ski and fish at Lake Almanor and Topaz Lake.They vacationed with friends from college and a circle of friends from Westminster High School and the Huntington Beach Union High School District.In 1972, Jack and Pat bought a Forest Service Cabin at Lake Almanor, and later built a retirement home on the golf course at Almanor West in 1987.They were both avid golfers and one of Jack’s proudest moments was a hole-in-one he shot on the sixth hole at Almanor West. Jack loved athletics and enjoyed watching his children, and later his grandchildren, as they engaged in sports through their high school years.

  After Pat’s death in 1997, Jack reconnected with Maggie Walker, a friend from college who had also lost her spouse.The two were married in 2001 and spent the next 10 years living part of the year at Lake Almanor and the rest on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.Maggie passed away in 2010.

  Jack is survived by his four children and their spouses, Stuart and Karen Hedges, of Conner, Mont., Susan Cuquet, of Yuba City, Julie and Ron Severson, of Granite Bay, and Jack and Teresa Hedges, of Roseville.He also was the proud grandfather to eight grandchildren.Jack lived a robust life and his impact will be felt forever.

  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. at the cemetery in Chester.


  On the evening of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, our father Donald Ray Camp Sr. passed away peacefully with our mother Anita by his side at their home in Quincy.

  Our parents had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Our dad courageously showed an amazing inner strength, sense of peace, grace, and dignity while expressing his blessings, encompassed with all of his loved ones at his side as he battled cancer. He was 77 years old.

  He was born Nov. 3, 1936, in Ozona, Texas, to Bertha and Jim Camp and was the youngest of three sons. Raised on the Oregon coast, he chose the timber industry for his career and retired as the cogen supervisor for Sierra Pacific in 1995.

  Dad enjoyed boating and bass fishing with family and friends especially at Bucks Lake and Lake Almanor. He was an avid reader. He loved cooking his families’ favorite recipes throughout the seasons.

  His family was his greatest source of pride. He is survived by his wife Anita; daughter Nancy Camp with grandchildren David, Carrie, Donnita, Jamie, Jason and Justin; son Donnie and Tess Camp Jr. with granddaughters Jessica and Kasey; son Jamie Camp and grandchildren Jackie, Natalie, Patrick and Christopher; daughter Jewelle and Greg Mapes with grandchildren Meghan and Cole; son Tony and Laura Camp with grandchildren Bryant and Julia; as well ten great-grandchildren.

  The family will be holding a private Celebration of Life for our father. Our dad’s memories and legacy will be with us forever. We love you and miss you every day, dad, and your spirit and love is always in our hearts.


  James Peter Anderson was born May 10, 1934, in the city of Albany, N.Y., the son of Carl Anderson and Myrtle Hubbard. Both have preceded him in death. James passed away at his residence in Chico on Aug. 9, 2013.

  Pete, as he was known to all of his friends, grew up in New York State, went to school there and obtained a college degree. He traveled the world, specializing in accounting and business management.

  Pete was a resident of Greenville for many years and moved to Chico about two years ago after the death of Gloria, the love of his life.

  Pete spent many years in San Francisco doing his business. He retired and moved to Greenville with his Gloria.

  Pete loved the outdoors. He hiked to many places in California, always looking for a new place and new adventure. He was a very good photographer and took pictures of places that he had visited, of lakes, mountains, flowers and wildlife. He would put these pictures on greeting cards and send them to his many friends.

  Pete was a competitive sailor in the Bay Area. He also competed with show horses. He never missed a horse race, especially the Kentucky Derby.

  Pete loved living and was always so happy and funny. He helped so many people and continues to help. So many friends will miss him so very, very much.

  He will be remembered by his own words: “In these later years, I have eagerly chosen to reside on the Sensitive, Romantic and Inspirational “edges” of Life itself. For that is where the Sunrise, Sunsets, Music, Rainbows and fresh Ocean breezes have their Most meaningful, personal Impact! Of course, that leaves us Exposed and Vulnerable to possible disappointment, bruises and frustrations. However, the Rewards from “Life on the Edge” far outweigh the Risks! I crave for a “little more time” to Love this good Earth before I leave it.”

  Private interment will take place in the Greenville District Cemetery where he requested to be buried with his beloved Gloria.

  Arrangements are under the direction of Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, Greenville.


  Farrell Cunningham, a Maidu Indian traditionalist who taught Maidu language classes in several northern California communities, died Aug. 11, 2013, at his home in Susanville. He was 37. The cause of death is pending.

  A poet and painter who spoke seven languages, Farrell’s thirst for his native culture launched a life-long quest that began when he was 13. Too young to drive a car, he telephoned the few remaining elders who could speak Maidu to ask for words. “He would practice them all week long, then call back and ask for more words,” said his mother, Joyce Cunningham.

  Malcolm Margolin, founder of Heyday Books and publisher of News From Native California, met him “as a very young man in search of his language, carrying himself with an air of nonchalance that scarcely hid his insecurity, his eagerness, his vulnerability.”

  As he studied his native language Farrell learned Maidu culture, especially the interrelationships among plants and animals and the sacred connections throughout the natural world. These values formed the bases for several land-management plans he developed.

  At the time of his death Farrell was working on a grant-funded project interviewing Maidu elders and translating a variety of anthropological records to develop a curriculum designed to create other Maidu language teachers.

  Farrell Cunningham carried the weight of being the youngest fluent speaker of Maidu uneasily, said Trina Cunningham, his sister: “He struggled almost every day watching elders pass on knowing the culture was passing on with each one that left us.”

  The youngest of eight children, Farrell was born March 20, 1976. He grew up in Indian Valley and attended Plumas County schools. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1994, he studied cultural anthropology and linguistics at Humboldt State University, spending his senior year in China.

  When he returned to Indian Valley he helped form the Maidu Cultural and Development Group, serving as its first coordinator. Farrell wrote a proposal for a stewardship project that resulted in a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to manage 2,100 acres of federal lands using traditional Native American techniques.

  Farrell Cunningham was also involved in the activities of forest communities nationwide and attended the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg South Africa. His visits with the Kiliwa Tribe, originally from the Sierra San Pedro Martir in Mexico, established an international connection among native people who shared similar ecosystems and values.

  Farrell’s commitment to preserving his heritage led Maidu elders to train him at an early age to perform the central ritual at their annual Bear Dance. He was the youngest leader of the local spring ceremony, where he danced the part of the bear for over 10 years.

  In 2003 Farrell became a founding member and chairman of the Maidu Summit Consortium, which he described as “a northern Maidu Congress” that united a variety of tribes and organizations. The group’s primary project is acquiring Humbug Valley, now owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Farrell was instrumental in writing a plan to manage the land based on traditional Maidu foods and medicines, plants and animals.

  He loved to garden and he put plants in the ground wherever he lived. “He preferred natives, and when the deer ate them, he planted them again,” his mother said.

  In addition to his mother, Joyce, Farrell is survived by his father, Marvin; brothers Ernie, of Greenville, Rodney, of Susanville, and Jack, of Albion; sisters Trina, of Chico, Dena, of Quincy, and Regina Hall, of Greenville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dwayne.

  A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the family home near Taylorsville.


  Margaret Duncan, born on Feb. 28, 1933, passed away from natural causes on Aug. 15, 2013.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Frances Gard. Born in Portola, she lived most of her life in East Quincy.

  She was a bookkeeper most of her life, and really enjoyed working in this field. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune. She also enjoyed working in her yard with all her flowers.

  She is survived by her three sons James, Dennis, and Robert; also two great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.


  LaRae Pearson passed away quietly at home on Aug. 15, 2013, of natural causes. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 23, 1933, and moved to Redding in the spring of 1990.

  LaRae was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

  LaRae graduated high school in Wells, Nev., in 1951 after which she was employed at Ayoob’s Clothing for many years in the small town of Portola. Later she became a successful property manager until her retirement in 1990. After her retirement, she married Tom Pearson and they moved to Redding.

  Her greatest passions were her family and friends, followed closely by football and her love for the 49ers. She and Tommy were longtime members of the Trail Dusters RV Club where they had many great adventures. They were also very involved with the Redding Elks Lodge No. 1073. LaRae was a breast cancer survivor and has since continued to support cancer awareness.

  She will be greatly missed by her husband Tommy, sister Helen, sons Johnnie and Craig, grandchildren Jessica, Jake and Alex and many nieces and nephews. She touched the lives of many people and will never be forgotten.

  A Celebration of Life was held Aug. 25, at the Redding Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of LaRae Pearson.

  Checks can be mailed to: C/O Jessica Johnson, 300 E. Second St., Ste. 1500, Reno, NV 89501.


  With her loving family at her side, Chester resident Cheryl Marlene Darnell passed from this life Thursday evening, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Paradise Hospice House following a short but valiant battle with cancer.

  Born in Scotia to Clint and Janet Haywood on Nov. 26, 1944, she graduated from Colfax High School as a member of the Class of 1962. She went on to continue her education at Sierra Community College before beginning a career in the financial industry.

  In 1966, Cheryl married Neil D. Swihart and to this union two daughters were born. The marriage later ended in divorce. In 1991, she married her longtime companion Harold Darnell. Harold passed from this life in 1996.

  Cheryl moved to Chester in 1986 and shortly thereafter went to work for the Seneca Health Care District where she was currently serving as their Director of Finance.

  Cheryl enjoyed relaxing with a good book and was an avid NASCAR fan who enjoyed following the exploits of Dale Jr. She especially enjoyed her time with the “Lobster Girls” of the Chester /Lake Almanor region.

  In passing, Cheryl leaves her daughters Stacey Garitone and her husband Marc, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Stephanie Thompson and her husband Michael, of Chester; mother Janet Haywood of Chico; her grandchildren Ana Nier, Andrew Garitone and his wife Ember and Elizabeth Garitone along with her sister Marsha Osborne of Chico; three nieces and two nephews. She was proudly expecting her first great-grandchild in January of 2014.

  Cheryl joins her father Clint; husband Harold and sister Diane in her eternal home.

  At her request, family services will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family asks that any remembrances in Cheryl's memory be made to the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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