Obituaries for the week of 10/25/2013

Gary K. Hughes

Sachiko ‘Susie’ Ijiyu

Barbara Ann Whatley

Kim Elizabeth Blanchard

Lillian Janice Wirtz


Gary K. Hughes, 71, passed away Oct. 12, 2013, at his home in Chester. His wife Brenda was with him.

Gary was born in Pueblo, Colo., to Roy and LaVon (Plummer) Hughes on Aug. 18, 1942.

Gary grew up in Citrus Heights. He attended school there and graduated from San Juan High School in 1960. Gary then went to serve his country by joining the Navy; after his honorable discharge, Gary worked at Mather Air Force Base for 20 years. This is where he found his love of golf. Gary then moved to Arizona for a year, where he worked in the prison as a corrections officer.

Gary then moved to Chester, and worked for his cousin doing drywall. He then got a job at the Westwood school district, and worked as custodian/bus driver until his retirement. This is when he met and fell in love with his future wife, Brenda.

Gary loved the Chester area. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and if he was not doing that he was playing golf at Mt. Huff with his friends Danny and David, and a number of others.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents Roy and LaVon Hughes, his son Kevin and his brother-in-law Bill Staplin.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Brenda; stepson Larry Brent and grandsons Nick and Zack Brent; sweet granddaughter Ashli Hughes (Jason), great-grandson Talon and great-granddaughter London; granddaughter Amy and great-grandsons Kevin and Preston; brother Bryant and Alice Hughes; sister Phyllis Staplin, of Citrus Heights; Kim and Kris French; and several nieces and nephews.

Per Gary’s request there will be no services. The family requests that any remembrances be donations to Gary’s preferred charity, the American Breast Cancer Foundation.


Sachiko “Susie” Ijiyu, 76, passed away peacefully at home in Quincy on Oct. 13, 2013. She was born Oct. 1, 1937, in Okinawa, Japan, to parents Moritake and Maka Ijiyu, of Okinawa.

Sachiko was a longtime resident of California, where she lived most of her life since leaving her childhood home in Okinawa. She resided in Quincy for the past 39 years.

Her children, grandchildren and friends were the priorities and loves of her life. Sachiko was a devout Buddhist. She loved gardening, cooking, watching NBA basketball and telling stories about her life. She was loving and giving to all she came in contact with: family, friends and neighbors alike.

Sachiko is survived by her son, William McLaughlin, of Roseville; her daughter, Patty McLaughlin, of Quincy; and her grandchildren, Chrissy, Marcus and Kade.

Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.

The family thanks all those who shared in her life, showing her love, respect and kindness. “We are overwhelmed and honored to all who have shared their heartwarming personal experiences with our mother, grandmother and friend.”

Any condolences can be made by visiting fehrmanmortuary.com.



Vinton resident and Portola businesswoman Barbara Ann Whatley passed from this life Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2013, just one day after celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Her loving family was at her side.

Born in Denver, Colo., on March 7, 1948, to Raymond and Edith (Lawler) Crites, Barbara was raised and educated in Denver graduating high school from Adams City High School as a member of the Class of 1966. She went on to attended San Jose City College in San Jose, where she studied business.

While residing in Denver Barbara was introduced by relatives to a handsome young gentleman named Gerald Whatley, an encounter that later led to the couple’s marriage in Denver on Oct. 12, 1968.

The newlyweds settled in San Jose where Barbara eventually ended up running eight shelters for the homeless for the Emergency Housing Consortium of San Jose.

She and her husband left the South Bay area to reside in Clear Lake, where she again ran shelters for the homeless and directed a senior center. The couple relocated to Reno, where Barbara took up employment with the Nevada Division of Real Estate until health complications forced her to retire.

In 2010 Barbara and her husband moved to Vinton where she was able to take up her dream of a lifetime: running her own crafts and fabric enterprise named Loose Ends Sew What in Portola for the past year and a half.

First and foremost in her life was always Barbara’s family. She was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed the art of crocheting and all types of crafts.

In passing Barbara leaves her loving husband, Gerald, of Vinton; sons James M. Whatley and wife Amanda, of Portola, and Robert E. Whatley and wife Beki, of Sun Valley, Nev.; daughters Edith K. MacMahan and husband Mike, of Greensboro, N.C., Suzanne Walsh, of Highland Ranch, Nev., and Debbie Foster, of Palm Springs; brother James E. Clack, of Owasso, Okla.; sister Emma M. Zinola, of Redding; and the pride of her later life, her 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Kim Elizabeth Blanchard, 55, passed away from cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at her sister Katie’s home in Escondido.

She was a resident of Quincy and had been manager of the Quincy DMV before she retired earlier this year.

Kim was born in Chula Vista, and raised in Poway.

She is survived by her husband Bob Blanchard, of Bishop, her son Cody (Jessica) Briggs, of Chico, three grandchildren, her sister Katie (John)Murphy, and brothers Leigh(Susanne) Briggs and David Briggs. 

Services will be held on Nov. 7 at the Columbarium at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Poway.

A celebration of Barbara’s life took place at the graveside in the Whispering Pines Cemetery outside of Portola on Oct. 18. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Lillian Janice Wirtz, 79, of Sloat, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

Jan was born March 23, 1934, to Fred and Lillian Illingworth in Oakland.

Jan was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas D. Wirtz, and is survived by her children Nicholas Jr., of Overgaard, Ariz., Donna Mills, of Blairsden, Kim Wirtz-Bielenberg, of South Lake Tahoe, and Joe Wirtz, of Portola; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any remembrances in Jan’s name be made to Plumas County Arts Commission, P.O. Box 600, Quincy, CA 95971, or Paradise Hospice House, 1289 Bille Road, Paradise, CA 95969.


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