Obituaries for the week of 11/8/2013

Ruth Broadwell

George E. Ashley Jr.

John Patrick Kennelly, Jr.

Mary Ann Mathes

James Gray

Daniel Gordon Dorris

David Bruce Bates

Frances McFeely Jommen


Ruth Broadwell died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. She was 94. Her last years were spent in Santa Rosa, close to her daughter, Janet Madison.

Ruth was a wonderfully fun-loving woman who laughed a lot and enjoyed family and friends, music, good books, good food and especially gardening. She will be greatly missed.

Ruth was born Ruth Alva Shafer on Feb. 23, 1919, in Fresno. She graduated from Clovis High School where she was class secretary and met her husband-to-be, Glenn Broadwell. Glenn was 20 and Ruth 19 the year they married, Ruth beginning her studies at Fresno City College while Glenn worked as a salesman for Caterpillar. During these early years, Ruth’s lifetime interest in music led her to teach cello and guitar at a music school in Fresno.

They lived in Concord for several years where Ruth served as school secretary at Pleasant Hill High School. After their three children were out of school, Ruth and Glenn moved to Quincy, where they lived for over forty years. Ruth worked as secretary of the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce at the Museum. After retiring, she served on the board of directors for Mountain View Manor, an alternative-energy housing complex for seniors. In her later years, Ruth continued her studies and earned a degree in spiritual studies.

Glenn and Ruth had been married for over seventy-two years when he died in 2011.

Ruth is survived by three children, James, Janet and Douglas; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. There will be no public ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity.



George E. Ashley Jr. (Bugger Red), 90, of Hot Springs, Ark., formerly of Portola, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.

Born Oct. 19, 1923, to George E. Ashley, Sr. and Evelyn Siratt Ashley in New DeRoche, Ark.

He was predeceased by his parents; one daughter, Cindy Ashley; three brothers, Cleabert, Clifford and Houston (Little Red) Ashley; three sisters, Roberta Harris, Katherine Faulkner, Burla Jean Ashley; and best friend Hank Thompson.

He loved to talk about the work he did and loved to talk about Jesus.He worked in the logging woods of Grass Valley, until he retired.He was also in the military during World War II. 

George is survived by a son, Scott Ashley (Kelly), of Jacksonville, Ark.; two grandsons, Harry Ashley of Arkansas and Sean Taylorof California; great-granddaughter Annabell Taylor and great-grandson Vincent Taylor, of California; sister Pearl McMullen (John), of Hot Springs, Ark.; six nieces, Betty Couch (Lloyd), Carolyn Rowland (David), Beverly Leaton (Tom) and Shirley Webb (Ed), all of Hot Springs, Ark., and Kathy Hightower (Sammy), of Malvern, Ark.; Cheryl Plechaty of California; three nephews, Edmond Manuel Faulkner, of Buena Park, Charlie Manard Faulkner (Mary), of Canon Lake, and John Paul Faulkner (Gina), of Hot Springs, Ark., and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Honorary pallbearers include Quapaw Nursing Home and staff, Dr. Bruce Smith and hospice.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 2, at Prairie Bayou Cemetery with Brother Dillard Speers officiating. Guests may register at caruth-hale.com.



Lake Almanor Peninsula resident John “Jack” Patrick Kennelly Jr. passed from this life peacefully Thursday morning, Oct. 31, 2013, under the compassionate care of the staff at Seneca Health Care District’s Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 19, 1936, in Grafton, N.D., to the late John Sr. and Ethel (Prigge) Kennelly, Jack was raised in Grand Forks, N.D., where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Central High School. He went on to further his education at the University of North Dakota.

Jack fell in love while working alongside a pretty young lady named Eileen Flovik at the local pharmacy in Grand Forks. The couple was united in matrimony on June 28, 1958, in Los Gatos, and to this union a son and daughter were born.

Out of college Jack went to work for the Sylvania Corporation and later Palo Alto Engineering before beginning what became a thirty-five year career with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, where he was instrumental in the design and development of geothermal instrumentation used to measure precise heat flow temperatures in the earth’s crust and for aerospace applications; he retired in 1995 as one of their engineering technicians.

Jack was an inventor and patent holder. He enjoyed the freedom of flight through his private pilot’s license and proudly constructed a high-performance Lancair aircraft. He also took great pride in the fact that both his children took up the joy of flying.

Jack was a licensed contractor and built a number of custom homes in the San Francisco Bay Area; in 1971, he built the family’s vacation home on the Lake Almanor Peninsula that, in 1993, became his and his wife’s retirement home.

For many years he served as chairman of the Lake Almanor Country Club’see. architectural review committ He enjoyed boating along with target and trap shooting.

In passing, Jack leaves his loving wife of 55 years, Eileen, of Lake Almanor Peninsula; son Brett and his wife Susan, of Kamuela, Hawaii; and daughter Erin Merritt of Redding; his beloved grandson Ryan Merritt, also of Redding; and his sister Vicki Everly, of Fremont.

Jack was predeceased by his brother Robert

A celebration of Jack’s life is being planned for 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.


Mary Ann Mathes, 85, of Quincy, passed away Oct. 31, 2013, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Mary Ann (Carter) Mathes was born to Charles and Lottie Carter in Bushong, Kansas. While a young girl, the family farm was wiped out by the great dustbowl and the family relocated to Quincy, where Mary Ann attended Pioneer Elementary and graduated from Quincy High School.

In 1947, she married Ray Mathes, raised a family and eventually retired from PG&E, where her front counter duties made her a familiar face to most of the families in the Quincy area. She was also active in the community through her involvement with Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the Quincy Soroptimist Club and the Plumas District Hospital Volunteers.

She is survived by her sons, Ray Mathes Jr., of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Jim Mathes, of New Bedford, Mass., along with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her large family of eight brothers and sisters leaves a legacy of hundreds of nieces, nephews, grand- and great-grand relatives up and down the west coast.

Her remains will be interred alongside her husband at the Old Quincy Cemetery following a celebration of life and family in the spring. WoodfinMemorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements, woodfinchapel.com.


James Gray, 64, of Chico, died Oct. 22, 2013, in Chico.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home in Chico.


Daniel Dorris, 79, of Chico, died Oct. 28, 2013, in Chico.

He was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Alturas.

Survivors include his wife Heather Dorris; his children Nancie Petak, Jerome Dorris, Aimee Dorris, Kailie Dorris, Sara Price, Erica Micheli; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; his brothers Roger Dorris and Ron Dorris and his sister Deanne Pearson.

Funeral services will be held Nov. 9, 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church in Chico. Arrangements under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home in Chico.


Quincy resident David Bruce Bates died at Country Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation in Quincy Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the age of 59.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island on Dec. 30, 1953, to the late Rhode Island natives Arnold and Shirley (Kent) Bates, David was raised and attended school in Providence.

At his request no services will take place following cremation at Fehrman Crematory. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary. Any remembrances in David’s memory can be made to his wife, Sandra Bates, P.O. Box 512, Quincy, CA to help defray final expenses.


Frances McFeely Jommen, age 79, a resident of Crescent City, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, from complications following a stroke.

A native of Yuba City, she owned and operated The Bear Club in Chester in the 1970s and 1980s. Until recently, she and her husband owned a vacation home near Greenville.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald Jommen; her sister Edna Luttrell, of San Jose, and numerous nieces and nephews.



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