Obituaries for the week of 11/22/2013

Kevin Michael Stephens

Constance Marie Cottini

James Edmond Gray Jr.

Evelyn “Rae” Coulter


Kevin Michael Stephens, 24, of Quincy, died Wed., Oct. 30, 2013.

Born Sept. 8, 1989, in Red Bluff to Larry and Lorri Stephens, Kevin li

ved in Hayfork until moving to Quincy in 1996.

Kevin attended Quincy High School before joining the army. While stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., Kevin had a son, Jaxon Hunter Stephens.

Kevin joyfully returned to Quincy in May 2013 following his enlistment to care for his mother.

Kevin began working at Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy in September, and was tragically killed in an accident at the mill on Oct. 30.

Kevin enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, along with working on his classic truck.

He is survived by his son, Jaxon Hunter Stephens, age 2; his parents, Lorri and Larry Stephens; sister and brother-in-law Amber and Isaac Quirarte; brother and sister-in-law Jerimy and Jenny Stephens; niece and nephew Eden and Elijah Quirarte; grandmother Barbara Waldrop and multiple aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who dearly love and miss his amazing smile and huge heart.

Remembrance in Kevin’s honor can be sent to his parents, Lorri and and Larry Stephens, to help off-set costs of his untimely death at PO Box 1334, Quincy, CA 95971.


Constance Marie Cottini, age 69, passed from this life surrounded by her family on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Quincy.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Bill; son Patrick; daughter Christina Persinger; son-in-law Sean; 8-year-old granddaughter Julia, the “apple of her eye”, and sister Patsy Kansier-Amacher.

Connie was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Bronxville, N.Y. She was one of six children. Her father was a civil engineer and frequently worked overseas doing reconstruction after the war. Connie spent some of her early years in Norway, later the family settled in Sacramento.

Recently, Connie attended her 50th class reunion of Loretto High School in Sacramento, many of which were former Saint Ignacius Elementary School classmates and lifelong friends from her Catholic education.

Her years spent in Norway fostered her lifelong love of her Norwegian heritage. Connie was a multi-talented seamstress and had a passion for quilting and sewing. She was a member of the Quincy Crazy Quilters. Her talent was also reflected in her collections of art and heirlooms, beautiful hand crafted quilts, and her family traditions.

Connie was a life-long traveler, but her greatest love was her family and friends. Connie devoted herself lovingly to raising their two children and caring for the many lives she touched.

A mass will be held on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy, where she was a longtime member. A reception will follow in the Catholic Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to California State University, Chico’s Ability First Sports Camp (for disabled youth) at Plumas Bank, 336 W. Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971, phone: 530-283-6800.

Rest in peace, Connie, your family and friends will remember you always.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com


James “Jimmy”Gray was born in Tulare, on Aug. 20, 1949, and he passed away on Oct. 22, 2013, in Chico, at the age of 64.

He is survived by his parents, James Edmond Sr. and Beulah Gray, and sisters, Charlotte Lubold and Donna Gray and brother, Leon Gray; plus his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his younger brother Kenneth Gray.

Jimmy worked for the Ford Motor Company after graduating high school in 1967. In 1969, he joined the Air Force and served as an Airman First Class, Electronic Mechanic. After the Air Force he attended college where he furthered his studies in Mechanical Engineering. He then worked for World Airlines as a jet mechanic. Later on, he was employed as a dispatcher for Frontier Transportation Trucking Company in San Jose.

Our beloved Jimmy had an inventive curiosity and was interested in space and science. He enjoyed tinkering with electronics and was always searching for a better way to do things. He also enjoyed photography and dabbled in art.

During the last decade of his life, he really loved living in Quincy. To give back he became involved with the foster children’s agency in Quincy, where he generously made regular monetary contributions to help them out. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at the Brusie Funeral Home in Chico on Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m.



Evelyn “Rae” Coulter passed from this life to the next on Oct. 1, 2013, in Reno, Nev.

Born March 6, 1938, Rae was a lifelong resident of Quincy. She was a 1957 graduate of Quincy High School.

Preceding Rae in her journey are her parents, Sidney and Vivian Yager, of Quincy; her only sibling Joetta (Yager) DeSoza, of Yreka; and her brother-in-law Halbert DeSoza, also of Yreka.

She is survived by one niece, one nephew, two great-nephews, two great-great-nieces and two great-great-nephews.







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