Obituaries for the week of 5/24/2014


Hiedi Huggins Norman

George C. (Joe) McElroy

Blanche J. Lund

Michael Owen McGarr

Betty Jean Smith

Bonnie R. Brown (Scott)

Marcella Jane “Marcey” Smith

Barbara L. Stiles

Hiedi Huggins Norman passed away peacefully in her home in Middleton, Idaho, on April 16, 2014.

She was a 1975 graduate of Woodland High School; she attended Santa Rosa Community College and worked at Greengate School for Exceptional Children until moving to Quincy to marry her husband Doug.

Hiedi was a cheerleading coach while working for the school district in Quincy. After moving to Susanville, she wrote grants for the school district and worked with placing special needs children in the working community. Hiedi created and owned the CountryVictorian Charm Gift Store in Susanville for 5 years before moving to Idaho to be with their son and grandchildren. Hiedi loved to cook and bake and be a grandma, she will always be with us.

Hiedi is survived by her husband Douglas Norman, son Thomas Norman and wife Tahlia, with three grandchildren Alexander, Caleb and McCray. She is also survived by her mother Barbara McClintock and father James Thomas Huggins, sister Tinna McCalister, niece Amy, nephew Adam and numerous cousins from England and South Carolina.


George C. (Joe) McElroy passed from this life on May 9, 2014, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s. He was born to Asa and Ethel McElroy June 4, 1928, in Meadow Valley.

He attended high school at Quincy Jr. Sr. High where he excelled in all sports but was particularly good at football.

He married the love of his life Patricia Bell on May 29, 1949, and they enjoyed 60 wonderful years together before her passing in 2009.

George and his brother Loren went on to create and run the McElroy Bros. logging company for many successful years until their retirement.

He and Pat spent much of their time traveling the world and enjoying their home on the Oregon Coast.

After Pat’s passing, George relocated to Quincy to be near his family.

George is survived by his loving children, Susan and Steve Adams, of Sparks, Nev., Dennis McElroy, of Meadow Valley, Melinda and Mark Rother, of Quincy; grandchildren Dannielle and Bobby Vest, Amy and Chris Allfree, Nadine McElroy and Asa McElroy, of Quincy, Bobby and Kayla Gott, of Reno, Nev., and Ryan Gott, of Sparks, Nev.; great-grandson Chance McElroy and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at the Meadow Valley Cemetery on May 24, at 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of his life at Mark and Melinda Rother’s home at 2048 East Main Street in Quincy.

Donations can be made in his name to the National Alzheimer’s Association at, or P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C. 20090-6011.


After 103 years, Blanche J. Lund went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 10, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, and her son, Richard.

She was born in Houston, Texas, on June 6, 1910, and lovingly raised her family in Houston. After retiring to Huntsville, she enjoyed membership in the First United Methodist Church of Huntsville.

For the last six years she has been visiting her daughter in California and Dallas.

She is survived by her daughter, Blanche Farnam; grandchildren Elizabeth, Earl and wife Karen, and Keith and wife Jessica Lund; and great-grandchildren, Shelby, Bailey, Brandon, and Valerie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Music Scholarship Fund, 3926 Old Denton Road, Carrollton, Texas 75007, or to a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life service was held May 13, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A graveside service was held May 14, at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.


Longtime Portola resident Michael Owen McGarr passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, one day before his 62nd birthday. In passing he leaves his loving wife Benay of 40 years.

Born in Loyalton, May 12, 1952, he succumbed to a brain tumor. He survived most courageously for 21 years. Never asking “why me” while remaining extremely positive with unwavering faith.

After two years in college he was drafted into the Army and served from 1972-74. He married his college sweetheart after she flew to Germany where he was stationed.

He loved his profession, a truck driver, just as his dad was. He started with logging and ended with dirt hauling. He had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. A nice compliment he got was from his best friend John. He said Mike had a way of making a boring day fun, always lifting our spirits.

His recreation passions were fishing and snowmobiling.

With no children of his own, he was blessed with awesome nieces, nephews and great- nieces and nephews. Thank you for being a big part of his life. He truly cherished his entire family.

He is survived by his mother and dad, Elaine (Folchi) and Leonard Ross; his brothers Dennis (Sue) McGarr, from Bieber, Ronnie (Kayna) McGarr, from Portola; Leonard (Gerry) Ross Jr., from Chico, Mike Ross, from Graeagle, and sister Debbie (John) Payne, from Las Vegas, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his father, Owen Lewis (Mick) McGarr.

A celebration of Mike’s life is Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Hall in Portola.

If you would like, in Mike’s memory you may make a donation to the Awana program at the Portola Station Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1076, Portola, CA 96122. He was involved with the Awana program there for 17 years.

The man of my heart, the strength of my life. Love you hon.



Betty Jean Smith, 82, a 50 year resident of Quincy, passed away peaceably with her loving daughter Patty by her side on May 12, 2014 at Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Quincy. Betty was born on Aug. 8, 1931, in Marengo, Ill., to Max Prentice Atherton and Winifred Leone Atherton.

Betty grew up in Marengo, Ill. She graduated from Marengo High School in June 1949.

Betty married Rolland N. Douglass in 1950 in Marengo. They had three children, Patricia West of Quincy, Scott Douglass of South Lake Tahoe, and Brad Douglass of Baliwin, Mo. The family moved to Quincy from the Bay Area in February of 1964, where Betty was employed as a doctor’s assistant working for doctors Bye, Whitney, Christian, and Althouse, later becoming Certified Nursing assistance for Quincy Convalescent Hospital working there until her retirement. Betty had 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was an avid 49ers fan as well as many other sports.

She is survived by her children and their families, Patty West, husband Bobby, Patty’s son Jason Blust and his wife Tanya, and their daughters Danielle and Kylie. Patty’s daughter Jennifer Gonzalez, husband Adonis and their son Noah, all of which are from Quincy; son Scott Douglass, married to Deborah and their daughters Danyel Soulier, husband Marcus, their daughter Anika and son Ryan of Carson City, Nev.; daughter Lindsey Henry and her husband Brian of South Lake Tahoe; son Brad Douglass, of Ballwin, MO., married to Missy and Brad’s three children, daughter Kelly Edinger, husband Paul and their two daughters Piper and Harper of Rock Hill, S.C., his daughter Holly Douglass of Columbia, S.C., and son Ben Douglass of Rock Hill, S.C.

Betty’s passion for life allowed her family to visit her on Mother’s Day 2014 the day before her passing. What a blessing.

Betty was preceded in death by Rolland and her third husband longtime Quincy resident Stu Smith.

A celebration of life will be held at Quincy Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on May 24, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society at the following web address: cam paign=testa&gclid=CPyZk9zqtr4CFQmDfgodkpoADw.


Bonnie Brown peacefully passed away on May 12, 2014, in North Highlands, at the age of 70 from a long battle with ovarian cancer, with family by her side.

She was born to Alvie Scott and BettyTaylor (White) on Dec. 20, 1943.

Momwas a 1962 Quincy Jr. Sr. High School graduate, and after graduation, she moved to San Francisco, married in 1967 and started a family.She worked for the phone company and then as a teacher’s aide until 1981, when they decided to move back to Quincy, a place she always called home, to raise her children.She still owns her house in East Quincy.

She was employed by the State of California and loved her job. She worked in Quincy at the EDD office (for10 years),and was transferred to Sacramento, bought a house andworked until her retirement in 2003after 20 years of service.

Sheseemed to enjoy keeping finances organized. She had so many check registers that she kept balanced, and not just hers! “Where is that penny?!” she had been heard to say ... on more than one (or 40) occasion(s).

Mom went through elementary school 8 times, and high school 4 times... once for herself... and once for each of her kids and grandkids!

In her life, she moved many times.Seven times after she got married... and she helped to move her mom and kids probably another 20 times (or more!)

Her heart was full of love and, even if she didn’t gush, you knew she loved and supported you and wanted what was best for you. Her caring extended to animals, too. She always had four-legged companions and, while most of the time it was a cat (or cats), more recently she extended her heart and home to dogs.

Mom also loved to travel.She greatly enjoyed driving through the United States, sight-seeing and the open road.

She loved her children and grandchildren with a fierceness. She was always there when they needed her, and even when they didn’t. Mom helped all of her children and grandchildren over the years when they needed it. She never balked, no matter the circumstances. On many occasion, she went without so that she could make sure whoever needed something could have it.With her faith inGod, she got though it all.

In passing, she leaves her daughters Diane (Kevin), Karen and Laural and her grandchildren Ashley, Erik, Adam,Andrea and Matthew.She also leaves behindhusband Buzz, sister Debi Jehs and brother Jim Scott (Janice) andnumerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held, by request.

She will be missed, so much. For what she did, and for who she was:Mother, grandmother, sister, mentor, friend.We love you.

Any remembrances in Bonnie’s memory can be sent c/o Karen Loza, 4121 Moriah Way, North Highlands, CA95660, or to a cancer charity of your choice.



Graeagle resident Marcella Jane Smith passed from this life peacefully, under the compassionate care of those at Eastern Plumas District Hospital, Monday, May 12, 2014, with her loving brother at her side.

Marcey, as she affectionately became known, was born in Hartford, Conn., on April 6, 2014, to the late John and Alice (Noren) Thompson she was raised and educated in Connecticut graduating from Robert E. Fitch high school in Poquonnock, Conn., as a member of the Class of 1947.

Following her high school graduation she went to work for Woolworths Department Stores before moving to Michigan where she began what became a 35 year career with Bell Telephone in April of 1948. She transferred to Los Angeles to work for Pacific Bell in 1950, transferring again to San Francisco and later to Nevada Bell in Reno, Nev.

On April 26, 1969, she married fellow co-worker Garrett Smith in Palm Springs. The couple retired together to Graeagle in 1985 where they had been vacation residents since 1979.

An avid golfer, she was a member of the Graeagle Women’s Golf Association. She loved the company of others and enjoyed entertaining. Marcey attended the Graeagle Community Church.

In passing, Marcey leaves her brother Harold Thompson, of Plumas Pines, stepsons Garrett Smith Jr. of Los Angeles, Wayne and Glen Smith, both of Newport Beach, and a half-sister Donna Lee Jones, of Carson City, Nev.

At Marcey’s request, following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, no services will take place. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at


Barbara L. Stiles, 74 years old, died peacefully May 13, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at Renown Medical Center of leukemia.

She was born Sept. 17, 1939, in Oklahoma and moved to CA when she was five.

Barbara was married to Ronald Stiles in 1956 and would have celebrated 58 years of marriage in June.

Barbara was a longtime Portola business owner, foster parent and landlord. She and Ron owned and operated Northside Grocery, Backdoor Bar, half of Portola Coffee Shop, and Painted Pony Antiques.

Barbara is survived by her husband Ronald, her brother Ted (Fran), children Rhonda (Dan) and Ryan (Julie). She has three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara was a wife, friend, parent, grandmother and great- Nana. She will be missed. At her request, there will be no services.


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