Obituaries for the week of 6/30/2010

Walter Cristy Freeman, 92
Walter Thomas Simms, 99
Marci Mitchell, 43
Patrick Michael McClary, 47
    Chris was born March 6, 1918, in Harrisonville, Mo. He passed on June 3, 2010, in Chester.

    Chris lived briefly in Missouri and Kansas but was raised in the Los Angeles area.
    Late in 1940, he was drafted and served his tour in Germany.
    On April 18, 1947, he married his beloved Reta, who preceded him in 1995.
    They were proud parents of five children: Anita, Jim, Tina, Terry and Merrilee, tragically lost in 1983.
    Chris is survived by 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren (preceded in death by two) and five great-great-grandchildren.
    He retired in 1983 after 25 years of truck driving after moving to Santa Clarita.
    Chris and Reta moved to Westwood in 1992 because they loved the area. They regularly attended the Westwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Chris continued after Loretta’s passing.
    Chris was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, and a great friend to those at the Westwood Senior Center, neighbors, and anyone he knew in Westwood.  
    He was known for his red Mazda truck and red socks.

    Longtime Meadow Valley resident Walter T. Simms passed from this life peacefully in Chico, Saturday, June 26, 2010. Walter was 99 years old. He was born in Mineral, Louisa County, Virginia.
    Walter met the love of his life, Winifred Murray, in 1940 in Washington D.C. They were married in Oakland April 30, 1944.
    In February of 1942, Walter joined to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy Seabees, where he enlisted with the rank of First Class. He served in the South Pacific building airfields, clearing jungles for encampments and bell/hard hat diving underwater to construct piers in Fiji, the Marshall Islands and the Gilbert Islands.
    After the war, Walter and Winifred settled down in Oakland. Vital and always busy with a project, when Walter was in his 70’s he began construction on his last major project, his home in Meadow Valley, where he and Winifred resided until 2009.
    Walter worked for 29 years in the construction trade in the San Francisco Bay Area on projects such as the BART Tunnel, Ohlone College, the Yerba Buena Tunnel, the Oakland Museum and the Caldecott Tunnel.
    Walter was a proud member of the Carpenters and Joiners Union, and a 60-years-plus member of the Masonic lodge in Washington, DC.
    In passing Walter leaves his loving wife Winifred Simms of Meadow Valley, sons Thomas Simms, Daniel Simms and Patrick Simms, daughter Mary Dougherty, fifteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
    Visitation for the family and friends will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday June 30, at Fehrman’s Mortuary in Quincy.
    A Vigil/Rosary will be offered at 5 p.m. at Fehrman’s Mortuary in Quincy, on Wednesday evening. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy, with a committal to follow at the Meadow Valley Cemetery.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest register, is available online at  fehrmanmortuary.com.

    Marci passed away suddenly Wed., June 9, 2010. She was born Jan. 2, 1967.
    In passing she leaves behind her father and stepmother, Harold and Helen Mitchell and her mother Linda Fregia, all of Greenville; her fiancé, Anthony "Tony" Foster of Greenville; children, TJ Cunningham, Alisha Cunningham, and Shannon Cunningham, all of Susanville; brothers, Richard and John of Texas and James of Southern California; sister Laura of Virginia; stepbrothers David, Kenneth and Donald of California; stepsister Anita of Alabama; grandchildren, Chayan, Shayln, Lexus, and Reylyn; and her life friends Dianna, Tabitha, and Linda.
    A celebration of Marci's life will be held in Greenville July 10, at the Greenville First Baptist Church, Wolf Creek Road, at 3 p.m. A potluck will follow. Please bring a side dish to share.
    In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Indian Valley Community Supper (which Marci loved attending), P.O. Box 441, Greenville, CA 95947.


 Greenville resident Patrick Michael McClary died at his residence, Friday, June 25, 2010, at the age of 47.
    Born in Auburn, to the late Victor and Julia (Currier) McClary on April 26, 1963, he was raised and educated in Chester and Westwood, graduating from Westwood High School as a member of the "Class of 1981".
    Patrick went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad out of high school retiring Marlene "Marci" Sue after over seventeen years of employment due to health concerns. Patrick enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and riding his four-wheeler.
    In passing, Patrick leaves his sisters, Jennifer Jenks of Arcata, Shannon Duffy of Albany, Ore., and Sharon Richardson of Salmon, Idaho; a brother, Danny McClary of New Mexico; and one niece.
    Services are planned for a later date following cremation at Fehrman Crematory.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest register, is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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