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Obituaries for the week of 12/15/2010

William Norman Barlow, 89

Judith Anna Johnson, 70

Ronald Gerald Beever, 57

William Norman Barlow passed away Dec. 5, 2010, at Hospice of Arizona in Prescott Valley. He was 89 years old.

Born April 13, 1921, in Rochester, Minn., he was the fifth, and youngest, child of Olive (Marvick) and Peter Barlow. Both parents were immigrants from Norway.

He attended the local schools in Rochester, and was active in hockey, skiing and ski jumping. He also loved to hunt and fish.

In his late teens, he attended an aircraft mechanics school in Burbank, worked for Lockheed Corporation, Douglas Aircraft, and PanAmerican Airways during the war.

He married Ruth Thompson in Miami, Fla., in 1944; they moved to Quincy in 1949, and divorced in 1985.

Always known as "Bill," he worked for Plumas Unified School District and for San Rafael City School as director of Buildings, Grounds, Maintenance and Transportation.

Bill started Barlow Construction in the early 1960s; and opened Mountain Building Supply in 1971. He built many homes, condos, the Plumas County Museum and many other public buildings in Quincy, Portola and Graeagle.

Bill retired in 1985, moved to Dewey, Ariz., in 1990, where he lived until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Goodwin, Arthur and Walter, and by his sister, Lorraine Nesvig.

He is survived by his sons Gary of Reno, Nev.; William of Portola and Randy in Quincy; by grandson Dr. Dan Barlow of Reno, and two great-grandsons, Jackson and Jonah. He is also survived by his companion of many years, Irma Maxwell of Dewey.

No services are planned.

 

 

Judith Anna Johnson was born Feb. 10, 1940, at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, to Dorothy Neuman Johnson and Howard Walter Johnson.

In her youth, Judy lived in Berkeley, Alameda and Hayward (where she graduated from high school). She attended Washington State University. In 1959, Judy moved to San Francisco, where she worked a variety of jobs and enjoyed the City.

She later moved to Pleasanton in 1973 – 74, where she worked at Western Electric as a circuit board assembler and inspector.

In 1976, Judy moved to Greenville where she lived until her death this past Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

It was a long time dream of Judy's to work with the Forest Service, and she worked for the Plumas National Forest from 1976 to 1979, when she was forced into retirement by an injury.

She remained retired until 2005, when she was compelled to accept re-employment by the Plumas National Forest, but suffered another injury on her first day of work.

Fortunately, the dispute that evolved from that 2005 re-employment was positively resolved earlier in 2010, with Judy granting forgiveness to everyone involved.

Judy's greatest passion was always music. As a youth, she studied piano and voice, and performed with the Oakland Civic Light Opera.

Later she became a well known guitarist, singer, and performer in the San Francisco folk music scene of the early ‘60s, along with her banjo playing partner, Pete.

Judy later joined the Bay Area's first all female rock 'n roll band and toured with this group until 1972. She continued to play guitar until a finger injury occurred in 2002, but remained an avid vocalist.

Judy cared deeply for her adopted community of Greenville and was involved with many local organizations, including the Taylorsville Grange, the Greenville Methodist Church and previously, the Indian Valley Parks and Recreation board.

In the ‘80s, Judy helped organize a valley-wide clean-up of old cars and junk, including the establishment of the metal disposal facility at the Greenville dump.

But, what Judy is perhaps known for best and accomplished the most, was less tangible than what lands on one’s resume.

Simply put, Judy had the remarkable ability to create family and community. It’s by no accident that some refer to her as the unofficial mayor of Indian Valley or the Grande Dame of Indian Valley. Judy saw the good in people.

She would give second chances to people who would barely give themselves a second chance. She didn’t care what a person’s past was about — she was about helping a person find a future. S

he was at her best when she was mentoring young people — teaching them the ins and outs of organic gardening, living a responsible life, how to do the things she knew how to do to be self-sufficient.

Everyone that knew her had been told by her at one point or another how to clean up, organize and manage their lives.

Judy was a one-woman resource center. If someone needed something — be it a job, a meal or an appliance, she knew someone who had something to give and she’d match him or her up with someone who needed. Freezers are full all across Indian Valley because of Judy Johnson.

Judy loved fishing, gardening, mushroom gathering and hiking in the mountains.

She was a consummate traveler and had recently returned from her first trip to China where she indulged in her other favorite past time — hunting bargains!

Best of all, Judy Johnson was the life and soul of every party or gathering.

She is survived by her husband Ken “KD” Donnell and her adopted sons, Martin Donnell, Owen Donnell and Matt Graves.

Judy lived a full and blessed life. She will be missed by all who knew her, and many years will pass before her name is but a memory in Greenville and the Indian Valley.

Funeral service will be held at Greenville United Methodist Church at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16. A celebration of her life will follow at a location to be announced.

 

 

Ronald Gerald Beever died Dec. 6, 2010.

He was born in Reno, Nev., Dec. 23, 1953.

He was raised in Calpine and attended Loyalton schools. He worked as a logger for 30 years for John McCaffery and Brooks Mitchell. He loved to hunt, fish and snowmobile.

He is survived by his wife Debbie Beever; daughters Lori Taylor and Loni Kelley; seven grandchildren; his mother and stepfather Nancy and Charles Reynolds; brother William Beever; sister Diane Simpson and step-sister Rachel Jones.

Ronald was preceded in death by his father Francis Beever and brother Earl Beever.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 12 at Sierraville Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.

 

 

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