Obituaries for the week of 12/29/2010

Pauline Coe-Erwin, 62

Jacqueline R. Engel, 85

Lucille Lavon Nelson, 84

Norene LaRae Wilson, 58

Pauline Coe-Erwin, 1948-2010 was a courageous soul with a gentle heart.

She passed away Dec. 26, very loved and at peace.

She is survived by her husband Ken; her children Paul, Robert and Christine; her stepchildren Mark and Julie; her daughters-in-law Darcie and Elena; her grandchildren Marcus, McKay, Tyler and Dominic; her cat Kajen and, of course, all the rest of her dear friends, family and people she touched throughout her life.

Speaking of friends and family, Pauline loved spending time with them - whether that was camping, traveling and seeing the sights or talking over coffee. She loved anything that had to do with the outdoors. She grew up in Northern California but until she moved to Portola with Ken, she had never heard of the place. However, it didn't take long for her to fall in love with the area....especially Christmas, which was her favorite time of year - all the decorations, the lights, the tree and, hopefully, the snow that came with it.

Pauline was very excited to have all the kids back under one roof this year and the family feels very fortunate to have spent this time with her. We know she was always especially excited to see her first biological grandson DJ, who is only six, open his presents.

The two of them could spend hours doing crafts at the kitchen table. And all those that knew Pauline, know how she liked her crafts. Whether it was making holiday pins or other art projects, she was always busy with something. She had a very big heart and took care of everyone. Sometimes it was hard to get her to just sit down and relax.

We are so glad she is at peace now and can finally rest. She was such a great mom, wife, grandma and friend. We love you Pauline and you are already so, so missed.

A memorial will take place for Pauline at her home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations in her name at the Eastern Plumas Hospital Auxiliary.


Jacqueline R. Engel was born April 19, 1925, to John O'Kane and Ethyl Mae Whistler in Kansas. She passed away Dec. 3, 2010, in Marysville, at the age of 85.

Jacque graduated from Independence High School in 1943. Shortly upon graduating she married Albert E. Engel Jr. July 1, 1943, in Independence, Kan.

Al and Jacque were married for 66 years and thad three children born: Jack Dahl (deceased) 1949 – 1971, Jeffrey Al, 1952, of Clio and Jona Rose, 1954, of Yuba City.

Jacque and Al had five grandchildren:  Jaymie (Jim) Crews, Jacob (Crystal) Engel, Jess Engel, Alexander and Adam Blank.

Jacque was lovingly referred to as "GG" by her five great-grandchildren. She loved each one of them deeply. They are: Jackson, Jordyn and Joshua Crews, Matthew and Chase Engel.

Jacque was a longtime member of the PTA and the Lady Elks. She enjoyed golfing, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Jacque was preceded in death by her son Jack and her husband Al (1919 – 2009). She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Jacque is survived by son, Jeff (Jennifer) Engel; daughter, Jona Engel; her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

At this time there will be no services. A celebration of Jacque and Al's life may be held at a later date.

Jacque lived life to its fullest. She lived a happy and productive life. She loved her husband and her family. She was truthful and frank. She always let you know what she was thinking. Jacque treated those around her with respect, she was fair and blunt to a point.

Jacque was an amazing woman; we loved her very much and will miss her greatly. While we lost the comfort of Jacque’s presence, she will remain in our hearts and as the heart of our family, always.


Lucille Lavon Nelson, 84, passed away in Quincy, Dec. 18, 2010.

A native of Chicago, Ill., she was a homemaker, who enjoyed sewing and baking. She was also involved in scouting with her children as they were growing up.

Lucille Lavon Nelson was born to Lillian (Anderson) Byrd and Richard Byrd April 3, 1926.

She married Bill Nelson Sept. 22, 1946, in Tonopah, Nev.

In 1948, they made their home in Plumas County. Lucy lived in Sloat for years, then Little Haven, Caribou, and the last 46 years in Quincy.

Lucille was preceded in death by her daughter Carol Lynn Nelson, as well as her sisters Irma Brundage and Alice McClure and her brothers Kenny Byrd and Richard Byrd.

She is survived by her husband Bill Nelson Sr. and her children, Bill Jr. and Ann Nelson, Don Nelson, Ken Nelson, Dean and Denise Nelson, Louis and Peggy Nelson, and her sisters Pat Molinaro, Clara Trebelhorn and Barbara Fanberg, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.


Darleen Carolyn Lyon

Long-time Quincy resident Darleen Lyon passed away early Sunday morning Dec. 19, 2010, at Tahoe Pacific Hospital in Reno, Nev., following a brief illness.

Born in Santa Ana, July 9, 1935, she remained in Southern California until her marriage to William Lazenby in 1955.

Following her husband in his naval service, she lived on Oahu, Hawaii and in El Centro, before moving to Montgomery, Ala., in 1961. To this union, two daughters were born.

In spite of all the moves throughout the years, Darleen continued and completed her education earning a Masters degree in education and worked for many years as an elementary school teacher.

Darleen and her daughters relocated to Quincy in 1972. She met and married Howard Lyon in 1973.

Darleen began working for Plumas County Social Services in 1973, as an eligibility worker before becoming a supervisor in Children’s Protective Services.

She became the director of social services in 1985, and served in this capacity until her retirement in 1993.

In retirement, Darleen enjoyed traveling with her husband, daughters, grandchildren and friends.

She was very involved with her garden, especially with her lovely flowers. Darleen was very interested in current events and politics through her beloved computer. She kept in contact with her wide circle of friends with her e-mail.

Darleen is survived by her mother Virginia Emma Wilson of Quincy; her beloved husband of 37 years, Howard Lyon; her daughters Virginia Windle (David) and Laura Lazenby.

She also leaves her grandchildren Ben Windle (Katie) and Candice MacLean (Josh) and their children, the joys of her life, her great-granddaughters Lillian Windle and Allison MacLean, all of Quincy.

Darleen also leaves her nephews Christopher Wilson (Joella) and Woodrow Wilson (Suzanne) of Quincy, James and Bob Nicholson of Tennessee, and Laurence Egan, Karen Kruse and Eloise Entwistle of New Orleans, La.

Darleen was preceded in death by her father Woodrow Wilson, her former husband William Lazenby and her brother Carl Wilson.

At her request, no formal services will be held. A private service for friends and family will be held at a later time. The family requests any remembrances in Darleen’s memory be made to the Plumas County Animal Shelter or to the Quincy Fire Department.

Mama – We will always miss you, but you will remain in our hearts.

Longtime area caregiver Norene LaRae Wilson passed from this life peacefully, with her loving family at her side following a valiant battle with cancer, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the age of 58.

Born in Roseberg, Ore., Feb. 19, 1952, Norene was raised and educated in Grass Valley and Incline Village, Nev., where she graduated as a member of the class of 1970.

Following graduation, she settled Quincy in 1971.

An excellent cook, she shared her talent for cooking at Bucks Lake Lodge, Chilcoot and catering throughout the northern Nevada area. Her family and friends loved her potato salad and scratch cake.

With a heart of gold, Norene was a longtime caregiver for those in the area, working out of the homes of those in need as well as for the Longterm Care Unit of Indian Valley District Hospital and Carewest of Quincy.

With a love for life and the ability to make the best of any situation, Norene will be especially remembered for her generosity — one who many times would literally give the shirt off her back, food from her pantry or her hard-earned money to those in need.

Norene had a special love for her Native American, Mountain Maidu heritage. She enjoyed attending Bear Dance's and had just recently participated in the Nome Cult Walk, (A Native American Memorial Walk) from Chico to Round Valley, a distance of 100 miles.

A great passion in her life was the outdoors. She was always ready to go camping at the drop of a hat and was an avid fisherman.

She enjoyed gathering native berries and nuts of the area for canning as well as photography and working in her garden. With a love of gaming, Norene found great pleasure in trying her luck in the area casinos with her sister.

In passing, Norene leaves her children Ryan, Jason, Leisha and Bobbie; nine precious grandchildren; her devoted sister and best friend, who so lovingly cared for her these past three years, Vivian Hansen; along with numerous nieces and nephews including Dean Hansen, Dana Galloway and Tonia Sherman, all of whom she held dear to her heart.

She joins in her eternal home her sister Barbara; mother Mollie Sosa and brother-in-law Merv Hansen.

A celebration of Norene's life will take place in spring 2011. Inurnment will take place in the Ross Native American Cemetery on the North Arm of Indian Valley.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family along and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.




Contact Us
Local Events
"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {}