Obituaries for the week of 1/5/2011

Pauline Coe-Erwin, 62

Jim “JJ” Weiss, 74

Norene LaRae Wilson, 58

Walter Lawrence Davis, Jr., 82

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 with 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. All those who 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 took place for Pauline at her home Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.

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


Longtime Quincy resident Jim “JJ” Weis passed away unexpectedly Dec. 20, 2010. He developed a blood clot while recovering from recent neck surgery. His daughters were at his side.

Jim was born May 22, 1936, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. to Leonard and Anna Weis. He was the youngest of five boys.

Jim and his mother moved to Westwood the summer of 1951 and he graduated from Westwood Junior-Senior High School in 1954.

After graduation, he and his mother moved to Quincy where he worked at many jobs.

In 1959, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years in the service. When he was discharged, he returned to Quincy and never left.

Jim met and married his sweetheart and lifelong companion Pamela Scovell in 1964. Together they brought four daughters into the world, each of whom the loving couple cherished dearly.

A truly self-made man if there ever was one, Jim overcame the challenges of coming from a poor home, knowing full well that hard work and tenacity would bring success. And, it certainly did: Jim had a distinguished 35-year career working as an engineer for the Forest Service, ultimately retiring as a district engineer.

As you travel the backcountry know that he had a hand in building or repairing almost every road on the Plumas National Forest.

After retirement, he got his dream job working as a golf marshal at the Dragon and then Grizzly Ranch golf courses.

He loved getting out on the golf course with his friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

As his golf buddies know, Jim had a real passion for the game and this job gave him the opportunity to talk golf all day and give other golfers some pointers.

In addition to his golf addiction, Jim was a real outdoor enthusiast and was involved in many different sporting and recreational activities. His love of sports began as a child and continued throughout his life. JJ, as he was known, played in three softball leagues: men’s, co-ed (which he also coached) and senior.

From a young age Jim was an avid hunter of deer, duck, geese, pheasant, dove and quail. He loved the challenges of hunting with a long bow, which he did successfully for many years.

He also enjoyed fly-fishing, even tying his own flies.

Jim was very artistic as well. He did many illustrations with pencil and pen. He also loved carving wood sculptures and wall hangings.

He was handy with a lathe too, and was known for making baby rattles as gifts for friends.

Jim was a man with a big heart, a brilliant mind and a great sense of humor. He always enjoyed being with friends and family.

He took immense pride in his daughters and granddaughters. He taught them to be strong, independent women who could indeed do anything a man could do, and perhaps at times, even better.

His daughters Erin Weis of Vacaville, Ann Marie Weis of Quincy, Susan and husband, Daniel Martens, of Vacaville, and Noel Weis of Quincy, survive Jim.

He also leaves behind granddaughters Lainey and Allora Martens of Vacaville; brother Bill Weis of Auburn; brother-in-law Dennis Scovell and mother-in-law Marie Scovell.

He also leaves many he considered family, Alexio Martens of Sacramento, Jenny and Shawn Satterwhite of Sacramento and Tom, Wendy, Taylor and Jacob Murray of Vacaville.

Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Pamela, infant daughter, Karen, and his father-in-law, Bill Scovell.

A memorial to celebrate Jim’s life will be Saturday Jan. 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Quincy.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Mt. Hough Golf Course or any local sports programs.

Arrangements were made by Manni’s Funeral Home in Portola. We want to thank them and our many friends for their help and support through this difficult time.



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 morning, Dec. 20, 2010, at the age of 58.

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

Following graduation, she settled in the Northeastern California community of 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. She was 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 Dances 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 at the drop of a hat to go camping 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, Jason Wilson, Ryan Wilson, Leisha Hollingsworth, and Barbara Hollingsworth; nine precious grandchildren, Lukas, Paige, Chase, Sydney, Shelby, Victoria, Aden, Marcus, and Owen; her devoted sister and best friend who so lovingly cared for her these past three years, Vivian Hansen; along with numerous nieces and nephews, which include 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 the spring of 2011. Inurnment will take place in the Ross Native American Cemetery located in the North Arm of Indian Valley.

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


Walter Lawrence Davis Jr., 82, died at Country Villa-Riverview in Susanville, Monday, Dec. 27.

He was born in Genesee Valley Dec. 25, 1928, to Walter Sr. and Melba (Custos) Davis.

In passing, Walter leaves his daughters Cheryl and Susan; sons Ernie and Ellis; brothers Edwin and Jerome; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He joins his wife Dorothy in their eternal home.

A family visitation was followed by cremation at Fehrman Crematory.

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




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