Miscellaneous Butte County, California Obituaries - 2000

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Bernard Ricketts
Published 5/23/2000
Bernard “Barney” L. Ricketts lived in Magalia for a short time before moving to Santa Maria, where he died on May 5. 
Ricketts was born on Dec. 9, 1924, in Fremont, Neb., where he completed high school. 
He graduated form the University of Redlands in 1951 and Western State University College of Law. 
After working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department he retired and began practicing law in Los Angeles and Orange County. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II serving in the China-Burma, India Theater. He was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Barney is survived by his daughter, Kelly Ann Ricketts; son-in-law, Andrew; brothers, Dick Ricketts of Nevada and Glen Ricketts of California; sisters Mary Kline of New York and Yvonne Dodd of California He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Ricketts, who died in 1999. In honor of his request he was cremated. 
A memorial service will be held this morning at 8:30 a.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Dana Point. 
Inurnment services following at 10 a.m. at the Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest. 
Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary is handling funeral arrangements in Santa Maria.

John Swift
Published 5/23/2000
Magalia resident, John Rohyans Swift, who worked as a radio dispatcher in the Army Air Corps during World War II died on Friday, at a Paradise hospital.
Swift, 80, was born to Mildred and Frank Swift on May 14, 1920 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He worked as an appraiser for the County of Nevada for 15 years. 
In 1998 he moved to Magalia.
On March 6, 1998 he married Esther Perales in Canyon Bill, Ore. Swift was a member of the Catholic Church.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter, Marguerite Valpey of Chico; son, Richard Swift of Sacramento and five grandchildren.
Newton-Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Service of Magalia is in charge of the arrangements. 

Debra Mata
Published 5/23/2000
A homemaker who enjoyed dancing, music, swimming and barbecues with her family and friends, died on Friday, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff.
Debra Davon Mata, 41, was born in Santa Rosa on Feb. 24, 1959.
A visitation will be held tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Pines, and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Pines on Wednesday.
Mata is survived by her mother, Lorraine Diehl of Paradise; her children, David Hosmer, Jeremy Hosmer, Jason Mata, Jessika Reeves all of Paradise; grandson David Hosmer Jr. of Paradise; brothers, Richard Gifford, Sean Sampson, Les Geick, all of Paradise and Jim Underwood of Gerber; sisters, Tamanpha Sampson, Linnette Hoover, Luana Russell and Cheryl Lake, all of Paradise.

Viola Kurzt
Published 5/23/2000
A celebration of the life of Viola May Kurtz will be held Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m.
Mrs. Kurtz brought her love for Hawaii to the West Coast in the 1950s by opening a shop for Hawaiian entertainers in North Hollywood called Hawaiian Treasures. 
Her love for the culture continued to her death. 
Vi taught Hula and Tahitian dancing in association with Lei Aloha and Babe Matthew. 
She was closely associated with the Harry Owens Royal Hawaiian Orchestra and his South Sea Islanders Orchestra. 
Vi was active with the Hawaiian entertainers for many years while she continued teaching dancing on a private basis in North Hollywood and Paradise. 
She died on Feb. 12 .
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements. 

Margaret Russell
Published 5/25/2000
A Paradise resident since 1976, Margaret C. Russell, 98, died at a local convalescent hospital Monday. 
Born in Renick, Mo., to H.D. and Ethel Wilcox, she graduated from high school and William Woods Junior College in Fulton, Mo. 
A lifelong homemaker, she was the widow of a U.S. Naval veteran, and she traveled extensively as a young Navy wife. 
She lived in Denver, Colo., during the 1930s and 1940s before moving to Southern California and eventually settling in Paradise. 
Mrs. Russell is survived by daughters, Virginia Leilani Weaver of Paradise, and Myran Ten Eyck of Westminster; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
A funeral service for Mrs. Russell will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. 
Private interment will be in Paradise Cemetery. 
Chapel of the Pines of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Lucille Griffin
Published 5/25/2000
Paradise resident Lucille Kathryn Griffin died at her home Tuesday. 
She was 77.
Born in Rockford, Ill., to William and Stella Verkuilen, she was a lifelong homemaker. 
She had moved from San Jose to Paradise in 1987.
Mrs. Griffin is survived by a son, Robert B. Griffin Jr., of Paradise; daughters, Susan Hoover Jones of Magalia, Debra Tegelberg of Avery, and Donna Niehaus of Paradise; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Paradise Cemetery. Pastor Dave Sweet of Calvary Chapel will officiate. 
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Gordon Watson
Published 5/25/2000
A former agent for R & A Railway Express for 42 years, Paradise resident Gordon Bruce Watson died at Cypress Acres Convalescent Hospital last Thursday. 
He was 93. 
Born in Washington to George and Janette Watson, he graduated from high school and attended college for two years. 
Mr. Watson had been a Paradise resident since 1975.
His wife, Ertle, died on August 26, 1988, and his final resting place will be in Paradise Cemetery next to her. 
No serviced are planned.
Cremation took place at Chapel of the Pines of Paradise, which is handling the arrangements.

Charles Lusk
Published 5/25/2000
Retired police captain for the city of Oakland, Charles E. “Ed” Lusk Jr., died at Feather River Hospital on Wednesday, May 17. 
Mr. Lusk was born in Oregon to Charles and Muriel Lusk. 
He served in the U.S. Navy and had 14 years of education. 
He had been a Magalia resident since 1981. 
He is survived by his wife, Connie, whom he married in Carson City, Nev., in 1973; and daughter, Kerry Hook of Sacramento. 
At Mr. Lusk’s request, no services will be held, and inurnment will be in private. 
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Mark Koenig
Published 5/25/2000
Paradise resident Mark Koenig died suddenly on Saturday. 
He was 37.
The son of Carl Koenig and Gertrude Palmer of Paradise, Mr. Koenig enjoyed collecting and shopping for antiques, as well as cooking and baking. 
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Michael of Sacramento; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s favorite charity in Mr. Koenig’s memory. 
A private family service was held Tuesday.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Gladys Kelly
Published 5/27/2000
Paradise resident Gladys I. Kelly, 98, died Wednesday at the hospital she worked at for the last 15 years of her career as a licensed vocational nurse.
Born in Rockford, Wash., to Hardy and Rosa Thurman, she received her nursing degree from the California School of Professional Nursing in 1954. 
Mrs. Kelly moved to Paradise from Redondo Beach in 1958. Her last nursing job was at Cypress Acres Convalescent Hospital where she died. 
Fellow members of the Paradise citizens band (CB) radio club knew her by her handle, “Cokono.” She and her husband, Chauncy D. Kelly, had been members of the club for more than 30 years. 
She attended St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Paradise, and was a member of the Paradise Sisters of Hirem. She was also active in the Freemason organization that her husband belonged to. 
Mrs. Kelly enjoyed crocheting and needlepoint, and she liked to fish. 
Her closest surviving relative is her nephew, Bill Ferril of LaCrescenta. 
She is predeceased by her husband, who died in 1986.
A service for Mrs. Kelly will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Cypress Acres Convalescent Hospital’s front building.
Her final resting place will be Paradise Cemetery.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Jack Cahill
Published 5/27/2000
Former Magalia resident Jack Fred Cahill, who worked as a correctional lieutenant for the state of California for 35 years before his retirement, died Tuesday at his home in Missouri.
He was 74.
Born in San Francisco to Fred and Ella Cahill, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and in the Korean War.
He married his wife, Roberta, on Feb. 13, 1949. 
A member of the Paradise Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mr. Cahill lived in Magalia for seven years before moving to Gravois Mills, Mo.
He enjoyed snow skiing, boating, fishing, hunting and horseback riding. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Timothy of Rantoul, Ill.; daughters, Colleen Waugh of Paradise, and Kitty Webber of Chico; brothers, Gerald of Santa Rosa, and James of Sonoma; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
A visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rose Chapel, including a vigil service at 7 p.m. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise. 
Mr. Cahill’s final resting place will be in San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Richard Sinclair
Published 5/27/2000
Former Magalia resident Richard G. Sinclair, 80, died Friday, May 19.
Born in Oakland to Arthur and Lillian Sinclair, his entire career was spent managing, directing and consulting for large corporations and government agencies on security interests. He spent the last few years taking care of his brother, John, in San Francisco, where he was residing at the time of his death. 
Mr. Sinclair enjoyed traveling.
He is survived by his son, Phillip; daughter, Pamela Fuller; brothers, John, and William; sister, Diane; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. 
He is predeceased by his wife, Alice.
Services for Mr. Sinclair were held Thursday in Magalia.
Newton-Bracewell Cremation and Funeral Service of Magalia handled the arrangements.

Claude Moore
Published 5/27/2000
A self-employed glass blower for 50 years, Paradise resident Claude E. “Bud” Moore died at Feather River Hospital Tuesday.
He was 79. 
Born in Montana to William and Ibah Moore, he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. 
An avid golfer who loved animals, Mr. Moore moved to Paradise from Los Gatos 22 years ago.
He was a member of the Paradise Pines Golf Course, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Paradise SIRS and Elks Lodge No. 2026.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Melba Jane, who he married in Reno, Nev., in 1946; daughters, Claudia Dryden of San Jose and Michaela Kuykendall of Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Services for Mr. Moore were held yesterday. 
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements. 

Marian Gath
Published 5/30/2000
Twenty-five-year Paradise resident, Marian F. Gath, died in her home on Saturday. 
She was 80.
Mrs. Gath worked at Sporthaven Health Club for 18 years, before retiring in 1997. 
She was born in Ponca, Neb., to Omer and Deta Douthitt and attended Wayne University in Nebraska. She married Ellis Henry Gath on May 30, 1941, who preceded her in death in 1997.
Mrs. Gath was a member of the Magalia Community Church.
She is survived by her son, Randall C. Gath of Magalia; daughter, Debbie Leon of Anaheim Hills; sisters, Fern O’Neill of Ponca, Neb., Lillian Lindley of Irvine, and Betty Curry of Torrance.
Visitation will be held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rose Chapel and services will be held at the Paradise Cemetery on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Paradise Hospice and Homecare is handling memorial contributions.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

Clarence Egbert
Published 5/30/2000
A retired United Air Lines supervisor who lived many years in Santa Clara died on Thursday. 
Clarence Leroy Egbert was 80.
Mr. Egbert was a Reedley resident and former resident of Santa Clara. 
He is survived by his wife, Janice of Reedley; son, Brian Egbert of Santa Clara; daughter, Linda Reed of Paradise; brothers, Ralph Egbert of Brookings, Ore., and Ray Egbert of Visalia; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, 9 a.m. at Reedley Cemetery in Reedley. Memorial services will follow at 10 a.m. at the Reedley First Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

James Powers
Published 6/1/2000
Magalia resident James Gilbert Powers, who served in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Ammuntion-2C during World War II, died at Feather River Hospital yesterday. 
He was 79.
Born in Charlevoix, Mich., to Abba Bell Pumfrey and Harry G. Powers, he graduated from Northrop University in Los Angeles.
Mr. Powers worked for Northrop Aircraft Corporation as a mechanic for 15 years. 
He married Marion Lindsey on Dec. 23, 1972, in Westlake.
A member of the Table Mountain Lodge No. 124, the Elks Lodge No. 2026, the High Twelve and the Magalia Community Church, Mr. Powers loved to travel. He visited Australia, Malaysia, Bali, Europe, Japan and China.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Gary J. Powers of Gardnerville, Nev., Howard Knott of Hope, Idaho, and Harold Knott of Tuolumne; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
A visitation will be held tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, and a funeral service will be held Saturday at the Old Magalia Church in Magalia at 10 a.m.
Mr. Powers’ final resting place will be in Green Hill Cemetery in San Pedro.
Chapel of the Pines of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Joyce Turner
Published 6/1/2000
After a three-month battle with an illness, Paradise resident Joyce Turned died in Chico Saturday. 
She was 65.
Born in San Diego to Ernest and Ruth Woodward, she graduated from Coronado High School.
She married Kenneth Turner on Aug. 31, 1957, in San Jose, and the couple moved from Campbell to Paradise in 1988. 
Mrs. Turner worked as a teacher’s aide in the Campbell Library and the Paradise Library, and was also a volunteer worker for 10 years.
She became involved in the church in 1958, and had been involved in local prayer groups ever since. 
In addition to her husband of 42 years, she is survived by sons, Donald of Sacramento, and Robert of Fremont; daughter, Sharron of Santa Cruz; and sister Carol Woodward of Seattle.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Bidwell Chapel of Chico, which is handling the arrangements.
A service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Bidwell Chapel at 341 West 3rd St. in Chico.
Mrs. Turner’s final resting place will be at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

Sylva Kuykendall
Published 6/1/2000
A homemaker for 50 years and a part-time receptionist at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital as well as at private doctors’ offices, Paradise resident Sylva Winnifred Kuykendall died at Chico Creek Sunday. 
She was 76.
Born in Colfax, Wis., to Sewel and Clara Sivertson, she moved from Colfax to California at the age of 16 and settled in Gonzales, near Salinas. 
She married Max Kuykendall in 1941.
A member of the Paradise Lutheran Church, Mrs. Kuykendall was also a former member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Salinas, and she often donated time at church.
She enjoyed cooking Norwegian dishes, painting murals, dancing, making ceramics and listening to all kinds of music and especially radio talk shows. 
In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Steven M. of Summit Lake, Wash., and Philip J. and Keith, both of Chico; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lay Ministry Fund of the Paradise Lutheran Church in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mortuary in Chico, which is also handling the arrangements.
A funeral service will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 
Mrs. Kuykendall will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.

Blain Thorpe
Published 6/1/2000
Former Paradise resident Blain Earl Thorpe, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a ship’s cook 1C and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with two stars, the American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal, died last Thursday in Vacaville.
He was 84.
Born in Walla Walla, Wash., to Earl B. and Maude Thorpe, Mr. Thorpe was employed as a clerk at Safeway for 26 years.
He loved fishing and hunting, and he had only moved from Paradise last year.
Mr. Thorpe is survived by his son, Jack of Montrose, Colo.; two grandchildren; and two nephews.
He is predeceased by his wife, Susan, who died in 1987 in Paradise; and by his sister, Lois Hibbard.
Graveside services were held yesterday. Mr. Thorpe’s final resting place is next to his wife in Paradise Cemetery.
Chapel of the Pines of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Polly Bleeker
Published 6/1/2000
Magalia resident Polly H. Bleeker, 76, who had been active in the Paradise Pines Property Owners’ As-sociation since she moved to the Ridge in 1996, died Monday at Feather River Hospital.
Born in Los Angeles to Harry and Bertress Frum, she was a lifelong homemaker.
She had lived in Orange County from 1960 to 1996 before moving to Magalia from San Juan Capistrano. 
Mrs. Bleeker enjoyed cooking and decorating, and was a member of the Paradise Alliance Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Jackson of Chico, Fayedra Matthes of Santa Cruz, and Melanie Gargano of Laguna Nigel; sister, Melva Glavas of Newport Beach; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
She is predeceased by her husband, Melvin, who died in 1996.
A memorial service for Mrs. Bleeker will be announced at a later date. 
She will be cremated and scattered with her husband near Pacific Grove.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Byron Smythe
Published 6/3/2000
Magalia resident Byron Meredith Smythe, listed in Microsoft Magazine as a mover and a shaker of people in high technology died Tuesday at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. 
A member of the Who’s Who Registry of Global Business Leaders, he was 46. 
Born in Plymouth, England, to Maxene and James Smythe, he was raised in Kent, England, and he attended Ambassador College — an American college — in Bricket Wood, England, where he won a scholarship to attend their campus in Pasadena in 1972. 
He earned an associate’s degree in electronic engineering in 1982 and a bachelor’s in computer systems engineering in 1992. 
He married his wife, Renee M., in 1973. 
Mr. Smythe traveled the world giving magazine interviews, introducing new products and giving seminars on electronic technology in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Europe and the U.S. He spoke French, German, Irish and English. 
He was a resident of Union City before moving to Magalia four years ago. 
Mr. Smythe enjoyed playing the guitar, flower gardening, amateur photography and was an avid reader. He had written a novel and published a book of poetry in England. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Brendan of Magalia; daughters, Serena Smythe-Ecton of Burlingame, and Robyn Smythe of Magalia; mother, Maxene of Northern Ireland; brother, Peter of Beverly, England; sisters, Kerina Clarke of Omagh, Northern Ireland, and Mandy McLister of Ballymena, Northern Ireland; four grandchildren; and three nieces and nephews. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation or to the Paradise Hospice in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mort-uary of Chico, which is handling the arrangements. 
A celebration of life for Mr. Smythe will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the mortuary.
Mr. Smythe’s remains will be scattered at sea.

Rose Goodwin
Published 6/3/2000
After an extended illness, Magalia resident and professional belly dancer Rose Ann Goodwin died of cancer at her home Thursday. 
She was 53.
Born in Santa Monica to Marvin and Ada Miller, she attended schools in Rosemead. 
Before moving to Magalia, Mrs. Goodwin was an office manager for Arthur Cox and Sons, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi in San Bernardino County.
She was an artist who enjoyed painting, gardening and the Internet.
She is survived by her parents, Marvin and Ada Miller of Magalia; sisters, Sally Miller of Paradise, and Lillian Budge of Kent, Wash.; brother, Michael Miller of Virginia Beach, Va.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paradise Hospice, 1295 Bille Road, Paradise, CA 95969. 
Private family services will be held at a later date.
The Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico Branch, is handling the arrangements. 

Paula Acuna
Published 6/3/2000
Former Paradise resident Paula Acuna, 86, who had moved to Richland, Wash., in May of last year, died Wednes-day after suffering a stroke.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., to George and Matilda Ainslie, she was married and raised her family in Tennessee. 
After her husband, Allen Anderson, died in 1966, she moved to Southern California, where she worked as a secretary in the aerospace industry. 
She married Clarence Acuna in June 1973.
The couple moved to Paradise in June 1988, to enjoy their retirement years. They attended both the Paradise Ridge and the Magalia Pines Baptist Churches.
Mrs. Acuna moved to Washington after her husband died last year to be near her eldest son.
She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, and had recently been playing the piano for the weekly church services she attended in Richland. She also enjoyed gardening.
She is survived by her sons, Nick of Richland, Wash., and Glenn of Arlington, Texas; brother, George of Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her husband, Clarence, Mrs. Acuna is predeceased by her son, Bill Anderson. 
No local services are planned. 
Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland, Wash., is handling the arrangements.

Grace Fosdick
Published 6/3/2000
She was 86.
Born in Council Grove, Kan., to Roy and Fannie Fones, she spent 20 years in the restaurant business before her retirement. 
Her husband, Frank, died on December 16, 1987, and Mrs. Fosdick had lived in Paradise since 1988.
She is survived by her daughters, Ora Lee Grumbles of Paradise, Freda Barnes of Grass Valley, and Cora McDonald of Visalia; sons, Roy of Mission Viejo, and Frank of Oroville; sister, Marian Poe of Mission Viejo; brother, Ray Fones of Spokane, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Private family services are planned. 
Mrs. Fosdick will be cremated at Chapel of the Pines of Paradise, which is handling the arrangements, and she will be inurned in Nimshew Cemetery.

Marian Gath
Published 6/3/2000
A Paradise resident for 25 years, Marian F. Gath, who worked at Sporthaven Health Club in Paradise for 18 years before her retirement in 1997, died at her home Saturday.
She was 80.
Born in Ponca, Neb., to Omer and Deta Douthitt, she attended Wayne University in Wayne, Neb.
A caregiver and babysitter, she had moved to Paradise 25 years ago from Downey. 
Mrs. Gath attended the Magalia Community Church.
She is survived by her son, Randall of Magalia; daughter, Debbie Leon of Anaheim Hills; and sisters, Fern O’Neill of Ponca, Neb., Lillian Lindley of Irvine, and Betty Curry of Torrance. 
She is predeceased by her husband, Ellis Henry Gath, who died on May 30, 1941.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gath’s name can be made to the Paradise Hospice and Homecare.
Services were held earlier this week, and Mrs. Gath’s final resting place is Paradise Cemetery.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.


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