Miscellaneous Butte County, California Obituaries - 2000

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Kenneth Laymance
Published 8/29/2000
Kenneth Ray Laymance, 43, always called his mother to check on her or to tell her something about his day.
Recently, he told her he had seen the most beautiful scene of his life when he climbed a tree in Butte Creek Canyon. He moved to Paradise five years ago — soon after his mother came to town.
His habit of daily calling his mother began when he was little. If he was out swimming, he’d call to tell her he’d be home in time for dinner.
That’s why his mother, Mary Jo Jackson, knew something was wrong when he didn’t call on Aug. 13.
A tree trimmer, Mr. Laymance was in Bangor at the time. Eleven days later, searchers found him drowned in a river.
“He just loved nature,” said his sister, Marilyn Jackson of Roseville. He avidly fished, camped and hiked.
Because he had expressed such awe at the beauty of Butte Creek Canyon, his mother is looking into having his ashes spread there or somewhere in nature.
Mr. Laymance also enjoyed taking his sons with him camping, and he worked hard coaching their baseball team. He was a Christian.
An avid sports fan, his favorite teams were the A’s and the 49ers. He liked bowling with his children too.
Born in Roseville, he went on to serve in the Army.
He is survived by sons Gregory and Kyle of Oroville, David of Citrus Heights; and daughter, Heather of Oregon.
Along with his mother, Mary Jo, he is survived by his stepfather, Tex Jackson; and his father, Eugene Laymance of Iowa. And besides his sister, Marilyn, and her husband, Jim, he is survived by sister, Karen Borrel of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Michael Watson, and his wife, Kathy, of Cameron Park; stepbrother, John Jackson of Oroville; stepsisters, Bonnie Burns of Oregon, and Rena Bugarrin of Roseville; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Paradise Christian Center. Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Mr. Laymance’s children, Gregory and Kyle, in care of Scheer Memorial Chapel, 2410 Foothill Blvd., Oroville.

Lauren Scheall
Published 8/29/2000
A founding board member of the Theatre on the Ridge and a nurse at Feather River Hospital, Lauren Lee Scheall died in her Paradise home Thursday. She was 53.
She directed and acted in a number of productions, such as “The Wizrd of Oz” and “The Heiress” — receiving the Best Director Award.
Born to Dorothy and Donald McCullough in Sacramento, she graduated from Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing, Oakland, in 1967. 
She worked at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento from 1967 to 1970 and married Daniel Clinton Scheall Sr. on Aug. 30, 1969, in Sacramento. In 1970, she moved to Chico and a year later to Paradise.
Besides Feather River Hospital, Mrs. Scheall worked as an intensive care nurse at Enloe Hospital. She was a staff educator at Oroville Hospital and a nursing instructor at Butte College from 1980 to the present. 
In 1986, she earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. 
She received her master’s in nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 1993.
She was awarded the Outstanding Nurse Educator of the Year in 1999 from Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Omicron Chapter, Chico. She was a member of the California Teachers’ Association.
She loved flowers, singing, dancing, cats, teddy bears and the ocean.
Besides her husband, she is survived by daughters, Holly Anne Scheall of Irvine and Julie Anne Thompson of Citrus Heights; stepson, Daniel Scheall Jr.; sisters, Carol Dorothy Woodbridge of Citrus Heights and Barbara May Felton of Sacramento; brother Donald McCullough Jr. of Marysville; grandson, Robert “Teddy” Scheall-Johnson; and step-grandchildren, Krista and Kyle Scheall.
No service is planned. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Lauren Scheall Scholarship Fund for the Butte College LVN program.

Robert Fricks
Published 8/29/2000
Robert Lee Fricks, 88, died Aug. 22 at Enloe Hospital.
The resident of Chico was a member of Elks BPOE 2026, Moose Lodge No. 2226 and SIRS, all in Paradise.
Mr. Fricks welded for 31 years in Navy shipyards, and was an avid golfer and fisherman.
He was born in Hochton, Ga., to Robert and Clara Fricks.
He is survived by a brother, Jack Fricks of Wilmington.
His service will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Craig Memorial Congregational Church. He will be buried in Paradise Cemetery. Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Darrel Carter
Published 8/31/2000
Darrell “Nick” Lynn Carter was a former employee of Paradise Pines Golf Course and a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge in Paradise.
He died of cancer Aug. 8 in his Klamath Falls home. He was 76.
He was born to Herman and Verna Carter in Arapahoe, Neb., and graduated from high school in Scotts Bluff, Neb.
During World War II, he was a pharmacist’s mate third class in the Navy, serving in Australia. In 1946, he was honorably discharged.
Mr. Carter worked as a typesetter for the Chico Enterprise-Record and later sold paper and printing supplies. And in Klamath Falls, he once owned a Shell gas station. Most recently, he worked for 15 years as a security and firewatch officer for Jeld-Wen until retiring in December.
On May 17, 1986, he married his wife, Beverly.
Mr. Carter enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, camping and cooking.
He is survived by two sons, Jon Carter of Paradise and Scott Carter of Lake Oswego; a daughter, Bonnie Williams of Aberdeen, Md.; two stepdaughters, Kelli Campagna of Klamath Falls and Sherri Alvardo of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Faye Troy of Scotts Bluff; 10 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; an aunt; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
At the family’s request, funeral services will not be held. Mr. Carter was cremated and inurned at Paradise Cemetery, with Eternal Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mary Epperly
Published 8/31/2000
Mary E. “Betty” Epperly enjoyed gardening around her Magalia home, as well as sewing, boating and reading.
Mrs. Epperly, 46, died Aug. 24 in an auto accident at Lookout Point. She was born to Wilson and Mary LeBlanc in Montreal. For 21 years, she was married to her husband, Ray, who survives her.
She is also survived by a daughter, Melissa Epperly of Magalia; and a sister, Patricia Heyman of Bayfield, Colo.
A service was held Monday at the Magalia Community Church, where she was a member. She was interred at Skyway Memorial Park, with arrangements handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary.

Lahoma Howard
Published 8/31/2000
Lahoma Howard, a resident of Paradise, liked going around to secondhand stores. And she enjoyed sewing and reading, especially the Bible.
Mrs. Howard died of cancer Sunday at her home. 
She was 86. In Yuba City, she was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1960.
Mrs. Howard was born in Oklahoma. Her husband, Charlie H. Howard Sr., died before her.
She is survived by two sons, Robert of Paradise and Raymond of San Jose; a daughter, Dalena Ellis of Paradise; three brothers, Vincent Wilson of Oklahoma, James Wilson of Texas and Donald Wilson of Windsor; and a sister, Daisy Mae.
Her service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Yuba City. Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

Brenda Gowan
Published 8/31/2000
Brenda Joan Gowan, born in Paradise, made art with gourds and pine needles. She also counseled wayward adolescents for 17 years and volunteered as a firefighter for five years.
Mrs. Gowan, 45, died of an illness on Monday. She served in the Navy from 1973 to 1976.
Her father, Vernon Lewis, died before her. Mrs. Gowan is survived by her husband of six years, Jeffrey Gowan; two sons, Sean King and Joe King; her mother, Barbara Hogan; a brother, Eddy Lewis; a sister, Lisa Dean; and one grandchild.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club or another favorite charity. Her service is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Boonville. She will be privately buried in Philo. Bidwell Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Beatrice Taylor
Published 8/31/2000
A successful artist who had many of her oils, watercolors and acrylics displayed in Butte Cou-nty, Beatrice E. Scott Taylor, died Friday in Paradise, where she had lived for 32 years.
In her art, she depicted flowers, landscapes, seascapes and the covered bridge at Honey Run. Her work was quickly snapped up, sometimes displayed in local doctors’ offices.
She also did collage work with bits of wood, pieces of jewelry and fabric to make scenes of Chinatown and ghost towns.
Mrs. Taylor once ran a daycare center in her Sacramento home. She was born to Jessie and Hubert Harris in Bigelow, Ark. For 55 years she was married to Melvin B. Scott, who died in 1982. A year later, she married Millard Taylor, who survives her. Three sons, Leslie Scott, Glenn Scott and Denny Scott, also predeceased her.
Mrs. Taylor also left two daughters, Joanne Mendonca of Walnut Grove and Barbara Lang of Magalia; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and long-time friend, Jean Jessup.
A memorial service will be held by Pastor Dave Hayes in the Old Magalia Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Chapel of the Pines is handling the cremation.

Donald Powell
Published 8/31/2000
Donald F. Powell was a member of the Men’s Garden Club, SIRS and bowling leagues in Paradise, where he lived for 15 years.
He died Tuesday at the age of 69 in Feather River Hospital. Mr. Powell formerly lived in Benicia. Born to Perry and Jessie Powell in Boston, he went to college for two years and served in the Korean War. Mr. Powell never married. He was self employed in a drapery business.
Mr. Powell played golf avidly, gardened and loved trips to Reno, Nev. He is survived by his mother, who lives in Paradise; a brother, Robert Powell of Cameron Park; and his girlfriend of 22 years, Teri Myers of Paradise.
His memorial service will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines, which is handling his cremation and private inurnment. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lahoma Howard
Published 9/2/2000
Lahoma Saralice Howard, a resident of Paradise, liked shopping at second-hand stores. And she enjoyed sewing quilts and reading, especially the Bible.
Mrs. Howard died of cancer Sunday at her home. She was 86.
In Yuba City, she was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1960.
Mrs. Howard, the first of 10 children, was born in Okmulgee, Okla., to Vincent and Daisy Mae Wilson. She married her husband, Charlie H. Howard Sr., Oct. 8, 1931. They were married 59 years before he died.
She is also predeceased by her son, Charlie Howard Jr., in 1999, and by her granddaughter, Saralice, in 1978.
She is survived by two sons, Robert of Paradise and Raymond of San Jose; a daughter, Dalena Ellis of Paradise; three brothers, Vincent Wilson Jr. of Oklahoma, James Wilson of Texas and Donald Wilson of Windsor; a sister, Daisy Mae of Lousiana; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Her service was held Thursday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Yuba City.
Rose Chapel Mortuary handled the arrangements.

Donald Barschig
Published 9/2/2000
Donald Barschig was a member of the Paradise Ridge Runners Square Dance Club, Elks Lodge No. 2026 and the Retread Motorcycle Club.
Mr. Barschig, 76, died Aug. 14 of natural causes.
During World War II, he served in the Army. He worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures until 1983.
Mr. Barschig enjoyed camping, traveling, Blue Grass and Dixieland music.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; a son, Carl; a daughter, Cheryl Masse; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
His service was held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Rose Chapel handled the arrangements. Contri-butions may be made to the Paradise Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Theora Briner
Published 9/2/2000
A resident of Magalia for seven years, Theora Ruth Briner, 91, died Wednes-day at Feather River Hospital.
She worked as a beautician for 48 years in a Montgomery, Ala., shop and a San Mateo shop, both of which she owned.
In Camilla, Ga., she was born to Thomas and Sarah Lawhorn.
She is survived by her husband, Tod Briner, whom she married in 1955 in New York.
Her son, James P. Kalligas of Magalia, also survives her.
No services are planned.
Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.

Richard Long
Published 9/2/2000
Richard H. Long was a self-employed real estate broker in Los Angeles before he retired to Paradise.
Mr. Long died Wednesday at Feather River Hospital. 
He was 85.
Born in Minnesota to Frank and Ann Long, he graduated from high school in Worthington and attended Nettleton College.
On Oct. 22, 1961, he married Dorothy in New Rochelle, N.Y. She survives him.
His graveside service will be Tuesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
Visitation will be tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rose Chapel. Donations may be made to Feather River Hospital Auxiliary.

Carl Baalbergen
Published 9/2/2000
Carl Frederick Baalbergen, a self-employed freelance artist, died of natural causes Monday at Enloe Hos-pital.
He was born to James and Helen Baalbergen in Monterey Park. His mother, who lives in Paradise, survives him.
He moved to Chico six months ago from Truckee.
Other survivors include three sons, Chad of Altadena, Dustin of Burbank and Bryon of Sun Valley; and two brothers, James Nicholas Baalbergen II of Pampa, Texas and Roy Richard Baalbergen of Sparks, Nev.
No local services are planned. Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements. Mr. Baalbergen will be privately inurned.

Edith Swartout
Published 9/2/2000
Edith F. Young Swartout, loved playing bingo and slot machines in Reno, Nev. She moved to Magalia from Bull Head City, Ariz., 10 years ago. Mrs. Swartout died yesterday at her home. She was 74.
She was born to Otis and Susan Waggoner in Demmitt, Texas. A high school graduate, she married Gordon Swartout on April 11, 1997, in Reno, Nevada.
Mrs. Swartout was a member of the Magalia Community Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Sharon Nelson of Utah; a son, Kenneth Lee Ehring of Northridge; one grandson, Steven Nelson of Utah; and three sisters, Vernell Cooper of Oregon, Georgia Lee Jarvis of Texas and Mary Lou Helfin of Texas.
Her memorial service will be tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Old Magalia Community Church. Chapel of the Pines is in charge of arrangements. She will be interred at Skyway Memorial Park in Magalia.

John Smith
Published 9/5/2000
John “Jack” Fewson Smith braved more than 20 missions in the Pacific as a B-29 flight engineer in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Airplanes remained his enthusiasm. He earned a pilot’s license and enjoyed building model airplanes.
Mr. Smith died Saturday in his Magalia home. He was 79.
He was born to Jessie and Claude Smith in Salt Lake City. He married Jean Rommel on Oct. 19, 1945, in Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, 
He worked with the California Department of Transportation for 36 years as a civil engineer. 
After retiring, he was project engineer on the two Grand Champions golf courses in Indian Wells. That turned him into an avid golfer. He was a member of the Paradise Pines Golf Club.
Mr. Smith also enjoyed fishing. He made custom fishing rods and built his own boats. He traveled in an RV and stayed at elder hostels.
Besides his wife, Mr. Smith’s survivors include two sons, Alan of Los Angeles and Richard of Winnipeg, Manitoba; a daughter, Jan Wolterstorff of Pacific Palisades; a sister, Jane Lesko of Magalia; and five grandchildren.
His memorial will be at a later date in Southern California. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.

Arthur Boston
Published 9/5/2000
Music filled Arthur George Boston’s life. He loved to sing hymns at the Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church, where he was a charter member. He also played the violin, and he blew the saxaphone professionally in his younger days.
Mr. Boston died Friday at the age of 88.
In Pittsburgh, Ill., he was born to Arthur G. Boston and Gertrude Culberth. He graduated from high school and worked as a photographer for Social Security in the 1930s. He then started as a photographer for Westinghouse Electric Corp. before becoming an electrician there.
On Sept. 21, 1929, he married Louise Scurlock, who died before him. He is also predeceased by two sons, Larry Boston of Arizona in 1993 and Arthur Boston Jr. of Pennsylvania in 1998.
Mr. Boston’s survivors include a daughter, Shirley Davis of Paradise; five sons, Ronald, James, Jerry and Charles, all of Paradise, and Ralph of Illinois; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
His private graveside service was held in Paradise Cemetery. Chapel of the Pines Mortuary handled the arrangements.

Edith Swartout
Published 9/5/2000
Edith F. Young Swartout loved playing slot machines in Reno, Nev., her daughter said, but getting a chance to yell “Bingo!” at Indian casinos was her favorite thing.
“She won quite often,” her daughter said. Mrs. Swartout moved to Magalia from Bull Head City, Ariz., 10 years ago. Being near the Nevada border, she visited casinos there and also worked for a casino’s RV service.
A high school graduate, she married Gordon Swartout on April 11, 1997, in Reno, Nevada.
Mrs. Swartout died yesterday at her home. She was 74. She was born to Otis and Susan Waggoner in Dimmitt, Texas. She grew up on a farm, raising wheat. 
She and her sisters did much of the work until their father traded the farm for a natural gas well near the Oklahoma border.
Mrs. Swartout was a member of the Magalia Community Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Susan Nelson of Utah; a son, Kenneth Lee Ehring of Northridge; one grandson, Steven Nelson of Utah; and three sisters, Vernell Cooper of Oregon, Georgia Lee Jarvis of Texas and Mary Lou Helfin of Texas. 
Her memorial service was Saturday at the Old Magalia Community Church. Chapel of the Pines is in charge of arrangements. She was interred at Skyway Memorial Park in Magalia.

James Cathey
Published 9/7/2000
James Edmond Cathey, an avid golfer and hunter, was an active member of the Paradise First Baptist Church. He died at a local convalescent hospital Sunday at age 86.
He was born in Ada, Okla., to Gordon and Sarah Cathey.
For 20 years, Mr. Cathey worked for Los Angeles County as a building inspector.
His wife, Jimmie Delone Cathey, died Sept. 8, 1992.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Faust of Paradise; a son, Jerry Cathey of Simi Valley; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
His service was held yesterday at Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home.

Dan Davis
Published 9/7/2000
A man who most enjoyed working with his hands, Dan Y. Davis was a self-employed carpenter. The Paradise resident died of cancer Sunday. He was 68.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Mr. Davis went on to serve in the U.S Navy during the Korean War.
He enjoyed fishing, camping and helping others.
In Bonham, Texas, he was a member of the Masonic Temple.
On Aug. 18, 1990, he married Betty at the Magalia Community Church.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cathleen Judge of Pennsylvania; a son, Dan Albert Davis of Michigan; a brother, Britt Davis of Texas; and a sister, Sue Davis of Sonoma.
His service will be 1 p.m. today at Magalia Community Church.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

Luberta Dugan
Published 9/7/2000
Luberta M. Dugan was active in many community activities, including membership in the First Baptist Church and acting as president of the PTA.
Mrs. Dugan, 83, a resident of Paradise since 1953, died in a convalescent home Sunday.
She was an avid bridge player.
In Oklahoma, she was born to Jefferson and Gena Morgan.
Her husband, Dr. Jack Dugan died in 1993.
Mrs. Dugan’s survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Welch of Cottonwood; and two grandchildren, Brooke and Brian of Cottonwood.
Her service will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the First Baptist Church in Paradise. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be given to the missionary fund of the First Baptist Church.

Margaret Kellogg
Published 9/7/2000
Margaret T. Kellogg, a resident of Paradise since 1991, enjoyed flowers, cooking and painting china.
She died in a convalescent hospital Monday at the age of 91.
Her parents were Rudolph Benson Macnew and Mary Meade Tallman, and she was born in Fort Meade, S.D. She was known as an “Army brat” in her childhood.
She graduated from high school and from secretarial schooling.
On Nov. 25, 1938, she married Lloyd G. Kellogg, who died before her.
She is survived by two sons, W.L. “Bill” Kellogg of Paradise and Earl Kerry Booth of Converse, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Her memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. She will be inurned at Paradise Cemetery.

Clayton Moore
Published 9/7/2000
A construction engineer for 15 years, Clayton F. Moore came to Paradise from Bellflower in 1986. He died at a local convalescent hospital Tuesday. He was 85.
Mr. Moore was a member of Operating Engineers Local No. 12.
He was born in Portales, N.M., to Solon and Laura Moore.
On Feb. 23, 1936, he married Emily in Bellflower.
Besides his wife, Mr. Moore’s survivors include two daughters, Carol Miller of Chico and Ann Madrigal of Santa Fe, N.M.; and a son, Robert, also of Santa Fe; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Visitation will be tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines.


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