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Death Notice: Donna Aland

Donna Aland, 83, died Oct. 1, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Sept. 21, 1930 .

Memorial services will be held at Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings on Friday at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Redwood Memorial Care.


Obituary: Jean Mary Jordan (Jan. 22, 1922 – Oct. 7, 2013)

Jean Marie Jordan
Jean Mary Jordan, 91, passed away on Oct. 7, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born on Jan. 22, 1922, in Rescue, Calif. She was a 69-year resident of Del Norte County.

Jean was always proud of her heritage as the grandchild of one of the founding families from Rescue, Calif., and of her grandfather who was the postmaster of Rescue for a very long time. He was presented an award by the President of the United States as the oldest postmaster in the country.

Jean lived in California her whole life. During World War II, she worked in San Francisco for Hewlett Packard making communication supplies for the war effort. She also lived for many years in Sacramento, where she owned a small restaurant in West Sacramento. Jean loved to cook and was an excellent cook. She then moved back to Crescent City to help her parents. At this time Jean married Horace Slim Jordan and they lived here till they both passed. 


Obituary: Fred R. Sargent (May 22, 1928 – Oct. 6, 2013)

Fred R. Sargent
Fred R. Sargent passed away Oct. 6, 2013. He was a Del Norte resident for 55 years. He loved the Smith River, the beauty and opportunities of the area.

Born to Bernice and Perry Sargent on May 22, 1928, in Jacksonville, Ore., Fred spent his early life in Medford and Prospect, Ore. He left home at a young age and began looking for a way to support himself. In Prospect, he met Dale Hamner, his future father-in-law who introduced him to logging. Dale taught Fred to fall trees using a crosscut saw. It was just the beginning of a long career in logging.

When Fred was 18, he joined the Navy to serve his country and was stationed in China.

On returning to Prospect, Dale introduced Fred to his daughter Mildred (Millie). After a short courtship, they eloped to Reno, along with Millie’s brother George Prauss and girlfriend Joan Weber for a double wedding. Fred and Millie had 64 years together before Millie passed away in 2012.

In 1952, Fred moved his family of four to Blocksburg, Calif. The promise of good logging sent Fred, Dale, Ed and George Prauss to new territory. The families worked and moved together which made for a very large and close-knit family. In 1957, the whole family moved to Crescent City, which turned out to be the final stop. Fred worked for Simpson Lumber Company and Rellim becoming known for his expertise in falling huge redwood trees, landing them right on-the-spot.


Obituary: Frances Short (Feb. 5, 1928 – Oct. 6, 2013)

Frances Short
Fran Short passed away peacefully Oct. 6, 2013. Fran was born in Crescent City Feb. 5, 1928, where she lived her entire life with the exception of five years in Central Point, Ore. She attended local schools, graduating from the Del Norte High School class of 1946. After high school she attended Humboldt State College and eventually went to work for the Draft Board in Crescent City.

During that time she met John Short, whom she married in 1952 at her family home on Ninth Street in Crescent City. Shortly after they married, she and John purchased Farmers Insurance, which they owned and operated as John W. Short Insurance for nearly 30 years. Fran loved the business and, more importantly, loved the people that came through the door. The business was a “family affair” as Fran and John’s daughter grew up in the office.


Death Notice: Frances Katherine Short

Frances Katherine Short, 85, died Oct. 6, 2013. in Crescent City. She was born Feb. 5, 1928. in Crescent City.

Memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Church on Friday at 3 p.m., with fellowship following in the Social Hall. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Elizabeth Mae Richmond Morrison (March 7, 1926 - Sept. 23, 2013)

Elizabeth Mae Morrison
Heaven gained another Angel September 23, 2013.

It is with great sadness that we lay to rest Elizabeth Mae Morrison of Smith River. She was born on March 7, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harry Martin Richmond and Lucile Deakin. Elizabeth moved to Smith River in 1946, shortly after marrying Floyd Arthur Morrison on Dec. 30, 1945. They lived a happy life raising their two boys, Dale Richmond Morrison and Gary Leonard Morrison, on Floyd’s family’s land off of Fred Haight Drive. Elizabeth was a loving mother and active as a Cub Scout leader. She was also heavily active in the United Methodist Church of Smith River. Elizabeth worked for the Del Norte County School District for 22 years as the school secretary for Redwood Elementary, Lake Earl Elementary and finally at the Smith River School until her retirement in 1983. Once retired, Elizabeth greatly enjoyed spending time with family and traveling throughout the United States. Those lucky enough to have known Elizabeth would describe her as a devoted wife of 67 years, a guiding mother, loving sister, affectionate aunt, loyal friend, and doting grandmother of sixteen. To Elizabeth, once she met you, you were considered part of her family.


Death notice: Catherine H. Bennett

Catherine H. Bennett, 82, died Sept. 27, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Lebanon, Ore.

Private services will be held. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.


Death Notice: Elizabeth Mae Morrison

Elizabeth Mae Morrison, 87, of Smith River, died Sept. 23, 2013. She was born March 7, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harry Martin Richmond and Lucile Deakin.


Obituary: Ellen Virginia Filler (March 20, 1932 – Sept. 13, 2013)

Ellen was a vital person at 81 years of age. To speak with her, you would not think that she was that age.

Ellen was employed with the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office from 1970–1990 and retired with the rank of Sergeant. Ellen loved her job at the SO to the very end of her life. She pioneered the way for women in Del Norte County law enforcement. Ellen was the first female patrol officer for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. Her strength was impressive as she performed a job that had been typically male-oriented. Also impressive was the support that she received from the other personnel of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Crescent City Police, California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. She made many lifelong friends.


Obituary: Lois Marie Stanley Parks Poole (Aug. 26, 1923 – Sept. 21, 2013)

Lois Marie Stanley Parks Poole
Lois Marie Stanley Parks Poole, aged 90, died peacefully on Sept. 21, 2013. Lois was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Alex, Okla. She was the first-born daughter of Marcus L. and Edna Stanley. She was the oldest of five children. 

At the age of 14, Lois and her family moved to Tulare, Calif. She attended Laurel and Buena Vista Elementary schools and graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1942. 

In 1942, she married Orvel Parks in Yuma, Ariz. After their wedding, they lived in San Diego, where they welcomed the birth of their first child, Winona J. Parks Carson, in 1943. They later moved to Richmond, Calif., and eventually settled in Tulare. Their second child, Larry D. Parks, was born in 1946. Orvel passed away in 1965.

Lois married Elmer G. Poole on Sept. 4, 1968, in Reno, Nev. She welcomed his daughter, Lavon Poole Coker, into her heart and family. They lived in Crescent City for 35 years before returning to Tulare in 2003. Elmer passed away in 2004. Their 36-year marriage included domestic and international travel, dancing the jitterbug, visiting extended family and friends, and hosting many at their home for dinner parties and holiday celebrations. 

Lois thoroughly enjoyed, and was well known for, her cooking. She owned two family friendly restaurants over the years — The Beachcomber of Crescent City and The Snack Shack located near Gasquet. Several of her grandchildren spent summers or vacations “working” at her restaurants and just as many probably should have been “fired.”

Fortunately, she was not only a wonderful grandmother, but was also a very forgiving “boss.”

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