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Death Notice: Carolyn Kaye Wells

Carolyn Kaye Wells, 72, died July 9, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born June 14, 1941, in McMinnville, Ore., and was a 55-year resident of Del Norte County.

Private services will be held. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: Miranda Thompson (Dec. 11, 1991 – July 5, 2013)

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Miranda Thompson
Miranda passed on July 5, 2013. She was born in Crescent City, on December 11, 1991. She was a member of the Yurok Tribe. She lived in Del Norte County all her life. 

Miranda loved to go shopping, listen to her music, and hang out with her friends and family. She loved to swim, she loved to make you laugh with her good stories, she had to have her beef jerky all the time, and she especially loved to go fishing with her dad and brother and sister. 

She leaves two children behind, her beautiful daughter Starr and son Romeo; her parents, Randy and Kathy Thompson; her brother, Jeremy; her BFF and sister, Brittany Thompson; her grandparents, Bobby and Leora Reeves; and aunties Barbara and Ali Taylor, Leora  DeBacker, and Debbie Thompson; Sherry and Thomas O’Rourke Sr.; Trudy Thompson; and uncles Archie Jr. (Sue), Wilford (Melanie) and Timothy Thompson; and numerous relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Archie and Alta Thompson; grandpa Bobby Reeves; her auntie Valerie and cousin Delmar; Redsky, Sarina and Lil’ Tom. 

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Obituary: Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates (April 13, 1994 – July 5, 2013)

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Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates
Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates left this world on Friday, July 5, 2013. She was not in this world for a long time but had made an impact on many people’s lives. She was liked by everyone with her quiet disposition. She was a wonderful sweet girl that will be missed by her family and friends. Natasha had graduated from Del Norte High School in 2012 and then went on to Sonoma State University that fall. She had one year at college where she seemed to really like it and made many new friends and planned on returning in August.

She has left behind her mother, Ronna Meyer; father Richard Bates Sr.; brothers, Shawn Meyer, Josh Meyer and wife Erica, Lance Bates, Jay Bates, and Richard Bates Jr; sister Rishondra Bates; grandmother Pauline Peeps Meyer; aunts Krissy Peters and Hope Gardner; uncles Mike Loftin and Ronnie Meyer; grandparents Fern and Bruce Bates; aunts Delray Bates, Michelle and husband Dave Rainer, and Lisa Bates; and uncles Arthur, Ronald, and Allen Bates. She had been living with her aunt, Vicky Bates and cousins, Joseph Bates, Sasha Mitchell, Soyria Ramos, Feather Ramos, Raiy-ro Ramos, Mariah Rojas, and favorite cousin Keepuen Carr.

She has such a large family we could not name them all, but we would like to let everyone know how much we love them and appreciate everyone of our family and friends.

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Obituary: Dorothy Elizabeth (Lewis) Crivelli Brisbin (Oct. 28, 1920 – July 5, 2013)

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Dorothy Elizabeth (Lewis) Crivelli Brisbin
Dorothy Elizabeth (Lewis) Crivelli Brisbin passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 5, 2013, at the age of 92. She was born in Orby (Santa Barbara County), Calif., on October 28, 1920, to August and Linda Lewis. Dorothy married Secondo (Babe) Crivelli in 1941. Together they have five children Jeri (Crivelli) Thompson (Keith); Kathleen (Crivelli) Yingst (John); Mark Crivelli (Debbie); Steven Crivelli and Susan (Crivelli) Phillips (Marc). Dorothy later married Stanley George Brisbin in 1976.

Dorothy is survived by all of her five children and five grandchildren: Lisa (Thompson) Gottwals (David); David Thompson (Elizabeth); Sarah (Yingst) Leite (Richard); John Yingst IV (Jessica); and Molly Crivelli; 10 great-grandchildren; niece Judy (Crivelli) Johnson and nephew Larrry Crivelli Jr.

She was preceded in death by her mother Linda Lewis Haden; husband Stanley Brisbin; her first husband, Babe Crivelli; and son-in-law John Yingst III.

In her younger years she was a bowling and golf enthusiast. Later in life she enjoyed volunteering at the Senior Center, playing bingo and spending time with her family. 

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Obituary: Harold E. Ahlers (May 7, 1915 – July 7, 2013)

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Harold E. Ahlers
Harold E. Ahlers died July 7, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born on May 7, 1915, in Dayton, Ohio, and spent his childhood there. As a young man, he joined the Dayton-based National Cash Register Company (NCR) as a repair mechanic. Much of his service work was in Madison, Wis., where he met and married Irene Zillmer in 1938. They settled in Dayton while Harold continued to work with NCR until 1942. Harold joined the Civilian Corps as part of the WWII defense efforts and was sent to Haines, Alaska, as part of the crew constructing the Alaska Highway. He returned home in 1944, resuming his job with the NCR and chose to transfer to California. After many years in Southern California, he rose to the management/administrative position, necessitating multiple moves within Northern California and the West Coast. In 1977, Harold retired from NCR; a year later, he and Irene moved to the California coast, as they had fallen in love with Crescent City.

Harold was a master draftsman and model builder, particularly of boats and trains. He also collected, restored and loved antique clocks, crafting many parts by hand. Not only was Harold a voracious reader, but an author as well, writing many magazine articles, short stories and a novel. He was a walking library of knowledge regarding maritime history as well as the history of trains, boats and automobiles. Also, he would happily explain, in detail, how and why just about anything “mechanical” worked. He loved his many hobbies, his home, family, Crescent City and his “church family” at Grace Lutheran. Harold’s faith was solid and unshakable. He was kind, loving, and known as a true “gentleman” in every way.

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Obituary: William George Beegle (May 1, 1947 – June 6, 2013)

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William George Beegle
Beegle served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran. He had a long history of working in the mental health field including as an Executive Director at TRTF, Inc., and was also a long haul truck driver before becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Beegle was a longtime resident of Crescent City where he worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Del Norte County, the State of California, and his own private practice. He retired from the State of California in October of last year.

Beegle was a one of a kind character and those who knew him, loved him. He was sometimes sassy, sometimes sweet but always a good friend. He was there to listen, lend a helping hand, share a laugh or enjoy a martini. He would give you the shirt off of his back and make sure you had shoes to match (preferably custom Nikes, but we can’t all be quite so awesome like Beeg). He didn’t simply live life, he truly enjoyed it. The conversations were rich, the food and drinks plentiful and the good times were guaranteed. His spirit will live on in the colorful memories we shared of our dear BeegDog. Beegle loved to ride his Harley and travel the open road. At the time of his death, he was on his way to Laconia, New Hampshire, for the rally there as part of his cross country ride.

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Death Notice: Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates

Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates, 19, died July 5, 2013. She was born April 13, 1994, in Crescent City, and was a life-long resident of Del Norte County.

First visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 110 Klamath Circle, Klamath. A second visitation will be from Thursday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at 9 a.m. at 100 Gensaw Road, Requa. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Yurok Tribal office building, 190 Klamath Blvd., Klamath. Burial to follow at the Peters family plot, Requa. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Death Notice: Miranda Leora Thompson

Miranda Leora Thompson, 21, died July 5, 2013, in Crescent City. A life-long resident of Del Norte County, she was born Dec. 11, 1991, in Crescent City.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Wednesday from noon until 4 p.m. and Thursday prior to the funeral service at noon.  Interment to take place at the Thompson family plot in Klamath. Sign the family’s online guest book at wier
smortuary.com
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Obituary: Muriel Pimentel (May 18, 1932 – July 6, 2013)

Muriel Pimentel passed away at a local care facility in Brookings on July 6, 2013. She was 81. Muriel was born May 18, 1932 in Graton, Calif. She was a resident of Del Norte County for 30 years. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday (today), July 9, 2013, at the Smith River United Methodist Church, 121 N. Beckstead in Smith River. Contributions may be made to the Smith River United Methodist Food Pantry, PO Box 810, Smith River, CA 95567.

 

Obituary: Lila Eleanor White-Peepe (Dec. 7, 1925 – July 4, 2013)

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Peepe
Lila Eleanor White-Peepe died suddenly of a heart attach on July 4, 2013, she was 87 years young. Eleanor was born on December 7, 1925, in Ventura, Calif. Many who knew her referred to her as “a  little firecracker”  or  “ball of fire,” so it is fitting that she would leave this world on the 4th of July. Eleanor helped to raise her seven siblings – Bill, Melvin, Loral, Richard, Rosemary, Harry and Don.

She married Ona D. White in 1942. They made plans to have two children two years apart, having had a boy, Larry, now 69 and then a girl, Marlene, now 67. Ona was a good man who struggled with many health issues. Eleanor had a need to be busy; she was nurturing, yet strong. Eleanor was always ready to take on a task with vigor. It took a toll on her when Ona passed in October 1992 just short of their 50th wedding anniversary. She emerged more independent than before.

In February 1995 she married William Peepe. Bill was a good man too. He had been a prisoner of war during WWII. He came back to Crescent City and built several mills.  Bill had lost two wives. He had three children, Saffett, Chris and Polly. Eleanor and Bill were happy working in the backyard shop building and  repairing things. Her attributes served them well when Bill passed away in August 2009.

Eleanor emerged vibrant and ready to take on the world and another husband but none could compare to the two she had.

She could never spend enough time with her children and was always ready to help them or anyone else for that matter.  Eleanor did not know a stranger and made everyone her friend.

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