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Death Notice: Patricia Ann Trish Richards

Patricia Ann Trish Richards, 65, died June 8, 2013. She was born March 13, 1948, in Meadville, Penn., and was a 28-year resident of Del Norte County.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Howonquet Hall in Smith River on Saturday at 1 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church at a later date. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: William W. Owen

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William W. Owen
William W. Owen, known to his friends and family as “Pepper,” died June 4, 2013, after a long illness. He was born in South San Francisco. He grew up and lived much of his life in the Smith River-Crescent City area. Pepper loved to fish, camp and host family gatherings. He had the greatest pride and joy in his family. He was an exceptional craftsman and fashioned many beautiful items from wood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florede and Bill Owen; brother Patrick Owen; granddaughter Jessamine Nail and lifetime friend Franklin Moorehead.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Melana Allison Owen; children Melinda Hinshaw (Bill), Muronica Owen, Wade Owen (Deanna), Rosalee Best (Keith), Cynthia Owen; grandchildren Kyle and Matthew Hinshaw; Wade Owen (Amber); De-Sre, River and Race Richards; Chase, Alexis and Blake Owen; Dessirae Stringfellow (Cory) and Ashley Anderson (Steven); great-grandchildren Kaydence, Layton and Paisley Owen and Vincent Schmitz; sisters: Sandy De Silva (Al), Marge Wallace and Candy Owen; brother Tom Owen (Trish); aunt Pat Fitzhugh; uncle Carter Haven (Jeannie); cousin and best friend Dean Larson (Brenda); cherished service dog Cocoa.

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Obituary: Mary Ellen Brown (Aug. 18, 1920 – May 16, 2013)

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Mary Ellen Brown
After 92 years of living her faith, loving her family and friends and serving her community, Mom went home to be with the Lord on May 16, 2013. She was surrounded by family when she passed. She was born in Lincoln Valley, N.D., on August 18, 1920, to Jake and Emily Schwartz. Mom was the oldest of three children, who would remain close their entire lives. Before her second birthday Mom and her parents moved to Startup, Wash. She graduated in 1938 from Sultan High School, married John Brown in 1941, and they had two daughters while living in Washington. In 1954, the family moved to Crescent City.

Mom’s life was always her family. Her love and friendship to others will be with us forever. She was a faithful member of the Crescent City United Methodist Church for 57 years. Throughout her life she was involved in the Brownies, Girl Scouts, volunteering in her daughter’s schools, TOPS, Emblem Club, The Del Norte Historical Society and Women’s Club. In Crescent City, Mom worked at the Greyhound Bus Station, Pacific Motor Motel, The Koffee Kup (at the time of the tidal wave) and for 20 years at Endert’s Drug Store as the pharmacy clerk.

She is survived and dearly missed by her daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Richard Cox of Crescent City and Nancy and Patrick Newman of Bass Lake, Calif.; granddaughters Deanna and Pat Russell of Crescent City, Andrea Sellers of Anderson, Calif., and Jim Sellers of Concord, Calif.; great- grandchildren Ashley Russell of Napa, Calif., Kaitlyn Russell of Capitola, Calif., Sarah Russell of Crescent City and Spencer Sellers of Anderson, Calif. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

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Obituary: Dura Ellen Nations (Sept. 4, 1922 – May 29, 2013)

Dura Ellen Nations
Dura Ellen Nations, 90, passed away on May 29, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born on Sept. 4, 1922, in Dickens, Texas. Mrs. Nations was a 57-year resident of Del Norte County, having moved here from Lindsay, Calif.

She had various jobs during her working years. She had been employed at Courtesy Market, West Coast Telephone Company and Safeway before retiring. A member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, she was also a 50-year member of the Crescent City Emblem Club. Dura, an avid bowler, was district Director (NorCal) for the California Women’s Bowling Association.

Later in life she took an interest in poker, especially Texas Hold ’Em, and spent much of her time playing in tournaments with friends who became her second family. Dura loved to play card games and anyone who knew Dura knew her sassy, quick-witted sense of humor. Her family always was a top priority in her life, spending lots of time and energy doing things to make them feel special.

Dura is survived by her sons, Dale Nations of Redding, Calif., and Rick Nations of Crescent City and grandchildren: Jeannie, Jackie, Joey, Tera, David, Lindsey, Cyndi, Trish, Debbie, Jason and Dane. She had numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel “Danny” Nations; her brother, Bill Dobbs; her sister, Imagene “Jean,” and her beloved daughter, Melva Jean Guardino.

Funeral services will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. with interment following at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: Jason Lynn Roberts (Oct. 7, 1981 – June 1, 2013)

Jason Lynn Roberts
Jason Lynn Roberts was born in Upland, Calif., on Oct. 7, 1981. He went to be with the Lord on June 1, 2013. Jason (known as “Navajo” to friends and “Circuit City” to his Army buddies) was in the Army and has done a tour in Afghanistan, after which he worked for the Department of Corrections for six years. He was a proud member of the department’s Honor Guard.

Jason was the go-to computer guy. He was very knowledgeable and could fix any problem that you had. He will be deeply missed by family and many friends.

Jason is survived by his wife, Christina; his two sons, Jayden (age four) and Logan (age three); his parents, Jeff and Christina; his sister Dejah and grandmother Charlotte.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 1600 Chetco Avenue, Brookings, Ore.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the family to help aid in raising Jason’s two boys. Account is listed as: Jason Roberts Donation, Account #324038, C/O Rogue Federal Credit Union, 729 Checto Avenue, Brookings, OR  97415.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Death Notice: Dura Ellen Nations

Dura Ellen Nations, 90, died May 29, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Dickens, Texas, and was a 57-year resident of Del Norte County.

Funeral services will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: Alvin Emery Burr (May 2, 1927 – May 26, 2013)

Alvin Emery Burr, born, on May 2, 1927, in Nehalem, Ore., passed away on May 26, 2013, in Crescent City at the age of 86. He was a 56-year resident of Del Norte County. Mr. Burr was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II in Germany. From 1950 to 2010, he was employed as a logger and land developer.

Alvin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Burr of Crescent City; sons, Marvin (Nancy) Burr of Crescent City; Terral (Nancy) Burr of Ukiah, Ore.; David (Vicky) Burr, also of Crescent City; daughter-in-law, Libby Burr of Cocoa, Fla.; and brother George (Marilyn) Burr. He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Brian Burr, Joshua Burr, Derrick Burr, Keith Ownsby, Mandy Ownsby, Marcus Burr, Kevin Burr, Michael Crumrine, Lisa Walford, Geffery Burr and eight great-grandchildren. In addition, nephew Marvin (Doreen) Stephens and other numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Mr. Burr was preceded in death by his mother, Silvia Burr; brother Gerald Burr; sister, Rosella Hendrickson, and son Lawrence Burr.

Contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Private family services will be held.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: James Arthur Baldwin (May 14, 1948 – May 30, 2013)

Jim Baldwin was born and raised in Crescent City. He went to Redwood Elementary and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1966.

Jim is survived by his father, Charles; stepmother, Bonnie, of Crescent City; sister, Perri (Ron) Joseph, of Canby, Ore.; stepsisters, Kim Markin and Bobbi (Karl) Evanow, all of Crescent City; stepbrothers, Randy Markin of Arcata and Scott (Linda) Markin of Lacy, Wash.; aunt Donna Berg of Crescent City and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Baldwin; grandparents Mildred and Ted Baldwin, Alice and George Thomas; uncles Bill and Don, aunt Etta and cousin Skip.

Private services will be held.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: Ruth Dorothy Bryan (March 4, 1940 – May 23, 2013)

Ruth Dorothy Bryan, 73, surrounded by many family members, went peacefully from this life to begin her new journey with her Lord in the early morning hours of May 23, 2013. She was a resident of Crescent City for the past 23 years. Ruth worked for Sutter Coast as a home health/hospice aide for 15 years before retiring in 2000.

She touched many lives. Ruth loved living in Crescent City, where she enjoyed tending to her beautiful flowers and seeing the many varieties of birds that visited her feeders. She enjoyed taking her two dogs, Princess and Junior, to the beach for long walks and collecting agates.

On the weekends, she usually could be seen going to the various yard sales around town, where she enjoyed running into old friends and making new ones. Ruthie never met a stranger. Her crazy personality and heart full of love are what made her who she was. She was a member of the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church.

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Obituary: Donald Leslie Hartwig (June 22, 1956 – May 11, 2013)

Donald Leslie Hartwig
Donald Leslie Hartwig passed away of a motorcycle accident on May 11, 2013, at the age of 57. Don was born in Canyonville, Ore., on June 22, 1956. 

Don was a longtime resident of Crescent City, where he graduated from Del Norte High School in 1974. Don was an avid outdoors person and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed hunting for arrowheads and pretty rocks. His passion was working with his hands, and he created beauty with rocks and wood. He was a very talented carpenter. Don was a devoted father to his two sons. He will be missed by family and many friends.

Don was preceded in death by his mother, Rheta May Hartwig, and his survivors are: his father, Charles Robert Hartwig of Veneta, Ore.; his sons, Luke Connor Hartwig of Austin, Texas, and Charles Dane Hartwig of Austin, Texas; his sisters, Carol Dianne Dalton of Veneta, Ore., and Nancy Lynn McCauley of Springfield, Ore.; a step-brother, James Applegate of Tacoma, Wash.; his nephews and niece: Ben Dalton Jr. of Veneta, Ore.; Suzanne Smith of Salem, Ore., and Jason Brown of Caldwell, Idaho. He had many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be a Celebration of Life June 22, 2013, in Crescent City. The location will be announced.

 
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