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28 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES Lonny S. Brewster Lonny S. Brewster, 67, of Orovada, Nevada, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Jackson, after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Lonny was born Sept. 27, 1947, in Auburn, to Rufus and Claris (Duncan) Brewster. The family moved to Quincy in 1950 where Lonny and his siblings were raised. CELEBRATION OF LIFE Gilbert MeKnight Having come from a musical family, Lonny was a well-known musician throughout the Plumas County area. He played both solo and as lead singer and guitar in many bands, including with his brothers Gary and David Brewster and lifelong friend Arnie Pinelli. His voice and music will be truly missed, as well as his quick wit and sense of humor. Lonny also worked in construction, the timber industry and, most recently, as a professional truck driver before retiring due to disability. Lonny loved the mountains; one of his greatest joys in life was being outdoors, whether it be camping, playing guitar and singing around a campfirel horseback riding or just out with his dogs. Lonny was also an avid sports fan and loved the LA Dodgers and St. Louis Rams. Lonny is survived by his five children: son Lonny Brewster Jr. and his wife Rose, of Ione, daughter Victoria Brewster, O f Pinole, son William (Billy) Brewster, of Downey, daughter Shonna Whiteshield, of Flint, Michigan, son Nathan Brewster, of Billings, Montana; 14 grandchildren: Troy (TJ), Marcus, Crystal, Ashley, Brittany, Alexandria (Ally), Nathan, Madalyn, William, Ashley, Emma, Elizabeth, Jaylee and Jaxon; four great-grandchildren: Trevon, Halo, Taylor and Riley; brothers William, Dennis, Rufus, Gary, David and Wesley Brewster and Bobby Truesdale; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Claris Brewster; sisters Carolyn Turner and Doris Jean; brothers Jimmy Truesdale, Johnny Truesdale, Ernie Brewster and Kenneth Brewster; and great-grandchild Chelcie. His friends and family will miss him dearly. A graveside service and celebration of his life are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, in Quincy. For more information, contact his daughter at Herminda Helane Hedrick Herminda "Mindy" Helane Hedrick, 59, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Susanville, from congestive heart failure and other long-term health conditions. Herminda was born Oct. 24, 1954, to Harley Harold and Rachel Hedrick -- longtime residents of Quincy -- and lived the majority of her life there. She spent the last several years residing in Susanville. She was the 12th of 16 children in her family. She was a true lover of sports and participated in the Special Olympics, from which she took home silver medals. She also enjoyed art and drawing and took home blue ribbons at the Plumas County Fair. She greatly loved spending time with family and, while her mother was alive, she looked forward to attending bear dances and pow-wows and listening to the fiddling music at the fair. She attended school in Quincy at ALIVE Plumas Rural : A Celebration of Life for Gilbert McKnight will be held at Lake Almanor Community Church, Hwy. A-13, Lake !Almanor, on Saturday, May 30, I [at 2 p.m. ] Services -- for adults with disabilities -- and took courses at Feather River College and Susanville College. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Rachel, brother Harvey Harwell Hedrick and sisters Henriettaand Hazel. She is survived by three aunts, 12 siblings and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and, great-nephews. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Community United Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Pastor Donna Wood will officiate. The burial will follow the services and will be at the Quincy Indian Burial Ground (aka Stiver Cemetery), 5374 Chandler Road, Quincy. A celebration of her life following burial will take place at the Grange Hall, 440 Main St., Quincy. Contributions in memory of Herminda may be made to the Momma Minnie Scholarship Fund. Contact Hervel Hedrick at 712-8056 or Armon Isaiah Batiste at 916-617-1262,, for additional information. The scholarship fund will be used to help Minnie's surviving nieces and nephews that she loved so dearly attain higher education funding for excelling along their individual educational paths and in extracurricular activities. Lonnie Gale Jefferies Lonnie Gale Jefferies, born Sept. 22, 1949, in Port Angeles, Washington, passed away May 5, 2015, in Reno, Nevada. Lonnie is survived by her husband, Dvid "Doc" Jefferies; daughters Anna Marie (Knecca) and son-in-law Tony Bratton, of Modesto, and Cindy Avelar (Mouse) and son-in-law David Avelar, of Pismo Beach; grandchildren Kaylah and husband Jason Crutchfield, of Modesto, Kristina Bratton, of Modesto, David Avelar II and his wife Sheree Avelar, of Louisiana, Danelle Avelar, of Pismo Beach, and Anthony and Robert Bratton, of Modesto; great-grandson Mason Crutchfield, of Modesto; sisters Pam and husband Steve Kelley, of Cypress, and Jan and husband Rudy Gonzales, of Portola ; aunt IvaLue Bolger, of Roseville; her cats that she loved so much, Shy and Beauty; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Throughout her life, Lonnie lived in many areas of California, moving to Reno, Nevada, then Portola, where she was innkeeper at White Sulphur Springs Bed and Breakfast for several years. After getting her real estate license, she then started working for Mohawk Valley Associates and Graeagle Associates before moving to the central coast of California. While Lonnie lived in Atascadero, she attended the "Fathers House" church. There Lonnie loved being a part of Forever Girlfriends Ministry and The Drama Mamas. She loved her church family very much but missed her mountains where a piece of her heart had been left eight years earlier. In October 2014, Lonnie and Doc returned to Portola. She built a !oving,bbnwith younger family members ria reunited wittimafi;61d friends. Here she started attending New Life Christian Church, where she made many new and loving friends. Lonnie is now in the arms of the Lord and reunited with her family who passed before her. Those left behind will forever miss her. A celebration of life will be held at New Life Christian Center, 832-4710, 2690 Highway 70, Portola, CA 96122, on May 23 at 1 p.m. Robert (Bob) Martinez Robert Alias Martinez was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Walsenburg, Colorado, and passed away at his home in Portola on May 12, 2015, with ]is family by his side. Robert retired from General Motors and lived in Portola for approximately 30 years. He was a member of the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders car club, proudly showing his Corvette at car shows. He was a good neighbor and friend, clearing snow along Iron Horse Drive in the winter. Robert was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Mary Beatrice. He is survived by his sons RObert Lee, of Quincy, and Anthony Samuel and his wife Sandy, of Portola; and his daughters Lucille, of Hayward, and Tobie Marie Arellano, of Cheyenne, " Wyoming. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two brdfhdYs;'Ant0nio and Bill in a4dition to many extended famil3, memberS" and close friend Beverly. Services were held Tuesday, May 19, at the Holy See Obits, page 3B CELEBRATE A LIFE LIVED. With over 25 years experience, Greg Marr arid Associates have been a part of your family when you've needed them most. Find out how you,can celebrate the life of your loved one with gentle guidance and individual touch. Serving Plumas, Sierra and Lassen Counties, Manni Funeral Home arranges home appointments if you are unable to travel. CAL-FD 158- CR300 WWW.MANNIFUNERALHOME.COM 530-832-4673 i i t 00h00i.eoot 00onument established 1929 Monuments Benches Signs Borders Address Stones GRANITE - MARBLE- NATURAL STONE 110 PACIFIC STREET P.O. BOX 1766 PORTOLA CA 96122 (530) 832-1908 FAX (530) 832-6828 WWW.CHILCOOTMONUMENT.NET Please join us for the next Quarterly Meeting of When: Where: What: Wednesday, May 27, 1 l:30am - l:30pm Mineral Building at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy A coalition of active community members, organizations, businesses, and government agencies that collaborate to improve the quality of life in Plumas County through active work groups focused On addressing community needs. MI are welcome, but space is limited, and registration is required. Please RSVP to (530) 283-6337.-Lunch provided. Sponsored in part by the Plumas County Tobacco Use Reduction Program