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2B Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES the late 1960s, and served Por- ber of Eastern Plumas Hospi- tola for many years, tal Auxiliary Nifty Thrifty Maya "Letha" Harris Dods Letha was descended from and Portola Soroptimist Club. Letha Dods Gold Rush pioneers who even- For many years, she worked passed away tually settled in the mining as a docent at the Plumas Eu- at the age of town of La Porte. She inherit- reka State Park in Johnsville. 91, in the lov- ed the great determination Being a devoted and loving ing care of and respect for hard work that wife and mother, a woman's' her family in enabled 'her family to survive rights advocate and an avid Sacramento, in this sometimes hard coun- reader, she remained intense- Sept. 23, 2010, try. Her uncles were known ly interested in national and six years to the date her hus- as some of the first "snow- world events. She loved band, Victor, passed. Born in shoe" racers (downhill skiers) bridge, the mountains and Clio, March 9, 1919, the third in this area. Some of her rela- good food until the end of her child of Theresa "Tessie" L. tives worked as miners, gold life. O'Rourke Harris, originally of rush merchants, and La Porte She is preceded in death by t La Porte, and James Lawrence hotel owners, her sisters Harriet Richards Harris, originally from Letha was very active in and Adele Coblentz. She is Goodyear's Bar. She was a sis- Eastern Star, where she was survived by her adoring hus- ter to Ivan Burr Harris and Worthy Matron and was band of 68 years Bob Ruth Harris Thurston, who awarded her 50-year member- Schoensee, daughters Barbara preceded her indeath, ship, and the PTA, where she Schoensee of Fiji, Suzi Letha moved to Portola to was awarded Lifetime Mem- Schoensee of Sattley, Kathryn attend school, and worked lat- bership in honor of her ser- and Robert Finn of Grass Val- er at Polly Ann Bakery and vice there. She was instru- ley, her grandchildren Ian and Cash Mercantile during the mental in obtaining the West- Dylan Morris, Andrew Ring- Depression, where.she met ern Pacific caboose which wald, Anthony Schoensee and and married Victor Bovee stands in downtown Portola. Crystal Finn, and her great- Dods, originally of Provo, Surviving family members grandchildren Tupelo, Kalyx, Utah, in 1940. Victor soon af- include daughter Vicki Lee Favor and Rosalie Morris. ter began railroading for the Bovee Dods Thrailkill and A celebration of Jean's life Western Pacific. Letha was husband Timothy Thrailkill, will be held at a future dates. elected Portola City Clerk in their daugl ter Stacey In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a charity of your choice. & Mallery Attorneys at Law PROBATE TRUST ADMINISTRATION ESTATE PLANNING 257-4300 75 S. Gay Street 0 Susanville !ii!i Honey Lake Valle, Headstones & Cemetery Supplies ~. Head Stones @ Monuments @ Engraving ~:~ Granite or Concrete Coping & Borders Noah & Henri Miller Free installation AVAILABLE 7 DAYS ~ 8 AM-B PM 257-7523 or Cell 249-9011 704-790 Thornton Rd * Susanville i:i:i ili:' Thrailkill Johnston and grandsons Jacob and Zachary, daughter Stefanie Thrailkill- Durant and husband Patrick Durant and their child Aidan Durant, all of Sacramento, and son Todd Bovee Dods and wife Peggy, and their children Vic- tor Bovee Dods and Annie Bovee Dods of Orinda. Letha and her husband Vic- tor will be interred together in Beckwourth Cemetery at a lat- er date. William Warren Scovell William Warren Scov- N ell passed away sudden- ly on Tues- day, Nov. 9, 2010. Bill was born to Nathaniel and Laura Scovell in Alton, Ill., on April 24, 1915. He moved to Oregon as a teenager. It was there that he met his wife Marie. They mar- ried Aug. 16, 1936, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Bill's first job was a newspa- per linotype operator, in Tule Lake. He had to leave the job after getting lead poisoning. In 1941 he and his wife Marie and their two children, Pamela and Dennis came to Quincy to visit Marie's parents. Marie's father told him about a job at the Bridgewater and Baning- ton Mill in East Quincy and they never left. Bill worked for Pop Small at the Feather River Bulletin for a year in 1945, as a linotype operator, until the regular man re- Obituary Policy Feather Publishing offers free Death Notices or Paid Obituaries. Paid Obituaries start at $70 and may in- clude a photo for an addi- tional $10. For more information or to arrange for these notices, contact any of our offices during business hours or emall pe etting@ plumas-, subject obit hileoot ESTABLISHED 1929 MONUMENTS BENCHES SIGNS BORDERS ADDRESS STONES GRANrrE - MARBLE NATURAL STONE 110 PACIFIC STREET, P.O. BOX 1766 PORTOLA CA 96122 (530) 832-1908 FAX (530) 832-6828 WWW.CHILCOOTMONUMENT.COM turned from war duty. He sacramento co. Hospital, pre- worked at and helped build sent site Of U.C.D. Medical several mills in and around Center. They both then Quincy including Sierra Pacif- worked at St. Mary's in Reno ic's mill in 1964. Bill worked and the Plumas Industrial as a millwright and a supervi- Hospital in Quincy. sor until his retirement in At a co-ed volleyball game at 1977. Quincy High School, she met Bill was a 50-year member the love of her life, Bob of the Masonic lodge, where Schoensee, a University of he held many offices and re- Minnesota Forestry graduate ceived many awards. He was who was assistant manager at also a 50-year member of the the Quincy Diamond Match Feather River Grange. Bill Company. At the outbreak of and Marie have attended the WW II Bob enlisted in the Methodist church since 1943. Army and proposed marriage. Bill was a remarkable man Jean accepted and they were who told wonderful stories of married in Oakland July 25, his childhood and working 1942. She followed him in a days. He filled our hearts with whirlwind of duty: San Diego, laughter. He loved to go fish- Georgia, Louisiana (where in ing and tinker in his work- August 1943 their first daugh- shop. ter Barbara was born) and In passing, Bill leaves his then to Staten Island. While beloved wife of 74 years, Bob served as a Major in the Marie, son Dennis and son-in- U.S. Army in Europe, Jean law Jim Weis of Quincy; sister and Barbara stayed in Dellek- Natalie of Oregon; grandchil- er with her- parents. She dren Kim and husband Tim worked nights at the Western Titus of San Diego, Krista Pacific Hospital in Portola. Scovell of Quincy, Erin Weis When Bob returned from of Vacavilte, Susan and hus- the war, they bought the band Dan Martens of Vacav- Knickrem property in Mo- ille, Warren and wife Nicki hawk, with Jean creating a Scovell of Virginia, Jeremy bed and breakfast there. For Scovell of Washington DC, An- 25 years, until 1971, they estab- nie Weis of Quincy, and Noel lished and successfully operat- Weis of Quincy; ten great- ed Mohawk Boys Camp, which grandchildren and three was located at the present site great-great-grandchildren and of Plumas Pines Condomini- a fourth on the way. Bill was ums. Jean was the camp's reg- Preceded in death by his istered nurse. Two more daughter Pamela and sisters, daughters were born (Suzi and Peg, Betty and Dottie and Kathryn). Jean worked,the brother Charlie. nightshift and, also, intensive A memorial for Bill will be at Western Pacific, as well as a held Saturday, Nov. 20, at the private care nurse for the Mc- LDS church at 11 a.m. We Clairs at White Sulphur hope you come to celebrate Springs Ranch. Bob taught Bill's wonderful life with us. school and was principal at Donations can be made to the Mann Elementary in Graeagle Local Masonic Lodge or the and then at Portola High American Heart Association. School. In 1961, they moved to Quin- This is a 5k (3.2 miles) run/walk race. Great for the whole family! Strollers & pets on leads are welcome. Just think how much better you'll feel eating that big Thanksgiving dinner. Pre-registration: 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 9:30 a.m. at the FRC Soccer Field *20 if you pre-register before Nov. 21 *25 after the 21 st and on the day of the race Donations are very much appreciated. For information: 283-5508 George Clarence Harvath George C. Harvath, SSGT U.S. Army Retired, PaSsed from this life peacefully under the compassionate care of those at Seneca Health Care District's Long Term Care Unit and Sierra Hospice Sun- day, Nov. 14, 2010. He was 85- years-old. George was born in Monroe, Mich. Sept. 13, 1925, to the late John and Anna (Vargo) Har- vath. He left school early and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Army, a career that lasted nearly 21 years. Serving in World War II and Jean Campbell Schoensee cy where Bob became Assis- later in Korea, George was A Sierra ....... ................... Valley pio-[ 1 tant Superintendent of decorated for his valor with a Plumas County schools. She Bronze Star and receive two neer I daughter died was a housewife, managed Purple Hearts. Nov. 9 2010. f i!i] their acquired real estate as He ended his career at Fort Jean was ii] well as Mohawk Boys Camp Jackson, S.C., where he born in Sloat, ill and was active in Soroptimist, shared his knowledge with Sonf 1 1 1q ] and Rhodora clubs, new recruits as an advanced .... ....., ..... 1969 found them looking to- infantry instructor. George re- garents Edna and,.Ohar- . Ward the future, They devel- tired in 1966] two weeks lie Campbell. During the sum- mers, she was raised in her fa- ther's logging camps through- out Plumas and Sierra coun- ties. The family spent their winters first in Sacramento, then in Piedmont. She gradu- ated high school from Oak- land Tech and attended U.C. Berkeley for two years, where she acquired her passion for bridge. Along with her sister Harriet, her most intimate lifelong friend, she completed registered nursing training at Registration form for Turkey Trot 5K (3.2 miles) REGISTRATION FORM FOR TURKEY TROT SK DATE: $20.00 PRE REGISTRATION (ends Novemb~ 20~ sz~.oo ~ NIMII~: Addn~: E-Mail if wiLh to be on next yean lbt : Slmtsiz~l(X)%cot~m Sm ~ I.~ XL Child Sin___ Med LL__.- Wavi~ of liability: In ~klctation of lmtielpatioe ia this event I hereby indemnify rout hold harmle~ ud mlmm Tm Comnmaity and their agenta m" emp~ race dh'totm~ and voluntee~ .fi~m any and all liability fay any injutieu suffered by me o~ my minor ~ikh~i$iag fr~ tiffs ~ aad I a~ua~ all ti~k f~t my iajmi~ ~ivcd. lwill ob~ all ra~ ml~ ~ad ~ll tom ml~ in Plum~ oaunW ~ui th~ ~ of California, ~d adlawe to the eambliehedngecotm~andwillobeyimylawsof~eountyofPlunm. I ftmh~ acknowledge that I am solely re~qmmible ~ amm~e all liability fee any accident or inju~/which may remit from thb race/walk. X date: blsk~ cJa~ p~k to Tm Community M~il to 258 c~w ~t quin~ ~a 95971 Aay qumia~ ~11 Jennifer 530-2834508 oped, and Jean managed, Mid- ago George was~re-awarded dle Fork Mobile Home; Park, his medals which had been located on the property which misplaced throughout the they owned in Mohawk. Upon years in a beautiful ceremony retiring as Superintendent of at the long term care unit of Plumas County schools in Seneca HealthCare. 1975, Bob and Jean designed He soon settled in the and built their dream home in Plumas County mining corn- Mohawk on a bluff overlook- munity of Seneca and affec- ing the Feather River. Jean tionately gained the nickname loved traveling and, during of "Seneca George." He and the years, the couple traveled his wife relocated to Chester extensively throughout the in 1972. U.S. and. Canada, Europe and George enjoyed the out- Central America. doors especially fishing and Along with others, Bob cre- working in his yard. ated Plumas Bank. Jean took The last of his family, part actively in every aspect George lost his beloved wife of of their business life together. Jean was a founding mem- See Vitals, page 3B CA LIC. #918636 PRE-ENGINEERED STEEL BUILDINGS OR POLE BARNS Custom Designed to Meet Your Needs GARAGE, SHOP, WAREHOUSE, MINI STORAGE, HAY BARN, HORSE BARN, HANGAR Now Offering Metal Roofing, Remodeling & Restoration Serving Lassen, Plumas and Sierra Counties II II IIL O v i"Ci. , OSBURN 2400 The Mother of All Woodstoves! Regular Price: $2,185 This Week: $1,885 Rated up to 2,700 sq. ft. 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