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ORA RANSFORD Ora M. Ransford, 85 years young. A long time Red Bluff and Pacifica resident went to eternal rest surrounded by family on Thursday, April 25, 2013. She was a dedicated and loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. Ora and her husband Glen volunteered for CDF/Cal Fire for many years in Red Bluff, Tehama County, as well as Pacifica, California. Cal Fire Plant-A-Tree program at Turtle Bay in Redding, California planted a living tree in Lower Clear Creek in Shasta County, California in memory of Ora and Glen's years of service volunteer work with Cal Fire. A true Southern country lady better known as Mema ... she was the World's best cook...famous for her cheese ball, donuts, apple dumplings, snowflake pudding, and angel food custard cake. She won the California State Fair dinner competition one year with her delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu. Halloween time in Pacifica, kids from all over came to her house to get her homemade popcorn balls, cookies and candy. She made plenty but always ran out. Her house was a popular spot each year for local kids to get homemade goodies. She was an avid reader, loved to camp, and travel anywhere with her husband and family. She was a graduate of Kavanaugh High School in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. She was a member of North Valley Baptist Church in Red Bluff, CA. She retired after 15 years as a housekeeper at Nick's of Rockaway Motel in Pacifica, CA. She and her husband retired to the country in 1991 to live along the Sacramento River in the Bend area of Red Bluff, California. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Glen, her sisters Rayma Sparrow of Shelbyville, KY., Antha Stucker of Lawrenceburg, KY., her brother William of Lexington, KY., parents Raymond & Thelma Duncan of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. She is survived by her five children...Patricia Lee of Concord, Ca., Steve Ransford of Sonoma, CA., Brent Ransford of Red Bluff CA., David Ransford of Red Bluff, CA., Scott Ransford of Sacramento, CA. As well as 15 grandchildren...Tammy Eisenbrey, Jamie Kehoe, Matt Kehoe, Theresa Gonzales, Samantha Ransford, Steve Ransford Jr., Amber Ransford, Cierra Ransford, Jennifer Ransford, Jake Evans, Katelynn Ransford, Justyn Rahm, Brandon Baker, Alycia Barker, and Kamren "bright eyes" Barker. Great Granddaughter Aurora Claire is due in August. She leaves behind many Nieces and Nephews in Kentucky. The Viewing will be held, Friday, May 3rd at The Chapel of the Flowers, between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm, located at 816 Walnut Street, Red Bluff, CA., 530-527-1174. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 2:30 pm at The Chapel of the Flowers located at 816 Walnut Street, Red Bluff, CA., 530-527-1174. Burial service immediately following at Oak Hill Cemetery located on Cemetery Lane, Red Bluff, CA., 530-527-4417.
Published in Daily News from May 1 to May 3, 2013
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