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Tina (Madeiros) Tenney
Tina (Madeiros) Tenney, age 48, of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida passed away August 7th 2021 with family by her side. She had been ill, hospitalized for a brief time, and eventually passed from complications due to Hemochromatosis.Tina was born in Medford, Oregon. The family then... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Oct. 7 to Nov. 6, 2021.
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Iris Faye Barnes Bowhay
Iris Faye Barnes BowhayJuly 21, 1941-August 28, 2021ANDERSON, Ind. – Iris Faye (Starr) Barnes Bowhay, 80, of Anderson died Aug.28, 2021, at Beaumont Rehab and Healthcare after a few months of declining health.Iris was born July 21, 1941, to Forrest N. Starr and Nadine E. (Wilson)... Read More
Rozelle Johnson Funeral Service
Published in The WillitsNews from Sep. 29 to Oct. 28, 2021.
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Michael Allen Lyons
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Allen Lyons on September 16th, 2021. He was born January 15th, 1952 in Spokane, Washington. Mike was overcome with a very rare aggressive cancer. He joins his parents Ronald and Mary Jane Lyons.He is survived by his... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1, 2021.
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Jack Baldwin Wade
Jack Baldwin Wade: September 2, 1931 to September 13th, 2021Jack Wade passed away at age 90 on Monday, September 13th, in San Francisco after a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his wife Joan Munson Wade, son Michael James Wade, and beloved dog Suzy. He is survived by his... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Sep. 22 to Oct. 21, 2021.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Frank Pershing
Sarah Frank Pershing (nee Smith), age 89, resident of Willits, CA, passed away comfortably on July 21, 2021, surrounded with love from her three children, Susan Tappan, Bruce Pershing, and Barbara Pershing. She is survived by three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Born in... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Aug. 7 to Sep. 5, 2021.
Sunday, August 8, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Marie Ethel "Ari" Fish
Ari Lacelle of Willits, CA passed away on July 17 2021.Ari, born Marie Ethel Fish, in Danville NY on April 19, 1937, to Docia and Paul Fish. She moved to CA in 1948 and married Lynn Stoller in 1954, with whom she traveled the world for his job with IBM. They had three children and... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews on Aug. 8, 2021.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Warren Harvey Sawyers
Warren Harvey Sawyers, age 80, went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2021 with his family and friends by his side at his home in Willits. Warren was born in Willits and was the great-great-grandson of one of the original settlers of the Willits Valley. He is preceded in death by... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Jun. 2 to Jul. 1, 2021.
Friday, June 25, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Julia "Judi" Chapman Jensen
Julia "Judi" Chapman Jensen was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend. She left this world and grew her angel wings suddenly on May 14, 2021 at the age of 71 with her husband by her side.She was born to Coy and Bessie Chapman on April 25, 1950 in Santa Rosa, California-the third... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from May 26 to Jun. 25, 2021.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Susan Elizabeth Engstrom Johnson
Susan Elizabeth Engstrom Johnson regrets to inform you that her dance card is full. She has left this world on a forever trip to visit her parents, husband and loved ones in the Ever After. Susan left this poem as her final words to those she loved: "When I am dead, cry for me a little... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from May 1 to May 30, 2021.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Jaysen Dale Green
Jaysen Dale GreenJaysen Dale Green, 60, passed away unexpectedly following a heart attack at his home in Cathedral City, Calif., on February 16, 2021. Jaysen was born on January 23, 1961 in Albert Lea, Minn.Jaysen graduated from Albert Lea High School 1979 and moved to California... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Apr. 10 to May 9, 2021.
Friday, April 16, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Andrew James Navarro
Andrew James Navarro On Wednesday January 31, 2021 Andrew James Navarro joined the great gig in the sky. He is survived by his wife Denise Navarro, daughter Colombe Mcgowen, sons Joshua Burkey and Dmitrius Navarro as well as his grandchildren Kai Ramirez, Madison Burkey, Elizabeth... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Mar. 18 to Apr. 16, 2021.
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Roger Samples
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Roger Samples, loving husband and father of three daughters, passed away at the age of 76. Roger was born on July 5, 1944 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to Earl and May Ellen (Clark) Samples. He spent most of his years growing up in Leggett, California with his... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Mar. 18 to Apr. 16, 2021.
Friday, April 9, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Esther Van Pelt
At 96 years young, Esther Van Pelt, wife to Dan Van Pelt (deceased 2009), passed away at home on February 25, 2021. Born and raised in San Jose, Esther married Dan in 1944 on her 19th birthday. In 1953 following Dan's graduation from UC Davis Veterinary school, they moved to Fort... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Mar. 11 to Apr. 9, 2021.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Roy Allen McConnell
Roy Allen McConnell passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the age of 78 in Ukiah, after a battle with cancer. Born September 3, 1942 in Lakeport, he moved to Willits in 1963.He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Edna McConnell and his wife of 48 years, Donna McConnell... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Mar. 10 to Apr. 8, 2021.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Francisco "Frank" Gutierrez Avila
Francisco "Frank" Gutierrez Avila passed away on January 31,2021. He was born and raised in San Jose, California on March 22, 1949 to parents Pablo Avila and Theodora Gutierrez Avila. He was the third of seven children in a large and loving family. In 1969 at the age of 19 he married... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Feb. 27 to Mar. 28, 2021.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Maureen "Mo" Coombs-Steffens
MAUREEN "MO" COOMBS-STEFFENS11/19/1947 - 1/27/2021Heaven just acquired a very special angel with the arrival of Maureen "Mo" Coombs-Steffens.A native Northern Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Tiburon, Marin County, Mo was a graduate of Redwood High School, a long time... Read More
Eversole Mortuary
Published in The WillitsNews from Feb. 24 to Mar. 25, 2021.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Janis Marie Russell
Janis Marie Johnson Russell, 78, formerly of Willits, CA and Hopkinsville, KY passed away January 9, 2021 in Winter Haven, FL.Her Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, March 23rd at 1:00 PM at Johnson's Chapel, 20375 Coal Creek Rd., Hopkinsville, KY. Janis was born in Hopkinsville... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews on Mar. 18, 2021.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Geraldine Elizabeth McCue Lusnia
Geraldine Elizabeth McCue Lusnia was born on November 11, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY to James Aloysius McCue and Anna Mills Leroy McCue. She grew up on Autumn Avenue above her father's funeral home and attended THE Mary Louis Academy (1949) and received a BA in English from Hunter College... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Jan. 23 to Feb. 21, 2021.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Lou Rank4
Lou Rank1927 - 2021Lou Rank died peacefully at home in Corvallis, Oregon on January 5, 2021 with her daughter Louann at her side. She was 93 and had a long and loving life. She is survived by her beloved children Louann, Carol, Lori and Tom, dear grandchildren Evan, Jon and Sam... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Jan. 20 to Feb. 18, 2021.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Steve Brian Arlich
Steven Brian Arlich passed away, in his home in Ellington, Missouri on November 28th, 2020. He was born on September 6th, 1956 in Fort Bragg, Ca. to John and Darlene Arlich.Steve was a veteran in the United States Coast Guard, and in his life held many different jobs. He worked as... Read More
McSpadden Funeral Homes - Ellington
Published in The WillitsNews from Jan. 6 to Feb. 4, 2021.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Jack E Grandon
Jack E. GrandonJanuary 5, 1931 - December 10, 2020Jack E. Grandon, 89, of Benicia passed away Thursday following a brief illness. He was born in Parsons, Kansas and lived several years in Willits before moving to Benicia about 20 years ago. He owned and operated a publications business... Read More
Passalacqua Funeral Chapel
Published in The WillitsNews from Dec. 19, 2020 to Jan. 17, 2021.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Robert G Petty
Robert G. Petty - April 8th 1932 to November 11th 2020Farwell my friends, I have walked my last mile. I have rejoined my beloved wife, and I leave behind my adoring children and their families to carry on my legacy. I was born on April 8th, 1932 to Sam and Pauline Petty in Willits... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews on Jan. 9, 2021.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Richard Arthur White
Richard Arthur WhiteRichard passed away on October 22, 2020 in Riverside Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Centralia, WA after a lengthy illness including Alzheimer's Disease. He was cared for by loving staff who describe him as being very respectful of them. His wife, Francee... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Nov. 4 to Dec. 3, 2020.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
John Mario Borgna
John Mario Borgna, age 90, passed-away peacefully on Monday, October 5, 2020, at his home in Willits, California after a long struggle with leukemia. John was born February 19, 1930 in Fort Bragg, CA to John and Giovanna Borgna. He spent 4 years of active service in the US Army... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26, 2020.
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
William Bidwell "Bill" Cook
William (Bill) Bidwell Cook passed away peacefully the afternoon of August 28, 2020, in a retirement home in Santa Rosa, CA. He was born in Seattle, WA in 1926 and grew up in Bellevue, WA. Bill attended kindergarten and high school with his future wife of 60 years (Elizabeth V. McCray)... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26, 2020.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Carol Lynn Farley
Hamilton, MT - Carol Lynn Farley passed away at home in Hamilton on October 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM with her family by her side. Carol was born in Fort Bragg, California on June 4, 1936. Her mother was Claire Dilling and her step-father was Clifford Johnson.She grew up in Caspar, California... Read More
Published in The WillitsNews from Oct. 21 to Nov. 19, 2020.
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