In Loving Memory

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As you fondly recall the names of other members, please contact us and we will include that person on the page's listing. We would like to have the members name, birth date, and the date of death. We will also accept photographs, obituary text, and personal comments.

Topic: In loving MemoryIn Loving Memory

Our family is like a patchwork quilt, With kindness gently sewn.
Each piece is an original, With beauty all its own.
With threads of warmth and happiness,
It's lightly stitched together,
To last in love throughout the years,
Our family is forever.

Over the years some of our "quilting family" have passed away. Our "In Loving Memory" webpage began in 2006 after the passing of Mrs. Jeanne Gill and Mrs. Luise Cummins.

Carol PhillipsCarol Phillips
Dec. 25, 1939 to Oct. 8, 2012

Carol Phillips, a 50-year resident of Grass Valley, passed away the morning of Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 72.

Carol was born on Dec. 25, 1939. After completing her nursing studies at Pacific Union College and Glendale Adventist Hospital, Carol married Ralph Phillips and moved to Grass Valley in 1962. Spending her 47-year career at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Carol attentively cared for three generations of new mothers and their children in the obstetrics and nursery department. After a life spent serving others, Carol endured a 2-year battle with ovarian cancer, never losing her sense of humor or her positive outlook on life.

She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone who crossed her path. An artisan at heart, Carol always had her hands busy on at least half a dozen projects, ranging from spinning and knitting to weaving to sewing and quilting. Devoted to her community, she often led efforts to put handmade goods in the hands of those in need.

Ruth OakeyRuth Oakey
Nov. 13, 1929 to Aug. 19, 2012

Ruth Turner Oakey of Grass Valley passed away on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. She was 82.

Ruth was born on Nov. 13, 1929, to Alexander Kinghorn Turner Sr. and Agnes Olena Jacobson in San Francisco. She was a graduate of Albany High School and a former bank manager at Wells Fargo Bank from which she retired in 1978.

Ruth was a member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild (Hall of Honor) and enjoyed quilting and gardening.

Beatrice Mae "Bunny" Spears
Charter Member PTQG
July 23, 1930 to Nov. 24, 2011

Beatrice Mae Spears, or "Bunny," as all of her family and friends knew her, passed away peacefully at home, on Thanksgiving morning after a relatively brief fight with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

Bunny and Bud came from International Falls, Minn., originally, but had lived most of their lives in California in Granada Hills, Grass Valley and Pollock Pines. Bunny's love of the craft of quilting gained her many friends in the Sierra foothills area and they will all miss her.

Bunny was a member of the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church in Camino, where she was loved very much. Her deep faith in God served her well in her final days; in addition, their two daughters, Anita Galbraith and Roberta Warden and her husband, Ron Warden, also from Pollock Pines and a son, Michael Spears and his wife Kelly of International Falls, Minn.

Bunny is also survived by her grandchildren, Jacqui Noel and her husband Daryl Noel of Placerville, and Patricia and Glenn Spears of International Falls, Minn.

obitMildred LaMoure
Nov. 12, 1933 to Apr. 14, 2011

Mildred Hipwell LaMoure passed away peacefully April 14. She was born in Ogden, Utah, on Nov. 12, 1933, to John and Dagmar Hipwell. Millie, as her friends and family called her, was the youngest of seven children. Millie graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955. She and her husband Clif raised their four children in Davis, Calif., where she taught elementary school for many years. In 1980, the couple moved to Penn Valley where they owned and operated "The Shoe Tree" in downtown Grass Valley. Later she returned to teaching at Nevada Union High School where she was the independent study teacher until she retired. Millie was an avid and extremely talented quilter, and a very active member in her church.

She is survived by her husband, Clifton LaMoure, of 53 years; her four children, Mitch LaMoure of Squim, Wash.; Ben LaMoure of Dallas, Texas; Jennie (LaMoure) Slater of The Woodlands, Texas; and Sam LaMoure of Roseville, Calif. Millie has 10 grandchildren.

Patricia Ruth Hamlin
March 9, 1930 to March 30, 2011

Patricia was born March 9, 1930, in Los Angeles, Calif., to James Michael O'Rourke and Patricia O'Rourke. She married her husband, Earl Vinton Hamlin, on May 7, 1948, in Van Nuys, Calif. She was a housewife, member of the Pinetree Quilt Guild and loved quilting, geology and working with kids.

She is survived by her husband, Earl Hamlin of Grass Valley; her daughter, Katharine Planellas of Ontario, Calif.; her son, Frank Hamlin of Grass Valley; her son, Michael Hamlin of California; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

April Elizabeth Jenkins
—. –, 1944 to March 27, 2011

April Elizabeth Jenkins, 67, of Grass Valley passed away March 27, 2011 at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. April was born and raised in Live Oak, Calif. to the late Raymond and Myola (Martin) Jenkins. April will forever be remembered by her devoted brothers, Larry, Raymond, and John; loving sister, Holly; beloved children, Joseph Holman and Jennifer Stancil; treasured grandchildren, Matthew and Justin Holman, Kayla Philpott, and Marcus Stancil; caring in-laws, Toni Holman and Joseph Stancil; along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her.

April was a member of Twin Cities Church, Pine Tree Quilt Guild and Evangeline Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. April loved quilting, collecting bears and angels, laughing, being with her family, and having fun with friends. April touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity, and maintained a sense of humor through her many health trials.

obitSara Baker
May 2, 1042 to Dec. 29, 2010

Sara Baker died Dec. 29, 2010, in Springfield, Mich., due to medical complications. She was 68. No service will be held. Sara Baker was born May 2, 1942, in San Jose Calif., to William and Wanda Manning. She graduated from Del Mar High School, class of 1960. On Dec. 31, 1979 Sara married the love of her life, Chuck Baker, in Reno, Nev. In their life together they owned and operated a few different businesses: The Midget Kitchen in Rough and Ready, A Quilting Store, C&R Natural Lighting and, finally, an organic mushroom business they operated on their ranch. They had many local clients throughout Nevada County.

Sara had just a small handful of hobbies, but what she did was wonderful. Sara was a 40-year member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild. Throughout her life, she had made many beautiful quilts, wall hangings and throws. She was a very talented woman. She also enjoyed playing bunko with friends, and in her younger days she could be found dancing the night away at the Coach House. Sara was also a longtime member of the Rough and Ready Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She had three daughters: Kim Cierley of Plato, Mich., Karan Appelman of Grass Valley, and Kelli Raible of Nevada. She had eight grandchildren: Amber Kirchner of Fla., Leah Cierley Hernandez of Tennessee, Lane Cierley Jr. of Michigan, Charlene McCoy of Grass Valley, Daniel McCoy of Grass Valley, James Mitchell of Arizona, Amanda Raible of Nevada, and Tim Raible of Texas. Sara also had nine great-grandchildren. Sara was preceded in death by her father, William Manning; mother, Wanda Manning; and husband Charlie (Chuck) Baker.

Sara Baker is going to be greatly missed by everyone who ever got a chance to know her. Even though we are all sad, we all know in our hearts she is dancing in the clouds with the love of her life, finally at peace.

Clarice (Connie) Navone Nies
Member PTQG
1930 to Nov. 1, 2010

Clarice "Connie" Navone Nies of Grass Valley died peacefully Nov. 1. She was 82. She was born in Fairbanks, Ark., grew up in the Seattle, Wash., area and was a longtime Nevada County resident. She was always very active in church activities and taught many Christian Homemakers Workshops. Mrs. Nies was a Quilt Guild member, an excellent seamstress and gourmet cook. She loved quilting and gardening and was an avid history buff. She was always willing and happy to provide a good meal to anyone in time of need. She had a zest for life, a quick wit, always appreciated good humor and lived all her days with a "helper's heart." She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Nies is survived by her sister, Carol Dick of Belfair, Wash.; sons, Dale (Linda) Nies of Penn Valley, and Paul (Donna) Nies of Grass Valley; grandchildren, Tyler, Rebecca (Panjwani), Jessica, Sam and Levi; and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Nies was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Herbert Nies; her parent; and her sister, Beverly Baker.

Donnynelle Liebrich
Sept 23, 1921 to Oct. 3, 2009

Donnynelle "Donnie" Leibrich died Oct. 3 in Grass Valley. She was 88. She was born Sept. 23, 1921 in Osceola, Iowa, to Vivan and Cordia Allen. She graduated from Downers Grove High School and North Central College in Illinois. She was a Braniff Airlines stewardess for eight months, but an airline crash ended that career. While she recovered from her injuries, she became a nurse. She worked in San Francisco hospitals, where she nursed wounded soldiers. She rode trains to various cities for two years to care for wounded men in hospitals close to their homes.

She married Jack Bennett Leibrich April 23, 1946, in Huntington Park.. Their son John was born in 1946 in Bell. They later moved to Monterey Park where their daughter, Suzanne, was born in 1955. She worked For Crown Zellerbach until her husband died in 1968.She always loved the mountains and fell in love with Grass Valley. She was an exceptional cook, gardener, quilter, seam-stress, camping expert, teacher and calligrapher. She was a founding member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, a member of the U.N.A. Golden Empire Chapter and the Bahai faith.

She loved her family and friends. She was the salt of the Earth and was loved by all who knew her. She will be missed. She said: "Life has been a joy!" She is survived by her daughter Suzanne ( Frank) Clabo; granddaughters Angela ( John) Bowman and Jenny Leibrich; grandsons Adam and Cory Leibrich; great-grandsons Justin (Lindsey) Cicogni, Bryce, Brodie and Gavin Bowman and great-great-grandson Braxton Cicogni. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Leibrich; parents Vivan and Cordia Allen; son, John Leibrich and brothers David and Donald Allen.

Joanne McLean
Member PTQG
Nov. 6, 1930 to Nov. 21, 2008

She was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Wisconsin. She married Walter McLean on June 10, 1976, in Mission Vallejo. She will be truly missed by her husband of 32 years and all who loved her or became part of her life. She took great joy in her children and many grandchildren. She loved to cook and sew for them along with always taking a keen interest in their lives.

She touched many lives with her giving spirit including her involvement with the Mary Martha's ministry that helped needy children at home and abroad. She also supported our military by sending out packages overseas. She was a member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild for many years, creating and donating quilts. She made all smile, loved a good laugh, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She graced the lives of many.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Walter McLean of Grass Valley; children Anne, Shawn, Kevin T. and Lucy Lynn, Karen and Bill, Brian, Kevin M., and Andrew and Kelli; grandchildren Lee, Joshua, Anne Marie, Christine, Philip, Amanda, Colin, Kellina, Bethany, Rebecca, Chloe, Jordan, Nicholas, Justin and Sarah, and great-grandchildren Carl, Sabrina, Kathryn and Ashleigh. She was preceded in death by her sister, Janet, and daughter, Kathie.

Betty LewisBetty Lewis
1944 to Jan. 2008

Betty Lewis, owner of Betty's Toy Box and Hobbies on East Main Street in Grass Valley, died Wednesday. She was 64.

Her husband of nearly 37 years, Ray Lewis, said Thursday it was his "fault" they opened the Toy Box. They had leased the property that now includes Ray's Automotive so he could open his own mechanic's shop shortly after they married. They had rented out the other building, but the renters didn't work out, Lewis said.

They talked about it one day about 15 years ago, and he mentioned he liked airplanes and toys, so they decided to open a toy store, Lewis recalled.

They "created a monster," Lewis joked somberly about the store's success. A visit to the store is like a trip to a magical attic: Trains on tracks, airplanes hanging from the ceiling, dolls sitting everywhere, jack-in-the-boxes, horse figurines, boxes of things piled high. For big kids, it recalls toy fantasies from one's childhood or a 1960s hobby shop.

The couple has 10 children between them, but lost two, Lewis said.

Mrs. Lewis was passionate about camping, riding motorcycles and quilting, her husband recalled. He also remembered her as "strong-willed and independent." She also enjoyed working in the automotive shop. "She did tune-ups and things for me," Lewis said. Mrs. Lewis became so proficient in the trade that she taught a class especially designed for women "to learn what's under the hood of their cars ... so they don't have to rely on a" man, Lewis said.

Marjorie Hayes
Oct 4. 1935 to Dec. 26, 2007

Marjorie "Marge" Iona (Walker) Hayes died Dec. 26 of natural causes while celebrating the holidays with family in Manteca. She was 72. Ms. Hayes was born on Oct. 4, 1935, in Oakland to Bessie and Morris Walker. She graduated from Hayward High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State University. She worked as an administrative secretary for more than 20 years at Continental Can Company and then worked at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward until retirement.

Ms. Hayes was president of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was an active volunteer with Music in the Mountains and in the Lake Wildwood community, including the Bocce Ball Club, theater, singles group and bridge club. Prior to retirement, she was actively involved with the Hayward Little Theater. She enjoyed traveling, especially with friends.

Ms. Hayes is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tambia and Donny Berry of Arnold; sons and daughters-in-law Jeffrey and Kathy Hayes of Manteca and Michael and Dayna Hayes of Monument, Colo.; grandchildren Nicole and Jeremy James of Goreville, Ill., Justin and Lyndsay Hayes, Douglas Hayes and Jennifer Hayes, all of Manteca, and Jeremy Hayes and Alex Hayes, both of Monument, Colo.; and great-grandchildren Brandon, Sierra and Sadie James of Goreville, Ill., and Jacob Hayes of Manteca.

Luise Cummins
Charter Member PTQG
Mar. 3, 1920 to Dec. 7, 2006

Mrs. Cummins died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006,at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 86. She was born March 3, 1920, in Los Angeles, to Jack W. and Ethel Russell. She graduated from Filmore High School in 1938, and from Pepperdine University. She married Thomas William Cummins on April 26, 1941, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a part-time librarian during the early 1970′s for the Nevada County Library. She was a charter member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, The Appliqué Society, Nevada County Travel Club, Foothills Horticulture Society, Nevada County Newcomers, and the Filmore High Alumni Association. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, appliqué, reading daily newspapers and watching T.V. She also enjoyed watching and leaving treats for deer, birds and squirrels on her wooded acreage.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Edward Muhlbach of Nevada City; daughter, Cathleen Rogers of San Jose; brother and sister-in-law, Jack H. and Velna Russell of Loomis; grandchildren Sharrina and Chris Dye of San Diego, Laurralyn and Rod Eslinger of San Diego, Russell and Susan Duarte of San Jose, Andrea and Fred Cisneroz of Morgan Hill, Marty Duarte of San Jose, Scott Muhlbach of Grass Valley, and J'aime Rogers of San Jose; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Cummins in 1989; father, Jack W. Russell in 1988; and mother, Ethel Russell in 2005.

Jeanne Gill
Charter Member
Nov. 2, 1925 to July 11, 2006

Mrs. Gill died Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 80.

She was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Mineola, N.Y., to Robert D. and Marie B. Campbell. She graduated from Freeport High School in Freeport, N.Y. and from Ballard School of Nursing in Freeport, N.Y. She married William Gill on Sept. 30, 1950, in Freeport, N.Y. She was a former licensed practical nurse. She was a past president and charter member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, and a member of the Patchwork Pals Quilt Group. She enjoyed quilting, travel and sewing.

She is survived by her husband, William Gill of Grass Valley; daughters Susan Rosaldo of Waipahu, Hawaii, and Cathy Pringle of Sacramento; former son-in-law, Leigh Pringle of Tahoma; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Heather and Justin Miller of Citrus Heights; grandson, Scott Pringle of Tahoma; granddaughter, Michelle Quizon of Waipahu, Hawaii; great-grandsons Eli Miller and Kyle Miller both of Citrus Heights; brother, Robert Campbell of New York; sisters-in-law Ardith Campbell of New York and Elizabeth Foster of Florida; nieces Sharon McDonald of Florida, and Robin Campbell of New York. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Campbell in 1959; and mother, Marie Campbell in 1964.

Sandy Hubka
May 20, 1948 to April 5, 2004

Mrs. Hubka died Monday, April 5, in Grass Valley. She was 56. She was born May 20, 1948, in Hayward, to Victor and Letizia Silva. She graduated from Washington High in Fremont. She married Dale Hubka on April 13, 1973, in Carson City, Nev. She owned the Quilted Feather since 1996. She was a member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild. She enjoyed quilting and teaching and anything to do with quilting. She also enjoyed riding her Harley-Davidson with good friends and watching NASCAR; Dale Earnhart Jr. was her favorite.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Hubka of Grass Valley; mother, Letizia Silva of Antioch; sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Pierre Dubois of Brentwood; mother-in-law, Shirley Hubka of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Mary Hubka of Natomas; and grandchildren Preston, Dylan, Lilly and Gloria from the Natomas area. She was preceded in death by her father, Victor Silva; and sister, Gloria Jean.

Suzie Eckland
Past President, PTQG
Hall of Honor Member

Suzie joined the guild during its first year. She served as President of the P.T.Q.G. in its second year. Elected in the fall of 1985 she stayed in office until the end of 1986 so that we might change our fiscal year. Suzie loved Quilts!! She owned a quilt shop in Lake Wildwood and she displayed quilts throughout her home. She consistently promoted making and collecting quilts. She was "Featured Quilter" at the 1997 Quilt Show. Her contributions to the guild included initiating the "Pine Tree Quilt Guild" Scholarship, and starting the "Secret Pal Circle". She was always willing to serve on committees and encouraged others to do so. With her vivacious personality, wonderful smile and ready offer of friendship she truly represented the "Sisterhood of Quilters"!

Florence (Flo) Sund
Charter Member PTQG
Death: July 1997

A Charter Member of the PTQG, Flo was a true "quilted at heart". Her skills and interest was passed down to her through generations of family quilters. Through the classes offered by the guild she strived to improve her skills and produced many, many quilts! As one of the foundation members of the guild Flo served on the board as Historian and as Block-of -the- Month Co-Chair. She served on a variety of committees, supported activities and attended events. Flo loved the annual Quilt Show and served as Quilt Show Chairman in 1991. A familiar face at the Quilt Shows from set-up to take down she was always there. She checked props in and out, worked in the kitchen and the country store and at selling tickets at the door and raffle tickets, just to name some of the extent of her involment in the guild. Flo truly loved quilting and being a member of the"Pine Tree Quilt Guild"! She looked forward to each meeting and event with eagerness an anticipatation. As an outstanding member she made the effort to give back to the guild as much as she received from it.

Because of failing health, Flo moved to Denver in 1996 to live with her son and two granddaughters. She past away July1997 of heart failure. Flo was a sister to guild member Betty Maddox.

We also remember…
* = Hall of Honor Presented Posthumously (Month Year)
Jan Bonner,* April 1999
Delta Rose Carr,* April 1999
Ruth Hoey,* April 1999
Suzie Ecklund Martin,* April 1999
Kay Northway,* April 1999

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