OBITUARIES

Opinion
Jul 1, 2011
by WLJ

Marlene May Wood

Marlene May Wood was born Sept. 10, 1933, in Susanville, CA, and spent her early years in Bun- tingville, Lassen County, with her parents, Lloyd and Florence Hoff- man, and her brothers, John and Floyd. She passed away Friday, June 24, 2011, in her home at Horse Lake Ranch in Susanville. Marlene and Ed were married Aug.16, 1955, in Susanville. They moved out to Horse Lake Ranch where they raised their family and cattle. Marlene helped Ed in all aspects of the ranch. She also en- joyed her yard and worked in her large flower garden to make her home a peaceful oasis in the high desert. Marlene was famous for her home-style cooking and people would come from near and far to sit at her kitchen table. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grand- mother. Marlene was the silent rock of the family and was always there when anyone called her or needed her. She enjoyed playing cards and taught her children and grandchildren many games, but she did not like to lose and, if you happened to beat her, then you deserved the win.

Marlene was past president of the Lassen County Cowbelles and a Lassen County Cowbelle of the Year. As a member of the Lassen County CattleWomen, she was always there to help out on projects in which the group was involved.

Her “mountain oysters” at the Cat- tleWomen’s Wine Tasting were legendary. She is survived by husband, Ed Wood; sons, Darrell Wood (Callie), Vina; Dennis Wood (JoEllen), Susanville; daughter, Diana Wemple (Keith), Milford; grandchildren: Ramsey Wood, Dallice Wood, Ryan Wemple, Reg Wemple, Trevor Wood, Danielle Wood, and Kattie Wemple; cousins, Ray Dieter, Jerry Dieter (Kay), and Jim Jeskey (Jane) and numerous nieces and nephews. Marlene will be missed deeply by family and friends alike, but she leaves with us great memories and lasting impressions from the way she lived her life and the way she touched ours. Donations may be made in her memory to the Lassen County CattleWomens Scholarship Fund at PO Box 1649, Susanville, CA 96130, or the California Rangeland Trust at 1225 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814-1910.

Barry Taylor Barry

Taylor, 88, beloved hus- band and cherished father, died on Monday, June 20, 2011, in Lakev- iew, OR, surrounded by his family after complications from a fall.

Barry was born on Aug. 11, 1922, in Lakeview, the third of eight children born to Con and Mary (O’Shea) Taylor. Living his entire life in Lake County, he never lost his fascination for the people, geography and history of this place he called home.

In 1951, he married the love of his life, Nalene Mae Green. They spent the next 60 years on their ranch in Plush, where they raised sheep, cattle, and six children.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tim; and sisters, Nora and Sharon.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nalene; son and daughter-in-law, John and Theresa Taylor of Plush; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dan Hatfield of Roseburg, and Maria and Bob Wolf of Boise, ID; daughters Brenda Taylor of Yakima, WA, and Teresa Taylor of Eugene; brother and sister-inlaw, Neil and Virginia Taylor; sisters, Mary Fitzgerald, Teresa Fetsch, Cherry Taylor and Susanne Butler; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Despite his living a full, rich 88 years, we wish he could have lived forever, telling his stories and loving us all.

Rosary services and the Mass of Christian burial were held June 24, 2011, at St. Patrick’s Church in Lakeview with burial at Sunset Cemetery.

Maxine Owens

Maxine Owens, a longtime resident of Tehama County, died at Lassen House in Red Bluff, CA, on June 24, 2011. She was 88 years old.

Born in Taney County, MO, on Aug. 25, 1922, she was one of eight children born to Beulah and Joseph Burlison. In the 1930s, she moved with her family to Tehama County. She married Craig Owens in 1951. She and Craig settled six miles west of Red Bluff where they conducted their cattle business. She suffered a debilitating stroke in 2003 and in 2006, the year of Craig’s death, moved permanently into Lassen House.

She was a self-taught, early adopter of the health benefits of exercise and nutrition. An avid rock collector, she amassed numerous ancient stone tools from her home property and ranching lands. Maxine owned early roll type film, 35mm, and Polaroid cameras, which she used to photograph family events and ranch work. She was revered for her bread, pie, cake and cookie baking. Maxine is survived by her children, Dan and Amy Owens of Susanville, Betty- Jane Owens and Dave DeMulder of Tulelake, and Maryann Owens of Davis. She will be missed by her three step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Peggy Peichoto of Red Bluff, and Ron Burlison of Dairyville. She was preceded in death by sisters, JoAnn Muir and Opal Kissee; and brothers Don Burlison, Varney Burlison, and Verlin Burlison. Hoyt- Cole Chapel of the Flowers, Red Bluff is handling her services.

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