Life Tributes for the week of 4/16/19

Tom Tiffin Cannon

Tom Tiffin Cannon was born Feb. 6, 1952 and passed on from this life April 6, 2019.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Tiffin E. and Tommy J. Cannon. He is survived by his wife, Patti; brother, Pat (Carey) Cannon; sisters, Karen (Wayne) Gunter, Janie (Bob) Taylor, and Terri Rahn; and nephew, Colton Shields. Tom had three children, Lisa (Cannon) Johnson, Taylor Cannon and Jeanie Jones.

Tom had four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren

Tom graduated from Chico High School in 1970 and went on the rodeo circuit as a saddle bronc rider for many years. Tom enjoyed competing in ranch rodeos and attending many local brandings.

Tom even won the saddle bronc riding at the Stonyford Rodeo in 1972. Aside from his rodeo and ranching love, he was a great boxer, winning the Golden Glove at Oroville High School. Tom was a huge fan of baseball and never missed a Dodgers game, although he never got to experience them in person.

After his rodeo days, Tom went on to work as a wrangler, buckaroo and ranch-hand for outfits such as the ZX Ranch, where he worked side by side with his brother Pat, the MC Ranch in Aedel, Oregon and the Baer Ranch in Cedarville where he worked under Gene McAllister and in Boarman, Oregon working with John Espil. Tom went on to work for the Bureau of Land Management as a wrangler at the Wild Horse Corrals in Standish for 14 years before promoting to Range Technician where he retired 16 years later in 2015.

Tom had many talents including ranching, rodeo and heavy equipment operator with Circle DE Logging Company for Bob Satica.

Tom loved to hunt and fish (drink whisky and fight) and could be found enjoying our great outdoors.

Tom had a great love for good dogs, good horses, pretty women and good whisky. He loved to gather with friends and family and play guitar, harmonica and even sing a tune. He was well loved and greatly respected by all who knew him.

Tom never knew a stranger and would offer the shirt off his back. He, however, never forgot a loan.

Tom met the love of his life in 1980 and finally got around to popping the question in 1999, where he spent the last 20 years with her in their home in Standish.


Nancy Jane Francis

Nancy Jane Francis, beloved mother to Gwynne Heard and Wanda Elliott, was born Jan. 11, 1928 and passed away March 27, 2019 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada. She was released from the clutches of Alzheimer’s and has gone on to her reward and much needed rest.

Nancy married Wandell O Elliott in 1951. After years of Wandell battling cancer, and Nancy caring for him, he passed.

She then remarried Dr. Paul Francis in 1980, and became the step mom to Paul’s seven children. Paul suffered from Alzheimer’s and for 13 years Nancy cared for him until his passing.

Nancy is described by her daughters as inspirational. She was the historian at the Susanville Methodist Church for a time, as she dearly loved history. She was part of PFLAG, Teaching Tolerance, The Literacy Program, fed the homeless at the Jesus Center in Chico and protested for denuclearization.

She was an avid animal lover and so enjoyed her time raising husky’s in Alaska and running dog sleds. Adventure was her middle name and she loved camping, hiking and traveling.

She will be forever missed.

A private memorial will be held at Eagle Lake. That is where she delighted in sailing, urged on by gentle winds and a moral compass that brought her to the other shore.



Nedda Marie Stone

Nedda Marie Stone passed away in Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington on March 25, 2019. She was born in Reno, Nevada on Jan. 26, 1945 to Walter Francis Stone and Vanessa Mable Wessler.

Nedda had fond memories of her Lassen High classmates of 1963 and she was very proud of her Stone family heritage.

Nedda is survived by children; Kenny Honea, of Susanville, California, Kelly Honea Gardner (John), of Montesano, Washington. Kory Honea (Jennifer), of Chico, California, Koit Honea (Megan), of Aberdeen, Washington; 11 children; nine great-grandchildren; her brother, Robert Stone, of Susanville, California; and sister, April Eastman, of Red Bluff, California.

Donations can be made on behalf of Nedda Stone and sent to The Huntington’s Disease society of America (HDSA). HDSA, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY, 10018. 800-345-HDSA






Steven Richard Goss

Steven Richard Goss was born in Phoenix, Arizona July 24, 1963 to Leonard and Mary Goss. He left this earth way too early on March 24, 2019 at the age of 55.

Steven lived in Westwood with his wife Beverly since 1993. He was a wonderful father, husband and loved his grandkids.

He would lend a hand to anyone and was always there to help his family.
Steve was a very talented upholsterer even winning best interior on a 55 Chevy nomad at a car show while working for Sam’s Upholstery in Susanville.

He worked for a couple roofing companies then in 2004 he started his own business Almanor Roofing. He loved anything with horsepower, racing his stock car in Susanville and Quincy. He rode like he didn’t care what was on the other side as an extreme snow-mobiler.

He loved dirt biking and racing the jet boat. He was always a happy go lucky guy. He will be missed by many.

Predeceased by his parents Leonard and Mary Goss; brothers, William and Daniel Goss.

He is survived by his wife, of 23 years Beverly; children, Amber Gonsalves, Christopher Goss, Christopher Martin, Jonathan Martin, Brandi Buchanan; 12 grandchildren; sister, Mary Bremer; and brother Michael Goss.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. July 24 Clear Creek Park –– potluck to follow.