Life Tributes for the week of 5/14/19

Audrey Marie Egan

Audrey Marie Egan passed away in Elk Grove, California on May 3, 2019 at the age of 85. She was born on May 12, 1933 in Wauwautosa, Wisconsin to F. Lloyd and Lorraine (Collins) Blank.

Audrey reinvented herself several times throughout her lifetime. When she was 12 her mother passed away and Audrey moved to San Jose, California with her father and her brother George.

She graduated from Campbell Union High School in 1951 and worked for Metropolitan Insurance Company until she met and married Michael J. Egan, Jr. in 1959. Michael and Audrey had six children.

Shortly after the children were born, the family moved to Lassen County and she and Michael established Egan Realty and Egan Ranch in 1970.

Although not from a rural or ranching background, she adapted quickly, learning all the necessary skills including driving a tractor, caring for livestock, riding a horse, helping the kids with countless 4-H projects and always making sure the family and help were healthy and fed.

She became a member of California Cowbelles, a 4-H leader, and was the Lassen County 4-H Council treasurer for many years.

She was a tireless supporter of all of her children, ensuring that each completed college in spite of Michael’s passing at such an early age.

After Michael passed away in 1986, Audrey continued to live at the ranch, but also started her career again working at Deal and Davie, the Sierra Army Depot, and Frontier Communications.

She achieved an associate of arts degree from Lassen College at age 60. With the family grown, in 2000 Audrey moved to Elk Grove, California and began a whole new career with the State of California Board of Equalization. She continued to work at that job until September 2018, when she retired at the age of 85.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Michael J. Egan, Jr. and her son, Michael James Egan III. Audrey is survived by her four sons, David, of Reno, Nevada, Daniel (Mary), of Wilton, California, Joseph (Dawn), of Susanville, Richard (Holly), of Susanville; daughter, Lorraine (Charles) Marsh, of Arbuckle, California; grandchildren, Michael, Christopher and Matt Egan, Rylie and Emily Egan, Sarah, Carlyn and Jack Marsh, and Nathan Egan. Audrey is also survived by her brother, George Blank; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Frank and Anne Baumann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the funeral service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Susanville, California at 11 a.m. on May 25. The funeral home will be Walton’s Colonial Mortuary, 115 South Lassen St, Susanville. 257-4414.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Audrey’s name to the Lassen County Cattlewomen’s scholarship fund.


Menyown Mattie Hopkins

Menyown Mattie Hopkins, born Jan. 17, 1924, passed away at Eagle Lake Village on April 20, 2019.

She was born in Holiday, Texas, to Lora Lee Everson Gadley and Homer Everson. Throughout her 95 years here on earth she had four children, Beverly Krieg, of Jamestown, California, Gary Dunham, of Salem Oregon, Debbie Sims, of Janesville, California and Dwight Hopkins, of Sparks, Nevada.

She loved walking, traveling, taking cruises, dancing, going to operas, plays, museums and art galleries. She loved making holiday meals for her family, preparing for days and setting a beautiful table.

Menyown moved to Susanville in 2004. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She worked for Sears, Safeway and the IRS.

She is survived by her four children, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mom and dad and her husband, Ralph Hopkins, of 46 years of marriage.

Menyown’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Ramada Inn Casino in Reno, Nevada Saturday, May 18, 2019.

She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her, until we are able to be together again.

In lieu of flowers, donating to the Dementia Foundation would be appreciated.


George Lawrence Bailey
“If we are fortunate, we one day find that person who impacts our world in such a way that our life is never the same again. By chance, or by design, we meet that someone who offers the support, encouragement, and inspiration to become more than we ever thought possible.”

For the Bailey family that person was George Bailey, and his passing on May 4, 2019 has left them at a loss.

George Lawrence Bailey Junior was born to George and Jane (Stone) Bailey on July 7, 1949 in Susanville, California. He grew up on his family’s ranch in Janesville, California and attended Lake School through the eighth grade.

He graduated from Lassen High School in 1967, and after attending two years at Lassen Junior College, he transferred to California State University, Chico where he graduated at the top of his class with a bachelor’s degree in business.

George then returned home to begin working with his grandfather, Bill, and father, George Sr., on the family ranch.

In January of 1975, he married Margie Chappuis, and the two dedicated their lives not only to each other but to the Bailey ranch.

They had three children; Diana, Robert, and Lee. George was a unique individual, and anyone who met him, never forgot him. Lassen County will not be the same without him.

George is survived by his wife, Margie Bailey (Chappuis); his three children, Diana, Robert and Lee; his daughters-in-law, Stephanie (Morish), and Brenna (Parr); son-in-law, Robert Pastor; sister, Susan Dow; nephews, Willis Dow, Chris and Justin Hughes, Casey Weeks, and Matt and Jesse Handy; niece, Geordon Handy; and his seven grandchildren, Justus Nagel, Mitchel Pastor, Tucker, Kemper and Samantha Bailey, and Jake and Cooper Bailey.