Life Tributes for the week of 6/5/18
Peggy June Amos
Peggy June Amos passed away peacefully at her home May 25, 2018. She was 68 years old.
Peggy was born in Truckee, California to Mac and Irene McCollam. Peggy grew up in Westwood with her nine siblings and graduated from Westwood High School in 1968.
Peggy worked in the kitchen at Westwood Lanes bowling alley in the 80s and was babysitter to many of Westwood’s children.
Peggy loved Elvis, the color purple, hearts and shiny wind chimes.
She is survived by her three sisters, Joanne Garrett, of Dry Prong, Louisiana, Linda Mellen, of Stayton, Oregon and Margaret Bigelow, of Janesville, California; she is also survived by her life-long companion, Don Gerrad, of Westwood, California. Peggy also has many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Peggy was loved by all who knew her. R.I.P., we love you.
A memorial was held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Westwood Community Center. Peggy’s final resting place will be at Westwood Cemetery at a later date to be announced.
Norma Viola Jones
Norma Viola Jones passed away Oct. 21, 2017. Norma was born Norma Viola Vance on Feb. 24, 1941 in Tazewell, Virginia to George and Nannie Vance. She was one of 11 children. She married Calvin Jennings Carson March 17, 1956.
Norma spent her early years working and caring for her husband and four daughters. In the early 70s, the family moved from Maryland to Susanville, California. In September of 1982, she lost Calvin to cancer. In June 1983, she married Leslie Jones. She lost Leslie to cancer, in May of 1999.
Norma worked many jobs, but spent 36 years at Banner Lassen Medical Center as a dietary cook. Whenever the family gathered, Norma could be found in the kitchen, preparing large meals for her ever-growing family.
She retired once to travel the country, but retirement did not suit her. So she and her companion, Henry Houston made several stops along the way for Norma to take a job at any little diner that she thought looked interesting.
Upon returning to Susanville, she returned to work at Banner Lassen Medical Center.
Norma is survived by her companion, Henry Houston; her sister, Anita Carson; her daughters, Reva Crarry, Juanita Ellis and her husband, David, Melody Weston and Jacqueline Carson; her nephew Al Carson, 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Norma will be laid to rest on June 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to cancer research in Norma’s name.
Allen R. Thompson
Allen passed away May 26, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. Allen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 19, 1954 to Ardith and Everet Thompson.
Allen was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, after his retirement, he started work with the state and retired in 2015.
Allen grew up fishing, hunting, and loving the outdoors, and carried that over into his adult life.
Allen is survived by his wife Beatrice Thompson, two sons; Josh Thompson, Jeremy Thompson, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, his stepson Brandon Hooks, Two brothers; Duane Thompson and John Thompson, two sisters; Pat Brink and Pam Thompson.
Services will not be held.
Born June 20, 1944. Delmer was laid to rest May 31, 2018 at 11 a.m.
There was a military graveside service at Diamond Crest Cemetery in Susanville, California, followed by a gathering at the Veterans Hall.
He is survived by his brother, Elmer Brown and Ardis; sister, Debra Hunt; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.