Life Tributes for the week of 9/18/18

Elaine Ruth Moore Butler

Elaine Ruth Moore Butler passed away August 29, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Redding, California. She was born May 25, 1971, to James H. and Patricia Smith Moore in Susanville, California; the seventh child of a yours, mine, ours, family.

Elaine grew up in Susanville, graduating from Lassen High School in 1989. She moved to Chester in 1991, and in subsequent years lived in Yerington, Nevada; Chacon and Angel Fire, New Mexico; Reno, Nevada; Lehi, American Fork, and Morgan, Utah; returning to Susanville in 2015.

Elaine loved softball, playing Bobby Sox for eight years and high school for one year. It was her passion. She loved babies especially, and children of all ages; the special needs; the lonely; the elderly; the bullied and the neglected; her friends and family. Most of all she loved her daughters, Makinzi and Bayli; they were the light of her light life.

Elaine had a warm heart, a quick wit, an infectious laugh, and a love of life. She had a steel trap memory for names, places and events. She kept in touch on facebook and messenger with many friends and family, touching hearts and lives. She was a loyal friend.

We love her and will miss her but we know that she is no longer in pain and we are comforted in knowing she is in a better place and is with loved ones who have gone before and that we will see her again. We will keep her in our hearts and in our memories until we meet again.

Elaine was preceded in death by her father, James H. Moore. She leaves her daughters, Makinzi Jackson and Bayli Butler; her mother, Patricia; her siblings, Barbara (Ed) Smith, Sandra (Maurice) Sanchez, Suzanne (Randy) Langslet, Shannah Dawn, Brett (Kathleen) Moore, Cory Moore, and James (Charity) Moore; Aunt Betty Baker, Uncle Tom and Aunt Amy Smith; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. September 29, 2018 at the Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville. We suggest any remembrances be made in Elaine’s memory to the St. Jude Hospital or to the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City; both of which serve children from all over the world expense free to their families.

William Douglas “Bill” Jerden

William Douglas “Bill” Jerden, 70, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Bill had been a resident at Rosewood Rehab Center in Reno for the last year; prior to that he lived in Reno, Nevada and Doyle, California since 2000.

Bill was born on October 21, 1947 in Flint, Michigan. At the age of 2 he was adopted by William Darrell and Mary Marcelline “Marce” Jerden. He then lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and went to school there. At the age of 17, Bill answered his Nation’s call and joined the US Army. While in the Army he served two tours in Vietnam from 1965-1968.

In 1968, after leaving the Army, Bill hitchhiked from coast to coast and border to border. In 1984, Bill found himself in Seattle, Washington, where he started his own contracting business. He worked as a painter, home re-modeler, landscaper, and other jobs that involved the home. In 1992, he moved to Lees Summit, Missouri, and did more contracting work before joining Schwaan’s. It was through that job in 1999 that he met his wife Dixie Beechner. They left Missouri in 2000 and settled in the Reno area.

In the Army, Bill achieved the rank of Private. He was honorably discharged, and remained fiercely proud of his service and his country. It was not unusual to see Bill wearing some garment, whether it be a tee shirt, ball cap, or jacket depicting his role as a veteran, and his pride in the USA.

On June 16, 2001, Bill and Dixie were married in Reno, Nevada. They had just celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. Dixie survives him at their home in Doyle, California. Bill is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law Darrell M. and Pam Jerden of Bloomington, Indiana; and Brian W. and Kathy Jerden of Lees Summit, Missouri; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is survived as well by his stepchildren Jackie Beechner, of Lake Stevens, Washington; John Beechner, of St. Joseph, Missouri; and Jay Beechner, of Herlong, California. In addition to his stepchildren he is survived by his four step-grandchildren, Dustin Beechner, Danyelle Beechner, and Shanin Ellsworth (Beechner), of Missouri and Joshua Beechner, of Reno, Nevada; and five step-great-grandchildren, Alivia Woods, Noah Woods, and Jozlyn Beechner, of Missouri; and Nathan Beechner and Anabelle Beechner, of Nevada. He was also a very proud honorary grandfather to Morgan Ausmus of Doyle, California.
Bill was a stranger to no one, loved by everyone, and will be deeply missed. He was always the first to lend a hand wherever needed, a patient teacher, and very proud “Papa” to his extended family.

A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary, 115 South Lassen Street, in Susanville, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to causes involving veterans, such as homeless veteran or wounded warrior projects.

Lynne Marie Haas
Westwood resident, Lynne Marie Haas, passed from this life unexpectedly early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, 2018, at Seneca Healthcare District following complications from recent surgery. Her loving sister was at her side.

Born May 26, 1940, in Yreka, she was raised and educated in a one-room school house in the Northern California community of Greenview before attending Etna High School, graduating as a member of the Class of 1958.

Shortly out of high school, after being introduced by friends, she married the man who became her best friend and love of her life, Arvid Haas on June 15, 1958. Arvid was soon drafted into the military and the newlyweds moved first to Fort Ord and later to Tacoma, Washington. Following her husband’s discharge the couple moved to the northeastern California lumber community of Westwood where Arvid was a native son.

First and foremost a loving wife and mother, Lynne in 1978 began a career with the Westwood Unified School District as the high school’s librarian, retiring in 2005.

Lynne loved her community and was there to serve in their PTA, helping out in Little League, was an original volunteer for Sierra Hospice and was dedicated to CASA. In 1980 she became Westwood’s first female EMT. Lynn enjoyed the camaraderie of Bunco, was an avid reader and will be remembered for bringing laughter to so many through her love of joke telling.

In her untimely passing Lynne leaves her sons, Chris Haas and his wife Tammy, of Montague and Greg and his wife Barbara, of Peoria, Arizona; she was the proud grandmother to Travis and James Haas and Jake and Rachel Wilkins and great-grandmother to Karter Haas. She is also survived by a brother, Laddie Palmer, of Etna and sister; Judy Draughon, of Fallon, Nevada.

A celebration of Lynn’s life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Westwood, 425 Ash Street, Westwood. A potluck reception followed at the Westwood Community Center. An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at The family asks that any remembrances in Lynne’s memory be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.