Obituaries for the week of 4/10/18

Charlotte Mae Godman Butterfield

In loving memory of Charlotte Mae Godman Butterfield who passed away March 27, 2018 in Chico, California after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.   Charlotte was born Dec. 20, 1940 at Potter’s Maternity Home in Susanville, California.  She was born to Fern Haley Godman and Eugene P.  Godman.   Charlotte was raised in Susanville where she met and married Roy Butterfield and had two children. Charlotte worked as an optometrist assistant for many years.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Roy Butterfield; brother Calvin Godman (Linda); children, Brian Butterfield (Robin), and Debra Bricker (Dave); grandchildren Holly Hewitt (CJ), Erica Hamm (Tyler), Hannah Butterfield; and great-grandsons Quin and Archer Hewitt.

Charlotte was a loving wife, mother and grandmother with the best laugh. She was always willing to help out others and loved to be out and about in the community.

Charlotte’s funeral will be held at 3 p.m. April 27, 2018 at the Community Church of Susanville.



Lorna F. Shaw

Lorna F. Shaw passed away on March 27, 2018. She was born to Martin and Florence Gilbert in Notus, Idaho on May 27, 1933. She grew up in Nipomo, California and married Norman L. Shaw, of Santa Maria, California, in 1949.

They lived in Santa Maria until 1994, when they moved to Susanville to be near their only child, Vicki Palmer. Lorna was a devoted housewife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

Her husband Norman preceded her in death in 2016. They had a wonderful life together. They had time to travel and enjoy their beautiful property in Susanville. They were married just short of 67 years.

She in survived by her daughter Vicki Palmer, of Susanville; her grandson, Jason Montgomery; great-grandson, Brice Montgomery, both of Cuyama, California; and sister, Carmen Star, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

A small gathering for internment will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Diamond Crest Cemetery. In her last years Lorna became a resident of Lassen Nursing and Rehabilitation. Her daughter, Vicki would like to express a special thanks and her gratefulness to the employees of that facility for their loving kindness and compassionate care.

Mary Alva Wilson Fahlen

It is great sadness that the family of Mary Alva Fahlen announces her passing on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the age of 83. Mary was born Feb. 18, 1935 to John Alvin Wilson and Mary Merea Wilson in Alhambra, California. She has been a long-time resident of Susanville moving here September 1963, with her husband and four children. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Brad, of 56 years; and her daughter, Carol Lynn Pettit; her brother, Robert John Wilson. She leaves two daughters, Merea Jean Rippetoe, Linda Lou Christman; and one son, Roger Lee Fahlen. She has seven grandchildren, DeAnna Pritchard, Phillip Dennis Jr., Danielle Laney, Jeremy Rippetoe, Johnna Rippetoe, Jennifer Kostick and Caitlin Peterson; and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, George Wilson and his wife Jenni; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

After her children were in school full time, she returned to school. She graduated from Lassen College in 1972 receiving an associate of arts degree in business. She attended extended day classes at California State University Chico, majoring in public administration.
She was employed by the city of Susanville from January 1975 to February 1998, serving as city clerk from April 1977 to February 1998. She maintained her certificate as a certified municipal clerk; a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks; and a member of the City Clerks Association of California.

She was elected to the Susanville Consolidated Sanitary District Board in 1991 and served on that board until she was elected to the Susanville City Council in June 1998. She served two four-year terms on the City Council 1998-2006. She served as Mayor from March 2000 to July 2002 during the City’s Centennial birthday. She represented the city as a member of the Sacramento Valley Division of the League of California Cities, serving as president 2003-2004; representing 58 cities in 18 counties.

In January 2012, she was elected to Lassen Senior Services Board, serving as secretary to that board for two years. She served as an alternate member of the Susanville Solid Waste Board.

She was a long-time member of the Soroptimist International of Susanville serving as secretary of that organization for three and a half years. She was also a long-time member of the Monticola Club, of Susanville; serving on the telephone committee for a number of years.

She was a Bluebird/Campfire leader for five years.

She loved crocheting. When her daughters were young, she took pride in sewing their dresses. She enjoyed doing crafts. She had a collection of novelty teapots that she enjoyed collecting. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her family.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. April 14, 2018 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary in Susanville, with a reception to follow at the Monticola Club. She had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Soroptimist International, P.O. Box 492, Susanville, CA 96130, and to the Monticola Club, P. O. Box 392, Susanville, CA 96130, or a charity of your choice.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Weir

Jacqueline (Jackie) Weir passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Warnerview Skilled Nursing in Alturas, California. She had been a resident of Lassen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Susanville, receiving excellent care at both facilities. Jackie was born at
the Riverside Hospital in Susanville on Dec. 28, 1927 to John (Jack) and Frances Weir.

Jackie was very proud of being from a Lassen County pioneer family. She attended the local grammar schools and high school.

Jackie was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She loved life, her family, her friends and enjoyed visiting and sharing her jokes.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Weir; mother, Frances Weir and brother, John Weir. She is survived by her brother, Harry Weir (Jean), of Milford; sister-in-law, Ann Weir, of Placerville and Marguerite Weir; three nephews, Jon (Lori), of Galt; Jack, of Truckee; Robert, of Susanville; two nieces, Melissa Hill (Rocky), of Sacramento; Gena Bingham (Eric), of Pleasant Hill; nine great nieces; two great nephews; two great-great nieces.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment at Susanville

Cemetery. Reception to follow at Monsignor Moran Hall.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the Lassen County Historical Society is appreciated. P.O. Box 321, Susanville, California 96130.

Mattie Emma Hamilton (Campbell)

Mattie was born March 8, 1931 to Ned and Onie Campbell in Pioneer, Louisiana.

Mattie moved to California in August of 1953, with her daughter Barbara. She met and married James Hamilton. In that union, three other children were born, Dylan, Diana, and Kenneth, who preceded her in death.

Mattie went to glory on April 4, 2018 at her home in Herlong, California.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Herlong, California.