Obituaries for the week of 2/21/17

Bruce H. Amesbury

Bruce H. Amesbury, born Aug. 24, 1944, left this physical world Feb. 7, 2017. He was born in Susanville to Dr. Robert and Mrs. Frances Amesbury.  He graduated from Lassen High School in 1962. He served three years in the U.S. Army and was employed 30 years by the County of Los Angeles, the majority serving as a Sr. Real Estate Agent. He and his wife Patti were married 47 years.

Bruce had a passionate love of everything outdoors and participated in a variety of activities: hiking, rock/ mountain climbing, cycling, kayaking and skydiving.

He is survived by his wife, Patti, sister, Nancy, brother, Sylvan and many loving family and friends. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. Donations in his memory may be made to Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund (


Sharon Evelyn Brooks

Sharon Evelyn Brooks passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in the presence of her family, following a brave and courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Sharon was born on April 21, 1951 in Susanville, California to Harold and Evelyn Ward. Her family had a long history residing in the North State; Sharon’s father personally witnessed the eruption of Mount Lassen in 1915. At the age of 13, she moved to Redding, California.

On May 14, 1970, Sharon married Tom Brooks in Redding. Together, they raised four children, LoriLee, Beth, Jeremy and Hilary. Tom and Sharon created various, happy homes in the north state including Chico, Grass Valley, Truckee and Paradise.

Sharon is survived by her husband, son, daughters, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister, six grandchildren, nieces, nephews and countless others whom Sharon treated as family. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sister.

Sharon was a caretaker above all else, giving unconditional love to all living things in her life. She enjoyed spending time with her family, music and the outdoors. Sharon enjoyed caring for all animals and worked in local veterinary hospitals throughout the north state. Sharon was also generous with her time and served as a lifelong volunteer to many organizations including Feather River Health Center.

Sharon was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, sister and dear friend. She left us way too soon and will be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Feather River Hospice, who provided amazing support to Sharon, Tom and the entire family.

“The Lord is my keeper. He will replenish you all. Only remember me with smiles and laughter as I will remember you all. God Bless – I’m with you all forever. With love, Mom xoxo.”

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Laura Ann Terry

Laura Ann (Tunney) Terry, 53, of Westwood, passed away at her home surrounded by the love of family on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. She was born to Georgeann Ledbetter and the late Bj Hicks on June 18, 1964.

Laura attended Westwood High School (class of 1983), and was, at that time, an active member of the First Baptist Church of Westwood where she met Glen J. Terry, whom she later married in December 1983. Laura attended and graduated from Heald’s Business College in San Francisco. She later became a devoted mother to Bryan (Bj), Terry and Andrea Jackson, and she was a loving grandma to Bailee A. Jackson.

In recent times, Laura was an active volunteer with the Westwood Museum as she had a passion for history and a love of her community. Laura had been instrumental in the planning of the upcoming Westwood High School all-class reunion of June 2017. She was a current member of Susanville Nazarene Church.

Family and friends were Laura’s passion and delight. Before Laura became ill she was active in her church and avid with her cardmaking and scrapbooking groups where she met and reconnected with many friends.

Laura will be greatly missed and is survived by her husband, Glen Terry, of Westwood, California; children, Bryan (and Sara Terry), of Fairfield, California, Andrea (and Chris Jackson), of Leavitt Lake, California, Sheila (and Nathan Svenson), of Capitola, California; and her beloved granddaughter, Bailee Jackson; mother, Georgeann Ledbetter, of Lynchburg, Virginia; sisters, Patricia (and Dan Edwards), of Lynchburg, Virginia, Linda Keany, of Pacific Grove, California; brother, Bryan (and Sandy) Leutke, of Hornbrook, California; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers -in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles and aunts.

She was preceded in death by her father, BJ Hicks; grandmother, Bernice Reeder; and beloved cousin, who was like a brother, Joe Reeder. All whom loved her dearly will never forget her love, faith, strength, grace and her love of family.

The family wishes to thank all of those who visited, prayed and offered support during her last few months.

A memorial service will be held at Susanville Nazarene Church at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. A burial will take place at a future, undetermined date in Howard’s Ridge, Missouri.