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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 11:20:07 -0800
Modoc County Record – January 20, 2005
Georgia Rita Kelley Hess
Georgia (Georgie) Hess, lifelong resident of Modoc County and of XL Indian
Reservation, passed away at the Warnerview Convalescent Hospital in Alturas,
CA on January 10, 2005.
She was born Georgia Rita Kelley on September 28, 1928 in Adin, California
to Eunice Hunt Kelley and Want Kelley. She married Archie Hess in 1949. She
was preceded in death by her son by her first husband, three brothers,
Leland, Roland and Leonard and her husband, Archie.
Throughout their lives, Georgie and Archie raised livestock and hay on their
allotment on the reservation and were active in tribal affairs, where he
served on the tribal council as chairman at one time.
She as a member of the Modoc Full Gospel Church (American Indian Full Gospel
Assemblies) and Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno,
Nevada. Georgie enjoyed her family, friends and their beautiful home on the
North Fork of the Pit River. She was a Traditional Native American Healer
and practiced that art throughout her life.
She is survived by her sister, Irma Hess of Alturas; niece, Marjorie Miller
Walker of Carson City, Nevada and numerous other relatives throughout
Northern California and Southern Oregon.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert Lake, Pastor, Modoc Full
Gospel Church, at Kerr Mortuary in Alturas on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at
1:00 p.m. with a brief graveside service at XL Ranch Indian Cemetery. A
memorial gathering was held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on North
Street, Alturas, at approximately 2:00 p.m. following the funeral services.
Contributions in Georgie's memory may be made to Rev. Robert Lake, Pastor of
the Modoc Full Gospel Church, 1010 West Henderson St., Alturas, CA 96101
Elsie A. Cantrall
Elsie Ashford Cantrall passed away January 15, 2005, in Alturas, CA at the
age of 96.
Born November 15, 1908, in Likely, California to Willard A. Smith and Della
Leona Roys Smith, Elsie was the second child in a family of seven children.
She and her family lived in Likely during all of her growing up years with
the exception of one year when the family lived in Alameda due to her
father's position with the railroad.
After a year in Alameda and missing Modoc County they returned to Likely.
Upon their return, Elsie resumed her attendance at local schools and her
high school years were spent attending Modoc High School.
Elsie married James Walter Cantrall on September 16, 1925 in Alturas.
Together they purchased a ranch in Jess Valley from the Sweeney brothers the
same year and so began a long and happy marriage and ranching business. In
1927, the couple had a daughter, Barbara Leona, and in 1929, a son, Glenn
Elsie was a supportive wife, a loving mother and talented homemaker. She
worked daily at Walter's side with the routine operations. They had 28 milk
cows and Elsie grew quite skillful at milking, a chore for which she was
known in a humorous way by family members to even be competitive. While
husband Walter could milk more cows than Elsie in the morning, Elsie could
quite handily beat Walter by late afternoon's milking time. She raised
chickens, she and Walter raised a heard of cattle and Elsie buckarooed right
along with Walter. They raised hay and Elsie cooked for the hay crew. Walter
and Elsie always enjoyed sharing their way of life on their ranch in Jess
Valley with guests and entertained often. Elsie took great delight in
cooking and baking, particularly for guests. Many marveled at the skillful
way in which she was able to work like a ranch hand yet put on a dinner the
same day, finishing it with the finest of homemade deserts that would
impress even the most finicky.
Elsie was well known for her beautiful yard where she worked continually
nurturing many plants, flowers, and shrubs. She was also known for her
beautiful needle work. When the days work was done, she would put on a dress
and retire to the den where Walter would be relaxing and sit and sew and do
She was preceded in death by her son, Glenn in 1952, her husband, Walter in
1972, her granddaughter, Robyn in 1994, and her daughter Barbara in 1999.
Also, sisters Willetta Blevins, Erma Linville and Faye Chapman and brothers
Ron and Don Smith preceded her.
Elsie is survived by brother Marion Smith of Alturas, grandsons Fletcher
Christensen of Willows and Randy Christensen of Jess Valley, numerous grand
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 22 at 11 a.m. at the Likely
Community Church in Likely followed by burial at the Likely Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Likely Community Church in care of John Abbate,
P.O. Box 535, Likely, CA. 96116.
F.R. (Dick) Klassen
F.R. (Dick) Klassen passed away peacefully January 17, 2005, in Alturas, CA
with his family at his side. Born September 2, 1918, in Lincoln, Nebraska of
parents Frank Gerhardt Klassen and Ada May DeLay, he was the youngest of
four children. The oldest sister, Esh (95), is the only surviving sibling.
Dick gave 27 years of service to the U.S. Army, most spent overseas,
retiring in 1967 as a Master Sergeant.
Dick and wife, Jeane, were active in the Solano Yacht Club and U.S. Power
Squadron. They also were actively involved with Marantha Volunteers
International and traveled to many places including Washington, Colorado,
Mexico and California, assisting in building churches and schools. Dick's
wife, Jeane, of 31 years passed away in 2001. Dick had two children, Dick
Klassen, Jr. and Karen Teadkte and a step-daughter, Lori Johnson of
Carmichael, CA. Dick's son preceded him in death in 2000, leaving
daughter-in-law, Agnes Klassen of Alturas. He leaves 12 grandchildren, 14
great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Solano Yacht Club and will be
scheduled at a later date.
James Walter Coppedge.
James Walter Coppedge died January 16, 2005, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Memorial
services will be held Friday, January 21, 2005, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthew
Catholic Church in Hillsboro, OR
Mr. Coppedge was born December 17, 1943, to Omar and Evelyn Myers Coppedge
in Napa, California. He moved to Lakeview, OR. in 1946, and then to Alturas,
CA. He graduated from Modoc Union High School in 1962, and attended Pacific
University in Forest Grove, OR. studying History and Political Science. He
was a member of Gamma Sigma Fraternity. During summer vacation, he worked
for the U.S. Forest Service in Modoc County. He served two tours of duty in
Vietnam with the U.S. Army.
After the service, he was employed as a truck driver for Stewart Stiles
Truck Line out of Forest Grove. He was married in 1971 to Christine Walter
and in 1978, he married Linda Magee. He married Kathy Newton in 2001. Mr.
Coppedge coached t-ball and Little League teams in Cornelius Kids Youth
Sports. He also coached Forest Grove City Swim Team. He enjoyed golfing and
was lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Adin, California
Those who wish may make contributions in his name to the Veterans of Foreign
Mr. Coppedge is survived by his wife, Kathy Coppedge, Hillsboro, OR.;
daughter: Esther and Elia Freedman, Hillsboro, OR.; son Justin and Tammy
Coppedge, Beaverton, OR.; son Adam and Lorelei Magee, Vancouver, WA.; son
Chris Magee, Portland, OR.; step-daughter Lisa and Steve Ackerman,
Washougal, WA.; step-daughter Dina Newton, Hillsboro, OR.; step-daughter
Lori and Chris Liezert, St. Helens, OR.; sister Beth and Jim Walls, Rio
Linda, CA. and mother-in-law: Mary Corrieri, Hillsboro, OR. and five
Arrangements are under the direction of Donelson, Sewell and Mathews
Mortuary, 171 NE Third Ave., Hillsboro, OR 07124.
Joan Marie Allphin
Joan Allphin of Alturas passed away Sunday, January 9, 2005, at Modoc
Medical Center in Alturas, CA. Mrs. Allphin was 54.
She was born Joan Marie Hudson on August 25, 1950, in Mt. Holly, New Jersey,
to Stella and Frank Hudson.
Mrs. Allphin moved to Alturas in the late 1980s and had been a resident of
Modoc Recreational Estates since July 1994. She married Harold Allphin of
Alturas on July 5, 1995, in Reno, Nevada. She loved to fish, hunt, enjoyed
gardening and canned her own garden's bounty. She was an avid bowler and
member of the Alturas Bowling League.
She loved animals, especially small dogs.
She was employed at the Modoc Lanes bowling alley in Alturas, prior to her
marriage to Mr. Allphin.
From a previous marriage, she is survived by three daughters and two sons of
New Jersey. She also told her husband Harold that she had five sisters and
six brothers in New Jersey and North Carolina. She is survived by five
step-daughters and three step-sons; 25 grandchildren and 20
Mrs. Allphin's wishes were to be cremated. No services are planned. Kerr
Mortuary in Alturas, tended to arrangements.
Billie C. & Anita 'Jean' Reynolds
Modoc County, California
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