Wednesday, 17 July 2024



Kathleen “Kit” Walker passed away peacefully on March 10, 2013 at the age of 91. She was a Lake County, Calif., resident for 32 years.

Kit grew up in Evansville, Ind., where she met her husband of 61 years, Jim.

While Jim was serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, she contributed to the wartime effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” in assembling P-47 fighter planes.

After the war, they moved to Richmond, Calif., and spent many summers vacationing in Lake County, where they retired.

Kit had many diverse interests. She was a highly creative artist and an accomplished craftswoman, and was prolific in her creation of a variety of often prize-winning crafts including needlepoint, crochet, basket making, resin sculpture and ceramics.

She loved plants and was famous for her green thumb. She was particularly fond of birds that she attracted to her garden. She was an accomplished organist, an avid reader and enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States with Jim. In her youth she loved to go roller skating.

Kit is survived by son, Roger and his wife Jeanne; grandchildren, Julie and Scott; son, Rick and his wife, Clare and grandson, Craig; brother, Leo and his wife Rosemary Datzman; sister-in-law, Bettye Brandenstein; sister-in-law, Norma Datzman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends for her energy, love of life and her smile.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 801 N. Main St. in Lakeport.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake County.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD311, Lakeport, Calif.



Beverly Richards
Feb. 15, 1938 - March 6, 2013

Beverly Richards passed away in Lakeport, Calif., after a brief illness.

Beverly was born in Fall River, Mass.

After her natural father's untimely death, her mother moved herself and four small children from Massachusetts to Los Angeles, Calif.

Beverly's mother remarried Richard Foster who legally adopted her children and raised them in Los Angeles as his own.

After high school graduation, Beverly married Jack White and began her own family. They had three children – Kathy, John and Michael – who were raised in Whittier, Calif.

In 1972 the couple amicably divorced and in 1976 Beverly and her three grown children moved to Santa Cruz County, Calif. There she bought a house in Aptos and worked for the county welfare department.

In 1988 Beverly married Seth Richards in Laguna Beach, Calif. She obtained both real estate broker and notary licenses and was a top producer at Seven Gables Co. in Tustin, Calif.
Following Seth's retirement in 2000, they moved first to Carmichael, Calif., and finally to a smaller home in Lake County, Calif.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Seth; three children; two brothers; a sister; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A private service is planned in Santa Cruz.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611 or visit .

Florencio Romero was born on Oct. 27, 1939, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

He sadly passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Florencio will be missed and was loved by many.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maria, and children.

Services were held at Jones Mortuary on Monday, March 11.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD311, Lakeport, Calif.


ORLAND, Calif. – On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, Ray G. Lyon of Orland passed away peacefully after battling many health issues.

A Ray Lyon 4-H Potluck Celebration is being held in his memory beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the Whitsett-Cook Building at the Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E. Yolo St.

It will be a barrel chicken potluck dinner with a ceremony reflecting his contributions to the community. Attendees may bring a side dish of casserole, salad, or desert.

Lyon was born and raised in Upper Lake, and was the fifth generation of his family to live in Lake County. He later moved to Orland, where he finished high school.

He would go on to spend most of the rest of his life in the Sacramento Valley, where he was was an educator and became known as “Mr. 4-H” for his work with the program.

In lieu of flowers, he requested that people donate to 4-H.

Ramona Lyon DiDio, born Lucie Ramona Lyon, passed away at her home with her family by her side on Feb. 20, 2013, at the age of 84.  

She grew up in Upper Lake, Calif., and lived her adult life in Red Bluff, Calif.

She was a beautician in Red Bluff for more than 50 years. She also was active in the Red Bluff Rodeo and other western events for many years.  

She loved spending time with her family and watching the grandchildren grow.

She is survived by her son, Jim DiDio; daughter, Robin DiDio; grandchildren, Haley DiDio, Megan DiDio, Molly Hayes and Carly Cripe; and her great-grandchildren Gracelyn and Austin Hayes.  

She was preceded in death by her mother Lena Phelps Lyon Burk of Red Bluff, father Donald Cole Lyon of Lakeport, and brothers Russell Lyon and Raymond Lyon of Orland.

Graveside services will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Upper Lake Cemetery.


On Aug. 4, 1953, the greatest woman you will ever meet was born, her name was Arlene Marie Anderson.

When she was 15 she met Charles “Chuck” Pruett and they were married. She then became Arlene Pruett, which in this community is a well known name.

In 2004 she married Rick Lavoie and became Arlene Lavoie, which is what she will be remembered by. Most of us just called her “Mom,” “Grandma,” “sister,” “wife” and friend.

Arlene loved taking family trips: camping at Lake Pillsbury, hunting in Utah and Colorado, rafting at Cache Creek, and yes, of course driving her race car No. 77 and No. 48, which she was driving when she became the first woman champion at Lakeport Speedway

She is survived by her husband, Rick Lavoie; her five children, Paul and wife Gigi Pruett, Kelly and husband Todd Coburn, Tracy and husband Jason Irwin, Wendy and husband Danny McIntire, and Barbara and husband Matthew Gunn.

She had a dozen grandchildren: Andrew and Alex Pruett, Casey and Corey Crawford, Melissa and Kevin Coburn, Scott and Alison Irwin, Nolan Forsythe, Elizabeth McIntire, and Isabelle and Danielle Gunn.

She also was blessed with a great-grandchild; Caleb Crawford, and four remaining sisters, JoAnne, Donna, Janet, and Elaine also many nieces and nephews.

She was not a rich woman monetarily, but in love she was the wealthiest woman ever. She was a very family orientated person, she lived for her children and their children, and in passing she was surrounded by them all. She knew she was a much-loved woman, and will be greatly missed.

Service will be held at the Lakeport Senior Center, 527 Konocti Ave., Lakeport, Calif., at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Please join her family in celebrating her wonderful life.

She had many friends and loved ones, too many to list which is why an account in memory of Arlene has been set up at Mendo Lake Credit Union in lieu of flowers to assist the family with expenses.

Any monies remaining will be donated in her name to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Lake County. Cancer may have won this round but if we all help maybe a cure can be found.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD311, Lakeport, Calif.

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