Colusa County Death Notices

This is information gleaned from a variety of newspaper notices as well as individual submissions. If possible, all dates and pertinent information has been accurately transcribed from the newspaper (Sacramento Daily Union unless otherwise noted) as it was printed. If YOU have death/obit information you would like to share, please contact the County Coordinator.


Last Updated: Tue, 13 December, 2016

Sacramento Union, 12 Mar 1916:
Died: In Arbuckle (Colusa Co.), March 8, 1916, Mrs. Ann V. Botts, a native of Virginia, aged 85 years 9 months and 26 days.
Sacramento Union, 24 Aug 1915:
Five In Family Have Typhoid Fever Special to the Union. Grimes, (Colusa Co.) Aug 23. Five members of the Burtis family are sick with typhoid fever from which the father, Charles Burtis, died last week. The nurse who attended Burtis is in a Colusa hospital ill with the same disease. The source of infection has not been found.
Red Bluff News, 20 Nov 1903:
Death of a Colusa Physician. Dr. J.S. Camron received a telegram Monday from W.S. Green, announcing the death of Dr. W.H. Belton, a resident of Colusa for the past thirty-three years. Dr. Cameron will go to Colusa today to attend the funeral of Dr. Belton who was an old friend of his.
Sacramento Union, 17 Aug 1915:
Five In Family Have Typhoid Fever Special to the Union. Grimes, (Colusa Co.) Aug 23. J. C. Burtis, a pioneer merchant of Grimes, died here Sunday of typhoid fever, after an illness of six weeks. The funeral will be held from the Baptist church and interment will be in the Grimes cemetery. Burtis was also well known in Sycamore, here he engaged in business for many years.
Yuba-Sutter Appeal Democrat, 06 Sep 1988
No funeral services are scheduled for Elaine R. Cobb, 53, of Colusa, who died Sept. 2, 1988 at Colusa Community Hospital. She was a native of Missouri and had lived in Colusa the past four years where she worked as a respitory therapist at Colusa Comminity Hospital for the three years. She is surviced by two sons, Kenneth Myers of Reno and Larry Myers of Trinidad; three daughters, Christine Myers of San Jose and Kellie Sue Garner and Kathi Lee Garner, both of Reno; and her mother, Lillian Cobb of Paradise. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary Moore Funeral Service.
Sacramento Daily Union, 08 Dec 1873:
Died: Near Colusa, Nov. 28 - Mrs. Nancy Deeter, 35 years.
Sacramento Union, 23 Aug 1907:
COLUSA PIONEER HAS CROSSED THE DIVIDE Colusa, Aug 22. In the death of Captain Ebenezer Thomas Eddy, Colusa county lost one of its oldest pioneers. He was nearly eighty-eight years of age when death came Tuesday evening. In 1852 he settled below Grimes. The funeral took place today at College City, which town had been his home since 1897.
Sacramento Daily Union, 10 Mar 1873:
Died: Colusa, March 4 - Mary C., daughter of W.H. Fountain, 17 years, 10 months, 2 days.
Colusa Sun, 3 Apr 1923:
Meridian - April 2- the funeral of Luther Henry Garmire, former well known Sutter county resident, died Friday near Mayhew station, Sacramento County, took place here this afternoon at 2 o'clock interment being in the Meridian cemetery. Many friends attended. Deceased was 71 years of age. he was the husband of Martha E Garmire and the father of Mrs William A Bixler of Pomona, Mrs Grace Nelson of Placerville, Robert E Garmire of Mayhew and Bert Garmire of Meridian; Mrs Frank Taylor and Mrs George Jenkins of Michigan, Mrs George Meyers and Robert Garmire of Indiana
Colusa Sun, 18 Nov 1926:
Services Held - Funeral services were held Sunday at Meridian for Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Garmire, who died at the Weimar sanitarium last Friday. J. D. McNary & Son had charge of the burial.
Willows Journal, 12 Dec 1986:
A mass for longtime Princeton resident Julia A. Gomes, 83, was said at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of the Lord Catholic church in Colusa. She died Friday in a Chico hospital following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Gomes was born July 14, 1903, in Hawaii. She had lived in Princeton since 1905. She was a member of the Princeton Catholic Church, SPRSI Chapter 103, the Cordora Grange and the Princeton Altar Society. Survivors include a son, Manuel Jr. of Princeton; five daughters, Helen Pates of Chico, Ida Gomes of Citrus Heights, Angus McVey of Colusa, Marie Green of Elk Creek, and Lillian Mole of Orland; three brothers, Joe and Frank Alexander, both of Yuba City, and Bill Alexander of Sutter; four sisters, Ida Trigueiro and Florence Netto, both of Yuba City, Rose King of Marysville and Anna Leon of Live Oak; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Manuel Gomes, and a son, Leonard, died previously. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday in the McNary-Moore Chapel in Colusa. Burial followed in the Colusa Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the McNary-Moore Chapel..
Colusa Sun Herald, 17 July 1979:
Requiem Mass was offered at 10 a.m. today in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for Antonio "Tony" A. Guiterrez, 46, of Colusa, who died Friday afternoon in Eskaton Colusa Healthcare Center. Father Charles Brady officiated. Thyrza Wheeler was the organist. Interment was in the Colusa Catholic Community under the direction of McNary-Moore. Pallbearers were Joey Gutierrez, Edwardo Paiz, Domingo Ramirez, Terry Gutierrez, Kenneth Gutierrez and Rafael Rivas. The rosary was recited Monday evening at 8 o'clock in McNary-Moore Chapel.
Marysville Daily Appeal, 31 Oct 1869:
Died: In Colusa county, October 28th, Edward Harrison, aged 15 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 03 Dec 1862:
Died: At the Lone Star Ranch, Colusa county, Wm. Harrison, son of John W. and Elizabeth McIntosh, aged 3 years, 4 months and 2 days.
Sacramento Daily Union, 04 Oct 1875:
Died: Colusa, Sep. 27 - James Hart, 60 years.
Marysville Daily Appeal, 30 Apr 1871:
Died: In Hamilton, Colusa County, April 17th, Mrs. Sarah Margaret Hays, aged 24 years, 9 months and 1 day.
Colusa Sun Herald, 17 July 1979:
Graveside funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Arbuckle Cemetery for Lewis M. Heffernan, 66, of Arbuckle who was found dead in his hotel room on Thursday morning, July 12. The Rev. William Jefferies officiated. The services were under the direction of McNary-Moore.
Colusa Daily Sun, 29 Aug 1925:
Death of an Infant: The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Highstreet, born August 25th, 1925, passed away at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Colusa Daily Sun, 29 Sep 1932:
ED J. HIGHSTREET DIES IN BAY HOSPITAL; BURIAL HERE Member Of Large Family Heart Victim Body to be shipped Home; Prominent Native Son and Knights Columbus E. J. Highstreet, 39, one of the outstanding business men of Colusa, few of whom have been more progressive, respected and worthy of the esteem of all, passed away before noon today at St. Mary's hospital in San Francisco, where he was taken two weeks ago in an heroic effort to save his life, which had been ebbing away for several years, due to liver trouble and heart complications. At his bedside when death came to close several months of suffering were Mrs. Louis Highstreet and his wife, Mrs. Isabelle Highstreet, the mother of Nellie Ann, the only child of the union.

THIRD TO PASS ON He was the third of a splendid family of twelve children to pass on and his death, although not unexpected by those intimate with the family, comes as a shock to the entire community. Eddie, as he was familiarity known throughout the length and breadth of the county, would have been 39 years of age November 5. He was born in Colusa, the son of the late Joseph Highstreet, and Mrs. Julia Highstreet, who survives and were with her son much of the time during his last illness.

HEADED SERVICE STATION For the past six years the deceased has been proprietor of the Union Oil service station at Seventh and Market streets. Because of his popularity, desire to serve and give the best, coupled with untiring enterprise, he built up one of the important business concerns of Colusa. Previous to that he and several of his kinfolk conducted a grocery store here, but gave this up for the more promising field of endeavor.

MANY SURVIVORS Surviving the deceased besides his mother, wife and little daughter are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. James Fouch, Colusa; Mrs. Frances Parker, Oakland; Mrs. Chas. C. Kaufman, Colusa; Mrs. W. A. Habernaul, Seattle; Mrs. Josephine Ford, Colusa; Mrs. Edward Shelloe, Colusa; Mrs. Harold Wilsey, Arbuckle, Lawrence Highstreet, Oakland, and Louis Highstreet, Colusa. One sister and one brother passed on. The deceased was a prominent and active member of the local council Knights of Columbus and Colusa parlor of Native Sons. He was an ardent Catholic, being a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic parish since babyhood.

LAST RITES HERE The body will be returned to this city by Sullivan Bros., who will be in charge of the last rites, time for which had not been fixed at this hour. The entire community joins with the members of the morning family in regretting the loss of the deceased, who at all times was regarded as an asset to the fraternal, social and business life of Colusa.
Colusa Sun Herald, 09 Oct 1935:
MRS. JULIA HIGHSTREET DIES - Mother of 14 Is Dead Here At Age Of 68
Funeral Services Will Be Friday Morning; Was Church Worker

Colusa today mourned the passing of one of its best known pioneer women, Mrs. Julia Rose Highstreet, 68, widow of the late Joseph F. Highstreet, who died in Colusa December 29, 1926. Mrs. Highstreet passed away at 1:30 o'clock this morning at her home after a brief illness. Born in Santa Rosa, California, Mrs. Highstreet, who maiden name was Julia Rose Dausey, came to Colusa county as a child. She was reared and schooled at Williams. She married Joseph F. Highstreet of Colusa August 18, 1885, and they engaged in farming here. Later Highstreet took up general contracting and building. To this union 14 children were born, five of whom preceded Mrs. Highstreet in death.

Nine Children Survive The nine children who survive are: Mrs. Frances Parker of Oakland, Mrs. James Fouch, Mrs Charles Kaufman, Louis Highstreet, and Mrs. Ed Shellooe and Mrs. Harold Wilsey all of Colusa; Mrs. John Brian of Stockton, Mrs. Will Habernal of Seattle and Mrs. Earl Larkin of Seattle. The five children who preceded their mother in death were: Joseph, Clarence, Edward, Lawrence and Clara Highstreet. Twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Highstreet, long a faithful Catholic worker, was a quiet, home-loving woman, devoted to her family, kindly, generous and loved by all who knew her. She was active in relief and child welfare work in the community, being an active member of the Catholic Ladies Relief Society. Funeral arrangement's are being made by Sullivan Brothers. The services will be held Friday morning with interment in Catholic cemetery.
Oakland Tribune, 29 May 1933:
In Oakland, May 29, 1933, Lawrence G. Highstreet. Loving husband of Kathryn Highstreet, loving son of Mrs. Julia R. Highstreet of Colusa, brother of Louie Highstreet, Mrs. James Fouch, Mrs. C. C. Kauffman, Mrs. E. B. Shellooe, Mrs. Harold Wilsey, Mrs. William Habernaul and Mrs. Josephine Ford, all of Colusa, Mrs. E. R. Larkin of Seattle and Mrs. B. Burbank of Berkeley; a native of Colusa, aged 42 years. A member of Fruitvale Parlor No. 252, N. S. G. W. Funeral services and interment at Colusa, California (Truman service)
Sacramento Daily Union, 08 Dec 1873:
Died: Colusa, Dec. 4 - Willie, son of Mrs. Catherine Hoy, 9 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 05 Jan 1880:
Died: Walter S. Jones was drowned near Colusa, Friday, while bathing.
Willows Journal, 12 Dec 1986:
Eva Leona Lewis, a resident of Stonyford for the last nine years, died December 5 at Valley Community Hospital in Willows. She was born June 13, 1898, in Nebraska. Survivors include six sons, Clarence Porter of San Francisco, John and Elmer Porter of Chico, James Porter of Westwood, Alfred Porter of Bothell, Washington, and Ervin Porter of Oak Harbor, Washington; one sister, Mary Eyler of St. Helena; one brother, Buster Phagan of Chico; 20 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Today, Friday, December 12 at the Stonyford Town Hall. Cremation has taken place at Sierra View Memorial Park in Marysville.
Colusa Sun, 29 Feb 1904:
GRANDMA LIGHTNER PASSES AWAY Mrs. Eliza Jane Lightner died at the residence of her son, Harry Pierce, at Sacramento, on Sunday night. We have received no word as to the funeral. We shall reserve remarks about the deceased until our next issue.

Sacramento Union, 29 Feb 1904: LIGHTNER – In this city, February 28, 1904, Eliza Jane Lightner, mother of the late Mrs. A.M. Pierce, grandmother of Mrs. G. W. Kritser of Reno, Nev., Frank and Harry L. Pierce of Sacramento and Jerry Lightner of Willows. (Colusa papers please copy.) Funeral notice hereafter.

Sacramento Union, 01 Mar 1904:
LIGHTNER – In this city, February 28, 1904, Eliza Jane Lightner, mother of the late Mrs. A.M. Pierce, grandmother of Mrs. G. W. Kritser of Reno, Nev., Frank and Harry L. Pierce of Sacramento and Jerry Lightner of Willows, a native of Nashville, Tenn., aged 89 years and 17 days. Friends may view the remains at the parlors of Miller and McMullon, 905-907 K street. Remains will be taken to Colusa Tuesday at 10:50 a.m. for interment.

Colusa Sun Tuesday, 01 Mar 1904:
DEATH OF MRS. E.J. LIGHTNER - With sorrowing hearts Colusa learned Monday afternoon of the death of Mrs. Lightner, who lived so long in our town and county that all knew and loved her. She was born 89 years ago in Tennessee and came with her parents to Missouri when she was only seven. Yet of her early life she could tell many interesting incidents, among which were some of General Andrew Jackson, who was a friend of her father in those early days. Oftentimes she had seen him in her childhood’s home, and his leading characteristics impressed themselves upon her so that she would say in her old age: “How in the world could anyone have ever known Gen. Jackson and not been a Democrat? Her father, Mr. White, would go out campaigning with Gen. Jackson near election times and her mind was full of incidents of along the routes through the hickory groves of Old Tennessee, for oftentimes she rode in her father’s carriage just behind Gen. Jackson’s, to visit friends at the different points where the campaigners would stop to “speak and hurrah.” They gave the General a big ball in one of these villages on one occasion and she was chosen by the old Indian fighter as a partner. She was but seven and as they went through the reel successfully, holding her hands “sky-high” to reach the long bony fingers held out to her in every turn and swinging “clear off of her feet high up in the sir till all could see the soles of her shoes, before she lit again.”

But Grandma Lightner did as many good women do, as soon as she put on long dresses, she married the man of her choice in Missouri and wound up as his help meet with their little family in California. She was a pioneer woman, stood hardships without complaint and when widowhood became her portion she managed her affairs successfully, and reared her children as best she could. As a woman of family, as a neighbor, as a friend, her work can scarcely be estimated. She was charity itself in almost every sense of the word – with her means and in her heart for the faults of others. She was candid and true and easily discriminating between right and wrong, she would be plain in her advice. She never neglected business.

Time passed and old age crept on, and the eye dimmed, the step grew less elastic, yet she and her twin sister, Mrs. Sallie White Davis, were familiar figures daily about our town long after they reached the eighties. Two small old ladies, in white aprons, black dresses, toke bonnets and white kerchiefs, they were wonderfully alike in all things. Mrs. Davis, now the survivor, lives with her daughter, Mrs. Bird, in San Francisco. In these walks they would daily call on friends and make the air cheerful each morning. After Mrs. Davis left, alone would Mrs. Lightner make her rounds, awaking pleasure in the hearts of all who saw her. Once when she visited Col. Hagar, who was her early friend in California, she told how she bargained with him and bought Brooks’ corner. She said she found him in his stable door, then down town, just leading forth his horse. She said, “Colonel, what will you take for the corner?” pointing towards it. “Eight hundred,” replied Col. Hagar. “It’s mine,” said Mrs. Lightner, and hurried away. The Colonel sent the deed and the money was paid. After many years when both were up in their eighties, she said: “Colonel, I out-traded you.” “How?” he asked. The answer came in a twinkling: “I gave you eight hundred for Brooks’ corner and I sold half of it for five thousand.” “And I,” replied the Colonel, “got what I asked for it.”

Returning from her visit to Col. Hagar she said to the writer, “It is a pity the Colonel ain’t a Democrat,” the added apologetically, “but he never knew Gen. Jackson.” But she left us: left us to go and live with her daughter in Sacramento, who soon passed away. Now she has followed her, and today amid flowers and tears, this dear old lady was laid to rest in her plot in our little cemetery, and at least four generations must pass before all eyes are closed which in life looked upon her lovingly.

She left a noble example to her kind, an example of a well spent life worth following. She died at Sacramento and was brought home for interment today. The funeral took place immediately after the arrival of the afternoon train, Rev. J.F. Squires officiating. The pallbearers were Joseph Boedefeld, Oscar Robinson, O.R. Mason, W.T. Reville, J.H. Shores and J.N. Scroggins.
Sacramento Daily Union, 08 Nov 1873:
Died: Colusa, Oct. 31 - Hiram H. Lightner, 38 years.
Colusa Sun, 24 Apr 1888:
On Saturday last, Jeremiah Lightner departed this life in the 74th year of his age. Mr. Lightner has been a resident of this county for about thirty years, and he has been an invalid for twenty years. Jerry Lightner was a good man, upright, honest and square in all his dealings. He was a very quiet man - he never talked except for some purpose, and he was never known to talk about anybody else's business. For the last twenty years, and more, he has left all business in the hands of his wife - Aunt Jane Lightner. In youth and middle age he was kind to her, and in age she has been kind and devoted to him. There are few instances on record of greater devotion or self-denial; but she also felt that he deserved all she did for him, and hence it was always a work of love.
Sacramento Daily Union, 21 Sep 1874
Died: Morris' Ranch, Colusa co., Sept. 13 - Chas. H. Mann, 25 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 25 Jun 1870
Died: At Colusa, June 20th, Mary Alice, daughter of John T. and Eliza Mason, aged 1 year and 10 months.
Sacramento Daily Union, 21 Sep 1874
Died: Near Jacinto, Colusa co., Sept. 15 - James B. McQuillan, 42 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 08 Jan 1872
Died: At Colusa, January 3d, Minnie, infant twin daughter of A.H. Mitchell, aged 8 months and 12 days.
Sacramento Daily Union, 04 Oct 1875:
Died: Colusa, Sep. 18 - Uri Nurse, 69 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 21 Sep 1874
Died: Near Vina, Colusa co., Sept. 1 - Thos. Parvin, 57 years.
Marysville Daily Appeal, 30 Apr 1871:
Died: Near the Ohio House, Colusa County, April 24th, Andrew Pearce, aged 48 years.
Colusa Sun Herald, 17 Aug 1935:
MRS. J. K. PRIME DIES - Services For Sites Pioneer Here Monday Death Parts Well Known Couple, Together for 56 Years Death last night at 10:30 o'clock claimed another of Colusa County's pioneer women, Mrs. Ella Dean Prime, beloved wife of Joseph K. Prime. The end came at the family home in Sites after a brief illness arising from the infirmities of her advanced age. Mrs, Prime had been failing rapidly and yesterday, when her condition took a turn for the worse members of the family were summoned to her bedside. News of her passing occasioned the deepest regret in the Sites district, where she so well known and loved, and little community joined today in extending sympathy to the bereaved family. Came Here In 1859 Mrs. Prime, 79 years of age, was a native of Ohio, born January 23, 1856. She came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama in 1859 and spent her childhood in Sutter County south of the Sutter Buttes. On June 7, 1879, she was married to Joseph K. Prime and the happy couple spent their early married life in Colusa, later moving to Maxwell, being one of that community's earliest settlers. Thus the passing of Mrs. Prime parted a couple who had been happily wedded for 56 years. Three children She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Joseph K. Prime of Sites, and three children; Mrs Edna Morris of Stonyford, Mrs. Dean P. Morris of Richmond and Roland O. Prime of Maxwell. Two grandsons, Joe and Tom Prime, of Maxwell, also survive. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sullivan Brothers Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Sutter City cemetery. The Maxwell Rebekah lodge, of which the deceased was a member will have charge of the services.
Sacramento Union, 03 Aug 1913:
Died: In Colusa (Colusa Co.), July 31, 1913, Mrs. Oscar Saunders, wife of Oscar Saunders, mother of Jesse Saunders, a native of Illinois, aged 47 years.
Colusa Sun Herald, 18 July 1979
Requiem mass was recited at 10 a.m. today in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for Edward V. Shellooe, 78, well known resident of Colusa, who died Saturday evening in Eskaton Colusa Healthcare Center. Father Charles Brady officiated. Eileen Davies sang accompanied by Thyrza Wheeler at the church organ. Interment was in the Colusa Catholic Cemetery under the direction of McNary-Moore. Pallbearers were John James F., Kevin A., Richard D., Michael and William Shellooe. The rosary was recited at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening in Sullivan Chapel.
Sacramento Daily Union, 25 Apr 1882
Near College City, April 14 - Wm Sherer, 70 years, 1 month and 12 days.
Sacramento Daily Union, 22 Nov 1873:
Died: Stony Creek, Colusa co., Nov. 12 - Daniel C. Shirley, 39 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 06 Jul 1874:
Died: Colusa, July 2 - Elizabeth Jane Spect, 44 years.
Colusa Sun Herald, 17 July 1979
Stagmeir Rites Reset Thursday Graveside services for Frederick David Stagmier, 87, of Colusa, who died Sunday afternoon in the Crestwood Convalescent Hospital in Redding, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday in Sutter Cemetery instead of 3 p.m. tomorrow. The change in date for the services was announced yesterday afternoon too late for publication. The Rev. H. Cecil Bever, pastor of the First Christian Church, and Cressey J. Wescott, acting as master for Colusa Lodge No. 240 of Masons, will officiate. Stagmier, who lived in this area all of his life, was born in Yuba City January 4, 1892, son of the late Frederick and Luthelia McCoy Stagmier. He was a 50-year member of three Colusa Masonic orders and was about to receive his 50-year emblem from Veritas Chapter No. 84, Eastern Star. Survivors include his wife, Nellie, of Antioch; three children, Robert Stagmier of Antioch, Doris Williams of Carlsbad and Leland Stagmier of Cottonwood, and a niece, Mrs. F. W. Welter of Yuba City.
Sacramento Daily Union, 08 Dec 1873:
Died: Colusa, Dec. 4 - A.R. Stone, 50 years.
Sacramento Union, 24 Mar 1916:
Died: Near Williams (Colusa Co.), March 21, 1916, Mrs. Mary Jane Thomas, mother of William, O.A. and Miss Gladys Thomas; a native of Ohio, aged 67 years 11 months and 14 days.
Sacramento Daily Union, 25 Apr 1882
Died: Colusa, April 13 - Marvin O. Thomson, 30 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 26 Jul 1875:
Died: Near College City, Colusa county July 19 - Sarah Ann, wife of Judge C.L.N. Vaughan, 57 years.
Sacramento Daily Union, 10 Oct 1873:
Died: Kanawha, Colusa co., Oct. 5 - Son of Levi Welch, 10 ms.
Marysville Daily Appeal, 30 Apr 1871:
Died: At Stony Creek, Colusa County, April 22nd, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, wife of John Williams, aged 39 years, and 7 months.
Sacramento Daily Union, 06 Jan 1857:
Fatal Accident: Braxter Young was thrown from a horse at Stony Creek, Colusa County, on Monday, the 22nd December, and instantly killed.