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Thelma's Entry into a new place

Date : Mon, 3 Mar 2003 

Dear Family,      
Last night was probably the longest night in my life.  Rick and I decided  to take turns watching Mom. I took the first watch.

Rick went to sleep at about 12:30 p.m. I watched Moms chest raise and lower. At around 2:00 a.m. I noticed Mom’Thelma and Nancys breathing had changed. By 3:30 a.m. I knew that something was wrong. She would breathe for  a few breathes and then stop. We knew that she wasn’t in any pain as  she had told us a few days before.  I woke Rick up and told him that Mom was not doing too well.  He went to wake Dad.  In the meantime I called Kathleen to come over because she wanted to be with us.  In the next instance I noticed that Mom had stopped breathing altogether.  Rick checked his Mom’s pulse and her breathing and told me she was gone.  We cried then.  Dad came in and I told him that Mom had passed away.  Dad held  Moms hand for the next 2 hours till the coroner came.  I did not want to watch this.

After they left I felt so alone. Mom Is going to be greatly missed. She was  one special lady. I feel like a great weight has been lifted. I guess we did the right thing.   We have gotten more emails. Thanks,  I will try to write more soon.

See You, Jason; Jennifer, LIz, Rick, Makayla and Norman

Vicki’s passing

To all the Moreland  Family, Vicki was the daughter of Barbara Broce Solus, the granddaughter of Edith Moreland Broce and the great granddaughter of John Moreland.

This is from her brother Fred Solus December 29, 02

     I am sorry to inform  you that my sister Vicki passed away yesterday morning. She was at my mom and dads house. She had a throat operation about a week ago and has been going down hill since. My mom is taking it pretty hard. She sure would like to hear from  family. You can call her at 530-842-3115 or e mail me and I will get it to her.  Her address is Barbara Solus 1101 Northridge Dr. Yreka Cal 96097. My email is I think services are going to be Thursday. When I get more info I will pass it on.



Updated Tuesday, April 8, 2003 11:12 PM CDT

Josiah is whole. He is in newness of life and we rejoice for him amidst the tears of loss. No longer with us, we know a grief that says, "this is not the way things are supposed to be." And yet, it will not forever be this way. We long for the day when the Lord's return will bring an end to this world and the beginning of the rest of forever.

Today we have known the outpouring of gh Josiah. We will miss Him till Eternity welcomes us. Jesus walked our Josiah right out of this life, having stood by his side every breathing moment. He was peaceful, precious and so beautiful to us as he left. With our hands we cradled him as we sang to him, blessed him and released him to the Father. What a gift he is to us!!! The ache is very painful, the joy for his wholeness in God's glory is irrepressible.

God is Faithfulness. God is goodness. God is really our hope and rock. Never has He let us down. And now, our boy is safe in His arms where no disappointment, no end of hope or promise will ever darken his presence.

Thank you Jesus...race and love. We have ridden the waves of sadness like we have never known. We have praised God in our hearts for every moment we had to share wit

Thursday April 10, 9:30am will be a memorial service for Josiah at Bethany Missionary Fellowship of Bloomington, MN. Pastor Matthew Hedrick will preside at the service. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday April 12, there will be a private family Graveside service, 2pm Union Cemetery of Sedro-Woolley, WA.

Saturday April 12, 3pm there will be a Memorial service at Northern Peaks Christian Fellowship, Sedro-Woolley, WA. Reception following. All are welcome to attend. Pastor Eric Spangler will officiate at these services.

Thank you for your abundant kindness and prayer. We are blessed, Josiah has been blessed, Jesus has been and will be blessed


Shirley Stewart Moreland

Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, June 5, at 10:00 am at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery for Shirley Stewart Moreland of Gridley. She died Sunday June 1 after a long and valiant battle with heart disease.Shirley Stewawd Morealdn

She was born September 19, 1925 in Rupert, Idaho to Laverl and Martha Stewart. She was 10 years old when the family moved to Gridley. Shirley attended schools in Gridley, graduating from Gridley High School in 1944. She stayed in contact with most of her fellow students and always looked forward to attending their class reunions.

Shirley married her loving husband, Charles Eugene Moreland, May 4, 1947 in Reno, Nevada. They have a daughter, Karen Faulders and her husband, Charles, of Bonney Lake, Washington; and a son, Dennis Charles Moreland, and his wife, Joanne, of Oroville, California. They have four granddaughters, Kimra Durflinger and Sheila Spellman, both of West Richland, Washington, and Candy Knauth and Heather Moreland, both of Oroville, California. She also has 11 great grandchildren.

After Charlie’s retirement, they joined the Gridley Good-Timers Good Sam Club and began their adventures in RV traveling. Shirley had great joy in these trips and monthly get-togethers, pot lucks (getting new recipes) and craft-making with their friends. Shirley also belonged many years to “The Birthday Club” and dearly loved their monthly get togethers.

Shirley was a member of the Gridley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Relief Society.

Shirley enjoyed her family, reading, shopping, crafts, going out to eat at a moment’s notice, and sharing photos of all her grandchildren with anyone who was near.

Besides her husband, Charles, of 56 years, she is survived also by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Gladys Moreland of Gridley; brother Darwin Stewart and his wife Una of Sacramento; brother-in-law, Reggie Gerst of Gridley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Howard and Shirley Davis of Rancho Murieta, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also had lots of other children who liked to call her Grandma Shirley.

She is preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Charles Moreland; two brothers, David and Wayne Stewart, and a sister, Kerma Gerst.

Contributions to the American Heart Society or charity of your choice are suggested. Arrangements are under direction of the Gridley-Block Funeral Home.


Gertrude E. Johnson

Gertrude E. Johnson, 96, of Sammamish, formerly of Lamont, Washington, died at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle on Saturday, May 10, 2003.

Mrs. Johnson was born on May 2, 1907 in Tyler, Washington the daughterGJ of Percy and Nora Moreland.  She was raised in Tyler and graduated from high school in Lamont.  While attending school in Tyler she met her husband to be Hueston A. “Spiv” Johnson.  They were married on November 23, 1927 in Spokane.  In 1929 they moved to Lamont where they lived until the late 1990’s when they moved to Fall City to live with their youngest daughter.

While a resident of Lamont Mrs. Johnson served as a post mistress, was a member of the Lamont School Board, and worked as a correspondent for the Colfax Gazette and the Sprague Advocate for 54 years. In addition she was a member of the Eastern Star, president of the Women’s Community Club, 50 year member of the Lamont Grange, and was one of the driving forces behind the building of the Lamont Community Center. During World War II she spearheaded a project of sending care packages and letters to the local GI’s all over the world. Following the war she assisted a Japanese/American family to relocate from an internment camp to Lamont. In her leisure time Mrs. Johnson enjoyed ceramics, cooking, baking bread, sewing, canning, playing scrabble, reading, and working crossword puzzles.  The family shared that Mrs. Johnson centered her life around the love of her family and community.  She was a warm, loving maverick and will be sorely missed. They also shared that Mrs. Johnson often referred to herself as “theG and Spiv former first lady of Bugtussle” – her name for Lamont.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by two daughters, JoAnne (Bill) Kramer, of Spokane and Sue (Jack) Miller, of Sammamish;  two sisters, Mary Anderson and Helen Countryman, both of Cheney; nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Hueston Johnson in 1999.

A celebration of her life will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, May 24, 2003 at the Lamont Community Center in Lamont. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests remembrances to the Lamont Community Center or Lamont Community Church, Lamont, Washington, 99017.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guestbook at


Shirley Moreland Davis

I am so sorry to report that Shirley Moreland Davis lost her long battel with cancer. Shirley passed away the evening of Octoper 15, 2003 with her loving family at her side. She was 67 and the youngest of the origional 27 Moreland cousins. Shirley married Howerd Howie Davis in 1956 and they had 47 happy years raising three daughters : Hollee, Becky and Stephanie and were the proud grandparents of eleven Grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Shirley is surived also, by her Mother Gladys Moreland and brother Charles and numerious necies's an nephews.

Shirley a decendent of John and Aura Moreland is mourned by all the extended Moreland Family,We will all miss her, she was such a nice person..Look for more abour her life in the Moreland Fanly News Letter

Services will be at 11:00 AM October 20 at the Ranch Murieta Community Church in Rancho Murieta Ca.

Your Roving Reporter Cousin George

Howard Davis’s address is 14917 Lago Dr. Rancho Murieta Ca. 95683   tel. #1916-354-2282


With her loving husband and family at her side, Shirley peacefully went home to our Lord on Wednesday. October 15, 2003 at the age of 67. Shirley grew up in Gridley, CA and graduated from Gridley High School. She attended Yuba College where she met the love of her life, Howard Davis. They were married on September 1, 1956 and spent 47 years together. They raised three daughters, Hollee Groff of Temecula, Becky Watkins of Reno, and Stephanie Davis of Elk Grove. She was blessed with 1I grandchildren, Randolph Groff, Heidi Nau, James Groff, William Shanklin Rachel Maxine Shanklin, Christina Shanklin, Calab Groff, Marylee Neeley , Derrick Shanklin, imothy Neeley, Lily Neeley; and 3 great-grandchildren, Bradley Nau, Loan Nau, and Isabella hanklin-Garcia. She enjoyed playing the piano, traveling, walking her dogs, spending time with her Tamil , and watching the Sacramento Kings. Her father, Charles D. Moreland, preceded Shirley in death: In addition to her husband, 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren, her mother Gladys Moreland and brother, Charles D. Moreland Jr. of Gridley.. survive her. Shirley was very active in Women's Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and attended the weekly bible study for twenty-eight years. She will be most remembered for her love of the Lord and sharing his word with others. "Well done. good and faithful serv a n t ." Matthew 25:21.

A ceiebration of life service will be held on Monday,, October 20, 2003 at 11:OOam at Rancho Murieta Community Church, Rancho Murieta, CA.

From Cousin George The preacher read the obit as part of the ceremonies The ceremony was very touching The lady that helped her set up the Women's Bible Class, in Rancho Mueieta, gave a very moving history of their time together (20 years) in the Bible Class and three women from the Church sang beautifully some special songs picked by Shirley five days before her death.

At the ceremonies were all her Family including the newest member to her family, her third great grandchild, Many friends neighnebors and church members, her relatives on the Moreland side were: her brother Charles Moreland, Kathleen McAndrews and daughter Nancy Hoey, Norman Moreland and son Richard, George and Donna Moreland.

After the ceremonie a reception was held at her home in Rancho Murieta


Mary Moreland

Mary was the wife of Ray Moreland. She died Christmas Eve in her sleep.