Category Archives: Obituaries

Nick Yeager

Nick Yeager 1948-2016

Nick Yeager passed away Saturday April 2, 2016 at the age of 68. Nick was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and collecting old things. Nick was born to Bob and Dorothy Yeager in Dillon Montana on September 1, 1948. He would be the oldest of the three Yeager boys. The family moved to Big Pine Ca when Nick was 6 years old. A few years later the family moved to Bishop Ca where Nick graduated from Bishop Union High school. He attended Bakersfield City College. While studying to become an  Entomologist, Nick was drafted to the Army. Nick would spend 14 months in Vietnam. Nick was a member of company B , 2nd Battalion (Airmobile) , 5th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division. Nick received ten medals for his service including the Bronze Star with a V for valor for heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Cambodia. Nick returned to Bishop Ca for he would spend the rest of his life.

Nick worked for Turner Gas company for almost 20 years as a gas delivery driver. Nick then became a painting Contractor and continued painting until he retired.  Nick leaves behind his Daughter Renee Yeager Rowley of Bishop, her Mother Kathy Yeager-Lowry of Clovis ca, Grandchildren Brandon Rowley, Cameron Rowley, and Maddie Hall of Bishop. Son Jim Dixon and his Mother MaryJane Dixon of Bishop. Brothers and Sister in laws Steve and Sharon Yeager, Bill and Lisa Yeager also of Bishop. Nieces Corey Buffington, Lianne Talbot, Gina Tetrick and Nephew Ryan Yeager and five great nieces and one great nephew all of Bishop and also many life long friends. We will all miss his sense of adventure, the great stories he shared, his great sense of humor and his kind loving heart.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck luncheon Saturday June 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM at The Elks Lodge #1603, 151 E. Line st Bishop. To bring a dish please contact Tammy Deyo at 760-938-2900 or 760-937-0187

Shirley Fendon

June 25th, 1933 – April 28th, 2016

Shirley Rae Whorff Fendon passed-on peacefully, Thursday, April 28th, 2016. She was at home surrounded by her family as they sang her favorite hymns, prayed her favorite prayers and sent her on her way wrapped in love to the next stage of her journey in eternal life.

Shirley Rae Whorff was born to Mazie and Bill Whorff of Bishop, CA in 1933. Bill and Mazie travelled to Beverly Hills, CA, for Shirley Rae’s birth, returning to Bishop a few days later. Shirley Rae grew up in Bishop spending her childhood in and around her parents’ business, the Kittie Lee Inn and Copper Kettle restaurant which is depicted today in a mural on the south wall of Whiskey Creek in Bishop. The Copper Kettle became Whiskey Creek in the 1980’s after Sam Walker purchased the business.

Interestingly, Bill and Mazie Whorff’s home sat between the Copper Kettle and the Fendon’s Furniture building in what is now the patio area for the Whiskey Creek banquet room. Shirley Rae spent a great deal of time playing in and around the house and restaurant with her childhood friends, several of whom were Native American children from our local Paiute Tribe. While Shirley loved all people and had many friends, her friendship with her Paiute “brothers and sisters” continued throughout her lifetime. She considered them some of her dearest friends and was deeply honored that they considered her their “sister.”

Shirley’s mother and father, Bill and Mazie Whorff, her aunt and uncle, Chet and Ruthie Janes, as well as other extended family members and friends were all part of the old Eastern Sierra Ski Club. Shirley had many fond memories of skiing at McGee Mountain on the old Rope Tow, and in later years taking the “Weasel” up to Mammoth Mountain. Her family and friends also loved ice-skating on Rock Creek Lake with a large bonfire and their old cars frequently parked nearby on the ice. These were some of Shirley Rae’s most loved childhood memories.

After high school, Shirley attended two years of college at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, returning to Bishop in the summer of 1953.

In 1949, after moving from Chicago to Ontario, CA, Jerry Fendon started making monthly trips to the Owens Valley, calling on customers throughout Inyo and Mono Counties to reupholster their furniture and rebuild mattresses from the shop were he worked in Ontario. On his travels to Bishop, Jerry did a lot of reupholstery work for Shirley’s mother, Mazie, in her home and the Kittie Lee Inn. Shirley and Jerry eventually met and dated for some time before they married in the summer of 1956.

After marrying, Shirley and Jerry lived in Ontario for a short time while Jerry continued to travel to the Eastern Sierra. By 1958, Jerry and Shirley were back in Bishop, where Jerry slowly established his local reupholstery business while helping Shirley’s father, Bill, cook in the Copper Kettle whenever he needed him. Shirley got a job at Continental Telephone on Main Street in Bishop as an Operator, working the old manual switchboard on graveyard shifts and helping in the Copper Kettle when she could.

In 1960, Shirley and Jerry’s first son, Randy, was born and Jerry’s upholstery shop was getting busier. Shirley continued to work for the phone company at night and helped in the afternoons with the bookkeeping and office duties in the upholstery shop while Randy played nearby in his playpen.

As Jerry and Shirley’s business continued to grow, Shirley eventually quit the graveyard shifts at the phone company, but not before acquiring a lot of interesting and fun stories from late nights switching phone calls. One of the more interesting characters she encountered on the switchboard was famed Nevada brothel operator, Joe Conforte. Conforte owned and operated the first legal brothel in the United States – the Mustang Ranch in Storey County Nevada. Conforte often called one of his other brothels near Bishop (Janie’s Ranch) just over the state line on Highway 6 near Montgomery Pass. Shirley put those calls through and would have brief conversations with him during the process of connecting his calls. She said he was always “very nice” on the phone and she enjoyed their visits.

In 1965, Shirley and Jerry’s second son, Bill, was born. Bill was named “William Whorff Fendon” after his maternal grandfather. With two young children, Shirley stayed busy being a mother, but she still helped Jerry in the upholstery shop and her parents in the Copper Kettle.

Shirley brought the boys to work with her when they were little and they went there each afternoon after school. Shirley, Jerry, Randy and Bill spent most of their time in and around Fendon’s and the Copper Kettle for many years – on the same property Shirley Rae had grown up on. Shirley’s cousins, Susie and Robbie Janes and their parents, Ruthie and Chet Janes (Shirley’s favorite uncle) also spent a lot of time in Bill and Mazie Whorff’s home and the Copper Kettle. It was a great family gathering place with many good friends and everyone had a lot of fun times there!

In raising Randy and Bill, Shirley was adamant about teaching them certain lessons and character qualities. These included “Love and trust God and let good direct your path. Always tell the truth. Always do what’s right whether anyone knows or not. Treat everyone no matter who they are with kindness, respect and dignity. Help and protect animals. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. And finally, Laugh – a lot!”

After Bill was born and survived a nearly fatal illness as an infant, Shirley dedicated herself to serving God and her church the best she could. She and Jerry have been members of the Christian Science Church in Bishop ever since. Shirley attended Church consistently and served faithfully in nearly every capacity the Church offered throughout her life. She also conducted nearly 60 Christian Science memorial services for members of the church, as well as for many other families in the community who were not Christian Scientists but sought her out to do their memorials.

The years went by, the boys grew up, and Shirley and Jerry’s business continued growing as she and Jerry served the people of Inyo and Mono Counties with their home furnishings needs. At the same time, Shirley was genuinely passionate about the town she loved and serving her community in any way that she could.

She was very involved in and a founding member of the Bishop Mural Society. She loved Mule Days and thoroughly enjoyed driving visitors and dignitaries around the fairgrounds in golf carts each year for the Mule Days committee. She was on the Laws Railroad Museum restoration committee. She was integral to the planning and implementation of the Kern W. (Hudson) Dunagan Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial in front of the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Bishop. Colonel Dunagan was one of Shirley’s classmates and she was honored to be part of the memorial committee.

Shirley enthusiastically supported Ted and Lisa Schade’s early work with the animal shelters in Inyo and Mono Counties and Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources and Education (ICARE), making sure that Fendon’s Furniture supported the annual ICARE fundraisers generously. She also quietly helped many individuals in and around Bishop throughout her life and rescued countless stray animals, often taking them for veterinarian services or finding them homes.

Shirley and Jerry spent the majority of their adult lives running their local business, where they delighted in the innumerable friendships and acquaintances they had over the years. Some of Shirley’s dearest friends are the staff at Fendon’s Furniture, many of who have worked with the Fendon family for years, are appreciated immeasurably and considered part of the family.

In recent years, Shirley tried to personally call everyone who purchased furniture, mattresses or had reupholstery or woodwork done at Fendon’s. She loved to thank them for their business and to make sure they were completely satisfied. She thoroughly enjoyed these calls and had a great time visiting with all of Fendon’s customers. Everyone at the store and Fendon’s customers will miss having her in the store making these calls on a daily basis, visiting with customers and telling stories of the “old days” in Bishop.

One of Shirley’s favorite sayings was “Be kind and sweet to all you meet. Be honest and true and that will be you.” That is how she will be remembered by those who knew her well.

Shirley Rae Whorff Fendon is survived by her husband, Jerry Fendon, her younger son Bill Fendon and his wife Jane Gregg Fendon and their children, Willem and Quentin Fendon. Also, her older son Randy Fendon and his wife, Cheri Fendon and their children, Wil Daniels and Tucker Fendon, wife Jessica Mattson Fendon, and great grandson Colin Mattson Fendon.

A celebration of life will be held for Shirley Rae Whorff Fendon on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at 2pm in the Whiskey Creek patio. The Fendon family would love to have everyone who knew her join them at Whiskey Creek that day to share their memories about Shirley Rae. Please bring your stories and plan to have fun! That is what she would want!

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Shirley’s name to any appropriate military veterans support organization, ICARE (Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources and Education) or ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

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Teya Joy Salazar

Teya Joy Salazar, April 1, 2016 – May 3, 2016

Survivors : Parents: Miguel Salazar and Stefanie Jackson, Big sister Cynthia and big brother Jayce; grandparents Irma Limon, Mario Salazar, Thomas and Kathleen Jackson; Uncles: Mario Salzar, Christian Ramos, Anthony Salazar, Gerald Andreas, Jesse Jackson, and Jeremy Torres; Aunties: Jeanette Salazar, Trisha Salazar, Erica Salazar, Katrina Martinez, Amber Richards, Taneya Jackson and god-mother Desiree Torres. Numerous cousins, extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Tallman Pavilion at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Donna Thomas will be officiating. Burial will follow at the East Line Street Cemetery.


Luella Thompson

Luella Thompson, 1936-2016

Luella went to be with the Angels on May 1, 2016. Luella was born on August 21,1936 to Fred Thompson and Nellie Kennedy Thompson in Sharp Nv.

Luella spent her younger years prospecting with her Grandfather Robert Thompson, she had some very interesting stories from that period of her life.She started school in Ely Nv living with her Grandmother Minnie Blackeye and with her aunt and uncle. After she was diagnosed with tuberculosis she was sent to Weimar Sanatorium. After her recovery she was sent to Stewart Government school Carson Nv.While at Stewart she was reunited with her siblings. She spent her summers in Fish Lake Valley, and Lake Tahoe. Upon her Graduation from Stewart she Traveled back east for a while then resettling in Keough.In the late 50’s she met Billy Connor settling down, in June 1960 she gave birth to Billy Gene Connor Jr, then in April 1963 giving birth to Glory Dawn Connor. Resettling in Porterville California While living in Porterville Luella worked for Tulare County Lemon Ass. 38 years she also worked seasonal at Lindsey Olive,Tubs Cordish, and Central Valley Citrus.

Luella was proceeded in death by her mother Nellie Kennedy father Fred Thompson son Billy Gene Connor Jr, Her Brothers Clarence Thompson,Nelson Thompson, Cline Thompson, and Bernard Seepie. Luella is survived by her Daughter Glory Dawn Connor and her partner Greg Casada, Brothers Fredrick Thompson, and Jean Thompson Sisters Darlene Thompson, Geraldine Seepie, Gerry Thompson Riley, Lorraine Thompson Whitzle, Grandsons Levi Cregar, and Jerry Cregar and wife Mary Ashley Cregar, and Granddaughter Tiphani Connor, and Seven Great-grand children.

Luella Loved sports spending many hours watching Little League at Hays Field in Porterville and watching Golf at home. Luella was also very proud of her Native heritage, The Timbisha Shoshone tribe has lost a wonderful soul. Per Luella wishes no viewing or cry dance, there will be a grave side service at the Lone Pine Indian Cemetery Lone Pine Ca, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

Jeanette Bartlett

Jeanette Frances Bartlett 1948-2016

Jeanette was born June 12, 1948 in San Pedro CA. to Nick and
Frances Gargas. She passed away on April 21, 2016 after a lengthy
battle with rheumatoid arthritis with her beloved son Nick by her
Jeanette married Gregory Bartlett, also of San Pedro on October 7,
1967. They raised three children Nick, Gina, Andrea along with
two grandchildren Nicky and Anthony Salas all from Bishop
Jeanette and Greg moved to Bishop in 1985 after Jeanette had
worked 20(+) years as an administrator at Anderson, Bennell and
Croft Medical Group, which serviced the merchant seaman
community out of the Port of Los Angeles. Jeanette had many
interests that included owning and operating a boutique in Bishop
while working full time at Northern Inyo Hospital for 23 years.
She also raised cutting horses for 30 years with her husband and
son, producing more than 100 quality animals which went on to
compete in the cutting and reined cow horse arenas.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband Greg Bartlett and
her Father Nick Gargas, also her great grandson Julian Salas.
Jeanette fought hard to overcome all of life’s obstacles and never
let anything prevent her from accomplishing her goals and living
out her dreams. She was expertly cared for by Bart White PA and
Dr. Tim Crall of Sierra Park Orthopedics as well as their caring and
respectful staff.
Jeanette is survived by Mother Frances Gargas, sister Patty Gargas,
son Nick and daughters Gina and Andrea, grandsons Nicky and
Anthony Salas, Sean Brown and the apple of her eye, youngest
grandson James Doll, and finally her partner in crime, her
Chihuahua Betty Marie. Betty misses Jeanette greatly and is lost
without her.
Family was Jeanette’s primary focus and priority number one. She
will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Services will be held at
11:00 AM, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Brune Mortuary, Bishop.

Dean James Wilson

Dean James Wilson, 1946 – 2016

Dean Wilson passed away April 10, 2016 in Bishop, CA, a few days after his 70th birthday. Dean was born March 30, 1946, seven minutes after his twin brother, David, in Long Beach CA at Seaside Hospital. He was raised in Westminster CA and entered into the Air Force in 1963 during the Viet Nam war. He was stationed in Ruby Alaska, 15 miles from the Russian border as a radar technician. Dean was skilled in many professions but primarily laying carpet and restoration work.

He is survived by daughter Dawn Wilson of Yucca Valley CA, twin brother David Wilson and wife Patsy of Sacramento CA, sister Connie Pittman and husband John of Riverside CA, and sister Barbara Pianko, of Idaho.

He leaves behind “the love of his life” Patricia Wilson, stepdaughter Lisa Czudar and husband Jules, of Henderson NV, stepson Stephen Painter and wife Toni of Covina CA and seven grandchildren: Joey, Mikal, Brandon, Joshua, John, Maxwell and Lexi, also several nieces and nephews, and his faithful cat Charlie.

He loved the Bishop area for it’s beautiful fishing streams and lakes and also was an avid golfer. Dean loved to cook and would often share his dishes with neighbors and friends. He was funny, outgoing and helpful to anyone who needed a hand. He was a good friend to many and will truly be missed.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the clubhouse in Highlands Senior Mobile Home Park from 2-5pm. Please join us to say good-bye and to honor his memory. We love you, Dean, may you rest in peace.

Dick Conn Obituary

Richard “Dick” Blinn Conn

It is with sadness we announce the passing of beloved father, grandfather and friend Richard “Dick” Blinn Conn. He was born in Pasadena on June 15, 1925. His parents owned June Lodge at June Lake. Before World War II he worked at the June Lodge and after the war he managed the lodge with his new bride Sue. Dick served in the Navy in the South Pacific during the war and was on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton when it was kamikazed and sunk by the Japanese. He survived the sinking of the USS Princeton without injury and went on to serve on other ships until the end of the war. When Dick’s folks sold June Lodge in the early 1950’s he and Sue moved to Southern California. Dick owned a very successful Union 76 “Full” Service Station in West Covina for a period of time. An opportunity to return to the Eastern Sierra in Bishop occurred in 1971. Dick had the Inyo Shell Service Station and Truck Stop across the highway from the fairgrounds until he retired at 55 years old. He was proud of the fact that he was retired for more years than he worked.

An active member of our community, he leaves behind many good friends from his years in the Bishop Elementary Ski Program, the Lions Club and the Death Valley 49ers. In the Lions Club Dick was the corn dog king. He made thousands of corn dogs through the years for the Lions Club food booth at the Fair Grounds for the many events.

Throughout his life Dick and his family enjoyed trips throughout the southwest. They especially liked their annual trips to Lake Powell and the Colorado River. Dick was an avid deer hunter and fisherman.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Sue Carolyn Conn. Dick is survived by sons Peter and Christopher Conn, daughter-in-laws Susan Diez Conn and Amy Conn, and grandsons Nicholas, Andrew and Ryan, his sister Fran LeFever, as well as his dachshund canine companion Penny.

A graveside service will be held 9:00 AM, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.

Dick Conn

Roy Van De Stroet

Roger Dale “Roy” Van De Stroet 1957-2016

Roger Dale Van De Stroet, better known as Roy, was our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. In his 58 years of life he enjoyed the good things – food, great fishing and the beauty of the great outdoors. He took his final breath and ended his battle with cancer on March 19, 2016 in Bishop, surrounded by his family.

Roger was born September 19, 1957 in Canton, South Dakota to parents Harry and Josie Van De Stroet. He moved to Lakewood, California in 1962 and graduated from Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California in 1976. After many vacations to the Eastern Sierras, he moved to Bishop, California in 1994 and worked for Steve’s Auto for 20 years.

His best friend for most of those years was his beloved Australian Shepherd dog, K.C. They could often be found on the back roads and streams of Bishop walking and enjoying the quiet of each day together, or fishing their secret spots. Roger was the best of fishermen who always caught something, even when the fish weren’t biting. His favorite trips were his two fishing trips to Alaska. He also loved riding his motorcycle. He was funny, kind and helpful to everyone and was the kind of friend and neighbor you could count on.

Roger is survived by his father and mother, Harry and Josie Van De Stroet of Bishop, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Delmar Punt of Visalia, CA; nephew Eric Punt of Campbell, MN; and niece Jennifer Corum of Visalia, CA. A private family service was held March 23, 2016 in Bishop, California to honor his memory. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus.

Roger Dale Van De Stroet

Jack Williams Sr

Jack Roderick Williams, Sr. 1947-2016

Jack Roderick Williams, Sr. walked the star trail on Monday, March 14, 2016 peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was 68 years old. Jack was born to John and Velma Williams on November 11, 1947 in Bishop, California. Jack was the second of eight (8) children. Jack was an honored member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe and was very proud of his Paiute and Pima Indian heritage; he was adamant in defending the tribe and his American Indian culture in any arena. He often bragged that he was the youngest Chairman of the Bishop Tribe when he served on the Council in the 1970’s and he was an official on the California Tribal Chairman’s Association; he served on the Bishop Paiute Tribe TERO Commission and various other tribal committees; he was a member of the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission from 1995 to 2006; and he volunteered for many activities on the Reservation, including building the arch for the Sunland Cemetery. He was always available to play music for any event.

Jack attended the Bishop School systems from kindergarten to early high school and then finished high school in Oakland, California. Jack often said he was “farmed out” – referring to his adolescent years when he was sent to live with several relatives. He stayed with Aunt Lucille Parsons in Lancaster, with Aunt Marion McDonald in Oakland and of course, with Grandma Anona in Big Pine, where he met many lifelong friends. He also spent time with the old grandparents (Jim and Sarah Hill) in Fish Springs, he said to be a companion to LT (Lloyd Thomas). He always said that living with relatives and in different towns contributed to him having a more enriched life. After high school Jack went on BIA Relocation to Oakland where he received his education in design arts – to become a painter. During this period in Oakland Jack had the time of his life – he had money from good painting jobs and of course, had many friends; not to mention his relatives who lived in the bay area – Janet Yandell and Delbert Durant.

Jack moved back to Bishop, got reacquainted with and married Earleen Hess in 1969; Jack was drafted into the Army and was honorably discharged. They moved to Long Beach to attend Long Beach State with their two (2) small children, Carmen and Jackie (Buffalo). Jack and Earleen returned to Bishop after two (2) years in Long Beach and in 1973 started their life together in their new HUD home on Jack’s beloved Indian Reservation.

One of Jack’s greatest loves of his life was his music. He was a fantastic singer and songwriter. His love of music began in high school when he played in a band with his brothers, his cousin Gary Williams and friend John Crowl. Jack later started the “JW Brothers Band”; the band played together for over 30 years with various band members; he played his music all over the western United States.

Jack worked as a journeyman carpenter (although family members said he was a master carpenter), he was awesome in anything he built and he had a green thumb. Jack loved the many animals he owned throughout the years, including Sunday Ticket and Blue Moon, his two (2) llamas which he had for over 20 years. Jack enjoyed life and made the most of it, including his times with the “wood chucks”, his “walk abouts” as he called it and he had many, many stories to tell of his experiences playing music all over the western U.S.

Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Earleen; his children and their partners: daughters – Carmen & Deb, Emma & Robert and Ahwahnee Williams; sons – Jack Williams, Jr. & Liz, Jamie and Augie Barlow and his grandchildren – Rubee Manuelito, Campbell Spoonhunter, Lainey Racine, Isabella Navales, Kristopher Racine, Paiten Williams, Canyon Vega-Williams, Colette Lamb and David Williams. Jack is also survived by his siblings – Leslie Davis, Jim, Ed and Harry Williams and Violet Cortes; by his aunts Evelyn Hill, Donna Duckey, Lucille Parsons, Dorothy Stewart, Rita Summers and uncle Bud Cyrus; many nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends. Those welcoming Jack to heaven are his parents – John and Velma Williams; brothers – Tom and John Williams; grandparents – Emma and Billy Williams and Nat Cyrus and Anona Cyrus-Harvier; nephew – Jerry Davis; aunts – Norma Spratt, Florence Williams, Blanche Shippentower, Hazel Yandell, Katherine Howard, Louise Keller, Marion McDonald and uncles – Wayne Harvier, Billy Williams, Jr., Harold Williams, Harry Williams, Clarence Williams, Alvin Keller, Howard Yandell, Daniel McDonald, Cline Howard, Alex Shippentower and Willard Spratt.

Funeral services for Jack are scheduled for Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11:00am at the Home Ec Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. Graveside services will be held at his beloved Sunland Cemetery and a luncheon will follow at the fairgrounds.

Williams, Jack

Patsy Schley

Patsy Louise Schley, 1932-2016

Patsy Louise Schley was born on September 29, 1932 to Lester and Bertha Banta and passed away peacefully at home on February 27, 2016.

Patsy was a lifelong resident of the Bishop area. She was born in Colton, California and at an early age moved with her family to the Owens Valley. She was raised on the family ranch on Rawson Creek where she acquired a love for the outdoors, learned uncompromising values and a strong work ethic.

She graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1951 and soon thereafter married the love of her life, John “Jack” Schley. Pat and Jack started a family, built a home, and became members of a community all of which they loved deeply. Patsy’s giving nature provided a loving home, a warm smile, a listening ear and many family adventures.

Pat’s home was always open to family and friends. She welcomed all with love and without judgement. Her home was a haven for her children’s friends and she was a mother to more than her three children. She was known simply as Granny to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many of their friends. Her backyard was a place of adventure and was the setting for many gatherings with family and friends. Over the past decade Granny was a loving and nurturing caregiver nearly full time for six of her great grandchildren. She gave them the very best start in life!

When she wasn’t taking care of her extended family, Patsy had an active social life filled with many friends. She enjoyed hiking and made it a point to take a hike each weekend. Even into her eighties, many of her hiking friends and family had a hard time keeping pace!
Many may remember Patsy as the welcoming face at Dr. Denton’s office. She was a dedicated and caring worker who always showed compassion to the patients.

Patsy was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Jack; her brother, Lester Banta; her sisters, Betty Goin and Ina Mason.
She is survived by her siblings Roger Banta, George Banta, Willie and Connie Banta and brother-in-law Votie Goin. She is also survived by her children, Roger Schley, Gary and Rachelle Schley, and Lisa and Brian Gates; as well as her grandchildren Yarrow and Angela Schley and their son, Koa; Cedar Schley, Taylus and Katie Schley and their daughter, Tayla; Tarn Schley; Jess Schley; Nick Schley; Anna and Tom Scott and their children, Jade and Charlie; Tina and Reagan Slee and their children, Wyatt and Jessi; and Gary and Nikki Milici and their children, Lyndy and Jacey.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Bishop. There will be a celebration of Patsy’s life following the service at 2507 Sunrise Drive, Bishop.