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Threat Closes Lone Pine Schools

Email Threat Closes Lone Pine Schools

May 18, 2016
submitted by the Inyo County Sheriffs Department

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified Tuesday afternoon about an email threat to Lone Pine High School. The Sheriff’s Office began immediate investigations and is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other law enforcement agencies to determine the credibility of the threat.

A decision was made Tuesday evening by school officials and law enforcement to cancel classes and all other school activities (Wednesday, May 18th) at both Lo-Inyo School and Lone Pine High School.

At this time it appears that the threat was isolated to Lone Pine High School. Law enforcement and school officials will continue to work together; students, staff, and the public will be notified when Lo-Inyo School and Lone Pine High School have been reopened.

“The safety of both students and staff is paramount,” stated Inyo County Sheriff, Bill Lutze. “At this time we are unable to disclose the details of the threat due to the ongoing investigation; however, as more information becomes available we will provide follow-up press releases.”

If anyone has information that may be helpful in this case you are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383.

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

Rhonda Aihara named NIH’s 2016 DAISY Award Winner

Rhonda Aihara named NIH’s 2016 DAISY Award Winner

May 16, 2016
Submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

Rhonda Aihara, a Perinatal Services/Labor and Delivery nurse at Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIHD), was named the healthcare facility’s 2016 winner of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of an annual international program honoring nurses for clinical skills and compassionate care.

Aihara, clearly humbled by the honor, said she feels she could share the award with a number of “incredibly fabulous and fantastic nurses who equally deserve such recognition. Each one has their own special touch and their own compassionate heart, and they think nothing of going above and beyond for our patients. I am honored to be able to stand beside them.”

NIH 2016 Daisy Award Winner Rhonda Aihara
NIH 2016 Daisy Award Winner Rhonda Aihara

For Aihara, nursing has been a way of life for the past 37 years. She says she knew at age seven that she wanted to be a nurse. She credits her mother, a Licensed Vocational Nurse who cared for burn patients at the UC Irvine Medical Center, with inspiring her to follow in her footsteps. “I think I subconsciously decided to take the same path she did,” Aihara said. “As a child, I remember wisps and shades of stories she told about her patients and how she cared for them. Her compassion for her patients affected me.”

Aihara began her career at UC Irvine, working first with trauma patients before moving into Labor and Delivery, serving almost 15 years in each department. She retired from UC Irvine in 2008 and discovered she had more to give. She became a traveling nurse.

I can still hear my recruiter telling me about NIH,” she said. “My recruiter said, “it’s this little, tiny place in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know if you’d be interested.’” Aihara was more than interested. She fell in love with the Eastern Sierra corridor as a young woman and jumped at the chance to call Bishop her home. She joined the hospital and worked as a “traveler” for one year, the longest term she could work under that job title. She was required then to take three months off.

It was the best year of my life, I mean, I woke up every day in God’s County,” Aihara said. When a full-time position became available, she quickly applied and has been at the hospital ever since. “I’m living the dream I had three decades ago,” she said. “Every day I wake up here is a gift; living here is a joy.”

The DAISY award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients every day, explained Tracy Aspel, NIHD’s Acting Chief Nursing Officer. Patients and their families, as well as other nurses within the organization, nominate nurses for the DAISY award. In Aihara’s case, two patients nominated her for the honor.

In a letter to NIHD, one of the patients called Aihara “one of the most compassionate persons I have ever met.” The letter went on to say that Aihara’s “every act and word is intentionally kind, empathetic and truly without pretense. I know her job must be difficult on many levels, but she sets her heart into action just as readily as she does her hands. Her heart is beautiful.”

The second letter detailed the care Aihara gave a young patient, including twice being called in from home to assist with the child’s care. “She did not have to do the kind things she had done for (us), but she did,” the letter said. “She treated us like she truly cared about our (child). She went above and beyond for our (child) and put (our child’s) needs above hers. She showed us and talked to us and treated us like family, and that means everything to me. I cannot say enough about Rhonda. This letter does not explain half of what Rhonda has done for our family. She is an inspiration to us. I’m glad Northern Inyo Hospital has nurses like Rhonda.”

As Aspel read the letters to those assembled at the hospital for the DAISY presentation, her emotions became visible, her voice cracking. “I don’t mean to get emotional, but I am touched because this is what makes Northern Inyo special, it has a team that cares about patients and who put patients first,” Aspel said.

Also nominated for the DAISY award were Emergency Department nurses Brenda Brewer and Cindy Knight; Acute/SubAcute Nurses Brent Obinger, Ron Daywalt and Sasha Smith; Post-Anesthesia Care Unit/Outpatient Infusion nurses Cathy Chuey and Oscar Morales, and; Intensive Care Unit nurses Jane Steele and Scotty Vincik. Aspel said all nominees are given a special DAISY pin and most wear them on their hospital employee badges.

Previous DAISY Award nurses at NIHD include Christine Hanley (2012), Joey Zappia (2013), Deborah Earls (2014) and Diane Stevens (2015). Northern Inyo Healthcare District has been recognized as a DAISY organization since 2013.Aihara received a certificate of recognition; a DAISY Award pin; a sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved from serpentine stone by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe; and, a DAISY Award tote bag.

The presentation was the kickoff to the hospital’s observation of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and National Hospital Week, May 9-13.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s efforts to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make in direct care of patients and patient families every day. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.

Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from an autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the award as a means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

Photos by Barbara Laughon

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Devils Hole Pupfish vandals identified

Nye County Sheriffs Office locates 3 suspects

May 13, 2016
By Arnie Palu

Law enforcement has tracked down three men suspected of killing an endangered Devil’s Hole Pupfish.  The Nye County Sheriffs Department and National Park Service officers are leading the investigation.  The Nye County Sheriffs Department has released the following details.

SUSPECT(S): SCHWINKENDORF, Steven, 29, Pahrump, NV REYES, Edgar, 35, North Las Vegas, NV SARGENT, Trenton, 26, Indian Springs, NV
Potential Charges : Charges are projected to be taken at the federal level.
Charges include Conspiracy to commit a crime,  killing of an endangered species, destruction of property,
trespassing,  destruction of  habitat, ex‐felon possession of firearm.

DETAILS: A collaborative investigation between the National Park Service andNye County Sheriff’s Office  Scorpion  Task  Force  has  led  to  the  identification of the three suspects involved in the   trespassing  and  property destruction at the Devils Hole section of Death Valley
National  Park.  Suspects Steven SCHWINKENDORF, of Pahrump, Edgar REYES, of North Las Vegas, and Trenton   SARGENT,  of  Indian  Springs  have  all  een interviewed and will be subsequently charged for their  actions which occurred on 04/30/16.

NPS officers contacted a detective with the Scorpion Task Force on 05/02/16 after the  damage  was  discovered.  Subsequent investigation led to the collection of evidence, including  DNA, along with video surveillance. The surveillance footage was viewed, and SGT KLENCZAR of  the  NCSO  was able  to  investigate  and locate the off road vehicle seen in the video. The vehicles’  owner was identified as SCHWINKENDORF, and detectives from both agencies made contact  with  SCHWINKENDORF  for  an  interview, during which more information was obtained.

REYES was contacted by phone, stated that the subject in the video was indeed him, and  directed further questions to his attorney.
SARGENT was also contacted by phone and interviewed. Based on the investigation of the  crime  scene  and  the  interviews  with  the  suspects, investigators determined the threesome had  been  drinking  and  out  shooting  rabbits  when  they  came  to  Devil’s  Hole.  They jumped the fence  of  the  clearly  marked  protected  area,  nd in the course of their unlawful visit destroyed an  electronic sensor by shooting it with a shotgun, damaged two surveillance cameras, and  rammed  and  shot  two  gates  causing  damage.   Their unlawful visit ultimately culminated with at  least  one  of  the  suspects  stripping  off  their  clothes  and  entering  the  water  of  Devils Hole. The  suspect(s)  in  the  water  stomped  around  the  shelf area of the critical ecosystem before  swimming  around  the  deeper  water,  leaving  behind  a  pair  of  dirty  underwear  when  finished.

In addition to the gates and cameras, a large sign near Devils Hole was shot multiple times  with  a  shotgun.  Assessments  of  the  financial loss are still being conducted, but will be felony in  nature. The intrusion is believed to have resulted in the death of at least one endangered Devils  Hole  Pupfish,  and  fisheries  biologists are trying to ascertain the extended damage that may  have been done to food sources and egg sites which could lead to more loss of a species who’s  numbers  are  now  below  the  last  count of 115 in existence. The killing of an endangered species  is a felony crime.

Other charges including trespassing,  damage  to  habitat,  and  conspiracy will be added.  Additionally, it is believed that at least one of the suspects is a convicted felon making it illegal  to  possess  or  be  in  involvement  with others possessing a gun. The NCSO and NPS would like to  thank all of the people who called in with information and helped
keep  the case active.
cover photo by the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Department, Olin Feuerbacher
nye county sheriffs department, devils hole pupfish, death valley national park

Home Street Students of the Month

Home Street names April Students of the Month

May 11, 2016
submitted by Home Street Middle School

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their April
Students of the Month. Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, effort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students were presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.

Students of the Month

Shelbi Sapp
Dakota Reynolds
Juan Martinez
Emily Motley
Billy McKinzey
Scott Hennarty
Bodie Bedore
Nicole Emmert
Hugo Santana
Ezra Rambeau
Kayla Jackson
Carlos Rodriges-Gonzalez
Kayden Rinehart
Tyler Hembree
Zachary Mojarro

120 opening, take 2

Caltrans sets opening date for 120 west…to the park gate

May 11, 2016

After originally setting the opening day for the opening weekend of the general trout season, Caltrans is now hoping to open 120 west to the Yosemite gate tomorrow.  Winter weather delayed the original plan.  No date has been set for the full opening of highway 120 west.

Anticipated opening of California State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite National Park Entrance Gate is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at Noon.

Mono County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing the road to open State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite Park entrance gate.  It is anticipated that the road will reopen from winter closure on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at noon, weather and safety permitting.  Caltrans’ number one priority is safety for the traveling public and highway maintenance crews.    State Route 120 west will remain closed at the Yosemite Park entrance.

This partial opening is dependent upon favorable weather and verification that the highway is safe for users.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may not be able to open the highway as anticipated.  Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 west.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Shirley Fendon

SHIRLEY RAE WHORFF 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.

 

Youth Expo

2016 Eastern Sierra Youth Activities Expo

May 5, 2016
submitted by the City of Bishop

At the Home Show, Saturday May 7th from 9am—2pm in the Charles Brown Auditorium

Come check out what activities are available in our area!!

From Mammoth to Bishop, you are certain you will find something you will enjoy. Each child will get a passport, once they visit 10 booths they can enter their passport to win some fun prizes!!

Bishop Youth Football will have the kitchen open selling Breakfast Burritos in the morning and Tri-Tip sandwiches with coleslaw and potato salad for lunch.

Take a moment to register for City of Bishop Swim lessons and for the first year, early sign ups for City of Bishop Summer Camps! Register in all three summer camps take $10 off, but this Saturday only! You can also register for the Ronald McDonald Walk in June!

You can visit Bishop CrossFit, Boy Scouts, Bishop Swim Team, Mammoth Parks and Recreation, Sierra Mountain Guides, Tri County Fair, Bishop Country Club, Camp Joy, Achieve Behavioral Health, Bishop Youth Football, and meet Mike Capstick from the new Kung Fu Studio. If the weather holds we will have Tyler Smith from 12:30 to 2pm out on the grass doing a Fly Fish Casting Clinic. There will be demonstrations and games. Don’t miss out, make sure to stop by!

Cover Photo, Bishop Youth Football

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