Obituary: Bennie Archer |

Obituary: Bennie Archer

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A funeral service for Bennie Irene Archer, 72, was held

Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church in Minden, with pastors Albert Vacek and Jerald Traeger officiating.

Mrs. Archer died Jan. 27 at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Clarendon, Texas, to Bennie and Irene Parker Morgan.

A graduate of Fremont High School in Los Angeles, she and L. Wayne Archer Sr. were married on Feb. 12, 1949, in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Archer lived in Bellflower, Calif., for 40 years, where she was the owner of The Old Rocking Chair Arts and Crafts Store for 16 years and a member of the Bellflower Baptist Church for 40 years.

She was a member of Hobby Industry of America and the Western Hobby and Craft Association, both for 16 years.

Mrs. Archer was a Gardnerville resident for nine years, coming from Simi Valley, Calif., and a charter member of Valley Springs Baptist Church.

She loved painting, cooking and being a hostess.

Predeceasing Mrs. Archer were her parents and brother Chester.

Survivors include her husband L. Wayne Archer Sr. of Gardnerville; son L. Wayne Archer Jr. and his wife Felicia of Gardnerville; brother Walter Morgan of Amarillo, Texas; sister Lanora Mae Sohn of Lakewood, Calif.; and grandchildren L. Wayne Archer III and Mariah Archer, both of Gardnerville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Valley Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 10, Gardnerville 89410.

Interment is at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Obituary: Amy Barber

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Amy Barber, traditional Washoe basket weaver and lifelong resident of Woodfords, Calif., died Jan. 31 at her home at the age of 90.

Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 4, and a funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City.

Mrs. Barber was born on Aug. 31, 1910, at Walley’s Hot Springs to Tom and Nettie Barber.

She was the cook at Woodfords Elementary School in the 1940 and worked in Los Angeles in the late ’40s before returning to Carson Valley, where she worked for different ranches and restaurants.

She was the first Native American Head Start teacher’s aide in Minden at Minden Grammar School in 1965. She also cooked at the Dresslerville Head Start program.

Mrs. Barber enjoyed gathering and preparing traditional Washiw foods and most recently prepared acorn biscuits for a delegation of visitors from the Yavapai Apache Nation at her home last September.

Mrs. Barber came from a long line of basket weavers and won awards for her work at the Tuolume, Calif., Indian Basket Weavers gathering and twice was recognized at the WaSheShu Itde Festival Da’aw ‘a:ga’a at ‘Lake Tahoe.’ She was a master teacher of her craft under the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program with the Nevada Council on the Arts.

She was a founder of the Washiw Language Circle and enjoyed contributing her considerable knowledge to the most recent renewal of the language. She was honored as Senior Citizen of the Year by the Alpine County Board of Supervisors in 1980.

Mrs. Barber was preceded in death by her sisters Belma Jones and Sylvia Andrews, as well as a great-granddaughter.

Surviving are her daughter Barbara Johnny; son Wesley Barber; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Woodfords Cemetery.

Memorial donations in her honor may be made to the Washoe Language Circle, P.O. Box 2815, Gardnerville 89410.

Walton’s Chapel of the Valley handled arrangements.

Obituary: Leonard Jackson

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A memorial service for Leonard Arthur Jackson, 89, will be held today, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Hawthorne.

Mr. Jackson died Feb. 1 at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

He was born on July 23, 1911, to Ben and Helen Jackson in Starbuck, Wash., where he and his twin sister, Louise, and three younger siblings lived for most of their childhood.

He made his living by mining, but after breaking his back, went to Alaska to work on the railroad and then to Long Beach, Calif., where he worked on ships in Navy dry dock.

In the early ’40s, Mr. Jackson moved to Mina, Nev., where he and his father ran a jewelry making and rock cutting business. Here he met and married his late wife, Marynell Spooner, and they moved to Hawthorne, where he worked at the Navy Ammunition Depot.

Mr. Jackson loved the outdoors and spent many hours fishing, prospecting, hunting, swimming and exploring every mountain and valley he could see. He also enjoyed making jewelry and generously gave away much of his work.

Predeceasing Mr. Jackson were his sister Louise and brothers Richard and Andrew.

He is survived by his children Johnnell Jackson, Charlene Rodman, Lee Jackson and Sharen Swindler; brother Theodore, who lives in Alaska; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 6362, Reno 89513.

Obituary: Bill Rasmussen

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Long-time South Lake Tahoe resident Bob Rasmussen died Jan. 31 after a brief hospitalization in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Born Robert Roy Rasmussen in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Nov. 12, 1914, he was an aviator, avid football fan and golfer. A colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, Rasmussen shared his love of flying and his flying skills by teaching youths to fly gliders in the 1960s.

Rasmussen became interested in Lake Tahoe in the early 1950s. He moved his family from Kailua, Hawaii, to the Lake in 1968, after accepting a transfer with the Federal Aviation Administration in Burlingame, Calif. He also chose to retire to the Lake.

Survivors include Eloise, his wife of 59 years, who resides in Capitola, Calif.; sons Robert of Capitola and Ron of Fairfield, Calif.; daughter Nancy Mitchell of Lakewood, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial services will be held at sea later this year.