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Ada W. Stone – March 17, 2019

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Ada W. Stone

Ada W. Stone entered into rest on March 17, 2019. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 51 years Lester H. Stone and three brothers, four sisters and one grandson. She is survived by her
daughter, Helen Louise Miller and son Lester Davis Stone, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren.

Ada was born on April 8, 1921 in Logan, Utah. She was the fifth of eight children born to Donald and Elizabeth Packet Woodward. Ada and her family lived in Provo, Utah until she was six years old when they moved to Susanville, California They lived in the Leavitt Lake area for three years. During that time her father raised sugar beets on land that he rented. They moved to the Johnstonville area where Ada’s father worked as a carpenter for most of the rest of his life.

At about 15 years of age Ada’s older brother, Don introduced her to Lester Hall Stone. Don was working in the Willow Creek area on the Walsh ranch. Lester was working on the Stone Ranch at
Eagle Lake. Don used to travel to the Stone Ranch to read books from the branch library that was kept at the Stone Ranch.

Ada and Lester were married on November 20, 1937 at the Lassen County Courthouse in Susanville. Lester’s sister Jane, Ada’s brother Don and Ada Naefe stood up for them. Ada was 16 and Lester 21 at the time of their marriage. Lester’s parents Coit and Laura Stone kept a house in town so their children could attend High School as the distance was long and their winters to hard to travel back and forth from their ranch at Eagle Lake. Lester and Ada stayed in town for approximately two months at the home where Lester’s mother was living with children Robert, Jane and Myron so they could attend High School. Ada and Lester (commonly know as Bates) traveled out to the Stone Ranch at Eagle Lake about two months after their marriage. Their automobile became stuck in the snow in Willow Creek Valley and they spent the night in the car. It became necessary to leave the car there for the winter. Ada and Lester stayed at the Barron Ranch that next night. The owners loaned them some skis so that they could travel the 15 miles into the Stone Ranch the next day. Lester’s father, Coit Stone, was stuck in town for six weeks. Lester and Ada lived at the ranch for the rest of that winter and Ada cooked for the brothers. At 16 her cooking skills not yet honed she relinquished the duty to her brother-in-law, Walter Stone and decided to try her hand at field work. Lester worked in construction and drove a logging truck when their daughter, Helen Louise, was born on July 4, 1942. Shortly after Helen was born they moved to Monterey. Lester worked in construction at Camp Roberts during WWII and due to the work, he was doing for the government and his age he was not drafted. From there they moved to Sebastopol and purchased a 14-foot trailer to live in while Lester worked in construction.

Ada and Lester moved back to Susanville where their son Lester Davis was born on January 16, 1945. Lester ran a service station and they bought a house on Mesa Street in Susanville. In 1946 they moved to Corning where Lester drove freight truck. In 1949 Lester bought a logging truck and moved to Lewiston, California. In 1952 after Lester had an accident with a logging truck they moved back to Susanville again and he drove freight truck. Lester and Ada moved back to Lewiston, California in 1955 and Lester again drove a logging truck. In 1956 Ada went to work for the Post Office as a replacement clerk and she was also a custodian at the Elementary School. Ada became Postmaster of the Lewiston Post Office in 1957. Lester went to work for the California Department of Forestry in 1964 as a heavy fire equipment operator. He retired from CDF in 1975. Ada worked as Postmaster until 1981 when she retired. In 1982 they moved back to Eagle Lake. Lester passed away on September 4, 1989 and Ada remained living at Eagle Lake until her death on March 17, 2019.

 

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