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2A Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 Portola Reporter Elks" gift Calpine Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Linda Knudson, center, presents a check for $750 to Dink Rife, chairperson of Eastern Plumas Community Action Network, and Christy Cota, left, family advocate for the Network. The donation was made possible through the Lodge's bingo program, which is supported by community members on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Charity is one of the cornerstones of every Elks Lodge in the nation. Photo by John Heavin Santa's early Santa and Mrs. Claus wait for the coming line of kids with Christmas wishes at the Elks Lodge. The Calpine Elks Lodge of Portola provided breakfast for Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a little over 300 of their guests Dec. 3. Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausages or ham, along with a visit and photo with the lovely couple, meant a lot of happy people on Saturday. While there was no charge for the event, a large number of canned goods, as well as cash donations, were made in support of Eastern Plumas Community Action Network (EPCAN). Photo by John Heavin Behavioral health care providers: / Win a winter ski or snowshoe package Donate to Mohawk . Community Resource Center and be entered to win a fully assembled cross-country ski or snowshoe package. The winners will be able to select from the following choices: - Snowshoe package: Crescent Moon, Backcountry Gold l0 (men's), All Terrain Gold 9 (women's). The package includes adjustable poles and is a $350 value. - Cross Country Ski Package: Rossignol X Tour escape skis. This package includes bindings, boots and poles and is a $450 value. The winning packages will be built to your specifications and fully assembled by Howling Dogs Bike & Ski in Graeagle. These are excellent skis and snowshoes for exploring the backcountry or gwoomed _ Tickets are available through December and early January at MCRC, Howling Dogs Bike & Ski, and Plumas Rural Services, 711 E. Main St. in Quincy; one ticket for $5 and five tickets for a $20 donation. The drawing will be held Jan. 18 and you need not be present to win. For more information or to make a donation, contact MCRC at 836-0446. EPHC's new Integrated Health Care model joins medical and behavioral health care to provide the best "whole person" care for our patients. : You have the chance to help create this ground breaking new program in Plumas County! *See Human Resources for details. OBITUARY Ailsa Dorothy Simpson With her loving family surrounding her Portola resident, Ailsa Dorothy Simpson peacefully passed away on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 92 in Loyalton. Ailsa was born on June 2, 1924, in Vaucluse, NSW, in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia, to William Donald and Dorothy Dunn. In 1926, her brother Arran John was born. For the first 12 years of her life, Arran was her inseparable companion. In 1930, her parents lost their beautiful home, during the Great Depression, and the family moved to a flat in Bondi NSW, where in 1936 her youngest brother, Bruce was born. In 1940, the family moved to Coogee, NSW where they stayed for good. Ailsa graduated from high school in 1942, and attended business college for two years. Her mother did not agree with her career choice (women simply did not go into business) and so convinced Ailsa to work as a. seamstress. During the early 1950s, some things happened that changed her life. First, she was not happy with being a seamstress. Ailsa had a very independent spirit and wanted more. The second was that she met an American Navy ....... serviceman on leave in-~ Sydney, Vernon Harold Simpson, with whom she fell in love: These made up her mind to leave Australia and immigrate to America. Here she found work as a secretary and office manager. She and Vernon married in 1955 in Los Angeles. They later moved to Reno, Nevada, in 1956, and it was here that their three children, Vernon (Bill), 1957, Ronald, 1959 and Michael, 1961 were born. Ailsa and Vernon divorced in 1962. Ailsa never remarried. In 1965, Ailsa and her three boys moved back to Australia to Coogee. In the early 1970s, they moved back to Reno. Here Ailsa stayed for 35 years. Then in 1991, she moved to Portola where she lived for 25 years. In both Reno and Portola, she made many lifelong friends. Besides her business career, Ailsa also loved volunteering. In her later years, she was involved with the Salvation Army and Nifty Thrifty, a local Portola group that supports the Eastern Plumas hospital. Ailsa was predeceased by her parents and her brother Arran. She is survived by her brother Bruce Dunn, of Bondi, NSW Australia, her sons, Bill Simpson and his wife Diana, of Portola, Ronald Simpson and his wife Shannon, of Portola, and Michael Simpson, of Reno. She is also survived by three grandsons, Ryan Simpson and his wife Theresa, and Derek and Joey Simpson, along with five granddaughters, Angela Johnson and her partner Brenda, Renee Kinkade and her husband Jeremy, Amanda Simpson, Amanda Barnett, and Rebecca Ford. She also had eight great-grandchildren: Erin and Dylan Simpson, Alden and Lacey Melendez, Jasmine and Trenton Ford, Sierra Chalmers and Timothy Henderson. It was important to Ailsa and her family to recognize the Eastern Plumas District Hospital Skilled Nursing staff at both the Portola and Loyalton facilitiesfor their loving care of her during her stay there. A memorial service is : being held in celebratiorrof' her life on Dec. 17 at I p.m. at the Sierra Christian Church on highway 70 in Beckwourt . In lieu of flowers, Ailsa would have wanted to have donations instead be sent to the Salvation Army and/or Eastern Plumas District hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola. www.ephc.org