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Lives Lived: Dortha Wagner

Dortha Inez Nicholson Wagner, of Grass Valley, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Grass Valley, surrounded by family. She was 71.

A wake will be conducted from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the Marysville Elk’s Lodge.

She was born March 13, 1938, in Clinton, Ark., to Lois M. Nicholson and Rosa M. Nicholson. She graduated from Armijo High School, in Fairfield, in 1956.



She married Wayne Wagner on Sept. 8, 1957, in Fairfield.

She served on the Nevada Union High School Board of Trustees. She worked for Mexican Inn, The Office and Chan’s Chinese Restaurant. She was a member of Rainbow Girls, Rebekah’s, Order of the Eastern Star, NUHS Booster Club, Lions and the Baptist Children’s Program.




She enjoyed cooking, reading being “nana” to her grandchildren, dancing, playing cards and community volunteering.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Wagner of Grass Valley; children, Ed (Bea Weaver) Wagner of Reno, Nev., Joni Wagner Smalley (Michael) of Marysville; grandchildren, Christopher and Bryan Tuck, both of Fairfield, Jesse Gamble of Sacramento, Shaun Sheddy of Pullman, Wash., and Shannon Sheddy of Reno, Nev.; two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosa Nicholson, in 2005; father, Lois Nicholson, in 1995; and brother, Charlie Nicholson, in 2009.

Memorial contributions may be made to the USO, Parkinson’s Foundation, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.


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