Obituary of Phyllis Baque |

Obituary of Phyllis Baque

Phyllis Tarleton Baque passed peacefully and quickly from this life to the next on July 8, 2014. She has now seen the Lord face to face.

A private family celebration of Phyllis’s life was held on July 18, 2014. A private interment was held at Meadow Valley Cemetery.

Phyllis Ethel Berkuist was born June 21, 1922 to Harvey and Annita (Autrand) Berkuist in Los Banos, Calif. She attended grammar school and high school (Los Gatos High School 1939) in Los Gatos, Calif. She attended the University of California in Berkeley, majoring in physical education. She became one of the first Mainliner (DC3) Stewardesses in 1943.

She married one of her many high school sweethearts, Ensign Les Tarleton in 1944. She was a proud Navy wife for 30 years, volunteering her time in many various organizations in addition to being a full-time mom for her two sons.

She suddenly lost her husband Les in 1976. She later met and married Jim Baque, to whom she was happily married to for 37 years until her unexpected passing.

She was interested in gardening, volunteering, being a mom, a wife, socializing, singing, acting and wearing hats and as much jewelry as any three people could wear at one time. After a fall, she became a resident of Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation (or whatever it is called this week) where she was much loved and known for pushing her wheelchair up and down the hallways, mooching hot chocolate, singing, playing bingo and “relocating” anything that was not nailed down.

She is survived by her loving husband Jim; her sons and daughters-in-law, George and Lois Tarleton of Quincy, Calif., Fred and Sandra Baque of Discovery Bay, Calif.; grandchildren, “Tige” and Kim Tarleton, Kristina (Tarleton) and Keil Winchester of Glendive, Mont., AWS2 Berk and Kelly (Gutherie) Tarleton of San Diego, Calif., Jennifer (Baque) and Charlie Frye of Portland, Ore., April (Baque) and Jason Margolis of Portland, Ore., and numerous great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Les; her mother and father and her son, Berk and her step-daughter, Shirley.

We would particularly like to thank the staff of Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation and Plumas District Hospital and the ER crew, all of whom gave her such excellent and loving care.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

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