Brenda Kay Richardson died on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The oldest of five children, she was born in Texas to E.M. Evans and Sylvia Knee Lingenfelter on March 14, 1944.
She married Carl D. Wolfe and they had five girls together: Vickie Verry (Victor) of Philadelphia, Tenn., Rhonda Johnson (Harvey) of Fairale, W. Va., DeLena Bowes (Clayton) of Willows, LeaAnn Wolfe (Bob See) of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Carla Verry (Lyle) of Durham.
She moved to Willows in 1978, where she worked as a bartender/cocktail waitress and made lifelong friends. Brenda was a faithful member of the Faith Bible Church for many years.
She found peace and love in her faith and God. She loved her church family.
She is survived by all her girls, two younger brothers, 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, a brother and a sister.
Both the Willows Office of the California Highway Patrol and the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office have released additional information regarding the fatal accident on Interstate 5 on Friday, Feb. 4:
According to the CHP, at about 12:40 p.m. on Feb. 4, a man was driving a 1996 Chevy pickup south on I-5, south of County Road 20, in the fast lane at about 70 miles per hour, when his right rear tire blew out. He was unable to maintain control of his vehicle, which traveled into the center median and crashed into the oleander bushes.
The pickup spun and overturned. The driver, who apparently was not wearing his seat belts, was ejected from the Chevy and sustained fatal injuries.
According to CHP Officer Roach, neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been a factor in this accident.
According to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, at 12:44 p.m., Deputy Goodwin responded to I-5, north of the County Road 25 overpass, for a report of a vehicle rollover with a person possible ejected. The deputy arrived on-scene, where an off-duty medical worker was performing life-saving efforts on a man.
Orland Fire Department and Westside Ambulance personnel also responded to the scene, where the man was pronounced deceased. The decedent was released to the care of Sweet-Olsen Family Mortuary of Orland.
The man was identified as Eldon Edward McGowan, 64, of Lower Lake.