Paulann White passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Modesto after a short illness.

Paulann was born to Betty and Paul Ross, in San Francisco, California, on Oct. 22, 1942.

She spent her early years in Marin County where she graduated Tamalpais High School and attended Marin Junior College.

She lived in Reno, Nevada, for a time where she began her family and had a son, Frank Joseph Cherne, and daughter, Sandra Jean Hicks. Her adoring family includes grandchildren Amanda Cherne, Andrea Cherne, Dustin Hicks and Haily Hicks.

She married Fred White of Sonora in 1996 and tirelessly supported the Tuolumne County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (TCARES). She lived and served Tuolumne County for most of her adult years, retiring from the Welfare Department.

Fred brought his children, Steven White, Ellen White, and Ellen’s daughter, Elizabeth Ann White, into the now burgeoning family.

A friend offered this observation, “Paulann was a very original person. A quilter who loved color and design, she was willing to try anything bright and colorful. She was a proud member of EPPY, an English Paper Piecing group; she was also a member of Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners. An active member of Studio 49, where she participated on the annual planning of retreat.”

Wherever her activities found her, Paulann became fully involved and made lifelong friends along the way. Whether it was as a longtime member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she served as local Pathfinder director, or working as a ham radio operator, dying fiber in the fabric arts, finding physical fitness at Weight Watchers, and manning a voting center for the TC Voting Commission, she always came away with fast friends. She especially loved the rewards of her genealogy searches, which reconnected her with far-flung family. It gave her another dimension of life to share with family and friends.

Her family paid this tribute to her: “She included everyone beyond the reaches of her immediate family with her positive attitude. She inspired others by her unceasing good nature. Paulann’s humility inspired acts of goodwill that went unnoticed by her but were never forgotten by those who knew her.” She will be sorely missed by family and friends.

In addition to her children and grandchildren, Paulann is survived by her only brother, Jim Ross, of Sonora; her sister-in-law, Ginny Ross, also of Sonora; and their children and granddaughter.

There will be a celebration of life held for her at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora.

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