Charlene Dean, reporter and editor who built the Neighborhood section, dies

Charlene Dean, a mostly self-taught journalist who spent seven years at the becoming its Community Editor in 2012, died Wednesday in hospice care in Las Vegas. She was 58.

The result in was complications from cancer. She had beaten leukemia in the 1990s.

Dean had continued to function at the newspaper until mid-December, most notably overseeing Election Evening coverage Nov. 4 although the editor was out of town. Her duties integrated editor of the Enterprise page on Wednesday and the Community section on Fridays. She was also editor of the Tonopah Instances-Bonanza &ampGoldfield News till early November.

Publisher Marie Wujek said she got to know Dean as an independent lady whose rural Virginia background helped her be fiercely independent and resourceful throughout her 13 years in Pahrump.

“I knew her skills as she was a woman of the earth, so to speak,” Wujek mentioned. “She could prepare a meal with a dozen eggs and a loaf of bread. She could take a little residence and make it comfy and cozy and just all round a genuine nice location. She could hunt it, kill it, skin it, butcher it, can it and make a fantastic meal out of it. She loved fine wine that came in a bottle not a box and sushi was her favored meal.”

Charlene Marie Goode was born June 8, 1956 in Roanoke, Virginia, exactly where she graduated from Patrick Henry Higher College. She stayed in town right after graduation and studied English, journalism, accounting, organization and engineering at Virginia Western Community College with no taking a degree. However, she graduated from Lord Fairfax Neighborhood College in Middletown, Virginia, 165 miles away from Roanoke, with a degree in real estate.

Dean moved to the Pahrump Valley in November 2001 from Virginia, where she helped with a start off-up magazine. Following operating 3 years in Amargosa as an marketing sales rep, distributor and contributing writer to a company publication, she joined the now defunct KHMP Tv station print publication in February 2005. There she did numerous of the very same duties as she did in Amargosa, and would do later at the Times.

Wujek said Dean brought a lot of community connections to the Times.

“Her understanding of Pahrump and her earlier encounter in sales and reporting we felt would benefit us right here,” Wujek said.

Dean was hired as a newsroon editorial assistant in August 2007, and was promoted to community editor in Could 2012.

Wujek stated Dean had a great talent for keeping Pahrump residents informed on events and stories around town.

“She was a no-nonsense sort of particular person, believed in saying specifically what was on her thoughts, however was loving, caring and generous to all who knew her.”

Although the newspaper was where Dean earned a living and carved out a niche with the Neighborhood Section, her very first love was animals, specifically her dog, Li’l Bit.

Co-worker and buddy Mary Ann Yorke mentioned Dean was always searching out for animals about Pahrump.

Charlene was a devoted animal lover, usually generating certain there was bread and veggies out in the yard for the wildlife in the neighborhood,” Yorke mentioned. “Her dog Li’l Bit had been an abandoned puppy dumped on the side of the road, located by a co-worker. She adopted the puppy and gave her a warm and loving home.”

Also recognized as a excellent cook, Dean would commit time in the kitchen as usually as time allowed.

“She truly loved watching cooking shows and attempting new recipes,” Yorke mentioned. “She was remarkable in the kitchen.”

Dean’s interest in cooking expanded out to homeopathic medicine and herbal remedies.

Taking fantastic pride in her operate, she would fight for her suggestions even if it meant sometimes not-so-pleasant confrontations.

“Although by way of the years we became friends, I don’t forget her acquiring angry with me or a person else, giving me the finger, then throwing the other one up and saying ‘in stereo’ if she didn’t get the anticipated rise out of me or whomever irritated her,” Wujek mentioned.

Regardless of those battles with close friends and coworkers, Dean will be remembered for her capacity to laugh.

“I will never ever neglect her sense of humor or her knarly laugh,” Wujek said.

Yorke, who lived with Dean towards the finish, said her pal “had a crazy sense of humor, and her infectious laugh will never ever be forgotten.”

She is survived by her mother in Virginia.


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