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Mark R. Balfour R.

Camp Verde resident Mark Balfour Jr. died April 28.

He was 18 years old.

A senior at Camp Verde High School, Mark was a gifted guitarist and loved motorcycles.

Survivors include his parents Regina and Mark Sr.; a brother Trever; his sister-in-law, Erica Balfour; grandparents, Ken and Judy Balfour and Bob ad Cleota Norris; two aunts Shanna Hagen and Janet Svenilsson; nieces and nephews, Shelbe, Jordan and Trevor Colton Balfour; two uncles Les Norris and Ron Balfour and an aunt Jeannie Balfour.

A funeral service was held May 3 at the Camp Verde Middle School Multiplex.

Bergie Morse

Former Camp Verde resident, Bergie Morse died April 20 at the age of 87.

Memorial services were held April 22 in Washington State.

Mrs. Morse was born July 29, 1913 near Sidney, Mont.

A graduate of barber and beauty school, Mrs. Morse owned and operated beauty salons in Culbertson, Montana and Mesa, Ariz. She moved to Camp Verde in 1970 following her retirement.

Although retired, Mrs. Morse continued her education and graduated from the Child Evangelism Fellowship International Leadership Training Center in Missouri in 1980. She became the Yavapai County Director for the organization, a position she maintained for a number of years.

Mrs. Morse enjoyed traveling, including destinations like Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Europe and locations across the United States.

In 1994, Mrs. Morse moved to the Gray Harbor area of Washington where she continued to be active in her church work and child evangelism.

Survivors include two daughters, Arliss Morse of Lake Montezuma and Elaine Sandstrom of Washington; thirteen grandchildren, including Brent Wilson of Lake Montezuma, 27 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and countless friends around the world.

A memorial fund has been established through her church called Grandma Bergie's Kids. The fund will benefit low-income children who attend Bible camps and teen retreats throughout the Grays Harbor area. Donations may be sent to Immanuel Baptist Church, PO Box 703, Fourth and J Street, Hoquiam, Wash. 98550.

Myrtle C. McMenamin

Verde Valley native Myrtle C. McMenamin died May 2.

She was 99 years old.

Mrs. McMenamin was born in Cottonwood Sept. 11, 1901.

A resident of Cornville, Mrs. McMenamin was a homemaker and lifelong Verde Valley resident.

Survivors include her daughter, Merle McCommon of Cottonwood; two sons, Emmitt and Ernest McMenamin of Cornville; two daughters-in-law, Stella and Shirley; a brother, Clyde Van Deren of Washington State; 13 grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren.

In 1977, her husband of 57 years John McMenamin; a daughter, Verna Carpenter and a brother Edwin Van Deren preceded Mrs. McMenamin in death.

A visitation is scheduled today at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood. Graveside services are scheduled Saturday at the Cottonwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 102454 Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454.

Melvin Corwin

U.S. Army veteran Melvin "Dano" Corwin died April 30.

He was born in Hamilton, Mont. Oct 12, 1936.

Mr. Corwin served in the U.S. Army for three years. Following his discharge he was employed as a bio-technician at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana until his retirement in 1991.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Judy; his daughter, Laura Thiel of Montana; a son-in-law, Arnie Thiel; a son, Marty Corwin of Cottonwood; two sisters, Kathleen Neuman and Diane Young of Cottonwood; four grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea, Jaycie and Jordan and many special nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Mr. Corwin's love for guitars and musical talents were known and enjoyed by all those who knew him. If you had known Mr. Corwin for more than two days, he had either fixed your guitar, helped remodel your house, repaired something that was broken or sharpened your knives. His great sense of humor and gentle spirit will be greatly missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing him as a friend.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. at the Promise of Life Christian Church in Cottonwood.

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