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Vedial Lerette

Vedial Lerette of Cordes Lakes died Feb. 2.

He was 37 years old.

Mr. Lerette was born July 10, 1963 in Davison, Mich.

He was employed by Maricopa College System as a HVAC technician.

His love of the outdoors was second only to his love for his family. Mr. Lerette was a kind and generous man giving joy to all the lives he touched. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Molly; three children, Kristal, age 10, Paige, age 8 and son, Justin, age 2, of Cordes Lakes; his parents, Karen and Wayne Lerette, the man he called, "dad," Vernon Lerette, two sisters, three brothers and a large and closely knit circle of family and friends.

A funeral service is scheduled Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Sunrise Funeral Home in Prescott Valley. Pastor Russell Knoves of the Community Church of Cordes Lakes will officiate the service. Cremation will follow at Sunrise crematory in Prescott Valley.

A visitation was held Feb. 6.

Memorial donations may be made to the Stockmen’s Bank, Prescott Valley Branch, 8067 E. Florentine Rd. in care of the Vedial Lerette memorial fund.

Milton Erwin Johnson

Long time Clarkdale resident Milton Johnson died Feb. 3.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Masons and the Methodist Church.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, stamp collecting and attending swap meets as well as frequenting garage sales.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Evelyn Rowe Johnson of Clarkdale; a daughter, Toni Hauk of Clarkdale; a son, Timothy Johnson of Ohio; two sisters, Ruth Giffin of Texas and Rhoda Miller of Ohio; two brothers, Ernie Johnson of Texas and Larry Johnson of Ohio; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 6 at the First Assembly of God Church in Cottonwood.

Thomas Rex Ricker

A memorial service is scheduled Feb. 18 for Cottonwood resident Thomas Ricker.

Mr. Ricker died Jan. 27 at the home of his mother and stepfather, Lea and Miles Standish of Cornville.

Friends of Mr. Ricker are invited to the service. For directions, call 646-3473.

Joseph L. Rummel

Rimrock resident Joseph Rummel died Feb. 2

He was born July 11, 1909 in Denver, Colo.

Mr. Rummel was 91 years old.

A retired U.S. Army Captain, Mr. Rummel served as a quartermaster in the military.

He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his two daughters, Mary Donaldson of Rimrock and Margaret Prior of Nevada; two sons, Joseph Rummel of Rimrock and Jon Rummel of New York; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for today at 10 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde.

Yvonne L. Stuart

Camp Verde resident Yvonne Stuart died Feb. 5,

She was 51 years.

Mrs. Stuart was born in England Sept. 13, 1949.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She was in the food service industry.

Mrs. Stuart was a member of the Christian faith, a wonderful wife, a terrific mother, great grandmother and loyal friend.

Survivors include her husband, David L. Stuart; two daughters, Jennifer Collins of Camp Verde and Joleen Savage of Texas; two sons, Jason David Stuart of Camp Verde and United States Marine Corp Seargeant Travis K. Stuart; her mother, Bessie Read; a brother, Stephen B. Read of Phoenix and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post in Camp Verde.

Sarah Wynelle Coleman

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb 17 at the Mountain View Methodist Church in Cottonwood for Sarah Wynelle Coleman.

Mrs. Coleman died Feb. 1

She was 83 years old.

Mrs. Coleman was born in Hillsboro, Texas June 7, 1917 to Robert and Catherine Duff.

In 1939 she moved to Magdelena, N.M. and married Barnie Coleman. In 1944 the couple moved to Flagstaff where Mrs. Coleman worked at the El Patio Café, the Grand Canyon Café and the old Babbitt’s store. In 1952 they moved to Winslow where she worked as a "Harvey Girl" at Fred Harvey’s La Posada.

While in Winslow, she was active in her church and was an officer in Eastern Star, and a member of the Rebecca Lodge.

Mrs. Coleman moved to Cottonwood in 1988 and enjoyed painting, arts and crafts, and visiting with friends and family.

Survivors include three sisters, Mary McDonald of Cottonwood, Betty Warner of Prescott Valley and Frances Ridinger of Texas; a brother-n-law, Dave Warner; a brother, Charles Duff of Texas; a sister-in-law, Goldie Duff; a daughter, Nancy Crawley of Flagstaff; two grandchildren; one great grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Arizona, 102 W. McDowell, Phoenix 85003.

Matthew Shaw Jr.

Cottonwood resident and military veteran Matthew Shaw died Feb. 6.

He was 78 years old.

Mr. Shaw was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Springfield, Ill.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Shaw retired from the Rocky Mountanin News in Denver as the advertising manager.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marilou; a niece, Jean Young of Cottonwood and a nephew, William Shaw of Illinois.

Private services were held.

Memorial donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Homecare, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326.

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