April 2005

April 1, 2005

Judith A. Mudersbach

Judith Ann Mudersbach, 64, of Cottonwood, died March 27, 2005. She was born Sept. 15, 1940, in Los Angeles.

She graduated from Scottsdale High School. Mrs. Mudersbach had worked as a secretary at the Manzanita Speedway and as owner of The Cooler Pad.

She enjoyed line dancing, cards and auto racing.

She leaves her husband of 20 years, Larry Mudersbach; two sons, Jeffrey Branaman, of Sedona, Dennis and wife Geri Branaman, of Cottonwood; a stepson, Ryan Mudersbach, of San Diego; stepdaughters, Lauree Moffett, of Goshen, Ind., Gretchen Hernandez, of Poway, Calif., and Rachel Wink, of Murrietta, Calif.; a brother, Dan and wife, Gail Modglin, of Phoenix; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 2, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 10 a.m.

Rana Sena

Rana Sena, 43, of Cottonwood, died March 27, 2005. She was born Oct. 17, 1961, in Fairview, Mich.

She was a graduate of Mingus Union High School, class of 1979.

Mrs. Sena was a teacher at Accelerated Learning Charter School for 20 years. She also worked at the Kare Bear Child Care Center.

Her hobbies included crafts, flowers gardening and was known for her love of children.

She leaves her fiancee, Todd Harbers; her mother, Karen Marie Lerette, of Cottonwood; her father, Wayne Eugene Lerette, of National City, Mich.; her brothers, Reno Lerette, of California, Jonathan Lerette and Reuben Lerette, both of Cottonwood; her sister, Johanna Keyes, of Cottonwood, and her sister-in-law, Molly Lerette, of Cordes Junction; four nephews and seven nieces and expecting one great-niece.

A brother, Vedial Lerette, of Cordes Junction preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 3, in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Camp Verde at 2 p.m.

Any memorial donations to the family is appreciated.

Westcott Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Sandra K. Paul

Sandra Kay Paul, 45, of Cottonwood, died March 29, 2005. Ms. Paul had been a Cottonwood resident since 1996 and enjoyed living in the Verde Valley area where she spent time with family and many friends.

Ms. Paul was born in Wichita, Kansas, on May 12, 1959. At the age of 5, she moved to Arizona where she grew up in Mesa, graduating from Westwood High School. Before settling in Cottonwood, she lived in Phoenix, Yuma and Las Vegas.

As a homemaker, Ms. Paul raised three children. She loved camping, traveling, collecting poetry and collecting M&M figurines. She took pride in helping those in need and willingly shared anything she had. She always tried to make a difference in everyone's life no matter who they were.

Ms. Paul is survived by her adult children Jason Tardiff, of Florence, Ariz., and Jennifer Tardiff, of Peoria, Ariz., as well as her 16-year-old son Justin Paul, of Cottonwood; her parents: Daniel and Kathryn Seal, of Cottonwood; her sisters Sharon Ruster, of Coopersville, Mich.; Susan Lindsey, of Safford; a grandchild, Jacob Brogdon, of Peoria, and companion David Poe of Cottonwood.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 5 to 70 p.m. at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Avenue Cottonwood, Arizona. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 4 at 10 a.m. also at Westcott Funeral Home.

Mary A. Birkholz

Mary Anna Birkholz, 75, of Lake Montezuma, died March 19, 2005, surrounded by her loving family at her daughter's home in Phoenix.

Born Feb. 10, 1930, in Cashton, Wis., to Kendall Paulsen and Alice Johnson Paulsen, Mrs. Birkholz grew up in Cashton and graduated from high school in 1948. She attended Vernon County Normal School, graduating with a teaching certificate in 1950.

She married Reuben Birkholz on June 9, 1951, in Cashton. They lived much of their life together as pastor and wife in Minnesota, moving to Tucson in 1980 and to Lake Montezuma n 1996.

Mrs. Birkholz devoted her life to her family and wore the title of pastor's wife and homemaker with pride. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was happiest when entertaining family and friends, playing cards and games with her children and grandchildren, traveling and camping as well as cheering on the University of Arizona Wildcat basketball team.

Mrs. Birkholz was preceded in death by her three brothers, Leroy Paulsen, Kendall Paulsen and Paul Paulsen. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Reuben; her daughters Dr. Karla Birkholz, of Phoenix, Valerie Brandt (Dennis), of Sedona, and Marian Hargrove (Arthur), of Tucson; her sons David Birkholz (Lorrie), of Shoreview, Minn., Craig Birkholz (Linda), of Jefferson, Md., and James Birkholz (Lisa), of Tucson; and her grandchildren Siri and Gabriel Peterson, Aauron, Lauren, Lindsey and Shelby Brandt, Jessica Birkholz, Alysia and Jacob Birkholz, Avery Hargrove, and Sarah, Steven, Jessica, Korie, Joshua and Kelsie Birkholz.

A memorial service was March 25 at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. An additional memorial service and internment will be June 26 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wisconsin.

Memorial donations may be made in the name of Mary Birkholz to Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, Minn., or to a charity of your choice.

John P. Davis

John Porter Davis, of Cottonwood, died peacefully at his home March 29, 2005.

He was born May 19, 1921 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, the only child of Harold and Ruth Davis.

In 1942, John received his engineering degree from Iowa State University, where he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity and met his wife Margaret (Margie), whom he married April 29, 1942.

He was in an engineering training program with General Electric in Fort Wayne, Ind., for a year before he entered the U.S. Air Corps and served until 1945. He worked in personnel and plant management in the machine tool industry in Rockford, Ill., and Chicago.

In 1977, he and Margie took six months to travel the United States and moved to Arkansas on the White River near Mountain Home, Ark., where he worked for a drafting firm. He retired again in 1987. During one of their travels, they bought a home in Cottonwood in 1993.

John enjoyed his volunteer work at the Chamber of Commerce, the Gem & Mineral Club and the Verde Valley Property Owners Association. He also enjoyed traveling the back roads.

All of his children and grandchildren came to say their farewells in his last weeks, as well as sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, who all loved John dearly.

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Margie; son Alan and wife Teri and their children Jacob and Angela, of Champaign, Ill.; daughter Nancy Melton, of Des Moines, Iowa, and her sons Bill Melton, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Brad Melton, of Houston, Texas; daughter Marcia and husband Ed Zell, of South Elgin, Ill, and her son Steve Zachelmeyer; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Fran and Ed Egan, of Tigard, Ore., Mary and Marvin Phillips, of Truro, Iowa, and Jo and Wayne Young, of Winterset, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

No local services are planned. A memorial service will be at a later date in Iowa. The family asks that any donations be directed to Hospice, The American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Jean Ella Butts

Jean Ella Butts, 88, of Cottonwood, died Friday, March 18, 2005. She was born in Bolivar, Pa., on Nov. 17, 1916. She was the daughter of William and Lillian (Leetch) Henderson.

A resident of Arizona for 47 years, Mrs. Butts was a homemaker, and at one time she had served as a volunteer at the hospital.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services. Westcott Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Evelyn Dell Lee

Evelyn Dell Lee, of Cottonwood, died March 29, 2005, at Flagstaff Medical Center. She was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 1939.

Evelyn was raised in California, moving to Flagstaff 38 years ago. She moved to Cottonwood in 1997. She worked as a beautician in Flagstaff, she did child care and was a homemaker. In her free time she enjoyed crafts, painting, shopping but most of all she enjoyed her family. Evelyn was a member of the Monday Night Gabby Girls, which she enjoyed very much.

Evelyn was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She has a big heart and loved to help others.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Robert Lee, of Cottonwood; children, Misty (Bret) Meachem, of Cottonwood, Brandy (Jason) Whitmarsh, of Cottonwood, Scott (Charity) Lee, of Cottonwood, Steve (Cindy) Lee, of Phoenix, Ken Lee, of Flagstaff, and Loretta Lee, of Flagstaff, 15 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Bobby Lightfoot of Prescott.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kelsie Whitmarsh.

Funeral Services for Evelyn will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, at Norvel Owens Mortuary, 914 E. Route 66, Flagstaff. Burial will follow at the Citizens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be sent in memory of Evelyn Lee to Renal Care Group c/o COT (Cottonwood), 1750 S. Mesa Dr., Suite 110, Mesa AZ 85210 or call (800) 456-9223.

Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

April 3, 2005

Evelyn Dell Lee

Evelyn Dell Lee, of Cottonwood, died March 29, 2005, at Flagstaff Medical Center. She was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 1939.

Evelyn was raised in California, moving to Flagstaff 38 years ago. She moved to Cottonwood in 1997. She worked as a beautician in Flagstaff, she did child care and was a homemaker. In her free time she enjoyed crafts, painting, shopping but most of all she enjoyed her family. Evelyn was a member of the Monday Night Gabby Girls, which she enjoyed very much.

Evelyn was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a big heart and loved to help others.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Robert Lee, of Cottonwood; children, Misty (Bret) Meacham, of Cottonwood, Brandy (Jason) Whitmarsh, of Cottonwood, Scott (Charity) Lee, of Cottonwood, Steve (Cindy) Lee, of Phoenix, Ken Lee, of Flagstaff, and Loretta Lee, of Flagstaff, 15 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Bobby Lightfoot of Prescott.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kelsie Whitmarsh.

Funeral Services for Evelyn will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, at Norvel Owens Mortuary, 914 E. Route 66, Flagstaff. Burial will follow at the Citizens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be sent in memory of Evelyn Lee to Renal Care Group c/o COT (Cottonwood), 1750 S. Mesa Dr., Suite 110, Mesa AZ 85210 or call (800) 456-9223.

Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Thomas Leonard Sexton

Thomas Leonard Sexton, 87, of Cottonwood, died March 31, 2005. He was born in Pomerene on Aug. 7, 1917.

He was a graduate of Prescott High. He worked for Valley National Bank until 1954 when he moved to Cottonwood where he opened an insurance office and first realty broker. Sexton was instrumental in the incorporation of Cottonwood and he helped to establish the Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Sexton was a devoted member of Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood. He served as a deacon, superintendent of Sunday school, and treasurer. Sexton was also a past member of the Cottonwood Kiwanis Club.

Sexton is survived by daughters Ruth Williams and Barbara Williams (Bob) of Cottonwood, a sister, Mildred Haywood of Clarkdale, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Marjorie, his parents and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at Verde Baptist Church (the new sanctuary), 102 S. Willard St., in Cottonwood.

Donations may be sent to the Verde Valley Christian School, 102 S. Willard St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326, or to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

April 6, 2005

David C. Covin

David C. Covin, of Cottonwood, died March 26, 2005, at the age of 54. He was born Nov. 16, 1950, in San Diego, to Stenobrey and Ruth Covin.

He was a western artist.

Mr. Covin is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cynthia; a son, Joshua, of Cottonwood; and his father, Stenobrey Covin, also of Cottonwood.

Family requests any donations to be sent to the American Heart Association: 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe AZ 85285.

Westcott Funeral Home handled these arrangements.

Cyril K. "Bud" Whitt

Former Lake Montezuma resident Cyril Kenneth Whitt, 80, of Tucson, died March 28, 2005. His family was by his bedside at Casa de la Luz Hospice.

He was born in Lockland, Ohio, on Sept. 14, 1924, the son of the late Lloyd Carver and Rose (Barnett) Whitt.

Mr. Whitt entered the U.S. Army at age 18 and served in combat in the European and African theaters during World War II.

He married and resided in Reading, Ohio, where he was a volunteer firefighter and a member of the local Masonic Lodge. "Bud" enjoyed being a private pilot, flying a piper cub over the family farm in Cinncinati. Summers, he resided in Somerset, Ky., near Lake Cumberland, where he enjoyed fishing and boating with his friends.

Mr. Whitt retired as an executive with Procter and Gamble in the mid '80s. He returned to live with his wife in Tucson and spend more time with family. He later resided in Rimrock before returning to Tucson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian (Meyer) of Reading, Ohio. He is survived by his brother, Lloyd E. Whitt, and his wife, Doris, of Tucson.

His many nieces and nephews and their families will miss "Uncle Bo." He is fondly remembered for his generosity by friends and neighbors.

Graveside services will be held April 9 at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery and Crematory at 3015 North Oracle Road in Tucson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for a defibrillator needed by the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District located at 3240 Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock AZ 86335.

Alvin Duane Steele

Alvin Duane Steele, 64, of Camp Verde, died April 2, 2005. He was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Malone Township, Ill.

He retired from Simmons after more than 20 years in Siloam Springs, Ark. A member of the Baptist Church, he enjoyed car races and was accepted and loved by all who knew him.

Mr. Steele is survived by a son, Tracy Steele, of Steeleville, Ill.; a step-son, Chris, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; a daughter, Kim Steele, of Steeleville, Ill.; his mother, Betty Orandorff, of Pekin, Ill.; two brothers, Raymond Steele, of Cottonwood, and Delbert Steele, of Paducah, Ky.

A memorial service will be held at a later time in Illinois.

Donations in his memory may be made to: Special Olympics, 1133 19 St., NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20036-3604.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family.

Myrna Lee Danforth

Myrna Lee Danforth died March 16, 2005, in Boulder City, Nev.,

She was born March 26, 1926, in Reedley, Calif. The eldest daughter of Burton Strock and Laurentine Meissner Strock, she attended Reedley High School, class of 1943. She graduated from Stanford University in 1947, majoring in Spanish and Art.

She was married to Dr. Douglas Alan Snell 1947-60. After working as a secretary for a decade, while being a single mom to three children, she went back to school to get her teaching certificate, attending UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s, City College, and San Francisco State to collect her credits. She received her teaching certificate on May 1, 1970, from Lone Mountain, College for Women in San Francisco, Calif.

She taught in the San Francisco Unified School District at various schools until 1990. She lived many places, and had many friends in the San Francisco Bay area, Clarkdale, Sedona, Cottonwood, Rimrock, Phoenix, and Boulder City, Nev.

She was a talented, vivacious, multimedia artist, working in oil and acrylics in her early career, and creating her one-of-a-kind "nail reliefs" in her later years.

She is survived by her daughters, Lauren Marie Dixon (Dan), Scottsdale, Darcy Keeling, in Larkspur, Calif., and son, Richard Snell (Shantell), Reseda, Calif.; two grandsons, Justin Rosenblad, (Denise), and Alex Keeling; and two great-granddaughters, Hailey Noelle, and Sage Nicole, and sister, Merrie Lou Hongola (Norm) in Fair Oaks, Calif.

Memorials can be sent to the Chemical Injury Information Network. Their e-mail is www.ciin.org.

Goldie Gordon

Goldie Fern Gordon, 82, died April 2. Mrs. Gordon was born in Lodi, Calif., June 18, 1922.

She was the owner of the Hot Diggity Dog Restaurant in Cottonwood, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. Gordon is survived by her son, Paul E. Gordon, Jr., of Camp Verde; daughters, Carolyn F. Dey, of Chandler, and Susan M. Echols, of Cottonwood; a brother, Daniel M. Newcomb, of Vacaville, Calif.; and a sister, Gwenelda Whipkey, also of Vacaville, Calif. She also is survived by 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be April 9, 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Camp Verde. The burial will be at the Cottonwood Cemetery.

Virginia A. Evans

Virginia Adams Evans, 88, of Cottonwood, died April 4. She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Huntington, W. Va.

Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, George Evans, and a daughter, Patricia Baumann.

She leaves a son, George W. Evans, Jr., of Phoenix; a son-in-law, Dan Baumann of Cottonwood; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 8, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Verde Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 1429, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

April 8, 2005

John P Rasmussen

John Percy Rasmussen, 78, of Clarkdale, died April 5. He was born April 8, 1926, in Drayton, Mich.

Mr. Rasmussen received his education in the Drayton Public School System at Drayton, N. D. He then served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In 1947, he began his career with Rural Electric Cooperatives as a power line lineman. He worked in that capacity for two cooperatives in Minnesota for 12 years. He then worked for Big Horn Electric Cooperative in Montana as an electrical advisor for five years, where he was in charge of Consumer Service Programs. During this time he served on year as office manager.

In 1962, he was employed by Nespelem Valley Electric as general manager and served in that capacity for 10 years. In 1972, he went to work for Kootenai Electric Cooperative at Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, where he served for seven years. He retired from Kootenai Electric after suffering a heart attack.

During his tenure in a managerial capacity he was a dedicated promoter of Public Power for the Pacific Northwest. He served on numerous committee and boards of directors of Northwest Power Organizations.

He served as chairman of the Idaho Legislative Committee of the Idaho Cooperative Utility Association. He served as an Ad Hoc Committeeman on the Public Power Council Committee to study the impact of the Bonneville Environmental Impact Study upon the Regional Power Network. He served as president of Ruralite Services for two years. Ruralite is a regional cooperative that provides Safety and Job Training and a monthly magazine in the eight Western States. Ruralite also serves as a third party in future power supply matters for the Pacific Northwest. He has represented the Washington Rural Electric Cooperatives on three separate hearings in Washington, D.C. to give testimony on Regional Power Projects. He served as President of the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has served as committeeman on the Council & Economic Development Committee of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association representing Region 9 on a national level. He has served as President of Coulee Dam, Washington PTA, President of Coulee Dam Fire Department and also served on the Coulee Dam City Council.

On June 19, 1980 he has awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Northwest Public Power Association.

After his retirement he served on the Board of Directors of the Indian Hills Homeowners Association in Vancouver.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, American Legion Post #25, the Elks #476 in Yuma the Mosse #1449.

Mr. Rasmussen was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys.

He leaves his dear companion, Ruth Lichti; daughters Teresa and her husband Larry Morley of Sicily, Italy, Leah Rasmussen of Anchorage, Alaska, Denise and her husband Paul Wilkinson of Glencore, Ill., Cheryl and her husband Dan McKay of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Arlene Holt of International Falls, Minn.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews (including Frank Simmons and family of Cornville), grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass was held April 7.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Legion Scholarship Funds, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood 86326 or to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 700 N. Bill Grey Rd., Cottonwood 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home directed these arrangements.

Arthur Athan Mastor

Arthur Athan Mastor, 73, of Sedona died April 1 at the Infinia Nursing Home in Cottonwood.

He was born in Fredonia, N.Y., on Jan. 12, 1932.

Mr. Mastor was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Navy. He earned a Bachelor's Degree of Science from UCLA and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from USC. In 1992 he retired from Hughes Aircraft in California where he had been a financial analyst. Mr. Mastor enjoyed gardening, tennis and coaching youth sports.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Helen; a son, Eric, from Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Elena, from Los Angeles; his parents, Athan and Kaliope Mastor of Fredonia, N.Y.; two brothers, John of Sierra Vista, and Anthony of Belaire, Calif., and two grandchildren. A sister, Evy, preceded him in death.

On Saturday, April 9, beginning at 3 p.m.,. family and friends are invited to the Mastor Family Residence for a Celebration of Life.

On Friday, April 22, Mr. Mastor will be inurned at the National Memorial Cemetery Of Arizona. Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood, assisted with arrangements.

Stephen Jr. Lowry-Hamaley

Stephen Jr. Lowry-Hamaley, age 2 months, died March 31 in Tempe. He was born Jan. 10 in Cottonwood, to Christina Renee Hamaley and Stephen Cloud Lowry.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. at the Yavapai-Apache Nation Gymnasium on the Middle Verde Yavapai-Apache Reservation. Burial will follow in the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Cemetery.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

April 10, 2005

Esther McPoland

A retired registered nurse, Esther Elmyra McPoland, 93, died March 26, 2005, in Prescott.

She was born March 21, 1913, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of John Harvey and Esther Odessa (Knabb) Whiting.

She went through nurse's training following in her sister's footsteps. After her sister, Miriam, moved out West, she followed some years later and went to work as the school nurse in Cottonwood. She went back East for training in anesthesia at the Mayo Brothers Clinic and then returned to Arizona and worked for years in the old Cottonwood Hospital as an anesthesiologist before moving to Phoenix.

She went to work for Good Samaritan Hospital in the same line of work and retired from there after 13 years. She spent her retirement years in Prescott.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, her sister Miriam, her niece Cody Pearson and her parents.

She is survived by one son, John Bell, nieces, Eagle M. Jones, Opal L. Means, Harriet Lockwood and nephew Tommy Bowdon Jr. and many great-nieces and nephews.

There will be no services at this time. A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date in Williams around or about Memorial Day. She will be buried with her father.

Mary Francis Leisk

Mary Francis Leisk, 93, of Cottonwood, died April 7. She was born Sept. 26, 1911, in Prescott, and lived all but 20 of her 93 years there and in the Verde Valley, in Clarkdale and Jerome, until the mine closed in 1952, and in Cottonwood from 1972 until her death.

Mary Francis attended the University of Arizona, did bookkeeping, sold children's resource books and raised her family. When her husband retired they moved back to the Verde Valley that she loved, where she was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Ladies Altar Guild. Throughout her life she was devoted to her faith. At age 92, she professed as a Third-Order Secular Franciscan.

She was probably best known for her work with the Verde Valley Senior Citizen Center. Mary Francis worked as the executive director and grant coordinator for over 20 years. She was instrumental in establishing the Meals-On- Wheels Program that delivers hot meals to the elderly. She served on the Governor's Commission on Aging and was selected by Sen. Dennis DeConcini to attend a conference on aging in Washington, D.C. She was also involved with and part of the Verde Valley Caregivers.

Mary Francis devoted her life to her family and to helping others, and made a valued difference in many lives wherever she went. Her life and her actions were guided by her firm belief that 'This country belongs to the little people, to the ordinary citizens."

Mary Francis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George, in November 1987. She is survived by sons Harry and Gerald; daughter Mary Anne; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held today, April 10, in the Westcott Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 11, in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Verde Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 681, Cottonwood 86326.

Betty Ann Moser

Betty Ann Moser, 80, a resident of Sedona, died April 7. She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Bluffton, Ind..

A graduate of Bluffton High School, she had been proprietor of Craigville Garage. She later worked for Circle K.

She was also a girl scout leader, a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Extension Homemaker Club and PTA.

Her interests included traveling, camping, avid reader and her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Harold Moser; and a brother, Robert W. Kershner.

Mrs. Moser is survived by her daughters, Barbara and her husband Dale Armstrong of Howell, Mich., Rebecca and her husband Nicholas DeLuca of Batavia, Ill., Susan Clark of Sedona and Debbie and her husband Chuck Arlich of Mesa; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 11, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mesa at 11 a.m.

Westcott Funeral Home is directing these arrangements.

April 13, 2005

Edmund W. Bates

Edmund Wallace Bates died April 4, 2005, at the Payson Care Center at the age of 90. He was born May 3, 1914, in Phoenix to Kenneth Howard and Mable Gertrude Wallace-Bates.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lorene Malone-Bates; and his only child, Muriel Henry Bates; two brothers, Art and Lee; and two sisters, Lois and Rayma. He is survived by his wife of seven years, Mary Celesta; one sister, Courtney (Will) Tomlinson of Homer, Ark.; three grandchildren, Glen Ray Bates (Patty), Linda Morgan, Muriel Edmund Bates all of Globe; many great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephew. His niece, Susan Byers (Rodney) of Payson, cared and comforted him in his last days.

He attended Clemenceau School and Clarkdale High School. The Bates had a ranch in the 1920s and '30s in Cottonwood. It took in all of the north side of Navajo Street back to where Dead Horse Park is now. Besides cattle and farming, they were beekeepers, providing the Verde Valley with honey. They also had a home on Sixth Street, one block off Indian School Road in Phoenix.

Mr. Bates and his father had an excavating-landscape business. He retired from Kennicott Copper Company in Winkleman as a maintenance machinist at the smelter.

When he moved back to the Verde Valley in the early 1970s, he worked in a radiator shop on North Main Street and Gila Street. He also maintained the water works for over 20 years. His wife, Lorene, had a worm farm there and kept all the fishermen in bait. He was very knowledgeable of the history of Arizona and especially the Verde Valley. He loved to prospect and explore old mines.

A memorial service will be held on April 30 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1310 Hwy. 260, Cottonwood. Final arrangements were made by Messenger Payson Funeral Home in Payson.

Gladys E. Haire

Gladys E. Haire, 65, formerly of Cottonwood, died April 9, 2005, in Flagstaff. She was born June 20, 1909, in New Florence, Pa.

She attended New Florence schools. Mrs. Haire had worked as a waitress in a private club in Pasadena, Calif. She lived in Hemet, Calif., before moving to Cottonwood where she lived for six years in the Christian Care Apartments.

Her husband, Clyde E. Haire, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Haire is survived by her son, Jim Haire of Wickenburg; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family.

Dorothy L. Malcolmson

Dorothy E. Malcolmson, 93, Cottonwood, died April 7, 2005. She was born Oct. 11, 1911, in San Diego.

Mrs. Malcolmson attended Santa Ana High School and University of California at Los Angeles.

Her husband, John K. Malcolmson, and a son, Robert Callis, preceded her in death.

She leaves a son, William R. Callis, of Stockton, Calif; two daughters, Carolyn Sherbondy and Chris Christenson, of Clarkdale; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Ernesto 'Ernie' Angel Rojo Jr.

Ernesto "Ernie" Angel Rojo, Jr., 27, of Cornville, died April 8. He was born in Flagstaff May 17, 1977.

Mr. Rojo was raised in Cottonwood, where he attended Cottonwood Elementary, Middle School and Mingus Union High School. He worked in the field of construction, joining the union, and becoming an apprentice electrician He made his first communion at Immaculate Conception Church.

Mr. Rojo enjoyed music and electronics. He was a devoted father and especially loved spending time with his daughter, family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Phelani Geneva Rojo of Cottonwood; his mother, Connie Sanchez of Cornville; his father, Ernesto Rojo, Sr. of Phoenix; grandmother, Esther Jean Gonzales of Colorado; two brothers, Robert Frank Blount of Colorado, Joseph E. Blount, Jr. of Cottonwood; three sisters, Monica M. Magana, Carrie L. Zorrilla and Maggie J. Ibarra all of Cottonwood; step-father, Ricardo Romero of Cornville; girlfriend, Alicia Hicks of Cottonwood; a special aunt and uncle, Diane and Steve Bigelow of Gilbert; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Julian Anthony Magana.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14, at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood, from 3-8 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 16, at Immaculate Conception Church at 1 p.m. with burial at Cottonwood Cemetery.

April 15, 2005

Matthew 'Matt' K. Showers

Matthew Kimball Showers, 15, died April 11, 2005. Born in Cottonwood on Nov. 21, 1989, Matthew used his 15 short years to shine the light and love of Jesus on all who knew him.

Matthew was a member of the First Baptist Church of Camp Verde and was involved in Youth Ministries there, as well as Fellowship of Christian Teens at Camp Verde High School.

Matthew was an exceptional athlete, lettering his freshman year as part of the State Champion Camp Verde boys soccer team and breaking the school record in high jump on the Camp Verde track & field Team.

Matt loved Christian music, concerts, mini-coopers and his family and friends. Matt was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Matthew is survived by his parents, Mark and Lori Showers, his two sisters, Amy and Amanda Showers, his grandparents, Tom and Jan Malloy and Ralph and Marilyn Showers, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved and cherished him.

Services for Matthew will be Saturday, April 16, at Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood, with a public viewing from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. with a graveside service for the family following.

The family would like to invite everyone to a reception at the Camp Verde Schools Multi Use Complex Cafeteria at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Camp Verde Education Foundation c/o Montie Morris, 410 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde AZ 86322. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

Doris M. Nelson

Doris M. Nelson, 91, of Cottonwood, died April 10, 2005. She was born Dec. 23, 1914 in Manchester, Tenn.

She moved to Phoenix from Tennessee in 1936 and came to Cottonwood in 1973.

Mrs. Nelson was preceded in death by her husbands Wendell B. Tubbs and Robert Nelson and her son Robert Tubbs.

She is survived by two granddaughters, one step-grandddaughter, seven great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Margaret Wagner of Idaho.

A graveside service will be April 21 in the Resthaven Park Cemetery, Glendale at 11 a.m.

Westcott Funeral Home is directing these arrangements.

Maria A. Wilson-Leihsing

Maria Anna Wilson-Leihsing, 81, of Cottonwood, died April 6, 2005. She was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Graslite, Czech Republic.

She operated the thrift store for the Northern Arizona Council of Governments.

Among her interests were music - she played in her high school band - animals, cooking, flowers and gardening. An avid reader, she also enjoyed spending time with her family.

The National Enquirer presented her with a Good Samaritan award.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her knew how special she was. She helped numerous strangers in their time of need.

Preceding her in death were her husbands Ben Wilson and Frank Leihsing, and a daughter, Ola Nelson.

She is survived by two sons, John and Ben Wilson, of Prescott; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial services will be today, April 15, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Out of Africa Wild Animal Park or to the Alzheimers Association, 225 Grove St., Suite B, Prescott AZ 86301.

April 17, 2005

Virginia E. Fife

Virginia Elizabeth Fife died early on the morning of April 11, 2005, at the Family Health West nursing home in Fruita Colo. She died peacefully in her sleep.

Sharing time with her prior to her leaving were her three children, Charlie, Jim and Elizabeth. Also present in the last week were Jeannie Fife, David Fife and Rebecca Fife and Rebecca’s daughter Elizabeth. With her at the time of death was Elizabeth Fife Perry.

Virginia Elizabeth Morrisette was born on April 24, 1921, in Lynchburg, Va. She was a graduate of Randolph Macon Women’s College, also of Lynchburg.

She married Charles Fife on Oct. 1, 1943, in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. They lived most of their married lives in Arizona, first in Flagstaff and later in Cottonwood.

Virginia was a medical laboratory technician, and for a short time she was a "Rosie Riveter" (welder) in an airplane factory during World War II in Portland, Ore. After her children were born she was mostly a stay-at-home mom. Virginia loved to garden, fish, collect minerals and travel.

She was a past president of the Flagstaff Garden Club and was a member of the Verde Valley Gem and Mineral Club. Virginia was almost drafted during World War II because her birth certificate was in error listing her as a male.

Virginia is survived by three children; Charlie Fife, of Phoenix, Jim Fife, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Elizabeth Fife Perry, of Flagstaff. She had seven grand children and seven great-grandchildren.

Following her wishes, Virginia will be cremated and her ashes will be mixed with her husband, Charles A. Fife’s ashes and then dispersed in the presence of her immediate family near Roosevelt Lake.

Walter "Larry" L. Booth

Walter "Larry" Lawrence Booth, 65, of Camp Verde, died April 12, 2005. He was born in Phoenix on June 1, 1939.

After graduating from Phoenix Union High School, Larry served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an operating engineer, and at the time of his retirement, he was a civil superintendent for Bechtel Corporation, a telecommunications firm.

Mr. Booth was a member of the Masons, and attended the First Baptist Church of Camp Verde. He enjoyed jeeping, hunting and polishing rocks, making jewelry, bow hunting, hiking, and travel.

He is preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Booth.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Tamara (Tami) A. Booth; daughter Blythe Luree Harrington, of Camp Verde; brother Benny Lee Booth of Maricopa; sisters Evelyn White, of Glendale, Sharon, and three grandchildren.

April 19 a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. will be held at the United Methodist Church of Camp Verde. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with burial at Clear Creek Cemetery.

The family has requested that donations in Larry's name be sent to the Camp Verde Historical Society, P O Box 1184, Camp Verde 86322. Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Richard Allen Wagley

Richard Allen Wagley, 64, of Cornville, died April 13. He was born in Santa Rosa, Calif., on March 26, 1941.

He graduated from Canoga Park High School, and in 1959 he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Wagley was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.

He was self-employed as an accountant and business consultant and owned Wagley Consulting Inc. He was a Mason, belonging to Central AZ Lodge #14, York Rite and Ballut Abyad Shrine in Albuquerque, N.M. He enjoyed gardening and he loved baseball.

Mr. Wagley is survived by his wife of 25 years Carole Joy Wagley; a daughter, Becky Wagley, of Corrales, N.M.; sons, Greg Wagley, of Arlington, Texas, and William Strye, of Beaverton, Ore.; brother Gary Wagley, of Cottonwood, and two grandchildren.

Monday, April 18 a visitation will be held at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood, at 9 a.m., followed by a Masonic Funeral Service at 10 a.m.

Mary D. Hancock

Mary Dorthulia Farley Hancock, 98, of Cottonwood died April 14, 2005. She descended from a pioneer Sedona family. She was the daughter of Joe Farley and Sarah Jane Lay Farley, who homesteaded land located on both sides of Oak Creek, where L'Auberge now stands in Sedona.

Mary was born in Dewey on Aug. 28, 1906. The Farley family was established in Sedona at that time but they were temporarily in Dewey. She attended local Sedona schools and graduated from Clarkdale High School in 1924.

Sept. 3, 1933, she and her husband Joe Hancock purchased the Hancock Ranch near the Honaki Ruins, halfway between Sedona and Cottonwood, and she resided there ever since. Her husband was a cattle rancher. Joe and Mary were well known for their vineyards and fruit trees, the produce of which was sold throughout the Verde Valley.

Mary was famous for creating an extensive rock garden on the ranch. She was a collector of Indian artifacts and antiques of all kinds and created a museum on the ranch that she shared with all visitors.

Mary Hancock made friends throughout the world by welcoming people to visit the ranch. She has been a life-long member of the Verde Baptist Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Hancock, and her sister, Minnie Steele.

Mary is survived by her nephews, Will Steele, of Cornville, Ray Steele, of Sedona, and Bob Willard, of Cottonwood, and by her cousins, Joe Derrick, of Clarkdale, and Jim Derrick, of Cornville.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 22nd at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood at 11 a.m., burial will be at Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

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

April 20, 2005

Kenneth W. Gilding

Kenneth W. Gilding, 91, a retired building contractor, died March 11, 2005, in Cottonwood.

Born in Hastings, Mich., on Dec. 23, 1913, Mr. Gilding grew up on a farm near Charlotte, Mich., and was the first of eight children born to Verne and Vema (Famham) Gilding. Mr. Gilding's surviving brothers and sisters are John B. and Donald E. of Clarkdale, and Kathryn L. and Geraldine J. of Michigan. Mr. Gilding was preceded in death by brother Vern and sisters Lanore E. and Roberta H., all of Michigan.

After graduating from Charlotte High School in 1931, Mr. Gilding enlisted in the Michigan National Guard. In 1934, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCCs, also know as "Roosevelt's Tree Army," enlisted 100,000 young Michigan men to plant seedlings, fight forest fires, build roads, trails, towers and firebreaks in the national and state forests of Michigan. His contribution to the CCC effort helped revitalize the Michigan State park system and helped improve campgrounds in the national forests of Michigan.

In 1936, Mr. Gilding joined the U.S. Navy. His first enlistment ended just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Gilding dutifully re-enlisted and served in the Navy's 1st Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) throughout the South Pacific during World War II.

Perseverance, loyalty, honor, and truth were values he lived by and instilled in his three sons. Ken is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne (Swan); sons Terrance R. (Jeannie) of Charlotte, Mich., Gregory E. of Orlando, Fla., and John B. (Aimi) of Phoenix. Mr. Gilding will be deeply missed by his four grandchildren, Shelene Robin (David) Hahn, Marcy Ann (Matthew) Billings, Deanna Gayle (Jason) Mallett, and Teresa Lynn (Robert) Young, and 10 great grandchildren.

After a lifetime of work in the construction industry in Michigan and Florida, Mr. Gilding retired in Cottonwood in 1976. He stayed active through his involvement with the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 7400 (Past Commander), doing volunteer work for the Verde Village Homeowners Association, and pursuing his lifelong hobby of gardening.

The Gilding family would like to thank Dr. Juneau Stump for 30 years of quality medical care, the staff of the Verde Valley Medical Center, and members of the Verde Rural Fire Department. We also would like to give heart-felt thanks to the many family members, neighbors, and friends who provided comfort and assistance to Ken during his final years.

Mr. Gilding will be interred at sea, with full military honors, by the U.S. Navy out of San Diego.

June Holder

June Holder, 85, formerly of Camp Verde, died April 12, 2005, in Pasadena, Texas.

She was a volunteer at San Jacinto Medical Center, in Baytown, Texas; she loved the outdoors, flowers, playing table games and most of all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Holder was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Holder; sisters, Aileen Fowler and Dorothy Felton; and brothers, Ray Holland and Mack Holland.

She is survived by her siblings, Edwina Volkman, of Houston, Marie Finley, of Camp Verde, Jerry Vrana, of Houston, Bill Holland, of Austin, Texas, and David and Martha Holland, of Pearland, Texas; children, Linda and Norman Durant, of Bay Minnette, Ala., Janice and Michael Skaggs, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Tommi and John Ryan, of West Fork, Ark.; grandchildren, Tommie and Michael Rosprim, Alicia House, Ross and Ann Seigler, Danielle Ryan, Marie and Chris Shipp, Curtis and Becky Skaggs and Kara Holland; 11 great grandchildren, Charles, Ricky, Misty, Chris, Tanya, William, Branton, Carter, Emily, Erin, and Joshua and seven great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will take place April 21, 4 p.m., at Clear Creek Cemetery in Camp Verde. Memorial donations may be sent to: Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, 2909 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77025.

Westcott Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Anthony George Allan Kramer

Anthony George Allan Kramer, 81, of Sedona, died April 15, 2005, at his home. He was born in Bancroft, Iowa, on June 11, 1923.

He attended Campion Prepatory School in Prarie Du Chien, Wis., and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kramer was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a retired electrician, and moved to Arizona from Colorado. He was a devout Catholic and belonged to St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona. He was a member of Men of the Sacred Heart, and the Legion of Mary.

Mr. Kramer was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Regina; sons, David Kramer, Frank Kramer, both of Prescott, Chris Kramer, of Dolores, Colo., Steve Kramer, of Phoenix, Michael Kramer, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jim Kramer, of San Jose, Calif.; daughters, Mary Waechter, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shelia Velasquez, of Phoenix, and Lory Kramer, of Scottsdale; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A visitation and rosary were held on Sunday evening, April 17, at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood and a funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, April 18, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona. Burial was at All Souls Cemetery in Cottonwood.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Edmundite Missions, Selma, Ala.

April 22, 2005

Betty J. Youngblood

Betty Jane Youngblood passed away on April 16, 2005, in Cottonwood, at the age of 78. Betty was born in Alta Loma, Calif., on April 19, 1926, to Herbert and Nellie (Canup) Nagel.

Betty grew up in various areas of California with her parents, her brother Joe and her sisters Sunny, Irene, Mary and Billie Lou. Her fondest memories as a young woman were of time spent in Yosemite and San Francisco.

In 2002, Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill, with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage. Betty's real pride was their two children Billie Lynn and James Albert. She was affectionately called 'Mimi' by her grandchildren and great granddaughters.

Grandchildren from her daughter Billie Lynn include Wende (husband Erik), Penny (husband Neal) and Christopher and great-granddaughters Ryann and Morgan Jayne. Grandchildren from her son Jim and his wife Norma include Jimmy, Billy, Mike, Jessica, Crystal, Michelle and Courtney. Betty is also survived by her two sisters Sunny Poirier and Billie Lou Kesse.

Betty shared a close, loving relationship with her family. She was a dedicated Jehovah's Witness for the past 50 years and enjoyed meeting regularly at the Kingdom Hall with her friends. She looked forward to Jehovah's promise at John 5:28-29 and Psalms 37:29, when she would be reunited with her husband, parents, brother and sisters in an earthly paradise.

Betty's hobbies included crossword puzzles and scrabble. She was an avid watcher of "The Price is Right" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" and she loved a good mystery. She had a real sweet tooth, especially for chocolate and she could eat peanut butter on just about anything.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and "Mimi." She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Private graveside services were at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott on April 20.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1310 Arizona 260, Cottonwood, on Saturday April 23 at 2 p.m. with encouraging words from Brother Frank Shaefer.

Connie Sue Weiker

Connie Sue Weiker, 63, of Cottonwood, died April 3, 2005, surrounded by her family. Connie was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Santa Monica, Calif. She was a big NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt fan. She also enjoyed collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and spending time with her family. She had an extremely giving personality of which she shared with the elderly as a certified care giver.

Connie was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Brooks, and her brother, Melvin Brooks.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Danley and her husband Bernon; son Dean Weiker and his wife, Joy (Utah), daughter Samantha Ward (Washington), son Johnny Weiker and his wife Heather (Cottonwood), son Jesse Weiker, also of Cottonwood; her brother Richard Brooks of Cornville; her sisters, Charlotte Brooks (Phoenix) Eloise Ziegler (California), Diane Heath of Cornville, and Mary Wright of Cottonwood.

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She will be greatly missed by an enormous amount of loving family members and friends.

There was a celebration of Connie’s life at Greer’s Mortuary of Sedona April 5.

Carmen E. Asistin

Carmen Esperanza Asistin, 58, of Sedona (Village of Oak Creek), died April 14, 2005. She was born in Santa Maria, Calif., on Aug. 11, 1946.

A resident of Arizona for eight years, Ms. Asistin worked as a manicurist. She had lived previously in Hawaii, where she had owned and operated beauty shops.

Ms. Asistin is survived by her brother William Asistin of Santa Maria, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Guillermo and Carmen (Esperanza) Asistin.

Memorial services will be held in Santa Maria, Calif. Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood assisted with local arrangements.

April 24, 2005

Verna F. Good Verna Florence Good, 60, of Cottonwood died April 15. She was born June 11, 1944, in Douglas.

Verna attended the Y.E.S. the Arc since 1988. She had helped with ironing for the agency's thrift shop and enjoyed movies, dinners, concerts, painting, ceramics and music classes.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Good, of San Diego, Calif., and Walt Good of Cottonwood; a sister, Jody Rypkema of Flagstaff.

There are no public services planned.

Donations in her memory may be made to Y.E.S. the Arc, P O Box 1061, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

April 27, 2005

William R. Miller

William R. Miller, 92, of Cottonwood, died April 24, 2005. He was born Aug. 17, 1912, in Stonebluff, Okla.

He was World War II veteran of the Navy.

Mr. Miller was a retired sheet metal worker in Phoenix and had served as the business manager for Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 359.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, traveling and dancing the Tango.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Miller Crabtree.

He is survived by a daughter, Pat Reeve of Cottonwood; a brother, John Miller of Freemont, Calif.; a sister, Ella Gray Ross of Roswell, N.M.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 29, in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 9:30 a.m.

Westcott Funeral Home is directing these arrangements.

Ward Mattoon

Ward Mattoon, 83, Cottonwood, died April 23, 2005. He was born June 29, 1921 in Hornell, N.Y.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps.

Mr. Mattoon worked for many years for Motorola and retired in 1980. He was a Master Mason for 55 years.

He leaves a son, Stephen Mattoon (and wife Cindy) of Sedona; a daughter Nancy Thelander (and husband Ted) of Queen Creek; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on today, April 27, in the Green Acres Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsdale at 11:30 a.m..

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

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