Obituaries 5-08-05

David Elder

B. David Elder died May 3, 2005, at the age of 74. David was born July 22, 1930, in Welch, Okla., to Bliss D. and Cecil Elder.

He was raised in Chetopa, Kan., where he spent his youth working in the family business. In 1954, David moved to Riverside, Calif., where he began working for Riverside Cement as a laborer in the quarry.

In 1970 Elder transferred to the Clarkdale plant, which is now Phoenix Cement, where he worked for a total of 43 years. During that time he advanced to Maintenance Field & Shop supervisor and retired in 2000.

In 1995 he and his wife moved to Camp Verde. He enjoyed old country music, weight lifting and riding motorcycles. He was an avid outdoorsman that enjoyed fishing, camping and animals, especially his dogs. After retiring he especially enjoyed gardening and visiting friends.

Elder was preceded in death by his father, mother and only sister.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dixie Elder, of Camp Verde; his children David Wayne Elder, of Eugene, Ore., Theresa Carlton, of Sacramento, Calif., and Candice King, of Torrence, Calif.; step-children Christi Myers and Dawn Jones, of Cottonwood, Richard Peterson and Loy Bowman, of Port Angeles, Wash., Cindy Trewern, of Tucson, and Paul Bowman, of San Leandro, Calif. He had 16 grand children and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Human Society. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 12, at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

Sylvia Bradley

Sylvia Bradley, 91, died May 4, 2005. She was born Oct. 20, 1913, in Erick, Okla.

She was a member of Arizona Old Time Fiddlers, Grand Canyon Pioneers and Mingus Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son John Bradley, of Cottonwood; daughter Jeanette Cox, of Cottonwood; sister Lil Price, of Atascadero, Calif., two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. Mrs. Bradley will be buried at Grand Canyon. Donations may be made in her memory to the Gideons.

Cassandra C. Lang

Cassandra C. Lang and her daughter Alexus T. Lang died April 30, 2005. Both mother and daughter were born in Prescott -- Cassandra, Feb. 11, 1987, and Alexus, April 30, 2005.

Cassandra "Auntie" was busy finishing her high school diploma and Veterinary Assistant Certification, online, so she could be home with her expected daughter, Alexus T. Lang. Her favorite things in life were children and animals.

Cassandra is survived by her parents, Vada and Jack Holt, Larry and Shari Lang; sister, Jennifer Lang-Gasho and her husband, Kara Lang-Watkins and her husband; brother, Luke Lang and his wife, two stepbrothers, and one stepsister. Also left behind are 20 nieces and nephews, grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of their lives was held May 7, at the Prescott First Church of the Nazarene in Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, please assist the family by donating In Memory of Cassandra and Alexus Lang at any National Bank of Arizona branch.

Chino Valley Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Patrick M. Gaughan

Patrick Gaughan, 66, of Clarkdale died May 6 in Phoenix.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine and daughter Shannon of Plainfield, Ind.; his brothers, John (Cynthia) Gaughan of Celebration, Fla., and Terrence (Patricia) of New York City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Iris and Carl, sister Pamela (Ronald) Grocke. Patrick was retired from Northern Indiana Public Service Company. He was a member of Verde Santa Fe Golf Course, lifetime member of Whiting, Ind., Elks Lodge and a an associate member of the Sedona Elks.

A memorial Mass will be May 12 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to celebrate Patrick's life at 10 a.m.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

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