May 29, 2005

Victor "Jerry" Hultquist

Victor Jerome (Jerry) Hultquist died at Willow Creek Retirement home in Clovis, Calif., on May 16, 2005. Born in the small town of Calderwood, Tenn., in 1916, he later attended Maryville High School.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1938 with a degree in civil engineering. Attached to the Army Air Corps during World War II, he served in the capacity of second lieutenant. During the war he was involved in the construction and headquartering of troops at Aberystwyth, Wales.

After the war, he married the former Martha Roberts of La Grange, Ill. For several years the couple made their home in Alcoa, Tenn. During this time, Jerry was employed by the Alcoa Aluminum Company. After leaving Alcoa, he was employed by the City of Yuma as assistant city engineer. Later, Jerry and Martha returned to Tennessee, where Jerry served as director of public works for Morristown, Tenn.

Upon retiring, Jerry and Martha lived for several years in Cottonwood until the death of Martha. He is survived by his daughter Marla and sons Eric and Kim, as well as two grandchildren, Zane and Jillian (children of Kim and daughter-in-law Erika). Jerry was also a registered professional engineer in several states including Texas, Arizona, California and Tennessee.

Lloyd F. Will

Lloyd F. Will, 91, of Cottonwood, died May 17. He was born in Center, N.D., on June 5, 1913.

He owned and operated an oil refinery company in North Dakota until he retired to Arizona 15 years ago. He loved animals especially his devoted companion Rusty.

Mr. Will is survived by his wife of 12 years, Dorothy, and a stepdaughter, Marsha Dial of Hickory Hills, Illinois.

A memorial service will be June 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. Inurnment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Clarkdale.

Esther B. Krause

Esther Bernice Krause, 85, of Cottonwood, died May 26, 2005. She was born in Wittenberg, Wis., on Sept. 3, 1919.

Mrs. Krause was a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, indoor gardening, music, she was an avid reader and a wonderful hostess. She especially enjoyed the programs of the Three Angels Broadcasting Network. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mrs. Krause is survived by her husband of 56 years, Eugene H. Krause, two daughters: Kristi K. Canther of Cottonwood, Karen K. Snyder of Prescott; a brother: Keith Parfitt of Tony, Wis.; sisters: Virginia Janke of Oxfofrd, Wis.; Arlene Hill of Menominee Falls, Wis.; Joyce Wells of Loma Linda, Calif.; Kathleen Edwards of Prescott; Muriel Polk, of Camp Verde, and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. on June 1 at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale. The Krause family has requested that memorial donations in her name be sent to: Three Angels Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 220, West Frankfurt IL 68296-0220. Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Phyllis J. Johnson

Phyllis Jeanne Johnson, 75, of Cottonwood, died on May 27. She was born in Alabama on Feb. 21, 1930.

Mrs. Johnson was a retired medical laboratory technician. She enjoyed camping, fishing, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons; Samuel Johnson of Glendale, Charles Johnson of Flagstaff; two brothers: Avon Hannison of Birmingham, Ala., Elwin Wilkenson of Haylon, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a soon to be born great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Hubert Johnson.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at the Westcott Funeral Home 1013 E. Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood, on June 4. Inurnment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. Memorial donations may be sent to the Arizona Heart Association.

Russell W. Ayers

Russell Walton Ayers, 84, of Sedona, died May 25, 2005. He was born in Garber, Okla., on July 17, 1920.

Mr. Ayers was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from the Pacific Telephone Company where he held many management positions.

Mr. Ayers was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona. He was also a member of the Oak Creek Country Club, where he won many awards for playing golf. He was a past president and vice president of the Village of Oak Creek Association.

Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife of 32 years, Gloria; a son: Roger Ayers of Downey, Calif.; a daughter: Joyce Schwartz of Phoenix; a step-son: Keith Binns of Orange, Calif.; a brother: Roger D. Ayers of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; grandchildren Valerie and Jordan Schwartz, Sara Binns; and great-grandchildren Savannah and Noah Schwartz. A sister, Carolyn Longman preceded him in death.

A Celebration of Life will be June 3 at 10 a.m. at St. John Vianney Church 180 Soldier Pass Road, Sedona.

Memorial donations may be sent to your favorite charity. Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood, assisted with arrangements.

Betty A. Porter

Betty Antoinette Porter, 75, of Rimrock and formerly of Pennsylvania, died May 23, 2005. She was born in New Orleans on April 23, 1933.

Mrs. Porter retired after owning and operating her own answering service. She was also a bookkeeper and homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting and crafts of all kinds. Mrs. Porter attended Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Rimrock.

Mrs. Porter is survived by her children: John B. Porter Jr. of Pennsylvania; Aaron Porter of New York; Gordon Porter of Sedona; David Porter of Camp Verde; Rebecca Grucza of California; Sarah Allen of Rimrock; brothers: Jack Bianchini and Lawrence Bianchini; sisters: Rita Addington, Edna MacNeely, Anna Gates all of Louisiana; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, John B. Porter Sr.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 28th at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be sent to the Resident Activity Fund c/o Kachina Point Health Care Center, 505 Jacks Canyon Road Sedona AZ 86351.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

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