March 12, 2006

James T. Hills

James Thomas Hills, 83, of Rimrock, died Feb. 28, 2006.

He was born on June 3, 1922, in Los Angeles, to James and Neva (Brown) Dooley. After the death of his father, his family moved to Chicago, where he spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence.

His mother Neva married Fred Hills while James was a boy, and he adopted James and his sister. James attended the Chicago's Teachers College, where he received his degree in Education.

While living in Chicago, he met the love of his life. Following his departure from the U.S. Navy, where he served his country during World War II, as Lt. Jr. Grade, he moved to California. It was in California that they were married and raised their family. It was during this time that James earned his master's degree. James was employed as a teacher in Southern California for 25 years, retiring from Upland High School in 1980.

After James retired from teaching, he and his wife once again moved, making their final home together in Arizona.

James was a loving and dedicated husband to his wife of nearly 56 years. He was also the devoted father of two daughters and one son.

He is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by two grandchildren.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Arthur Melvin Baker

Arthur Melvin Baker, 86, of Cottonwood, died March 7, 2006. He was born Oct. 16, 1919, to Edith and Virgil Baker in Ashtabula, Ohio.

He graduated in 1939 from Ashtabula High School. He served at C.C.C. Camps in Priest River, Idaho, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for two years.

Arthur met and married Viola Showers in 1941 in Akron, Ohio. He served in the United States Air Corps from 1942-1945 in the South Pacific area.

He retired from the Arizona Department of Transportation at the Inspection Station in Page.

Arthur loved music, sports and his family.

Arthur had two children; his daughter, Cathy Baker of Cottonwood, and his son, Bruce with his wife, Kate, of Parachute, Colo.

He leaves behind his granddaughter, Danielle (Brian) Martinez of Englewood, Colo.; and his grandson, Jordan (Shellie) Baker of Camp Verde; and three great-grandchildren, Josh and Mike Martinez and Tanner Baker.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., in Cottonwood.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Karen Irene (Taylor) Nielson-Burt

Karen Irene (Taylor) Nielson-Burt, 51, of Cottonwood, died March 7, 2006.

She was born on April 29, 1954, in Provo, Utah, to Gordon E. Taylor and Ida Irene (Gillies) Taylor-McDowell. She attended high school in American Fork, Utah, for three years and then obtained her GED.

Karen was an artist and was talented with floral and plant arrangements.

She was an associate of the Association of Recovering Motorcyclists (A.R.M.). She was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), though she was not active.

She enjoyed Indian artifacts, rocks, birds, Harley Davidson motorcycles and her two cats, Barker and Fancy. She found the most joy from her lovely children, stepchildren and grandchildren.

Karen leaves behind her husband of three years, Terry W. Burt of Cottonwood; her children, Christopher Ryan (Melinda) Nielson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Danielle Nielson of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Lacy Lynn Nielson of Las Vegas, Nev.; her stepchildren, Richard D. (Stephanie) Burt of Strongsville, Ohio, and Amber R. (Ricardo) Rosales of Lancaster, Calif.; her mother, Ida Irene McDowell; her stepfather, Dave McDowell; brother, Keith Taylor of Fairview, Utah; sisters, Kelly Tincher of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kristi (Fred) Stevens of Langhorn, Pa.; stepsister, Karen K. (Kent) Vostad of Volga, S.D.; and 13 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 13, at 10 a.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Marjorie Jane (Pownall) Feor

Marjorie Jane (Pownall) Feor, 79, passed away March 9, 2006, at her winter home in Cottonwood after a long illness. She was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Brighton, Ontario, Canada, to Wilfred and Mary Pownall.

Marjorie was active in the farmerettes during World War II. In 1952 she moved to Rochester, N.Y., with her husband, Louis Feor.

Marjorie was a loving and dedicated mother, always possessing and independent and indomitable spirit. She was a working mother when it was not the norm.

Marjorie was a longtime resident of Rochester, N.Y., having spent close to 40 years on Gorsline Street. Marjorie later relocated to Brockport, N.Y., and spent her winters in Arizona.

Marjorie is survived by her husband of 54 years years, Louis Feor; her daughter, Sharon (Bill) Chipman; her sons, Duane (Denise) Feor, Dale (Gail) Feor, and Kevin (Lisa) Feor; her grandchildren, Damon (Deepa) St. James, Alexandra, Dustin, Rose, David and Jonathan; and three great-granddaughters, Cassandra, Dacia, and Gianna St. James.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Ave., 2nd Floor, New York City, New York, 10001.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Tayloe Hannaford Churchill

Tayloe Hannaford Churchill, 90, of Cottonwood, passed away March 4. She was born on Oct. 18, 1915, in Chicago, Ill., to Foster and Alice Hannaford.

Tayloe attended Sarah Lawrence, where she obtained her Bachelor's of Art.

She was a political writer, art patron, and the founder of the Oakland Museum, and the Matilda Brown's Women's Home.

She belonged to the Bellevue Club of Oakland and she was a member of the Oakland Museum Women's Board. Tayloe was also active in the East Bay Junior League and the Art League of the East Bay.

Tayloe was a world traveler and philanthropist who loved classical music and opera.

She was the mother of Creighton Hannaford Churchill of Cottonwood; the mother-in-law of Spring Bright Churchill of Cottonwood; sister to Priscilla Greeley; and the aunt of many beloved nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service held in Tayloe's honor at a later date in California. Contributions can be sent to the Oakland Museum Women's Board.

Keith Palmer Boxberger

Keith Palmer Boxberger, 69, of Cottonwood, died March 7, 2006, after a long, hard battle with cancer.

He was born on July 2, 1936, in Denver, Colo., to Theodore Palmer and Lillie Louise (Conyac) Boxberger. Keith was raised in the surrounding area and graduated from Aurora High School. As a young man, Keith served his country as an Airman E-3 in the U.S. Navy. Following his time spent in the military, he found employment with General Motors. Upon retirement, Keith left the company as truck sales manager.

He was an active member of the American Legion in Cottonwood and the Moose Lodge in Payson. Keith was a sports enthusiast; his enjoyments were golf and hunting. More than anything, he enjoyed the company of his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parent's, Theodore and Lillie Boxberger; and his sister, Joyce Schaeffer.

He leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Norma Boxberger of Cottonwood; his two sons, Keith P. (Susan) Boxberger of Newbury Park, Calif., and Kent Boxberger of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; his two daughters, Karen Burke of Camarillo, Calif., and Gail Clark of Marion, Md.; his former wife, Beverly Boxberger of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; his three grandchildren, Orion, Nicki, and Blake; his great-grandchild, Thomas; and his two nieces, Vicki Fernelius and Teri (Dave) Brosky, both of Simi Valley, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at American Legion Post #24 in Cottonwood at a time and date to be announced.

Keith will be laid to rest at the Holy Cross Cemetery in California with graveside services pending.

Memorial contributions can be sent to: The Northern Arizona Hospice, 295 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, or to: The American Cancer Society, 2724 E. Lakin, Suite 9, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

In order to receive updated information regarding service times, dates and places, or to sign his online guestbook, visit www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Eddie Leroy Collins

Eddie Leroy Collins, 58, of Rimrock, died March 7. Eddie was born in Coweta, Okla., on July 30, 1947, to Tom H. and Edna L. Collins.

Mr. Collins was a graduate of Chandler High School, a member of the U.S. Army, and a Vietnam veteran. He graduated from journeyman's school in Phoenix and worked as a brick mason. He enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors with his four grandsons.

Mr. Collins is survived by his daughter, Heather Thude-Orlowski, and four grandsons, Gunner, Chase, Brady, and Ranger. He is also survived by his companion, Marcia Marley of Rimrock; father, Tom H. Collins of Rimrock; brothers, Dennis Collins of Gold Canyon and Jimmy Collins of Gilbert; and his sisters, Patty Newton of Rimrock and Cathy Hopkins of Oklahoma.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Edna, and brother, Tommy W. Collins.

A visitation will be held today, March 12, 2 to 4 p.m., at the chapel of Bueler - Hepler Funeral Home, Camp Verde. Funeral services and interment will be held on Wednesday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. Bueler ­ Hepler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Arthur Melvin Baker

Arthur Melvin Baker was born Oct. 16, 1919, to Edith and Virgil Baker in Ashtabula, Ohio.

He graduated in 1939 from Ashtabula High School. He served at C.C.C. Camps in Priest River, Idaho, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for two years.

Arthur met and married Viola Showers in 1941 in Akron, Ohio. He served in the United States Air Corps from 1942-1945 in the South Pacific.

He retired from the Arizona Department of Transportation at the Inspection Station in Page.

Arthur loved music, sports and his family.

Arthur had two children; his daughter, Cathy Baker of Cottonwood, and his son, Bruce with his wife, Kate, of Parachute, Colo.

He leaves behind his granddaughter, Danielle (Brian) Martinez of Englewood, Colo.; and his grandson, Jordan (Shellie) Baker of Camp Verde; and three great-grandchildren, Josh and Mike Martinez and Tanner Baker.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., in Cottonwood.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Herman Martin Jr.

Herman Martin, 88, of Cottonwood, died at home on March 10, 2006. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 22, 1917, to Herman Sr. and Katherine Martin, he was the oldest of three children.

He will be loved and dearly missed by those who knew him and remembered for his love of baseball. He was a fan from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Mets to the AZ Diamondbacks. He was also an avid bowler and fishing enthusiast. Herman was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the South Pacific.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Agnes Martin, who died Jan. 25, 2006.

He is survived by his son, Glenn (Pamela) Martin and their two children, Michelle (Matthew) Edwards and and Eric (Amber) Martin; his sister, Helen Martin; and brother, Robert Martin.

Both the visitation (9 a.m.) and funeral service (10 a.m.) will be Tuesday, March 14, at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

His family requests that any donations be made to: Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.

An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

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