Irmadean J. Preston

Irmadean J. Preston, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 15, 2006, at age 94.

She is survived by her children, John Robert (Dolores) Strickland of California, Loretta (James) Ross of Avon, Deena (Dennis) Patriarca of Virginia; sister Delores Lewis of California; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call Monday, 4-7 p.m., at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home Inc. 350, Genesee St. Avon, where her Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment is at Avon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, Md., 21203 or the Avon Free Library, 143 Genesee St. Avon, N.Y. 14414.

Judith Lynn Major

Greenriver, Wyo. died in a car accident in Evanston, Wyo. on Sept. 3. Judith was born Oct. 18, 1965. She leaves two children, Crystal Appleton and Michael Appleton of Greenriver, Wyo. Her parents Norman and Wanda Major of Luna, N.M.; two brothers, Dale and Scott Major of Cottonwood; and may other relatives and friends. Judith was raised in Cottonwood and attended school in Cottonwood and Mingus Union High School. Services are private with burial in Clarkdale Cemetery.

Bailey F. Thompson

Bailey Francis Thompson, 82, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 17. He was born on April 3, 1924, in Fairmont, W.Va., to Jenny Thompson and Bailey Thompson Sr.

He leaves behind his wife, Doris Thompson, of Cottonwood.

Bailey and Doris were married 61 years and many of those years were spent on the Navajo Reservation -- first working at St. Christopher's Mission in Bluff, Utah, with the Rev. H.B. Liebber. In the 1960s, their friend Rev. John Davis, then superintendent of Good Shepherd Episcopal Mission at Ft. Defiance, offered them the position as lay missionaries at St. Mark's Chapel at Coal Mine, N.M. and also at St. Mary's Mission at Sanders, which was a weekly gathering of Navajos meeting in their hogans and log cabins for prayer services.

After moving to Cottonwood, Bailey became the first Eucharistic minister for St. Francis Cabrini Church in Camp Verde and at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood. He took the Blessed Sacrament to the sick in hospitals and rest homes and to the home bound. He loved this service but was forced to retire in the 1990s due to his health.

Westcott Funeral home is entrusted with private family services.

Frank G. Lytle

Frank G. Lytle, 60, of Clarkdale, died Sept. 14. He was born Aug. 12, 1946, in Eureka, Calif., the son of Carl Gerald and Collen Patricia Lytle.

He graduated from California schools and went on to Yavapai College in Clarkdale, where he received in Associates of Arts degree.

Mr. Lytle worked in the auto industry for a number of years and for the last seven years worked at Cliff Castle Casino. He was involved with the Search and Rescue Team and assisted in many rescues over 30 years. His other interests were HAM radios, hunting and fishing and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bette Jo Lytle; two sons, Frank Joseph Lytle of Clarkdale and Jason Karl Lytle (Joy) of Austin, Texas; a brother, Kevin Patrick Lytle of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Denis Newlove (Tom) of Phoenix; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Sept. 23 in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 810 W. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood. at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Response Team.

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