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Carrie Mae Mathews

Camp Verde resident Carrie Mathews died Aug. 11.

She was born Oct. 3, 1908 in Bokahoma, Okla.

Mrs. Mathews was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Warren Mathews; two sons, Jayon Allen Mathews and James Franklin Mathews and two daughters, Alva Rae Harbeson and Thelma Louise Ryberg.

Survivors include six children, Mary Jo Duncan, JC Mathews, Betty Sue Dugan, Charles Glen Mathews, Sylvia Inez Homes and Ella Mae Johnson; 31 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 15.

Marvin L. Knoepfle

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 750 E. Mingus in Cottonwood for resident Marvin Knoepfle.

Mr. Knoepfle died Aug. 15.

He was 67 years old.

Mr. Knoepfle was born Dec. 8, 1932 in Artas, S.D.

He was a retired truck driver before his second career as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Clarkdale where he worked for four years.

Mr. Knoepfle was a member of the Jerome Elks and the Clarkdale Moose Lodge.

He was a lay minister working with the Verde River Recreational Resort in Camp Verde and the Thousand Trails Resort outside of Cottonwood.

Survivors include his wife, Devona Knoepfle; a daughter, Noreen Newman of Clarkdale; a son, Nolan Knoepfle of Mesa; his mother, Martha Knoepfle of South Dakota; a brother, Wesley Knoepfle of South Dakota and four grandchildren.

Karl David Olesen

Cottonwood resident and veteran Karl Olesen died Aug. 11

He was 46 years old.

Mr. Olesen was born Feb. 4, 1954 in Merced, Calif.

He worked as an electrician and served in the U.S. Navy from April 1971 to November 1972.

Survivors include his three children; Mary Kathryn, Martin and Matthew Olesen of Camp Verde; his father, Duane Olesen of Wyoming; a brother, Mark Olesen of Texas; two sisters, Karen Jaske of Minnesota and Meagan Olesen of California and his former wife, Mary Beck of Camp Verde and three nieces.

Military services were held Aug. 15 at Westcott Funeral Home followed by burial Aug. 16 at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7400 conducted the military honors.

Thomas W. Redden

A private memorial service is scheduled on Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona for Cottonwood resident Thomas Redden.

Mr. Redden died Aug. 16 at the age of 56.

He was born in New York, N.Y.

Mr. Redden was a parts manager for Autozone in Cottonwood.

A U.S. Navy Veteran, he served in Vietnam from 1963 to 1967 as a radioman and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.

Mr. Redden lived in Arizona for two-and-a-half years and was treasurer of the Mingus Gem and Mineral Club. H also was a ham radio operator and computer web page manager and designer.

He held positions in the security business and was a treasurer of Redden Lumber Company in Massachusetts for ten years. He served as a front office manager at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Boston for six years.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Heather Redden; a daughter, Christina Suazo-Pena of New Hampshire; three grandchildren, Willow Dupont, Mercedes Suazo-Pena and Jordan Thomas Redden Garcia; his mother, Jane Redden; his brothers, Paul, Richard and Frederick Redden and their families and his sister, Janet Porter and family.

Donations may be made in Mr. Redden's name to the American Cancer Society, Northern Arizona Hospice or to the Cottonwood Fire Department.

Eileen M. Gibson

A memorial Mass is scheduled today in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood for resident Eileen Mary Gibson.

Mrs. Gibson died Aug. 16 at the age of 77.

She was born in Lamoure, N.D. May 17, 1923.

Mrs. Gibson and her husband of 53 years, Robert Gibson Jr. have resided in Cottonwood for one year following many years as winter residents.

A bookkeeper, Mrs. Gibson had worked for the ITT Grinnell Company in Montana and in a real estate and tax office.

She enjoyed traveling, making ceramics and knitting. Mrs. Gibson was especially gifted in creating home-made afghans.

She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Gibson Jr.; four sisters, Florence Conn and Caroline Walburn of North Dakota, Eleanor Redmond of Denver and Delores Anstett of Montana.

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