Fri, Feb. 28


Richard Witcomb

Montana resident Richard Witcomb and father of Claudia Hauser, Kevin Witcomb and Eric and Laura Moseley of Cottonwood died July 31.

He was 86 years old.

Mr. Witcomb was born March 28, 1914 in Rouses Point, N.Y., the son of Walter Witcomb and Irene Slater.

He grew up in Verdun, Canada where he played football for the Montreal Aluets and hockey for the Montreal Canadians.

Mr. Witcomb and his wife Alice lived in Phoenix in the 60s where he worked for Skagg's Drug Stores, Totem Department Stores and Yellow Front.

In 1981 he married Clare Moseley and in the late 80s and the couple retired to Red Lodge, Mont.

Mr. Witcomb enjoyed reading, socializing and golfing with his friends. He was dearly loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Clare; three sons, Paul and Kevin Witcomb and Eric Moseley; his daughters-in-law, Dianna and Corinne Witcomb; five daughters, Laurie Miller, Jody Swapp, Stacey Parker, Laura Moseley and Claudia Hauser; sons-in-law, Roy Miller, Bill Swapp, Ed Parker and Kevin Hauser; thirteen grandchildren and a great grandson,; two brothers, Ralph and Les Elson; a sister, Margaret Fitzgerald and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Aug. 5 in Montana.

Donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Box 946, Red Lodge, Mont. 59068 or to Metro Ministries, P.O. Box 695, New York, N.Y. 11237.

Margaret Louise Morris

Margaret Louise Morris died Aug. 2.

Mrs. Morris was born Aug. 16, 1914 in Juneau County, Wis. She lived with her parents, Samual and Olga Crabtree on a ranch in eastern Montana until 1923 when the family moved to Wisconsin.

Mrs. Morris married Vernon Elmer Morris Jan. 20, 1935. The couple made their home in Milwaukee but lived in Bedford, England and Johannesburg, South Africa before retiring to Sedona in 1978.

Mrs. Morris was not only a loving mother, she was devoted to her family, church and many friends. She is remembered for her quick mind, exquisite skill as a knitter and seamstress, and her love of flowers and music. Mrs. Morris was a talented artist, an outstanding secretary, played the piano and loved doing crossword puzzles.

She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Arizona Republican Women's Club, Morning Glories Garden Club and the Sedona Christian Science Church.

A memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Sedona Masonic Temple.

Contributions may be made to the Sedona Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Stanley Clifton

Evangelist Stanley O. Clifton of Cottonwood died Aug. 4 in Phoenix.

He was 75 years old.

Mr. Clifton was born July 21, 1925 in Detroit, Mich. to Charles and Pearl Clifton.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an electronics technician traveling throughout the United States and Italy.

Mr. Clifton was a chaplain for the Lansing Michigan Police Department.

He was a pilot, an artist and an electronic organ repairman.

An elder in the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection, Mr. Clifton traveled extensively as an evangelist.

He is remembered for his service to the Lord and his unselfish dedication to others.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Clifton; three sisters, Geneva Gregory, Anita Miller and Frances Miller of California; two brothers, Cecil and James Clifton of California; two foster daughters, Hannah Lopez and husband Curtis of Cottonwood, Lenora BlackCalf and husband Gene of Tuba City; seven foster grandchildren and two foster great-grandchildren.

Mr. Clifton was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Joyce Bratcher Clifton.

A viewing is scheduled for Aug. 10 at Westcott Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service is scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Cottonwood Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1691 Rainbow Rd. at 2 p.m. with burial following in the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

Memorial donations in Mr. Clifton's name may be made to the Missions Department of Cottonwood Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1691 Rainbow Rd. Cottonwood 86326.

Marie Gaylord

A memorial service is scheduled for Cottonwood resident Marie Gaylord Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Peoria.

Mrs. Gaylord died Aug. 5.

She was 70 years old.

Mrs. Gaylord was born Sept. 17, 1929 in Scotia, N.Y.

She retired from Honeywell in Phoenix.

Survivors include her two sons; Mark Siler of Glendale, her son Dr. John Siler of Tucson; daughters-in-law, Judi and Toni; grandchildren, Kiel and Sean Siler of Tucson; four step-children, nine step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gaylord was preceded in death by her son, Kent Siler, her first husband Robert Siler and her second husband, Earl Gaylord.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St. Tempe 85282-3145.

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