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Rachel Estrada

Camp Verde resident Rachel Estrada died Feb. 26.

She was 82 years old.

Mrs. Estrada was born Jan. 9, 1919 in Tularosa, New Mexico.

She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.

Mrs. Estrada worked as a maid.

Survivors include a sister, Elvira Baca of Cottonwood and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary was held March 1 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde. A funeral mass is scheduled at the church today at 10 a.m.

Alex Goodman

Camp Verde resident and U.S. Navy veteran Alex Goodman died Feb. 23.

He was 81 years old.

Mr. Goodman served during World War II. He was a mason and a member of the American Legion.

He was the co-founder and co-owner of the once famous Bob’s Big Boy Restaurants of Arizona.

Mr. Goodman began his career at the original Bob’s Big Boy in Glendale, Calif. as a teenager and later opened the first Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant in 1955 on Central Avenue in Phoenix.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Adeline of Camp Verde; a daughter, Kathy Castle of Camp Verde and Lauren McCoy of California; a son-in-law, Steve Castle; three grandchildren, Mindi, Jennifer, Daniel and Devon; five great-grandchildren and two sisters, Kathleen Weston and Francis Brown.

Terrence Lee Riojas

Former Cottonwood resident Terrence Riojas died Feb. 12.

He was 52 years old.

Mr. Riojas relocated to Yuma where he was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He worked as a x-ray technician.

A memorial service is scheduled March 4 at 11 a.m. at the Loma Linda Mortuary in Loma Linda, Calif.

Survivors include his living wife, Delaine; his son, Tyler; two daughters, Anika Colburn of Nebraska and Lara Riojas of Florida; a son-in-law, Doug Colburn; his mother, one sister; two brothers; a grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions to support Mr. Riojas’ widow and son may be sent in care of C. Glen Nichols PO Box 575, Loma Linda, Calif. 92354-0575.

Frances Black

Former Verde Valley resident Frances Black died Feb. 20 in Tucson.

She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Black was born June 11, 1913.

Along with her husband, she owned and operated the Indian Garden Skating Rink near Sedona.

Survivors include a son, Rusty of Flagstaff; a daughter, Helen of Mesa; a brother, Noble Pirtle of Clarkdale; seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Graveyard services were held Feb 24 at the Sedona Cemetery.

Kenneth J. Clark

Cottonwood resident and World War II veteran Kenneth Clark died Feb. 23.

He was 86 years old.

Mr. Clark was born Oct. 19, 1914 in Barnesboro, Pa.

He served in the United States Army as a sergeant from 1944 to 1945 in Northern France and Central Europe.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Viola Keith Clark; three children, Carol Ann, Robert K. and Robert J Clark; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Feb. 24 at Westcott Funeral Home.

Beulah Ann Jones

Sedona resident Beulah Jones died Feb. 18.

A graveside service is scheduled at Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale today at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Jones was born in Douglas Jan. 9, 1911.

She spent her youth in Jerome, the daughter of a prominent road contractor.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated from University of California Los Angeles earning a degree in education.

During her life’s career as a teacher she was well known for her work with gifted students.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was sealed to her husband in the Mesa Temple in 1949.

Her husband, Lawrence A. Jones predeceased her in 1990.

Survivors include three nephews and eight nieces.

Lowell R. Mahaffey

Memorial services are scheduled for today at 2 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood for resident Lowell Mahaffey.

Mr. Mahaffey died Feb. 24.

He was 90 years old.

Mr. Mahaffey was born in Joliet, Ill. Oct. 10, 1910.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was a Kiwanis member.

Mr. Mahaffey enjoyed bowling and golf. A musician, he played the saxophone.

His wife of 66 years, Lucy Mahaffey predeceased him five years ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Di Rocco of Snowflake and Lola Walker of California; a brother, Ron Mahaffey of Camp Verde; three grandchildren, Lezli, Patrick and Brian; two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Marian Collins

Former Cottonwood resident Marian Louise Collins died Feb. 24 in Prescott Valley.

She was born Aug. 22, 1911 in Carthage, Mo.

During her youth she lived with her parents in Baxter Springs, Kan. where she proved her academic excellence and musical talent. She later served for many years as an organist for the First Methodist Church. In 1928, she moved to Phoenix to live with her grandfather and aunt and attended Phoenix Junior College. She graduated with honors from the central Phoenix junior college and made her appearance as a featured soloist for the Phoenix Women’s Club.

When Mrs. Collins returned to Kansas she attended Kansas State Teachers College and following her graduation, taught school in Baxter Springs for many years before moving to Phoenix.

After marrying Arthur Victor Collins in 1935, she was offered the position as Indian Agent to the Havsupai Indians in Supai, Arizona at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Mrs. Collins acted as postmaster, nurse and mediator for the Supai people.

In 1960, the couple retired to Cottonwood where they resided for 40 years. After her husband’s death in 1983, Mrs. Collins cared for a sister and brother who then preceded her in death. While in Cottonwood she continued to minister to both the elderly and shut ins.

Survivors include a sister, Geraldine Hiatt Bartley of Missouri and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service is scheduled Friday at 11 a.m. in the Westcott Funeral Home followed by burial at the Cottonwood Cemetery.


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