Sun, Dec. 08


Helen M. Dixon

Helen M. Dixon, Clarkdale, died Nov. 9. She was 71.

Ms. Dixon was born March 29, 1929 in Oswego, Kan. to Ralph and Ollie Richardson.

Ms. Dixon was married in 1947 to her husband Loren. They raised a family and owned a farm in Kansas. Ms. Dixon was also a school bus driver.

In 1981, the Dixons retired to Clarkdale, where Ms. Dixon was a seamstress at Alfredo’s Wife Clothing Boutique.

Ms. Dixon was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Kansas and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Cottonwood.

Ms. Dixon’s funeral service will be held in the Westcott Funeral Home Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Burial will be Nov. 17 in Oswego, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, 86326.

Jay William Elmer

Jay W. Elmer, Sedona, died Nov. 9. He was 76.

Mr. Elmer was born Nov. 28, 1923 in Clarkdale.

Mr. Elmer married Dorothy Marie Meacham Dec. 18, 1942 in Flagstaff and together they raised 14 children in Elmerville, their homestead on the Lower Red Rock Loop Road.

Mr. Elmer was employed at the Cement plant in Clarkdale when it first opened. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Elmer is survived by his wife, Dorothy; 14 children, Kay Holland, Gay Smith, Debby Riddell and Jay and Jeff Elmer, Sedona. Joy Dotson, Kerry Chavez and Donny Elmer, Cottonwood. Sally Carter and Bill Elmer, New Mexico. Gary Elmer, Scottsdale. Randy, Greg and Danny Elmer, Camp Verde; two brothers, James E Elmer, Sedona and Justin L. Elmer, Cornville: 32 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Nov. 11 at the Westcott Funeral Home.

Pauline Elizabeth Hanaway

Cottonwood resident Pauline Hanaway died Nov. 6.

She was 82 years old.

Mrs. Hanaway was born Oct. 11, 1918 in Clay Center, Kan.

She was a retired homemaker and secretary.

Survivors include William G. Hanaway, three sons, Ron and Darrel Floyd of Washington and Dennis Floyd of California, and two grandchildren.

Private services were held.

Wanda Sue Webb

Funeral services are scheduled today at 1 p.m. at the Wetsuit Funeral Home for Cottonwood resident and Arizona native Wanda Webb.

Mrs. Webb died Nov. 6.

She was born in Aripine Feb. 23, 1941 to James Wesley and Magie (Holmes) Lewis.

Mrs. Webb was certified through the Department of Economic Security as a foster parent and the juvenile probation program.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Webb of Cottonwood; four daughters, Brenda Schriver, Bobbi and Katherine Webb and Shari Courtney of Cottonwood; two sons, James Webb of Camp Verde and Cody Webb of Cottonwood; two brothers, Virgil Lewis of Arkansas and Jim Lewis of Colorado; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled prior to the funeral services from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home. Burial is scheduled at Cottonwood Cemetery.

Jean B. Cook.

Private funeral services have been held for Cottonwood resident and U.S. Army veteran Jean Cook.

Mr. Cook died Nov 5 at the age of 79.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. Cook lived in San Bernardino, Calif., Doverain, N.J. and Ely, Nev. until moving to Cottonwood in 1995.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. He was a systems analyst with CalComp in New Jersey before his retirement.

Mr. Cook volunteered his time to the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada where he located and verified prehistoric rock art. During his service with the BLM, he discovered an unknown canyon later named Cook Canyon.

While living in Cottonwood, Mr. Cook continued his work with rock art as a site steward for the Archeology Society of the Verde Valley. He was also a member of the American Rock Art Research Association.

Survivors include his daughter and son –n-law, Pamela and Thomas Fruendt of New Jersey; a sister-in-law, Lurana of Massachusetts; a niece, Evlin Kinney of Florida; a nephew, Charles of Massachusetts and his dear friend, Linda Evans of Rimrock.

Joseph D. Liggit.

Cottonwood resident Joseph Liggit died Nov. 7.

He was 72 years old.

A professor of psychology at Northern Arizona University for 21 years, Mr. Liggit retired to Cottonwood in 1990.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Cottonwood; three daughters Susan Scott of Hawaii, Lory L. Hogan of New York and Peggy Bruening of Michigan, and five grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326 or to Verde Historical Society, P.O. Box 511, Cottonwood 86326.

Mildred Emma Norman

Longtime Sedona resident Mildred Norman died Nov. 7.

She was 80 years old.

A celebration of life is scheduled Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Sedona Elks Lodge.

Mrs. Norman was born Aug. 2, 1920 in Blue Island, Ill. to William Simon Jensen and Anna Witt Jensen. The pride of her German immigrant grandparents, Mrs. Norman grew up in Illinois in a large extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles before graduating from Blue Island Community High School in 1937.

Following her marriage to Norman Norman in 1944, the couple had three children while residing in Illinois before moving to Sedona in 1959.

While Norman operated his own electrical contracting and appliance repair business, a fourth child was born and Mrs. Norman began to work at the Sedona Ranch Market. In 1963 she began her career with First National Bank of Arizona where she was known by customers as polite and gracious. She retired in 1982.

Mrs. Norman was active in the Soroptomist Club and the Emblem Club for many years. She enjoyed bowling with a group of on a team sponsored by Mary Pendleton Handweavers.

Survivors include her husband, Norman; two sons, Bill and David; two daughters, Nancy McLaughlin and Kim King; three grandchildren and a large community of friends.

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