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Rachel C. Leath

Cottonwood resident Rachel Leath died Nov. 9.

Mrs. Leath was born Sept. 20, 1911 in Glen Rose, Texas.

She was 89 years old.

Mrs. Leath came to Jerome as a bride in 1928. She lived in California during World War II before moving to Payson in 1979 and relocating to Cottonwood in 1989.

Survivors include two daughters, Myrtle Lee Cunningham of Cottonwood and Lena Joyce Collins of California; a brother, J.C. Crawford of Texas; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service is scheduled Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Westcott Funeral Home.

Helen M. Dixon

Clarkdale resident Helen Marie Dixon died Nov. 9.

A funeral service was held in the Westcott Funeral Home Monday. Burial will follow in Oswego, Kansas.

Mrs. Dixon was born in Oswego, Kansas March 29, 1929 to Ralph and Ollie (Ball) Richardson.

She attended Stover Elementary School and was a member of the 4-H Club. She received several Grand Champion Steer Awards.

Mrs. Dixon graduated from Labette County High School in Altamount, Kans. and married Loren Dixon on New Year’s Eve in 1947.

While farming and raising her family in Kansas, Mrs. Dixon worked as a special education and elementary school bus driver. She won multiple awards in school bus rodeo competitions and worked as a cook at an elementary school for two years. She was also active in her church and community while living in Kansas.

Retiring to Clarkdale with her husband in 1981, Mrs. Dixon was employed as a seamstress for Alfredo’s Wife Clothing boutique.

She enjoyed traveling, camping and socializing with family and friends. Mrs. Dixon was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Cottonwood.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 53 years, Loren Glen Dixon of Clarkdale; three daughters, Marlaine Marie Briscoe of Buckeye, Glenda Sue Stringer of Kansas City and Dixie Marie Dixon of Montana; one son, Gayle Dean Dixon of Buckeye; five grandchildren, David Anna, Jennifer, Trinedy and Bryan, and two great-grandchildren, Marissa and Brook.

Mrs. Dixon was predeceased by her brother, Leland R. Bradley and one son, James "Jimmy" Ivan Dixon.

Donations in her memory may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 s. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, 86326.

Marquerite B. Knowles

A memorial mass is scheduled at St. Cecilia’s Mission Church Saturday at 11 a.m. for Cottonwood resident Marquerite Bernadine Knowles.

Mrs. Knowles died Nov. 13.

She was 89 years old.

Mrs. Knowles was born July 6, 1911 in Randolph, Neb.

A retired nurse, she graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa. Mrs. Knowles lived for 57 years in Las Vegas where she worked at the Las Vegas Hospital and for 35 years was employed as a nurse for Dr. Allen, a physician.

After relocating to Cottonwood, she attended St. Cecilia’s Mission Church in Clarkdale.

Survivors include two daughters, Margo Neighbors of Reno and Patricia Perla of California; a son, Terry Knowles of Cottonwood; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

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