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Francis Joseph Gargulak

Francis Joseph Gargulak, Cottonwood, died Nov. 20. He was 70.

Mr. Gargulak was born March 3, 1930 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

Mr. Gargulak made his living as a logger. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a Catholic, a member of the Moose Lodge and an AA member.

Mr. Gargulak is survived by his wife, Ida Mae; daughters, Christine Taft, Mary Evitch, Rose Brunclik, Roxanne Falteisek and Patti Gaven; sons, Frank, Joe and Gordon Gargulak, a brother John Garulak and 17 grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Gargulak were private.

Anna Christine Taylor

Anna Christine Taylor, Cottonwood, died Nov. 13. She was 83.

Ms. Taylor was born in Alberta, Canada on Dec. 12, 1916.

Ms. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband Paul Taylor in 1983 and by their six children, Lenore, Lena, Leah, Robert, Kenneth and Theriah.

Ms. Taylor is survived by Oscar, Deborah, Leticia, Tyreen, Barney, Lily and the rest of the Hernandez family, Patricia Pardee and Adam Benites.

A private memorial service has been held in celebration of Anna’s life. Westcott Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Patsy Perry

Patsy Perry, Cottonwood, died Nov. 17. She was 72.

Ms. Perry was born April 8, 1928 in Omaha, Neb. She moved to Colorado when she was a young child and lived there until 1960. She then moved to Phoenix where she worked for Motorola for 10 years.

Ms. Perry became co-owner of the Wrenwood Bar in Sedona in the 1970s but sold her share in 1983 and moved to Colorado. She returned to the Verde Valley in 1988 where she resided in Camp Verde and later in Cornville.

Ms. Perry is survived by her son, Jimmy Looper and daughter-in-law Mary, Cincinnati Ohio, her daughter, Cindy Graham and son-in-law Bob, California, her son Tom Looper and daughter-in-law Edna, Amarillo, Texas, and her daughter Elma Eaton and son-in-law Rodney, California. She is also survived by her two sisters, Sonny Widner, Denver, Colo. and Sandy Widner, Fairbanks, Ala.; one brother, Doren Perry, Phoenix; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Private family services have been held. Westcott Funeral Home directed arrangements.

Katherine Phoebe Pickering

Katherine Phoebe Pickering, Cottonwood, died Nov. 15. She was 55.

Ms. Pickering was born Sept. 13, 1945 in Pittsfield Mass.

Ms. Pickering lived in Sedona for several years before moving to Cottonwood.

Ms. Pickering is survived by her husband, Jack Pickering; a daughter and son-in-law Ann and Raymond James Bishop, Jr., Cornville; son, James William Decker, Jr., Cornville; sisters, Connie Kniffin, Marlborough, N.Y. and Andrea Martin, Newburg, N.Y.; an aunt and uncle, Mary and Richard Gildersleeve of New Paltz, N.Y.; grandchildren, Natoshia and Timothy Bishop, Lona, Chris, Shana and Ashley Decker and companion Jim Martinez.

Private family services were held. Westcott Funeral Home directed arrangements.

Ronald C. Pearson

Ronald C. Pearson, former Verde Valley resident, died Nov. 12 in Quartz Hill, Calif. He was 69.

Mr. Pearson was born Dec. 14, 1930 in San Fernando, Calif. to Charles and Zella Person. He was raised in the San Fernando Valley and joined the navy Reserve in 1947. Upon his discharge in 1950, he joined the army and completed two tours as a medic in Korea.

Mr. Pearson married Beverly June Gaddis June 14, 1952 and raised four sons. The Pearson family moved to the Verde Valley in 1968 where Mr. Pearson worked for a short time as a policeman in Jerome, then for many years as a driver for CTI I Clarkdale.

Mr. Pearson was an ordained minister. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Brothers of the Christian Third Wheel. He founded and was president of the Riders of the Cross.

Mr. Pearson is survived by his mother Zella Freeborn, Lancaster, Calif.; wife, Beverly, Quartz Hill, Calif.; four sons, Edward and wife JoAnn, Choctaw, Ark., Ron and wife Debbie, Clarkdale, Kelly, Lancaster, Calif., and Mark and wife Susan, Cottonwood; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in Lancaster, Calif. And burial with military honors was conducted at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

Lena Brogdon

Lena Brogdon, Lake Montezuma, died Nov. 19. She was 83.

Ms. Brogdon was born Oct. 21, 1917 in Clinton, Okla.

Ms. Brogdon is survived by three daughters, Geraldine, Lake Tahoe, Rosie, Ash Fork and Wanda in Lake Montezuma; son, Marvin (Dude) in Cottonwood; 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Cecil and son Melvin.

Visitation will be Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. at Crystal Rose Funeral Home at 9155 W. Van Buren, Tolleson.

Funeral Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.

Benjamin Frazier

Camp Verde resident Benjamin Frazier died Nov. 21. He was 89.

Mr. Frazier was born Feb. 19, 1911, in Roosevelt, Ariz. His parents, Thad T. and Stella (Pemberton) Frazier, owned and operated Frazier's Store at Roosevelt Dam for over 60 years.

Mr. Frazier worked as a manager for Northrop Aircraft for over 30 years before his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Elks in Globe. From 1929 to 1930 he attended Arizona State Teacher's College (now Arizona State University) where he also played football.

Mr. Frazier is survived by his wife, Martha, of Camp Verde; a daughter, Carolyn Taylor of Camp Verde; a sister, Vivian Froom of Phoenix; four grandchildren, Kent Taylor of Casa Grande, Kellie Vache, Allison Eckert and Kristen Taylor all of Glendale; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Nov. 27 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to: Northern Arizona Alzheimer's Association, 225 Grove St., Ste. B, Prescott, 86301.

Velma Irene Johnson

Private family services were held for Velma Irene Johnson, who died Nov. 5. Mrs. Johnson was born on June 25, 1934 in Berea, Ky.

Mrs. Johnson was a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and previously lived in Texas before moving to Cottonwood 18 months ago. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include three daughters: Pamela Lynn Maples of Cottonwood, Carla Eberwein and Sandra Meeks; numerous grandchildren and brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul V. Johnson, and a daughter, Carolyn Bryant.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Westcott Funeral Home.

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