February 2005

Mary K. Adamson

Mary Adamson, who helped thousands of children learn to read, died peacefully Jan. 29 at her home in Sedona. She was 87.

Mary was born on Aug. 24, 1917, in Konawa, Okla. She grew up on a farm with five sisters and brothers and left home for college at the age of 14. She worked her way through school, earned her teacher’s credential and moved to Phoenix to teach.

She joined the Army Air Force during World War II, where she taught ground school and debriefed fighter pilots after their tours of duty.

In 1946, she married and moved to Hawthorne, Calif., where she taught remedial reading through an innovative program that she designed. She earned her master’s degree in Education at UCLA, and taught several courses there. She retired from teaching in 1977, living in Santa Maria, Calif., and moved to Sedona in 1999.

She will be remembered for her dedicated advocacy and tireless work on behalf of dyslexic children. She is survived by her two daughters, Jeri Segler and Sandra Boyce and one granddaughter, Dana Kilian.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 4, in the Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood from 4 to 6 p.m.

A funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Church of the Red Rocks at 10 a.m. The Rev. Nicholas Andruchon of the Greek Orthodox Mission of Northern Arizona will officiate. Burial will be in the Sedona Community Cemetery.

Kevin V. Carter

Kevin Vance Carter, 43, of Gilbert, died suddenly Jan. 19.

Kevin loved his family and took great delight in being with them, as they were the focus of his life. He was giving and caring with a great sense of humor. Kevin was an active member of the Gateway Church of Christ.

Kevin was a graduate of Camp Verde High School as well as Northern Arizona University. He worked with Dr. Akhtar's medical group for 17 years and his work was an integral part of his life. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He was survived by his wife, Lori; children Colton, Brinn and Caden; parents Vance and Lois Carter; sisters Cindy and Collette; and brother Colby.

A memorial was held Jan. 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to an educational fund for the Carter children: Bank of America, Lori S. Carter, Education Account.

Margaret A. Holman

Margaret Ann Holman, 68, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 29 after a battle with lung cancer. Marge was born in Cut Bank, Mont., on May 11, 1936.

Marge's life was a model of hard work and love for her family. She will be deeply missed, but fondly remembered by all who know her.

She is survived by brothers John Hietpas, of Tacoma, Wash., and Jerry Hietpas, of Lake Havasu; sisters Mary Bird and Joan Rue, of Spokane, Wash.; and four daughters, Lynne Sweeney, of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Theresa Fitch and Elaine Sartor, of Ritzville, Wash., and Cheryl Kessel, of Clarkdale. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service is set for Feb. 3 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

Mary G. Hufnagel

Mary G. Hufnagel, 91, of Hanover, Pa., died Jan. 28 at the Hanover Hospital while surrounded by her loved ones. She was the wife of Raymond J. Hufnagel Sr., her husband of 70 years.

Born June 15, 1913, in Hanover, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Alverta (Todt) Lawrence.

In her early years Mary worked at a cigar factory in Centennial and at the Hanover Shoe Co. In the 1940s and until 1954 she was the accountant and store manager at Hufnagel’s Plumbing, Heating, and Electrical Company in Brushtown. From 1954 until the time of her retirement, she worked at Christopher Square Inn, a winter resort in Tucson. She was the first to be responsible for overseeing the kitchen and dining room facilities. At the time of her retirement she was the assistant manager of the resort.

Following her retirement in 1975, the Hufnagels returned to the Hanover area and resided at the family farm just outside Centennial. She enjoyed gardening and collecting antiques. She was a member of Sacred Heart Basilica in Edgegrove and had attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover.

Surviving also are one son, Wayne P. Hufnagel and daughter-in-law Rosalie A. of Springfield, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Audrey Hufnagel, of California; four grandchildren, Raymond J. Hufnagel III, Capt. W. Patrick Hufnagel II, Peter E. Hufnagel and Maria Hufnagel; two great-grandchildren, Raymond J. Hufnagel IV and Davis M. Hufnagel; two brothers, Thomas P. Lawrence, of McSherrystown, and Mark D. Lawrence, of Hanover. She was preceded in death by a son, Raymond J. Hufnagel Jr., two brothers, Joseph A. Lawrence and Paul B. Lawrence; and three sisters, Helen Chrismer, Margaret Shrader, and Louise Lawrence.

A Mass of Christian Burial was at Sacred Heart Basilica in Edgegrove, with Rev. Lawrence J. McNeil officiating, and burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Edgegrove.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Basilica, 30 Basilica Dr., Hanover PA 17331.

Debra Sue Hirschelman

Debra Sue Hirschelman, 50, a resident of Sedona, died Jan. 30. She was born July 8, 1954.

She was working as a cashier at Walgreens Drug Store in Sedona. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to dance.

Surviving are her husband, Don Hirschelman; two sons, Jason and Jesse; four daughters, Michelle, Angie, Chelse and Josie; two step-children, Becky and Kelly; her mother, Betty Harrison, of Natchez, Miss.; two sisters, Beverly and Libby, both of Mississippi; and 13 grandchildren.

Private family services will be held.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Jesse A. Smith

Jesse Anderson Smith, 79, of Camp Verde died Jan. 28. Jesse was born on April 23, 1925, in Megargel, Texas, the son of James A. Smith and Laura J. Nichols.

After six years of service in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Enterprise, the most decorated ship in the Navy during World War II, Jesse received several ribbons, nine stars and the Victory Medal as a seaman first class with the Air Transport Squadron. Jesse settled in Arizona where he retired from the Magma Copper Mines in San Manuel.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Nancy LaRue Smith; his daughter Ricky Fay Smith; stepdaughters, Nancy Cates and Mary Piper; son Jesse Smith Jr.; stepsons Billie Ray Lewis, Dale Funkhouser, Virgil Funkhouser and Ruben Funkhouser. Jesse has 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Jesse also has a brother in California, Dewey Smith.

There are no public services planned.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Esther Viola Abbey

Esther Viola Abbey, 88, of Mayer, died Jan. 27. She was one of twelve children and was born on Feb. 3, 1916, in Hoople, N.D.

Mrs. Abbey was a retired federal employee having worked for the U.S. Agricultural Department in Fargo, N.D. After her retirement she moved to Arizona and was a member of the Community Church in Cordes Lakes. She was also a member of the Cordes Lakes Community Association and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Abbey, on Nov. 1, 1940. A widow at the age of 24, she raised four children and worked full time.

Mrs. Abbey is survived by three daughters: Marilyn Heeren, of Colorado; Yvonne Kelting, of Wyoming; Jan Ayers, of Washington; a brother: Cecil Storrud, of Montana; six sisters: Mable Branvold, of New Mexico; Rhoda Abbey, of South Dakota; Berniece Wildhagen, of Arkansas; Lois Ballard, Jerry Stoorud, Verna Knutson, all of Montana; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Church in Cordes Lakes. Westcott Funeral Home Of Cottonwood assisted the family with arrangements.

Burton W. "Bill" Cameron

Burton W. "Bill" Cameron, 79, a longtime resident of the Verde Valley, died Jan. 31 in Phoenix after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

An Arizona native, he was born in Globe on Oct. 5, 1925, the son of Harold and Katherine "Babe" Cameron. After graduation from Flagstaff High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific in World War II. He graduated from Arizona State College majoring in English. Bill was a former owner and publisher of the Verde Independent. Upon the sale of the paper he worked in real estate and ran the local Sears catalogue order store.

After retirement he was president of the Association of Retarded Citizens and was instrumental in upgrading the care of the mentally challenged of Arizona. He loved to fish and enjoyed his time in Rocky Point, Mexico where he could enjoy the ocean.

He was preceded in death by his wife Maribelle and is survived by daughters, Carole Hubbart, of Texas, Janet Cameron, of Coolidge, and his brother Kenneth and wife Gay, of Mesa.

A Memorial Service is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4 in the Westcott Funeral Home with interment to follow Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Flagstaff Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson's Association, 2033 E. Speedway Blvd #28, Tucson AZ 85719.

February 4, 2005

Betty Lois Gragg

Betty Lois Gragg, 75, died at her home Jan. 20 peacefully in her sleep.

Born Betty Lois Conder in Cottonwood, Feb. 24, 1929, she moved to Reno, Nev., and married Albert Gragg in 1952. For the next five decades, Betty was a

dedicated and loving homemaker, daughter, wife, mother and neighbor.

During her 75 years, she touched a small number of lives, but all deeply. She will be remembered most for being the sturdy, loyal partner to her husband, Albert Gragg, for caring for her mother, Mary Conder, during the long illness leading to her death, and for adopting, loving and raising a son, Randy Gragg, now living in Oregon.

Services were held Jan. 26 in Reno. The family requests remembrances be offered to favored charities.

Betty Delorre Saner

Betty D. Saner, 76, of Cornville, died Feb. 1. She was born June 4, 1928, in Denver. She graduated from North Denver High School.

She worked as a bookkeeper, did general office work and also was a cashier.

Mrs. Saner was accomplished horsewoman who won many trophies and ribbons.

An active member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Cottonwood, she served as historian for the church.

She leaves her husband of 13 years, Floyd E. Saner.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 10 a.m. A reception in the funeral home will follow the service.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, P.O. Box 2013, Cottonwood, 86326.

Alice Bramhall Payberg

Alice Bramhall Payberg, 85, died Jan. 14 at home in the presence of her children, Dan Andrew of Carbondale, Colo., and Christiane Pettijohn of Camp Verde.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Signe Margaret Dempsey of Cobleskill, N.Y., a granddaughter, Sage Marguerite Alice of Carbondale, Colo., five brothers and sisters; Rebecca, Robert, Charles, Bradford and Catherine. Surviving her are her two children; 11 grandchildren; Jenna, Trout, Rose, Adam, Axel, Grace, Kate, Peter, Kayla, Cody and Jeffrey; two great-grandchildren; Quanah and Sienna. Also surviving are seven nieces and nephews and their spouses and families.

Mrs. Payberg was born in Beaver Falls, N.Y., on Nov. 17, 1919, and grew up there. She went to Albany Business College. During World War II, she went to San Diego, to work on the aircraft. She was married in Beaver Falls to Richard Severin Payberg in 1945.

She loved the field of education and had many innovative ideas about it. She served as chairman of the Head Start Policy Council. She was also elected and served as chairman of the Board of Lewis County Opportunities, Inc. from Jan. 1974 to Dec. 1977. She moved to Camp Verde after her retirement in 1985. She was loved by many and will be missed. Any contributions made in her honor can be made to either the Head Start Program or your local hospice.

Evan D. ‘Steve’ Stevens

Evan C. "Steve" Stevens died Dec. 2, 2004, in Paul's Valley, Okla.

He was born Jan. 23, 1922, in Blanding, Utah, to Ammon Cannon and Any Jane Roberts Stevens. He was the second child of 11 children. Evan grew up in Red Mesa, Colo., and Bluewater, N.M.

As a young 17-year-old boy, Evan joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). He worked in several different camps in Colorado and New Mexico. Evan served in the U.S. Marines and was on active duty during World War II. While he was in the Marines he worked in the motor pool as a mechanic. When he was discharged in 1945 he found work as an auto mechanic. He worked in California until 1981 at which time he and Lois moved to Cottonwood, where he opened his own business, Steve's Automotive. He worked there until he retired in 1987.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge and enjoyed playing pool and visiting with family. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lois; step children, Jerry Carroll and Janice Kaye Rogers; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also survived by two brothers, Carl Stevens and Hubert Stevens and seven sisters, Beth Gibson (Wallace), Norma Jones (Harold), Bonnie Meyers, Marjorie Bateman, Christine George (Ralph), Lou Bailey (Gordon), Marva Armstrong, (Virgal). He was proceeded in death by a sister, Anna Wilson, and his stepson, Johnny Carroll, his parents and grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1377 Hombre Drive, Cottonwood, Feb. 12, at noon. Visitation is at 11 a.m.

February 9, 2005

Jennie J. Thede

Jennie Jacobsen Thede, a resident of Cottonwood, died Feb. 1.

Jennie was born Feb. 2, 1912, in San Francisco, Calif., to immigrant parents from Sweden and Denmark. She grew up in Menlo Park, Calif., when it was still the countryside, and graduated from Sequoia High School.

While working in a San Francisco office of the National Park Service, she met her future husband, Maurice E. Thede, also a Park Service employee. They married in October of 1949.

When Maury was stationed with the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon they discovered and fell in love with the Verde Valley. In 1951, while on a duck hunting expedition, they came across a wonderful piece of property for sale on the banks of Oak Creek that they promptly purchased.

They returned to the Bay Area of California for the remaining years of Maury's career and, upon his retirement in 1962, came back to the Verde Valley with their daughter, Margaret, to settle in permanently.

Jennie loved to garden and engaged in many battles with the resident gophers. She also enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and collected stamps, coins and Native American arts and crafts. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program honored her for her service in 1979. Jennie was also a volunteer at the Cottonwood Library for many years, stretching back to the time that the books were housed in a small trailer in the parking lot of the Civic Center. In 1980, she was awarded a plaque by the Town of Cottonwood recognizing her as the outstanding librarian of that year.

The last few years of her life were spent in the assisted living section of Cottonwood Village where she was well liked by the very caring and helpful staff there.

Mrs. Thede was preceded in death by her husband Maurice Thede, and her sister, Fanita Stendell; and is survived by her daughter, Margaret Thede, of Cornville.

There are no services planned at this time. Westcott Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Noble Ray Crawford

Noble Ray Crawford, 90, died Jan. 30 at home in Cottonwood. He was born July 29, 1914, to Noble Thomas Crawford and Lovina Holley Crawford in Keota, Okla.

Ray came to Mayer in 1936.

He met Eda Belle Snyder and they were married in Prescott in 1937. Their marriage lasted for 67 years.

Ray was a World War II U.S. Army combat veteran, serving in Europe. After the war he owned and operated Ray’s Market in Mayer. He later worked for Safeway stores in Phoenix and Holbrook.

Ray and his family moved to Sedona in 1963. The family owned and operated Crawford’s department store in the community for several years. He worked at Nelson’s Sedona Market and Oak Creek Market before his retirement. After retirement he worked at various jobs until he was 80. He was a charter member of the Sedona Elks Lodge.

Ray and Eda Belle moved to the Pine Shadows community in Cottonwood in 1996. Ray enjoyed playing pool, card games and socializing with friends and family until his passing. He had a great sense of humor and was loved by many.

Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Eda Belle, of Cottonwood, sons Tom (Nancy) Crawford, of Page Springs, and Jerry (Linda) Crawford, of Sedona, and daughter, Judy (Garry) Hoffman, of Flagstaff.

He was a wonderful grandpa to his seven grandchildren, Matt Crawford, Heather (Randy) Fallaha, Chris Hoffman, Kelly Crawford, Justin Hoffman, Rusty and Andrew Crawford and “GG” to great-grandchildren, Riley and Aiden Fallaha. Nephew, Charles Williams, of Arkansas, and several cousins also survive him.

A celebration of Ray’s life will be Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Shadows Clubhouse. Hawaiian shirts are optional. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Lloyd Lancaster

Lloyd Lancaster of Camp Verde died Jan. 31. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday Jan. 28 with a celebration of over 50 friends and family. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, he became a long-time resident of Camp Verde, with 50 years in the Operating Engineers.

Survived by a sister Mildred Barrett of Paris, Texas; and his two sons, Ernest Lancaster of Kansas City, and John Lancaster of Sedalia, Mo.; his daughter in law, Mary and two granddaughters, Madelyn and Lacey.

Mr. Lancaster's friend of 60 years and business partner, Eddie January, died before him. Through his longtime friendship with Eddie and Linda January, Mr. Lancaster became a beloved and loyal uncle to the January children: Michael, Janalyn, Michelle and Dede. He was a private person with great integrity that everyone in Camp Verde came to know. He will be missed by all who knew him, but is now moving dirt in a better place.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

February 13, 2005

Thomas Earl Todd

Thomas Earl Todd, 72, of Camp Verde, and formerly of Phoenix, died Feb. 8. Tom was born Nov. 9, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Clifford and Rose.

After graduating from Saunemin Township High School, he married Mary Ann Bunch Dec. 31, 1951. Tom retired from Allied Signal Dec. 1, 1987, after 31 years of service. He attended the United Methodist Church of Camp Verde.

Tom is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Sherrie, of Sierra Madre, Calif., son Rick, of Phoenix, and his two grandchildren Matt (Jodi) and Charlotte. His parents and one daughter preceded him in death.

There will be a private service with the family. Cremation arrangements will be handled by Hepler Funeral Home. Memorials can be sent to CLIMB, 161 Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre CA 91024 in honor of his handicapped daughter who resides there, or to Northern Arizona Hospice.

Cecile L. Burrow

Cecile Lexie Burrow, 89, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 9. She was born Dec. 5, 1915, in Waldron, Ark.

She was leader in youth groups and womens groups at Capital Mehtodist Church in Phoenix. Mrs. Burrow enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and traveling.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Bob Burrow; two sons, Douglas (and wife Susan) Burrow, of Glendale, and Ronald (and wife Carol) Burrow, of Camp Verde; a sister, Clara McDanial of Waldron, Ark.; and 24 grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 18 in the Westcott Funeral Home in Camp Verde from 6 to 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 in Clear Creek Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to Bread of Life Mission, P O Box 2991, Camp Verde AZ 86322.

Bernard W. Dusek Sr.

Bernard W. Dusek Sr., 94, of Cottonwood, died on Feb. 9. He was born to Frank and Lillian Dusek in Crystal Lake, Ill., on Feb. 16, 1910.

Mr. Dusek attended the De Paul University in Chicago majoring in accounting. He worked for the Hearst Newspapers in Chicago for 13 years, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily News for 29 years.

He then came to Arizona where he worked for the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette for five and a half years. Mr. Dusek held management positions at these newspapers; such as assistant controller, management of administrative services, circulation controller, special assistant to the general manager of the Sun-Times and Daily News, and business manager of seven weekly newspapers in the Chicago area. He also served as assistant to the president of the Manistique Pulp and the Paper Company.

He was active in community affairs, including United Way, Kiwanis, The Elks, the Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts of America and the Theodore Roosevelt Council Board. He organized and founded the Credit Union at the Chicgo Sun-Times, organized several Motor Home Clubs where he had been a director in Arizona and nationally, and was the editor of the Arizona Chapter Family Motor Coach News Letters.

Mr. Dusek is survived by his wife of 11 years, Betty Jean Preston; his two sons Bernard W. Dusek Jr., of Flagstaff, and Allen P. Dusek, of Crawfordsville, Ind.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Adele P. Dusek of 52 years.

There will be a memorial service for Mr. Dusek on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Dr, Sedona at 2 p.m. Any memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe 85282 or the American Cancer Association, 2724 E. Lakin, Suite 9, Flagtsaff AZ 86001.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

February 16, 2005

Sandra J. Lipe

Sandra Joyce Lipe, 64, of Cornville, died Feb. 12. She was born Dec. 15, 1940, in Duncan, Ariz.

She attended Maryland Grade School and Washington High School.

Mrs. Lipe is remembered as a very good and loving mother. She enjoyed fishing, auctions, and yard sales.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Howard C. Lipe; two sons, Howard Vann, of Cornville, and Kevin Vann, of Phoenix; a daughter Kathy Ann Arvisnis, of Enfield, Conn.; sisters Marge Armstrong, of Mesa, Nora Ritter and Velma Cooper, both of Kirkland; and four grandchildren.

Private family services will be held.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Cancer Center at Sedona, 3700 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona AZ 86336.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Harold L. Jarvis

Harold Leon Jarvis, 60, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 12. He was born Dec. 25, 1945, in Little Rock, Ark.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Jarvis worked many years as a telecommunications technician.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and the VFW. His hobbies included farming, his animals and helping extended "family."

He leaves a daughter, Shaunalee Jarvis, of Portland, Pa.; a grandson, Kyle (9 years old) and a granddaughter Darrian (16 years old).

A memorial service will be Friday, Feb. 18, in the Moose Lodge in Clarkdale at noon.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Verde Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 1429, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home is directing these arrangements.

Charles ‘Nolan’ Fruchey

Charles "Nolan” Fruchey, 65, died Feb. 10, in Phoenix at Hospice of the Valley.

Mr. Fruchey was born Aug. 24, 1939, to Charles Leon Fruchey and Anna Louise Meyers Fruchey in Columbus Grove, Ohio.

Mr. Fruchey is preceeded in death by his father and mother as well as an older sister, Charlotte Sanford. He is survived by his wife, Arlene Aron Fruchey of Phoenix; sister Clara Whitaker (Larry) of San Diego; and brother Clyde Fruchey (Frances Jo) of Phoenix. Children Cammeo Taylor (Dale) of Cornville, Michael Fruchey (Lori) of Cottonwood, Robin Hayes of Phoenix and stepson Paul Aron of Illinois. Mr. Fruchey had 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Fruchey was a long-time resident of Cottonwood, and had planned on returning to the Valley upon retirement.

A proud father, he took pleasure in watching his children grow up in the Verde Valley and was an avid supporter of their sporting activities.

Mr. Fruchey loved watching sports, square dancing with Arlene, playing cards and dominos and spending time with his family and friends.

Services will be held in Phoenix at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

William J. Dryden

William J. Dryden of Camp Verde died Feb. 9, 2005. He was born Dec. 31, 1942, in Binghamton, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran. He belonged to the VFW in New York. At the time of his death, he was a retired electronics technician.

Mr. Dryden is survived by his wife, Carol Dryden; his mother, Thelma B. Dryden of New York; his sister, Sandra Bataglia of North Carolina; a brother, Robert Dryden of New York; and nieces and nephews, Bronson, Jenna Lee, of North Carolina, Shannon, Robbie, Cory and Stephanie of New York.

Services will be private. The mortuary is Hepler Funeral Home at 143 Arnold St., Camp Verde.

February 18, 2005

John W. Lightbourn

John William Lightbourn, 94, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 11. He was born Feb. 17, 1910.

He attended Savannah, Ga., Public Schools, Benedictine School, OSB, Georgia School of Technology, Pace College and American School of Banking.

Mr. Lightbourn retired from General Electric Corporation. He previously had worked in banking, and plant engineering for Tungsall Electric Company in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

A member of the Orangewood Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder.

His hobbies included golf, swimming and gardening. His family will remember him as a devoted father.

Surviving are his his wife of 54 years, Matilda Evelyn Lightbourn; three sons, William Park Allen, of Lake George, N.Y., John Robert Lightbourn, of Maui, Hawaii, and Lewis Anderson Lightbourn, of Lake Montezuma; a daughter, Evelyn F. Distrola, of Phoenix; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by a sister.

A memorial gathering was Feb. 17 in the Westcott Funeral Home.

Jonnie F. Mcintyre (Fowler)

Former 14-year resident of Cottonwood and employee of Phoenix Cement Corporation, Jonnie F. McIntyre (formerly Fowler), age 49, died on Feb. 14 in Mesa after a valiant four-year battle with breast cancer.

She was born April 14, 1955, in Morenci, grew up in Duncan, and later moved to Cottonwood.

She was an active member and served on the board of directors for BreastBuds, a Breast Cancer Support organization. Her hobbies included tennis, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and family. She had a passion for single parents and planned to volunteer full-time support to organizations for single mothers upon her retirement.

She is survived by her husband Larry McIntyre, of Mesa, and her son Lawrence McIntyre II and his wife Laura, of Tucson; her daughter Dannie Steyaert and her husband Trace, of Las Vegas; her son Jeramy Fowler and his wife Allison, of Silver City, N.M.; her parents Johnny and Peggy Crawford; her brother Buff Crawford and Brenda, all of Duncan; and her sister Kathy Jones and husband Jeff, also of Silver City, N.M.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services were at the Melcher Mortuary, Chapel of the Roses, in Mesa on Feb. 17. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in memory of Jonnie McIntyre to either BreastBuds, P.O. Box 15643 Scottsdale AZ 85267 or Hospice of the Valley Arbor house, 6063 E. Arbor Ave., Building B Mesa AZ 85206

February 20, 2005

Alma C. Stanley

Former Sedona resident Alma (McCall) Stanley died Feb. 12. She was born Sept. 11, 1933.

A long time resident of Sedona and native of New Concord, Ohio, Alma more recently resided in Cottonwood.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth (Wise) McCall of New Concord, Ohio, and by her beloved husband, Gary D. Stanley, whom she married Aug. 16, 1952. Also preceding her in death are her daughter-in-law Susan and granddaughter, Celeste.

Alma and Gary moved to Arizona in 1957, where Mr. Stanley became well known as a Master Mechanic and was involved in a variety of business interests throughout the area. Alma worked in the Sedona Post Office and later assisted in the family businesses. She also volunteered at the Sedona Thrift Shop for The Arizona Girls Ranch.

She is survived by her son, Milo M. Stanley, of Arizona; grandson, Chad J. Brewer, of Arizona; two brothers, James McCall, of New Concord, Ohio, and William McCall (and wife Jeanie), of Cambridge, Ohio; three sisters, Mabel Ratliffe, of New Concord, Ohio, Bonnie Sheville (and husband Skip), of East Liverpool, Ohio and Lois Hobart (and husband Tom), of Stone Creek, Ohio.

Graveside services were Feb. 18 in Sedona Community Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

Westcott Funeral Home is directing these arrangements.

William Lawrence Wilson

William Lawrence Wilson, 52, of Camp Verde, died Feb. 17 after a long struggle with cancer.

Born in Ogden, Utah, on April 16, 1952, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife Patricia Ann Wilson, sons Michael (Phoenix), Allen (Chino Valley) and Lawrence Wilson (Camp Verde), daughter Shonda Zellner (Young), mother Helen Reiss, sisters Gayle Eatchel and Sherrie Simmons, and brother Michael Wilson (Ogden and Salt Lake City) as well as eight grandsons, John, J.L., Jake, Josh, Jed and Joe Zellner and Sean and Landon Wilson and his faithful companion Brute.

He was an honorably discharged Vietnam Veteran as well as a caring husband and devoted father.

Graveside services will be at Pinnacle Peak National Memorial Cemetery. The Wilson family would like to thank The Hospice of the Verde Valley for their dedicated support and caring nature during the time William had left with his family.

Carl A. Molby

Former Verde Valley resident Carl Aage Molby, age 72, of Faribault and formerly of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Wasilla, Alaska, died Feb. 11 at the District One Hospital in Faribault.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. from the Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault. Interment will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, with military honors.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Mr. Molby, the son of Aage and Marie (Johansen) Molby, was born on June 12, 1932, in Askov, Minn. He was raised in Askov, graduated from Askov High School and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Carl then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Barbara Lenway on June 5, 1955, in Kenyon, Minn. Carl worked as an engineer for Highway Departments in Minnesota, Arizona, Ohio, and Alaska, where they lived most of their years.

After his retirement, Carl started his own RV tour business to Alaska, which he operated for seven years. He enjoyed bowling and playing bridge. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Molby, of Faribault; four children, Carleen (and Brian) Mangold, of Eagle River, Alaska, Douglas (and Patti) Molby, of San Diego, Calif., Scott Molby, of Oronoco, Minn., and Diane (and David) Penrose, of San Diego; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Elsie (and George) Norman, of Seattle; two brothers, Arnold (and Esther) Molby, of Zephyr Hills, Fla., and Alfred (and Terese) Molby, of Brainerd, Minn.; and by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Florence Studnek.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorials be given to the donor’s choice.

Blair Estabrooks

Blair Estabrooks, age 84, of Clarkdale, died Feb. 14. He was born April 29, 1920, in Osage Township, Minn.

He is survived by Pearl, his wife of 64 years, and their three children: Sharon Hendrickson, of Grand Marais, Minn.; Darrel Estabrooks and wife Pam, of Littleton, Colo.; Cathy Herrlinger and husband Bill, of Boyceville, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Blair served with the 30th Infantry Division during World War II in three major European campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. He served as a machine gunner and was awarded the Silver Star for saving the life of two of his comrades under enemy fire.

He retired from the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railroad as station agent at Ranier, Minn., in 1979. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with an RV and moved to Clarkdale in 1985.

He was a member of Verde Baptist Church, where he has served as a deacon, usher and teacher. He also served at Cook and International Falls, Minn., churches as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher.

A memorial service was Feb. 18 at the Verde Baptist Church chapel. Memorials may be given to the Verde Baptist Church missions.

February 23, 2005

Opal Laverne Kruger

Opal Laverne Kruger died Feb. 19. She was a Camp Verde resident and a retired sales person from K-Mart.

She was born in Hale Center, Texas. Opal Laverne Kruger was a member of the Conservative Baptist Church in Camp Verde.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Kruger; one son Randy, of Camp Verde; and grandchildren Clint and Kylene.

Visitation is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at Hepler Funeral Home in Camp Verde. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 24. Hepler Funeral Home is at 143 Arnold St.

Royce Lee Borron

Royce Lee Borron, 58, of Prescott, died Feb. 19. He was born Nov. 8, 1946, in Kirksville, Mo.

Mr. Borron graduated high school in Novelty, Mo.

He served in the Army for six years from 1964-70 and did one tour of Vietnam. Mr. Borron also was a painter and maintenance man.

He leaves his former wife, Pamela Borron, of Chandler; a brother, Philip Borron, of Cottonwood; two sisters, Janet Hill, of Green City, Mo., and Brenda Bond of Buffalo, Texas; two nieces and five nephews.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 2 p.m.

February 25, 2005

Catherine C. Murray

Catherine C. Murray, of Camp Verde, died Feb. 18. She was born Jan. 21, 1951, in Bloomington, Ill.

She is survived by her parents, Frank and Sue Hines, two sons, William N. Glab III and Justin Murray, one brother Jeffrey, one sister Jude, one grandchild and six nieces and nephews.

Services handled by Hepler Funeral Services on Feb. 23.

Ann M. Redmond

Ann Margaret Redmond, 82, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 23. She was born June 2, 1922, in Uniontown, Pa.

She retired as the secretary of the Euclid, Ohio, Board of Education. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Diamond Chapter #7.

Surviving are two sons, Richard D. Redmond, of Cottonwood, and John R. Redmond, of Morgantown, W.Va.; a daughter, Suzanne J. Pollack, of Cottonwood; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Helen A. Krznarich

Helen Ann Krznarich, 68, of Casa Grande, died Feb. 20. She was born Oct. 4, 1936, in Jerome.

She is survived by her brother, Paul Krznarich, of Casa Grande; six nephews and four nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brothers John and Frank Krznarich.

A Funeral Service was Feb. 24 in the Westcott Funeral Home. Deacon Jim Brown of Immaculate Conception Church officiated. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

Guadalupe Garcia Macias

Guadalupe Garcia Macias, 86, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 22. He was born March 16, 1916, in Jerome.

Mr. Macias worked in Magma Copper Company in the mines of Jerome and also at the smelter operated by Phelps-Dodge Company. He worked on the Tuzigoot Monument as part of the WPA program.

He served in the Army during World War II, where he received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and one Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and four bronze ribbons.

Mr. Macias was a member of the VFW and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Lupe P. Macias; two sons, Thomas Macias, of Superior, and Richard Macias, of Cottonwood; a daughter, Martha Velasquez, of Mesa; two sisters, Carmen Calderon and Ruth Ornelas, both of Los Angeles, and Jesse Aragonez, of Pasadena, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A vigil will be today, Feb. 25, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Feb. 26 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery.

Peter H. Doucot

Peter Howard Doucot, 69, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 22. He was born in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 8, 1935.

Mr. Doucot worked as a journeyman electrician and was a member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. For 27 years he worked out of Local Union #640 of Phoenix.

Peter helped to start the first support group in the Verde Valley for multiple sclerosis. Peter had multiple sclerosis for 22 years. He was most proud of helping to build St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sedona.

Peter was a life-long Boston Red Sox fan, and was ecstatic to be able to see them win the World Series in 2004. He had a life-long love of gardening and fishing. He also belonged to the Verde Valley Computer Club. Many thanks to the members of the Verde Valley Computer Club for their time and patience teaching Peter to use a computer.

Peter is survived by his wife Janice of 49 years; sons Chuck Doucot, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; David Doucot, of Los Angeles; daughter Pamela Doucot, of Santa Maria, Calif.; mother: Lucille Thomas, of Methuen, Mass.; brother: Bob Doucot, of Methuen, Mass.; sister: Pamela Thomas, of Methuen, Mass., and a very special uncle Walter Hamilton of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

In keeping with Peter's wishes, there will be no public funeral services. He will be cremated, and his ashes will be scattered on the Pacific Ocean by his oldest son Chuck in remembrance of their many deep-sea fishing trips.

Westcott Funeral Home of Cottonwood is assisting the Doucot Family with arrangements.

February 27, 2005

Harley D. Kelley

Harley Dee Kelley, 30, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 19. He was born March 1, 1974, in Charlotte, Miss.

He was the owner of Kelley's Bobcat Service and Excavating. He was a licensed contractor. Harley loved horses, dirt biking, dancing and country music.

He is survived by his parents, Gwendolyn B. Kelley and Jim Lavine, of Cottonwood; two brothers, Frederic Kelley, of Cottonwood, and Scottie Kelley, of Watonga, Okla.; two sisters, Carrie Hockenberry and Lisa Kelley, both of Cottonwood; and two stepchildren.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, March 2 in the Emmanuel Fellowship at 11 a.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the family, Lisa Kelley, P.O. Box 3714, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Roy D. Baumgardner

Roy D. Baumgardner, 78, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 23. He was born on Dec. 4, 1926 in Laural, Mont.

Mr. Baumgardner was a graduate of Billings High School in Billings, Mont. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

He was a retired diesel automotive mechanic, having worked for Neil's Detroit Diesel.

A resident of Arizona for 14 years, Mr. Baumgardner was a member of the Verde Valley Christian Church in Cottonwood.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Roberta; three daughters: Lynda Pierce, of Tucson, Vicky Guinn, of Cottonwood, Rhonda Crawford, of Downey, Calif., and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Monday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Verde Valley Christian Church. Memorial donations may be sent to Verde Valley Christian Church 3605 S. Zalesky Road Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Loyd Weaver

Loyd Weaver, 81, of Sedona, died Feb. 22. He was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Hot Springs, Ark.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He attended two years Kansas City Junior College and was a plumbing apprentice for five years in Wyoming.

He retired from the Building Department of the City of Phoenix. He was a mobile home broker for Sunbelt Mobile Homes.

He enjoyed gold panning, casinos, camping, fishing and square dancing.

He leaves his wife of 58 years, June Weaver; four sons, Robert, of San Antonio, Texas, Gary and Steve, of Sedona, and Rick, of Phoenix; a daughter, Kathy, of Casa Grande; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A brother, Elmer, preceded him in death.

There are no public services planned.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Humane Society of Sedona, 2115 Shelby Drive, Sedona 86336.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Harold R. Lane

Harold R. Lane Jr., of Rimrock, died Feb. 23. He was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Oak Creek, Colo.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

A working cowboy, he worked in cattle ranching. He enjoyed rodeos.

He leaves three sons, Tom Lane, of Rimrock, Rick Lane, of California, and Jim Bob Lane, of Kansas; a sister, Davena Rogers, of Colorado; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be today, Feb. 27, at the Sundowner Bar & Grill, 37 Navajo Drive, Sedona at 11 a.m.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

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