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August 23, 2005

Mary Ann C. Rapoport

Mary Ann Rapoport, age 74, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, in her home in Sedona Aug. 14, 2005.

A native of Tomahawk and Green Bay, Wis., Mary Ann was born Feb. 2, 1931. She was a drum majorette, model, radio host (many a Packer fell under her spell while being interviewed on "A Date With Mary Ann"), and flight attendant for American Airlines before marriage and the birth of her five children. During her kids' "Wonder Bread" years, Mary Ann was an active member of the Mountain Lakes, N.J., community, directing the annual Laker Follies (and donning the occasional sequined outfit as required), writing occasional humor pieces for the Morris County Daily Record, and selling real estate.

Ten years ago, Mary Ann moved to Sedona, where she thrived on the friendship of the red rock community. She loved her work at Remax Realty and Southwest Photo Gallery. A cancer survivor, she also enjoyed volunteering at St. Jude's Hospital as a counselor for persons newly diagnosed with cancer.

Mary Ann is survived by her brother Henry Wudlick; her five children, Ross Rapoport, Margaret Van Andel, Catherine Kozachenko, Elizabeth Rapoport, and Amy Whitworth; and eight grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of this greatly adored and deeply loved woman's life (no black, please!) at her home on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Mary Ann's family requests donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital (

An online guestbook is available at

Edith Allyne Fisher

Mrs. Edith Allyne Fisher, 88, of Clarkdale, died Aug. 19, 2005. She was born at Mancos, Colo., on Sept. 9, 1916, to Robert and Mary Connor. Allyne, as she was usually called, grew up on the family ranch near Breen, Colo. She learned to care for and about animals. An arduous task she often mentioned enjoying carrying lambs from the farther herding areas to the main ranch on her Dad's favorite horse Silverheels. She was also quite a good shot with her .22 rifle.

Allyne attended Squeaky-Squawk grade school, but was unable to continue on to high school. She made up for that by becoming a self-educated, voracious reader with a strong sense of self-worth and a fine sense of humor.

In 1932, Edith married Melvin Fisher, a widower with four children, who soon became "her" children. Family and church became the primary foci of her life. As the calendars moved, Melvin and Edith added 10 more children to the God-blessed family on the little dry farm at Breen. She continued to enjoy riding, always had a book at hand, and developed interests in gardening, music, and traveling whenever an opportunity arose. Whenever she was out of town on a Sunday, she enjoyed delivering to her pastor a bulletin from the church she had attended, to show that she had been a "good girl" and gone to church.

Always at the core of her life were church and family, which led to another career choice, nursing. Allyne worked for several years as a nursing assistant; prior to her retirement in 1981, she had completed all the academic and practical requirements for licensing as a practical nurse.

In 1981, Melvin and Edith moved to Clarkdale, where Melvin died in 1986. Edith continued to live in Clarkdale, finding strength in family, friends, and the Verde Valley Church of the Nazarene. A devout Christian, she kept her Bible at the center of her personal library.

Mrs. Fisher is survived by daughters Patti Cordell of Flora Vista, N.M., Olela Jones of Hesperus, Colo., Yvonne Utzat (Gunther) of Flagstaff, Marna (Rev. Bill) Jones of Phoenix, Sandy Randolph of Farmington, N.M., Shirley (Don) Sanchez of Walsenburg, Colo., and Hazel Robbins of Cottonwood; sons Lawrence (Karen) Fisher of McKenney, Va., and Don (Lu) and Marty Fisher of Cottonwood; an aunt, Ethel Barger of Durango, Colo.; sisters Dora Hunt of Hesperus, Colo., and Roberta Hunt of Cortez, Colo.; brother Bryan Conner (Linda) of Hesperus, Colo.; 45 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, and 41 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Fisher was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Conner; sisters Ida Holley, Blanche Phillips and Mae West; brothers Albert and Robert Conner; daughter Eula Butler; sons David, Edgar, and John Fisher; grandchildren Leanne Rush and Michael Robbins; great grandson Danny Cordell; and her beloved companion Lucky-pup.

A visitation will be Aug. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood. A memorial service will be Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Verde Valley Church of the Nazarene, 1710 S. Hwy 260, Cottonwood. Internment will be at Crestview Cemetery in Durango, Colo.

You can sign the guestbook for Mrs. Fisher at

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