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December 30, 2005

Jack Armstrong

L. M. "Jack" Armstrong, 77, of Cornville, died Dec. 26, 2005. He was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa, served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, and graduated from the University of Iowa.

He and his wife Carlene moved to Phoenix in 1953, and to Northern Arizona in 1980. In 1985, they purchased a 10-acre property in Cornville, and on it co-founded Rusty's Morningstar Ranch, a residential facility for autistic adults. RMR is named for his son, Rusty, who suffers from autism. The "Ranchers" care for the animals, gardens and an orchard.

Jack served as vice president of the Board of RMR until 2003, and as a member of the Board of Directors until his death.

Mr. Armstrong is survived by a daughter, Terri Siddons and her husband, George, of Glendale; four sons, Richard L. Armstrong and Mary of Garland, Texas: Robin B. Armstrong and Judith of Studio City, Calif.; Reed A. Armstrong of New York, N.Y., and Rusty Armstrong of Cornville; a brother, F. Wayne Armstrong of Columbus, Ohio; a sister Flora Eileen Bozzone of Saxonburg, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

His wife Carlene B. Armstrong and a brother Emmett Armstrong predeceased him.

There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Morningstar Foundation for Adults with Autism, P.O. Box 759, Cornville AZ 86325.

Shirley A. Holliday

Shirley Ann Holliday, 69, of Rimrock, died Dec. 22, 2005 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital, in Prineville, Ore.

There will be no public services at this time at her request.

Shirley was born the daughter of Edwin and Ethel Mary (Baker) Peet on Sept. 9, 1936, in Cornville. She was raised in Escondido, Calif., and lived all over the country. She moved to Coos Bay in 1969, and then on Feb. 8, 1970, she married Gerald Holliday. She moved to Empire, Ore., and then to Klamath Falls in 1972, and then to Camp Verde, in 1982, and in November of 2005 she moved to Prineville, Ore.

She was raised in the Assembly of God Church and loved her church and studying the Bible. She also enjoyed playing cards, and traveling.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Linda Amis, of Cottonwood, and Debbie and her husband Chuck Gardiner, of Mayer; and a son Bradley Holliday, of Central Point, Ore.; a sister, Violet Anita Miller of Prineville, Ore.; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral arrangements were made by Prineville Funeral Home.

Joseph W. Barclay

Joseph William Barclay, a resident of Sedona for 45 years, passed away Dec. 26, 2005. Born Feb. 24, 1916, in Bloomington, Ind., Mr. Barclay was a member of the Sedona Masonic Lodge #14, he was past master and grand organist. He was also a Shriner, a member of the Sedona Elks Lodge #2291, was a member of the writers guild, wrote for the Prairie Times, and composed music.

Mr. Barclay was a veteran of World War II, in the Air Force, stationed at McCook, Neb., where he was a chaplain's assistant. He started the choir at the Church of the Red Rocks, started the Verde Valley Chorale, sang with the "Laymens Hour" for 40 years, sang on the "Old Fashion Revival Hour," and sang on "Strength For The Day" (heard on KHCB 105.7 out of Texas). He also sang with George Beverly Shay and a small group with Billy Graham. He gave many concerts and benefits for the library and for the piano at the Church of The Red Rocks. Mr. Barclay used to drive for Pink Jeep Tours with Don Pratt in the 1960s.

Mr. Barclay graduated from the University of Miami (Florida), taught at Yavapai College (Verde Valley Campus) and also at the Orme School.

A list of survivors includes his loving wife of 24 years, Elaine, his son Knox Barclay (Ketchum, Idaho) daughter Beth Chavez (Mission Viejo, Calif.); two granddaughters and two grandsons (Mission Viejo, Calif.); and his cousin Mary Marleto (Indiana). He is preceded in death by his first wife, Lucy.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Church of The Red Rocks Building Fund.

Greer's Mortuary of Sedona assisted the family with the arrangements.

Mara Cirulis

Mara Cirulis, 64, of Cottonwood, died Dec. 23, 2005. She was born in the country of Latvia on Aug. 11, 1941, to Janis and Alma Cirulis.

She attended and graduated from the Ohio State University receiving her Bachelor's of Fine Arts.

Mara was nationally recognized for her artistic talents, and she displayed those talents anywhere from a commercial level of advertising to displaying and selling her art pieces at the Nellie Bly Shop in Jerome, where she worked for several years.

She loved painting, reading, spending time with her family, friends and her dogs.

She leaves behind her friends in the Verde Valley area and one cousin, Harry Zibners and his wife Brenda of Carmichael, Calif.

In memory of Mara, contributions can be made to the Jerome Humane Society, where Mara worked as a volunteer.

An online guestbook is available at

James V. Steidl

James Vincent Steidl, 77, of Cottonwood died Dec. 24, 2005. He was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Cashton, Wis.

He worked through and was a member of Teamsters Local #38.

A veteran of the Army, he served during the time of the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 7400 and American Legion Post 25, and the Loyal Order of the Moose 1449.

Mr. Steidl was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Steidl, a son Vincent Steidl and a brother Joe Steidl.

He is survived by a son, Kenneth (and his wife Roberta) Steidl of Cottonwood; a daughter, Nancy (and her husband Kenneth) McAnally of Cottonwood; and a daughter-in-law, Joy Steidl; a brother, Jerry Steidl of Waukesha, Ill.; sisters, Betty Adler of Fort Adkinson, Wis., Marilyn (and her husband William) Longfield of Phillips, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Brydene Baker of Monticello, Wis., Lorraine Baker of St. Charles, Iowa, and Audrey Steidl of Wilton, Wis.; five grandchildren, James McAnally, Kendra McAnally, Melissa Steidl, Sarah (and her husband Corey) Felix and Angel Mundine Steidl.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 30 in the Westcott Funeral Home from noon to 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. VFW Post 7400 will provide military honors.

Donations in his memory may be made to VFW Post #7400 Honor Squad, P O Box 689, Cottonwood 86326.

An online guestbook is avaialable at

Katherine T. May

Katherine T. May, 89, resident of Camp Verde, died Dec. 24, 2005. She was born in Constantine, Mich., on June 16, 1916, to Rufus and Ruth Pratt.

Katherine worked for and retired from Wilson Sporting Goods in Cortland, N.Y. She was a member at the Camp Verde Christian Church.

Katherine loved crafts, especially plastic canvas. She was a fantastic cook. She enjoyed and loved flowers, particularly her roses.

She was a very special person who was always there for anyone, at anytime.

She leaves behind her husband of 31 years, Lloyd May; step-sons, Calvin May of Boise, Idaho, Russell May of Cortland, N.Y., and Lance May of Puyallup, Wash.; daughters, Doris Wilcox of Layton, Utah, Kay Barry of Norwick, N.Y., and Lucinda Bonham of Pitcher, N.Y.; sister Arra Nagy of Huntsville, Ala.; 35 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Camp Verde Christian Church on Jan. 14, 2005, at 1 p.m.

Memorial Donations can be sent to the Cancer Society.

An online guestbook is available at

Thomas W. Brown

Thomas Warren Brown, 84, resident of Cottonwood, died Dec. 27, 2005.

He was born March 4, 1921, to Henry Brown and Laura Larsen in Morris, Ill., where he grew up, graduated from Morris High School.

He also attended AT&T and Army Signal Corps. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army.

Thomas worked and retired from the agricultural and Livestock Industry where he was a dealer in livestock equipment. Prior to this he worked in the coal mines as a weight master.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Legion.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, painting, photography and spending time with his family.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Laura Brown, his brother, Wilbur Brown and his sister, Dorthy Eames.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marge; his two sons, Dave of Milipitas, Calif., and Tom (Joy) of Chino Valley; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be today, Dec. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, in Cottonwood with Graveside Services to follow Saturday, Dec. 31, at noon at Heritage Memorial Park in Dewey.

Contributions can be made in memory of Thomas to Hospice or the American Cancer Foundation.

An online guestbook is available at

Bill Zamar

William J. "Bill" Zamar, 89, of Phoenix, died Dec. 27, 2005. He was born July 29, 1916, in Jerome, to Frank and Josephine Zamar.

He graduated from Jerome High School and the University of Arizona, where he was vice president of the student body, president of Cochise Hall, and (student) member of the Board of Regents. He won many oratorical contests. In 1935 he won the state "Arizona Oratorical Contest on the U.S. Constitution."

He was a journalist for the Verde Copper News and Arizona Republic and Gazette. He was very active in Northern Arizona politics. He was in charge of the WPA for the Verde Valley. During that time the first bridge in Pages Springs, was installed and also the Tuzigoot Museum was started.

He worked for the Arizona Highway Department. He was on the test crew of the B24 airplanes off the assembly line of Consolidated Aircraft. He trained the first crew of mechanics to go overseas during World War II.

He was a member of Southern California Union Local 507 for 59 and a half years. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, lifetime member of the Elks BPOE Lodge 1361 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1449 in Clarkdale.

He traveled every state of the union and was known as a fabulous storyteller (all fiction). He loved sports and played on the Northern AZ American League Team. He loved to read, loved the outdoors and gardening and always doing for others.

Bill is survived by his wife Geraldine. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister.

Visitation will be on Monday, Jan. 2, from 5 to 8 pm, Rosary at 7 p.m. at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Hansen Mortuary.

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