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Obituaries, May 20, 2005

Erma F. Dobyns

Erma F. Dobyns, 78, of Cottonwood, died May 17, 2005, after a courageous and valiant fight against several illnesses. She left this world peacefully surrounded by the family she so dearly loved.

Erma was born in Liberty, Ariz., on August 26, 1926, and grew up in the Verde Valley. She was the daughter of Jesse and Sylvia Self and the oldest of 7 children. She was devoted to being a homemaker and a wonderful mother to her four children, which she raised in the Verde Valley.

Erma was the ultimate example of what a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and wife should be. Erma loved to travel and was a member of the Ladies Elks Lodge and the Historical Society. However, her greatest pleasures came from sharing life with her family, whom she loved with all of her heart.

She will be loved and remembered forever by her husband of 40 years, Faires Dobyns; daughters Sheila Mongini and Patricia Wallace; sons Tom Mulcaire and Mike Mulcaire; brothers Clinton Self, Lloyd Self, Alvie Self, Howard Self, Melvin Self; grandchildren Chelli, Kalene, CheriDawn, Kimberly, Pierre, Jess, Heather, Monica, Heidi, Joe, Megan, Chelsey, K.W. and 14 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be today, May 20, in the Westcott Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. A Vigil/Rosary service will be held at 3 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be May 21 in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery.

Verna C. Olson

Verna Cecelia Olson, 88, of Camp Verde, died May 16, 2005. She was born October 25, 1916, in South Dakota.

A homemaker and a mother, she enjoyed sewing crocheting, needlepoint, gardening, traveling and was an avid reader.

She leaves two sons, Elton A. Olson, of Phoenix, and Douglas W. Olson, of Camp Verde; daughters, Yvonne (and her husband John) Norks of Solon Springs, Wis., Carmen (and her husband Philip) Whitten Sr., of Camp Verde, Gloria Nelson, of Camp Verde, Vicki (and her husband Phil) LaBeau, of San Marcos, Calif., Sandy (and her husband Bob) Buescher, of Phoenix; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

There are no public services planned.

Westcott Funeral Home guided the family through these arrangements.

Dr. Walter V. Edwards Jr.

Dr. Walter V. Edwards Jr., of Verde Village, Cottonwood, died May 17, 2005. He was born Oct. 3, 1916, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Edwards served as a medical officer in a field hospital in France and Germany during World War II. After the war, he worked as a physician at the Jerome Hospital, and then at the Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital in Cottonwood, during which time he served in the Arizona State Legislature. Then in 1955, he moved to Phoenix where he worked for 12 years as medical director for the State Compensation Fund. His last medical practice was with the Occupational Medical Clinic in Phoenix.

Upon retirement in 1981, he returned to the Cottonwood area he loved.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise; three sons and a daughter, Walter V. Edwards III, of Alexandria, Va., David R. Edwards, of Tucson, Michael A. Edwards, of Phoenix, and Karen Aileen Layfield, of Corpus Christi, Texas; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Donald E. Zum Mallen

Donald Edwin Zum Mallen, 78, of Cornville, died April 29, 2005. He was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Crescent City, Ill.

He was still working as a rancher. He previously had worked as a dairyman at the Zum Mallen Dairy in Glendale.

He had a love of organic gardening and was a member of the organic gardening club of the Verde Valley. He also was the love of his family.

He leaves his wife of 54 years, Barbara; sons Edwin, of Santa Rosa, Calif., David, of Bridgeport, Phillip, of Cornville, and Matthew, of Nixa, Mo.; daughters Wanda, of Sedona, and Laura Pollock, of Cottonwood; brothers Walter, of Show Low, and Bernard, of San Antonio, Texas; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Three children, Eric, Wayne and Diane Haynie, preceded Don in death, and three brothers, Herbert, Albert and Lorenz and a sister Alma.

A memorial service will be May 28 at the Zum Mallen Ranch in Cornville. Memorial donations may be made to the Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood AZ 86326 or to a church of your faith.

Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.

Fred C. Shaw

Fred Charles Shaw, 88, of Cottonwood, died May 17, 2005. He was born Dec. 1, 1916, in Seattle to Fred Charles and Ruth B. (Church) Shaw. He lived in Cottonwood for over 30 years.

Fred graduated from Everett, Wash., High School in 1936. In February 1938, he married Florence Cushman, daughter of Edwin and Flora Agnes (Bowie) Cushman in Everett.

They raised their family of boys in Everett, Edmonds and Mt. Vernon, Wash. After the boys had grown they moved to Cottonwood and owned Marilyn's Hallmark Shop and a second Hallmark Shop in Page. After retirement he enjoyed fishing, rock collecting and visiting with his friends.

Over the years Fred had been active in Sea Scouts, Boy Scouts, Verde Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Cottonwood Fire marshall, lapidary instructor at the local college in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley Gem & Mineral Show.

Fred was a member of the American Legion in Edmonds, Wash., and Cottonwood, Mingus Rock and Gem Club, Sedona Rock and Gem Club, charter member of Maplewood Rock and Gem Club, Edmonds, Wash., and Clarkdale's Elks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence in 1999 after 61 years of marriage, an infant son James and his parents. He is survived by his sons Clifford D., Fred R., and William R. Shaw; a sister Ruth (Shaw) Zabriskie and her husband Eugene; nine grandchildren Michael, Paul, Lawrence, Kelli, Kristine, Cory, David, Theresa and Chrissy and 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be May 24 at 2 p.m. at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood. Memorials may be given to your favorite charity.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.