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Obituaries, Nov. 20, 2005

Pamela K. Willis

Pamela K. Willis, 48, lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 6, 2005. A longtime resident of Camp Verde, Pam and family were residing in Goodyear.

Her husband Craig Willis and six children survive Pamela. The children are Lee Norris of Camp Verde, Lynde Whisman and Annie, Lori, William, and Abigail Willis, all of Goodyear. She also left behind her father Duane Norris of Camp Verde and two sisters, Dottie Presmyk, of Camp Verde, and Debra Allen of Texas. Pam had four grandchildren.

The service was held at the Spoken Word Tabernacle, and Hepler Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Alvin E. Beckham

Alvin Eugene Beckham, 81, of Cottonwood, died Oct. 24, 2005. He was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Chatanooga, Okla., to Henry and Effie Beckham.

Alvin worked as postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service of Cottonwood and was also a farmer. In World War II he served in the Air Corps as a crew chief on B17 fighter planes. He belonged to the Mountain View United Methodist Church and he enjoyed gardening, reading crossword puzzles, traveling, fishing, camping and was an avid domino player.

Alvin leaves his wife of 53 and a half years, Ethel; sons Alvin Jr. (Donna), of Mesa, and Harrison (Lisa) of Provo, Utah.; daughters Brenda Waglag (Albert), of Mesa, and Frances McBride (Robbin), of Gilbert; brother John of Roswell, N.M.; sister Mary Lou Atchison, of Prescott Valley; 28 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leonard and sister Velma.

Any memorial donations may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 26 at Mountain View United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

Mary T. Galloway

Mary Theresa Galloway, of Sedona, died peacefully in her home the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, in the company of her devoted friend and caregiver Suzanne Wilson, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She was 87.

Mary was born Mary Theresa Cronin on May 3, 1918, in Omaha, Neb., daughter of Jerry Cronin, born of Irish immigrants in Omaha, and Gustina Casus, born on her family's farm near Taos, N.M. Mary was the fourth of seven children and the last surviving.

Mary was a federal retiree, having worked in the Omaha offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after World War II. There she met her husband, Louis Leroy Galloway (who died in 1988) of New Orleans. They were married Nov. 22, 1946. She was mother to three children, Kathleen (who died in 2003), James, of Charlottesville, Va., and Michael, of Sedona. Mary is also survived by her four grandchildren, Benjamin, Casey, Kelly and Michael.

Mary was active throughout her life in social organizations and charitable causes. She served as president of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wives Club in Omaha, Neb., and was active in charitable work with the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a number of Catholic charities.

After raising their children in Omaha and then in Longmeadow, Mass., she and her husband Le moved to Sedona in 1971, and they built their retirement home, "La Casa Roja," in the Chapel Hill area. They enjoyed traveling in their retirement, seeing much of the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.

Mary was a charter member and served as president of El Poco Diablo Ladies' Golf Club and Duplicate Bridge. She was known to her friends and family as an avid swimmer, golfer and bridge enthusiast.

She worshipped at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Mary will be laid to rest with her husband, Le, and daughter, Kathleen, in the family plot in Sedona Community Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at

Memorial gifts may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601-7633, (800) 272-3900,

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