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Obituaries, Setember 9, 2005

Albert W. Butler

Albert W. Butler, 78, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 2, 2005.

He was born in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mr. Butler was retired from a career as a radio announcer for the radio station now known as KNIX in Phoenix.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Butler of Fayetteville, Ark.; sons, Thomas Allen Butler and Leland Albert Butler; brothers, Arthur Butler of Phoenix, and Wallace butler of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at 2270 W. Verde Drive in Camp Verde. For information, call 567-0022.

Arrangements are being handled by Hepler Funeral Home of Camp Verde.

Carroll Gabrielson

Carroll Lynn Gabrielson, 69, a longtime resident of the Verde Valley, died after a short illness on Sept. 5, 2005.

She was born Feb. 14, 1936, in Prescott. Carroll was raised in the Verde Valley. She attended Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville and graduated from Cottonwood High School. She then attended Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Phoenix and graduated as a registered nurse in 1956. After marriage, she returned to the Verde Valley where she worked at Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital in Cottonwood, as well as serving as a nurse in several doctor's offices.

She was very active in a variety of activities. She served on the Yavapai County Board of Adjustments, the board of the Verde Valley Manor, member and officer in the Rio Verde Roverettes, in addition to many other activities. She taught arts and crafts, life-long hobbies of hers, at several locations throughout the Valley.

Carroll is survived by her husband, Ernest; and two children, Mike, of Tucson, and Janet, of Dewey. Brian, a grandson, lives in Tucson.

The family has indicated that according to her wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to may send a contribution to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326 or to the Cottonwood Boys and Girls Club, 817 N. Second St., Cottonwood AZ 86326.

An online guestbook is available at

Betty Ellsworth (pic)

Betty Lenore Hanlon Ellsworth, 85, formerly of Cottonwood, died Aug. 30, 2005.

She was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of daughters, Roberta Lenore "Bobbie" (Ralf) Dieckmann and Mary Darlene Ellsworth; grandchildren, Dorothy Eugenia Laney, Darryl Eugene Dunham, Mark Douglas Ellsworth and Michelle Dawn (David) Keegan; and great grandchildren, Benjamin Ezekiel, Aubrey Joann, Ethan Maxwell, Trishia Sue, Dwight Eugene, and Justin Thomas.

Betty was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Des Moines, Iowa, and was adopted by loving parents, Charles and Gail Hanlon, at the age of 8 months. She attended Theodore Roosevelt High School and Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines. After her marriage to Robert Ashley "Bob" Ellsworth, they moved to Arizona for Bob's health. They lived several places in Arizona, including Dewey where their two daughters were born. In 1959 they moved to the Verde Valley where they made their home until 1967.

Betty returned to Cottonwood in 1974 and worked at Cottonwood Water Works until she retired in the summer of 1993. She made her home in Cottonwood until she entered a nursing facility in Prescott in the summer of 2004. She died at Mountain View Manor in Prescott, where she had resided since September 2004.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a birth sister whom she was never privileged to know. She is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is laid to rest at Cottonwood Cemetery.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Verde Valley Church of the Nazarene on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. There will be a potluck dinner following the service.

An online guest book is available at

Thomas R. Clark,

Thomas Roberts Clark, 86, of Clarkdale, died Sept. 3. He was born in Willette, Tenn., on Sept. 20, 1918.

He attended the Parker Vocational School in Dayton Ohio, Cooperative High School, the William Dean Howell and Technical High School of Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Clark retired in 1984 from Pitney Bowes. He also had worked at many companies as a product design engineer.

Mr. Clark attended the Verde Baptist Church until his illness prevented him from going. He played the piano (by ear). He enjoyed reading until macular degeneration took his sight. He also wrote a lot of poetry. He was proud to have served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his first wife, Carmela.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Beverly Clark; a daughter, Carol Lynne Neumann of Coral Springs, Fla.; a sister, Marinell Anson of Dayton, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kristen Ramirez and Jason Neumann; two great-grandchildren Holli Ramirez and Carter Ramirez.

There are no public services planned.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

An online guest book is available at

Wilma J. Martin

Wilma J. Martin 78, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 6, 2005. She was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Cascabel, Ariz., to Wiley and Mabel Shirley.

She worked for Adams Market, Verde Valley Lumberyard, Griffith Enterprises and owned and operated several businesses with her husband.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was always involved in her children and grandchildren's activities and her community. She loved to bake and many of her friends and neighbors were recipients of her baked goods. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Wellington and Forest Shirley; and sister, Betty Day.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ben Martin; children, Sherrilee (Pete) Jepsen, the Rev. Steve (Loralie) Martin, and Karla (Kenneth) Schwartz; sister, Margaret Wilson; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. at Clarkdale Baptist Church, 1051 Arizona 89A, Clarkdale.

A memorial fund is being established in lieu of flowers.

Viola V. Greenrock

Viola V. Greenrock, 77, of Camp Verde, died Sept. 5. She was born April 18, 1928, in Dill, Okla.

She leaves five sons, Eugene, Sidney, Chester, Billy and Art Greenrock; two brothers, Dennis (Deal) Martin and Claude (Shortey) Martin; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

There will be a visitation today, Sept. 9, in the Westcott Funeral Home at 10 a.m.

An online guestbook is available at

George Arthur Nelson

George Arthur Nelson, 85, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 3, 2005, after a 25-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born July 12, 1920, in Whitmore Lake, Mich., to the late Ila Hoepfl.

He is survived by his wife, Esther V. Nelson of Cottonwood; son, Robert and daughter-in-law Linda Nelson of Laguna Niguel, Calif.,; son, Gregory Nelson and companion Karen J. Leff of Cottonwood; son, George Jr. and daughter-in-law Linda Jean Nelson of Kirkland, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Schlenker of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mrs. Lois Phillips of California desert; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

George loved life, travel, flying as a private pilot, gardening, cooking and interior decorating, and enjoyed most the company of family and friends.

While attending the University of Michigan, George worked as a mortician. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army Air Corp as a camouflage specialist. He was happily married for 66 years while being self-employed for most of his life. His varied occupations included owning a towing service, a machine shop, and a Chevron gas service station. He later traveled managing several outdoor Resorts RV Parks, and was a representative for Foretravel RV's. He was a Free Mason belonging to the Mother Colony Lodge No. 750, F.V.A.M. in Anaheim, Calif.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service. Family and friends may send flowers to Westcott Funeral Home and/or it is requested that any remembrances be donated to the American Cancer Society. Contact Gregory Nelson at (928) 202-2206.

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