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Obituaries, March 31, 2006

Agnes E. Gibson

Agnes Evelyn Gibson of Phoenix, formerly of Cottonwood and Sedona, born March 29, 1921, in Hightower, Ala., died March 27, 2006.

She was born to John Clinton Mosley and Alma Lee Mitchell of Herd County, Ga. They moved to Texas when Agnes was 1 year old and lived there until 1936, at which time she moved with her family to Oak Creek Canyon. In 1939, she married Paul Gibson, whose family was the last to file a homesteaders claim in Sedona in 1931. In their journey from Texas to Oak Creek little did the Mosleys realize that on a hot Sunday afternoon in 1936, when they stopped at Frank Gibson's to get water for their old, hot and dry Model A Ford, that one day they would have one of the Gibson boys for their son-in-law.

To this union was born one son, Randall, of Phoenix, and two grandchildren Shelly and Chris. One sister, Thelma Dunn, of Phoenix; one brother Harvey Mosley of Queen Creek and nieces and nephews survive her.

A memorial service will be Saturday, April 1, in the Verde Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

Instead of flowers, please contribute to "The Love Fund" of the Verde Baptist Church, 102 S. Willard St., Cottonwood AZ 86326, to assist the needy.

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Jane M. Colton

Jane Miskimen Colton of Cottonwood died in her sleep Monday, March 27, 2006, following a short battle with lung cancer. Jane was born in Zelienople, Pa., Jan.5, 1926, to James and Martha Miriam (Yost) Miskimen.

She was preceded in death by and infant son, her husband, George W. “Bill” Colton, four sisters and three brothers. Jane and Bill were married on April 9, 1952, in New Philadelphia, Ohio. They moved to Rockville, Md., in 1958 and then to Flagstaff in 1966.

After raising their 11 children, Jane became a volunteer at Flagstaff Medical Center, putting in well over 2,000 volunteer hours. In 1994 she moved to Little Rock, Ark., and then returned to Arizona in 1999, to settle in Cottonwood.

She is survived by eight siblings, her 11 children: Jim (Jan), Cottage Grove, Ore., Ted (Becky) Flagstaff, Doug, Cottonwood, Jenny Miller (Kurt), El Paso, Texas; Kathy (Rusty) Branscum, Batesville, Ark.; Matt, Flagstaff; Charley (Carla), Imperial, Neb., Tom (Debby), Rialto, Calif.; Karla (Jon), Rollins, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Dwight (Heather) Parker, Colo., and Holly (Mike) Seeders, Glendale, 28 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was a loving mother and wife, who touched the lives of all those she met. She will be greatly missed. A joint memorial service for Jane and Bill will be held April 15 at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Northern Arizona Hospice.

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