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Obituaries, April 26, 2006

Alice C. Crosser

In 1997, Alice Crosser fell in love with Cottonwood, and moved there to El Rio de Oro Park, where she died April 17, 2006, in her home overlooking the mesas of the Verde Valley.

Born Oct. 10, 1930, in Wyandotte, Mich., to Donald and Lucille Corey, Alice grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., and later attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After marriage to James Crosser in 1950, they moved to Schenectady, N.Y., then the Detroit area, before settling in Whittier, Calif., for more than 30 years, where she raised her children and did volunteer work.

Alice enjoyed golf and sailing for much of her life, including many years of coastal cruising around Newport Beach, CA, and Catalina Island, and chartering sailboats in various parts of the Caribbean. An avid golfer (with four holes-in-one), she continued playing golf until shoulder surgery prevented her from continuing a few years ago. Perhaps her favorite times were the family get-togethers she organized during ski season in Jackson Hole.

Always gregarious, popular, and helpful, Alice made many lasting friends throughout her life in Detroit, Whittier, and Cottonwood. A volunteer at the Valle Verde Medical Center, she was always ready to help others and brighten their days.

Alice is survived by her son, Kim Crosser; her daughters ­ Kate Beasley, Susan Crosser, and Janice Holmes; four grandchildren ­ Joran Beasley, Kenan Beasley, Mariel Beasley, and Corey Crosser; her brother, Donald L. Corey; and her sisters ­ Carol Chamberlain and Jean Gianelos.

Alice's family and friends are invited to celebrate her life in the Recreation Center in El Rio de Oro Mobile Park in Cottonwood, on Sunday, April 30, at 1 p.m. An on-line guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy I. Francisco

Dorothy I. Francisco, 81, of Clarkdale, died at home on Saturday, April 22, 2006.

She was born on March 29, 1925, to Jesse and Grace (Pickering) Pettijohn in Bonner Springs, Kan.

As a child, Dorothy moved with her family, to Detroit, Michigan. When her family relocated to a rural area nine miles outside of Atlanta, Mich., she remained in Detroit where she was working as a bank teller.

Then in the summer of 1943, upon a visit to her parent's home, Dot met a friend of her brothers, who was also their neighbor, Norman Francisco. This young man would became the love of her life, they were married a year later on November 9, 1944.

During World War II, while Norm was serving his country in the U.S. Navy, Dot too supported her country and worked at the Draft Board Office in Los Angeles.

Following his time in the service, Dot and Norm returned to Michigan where Dot had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom to their three daughters.

In 1955 Dot and Norm relocated to California and opened their own appliance and service business, which they named, The Home Appliance Company. While Norm worked out in the field, Dot worked in the store. They were proud business owners for twenty years and had received special recognition from the Maytag Company.

Upon selling their business and taking their retirement, they decided to build a home near Clear Lake, Calif.

But in 1986, Michigan seemed to again call them home; they spent another 10 years there together.

It was in 1996 they decided to make one more move. They wanted to be in a place where the seasons, especially winters, were milder. They moved to Arizona and made Clarkdale their final home.

Dot was an adored wife and she was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her twin daughters.

Dorothy leaves behind her sweetheart, friend and husband of 61 years, Norman Francisco of Clarkdale; her daughter, Sheri Francisco of Cottonwood; her granddaughter, Dawna Webster and her husband, Preston of Clovis, California and three great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 1 pm at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com

John D. Mulhorn

John D. Mulhorn, 75, of Camp Verde, died April 18, 2006. John was born Nov. 17, 1930 in Vandergrift, Pa., to George and Jennie Hixon Mulhorn.

He served as commander at The American Legion David C. Johnson Post #93 in Camp Verde, was District 8 commander, member of Cottonwood American Legion Post #25, Area C vice-commander, and past director of ALLECA (American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy). He also served on various committees throughout the years at the Post, District and Department levels. He was a life member of The American Legion.

John is survived by his wife Eleanor Mulhorn of Camp Verde; sons David Mulhorn of Milwaukee, Wis., and Jeff Burton of Eugene, Ore.; daughter, Patty Foken of San Rafael, Calif.; sisters Thelma Cross of Foley, Ala., and Nancy Kildow of California. Memorial services will be April 28 at 3 p.m. at The American Legion Post #93 located at 276 S. Third Street, Camp Verde. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to ALLECA, American Legion Dept. of Arizona 4701 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85015 or to the American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX 75231-4596.

Bueler­Hepler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Babs Warren

Babs Warren died in her home on Sunday, April 23, 2006. She was co-founder of Verde Valley School with her late husband, Hamilton Warren.

Babs was born in Guatemala in 1916 to British parents and attended school at Wycombe Abbey in England. In 1942, she married Hamilton Warren, from Boston. He was working for the Office of War Information (OWI) in Washington, D.C. In 1948, they founded Verde Valley School, based upon the idea (radical at that time) of getting students of differing races, religions and cultures to live together to learn to appreciate and respect one another. The Warrens lived in army tents for two years while they began construction.

They are survived by five children, Leslie Sarn, Deryn Warren, Christopher Warren, Gillian Warren and Kevin Warren, and 16 grandchildren.

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

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