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Obituaries, July 30, 2006

Mary D. Eckenrod

Mary Deliah Eckenrod, 85, of Clarkdale, died in Camp Verde, on Sunday, July 23, 2006.

Mary was born on Aug. 18, 1920, in Rosemont, W.Va., to Ellsworth and Dosia (Conrad) Matthews.

Mary was a life member of VFW Auxiliary Post 6739 in Camp Verde; American Legion Auxiliary Chapter #25 in Cottonwood; and Women of the Moose #1854 of Verde Valley.

Mary enjoyed sewing, and worked as a waitress in the food and beverage industry.

Mary was the wife of Wilbert "Bill" Eckenrod and the brother of E.B. Matthews.

There are no local services.

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Bette L. Hille

Bette Louise Hille, 82, of Oak Creek Valley in Cornville, died at home, with her family by her side on Friday, July 21, 2006. Bette was born on June 2, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo., to Weber and Louise (McDonald) Thomas.

Bette was a graduate of Webster Groves High School. She attended Miss Hickey's Business School for two years. As a result of her education, Bette worked as an executive secretary, dedicating 20 years to various organizations and fulfilling various capacities.

She was an expert seamstress, knitter and crotchetier. She was phenomenal with crafts, having made and sold numerous art pieces with the seashells she collected along the Florida beaches. Bette was also a dancer - she and her husband Tom won many trophies.

Surviving Bette are her husband of 60 years, Thomas Hille, Cornville; daughters Chris Heyer (Skip), of Cornville; Jeanne Beare-March (Barrie), of Moorhead, Minn.; Judy Tucker (Tom Wallace), of St Louis, Mo.; Kathy Jones (Kenneth), of Duke, Mo.; and Ruth Fisk (John), of Okemos, Mich.; her sister Anne Monaghan, of Hollywood, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bette will be laid to rest at the Forever Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirkwood, Mo. There will be no local services.

Contributions made in Bette's name can be sent to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

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Dorothy Carlson

Dorothy Carlson, 76, Cottonwood, died at her home on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. She was born in Mendota, Ill., on Feb. 3, 1930, to George and Alice (Sandberger) Wilhelm.

While in high school she had a job of de-tussling corn. Following high school, she attended the Lutheran School of Nursing in Moline, Ill., and achieved her Register Nursing degree, after which she worked at the old Marcus T. Lawrence Hospital.

After her marriage to Warren Carlson, they moved to Arizona in 1958. They built their own home in Prescott in 1959. It was in 1962 that they relocated to Cottonwood and made their home near the Verde River. Dorothy loved the waterfront and referred to it as "her park."

She was involved in the leadership of the Organic Garden Club and she was a Girl Scout leader, as well as a 4-H Leader. In addition, she was also a part of VASA, and the Verde Valley Breakfast Club.

Dorothy leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Warren Carlson of Cottonwood; her son, Stan Carlson (Gail); her daughter, Nina Maxon (Michael), all of Renton, Wash.; her brother, Robert Wilhelm of Mendota, Ill.; and her sister, Joyce Shaw (Loren) of Markesan, Wis.

A Memorial Service will be July 31 at 10 a.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

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James L. Boyd

James Lester Boyd, of Cornville, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006 ­ his 85th birthday. He was born July 26, 1921, in Bridgeport-Cottonwood, to James F. and Myrtle J. (Mickle) Boyd.

During his youth, James proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Professionally, James worked as lead jet engine mechanic for United Airlines for 40 years.

James enjoyed the culinary arts. He was a member of the Professional Chef Association in both California and Arizona. He catered many banquets and wrote many of his own recipes. James also loved to golf. He was a golf marshal for the PGA as well as for the LPGA in Tucson.

James was also a member of the Founding Family of Jerome. He was very proud of his community and the history in which his family was a part ­his grandparents, John and Kitty Boyd, built, owned and operated Boyd Motel in Jerome. Today it is memorialized with a plaque and is considered one of Jerome's historical sites.

James leaves behind his son, Richard D. Boyd (Benita), of Flagstaff; his two daughters, Lynne Myrtle Boyd, of Santa Clara, Calif., and Helene Frances Dannenberg (Greg), of Apopka, Fla.; and one grandchild.

Contributions made in memory of James L. Boyd can be sent to: Northern Arizona Hospice 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

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Pauline M. Azbill

Pauline M. Azbill, 92, of Cottonwood, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at Kachina Point in the Village of Oak Creek. She was born on July 27, 1914, in Sweetwater, Texas, to John and Nora Nunn.

Pauline worked as a dental assistant with her husband, Doc Azbill, D.D.M., who precedes her. She was also a versatile musician. Pauline was very active in the Eastern Star and held several offices during her 60-plus years as a member.

Pauline leaves behind two sons, Bill Azbill of Cottonwood, and Jack Azbill (Francine) of Las Vegas, Nev.; her daughter, Pauline O'Dowd (Charlie) of Tuscon; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no local services, but a graveside service will be Aug. 12 in Pahrump, Nev., at the Chief Tecopa Cemetery.

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Aaron R. Poseyesva

Aaron Ray Poseyesva, 73, of Clarkdale, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at his home with his family by his side. Aaron was born on Dec. 15, 1932, in Mishongnovi Village to Raymond and Verna (Mike) Poseyesva.

Aaron worked as a journeyman in 1971, and later became self-employed as a handyman. Aaron loved carving and also found additional income by carving Katchina dolls.

He was married to Susan Elaine Kinsey Pseyesva, who precedes him.

Aaron leaves behind two sons, Philbert Poseyesva (Elizabeth) of Kykotsmovi, and Lambert Poseyesva of Second Mesa; seven daughters, Lydia Poseyesva (Malcolm), and Rosella Poseyesva (Roxie), all of whom reside in Second Mesa, Doreen Poseyesva, Jackie Sunkens of Camp Verde, Elaine Dalton (Dean) of Camp Verde, Carmen Poseyesva (Daniel), and Marquitta Poseyesva (Daniel), all of whom reside in Clarkdale; two brothers, Manual Poseyesva of Tuba City, and Ray John Poseyesva (Marilyn) of Hotevilla; two sisters, Sarah Miguel (Louie), and Gertrude Polacca, all of whom reside in Second Mesa; as well as 30 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were in Mishongnovi Village-Second Mesa, on Friday, July 22, honoring a traditional Hopi burial.

Verdie Price

Verdie Price, born Oct. 27, 1903, in Kiowa County, Kan., was the daughter of John and Lizzie Maggie (Johnston) Standley. She died July 12, 2006, in Cottonwood, where she had resided for 16 years. She was born into a large family of which 10 children lived to adulthood. She is the last survivor of that family, and one of three sisters to live past their 100th birthday.

She was proud of two things in her lifetime. One claim to fame was belonging to a group known as "Soddies," that rare person born in a sod house. In her instance, it was on her folks' farm in southwestern Kansas. The other claim was the experience of being a real Harvey Girl; trained to serve as a waitress in Dodge City, Kan., in one of the famous Harvey Houses established by Fred Harvey along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line.

In 1941, she married Edgar Virgil Price, CPO USN, whose career spanned World War I, World War II, and the Korean Conflict. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was on board the USS California in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.

For years, Mrs. Price operated her own beauty salon in Long Beach, Calif. She was also a breeder of show dogs, besides being commissioned to paint portraits of show animals for their owners. As a textile artist, she excelled in knitting, crocheting, crewel embroidery, needlepoint, and making braided and hooked rugs. She handmade quilts and taught others, as well as holding shows to exhibit quilts. Later in life, she became an excellent china painter.

Their retirement home was in Hemet, Calif., where, Virgil preceded her in death. She will be interred beside him in private services at the Riverside National Cemetery in California.

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

No local services are scheduled.

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