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Obituaries, Aug. 11, 2006

Nora L. McKinnon

Nora Lea McKinnon, 94, of Cottonwood, died Aug. 7, 2006, at her home with her family surrounding her.

She was born in Stillwater, Okla., on June 4, 1912, to William Harvey and Eliza May (Minter) House. Nora attended her childhood school years in the areas of Great Divide and Craig, Colo. She was a 1931 high school graduate.

Nora was an ambitious individual, always holding two jobs. She was employed as a contract cleaner for the U.S. Post Office until she took her retirement at the age of 78. During this time she was also employed in housekeeping at Marcus J. Lawrence Memorial Hospital and medical offices of Dr. Cranmer, Dr. Bright and Dr. Bill. She did housekeeping and personal attendant care at Culver's Trailer Park and Sales, the Patterson Family's home and other individuals who needed her services.

Nora was honored to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved serving others ­ Nora crocheted topical bandages for leper patients. Estimated counts of 2, 000 bandages were sent to Phoenix for distribution through the church's humanities department. She made quilts for her family and numerous other ones to be distributed through humanitarian services. She also found great joy in the church positions that she was called to: Visiting Teaching supervisor and Primary worker. She labored in the family record extraction program. She did temple work for her own family.

For 39 years, she was married to Allan McKinnon, who preceded her 35 years ago. They had six children together.

Nora leaves behind four daughters, LaVeta Lea Martin (Earl) Earl of Craig, Colo., Donelda Rehfeld of Brighton, Colo., Alrena McKinnon of Cottonwood, and Alice Mae Stack (Timothy) of Concho; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be tonight, Aug, 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood. Funeral Services will follow Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. and will also be held at Westcott Funeral Home. Nora will be laid to rest in the Cottonwood Cemetery immediately following the service, after which family and close friends are invited to a luncheon at the LDS Church, 1377 E. Hombre Drive, Cottonwood.

Contributions can be made in Nora's name to any charitable organization.

Charles J. Melvin

Charles James Melvin, 87, of Camp Verde died Aug. 3, 2006, in Prescott. Charles was born April 25, 1919, in Cullom, Ill., to the late George and Edna Mae Melvin.

Charles served our country in the U.S. Army Mounted Cavalry Division during World War II. Charles was a member and supporter of the American Legion. Among his favorite things to do were fishing, hunting, and woodcarving.

Charles is survived by his two sons Gary Melvin of Flagstaff and David Melvin of Chatsworth, Ill.; his daughter, Sandra McIntyre of Camp Verde; his brother, Robert Melvin of Pontiac, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial will be celebrated 10 a.m. today, Aug. 11, at Middle Verde Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the VA Hospice unit in Prescott - VAMC- ECRC 500 N. Hwy. 89, Prescott AZ 86313.

Bueler­Hepler Funeral Home assisted the family.

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