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Obituaries, Aug. 23, 2006

Lupe M. Navor

Lupe Muñoz Navor died Aug. 5, 2006, in San Bernardino, Calif. She was born in Jerome Dec. 12, 1924. She loved Jerome and was always planning to move back to the Verde Valley.

Survivors include her daughters Gloria Wandel, Mona Sandoval, Geri Conway and Vivian Nuñez; son Leo Navor, Jr., brother Salvador Muñoz (Josie), nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was Aug. 11 in San Bernardino, followed by internment at Mtn. View Cemetery in San Bernardino.

Norma E. Shihady

Norma Ellen (Hancock) Shihady, of Cottonwood, died July 7, 2006. She was born in Spring Valley in 1927 to Roy Hancock and Flora Tissaw, one of 12 children.

She was a third-generation Arizonan. Her grandfather Joseph Tissaw migrated from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and settled in the Verde Valley in 1887. Norma was raised on her father's Hancock Cattle Ranch near Parks.

Norma had many talents - volunteer firefighter, rodeo bronc and bull rider, ranch hand, cook, wife, mother and homemaker. In recent years she volunteered at the Cottonwood Food Bank. Many of Norma's crocheted afghans and baby clothes found their way into the community through the various organizations she supported. She was a long-time member of the Cottonwood Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include her sons Ron Ralph and Ralph Lucas; daughters Debbie Hinkle, Cheryl McGill and Lyndsey Adams; sister Betty Macias; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rogena J. Stevens

Rogena Joy Stevens, 49, of Cottonwood, died Aug. 18, 2006.

She was born on July 7, 1957, to Roger Harold and Janet Joy Smelser in Phoenix. Rogena resided in Lancaster, Ohio, before moving to Arizona and worked as a certified nursing assistant and caregiver.

Rogena leaves behind two sons, Shawn Richard DeLong (Crystal), and Charles Richard DeLong (fiancée Vanessa), all of Cottonwood; her parents, Roger Smelser of Arkansas, and Janet Smelser of Lakeside; three brothers, Kelley Smelser of Mesa, Kurbie Smelser of Lancaster, Ohio, and Kurtiss Smelser of Bowling Greens, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be Aug. 24 at noon at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

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