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Obituaries Dec. 22, 2006

Pearl Beebe

Pearl Beebe, 90, of Cornville, died at home Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. She was born on Dec. 15, 1916, in Clarksville, Ark., to James Tobe and Abby Jane Skaggs. She attended the Mt. Levi Union School outside of Clarksville.

Pearl leaves behind, her son, James Niccum, and her daughter, Eddie Boyce, RN; her stepsons, Doug Beebe of Skull Valley, and Jim Beebe Jr. of Prescott; her stepdaughter, Diane Coby of Prescott; her brother, Olen Skaggs of Steelville, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were Dec. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cottonwood.

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Helen M. Bonstel

Helen Mae Bonstel, 75, of Cottonwood, died Dec. 17, 2006. She was born June 6, 1932, in Westergrove, Ark., to Doy and Vera Richardson.

She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Howard A. Bonstel of Cottonwood; her daughter, Charlotte Ann Buss of California; her son, Allen Howard Bonstel of California; and four grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be Tuesday, Dec. 26, at noon at the First Southern Baptist Church in Cottonwood.

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Myrtle L. Johnson

Myrtle Lillian Johnson, 79, of Camp Verde, died Dec. 18, 2006. Myrtle was born July 19, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Rhoda and Albert Cain.

Myrtle enjoyed crocheting, and all types of crafting. She also enjoyed gardening, playing bingo, her dog Charlie, fishing, and traveling about.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter, Barbara Gardner of Camp Verde; and her sons, Gerald Sharp of Camp Verde and Ronald Sharp of San Manuel.

A Visitation service will be celebrated in her honor from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 22, at the chapel of Bueler Funeral Home, 143 W. Arnold St., in Camp Verde. Myrtle will rest with her husband, Jesse Sharp at Show Low Cemetery.

Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Helen G. Sitterley

Helen G. Sitterley, 90, of Cornville, died Dec. 18, 2006. Helen was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on Dec. 7, 1916, where she also grew up.

After high school, Helen attended Kent State University and received her BA in Education. After Pearl Harbor she joined the U.S. Army and served her country. During this time she also met and married Capt. Jay L. Sitterley.

They later lived in San Fernando Valley, Calif., and Wichita, Kan., and then moved to Flagstaff with their children. While in Flagstaff, Helen received her master's degree at NAU and ASC. Helen then taught at Witzel School, and loved being a teacher.

After retirement, she and Jay moved to Lake Montezuma. After Jay's passing, Helen pursued her lifelong passion for art and painted China. She kept busy at the Lake Montezuma Women's Civic Club, Historical Society trips, personal travel, art seminars and giving art lessons in her own garage.

She leaves behind her sister, Corinne Beard, MaryLou (Pratley) Neal, her children, Warren Jay, John Wayne and Mary Patricia.

Memorial services will be held at Westcott Funeral Home today, Dec.22, at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations made in her name can be made to the NAU education department.

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Zaida T. Fahey

Zaida Teresa Fahey, 89, of Camp Verde, died Dec. 18, 2006. Zaida was born in Port Leyden, N.Y., on Feb. 2, 1917, one of a family of 13.

Zaida spent her children's young years at home, building very strong family ties. When the family moved to Arizona in 1961, she worked at Kresge's in Phoenix as a clerk. She progressed through many positions at K-Mart until finally retiring at age 70 as head bookkeeper at the Flagstaff store.

Survivors include eight children, Michael, Kathleen, Maureen, Mary, Timothy, Patrick, Daniel and Brian; sister Hilda; 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Cabrini's Catholic Church in Camp Verde at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23.

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Merlin H. Brooks

Merlin H. Brooks, 71, of Cottonwood, died Dec. 19, 2006. He was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Cortez, Colo., to Ernest and Sybil Brooks.

Merlin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Technician 3 Specialist during the occupation of Germany. He was honored with the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of the Occupation of Germany Medal.

Merlin dedicated 38 years of his life to Lumbermens, formally known as Babbitt's, in Cottonwood. Prior to his retirement in 2002, he enjoyed spending his time fishing, hunting and rock hounding.

Merlin leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years, M. Sherron Brooks, of Cottonwood; three sons, Kevin Brooks, Eric Brooks, and Shawn Brooks; four daughters, Merlinda Burreas, Suzzett Gast, Deborah Garrett, and Danielle Russell; three brothers, Eugene Brooks, Cliff Brooks, and Don Brooks; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Merlin's life will be honored during a Graveside Service with military honors on today, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m., at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

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