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January 15, 2006

Jane E. Parker

Jane E. Parker, 73, of Lake Montezuma, passed away Jan. 12, 2006, at her home.

Jane was born in Glendale on Nov. 6, 1932, the daughter of Charles Dean and Georga (Samples) Gilbert.

Jane was a school secretary at Unit 1, now Landmark School, and also a records secretary at Glendale High School. She was a member of the Glendale Woman's Club and the Glendale Country Club.

Jane enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, fishing, and afternoon toddies.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Thomas Parker; son, Thomas Edward McAllister Jr.; daughters, Claudia Jane McAllister Green, and Cynthia Lou McAllister VanDeman; brother, Steven Dean Gilbert; and 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service and celebration of Jane's Life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., in Sun City.

Westcott Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Frances Edwardine Trammell

Frances Edwardine Trammell, 90, former resident of Cottonwood, passed away Jan. 9, 2006, in Phoenix. She was born in Caddo, Okla., on Sept. 30, 1915, to Edgar A. and Walsie "Flossie" Benton. As a child, she attended the Shawnee Mission School.

Throughout her life, Frances worked hard. She held various jobs from waitressing and cooking to owning her own business in Cottonwood. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Although Frances wore various "professional hats," fulfilling different roles, her most treasured role was that of housewife and mother.

For a brief time, Frances lived in Guam. She wanted to be near her son, John, who was there for a time with his employment. While there, she became very active in the community and she captured the hearts of the islanders and was honored with several awards for her outstanding volunteer services.

Frances was very people-oriented and loved meeting people and building friendships with them. She found great joy in being with her family and her friends, both new and old.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Orville Trammell; stepsons, Walker Trammell and Jack Trammell; brother, Edgar A. Benton Jr.; sister, Winnie Mae "Billie" Coulter; brother-in-law, Ed Coulter; and five grandchildren.

She leaves behind her son, John C. Trammell of Ajo, Ariz.; stepsons, Ralph H. Trammell of Bennett, Texas, and Danny Trammell, previously of Gila Bend; sister-in-law, Lois Trammell of Boise, Idaho; niece, Betty McCarron of Newhall, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and 13 grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale. There, she will be laid to rest with her husband of 48 years, William Orville Trammell.

Memorial contributions can be made to France's family, and can be sent to: John C. Trammell, P.O. Box 913, Ajo, AZ 85321.

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Helen Becchetti Dover

Helen Becchetti Dover, an Arizona native, died Jan. 4, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. She was born in Humbolt, Ariz., on June 29, 1917, to Joe and Ermelinda Becchetti, prominent Cottonwood residents.

Helen was the last remaining member of the Joe Becchetti family.

Helen was preceded in death by sisters, Rachel Verretto and Josephine See; brothers, Frank and Don Becchetti.

Helen graduated from Clarkdale High School in 1935 and Arizona State Teachers College (now Northern Arizona University) in 1941 with a bachelor's in English. She received her master's in education in 1957 from Arizona Sate University.

She taught in the Arizona school system including Kingman, Globe and Cottonwood before finishing her career with 21 years at Camelback High School in Phoenix in the business department.

Her memberships included AARP, Phoenix and Arizona Retired Teachers Associations, First Families of Arizona, Phoenix Museum of History, Phoenix Art Museum, Cottonwood Civic Club and Verde Historical Society and Museum in Cottonwood. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix.

Helen is survived by son, Fred (Kathy) of Palm Desert, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Janet Dover of Cerritos, Calif.; grandson, Sean (Melissa) of Costa Mesa, Calif.; granddaughter, Michelle of Costa Mesa, Calif.; great-granddaughter Gwendolyn (Sean and Melisssa); great-grandson, Jacob (Michelle); numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass and celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Immaculate Conception Parish, 700 N. Bill Gray Road, in Cottonwood. Private interment of ashes in Cottonwood Cemetery.

Donations may be made in her name to: First Families of Arizona, 105 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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