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Obituaries July 14, 2006

Mary Ferguson

Mary Ferguson, 80, of Camp Verde, died July 10, 2006. Mary was born Jan. 16, 1926, in Globe, to the late Mary Ellen and Louis Belmont.

She was married to Do Ferguson, who preceded her.

Mary is survived by her sons, Don Ferguson (Carol) of Camp Verde and Howard Ferguson (Kathy) of Beaverton, Ore.; her daughter Allene Solaas (Floyd) of Carlsbad, N.M.; her brother, Frank Belmont of Vista, Calif.; her sister, Louise Gillock of Globe; 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

A Visitation took place at the chapel of Bueler­Hepler Funeral Home on July 13. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Mary today, July 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 781 S. Cliffs Parkway in Camp Verde. Interment will follow at Middle Verde Cemetery.

Bueler­Hepler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Millard Dickison

Millard Dickison, 75, of Rimrock, died from cancer on July 10, 2006. He was born on July 15, 1930, in Big Park. Millard was the son of Clarence Kelly and Hazel Dickison whom homesteaded the Dickison Ranch in Big Park.

Millard lived and worked in Big Park for 68 years before moving to Rimrock with his daughter. Even though Millard was a cowboy all of his life he served in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1953. After the war, Millard worked for Kel Fox and the 2 Bar Cattle Company for 30 years. When Kel Fox sold his company to Morrison Brothers, Millard went to work for them until his retirement.

Millard loved spending time with his cattle, drinking coffee with his buddies, and working as a cowhand.

Millard is survived by his children, Cherise (Dan) Moore, Rick (Pat) Dickison and Vicki Bateman; stepdaughters, Sandy (Harry) Zinn and Kristie Kelly; a sister Ruth Davidson; a brother, Vic Dickison; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, July 15, at 9 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church, 3705 E. Beaver Creek Road, in Rimrock.

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Gregory K. Maddox

Gregory K. Maddox, 46, of Cottonwood died July 8, 2006. He was born April 1, 1960, in Independence, Mo., to the late James B. and Shirley Jean (Bell) Maddox.

Gregory worked for Reese Wholesale in Indianapolis for 10 years and was most recently employed by the Sedona Medical Center.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion in Cottonwood.

He is survived by his son Devin Maddox (Lucy); sisters Cyndy Tribby Maddox, Terri Fields, and Lisa Dugan; brothers Kevin, Mark and Curtis Maddox; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services are today, July 14, at noon at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 E. Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46229. Call (317) 897-9606.

Robert S. Humphrey

Robert S. Humphrey, 84, of the Village of Oak Creek, died in Cottonwood on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. He was born on Jan. 22, 1922, in Berkeley, Calif., to Earl D. and Emily (Alves) Humphrey.

As a child, Robert attended the Sacred Heart Elementary School and was a 1940 graduate of the Oakland Tech High School. Robert served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army and held the position of Tec 5.

He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 43 years. Through his job as an assistant manager, car engineer - automotive department he made many connections and friendships within the automotive industry, especially GMC. He took his retirement in 1983.

He was married to Catherine for 43 years, and she preceded him in death.

Robert was an avid golfer -- he made a hole-in-one in September 1979 at the Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Mich. He was Kiwanian of the Year in 1991 for Bell Rock Kiwanis. Robert was former director of Bell Rock Kiwanis as well as secretary 1988-1990. And from 1978 to 2002, Robert was a member of the Oak Creek Country Club, as well as the Rambos. In 1972 Robert took first place at the 29th annual Detroit Free Press Mixed Doubles Bowling Tournament; in which they defeated 3,000 other teams.

Robert was a life-long and devoted member of the Catholic faith and a former member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Phoenix and St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona.

He is survived by his sons, Michael Humphrey, of Wisconsin, and Mark Humphrey (Dawn), of Westland, Mich.; his daughter, Roberta, of the Village of Oak Creek; and his brother, Earl Humphrey (Alice), of Oakland, Calif.

The Funeral Mass will be at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 330 W. Coral Gables Drive, in Phoenix, today, July 14, at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Memorial Contributions can be made to: Blue Cloud Ministries, P.O. Box 98, Marvin S.D. 57251. For those wishing to send condolences, send them to: Roberta Humphrey, P.O. Box 21036, Sedona AZ 86351.

Myron L. Johnson

Myron Lee Johnson, 44, of Camp Verde, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Myron was born on Dec. 11, 1961, in Cottonwood, to Edward Telese and Winona Johnson.

Myron attended both the Clarkdale and Cottonwood Elementary Schools, and he attended Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, but graduated from Intermountain Indian High School in Ogden, Utah.

Myron worked as a dispatcher and police officer in Ignacio, Colo. Upon returning to Arizona, he worked for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, where he held various positions such as, animal control officer, probation officer, and Child Protective Services investigator.

Myron enjoyed softball, horseback riding, fishing, hunting and his Native American traditional activities.

Myron leaves behind his loving wife of almost nine years, Debra Johnson, of Camp Verde; his son, Brandon Johnson of Ignacio, Colo., his step-sons, Levi Smith (Jaqueline) of San Diego, Calif., Dewayne Smith (Kelly) of Susanville, Calif., and Deci Hernandez of Camp Verde; his step-daughters, Eve Hernandez of Phoenix, Jessica Hernandez and April Hernandez both of Camp Verde; his brother, Bruce Nahee (Susan) of Prescott; his sisters, Cindy Nahee and Myrna Sandlin (Mike), all of Clarkdale; and three grandchildren.

A visitation will be at the home of Myron and Debra, 3675 Shaw Ave., in Camp Verde, today, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, July 15, at 9 a.m. at the Yavapai-Apache Community Gymnasium, 2400 W. Datsi St., also in Camp Verde.

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Mary E. Gussman

Lifetime Arizona resident Mary E. Gussman, 74, of Cottonwood, died Monday, July 10, 2006. She was born to Samuel and Bertha (Suddeth) George on October 29, 1932, in Clarkdale.

Mary graduated from Clarkdale High School. She attended Northern Arizona University, where she obtained her master's degree in Education.

She was employed with Selna Grocery from 1947 to 1950, Safeway 1951-1955, Flagstaff Public School 1959-1965, Northern Arizona University 1966-1969, and 1971-1990 Mary returned to Flagstaff Public Schools.

Mary was also very proud her education and the numerous degrees she had the opportunity to achieve: Masters of Education, Masters of Physiology, Masters of Home Economics, and Masters of English Literature. She was also a member of several sororities.

She was married to Richard A. Gussman for 51 years, and he preceded her in death.

Mary leaves behind her only child, Greg L. Gussman (Kimberly) of Flagstaff.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 18, at 10 a.m. at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Verde Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 1429, Cottonwood AZ 86326

Laurel F. Grundmeier

Laurel F. Grundmeier, 63, of Cottonwood, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born June 1, 1943, to Clifford and Marian Grundmeier in Bremerton, Wash.

She was a graduate of Concordia College in Minnesota, University of Illinois and Prescott College. She taught physical education in Hood River, Ore., and Paxton, Ill. Laurel was a career counselor with the State of Minnesota Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and also was in private counseling practice. The past 24 years she worked at the Verde Valley Medical Center, most recently under the Perot Health Systems as a patient account auditor.

She is survived by her brother, Mitchell Grundmeier of Kennewick, Wash.; and her life partner, Carrie Andrews.

At her request, there will be no services.

Contributions may be sent to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab UT 84741-5000.

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