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Obituaries July 21, 2006

Mildred Bird

Mildred Bird, 98, resident of Cottonwood, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Mildred was born in Fort Collins, Colo., on March 8, 1908, to George and Maryann (Neese) Baker.

Mildred was a high school graduate of Sacramento, Calif., and she attended Beauty College in Santa Monica, Calif.

Mildred was a member of the One in Christ Church. She enjoyed camping, sewing and spending time with her family. She also directed swimming aqua cade.

Mildred leaves behind three daughters, Lovel Munday (David) of Cottonwood, Patsy Crandall (Dick) of Dewey, and Jody Sands (Earl) of Cottonwood; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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Darron L. Dillon

Darron Loyd Dillon, 44, of Camp Verde died July 18, 2006. Darron was born Sept. 23, 1961, in Phoenix.

Darron was a jack of all trades and loved to fix things. He found joy in using these talents to help other people. Darron found his artistic talents through ceramics. He also enjoyed cooking, in fact worked as a chef for many years.

Darron is survived by his wife of 25 years, Michelle Dillon; his mother Janice Klann; and his brother David Dillon.

A memorial service will be July 22 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Bueler-Hepler Funeral Home, 143 Arnold St., Camp Verde, with Pastor Ken Miller officiating. Darron will be laid to rest in Nebraska.

Bueler­Hepler Funeral Home assisted the family

Ruth M. Rieke

Former Cottonwood resident Ruth Mable Rieke died July 18, 2006. Ruth was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Van Horne, Iowa, to Clay Webster Ganfield and Emma Mable See Ganfield.

She lived most of her life in Blairstown, Iowa, graduating from Blairstown High School in 1933. She attended Coe College and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1940, majoring in Speech and English. After graduation, she worked in radio and then taught in several high schools in rural Iowa.

She was married on July 29, 1943, in Vallejo, Calif., to Howard William Rieke, who was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1945 they settled down to a life of farming in Blairstown, where Ruth was a homemaker and mother to three children. She briefly taught high school English in Blairstown and enjoyed directing high school plays such as "Our Town." She also later taught remedial reading for a short time in Norway, Iowa.

Ruth was active in the Presbyterian Church in Blairstown, serving as organist for many years, as well as youth group leader and Sunday school teacher. She and Howard retired from farming and in 1978 moved to Arizona, where they started their antique business, first in Prescott, then in Sedona and finally opening their store "Closet Antiques" in Cottonwood in 1982. They lived in Sedona from 1980 until moving to Cottonwood in 1991.

After Howard died, Ruth moved to Newport, Ore., in 1999 to be near her daughter.

Survivors include her daughter Nina Roll (John), of Newport, Ore.; son Roger Rieke, of Clinton, Iowa; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Blairstown, Iowa, and burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery there. Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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