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Obituaries, Nov. 1, 2006

Jesselyn M. Gensicke

Jesselyn Mae Gensicke, 83, died Oct. 27, 2006, at her home in Cottonwood. Jesselyn was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Shelton, Neb., to Hollis and Frederick Gumprecht.

She married Robert Gensicke on Feb. 9, 1947. They raised their family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, until moving to Colorado Springs, Colo. They subsequently retired in Arizona.

Survivors include her husband Robert; sister Jo Ann Gorman of Studio City, Calif.; three children Steven Gensicke of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Holly Louvar of Temecula, Calif., and Robyn Uptegraff of Irvine, Calif.; four grandchildrena and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be Nov. 18 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 203 S. Candy Lane Suite 10A, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Charles F. Doornbos

Charles Foster Doornbos, 72, of Sedona, died at his home on Oct. 24, 2006. He was born July 25, 1934, to Charles W. and Ruth (Foster) Doornbos in Bartlesville, Okla.

Charles attended Oklahoma University where he obtained his degree in Geology. He served as a captain and sharp shooter in the U.S. Marines. He worked in Oklahoma as CEO of Charles F. Doornbos Revocable Trust in the oil industry.

His interests included golfing and hiking.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Patricia K. Doornbos of Sedona; four daughters, Sydney, Darian, Dana and Diane; one brother, Phillip; two sisters, Ami Preston and Jeanne Doornbos; his step-mother, Barbara Burris; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Charles Doornbos' name.

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Mary Celesta Gamblin

Mary Celesta Gamblin, also known as Mary Bates, died Oct. 29, 2006. Celesta was born Oct. 30, 1913, in Browder, Ky.

Celesta was a member of the Mountain Shadow Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Cottonwood, where she and her husband of more than 67 years, Clarence Gamblin, attended for many years. After the death of Clarence in 1997, Celesta married a long-time friend, Ed Bates, also a member of the Mountain Shadow Congregation. After Ed's death, Celesta took back the name Gamblin.

Celesta is survived by five of her six children: Daphne Coppinger (Art) of Camp Verde, Delila White of Cottonwood, Frieda Williams (Jim) of Albuquerque, N.M., Lindle Gamblin (Janice) of Derby, Kan., and Myrna Dierenfield (Dan) of Lower Lake, Calif.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. Celesta will be laid to rest at the Cottonwood Cemetery. Interment will be private.

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Vickie L. Roberts

Vickie L. Roberts, 57, of Cornville died Oct. 26, 2006. She was born Aug. 12, 1949, in Downey, Calif., the daughter of Robert and Gladys Anderson.

She attended Waite Elementary School and Norwalk High School.

Mrs. Roberts was employed at the Verde Guidance Clinic. Her main interest was interacting with people. She was a ham radio operator KC7PHY.

She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Jerry; a son Robert of Chandler; a daughter Kris (Steve) of Avondale; a stepson, Jim of Phoenix; a stepdaughter Janet of Phoenix; sisters Janice (Byron) of Lakeside and Linda of Chino Valley; and two stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be Nov. 4 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 2 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

James A. Murphy

James A. Murphy, 67, Cottonwood, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, in Flagstaff. He was born May 13, 1939, in Manhattan, N.Y., to James Francis and Cathleen (Cooney) Murphy.

James worked for the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority as general superintendent of transportation. James also served his country as a Chief Warrant Officer-4 with the U. S. Army National Guard ­ devoting 32 years of his life to this organization and retiring in 1999.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and he was a member of American Legion-Post 25.

He leaves behind his second wife and bride of eight years, Irene Murphy, of Cottonwood; his son, James Murphy (Julia) of New York; his daughters, Lorraine Muller (John) of North Carolina, and Patrice Carey of New York; his brother, Terence Murphy (Cathy) of New Jersey; his sister, Kathleen Nasse (Ken) of New Jersey; and 10 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 N. Bill Gray

Road, in Cottonwood, Thursday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. James will be laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.

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Terrie Aycock

Terrie Aycock, 74, Cornville, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, in Cottonwood. She was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Orwell, Ohio.

Terrie grew up in Cleveland and raised her family in Long Beach, Calif., before moving with her husband to Cornville to help raise a grandson.

Terrie attended church at Trinity Fellowship as long as her health permitted and enjoyed her time as a Sunday school teacher.

She leaves behind her husband, Bill Lee Aycock; her sons, Robert (Candy) Novakovich, Floyd Novakovich, and William Novakovich; her daughters, Susan (Jerry) Harjo and Julie Novakovich; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., on Friday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

Contributions can be made to: Trinity Fellowship Church of God, 412 N. 10th St., Cottonwood, 86326

An online guestbook is available at

Clara Starr Clark

Clara Starr Clark, age 84, Prescott, died Oct. 29, 2006. She was also born in Prescott, to Henry and Annie (Williams) Starr.

Funeral Services will be held at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.

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