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Obituaries Nov. 5, 2006

Howard Steele

Howard Arthur Wientge Steele, a longtime Prescott resident, died Oct. 6, 2006, after suffering severe head trauma from a fall.

Born Oct. 5, 1917, in Santa Fe, N.M., to Harold and Freda Wientge Steele, the first of five sons. Howard grew up in the home his parents and grandparents resided in since the 1880s, which is a historical building and stands below the Cross of the Martyrs overlooking Santa Fe.

Howard married Bell Aug. 16, 1940. He worked for Lockheed Vega Aircraft in California during the '40s, returning to Santa Fe, where he drove for Greyhound Bus Lines until joining the U.S. Army and serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign of World War II as a Tech 4th Class in the 689th Eng. Base Equip. Co. as a heavy equipment operator in the Philippines. Following the military he worked for Southern Union Gas Co., transferring to Prescott in April 1951. During his time in Prescott, he was a member of the Volunteer Prescott Police Force, VFW, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs and was an active member of Smoki for many years.

In 1959 he transferred to the Verde Valley, managing the installation of natural gas lines into Jerome, Clarkdale, and Cottonwood communities. He transferred to Albuquerque, retiring after 40 years.

Survivors include his daughters Patricia (James) Stotts of Prescott and Kathy Steele; brothers Bill of Las Cruces, N.M., Paul (Natalie), Richmond, Va., John (Ann) Hayes, Va.; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial tribute will be Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2110 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Internment services will be Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his name to VFW, Donations Dept., 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, Mo. 6411

Mary B. Peterson

Mary B. Peterson, 71, of Camp Verde, died Nov. 1, 2006, in Cottonwood.

Mary was born May 18, 1935, to Oren and Pearl (Starr) Hines in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She is survived by two brothers, Charles Hines of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Emery Hines of Center Point, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Hines and good friend, Al Wolf.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa.

An online guestbook is available at

Janet Waits Hensley

Former Verde Valley resident Janet Waits Hensley died Oct. 16. She was born in Winslow in 1915 and died, age 91, in Phoenix where she had lived for 11 years.

Mrs. Hensley and her husband bought land and built a home in Cornville in the early 1960s. They eventually retired in Cornville and when her husband died Mrs. Hensley moved to Cottonwood. She lived in Cottonwood until 11 years ago when she moved to Phoenix.

Mrs. Hensley is survived by three children: Jerry, Dave and Margie, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her memorial service was held in Phoenix Oct. 23.

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