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Obituaries, Nov. 15, 2006

Kathleen Boling

Kathleen Polewytewa Crnkovich Boling, 46, was the daughter of Jeff and Millie Polewytewa, formerly of Cottonwood. She was a 1979 graduate of MUHS and was employed by the University of Arizona. She is survived by her parents, her husband Russ, son Alvin (Nissa) Crnkovich, daughter Jayleen Crnkovich, sisters Harleen and Jennifer; a brother, Jeff; and two grandchildren. Services are pending.

Michael B. Thomas

Michael Blayne Thomas, 47, died Nov. 6, 2006, in his home. He was born June 9, 1959, in Apple Valley, Calif., to Clara and Autley Thomas.

Mr. Thomas lived with his girlfriend Cynthia Johnson and daughter Kailie in Cottonwood. He loved being with those he loved and doing things together as a family. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, outdoors, going to new places and trying new things. He enjoyed his career as an auto tech, in which he was Gold Certified. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Graveside services were Nov. 13 at Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff.

R. Leonard Lankford

Robert "Leonard" Lankford, 82, of Cottonwood and former resident of Flagstaff for many years, died Nov. 2, 2006.

He was born on June 9, 1924, to Robert L. and Ollie (Dawson) Lankford in Roswell, N.M. Leonard grew up in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

Leonard began working road construction as a teenager with his family, who were then using horses and mules. Before his retirement, he was still working in road construction. His last job was with Yavapai County, but by then he had traded in the horses and fresnos for heavy equipment.

He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Norma Lankford of Sedona; his sons, Robert E. Lankford (Birgitta) of Middleton, Idaho, David Lankford (Lee Ann) of Cave Creek, and Terry Lankford of Ames, Iowa; two brothers, H.R. and Denver, both of California; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

No public services are scheduled.

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A. Hugo Liljenberg

Alford Hugo Liljenberg, 92, died at the Olivia White Hospice Home on Nov. 9, 2006.

Hugo was born in Cedar Glades, Ark., to Fred and Nancy Liljenberg and moved with his family as a young child to Cottonwood. He attended grammar school in Clemenceau and graduated from Clarkdale High School in 1935. Hugo was the fourth of six children.

After graduating from high school, he went to work for the Clarkdale Smelter in the smelting operation (Phelps Dodge) and then transferred to the carpenter shop in downtown Clarkdale. When the smelter closed, he then went to work for some of the top contractors in the Verde Valley. He worked for A.K. Ragle, Bert Owens, Jim Scalf and Glenn Wright building houses in the Cottonwood and Clarkdale area.

Later, he again worked for these same contractors, then became acquainted with Herb and Jane Metzger of the Flying M Ranch. He worked for them first at Bridgeport, Ariz., then later at the Flying M Ranch near Anderson Mesa.

He met his first wife (Helena Ruth Bradford) in the Verde Valley and after being married in 1942, went to live and work at Soda Springs Dude Ranch near Rimrock. His daughter, Virginia Ruth Liljenberg (now Virginia Riedel), was born at this ranch.

He is survived by his daughter, Virginia (Spence) Riedel; his sister, Anna C. McDonald; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

He was buried Nov. 14 in the family plot in Cottonwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Olivia White Hospice Home, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002, or to a favorite charity.

Arrangements were under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

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