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Obituaries, Sept. 13, 2006

Eura M. Roe

Former Cottonwood resident Eura M. Roe was born Jan. 15, 1915, in Beatie, Texas, to Dan and Mary Bingham, and died Sept. 2, 1006, in Concordia, Kan., at the age of 91.

In 1933 she married Walter Lee Roe.

The Roe family moved to Winslow in 1944, where Mr. Roe worked as a locomotive fireman/engineer. Following retirement in 1975, they moved to Cottonwood, where they lived until moving to Arkansas in 1996. Due to poor health, Mrs. Roe was a resident of a nursing home in Judsonia, Ark., for the last two years. She was in the process of relocating to Idaho when she became ill while passing through Kansas and died.

She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and was most recently a member of the church in Judsonia, Ark.

She is survived by three children, Barney Gail Roe (June), of Brentwood, Calif.; JoAnn Alkair (Melvin), of Sandpoint, Idaho; and Martin Dan Roe (Brenda), of Safford; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Cecilia R. Perez

Cecilia Rivera Perez, 94, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 6, 2006. She was born in Mexico on Nov. 22, 1912, to Jesus and Maria (Abundio) Perez.

A visitation will be at Westcott Funeral Home, in Cottonwood today, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., Rosary to begin at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Sept. 14 at 10 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Immediately following services, Cecilia will be laid to rest at Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

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Eleanor H. Becht

Eleanor H. Becht, 93, of Cornville, died Sept. 8, 2006. She was born Feb. 5, 1913, in Madison, Ind., where she grew up and attended the Madison School District.

Eleanor worked as a bookkeeper, and homemaker. She was a member of the Village Park Baptist Church in the Village of Oak Creek.

Eleanor leaves behind her daughters, Dorthy (Paul) Moore of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Betty Hammons (Bob) of Cornville; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

Donations can be sent to: Y.E.S. The ARC, 427 S. Willard St., Cottonwood AZ 86326.

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Carolyn L. Hiller

Carolyn L. Hiller, 61, of Sedona, died Aug. 29, 2006. She was born Nov. 18, 1944, in Tulare, Calif.

Carolyn worked in sales and public relations. She collected antiques, enjoyed interior design, sewing, music, dance, cooking, art, hiking the red rocks of Sedona, and nutrition.

Carolyn leaves behind two sons, Shawn Stanley of San Antonio, Texas, and Erich Hiller of Cottonwood; four daughters, Gretchen Anaya (Victor) of Lancaster, Calif., Sara Shafer of Lake Montezuma, Anna Hiller of Camp Verde, and Amie Hiller of Phoenix; three brothers, Gene Dessel, Victor Dessel, and Richard Dessel, all of whom reside in Tulare, Calif.; as well as two grandchildren.

Carolyn's life will be celebrated with a gathering of family and friends at a future date.

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Effie Jean Cox

Effie Jean Cox, 87, of Sierra Vista, died Sept. 7 after a long illness at the Hacienda Healthcare and Rehab Center. She had been an Arizona resident for 72 years.

Effie Jean was born March 6, 1919, in Moore, Ark., to Ben and Maudie (Blalock) Gregory. She married Paul Ross Cox on April 9, 1939, in Mesa, Ariz. She enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her roses. Effie was a former resident of cottonwood, where she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, and three brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by her five children, Paul Roger Cox of Gilroy, Calif., Richard (Karleen) Cox of San Jose, Calif., Dennis (Robbin) Cox of Mesa, Theresa (James) Anderson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Avis (Solon) Mobley of Sierra Vista; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Moss of Pine Bluff, Ark.; two brothers, Bill Gregory of Lompoc, Calif., Jim Gregory of Creedmoor, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held Sept. 11 at the Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 S. Hwy. 92, in Sierra Vista.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 12 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 N. Taylor Drive, in Sierra Vista, with the Rev. Gregory Adolf as the celebrant. Private family interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be considered to the Alzheimer's Association, Southern Arizona Chapter, 5132 E Pima, Tucson, AZ 85712.

Arrangements are by the Hatfield Funeral Home in Sierra Vista.

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