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Obituaries Feb. 16, 2007

Vickie J. Paulus

Vickie Jeanette Paulus, 67, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 9, 2007. She was born in Phoenix on May 2, 1939, to Charles J. and Verona Carter.

She leaves behind her son Daniel T. Paulus (April) of Utah; her daughter, Amanda G. Paulus of Arizona; her mother, Verona Carter of Arizona; as well as three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were Feb. 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Westcott Funeral Home.

Donald E. Wyckoff

Donald Ernest Wyckoff, 76, of Rimrock, died Feb. 12, 2007, at home. Don was born Nov. 16, 1930, in New York City to Francis and Gladys Wyckoff.

Don faithfully served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Don loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He was a licensed Arizona hunting guide and always enjoyed this work. He also worked many years for the Postal Service as well as giving of his time as a volunteer for the special events held in Camp Verde.

Don was a proud member of the VFW and the American Legion.

Don is survived by his wife Frances of Rimrock; his mother, Gladys Abel of Massachusetts; his daughter, Kimberly Germaine of Flagstaff; his sons, Jeffrey Wyckoff of Munds Park, Steve Wyckoff of Rimrock, and Gary Wyckoff of Washington State; his step-son, Robert Darrah of Rimrock; his step-daughters, Jarrette Hays, Terrill Miller, and Robin Darrah all of Phoenix; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Sycamore Park in Lake Montezuma. Don will be laid to rest with full military honors at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m. Bueler Funeral Home assisted the family.

Thurman Merchant Jr.

Thurman Merchant Jr., 80, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 12, 2007, in Flagstaff. He was born July 6, 1926, in Hatfield, Ark., to Thurman Merchant Sr. and Martha Geneva Merchant.

Thurman was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Professionally, he was a lumberjack and woods manager of Happy Jack division of Southwest Forest Industry and Stone Container Industry.

He loved building houses, raising cattle and alfalfa and spending time with his family.

Thurman leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Charlotte Ann of Cottonwood; his son, Michael J. (Colette) Merchant; his daughters, Tari (Leonard) Buchanan, Jill (Fred) Barnes, all of Cottonwood; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be private.

Memorial Donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2724 East Lakin, Suite 9, Flagstaff AZ 86001.

An online guestbook is available at

Eleanor G. Hanson

Eleanor Gladys Hanson, 93, of Cottonwood, a 56-year resident to Arizona, died Feb. 11, 2007.

She was born November 10, 1913, in Reading, Pa., to Simon and Ellen (Smith) Medwig. She attended and graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School.

Professionally, she worked for and retired from the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. She was a member of the Cottonwood Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Ken Spatz of Round Hill, Va.; her daughter, Jerilyn Ikhtiari of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

There are no local services planned.

An online guestbook is available at

Mary L. Mara

Mary Louise Mara, 68, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 10, 2007. She was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Brockton, Mass., the daughter of Timothy and Marion Minihan.

She attended Whitman High School and nursing college. Mrs. Mara worked as a nurse at hospitals and medical offices.

Mrs. Mara is survived by her husband of 51 years, Donald J. Mara; three sons, James, Donald and Stephen; a daughter Julie Anne; two sisters, Margaret Winsor and Helen Clancy and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be Feb. 19 at Westcott Funeral Home at 1 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome. com

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