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Obituaries Jan. 7, 2007

Florence E. Cummings

Florence Elizabeth Cummings, 95, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 3, 2007. She was born on Feb. 7, 1911, to Clarence Kenny and Elizabeth (Lloyd) Hogg in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she remained until the age of 12, at which time she moved with her family to the United States.

Florence was married to the late Leonard Cummings. She was fortunate to live such a good and long life, living longer than any of her siblings. Previously of California, she has enjoyed the Verde Valley for the past 10 years.

She was very active in her church; faithfully serving the community and attending many groups. She especially enjoyed the Bible Study Group. She also made many crafts with other members of the church that were used to raise funds for various projects.

She leaves behind her only child, Nancy E. Collins of Cottonwood; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

There are no local services planned.

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Donald W. Johnson

Donald Wayne Johnson, 59, died Dec. 22, 2006, at his home in Bayfield, Colo. He was a long-time resident of Camp Verde.

Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Santa Ana, Calif., the son of Arvid and Clara Johnson. He had been employed as a carpenter, photographer and in road construction. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Camp Verde and was a 4-H photo leader. His passion was his family, hunting, fishing, and camping with his grandchildren, and computers.

He is survived by his wife Charlene Johnson of Bayfield, Colo., children Greg Johnson of Camp Verde, Doug Johnson of Camp Verde, Charles Fisher of Bayfield, Colo., Ray Fisher of Cottonwood, Kim Knox of Bayfield, Colo., and Melissa Johnson of Bayfield, Colo.; brother Bob Johnson; sister Sylvia Hupp; and 15 grandchildren,

Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango. Memorial services were at the First Baptist Church in Bayfield on Jan. 6.

Harold E. Tower

Harold E. Tower, 87, of the Village of Oak Creek, died Jan. 4, 2007, in Cottonwood. He was born Aug. 17, 1919, in Pasa Robles, Calif., to Harold Edwin Tower Sr. and Blanche (Hyres) Tower.

Harold attended the Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he received his bachelor's degree. He also served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Harold worked at the Syracuse Club in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., as the club manager for 28 years. He was a member of the Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona. He loved golfing at the Oak Creek Country Club, playing tennis and hiking the Sedona red rocks.

Harold leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Marion Tower of Sedona; his son, William A. Tower (Justice) of Durango, Colo.; his daughters, Jennifer McCarthy (Christopher) of Gilbert, Kristin Tower of Burlingame, Calif., JoAnne Leo (Ronald) of Fulton, N.Y., and Carol Hotaling (Charles) of Hamilton, Fla.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Sedona Winds in the Village of Oak Creek.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Institute, P.O. Box 25610, 1131-CY-Nicosia

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Joann L. McCallum

Joann L. McCallum, 62, of Rimrock, formerly of Flagstaff, died Dec. 10, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 22, 1943, in Mt. Clemons, Mich., to Fred and Nona Ray.

Joann worked as an administrative secretary at Northern Arizona University for more than 11 years before retiring. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and most of all traveling and visiting family. She was a member of the Retirees Administration and the Lioness Club.

She is survived by her husband of more than 44 years, Don McCallum Sr. of Rimrock; son Don Jr. (Rana) of Rock Springs, Wyo.; daughter Lisa Hook (Mark) of Rifle, Colo.; parents, Fred and Nona Ray of Sylvania, Ohio; brother Fred Ray Jr. (Donna) of White Lake, Mich.; sister Diane Wallace (Bob) of Swanton, Ohio;.and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Rimrock.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Joann L. McCallum to Northland Hospice and Beaver Creek Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Norvel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff.

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