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Obituaries Jan. 19, 2007

Thomas F. Roper

Thomas Forde Roper, 75, of Cottonwood, died Jan.16, 2007, in Goodyear under the kind care of Hospice of the Valley. He was born June 2, 1931, in Evanston, Ill., to the late Forde and Marie Roper.

Thomas proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart.

The memories of family fishing trips, skiing and boating will always be treasured. He especially enjoyed fishing trips with his wife, Barbara.

He was best known for his work with his fellow residents of Pine Shadows where he enjoyed the challenge of fixing anything and everything. He proudly described himself as a "Jack of all trades and master of none."

Tom is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barbara, of Cottonwood; two daughters, Renee of Phoenix, and Robin of Colorado; three step-sons, Brian (Sandra), Jodie (Pam), and Chadd, all of Illinois; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Norbert of Illinois, and Robert (Marge) of Florida.

A Memorial Mass will take place on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood.

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Harry 'Skip' Waters

Harry G. "Skip" Waters Jr. died Jan. 13, 2007, after a short battle with lung cancer. Born June 15, 1945, in Meriden, Conn., he spent his adult life in Arizona.

Skip was a good husband, father, grandfather, friend and jeweler. He loved nature and was a believer of preservation. He was most at peace when he was outside camping, hiking or just sitting outdoors while sipping a cup of coffee.

Survivors include his wife Deborah Waters of Rimrock; brother John Waters of Palominas; children Sky Waters of Utah, Crystal Chamberlain of Cornville, Janice Houston of Madison, ala., and Sarah Southwick of Flagstaff; and six grandchildren.

The memorial service will be at the Sycamore Community Park on Montezuma Avenue on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Lance White Eagle and Edna Morris will officiate a traditional Native American ceremony. A reception afterward will be at the Ranch House Restaurant at the Beaver Creek Golf Club, 4250 Montezuma Avenue, Lake Montezuma.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made for Skip's grandson, who suffers from diabetes. Tax deductible donations can be made to any Wells Fargo bank to the account "for the benefit of Ethan Heath" or donations can be sent via mail to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 1201 Hwy. 89A, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

Doris E. Barz

Doris E. Barz, 83, of Cottonwood, Arizona, died Jan. 6. She was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Dyersburg, Tenn., to Berry and Rosa Walker.

Doris worked as a Civil Service secretary, and truly enjoyed working for the base commander at the Manzano Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.

Prior to retiring to Cottonwood, Doris lived in Sun City for 25 years, where she attended the Congregational Church. While living in Sun City, she also took up golf and even struck a hole in one during one of her games. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, bridge, and bowling.

Doris is preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas E. Trask, and her second husband, Richard Barz; as well as, her daughter, Judy A. Hill. She leaves behind her son, Thomas E. Trask, with his wife, Veruska of Boulder, Colo.; her daughter, Martha E. Brown with her husband, Paul, of Cornville; her son-in-law, Doug Hill of Scottsdale; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A family memorial Jan. 13.

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