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Obituaries Jan. 21, 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.

He was best known for his work with his fellow residents of Pine Shadows where he enjoyed the challenge of fixing anything and everything.

Tom is survived by his wife of 30 years, Bonnie, 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 took place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood.

An online guestbook is available at

Mary K. Slay

Mary K. Slay, 90, Cottonwood, died Thursday, Jan. 18, at Alvarado Pines Home. She was born Dec. 21, 1916, in Charles City, Iowa, to Fred and Lottie (Kellogg) Blumenstiel.

Mary was a professional violinist. She was a member of the Flagstaff Symphony for 25 years, and participated in the USO during WWII. Mary was also a member of the Unity Church of Sedona.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Slay. She leaves behind her son, Richard I. Slay with his wife, Rochelle of Goodyear; her daughter, Linda A. Slay with her husband Paul of Phoenix; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Westcott Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m.

Contributions, made in Mary's name, can be sent to: The Flagstaff Symphony, 113 E. Aspen, Flagstaff, 86001.

An online guestbook is available at

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