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Lilian J. Sykes 1933-2007

Lilian Jean Sykes, 74, died Oct. 28, 2007, in Tucson after a short illness. She was born in Craig, Colo., on March 18, 1933, and spent her childhood in Sheldon, Mo. She went to high school at the School of the Ozarks, got her bachelor's degree from SMU and received a master's in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

She married Robert Sykes in 1956 in St. Louis and they moved to Cottonwood in 1972. She taught Sociology and Knitting at Yavapai Community College, worked as a social worker for NACOG, as director of the Senior Citizens Center and also worked for the State of Arizona, Department of Economic Security.

After retirement, she was active in Cottonwood delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at the library, delivering books to homebound seniors and enjoyed playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her sister Gail Harrington of Crooked River, Ore., daughters Beth Gable of Phoenix and Emily Pellissier of Whittier, Calif., and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at Westcott Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cottonwood Public Library in her name.

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