Celebrity Obituaries

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Henrietta Brown

May 27, 1941 - May 22, 2018

Henrietta Brown, 76 of Rimrock, passed away at home on May 22, 2018. She was born on May 27, 1941 in Blairstown, NJ to Earl and Grace Cowell. Henrietta wore many hats in her family! Amazing Nana, Mother and wife. She was blessed to have so many talents to give to others. Henrietta loved to cook and garden. She loved Bible Study and church activities. She went by the...
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William Butterfield

May 17, 1922 - May 17, 2018

William “Bill” Butterfield, 96 of Cottonwood, passed away peacefully at his home on his birthday, May 17, 2018. He was pre-deceased by his wife Vera. He is survived by his daughter Margaret “Maggie” of Cottonwood; his loving god-daughter Nadia; nephews, nieces and cousins in the UK. Bill was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, UK and moved with his...
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Daniel Luna

July 21, 1930 - May 10, 2018


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Stanley Lawrence Holt

September 5, 1927 - May 8, 2018

Stanley Lawrence Holt was born in Glendale, California, Sept. 5, 1927; he passed away at home, May 8, 2018, in Cottonwood, AZ. Stan grew up in the Los Angeles area, going to school in Eagle Rock, CA. Following high school graduation, he joined the Navy, becoming a seaman first class and serving time in the Philippines. After serving for 2 years during...
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Emmanuel Y. Encisco

January 30, 1938 - May 8, 2018

Emmanuel Y Encisco Jr, 80, of Cottonwood passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on January 30, 1938 to the late Emmanuel and Carmen Encisco. He was raised in Flagstaff with his 3 brothers and 2 sisters and had a childhood that was filled with family and wonderful memories. While attending Flagstaff...
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Sally Clark

October 5, 1921 - May 6, 2018

Sally Clark, 97, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2018 in Iowa surrounded by her family. Sally was born October 5, 1921 in Jerome, Arizona, to John Majnaric and Frances Kezele Majnaric (names were later adjusted to Minerich). She grew up on the Majnaric ranch outside of Clarkdale, Arizona and met her husband of 54 years, Robert F. Clark, Sr. in high school. ...
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Cecil M. Telese

May 5, 1945 - May 2, 2018

Cecil Marcus Telese, age 72, passed away at his residence in Clarkdale, Arizona on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Cecil was born on May 5, 1945 to Max Bailey and Hannah Eleanor (Kinsey) Telese. He attended elementary school in Cottonwood and graduated from Mingus Union High School. He was a photographer during the 1970’s and 80’s and enjoyed his time at Cliff...
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Sandra Kay Simmons

February 21, 1943 - April 27, 2018

Sandra Kay Simmons (Ross), 75, of Cottonwood, passed away peacefully April 27th, 2018, with her loving family by her side. Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 11:00 AM, May 12th, 2018, 700 North Bill Gray Road in Cottonwood, Arizona. Reception to follow. Sandi Simmons was born in Geneva, Illinois February 21st, 1943. ...
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Diane Culbertson

May 27, 1943 - April 25, 2018

Diane Culbertson, 75 of Cottonwood, passed away at home on April 25, 2018. She was born on May 27, 1943 in Midland, MI to “Smokey” Lyle Culbertson and Dorothy Edith Henderson. Diane was a journalist and worked as an operations director for the editorial page for USA Today. “Boots” was an amazing person and good friend. She will be missed. Diane attended...
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Christine P. DeWolfe

August 14, 1948 - April 24, 2018

Christine P. DeWolfe of Cottonwood, AZ passed away on Tuesday April 24th after a courageous battle with cancer. Christine was born on August 14, 1948 in Sherman Oaks, CA, the daughter of the late Daniel and Marie (Flynn) Mamula. She attended UC Santa Cruz and had a career in food service with many years as a supervisor at South Bay Medical Center in Redondo Beach, CA. She...
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Diane Carol Lovett

November 4, 1934 - April 20, 2018

Diane Carol Lovett, 83 of Cottonwood, passed away April 20, 2018. Diane is survived by her sister, Anne Botterud, her stepchildren Evelyn Harris, Dennis Lovett (Ann), Mike Lovett (Maggie) and Becky Kulis (Gene), 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Diane was born November 4, 1934 in Livingston, Montana to Keith and...
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Anita Darline Grace

April 4, 1925 - April 18, 2018

Anita Darline Grace went to be with our Lord and Holy Mother on April 18, 2018. She was born on April 4, 1925 to Kenneth Howard Sleeper and Anita Ruby Kirby in Los Angeles, California. When she was 5 years old, her mother was re-married to Stanley Jarocha and Anita and her brother Ken were adopted by Stanley and given his last name. At the ages of 9 and 11, their mother passed...
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Rodney Allen Pitts

June 9, 1959 - April 16, 2018

Rodney Allen Pitts, Sr. was born June 9, 1959 in Phoenix, AZ and left us on April 16, 2018 in the place he loved most, Cornville, AZ. Rodney was preceded in death by his father Jimmie Wayne Pitts; all of his grandparents; two brothers (in-law) Steven Kennedy Sr. and Jimmy Grube and his nephew Steven Kennedy Jr. He is survived by his mother Colleen Pitts; his brother Brian...
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Evelyn May Cann Smith

April 11, 2018

Evelyn May Cann Smith, 92 of Cottonwood, AZ passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul R. Smith; brother Howard and parents Charles and Emeilia Weigel Cann. She is survived by her daughter Lynn Simmons (John); son Scott Smith (Claire); grandchildren Jennifer Weinberg, Jessica Smith, Darlene Hibbs (David) and Pamela Wilkinson (Kyle);...
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Ron Schoenwiese

April 10, 2018

Ron Schoenwiese of Sedona died April 10, 2018. He was a member of the VFW Post 7400, the Marine Corps League Sedona Detachment 1237 and the Knights of Columbus Verde Council #2493. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at the VFW Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen Street in Cottonwood.
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Carol Howard

January 23, 1947 - April 9, 2018

Carol Howard, 71 of Clarkdale, passed away on April 9, 2018. She was born on January 23, 1947 in Grand Forks, ND to Nels and Delores Gustafson. Carol worked as a Histology Technician. She was a lover of animals. Carol was preceded in death by her grandson Michael Gordon Roberts and granddaughter Carleigh Rae Roberts. She is survived by her husband of 34 years Ray Howard of...
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Allen L. Gibson

February 20, 1942 - April 8, 2018

Allen L. Gibson, 76 of Rimrock, passed away on April 8, 2018. He was born on February 20, 1942 in California. Allen is survived by his daughter Joyce Gold of Rimrock and brothers Dan Gibson (Pam) and Rick Gibson (Donna). There are no services scheduled at this time.
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John Parker Gillam

January 15, 1940 - April 5, 2018

John Parker Gillam, 78 of Sedona, passed away in Cottonwood on April 5, 2018. He was born on January 15, 1940 in Pasadena, CA to Claude E. and Borghild Gillam. John attended University of Southern California and received his BS and MBA. He worked for Ford Motor Company from 1965 - 2001. From 1988 - 1991 he lived in Japan while working for them. John was a member of...
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Robert E. Daymude

January 30, 1939 - April 4, 2018

Robert E. Daymude, 79 of Cottonwood, passed away on April 4, 2018. He was born on January 30, 1939 in Alexandria, Virginia. Robert worked 21 years for AZ Game and Fish and 18 years for the Fire Department. Robert was preceded in death by his wife Edith Daymude. He is survived by son Robert E. Daymude, Jr; daughter Tamara M. Daymude; brother Kendal Daymude (Linda); sisters...
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Gary Whitehouse, Sr.

February 6, 1940 - April 3, 2018

Gary Whitehouse Sr., 78 of Cornville, passed away on April 3, 2018 at home. He was born on February 6, 1940 in Shabbona, Illinois to Frank and Nellie Whitehouse. Gary attended Shabbona School then served his country in the Army as Sergeant. Gary enjoyed fishing and hanging with the grandkids. He was a funny, awesome guy and was loved by many. Gary was preceded in death by...
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Joseph Demma

November 1, 1946 - April 2, 2018

Joseph Michael “Mike” Demma, of Clarkdale, Arizona passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at Verde Valley Medical Center. Mike was born on November 1, 1946, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Sophia (Catoris) Demma. He graduated from New Kensington High School in 1964, served in the United States Army, and graduated from the University of...
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Ellen 147;Dorene” Cramer

April 23, 1924 - April 1, 2018

Ellen “Dorene” Cramer, 93, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Lawrence Lynn, 5 brothers, James Barnett, Robert Henry, John Leslie, Larry Arthur and Ronald Martin Wainscott and 1 sister at the age of six years old Norma Aileen, all of Butler, Missouri. Dorene was born to Arthur Boone...
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Catherine Parish

November 9, 1926 - March 31, 2018

Catherine (Kay) Parish, 91 of Cottonwood, AZ passed away March 31, 2018. She was born November 9, 1926 in Niles, Ohio, the oldest of 5 children to Paul and Mamie Law. Kay was preceded in death by husband Herman Parish; son Denis Parish; sister Pauline Fairrington and brothers Paul Law and James Law. Kay is survived by daughter Diana (Tom) Serafini; son Michael Parish;...
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William Proett

February 2, 1943 - March 29, 2018

William (Bill) A. Proett passed on early in the morning of Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018. A Memorial Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 10:00AM at Verde Hall, Mountain View United Methodist Church at 901 S. 12th Street, Cottonwood, AZ. Bill's wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes spread in Morro Bay, California. Bill was born...
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Frank Lonasee, Jr.

December 16, 1977 - March 28, 2018

Frank Lonasee Jr., 40 of Clarkdale, passed away on March 28, 2018 at home. He was born on December 16, 1977 to Ruben Lonasee and Peggy Dyer. Frank is survived by his parents Ruben and Peggy; son Emerson Lonasee and daughter Daelyn Lonasee, both of Naples, FL; sisters Amy Jiron of Apple Valley, CA and Annie Dyer of Prescott Valley; niece Cameo Jiron; stepfather Matt...
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Mary M. Folan

March 26, 2018

Mary M. Folan (Scourakis) 91 years old of Cottonwood, AZ passed away March 26, 2018 at Hospice Assisted Living of Cottonwood Village, AZ. Her ashes will be buried with her late husband Lawrence Folan of Lynn, MA at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, MA at a later date. Donations in Mary Folan’s memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 7585517, Topeka&...
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Stella Maria Braly

November 20, 1964 - March 26, 2018

Stella Maria Braly 1964 - 2018 Stella Maria Braly of Cottonwood passed away in the early morning of March 26th, 2018. She was born November 20th 1964 in Phoenix Arizona. She had a lasting impact on all who knew her. Heaven is a happier place since her arrival. She brought life to the party. Stella grew up in Camp Verde and was the seventh of ten children born to Betty and Patrick Herrera. ...
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Roger Duane Kerzmann

January 16, 1948 - March 25, 2018

Roger Duane Kerzmann passed away at home on March 25, 2018. A military committal at Prescott National Cemetery was held on April 17, 2018. Roger was born January 16, 1948 to Joe and Evelyn (Allers) Kerzmann in Garrison, North Dakota. He is a graduate of Garrison High School. He was drafted into the Army and attained a rank of Sgt. E-5. He is a Vietnam Veteran. After his military...
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Nancy C. Shuman

March 25, 2018

Nancy C. Shuman, age 86, passed away on March 25, 2018. She is survived by 3 daughters Sharon Ray, Sandy Ray and Cindy Villagomez; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. There are no services planned. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Cottonwood Fire Department, 191 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
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Pamela Nix

March 25, 2018

Pamela Jane Gezelius Nix quietly passed away Sunday, March 25 at home with her husband Don by her side. She is survived by her daughter, Meredith Nix, sons Robert (Bob) Nix Jr., Bryant Nix, Wade Browning, granddaughter Genesis Stalo and her devoted husband Don Browning. Pamela was born in Long Beach, California. Upon graduation from El Modena High School, she moved...
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Margaret Mary Burns

October 26, 1910 - March 24, 2018

Margaret Burns’ strong heart stopped beating on March 24, 2018. She was born in 1910 on an Alberta, Canada homestead, the next to the youngest of 12 children of Joe and Margaret Schupfer. She lived most of her life in northern Iowa, was schooled at Rodman and Mallard. She farmed with her handicapped husband, Thomas Burns, in the West Bend/Rolfe area. They had four...
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Paula G. Brannock

August 6, 1926 - March 22, 2018

Heaven welcomed another angel on March 22, 2018 when our beloved mother Paula G. Brannock, 91, of Cottonwood, AZ passed away peacefully. Paula was born to James and Virginia (Bradshaw) Wyatt in Loco, Oklahoma August 6, 1926. She was the youngest of six children and had a twin brother who passed shortly after birth. Her parents relocated the family to Glendale, AZ...
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Marguerite D. Emerson

August 23, 1921 - March 20, 2018

We celebrate the life of Marguerite D. Emerson who passed away on March 20, 2018. She attended various schools in Minneapolis, MN as a child and graduated from Central High School. She loved art, music and the fine arts. After working several jobs during WWII, she attended Minnesota Bible College with her late husband, Loren W. Emerson. Together they moved to several different...
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Armida Mae Torrez

May 25, 1930 - March 15, 2018

Armida Mae Torrez, 88 of Cottonwood, passed away on March 15, 2018. She was born on May 25, 1930 in Rochester, NY. Armida is survived by her husband Elmo Torrez and stepdaughter Evangeline Torrez. Memorial Services will be held at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00am.
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William C. Graves, Sr.

December 6, 1937 - March 11, 2018

William C. Graves, Sr., 80 of Cottonwood, passed away on March 11, 2018. He was born on December 6, 1937 in Falls View, West Virginia to William A. and Wilma Graves. William attended Gauley Bridge High. He served his country in the Air Force. He worked for Bethlehem Steel. William enjoyed golf. He was a long-time member of the Turkey Creek Men’s Club. William was...
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Ronald Kuglitsch

February 12, 1948 - March 9, 2018

Ronald Kuglitsch, 70 of Cottonwood, passed away on March 9, 2018. He was born on February 12, 1948 in Greendale, WI to Frank and Elizabeth Kuglitsch. Ronald was self-employed as a hearing aid dispenser. He was business owner of Verde Hearing Solutions. Ron contributed much to the hearing-impaired community. He gave free services at assisted living facilities and low cost or...
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Lena Franquero

March 28, 1923 - March 7, 2018

Lena Franquero, 94 of Cornville, passed away on March 7, 2018. She was born on March 28, 1923 in Paden, Oklahoma to Lloyd Davenport and Rosie Newton. Lena attended Paden Elementary for 8 years. She worked for Mingus Union High School, Black Hills Restaurant and Babbitts Grocery Store. Our Mother was an amazing woman, a great Mother, Grand and Great Grand Mother....
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Roger Alan Preslar

March 14, 1955 - March 7, 2018

Roger Alan Preslar passed away on March 7, 2018 at his home in Cottonwood with his wife by his side. He was born on March 14, 1955 in Prescott and grew up in Clarkdale. He went to Mingus Union High School and joined the Marines in 1973. He is preceded in death by his parents Mildred Coon and Ed Preslar, a brother Andy and a sister Sharon. He is survived by his wife Angela and a...
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Charles A. Rennie, Sr.

June 5, 1920 - March 6, 2018

Charles A. Rennie Sr. passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on March 6, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born on June 5, 1920 to Viola (Felts) Rennie and Robert A. Rennie of Santa Anna, California. Charles served in the Air Force during World War II. He served in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theater from 1941 to 1945. During this time he was awarded the Air Medal...
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Ellis Price

June 13, 1932 - March 4, 2018

Lieutenant Commander Ellis Price, U.S. Navy (Retired), although having only five years of formal schooling, managed to enlist in the Navy in 1951 on the basis of recruiting test scores. He subsequently completed recruit training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and was selected for additional training as an Electricians Mate. He then served at sea on the seaplane tender USS...
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Colleen A. Ross

June 24, 1941 - March 4, 2018

Colleen A. Ross, 76 of Cottonwood, passed away on March 4, 2018. She was born on June 24, 1941 in Salinas, CA. She is survived by her sons Dennis Breschini and Anthony Breschini and their families and her sister Frances Fisher. A Celebration of Life was held at Calvary Chapel in Cottonwood.
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Thomas William Rice

January 5, 1931 - March 2, 2018

Thomas William Rice, 87, passed away March 2, 2018 in Cottonwood, AZ. Tom was born January 5, 1931 in Alton, Ill. to Doran & Dorothy Rice. Tom retired in 1983 from Mountain Bell with 30 years of service. He was a proud Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS Hansen and the USS Lloyd Thomas. His ship participated in the Battle of Inchon....
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Ernestine Ruth Baker

February 2, 1921 - February 27, 2018

Ernestine Ruth Baker, 97 of Lake Montezuma, AZ passed away February 27, 2018. Ernestine was born February 2, 1921 in Alton, Illinois. She was the first born of 10 children of Ernest Levi and Ellen Ruth Allen. She worked in libraries in Collinsville, IL, Flagstaff, AZ and Camp Verde, AZ. She was a homemaker and loved to sew, knit, crochet, cook&...
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Barbara Clinton

June 10, 1942 - February 24, 2018

Barbara Clinton, 75 of Cottonwood, passed away on February 24, 2018. She was born on June 10, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas. Barbara worked in Health Care. She enjoyed yard selling. Barbara is survived by children Thomas John Chatfield, Lisa Ann Moi, Teresa Lynn Chatfield, Allen Dywane Paquin and Jeffrey Lee Paquin. There are no services planned.
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Gertrude Joan “Trudy” Dykhuis

March 26, 1929 - February 24, 2018

Gertrude Joan “Trudy” Dykhuis of Lake Montezuma, AZ passed away February 24, 2018. She is survived by her two sons Arthur and Jeffery (m. Karla), two daughters Cindy and Sandy (m. James), nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Trudy was born March26, 1929 in Highland, IN and moved with her husband Arthur to Lake Montezuma in 1989. She resided at...
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Lillie Fay Reeves

February 23, 2018

Lillie Fay Reeves, 76, passed away with her family by her side February 23rd. Preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Reeves, she is survived by her two Daughters, Robin (Gary) Smith of Reno, NV and Ginger (Michael) Vyterna of Port St Lucie, FL, 5 Grandchildren (Kristie, Katie, Kelsey, Rebecca and Charles) and 3 Great Grandchildren. A life long educator&...
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George A. Wells

October 11, 1927 - February 23, 2018

George A. Wells, 90 of Sedona, passed away on February 23, 2018. He was born on October 11, 1927. A visitation will held at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 11:00am.
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Ruth Vanderhoef

January 24, 1945 - February 23, 2018

Ruth Vanderhoef (73) passed away on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Cottonwood, Arizona. She was born on January 24, 1945 in Nashville, TN. Services will be held at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood on Friday, March 2, 2018. Visitation will start at 1:00pm with services starting at 1:30pm.
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Jerry Bass

August 13, 1934 - February 21, 2018

Jerry Bass, 83 of Lake Montezuma, left this earth on February 21, 2018 and joined his heavenly father. He was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on August 13, 1934. He married the love of his life Sandra Bass on July 27, 1974 in Las Vegas. Jerry is survived by his wife Sandy; his daughters Sherry May (Mike) of Utah and Cindy O’Brien of Colorado and his five...
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Rick E. Key

November 18, 1957 - February 20, 2018

Rick E. Key, 60 of Cottonwood, Arizona passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Cottonwood. He was born on November 18, 1957 in Wichita, Kansas to Frank and Marilyn Key. Rick attended Rock Springs High in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He worked as an Oil Field Supervisor in Rock Springs then as a fabricator and installer for Total Building Systems in Cottonwood, AZ....
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Virginia Lee Brown

February 19, 2018

Virginia Lee Brown of Rimrock, AZ passed peacefully in her sleep with family at her side on February 19, 2018 at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband Burton and son Deny, 2 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her son David (Sandy), daughter Paula Sue Purviance (Robert), and sons Kevin and Brad (Jackie), 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren....
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Leann Winter

November 6, 1953 - February 18, 2018

Leann Winter passed away on February 18, 2018 at her home in Phoenix. She was born on November 6, 1953. Services will be held at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00am.
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Curtiss Clark Bohall

June 12, 1934 - February 16, 2018

Curtis Clark Bohall, 83 of Cottonwood, passed away on February 16, 2018 in Flagstaff. He was born on June 12, 1934 in Randolph, NY to Ralph Bohall and Eleanore Caswell. Curt attended Randolph Central High. He retired from the Navy in 1982 as an Aviation Electronics Tech 1st Class. He continued to work in electronics for many years with Jerome Instrument Corp. In 2006 he won a...
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I.W. Bill Fobair

February 16, 2018

I. W. “Bill” Fobair, 92 of Cottonwood, passed away on February 16, 2018. He was born on the Niobrara Ranch, homesteaded by his grandfather in 1890, 7 miles southwest of Butte. By the time Bill reached the eighth grade he was determined to become a Soil and Water Conservationist, based on the severe rill and gully erosion he witnessed in rural Boyd County. He...
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Paul Atwill Handverger

February 26, 1935 - February 16, 2018

Paul Atwill Handverger led a life full of exploration, discovery, and an uncommon love for his family, friends and community. Paul passed away on February 16, 2018, ten days shy of celebrating his 83rd birthday. Paul was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 26, 1935 to Abraham and Cora Handverger and grew up in the small town of Medway where he met his...
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Wilma I. Martin

July 24, 1924 - February 14, 2018

Wilma I. Martin, 93 of Cottonwood, passed away on February 14, 2018. She was born on July 24, 1924 in Leo, IN to E. Keith Wolfe and Flossie Wolfe. Wilma attended Leo High School from 1938-1942 and De Anza Junior College from 1976-1978 and received her AA Degree. She worked for General Electric and First Savings and Loan in Oakland, CA. Wilma was proud of attending college...
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Douglas F. Thornsjo, Sr.

February 13, 2018

Douglas F. Thornsjo, Sr., a Corporate Attorney specializing in the nexus of banking securities and life insurance law, died February 13, 2018 in Sedona, Arizona at the age of 90. Douglas skipped his last year of high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota to enter the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. Prior to that he served for two WWII summers as a Merchant...
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Myrna Burchett

January 10, 1939 - February 9, 2018

Myrna Lee Burchett, 79 of Cottonwood, passed away on February 9, 2018. She was born on January 10, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan to Valoris Lee Scott and Eleanor May Oglivie. God gave me the best mom. Myrna is survived by her husband of 60 years, William Burchett; son William Burchett II (Donna) of Cottonwood; brother Lawrence Scott (Linda) of Phoenix and 3 grandchildren....
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Luana Sue Beck

March 5, 1946 - February 9, 2018

Luana Sue Beck, 71 of Cottonwood, passed away on February 9, 2018. She was born on March 5, 1946 in St. Joseph, WY to Aurther and Wilma Destefano. Luana attended California High for 4 years. She worked for the Santa Rosa California Schools, Tuttles Pharmacy and Yavapai College. Luana raised 3 beautiful sons. Luana was preceded in death by her father Aurther Destefano and...
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Ronald Darnall

May 23, 1937 - February 2, 2018

Ronald “Randy” Darnall, 80 of Cornville, passed away on February 2, 2018 in Chandler. He was born on May 23, 1937 in Winterset, Iowa to Ernest Otto Darnall and Inez Alice Little. Randy attended Winterset Community School, Augustana College in Rock Island and received his BA Degree and Muscatine Community College and received his AA Degree. Randy worked for...
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Christopher Montag

August 2, 1933 - January 31, 2018

Christopher W. Montag was born on August 2, 1933 in Rock Island, Illinois to Christopher Leo Montag and Mable Alice (Thompson) Montag. He passed away on January 31, 2018. He moved to Arizona in 1951 when the Air Force called him to Luke Airforce Base where he welded aircraft engines. After his service was complete, he worked for Garriett Industries, Allied Signal and Honeywell...
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Dallas Ione Piper

May 5, 1932 - January 30, 2018

Dallas Ione Piper (Rogers) passed quietly into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in Cottonwood, Arizona. She was born on May 5, 1932 near Island Lake, Alvwood Township, Minnesota, to Earl and Mabel White. Dallas moved to Arizona with her parents and family in 1948, graduated from Clarkdale High School (1950) and married Earl Piper in 1950. Dallas was...
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Cynthia Noble

November 4, 1970 - January 27, 2018


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Rico Jacquez

October 17, 1977 - January 19, 2018

Rico Jacquez, 40 of Clarkdale, passed away on January 19, 2018. He was born on October 17, 1977 in Cottonwood to Enrique Jacquez and Veronica Blevins. Rico attended Clarkdale-Jerome school from K-8, Mingus Union High School and DeVry University. He worked for Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, AZ. Rico is survived by his parents; brother Kenneth Blevins; sister Lisa Sanchez;...
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Mabel Turner Willard

January 19, 1932 - January 19, 2018

Mabel (Dee) Turner Willard, 86 of Cottonwood, died on her 86th birthday on Friday, January 19, 2018 at her home in Cottonwood. She was born on January 19, 1932 in Ventura, CA to Edgar John Turner and Meta Margaret Wist Turner. Mabel attended the University of Nevada, Reno (Bachelors in journalism) and Claremont Graduate University (Masters in economics). She worked as...
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Mary Ellen Makey

April 15, 1928 - January 19, 2018

Mary Ellen Kaus Makey, age 89 from Cottonwood, went to be with her Lord on January 19, 2018 at Valley View Care. She was born on April 15, 1928 in Sidney, Nebraska to Joseph and Frances Kaus. Her parents were blessed with 10 children; 7 sons and 3 daughters. She was the 5th child. Her earliest memories were riding horses to school and packing a lunch of lard sandwiches on...
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Sandra Wells

January 24, 1947 - January 15, 2018

Sandra “Jeannie” Wells, 70 of Camp Verde, passed away at home on January 15, 2018. She was born on January 24, 1947 in Lebanon, IN to Robert and Drucilla Mann. Sandra attended Beauty School in Flagstaff and worked as a Beautician in Camp Verde. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Drucilla Mann. She is survived by her husband of 49 years Lee ...
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Stanley J. Iverson

July 31, 1944 - January 12, 2018

Stanley J. Iverson, 74 of Cornville, passed away on January 12, 2018. He was born on July 31, 1944 in Miller, SD to Johannas and Edna Iverson. Stanley attended Ree Heights school from 1958-1962. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Stanley was a farmer/rancher in South Dakota then moved to Arizona to own a trucking company. He enjoyed fishing, hunting...
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Amy Gibson Mendoza

February 17, 1925 - January 11, 2018

Amy Gibson Mendoza, 92 of Clarkdale, passed away at home on Thursday, January 11, 2018. She was born on February 17, 1925 in Fossil Creek, AZ to Sam and Alice Mae Gibson. Amy attended Clemenceau Public School. She worked for the Yavapai Apache Nation and served as Community Chairperson, council member and on the election board. She was a member of various organizations...
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Donnie W. Johnson

December 12, 1934 - January 10, 2018

Donnie W. Johnson, 83 of Cottonwood, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was born on December 12, 1934 in Bakersfield, CA to William M. and Ethyl M. Johnson. Donnie served his country in the Air Force as Staff Sergeant. He worked for the military and was a self-employed cosmetologist. Donnie was an award-winning vocalist throughout his life, a radio soloist...
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Lois M. Pennington

August 31, 1934 - January 9, 2018

Lois M. Pennington, 83 of Cottonwood, passed away at home on January 9, 2018. She was born on August 31, 1934 in McRoberts, Kentucky to Doss Barnett and Dora Mannus. Lois worked in restaurant management. Lois came to Arizona in the 1950’s and resided in many Northern Arizona towns before moving to the Verde Valley in 1965. She enjoyed fishing, cooking and hunting....
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Lorna Shanks

August 31, 1958 - January 9, 2018

Lorna Shanks, 59 of Cottonwood, passed away at home on January 9, 2018. She was born on August 31, 1958 in Pasadena, CA to Martin and Beverly Shanks. Lorna attended New Hampshire University for 2 years. She worked for Bevmar Industries in Carson, CA. She studied Spanish at Salamanca University in Salamanca, Spain. Lorna was a very talented artist. She liked to camp and...
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Anna Rose Dickinson

June 7, 1921 - January 5, 2018

Anna Rose Dickinson, 96 of Cottonwood, passed away on January 5, 2018 at Carefree Assisted Living in Cottonwood. She was born on June 7, 1921 in Neodesha, Kansas to William Joshua Reeves Sr. and Lena Bell Wyland. Anna held a lifetime membership of the VFW, and was a member of TOPS and Happy Huggers. Anna was preceded in death by her husband Clyde P. Dickinson; son Clyde...
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Janice Pender

October 12, 1952 - January 5, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Janice Pender announces her passing on January 5, 2018 at the age of 65 years. Janice will be lovingly remembered by her husband Lew of 36 years; her son Jason Pender; her six sisters Linda Kitchen (Dennis), Barbara Blanchard (Keith), Susan Russell, Phyllis Anderson (Norman), Betty Stephenson (Jim) and Pam Becker (Steve); her brother...
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Michael Leland Turner

December 14, 1946 - January 2, 2018

Michael Leland Turner was born in Pontiac Michigan in 1946. His father, an Arizona native, brought the family back to Arizona in 1947. Michael spent the majority of his younger years in Clarkdale with his grandparents, and cousins. Michael’s parents moved to Tucson and then to Tempe where Michael graduated from Tempe high school. Michael joined the navy right after high...
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Theresa Marie Angelis

April 22, 1953 - January 2, 2018

Theresa Marie Angelis, daughter of Alfred and Beatrice Cuaron of Jerome, after a long illness passed away on January 2, 2018. Teri was a graduate of Pierce College in Los Angeles. She served in the Los Angeles Police Force. She later was an agent for State Farm insurance for 17 years. Teri leaves her husband of 31 years James and their young daughter Carlotta Marie of Manchester by...
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James Balay

April 14, 1934 - January 1, 2018

James Balay, 83 of Cottonwood, passed away on January 1, 2018. He was born on April 14, 1934 in Albuquerque, NM to Harold and Geneva Hays Balay. James attended Mercedes High School then the University of Texas and received his BA. He served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. James was Vice President of Savings and Loans businesses for 25 years. He also worked as an...
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Anthony Christopher Gearhart

September 16, 1983 - January 1, 2018

Anthony Christopher Gearhart, 34 of Camp Verde, found peace in his sleep on January 1, 2018. He was born on September 16, 1983 in Fort Collins, CO to Lisa Gearhart and Julio Munoz. Baptized in the Lutheran faith, he later attended Kinsey Elementary, Flagstaff High school, Portland and Yavapai Community Colleges. His past employment included working for Leland...
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Arthur J. Boast

June 14, 1944 - December 31, 2017

Arthur “Jack” Boast, 73 of Rimrock, passed away on December 31, 2017 at home. He was born on June 14, 1944 in Houston, Texas to Arthur Jack Boast, Sr. and LaVerne Boast-Lavender. Jack attended Mingus Union High School until 1963 and received his diploma. He served his country in the Air Force as Staff Sergeant during the Vietnam War. Jack was a self-employed...
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Arthur Boast

June 14, 1943 - December 31, 2017

Arthur “Jack” Boast, 73 of Rimrock, passed away on December 31, 2017 at home. He was born on June 14, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Arthur Jack Boast, Sr. and LaVerne Boast-Lavender. Jack attended Mingus Union High School until 1963 and received his diploma. He served his country in the Air Force as Staff Sergeant during the Vietnam War. Jack was a self-employed...
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George Soto Quintero

February 23, 1923 - December 28, 2017

George Soto Quintero, 93, of Cottonwood, Arizona, passed away December 28th. He was born on February 23, 1923, in Deming, New Mexico, to Angela and Jorge Quintero. He moved to Jerome at the age of 3, and graduated from Jerome High School in 1943. After graduation, George served in the U.S. Navy for three years in the South Pacific during WWII. He came...
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Raymond Patzer

April 4, 1930 - December 28, 2017

Raymond “Pat” Patzer, 87 of Cottonwood, passed away on December 28, 2017. He was born in Hastings, Nebraska on April 4, 1930, the fourth of four sons born to William and Beatrice Patzer. He attended St. Cecelia Elementary and High School in Hastings. Shortly after graduation from high school, Raymond enlisted in the United States Army and after basic...
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Florence B. Schauffler

November 22, 1920 - December 24, 2017

Florence B. Schauffler, who was known by many as “Flea”, her nickname since her grade school days, passed away peacefully early Christmas Eve Morning, 12/24/17. She had recently celebrated her 97 Birthday. Born Florence Cornelia Brown on November 22nd, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, the first born of paternal twins, Florence attended the Hathaway Brown School...
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Volly Gene Helm

October 21, 1947 - December 24, 2017

Volly Gene Helm, 70 of Rimrock, passed away on December 24, 2017 in Prescott. He was born on October 21, 1947 in Tapco, AZ to George Helm and Dorothy Matthews. Volly served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. For most of his life he was a trucker and owner/operator. He even drove trucks in Vietnam hauling troops’ ammo and supplies. Volly was an excellent...
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Bernadette Drouillard

March 13, 1921 - December 22, 2017

Bernadette “Bernie” Drouillard, 96 of Cottonwood, passed away on December 22, 2017. She was born on March 13, 1921 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Bernie attended St. Cecile school in Riverside (now Windsor), Ontario. Bernie volunteered for 10 plus years at both Clemenceau Museum, as a greeter, and at the Senior Center, working in the kitchen. Not...
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Alice Elizabeth Selch Stephenson

September 12, 1941 - December 18, 2017

Alice Elizabeth Selch Stephenson 1941 - 2017 Weighing less than three pounds at birth (September 12, 1941) Alice had the first commercial incubator at Steamboat Spring, Colorado Hospital. The youngest of four children born to Charles and Emma Selch, Alice thrived and loved growing up in her small mountain town. Graduating from Steamboat Springs High School in 1959 she attended...
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Barbara Faye Etting

October 28, 1927 - December 18, 2017


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Ernest E. Leger

May 27, 1925 - December 17, 2017

Ernest E. Leger, 92 of Lancaster, Texas, passed away on December 17, 2017 in Texas. He was born on May 27, 1925 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Ernest served his country in the Air Force during WWII. He retired from Lockheed Martin. Ernest attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He enjoyed building model planes and flying with R/C clubs. Ernest was preceded in death...
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Loreen Lou Longfellow

January 17, 1941 - December 14, 2017

Loreen (Renee) Lou Longfellow passed away into the arms of Jesus on December 14, 2017. She was born on January 17, 1941 in Aberdeen, Washington. She married Carl (Doug) Longfellow on December 15, 1962, 55 years ago. They lived in Washington before moving to Montana and then on to Arizona. In 1985 they moved to Cottonwood, where Renee was hired as the Park Manager of...
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Betty Casiday

May 22, 1939 - December 9, 2017

Betty L. Casiday ,78 of Clarkdale, passed away December 9, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Betty was Born in Bakersfield, California on May 22, 1939 to Thomas and Ruthie. She attended Paso Robles High School. She worked various jobs as a phone operator and as a corporate secretary. Betty lived a life filled by her devotion to God and the church, Her beloved husband and...
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Patricia M. Spink

March 15, 1936 - December 5, 2017

Patricia M. Spink, 81 a resident of Cottonwood, passed away on December 5, 2017 in her home. She was born March 15, 1936 in Alhambra, California to Pearl D. Ogle and Mary C. Oden. Patricia attended Emerson Elementary and Alhambra High School and went on to Pasadena City Collage where she received her AA. Patricia also worked as a grocery clerk. Patricia’s heart was...
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Marian Carol Zikosky

December 5, 2017

Marian Carol Zikosky, 87 of Cottonwood, passed away on December 5, 2017 at Country Care Assisted Living Facility surrounded by the people she called her second family. She was born to the late Louis and Mary Grayeski on Christmas morning, 1929 in Exeter, Pennsylvania. Marian graduated from Exeter High School in 1949. She married the late Walter Zikosky on July 4, 1953. ...
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Jack Perkins Seitz

May 12, 1985 - November 22, 2017

Jack Perkins Seitz, born on May 12, 1985 passed away November 22, 2017. A lifelong Verde Valley resident, Jack brought joy to everyone he met. Jack wanted to known everyone he met. Jack wanted to know everyone, and even years after meeting them just once, would remember their name! Music was a large part of Jack’s life. Introduced to the keyboard at a play/therapy...
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Katherine Hope Williams

March 9, 1951 - November 13, 2017

Katherine Hope Williams, sister, mom, grandma, and hope-giver, passed to the sounds of coyotes early Monday morning November 13, 2017. Better known locally as Krazy Kate, Katy was born in Provo, Utah, March 9th, 1951.  After spending her early years in Utah, she found herself in Palo Alto, CA where she grew up in the heart of the 1960s....
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Kathleen V. Mudersbach

August 9, 1928 - November 9, 2017

Kathleen V. Mudersbach, 89 of Cottonwood, passed away on November 9, 2017. She was born on August 9, 1928 in Phoenix, Arizona to John and Hannah Learn. Kathleen attended Arizona Adventist Academy then onto Pacific Union College in CA in 1949. She worked for John’s Design Center in Cottonwood for 30 years. She was proud of being a watercolorist. Kathleen was a member of...
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James Oliver Ash

August 13, 1937 - November 8, 2017

James Oliver Ash, 80 of Camp Verde, passed away on November 8, 2017. He was born on August 13, 1937 in Akron, Ohio to Oliver Jacob Ash and Rose Mary Ash. James attended school in Glendale then onto ASU from 1956-1959. He served his country in the Marines. James worked for Allied Signal. He sang in Orpheus Choir, was President of the Camp Verde Library Endowment,...
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Kenneth Lee Luttrell

August 11, 1936 - November 7, 2017

Kenneth Lee Luttrell, 81 of Cornville, passed away on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at home. He was born on August 11, 1936 in Hopkinsville, KY to Piercie S. Luttrell and Annie Mae (Weaver) Luttrell. Kenneth attended South Christian High School. He served his country in the Army as Sergeant First Class. Kenneth worked for Delco Remy - General Motors for 36 ½ years before...
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Alice V. Roberts Stattman

December 12, 1955 - November 6, 2017

Alice Virginia Stattman of Cottonwood passed away on November 6, 2017. Alice was born on December 12, 1955 in Los Angeles, California to Alfred John Roberts Jr. and Carol Butler. She was raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Marymount School for Girls. She moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to attend NAU where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. There she...
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Elmer P. VanDenburgh

September 14, 1935 - November 5, 2017

Elmer (Van) VanDenburgh was born in Troy, New York in 1935. He passed into glory on Sunday, November 5th. He graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1956, then served as a Pharmacist in the Air Force, being assigned to Thule, Greenland and several state-side hospitals. Upon leaving the Air Force, he worked as a sales representative for a major pharmaceutical...
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Wanda A. Rebstein

December 3, 1948 - November 2, 2017

Wanda A. Rebstein, 68 of Cottonwood, passed away on November 2, 2017. She was born on December 3, 1948 in San Diego, CA to Charles Young and Katherine Meschko. Wanda attended Mingus Union High School. Wanda is survived by her son A.J. Rebstein; daughter Tonia Rebstein; mother Katherine Meschko; 1 grandchild and 1 great-grandchild. There are no services planned.
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