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Obituary: Grady Lowell Tate

Grady Lowell Tate, 73, of Camp Verde, Arizona, went to be with Jesus on Friday, April 21, 2017. Grady was born on May 4, 1943 in Denver, Colorado to Stanley and Esther Tate.

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Obituary: Rachelle Kraft

Rachelle (Anaya) Kraft has passed with peace and grace on April 18th, with her family at her side. Predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald in 2005. She is survived by her mother, Lupe Anaya, her siblings Johnny (Fran), Frank (Lydia), Albert (Bobbie), Terry (Gilbert), Barb (Jerry), her daughters Valerie, of Flagstaff and Yvette of Goodyear, and Eric of Oceanside, CA, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Obituary: Martin Joseph Kaniecki

On April 2, 2017, as dawn broke over the mountains of Flagstaff, our beloved, dearest father and a most extraordinarily special man, Martin Joseph Kaniecki departed this world and flew away home into the welcoming arms of the Lord…his sweet, mighty spirit soaring into the heavens like a majestic eagle.

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Obituary: Ruth Kessel

Ruth Guenther Kessel of Cottonwood died on April 20, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born in Whiteriver, Arizona, on November 4, 1926. Ruth lived on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, where her parents were Lutheran missionaries, through the 8th grade. In 1944 she graduated from Tucson High School. Thereafter, she attended The University of Arizona.

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Obituary: Raymond Evans

Raymond “Ray” Evans, 86, went home to our Lord on Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2017 after a long illness. He was born July 2, 1930 in Sewell, New Jersey.

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Obituary: Harmony R. Brister

Harmony R. Brister of Cornville, passed away April 8, 2017. She was born on March 8, 2017 in Cornville, Arizona to Amanda Brister and Devin Moore.

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Obituary: Regina Salem Sebert

Regina Salem Sebert transitioned from this life on April 7, 2017. She was born on October 30, 1981 in Northridge, CA. Regina spent many years in Phoenix and Cottonwood, AZ.

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Obituary: Aaron Matthew Burnett

On March 31, 2017 the world lost a bit of light. Aaron Matthew Burnett, born August 26,1980, & was loved by everyone. Taken too soon but never to be forgotten.

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Obituary: Joe Dennis Black

Joe Dennis Black, 70, of Cottonwood, passed away April 15, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Preceded in death are his mother & father, Burt & Alta Marie Black, brothers Burt Black Jr. & William Bloodworth., son Burt Black & daughter Lori Clark.

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Obituary: Leo Tommy Durden

Leo Tommy Durden, born April 22, 1974, died March 15, 2017. He came to Arizona in 2004 to visit and never left. He is a father, son, husband, brother, uncle, and amazing friend. He loved the Lord and shared his faith with those who knew him. He is now with many of our loved ones.

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Obituary: Marian S. Ray

Marian S. Ray, of Lake Montezuma, passed away on April 9, 2017. She was born on September 17, 1920 in Moline, IL. Marian leaves behind three children Joette Ray, Connie Adams, and James Ray; three grandchildren Travis Cantrell, Daniel Wishon and John J. Wishon and three great-grandchildren Hunter Cantrell, Maxwell Cantrell and Hannah Cantrell.

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Obituary: Linda January

Linda January, was born in Beckley, West Virginia June 12, 1931. She passed peacefully with a small faithful poodle at her side in the home of her daughter Michelle January and son-in-law Russell Smoldon in Phoenix, Arizona on March 20, 2017.

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Obituary: Martin Joseph Kaniecki

On April 2, 2017, as dawn broke over the mountains of Flagstaff, our beloved, dearest father and a most extraordinarily special man, Martin Joseph Kaniecki departed this world and flew away home into the welcoming arms of the Lord…his sweet, mighty spirit soaring into the heavens like a majestic eagle. He is walking with loved ones gone before on those beautiful shores and dancing with the angels. Martin’s 90 years of life, shared with family, friends and everyone who was privileged to know him, were lived with integrity, courage, generosity of heart and a delightful sense of humor. His unconditional love for those who were dear to him and his personal principles of treating everyone honestly and with compassion set standards for us to follow and kept us together.

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Obituary: Kenneth Harvey Blankenship

Kenneth Harvey Blankenship passed away March 8, 2017. Born May 8, 1947 in Cattonsvile, Maryland to Harvey and Jewell Blankenship, his family moved to Arizona in 1954. Kenny had a love and talent for writing, playing and singing country music. It was his passion.

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Obituary: Beverly Frances Gemler

Beverly Frances (Holliger) Gemler, 86 of Cottonwood, died April 6, 2017. She was born on May 21, 1930 in San Diego to Lillian and Francis Holliger.

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Obituary: Vincent Edward Normile

Vincent Edward Normile, 86, of Cottonwood, AZ passed away April 5th, 2017. Preceded in his death are wife, Doris Normile, son, Gary Huddleston and grandson Andrew Roeller. Survived by his death are daughter, Gail Roeller, grandsons Shawn Roeller and Jason Huddleston, and 4 great grandchildren.

Obituary: Robert W. Backlund

Robert W. Backlund, 86, of Cottonwood, AZ, passed away on April 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Wanda, daughters; Diana and Cynthia, and son Robert. 1930-2017 Information provided by survivors.

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Obituary: Jo Florence Cochran

Jo Florence Cochran, 94 ½, of Cottonwood, AZ, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday April 6, 2017 of natural causes. She was born in Breckenridge, TX on September 30, 1922 to the late Thomas James and Mary Florence Spurgeon. She lived in Texas 23 years, as the wife of Rev. Jesse Lee Cochran in several churches. They also lived 13 years in California where she worked for General Electric as well as served with her husband in Bible Baptist Church in Ontario, CA., which they organized in 1958.

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Obituary: Dr. Cora Jane (Brabazon) Ruhr

Dr. Cora Jane (Brabazon) Ruhr, 82, passed away on April 4, 2017 in Cottonwood, Arizona, following a 4-year battle with melanoma. Cora was born in Chula Vista, CA, and had her own optometry practice in White Bear Lake, MN for many years.

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Obituary: Joseph Shepard

Joseph Shepard, 86, of Cottonwood, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Monday April 2, 2017.

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Obituary: Richard Thomas Clark

Richard Thomas Clark, Loving husband, Father, Brother, Friend, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather passed away March 27, 2017.

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Obituary: Justin Michael Steele-Baird 1992-2017

Justin Michael Steele-Baird was born February 8, 1992 in Hollywood, CA to Donna Weiss.

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Obituary: Velma L. Huber 1928-2017

Velma L. Huber, a lady with absolute faith in Jesus Christ, was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma in 1928 and died in Cottonwood, Arizona April 4, 2017.

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Obituary: Harlan W. Nienoord 1939-2017

Harlan W. Nienoord, 77 of Cottonwood, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Obituary: Margaret Jean Troxell

Margaret Jean Troxell, affectionately known as “CT” to her family and friends, was born in Dubuque, Iowa on May 17, 1919 to Edna McLaughlin Maxwell and Levi Maxwell. She attended the University of Dubuque, in Iowa, where she met her future husband W.H. “Trox” Troxell. In 1942 her husband Trox took a job at the Navajo Army Depot, and they relocated to Flagstaff, Arizona. When the war broke out and Trox enlisted, Jean remained in Flagstaff with two small children and one on the way.

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