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Obituaries for 11-20-2005

Bernice "Fern" Hull

Bernice "Fern" Hull died peacefully Oct. 13, 2005, with her granddaughter at her side. She was 89 years old. She was born Oct. 11, 1916, in Macoupin County, Ill., near Modesto, on her family's farm. She remained in Macoupin County, living and working on farms in Palmyra, Virdin and Girard, for the first 40 years of her long life.

Fern married Dale Hull on Oct. 5, 1937, and the couple would stay together for the next 68 years. In 1956, the Hulls moved west to Prescott, establishing a family presence in the town that remains today.

She joined the staff of Prescott Junior High School's kitchen in 1964 and worked there until her retirement in 1974.

After retirement, Fern volunteered for several years at Sacred Heart School in Prescott. She worked in her granddaughter Janis Barrett's kindergarten class.

Fern had a lifelong love of sewing and square dancing. She was known for her well-crafted quilts and afghans, which are treasured by her family and friends. In her later years, she donated many baby quilts to Birth-line and the Family Crisis Center in Prescott.

The Hulls were charter members of the Mile High Square Dance Club and Fern remained an avid dancer and club member until 2000 when illness forced her to stop.

Fern is survived by her husband, three sons, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her eldest son is Raymond Hull of Prescott, husband to Theresa Hull, father of Brian Hull of Boulder Creek, Calif., and Julie Amine of Salinas, Calif. Brian is father to David Hull. Her middle son is Roger Hull of Prescott, husband to Kathleen Hull, father of Janis Barrett of Prescott, Timothy Hull of Tubac, and Thomas Hull of Phoenix. Janis is mother of Grace, Claire and Samuel Barrett. Her youngest son is Richard Hull of Prescott, husband to Donna Schmidt, father of Brandon Hull of Phoenix and Drew Hull of Phoenix. Brandon is father to Dylan Hull.

Fern is also survived by her younger and only sister, Norma Hartsook of Carlinville, Ill.

Fern will be greatly missed by her family and her influence will carry on through the generations to come.

A gathering of friends will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Judy Elaine Taylor

Judy Elaine Taylor, born June 19, 1947 in Riverside, Calif., passed away Nov. 17, 2005, in Dewey.

Judy spent over 30 years working as a Music and Chorale Director for Calvary Church/Lighthouse Christian Center in Ontario, Calif. During this time, she coordinated many Christmas, patriotic and Easter concerts. She formed the Calvary Singers Chorale Group in 1972, which toured through out Southern California for over 20 years. She retired with her husband to Dewey, in 2004.

Judy was an excellent cook and hostess and loved the Christmas season. To her the Message of Hope it brings and the fellowship with friends and family around the Christmas tree and dinner table was the highlight of the year. She was a unique person that made people feel welcome and loved. During her painful fight with cancer she kept her trust in God and left this world peaceably with all of her family in attendance. She was a great lady and will be missed by many.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Harold Hinshaw and brother, Larry. She is survived by her mother, Ione Hinshaw and brother, Gary both of Arkansas; her loving husband, Russell, and children, Steven and Stacy of the Dewey/Prescott Valley area.

Services and internment will be at Crestlawn Memorial Park, Riverside, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home. All friends and relatives are encouraged to visit for additional information and to sign the online guest book.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Helen J. Stephenson

Helen J. Stephenson, age 93, of Cottonwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at the Peaceful Valley Adult Care Home, in Prescott. Helen was born Feb. 12, 1912, in El Paso, Texas, to Sam and Annie (Marable) Herndon.

Helen came to Arizona in 1934 and was proud of being 2 days older than the state of Arizona! She lived in New River for 50 years.

Helen is survived by her children, John and Joe, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee "Buddy" Stephenson, Jr. and her daughter, Julia Ann.

There will be no services held at her request. The family request memorial donations be sent to Helen's favorite charity, The St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Irene Richardson

Eleanor I. Richardson, age 93, formerly of Prescott, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Las Vegas, Nev.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Goodell; her daughter-in-law, Joan Richardson; two sisters; one brother; four grandchildren, Lisa Martin, Ronald Richardson, Kelly Miller and Kristen Neuman; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road, on Friday, Nov. 25th, at 1 p.m.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Robert Newell Reeves

Robert Newell Reeves, age 89, a retired U.S. Marine, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, in Bedford.

Military graveside service will be at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to the Illinois Masonic Children's Home, 441 S. Ninth Ave., La Grange, Ill. 60525.

Robert Newell Reeves, loving father of Robin Reeves, Sue Eubanks and Carol Bemenderfer, passed away at the age of 89 on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Oct. 4, 1916, and was raised in the Illinois Masonic Children's Home in La Grange, Ill., until the age of 18. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and participated in the Battle of Midway and four months in Guadalcanal. In 1952, he was subjected to an atomic test in Desert Rock, Nev. He was a career Marine and a 32nd-degree Mason who served his country for 20 years before retiring in 1960. He spent his retirement years residing in Prescott with his wife, Jeffie, before moving to Bedford in 2004 to be near family.

Robert was a good father, a loving husband and a good citizen. He died surrounded by his loving daughters and assisted by the dedicated staff, particularly Iema, at Parkwood Nursing home in Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeffie Davis Reeves. Survivors include, daughters, Robin Davis Reeves of Naperville, Ill., Sue (Loyd) Eubanks of Euless and Carol (Bobby) Bemenderfer of Fort Pierce, Fla.; seven grandsons; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-granddaughters; sister, Dorothy M. Martin of Washington state; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Colleyville, (817) 498-5894 View and sign guest book at

(Information provided by survivors.)

Thelma Troutman

Born April 24, 1912, Thelma was the oldest of three children of Harry and Mae Watts of Hannibal, Mo. She began playing the piano at age 5. Eighty-eight years later, one year for every key on the piano, the music stopped as she slipped away in her sleep on Nov. 13th.

A resident of Toledo, Ohio, from 1946 to 1971, she was totally devoted to her family and to playing for her friends. She was active in Monday Musical during those years, accompanying some of Toledo's brightest artists. Retiring to Bella Vista, Ark., with her husband Clark in 1971, she found audiences eager to hear her music. She played regularly at the country club on Friday nights, as well as an occasional concert at Riordan Hall, and finally at Happy Hour at Concordia. In 2000, she moved to Prescott, where she entertained her neighbors at Granite Gate and in the last few weeks, at Margaret T. Morris Center.

She is survived by her sons, Gary of Prescott, and Barry of Sanford, Fla.; and granddaughter, Tiffany of Riverside, Calif. Thelma was preceded in death by Clark, her husband of 57 years.

The family wishes to thank all those who brought joy to her life by loving her music.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Ralph Edwards

LOS ANGELES (AP) ‹ Ralph Edwards, host of the popular 1950s television show "This Is Your Life," died Wednesday of heart failure. He was 92.

Edwards, a broadcasting pioneer who brought hit radio shows to the new medium of television, died in his sleep at his West Hollywood home, publicist Justin Seremet said.

"This Is Your Life" ran on NBC-TV from 1952 to 1961.

Guests were lured in on a ruse, then surprised by Edwards announcing, "This is your life!" Relatives and old friends then would be brought on to reminisce about the person.

According to the reference book "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows," one person was off limits for the surprise treatment: Edwards himself. He told staff members he would fire every one of them if they put him on.

Harold Stone

LOS ANGELES (AP) ‹ Harold Stone, a veteran character actor who worked with stars from Humphrey Bogart to Jerry Lewis over a 40-year career in television and films, died Friday. He was 92.

Stone died of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles, his son Michael said.

Known for his chiseled features, Stone appeared in 30 films including "Spartacus," "The Big Mouth," "The Wrong Man" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

He also had more than 150 roles on television, mostly in crime shows and police dramas, according to Internet Movie Database.