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07/28/00

William Gault Johnston

William Gault Johnston, 76, of Prescott, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice in Prescott.

He was born March 27, 1924, in Solvay, N.Y., to Duncan M. and Marie (Besancon) Johnston.

Mr. Johnston served in the U.S. Marines during World War II in the Pacific Theater of operations and in the Korean conflict.

He worked as maintenance supervisor for the Arizona Pioneers' Home for more than 16 years before his retirement in 1989. Previously he worked for 26 years as a lineman/installer for N.Y. Telephone in Syracuse, N.Y.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Carol; daughters, Ellen of Phoenix and Theresa of Lumber Bridge, N.C.; step-daughter, Debra Swift of Syracuse, N.Y.; sons, James of Syracuse, N.Y., William of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mark of El Cajon, Calif.; brother, Duncan of Brooksville, Fla.; sisters, Paulette from Syracuse, N.Y., Agnes Schaffer of Crofton, Md., Jean Newberry from Pensacola, Fla., Mary Jane Pope of Evergreen, Ala., and Pat Sims from Brewerton, N.Y.; and 17 grandchildren.

Private interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Northern Arizona Chapter, YRMA/GRC, 1003 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301 or the American Cancer Society, 2724 E. Lakin, Ste. #9, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Memory Chapel helped the family with arrangements.

Steven John Mast

Steven John Mast, 45, of Prescott, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, in Prescott.

He was born Nov. 6, 1954, in Lawrence, Kan., to Jack and Mary Lou (Eldridge) Mast.

Mr. Mast served in the U.S. Army. He was a high-rise window washer who enjoyed the outdoors and nature, camping, gardening and working on his home.

Surviving are his brothers, David of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Richard of Glendale; and mother, Mary Lou Hodges of Fort Myers, Fla.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Goldwater Lake pavilion.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Options, 119 Garden St., Prescott, AZ 86305.

Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Morris "Nick" Nicholson Sr.

Morris "Nick" Nicholson Sr., 79, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at his home in Prescott.

He was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Marion, Ind., to Dale and Carmen Nicholson.

Mr. Nicholson served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He retired as an engineer for Solar-International Harvester in 1984, and moved to Prescott from San Diego, Calif., in 1988.

He was a member of American Legion Post 6, VFW and Clampers of Prescott, and Elks Lodge #330. Mr. Nicholson enjoyed watching sports on TV and volunteering as a cook at the VFW, American Legion and Elks.

Survivors include his wife Gwen, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1975; sons, Morris Jr. of Prescott, the Rev. Malcolm McQueen of San Antonio, Texas, Graham McQueen of Spokane, Wash., and Kelvin McQueen of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Susan Havice of Mesa; Diana Thomas of Pompeys Pillar, Mont., and Debra Crockett of San Diego, Calif.; sisters, Carole Miller of Marion, Ind., and Jo Ann Cobb of Claypool, Ind.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his first wife, Ethel.

A celebration of Mr. Nicholson's life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez St., Prescott.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Faith House, P.O. Box 1231, Prescott, AZ 86302.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Lucille R. Phares

Lucille R. Phares, 90, of Prescott, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, in Prescott.

She was born Oct. 28, 1909, in Elkins, W.Va., to Hoy and Margaret (Kaylor) Ferguson.

Mrs. Phares' family knew her as a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her son, Russell of Prescott; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Memory Chapel helped the family with arrangements.