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Julia W. Rhodes

Julia W. Rhodes, 87, of Prescott, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Payson.

She was born April 29, 1913, in Clifton, N.J., to Harold and Emma (Schmidle) Quinn.

Mrs. Rhodes worked in the food service industry in New Jersey for many years, retiring in 1985. She married Joseph Rhodes in 1933 in Clifton, N.J.

She was a member of the American Restaurant Association for many years. She moved to Prescott in 1988 from New Jersey. Her family knew her as someone who enjoyed life and loved her family.

Survivors include her sons, Joseph of Prescott, Robert of Pinehurst, N.C., and Frederick of Bricktown, N.J.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death in 1955.

Memorial services will be later this summer in Totowa, N.J.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer's Association, Northern Arizona Chapter, 1003 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Mary Emma Cobb

Mary Emma Cobb, 71, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at her home in Prescott.

She was born April 4, 1929, in Phoenix, to David Sr. and Miriam (Volts) Cobb.

Mrs. Cobb grew up in Flagstaff, where she was graduated from high school. She married David Cobb in Bisbee after moving there.

She began working for Mountain Bell Telephone Co. in Bisbee, and later worked in Phoenix and Prescott. She was a district manager at the time of her retirement from the company, which was by then US West.

Mrs. Cobb was one of the original members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a member of the Questers Antique Club. She was active in the Arizona Historical Foundation and The Living Histories. She was responsible for establishing the American Cancer Society affiliation in Prescott, and worked with the cancer outreach program.

She volunteered at the Sharlot Hall and Phippen museums, and enjoyed Arizona history and collecting antiques.

Friends will gather from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at Hampton Funeral Home, 240 S. Cortez St., Prescott.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Taylor Hicks Elementary School, 1845 Campbell Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301, or Prescott People Who Care, P.O. Box 12977, Prescott, AZ 86304.

Hampton Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

D. Claire Allen

D. Claire Allen, 85, of Black Canyon City, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, in Black Canyon City.

He was born Dec. 7, 1914, in Blanca, Colo., to Henry and Ethel (Harse) Allen.

At the age of 19, Mr. Allen moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., to work as a rancher. He was also hired by the government to work as a trapper. In 1938, he won the championship bull riding competition in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He moved to Prescott in 1940 and worked for several ranches in the area, including the Tip Top, Spider and T-P ranches. From 1949 to 1959 he operated several flagstone quarries in Drake.

Mr. Allen moved to Black Canyon City in 1963 and retired in 1979.

Survivors include his brothers, Kenneth of Grand Junction, Colo., and Caroll of Bloomfield, N.M.; sister, Ardyth Niemon of Eagle, Colo.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Ethel, stepchildren Lavina Morrison and J.S. "Bud" Webb, and a grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memory Chapel, 131 Grove Ave., Prescott, with Pastor Gene Miller officiating. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Family Care, 10240 W. Bell Road, Ste. E, Sun City, AZ 85351.

Memory Chapel helped the family with arrangements.

Norman Speare Romero

Norman Speare Romero, 61, an early founder of Prescott Valley, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, in Hot Springs, S.D.

He was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Socorro, N.M., to Flavio and Dolores Romero.

Mr. Romero was a former president and board chairman of Prescott Valley, Inc. in the early 1970s. As a salesman and sales personnel recruiter, he marketed properties in Prescott Valley, New Mexico and South Dakota.

Survivors include his father; four sons; two daughters; three brothers, including Paul of Prescott Valley; and five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 6261 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. A reception at the church will follow. For information, call 772-8210.