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Ann Nugent Butler

Former Prescott resident Ann Nugent Butler, 72, of Bedford, Mass., and Melbourne, Fla., died Monday, March 5, 2001, in Bedford after a long battle with cancer.

She was born July 4, 1928, in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Butler graduated from the American School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and attended Holton Arms College in Washington, D.C. She worked as a floral designer.

While living in Prescott she was a member of the P.E.O. and a volunteer for the Prescott Public Library, Prescott Outing Club and the Prescott Audubon Society. She was active at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

As a four-time cancer survivor, Mrs. Butler was also active in various cancer support groups in Prescott.

Surviving are her husband, Blaine; daughters, Beth Curry of Bridgewater, Mass., Laura Wallace of Bedford, Mass., and Sally Stieghan of Culleoka, Tenn.; sister, Virginia Blue of Melbourne, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. March 17 at the Carlisle Congregrational Church in Carlisle, Mass. There will be a memorial service in Prescott this summer.

Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home in Stoneham, Mass., helped the family with arrangements.

John L. Coleman

John L. Coleman, 83, of Chino Valley, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, in Prescott.

He was born July 20, 1917, in Springfield, Ill., to Louis Garfield and Anna (Graham) Coleman.

Mr. Coleman served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He married Rose Marie Lilly in 1950. He worked as a used car salesman and as an insurance agent.

He enjoyed playing poker and woodworking. Mr. Coleman was also a classic car enthusiast and restorer. He restored a 1929 Ford Model A from the wheels up. His family knew him as one who loved a good practical joke, and as a truly ethical and moral man.

Surviving are his daughters, Judith Cox of Simi Valley, Calif., Kathy Cernak of Chino Valley and Anne Polston of Clive, Iowa; sisters, Nancy Philips of Idaho and Jenny Ide of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, in 1999, and daughter, Peggy.

Cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Donald L. Thomas Sr.

Donald L. Thomas Sr., of Prescott, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott.

He was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Burbank, Calif., to William and Cleola (Shields) Thomas.

Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and then continued to work at North Island San Diego as a civil service employee. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Tailhook Association and the National Rifle Association.

He and his wife were named volunteers of the year at the Prescott United Methodist Church. Mr. Thomas enjoyed gun collecting and reloading, golfing and photography.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary; sons, Leigh of San Diego, Calif., and Donald Jr. of Prescott; daughter, Jill Sanders of Prescott; brother, William of Paso Robles, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

His son, Tim, preceded him in death.

A celebration of Mr. Thomas' life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Prescott United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Peter Perry officiating. American Legion Post #6 will provide a military honors detail unit.

Cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley, with inurnment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, Calif.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Prescott United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86303, or Alzheimer's Association of Northern Arizona, 225 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Katie Hope Erhardt

Katie Hope Erhardt, 75, of Dewey, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Prescott Valley Samaritan Center, Prescott Valley.

She was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Norfolk, Va., to Allen and Mary (Hoys) Kendrick.

Mrs. Erhardt enjoyed dealing in antiques.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Chris; daughters, Linda Quam of Cottonwood and Karen Petronella of Park City, Utah; and eight grandchildren.

Her daughter, Christine, and son, James, preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Redwood Memorial Gardens, Dewey, with Deacon Bill Davis officiating.

Memory Chapel Mortuary helped the family with arrangements.

Betty Lou Taylor

Betty Lou Taylor, 65, of Prescott, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Mountain View Manor, Prescott.

She was born Jan. 18, 1936, in Beckley, W.Va., to Justus Noel and Opha Marie (Jarrell) Taylor.

Miss Taylor worked as an executive secretary for Shell Oil Company, and from 1960 to 1998 as an independent accountant in the Oakland, Calif., area.

She moved to Prescott in 1998, and was a member of the Church of Religious Science. Her family and friends knew her as one with a kind heart and free spirit who enjoyed animals.

Surviving are her brother, Harry of Walbridge, Ohio; and cousin, Peggy Harvey of Jacksonville, Fla.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. today at Mountain View Cemetery, Prescott.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

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