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Tuesday 05/15/01

David A. Williams

David A. Williams, 58, of Prescott, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 4, 1943, in South Orange, N.J., to Gordon L. and Dorothy (Pampel) Williams.

Mr. Williams graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and received his juris doctor from Boston University Law School. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific nation of Fiji following law school, he designed the fisheries cooperative in the capital city of Suva that is still in use today.

After returning to the United States, Mr. Williams was a public defender and also staff counsel for Pine Tree Legal Assistance of Maine. He was later an assistant attorney general of the state of Maine, and in 1976 was a Democratic candidate for state senator from Freeport. He was a lecturer at Boston University Law School and an adjunct professor of law at New England Law School in Boston.

Mr. Williams was a journalist for several years, first as the television critic for the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine, and later for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He was elected president of the Television Critics Association in 1983.

He was a Democratic candidate for state representative in rural Tucson, and at the time of his death was in private law practice in Prescott Valley. He is the former executive director of the Arizona State Bar Association, a non-profit legal aid society headquartered in Phoenix, and former president of the board of directors of the Prescott Child Development Center.

Surviving are his wife, Roseline; father, Gordon L. Williams of New Jersey; sons, Andrew of Dewey and Robert Williams-St. Mary of Freeport, Maine; sister, Mary Jane Esser of New Jersey; and brothers, Richard of Michigan and Brian of New York.

His mother preceded him in death in 1992.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrows, 750 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix. Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Prescott Child Development Center, 1045 W. Whipple St., Prescott, AZ 86305.

Manuel Laguna Ortega

Manuel Laguna Ortega, 90, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at his home in Mayer.

He was born Dec. 8, 1910, in Phoenix, to Ramon and Lucia (Laguna) Ortega.

Mr. Ortega worked for more than 30 years as a cement mason before retiring in 1973. His family knew him as a man with an infectious smile and a gentle, playful nature.

Surviving are his wife, Helen; daughters, Patricia Frost of Fountain Hills, Peggy Orme of Howardsville and Mary Moore of Chandler; sons, Manuel Jr. of Lakeside, Ramon of Pleasanton, Calif., Reynaldo of Mesa, Alberto Ramirez and Alex, both of Phoenix, and David of Prescott Valley; 26 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the rosary will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mayer. Memorial Mass will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory helped the family with arrangements.

Norma Jean Gulley

Norma Jean Gulley, 62, of Chino Valley, died Friday, May 11, 2001, in Chino Valley.

She was born Aug. 12, 1938, in Sewickley, Pa., to Thomas and Myrtle Doris (Thompson) Inches.

Mrs. Gulley married her husband, Donald, in 1957, and he died in 1995. She moved to Arizona in 1978.

She was a homemaker, and enjoyed leather working, taxidermy, hunting, fishing, mechanics and oil painting. Although Mrs. Gulley was deaf, she communicated well through sign language and reading lips.

Surviving are her daughters, Darlene Olvera of Chino Valley and Denise Sandefur of Tucson; sons, Donald Jr. of Phoenix and Daniel of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; sisters, Betty Buell of Florida and Sandi Vasnik of Phoenix; brother, Tom Inches of Tuscola, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Yavapai County Cemetery (use entrance inside Mountain View Cemetery).

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Dr. Robert J Perper Sr., 68, of Prescott, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix.

He was born March 6, 1933, in New York City, N.Y., to George and Janet (Coleman) Perper.

Dr. Perper graduated from Cornell University and the University of California, San Francisco. He was an inventor and held medical and mechanical patents. He was also a scientist and immunopathologist.

He was a medical professor at Cornell University, and worked as an executive for Merck Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Perper was licensed as a large and small animal veterinarian, and was the author of many articles and medical texts.

Surviving are his wife, Marianne; daughters, Catherine Rogers of Encinitas, Calif., and Rochelle and Marianne Jr., both of Prescott; sons, Robert Jr. of Summit, N.J. and Stuart of Bellingham, Mass.; brother, William of New York City, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Temple B'rith Shalom, 2077 Bohner Way, Prescott, with Rabbi William Berkowitz officiating. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery, Prescott.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Robert J. Perper Medical Scholarship Fund, c/o Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Lois Walden

Lois Walden, 82, of Prescott, died Friday, May 11, 2001, in Prescott.

She was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Lindsay, Okla.

Mrs. Walden was a homemaker and a member of Love Baptist Church in Phoenix.

Surviving are her daughter, Donna Klinger Haun of Sun City; and sisters, Bessie Combs of Roswell, N.M., and Betty Kerley of Prescott.

Her husband, Marvin, and son, Wayne, preceded her in death.

Services were at 2 p.m. today at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale.