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Lois E. Cruse

Lois E. Cruse, 73, of Prescott Valley, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at Arbors Health Care Center, Camp Verde.

She was born April 18, 1928, in Canada, to Orville and Mary (Sweetnum) McParland.

Mrs. Cruse was a homemaker. She was a member of the Women of Wisdom Widows Association, an AARP board member and was active with Hospice.

She enjoyed playing bingo and driving to visit with family and friends.

Surviving are her daughters, Sharon Smith of California, Sherrill Luna of Vermont and Sandra Schaaf of Lodi, Calif.; sons, Stanley of Covina, Calif. and Steven of Washington; brothers, Russell McParland and Stanley McParland, both of North Bay, Ontario, Canada; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 43 years, Melville, preceded her in death in 1992.

Memorial services will be in California.

The family suggests memorial donations to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Hospice Restricted Fund, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory helped the family with arrangements.

Elizabeth Jean Magee Euler

Elizabeth Jean Magee Euler, 71, of Prescott, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, in Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, after a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Tucson, to Jack and Catherine (Fowler) Magee.

Mrs. Euler's parents homesteaded near what became Magee Road in Tucson. She was a lifeguard at Tempe Public Swimming Pool for several summers during the late 1930s, and was Arizona State Archery Champion in 1945.

She completed her teacher training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she later received a master's degree in psychology. In 1950, she married Arba Blodget and moved to California. She later taught school on the Navajo Reservation at Ganado and on the Pima-Papago Reservation near Sacaton.

She moved to Prescott in 1964, and married Dr. Robert Clark Euler who helped found the original Prescott College. Mrs. Euler spent several summers conducting anthropological fieldwork on the Havasupai, Walapai and Yavapai Indian reservations, gathering the life histories of tribal elders as part of the Doris Duke Foundation oral history project.

After divorcing in 1971, she continued living in Prescott but taught school in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District until her retirement in 1989.

Mrs. Euler was a member of the Mountain Artists Guild and the Arizona Watercolor Society. Over the last 30 years, her work was frequently exhibited in Prescott and Sedona, as well as in Scottsdale and New York. She worked in a variety of mediums and won dozens of ribbons at shows over the years. Much of her work contains a Southwestern or pre-Columbian theme. She continued to paint, draw and write poetry and short stories until the week before her death.

Her family and friends will remember her as a high-spirited, adventurous and creative woman who also had a sharp wit and intelligent humor.

Survivors include daughters, Patricia Blodget and Catherine Euler; son, Robert Euler; sister, Sally Moffett of Tucson; brother, Jack Magee Jr. of McCall, Idaho; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Arizona Pioneer Cemetery on Iron Springs Road. Afterward, the family will host a reception at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St.

The family suggests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to Stepping Stones Agencies, 7465 E. 1st St., Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 or Salvation Army, Senior Women's Group, 237 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ 86303.

Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Thelma B. Ronchetti

Thelma B. Ronchetti, 92, of Prescott, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, in Prescott.

She was born Feb. 9, 1909, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Thomas and Bertha (Tomkins) Briscoe.

Mrs. Ronchetti enjoyed roses and gardenias.

Surviving are her nephew and his wife, George and Jeannie Flood, who were her caregivers.

Her husband, James, preceded her in death.

Private services will be in California.

Memory Chapel helped the family with arrangements.

Thomas Fielding Ackerman

Thomas Fielding Ackerman, 83, of Prescott, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, in Prescott.

He was born May 26, 1918, in Richmond, Ind., to Everett and Charlotte (Allison) Ackerman.

Mr. Ackerman graduated from high school in Springfield, Ill., and moved to Phoenix in 1944.

He worked as a purchasing agent for First American Title and Trust Co. for 36 years, later serving as assistant vice president for the southwest district.

He moved to Prescott in 1983 and became a resident of Samaritan Village in 1993.

While in Phoenix, he was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and rode his horse in rodeo parades.

He also worked with the Red Cross.

Mr. Ackerman was a member of Willow Hills Southern Baptist Church.

He enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, bowling, square dancing and neighborhood potluck dinners.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Violet; daughter, Barbara Lovett of Prescott Valley; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Willow Hills First Southern Baptist Church with the Rev. James Beasley officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Willow Hills First Southern Baptist Church, 1071 Mogollon Road, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Memory Chapel Mortuary helped the family with arrangements.

Theresa Keenan

Theresa Keenan, 89, of Glendale, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, in Glendale.

She was born June 17, 1912, in Chicago, Ill.

Mrs. Keenan lived at Peppertree Square in Prescott from 1995 to 2000.

Surviving are her children and their families, Marie Palagi, and Tony Moleterno, Gean Moleterno, Wayne Moleterno, Thomas Moleterno and Bill Moleterno, all of Arizona.

Services were Friday at Green Acres Glendale Mortuary.

Lucille Marshall

Lucille Marshall, 76, of Prescott Valley, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, in Prescott Valley.

She was born July 25, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Henry and Kay (Kluckinbrink) Udink.

Mrs. Marshall married her husband James on Feb. 14, 1981, in Las Vegas, Nev. She enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, RVing, and camping.

Surviving are her husband, of Quartzsite; daughters, Shirley Brown of Auga Dulce, Calif., Karen Conway of San Clemente, Calif., and Valerie McBrady of Prescott; sons, Louie Tucker of Ramona, Calif., and Keith of Leadville, Colo.; sister, Lillian of Glendale, Ore.; brother, Gordy Udink of Glendale, Ore.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pastor Jim Cunningham will officiate private family services.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Catholic Social Service of Yavapai, 116 N. Summit St., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory helped the family with arrangements.

Mary Clubine

Mary Clubine, 81, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at her home in Prescott Valley.

Mrs. Clubine was born Oct. 27, 1919, in Marquette, Wis., to Emmanuel and Christanthe (Moorsis) Papadakis.

She was a homemaker who loved to cook and enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Walter; sons, Michael and Patrick, both of Prescott Valley; sisters, Jovanna Papadakis of Chicago, Ill., and Helen Beecher of Ashland Wis.; and brother, George Papadakis of Long Beach, Calif.

Family services were private.

Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory helped the family with arrangements.

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