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Obituary: Betty Jane Doyle

Betty Jane Doyle, age 75, of St. Johns, died June 27, 2005, in Lakeside.

She was born July 8, 1929, in Sharon, Penn., to Marshall and Florence Geho. Betty was a great cook, just a small part of her talents that made every holiday a special and memorable occasion. She had a kind heart and tried to help others whenever she could. Her family was a priority and she loved and cared for them above all else.

Her survivors include husband, Dallas Doyle, St. Johns; sons, Tom of St. Louis, Mo., Doug (Linda) of Scottsdale; daughters, Florence (Gene) Sopko of St. Johns, Jo Anna (Ray) See of St. Johns, and Bonnie (Wayne) Parsell of Prescott; and 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her brother Don Geho and her parents preceded her in death.

The family asks that contributions be designated to RTA Hospice, 1789 commerce Dr., Lakeside, AZ 85929.

Burnham-Jewkes Mortuary of St. Johns handled the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Merle Dean Marchando

Merle Dean Marchando passed away on July 5, 2005, in Phoenix. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Joseph and Lily Marchando on April 25, 1938. He was a long-time resident of Prescott.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Michael Marchando and Donald Lindstrom and his sisters Vaunda Roland, Kitty Dickson, Donna Marchando and Nancy Radcliff. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Lori Carreiro, Brian Marchando and Terri Kettle; and grandchildren, Tony, Lisa, BJ, Joey, Chelsea, Sheyanne, Travis and Brenna.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Paul J. “Snuffy” Austin

Paul J. “Snuffy” Austin, age 57, of Bagdad, died July 10, 2005, in Prescott, following a long illness. Paul was born Dec. 10, 1947, to Edward and Helen Austin in Butte, Mont.

Paul enjoyed motorcycles and antique cars. Paul was a mining electrician at the Berkley Pit in Butte for many years. He was employed as an electrician with Phelps Dodge in Bagdad for the past 16 years, where he worked until the time of his death.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and son, Matthew. Paul is survived by his longtime friend, Naomi of Bagdad; daughter, Monica Wasson of Gillette, Wyo.; son, Mike of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; son, Mark of Billings, Mont.; son, Joseph of Indiana; brother, Donald of San Jose, Calif., and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m., at Peeples Valley Cemetery in Peeples Valley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in remembrance of Paul J. Austin.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Carol Lee Basinger

Carol Lee Basinger, of Prescott, passed into the loving arms of our Lord on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Carol was born April 17, 1942, to William and Anna Hilgemann of Colfax, Ill.

She graduated from Octavia High School of Colfax and later received a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University.

In 1962, Carol married Daniel Basinger of Prescott and lived primarily in Southern California. She devoted her life to raising her children and helping others to realize their potential, especially those with disabilities. She moved to Prescott in 1944.

Carol is survived by her husband, Daniel of Prescott; her son, Alvin of Prescott; daughter, Susan Battershell of Prescott; grandsons, Michael and Christopher Battershell of Prescott, Roy Basinger of Kansas; granddaughter, Cerissa Battershell of Prescott; great-grandson, Christapher Freeman, Jr. of Prescott; brother, Kenneth Hilgemann of Illinois, and sister, Wilma Armstrong of Florida.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 4 p.m., at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to the Diabetes Foundation of your choice.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Betty A. Shire

Betty A. Shire, age 86, of Prescott, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Betty was born June 29, 1919, at Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, to Gavin and Mabel (Hatfield) Harper.

Betty was very active in the First Congregational Church for many years. She was a lifetime member of the Alta Vista Garden Club. As a member of the Smoki People, Betty served as Chieftess “Pali Tiwa.” She as also active in the Mother’s Club and Bible Study Group. Her interests lay in serving her family, these clubs, and her church. She was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She loved to dance but her family was her first love, along with her cherished friends.

Betty is survived by her son, Patrick, and daughter-in-law, Barbara Shire of Phoenix, and two grandchildren. Betty’s husband of 60 years, Raymond E. Shire, preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1998.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Rev. Robert Bradstreet will conduct the service.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Lawrence M. Walsh, 54, of Prescott, born July 21, 1950, in Providence, R.I., died Saturday, July 9, 2005, in Prescott.

No services are planned.

Arrangements by Heritage Memory Mortuary.

Virgie M. Kiggins, 90, of Phoenix, a former resident of Prescott, born Nov. 14, 1914, in Joplin, Mo., died Sunday, July 10, 2005.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Bradshaw Mountain Christian Assembly in Prescott Valley. Interment will be at Heritage Memorial Park in Dewey.

Arrangements by Best Funeral Services, Inc.


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