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James Douglas Ambrose

James Douglas Ambrose, age 81, embarked on a peaceful journey on Saturday, March 26, 2005. He was born on April 24, 1923. He was the only child of Fay and Floretta Ambrose.

He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 26 years. He was a devout Christian man who filled the pulpit for many congregations and was always happy to be asked. He was an excellent speaker. He read his Bible daily. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Frances Ambrose. He moved to Prescott after he retired in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Dorthey F. Ambrose, his four sons, James and his wife, Connie, David and his wife, Nancy, Larry and Phillip Ambrose, all of California. Also his 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

The viewing will be held today, March 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Heritage Memory Mortuary, 131 Grove Ave., in Prescott. Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, March 31, at Mt. Vernon Church of Christ, 120 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., in Prescott.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in care of Mt. Vernon Church of Christ, 120 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Frances “Tex” Cooper Nevenheim

Frances “Tex” Cooper Nevenheim died March 24, 2005, in Prescott.

She was one of six children of Jake and Maude Cooper. Tex was a rancher and ran herds from east Texas to northern New Mexico. Tex was born on April 1, 1909, in Chico, Texas. She loved the outdoors and had a sense of adventure, which eventually led her to Alaska in 1943.

Tex attended Texas Tech, West Texas State University and received her BA degree from Colorado State Teachers College at Greeley, Colo. She was an excellent kindergarten and first grade teacher and loved children. Tex was adventurous and a great lover of the outdoors. She traveled to Alaska Territory in 1941 on a blacked-out Navy ship due to the lack of roads or airways. She started teaching in Juneau and later Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

In 1943, Tex married Carl Nevenheim, who was employed by the Great Northern Commercial Company. They had no children. Carl died in 1973. Tex lived in Anchorage until coming to Prescott to retire in 1966.

Her hobby was gardening, which won her the “Garden of the Year” title in Anchorage. Tex was a devoted Catholic and member of the Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage. She has been a generous benefactor to a number of Catholic organizations.

Tex will be laid to rest in Anchorage next to her husband.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Geraldine (Williams) DeMaio

Geraldine (Williams) DeMaio, age 81, of Trumbull, Conn., beloved wife of the late Frederick J. DeMaio, died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in Trumbull after a long illness and hospitalization. Mrs. DeMaio was born on October 11, 1923, in Silver City, N.M., a daughter of the late Loren and Noraetta (Laremore) Williams.

Geraldine was a native of the Western U.S., spending her early years homesteading in Mesa. She moved to Bay City, Texas, and subsequently attended Texas Women’s College in Denton.

During WWII, Geraldine married Fred DeMaio and moved East to New Jersey. She was an avid musician, playing violin, and was a beautiful artist working in watercolor and oil.

After an active 40-year life on the East coast, she returned to the West to Prescott with her husband, where she sang with Prescott Pines Adeline’s, Sweet Adeline’s, and served as their president. Geraldine lived in Telluride, Colo., with her daughter, Josephine, from 1996-1997.

During her time in the mountains, she sang with the Telluride Choral Society and painted.

Geraldine and Fred returned to Connecticut in 2001 and resided at Spring Meadows Retirement Community in Trumbull, where she enjoyed a close life with her daughter, Laura.

Geraldine was a deeply religious woman; she became a Benedictine Oblate and prayed weekly with the Immaculate Mary Cenacle. She was also a devout member of St. Stephen’s Church in Trumbull. She sang until the end.

She is survived by her devoted daughters: Laura Regnier and her husband, Jim, of Weston, Conn., and Josephine Fallenius and her husband, Erik, of Telluride, Colo., and her cherished grandsons, Adam and Colin Regnier and Karl and Ian Fallenius.

Services are private. There are no calling hours. The Spadaccino Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Route 111, in Monroe, Conn., is in charge of arrangements. See for more information.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Alma Maye Lemons, 79, of Prescott, born Jan. 30, 1926, in Agra, Okla., died Saturday, March 26, 2005, in Prescott.

Direct cremation at Bradshaw Crematory.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

David Callison, 89, of Prescott, born Nov. 25, 1915, in Oklahoma, died Sunday, March 27, 2005, in Prescott.

Private services will be held.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Rena Roberts, 87, of Chino Valley, born Aug. 16, 1917, in Hugo, Okla., died Saturday, March 26, 2005, in Prescott.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Mary Pilloud, 92, of Prescott, born July 31, 1912, in Illinois, died Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Glendale, Ariz.

Private cremation at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

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