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Obituaries for Sunday, February 4, 2007

Ruby Bowers McAndrew

Ruby McAndrew passed away on Jan. 31, 2007, in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She was born Ruby Ethel Bowers on April 19, 1903, in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, near present-day Wilburton, Okla., probably in the small community of Bowers, which was named after her father, John DeWitt Bowers. Her mother was Tilitha ("Letha") Anderson. Ruby and her family moved to the mining community of Walker in the Bradshaw Mountains near Prescott, Arizona, at the end of 1904, where her father worked as a machinist in the mines. The boulder on which the statue of Buckey O'Neill sits in front of the Prescott Courthouse was dragged into town by her father's team of horses. In 1907, her family moved to Phoenix, ultimately homesteading in Scottsdale in 1910, at the comer of present-day Pima Road and Via de Ventura. She and her family moved back to Phoenix before 1918 in connection with her father's work with the Verde River Irrigation and Power District.

Ruby attended a one-room schoolhouse at the corner of Scottsdale and Indian Bend roads, also Garfield and Munroe schools in Phoenix, and graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1921. She worked for a private investigator for a time, and on Aug. 3, 1929, she married Robert Clair McAndrew. She was very active in the Red Cross during WWII. She was a convert to Catholicism and through her church became deeply involved in the Children's Indian Hospital in Phoenix, serving as a volunteer for over 25 years. In 1973, following Mac's retirement, they moved back to Prescott, where Mac died in 1982. Ruby and Mac had no children.

Ruby spent her remaining years in Prescott doting on her grand- and great-nieces and -nephews. She was the keeper of the family memories, many of which became the subject of memoirs and poems, which she loved to recount to the children. Even at age 103, her memory for detail was extraordinary. She loved her family and made sure they were all aware of their family history.

Ruby was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers: Pearl Johnston (1963), J.D . Bowers (1964), Fred Bowers (1981), Edna Bartlett (1982), and Mildred Carney (2000). She also had a brother, Polk, who died during the family's move from Crown King to Phoenix in 1907, and a sister, Jewel, who died as an infant in 1916.

Her remains will be interred at the Camelback Cemetery on McDonald Drive in Scottsdale, in the family plot where her parents and husband are buried.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Emily M. Rose

Emily was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Nogales, Ariz., and has sadly departed from us Feb 1, 2007. She moved from Arizona to California, where she spent all of her childhood and most of her adult life, only to retire and move back to Arizona to spend her retirement years in Prescott with her husband of 27 years, Leo P. Rose. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2005. She is survived by four daughters, Coreen Warhop and spouse Robert of Henderson, Nev., Rita Coe and life partner Carolyn Satterthwaite of Vancouver, Wash., Barbara Earp and partner James of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Joyce Welch of Cotati, Calif.; a stepson, Leo Rose and spouse Sharon of Sedona, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Richard and wife Kathleen, James Jr. and wife Kathy, Kelley and fiance' Shawn, Marshall, and Tiffany and husband Ed; step-grandchildren Troy, Dennis, Jody and Marti. Other survivors are great-grandchildren Chase, Jordan, Devin and Nicholas. There are many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Hampton Funeral Home in Prescott. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Whittier, Calif.

Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Bobby O. (Bob) Graham

Bobby O. (Bob) Graham, 70, of Sun City, Arizona, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 in Hilo, Hawaii.

Bob was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Pampa, Texas, the son of Curtis and Mildred Pollard Graham. He was married to Linda Maddox Graham on March 4, 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Brian (wife Katie) of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson, Andrew Graham of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Susan Sommers of Sun City, Ariz.; two brothers-in-law, Craig Maddox of Acworth, Ga., and Bruce Maddox of Atlantic Beach, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews and grandnieces.

Bob was a professional musician who began his career in music in the 5th grade, playing the trombone. Early in the 6th grade, he discovered he had an allergy to brass and decided to try guitar. He acquired a book and taught himself to play. Realizing jobs for bass players were more prevalent, he changed instruments again and taught himself to play bass.

Bob performed across the United States with such notables as Jay McShann, Warren Covington, Billy May, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Lanny Morgan, Carl Fontana, Barney Kessel, Keith Greko, Buddy Weed, Rocky Rockwell, Nadine Jansen, Margo Reed, Laurie Johnson, Larry Reed, Glen Brown, Jimmy Caves and others too numerous to mention.

There will be a celebration of his life at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

Memorial donations may be made to Young Sounds of Arizona, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Bob will be greatly missed by his family and large circle of friends. He will be remembered always as a kind and gentle man.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Anna Smisko

Anna Smisko, 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at her home in Prescott. She relocated to Prescott from Michigan in 1976. Anna was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Brownsville, Pa., to John and Mary Zapotocky.

As an extremely loving, wise and generous individual, Anna valued her family and friends above all else. Her favorite pastime was painting portraits, still-lifes and animals.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, John Smisko; their daughter, Catherine; one brother and three sisters.

Anna is survived by her three brothers, John Zapotocky of Hawaii and Michael and Andrew Zapotocky of Pennsylvania; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Valentina Smisko of Prescott; and two granddaughters, Diana Misner of Illinois and Stephanie Smisko of Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Anna's name to Hospice Family Care, 100 E. Sheldon St., Suite 100, Prescott, AZ 86301. Hampton Funeral Home is assisting the family with Anna's arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Claire R. Ginchereau

Claire R. Ginchereau passed away on Feb. 1, 2007, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. She was born March 16, 1935, in Pawtucket, R.I., and graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Mass.

She is survived by her husband, Marcel Ginchereau of Prescott; her sons Mark Ginchereau of Ventura, Calif., and Matthew Ginchereau of Saugus, Calif.; and her daughter, Deborah Ochoa of Oxnard, Calif. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Ginchereau of Wells, Maine; her brothers Gerry and Richard Chenel of Tipton, N.H.; and six grandchildren, Joshua, Tiana, Valerie, Garrett, Conner and Jeremy.

Claire was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Sightseers RV club in Ventura County. She enjoyed camping, cooking, sewing, and genealogy, but mostly enjoyed traveling.

A visitation will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, comer of Cortez and Carleton, Prescott.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Alice Nettye Wicker Toci

Alice Nettye Wicker Toci passed away on Jan. 29, 2007, at Las Fuentes Care Center, Prescott, at the age of 95. Born in Mangum, Okla., Oct. 26, 1911, she attended Oklahoma Baptist University and qualified as a teacher. She moved to Prescott in 1936, where she began a career as a public school teacher. She taught in Groom Creek, Chino Valley, and, for many years, in Prescott ­ mostly as a first grade teacher at Washington School. She retired from teaching in 1969.

Mrs. Toci was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Mangum and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, national teachers sorority.

In 1943, she married Orlando J. Toci of Prescott. After 42 years of marriage, he predeceased her in 1985. She was also predeceased by her parents and eight brothers and sisters, all of whom lived or were raised in Mangum.

Mrs. Toci is survived by her daughter, Margaret Toci Stephenson of Balleroy, France; a son-in-law, James Stephenson; two grandsons, David Stephenson of Marietta, Ga., and Barry Stephenson of Miami, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Wong Stephenson; and a great-granddaughter, Mireya Hope Stephenson.

A visitation will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, Prescott, with internment at Mountain View Cemetery at 4 p.m.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Elizabeth Faye "Betty" (Jacobs) Eberle

Elizabeth "Betty" Eberle, 95, died Feb. 2, 2007, at The Groves in Independence, Mo. She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and lived in the Detroit, Mich., area most of her life. She retired from Sinai Hospital of Detroit in 1976. She moved to Independence, Mo., in 1980 with her husband, Paul, who died at Resthaven Nursing Home. She was a member of the Groves Congregation of the Community of Christ Church, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her sister, Jane Brown of Arizona; a niece, Natalie Monroe of Kentucky; a nephew, Loren Rowling of Arizona; and numerous great-nieces and-nephews. Betty is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Burt Jacobs. At Betty's request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Groves Community Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Speaks Suburban Chapel.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Obituary Notice

Park Jarauld Pratley, age 70, of Prescott Valley, born Nov. 20, 1936, in Torrington, Conn., died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

Celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at the Open Door Baptist Church, 8451 E. Stevens Drive, Prescott Valley. Graveside committal will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.

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