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John Lee Jenkins

John Lee Jenkins passed away March 23, 2007, at his home in Chino Valley after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Sumter, S.C. to Bradley W. Jenkins Sr. and Dorothy Windham Jenkins he moved with his family to Arizona at the age of seven.

His father died in Prescott on March 26, 1964.

John is survived by his beloved wife Calette; his son John Jenkins, Jr.; and his daughter Marlene and husband Wade Eckel; two granddaughters, Jewel Gould and Roxie Eckel, all of Chino Valley.

Survivors also include his mother Dorothy Jenkins Roberts; and stepfather Charles Roberts of Prescott Valley; two brothers, Brad Jenkins of Prescott and David Jenkins (Cindy) of Flagstaff; two sisters, Emily Jenkins of Tucson and Evelyn (Steve) Rankin of West Texas.

Also, two step brothers, Gary Roberts of Mesa and Glen Roberts of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one stepsister, Joan Cole of Flower Mound, Texas; a number of nephews and nieces.

A graduate of Prescott High School, he attended Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University.

John served in the U.S. Marines and the Army National Guard. He enjoyed all aspects of the ranching lifestyle in Yavapai and Coconino County. He was an active member of the Arizona Cowpunchers Association. He managed the Box L Ranch before moving to Chino Valley where he owned and operated Family Firewood.

John touched many lives with his quick wit and sense of humor bringing joy to all who knew him. He wanted everyone who helped support him during his illness to know he appreciated the abundance of love, concern and generosity.

A memorial service will be on April 6, 2007, at the Bradshaw Mountain Christian Assembly, 10100 East Highway 69, Prescott Valley, Arizona, 86314 at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions suggested are the American Cancer Society and YRMC Hospice in Prescott Valley.

The family was assisted by the Chino Valley Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Mrs. J. Everett (Ida M.) Lois

Mrs. J. Everett (Ida M.) Lois, 88, of Morris, Ill., passed away Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Mountain View Manor Nursing Center in Prescott, Arizona due to complications from a broken hip she suffered in a fall earlier in the month. Ida was born on Nov. 26, 1918, in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Oscar Theodore Gustof and Clara Ovida Berge Larson.

She was educated in Morris schools and a graduate of Morris High School with the class of 1936. She married John Everett Lois on Dec. 12, 1940, in Morris, Illinois.

For years, Ida was an active citizen in Morris and Grundy County serving in such local organizations as the Grundy County Historical Society, the Morris Women's Club, the American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church and the

Morris Welcome Wagon. She was em-

ployed as a bookkeeper with Allan's Furniture Store in Morris and served as Grundy County Tax Assessor.

Ida is survived by three sons, Richard (Michele) Lois of Texas, Thomas (Laura) Lois of Arizona, and James (Carla) Lois of Arizona; seven grandchildren, Amanda (Todd) Seman of Florida, Heather (Craig) Keller of Florida, Stephanie (Steven) Fargo of Aviano, Italy, Jason (Gladys) Lois of Virginia, Hilary (John Robertson) Lois of Virginia, Noah (Melanie) Pincusoff of Georgia, and Evan Pincusoff of Arizona; one great-grandson, Brett Fargo; one sister, Betty Lou Van Tassel of Morris, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Alice Larson of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents; her husband on Dec. 9, 1995; and two brothers, Lloyd and Oscar Larson.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007, at U.C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home, LTD., 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, Illinois, with Rev. Rick

Cunningham officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorial gifts can be di-

rected to the Morris Lions Club Park

Shelter fund.

U.C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Courtney Lee Wagner

Courtney Lee Wagner died March 25, 2007, as the result of a brain hemorrhage. She was born July 6, 1989, in Phoenix,

Arizona, the daughter of Rhett and Rhonda (Horman) Wagner. Courtney was 17 years old.

Courtney was a senior at Prescott High School and was looking forward to attending Yavapai College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, AWANA and the Key Club. She enjoyed being with friends and family, going to movies, bowling, church and driving her car. Courtney loved life and lived it to the fullest. She adored her little sister and small children who captured her heart, and she captured theirs. She was proudest of her family and her job, where she was a receptionist and bookkeeper. She was an avid

Sundog fan; the family will always re-

member the close of the regular season with her wildly cheering.

Courtney is survived by her parents, Rhett and Rhonda of Prescott; sister Meghan; grandparents Chuck and Sally Wagner of Ord, Neb., Dwayne and Jeannie Scott of Sturgis, S.D., Gaylord Hormann

of Chapman, Neb., and Virginia Jacob-

sen of Grand Island, Neb. Courtney is also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and literally hundreds of friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007 at First Baptist Church, 148 S. Marina, Prescott.

Celebration of Courtney's Life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2007, at Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon, Prescott.

Memorials in Courtney's name in care of St. Jude's Children's Research Hos-

pital, Tribute #18426086, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please log on to to view a

tribute to Courtney and to sign her guest book.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Ruth Bisjak

Ruth Bisjak, 94, passed away on March 23, 2007. She was born in Lost Springs, Wyoming on Oct. 1, 1912.

She was a dedicated teach-

er, she taught elementary

school in Chino Valley for

many years. She enjoyed maintaining contact with her students through the years.

Ruth was preceded in

death by her husband of

65 years, Hank, in 2006; her brother

Bob Powles; and her sons Hank Jr. and

Bobby Bisjak. She is survived by her sister, Grace Fretter of Berkeley; her daughter, Mary (John) Hunt of Prescott; daughter-in-law, Ann Bisjak of Chino Valley; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth will be remembered for her kind and gentle nature. A memorial will be at 1 p.m. on March 31, at the Grace Baptist Church on the corner of Outer Loop and Highway 89 in Chino Valley.

Out of her passion for early childhood education, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prescott Head Start, 828 Rodeo Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301; 445-8534.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Kathleen Ellen (Kate) Webb

Kathleen Ellen (Kate) Webb, 76, loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother passed away on March 27, following an extended illness at Mountain View Manor in Prescott. Born October 25, 1930, in Ypsilanti, Michigan to the late Edwin and Dorothy Penick.

She graduated from Walkerton High School, Indiana in 1948, attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated from Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana with a degree in elementary education. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, New Carlisle, Indiana Chapter.

Kathleen married Kenneth Webb in 1978 and relocated to Prescott, Arizona that same year. She became a travel agent for Prescott Travel Agency from which she later retired. Through her many years as a travel agent, she was able to travel to many places of the world and especially enjoyed the many cruises she took with her husband.

Kate is survived by her much loved children, Betsy (Jim) Talboom of South Bend, Indiana, Bruce Walz of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Scott (Donna) Walz of Prescott Valley, Arizona; a sister, Patricia Mellin of Plymouth, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; and nine great grand children who adored her residing in Arizona, Indiana and Oregon.

Kate was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth Webb, of Prescott; son, Tim Walz of New Carlisle, Ind.; and a sister, Sarah Wilcox of North Liberty, Ind.

She will always be remembered as the most loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend anyone could be blessed with. She will be missed by many, as she touched the lives of most who met her. The family thanks Mountain View Manor for the loving, professional care they provided. She loved you all.

A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 30, at the Prescott United Methodist Church on Gurley Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prescott United Methodist Church.

Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family with the final arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Andrew A. Andress

Andrew A. Andress, 83, of Prescott passed away, March 27, 2007. Andrew was born to Agnes and Andrew Andress on Dec. 24, 1923, in Douglas, Arizona.

Andrew served in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in Italy during World War II, after which he attended NAU and ASU. He married Barbara Collier and they resided in the Valley raising two children, Dale and Sharon. The couple retired to Prescott in 1994.

Andrew was the methodical, silent, solid rock in a noisy, boisterous family.

His joy and amusement was apparent at every family gathering.

Andrew is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter Sharon Nordyke and son-in-law Greg; son Dale Andress and daughter-in-law Terry Andress; six grandchildren, Aubree, Merissa, Adam, Becky, Alex and Jennifer; four great grandchildren, Ben, Jacob, Ethan and Ella.

All of his relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of his life at his home, 160 N. Horizon Circle, on Saturday, March 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the DAV, 730 N. 5th Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.

Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

William "Bill" Edwards

William "Bill" Edwards died March 18, 2007, at his home in Prescott. He was born on Feb. 28, 1937, in Prescott, the son of John and Edna (Cronin) Edwards. Bill was 70 years old.

Before his retirement, Bill had been a plumber for the construction industry.

He enjoyed dropping a line into the water and fish-

ing and spen-

ding time with his friends.

Bill is survived by his daughter Crystal (Ron) Smith of Chino Valley and sons James of Chino Valley, John of St. Cloud, Florida; grandchildren Daniel, Trina, Kelly, Kelsey; great-grandson, Clayton; and sister Mary Ann Salazar of Phoenix.

A celebration of Life

Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at St. Catherine LaBoure Catholic Church, 2062 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, Arizona.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Please log on to to sign Bill's guest book.

(Information provided

by survivors.)

Doreen Marie Grove

Doreen Marie Grove, 78, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, born Sept. 24, 1928, in Aberdeen, S.D., passed away March 26, 2007,

at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott,


Visitation is from 1 to

2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007, with a Celebration of Doreen's Life service at

2 p.m. at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home in Prescott.

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

Maria Fermina Espino

Maria Fermina Espino, 64, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, born July 7, 1943, in Durango, Mexico, passed away March 22, 2007, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Visitation will be 2 to

6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, with a Rosary recited at

7 p.m. at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton streets in Prescott. The funeral mass will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury, Prescott. Final commen-

dations will be 11:30 a.m. at Heritage Memory Gardens Cemetery in Dewey, Arizona.

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

Belen Martinez-Trinidad

Belen Martinez-Trinidad, 83, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, born April 15, 1923, in Bermejillo, Dur-

ango, Mexico, passed away March 22, 2007, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Visitation will be 2 to

6 p.m. Thursday, March 29,

with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton streets in Prescott. The funeral mass will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 30,

at Sacred Heart Catholic

Church, 150 Fleury, Pres-

cott. Final commendations

will be 11:30 a.m. at Heritage Memory Gardens Cem-

etery in Dewey, Arizona.

Arizona Ruffner Wake-

lin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.

Mary Jean Garasha

Mary Jean Garasha, 83, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, born August 28, 1923, in Genoa City, Wisconsin, passed away March 25, 2007, in Prescott Valley.

No services are planned.

Sunrise Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


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