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April 2004


Allen ÒDickÓ Taylor

Allen Taylor, 72, passed away April 3, 2004 in Tonto Basin, Arizona. He was born September 5, 1931 in Mesa, Arizona to Maurice and Rosabel Taylor.

Mr. Taylor was a resident of Tonto Basin for 13 years and retired in 1989 from ADOT after working for 29 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother with many hobbies and interests. He will be greatly missed.

Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Rosabel and Maurice Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Taylor of Tonto Basin; two daughters, Kellie (Dave) Edwards and Kerrie (Max) Yanex, both of Glendale; grandchildren, Rebecca Edwards, Dan Edwards, Amanda yanez, Alexe Yanez, all of Glendale; brothers, Bob (Jane) Taylor of Mesa, John (Evelyn) Taylor of Snowflake, Bill (Marge) Taylor of Snowflake, and David (Ginny) Taylor of Mesa; sisters, Pat (Max) Perkins of Mesa and Marie (Kay) Brewer of Utah, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private viewing was previously held. The family requests that donations be made to Hospice House, c/o RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 85541.

Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

Walter ÒScottyÓ Scott

Walter ÒScottyÓ Scott, 63, passed away Saturday in Mesa. The former Winslow resident had been living in Safford since retiring from the U.S. Forest Service two years ago. Scott spent more than 35 years with the forest service. A number of those years at the Chevelon office prior to its closing. Then he moved to the Forest ServiceÕs Pinetop office.

The Safford native is survived by two sons, Brandon (Ashley) of Higley and Michael (Fran) of Mesa; four grandchildren, harleigh, Mason, Brandon and Alexandra; one brother, Jerry (Sharon) of Tonto Basin.

Funeral services for Walt Scott were held April 8, 2004 at the Bunker Funeral Homes, Caldwell Chapel in Safford.

Billy Hugh Gray

Billy Hugh Gray passed away April 7, 2004 in Winslow, AZ. He was born in Clinton, Texas on March 3, 1929.

He moved to Winslow in 2001 to be with his daughter, Christine Smith.

Bill was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Joyce Barajas of Grants, New Mexico; son, J.D. Gray, of Independence, Missouri; daughter, Christine Smith; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Virgil Bell

Virgil Bell, 92, of Payson, AZ passed away on April 5, in Payson. He was born on Nov. 15, 1911 in Summer Illinois. He married Geneve Robinson on Jan. 25, 1930 and they celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Virgil owned a general merchandise store. He served in the Army during World War II and moved to Phoenix in Aug. 1945, where he owned a refrigeration/appliance repair business. He retired from Painted Desert Mobile Home where he served as a set-up engineer and then moved to Payson in May of 1981. He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, where he served as a decon.

Geneva proceded him in death 11 years ago.

Virgil is survived by his son Donavon (Barbara) Bell; daughter Vondaleen (Ted) Thal; four grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; four great -great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren; brother Ivan Bell; sisters Dorothy Landown and Mary Howell; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17 at community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, Payson. Interment was held at 10:00 a.m. on April 8 at the Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in VirgilÕs name to Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, Payson, Az 85541.

Arrangements were entrusted to Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

Lela Ivy Ryan Reed

Graveside services for Lela Ivy Ryan Reed, 101 were held Tuesday, April 13 at Desert View Cemetary with Steven Harvey of the First Christian Church of Winslow. Interment was held immediatly folowing the services.

Lela passed away Thursday, April 8, at the padilla Care Center in Winslow. She was born in Sheffield, TX on September 8, 1902. she was the 9th child of mark Ryan and Mary Melissa Atkins Ryan. Lela grew up in Texas, where her father was a well driller and a freighter. Her mother was a quarter Cherokee Indian and it showed in all of her children. They lived in Ft. Davis for a time before moving to Ft. Stokton.

She finished school there and was a dental assistant before her marraige to Bennett martin Reed, Sr. They moved to Arizona in 1933 and then to Winslow in 1963. She was a marvelous cook a loving mother and a loyal wife. A shy and talented person with her needled and her love of crocheting.

Many have long enjoyed her handiwork. During the depression she fed her family on a pittance and proved her ability to manage on a shoestring. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Winslow.

She was survied by her children, grand children, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of GreerÕs Mortuary.


Konstantina N. Kretsedemas

Greek Orthodox Funeral Service for Konstantina N. Kretsedemas, 94, were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2004 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church located at 220 W. Second St., Winslow, AZ with Father Nicholas Andruchow, officiating. Trisagion Service was held Friday, April 2, 2004 at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel. Interment was held in Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.

Konstantina N. Kretsedemas (maiden name Alexandrakis) was born, in the small village of Vlisithia, Arcadia, Greece on December 8, 1909. She passed away in Winslow Memorial Hospital on March 27, 2004.

She married Nicholas D. Kretsedemas in 1929 and started a family. They had enjoyed about ten years of building their lives together when World War II broke out. She lost her husband in 1946. She immigrated to the United States to Birmingham, Alabama in 1954 in order to be with her sons. In 1955, the family moved to Winslow where she and her sons owned and operated the Falcon Restaurant for 43 years.

Konstantina became an American citizen in 1970, something that she was very proud of. She then took a trip to Greece to visit her family. She loved this country passionately, as much as she loved her birthplace.

She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 22 children. She was one of 12 siblings who have all preceded her in death, except one younger brother, Konstantinos Alexandrakis of Athens, Greece. Also preceding her in death are her parents, George and Eleni (Malavazos) Alexandrakis; husband, and an infant daughter.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Katherine) Kretsedemas of Chandler, George (Sophie) Kretsedemas of Winslow, Pete (Tammy) Kretsedemas of Winslow, Alex (Inid) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and her 37 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greek Orthodox Mission of Northern Arizona, P.O. Box 2164, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.


Orlando C. Sandoval

Orlando C. Sandoval, Age 57, passed away peaceful ay his home on the morning of March 25, 2004. Orlando was born on July 9, 1946 in Soham, New Mexico.

Orlando was a self-employed contractor in Winslow. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing with his grandchildren. We will all miss him very much.

Orlando’s wife Lilly preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion Dora Ramirez, daughters, Renée (Jay) Sandoval-Jaurigue of Phoenix, Yvonne (Joe) Gonzalez, of Tucson, Veronica (Isom) Jackson of Flagstaff, and son, Orlando (Natalie) Sandoval Jr. of Phoenix. Brothers; Delfino of Ribiera, New Mexico, Juan of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bernabe of Flagstaff, Arizona, Alex of Phoenix, Ray of Flagstaff, Sister; Corrine Ayala of Flagstaff, Mary Sandoval of Phoenix, Gloria Batrez of El Paso, TX, Alice Padilla of Flagstaff, Florencia Jackson of Flagstaff and 11 grandchildren.

Services were held in Winslow on Saturday, March 27th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 220 W. Second St. Visitation was held from 11:30-12:30, Rosarywas held at 12:30; Funeral Mass will follow at 1:00 p.m. Funeral Procession immediately following to Desert View Cemetery. There will be a reception at Saint Frances Hall after the burial.

Arrangements were under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Cmdr. LeRoy Austin Kenna Jr.

Cmdr. LeRoy Austin Kenna, Jr., U.S. Navy retired.

Leroy (Roy) A- Kenna 77, born in Kansas City, Missouri on January 23, 1927, passed away on March 17, 2004. The Kenna family moved to Winslow AZ in 1932 where Roy attended Winslow Public Schools until he entered the Navy in 19”. Leroy received a BA in Education Counseling and a Mathematics and Engineering from Northern Arizona University. Leroy married Tescue (Tess) Berry in Tucson AZ on June 1, 1955.

Roy served in active duty in WWH and the Korean War and was commander of the security readiness group of the Naval Reserve in Tucson, AZ for several years before retiring. Roy was involved in the research and design of the first drone airplanes at Fort Huachuca. He worked for Bechtol Power Company as an engineer in the planning and installation of power plants. He was also one of the first programmers of computers with RCA- He taught mathematics and engineering at both the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Roy worked a short time as crew clerk for the Santa Fe railroad while attending college. Since returning to Window in 1977, Roy has worked at the Arizona State Nson as a Psychologist and has been actively involved in the redevelopment of historic downtown Winslow.

Roy’s greatest love was his love for God and he worked tirelessly for many years serving this love. His interest in Ecology lead him to host “The Natural Life” on educational television for over 3 years and has hosted and produced several radio programs. He has been a member and held offices in many organizations including Toastmasters, Spokemans, military, Amateur radio and alumni clubs, Roy was author of a mathematic textbook in 1958 as well as numerous educational articles and short stories about experiences during his military career and was a featured newspaper writer for several Tucson newspapers. He recently served as President of the Winslow Handicap Committee.

Many hobbies included researching ancient biblical history, HAM Radio (W7NLR), writing short stories and flying( a pilot for over 30 years),

Roy is survived by his wife; Tess, 7 children; John Kenna, Bernard Kenna (Ting), Taresi Brinkman (Gene), Lawrence Kenna, Edward Kenna (Christiane), Lisa Gund (David) and Debra Kenna and his grandchildren include Ashley, Ryan, Karissa, Joseph Gund; Vanessa and Joshua Kenna; Chad, Jonathan, Christopher Brinknm- Chelsea, Eric, Sara Kenna. Roy is proceeded in death by his Mother, Sara Kenna; father, Leroy Austin Kenna, Sr.; and his brother Bernie Kenna.

Funeral services for LeRoy Kenna were held Saturday, March 27, 2004 at the First Baptist Church located at 411 N. Warren Ave., with Pastor David Daffern officiating. Internment was held at Desert View Cemetery with military graveside services.

The family is requesting that donations be given to the Winslow Minesterial Association, P.O. Box 115, Winslow, AZ 86047.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.


Joe Famulatte

Coach Joe Famulatte died peacefully in his sleep on March 6.

A member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, the Arizona Coaches Association High School Hall of Fame, and the Glen Cove, New York Hall of Fame, Joe was best known for his twenty years as basketball coach at Phoenix Indian School.

The son of Italian immigrants, Joe was born October 16,1921 and grew up in Bayville, Long Island, New York. From July 4, 1942 through December 21, 1945, he served in the United States Navy where he saw action repeatedly in the Pacific theater aboard the celebrated light cruiser, U.S.S. Montpelier, the “Mighty Monty”.

After the War, Joe attended George Washington University, where he played football and hit .400 while captain of the baseball team.

After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Joe moved to Phoenix in 1952 where he worked first at the Phoenix Boy’s Club and then as coach of all sports at St. Johns Indian School in Laveen, Arizona.

In 1955, Joe received a Masters degree in education from Arizona State and began his legendary career at Phoenix Indian School.

Although he did not have a six foot tall player for his first nine years there, and never had a player who was more than six foot two, Joe’s teams were always competitive, and exciting to watch.

Lines would form mid-afternoon for tickets. Games were standing room only. Despite his players’ great disadvantage in size, Joe’s teams were conference champions in 1958, and runners up in 1960 and 1962.

The reason was conditioning, and, most of all, hustle. Joe’s teams ran six miles each morning before breakfast, and played a full court press from the opening whistle.

A representative press clipping from those days says, “For the second year in a row the Phoenix Indian School Braves, coached by an excited, perspiring, dedicated Joe Famulatte won the Phoenix Christian Invitational by trying to run the legs off a good, well coached Peoria five.”

Joe’s commitment to his players and students was boundless. The confidence and discipline he instilled was invaluable.

He produced several All State players, and one Parade Magazine All American, Joel Querta, a Hualapai who averaged more than 30 points a game.

More than a coach, Joe was a builder of men. Peterson Zah, former President of the Navajo Nation, Ivan Sidney, former Hopi Chairman, and Donald Antone, former Governor of the Gila River Indian Community are among the many he helped and inspired in an era when prejudice was more prevalent and overt.

When enrollment at Phoenix Indian School dropped before it was closed, Joe moved to the Salt River Day School where he taught until he “retired” in 1981.

Joe remained in high demand as a substitute teacher/coach until morning traffic finally persuaded him to stop in 1997 at the age of 75. Joe’s enthusiasm for sports and for people never waned.

For him the saying was true, “He never met a stranger.” At the apartment house where he and his wife, Patsy, had lived only parts of the last two years, one resident remarked, “The place won’t be the same without Coach.”

The same may be said for the state of Arizona. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Pamela Cauthorne; his sisters, Mary DeMott and Helen Johnson; and his brothers, George and Frank Famulatte.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Famulatte; his son, Michael Jeronimo Famulatte; his stepson Matthew Lake; his grandson, Dwayne Cauthorne; his sisters, Rose M. Harrington and Anna A. Howes; and by hundreds of students, athletes, and friends whose lives he made better.

On April 14 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a memorial gathering for Joe at Memorial Hall on the former Phoenix Indian School campus, now called Steele Indian School Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for a museum at the Phoenix Indian School site.

Checks should be payable to A.A.I.T.A., with a notation, “Indian School Development Fund”, and sent to A.A,I.T.A. 7119 E. Shea Blvd. #109-244, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Further inquiries may be directed to Mr. Peterson Zah phone (480) 965-5793.

Verna Leola Bostick

Verna Leola Bostick, 88, was taken home by the angels on March 17, 2004.

Verna was born to John and Myrtle Allbaugh on December 20, 1915 on the family farm near Blackwell, Oklahoma.

She was the youngest of six children. She married Donald Bostick on December 17, 1939. They moved to Winslow, Arizona in 1960, purchasing the LZ Motel.

They would later purchase the Travelodge Motel. Verna had many interests and was active in many clubs and organizations, but her specialty was being a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Don, son Ronald Bostick (Tina), Phoenix; daughter, Helen Butler (Johnny), Winslow. Grandchildren: Troy Bostick (Claudia); Phillip Bostick (Cory); and Steven Bostick, all of Phoenix; Gay Mills (Joel), Las Vegas; Johnny Butler, Jr., Phoenix; Bill Butler, Winslow; Tom Butler (Sabrina), Chandler. Step-grandchildren: Dana Petry (Paul), Evelyn Blair and Greg Smither. Sixteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing was held on Friday, March 19 at Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Services were held Saturday, March 20 at the First Methodist Church in Winslow.

Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Pat Holder

Graveside services for Pat Holder were held Wednesday, March 24 at Oaklawn Cemetary in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Holder passed away on Thursday, March 18 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Ca.

Memorial services were held at FitzHenry Funeral Home in Indio, Ca., Monday, March 22.

Mrs Holder was born on March 15, 1931, in Marlow Okla. She was raised by Grandparents, Daddy Doc & Dee McClain.

She is survived by her husband, Don Holder, daughter and husband, Larri Lyn and Richard Stell of Winslow; grandson, Sean Ray Stell of San Diego, CA. and granddaughter; Shannon R. Stell of Winslow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Braille Institute, 70-251 Ramon Road, Rancho Mirage, Ca. 92270-5203.


Allen L. Law

Allen L. Law, Sr., 78, passed away suddenly but peacefully in his home in Snowflake, Sunday March 7.

He was born on August 22, 1925 in Dallas, TX to Dollie Ann Drake and Isaac Newton Law.

He and his brother, Virgil, were raised in Oklahoma City. He worked in a war factory when he was 16, joined the U.S. Marine Corps when he was 18 and was sent to China.

When the war was over he obtained his GED, and attended Bob Jones University where he obtained a Degree in Theology and Education, and later his Masters Degree from NAU in Flagstaff.

He moved to Arizona in 1972 where he met and married Mary A. Morris of Joseph City. He taught school at Hulet Elementary School in Holbrook from 1973 until 1991 when he retired and moved to Snowflake.

He served numerous positions in the LDS Church, delivered meals for ÒMeals on WheelsÓ for 12 years, he was an avid genealogist and loved farming and gardening. Some of his fondest moments were time spent with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Allen (Amy Llewellyn) Law, Jr. of Falls Church, VA, William Morris of Mesa, Dean (Dennise McCray) of Falls Church, VA, Williams Morris of Mesa, Dean (Dennise McCray) Morris of Springerville; daughters, Deanne (Thomas) Romo of Holbrook and Heather (Michael) Record of Awatukee and 14 wonderful grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sons; Jonathon Law and Ronald Morris; brother, Virgil Law; sister, Mildred McLester.

He was a devoted husband, father and friend and will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Snowflake Temple View Chapel with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church and Friday, March 12th from 6-8 p.m. at Owens Mortuary in Snowflake.

Majel Yazzie

Funeral services for Majel Yazzie, 78, were held Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the Upperpoint Church in Dilkon. Interment was held at the family plot in Dilkon.

Majel Yazzie was born November 27, 1925 in Cedar Springs, AZ to parents, Cyril Gishie and Bima Keams Gishie. She passed away March 4, 2004 in Winslow.

She is survived by her sons, Randolph Yazzie of Greasewood, Michael Yazzie of dilkon; daughter, Imogene Harvey of Sells; brothers, Harvey Gishie and Frank H. Gishie, both of Indian Wells; sisters, Peggie Ashley of Phoenix, Ester Bitahey and Marie Ashley, both of Indian Wells; 3 grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the care of GreerÕs Mortuary of Winslow.

Jo Nell McKinley

Jo Nell McKinley, 80, a long-time Winslow resident, entered into eternal life on Feb. 27, after a valiant battle against severe health problems.

She was born on June 6, 1923, to Homer Dee and Grace Snow Thorp, then raised by her grandparents, Dayton and Thenia Snow. She spent her childhood in TX, and came to AZ as a young bride in 1941, falling in love with Winslow the moment she stepped from the train.

She became an American sucess story by overcomming many challenges such as being orphaned as a young child, surviving tuberculosis and struggling as a single mother. She supported her daughters by popping popcorn at the movie theater, waiting tables and eventually working as a telephone operator and assistant chief operator for many rewarding years.

She was both mother and father to her daughters, serving as a bedrock for them. She emerged from those difficult early years a strong, determined, sucessful and much-loved figure, as well as the beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt to her adoring family.

She will be missed immensely by her daughters, Charla Jo Allen Lee of Suprise, AZ and Jeffrey Lee, Tracy Kappes Etienne, Timothy Lee and Jayme Lee Azzaro and six great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Floyd Ratliff, as well as nephews and one niece and their spouses, six grandnieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at the Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 19.


Bahe Keams

Mass of Christian Burial for Bahe Keams was held Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Winslow with Father Dan Hussey celebrant. A viewing was held prior at the church. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Bahe Keams was born on May 30, 1934 in Lower Greasewood to parents Joe Keams and Julia Jim. He passed away on Feb. 23, 2004 in Lower Greasewood.

Bahe was a retired member of the Local 640 Union of SIBW.

His sons, Emerson Keams, Rickson Keams, Nelson Keams and Vernell Keams; his daughters, Linda S. Keams, Kathy Davis and Grace Keams; sister, Mary Ann Nez & 17 grandchildren survive him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise J. Keams; parents; and sister, Verna Dickson.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Robert D. Hoops

Robert D. Hoops, 82, of Cottonwood, AZ and formerly of Winslow, AZ died Feb. 28, 2004. He was born on April 26, 1921 in Siloam, Ark.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United State Navy. After the war, Mr. Hoops went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad and worked as a train engineer for 39 years. Mr. Hoops also was a private pilot; he received his pilot’s license in 1947. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and boating. Mr. Hoops was also a member of the, the Moose Lodge, and a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E.

Mr. Hoops was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta, in 2001.

He is survived by a son, Iral D. Hoops, of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter, Donna McLeod, of Kansas City, KS; a brother, Charles Hoops of Des Moines, IA; three sisters in AZ, two sisters in MN; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, March 3rd at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Avenue Cottonwood, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, March 4th, at the Elk’s Lodge 315 W. 3rd Street in Winslow, AZ a visitation was held at 11:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 12:00 p.m.

Burial will followed at the Winslow Community Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ Westcott Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Frances R. Serna

Holy Rosary for Frances R. Serna, 80, of Winslow was held on Sunday, March 7, at 7 pm at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, March 8, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church with Father Dan Hussey celebrant. Interment was held at the desert View Cemetery.

Frances was born on July 2, 1923 in Flagstaff to parents, Juan and Maria (Garcia) Ramirez. She was a Harvey Girl in her youth. Francis possessed an outgoing personality who loved to quilt and was known to be forever praying.

She is survived by her sons, Johnny Naranjo of Winslow and Lupe Serna of Tucson; daughters, Eppie (Greg) Olmstead of Egar; Marylou (Patrick) Ignacio of Tucson, Theresa (Ben) Delmar of Colorado; nine grandchildren and six grandchildren and six-great-grandchildren; many nephew, nieces and countless friends. Her father and mother, Juan and Maria Ramirez; husband, Lucas Serna; a son, Desi Naranjo; sisters, Candalaria Ramirez and Stella Roberts; and brother, Raymond Perez, preceded her in death.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.


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