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Dorothy Wright Nichols

Our Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother Dorothy H. Wright Nichols, 94, passed away February 27, 2005. She was born to Lawrence A. Carmen Ercell Wright, August 10, 1910 at Tuscumbia, MO.

Dorothy was a proud and loving mother and caring friend. She had a deep spiritual faith, knowledge of the Bible and served God in many capacities. Her faith and sports enthusiasm was the legacy she passed down to all around her.

She attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, and taught in a one-room school before marrying Herman E. Nichols August 10, 1931. She was preceded in death by Herman; daughter, Mina Jean Noble; granddaughter, Hope Jocelyn Cooper.

Dorothy is survived by daughters, Dorothy M Warnock, Nadine (Twinkie) Salsburey and Anna Sue Hyson; son-in law Cranston Hysong; grandchildren George F. Warnock, Pamela H. Warnock, L. Vance Warnock, Robert W. Warnock, Deborah L. Knox Jeannie M. Noble, Cindy L. McCahill, Bert A. Cooper, Anna J. Kleck, Mark C. Cooper, Lesa L. Popiel, Nicholas E. Hysong, Adra A. Bouren; 26 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Even though scattered around the world, they are traveling to celebrate her life and love.

A memorial service was held Thursday, March 3, 2005 at 3 p.m. at Christ’s Church of the Valley (Palo Verde Room) 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria, AZ.

Arrangements entrusted to Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

Helen Maestas

Holy Rosary was recited for Helen G. “Auntie Billie” Maestas, 69, of Holbrook, will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, 2005 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2005 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Bob Mathieu celebrant. Interment was at the Holbrook City Cemetery.

Helen G. Maestas passed away on March 1, 2005 at her home in Holbrook.

She was born in McNary, Arizona on July 15, 1935 to parents, Ted Sr. and Gabie (Montoya) Gallegos. From McNary her family moved to Snowflake and then on to Holbrook where they moved to build a home of their own. Helen was a Holbrook resident for 58 years. It is in Holbrook she raised her family, worked for J.C. Penney for 10 years and retired from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle after 25 years of service. To her family she was known and loved as “Auntie Billie” and “Elena.” Helen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Louis L. Maestas of Holbrook; daugthers, Patricia (Albert) Lopez of Whittier, CA., Pam (Fred, Jr.) Hanson of Holbrook, Shea Maestas (Jimmy) Barela of Holbrook; sons, Dino (Lisa) Maestas and Marco Maestas both of Holbrook; mother, Gabie Gallegos of Holbrook; sister, Florence Trujillo of Holbrook; brothers, Ted Gallegos, Jr., Gilbert (Frances) Gallegos and Stanley (Alice) Gallegos all of Holbrook; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Lopez, Joseph Lopez, Cassandra Lopez, Michael Maestas, Sonni Maestas, Brian Hanson, Dena Maestas, Justin Maestas, Brooke Maestas and Dylan Barela; 2 great grandchilren, Zachary Reyes and Daniel Montejo. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert G. Maestas; father, Ted Gallegos and sister, Sally Martinez.

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

Ambrose Lucero

Holy Rosary for Ambrose R. Lucero, 67, of Winslow, was recited at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., March 8, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church with Father Frank Chacon as celebrant. Interment will be at Desert View Cemetery with full military honors.

Ambrose R. Lucero passed away on March 2, 2005 in Winslow, Arizona. He was born on March 10, 1937 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At the age of 2 1/2 he was brought to Winslow and adopted by Jose Albino Lucero and Sara Montoya Lucero.

He attended Winslow Schools. At the age of 16, he tried to join the Marines but was sent home until he turned 17, at which time, he did join the U.S. Marine Corps.

After his service time, Ambrose joined the Marine Corp Reserves, followed by the Air Force Reserves, Air Rescue and the Army National Guard.

He was the Administrative Technician/Recruiter for the National Guard.

In 1961, his unit, the 222 Transportation Co., was placed on active duty during the Berlin Crisis. He served in Fort Ord for one year.

Ambrose was a member of the Marine Corp League, V.F.W. and lifetime member of the American Legion.

In 1966, he went to work for the U.S. Post Office where he worked his way up from Clerk/Carrier to Superindent of Postal Operations and Postmaster. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service at age 55.

He later worked for Wal-mart and retired in 2002 when he became ill.

Ambrose coached Little League Baseball, softball and A.Y.S.O. soccer where he was affectionately known as, “Papa Coach.” He was a master carpenter and spent many hours in his shop building furniture for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Josie Lucero; his two daughters, Corrine Lucero and Lorraine Lucero-(Pilar) Gonzales; his son, Daniel (Janina) Lucero; six grandchildren, Robert (Nicole) Oliva, Christina Rogers, Tessa Lucero, Amanda Wilcox, Amanda Lucero and Elyssa Mulroy; three great grandchildren Marisya, Robert Isaak and Adrianna Oliva.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albino and Sara Lucero, and his father-in-law, Joe Gutierrez.

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

Rita Mae Lee

Funeral services for Rita Mae Lee, 85, of Lower Greasewood, Arizona were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at the Full Gospel Church in Greasewood. Interment was at the family plot in Greasewood Springs.

Rita Mae Lee died March 5, 2005 in Flagstaff. She was born on January 26, 1920 in Lower Greasewood to parents Mike Logg and Mary Begay Logg. She was a homemaker and rug weaver. Our mother enjoyed reading her Bible, traveling and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by five daughters, Fannie George of Tuba City, Euenca Amy Lee of Oak Springs, Marie Humeyumptewa of Winslow, and Irene Lee Benally of Navajo, N.M.; two sons, Arviso Lee of Lower Greasewood and Benson Lee of Oak Springs, Ariz.; brothers, Ben K. Logg of Barstow, Calif., David Logg of Tuba City, Murphy Logg of Window Rock and Kee Logg of Lower Greasewood; sisters, Barbara Yazzie, Eva L. Yazzie and Betty Logg all of Lower Greasewood; her 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lee; parents, Mike and Mary Logg; brothers, Dana Logg and Arkie Logg; granddaughters, Sheena O’Shane Lee and Dominique Angel Lee.

Arrangements are under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow

Phillip Rubi

Funeral services for Phillip Ernest Rubi, were held in Tucson on Monday, March 14. Phillip passed away on March 9 2005 at the age of 74.

He was born and raised in Winslow, graduating from Winslow High School and attended the University of Arizona where he received his teaching degree. He was a professor at Pima College until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Margarita; his sons, Ernest, Ramon, Herbert, Fred and Richard; and one daughter, Lucedes; brothers Fred and Ray Rubi and sister Linda (Rubi) Crumm. He is also survived by many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who remember him with fond and loving memories.

He is preceded in death, by his parents, Lorenzo and Virginia Rubi; brothers, Lorenzo and Arthur; and one sister, Rose.

Frank Rubi

Holy Rosary and Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Frank “Bob” Robert Rubi, Sr., will be recited and celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, March 18, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church with Father Frank Chacon as celebrant. Interment will be at Desert View Cemetery with full military honors.

Frank “Bob” Robert Rubi, Sr., passed away on March 11, 2005 in Winslow at the age of 79.

He was born on March 21, 1925 in Winslow to Lorenzo and Virginia Lopez Rubi. He attended Winslow schools and Junior College in California.

At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served his country in WWII. He served in the South Pacific in the campaigns on the Solomon and Marshall Islands and Iwo Jima and was awarded the Victory Medal World War II, American Area and Asiatic-Pacific Area campaign medals.

After his military duty, he worked as a car inspector for the Santa Fe Railroad for 40 years. He was actively involved in and had a passion for baseball, reading, union activities and the Democratic Party. He was most proud of his invitation to the inaugural ball of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and his appointment as Colonel in the New Mexico National Guard in 1960.

He survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia Smith Rubi; his two daughters, Barbara Palma of Winslow and Patricia (Leo) Espinoza of San Angelo, Texas; his two sons, Larry Rubi of Bahrain, Oman and Ernie (Angie) Rubi of Henderson, Nev.; 15 grandchildren, Mark (Tonja) Palma of Wilmington, N.C., Brandan (Rhonda) Palma, Paul (Kelly) Garcia, Jason Espinoza, Leah Ann Espinoza, Beau Rubi, Alex Rubi, Geoff (Danni) Garner, Amber Rubi, Jared Rubi, Torri Rubi, Michael (Jennaben) Rubi-McKenzie, Elizabeth (Glenn) Padewski, Roman Rubi and Jennifer Rubi; 7 great-grandchildren, Michael, Eliana, Boston, Ezekiel, Elijah, Destinae and Brent.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorenzo and Virginia Rubi; sister, Rose Rubi Rincon; brothers, Eddie Rubi, Art Rubi, Phillip Rubi; and his beloved son, Frank Robert Rubi, Jr.

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

Burton Long

Memorial services for Burton Long, 55, were held March 18, 2005 at Greer's Mortuary Chapel.

Burton passed away on March 14, 2005 in Phoenix. He was born on November 12, 1949 to Burke and Mary (Toddy) Long in Whiteriver, Ariz.

Burton is survived by his companion, Mary Hoyei; children, Tyrell Bitah Long, Terrilane Long and Territino Long; brothers and sisters, Juanita L. Parker, Venaca Kuyatt, Martha Huenanmann (Lynn), Ruth Taylor, Roberta Long (Mariano Martinez), Esther Carr (Robert), Rose Long (Andy Anzures), Lola Ono (Manuel), Virgil Long (Sandra) and Mary B. James (Richard Rey); grandkids, Trevor, Danielle, Laydith, Lanay and Matthew.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements made under the care of Greer's Mortuary of Winslow.

Mary Yazzie Keams

Funeral Services for Mary Yazzie Keams, 83, were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2005, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Holbrook. Viewing began an hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Interment was at Holbrook City Cemetery.

Mary passed away on March 17, 2005 in Winslow. She was born on December 15, 1921 in Lower Greasewood, Ariz. to parents Nataani Yazzie and Louise Bitsilley Yazzie. She was a homemaker, master rug weaver and rancher. She grew up in the Greasewood area.

She is survived by her daughters, Alice Keams and Helen Cadman both of Greasewood, Clara Decker of Anadarko, Okla., Betty Jackson of Window Rock, Phyllis Nakai of Pinion, Kara Keams of Flagstaff and Margaret Keams of Joseph City; sons, Johnney Keams of Holbrook, Nelson Keams of Greasewood, Earl Keams of Holbrook, Jack Keams of Phoenix and Gary Robert Keams of Greasewood; numerous grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the care of Greer's Mortuary of Winslow.

Ernesto Aragon

Ernesto “Nester” Moya Aragon, 69, passed away on March 23, 2005, in Payson. He was born July 24, 1935 in Belen, N.M. to Prospero & Elosia Aragon.

At the age of 15, he moved to Arizona. He worked construction and was a foreman at Cholla Power Plant. Nester also served in the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his loving children, Theresa & Alex Salazar, Lisa Aragon & Glenn Blake, Rudy & Michelle Aragon, Phillip & Sherry Aragon, Robert Aragon & Jovanna Aragon all of Winslow, Ray “Hito” Aragon of Phoenix, Louie & Bena Aragon of Tucson; his brothers and sisters, Josephine & Andy Ballejos of Winslow, Ben & Josie Aragon of Clovis, New Mexico, Leroy & Lucy Aragon and Marie & Kenny McGuire of Flagstaff, Julian & Helen Aragon and Nick & Josie Aragon of Phoenix, Danny & Christila Aragon and Cora & Pete Uhler of Seattle, Wash. and Polly & Chuck Kirk of Albuquerque, N.M.; 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Tillie Aragon; his mother and father, Elosia & Prospero Aragon; and his great granddaughter, Gracie Romero.

Holy Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. March 29, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on March 30, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Burial was in Desert View Cemetery with military honors.

Nestor was loved by and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, friends and family. Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary, Winslow.

William A. Hawkins

Mr. William A. Hawkins, 84, of Portales, N.M. passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2005 at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

Mr. Hawkins was born on July 29, 1920 in Ardmore, Okla. to Eula Pearl and George Washington Hawkins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wallis Hawkins and John Hawkins; two sisters, Avis Simpson and Annie Eddie Goode; a daughter, Alaine Downing; and his wife, Pearl, who died November 27, 1993.

He is survived by his sons and a daughter-in-law William “Bud” Hawkins, Jr. and his wife, Violet of Park City, Utah, and Patrick Hawkins of Coaldale, Colo.; daughter, Nettie Hawkins of Garland, Texas; Grandchildren, Lea Jones, Lisa Marbury, Sara Downing, Kenneth Hawkins, Kristen Martin, and Allan Downing; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Jones, Ryan Downing, and Summer Jones; Brother, Paul T. Hawkins of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Sister, Lauranette Mason of Muleshoe, Texas; a son-in-law, Charles Downing of Albuquerque and a brother-in-law, Hank Hankins of Portales.

The family held a gathering remembrance at noon on Saturday, April 2 at VFW Post 9515 in Portales.

Mr. Hawkins spent his early years on a ranch in Nolan County, Texas, near Sweetwater. While he was out working he would see trains go by, and determined that he wanted to be an engineer. After graduating from high school he came to Portales to attend college.

After about a year he went to work in Clovis for the railroad as a fireman. He progressed to become an engineer and eventually was promoted to the position of Road Foreman of Engineers in Northern Arizona.

On July 20, 1940 in Portales, he was married to Pearl Fay Stirman. In 1943 he was transferred to Gallup. In 1944 he entered the Army and served in the Philippines until the end of World War II. He returned to Gallup where he made his home until 1972 when he transferred to Winslow.

He was known in Northern Arizona for the Bowler Hat. He and his wife built their retirement home near Durango, Colo., and moved there in 1982 when he officially left the railroad after almost 40 years.

He enjoyed camping and fishing, hunting with his family. He was active in the BLF&E Union. While living in Gallup he and the other train employees raised money each uear for the March of Dimes by setting up a model train downtown. People would put money in the cars for collection. He went back to Portales in the fall of 1992 and remained there until his death.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Linda and Bubba Hankins and other local family members who helped care for him in his declining years. Arrangements were under the care of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, Inc., Portales, N.M.

Amada Chavez

Holy Rosary for Amada M. Chavez, 91, was recited at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church in Winslow. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church with celebrant Father Frank Chacon. Interment followed in Desert View Cemetery.

Amada passed away on March 24, 2005, in Winslow. She was born on February 14, 1914 in Vaughn, N.M. to Frutoso and Patricia (Vigil) Martinez. She came to Winslow in 1928. She loved to cook and take care of her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by daughters, Olympia C. Orndorf of Winslow, Vangie Gallegos of Phoenix, Patricia Chavez of Flagstaff, and Sandra Chavez of Phoenix; sons, Richard Chavez of Holbrook, Gabriel Chavez of Winslow, Pedro Chavez of Winslow, and John Joyce of Winslow; 29 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ysidro Chavez, who passed away in 1972; father, Frutoso Martinez and mother, Patricia Vigil Martinez; sons, Joseph Chavez, Raymond Chavez and Avelito Chavez.

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

Myrtle Curtis

Myrtle L. Curtis, 88, passed away March 28, 2005 in Scottsdale.

Myrtle was born in Cedar Springs, Ariz. on Navajo reservation to parents Billy and Molly Keams.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed traveling, sightseeing and watching movies. Myrtle lived most of her life in Winslow.

She is survived by sons, Melvin and Edison; daughters Marie, Jane and Lorian; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Myrtle was preceded in death by husband Lloyd M. Curtis Sr.; son, Lloyd M. Curtis Jr.; and daughter Louise.

Services were held March 31, 2005 at Norvel Owens Mortuary at 10 a.m. Burial followed at Desert View Cemetery.

Myrtle was loved and respected by all who knew her and will be missed, until we meet again in heaven.

Arrangements were under the direction of Norvel Owens in Winslow

Anastasia Emerald and Alaana Endre Gonzales

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 2 p.m. for the twin daughters of Antonio and Maria Isabel Gonzales.

Anastasia Emerald and Alaana Endre Gonzales made their brief entrance into this world on March 21, 2005 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Grandparents are Robert and Patsy Gonzales of Winslow, and Jose and Maria Cuevas of Grace, Idaho.

Arrangements under the direction of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

William Gonzales

Holy Rosary for William (Bill) Gonzales, Sr., 71, will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Frank Chacon officiating.

Mr. Gonzales passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at his home in Winslow. He was born December 25, 1933 in Winslow. He attended Winslow High School, where he graduated in 1953. He then went onward with his education and attended Arizona Teacher’s college (NAU).

He was a police officer for the local Winslow Police Department. He served our country in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Bill was a commander for three years at the American Legion Post 15 in Winslow.

He enjoyed coaching Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He was also the president for both leagues for two years. He retired in 1995 after 43 years of dedicated service with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF).

He is survived by his wife, Fella Gonzales of 47 years, who he loved and cherished to the end; his daughter, Anita Gonzales Perez (Jerry) of Kingman; two sons, William “Chappo” Gonzales, Jr. (Lavona) of Winslow, and Daniel Gonzales (Michelle) of Joseph City; three grandchildren, Reana and Isiah Perez and Jeremiah Gonzales; and other family members include Eddie Joe Gonzales (Dawn) Inez Wilbanks (Toad) and Chelsea Guerrero all of Winslow; brother-in-law Max Gallegos (Josie) of Holbrook; sisters-in-law, Dolores Dowers (PeeWee) and Sadie Perez, both of Phoenix and also many nieces and nephews.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Alice Duran, Sylvia Marquez; son, Raulie Gonzales; granddaughter, Jordan Gonzales; sister, Irene Gonzales; and brother, John Gonzales.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in the name of William Gonzales to Circle of Friends, 307 E. Gilmore St., Winslow, AZ 86047.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greer’s Mortuary.

Gladys Johnson

Funeral service for Gladys Johnson, 87, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2,2005, at the Desert View Baptist Church. Dennis Johnson will be officiating. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery.

Gladys passed away on March 26, 2005 in Show Low, at RTA Hospice. She was born December 24, 1918, in White Cone, Ariz.

Her survivors include sons, Dennis (Juanita) Johnson of Kaibeto, Ariz., and Nate (Julie) Johnson of Ponca City, Okla.; daughters, Anita Stevens of Albuquerque, N.M., Helena (Larry) Spencer, of Norwalk, Calif., Bernita Golding of Winterhaven, Calif., and Geneva (Curtis) of Winslow; 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mae Chee Benally and Annie Clay of Jeddito, Ariz.; Edith Dokie of Barstow, Calif., Louise Begay and Patsy Begay of White Cone, Ariz., Laura Burnside of Taylor, Ariz, Delores Greene of Kayenta, Ariz., Lorraine Lewis of Kinlichee, Ariz.; brother Manuel Lewis of Snowflake, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.

Her father, Hosteen Lewis, Manuelito Lewis,; mother, Violet Clay; son, Herman Johnson; sister, Helen C. Jackson; brothers, Marshall Clay, Jonah Lewis, Peter Lewis, Eugene Lewis; and three grandchildren, Christopher Golding, Bradford Golding, Jr., and Robert Johnson, Jr., preceded her in death.

Arrangements under the direction of Greer’s Mortuary.

Guadalupe Lopez, Sr.

Holy Rosary for Guadalupe Anguiano Lopez, Sr., 80, was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with celebrant Father Frank Chacon. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Guadalupe was born on October 16, 1924, in Winslow to Isaac and Dolores (Anguiano) Lopez. He passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2005, at his home in Winslow. He was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army. His main interests were his family and friends.

Guadalupe and Virginia owned and operated a hometown bar, “Arrowhead Liquors,” for over 45 years until his retirement. He loved the outdoor life. Guadalupe was married for 56 years to the love of his life, Virginia (Ono) Lopez.

His survivors include his wife, Virginia; two sons, Guadalupe A. Lopez, Jr. and Gilbert Joseph Lopez; two daughters, Irene (Boney) Candelaria and Sandra Reyes; two sisters, Anselma Lopez of Denver, Colo., and Guadalupe (Richard) Andrade of Gallup, N.M.; grandchildren, Joseph Paul Lopez, Kristen (Quinten) Hayes, Paul Anthony Lopez, Michael Webster, Bonifacio (Melissa) Candelaria, Lee Patrick (April) Candelaria, Thomas Candelaria, Anthony Reyes, Veronica Reyes; great-grandchildren, Khristien, Haley Jaleen, Emilee, Katee, Kayla, John, Mica, Alyssa and Krista.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lola, and father, Isaac Lopez; brothers, Bernie, Fernando, Johnny and Isaac Lopez; sisters, Pauline, Ferna, Della, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary.

Delford Nez

Funeral services for Delford El Nez, 33, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at the Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Winslow. Viewing was held one hour prior to the service on Friday April 1, 2005 at the church. Interment was in the family plot in Seba Kelkai.

Delford passed away on March 24, 2005, in Flagstaff. He was born on November 4, 1971 in Winslow. Delford worked in construction as a foreman. He attended Winslow High School.

He is survived by his father, Leroy Nez, and his mother, Margaret Marie Begay Nez; his daughters, Tessa Nez, Tai Tyra DeJolie and son Tristen DeJolie, all of Flagstaff. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, George K. Begay and Ena K. Begay; paternal grandparents, Eli Nez, Sr. and Nelich Walters.

Arrangements under the arrangement Greer’s Mortuary.

John Ramirez

John M. Ramirez, 68, was born on December 25, 1936 and passed away Friday, January 14, 2005 in Oklahoma City, Okla. after complications from strokes.

He was the beloved husband of Lucy E. Ramirez for 42 years.

He is survived by five sisters, Emily Romero, Irene Archibeque, Catherine Razo, all of Winslow; Sylvia Gonzales, Victorville, Calif.; Juana Santana, Alta Loma, Calif.; brother, Manuel Ramirez, Jr., La Puente, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he lived in Sacramento for 43 years, moving to Oklahoma City in May 2004. He retired from Pacific Bell Telephone Company after 28 years.

He enjoyed and lived a good life full of love and generosity and helped those in need. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at the South Colonial Chapel. Interment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Arrangements were handled by Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuaries and Crematories, 6934 Southwestern, Oklahoma City.

Desiderio “Yeo” Smith

Mass of Christian Burial for Desiderio “Yeo” Smith, 75, was Celebrated at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church in Winslow. Celebrant Father Frank Chacon presided. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Desiderio passed away on March 29, 2005. At the time of his death Desiderio was living at the Gardens Care Center in Kingman, Ariz. He was born on April 30,1929 in Winslow.

He is survived by his sister, Julianita Aragon of Belen, N.M. and many nephews and nieces.

Desiderio was preceded in death by his father, Guillermo Smith, and mother, Isidora (Garcia) Smith; his brother, Fernandez Smith; sister, Pablita Baca.

Arrangements under the direction of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Pauline Tsosie

Holy Rosary for Pauline G. Tsosie, 78, was held on Monday, April 4, 2005, following the Mass of Christian Burial, which was held at 11 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, Klagetoh, Ariz., with Father Will McQue as Celebrant. Interment was in Klagetoh Catholic Cemetery.

Pauline passed away on March 30, 2005 in Winslow. She was born on February 7, 1927 in Klagetoh. Her survivors include her husband, Tom of Taylor, Ariz.; daughters, Maxine Tsosie of Taylor and Darlene Spegal of Concho, Ariz.; and sons, Dennison Tsosie of Alpine, Ariz., Danny Tsosie of Taylor and Lee R. Tsosie of Florence, Ariz. She is survived by seven grandchildren.

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

Zula Nichols

Zula Nichols, 94, passed away April 4, 2005 in Winslow. She was born and raised in Jasper, Texas.

Zula lived in Winslow for the past four years. She was the daughter of the late William and Ella Mack Dunigan. She lived in St. Louis, Mo. for more than 40 years, working as a cook for the Famous Barr, a restaurant chain in St. Louis.

In later years she moved back to Jasper. Her health started failing four years ago so she moved to Winslow to be with her nephew, Johnnie, and his family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, J.B. and Albert Dunigan, and sister, Bernice Moore.

Survivors include her nephews and nieces, Johnnie (Rita) Dunigan of Winslow; Tammy Nichols of Los Angeles; Ricky (Martia) Baxter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Elaine Bell and Kevin Garnett of Winslow.

Visitation services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Winslow. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. at Desert View Cemetery.

William Peterson

William Robert (Bill) Peterson, 75, of Winslow and Happy Jack, Arizona passed away April 12, 2005. Bill was born in Winslow on June 15, 1929 to Herbert W. Peterson and Marion Osborne Peterson. As an adolescent, Bill lived in New Mexico, California and Washington before returning to Arizona to graduate from Winslow High School in 1947. During his senior year, he met the love of his life, Clara Calahan. They were married on January 10, 1948 and were together fifty-two years until Clara’s death in 2000. Bill and Clara had three sons: Bert, Robert (Bob) and Michael. Bill was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a fireman and later as an engineer until his retirement in December 1988. He was a long time member of the Winslow Elks Lodge #536 and also of the Winslow Masonic Lodge #13 and the El Zaribah Shriners. Bill served his community as a two term city council member. After their respective retirements, Bill and Clara moved to their mountain retreat located in Happy Jack, Arizona.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Marion, by his step-mother, Katherine Kelly Peterson, his wife Clara, and his son Robert. Survivors include his sister Betty Jean Tarter of Las Vegas, Nevada, his cousin John Peterson of San Diego, California, his son Bert and wife Judie of Winslow, son Michael of Texas, seven grand-children, and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements entrusted to Norvel Owens Mortuary. A Masonic graveside service was held on April 20th in Winslow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 405 E. Third St., Winslow.

Angela Guzman

Holy Rosary for Angela Guzman, 40, was recited at 7 p.m. on April 15, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., April 16, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, celebrant, Father Frank Chacon. Internment followed at Desert View Cemetery. Angela Guzman passed away early Tuesday morning, April 12, 2005. Angela was born December 23, 1964 in Winslow and lived most of her life in Winslow. She worked with the Winslow Unified School District at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Head Start in Springerville. She was active with the Cub Scouts, and with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church as a C.C.D. teacher. Angela enjoyed camping, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was a loving devoted wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; her sons, Anthony and Matthew; her mother, Lupe Salazar; sisters, Sandra (George) Vasquez, Judy Salazar, Lynn (Jeff) Morgan, Pam (Martin) Brinkley; brother, Melcor (Kim) Salazar and her in-laws Alfonso and Carmen Guzman. Many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert (Shorty) Salazar in 1998, and grandmother Emma Reyes also in 1998.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow

James Tipton

James N. Tipton, Jr., passed away peacefully in his home on April 14, 2005 in Gilbert, Ariz. Jim was born to James and Mary Jane Tipton on May 11, 1936 in Cookeville, Tenn.

In 1943, the family moved to Winslow, where his father worked for the Santa Fe railroad. Jim was a bright student in Winslow’s schools and was active in Boy Scouts, DeMolay, First Methodist Church and a variety of sports. He was a left-handed pitcher for Winslow High’s varsity baseball team and also played American Legion ball.

Following graduation from WHS in 1954, Jim attended college at New Mexico A & M in Las Cruces, where he continued playing baseball. During that time, he discovered his love for mathematics.

In 1958, he transferred to Arizona State University and completed his degree in Math Education. He also played varsity baseball under Bobby Winckles, and is in the ASU record books for his two-hitter in 1959. Jim was a crafty left-hander with a devastating knuckle curve ball.

After graduation, he continued his studies, earning his master’s degree. He began his teaching career at Carl Hayden High School, working there until 1968 when he was hired at Mesa Community College. It was at MCC where Jim found his calling and was considered to be one of the best calculus teachers around.

In the early 1980s, he began working with computers and became an expert in the field. Jim “retired” from teaching but continued to work at MCC as a faculty advisor and computer guru. Jim still found time to be a Little League coach, soccer coach, photographer, Indian Guide, mentor and accomplished woodsman. He loved camping trips to the forest and to Mexico where he kept his family out of trouble with his fluent Spanish. Jim was dedicated to his family and never missed a baseball, football, or soccer game when his children played.

Jim leaves behind his devoted wife, Charm; son Jeff (PJ); daughter, Jean; grandchildren, Holly and Zachary; sister, Jane Carol Zukowski (Steve); nephew, Jim Alexander; niece Debbie Alexander; great-nieces, Brittani and Lacie Alexander; great-nephew Jeffrey Lawrence and a host of beloved friends and colleagues.

A memorial service was held at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Road in Mesa on Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at Wells Fargo for the Jim Tipton Memorial Biography Fund. The video will become a teaching tool for MCC students and faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning and in the Math Department, as well as a treasured memory of Jim’s strength, perseverance, wit and teaching excellence for his family and friends.

Paul Lamirande

Paul R. Lamirande passed away Sunday, April 17, 2005. He was born on November 7, 1946 and raised in Saco, Maine. He came to Winslow in July 1991, where he worked for Alex Transportation, driving a cab for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Roberta “Bobbi” Lamirande; sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Lee Morin of Biddeford, Maine; brother and sister-in-law, John and Sue Lamirande of Saco, Maine; sister and brother-in-law, Martha “Sam” and Chuck Anderer of Cave Creek, Ariz.; brother and sister-in-laws, Charles and Laurie Morin of North Carolina, Tim and Rose Morin of Biddeford, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Isabble Lamirande, and sister, Jane Mink.

A memorial service was held April 23, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church.

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

Don Bostick

Don W. Bostick, 92, passed away April 27,2005 in Winslow after a short illness. He was born September 2, 1912 in Olatha, Kansas to Jacob and Alma Peterson Bostick.

Jacob made the land run into Oklahoma on horseback to claim 160 acres September 16,1893. This was the Cherokee Strip.

Don married Verna Allbaugh on December 17,1939. They started life together farming in Oklahoma.

In 1960, they moved to Winslow and purchased the LZ motel. They later owned the original TraveLodge motel until retirement. It was the perfect job for Don. He could fix anything - pools included. They enjoyed traveling for many years after they retired.

Don is survived by a son Ronald (Tina) Bostick of Phoenix, a daughter Helen (Johnny) Butler of Winslow; seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Verna, his wife of 64 years; four sisters and his parents. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Winslow Senior Center in Don’s name.

Viewing was held at Norvel Owens Mortuary 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30 with the graveside service following at 10 a.m. at the Winslow Cemetery.

Alice Perea Gonzales

Holy Rosary for Alice Perea Gonzales, 70, was recited on Monday, May 9, 2005 at 7 p.m. at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Madre de Dios Catholic Church, celebrant, Father Frank Chacon.

Alice passed away peacefully in her home on May 03, 2005 in Winslow after a long illness. Alice was born to Abelino and Flora Perea on April 05, 1935 in Winslow.

She worked for the Winslow Senior Citizens Center until she retired. After retirement she became a caregiver for the elderly. Her joys in life were cooking, baking for her children, grandchildren and her friends.

Alice is survived by her sister, Flora (Esequiel) Serna of Victorville, Calif.; her children, Inez M. (Toad) Wilbanks, Eddie Joe (Dawn) Gonzales, Rebecca Tellez and Hope Beltram (Pat, Sr.); grandchildren, Chelsea, Edward, Robert, Lambert, Leo and Alicia; great-grandchildren, Brittni, Analecia, Agustine Jr., Haley, Autumn and Sonny; her God children; her first husband, Eddie L. Gonzales; aunt Helen (Ralph) Otero; cousin, Joe (Rachel) Salazar; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Abelino Perea; mother, Flora Perea; brothers, Manuel and Antonio; sister, Josie.

Donations may be made in Alice’s name to the Madonna House, 213 E. Jefferson St., Winslow, AZ 86047 or to the American Cancer Society, 2724 E. Lakin Dr. #9, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Arrangements under the Care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Marshalynn Paes

Marshalynn Land Paes, 51, former Winslow resident passed away April 29, 2005.

Her survivors include husband, Patrick Paes of Phoenix; two children, Charmetria Hornbeck and Michael Land both of Phoenix; five grandchildren, Quintana, Quimoni and Quiora Hornbeck and Denesia and Domonic Land all of Phoenix; parents, Marshall Land of Phoenix and Jodine Land of Flagstaff; five sisters, Bettey Joyce Archer (Elton) of Tucson, Geraldine Wade of Newton, Texas, Joanne Land of Phoenix, Patricia Spencer (Levi) of New Orleans, La., Jackie Land of Phoenix; two brothers, Anthony Land of Winslow and Christopher Land of Yuma.

Funeral services were held May 6, 2005 at 10:30 a.m., Samaritan Funeral Home, 1505 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix.

Blanche Nakai

Blanche Nakai, 74, passed away Wednesday May 4, 2005. She was born December 25, 1930 in Winslow.

She is survived by her husband Billy Nakai, Daughters; Nita (Raymond) Belone and Etta Allan. Sisters; Edna Wilson of Tolani Lake, Violet Dempsey of Pinon; Brother Joe Benally of Toulani Lake; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her father Belone Benally and mother Sue B. Benally (Myers).

Services will be held Monday May 9th, 2005 at the Tolani Lake Community Church. Burial to follow at family plot in family ranch.

Alvin Dickson

Funeral Services for Alvin Dickson, 48, of Standing Horse Mesa, AZ. was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Henry Chase officiating. Interment followed in Desert View Cemetery.

Alvin passed away on May 05, 2005 in Flagstaff. He was born on January 2, 1957 in Winslow. His clan was Todachinii, born for Ashii. Alvin’s hobbies were rodeo, roping, automotive and joking. His trades were silversmithing, carpentry, masonry, autobody, commercial construction equipment operator and welding.

Survivors include eight children, Rudy M. Dickson of Ft. Defiance, Alvina Dickson of Sawmill, Valerie Gishie, Kimberly Gishie, Jayson Dickson all of Winslow, Bryan Dickson and Donny Dickson of Flagtaff, and Ethan Owens of Texas; brothers, Jimmy Dickson, Henry Dickson, Nelson Dickson; sisters, Eva Barton, Margarita Dickson, Darlene Dickson all of Standing Horse Mesa, and Lori Leigh of Gallup, N.M.; and seven grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wilson Dickson; mother, Dolly Dickson; and sister, Neva Dickson.

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

Jim Williams

Funeral Services for Jim F. Williams were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Winslow Stake Center with Bishop Gene Hancock presiding. Interment was held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 02, 2005 at Desert View Cemetery.

Jim passed away on April 28, 2005 in Winslow. He was born on August 15, 1909 in Howell Mesa, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Annie Rose Nebitsi Williams of Winslow; daughters, Elsie Williams of Winslow, Dorothy Naha of Winslow, Sera (Calvin) Holder of Flagstaff, and Linda Duran of Winslow; sons, Eugene R. (Lorraine) Williams of Winslow, Delford O. Williams of Topeka, Kansas and Clarence K. Williams of Winslow; brothers, Ram Herder of Sanders, and Clah Yazzie of Tuba City; sister, Betty T. Begay of Sanders; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his son, Francis Jim Williams, and his granddaughter, Beatrice Naha.

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

Dolphin Otto Remy Jr.

Dolphin Otto Remy Jr. (Jim) was born on June 24, 1932 to D.O. and Jewell Remy in Gallup, New Mexico and passed away on May 6, 2005 at home in Winslow.

After graduating high school in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1950 Jim came to Winslow joining his father and brother hiring out on the Santa Fe Railroad and later that year joined the Navy. He served his country in the Korean War, on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Essex from 1950-1954. After returning to the States, Jim resumed his career with the railroad, retiring in June of 1997.

Jim always loved the outdoors whether it was hunting, fishing or camping and always surrounded by family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents D.O. and Jewell Remy, a brother Harold and sister Betty Small. He is survived by his wife Ila; sister, Ruth Lewis of Marysville, California; daughters, Kelly Godsey of Winslow, Kathy Howsden (Mike) of Winslow, Kim Hodges (Jeff) of Phoenix; their mother Shirley Noreen Remy; stepdaughters, Renee’ Tyler (Larry) of Mesa, Lisa Tate (Tony) of Flagstaff, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim could always take the time to make you smile and laugh with his great sense of humor and antics. With his generous nature and his big heart, he had a way of making everyone his best friend. He will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the Cripple Children’s hospital in Salt Lake City. Send to Winslow Shriner’s Club c/o John L. Scott, Treas. 148 Papago Blvd. Winslow, AZ 86048

Funeral arrangements under the services of Norvel Owens Mortuary in Winslow.

Edward Orozco

Holy Rosary and Memorial Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2005 for Edward S. Orozco, 56, who passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Services were held at Madre de Dios Church and burial was in the Desert View Cemetery.

“Eddie Joe” as he was known to his family and friends was born on February 26, 1949 in Winslow.

He attended public schools in Winslow and graduated from Winslow High School in 1968.

He was employed at the BVD Hat Factory, the City of Winslow and the Winslow Unified School District.

Eddie Joe worked as a custodian for the schools and later worked in the maintenance division. He also worked as an activities driver for out of town sports trips and other school activities.

In 1992, he moved to Las Vegas where he worked for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and later for the Sunrise Hospital and Clinics until his health forced him into early retirement.

Eddie Joe was a devoted father who spent many years coaching Little League baseball, helping many of Winslow’s youth to improve their skills.

As an activities driver, he was able to enjoy a variety of high school sports and befriend many high school athletes.

In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. He also found relaxation and enjoyment in cooking and watching cooking shows.

Survivors include: his wife, Priscilla Orozco of Las Vegas; sons, Pino Orozco of Winslow, Michael Coin of Phoenix, and Aaron Coin of Las Vegas; daughters, Jennifer (Rob) Rattner of Chandler, Nikki Coin of Mesa, and Angie Coin of Gilbert; sisters, Charlotte Orozco of Winslow and Frances Jones of Las Vegas; brother, David Orozco; grandchildren, Rhiann Coin, Jason Rattner, Andy Rattner, and Bella Pino.

He is also survived by his in-laws, T.M. and Rosella Romero Jr., brothers-in-law; Danny Romero, Raymond (Susie) Romero, and Joseph (Jennifer) Romero and sister in-law, Teresa (Tony) Lomeli. Edward is also survived by his very special God children, Alana Cabacungan of Delano, Calif., Bryan Saucedo of Winslow, and Corey Rankins of Inglewood, Calif.

Edward was preceded in death by his oldest brother Tony Orozco, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968; son, Gabriel Anthony Orozco, who passed away in 1985; his parents, Antonio V. and Rose S. Orozco. He also recently lost his buddy and companion Julio, a loving Miniature Schnauzer.

Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas and Greer’s Scott Mortuary in Winslow are handling all arrangements.

Roy Williams

Holy Rosary for Roy E. Williams, 63, was recited at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2005 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church.

Memorial Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Madre de Dios Catholic Church, celebrant Father Frank Chacon.

Roy E. Williams passed away May 11, 2005 at Kindred Hospital with his loving family nearby. Roy was born in Albuquerque, N.M. on September 3, 1941.

Among his many hobbies were fishing and driving to the coast on his motorcycle with Bessie. Being an Arizona ranger, he loved going to all the swapmeets in the Southwest.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Sante Fe Railroad for 30 years.

He was a wonderful husband to Bessie for 17 years; a great stepdad to Diana, Manual, Michael, Steve and Daniel, a grampa to Cindy, Jodi, Joey, Brandon, Brittany, Nate, Jeremy, Noah, Corey, Arielle, Dano, and Manuel; a great-grampa to Anthony, Noah, Johnathan and Michael.

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

Christopher Hilton

Christopher Hilton, 47, died May 19, 2005 in Phoenix. He was born November 17, 1958 in Winslow to Phillip and Mary Hilton.

He was an acoustical ceiling contractor and owned Hilton Acoustical Systems. Prior to that he worked for Barrett Homes for 25 years as a subcontractor. He served as President of the Arizona Subcontractors Association from 1998 to 1999 and past president from 1999 to 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Alison; children, Tori Christine Hilton and Tyler Mackenzie Hilton and Michael Christopher Hilton and Ronnie May Hilton; sister, Darrie Tackett; brother, Troy Tackett; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Unity Church of Phoenix 1500 E. Greenway Parkway Phoenix.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Hilton Family Memorial Fund at any US Bank location Acct.# 151701372444. He will be greatly missed.


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