Emily L. McManamy was born on Jan. 29, 1916 in Thorne, N.D.
Her parents, Fred and Grace Leigh, owned the Plainview Seed Farm which was 12 miles from the Peace Garden, on the Canadian border.
Emily and her sister Helen helped with the cooking for the hired hands who worked the 1,800-acre farm. A younger sister, Lois, died at the age of 13.
Her many stories of the farm didn't include the "I walked five miles in the snow" story. Emily was driving at the age of 12, and she drove herself and her sisters to school every day.
Emily graduation from the University of North Dakota in 1936 with a degree in dietetics. She further trained in Salt Lake City and became a registred dietitian, of which she was very proud. She was the head of the dietetics department at San Jose Hospital in California for many years.
In 1948, she married John (Jack) McManamy and had two children, Beth and Rex Christopher.
Jack found out in 1955 that he had Parkinson's Disease and was told to move to a drier climate. In 1958, Jack got in the car and started driving east. When he got to the town of Wickenburg, he found what he was looking for - a piece of property on the Phoenix Highway caught his attention because it had a small house and a business building on it.
He purchased the property and went back to California to get Emily and the kids. The Sunset Rock Shop was born, the kids started school at MacLennan Elementary, and Emily started working for the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday.
Jack died in 1962 when his Parkinson's became severe and he got pneumonia. By now, Emily loved Wickenburg and knew that this was the town she wanted her kids to grow up in.
Beth graduated from Wickenburg High School in 1969, and Rex in 1971. Emily moved to Flagstaff in 1971 so her children could live at home while they attended Northern Arizona University.
Rex moved to the East Coast, married Cheryl and they had a daughter, Leigh.
In 1986, Emily moved to Phoenix to be near Beth and her family. Beth and Vice had adopted Nicole when she was 3 days old, and Emily was in heaven helping to care for her.
As Nicole grew, Emily taught her, at an early age, to sew on the machine, cook, iron and use the typewriter. Nicole spent a lot of quality time with her grandmother during the following 15 years.
Emily loved to cook, craft, sew, crochet, knit and read, and the Lord blessed her with the gift of nurturing. Her love of family and friends was monumental. She took care of all around her.
In 1992, Emily too was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. She never let it get her down. She pushed herself to lead the life she wanted, which included the church, friends and family.
In 1997, Emily moved into the Good Shepherd Care Center in Peoria, Ariz.
She now needed an assisted living environment. Emily became a special friend to many there. The activities became her special joy.
She now added bingo to her loves!
Until three months ago, Emily was able to come to Wickenburg for weekends where Beth and her family lived. Beth couldn't stay away from the town she loved, and had moved back with her family in 1997.
During the last six months, Emily was blessed to have Nicole Ray in her life. Nicole worked for Good Shepherd and adopted Emily. Together, they too spent many wonderful hours together. Nicole loved Emily and thought of her as her grandmother.
Emily's Parkinson's progressed very rapidly during the month of June, and our merciful Lord ended her pain on June 30. She was 85.
Emily is survived by her daughter Beth McManamy Gallant, Beth's husband Vic, and their daughter Nicole; her son Rex McManamy and his daughter Leigh; her stepson Russell McManamy, his wife Barbara, and their five children Debbie, Patti, Joyce, Russ and Christina, and nephews Norman Bunas, Gary Bunas, Stan Bunas and their families.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday (July 7) at First Presbyterian Church in Wickenburg, 180 N. Adams St.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Good Shepherd Care Center, Activities Department, 10323 W. Olive Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345.
Kenneth Dale Henrichsen of Yarnell died June 29, 2001 in Yarnell.
He was 80.
Mr. Henrichsen was born Dec. 31, 1920 in Holiday, Utah, and had lived in Arizona for 37 years.
Kenneth retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years and is a veteran of World War II during which he was a gunner for the 351st Bombardment Group in the European theatre.
Survivors include wife Doreen Henrichsen; daughters Mary and Misty; sons Michael, David, Thomas, Kevin, Mark and Larin; one sister; one brother; 24 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Frey Funeral Home in Wickenburg, with Father John Vogt officiating.
Frey Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Wickenburg handled the arrangements.
Robert Kelso of Yarnell died June 29, 2001 in Yarnell.
He was 85.
Mr. Kelso was born June 13, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minn., and had lived in Arizona for 18 years.
Robert was a graduate of Walkerville Collegiate Institute. He moved to Arizona from Deland, Fla.
Robert was a manufacturer's representative for 30 years in Detroit, Mich.
He moved to Colorado in 1969, then to Peace Corps Jamaica in 1977-79, then to Deland, Fla., from 1979-83.
He has been in Yarnell since 1983.
Robert was active in the school and library for many years.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Fisher Kelso; daughters Katherine Kelso of Victoria, B.C., Canada, Belinda Kelso of Denver, Colo., Jane Kelso Lawson of Crawford, Colo, and Suzanne Kelso Tittes of Eldora, Colo.; son Michael David Kelso of Kailua, Hawaii; stepbrothers Lucius Greve of Bay City, Mich; and grandchildren Bryson Joseph Tittes of Eldora, Colo., Silas Benjamin Tittes of Eldora, Colo., Oliver Toberoff Kelso of Kailua, Hawaii, Rebecca Toberoff Kelso of Kailua, Hawaii, and Sarah Neisa Young of Maryville, Tenn.
Frey Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Wickenburg handled the arrangements.
Fay A. "Butch" Norby of Wickenburg died July 2, 2001 in Phoenix.
He was 61.
Mr. Norby was born June 11, 1940 in Chicago, Ill., and had lived in Arizona for 38 years.
Survivors include his wife Maxine; daughters Barbara Anne Sandusky of Congress, and Mary Margaret Fedor of Gilbert; son Michael Albert Norby of Laveen; sister Rosalie Goetzinger of Wickenburg; numerous nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary L. Holland Norby, father Clarence Raymond Norby, sister Patricia Norby and brother Donald Norby.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 5) at Frey Funeral Home, with funeral services scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday (July 6) at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wickenburg. Father John Vogt will officiate.
Interment will follow at the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.
Louise Goldsmith Dawson
Louise Goldsmith Dawson of Wickenburg and Yarnell, passed away on March 25 in Prescott at the age of 90.
Born Aug. 5, 1910 in Michigan, she grew up in Southern California, living most of her life in Anaheim before moving to Arizona in 1995.
Louise's love of music was second only to her love of family. Her late husband Clyde played an assortment of musical instruments, including the musical saw which he taught her to play, and they both took their music and smiles to the nursing homes, besides playing in small bands around Anaheim.
She saw life as an adventure and found joy in everyday events that many people might overlook. Her laughter and enthusiasm and caring for others will always be remembered and treasured.
She is survived by one daughter, Carole Jarvis and husband Dan, of Forepaugh; granddaughter Dannalee Jarvis, also of Forepaugh; granddaughter Laura Moore and husband Mark of Prescott; granddaughter Donnel Richmond of California; and grandsons Dean Dawson and wife Tammy of California, and Dan Dawson and wife Teresa of Ohio. She also leaves 10 great-grandchildren.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband Clyde; and son Don Dawson of Wickenburg.
Services have been held.
Jean Elizabeth Emler of Wickenburg died April 19, 2001 at Wickenburg Extended Care.
She was 85.
Jean was born Sept. 11, 1915 in Mount Pleasant, Pa., and had lived in Arizona for 31 years.
James S. and Jean E. McClain moved to Arizona in 1970 and moved to Wickenburg in 1972.
Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wickenburg.
Survivors include her daughters Donna Cavanee and husband Robert; Karen Rybski and husband Frank; Margie Moore and husband Skip of Sierra Vista; brother Donald McClain of Norwood, Mo.; five grandchildren and and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 59 years, Richard H. Emler, and brothers William McClain and Alexander "Mickey" McClain.
Services were held Monday (April 23) at the First Presbyterian Church in Wickenburg, with Pastor James Longstreet officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Wickenburg.
Frey Funeral Home in Wickenburg handled the arrangements.
Norman Watkins of Wickenburg died on his 84th birthday, April 20, 2001 in Wickenburg
He was born April 20, 1917 in Sulphur Springs, Ark., and had lived in Arizona for three years.
He came to Wickenburg in 1997 and was a member of VFW Post 285 in Wickenburg.
Norman was a World War II veteran and fought in the Pacific Theatre for four years.
He had operated heavy equipment for 36 years at the Imperial Irrigation District in Imperial, Calif.
Norman was a loving husband for 56 years and a very loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife Stella P. Watkins; daughter Tricia Sallee and her husband Don Sallee of Wickenburg; son Bill Watkins and his wife Candy Watkins of Placerville, Calif.; sister Mildred of Texas; grandchildren Michael Watkins of California, Kevin Watkins of California, Travis Watkins of California, Synda Sallee of Arizona, Jason Sallee of Arizona, and Jere Sallee of Oregon; and great-grandchildren Tyler, Kendal, Destiny, Megan, Amanda, Kaitlin, Noah and Nicholas -- all of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Myra Watkins; brothers Grover and Richard; and sisters Mozelle, Pauline, Frieda and Willadeen.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 25) at the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery, with Bill Taylor officiating.
Contributions can be made to the Southern Arizona Chapter, American Parkinson Disease Association, 1650 E. Fort Lowell No. 302, Tucson, AZ 85719-2324.
Frey Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Former Wickenburg resident Beatrice B. Roton died April 21, 2001 in Phoenix.
She was 85.
Mrs. Roton was born Jan. 9, 1916 in Cairo, Ill., and had worked as a dietician at the Wickenburg hospital for more than 20 years.
Survivors include daughters Roxie Adams of Phoenix and Linda Phillips of Riverside, Calif.; sister Thelma Stewart of Austin, Texas; grandchildren David and Dan Tomlinson of Phoenix, and John and Jessica Phillips of Riverside, Calif.; great-grandchild Chris Tomlinson of Riverside.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jay Roton, sister Alice Hodges, and brothers Ed Farrow and Jack Farrow.
A private family visitation was conducted.
Funeral services will be held Thursday (April 26) at 2 p.m. at Wickenburg Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.
Hiram A. Young of Congress died April 19, 2001 at Wickenburg Regional Medical Center.
He was 66.
Mr. Young was born June 2, 1934 in Middleburgh, N.Y., and had lived in Arizona for four years.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice Young of Congress; daughters Debra Capo of Georgia, Laurie Booth of Massachusetts, Tracy Young of Massachusetts, and Christine Squires of Georgia; sons Eric Young of Massachusetts, Dougless Young of Massachusetts, and Rex Young of Massachusetts; stepsons Henry Gargan of Maine and Dennis Gargan of Congress; stepdaughters Beverly Roraback of Massachusetts; Darlene Toomey of Ohio, and Cheryl Gargan of Massachusetts; sister Betty Lou Young of New York; brother Herbert Young of New York; 25 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday (April 30) at Frey Funeral Home in Wickenburg.