Rose Marie McCabe
Rose Marie McCabe, 73, of Snowflake died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Tall Pines Rest Home. She was born April 28, 1937, in Castle Butte. Rose loved to travel and spend time with family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her two brothers: Benny Thomas, Amos Thomas; sister Laverne Leithead; four daughters: Amelia McCabe, Ophelia McCabe,Ocelia Zimmerman, and Odelia Nordin; three sons: Calvin McCabe, Roy McCabe, and Martin McCabe; 27 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Sam McCabe.
Viewing will be held before services at 9 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple view chapel in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at The Temple View Vhapel in Snowflake at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Burial services will follow at Mike Ramsey Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.
Silver Creek Mortuary handled arrangements.
Dixie Marie Chalk Taylor
Dixie Marie Chalk Taylor, or better known as Grandma Dixie, passed away peacefully in her home Oct. 20, 2010, in Taylor. She was born Aug. 15, 1935, to the late Daisy and Ted Chalk in Monroe, Utah.
On March 6, 1953 she married her sweetheart, and love of her life, Glenn Taylor in The Mesa Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have enjoyed 57 years of happiness.
They loved living in Snowflake andTaylor for nearly 47 years where Dixie worked as a Teachers Aide for the Taylor School District for 18 years.
Dixie served in several church capacities including: the Relief Society, Young Women's Program, Primary and Sunday School, as well as serving two missions with her husband.
Their first mission was served in Nauvoo, Illinois from 1996-1998 and, the second in Cove Fort, Utah in 2000.
Dixie loved camping, fishing, attending her grandchildren's sporting events and giving hugs. She devoted her life to her family and her love has been the "Glue" which held it all together.
Dixie is survived by her sweetheart, Glenn; eight children: Debbie (Randy) Tenney, Cindy Nikolaus, Glenn (Jeri) Taylor, Bev (Kevin) Merrill, Scott (Natalie) Taylor, Lauri (Doug) LeSuer, Chris (Tandy) Taylor, Sandi (Will) Petersen; 47 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
The public visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, at Owens Livingston Mortuary - Heritage Chapel, 84 E. 19th South in Snowflake. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 at the Centennial Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 800 N. Centennial Boulevard in Taylor, with an additional visitation beginning at 9 a.m. The concluding service and interment will follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled arrangements.
Ronald Harlen Lewis
Ronald Harlen Lewis, 59, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix during a bone marrow transplant. He battled leukemia for 8-½ years and continued to work even in treatment.
He was born in Brownfield, Texas. He and his wife, Stephanie, have been residents of Vernon for 12 years and have loved every day living there. Ronald loved most riding his Harley Davidson. He and Stephanie have ridden most of the Arizona highways and the surrounding states.
Left behind are his beloved wife, Stephanie of Mobile, Ala., after 26 years of a wonderful marriage; mother Kathryn Moody of Show Low; and brothers Gene Lewis of Show Low and Luther Ray Moody of Mobile, Ala.
Ronnie had a great life and lots of friends. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Show Low.
Arrangements were under the direction of Black's Mortuary of Show Low.
Viola L. Orona and Bernie D. Sansing
Bernie D. Sansing died Sept. 30, 2010, and Viola L. Orona died Oct 23, 2010. "Family and friends will miss you dearly, forever in our hearts."
A memorial service for those who wish to express condolences for Bernie and Viola will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Sacred Heart Church in Quemado, N.M. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Aaron Jeffery Ivins
Aaron Jeffery Ivins of Whiteriver went into eternal rest Oct. 16, 2010, in Whiteriver. He was born Oct. 11, 1990, in Whiteriver.
Aaron is survived by his mother Rebecca Nola Ivins; father Arnold Ivins Sr.; brothers: Joey Beatty, Arnold Ivins Jr., Luke Henry; sisters: Michele Brunn, Holly Ivins, Camille Ivins; nephews: Jevon Beatty, Silas Yardley, Micah Brunn; nieces: Caydince Beatty, Jasmine Brunn; uncles: Herman Ivins Sr., Roy Ivins Sr., Alfred Ivins, Vince Ivins, Monty Ivins, Troy Ivins, Florentino Beatty, Buddy Seth Cruise, Erick Knipe; aunts: Sylvia Browning, Bertha Beatty, Donna Loas, Olivia Peaches, Mary Jane Sanchez; grandparents: Andrew and Louella Ivins, Cecil and Myrtle Ivins, George and Lula Ivins, Wallace and Mary Thompson, Homer and Ramona Beatty, Richard and Margie Grimes; and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Eubank Joseph Beatty and June Williams Beatty.
A two-night wake started Thursday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. at his residence (One Step #117) in Whiteriver. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Cibecue Lutheran Church in Cibecue with Pastor Gary Lupe officiating. Interment will be at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Cibecue.
Silver Creek Chapel Mortuary of Whiteriver handled arrangements.
Alexander Rivers Tortice
Alexander Rivers Tortice, 52, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona following a courageous battle with a brief illness.
Alex was born July 24, 1958, in McNary to his parents, the late Adam Alexander and Irene (Lavender) Tortice. He received his education in the White Mountains of Arizona where he lived most of his life. Throughout his working adult life, Alex worked as a logger, first, for Earl's Logging in Whiteriver then for other logging companies in New Mexico and Colorado. He was an expert truck driver in the logging industry for many, many years and was well-liked by all with whom he worked.
He was a true outdoorsman and thoroughly enjoyed fishing and hunting. When he hunted deer or elk, Alex preferred using a bow and was quite skilled at the sport. Alex also was a longtime horseman and over the years owned many horses. He even was involved with several roundups, gathering the maverick horses that grazed the lands of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Alex was a music man as well. He enjoyed listening to all types of music. He was even a gifted musician and played the guitar quite well. Alex wrote many of his own songs and was able to record them on cassettes for his family.
Alex spent the last 2-1/2 years living in Phoenix but, whenever he was able, he enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren. He was a true and loyal friend to many, but none will miss him more than his immediate and extended family members.
Alex is survived by his former wife, Joann Tortice of McNary; nine children: Alexander Delbert Tortice (Mary) of Cedar Creek, Crystal Tortice (Andrew Bert, Jr.) of Fla., Darrell James Tortice of Calif., Andrea Kinney (Harrison, Jr.) of Lakeside, Edison Gisela Tortice of McNary, Lydia Pearl Tortice of McNary, Monica Vasu Tortice of McNary, Margie Tortice of Fla., Alexis Donna Tortice of McNary; two sisters: Abigail Wilson of McNary, Lydia Baha-Alchesay of Bylas; three brothers: Tex Tortice, Sr. of McNary, Lucky Tortice of McNary, Lex Tortice, Sr. of McNary; 11 grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Alex was preceded in death by a son, Joshua David Tortice, in July of 2005 and a sister Judy Zahgotah.
A two-day and night wake will begin 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the home of Joann Tortice, 202 N. Cooley Avenue in McNary. The funeral service will also be held at her home at 1 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 12. The concluding service and interment will be at the McNary Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest near his son, Joshua.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled arrangements.
William Lawrence ‘Bill’ McCray
William Lawrence "Bill" McCray died Sept. 2, 2010. His last few minutes of life here on this earth were spent in the Odyssey Health Care in Mesa with his family, Melody, Tanya, Henry and Kyle singing primary songs to him.
As the tears ran slowly down his cheeks, he was probably thinking when he was just four years old he was diagnosed as having Perthys (a malfunction of the hip bone). He then was sent to The Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Farr took him there as mother and father were unable to make the trip. He spent three years there; what a traumatic experience for a little boy, with no family to be of comfort.
Bill was born April 16, 1930, in St. Johns, to Dexter Lee and Euphemia (Berry) McCray. After his schooling years, he went to work with his dad near Show Low running a saw mill. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He spent two years as a telephone lineman, which entailed various jobs installing, uninstalling and repairing the US Army's communication system.
He was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bill served a full term mission in the Gulf States area for the LDS Church. He held different positions in the Church. He became a great scriptorian, Kathy and Kay "thought so."
Some of Bill's favorite things along the way in his life were raising cattle, farming, telling stories, traveling, and the love of his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids singing "Wee Y Woe" at the McCray family reunions. He enjoyed discussions with his brothers about well drilling, who was the best welder of the McCray boys, and the hunting trips with Dad and the brothers.
Bill married Lula Velma (Bea) Temple Feb. 14, 1966, in Springville, Utah; they returned to St. Johns and lived there the remainder of their lives.
"Bill, we know you are happy in the "Great Beyond." Thank you for being "Pops", a brother, uncle, and a friend. All the memories we shared will always be "Remember me, I'll be remembering you." We love you and miss "ya all.""
He is survived by daughters: Melody (Dennis) Capps and Tanya (Henry) Cohen, both of St. Johns; brothers: Terry (Sarah) McCray of Taylor, Phillip (Gloria) McCray of Lakeside, Douglas (Ginger) McCray of Show Low; sisters Colleen McCray of Snowflake, Anna (Bill) Prentice and Kay (Jimmy) Leverton of St. Johns, Correne (Elmer) Magee of Taylor, Kathy (Neal, Dec.) Reidhead of Nutrioso; sister-in-law Barbara McCray of Shumway; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bea, sons Randy Kennard and Dennis Kennard, brother Lee (Jean) McCray, Quentin (Hazel) McCray, R. Kelly McCray, Deaton (Nancy) McCray, W.G. "Babe" McCray, two sisters Sibyl (Delbert) Plumb and Lorna (Jake) Scarbrough.
Funeral services was held Sept. 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of St. Johns. Interment was at the St. Johns Westside Cemetery.
Burnham Mortuary of St. Johns handled arrangements.
Raymond E. Fesler
Raymond E. Fesler died suddenly Aug. 22, 2010. He was born Dec. 3, 1934. He worked for Southwest Forest Industries in McNary until they shut down. He worked at FATCO in Whiteriver until he retired.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Maria L. Fesler; brother-in-law Clarence Flores; brothers, Robert Fesler of Oracle, Jerome Fesler of Ore., Clifford Fesler of San Manuel of Flagstaff.
* Raymond will be missed by his Whiteriver friends.
Robert Yates Kittredge, 93, a pioneer resident of Oak Creek Canyon for 74 years, died Sept. 28.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Mr. Kittredge was the son of a playwright and a newspaper foreign correspondent and spent most of his childhood in New York City. His artistic career began at age 14 as a sculptor's apprentice, and he went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany.
In 1930, Mr. Kittredge, at age 19, along with his brother, Dan, settled in Oak Creek Canyon and built the 'log house' at Forest Houses Resort, their 'citadel in the woods.' Mr. Kittredge met and, in 1938, married Mary Byrd of Upper Brandon, Va. He won a number of sculpting commissions through the U.S. Government's '1% for Arts' program, and in 1939, he returned to the East to work first for Pratt and Whitney and then Sikorsky Helicopter Corporation during World War II.
After the war, Mr. Kittredge returned to Oak Creek Canyon and, in 1946, built the 'rock house,' the first of 16 hand-hewn houses that would become Forest Houses Resort.
His first manuscript was published in 1958, and in 1961, he took a break from writing and building, bought a 38-foot sailboat and, for the next six years, along with Mary, sailed around the world. His 1970 treatise, Self-Taught Navigation, is still in print.
During the late 1960s, he operated his School of Celestial Navigation in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., but the lure of the West brought him back to Oak Creek Canyon and to more building.
In 1980, he was the recipient of the first Joseph Wood Krutch Award from The Nature Conservancy for his donation of the Hartwell Canyon Preserve located near Loy Butte, west of Sedona.
Mr. Kittredge was, in every way, a self-made man, acquiring the knowledge and skills as he needed them. Once he had decided on a course of action, little blocked his path. At times, hard and demanding, at others, understanding and insightful, he was always powerful, never passive. He seized his opportunities and made the most of them.
Mr. Kittredge is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; a son, Bob (Patsy) of Oak Creek Canyon; granddaughters Callie and Jenny of Oak Creek Canyon; and grandsons, Rob of Ojai, Calif., and Tom of Charleston, W. Va.
Mr. Kittredge strongly supported the Humane Society of Sedona, 2115 Shelby Drive, where he once adopted five dogs in three days. Please, instead of flowers, send a donation to the society's new building fund. No services are planned at this time.
Rachel Howells Mattison, 71, a resident of Sedona, died Sept. 20.
Born in Lancaster, Mo., Ms. Mattison grew up with the family's newspaper business in St. Louis until age 14, at which time her family moved to Mexico City. She attended American High School and Mexico City College there.
For many years, she taught English as a second language for Air Force schools in overseas locations such as Turkey, Okinawa and Korea.
Prior to moving to Sedona, Ms. Mattison was a longtime resident of Vallejo, Calif., where she was very active in civic affairs. She contributed significantly to improvements in the development of the Vallejo North Gate Shopping Center. She was also an officer of the Sister City Association and planned many social functions in conjunction with visits to Japan.
While in Sedona, Ms. Mattison was active in golfing, swimming and water aerobics. She was also a member of the Village of Oak Creek Mah Jongg Club and the Red Hat Society.
Ms. Mattison is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ricardo W. Mestre; two brothers, Bill Howells (Bonnie) of San Antonio and John Howells (Sherri) of Pacific Grove, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at the Oakcreek Country Club Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m.
Forrest A. Baker
Forrest A. Baker, 96, a resident of Sedona, died Sept. 23.
Born in Planterville, Texas, Mr. Baker moved from California to Arizona in 1973. He was last employed as an accountant for Morrison-Knutson.
Mr. Baker is survived by his son, Lee Magnus, and grandson, Roger Herman; five grandchildren and two-great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. at Sedona Community Cemetery.
Sedona Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Carma A. Beus
Carma A. Beus, 72, a resident of Sedona, died Dec. 14.
Born in Salt Lake City, she graduated with a bachelor's from Ricks College and an master's in English from Utah State University. She taught high school English in Idaho and college freshman English in Utah and Arizona.
Moving to Flagstaff with her family in 1962, she became active in the quilters guild, began her own custom hand-quilting business and taught quilting classes for Northern Arizona University and for Yavapai College in Grand Canyon, Williams, Flagstaff and Sedona.
She was a lifetime active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a stake Relief Society president for five years and as a missionary in Hawaii with her husband for two years. She also served as organist, choir conductor and piano teacher, blessing many lives with her skill and love of music. She moved to Sedona in 1994.
Mrs. Beus is survived by her husband of 50 years, Stanley Beus; her mother, Donetta Albrechtsen of Salt Lake City; daughters Rebecca Cardon of Flagstaff, Marcia Redd and Michele Beus of Phoenix, Jennifer Ruiz of Bakersfield, Calif.; son Sterling Beus of Roswell, N.M.; five sisters; two brothers; 17 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Sedona chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 160 Mormon Trail.
There will be a funeral service at the church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Flagstaff's Citizens Cemetery.
Arrangements are through the Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff. The family is grateful for the assistance provided by hospice.