• February 13, 2016

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Tuesday 02/09/2016
Donna Conwell

Donna Conwell, 90, died Feb. 3, 2016, in Tucson. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Harriet Crozier

Harriet Carver Huey Crozier, 94, died Dec. 31, 2015, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Dewayne Applegate.

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Greta Dahling

Greta Yvonne Dahling, 80, of Show Low died Jan. 29, 2016, at her home in Show Low. She was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Superior to the late, Ronald Amey Sr. and Martha (Creps) Amey.

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Virgil Gordon Dysterheft

Virgil Gordon Dysterheft, 79, of Lakeside died Jan. 30, 2016, at his home in Lakeside. He was 79. Gordon was born June 28, 1936, an only child born to the late, Dr. Arnold and Mildred (Gilliland) Dysterheft in Geronimo.

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Rebecca Greene

Rebecca Sue Green, 59, of Show Low went to be with our Lord Jan. 31, 2016, in Show Low. She was born May 2, 1956, to Roy and Carolyn Marvin in Cleveland, Ohio.

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George Hooper

Retired Lt. Col. George T. Hooper of Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Phoenix and Snowflake died Jan. 30, 2016. George Hooper was the son of Ted and Mabel Segelhorst Hooper of Ohio.

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Linwood Lee

Linwood Lee went to be with the Lord Jan. 28, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. He was born Oct. 28, 1954, to Mosiah Lee and the Late Sylvania Alchesay Lee.

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Flora M. Seal

Flora M. Seal, 80, resident of Tonopah, died Jan. 30, 2016, of heart failure peacefully at home with family. She was born April 7, 1935, in Koshkonong, Mo.

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Leslie Alana Simmons

Leslie Alana Simmons, 56, of Taylor went to be with her Lord Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 31, 1960, to John and Phyllis Winn in Crosbyton Texas.

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Steven Anthony ‘Bigg Dogg’ Aragon

Steven Anthony “Bigg Dogg” Aragon, 47, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at his home in Springerville. He was born Sept. 8, 1968, in Springerville, the son of Elias Pino Aragon and Margaret Concha (Aragon) Baca.

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Brian Lee Burdick

Brian Lee Burdick, 60, passed away peacefully from this life into the next Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Joe Wayne Frederick

Joe Wayne Frederick, 92, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at Suncrest Hospice Care in Castle Rock, Colorado. He was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Caledonia, Ill., to Ransom Frederick and Nellie Hazen Frederick.

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Jeanne Hamblin

Jeanne Evelyn Hamlin, 95, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at her home in Snowflake from causes incident to her age. She was born Jean Evelyn (but she always preferred the beautiful spelling of J-e-a-n-n-e) to the late Jay “Fred” and Eve (Laughren) Duey.

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Shayne Calvin Mathews

The angels took Shayne to be with our heavenly father Jan. 17, 2016 in LaLoma, N.M. She was born Dec. 15, 1973. He attended Blue Ridge School from kindergarten through high school and graduated in 1992, with high grades and a scholarship.

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Cyrus Williams

Cyrus Albert Williams, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Mesa from causes incident to age. He was born Monday, Sept. 10, 1928, at the Williams Homestead, not too far from Clay Springs, to the late Ora Altia (Bartholomew) and Ivan B. Williams.  

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Frank Yakimovicz

Frank Yakimovicz, 94, of Show Low went to our Lord Jan. 27, 2016. A devoted Catholic and decorated veteran of World War II, he joined the Army Air Corps in October 1941 as an aerial engineer and later retired as CMSgt from Carswell AFB, Texas, in 1970.

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Tuesday 01/19/2016
Lee Arron Baca

Lee Arron Baca, 31, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Dardanelle, Ark. He was born April 26, 1984, in Springerville, the son of Leroy Patrick and Lorena Maria Hill Baca.

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Freddie Robert Baldonado Jr.

Freddie Robert Baldonado Jr., 74, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Chandler. He was born June 15, 1941, in Springerville, the son of Fred Robert Sr. and Margaret Milligan Baldonado.

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Robert Chavez

Robert Chavez died at the age of 84, just 12 days shy of his 85th birthday in a health-care facility in Gilbert.

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Opal Ellett

Opal May (Copeland) Ellett, 92, died Jan. 12, 2016, at Summit Healthcare in Show Low. She was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Hiwasse, Ark., the daughter of Degelma and Maudie Burton.

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Brando Eric Kane

Brando Eric Kane entered eternal rest Jan. 11, 2016, in Show Low surrounded by family members. He was born April 3, 1979, to Natalie Kane. 

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Larry Mills

Larry Mills, 71, of Lakeside died Jan. 7, 2016, at his home in Lakeside. He was born June 2, 1944, to the late David Curtis and Lois LaRhea (Holifield) Mills in Richton, Miss.

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Deliece Gay Palmer Tyler

Deliece Gay Palmer Tyler died Dec. 28, 2015, in Carlsbad, Calif. She was born June 21, 1958, in McNary

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Gerald Robert Williams

Gerald Robert Williams of Snowflake went to be with the Lord Jan. 12, 2016, after an eight-month battle with prostate cancer, surrounded by his best friends and co-workers that he loved most in the world. 

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Friday 01/15/2016
Deron Lee

Deron Japeth “Skippy” Lee, 23, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at the Gilbert Hospital in Gilbert. He was born July 24, 1992, in Phoenix, to Ivan Moyah Lee and Lavina Nachu.

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Ruth Carnahan

Ruth Carnahan entered into rest Jan. 9, 2016, at home after a long battle of illness. She was born Nov. 30, 1934, to John and Diana Childers. Ruth loved to cook and write.

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Christina Anderson Declay

Born on April 9, 1937, in Cedar Creek, Christina Anderson Declay died Jan. 12, 2016.

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Charlene Mary Lupe

Charlene Mary Lupe went to be with the Lord Jan. 11, 2016. She born Sept. 28, 1934, to Grant and Helen (Naha) Johnson. 

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Isabella Charli Rose McLean

Isabella Charli Rose McLean, 4, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Springerville. She was born Sept. 27, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Bryan Andrew and Rachel Marie Trainor McLean.

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John Christopher Merkley

John Christopher Merkley, 85, died Jan. 7, 2016, in Mesa of natural causes. He was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Mesa to Lavern and Daisy Merkley. 

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Craig M. Trout

Craig M. Trout, 62, of Snowflake died unexpectedly at his home Dec. 21, 2015. He was born March 29,1953, in Mohall, N.D., the son of George and E. Lucille Trout.

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Frank M. Smith

Frank M. Smith, 91, of Green Valley went to be with the Lord and his wife, Marilyn of 60 years, on Jan. 6, 2016. He died of natural causes at his home. He was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio.

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Shirley Beresford Turner

Shirley Beresford Turner went to be with our Lord peacefully Dec. 17, 2015. She was born Feb. 9, 1928, to Elton and Lela Slawter. 

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Thomas Thurman Wagoner

Thomas Thurman Wagoner, 20, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Tempe. He was born May 27, 1995, in Globe, the son of John Dale Wagoner and Carey Eunja Jackson Wagoner.

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Lucille Miranda (Harvey) Willie

Lucille Miranda (Harvey) Willie, a White Mountain Apache who was given the Apache name of Good’de’yah, was born Sept. 23, 1932, in a traditional Apache wickiup that was located in the remote East Fork area of the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation.

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Friday 01/08/2016
Albert Keith Crandell

Longtime Mesa resident Albert Keith Crandell, 86, died Jan. 1, 2016, at his home in Mesa surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1929, to John and Alice (Hatch) Crandell in Snowflake.

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Harriet Crozier

Harriet Carver Huey Crozier, 94, died Dec. 31, 2015, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Dewayne Applegate.

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Ross Lupe

Ross Lupe, 44, of Whiteriver died Dec. 28, 2015, at the Gilbert Hospital in Gilbert. He was born Feb. 7, 1971, to Russell Lupe Sr. and Annabelle (Lavender) Lupe in Whiteriver.

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Vernon Everett Noyes

Vernon Everett Noyes, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Eagar. He was born Feb. 28, 1925, in Brooks, Mo., the son of John and Laura Lussier Noyes.

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David ‘Del’ Peterson

David Irving Lang Peterson, or “Del,” as his friends and family called him, was born Jan. 25, 1957, the son of Orville Max and Billie Louise Hamblin Peterson.

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Dale Stuve

Dale August Stuve, 83, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at Dignity Health of Chandler following a sudden illness. He was born June 1, 1932, right outside of Rochester in Cascade, Mo., to the late August and Esther Louise (Zimdars) Stuve.  

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Robert Towell

Robert E. “Bob” Towell died Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. He was born Aug. 15, 1941, in Centerville, Kan.

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Blaine Arthur Warner

Blaine Arthur Warner died Dec. 31, 2015. He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Reedstown, Wis., to Jay and Elsie (Snell) Warner. 

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Charlotte Sherwood Hendricks Wiehrdt

Charlotte Sherwood Hendricks Wiehrdt died Jan. 2, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Snowflake, just six days shy of her 99th birthday.

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Friday 01/01/2016
Louise Ann Begay

Louise Ann Begay peacefully died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at her home in Holbrook with her family by her side. She was born March 8, 1938, in Old Sunrise Springs to Edna Begay and John X. Nez. 

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Lee Howell Bryant

Lee Howell Bryant, 89, of Snowflake died Dec. 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Snowflake. He was born March 24, 1926, to the late Charles and Isabel (Lewis) Bryant in Clay Springs.

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Kenneth ‘Ken’ David Thompson

The Thompson family mourns the death of Kenneth “Ken” David Thompson Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. His death resulted in complications from Parkinson’s disease.

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Marguerite Tidwell

Marguerite “Mimi” Tidwell, 95, died Dec. 25, 2015, in Payson. She was born in Baton Rouge, La., and moved to Scottsdale when she was 10 years old. 

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Walter Stankiewicz

Walter John Stankiewicz Jr., 59, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low. He was born on a Sunday, June 3, 1956, in Brockton, Mass., to the late Walter John Sr. and Geraldine Ann (Jackson) Stankiewicz.

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Tuesday 12/29/2015
Dan Jess Brimhall

Dan Jess Brimhall, 62, arrived in heaven Dec. 21, 2015, in Show Low.

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