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Sammie Fraze

Dec 18, 1938 - Nov 14, 2023

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Willcox, AZ

"Sammie Jo Fraze of Willcox passed away at home Tuesday morning November 14, 2023, at the age of 84. At her request no services will be held. Contributions may be made in her name to the Charles Wm Leighton Jr. Hospice, P. O. Box 115, Willcox, Arizona 85644 or online at willcoxhospice. com. "

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Mary Jane Harmon

Apr 22, 1939 - Feb 10, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Mary Jane Harmon, age 84, of Willcox, AZ went home to be with the Lord, due to natural causes, on Sat. Feb. 10th, 2024. Mary Jane was born on April 22, 1939, to beloved Bill and Esther Yentsch in Wilmerding, PA. Her siblings, all predeceased, included Dorothy (Stan) Hagar, Billy and Bob (fraternal twins), Dick (Jayne) and Margaret Audrey, her identical twin. Mary Jane had 4 beautiful children whom she loved very much: Pandy (Bob) Weck, Victor Dean (deceased), Jody (Jack) Tinney and Felina Anthony. She boasted of grandchildren Trish (Eric) McGrath, Anna (Andy) Earp, Rachel (Pieter) Weck, Camille (Jaco) Van Niekerk, Steven Dean, Tiffany Olejnik, Michael Dean (deceased), Jason (Erika) Tinney, Samantha (Steven) Crum, Audrey (Rich) Dadd, Chad Anthony, Sterling (Clay) Jackson. Also included are her wonderful nieces, nephews, great and even great, great grandchildren. Mary Jane worked many years in the hospitality industry to include the famous Gadsden Hotel of Douglas and the Captain Cook of Anchorage, AK. Later, she pursued her passion for law enforcement and excelled in her college Criminology courses. She underwent rigorous training to become a Corrections Officer and even worked toward the end of her career at our own Fort Grant, where her father had worked many years prior. Mary Jane loved family, friends, and even complete strangers. She had a passion for entertaining with music, for dancing, traveling, flying and Clint Eastwood movies. She was known for her quick and spontaneous laughter, which brightened every room and every heart. Please join us in celebrating her life on March 2nd, 2pm @ Westlawn Chapel in Willcox, AZ. Interment of her cremains will follow in Sunset Cemetery."

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Walter Thompson Paige

Apr 27, 1956 - Feb 20, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Walter Thompson Paige April 27, 1956 to February 20, 2024 Walter T. Paige (67), passed away peacefully at home in Willcox, Arizona on February 20, 2024. Walter, also known as Walt, son, brother, dad, uncle, grandfather, “mumpie”, and Critter was born to the late Richard Paige and Millicent A. Woods on April 27, 1956 in Woburn, Massachusetts. He is survived by his two daughters Sunni Hardy and Jennifer Baca, his beautiful grandchildren and many other family members and close friends who all loved him dearly. Walter was a former master at the Moses Paul Masonic Hall of Dover, New Hampshire. He was an award winning heavy equipment operator, vehicle and motorcycle mechanic, and later in his career drove a tractor trailer truck. Walter enjoyed the simplicities of life. If he wasn’t working on an engine, racing cars, riding horses or motorcycles, singing karaoke or enjoying time fishing, he most definitely was doing what brought him joy - finding ways to bring people to laughter. Truth be told, his famous one-liners will be fondly remembered by us all. It is not just his one-liners that will be missed. Walter was a generous soul who always gave to or helped anyone in need. He was loved dearly and will truly be missed. The family would like to extend our gratitude to Charles W Leighton Jr Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Walter and to Westlawn Chapel and Mortuary and the Masons of Arizona for their support and services. Walter’s life will be honored and remembered as he is laid to rest at Sunset Cemetery on February 29, 2024 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Charles W Leighton Jr Hospice in Walter’s name. As Walter would always say, “Remember wherever you go, there you are.”"

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Donald G. Slawter

Apr 04, 1953 - Feb 16, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Donald G. Slawter of Willcox passed away Friday evening, February 16, 2024, in Willcox at the age of 70. At his request no services will be held."

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Kit Dunstan Judd

Feb 25, 1954 - Feb 16, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Kit Dunstan Judd was born in Deming, New Mexico on February 25, 1954, to Thomas Alfred Judd and Bethany Ann Hotchkin Judd. He was the first of 4 children. Alan Judd (Suzanne), Jennifer Kleese (Scott) and Rhonda Johnson (Eric). His father preceded him in death on September 22, 2009. All other immediate family and posterity are living. He was married for time and all eternity to his loving wife, Peggy Moser Judd in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on June 10, 1981. They have 5 children: Richard Judd (Barbara) of Martinsburg, WV, Melissa Matthews (Scott) of Willcox, AZ, Sharynn Ferrin (Jonathan) of Buckeye, AZ, Daniel Judd (Paige) of Cotton City, NM and Cynthia Mortenson (Owen) of Elfrida, AZ. He is also Papa to 19 grandchildren. He is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also a very proud El Paso Natural Gas Company Brat. He attended school in Willcox except for his Senior Year and Graduated from Bowie High School in 1972 and Graduated as a Heavy Line Diesel Mechanic at Eastern Arizona College in 1974. He continued his education throughout his career and had many specialty certifications. He owned his own auto shop, K and A Automotive for over 20 years and worked for a number of local businesses including Schmelzla Tire, Irrigation Sales and Service, Hatch Brothers Dodge (Service Manager) in Safford, Marks (Big O) Tire Service, Willcox Unified School District Bus Mechanic. He lived in Willcox, AZ a few years as a child but moved there permanently to raise his family in 1982 where he was active in the community, he played city volleyball, played and coached softball and even ran for city council. He also served for many years on the Rex Allen Days Committee. His lifelong goal was to travel the entire Route 66 in his Mustang, which he accomplished during his 66th year of life. He passed from this life on February 16, 2024, at the age of 69, at home surrounded by his loving family. A visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Westlawn Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024, beginning at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Animas Chapel at 23 Church Rd, Cotton City, New Mexico. A viewing will be in the relief society room at the church starting at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in the Animas-Cotton City Cemetery (Formerly the LDS Animas Cemetery) Animas Ward Zoom Link Feed for Kit\u0027s funeral. https://zoom.us/j/92095088929"

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Elizabeth Thompson

Jan 20, 1939 - Feb 15, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Elizabeth “Betty “Thompson of Willcox passed away at her home early Thursday morning, February 15, 2024, at the age of 85. She was born in Dunlap, Iowa on January 20, 1939, to Cletus George Schaefer and Elizabeth Ellen (Fruerbach) Schaefer. Betty married Jerome Thompson on October 10, 1959, in Omaha, Nebraska and they moved to Willcox in 1961 where they farmed. She was active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a long-time active member of the Lambda Chi Omega Sorority, Tops and the Northern Cochise Community Hospital Auxiliary. Betty is survived by her children Cheryl Moss, Kim (Brent) Haas, Terri (Dean) Harguess, Steve (Kim) Thompson and daughter-in-law Dawna Thompson all of Willcox and eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Delores Hartwig. Preceding her in death was her husband Jerome in 1995, a son Michael in 2021 and her grandson JJ in 2018 along with eight brothers and sisters. A Rosary will be offered at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Westlawn Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in Sunset Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the burial at the Willcox Elks Lodge. Contributions may be made in memory of her name to either the Northern Cochise Community Hospital Foundation, 901 W. Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, Arizona 85643 or to the Charles Wm Leighton Jr. Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, Arizona 85644 or online at willcoxhospice.com Topic: Betty Thompson Rosary Time: Feb 22, 2024, 05:30 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84898927171?pwd=UWxmbmVDSlRIckpsR1pFYkhtUG5ZUT09 Meeting ID: 848 9892 7171 Passcode: 701175 Topic: Betty Thompson Mass Time: Feb 23, 2024, 09:15 AM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87822392769?pwd=ZnY0QWRWeXgxT1BLRS94cVZwaEp0Zz09 Meeting ID: 878 2239 2769 Passcode: 5ptZJT -"

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Maria Aragon de Alcantar

May 08, 1943 - Jan 31, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Maria Aragon de Alcantar of Willcox passed away Wednesday evening, January 31, 2024, at the age of 80. Funeral Services and Burial will be in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico."

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Mario Rodriguez

Dec 17, 1935 - Feb 01, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Mario returned to his heavenly ranch home on the evening of February 1, 2024, in Willcox, Arizona. He started his earthly journey December 17, 1935, in San Mateo, California to Avelino and Carmen (Martinez) Rodriguez. Sharing this journey were his siblings Anita, Sylvia, and Andy. Mario completed High School and one of his biggest highlights was his one-year attendance at the college in Mexico City studying Art. He served in the United States Army receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of SP4 on March 8, 1962. Mario worked and eventually retired as an estimator for Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California. While working he was able to study and receive several college degrees. Mario was trilingual ,mastering three different languages. He got married to his wife Kay and to that union they were blessed with two wonderful sons Shawn and Mike and two granddaughters Andrea and Zoe. In 1985 that marriage ended. As a young child he developed a great love of animals and pigeons, this love led him into breeding and racing pigeons to the last of his days. Raising cattle and horses took him to early retirement to Lewistown, Montana. He had his lifelong dream of ranching, raising hay and racing his birds. In late 2003 he met Meridee Walker , sharing their love of dancing and music. They were married in Cancun, Mexico on January 29,2005 and to that union he welcomed his stepdaughter Tracey and her husband Steve, and grandkids Travis, Brittney and Logan and great grandkids Lillian and Cash. A moved was made to a warmer climate, Willcox, Arizona where he continued to ranch, and taking care of his birds. Mario would expand his love of animals to include chickens, goats, cats, and a couple of dogs. He held a black belt in Judo and developed a passion for hot rods. His other great love was sports, ( never missing his boys sporting events during their school years) and had been an Assistant Coach for the Oroville Rhinos Pop Warner Football team, and he was proud of his Mexican heritage , music, and language. Mario had a passion for living, loving and learning, later in his life he would comment about focusing on one or two, but he loved them all. Mario had a strong faith which carried him throughout his life. He also enjoyed “good” movies. On his last day he was doing what he loved, tending to his animals, birds and ending his day watching a movie when he was called to heavenly ranch home. Mario will be missed by so many family members, extended and old and new friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date."

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Mark Ray

Jul 19, 1962 - Jan 30, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Mark Ray of Elfrida passed away Tuesday evening, January 30, 2024, in Willcox at the age of 61. He was born in Manistique, Michigan on July 19, 1962, to Charles Franklin and Jo-Anne Ray. Mark was a lumberjack for ten years and was a retire warehouseman for Abbott Laboratories. He is survived by his wife Maria, children Mireya, Veronica, Carlos and Antonio and his grandchildren Isabella, Jacobo, Mireya, and Tiana. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brothers Charlie and Louie and his sister Charity. Memorial services will be held at a later date."

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Kristian Rene Kuhn

Feb 27, 1953 - Jan 01, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Kristian Rene Kuhn, 70 years old of Willcox Arizona passed away on January 1, 2024, from natural causes. He is preceded in death by his Mother Shirley Louise Roth Kuhn and Father Harry Herman Allen Kuhn and a nephew, Philip Difario. He is survived by his Wife, Elizabeth, of Willcox; Children: Kristian, Matthew, Brendan, Heather, and Colin and 2 grandsons. Sisters, Kathy Harvey of San Antonio Texas, Leni Griffiths, Indiana, Lisa Laser, New York. Kristian was a talented musician, self-taught drummer, who did not know how to read music but could listen to a piece of music and within minutes be able to repeat it. As a youngster he played in the drum and fife corps in Boston, His hero was Buddy Rich as a youngster, learning to model his drumming skills after him. Mr. Kuhn was a retired Registered Nurse and early in his career he worked on the trials for the clot buster-thrombolytics used commonly now that saves lives during cardiac arrest and stroke. He also worked in the ER and ICU and everyone who knows him was very proud to work with him. Later in his career, with his first wife he moved his family out to Arizona to work with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation at Fort Defiance Arizona. This is where he began the adventure of a lifetime as this is where he met Elizabeth Jenkins, his current wife of 29 years. For him it was love at first sight, and an adventure every single day. Including: working with the Hopi for 5 years, the Navajo for 15 years; adopting wild mustangs, having dogs for the first time in his life, re-enacting in Tombstone and Hardin, Montana (including getting killed by wild Indians during Custers Last Stand), Whale watching in San Diego, and many, many, many more It would take a book to explain all the ups and downs Kris and his wife experienced during their lifetime together since 1995. But it was an adventure, and it was magical. A Celebration of Life will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Westlawn Chapel in Willcox."

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Stella G. Ramirez

Jan 25, 1931 - Jan 04, 2024

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Willcox, AZ

"Stella G. Ramirez, a lifelong resident of Willcox passed away Thursday night, January 4, 2024, at the age of 92. She was born January 25, 1931, in Willcox to Joe C. Garcia and Ramona (Leon) Garcia. Stella graduated from Willcox High School in 1950 and was a Dietitian working for Northern Cochise Community Hospital retiring in 1989. She also worked at the school as a Bilingual aide for which many of her students went on to become very successful in life. Stella was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a very active member of the Willcox Emblem Club. Stella was a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. In 1950 she married her husband Rudy Ramirez who preceded her in death on April 17, 2013. She is survived by her children Cindy Fuller (Gary Hubbard), Randy (Cindy) Ramirez, Priscilla Miles, and Rosemary Bonnett along with sixteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, and eleven great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death besides her husband Rudy, her sons Philip and Rudy Joe and her son-in-law Ed Fuller. A Rosary will be offered Thursday, January 18, 2024, beginning at 6:00 pm at Westlawn Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in Sunset Cemetery. In honor of Stella everyone attending the service is encouraged to wear red which was Stella’s favorite color. Contributions may be made in her name to the Charles Wm Leighton Jr. Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, AZ 85644 or online at willcoxhospice.com."

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