Clara June Heckman

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Clara June Heckman, 85, of Payson, died April 16, 2005. She was born June 26, 1919 in Princeton, Neb.

She married Donald E. Heckman on June 26, 1938 in Cortland, Neb. She spent many years as a farmer's wife before moving to Arizona in January 1962. She was a certified herbalist, midwife, and nutritionist, joined the Peace Corps in September 1989, and returned to Payson nine months later from Sierra Leone, Africa.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Norman) Hook of Payson; sons, Glenn R. (Marilyn) Heckman and Irwin E. (Akiko) Heckman; sisters, Nelda Nocita and Kathryn Brown; brother, D. Paul (Elaine) Oltman; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 19 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to Eckanar Temple, Minneapolis, Minn.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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