Obituaries for October 2010

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Alma “Mike” Drake

Formerly of Yuma and Payson, Alma “Mike” Drake died Sept. 27, 2010 of complications from cancer. She was born April 27, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mrs. Drake moved to Arizona in the late 1940s during the heyday of the western ...

Bobbi Denise Haught

Bobbi Denise (Holladay) Haught went home to the Lord Sept. 27, 2010 while in her home in Round Valley surrounded by her family. She was the youngest of eight children born to Carel and Elsie Holladay, Oct. 9, 1951 in ...

Lynda Payne Howard

Lynda Payne Howard succumbed to complications of renal cell carcinoma on Sept. 28, 2010 in Phoenix, surrounded by loved ones. Mrs. Howard was born Feb. 3, 1939 and adopted by Thurber and Lyn Payne. She spent her early life in ...

Robert Lawrence Scott

Robert Lawrence Scott was born March 27, 1929 in Los Angeles, Calif. to George and Ruth Scott. After high school graduation, he joined the Army and served his country in Korea. In August 1951, Mr. Scott returned home the day ...

Daphne Marcia Stevenson

Daphne Marcia Stevenson, of Payson, passed away Sept. 28, 2010. She was born June 18, 1923 to Ralph and Dorothy Innes in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mrs. Stevenson received her RN degree in 1946 from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada ...

James Clark

James Clark, 81 of Strawberry, passed away Oct. 2, 2010. He was born Feb. 26, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Walter and Dorothy Clark. He married Dolores Noll on Aug. 12, 1950. In 1959, Jim and Dolores moved from Ohio ...

Bobbi Denise Haught

Bobbi Denise (Holladay) Haught went home to the Lord Sept. 27, 2010 while in her home in Round Valley surrounded by her family. She was the youngest of eight children born to Carel and Elsie Holladay on Oct. 9, 1951 ...

Ledora M. Biltz

Ledora M. Biltz, 85, of Payson, passed away Sept. 24, 2010. She was born June 16, 1925 in Elyria, Ohio, to Maud and Adelbert Johnston. Mrs. Biltz is survived by her husband of 44 years, Sylvain (Steve) Biltz of Payson; ...

Joan Marie Johnson

Joan-Marie Johnson, 78, passed away Sept. 30, 2010 at Payson Hospice Compassus. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Martell of Payson, Deborah Hileman of Pacific Grove, Calif. and Penny Hall of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Beverly Morely of Ft. ...

Helen Murray Papas

Helen Murray Papas traveled the U.S. and the world for more than 20 years with her loving husband, George. Her cherished journeys have now come to an end. Mrs. Papas died Sept. 30, 2010 in Payson after a series of ...

Steven Lee Bell

Steven Lee Bell was born March 21, 1958 to proud parents, Barbara and Donavon Bell. They, in turn, gave him two great brothers, Leonard Wayne and Danny, who had three special children of his own. Steve was the big brother ...

Jerry Albert Maxwell

Jerry Albert Maxwell died at home on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2010. He was born July 1, 1935 in Chariton, Iowa. He retired in 1991 from the Waldinger Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa where he had worked as a field supervisor. ...

Joy Layson

Longtime Payson resident Joy Layson, a prominent, gifted artist and friend to hundreds, died Sept. 30, 2010 at age 83. She was an active and vibrant lady, until the day she was hospitalized, living as she had for years in ...

Ledora M. Biltz

Ledora M. Biltz, 85, of Payson, passed away Sept. 24, 2010. She was born June 16, 1925 in Elyria, Ohio, to Maud and Adelbert Johnston. Mrs. Biltz is survived by her husband of 44 years, Sylvain (Steve) Biltz of Payson; ...

Delia Gray

Delia (Dee) Gray passed away Sept. 12, 2010 in El Cajon Calif. She was 84. Her family was by her side. Mrs. Gray was born in the St. Paul area of Minnesota in 1925. She then moved to Iowa. After ...

Paul Carter

Paul Carter, born Sept. 8, 1967, moved from Tucson to Payson 20 years ago and has lost his short battle with life due to alcoholism Oct. 5, 2010. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Naomi and Bill Werden ...

Richard Murphy

“Well done good and faithful servant” — and with that Richard Murphy passed away Oct. 7, 2010 at the age of 77 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 50 years; daughter, Charlene ...

Eileen Marie Groenwold

Eileen Marie Groenwold was born April 4, 1923 in LaFarge, Wis. and died Sept. 30, 2010 in Payson. Eileen and her husband Walt were married in Albuquerque, N.M. on June 10, 1944, and moved to Scottsdale in 1958 and later ...

Allan M. Peters

Allan M. Peters, formerly of Pine, was born July 25, 1925 in Rochester, Minn. to Edward Peters and Myrtle Sorenson Peters. He died Oct. 8, 2010 in Fountain Hills. Dr. Peters served with the U.S. Army during World War II ...

Yvonne Ayers

Yvonne Ayers passed away Oct. 6, 2010 in Payson. She was born Feb. 13, 1938 in Phoenix to Cledus Vernon Pruett and Anna Laura (Rawson) Pruett. Mrs. Ayers is survived by her husband, Bill Ayers of Payson; daughters, Deborah L. ...

Alden K. Balle

Alden K. Balle, 83, passed away Sept. 25, 2010 in Phoenix. He was born in Indiana and moved to Arizona, where he spent most of his life. Mr. Balle was an avid fisherman and traveler. He was preceded in death ...

Joseph J. Vard

Joseph J. Vard, 91, passed away Oct. 12, 2010. He was born Jan. 1, 1919 in Lithuania. Mr. Vard is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teresa Vard; daughters, Joyce Roberts, Domingue Buigues and grandchildren Christople and Alexia Buigues. ...

LouAnn Fentzlaff

LouAnn Fentzlaff, 69, passed away Oct. 14, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 25, 1941 in Amarillo, Texas to Melvin and Louise Davis. They moved to Pueblo, Colo. later ...

James F. Mallory

James (Jim) F. Mallory, 45, was born Aug. 17, 1965 and passed away Oct. 11, 2010 in Payson. Mr. Mallory was born to Patrick F. and Tommye Mallory of Payson, and is survived by his mother, Tommye Mallory; daughter, Brittany ...

Helen Murray Papas

A memorial for Helen Murray Papas is planned for noon, Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Payson LDS Church, at the corner of East Aero and Ponderosa, Payson. A brief memorial service, followed by a luncheon will celebrate Mrs. Papas’ wonderful ...

Rodney Lee Burback

Rodney Lee Burback, beloved, brother, husband, father and grandfather, passed away Oct. 21, 2010 at home. He was born May 24, 1953 in Pocatello, Idaho to George Louis and Deaon Burback. He was raised in Pocatello and went to Whittier ...

Eddy Mahlen Francisco

Eddy Mahlen Francisco, 48, of Kearny and Payson, lost his battle with cancer while visiting family and friends in Findlay, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2010 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Mr. Francisco, a unique man, fought hard to win his battle with ...

Audrey James

Audrey James, 83, of Payson, passed away Oct. 22, 2010 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe. She was born in Inez, Ky. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Payson Pioneer Cemetery.

Laura Lee Hansen

Laura Lee Hansen died Oct. 14, 2010 in Payson. She was born Dec. 24, 1947 in Beloit, Wis. Mrs. Hansen and her husband Ed came to Payson from California in 1985. They resided in Payson Ranchos for 26 years. She ...

Sammie Houston Leffew

Sammie Houston Leffew, 64, passed away Oct. 23, 2010 in Payson. He was born Jan. 5, 1946 in Maryville, Tenn. to Pleas Willie Leffew and Ruby Anna Hatcher Leffew. He leaves a loving wife, Kathy Leffew of Star Valley. He ...

Don Bissett

, 78, of Payson, passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2010 surrounded by the love of his family. He was born in Plainville, Kan. and was raised in Gooding, Idaho, but had been a resident of Payson since 1970. He ...

Eric Karl Velgos

Eric Karl Velgos, a recent resident of Payson, died at his home Oct. 24, 2010 after almost two years of treatment for cancer. His wife and mother were with him. Mr. Velgos was born July 3, 1954 in LaPlata, Md. ...