Carol Cathryn Koontz
1930 - 2012
Carol Cathryn Koontz, 82, of Cottonwood, Ariz., died April 10, 2012. She was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Logan, Ohio to Don and Kathryn Phillips.
The family moved to Arizona in 1944 and Mrs. Koontz graduated from North Phoenix High School with the Class of 1948. She relocated to Payson in 1958 where she and first husband Robert owned Payson Auto Supply.
She was active in the community and served as Payson Chamber of Commerce president from 1966 to 1967. She returned to Phoenix in 1970 and worked as a bookkeeper for a metal products company until 1987 when she moved to Cottonwood with the love of her life, Alfred Koontz, who preceded her in death by just 82 days.
Mrs. Koontz loved to hike and travel. She hiked in Germany with the Sierra Club and vacationed in Switzerland, Italy and Mexico, as well as many of the states. She loved art and was a painter. She loved music and played the guitar.
She was a Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce volunteer for many years and kept a lifelong journal until Alzheimer’s disease took her memory.
She is survived by sons, Steve Mercer (Karen) of Clarkdale, Ariz. and Neal Mercer (Donna) of Oregon City, Ore.; six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Neal Phillips; a son, Bruce Mercer; and her husband, Al Koontz. No funeral services are planned.