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January 2005

Melvina L. Knight

Melvina Louise Knight passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 26, 1932, in Olathe, Kan. She was a retired registered nurse and active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She is survived by her loving husband, Donald W. Knight; four children, Karen Elswick of Kingman, Kenneth Knight of Corona, Calif., Donna Foster of Las Vegas, Nev., and Michael Knight of Ramstein, Germany; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A brother, Neal Tull, and a sister, Beatrice Hansen, also survive her. Melvina will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at American Legion Post 14. Sutton Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lela E. Todd

Lela Evelyn Todd, 55, of Yucca passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in Kingman. She was born March 17, 1949, in Greensburg, Ind. Lela was a resident of Kingman for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband, David E. Todd of Yucca; her mother, Opal Cook; and sisters, Diane Wingate and Susan Barnes, all of Oneida, Tenn.; three brothers; two aunts; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the Yucca Fire Department.

Patricia J. Beaver

Patricia Jean Beaver, beloved wife of Dana Beaver, passed away Jan. 4, 2005, in Kingman. She was born on April 20, 1945, in Oakes, N.D., to James W. and Agnus Daker.

At an early age her family moved to Seattle.

She and Dana were married in 1987, and together they enjoyed traveling extensively. She had a special love for her little dogs, Suzie and Peaches.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Dana Beaver of Golden Valley; sisters, Alice, Margaret and Hazel; and brothers, Charles, John and Gene.

Memorial services were conducted Jan. 6 at Golden Valley Baptist Church by Pastor James Campbell of Morton, Wash., and Dr. Sam Crouch.

Another memorial service will be held Jan. 22 in Morton. She will buried in Kent, Wash., along side her parents.

Carl R. Buckley

Carl Russell Buckley, 52, of Kingman passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at his home. He was retired because of a disability, but formerly trained greyhounds for racing and worked as an escort at the Arizona Republic and Gazette newspaper. A memorial service was held Jan. 11 at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

His survivors include his wife and girlfriend of 21 years, Cindy J. Buckley of Kingman; daughters, Carlaina B. Buckley of Kingman, Christy L Taylor of Black Canyon, Ariz., and Cindy Jo Carel of Wickenburg; sons, Colt R. Buckley of Kingman and Lance B. Buckley of Taylor, Ariz., and adopted son Joseph L. Buckley of Holbrook; stepsons, Adam L. Buckley of Winslow, Wayne L. Buckley of Holbrook and Jeremy R. Buckley of Lake Havasu City; sisters, Roxanne Edmondson of Taylor, Tina Koonce of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Joan M. Earl of Holbrook; brothers, Donald L. Buckley of Joseph City, Ariz., Danny Buckley of Phoenix and Bob Buckley of Bullhead City; 21 grandchildren; and lots of nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by two sons, Matthew and Kevin; a brother, Richard; and his parents, John and Betty Buckley of Joseph City. He will be truly missed by lots and lots of people.

Wayne E. Norris

Wayne Edwin Norris Sr. died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, after a short illness. He served his country in the Navy during World War II.

He was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Tippecanoe, Ohio, but he spent the last 40 years in Mohave County.

He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; sisters, Marge and Virginia; brother, Ron; sons, Wayne II, Gary and Wayne III; daughters, Rita, Maryann, Caroline, Melody and Michelle; stepsons, Richard and Thomas; stepdaughters, Karen, Pati and Shawn; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is very much loved and missed.

Fran Ryan

Fran Ryan, 69, of Kingman passed away on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 18, 1935, in Livermore, Calif.

Fran was a great mother and homemaker.

She is survived by sisters Hazel Lefler and Pat Jarrard, both of Salem, Ore.; daughters, Juanita Rockwood of Salem and Barbara Quiney (Dave) of Black Hawk, S.D., Helen Chrisco of Kingman, Patricia Sullivan (Mike) of Bremerton, Wash., and Ida Bumbalough (Daniel) of Kingman; sons, Frank P. Ryan of San Francisco and Harry P. Ryan III (Chris) of Kingman; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cremation will take place in Lake Havasu City. She will be dearly missed. Donations can be made to Saint Jude’s Hospital.

Eric C. Nelson

Eric Conrad Nelson, 25, passed away in his home Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, in the company of his family and loved ones. He battled leukemia for two years, when God called him home.

He was born in Lake Havasu City on March 14, 1979. A graduate of Kingman High School, he spent most of his life in the Kingman area – a loving son, husband and devoted daddy who was loved by everyone. He will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife of four years, the love of his life, Jennifer (Stonebrook) Nelson; his only son, 3-year-old Connor Brandon Nelson; his mother and stepfather, Christine Nelson Garrett and Alex Garrett; his father and stepmother, Max and Mary Perea; maternal grandparents, Jack and Eileen Nelson; mother-in-law, Tammy Stonebrook; sisters, Catherine and Raeschelle Lagle; and brothers, Max Jr. (Jennifer) and Steven Perea, all of Kingman. He also is survived by an aunt, Kathy Nelson of Mesa; uncles, John Nelson (Linda) of Gunnison, Colo., Dan Nelson (Theresa) of Buckeye and Joseph, Paul, Frank (Mary) and Orlando Perea, all of Kingman; two nieces and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Joe and Lola Perea; an uncle, Gabriel Perea; and stepfather, Bernard Lagle.

Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Manzanita Baptist Church, 2040 Golden Gate Ave. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.

The family suggests donations be made to the Eric Nelson Memorial Fund at Compass Bank (inside Albertson’s).

“Gone but not Forgotten,” may you forever be at peace with the Angels

We Love You, Eric.

Nancy Runner

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Nancy Runner passed away Jan. 25, 2005, at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. She was born to Karl L. Carter and Geri Carter Cox on Sept. 12, 1957, in Henderson, Nev. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Morlin and Thelma Carter and Robert and Evelyn Dancer, and her brother, John Allen Carter.

She worked at KRMC as an RN for many years. She set up the Skilled Nursing Unit at the hospital. She made many lifetime friends with the staff and patients while working there.

She died from complication of diabetes. Her son Tyler donated one of his kidneys to her in April of 2004. Even though blinded by this disease, she enjoyed tying quilts and donating them to Sara’s House and the Teen Crisis Center. She had a great love for children and wanted to do all she could for them. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, needlework and family get-togethers.

She leaves behind her family and many friends; her stepfather and mother, Hubert and Geri Cox; her beloved husband, Richard Runner; daughters, Tracy Clouse (Steve), Tammy Boring (Rick) and Jennifer Sherman (Layne); sons, Bobby Runner (Mindy), John Runner (Trina), Daniel Runner (Jenny), Tyler Runner (Christina) and Wesley Runner (Gina); and 18 grandchildren with three more on the way.

Viewing is scheduled at Sutton Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday at the LDS Church on Eastern. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.

Corina Salazar

Corina Lucinda Martinez Salazar was born Oct. 2, 1913 to Rafael Martin (Martinez) and Franchesca Baldes (Valdez of Antonito, CO. At the age of 91, she died Jan. 21, 2005 at her home in Kingman, AZ.

Joe B. and Cora moved to Kingman in 1971.

She attended school grades first through twelfth in Antonito, CO. Immediately following graduation from Antonito Colorado High School, Cora entered the religious life with the Sisters of the Franciscan Order. She spent postulate years at Yankton, SD and her noviciate years at the Mother House in Rochester, MN. Approximately 4 or 5 years in the convent, she returned home to assist with the care giving her grievously ill mother.

She was a member/director/soloist of the choir at St. Augustin Catholic Church in Antonito, as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe in Conejos, CO. It was during this time that she met her spouse of 58 years, Jose Bernardo Salazar a.k.a. Joe B. Salazar (deceased 1991). The couple was married in 1934.

Their surviving children are Gloria Marie Salazar Richhart (Harry James), Grandchildren are: Cora Lynne Richhart (Skip Meyer) Meyer, Michelle Marie Richhart and James “Jim” Joseph Richhart (Kim Woods Richhart). Great grandchildren are: Jason Richhart; Wynde, Jonathan and James Martin; Dillon, Trevor, Dara and Kyla Richhart. Also her son Joseph Rudolph Salazar (Rudy) and wife Gay; Kevin. Misti Rae, Dawn Dee and Dusty Lee; great grandchildren are: Alana, Nakita, Shelby; Keyton, Ariel, Daphney, Blake; Cierra, Frederick, Kevon and Tamia; She had two step grandchildren Anthony Cortez (Janet) and Auna Cortez Chaney (Andy). Great grandchildren are: Anthony and Karina Cortez; Malachi, Tariah, and Andy Chaney.

Cora spent 58 years as a domestic engineer, she and Joe B. managed/operated the Ritz Café in Antonito, CO. When her children were in band, she was a band mother for the Silverton High School band. She was a member of the Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, choir director and soloist for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Silverton, CO. While she resided in Silverton, she was employed at the Blue Cross Drug Store Fountain. During that time she met and made friends with Barbara Stanwick, James Cagney, John Derek, James Stewart, Hugh O’Brian, Ruth Gordon, Raymond Burr, Primo Carnera and many others. In Kingman she was a member of the Hualapai Toastmistress Club.

She loved being a grandmother to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren and their friends. Lil Grams always was there to listen to their stories and to play games with them.

Jason said he recalls when “Lil Grams” used to play with him the games of baseball “she pitched and he batted,” football “she threw passes and he caught,” soccer and kick ball “both pushed, shoved and kicked.” We broke the front windows on several occasions.

Cora and Joe B. were world travelers. They belonged to a “caravan group” that traveled each winter to Corona Villa, Guadalajara Mexico. For six years they made annual trips to the Philippines, to Bancock, Thailand; Singapore China, Tokyo Japan. Following their 50th Golden Anniversary they traveled to the Holy Land, and while in Canna Joe B. and Cora M. said their 50th wedding vows for the 2nd time. They also visited Lisbon, Portugal; Rome Italy; Athens, Greece; Cairo Egypt. They traveled to England, Belgium, France and Spain.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2005 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A second Mass will be offered at the St. Theresa, Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Manassa, CO. with interment at Los Cerritos Cemetery. Her remains will be placed next to her spouse Joe B. Salazar, her babies and other family members.