March 2005

Bessie Roy

Bessie Roy went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 7, 2005. She was 91. Born on August 20, 1913, to Malcolm and Saphronia Boyett in Matador, Texas, she moved to Arizona with her family in 1916.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 70 years, Joe Roy. She is survived by sons, Joseph (Betty) and Daniel (Anita); and daughters, Lorna Eaton and Sue Hallett, all of Kingman.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren.

Viewing will be at noon on Friday, March 11, followed by services at 1 p.m. at Kingman First Assembly of God Church, 1850 Gates Ave. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

Bessie’s greatest loves were her family and her Lord. She also loved flowers, reading and crocheting. She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Kingman Hospice.

Nellie McLaughlin

Nellie McLaughlin of Kingman passed away on Monday, March 7, 2005. She was 101. Born on Dec. 11, 1903, in Livingston County, Mo., to Theodore and Leona May Beaman, she was the oldest of five children. Her mother died when Nellie was nine, and she helped take care of her brothers and sisters until she went to live with a foster family. She married Wilbur McLaughlin in 1923 and had one child, Leona Bevan of Kingman, who survives her.

She was a lady of many talents. She taught school during the 1930s and was a dispatcher for Ellis Airlines, now part of Alaska Airlines, for bush pilots in the 1940s. She worked for many years as receptionist for an orthodontist in Santa Rosa, Calif., before moving to Kingman upon her retirement. She then worked at the hospital in admitting and became the resident horticulturist of African violets for the Pink Ladies’ Gift Shop. An avid photographer, she loved to process and print her own film for many years. Her needlework and sewing abilities were truly a work of art. She loved quilting and made many for her family. She was an avid reader and loved mysteries. Perhaps the one thing that her family found amazing was her avid love for the Diamondbacks and the poster of Randy Johnson she kept close to her bedside.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Harvey Beaman, Howard Beaman, Ethel Caselman and Thelma Hartley. She is survived by her daughter, Leona Bevan of Kingman, as well as her four grandchildren, Jan and Dale Berridge of Prescott Valley, Craig and Kay Wilson of Burns, Ore., Rebecca and Larry Brooks of Kingman and Tim and Debra Wilson of Kingman. Twelve great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, also survive her.

Following a private burial at Mountainview Cemetery, graveside memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Kingman and Jeri Williams and the staff at White Oaks Assisted Living Home for their care and concern during her last months. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Kingman.

Frances E. Penprase

Frances E. Penprase, 94, of Piasa and formerly of Kingman and of California passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at St. Anthony’s Hospital. She was born June 9, 1910, in San Jose, Ill., a daughter of the late Eugene and Stella (Lux) Martin.

She married John Henry Penprase on June 27, 1940, in Los Angeles, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1993.

A homemaker, she enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived and will dearly be missed by one daughter and son in-law, Pamela and Thomas Dehler of Piasa; one son, Charles J. Penprase of Canyon Country, Calif; six grandchildren, Jeffrey A. Smith, David J. Smith, Gayle Penprase, Jeannette Penprase, Jerrold Penprase and Jessica Penprase; seven great grandchildren; and other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved parents and husband, seven brothers, Paul, Robert, Richard, Dallas, Gene, Walter and James and two sisters, Mary and Flora, preceded her in death.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Elias-Smith Funeral Homes and Crematory in Godfrey at 3 p.m. until time of memorial service at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Carole S. Keller

Carole S. Keller, 67, of Kingman passed away on Monday, March 21, 2005, in Phoenix. She was born on Nov. 4, 1937, in San Francisco. Carole has lived in Kingman for five years and moved here from California.

Carole is survived by her husband, Guy; her daughters, Lucinda, Linda, Renee, Darcy and Shannon; her sons, Danny, Donny and Mark; 20 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Kingman Christian Church.

Duane C. Crane

Duane C. Crane went to meet his Savior on March 15, 2005, in Phoenix at the Arizona Heart Hospital. He was born on Oct. 19, 1926, in Blossom, Texas.

Duane was an agriculture and water specialist. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Lakeview, Ore., for 30 years. He also was employed by the Arizona Water Resources Department and the Salt River Project in Phoenix. Duane was a WWII Navy veteran. He grew up in Bend, Ore., and graduated from Oregon State University in 1953.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Juanita; son, Gary; daughter, Janet Anderson; and three grandchildren, Nick, Stacey and Shane Anderson.

He was well loved by family and friends and will be missed.

A memorial will be held in the future.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Salvation Army.

Richard E. Drumwright

Richard Edward “Eddie” Drumright died Friday, March 18, 2005, in Phoenix. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 30.

Mr. Drumwright was born near Stillwater, Okla., in 1915. He served in the Navy in WWII as a chief petty officer and was a shipmate on the U.S.S. Fogg DE-57. He was a volunteer at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and a member of the retired telephone Pioneers and Grace Lutheran Church. He retired after 34 years with the Pacific telephone Co. in 1975 and lived with his beloved wife Micki in Crestline, Calif. He moved to Kingman with Micki in 1990. (She died in 2002).

He is survived by a sister, Freda Stewart of Denver; a daughter, Mary Susan Haynes of Phoenix; a son, Richard David Drumwright of Redding, Calif.; three grandchildren, Kerri, Rick and Erin, and two great grandchildren, Morgan and Madison.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church. Internment will be at the Columbarium and Memorial Garden.

Henry K. Manship

Henry Kenneth Manship, 88, of Prescott passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2005. He was born May 27, 1916, in Kingman, the youngest son of Robert Lee and Grace Manship.

Kenny, as he was known to family and friends, graduated from Mohave County Union High School in Kingman and as a teenager often visited Prescott with his older brothers Bob and Claude. Bob often flew his brothers over to Prescott on weekends in his private airplane and would fly them back to Kingman on Monday before school started. As a young man, Kenny often participated in the Prescott Smoki ceremonies, handling the snakes.

Kenny resided in San Bernardino, Calif., for 55 years. He was manager of a service station for several years and retired as a long-time food clerk, having worked in several grocery store chains in San Bernardino. Kenny resided at Leisure Point Retirement Home in San Bernardino for 15 years prior to his move to Prescott in September of 2004 in order to relocate near his nephew.

Kenny was greatly loved and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He was a kind, sweet person with a great humor and always a smile, despite his many physical ailments. After his retirement, he and his wife Medford volunteered at a senior center in San Bernardino for many years. Kenny was known for his incredible memory of details (even at age 88), especially about family cars. He could rapidly recall exact years, models and colors of all automobiles he or his family owned since the early 1920s. Even though Kenny lived in California over 60 years, he was an avid fan of the Arizona Wildcats basketball team since Lute Olsen was the coach. He smiled from his hospital bed on March 19 when told the Wildcats had won their second NCAA tournament playoff game.

Kenny was preceded in death in 2001 by Medford, his wife of 59 years; his brothers and their wives and his parents. He is survived by his nephew, David (Donna) Manship of Prescott Valley and their son Daniel of Tucson; niece, Kristina (Mike) Richard of Moses Lake, Wash.; niece, Lynn Stacy and her children Lana and Brett of Calimesa, Calif.; and nephew, Riley (Maureen Durkin) Besand and son Liam of Ventura, Calif.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel, 8167 E. Highway 69 in Prescott Valley, preceded by a private family visitation. Burial will follow on Wednesday at Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory in Prescott Valley.

Carline M. Trotter

Carline Marie Trotter, 88, passed away on March 22, 2005, in Kingman. She was born on Dec. 26, 1916, to Carl and Minnie Overman in Mansfield, Ohio.

Carline had been a resident of Kingman for 24 years, moving here from Orange County, Calif., where she retired from Interstate Electronics Inc., after 15 years of service.

After moving to Kingman, she became involved with the Katherine Heidenreich Adult Center. She was a contributing artist and volunteer for 24 years and served as instructor to the Tuesday morning painting class, gaining many wonderful friends.

Carline enjoyed many things including her painting, square dancing and her pets, Bubbles and Little Bit. In 2004, she became a member of Rebekah Lodge #12 in Kingman; she has also been involved with the Elks wives auxiliary.

She is survived by three sons, Perry Eugene (Carla) of Kingman, Thomas Nelson (Retha) of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Carroll James (Donna) of St. George, Utah; and her daughter, Vergie Lee of Kingman; and one brother, Wayne (Iise) of San Diego. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Carline was preceded in death by her youngest son, Dwight Neal; her husband, James; her brother, Charles; and both her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on April 1. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Home.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Katherine Heidenreich Adult Center would be appreciated.

Tammy L. McCart

Tammy Lee McCart, 41, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2005. She was born on Feb. 17, 1964. Beloved daughter of Jackie Castellani, beloved mother of Eioleen Marisa Rodriquez and Justin Angel McCart. Tammy was taken to be with the Lord at 1:24 p.m. in Tucson,

Tammy is survived by her mother, Jackie Castellani, and stepfather, Shayne Castellani of Kingman; her brothers, Frank Sutter, Robert Cota, both of Kingman, and Georgie McCart of Long Beach, Calif.; her grandmothers, Faye Greenfield of Kingman and Eioleen McCart of Corning, Calif.; step-grandfather, Melvin Greenfield of Dolan Springs; and her loving nieces, Hayley Cota, Ashly Sutter and Nephew Frank R. Sutter Jr. Tammy will be greatly missed each and everyday by her family and many friends.

Marvin T. Dennis

Marvin T. Dennis, 82, of Kingman passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2005, in Kingman. He was born on Nov. 8, 1922, in Albemarie, N.C.

Arrangements will be handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Richard E. Drumright

Richard Edward “Eddie” Drumright died Friday, March 18, 2005, in Phoenix. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 30.

Mr. Drumright was born near Stillwater, Okla., in 1915. He served in the navy in WWII as a chief petty officer and was a shipmate on the U.S.S. Fogg DE-57. He was a volunteer at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and a member of the retired telephone Pioneers and Grace Lutheran Church. He retired after 34 years with the Pacific telephone Co. in 1975 and lived with his beloved wife Micki in Crestline, Calif. He moved to Kingman with Micki in 1990. (She died in 2002).

He is survived by a sister, Freda Stewart of Denver; a daughter, Mary Susan Haynes of Phoenix; a son, Richard David Drumright of Redding, Calif.; three grandchildren, Kerri, Rick and Erin; and two great grandchildren, Morgan and Madison.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church on March 30. Interment will be at the Columbarium and Memorial Garden.