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June 2004

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Donald J. Davis

Donald Joe Davis of Kingman died Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at his home.

Mr. Davis moved to Kingman 40 years ago from Buckeye. He was a sheet-metal worker and a member of the sheet-metal workers union.

He also was a Marine Corps veteran.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Ellis.

He is survived by his wife, Mary D. Davis of Kingman; three daughters, Donna Johnson of Kingman, Janet Dowling of Lake Havasu City and Vikki Dalton of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sons, Lonnie Davis of Kingman and James Davis of Buckeye; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A service will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, June 7, at 4045 North Bank St. in Kingman.

Darrel L. Hensley

Darrel Lee Hensley, 46, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born Sept. 14, 1957, in Calexico, Calif.

Mr. Hensley is survived by his wife, Vicki; three daughters, Melissa, Kari and Lisa; his mother and father, Donald and Juanita Hensley; brothers, Darren, Michael and Allen; sisters, Kimberly and Donna; grandmother, Peggy Donich of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Deven, Steven, Justyn, Kevin, Alexandra, Beka and one more due in October; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his natural mother, Mary Sartain.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Abundant Life Family Worship Center, 1212 Stockton Hill Road. After the service, a reception will take place at the church, hosted by Pastor Michael Bryant and the ladies of the United Methodist Church

You were a son, a husband, brother, father and grandfather. We will miss your presence but will carry you in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Darrel’s name, which can be done at any credit union.

Ruby C. Cartier

After a blessedly brief battle with cancer, Ruby Caroline Cartier victoriously went home to the arms of her maker on June 8, 2004. She was born on Feb. 5, 1917, in Duluth, Minn., to August and Caroline Lindskog. The eleventh of twelve siblings, she had a strong sense of family and community.

As a young couple, she and her husband ran a hamburger stand before moving to California in 1950. There she worked for the county of San Diego and the county of Los Angeles until her retirement. She was an avid camper, amateur rock hound and jeweler.

In 1981, when Lancaster, Calif., became too crowded, she relocated to Kingman, where she spent her days gardening, golfing, serving her community and sharing laughter with everyone.

She was one of those treasured people who found immense joy in her own shortcomings.

Her ability to laugh at herself and see the humor in life was so infectious you had to laugh, too, even if you weren’t sure what you were laughing at.

Ruby was a change agent, a modern day crusader for her community. She loved to find a need and then tackle the challenges head-on.

Ruby leaves behind her two daughters, Jeannine Martinez and Victoria Bergersen; five of her six grandchildren, Laura Briggs, Kelly Colby, Eric and Bruce Bergersen, and Benjamin Briggs; two great-grandchildren, Kristina and Jacob Bergersen; two sisters, Alice Larson and Lillian Lindskog; brother, Vernon Lindskog; and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Victor Cartier, and her grandson, Michael Scott Briggs.

The family extends its appreciation to all of the friends and family who supported Ruby in her final days – of special note to her niece, Vernette Hajek.

The community is invited to join in a celebration of Ruby’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave.

Jennifer L. Selby

Jennifer Leigh Selby, 16, of Golden Valley died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 25, 1987, in Lake Havasu City.

Jennifer attended Kingman High School and had many friends, including computer friends in many states. She had a very big heart and will be missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her parents, Warren and Kathy Selby; a sister, Jessica and her husband Todd; twin brother, Rocky; niece, Ashlee; and nephew, Dylan – all of Golden Valley; and her maternal grandmother, Agnes Gulliver of Lake Havasu City.

Jennifer’s ashes will be distributed along the Colorado River in Parker.

Don Marklowitz

Don Marklowitz, 72, of Dolan Springs died June 9, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born April 15, 1932, in Clearwater, Minn.

Don is sadly missed by his wife of 47 years, Floraine (Toots); son, Don Jr. and his wife Margaret of Fountain City, Wis.; daughters, Shelly Weyers and her husband Mike of Hudson, Wis., Kim Waterman and her husband Jim of Baldwin, Wis., and Toni Nelson and her husband Mark of Clarksville, Tenn.; brothers, George, Milo and his wife Ida, Frederick and Darrell, all of St. Cloud, Minn.; sisters, Arlene Hetrick and her husband Lee of Kingman and Doreen Jungk of Minneapolis, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Glen, Norman and Marlin.

His remains will be cremated. Memorial services will be held in Hudson.

Lenore M. Glover

Lenore M. Glover, 69, passed away Monday, May 31, 2004. She was born July 5, 1934, in Bismarck, N.D., to Joseph and Francis Roder.

Lenore was born and raised in North Dakota and went to high school in Wolf Creek, Mont. She stayed in Montana until 1984, when she moved to Arizona, where she loved the warm weather. She married Gordon Dempsey in 1953. She later married Gene Wildish in 1963. Lenore loved gardening and being outdoors – she took much pride in her landscaping. One of her biggest passions was bowling and bowling leagues. She enjoyed frequent trips to Laughlin, where she loved to gamble. She will be forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

Lenore is survived by her sons, Mike Dempsey and Scott Wildish; stepfather Lee Layton; grandchildren Joshua, Jake and Loralee Dawn; half-sisters, Marsha and Debbie Layton; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, brother Marvin and sister Kathleen, preceded Lenore in death.

Contributions in Lenore’s name can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Lake Havasu Mortuary made arrangements.

Thomas M. Shibata

Thomas M. Shibata, a longtime resident of Gallup, N.M., and Kingman, was called home to the Lord on May 25, 2004, after a long illness.

Thomas was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Gallup, the second son of Roy Shibata and Yei Fujisawa.

Thomas made many friends during his travels throughout the United States and will be best remembered as a person who cared greatly for the welfare of others and as a person who gave freely of his time to others.

He was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingman before moving to Albuquerque, N.M.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Edward, George and Walter.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Shigenaka of Lake Forest, Ill.; sister-in-law, Anne Shibata of Albuquerque; nephews, David Shibata of Camus, Ore., Edward Shibata of West Lafayette, Ind., Gary Shigenaka of Seattle, Wash., Robert Shigenaka of Shelby Township, Mich., Ricky Shibata of California and Ronald and Randolph Shibata of Albuquerque.

A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Friday, June 11 in Albuquerque by Father Richard Olona at Church of the Risen Savior.

Inurnment took place Saturday, June 12, at the family plot at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallup, with Father James Walker of the Sacred Heart Cathedral officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Thomas’ memory be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Church of the Risen Savior.

John R. Bromley and Bertha M. Bromley

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bromley lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident on Monday, June 14, 2004, while traveling east of Artesia, N.M. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, June 19, at Golden Valley Baptist Church by Dr. Sam Crouch. The church is at 100 S. Higley Road near state Route 68.

John R. Bromley was born in Williston, Vt. He was 81 years old. He is survived by two sons, Peter and Chris Bromley, and one daughter, Pam, as well as three brothers, David, Marcus and Tommy, and five sisters, Helene, Maxine, Janice, Brenda and Nadine.

Bertha M. Bromley was born in Hatch, N.M., and grew up in Kingman. She was 65 years old and is survived by a daughter Roberta, son-in-law Craig and grandchildren Miranda and Aidan Becker, of Austin, Texas, as well as sisters Lois Hanna and Katie Blair of Kingman, Ginger Evenson of Perris, Calif., and brother H.D. Wilbanks of Waco, Texas. Many nephews, nieces and friends also mourn their loss.

George A. Komadina

George A. Komadina, 82, died May 31, 2004. Born the eldest child of Croatian immigrants Kata and Tony Komadina in Oatman, George was educated at Mohave County Union High School and the University of Arizona. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in metallurgical engineering and was a registered professional engineer in Arizona.

A World War II veteran, George served in the Army’s 14th Armored Division, 25th Tank Battalion from its landing at Marseille, France, in October 1944 to the war’s conclusion in May 1945, when the division was in Austria. He fought in Alsace-Lorraine, the historic defense of Allied positions at Hatten and Rittershoffen, and the liberation of subcamps of Dachau concentration camp. George was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during the Battle of the Bulge.

His 36-year career in mining took him to Colorado, Oklahoma and finally back to Tucson, where he was vice president and general manager of Cyprus Pima Mining Co. George served as president of both the Tri-state and Tucson sections of the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

A conscientious community-minded individual, George served on the University of Arizona Alumni board of directors for eight years, including as president in 1977-78. In 1997, George was the distinguished recipient of the university’s Alumni Association Centennial Achievement Award. Additionally, he was a territorial bank director and a member of the Faculty-Alumni Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.

George was married to Esther Brossart for 57 years. He is survived by Esther; daughters, Sharon Komadina McCarty and her husband Joseph, and Mary Komadina; sons, Tom Komadina and wife Ellen, Jim Komadina and wife Krina; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He also is survived by his brothers, Tony and Frank Komadina, and sister, Mary Komadina.

Services were held June 4 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Tucson.

Barbara J. Bales

Barbara Jean Bales, 51, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2004, in Kingman.

She was born on Dec. 27, 1952, in Indiana.

Barbara is survived by her two sons, Jason and Toby Knautz of Oklahoma; daughter, Audra Sinclair of Kingman; four sisters, Ada Wyatt of South Dakota, Fay Phillips and Margaret Bennett, both of Kingman and Penny Selder of Texas; brother, Lloyd Wyatt; and her mother, Jeannette Wyatt, both of Texas; as well as many grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Wyatt; husband, William Bales; and her daughter, Candy Knautz Milner.

At Barbara’s request, there will be no services and her remains will be cremated.

Margaret A. Ambrose

Margaret Ann Ambrose, 60, of Kingman died Friday, June 18, 2004.

She is survived by her beloved husband, C.G. Jerry Ambrose, also of Kingman.

Maggie, as she was affectionately known by family and friends, left behind her children: Evelyn Ambrose of Menefee, Calif., Donna Dolan of Valencia, Calif., Michael Cox of Tempe, Gretchen Dorner and Heidi Cox, both of Kingman, and Michael Ambrose of Santa Barbara, Calif.; her grandchildren, Megan, Matthew and Madison Dorner, all of Kingman, Haley, Ryan, Andrew and Hannah Dolan, all of Valencia, Michelle Avery and Chesarae and Casey Shepard, all of Menefee; and one great-grandchild, Nathaniel Walker.

Surviving siblings include Phyllis Nickel and her husband Clarence of El Centro, Calif., sister, Mary Sheridan and her husband Bill of Portuguese Bend, Calif., and Bill Volner and his wife Jean of Bass Lake, Calif. Thirteen nieces and nephews also survive her.

Margaret was born to William and Lucille Volner on Aug. 14, 1943, in El Centro. She was the baby of her family. She attended school in El Centro, graduating from Central Union High School in 1961. She entered Mount Saint Mary’s College in Brentwood, Calif. She lived in several cities in both California and Arizona, eventually settling in Kingman in 1976. She retired from a career in banking as a Wells Fargo branch manager. On Feb. 28, 1998, she married C.G. Ambrose, and together they attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Margaret was ingrained in the Kingman community and enjoyed volunteering in a variety of capacities. She was a member of the Kingman Rotary Club and participated in service projects and served several terms as treasurer. She also served as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman, a director for the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce and a committee chairwoman for the annual Andy Devine Awards. Other clubs and organizations include: Kingman Quilters, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Margaret’s hobbies included spending time with her husband Jerry, a retired U.S. Marine Corps captain. They traveled and enjoyed the great wonders of the country they loved. Baseball was a lifelong joy of Margaret’s, passed on to her by her father. She was a season ticketholder for the Arizona Diamondbacks and could be noted as one of their most devoted fans.

Her constant travel to various family functions displayed how important her family was to her. She will be missed.

Murtis M. Chapman

Murtis M. Chapman went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 18, 2004, at the age of 72.

Born Murtis Murel Edwards on Nov. 12, 1931, in Sardis, Okla., she was the daughter of a saw miller, Logan Edwards, and his wife, Lillie. At the age of 17, Murtis found herself in California, where she met Alec Chapman Jr. They were later married in Yuma on Jan. 5, 1949.

During the Korean conflict, Alec was called back into the Navy, and the first of three daughters, Arthena, was born in San Diego. A few years later, a second daughter, Muriel, came along. In 1959 the family would relocate to the high desert of California, where Alec was employed at Edwards Air Force Base. A third daughter, Wanda, was born that year.

In 1975, Murtis and her family moved to Kingman. Murtis worked in the cafeteria for the Kingman Elementary School District, first at La Senita and later at Manzanita. She retired in 1993 but continued to work part time until illness forced her to stop.

Murtis loved gardening. She could grow just about anything and did, including banana trees. She loved crafts, specifically crocheting, quilting and sewing.

Murtis is survived by two daughters, Wanda Chapman and Muriel Campbell, both of Kingman; three grandchildren, Jason Campbell, and James and Yvonne Campbell, all of Phoenix; three sisters, Alma Golden of Oklahoma City, Ellen Nichols of Spencer, Okla., and Ann Malidore and her husband Jerry of Enumclaw, Wash.; four sisters-in-law, Hazel Edwards and Alta Edwards, both of McAlester, Okla., and Donna Gunn and Shirley Chapman, both of Rosamond, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alec, daughter Arthena and brothers Don, Earl, Jap and Dick Edwards.

Visitation will be from noon to

1 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Kingman First Assembly of God, 1850 Gates Ave. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the church by Pastor Dan Briles. A gathering will be held for family and friends in the church fellowship hall following graveside services.

Murtis touched the lives of many and will be missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

Virginia J. Strickland

Virginia J. Strickland, 68, went home to be with her Lord on June 22, 2004.

She was born the eldest child of Ezra C. Herron Sr. and Mary Velma Herron, on Jan. 19, 1936, in Midland, Texas. She moved to Kingman in 1981 to be with her daughter and her family. She worked for Kmart before becoming the night auditor at the Holiday Inn.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Vondalyn J. Faucher and husband Jim of Kingman; a brother, Ezra C. Herron Jr. and his wife Jan of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Velma June Fischer of Texas; grandson, James R. Faucher and his wife, Barbara; granddaughter, Vanessa J. Faucher and her husband Jason; granddaughter, Laura L. Faucher; and four great-grandchildren, Agatha, Alyxandar, Viviana and Joshua, all of Kingman. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive her.

An informal gathering to celebrate Virginia’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at the home of her daughter, 1940 Detroit Ave.

Donations may be made to Colleen Faucher at Chicago Title Insurance Co. on Andy Devine Avenue in Kingman.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Terry S. Casteel

Terry Starr Casteel, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2004, in Pasadena, Calif., following complications from surgery. She was born Terry Jane Starr, to Dr. Russell and Helen (Knight) Starr on July 17, 1926, in Los Angeles and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1944.

Terry was a former resident of Kingman, moving here in 1949 with husband Peter Bartmus Jr., who preceded her in death, and her two daughters, Pamela and Karen. Peter worked as a ranch manager on his father’s ranch, the Wagon Bow.

While living in Kingman from 1949 to 1960, Terry was a member and past president of the Cowbelles. She also was a member of the Country Club and the Bridge Club. Terry was a former professional model and modeled in many local fashion shows. She helped to organize the annual Miss Mohave Pageant and was first runner-up in the Mrs. Arizona Pageant in 1957.

Terry led a full and varied life, including classical piano, modeling, ranching in Arizona, working for the Las Vegas Convention Bureau, managing a Baskin Robbins store and most recently working as a part-time secretary at the San Marino Community Church. She loved old movies and was a fountain of knowledge regarding music and actors. An expert knitter, she was legendary for her ability to turn out beautiful Afghans in record time. She delighted in giving them away, and those who possess these works treasure them.

A longtime resident of South Pasadena and San Marino, she is survived by: daughters, Pamela Johnson of Olympia, Wash., and Karen Collins of Kingman; sons, Peter Bartmus III of Las Vegas and Russell Bartmus of Valencia, Calif.; sister, Jerry Starr Miller of San Marino, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Shannon, John, Brenda, Terry, Pete IV, Christina and Matthew; two great-grandchildren, Shanel and Lauren; niece, Rhonda Stone of Colchester, England; and nephews, Eric Miller of California and Russell Miller of New York.

Her devotion to her family was complete and profound. She will be missed by all.

At her request, there has been no funeral. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, July 11, at the Pasadena home of Eric and Leslie Miller. Donations in Terry’s name may be made to the Pasadena Humane Society, 361 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 or Angel Interface Network, P.O. Box A, South Pasadena, CA 91030.

Patricia A. Ward

Patricia Ann Ward, 62, of Golden Valley died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, in Kingman.

She was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Wickenburg.

Mrs. Ward was a resident of Mohave County for 40 years. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband J.D. Ward; sister, Mary Braband; daughters, Patty Metzke and Dena McBride; and sons Noble Metzke and Jerry Ward, all of Arizona; and daughters, Margaret Metzke of California and Doreen Bottiggi of Nevada, and son Ivan Metzke of Texas. She also is survived by 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at Chloride Cemetery.

Thelma Carter

Thelma Jean Ferrell Carter went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2004, after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 8, 1930, to Merlin and Cecil DeCamp, in Greensburg, Kan.

Jean was on the local board of directors for the National Association of Retarded Citizens as well as the board of the governor’s council for the handicap and mentally impaired.

She was a cashier for the Central Commercial grocery and was known as the fastest cashier in Kingman. She also worked at Buddy’s Market and Charlie Forsyth’s Market on Northern Avenue and managed a Sprouse-Reitz store.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Harry Carter Jr.; Delbert and Mike Ferrell of Kingman; Shaun Richards of Scottsdale; and 21 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Debbie and Terry Ferrell.

She will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched.

A memorial service was Saturday, July 1, at the River of Life Fellowship Church, 3025 Neal Ave.

Liane M. Stanley

Liane Mary Stanley, Sept. 16, 1974 to May 6, 2004

The untimely death of a lovely young woman.

Liane was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and grew up in Kingman, attending schools here. She continued on in Idaho Falls, Idaho, receiving a degree in computer skills.

She was gentle and kind, accepting people as they were with a heart full of love.

Liane fought life’s uphill battles valiantly and no words can say how she will be missed. Loved by family and friends she leaves behind a legacy of hope and love.

She is survived by her mother, Millie Hubbs of Idaho Falls, Idaho; father, Scott Stanley of Kingman; two sisters, Lauren Crandall of Rapid City, S.D., and Elaine Bradshaw of Aurora, Colo.; one brother, Lane Stanley of Kingman; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hubbs Jr. of Moundsville, W.V.; and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James Stanley of Sun City, Ariz.

To the hauntingly beautiful Liane forever in God’s grace and all the angels, R.I.P.

Liane M. Stanley

Liane Mary Stanley, Sept. 16, 1974, to May 6, 2004.

The untimely death of a lovely young woman.

Liane was born in Phoenix and grew up in Kingman, attending schools here. She continued on in Idaho Falls, Idaho, receiving a degree in computer skills.

She was gentle and kind, accepting people as they were with a heart full of love.

Liane fought life’s uphill battles valiantly and no words can say how she will be missed. Loved by family and friends, she leaves behind a legacy of hope and love.

She is survived by her mother, Millie Hubbs of Idaho Falls, Idaho; father, Scott Stanley of Kingman; two sisters, Lauren Crandall of Rapid City, S.D., and Elaine Bradshaw of Aurora, Colo.; one brother, Lane Stanley of Kingman; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hubbs Jr. of Moundsville, W.V.; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Stanley of Sun City, Ariz. To the hauntingly beautiful Liane forever in God’s grace and all the angels, R.I.P.


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