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Arola Pixley - George R. Fisk - Ronald Garai - Norma Jean Mullen - Stephen Feenstra

Arola Pixley

Arola Pixley, age 84, born June 23, 1921, passed into the arms of her loving Savior on Dec. 27, 2005, at The Gardens Care Center where she received loving care. Before retiring in Yuma, she labored for the Lord as an Assemblies of God missionary evangelist to Latin America with her husband Leland Pixley, who proceeded her in death Sept. 12, 1995.

Her family was blessed with her great love and constant prayers to guide them, and she touched the lives of all who knew her. She leaves behind four children, Ken Pixley of Yuma, Judy Hart of Kingman, Danny Pixley of Marshall, Okla., and Cheri Russell of Pine City, N.Y.; her 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great, great-grandchildren, who will all miss her very much.

Services will be held Tuesday at Sunset Vista in Yuma, where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband.

George R. Fisk

George Robert (Bob) Fisk, 75, a former Chino, Calif., resident, died Dec. 8, 2005, in Boise, Idaho. He was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., to John and Rose Fisk. He was married to Lois J. Sims. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and owned Fisk Excavating Company. Aside from being one of the nation's top square dance callers, he was an avid pilot and enjoyed the outdoors and sports. Singing was his love, and he continued to call square dances and sing karaoke until his death.

He is survived by three of his children, Kay Allen of Chino, Bob Fisk II (Lori) of Kingman and Roberta Thurlow (Bob) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, John H. Fisk; mother, Rose M. Fisk; brother, Johnny Fisk; daughter, Carol D. Fisk; and wife, Lois J. Fisk.

Memorial services will be held in Kingman at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Calvary Chapel Church, 500 Stowell Ave.

Ronald Garai

Ronald Steven Garai passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 25, 2005. He was born Jan. 21, 1942, in Perth Amboy, N.J. He lived in Kingman almost 20 years.

He loved the desert; it is where he always wanted to be.

He also loved his guns, going shooting with his children and going to the swap meet.

He loved his job at Five Star Diesel Repair. He had some very good friends there, and he thought so much of them. He was one of a kind.

No one like Ron!

He was unconditionally loved by his family. He is now at peace.

We will miss him more than words can say.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his four children, Charlie (Julie) Balluff, Courtney Martin, Margie Garai and Wesley Garai; and three grandchildren, Tyler Balluff, Taylyr Balluff and Wyatt Clouse, with one more coming soon. All of them live in Kingman.

He was cremated and there were no services, requested by Ron.

Condolences may be sent to 4430 Skylark, Kingman, AZ 86401.

Norma Jean Mullen

Norma Jean Mullen was born near Port Angeles, Wash., on Aug. 7, 1934, to Walter Franklin Blair and Myrtle Irene (Duncan) Blair. She attended schools in Port Angeles, moved to Salem with her family in 1944 and graduated from Salem High School on June 2, 1952. Her marriage to Robert Mullen of Aumsville, Ore., ended in divorce. She had no children.

She retired after many years employed in Long Beach, Calif., at McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing), and moved to Kingman. Her many travels took her to China, Australia, the South Pacific, Europe, and Mexico as well as many places in Canada and the U.S.A.

In 2001 she was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease often mistaken initially for Parkinson's. PSP eventually incapacitated her and confined her to a nursing home.

Relatives include an aunt, Mildred Blair Portman of Fort Wayne, Ind.; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Wayne H. and Adelaide E. Blair of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Thomas A. and Elizabeth Blair of Sequim, Wash.; nieces, Debra Blair and husband David Coleman of Ashland, Ore., and Elisabeth Huntsman and husband James of Klamath Falls; nephew, Pastor David Blair and wife Cindy of Brier, Wash.; grand-nieces and nephews, Natalie, Bethany, Heidi and Rachel Blair of Brier, Wash., and Benjamin and Bonnie Huntsman of Klamath Falls, Emily Coleman and husband Jonathan Barbo, of Talent, Ore., and the late Matthew Coleman, whose wife, Ingra, and their two sons, Henry and Jackson Coleman, reside in Salem, Ore. She had many friends from her work, her travels, her church, Cross of Christ Lutheran in Kingman, and from her stay at The Gardens in Kingman.

Norma and her family are especially grateful for the love and help given her during her illness by special friend Juanita Halverson.

Stephen Feenstra

Stephen Drake Feenstra, 57, of Kingman died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, in Kingman. He was born May 23, 1948, in Woonsocket, R.I.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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