On 7 November 2019, our beloved Kathleen Dooley Seel passed away. Kathleen is survived by her mother, Patsy Dooley, her brothers, Michael and David Dooley, and by her sister Cynthia Harrell, and her children Kersti, Cache, Audra Claire, Lindsy, and Mishala. She was grandmother to six children and great grandmother twice over.
Beautiful in body and spirit she touched the lives of everyone she met. Kathleen was kind and giving woman always concerned for her children, grandchildren, family and friends more than for herself. She could not stand to see anyone in need, always giving, always seeking to please and never asking for herself.
Kathleen graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University. She was a military spouse moving her family and raising her children in foreign countries all over North Africa and the Middle East. She loved the finer things in this world: fine art, good food, classical music, and rich surroundings.
Kathleen loved the world, the environment. She translated this love into gardening, surrounding her home and herself with nature's beauty. She loved to travel, so much so that she would push herself beyond her physical capabilities if allowed. At the time of her death, she was looking forward to celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary, spending Thanksgiving with family and was planning another trip.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Zane Gray Ballroom in Flagstaff's Weatherford Hotel, 11-3, Saturday, November 16th.
On Friday, November 8, 2019, Linda Marie (Frost) Seaman, beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away in Flagstaff, Arizona. Linda, born June 23, 1955, in Kanab, Utah, was the first child of Ken and Shirlyn Frost. Their family moved to Flagstaff in 1959, where Linda spent the rest of her growing up years. She graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1973. Linda was involved in musical endeavors using her singing and accompanying talents. Following graduation, Linda attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she continued to participate in music groups, like Young Ambassadors. Linda met the love of her life, Les Seaman, when his family moved to Flagstaff in 1969 during the 8th grade. They had a beautiful friendship through high school, which blossomed over the years while they attended their first year at BYU and Les served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Quebec, Canada. They corresponded during these two years, and upon his return, they were married on December 20, 1976, in the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating in 1978, they moved to Los Angeles where Les attended dental school at the University of Southern California. Linda supported Les during school by working at the USC College of Education and typing PhD dissertations for graduate students. She was a talented editor and typist. Les and Linda prayed for children for several years and were blessed with their first child, Scott, in 1980. They returned to Flagstaff in 1982 to start a dental practice, where Linda helped with the front office duties and bookkeeping. They were blessed with 3 additional children, daughters Jennilin (1984), Elisabeth (1987), and Kelsi (1993).
Linda's greatest love was her family and she enjoyed the opportunity to be at home with her children. She taught piano lessons for more than 10 years and accompanied school, church, and community choirs. Linda was also an enthusiastic family historian and spent countless hours researching her ancestors, as well as helping others with their own family histories. One of Linda's many passions included traveling, especially with Les and their children. They enjoyed annual trips as a family to Lake Powell and Rocky Point, Mexico, as well as with Les to Hawaii, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and many other destinations. She loved to laugh, play games, and sing around the piano with her children. Linda adored her husband and composed love songs for Les. She was a champion of marriage and family, always counseling to put relationships first. She enjoyed close relationships with her parents, siblings and children. Linda was a fiercely loyal friend and quick to generously give to those in need, frequently remembering birthdays, special occasions, and sending special mementos when she was thinking of someone. Each connection with Linda was important to her and she cherished every relationship to the fullest. She left the world a brighter place and so many lives have been blessed by her kindness and love.
Linda's crowning jewel was her family. At the time of her death, she had 13 grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Evelyn Gwen Boone, preceded her in death, as well as her father, Ken Frost. She is survived by her husband, Les Seaman, and her children, Scott (Ali), Jenni (Caleb Boone), Bethi (Derek Goodman), and Kelsi (Matt Josse),and her mother, Shirlyn Frost. Les and Linda would have celebrated 43 years of marriage in December of this year.
Linda was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved her Savior and strived to follow His example by letting the light of the gospel flow freely from her as she served as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Linda's sparkling blue eyes, genuine smile and vivacious soul will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm, Friday, November 15th at Norvel Owens Mortuary, as well as 9 to 9:45 am, Saturday, November 16th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center, 625 E. Cherry Street. Funeral service to be held at 10am on Saturday November 16th, followed by interment at Citizens Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared at: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/seamancrewupdates
Robert J. Minor, formerly of Sempronius, NY, died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Flagstaff, AZ from kidney disease. He was blessed to receive the sacraments associated with last rites prior to passing. Bob was born October 10, 1940 in Rotterdam, NY to Raymond & Melba (Greenan) Minor. Bob had two sisters, Michele Nielsen (Bruce) and MaryBeth Waterstram (Charles). While attending college, Bob met Lynnea Widger and later wed in November 1965 (divorced 1990). From this marriage, two sons were born, Matthew (Julie) Minor, and Douglas Minor. Later, Bob met and married Donna Cooney. From this marriage, Bob gained three additional children, Colleen (Greg) Opdyke, Gregory Cooney, and Katherine (William) Hanna.
After high school, Bob served for 3 years in the US Army as a finance specialist. Following an honorable discharge, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College and earned an Associate's Degree in Insurance, Banking, and Accounting. After several years of professional accounting experience, Bob attended Ithaca College, earned his Bachelor's degree, and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. The majority of Bob's career was spent in public accounting where he provided income tax, accounting, and financial statement preparation. He operated his own accounting practice under the name of Robert J. Minor, CPA.
Bob was a loving family man and great father and grandfather. He also served his home Catholic churches in several capacities, and he enjoyed the many pets he had throughout his life.
Bob is survived by his wife, Donna, his five children, nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Flagstaff, AZ.
A memorial mass will be held at 1 pm on Friday, November 15, 2019 at San Francisco de Asis Roman Catholic Church in Flagstaff, AZ. The eulogy will begin prior to the mass at 12:45 pm. Bob will be laid to rest alongside family in New Hampshire in 2020. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.FlagstaffMortuary.com.
Louise Therese Merkel passed away in Prescott, AZ on November 5, 2019. She was born in Cleveland, OH to Elizabeth and Matthew Kulka. Louise is preceded in death by her loving husband Terrance Merkel, her identical twin Leona, and her husband Edward Jarabek, and nephew Edward Jarabek Jr.
She is survived by her loving nieces Christine (Rob) Evers and Annie Jarabek, and grandnieces Danica Evers, Alexandra (Hrvoje) Viduc, and Erica Evers.
A 1942 graduate of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN, Louise then joined the US Navy through the WAVES to become a Jr. LT after officer training at Smith College. During WW II she served with US Navy communications in Washington DC and advanced in rank. Louise later returned to Ohio and held various public relations positions there, most recently with Oberlin College during the 1960s. She earned her MA in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University (1956), got a VFR pilot license, and changed careers after earning the MLS degree from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (1973).
Louise then went to Gallup, NM to work as a librarian near the Navajo Nation. She met and married Terry while in Gallup, then later moved with him to Redding CA before they settled in Flagstaff, AZ. There she wrote poetry, worked with hospice and enjoyed the beauty of nature as Terry volunteered with the Museum of Northern Arizona. Louise loved the forests and mountains near Flagstaff, the flora, fauna and native culture of the plateau country, and the red rocks and arts of Sedona where they had a winter home and observed hot air ballooning. Eventually she and Terry retired to Prescott, living briefly in Granite Gate and then permanently in the Los Fuentes community.
A visitation for Louise will be held at Ruffner Wakelin Prescott Chapel, 303 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ on Wednesday November 13, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. A prayer service will begin at the funeral home at 4:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury St., Prescott, AZ on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 11:00 am. Graveside service will be held on Monday, November 18 at 11:30 am at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 201 West University, Flagstaff. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in the Merkel name to the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Homes.
Wilma C. Smith passed into eternal life on Nov 06, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Richland Springs, Texas on March 8th 1930 to her parents, Clyde and Connie Campbell. The family made the move to Arizona in the late 1930s and eventually settled in Kingman. Wilma loved school and graduated with honors from Mohave County High school in 1950. She married her high school sweetheart Raymond Smith that same year. With a growing family Ray and Wilma moved to Flagstaff in 1953 and raised 5 children. Wilma embraced Christianity as a teenager. She always acknowledged that God gave her strength to instill Christian values in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
Wilma worked at several jobs throughout the years to help provide for her growing family. Wilma especially enjoyed her last position at USGS where she worked as a hydrologic technician. She retired after 25 years of government service.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, 7 brothers and 4 sisters and her loving husband of 50 years, Ray.
Wilma leaves 5 children, Kerry Lynn Schreiber (John) Clarkdale, AZ, Debbi Hagar, Flagstaff, Connie Ann DeZell (Sam) Kalispell, MT, James Smith (Donna) Flagstaff and Sharyn Smith-Tafoya, Flagstaff. Wilma has 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves a sister, Dorothy Castleberry from Yucca, AZ and her brother, Dub (Dot) Campbell from Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Services will be held on Thursday November 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church 3600 North 4th Street, Flagstaff, Arizona. Memories and condolences can be shared with family directly or online at www.azdailysun.com
Shawn Lenail Irving, 48, of Flagstaff, Arizona, who also resided in Phoenix, Arizona, passed away October 26, 2019, peacefully and with family at her bedside.
She was born August 22, 1971, to Charlie Lee Irving (deceased) and Pamela Ruth Juniel (deceased) in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Shawn was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend.
Shawn is survived by her grandmother Corine Irving (who raised her), two sisters Treniece “T.J.” Irving and Sharon Irving (Charlie) and a brother Robert William Jr. (Pamela) along with her only nieces Damiana Hernandez and Jade Bonell (Treniece) as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was tremendously loved and will be missed.
Per Shawn's last request, there will not be a memorial service, but the family will hold a small, private gathering for her homegoing.
Mike passed away early Thursday morning at 1:35am after a brief health battle. He was born in Needles, California and graduated from Needles High School, as a Mustang of the class of 1960, and went on to attend San Bernardino Community College and then on to San Diego State University. In the 60's, Mike enlisted in the Army National Guard. He loved bluegrass music, art, trains, and dogs.
He cared about his community and stayed involved in meetings and affairs involving the home owners association and volunteered at the Needles Museum and thrift store and also volunteered at the Pickin' In The Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, for the last few years.
Mike worked for the post office after high school, in Needles where he then went on to work for Santa Fe Railway as a conductor in 1963 and he also served as a legislative representative for the local 771 United Transportation Union.
Mike pulls in to the train station in the sky, met by his father Edward, mother Ruby, sister Linda, niece Kelley and so many other relatives, friends, and loved ones.
He is survived by his “ No. 1 son” Michael Kenner Chadburn, wife Dianne Chadburn, and his dogs, Joey Foster and Luna(tic)/” Luny Toons”. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
Celebration of life, to be announced.
Contact Michael K. Chadburn for information at (661)304-6384
Jerry was a devoted husband, father and grampie. He is survived by his wife, Dyana, their three children, Richard, Sheryl and Todd and their spouses, April and George, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He retired to Flagstaff in 1992 where he volunteered his time to the State Parks Riordan Mansion. Even though he was blind, he enjoyed giving tours and meeting visitors. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
John Andrew Martin died, at 81 years of age, on October 29, 2019 in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he had resided for a very short few months. He moved to Flagstaff to be with his son and his granddaughter.
John graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1959, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1962. On graduation from Law School, John became a Staff Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In the late summer of 1962, John was sent to the University of Mississippi in preparation for the court ordered admission of its first African-American student, James Meredith. After Meredith's admission, John was one of three Division Attorneys assigned to coordinate the continued presence of 10,000 members of the Third Army and the 16 U.S. Deputy Marshalls assigned to protect Meredith. In June 1963, John supervised the admission to the Ole Miss School of Law of its first African-American student, Cleve McDowell. From there, John was sent to Tuscaloosa in advance of the admission of Vivian Malone and James Hood to the University of Alabama. John was there in the registration room, where, on the porch outside, Gov. George C. Wallace denied—very temporarily—the admission of those two students.
John, then, was in charge of overseeing the desegregation of the Talladega school system. John was the lead lawyer in trying the Tallahatchie County voting discrimination case. John spent much of “The Long Hot Summer” of 1964 in Mississippi. He worked on the team of lawyers that sought—unsuccessfully—to obtain Grand Jury indictments of the murderers of Micky Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
John then moved to Dallas to join a small law firm, was partnered, and the firm grew and grew. He represented national corporations and Dallas corporations, hospitals and charitable organizations. He “retired” on December 31, 2014. He moved to Flagstaff on July 3, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his son, Charlye Martin, and, by his wife and the love of his life of 51 years, Anne Bowles Martin. He is survived by his son, Andrew (Laurie Steinberg), and his grandchildren, Nathan and Rachel.
Services will be held in Dallas, Texas on November 11 at 10:00 am at Park Cities Baptist Church.
Ervin L. Boren passed away peacefully at his home on November 6, 2019. Ervin was born in Clarkdale, Arizona on April 7, 1935 to Ora Mae and Lester Boren. In 1940, the family moved to Flagstaff, where Ervin resided the remainder of his life. He attended Emerson Elementary School, Flagstaff Junior High, and was a class of 1954 Flagstaff High School graduate. On September 26, 1957, Ervin married the love of his life, Gracie Mier. After being married for 61 years, Gracie passed away June 1, 2018.
While in high school, Ervin excelled in football, basketball, and track, earning seven varsity letters. Ervin continued to stay very involved in local athletics: coaching, umpiring and working the press box at high school football games. Ervin was active in the Town Jacks organization and was on the committee that made the NAU Sky Dome a reality. In July of 2019, Ervin was inducted into the Flagstaff Sports Hall of Fame.
Ervin served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959 actively and from 1959 to1963 inactively. Ervin was honorably discharged at the rank of Sargent (E-4). Ervin was a founding member of the Marine Corps League Charities and worked tirelessly for Toys for Tots and Wounded Marine Program.
For many years Ervin was an active member of the Flagstaff Sheriff's Posse and served as captain 1970-1971.
Ervin worked 38 years for Arizona Department of Transportation, starting as an Axeman and working his way up to District Engineer. He was a self-taught engineer, and in 1980, successfully passed the Arizona State Board of Technical Exams, becoming a registered Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor.
Ervin is survived by his son, Victor (Lu Ellen), and daughter, Valerie (Russell), as well as three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Services will be held at San Francisco de Asis Roman Catholic Church. Holy rosary will be on November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm and the Funeral Mass will be on November 16, 2019 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. A reception will follow at the Flagstaff VFW. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Marine League Charities, Inc. at P.O. Box 127, Flagstaff, Arizona 86002. Memories and condolences can be shared with family online at www.norvelowensmortuary.com