From Yavapai County, Arizona:
Billie M. Zalesky, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, in Prescott.
She was born Aug. 2, 1905, in Charleston, W.Va., to William Henry and Etta Pearl (Jones) Mays.
Mrs. Zalesky had lived in Prescott for the last 11 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Valena Rhea of Dewey; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
Private arrangements were made by the family.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2724 E. Lakin #9, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.
Memory Chapel helped the family with arrangements.
James A. Barrier Sr., 60, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, in Spring Valley.
He was born Dec. 29, 1939, in Schertz, Texas, to Patrick and Cyble (Latham) Barrier.
Mr. Barrier married his wife, Shirley, on Dec. 6, 1961, in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked as a union carpenter for Bechtel Corp. before retiring in 1985.
He is survived by his sons, James Jr. and John of Glendale and David German of Arizona; daughter, Brenda Flanders of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Tom and Joe of Phoenix; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Barrier was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, in 1997.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sunrise Funeral Home in Prescott Valley, with Pastor Jim Cunningham officiating.
Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.
Mary Lynn Wallace, 47, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at her home in Dewey.
She was born Sept. 15, 1952, in Prescott, to Elmer and Lavera (Waas) Young.
Mrs. Wallace graduated from Prescott High School and from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in business management. She married Bill J. Wallace on Sept. 2, 1975.
She worked for her father as office manager at Young's Farm in Dewey. She was proud of helping to preserve the farm as a resource for Arizona families.
Mrs. Wallace was a member of Humboldt Bible Church, where she and her husband led home Bible studies on marriage, parenting and finances. She also worked with the junior and senior high school Sunday school classes.
She enjoyed literature, music, good conversation and fine art. She was proudest of her family.
Mrs. Wallace is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Trevor and Barry, both of Flagstaff; sister, Susan Lockey of Lordsburg, N.M.; brothers, Stan and Gary Young, both of Dewey, and Denis Young of Prescott Valley; and parents, Elmer and Lavera Young of Dewey.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Humboldt Bible Church in Humboldt.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humboldt Bible Church, Playground Equipment Fund, P.O. Box 296, Humboldt, AZ 86329.
Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.
Maria Kawamoto, 95, of Prescott, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Meadow Park Care Center in Prescott.
She was born March 26, 1904, in Douglas.
Mrs. Kawamoto lived in Arizona her entire life. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, reading novels, and, in her younger days, camping and fishing.
She was proudest of her family.
She is survived by her son, Cruz Chaves of Kirkland; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Chaves Sr., and son, Louie Chaves.
A private cremation will be held at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.
Sonja J. Buckhannon Estrada, 60, of Chino Valley, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, in Chino Valley.
She was born April 12, 1939, in Phoenix. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Estrada is survived by her husband, Raymond; daughters, Cindy Harris and Pamela Espy; son, Raymond Jr.; sister, Sandra Estrada; brother, James Buckhannon; and four grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Carr-Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at that mortuary.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Family Care, 100 E. Sheldon St., Suite 100, Prescott, AZ 86301.
Carr-Tenney Mortuary in Tempe helped the family with arrangements.
Gudrum Colton, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in a nursing home in Prescott.
She was born April 9, 1909, in Norway, to John and Walberg Olsen.
Mrs. Colton is survived by her daughter, Irene Parr of Prescott.
No services were held.
Memory Chapel Mortuary helped the family with arrangements.
Ronnie L. Deckard, 43, of Prescott Valley, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, in Prescott Valley.
He was born Oct. 28, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio, to Benny Paul and Twila Yvonne (George) Deckard.
Mr. Deckard served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He married Rita Kaye Didelotte on Jan. 10, 1986.
Although disabled for the last few years, Mr. Deckard had worked at various occupations, including time as a corn cook for Frito Lay. He attended the Living Water Church in Bidwell, Ohio.
Mr. Deckard enjoyed sports, and was proudest of his children and of being a father.
He is survived by his wife, Rita, of Prescott Valley; daughter, Meggan Randolph of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; sons, Dennis Pouley of Columbus, Ohio, and Dustin Deckard of Prescott Valley; sisters, Cathy Poull and Lisa Didelotte, both of Vinton, Ohio; brothers, Ricky of Frankfort, Ohio, Randy of Vinton, Ohio, Rocky of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Craig Lemaster of Jackson, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Goldwater Lake.
Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel helped the family with arrangements.
Billie Jean Pavlich
Billie Jean Pavlich, 67, of Dewey, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, in Scottsdale.
She was born May 10, 1932, in Prescott.
Mrs. Pavlich graduated from Northern Arizona University with a masters in education and school administration and, during her 42-year career, was a teacher, principal and superintendent.
She was Yavapai County schools superintendent from 1995 to March 1999.
Mrs. Pavlich is survived by her daughters, Robin Staerkel and Carrie Withey; son, Sean; sisters, Gloria Brown and Berta Brinias; brothers, Armando Barnett and Norman Fain; and six grandchildren.
A private family service will be held, and intermenty will be at Redwood Memorial Gardens in Dewey.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or Yavapai County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3894, Prescott, AZ 86302.
Messinger Mortuary and Chapel in Scottsdale helped the family with arrangements.