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Obituaries

Delores J. Merritt

Delores J. Merritt, 74, of Ash Fork, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 at Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

She was born March 24, 1932 in Billings, Mont. In 1958 Delores married Harold (Bruce) Merritt and they have lived in Prescott, Campwood, Chino Valley, and Williams, before finally settling in Ash Fork in 1981.

She is survived by her husband Bruce; sons Dennis Merritt of Williams, Harold Merritt of Ash Fork and Mark Merritt of Glendale; daughters Lorena Merritt of Ash Fork, Claudia Prince of Seattle, Wash. and Teresa Pelham of Kingman; their families and numerous grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Ash Fork. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

Chino Valley Funeral Home cared for the family.

John Símon Simpson

John Símon Simpson, 60, of Wickenburg, passed away at his home in Wickenburg on Dec. 25, 2006.

Johnny was born in Phoenix on Oct. 26, 1946. John was born into a hard working, ranch-loving family. Therefore his love for the ranch and raising animals came naturally. Johnny's grandparents Símon and Charlotte Pouquette left France in the early 1900's to homestead in the Williams area and in Wickenburg where they ran their sheep and cattle business.

Johnny worked with his father John and younger brother Larry to carry on the ranching tradition that was so important to him. He was a man who loved life, his wife, his family and spicy food. He was just as comfortable riding a horse as he was dropping a line in a lake. There was never enough time for his favorite sport of fishing.

"Bigger than life" is the best way to describe Johnny; he was tough, strong and proud. He was always traveling in that determined stride, with his no nonsense look. He was secure in who he was, he hugged his friends because he loved them and was never shy about saying so. It is difficult for all that knew and loved John to say goodbye.

Johnny Simpson is survived by his wife Kathy; sons Chris Rich and Stephen Mohorn; daughter Lacey Beaton; his mother Aimee Simpson; brother and sister-in-law Larry and Sharon Simpson; in-laws Don and Wanda Brandon and Carol Sisco and Larry Sisco; and, niece and nephews, Sage and Randy Hill and Stocker Simpson.

Funeral services for Johnny were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Wickenburg with Fr. George Highberger as celebrant. Rosary and visitation were held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, also at the church with interment at the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home.

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