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Obituaries

Myra Jewel Lilly

Myra Jewel Lilly passed away on Jan. 19, 2008.

She was born Myra Jewel Davis, in 1932, in Samantha, Ala. She moved to Williams in 1952 to marry Bill Lilly, a Williams native. She raised a family of two daughters, Melva and Kimberly. Bill and Myra retired to Gilbert in 1993.

Her husband, Bill Lilly and daughter, Melva LeBaron, preceded Myra in death.

Her daughter, Kimberly Lilly of Gilbert and six grandchildren, including John LeBaron, Steven Vanesian, Sonya LeBaron, Clay Wright, Paul LeBaron and Sarah LeBaron, survive her.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Williams.

Meldrum Mortuary handled the arrangements.

Ronald Ernest Morey

Ronald Ernest Morey, 78, of Williams, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.

He was born April 3, 1929, in Waterville, Maine, to Ernest and Marquite (Rancourt) Morey.

Mr. Morey loved all animals, particularly horses.

He is survived by his companion Vilma Platt; daughters Vicki Avila, Dawn Alexander and Lisa Rodino; son Ron Morey Jr.; brother Mickey Morey; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jaqueline Mathieu; daughter Linner Folk; one great-granddaughter; and sister Theresa Richards.

At Mr. Morey's request he was cremated and his ashes will be scattered on a Texas horse ranch.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lozanos-flagstaffmortuary.com.

Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Eva Blanche "Frenchy" Olmsted

Eva Blanche "Frenchy" Olmsted, 88, of Williams, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at Flagstaff Medical Center after a year and one-half battle with cancer.

Eva was born April 20, 1919 to parents Susan Jane and Evariste Boudreau in Old Forge, N.Y. She cared for the large family of siblings after the early death of her mother.

During the war years - World War II - she worked in a factory providing goods for the military.

She met her husband, Walter Olmsted Jr., at the conclusion of WWII. After their marriage in April 1946, she accompanied her husband to many assignments in the U.S. Air Force. During these 25 years, she maintained a home for their two sons and daughter and traveling husband.

After retirement in 1970, the family moved to Williams, where she spent the next 37 years caring for family, husband and home. She dearly loved gardening, flowers, plants, traveling and, of course, trips to the casinos in Laughlin, Nev. Doctors' journals took up her time the last two years of her life battling cancer.

Eva is survived by her husband of 61 years Walter of Williams; daughter Candace E. Olmsted of Pittsburg, Calif.; sons Walter F. Olmsted III of Clovis N.M. and Eric M. Olmsted of Warrensburg, Mo.; granddaughters Maj. Laura Olmsted and Lorena Olmsted of Salt Lake City, Utah and Marie Olmsted of Clovis. N.M.; sister Lorena Payne of Inlet, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at the Williams United Methodist Church with Rev. Billy Martin officiating. Internment was at the Williams Cemetery in Williams.

This bright, vivacious, loving lady will be sorely missed by family, friends and neighbors forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Northland Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Arrangements were handed by Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Raymundo "Ray" Sanchez

Raymundo "Ray" Sanchez, 92, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at his home in Mesa.

Ray was born in Calexico, Calif. in 1915. He was a long-time resident of Williams, where he and his wife Mary raised their family of seven children. He was employed at the Navajo Army Depot upon arrival to Arizona. He was later employed by the Santa Fe Railroad in Flagstaff for approximately 20 years as a ticket clerk. As a side profession he owned and operated an upholstery and carpet cleaning business for 20-plus years in Williams.

Ray is survived by his sons and daughters and their families including the seven children and their families of the late Ramon L. Sanchez, Mr. and Mrs. Delfin Sanchez and their four children and their families of Owensboro, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Roy (Gloria) Myers and their three children and their families of Tempe, Mr. Albert (and the late) Violet Sanchez and their four children and their families of Scottsdale, Mr. and Mrs. Philip (Edna) Wampler and their four children and their families of Marietta, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Sanchez and their son of Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Isabel) Bertram and their four children and their families of Albuquerque, N.M.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary G. Saavedra and their son, Ramon L. Sanchez, in 1983 and his brother.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Williams.

Arrangements were handled by Novel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff.

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