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Obituaries I I Illl A member of the Pahrump mation will be at Nevada Fu- Sandy Howell of Millbrae, Calif.; brothers, Joseph of Palm Springs, Calif., Frank Clayton E. Smalling Clayton E. Smalling, 72, Goldfield, died June 3,1997, in Fish Lake Valley. Retiring as a foreman at Bellsouth Telephone Co. and WWH veteran, he was born Dec. 19, 1924. He enjoyed travel and mining mad settled in Gold- field one year ago. He is survived by two daugh- ters, Mary Smalling, and Peggy Kelly, both of Georgia; two sons, John B. Smalling of Geor- gia; and William C. Smalling of Florida; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held June 9 at the Sante Fe Sa- loon, Goldfield. Hawthorne Mortuary is han- dling the arrangements with in- ternment in Bushnell Memorial Gardens, Fla. Nannie Spight Nannie George Spight, 77, died June 1, 1997, in Memphis, Tenn. An avid antique collector and dealer, she was born Janu- ary 21,1920, in Macon, Miss. She lived in Memphis for 60 years and worked as a volunteer for voters registration and serv- ing the homeless: She is survived by her daugh- ters, Cheryl Coach of Pasadena, Calif., and Beverly Hanna of Pahrump; grandchildren Bruce Mills II, Edward Mills, Joshua Coach, Joseph Coach and Josselyn Coach. Services were held June 18 at the Cathedral Canyon Mesa, Pastor Cecil Slaughter officiat- ing. Neptune Society of Nye I I County handled arrangements. Challys Ullery Challys Jacqueline Ullery, 70, died June 9, 1997 in Pahr- ump. A former beautician, she was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Union City, ind., and was an 1 l-year Pahrump resident and a mem- ber of the Moose Lodge. She is survived by her hus- band, William of Pahrump; sons, Lowell of Holland and Ronald of Las Vega; sisters, Dean.ne Grim and Evelyn Beals, both of Union City; and 5 grand- children. Services were private. Nep- tune Society of Nye County handled arrangements. Justin Timothy Leavitt Justin Timothy Leavitt, 15 months, died June 22, 1997, in a Pahrump health care center. He wasbornMarch 21,1996, in Las Vegas and was a 15- month resident Of Pahrump. He is survived by his par- ents, Timothy and Pamela of Pahrump; sisters, Jessica and Tiffany of Pahrnmp; four grand- parents; and three great-grand- mothers. Viewing will be held June 26, 1997, from 8-9 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-day Saints, 921 E. Wilson, Pahrump, with services to fol- low. Interment will be at Pahr- ump Community Cemetery. Desert Memorial Mortuary is handling arrangements. Katherine Duff Katherine Wagner Duff, 62, died June 20, 1997, in Pa,hr- ump. Valley Republican Women's Club, she was born July 3, 1934, in Cleveland and was a two- year resident of Pahrump, com- ing from Douglas, Ariz. She is survived by her hus- band, David of Pahrump; daugh- ter, Gretchen Stewart of Bothell, Wash.; mother, Katherine Wagner of Jacksonville; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held June 25, 1997, at Living Waters Bible Church in Pahrump. In- terment will be at 1:30 p.m. June 27, 1997, at Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Living Waters Bible Church building fund. Neptune Society of Nye County handled arrange- ments. Robert Knox Robert D. Knox, 58, died June 19, 1997, in a Henderson hospital. A retired Western Union employee after 28 years and a former nine-year employee of GTE, he was born July 1, 1938, in Wray, Colo., and was a seven- year resident of Pahrump, fol- lowing a 15-year residency in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife, Collen of Pahrump; daughter, Kalli of Is Vegas; brother, Wil- liam of Walden, Colo.; and sis- ters, Joyce Glass and Nancy Adrzeejewski, both of Ft. Collins, Colo. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. June 27,1997,at First Con- gregational Church, 1200 N. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. Ser- vices will follow at 3 p.m. Cre- neral Service in Las Vegas. Nevada Funeral Services is handling arrangements. Nickolas Bird TONOPAH - Nickolas Ro- man Bird, 18, died June 19, 1997, in rural Esmeralda County following an automobile acci- dent. A warehouseman in the min- ing industry, he was born June 29, 1978, in Las Vegas and was a 14-year resident of Tonopah, where he attended schools. He is survived by his par- ents, Michael and Gloria; broth- ers, Michael and Joe; and sister, Shannon, all of Tonopah; and one grandmother. Services were held June 23, 1997, at Tonopah Convention Center with burial following at Tonopah Cemetery. Gunter's Funeral Home of Tonopah handled arrangements. A Nickolas Bird Athletic Scholarship has been estab- lished in care of Wells Fargo Bank of Tonopah, P.O. Box 313, Tonopah, NV 89049. Arthur Blodgett Jr. Arthur Allison Blodgett Jr., 69, died June 16, 1997, in a Las Vegas hospital. A retired veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former member of the U.S. Navy Fleet Reserves, he was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Wellsburg, W, Va. He was a 10-year resident of Pahrump, coming from Half Moon Bay, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Louise of Pahrump son, James of Petaluma, Calif,; daughter, of Phoenix, Edward of Grass Valley, Calif.; sister, Gin- ger Gardner of Sunnyvale, Ca- lif.; mother, Martha Patterson of Cupertino, Calif.; seven grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Services were held June 2 I, 1997, at SKP's Co-op Recre- ation Hall in Pahrump. Neptune Society of Nye County handled arrangements. Hazel Selman Hazel A. Selman, an 18-year resident of Pahrump, died June 17, 1997 in a Las Vegas hospi- tal. She was a member of the Pahrump Moose Lodge. She is survived by her hus- band, AI of Pahrump; sons, John Masseth of Lynnwood, Wash., Richard Masseth of Seattle, and Loren Masseth of Kent, Wash.; daughters, Mary Ewell and Donna Preiss, both of Mill Creek, Wash., and Darlene Masseth of Kent; 11 grandchil- dren and eight great-grandchil- dren. No services were an- nounced. Celestia Brown GiUiam SHOSHONE :--Celestia Brown Gilliaro, 76, former resident of Shoshone anddaughterof Stellaand SenatorChafles of Shoshone,a pioneer family, died at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Monday, June 23,1997 from conlication following heart surgery. She was horn on May I 1, 1921, in Venice, Calif. Her parents lived in Shoshone and she was raised there. She graduated from Bar,stow High School and the University of California, Berkley. She married Jim Gilliam and became a full time house wife, They lived in Shoshone for a time and then moved to Barsto.. Calif., in 1952. She was active in a number of community organizations. She was instal in armining funding for the Hi- Desert Mental Health Center in Barstow, which earned her the title of "Woman of the Decade." Both son Jim, and daughter Jamie, said aside from their mother's intense love and devotion for her family, they will always remember her sense of humor. "In the hospital, after her surgery, the nurses asked if she was having trouble eating and she said, "Yes, I'm having trouble. They won't bring me any food." She is survived by her sons, Jim of Alta Loma,Calif., Vance of Barstow, and Ralph of Fresno, Calif.; daughter, Jamee Best of Barstow, Calif.; brother,the Honorable George Brown of Fresno, and 10 grandchildren. Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 505 E. Mt. View Ave., Barstow, California Friday June 27, 1997 at 11 a.m. ( ! ( ,/ ! ! ( t Stilts ling Sum F | I a -4rim Saddle West Sam Says We have the Best Food Prices, Quality and Selection in Pahrump