11/7/01

Geoffrey Edward Greene

Geoffrey Edward Greene of Great Falls, Mont., died in Lake Havasu City, his winter home, Oct. 20, 2001, at age 82.

Born March 10, 1919, in Williams, Mr. Greene was a career official with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana retiring as range and wildlife specialist in Great Falls on the Lewis and Clark National Forest. He served as ranger and fire control officer and was commended for his first management of the Madison River Bear Trap Fire. He also contributed articles to professional publications and served as a range consultant. A forestry graduate of Colorado State College at Fort Collins, he earned his master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

A WWII Veteran of both Europe and the Pacific, Mr. Greene participated in the D-Day invasion as a Signal Corps officer crossing Europe with his communications unit attached to Patton’s 3rd Army. After Allied victory over Germany, he was sent to the Philippine Islands for the invasion of Japan, later joining occupation forces in Tokyo after Japan surrendered.

He loved to hunt, fish and ski with his family and to play golf. He was a long-time member of Elks Lodge in Great Falls, a life-long member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the National Range Society.

Mr. Greene attended Williams schools graduating from high school in 1937. His parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Greene, pioneered the Arizona motel business in the 1920s with their tourist ranch, two miles west of Williams adjacent to Camp Clover Ranger Station on old Hwy. 66. His father was an early forest service official in Territorial Arizona and was supervisor of the Tusayan National Forest, now Kaibab, which included the south half of the Grand Canyon National Monument.

Mr. Greene is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth; a son, Terry, and his wife, Susan; their children, daughter Leslie and son Stephen. He was preceded in death by a son, Carter.

He also is survived by a sister, Barbara Phillips of Oregon City, Ore., and a brother, Harold of Esparto, Calif.

A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held in Great Falls, Mont., at a later date.

Beverly J. Miller

Beverly J. Miller, 83, died Oct. 31, 2001 in Kingman Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 16, 1918 in Achille, Okla., the daughter of James C. and Sadie Catherine Bain.

Mrs. Miller, along with her husband, Tiny, were ranchers for a number of years in the Seligman area. She also owned and operated the Black Cat Bar in Seligman 18 years.

Mrs. Miller was past president of Seligman Parent Teachers Association, past president of Seligman Historical Society and was active in many other service organizations in the Seligman area.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1976.

Survivors include three daughters, Bobbi Penrod, Betty and her spouse, Bud Duey, all of Kingman, and Pat and her spouse, Kevin Larimore of Seligman; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 2001 at Seligman Four Square Church with interment following at Seligman Cemetery.

Phyllis M. Rogers

Phyllis M. Rogers, 74, of Williams died Oct. 27, 2001 at her home in Williams. She was born Feb. 24,1927 in Theresa, N.Y.

She worked at Marion Medical Center in California for 21 years as the buyer for the hospital. She and her late husband, Vernon W. Rogers, moved to Williams in 1995.

Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by daughter, Rita Roza of Williams; sons, Vernon, of Valle, David and Wayne, both of California and Don of Mesa; brothers, Fred, Don, Leonard, Luther and Ernie. She is also survived by grandchildren, Anita Lynn, Isaac, Nannette, Vincent, Cindy, Troy, Ty Michael and Robyn as well as several great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

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