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AGRON, Jule, 88, former resident of Tucson, died December 28, 2000 in San Mateo, CA. Born February 4, 1912 in Russia. He was a U.S. Army WW II Veteran, Member of F. & A. M., former member of Congregation Anshei Israel, Skyline Country Club, and former owner of American Mattress and Furniture from 1953 to 1974. Survived by a daughter, Harriet (Agron) White of Belmont, CA; son, Marvin Agron of San Juan Capistrano, CA; grandchildren, Terri and Marc Sabin, Lesli Grech, Sandee Winston, Joel Agron; greatgrandchildren, Matthew and Scott Grech, Emilee, Blake, and Gillian Winston. Graveside Service, Friday, 1:30 p.m. Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Arthur R. Oleisky officiating. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle Rd. and W. Miracle Mile.

BANKS, Robert V., age 71, passed away December 26, 2000 in Tucson. Born July 20, 1929 in Lewisport, Kentucky. Survived by loving wife, Lydia; brothers, Miller (Jerry) and James (Jewell); sister, Ella Mae (Ray) Adkins; and in-laws, Ernest (Lou) Serna, Ted (Sue) Serna and Romie Pratt. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and from the City of Tucson. He was a member of the VFW Post 4903 where he held several offices. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2001 at the VFW Post 4903, 1150 N. Beverly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society or the charity of your choice.

BEACH, Ella Faye, 92, died December 21, 2000. Preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Lee Beach and infant twin sons. Survived by five children, Beverley (David) Boyd, Virginia (Jim) Reed, Gene (Judy) Beach, Gayle (Tom) Currie, Gilbert ”Buddy” Beach; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; one brother; and two sisters also survive. Family services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to TMC Hospice. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

BUEHRE, Annabelle M. (nee Manciet) baptized into the hope of Christ’s Resurrection, Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Dear wife of the late Norman Buehre; dear mother of Richard Link (Jill) Rodemyer, Norman R. (Madonna) II, Candiese M. (the late Stephan M.) Candrl; dear grandmother of Todd, Nicole, Brendan, Jennifer, Stephanie; dear sister of Robert Manciet, Hector Manciet and the late Ida Manciet; our dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin and dear friend. Funeral services were held in St. Louis, MO on December 29, 2000.

BUTCHER, Todd Martin, 37 years old, died Thursday, December 28, 2000 in Tucson. Born on February 15, 1963. Survivors: two sons, Jeff and Dylan; one daughter, Camille; brother, Rick Williams; sister, T.J. McNeil; parents, Dean and Donna Butcher; grandparent, Henrietta Butcher; one great-grandson, Jeff Jr. Graveside Services Thursday, January 4, 2001, East Lawn Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Rd. 2:30 p.m. Friends may call from Noon to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2001 at WOLFREY PEACE CHAPEL, 5225 E. Speedway, Tucson, Arizona.

Patricia Elizabeth Snow Lewis Cook

beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away Friday, December 29, 2000 at Tucson Medical Center. She did not so much lose the fight against her chronic illness, as she found a better place to spend eternity. Patricia touched the lives of many people in her forty year career as an RN at San Bernardino Community Hospital, Saugus Community Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and other hospitals and medical centers from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Coral Gables, Florida, and from Texas to New York and Pennsylvania. She will be remembered for her humor, her many kindness’, and her generous and compassionate nature, which she expressed unselfishly with both material and intangible gifts of her friendship and camaraderie. Her brothers, daughter and sons, and grandsons will most remember her patient love, her will to see that right be done, and her desire that her family accept and love one another and grow together as one. The world at large may not have known her, but many will recall her courage, confidence, knowledge, and strength as she fought for those who could not fight for themselves, and as she used those same qualities to battle the disease that tried to destroy her indomitable spirit.

Patricia was a three year resident of Tucson, having moved here from San Bernardino, California, to be close to her daughter and grandsons. She was born October 31, 1927 in Warren, Pennsylvania, and throughout her life, called many cities and states home. She is survived by her brothers, ”Dick” Snow, Harry W. Snow, Allison D. Snow, and Joseph L. Snow; her daughter and sons, Deborah L. Lee, James Cook, and Robert Edwards; and her grandsons, David I. Lee and Walter F. Lee. Services will be held Thursday, January 4, 2001 at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Second Ward, 3860 Waterman Avenue, in San Bernardino, California at 11:00 a.m., with interment of the body to follow at Montecito Cemetery in San Bernardino. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Marion Snow, her brothers, Rudy, Thomas, and Walt; and her husbands, David Lewis and James Cook. Welcome her in, for it was her final wish that she be able to go home.

Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

DREW, Mona N., 93, found peace and joy on January 1, 2001. Preceded in death by beloved husband Harvey, twin son David, sisters Ferol Pratt and Neva Thoenes, and brother Vaurice Pratt. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters Ferole Tingley and twin Donna (Donald) Wolff and dear daughter-in-law Margaret Drew. Also, Gram (G.G.) is survived by grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends, and her devoted companion, Zipper. Funeral services will be held at Cudahy Methodist Church, 5865 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy, WI on January 6 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI. RyczekLarsen Funeral Home, 3774 E. Underwood Ave., Cudahy, WI is serving the family. Memorial services in Tucson will be announced at a later date. Local arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

FELIX, Andrew (Ande) M., 49, died December 31, 2000 after a long battle with cancer. Husband of 25 years to Sherry Felix, his beloved wife; father of Clarke and daughter-in-law, Leilani; son of Leonides and Lucy Felix; brother of Dan Felix (Madonna); uncle of Jason Felix; also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kimberlee Smith and Roy Michael Sees; his pets, Alpine and Mouse; close friends and customers. Andrew was a master hair designer for 23 years in Tucson. Special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff of the Carondelet Hospice. The memorial services will be held at the Holy Hope Mausoleum, 3555 North Oracle Road on January 4, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers in remembrance of Ande may be delivered to the Holy Hope Mausoleum.

HORVATH, Anita, 90, of Tucson, died December 29, 2000. Sister of Peter Salanti of Tucson and Nicholas Salanti of Las Vegas, Nevada; aunt of Ted Salanti of San Diego, CA. Mrs. Horvath was a teacher for 40 years in Farrell, Pennsylvania. Funeral Services will be held at a later date. Arrangement by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. First Ave., Tucson, AZ. (888-1111)

NEWBY, Ruth Kyger, born April 30, 1916 in Meridian, MS, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Ruth has lived in Tucson since 1945 and was a retired teacher with TUSD. She was a member of El Camino Baptist Church, Arizona Chapter #2, Order of the Eastern Star, and Sahuaro Shrine #2, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She is survived by her nephew, William R. Hinson of Gloster, MS, plus numerous friends. Cryptside service will be held at East Lawn Palms Mausoleum on Thursday, January 4, at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Russell Marshall of El Camino Baptist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Organ Fund at El Camino Baptist Church, 7777 E. Speedway, Tucson, 85710. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, DODGE CHAPEL.

Henry M. Olivas

81, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away December 29, 2000. Preceded in death by parents, Enrique and Dolores Olivas. Survived by wife, Socorro G. Olivas; daughters, Cecilia (Julio) Lara and Barbara (Joaquin) Gonzales; sons, Henry (Lupe), Gary (Gloria) and Steve (Debra); sister, Carmen Olivas; brothers, Manuel, Federico and Eduardo; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; also survived by many loving brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 5, 2001 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Saturday, January 6, 2001, 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY.



Bobbi Olson, beloved wife of University of Arizona Basketball Coach Lute Olson, died peacefully surrounded by her family early in the morning on January 1, 2001 of ovarian cancer.

Born Roberta Rae Russell on February 19, 1935, Bobbi is survived by her loving husband, Lute; her daughters, Vicki Olson-Price (Gary), Jodi Brase (Jon), and Christi Snyder, all of Tucson; her sons, Greg (Stacy) of Tucson and Steve of Los Angeles; her father, John Russell; and her sisters, Yvonne Gragson (Ken) and Linda Coyner of Las Vegas; and her grandchildren, Katie and Kellie Wulfsberg, Lisa Price, Julie and Matthew Brase, Maggie, CJ, Jamie, Jordyn and Bobby Olson, and Jimmy, Andrew, Michelle and Alex Snyder; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

High school sweethearts, Bobbi and Lute met in the spring of 1951 while both were attending church choir practice. They married on November 27, 1953, during Lute’s undergraduate work at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 1956, they moved to Mahnomen, Minn., where Bobbi began her career as an ”All American Mother” to Lute’s basketball players. In 1954, they welcomed their first child, Vicki, and motherhood took on blessed meaning. During the next eight years, Bobbi and Lute would expand their family and raise five children. Bobbi’s dedicated career as beloved wife and mother would take her to Two Harbors, Minn; Boulder, CO; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Iowa City, Iowa; and ultimately to Tucson where she was loved and respected by everyone and never met a stranger.

Bobbi will be most lovingly remembered for her dedication to family; for her eternal commitment to and love for Lute, Vicki, Jodi, Greg, Christi, and Steve; for being a cherished daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and niece; for being a loyal friend; for her tremendous faith in God; for her love and support of hundreds of basketball players and their families throughout the country; for the many lives she touched; for her brave and valiant fight against ovarian cancer; and for her gifts of love to the University of Arizona and Tucson community.

The Olson family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for Bobbi at the Arizona Cancer Center and University Medical Center. A special thanks goes to Dr. David Alberts, Dr. Hank Hallum, and Bobbi’s guardian angel Ardie Delforge, R.N., O.C.N.

In an effort to make sure that we can win the fight against ovarian cancer, Bobbi asked that anyone wishing to remember her, to please support the Arizona Cancer Center’s efforts to prevent and cure ovarian cancer through an endowment in Bobbi’s name. Bobbi’s hope was that no one would have to suffer from this disease. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made payable to the Arizona Cancer Center/UAF and mailed to Arizona Cancer Center Development Office, P.O. Box 245013, Tucson, AZ 85724-5013.

A private memorial service will be held. A memorial service for the community will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2001 at McKale Center at the University of Arizona. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

”What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.”

Henry Ward Beecher

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

PEARCE, Forrest Burton


June 21, 1921 – Bonne Terre, MO


December 20, 2000 – Tucson, AZ

Memorial Service

Thursday, January 4, 2001 – 2:30 p.m.

Tucson Estates, Multi-purpose hall

5900 W. Western Way Circle

Rev. Dale Dunbar, Ret., officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Amity, P.O. Box 32200, Tucson, AZ 85751 or the Humane Society of Arizona.

PEASLEY, Mabel Helen, 89, died December 26, 2000 in Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her son, Larry Edwards of Austin, TX; daughters, Rebecca Yasenchak of Sherwood, OR., Sharon Shaffer of Portland, OR., Kathleen Reingold of Everette, WA.; step-daughter, Donna Huebl of Tucson, AZ.; ten grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, William H. Edwards; and five brothers. She was a graduate of Illinois Masonic School of Nursing in 1932 and worked as a Registered Nurse until retirement in 1976. She was a member of Oak Hills Presbyterian Church in Milwauki, OR., and a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Tucson. She lived in Tucson from 1967 to 1994 and was active in the Lincolnites, Mall Walkers and her church. She moved to Portland in 1994. A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2001 at the East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Rd. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

RAMIREZ, Luis F., passed away December 30, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Luis Jr. (Sandy), Daniel (Irene) and Victor (Karla); daughter, Regina (Jay) Spencer; grandchildren, Andrea, Talia, Alysha, Jayson D., Max, and Jack. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL. Mass will be offered at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2001 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 215 S. Craycroft Rd. Interment to follow in Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

Kristin Kay Smith

was welcomed into the gates of heaven by her loving father and her heavenly father on Friday, December 29, 2000. Born in Tucson, Arizona, on October 1, 1986, to Taryn M. Smith and John R. Smith, 14 year old Kristin was an 8th grade honor roll student at Orange Grove Middle School. She was an avid reader, loved to write poetry, enjoyed math and science, used her knowledge of French to baffle family members and sign language for confidential communications with her friends. Her passion was her nine-year involvement with Kids Unlimited, a local children’s performing arts group, as a performer, instructor and choregrapher. Multi-talented Kristin has always enjoyed the spotlight in front of audiences and in competition as a singer, dancer, gymnast and percussionist. At seven years old, Kristin appeared as Tiny Tim in the Gaslight Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Although her stage has changed, she will always be loved and cherished by her greatest fans, her mother; sisters Amber and Cheyenne; Maternal Grandparents Charles and Virginia Wiersma, Paternal Grandmother Billie Smith; Aunts and Uncles, Amy and Charles R. Oldham, Shelly and Roy Lingo, Richard Wiersma, Clyde Wisk and Nora Baker, Gary Wisk, Phillip Smith, Pam and Mike Baldwin, Debbie and Brian Dezzutti, Linda and Ron Iddings, Mark Henning; and Cousins Tina Foster, Lindsay Smith, Matt Condrey, Haley Henning, Marcus Henning, Ashley Condrey, Josiah Oldham and Abigail Oldham. Received in heaven with open arms by her father, his brother Wayne Smith and their father Sherrill Smith. Kristin will be greatly missed by her family, friends and Kids Unlimited Family. ‘Sailor Mercury’, you will always be in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Kristin Kay Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 65506, Tucson, AZ 85728. Funeral Services will be held at the First Evangelical Free Church, 4700 N. Swan Rd., Friday, January 5, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation Thursday, January 4, 2001 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave., (888-1111).

WELCH, William Terry, born December 23, 1916, passed through our Lord’s big gates on December 26, 2000. Served in the US Navy Submarine Service from 1936 to 1952. Veteran of WWII and Korean War. He was survived by his loving wife Victoria; daughter, Marguerite Granberry; and grandchildren, John Terry and Cassandra; son, Robert; and grandchildren, Chelsea and Brandon; son, W. Terry Jr.; and grandchildren, Joanna and Andrew; daughter, Elizabeth Cebular; and grandchildren, Gregory, Amy and Jon. Services to be held at Villa Maria Nursing Home Chapel, 4310 E. Grant Rd. on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Villa Maria in his name. We miss you Terry.

WOOD, Raymond Albert, born October 27, 1920, died December 8, 2000, Coos Bay, OR. Memorial service will be held January 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tucson. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Wood; his daughters, Marshelle Caccamise, Sandra Watkins; son, Kenny Wood; & sister, Geri Roberson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Estella Colmenero Ybave

56, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away January 02, 2001. Survived by husband, Antonio G. Ybave; daughters, Mary H. Corella and Soledad A. Ybave; sons, Antonio P. and Jose V. Ybave; sisters, Connie Chacon, Eva Tineo, Rosa Grijalva, Toni Miranda and Sally Serrano; brother, Paul Herrera; also survived by nine grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 04, 2001 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Friday, January 05, 2001, 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.


Fernando ”Willie” Escalante

Husband, Father and Friend to Many.

A year ago today and in great peace Fernando completed his successful earth journey and crossed over to glory.

He will continue to live in the hearts of his children and all those who knew him.

With love and gratitude,

Maria, Patricia, Rosa Maria

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