ADAMS, Margaret E. “Midge”, 74, of Scottsdale, Arizona and former Tucson resident, passed away December 30, 2003 in Phoenix. Graveside services will be Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. East Lawn Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Rd., Tucson. Memorial contributions may be made in Midge’s name to Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Ave., Ste A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85021.
BALTIER, Manuel “Manny” Brito, 54, of Tucson, passed away December 30, 2003. Survived by his daughter, Patricia Koffler; son, Manuel Baltier III; sister, Stella K. Haro (Rudy); brother, Michael Baltier (Debbie). Also survived by Ute and four grandchildren. Visitation will be held Monday, January 5, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 9:00 a.m. St. Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Interment to follow at Southlawn Cemetery. The family suggests donations be made to Fisher House, 3623 George C. Beach Rd., Ft. Sam Houston, TX, 78234. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
CLARK, Victor R., of Oracle, AZ. Born in Battle Creek, MI March 20, 1915, died in Tucson on January 1, 2004. Preceded in death by first wife of 50 years, Helen B. (Fearnow) Clark and second wife, Virigina L. (Smith) Clark; daughter, Jaquetta C. (John) Ford of Cereso, MI and son, Richard O. (Joann) Clark of Tucson, AZ; parents, Ray M. and Grace N. (Hill) Clark; also brother, Max E. (Violet) Clark; sister, Catherine M. (Byron) Orton, both of Battle Creek, MI. Mr. Clark moved to Tucson in September 1952. He worked at Hughes Aircraft 28 years, retiring in 1981 and moved to Oracle, AZ in 1986. Survived by sister, Gladys M. (Hugh) of Auburn Hills, MI; brother, Keith H. (Edith) Clark of East Leroy, MI; daughters, Janet J. (Jack) Huber of Oracle, AZ; Velma M. (Carl) Hudson of San Manuel, AZ; son, Victory Ray (Lois) Clark of Tucson, AZ. Victor and Helen had 17 grandchildren (two deceased), 31 great-grandchildren (two deceased), and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave., on January 5, 2004. Burial to follow at South Lawn Cemetery, 5401 S. Park Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to charity of your choice.
COLE, Gerald Wayne, age 79, of Tucson, passed away December 23, 2003. He is survived by daughter, Rebecca (Robert) Hollister; stepson, Patrick (Paula) Wolf; brother, Lloyd Cole; grandchildren, Gavin and Aaron Graves and Tara Wolf; and great-grandson, Mason Graves. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Elks Club. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2004 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL. Inurnment will follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery.
COOK, Alvin B., 50, died December 29, 2003. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
DINNING, Carolyn Jean (Poston), made her final journey to be with the Lord on January 1, 2004. She was 58. Jean was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 23, 1945 and lived most of her life in Southcentral Kentucky. She graduated at the top of her class from the Glasgow School for Licensed Practical Nurses in 1973, and practiced nursing for over 20 years. She moved to Tucson, Arizona with her family in 1991 and fondly recalled it among the finest moments of her life. She lived briefly in Las Vegas, but returned to Tucson for the final five years of her life. She is survived by her mother, June Pauline Poston; her daughter, Jeanette and her son, Pat with wife, Marlis. Jean had three glorious grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob and Sara. Jean was a loving, kind soul. She was philanthropic beyond her means, loved Jesus and her family, and had a soft heart for animals. She was our hero and our hearts ache. Services will be private, at Desert Sunset Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Jubilee Fund of the Gospel Rescue Mission. The family would also like to thank her fine physicians and Odyssey Hospice for their loving care.
Mary Joan Garber
Died December 31, 2003, on her 80th birthday. Survived by daughter, Kathleen Jones; grandchildren, Michael Jones and Shawn Jones. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, William. Mass will be offered 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo with burial to follow in Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2004 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m.
IMAN, Gregory R., 41, of Tucson, died December 29, 2003. Father of Bobbi Jo and Joseph R. Iman; one grandson, Joseph Michael; son of Ronald J. and Geraldine A. Iman; brother of Kevin, Todd, Maria, Donna and Megan; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service Southern Ariz. Vet. Memorial Cemetery, Sierra Vista, AZ, Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may call at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st. Ave., Tucson, AZ Monday, January 5, 2004 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Sally Charnley Johnstone
80, of Tucson, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003. Beloved wife of James G. Johnstone of Tucson; devoted mother of Eleanor (Gary) Fowler of Tucson; dear sister-in-law of Muriel Hunter of Scotland; aunt of Elaine Hunter Bruce of England; and cousin of Joseph Stevenson of NC. Also survived by loving friends, Judy Taylor of NJ and Shirley Murphy of AZ. She will be missed by all the hearts she touched. Mrs. Johnstone was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a volunteer for numerous charities and organizations in New Jersey and Arizona. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 8, 2004, 2:00 p.m. at Oro Valley United Church, 1401 E. El Conquistador Way, with Pastor Tracy Floyd officiating. Arrangements by EVERGEEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.
McBRIDE, Bruce Lane, 90, passed away December 30, 2003 in Tucson, AZ. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Velda Norton McBride. Bruce was the father of four children and spouses Layne Logan and Larry, Steven McBride and Julie, Leora McBride, and Robert K. McBride. His youngest son, Robert and son-in-law, Larry Logan preceded him in death. Bruce was the son of Robert Franklin McBride and Clara Simms McBride of Thatcher, AZ. He had nine brothers and sisters and is survived by one sister, Frankie Farr of Provo, UT. Mr. McBride was educated at Eastern Arizona State College and U of A in Tucson. He was an author and educator, teaching with the Dept. of Water and Power of the City of L.A., L.A. Technical College and extension classes at UCLA. He also worked in a supervisory capacity with the Dept. of Water and Power, L.A. for 30 years. He served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in San Antonio, TX, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. Bruce had various church callings, but, his favorite was the Gospel Doctrine Class which he taught for many years. He also served as a Bishop in the Northridge, CA Ward. His love of the outdoors was the inspiration for many of his articles and short stories, as well as a book entitled “The Wilderness Connection”. He wrote an extensive family history and co-authored an historical novel. Bruce and Velda are the grandparents of 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was truly loved by his family and all who knew him. He will be remembered most for his unconditional love of others, cheerful disposition, light-hearted, kind sense of humor, and his generosity of spirit. In lieu flowers the family suggests donations to The Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, co Bonanza Ward, ATTN Education Fund, 837 N. Bonanza Ave., Tucson, AZ 85748. Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 5, 2004 at Bonanza Ward Chapel, 700 N. Bonanza Ave., Tucson, AZ. Burial to follow in LDS Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to service time Monday, January 5th at Bonanza Ward Chapel. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
McCOY, (Mac) R. Blaine, 86, passed away in Tucson, AZ, December 31, 2003, peacefully following a brief illness. Mr.
McCoy was born in Akron, OH, June 2, 1917. Mr. McCoy was a graduate of Indiana University 1940 with a bachelor degree in business. Soon after graduation, Mr. McCoy was appointed Second Lieutenant, Infantry in the Army of the United States, following service he pursued his career in retail management. He and his wife, Sally – who preceded him in death in March 1996, married in August 1943 and made Tucson their home from 1961 to 1981 They retired to Payson, AZ in 1981 and became very involved in their community. He actively participated in his homeowner association at East Park Estates serving on the board and the Payson Lions Club as past president, Sight and Hearing chairman and recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow for dedication with Humanitarian Services. In addition, he was named Elk of the Year by the Payson Elks Club in 1983 and received the United Blood Service Community Service Award for his service as Blood Drive chairman.
Preceded in death by his loving wife; and his granddaughter, Cathy.
Mr. McCoy is survived by daughter, Judith A. Parker; and son-in-law, John F. Parker; daughter, Kathy B. Pierce; and son-in-law, Bobbie Pierce; son, James D. McCoy; and daughter-in-law, Cindy McCoy all of Tucson; daughter, Linda M. Garrett of New Mexico; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
His quick wit and sense of humor will be remembered.
Donations may be made to Lions Club of Arizona, Camp Tatiyee, PO Box 6910, Mesa, AZ 85216.
MURPHY, Dorothy T., 89, died December 30, 2003. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
Went to final rest on Christmas Eve December 24, 2003. Born August 27, 1912, he was 91. Preceded in death by daughter, Mary. Survived by son, James (Ann) Rice of KS; daughters, Loretta (Ray) Rodgers of NE; Florence (Robert) Lipps of LA; Marilyn (Fred) Zimmerman of Tucson, Jerry (Tom) Ernst of Tucson; 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren with one due February 2004; and one great-great-grandchild. The Ernst family will have a memorial service at Verde Heights Baptist Church, 5337 S. Palo Verde on January 7 at 7:00 p.m. The Zimmerman family will have a memorial sometime in January to scatter his ashes from a hot air balloon per his request.
Sylvester J. “Bud” Root Sr.
nee Sylvester J. Rutkowski Sr.
12/28/14 – 12/26/03
Just two days before his 89th birthday Bud was reunited with his loving wife, June of 62 years and his children, Donnie, Barbara, Eddie and Michael (1951). He will be greatly missed by his children, Joe (Gert), Phil (Barb) and Sylvia (Bob). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mike, Linda, Joe, Philip, Christopher, Jennifer, Bobby, Terry, John, Audra; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Bud retired from Hughes in 1980, he was an active member of the Eagles FOE180 and past president of REAC. The passion of his life in sports was bowling and he was quite the bowler in his day. He has bowled or attended the ABC Nationals every year since 1972. He was an avid wildcat fan. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the staff at Life Care Center of Tucson for the wonderful care they provided. For everyone who had the great fortune of knowing him listen for the bell to ring as this angel truly deserves his wings. Visitation Sunday, January 4, 2004 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY. Funeral Monday, January 5, 2004 10:00 a.m. also at the mortuary.
Dr. Joe Lee and Judith Timmons Spears
Dr. Joe Lee Spears, 77, and Judith Timmons Spears, 69, were companions in life and partners in service to their communities for nearly 50 years. Joe and Judy met while at the University of Kansas and married in 1954 as he was finishing his medical training. After completion of his residency in Kansas City they moved to his hometown of Cabool, Missouri (population of 2,000) where they set up his private family practice. Their lives there were filled with many activities, including choir at the local Methodist church, golf, flying and raising a family.
These interests and their civic commitment led them to help establish and maintain the Texas County Memorial Hospital where he was Chief of Staff for 20 years, a local nursing home, the civic airport, a local country club, a low-income housing development, and various startup businesses. In addition to raising their children Judy volunteered extensively with the Red Cross, assisting with blood drives and organized free swimming lessons for local children for 20 years. She was active in their children’s scouting organizations and volunteered for many other church and civic activities. When the children were older she continued her education earning a BA degree in business at Drury College and becoming office manager for her husband’s clinic.
After many years as the community’s only physician they were able to attract two other doctors and, after helping establish their practices, felt able to move onto other opportunities. They moved to Tucson in 1982 where Joe took a fellowship at the UA Dept. of Family Practice to help set up rural clinics. A year later he worked for Cigna HMO, helping to establish four Urgent Care centers locally. In 1989 he retired from active practice but continued to work with the Flying Samaritans for many years, establishing several clinics in rural Mexico. Judy took a volunteer position at St. Mary’s Hospital and enjoyed an active golf career; earning top honors in many tournaments and working at many professional matches. They were members of the Catalina Foothills Church and both sang with the choir there as well as with many Arts Express events.
They were blessed with good health and mobility during their retirement years and moved seasonally between Tucson and Florence, Oregon to be near family and pursue their many interests. It was on a trip to Oregon to visit a daughter who had recently beaten cancer that their private plane crashed into a mountain outside of Tonopah, Nevada during an unexpected snowstorm on December 14, 2003.
Three children with spouses survive them Tim and Louise Spears, Cathy and Kevin Spillman, and Beth and Mike Grossman. They also enjoyed five grandchildren (including one born several days after the tragic crash and named after Joe). Judy’s two brothers, George S. Timmons and Robert K. Timmons, and their extended families, also survive. The countless friends, coworkers, and patients whose lives they touched over the years will also miss them.
Memorial services will be held at the Catalina Foothills Church (Orange Grove and Skyline Dr.) on Saturday, January 3 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Nye County, Nevada Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, as well as to the charities they supported Family Counseling Agency, Flying Samaritans, Arts Express, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, and Caring Ministries.
Douglas Nathan Townson
9-15-48 – 1-4-03
Douglas, my Douglas, I never imagined the void that would be in my heart when you left me. I miss you so very much. I live for the day you will be able to take my hand again. I know you watch over me and are waiting for that day also. I love you more today but less than tomorrow. Till we are together again. I love and miss you. Linda