Thelma Lett Zimmerman
Thelma Lett Zimmerman, 95, of Green Valley and formerly of Jackson, Mich., died on Monday, July 28, 2003. She was a resident of Green Valley for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. R. Frank Zimmerman, and sisters Mary Fuller, Zeta Messier and Earla Chalmers.
She is survived by her two sons, Robert F. Jr. of Jackson, and Richard J. of Green Valley; grandchildren Sue, Dave, Steve and Richard; great-grandchildren Taylor and Owen; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no memorial services at her request. Interment will be a Roseland Memorial Garden, Jackson, Mich.
Lynn DuPont Hisko
Lynn DuPont Hisko, 60, a resident of Sahuarita for eight years and formerly from Tucson, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2003. She was born on May 30, 1943, in Chicago, Ill.
She received a bachelor's degree in Education from Illinois State University and a master's degree in Education from Purdue University.
For nine years, she was a teacher of gifted students for Sahuarita Unified School District.
She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Tucson Museum of Art.
Among the many things she loved were family, working with children, the promotion of learning, the fostering of creativity, adventure, nature, music and art.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dennis (Dan), daughter Jenica, parents John and Violet Wuethrich and brother John.
Services were held on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ted Holt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances are suggested to the charity of your choice in Lynn's name.
Clayton S. Childs
Clayton S. Childs, 96, and a 30-year resident of Green Valley died Aug. 6, 2003.
He was born in Seattle, Wash. and graduated from Washington State College in 1931 with honors and a degree in Architecture with a minor in Fine Arts. He was a member of the first Washington State College (now Washington State University) fencing team. He was offered postgraduate scholarships at both Harvard and MIT and was fortunate to find work in New York City during the Depression.
He moved back to Washington to work for the U.S. Government at the Bremerton Navy Yard. During World War II, Clayton developed, with a co-worker, a blackout landing system for pilots to land on aircraft carriers.
He spent most of his career with the Veterans Administration and the Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C., where he made significant contributions to modern hospital design and efficiency.
He retired in 1972. Clayton and his wife Carla moved to Green Valley in 1973. He worked for Fairfield Homes, improving their existing house plans, and designing custom homes for friends and acquaintances.
Clayton's public service activities included many years of service with the Boy Scouts, Kiwanians, and Masons. He garnered many honors for his activities with these groups and others including the prestigious Boy Scout Leader Silver Beaver Award. He was a charter member of the Valley Presbyterian Church and served on the original church building committee.
Clayton rekindled his art interests when he resumed watercolor painting in 1990. His work, featuring Southwest landscapes, flowers, birds, and Indian designs, was exhibited throughout the Green Valley and Tubac area. Both visitors and local residents purchased his paintings.
In addition to various local recognition and awards for his work, he was selected as an AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) Honored Senior Artist. One of his paintings is displayed in the AAHSA headquarters building in Washington, D.C.
While living in the Washington, D.C. area, Clayton had the opportunity to meet Presidents Truman, Nixon, and Johnson. Clayton's travels have taken him to every part of the U. S. including Alaska and Hawaii. He has also traveled to Europe, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada.
He is survived by his two sons, Walter C. Childs, and his wife Nancy of Nellysford, Va., and Dean W. Childs, and his wife Marsha of Longwood, Fla., and three grandchildren: Carole Bell of Silver Spring, Md., Casey Childs of Winter Park, Fla., and Krista Childs of Atlanta, Ga. He was preceded in death by Carla Marie, his wife of 53 years, and his first grandchild, Steven C. Childs.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in Clayton's name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, International Shrine Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607-1460.
A memorial service will be held in the Madera Room of La Posada on Monday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m.
Edward Russell Gloyd (Ted)
Edward Russell Gloyd (Ted) passed away on Oct. 2, 2003.
He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 26, 1918, and lived in Negretos, Peru (SA) and Detroit, Mich.
He was graduated from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology as a mining engineer and, in World War II, served as a combat engineer officer attached to Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army in Europe. He also served in Korea.
In civilian life he was Safety Director for the Corps of Engineers, retiring in Washington, D.C. in 1980 with 40 years of government service, which included four years as Safety Director at Fort Huachuca.
He relocated to Green Valley with his wife, Marjorie, in 1994.
He served as commander of VFW Post 8027 and was a member of Green Valley's American Legion Post 66.
He was a life member in the National Federation of Music Club as well as a member of the Green Valley Concert Association and the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Association (Tucson division).
He is survived by his wife, sons Russell and Robert and grandchildren Flora Michaela and Brendan Russell.
Remembrances may be made to the Green Valley Concert Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1072, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
Margarita (Pipsy) Bischoff-Damm
Margarita (Pipsy) Bischoff-Damm passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, due to complications related to Multiple Myeloma. She was 73.
Pipsy was born in Calcutta, India, and spent most of her childhood in England.
At the outset of World War II she went to school in Switzerland and then Nice, France. Pipsy was both an avid sportswoman and also filled with a deep intellectual curiosity that lasted her entire life.
She was constantly pushing the envelope of her abilities, playing tennis with Jack Kramer and Don Budge, skiing the Alps, racing camels through the deserts of Egypt and competing in sailing races in South America as a youth.
She attended the Black Mountain College in North Carolina in the early 50s, studying music and art under some of the 20th century's most influential minds, including John Cage and Buckminster Fuller.
She then earned a degree in Anthropology at Vassar College. In 1955, she married Carl Bischoff, an American diplomat, in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, in the first sanctioned church wedding since the country had come under communist rule.
They lived in Washington, D.C. and 1967 they adopted a son, Nicholas.
Carl had postings in different corners of the world, including a stint in Quito, Ecuador, that gave her the opportunity to travel down still untouched stretches of the Amazon River while encamping with local tribesmen.
Pipsy and Carl moved to Rappahannock County, Va. in the early 70s where she was a highly regarded tennis instructor, also becoming an antique silver appraiser and fine instrument maker.
After Carl's death in 1981, Pipsy moved to Green Valley, where she re-engaged her passion for ancient cultures.
She studied archaeology at Pima College and actively participated in excavations throughout the Southwest and Europe.
She took up the balalaika and learned Russian, traveling numerous times to the former Soviet Union with members of the Tucson Balalaika Orchestra.
In 1998 she married Dr. Austen Damm, and they lived in both Green Valley and San Carlos, Mexico, where they spent as much time as possible sailing around the Sea of Cortez.
She and Austen traveled extensively, often spending their summers sailing around Sweden and Norway.
Her illness didn't deter her quest for new adventures and this summer they journeyed to Nordkapp, the northernmost point in Europe, where she experienced the midnight sun for the first time.
Pipsy lived life with grace and humility and she was a source of inspiration and influence for all who knew her. As one friend said, "Pipsy was more talented at more things than anyone I ever knew."
She is survived by her son Nick, her husband Austen, his daughter Birgitta, her two grandsons Ethan and Blake, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial parties are being planned for Green Valley, San Carlos, and Virginia. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 11 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT, 06840.
Gladys Rees Jones
Gladys Rees Jones, 84, passed away on Sept. 30, 2003, at Fountain View Village, Fountain Hills, Ariz.
She was previously a resident of La Posada at Park Center in Green Valley, having retired with her husband, David Lloyd Jones, to Arizona in 1982 from Carbondale, Ill.
She was born in Bayonne, N.J., daughter of Gladys Woodruff Rees and James Van Buren Rees.
Her mother died tragically at Gladys' birth during the influenza epidemic of 1918, and Gladys was lovingly raised by her stepmother, Dorothy Ferguson Rees.
She spent her childhood and school days in New Jersey and Maryland, developing a life-long love of books and literature.
She attended Oakwood Friends Boarding School in Poughkeepsie, N.J., where she enjoyed participating in school plays, and fell in love with her husband-to-be while working together on the school yearbook.
She completed her undergraduate education in elementary education at Syracuse University and Beaver College, later earning a Masters degree in Library Science at Southern Illinois University.
Spreading her love of reading to her three children and her students, she worked as a Librarian at University School and the Carbondale Public Libraries.
Continuing her involvement during retirement she served as Chair of the La Posada Library Committee, Librarian of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, and was on the Board of the Friends of Green Valley Library.
She was also active in the Green Valley Forum.
Glad Jones loved and left as survivors her three children - Gregory Rees Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz., Dorothy Anita Jones of Waterville, N.J., and Thomas Christopher Jones of Houston, Texas.
There will be a memorial service at the Stout Memorial Meeting House on the campus of Earlham College, Richmond, Ind. on Nov. 1, 2003.
Interment will follow at the Earlham Cemetery, where she will finally be re-united with Dave, her beloved husband of 58 years who passed away in May 2000.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 1151 S. La Canada, Suite 209, Green Valley, AZ 85614.
Alternately, donations may be made to Oxfam America, 26 West Street, Boston, MA 02111-1206 (or https://secure.ga3.org /02/in_memory); or UNICEF, 333 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016 (or www.unicefusa.org/cards/tribute.html), referencing Gladys R. Jones Memorial, 12824 E. Mercer Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85259-4451.
Robert John Chambers
Robert John Chambers, a resident of Green Valley for 20 years, passed away in Tucson on Sept. 25, 2003.
He was born Sept. 21, 1907, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1933 with a Master of Science from the same institution in 1935.
He worked his entire career at Anglo-Canadian Pulp and Paper of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, or related entities until he retired as the chief of the General Engineering Division in 1972.
He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Clara in 1985. He is survived by sons Dr. Robert T. Chambers of Breckenridge, Minn. and Donald J. Chambers of Phoenix; four grandchildren: Alexandra Katherine of Chicago, Ill., Elizabeth Margaret of Chicago, Robert A.D. Chambers of Chicago, and Rebecca Chambers of San Clemente, Calif.
There will be no services in Green Valley. Services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Joliet, Ill.
Pauline Wells died in Tucson on Sept. 27, 2003.
She was born Aug. 29, 1914, in Dexter, N. M., to William Brashler and Carrie Kazen Brashler.
She lived in Marysville, Wash., until moving to Green Valley in 1995.
Her husband, Bion O. Wells, predeceased her in 1981.
Pauline is survived by her son, William L. Wells (Mary) of Dousman, Wis., and Green Valley, and her daughter, Marianne (Richard) Lathrop of Spokane, Wash., five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held in Marysville, Wash., with the Rev. Allan Love of the First Baptist Church of Everett, Wash., officiating.
Marjorie M. Conklin
Marjorie M. Conklin, a 34-year resident of Green Valley, died Thursday, May 27, 2004. She was 81 and originally from Ohio.
Mrs. Conklin was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Cave Conklin. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and a brother, Lloyd Vandervoort of Youngstown, Ohio.
No services are planned. Arrangements were made by Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery.
Connie (Judith Conn) Green
Connie (Judith Conn) Green, of St. Paul, Minn., and a winter resident of Green Valley, died May 10, 2004, at age 61 of complications from a lung infection. Preceded in death by parents Howard J. and Viola M. Conn; survived by sister Janet Conn and brother-in-law Mike Debelak, two cats and a legion of loving friends.
Connie, a nickname she acquired in high school, grew up as the minister's daughter at Plymouth Church in Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated from West High School and Stanford University, and did post-graduate work in Social Work and Public Administration at the University of Minnesota.
After working in the Student Services office at the U of M, she joined the St. Paul Consumer Protection Department as an investigator. In 1975, she moved into a similar position with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and advanced to Deputy Director. Transferring to the Financial Examinations Division, she became an expert in the intricacies of bank regulations.
Connie's generosity, intelligence, honesty and mischievous spirit won her devoted friends in her professional life and in her many other activities, including the Dahlia Society. Her garden is famous in her St. Paul neighborhood; and Twin Cities Public Television, where she was a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer.
In Green Valley, where she spent recent winters, she became active with the Unitarian-Universalist Society. A passionate humanist, she supported generously the causes she believed in.
Memorial service were held on Tuesday, May 25, at Plymouth Church, Minneapolis. Memorials to Twin Cities Public Television, Second Chance Animal Rescue or End of Life Choices.