DOYLE KING, 76, died July 4, 2008, at his home in Sahuarita.
Beloved father of three daughters, Pamela Watts and Sherry Inderrieden of Sahuarita, and Linda King of Alton, Mo., he is also survived by sister Helen Mitchell of Sahuarita; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Doyle moved from Ohio to Wrangler Ranch in Sahuarita in 1979. He loved horses, western movies and playing guitar and singing in a country music band.
He is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans’ Hospital.
CARL STARE LANDIS
Carl was born in Hummelstown, Pa., on Feb. 12, 1925, and attended school in Elizabethtown, Pa. He served in the Medical Detachment of the 594th Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, U.S. Army for three years in the South Pacific during WWII.
After graduating from Elizabethtown College, Carl was employed by the H.J. Heinz Co. as Manager of Agriculture for 34 years. After retiring from the Heinz Co., he took a position as executive director of the Michigan Food Processors Assoc. for seven years.
Carl and his wife Janet moved to Green Valley in 1995.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years; children Carol (Richard) Schaap, Barbara Bos, Michael and Lisa Landis, Ann (Tim) Vermurlen; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Carl was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
RICHARD A. COOVER
RICHARD A. COOVER, 72, went peacefully to be with our Lord on July 24, 2008, in St. Mary’s Hospital.
Dick was born Dec. 23, 1935, in Halstead, Kan. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1957 and was in the Naval Reserve for eight years.
Dick’s college degree in Marketing was an asset when working for Cities Service, the Wichita office of BC/BS of Kansas and as VP of Marketing for Security Benefit Life in Topeka, Kan. He purchased an insurance agency in Topeka, Consolidated Benefit Plans, Inc., and retired from it in 1991.
He and his wife Gayle began traveling full-time in an RV until they built a home in Green Valley. They continued to travel every summer in their RV.
Dick enjoyed snow skiing, other sports and had been an avid golfer when his health allowed. He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Green Valley, The Country Club of Green Valley and the Elks Lodge.
Dick is survived by Gayle, his wife of 25 years; sons Robert (Chris) and Tom; daughter Kristen (Chuck) Soyars and five beautiful grandchildren, plus loving friends and extended family.
A celebration of his life will be held later in Green Valley at Evangelical Free Church.
MARY LEE HARRIS
Mary Lee, 82, passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, 2008, after a valiant battle against cancer.
She is survived by Jerry, her loving husband of 60 years; her sons Mark of Nevada, Robert of Ohio; and daughter Karen of Australia; as well as five grandchildren and a great-grandson expected in September.
Mary Lee was a renaissance woman in every sense. Born in Irondale, Mo. on March 13, 1926, she began her creative career as a mapmaker during WWII. She was a devoted teacher and skilled topographic draftsman for the Bureau of Land Management for many years.
Mary Lee was an avid artist, pottery maker, seamstress, designer, and quilter her entire life. She loved good music, history, the sciences, and the beautiful sights of the world. She enjoyed living in new towns, making new friends, and traveling. She fished, hiked and golfed with great enthusiasm.
Mary Lee and Jerry called Green Valley their home since 1988.
She is greatly missed as wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Remembrances may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity or the Green Valley Artist’s Guild.
CECILY A. REDDINGTON
CECILY A. REDDINGTON was born to Adams Jablousky and Josephine Schalady in McClellandtown, Pa. on Nov. 11, 1920. She passed away on July 30, 2008, at Saguaro Acres Assisted Living Home ALH, where she received the best care for the last eight months of her life. Her husband Laurence was by her side.
Saguaro Acres co-owner Gayle Hanson stated, “Although Cecily was unconscious and could not speak out, she communicated her feelings and emotions through her eyes.”
Cecily was a brilliant and caring person whose career was as a senior high school English teacher. It takes tolerance and patience to teach and correct grammar, and Cecily was a natural teacher with a rare gift of compelling teaching with excellent classroom control.
She had also spent four years teaching Latin at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania as she had also majored in Latin and Greek. Cecily was broadly cultured and very artistic. She was selected by the University of Chicago for an advanced writing and artistic program and taught in high schools and colleges in Pittsburgh, Pa., New Jersey and New York.
Cecily was a quiet but dynamic person with a magnificent full-face smile that showed graciousness to all that she met. Many people commented that she was the most loving person that they had ever met.
Cecily outlived her parents, four brothers and five sisters. She suffered from serious health problems beginning in 1966 with a triple heart bypass.
Recently, she had suffered convulsions and was admitted to ICU at UMC on a ventilator. By mid-July, she was disconnected from all life support and her pacemaker and was expected to pass within two hours. Cecily stayed with us and was placed in hospice care. Doctors stated that she would never regain consciousness and would have to be fed with a feeding tube, but with Gayle’s tender care she did regain consciousness, ate, smiled, spoke and kissed Laurence one final kiss.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Green Valley Mortuary, with a served meal following at Saguaro Acres ALH.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.
Call Saguaro Acres, 399-2175, for information or to donate flowers in Cecily’s honor or memory.
LAYNE ALLAN BRANDT
Dec. 19, 1944 - Aug. 14, 2008
Our hearts are aching today as we announce the untimely death of our dear friend and longtime Farmers Investment Co. (FICO) employee, Layne Brandt. Layne was FICO’s Vice-President for Farm Operations. He first came to work for FICO in 1969 as a mechanic.
Layne took off from the FICO farm in San Simon in a FICO plane at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, and never arrived at his intended destination, the FICO airstrip in Continental. The plane and his body were found on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16, at the crash site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Heart Butte.
Layne was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Sue Brandt; and is survived by Eileen, his wife of 27 years; his children Tami (Tim) Aidlin, Lisa Brandt, Kelly (Dan) Haskins, Julie (Michael) Landman and Allen (Amanda) Brandt; grandchildren Lauren Rayner, Jacqueline Rayner, Michael Landman, Madison Landman, Cody Brandt, Gabriella Brandt, Charlie Haskins and Sophia Aidlin; sister Karen Brandt of Tucson; brother Dale (Doreen) Brandt of Nome, Alaska; and mother-in-law Pauline Baca of Belen, N.M. Allen is manager of FICO’s San Simon operations, a developing 2,700-acre pecan orchard. Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers go to Layne’s wonderful, devoted family during this difficult time.
Layne, who was born and raised in Holland, Mich., was a unique individual: a loving father; an intelligent, innovative and creative pecan farmer; a talented, successful business manager; an experienced pilot; an author; and a true cattleman with a passion for big game hunting. He was equally comfortable in a corporate boardroom, in the pilot’s seat of an airplane, mentoring his loyal employees, or on horseback.
Besides his family, whom he dearly loved and often bragged about, and his world-renowned success in the culture and marketing of pecans, Layne had a passion for cattle ranching and big game hunting.
Though his council was often sought by his co-workers, he would routinely beg out of business meetings, saying, “I’ve got some pecans to grow.” Layne was known as the FICO “Will Rogers” in residence with his ready humor, unwavering moral compass, and common sense. Layne always had a smile for everyone and treated everyone with the same respect, whether it was a new employee just starting out or the president of the company.
Layne will be sorely missed by all the FICO family and his wide range of friends around the world.
The family and FICO employees especially wish to acknowledge the efforts in locating Layne’s aircraft and thank the Governor’s office, the Civil Air Patrol, the Sahuarita Police Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Pima County Search & Rescue Team, the Immigration Customs Enforcement helicopter crew, the Davis-Monthan 55th Rescue Helicopter unit, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, and Cochise County Search & Rescue Team, in the search and recovery effort. Additionally the FICO employees, the Santa Rita Ranch and Diamond E cowboys are thanked for their dedication in finding Layne.
A celebration of Layne’s life was held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to: In Memory of Layne Brandt, Casa de los Ninos, 1101 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 624-5600; In Memory of Layne Brandt, New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches, PO Box 9, Belen, NM 87002 (800) 660-0289; or In Memory of Layne Brandt, Green Valley/Sahuarita Parkinson’s Support Group, PO Box 714, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
JEAN A. GRAHAM
JEAN A. GRAHAM, 83, a former Green Valley resident, passed away July 11, 2008, in Elkhart, Ind.
She was born Oct. 29, 1924, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Howard and Matalea (Bottorff) Wilhoyte, and was raised in Gary, Ind. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1942, and Purdue University in 1947.
Jean married James S. Curtis June 17, 1944, in West Lafayette, Ind. He died in 1971. She married E.H. “Jack” Cushing on Jan. 19, 1974, in Elkhart, and he died in 1994. On April 23, 1996, she married Richard Graham. He died in 2007.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Elcona Country Club. She was a member and past president of the Four Arts Club and Tri Kappa, and served on the Board of Directors of Rollie Williams Paint Spot.
Jean loved to travel and had circled the earth twice and visited six continents. She was a member of several bridge and garden clubs. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by sons David L. (Janet) Curtis of Veradale, Wash. and Thomas A. (Nancy) Curtis of Elkhart; five stepchildren; seven grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart with the Rev. Steve Braden officiating. Burial at Gracelawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to ALS.
NANCY KING SOUR
Jan. 12, 1930 - Oct. 28, 2008
Nancy Sour lived her life with dignity and grace, never more so than during her recent final illness. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Chip (Clifford) Sour, and their children, Jared (Christy Prediger), Jenny (Drew Lyon), and Chris (Mary). Nancy was the proud grandmother of Jordan, Allison (Ali Saad), Aaron, Sarah, Jessica, Madison, Lydia, and Sonya and delighted great-grandmother of Saja.
Nancy was born in St. Paul, Minn., and grew up in Grand Rapids, Minn. She graduated from the Ferry Hall School in Lake Forest, Ill., and Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
Always an enthusiastic participant in community organizations, Nancy was active in the Madera Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Chapter CA of PEO; the Cactus Wren Needlepoint Guild; Carleton Alumni; and the National Society Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. She also volunteered in many activities at La Posada, including the Scholarship Committee, and at St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, especially the Altar Guild, which was very important to her.
There will be a service in celebration of Nancy’s vibrant life today, Friday, Oct. 31, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Francis’ Church, 600 S. La Canada Drive, followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Contributions in honor of Nancy may be made to St. Francis’ Trust, care of St. Francis’ Church.
MARILYN “MAL” LOUISE EATON (TOUGAS)
MARILYN “MAL” LOUISE EATON (TOUGAS), 82, of Tubac, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2008.
Born in Manchester, N.H., Mal attended Manchester Central High School and graduated from University of New Hampshire in 1948.
She enjoyed an adventurous life working with her husband for the Smithsonian tracking satellites in observatories around Central and South America. Their work brought them to the Santa Cruz Valley in 1966. Mal settled into the lifestyle of Southern Arizona and participated in a business partnership owning boutique shops in Tubac as well as owning and operating the KOA Campground in Amado.
Utilizing her pilot’s license, she assisted flood victims in Santa Cruz County several times. In later years, she worked in real estate in Green Valley and the Santa Cruz Valley. Mal was an exceptional athlete and enjoyed playing tennis well into her 70s.
She was preceded in death by former husband Charles Tougas; and is survived by daughters Jennifer (Danny) and Alexis Lynn (Chris); granddaughters Kendra and Ashtyn; grandson Jack; sister Dorothy Welch (Eaton) and cousin Jane Mahoney (Plaisted). She is well-loved by many relatives and friends who will miss her spirit of life.
A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions in Mal’s name to Santa Cruz Humane Society, 232 E. Patagonia Hwy, Nogales, AZ 85621; Soulistic Hospice, P.O. Box 1990, Tubac, AZ 85646; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.