Theodore Richard Cisneros
Theodore Richard Cisneros, 58, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002 in Tucson. Theodore was born Nov. 12, 1943, in Leadville, Colo. to Theodore Sr. and Cora Cisneros.
Theodore was in the U.S. Army in Vietnam serving in the 8th Engineer Battalion and receiving a Purple Heart. He was a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He was very artistic; he enjoyed doing woodwork, painting and drawing. He worked as a volunteer at the V. A. Hospital and received many awards for his devoted service. He attended Catholic services at the V.A. Hospital.
Theodore is survived by his daughters, Glory Ann Cisneros and Yvette Duran of Clifton; grandchildren, Miguel Medina and Richard Cisneros; sisters, Marcella Medina (Herman), Dora Zappia (Edmund), and Gloria Molina, all of Safford; brother, David Cisneros (Tilla) of Yuma; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Theodore Cisneros, mother, Cora Cisneros and sister, Barbara Ann Cisneros.
Rosary for Theodore was Sunday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Safford. Service was Monday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Safford. Interment followed at the Safford Union Cemetery.
Arrangements for services are under the direction of Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Dated Sunday, June 16, 2002
Edward Frederick Ford
Edward Frederick Ford was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Bronx, N.Y. There he lived and was raised by his father and grandparents until the age of 10. Ed and his father then lived in Ajo with his aunt, Madge Snyder. After schooling, he worked as a crusher operator for Phelps Dodge for 22 years.
He met Bobbie Julia Brown in 1961 and married her in Silver City, N.M., later returning to be married in the LDS Mesa Temple. Together they raised six children. Edward retired early due to illness, and Safford was the Ford's home from 1984 on. He was a loving and compassionate husband, father and grandfather. He brought laughter and humor to the lives of those around him. He passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.
Edward is survived by his wife, Bobbie Julia Ford; his children, Julie Ford, Brian and Sharyn Ford, David Ford, William and Janis Ford, Della and Ramiro Vigil, and Bridget Ford; and his grandchildren, Vanessa M. Ford, Michelle Ford, Nicholas Ford, Brittney Ford, Josephine Ford, Victoria Vigil, and Isaiah and Megan Ford. The family suggest donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements for Edward Ford were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Dated Saturday, October 19, 2002
Troy Marvin Shiew
Troy Marvin Shiew, 65, of Willcox passed away November 24, 2002. Marvin was born June 4, 1937, in Antlers, Okla., to Troy and Rachael Shiew.
He was a truck driver for 43 years; part of that time as an owner- operator. He was a cowboy and he also enjoyed paint and body work as a side job. He was a resident of Willcox for 21 years.
Surviving Marvin is his wife, Sieglinda (Linda) Shiew of Willcox; daughter, Melinda Hardy of Willcox; son, Stoney Shiew of Willcox; daughter, Janessa Shiew of Phoenix, daughter, Melissa Guana (Peter) of Safford; son, Randy (Chip) Johnson Jr. (Dawn) of Peoria; daughter, Shannon Murphy of Missouri; and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters June Bond and T. Cornia Shiew of Oklahoma; and brother, Jerry Shiew of Utah.
Memorial service for Marvin will be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the New Vision Family Worship Center at 2587 N. Haskell in Willcox. Arrangements for services are under the direction of Melissa Morris of Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Dated Saturday, December 07, 2002
Delia Hernandez Castro
Delia Hernandez Castro, 53, of Safford passed away March 10, 2003. She was born June 27, 1949, in Las Cruces, N.M., to Guadalupe Delgado. She was raised in San Jose, where she raised her children.
Delia later moved to New Mexico and in 1995 moved to Arkansas where she worked for Tyson until her illness in late 1998. Then she started working for the Lord and attended Life In Jesus Trinity Church with Pastor Bonnie Saenz. Delia continued to be independent and strong, even though the cancer was taking over her body. Her faith gave her strength and courage to continue on her long journey to Heaven.
Delia is survived by her daughters, Nadine (Beto) of Safford, Guadalupe of Phoenix, Toni of Arkansas, Judy of New Mexico and Anna of Phoenix; brothers and sisters, Juan (Ophelia) of San Manuel, Elisa of California, Kika (Uriel) of Texas, Manuel (Dora) of New Mexico, Donut (Mercy) of Morenci, Mary (Bobbi) of San Jose, Joe of Tucson, Pinky of Tucson, Lucy (Carlos) of Safford, Virginia (Mario) of Safford, Frances (Juan) of Douglas and Julie of Safford; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation for Delia was March 13 at the Morris David's Safford Funeral Home Chapel. Service was March 14, also at the Morris David's Safford Funeral Home Chapel.
Arrangements for services were under the direction of Melissa Morris of Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Dated Saturday, March 22, 2003
Dorothy Estelle Kneedler
Dorothy Estelle Kneedler, 99, formerly of Bridgewater, Va., died on Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Harrisonburg Health & Rehab Center where she had been a patient since May of 1996.
She was born July 28, 1903, in St. Louis, Mo., and was the daughter of the late Marvin and Ida Mae Tinker Abbey.
Mrs. Kneedler was a homemaker and did private duty sitting for the ill most of her life. She lived in the Gila Valley for 33 years and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She moved to Bridgewater from Arizona in 1983 and lived with her daughter, Joyce Miller, in Bridgewater. She also worked for her daughter at the Court Cafe for several years.
She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Herrin Miller of Bridgewater, and Ruth Luce of Central; 11 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service was conducted at Beaver Creek Cemetery
by Pastor Norbert Jedamski.
Memorial donations may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 609 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Dated Monday, April 28, 2003
Thomas Meek was born in Morenci on Sept. 24, 1951, to Betty and T.W. Meek. He did all of his school days in Old Morenci, kindergarten through high school, graduating in 1969. He decided to continue his education at Eastern Arizona College, majoring in auto mechanics. In 1970 he met the love of his life, Debbie Zanin. Her family had transferred from Phelps Dodge in Bisbee to Morenci's Metcalf branch. There went Tom's college. They married in 1971. Tom was hired on with Phelps Dodge in 1973 and started their family of three daughters, Sheri, Anita and Kelly. Tom got into the apprenticeship program and became a journeyman diesel mechanic in 1979.
Woodworking was a big hobby of Tom's. He made everything from baby cradles for family and friends and, of course, Sheri, to building their dream home.
In 1982 the struggle in the copper industry became a huge ordeal. Tom, not wanting to work for PD without a union, moved his wife and girls to Tucson. Debbie started working at Discovery Learning Center right away. Tom tried to be the house dad while looking for work. After working several years at different jobs, he went to work for Young Block Co. as head mechanic. This is also where he acquired the nickname "Hollywood." He made many great friends through fellow workers and sales people.
Tom always thrived for his girls. He was a registered Girl Scout leader for nine years. Tom and Deb were co-leaders of the girls' Brownies and Juniors. He was active in Band Boosters through seven years of high school, including working fundraisers and chaperoning band trips -- several to Disneyland. Tom raised his girls to be able to take care of themselves. All three girls can change tires and the oil in their cars. Tom and Kelly restored a '65 Mustang that she drives today. Tom would put his girls up against any guy when it came to putting up a tent, catching fish, chopping wood and living in the wilderness for weeks at a time.
In 2000 Tom decided it was time for a job change. He went to work for Southwest Energy, the contractor for the blasting in Arizona copper mines. He met more really good friends there. He loved the travel -- Morenci, Silver City and Globe-Miami. He even took the family on a road trip to see the big town of Baghdad after he had worked there. Road trips were a favorite thing of his. Eventually no one in the family would follow him anymore because he would lead them on for miles and miles and miles.
Due to the slow economy and cutbacks, Tom was forced to go to the lake, camp and fish, fish, fish! The one thing he loved to do the most. He made his own fishing lures and those became a hit with the family. He was even known to wrestle big bass in the mud to keep them from getting away.
In 2002 he went to work for Pima County Waste Water Management Ina Road. Tom said many times, "Best job I ever had." Of course, there he met many more friends and would come home with different stories and wastewater terminology that made most of the family cringe. While working there, Tom found out he had cancer.
Tom and Deb had their 32nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 17. Tom died at his home in Tucson on Sept. 19, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; three daughters, Sheri, Anita and Kelly, all of Tucson; his parents, Betty and T.W. Meek of Loma Linda; many aunts, uncles and cousins of Tucson, Duncan, Safford and Louisiana. He was preceded in death by one brother, Billy (Pete) and one sister, Kathy.
Memorial services were held for Tom at Northwest Community Church in Tucson on Sept. 19. Pastor William Wright officiated. Graveside services were at his final resting place, Wards Canyon Clifton Cemetery, Rick Stapp officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Twiddy, Michael Twiddy, Chris Zanin, Danny Zanin, Tim Meek, Chet Lee and Robert Brinkley. He was a member of Beneficio Propio. His family suggests that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Association.
Complete arrangements were provided by Morris Safford Funeral Home.
Dated Thursday, October 02, 2003
Donald W. Erwin
Donald W. Erwin, 72, died May 24, 2002, at the VA Medical Center, Tucson, hospice unit. He was born in Greencastle, Ind., on March 8, 1930. He is survived by three brothers: Lowell of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Glenn of Lakeland, Fla.; and Keith of Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
After serving 26 years in the United States Air Force, he retired as a M/Sgt. and moved to Safford where he worked at the Arizona State Prison (San Jose) until retirement. He served many years as service officer at the Swift-Murphy American Legion Post #32 and the Thatcher Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be gratefully remembered by many local veterans and their families. A military honor guard from Luke Air Force Base conducted burial services at the Cave Creek National Cemetery
on June 5, 2002, giving a final tribute to a fellow comrade.
Dated Sunday, June 23, 2002
Mrs. Fern Seballos, 77, of Phoenix passed away early Wednesday morning, July 31, 2002, at her home following a lengthy illness. Fern was born in Lordsburg, N.M., on May 30, 1925, to Manuel Salinas and Locadia Lopez. She attended schools in Duncan.
At the age of 16 Fern married the love of her life, John Seballos. They were married for 57 years. Fern lived most of her adult life in Morenci. When her husband, John, retired from Phelps Dodge in 1982, they moved to Pima where they lived until 1996 when they returned to the Clifton-Morenci area. She was well known for her great cooking, baking and crafts skills. She was an active member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church during her years in Morenci and an active member of the St. Martin De Porras Catholic Church during her years in Pima. She was a life-long member of the Morenci Booster Club and a member of the Beneficio Propio. Fern will be remembered for her kind, loving, gentle and generous soul.
Surviving family members include: a daughter, Linda Seballos Stacy (Dennis) of Morenci; three sons, John Seballos (Sylvia) of Phoenix, James Seballos (Christy) of Clifton, Jack Seballos (Elsa) of Pahrump, Nev.; four sisters, Juanita Escamillas (Chuy) of Duncan, Millie Lopez (Tony) of Tucson, Cathy Sierra of San Bernadino, Calif., and Martha Alatriste of Tucson; four brothers, Joe Salinas of West Covina, Calif., Paul Sierra (Gloria) of Chandler, Ray Sierra (Norma) of Norwalk, Calif., and Greg Sierra (Eva) of Indian Springs, Nev.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Fern was preceded in death by her father, Manuel, mother, Locadia, stepfather Lorenzo Sierra, husband John, and brothers Demecio and Gilbert Sierra.
A prayer vigil and rosary were recited Friday, Aug. 2 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Morenci. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 3, by Rev. Raul H. Rosales, also at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Sacred Heart Cemetery
in Clifton with Tim Stacy, Shaun Seballos, Steven Seballos, James Seballos, Sonny Seballos, John Lopez and Joseph Ramos serving as pallbearers. Joe Salinas, Paul Sierra, Ray Sierra, Greg Sierra, Chuy Escamillas, Tony Lopez, and Manuel Gonzales were honorary pallbearers.
Contributions in Fern's memory may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, Sun City Unit, 11301 N. 99th Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345. Coordinating services for the Seballos family was Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Lily Bertoldo Sanchez
A Mass of Christian Burial for Lily Bertoldo Sanchez, 74, of Safford was celebrated Monday, Jan. 13 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Rev. Domenico Pinti celebrant. Rosary services with Vigil were recited the previous evening, also at St. Rose of Lima, with Marcello Arbizo. Interment followed in the Safford Cemetery.
Lily was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Phoenix, the daughter of Alejandro and Lenore Montez Bertoldo. Lily grew up in San Jose, attending school there. At the age of 18, Lily moved to Los Angeles, Calif. In 1988, Lily retired and moved back to Safford to take care of her mother, Lenore. Lily was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Survivors include her brothers and sisters, Helen Lozano of Safford, Joe Bertoldo of Tucson, Beatrice Santos of Safford, Alex Bertoldo of Tucson, Edward Bertoldo of Phoenix, Stella Sam of Phoenix, Ernie Bertoldo of Tucson and Ricardo Bertoldo of Irvine, Calif.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Dated Monday, January 20, 2003
Funeral services for Sylvan Lunt, 96, of Virden will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Duncan LDS Stake Center by Bishop Stanfird Jones. Concluding services will follow in the Virden Cemetery
in Virden, N.M.
Sylvan Edgerton Lunt was born Dec. 6, 1906, to Egerton and Anna May Harris Lunt in Colonia Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1912, Sylvan, with his family moved to El Paso, Texas. After his father's death, they moved to Virden, N.M., in April 1919. It was while he was living in Virden, that he met and dated Sabra Jacobson, who was later to become his wife.
In 1923, Sylvan relocated to Miami as he gained work with Inspiration Copper Company. He returned to Virden in the summer of 1924 and in September was called to serve a mission in the Southern States Mission.
In December of 1926, Sylvan returned home from his mission and again began work with the copper mine in Miami.
On June 23, 1928, Sylvan went to Phoenix and the met the train from Los Angeles on which Sabra was a passenger. They were married at the courthouse in Phoenix that morning. They were later sealed for time and all eternity on October 17, 1929 in the Arizona Temple in Mesa. Together Sylvan and Sabra began their family in Miami.
Sylvan continued his work with the copper mine until his retirement January 1, 1972, following more than 45 years of dedicated service. Sylvan also dedicated much of his time to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Miami Ward, serving in various capacities including: Sunday School, M.I.A, and priesthood instructor. In 1930, he was called as a counselor and in 1945 as bishop of the Miami Ward for 2 1/2 years and later as a member of the Stake High Council. Sylvan passed away March 5, 2003, in Globe.
The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., at the Duncan L.D.S. Stake Center Relief Society Room.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Dated Friday, March 21, 2003
New music resounded Jan. 18, 1929, within the Joseph P. and Mary Theodosia Mecham Lewis family in Douglas – the voice of daughter Ethel. She was the ninth of 12 children to perform with the Lewis symphony.
In her teens, Ethel met her older sister Anne’s brother-in-law, Elvin M. Lunt. They corresponded throughout his military service in the U.S. Navy (World War II) and a mission to Denmark for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She chanted, “He writes the most beautiful letters!”
Their marriage was solemnized Oct. 6, 1949, in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Their children, Ethelyn Lunt, Karen (Karl) Johnson, Elvin Mark Lunt, Margaret Elizabeth (Keith) Hansen, Joseph Brent (Julie) Lunt and Gail Denise (J.R.) Thompson, auditioned and were joyfully accepted as a sometimes cacophony directed toward harmony in Duncan.
As choir director or soloist, Ethel shared her talents. She served in the community, including the Women’s Club, voting-poll clerk, census taker for the U.S. Agricultural Department, county fair judge (clothing, quilts and handwork).
With her husband, she filled two full-time missions (to Mexico and the Dominican Republic) and several stake missions for the LDS Church. She served in various callings on LDS ward and stake levels, most frequently in Young Women’s and Relief Society; directed the pilot program for extraction of Ellis Island records; and fostered Indian Placement Program students as well as maintaining an open door for cousins.
She once said she had lived approximately one and one-half years of her married life with only her biological children. And, of course, she always sang: Bakersfield, Calif., High School trio; duets with Dad; the Ladies Ensemble; the touring Emma Smith Opera.
On Dec. 30, 2008, Ethel auditioned for the Christmas cantata in the eternal realms, where she sings with her parents; six brothers; two sisters; her husband’s parents; their five sons and their wives; and other dear friends.
She is survived by her husband; six children; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha (Sterling) Newton and Marge (Ray) Harris; and a brother, Charles (Eileen) Lewis; as well as sisters-in-law Barbara (Olas) Lunt, Erma (Irl) Lunt, Beryl (Lucian) Lewis, Adele (James) Lewis, Peggy (Walt) Lewis; plus many nieces and nephews.
Although muted, our musician mother’s voice resonates eternally. Her greatest wish, the most commonly repeated refrain, was: “Love each other better.” Because she loved education, donations to the LDS Church’s Perpetual Education Fund in Ethel’s memory would be appropriate.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in the Duncan LDS Stake Center. Ethel was laid to rest in the Virden Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.
Eleanor Fay Bailey
Funeral ceremonies for Eleanor Fay Bailey, 71, of York Valley were conducted Thursday, Aug. 1, at Bunker's Caldwell Chapel by Pastor Willard Overstreet. Concluding ceremonies followed in the Safford Cemetery.
Fay was born on Jan. 30,1931, in Fayette County, Ark., to Samuel Foster and Mamy Maybell Davis Williamson. She was sixth out of seven children. When she was seven years old she lost her mother to pneumonia.
Fay was educated in Arkansas and she spent her summers working in the cotton fields with her father, brother and sisters. Fay was known as a good cotton picker. She weathered the humble way of life and loved raising vegetables and flower gardens. She frequently talked about having only one pair of shoes a year. She could make a meal out of little.
She fell in love with and married Dorise V. Bailey. Fay lived on one side of a drainage ditch with her family and Dorise on the other. Dorise and Fay would pick cotton together. Dorise and Fay would meet on the bridge that crossed the drainage ditch and watch the turtles.
Dorise was afraid to ask Fay's daddy for her hand in marriage. So Dorise and Fay had a mutual agreement. They met in Lepanto, Ark., on June 5, 1948; Dorise had the marriage licenses under his shirt. The Methodist preacher in Marked Tree, Ark., married Dorise and Fay. Fay's father, "Sam," forgave Dorise for running off with his daughter. Dorise's excuse for not telling her father was, "I ain't gonna marry your dad, I am gonna marry you."
Dorise and Fay moved to Greenlee County, Arizona in 1951.
Fay committed her life to raising her daughters, caring for Dorise, and taking care of the house. She raised gorgeous flowers and a garden her daughters hated for they were coerced by Fay daily during the summer months to chop weeds and pick bugs from the plants.
Dorise supported Fay and the girls as a welder for Phelps Dodge in Morenci for 41 years. Fay lived in the family home in York from June 1964 until the present.
Fay was a Christian and made her profession to Jesus as her Savior as a young girl.
Fay is survived by: her husband, Dorise, of York Valley; two daughters, Reba Thomas of Phoenix and Frances Sam Glasscock of Las Cruces, N.M.; three sisters, Edith Campbell of Azusa, Calif., Louise Evans of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Betty Bragg of Marked Tree, Ark.; her brother, Cecil Williamson of Pinedale, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Eleanor was preceded in death by her sister, Lucille Morgan; her brother, Edwin Williamson; and her parents, Sammy and Mamy Williamson.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Dated Saturday, August 10, 2002