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Arizona Obituary and Death Notice Archive - Page 51

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Date: Monday, 11 November 2013, at 1:20 a.m.

Howard Russell
Howard Russell, 92, of Safford died May 25, 2002, at Infinia Health Care in Safford.
Howard was born July 5, 1909, in Augusta, Wis., the son of Arthur and Myrtle Russell. Howard grew up in Augusta and attended school there. He married Doris Anderson June 29, 1936, in Hudson, Wis. In 1961 Howard moved to Safford where he owned and operated the Russell Dairy on Highway 191. Howard also worked as a brick mason building several homes in the area. He was also an accomplished artist and painted Western scenery.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Doris of Safford; sons, Lowell Russell of Albuquerque, N.M., Lanny Russell of Torrey, Utah, Gary and wife Fran Russell of New Castle, Colo., and Gene Russell of Torrey, Utah; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren also survive.
Arrangements for Howard Russell were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.

Joseph Patrick Brewer
Joseph Patrick Brewer, 34, of Safford passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, July 26, 2002. Joseph was born Aug. 18, 1967, in Show Low. He was a long-time resident of Safford. He graduated from Safford High School and was a member of the Potter's House Christian Fellowship.
Joe is survived by his wife, Gretchen of Safford; his father E.F. Brewer of Springville, Tenn.; and his brother, Alan Brewer of Kirkland, Wash. His mother, Lillian Brewer of Mesa, who used to be the administrator of the Mount Graham Hospital, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Potter's House Christian Fellowship Church on Main Street, Safford. Interment followed at Safford Union Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Morris-David's Safford Funeral Home.

John Flowers
John Flowers, 59, of Morenci passed away Nov. 25, 2002, in Tucson. John was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Safford to Jeff and Myrtle Rowald Flowers.
John obtained his Eagle in Scouting in 1963 and was cub master in 1973. He was active in B P.O E. 1174 and was Exalted Ruler in 1972-1973. He was a past president of the Morenci Lions Club, past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Clifton, and a past patron of Eastern Star. John also served as a chaperone for the Morenci Pride Band for many years.
John graduated from Morenci in 1962 and he graduated from Eastern Arizona College with an AA degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Gail Raley, on June 1, 1963.
John was always the first to help and volunteer for community projects. His favorite pastime was just talking to everyone he knew. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, playing Santa Claus for the community, hunting and woodworking. In 1965, John began working as labor foreman in the smelter for 20 years. Then he worked in the concentrator until he decided to take an apprenticeship to become a boilermaker. John worked as a boilermaker until his health forced him to retire in 2001.
Surviving John is his wife, Gail Flowers of Morenci; sons Clay Flowers (Cindy) of Tucson and Justin Flowers (Lainie) of Pinetop; grandchildren D.R. and Crystal Rutherford of Mesa; Jacqueline, Jerica and Jazzmin Flowers of Pinetop; and J.J. Flowers of Tucson. Also surviving is his father, Jeff Flowers, of Safford; brothers Tom Flowers of Thatcher and Vernon Flowers of Pima; and his mother-in-law, Peggy Raley of York Valley. John was like a second father to Lauren Lynn of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Natalea Lusk of Fort Benning, Ga.; and Katie Gonzales of Oahu, Hawaii. His mother, Myrtle Flowers, preceded John in death.
Visitation for John was Sunday, Dec. 1, at Morris David's Safford Funeral Home Chapel. Services were Monday, Dec. 2, at the Church of Christ in Morenci with interment following at Wards Canyon Cemetery.
Donations can be made in John's memory to the Morenci Lions Club Scholarship Fund, Morenci Lions Club, P.O. Box LL, Morenci, AZ 85540 (bottom of check should read "scholarship fund").
Arrangements for services were under the direction of Melissa Morris of Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.

Benjamin M. Acuna
Benjamin M. Acuna, 88, previously of York Valley, passed away March 5, 2003, in Tucson. Benjamin was born July 4, 1914, in Alamogordo, N.M., to Arturo and Genoveva Acuna.
Benjamin was known most by "Grandpa." He valued and appreciated good food, work ethic, conversation, singing and music. To know Grandpa was to love him. He touched everyone with his unique attributes. He was calm and compassionate and accepted what life offered him.
Benjamin married Utalia Pacheco in June of 1949 and became widowed March 6, 1990. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also a proud U.S. Army veteran and often spoke of his experiences while working in Conservation Corps camps.
Benjamin is survived by his daughters, Maria A. Monyer of Chandler, Carmen Martinez of York Valley and Tina Schaefer of Los Angeles; sons, Benie Acuna of York Valley, Frank Garcia of York Valley, Carlos Garcia of Tucson and Lorenzo Garcia of Flagstaff; 27 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Benjamin was March 9 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clifton. Rosary followed the visitation. Mass was March 10.
Arrangements for services were under the direction of Melissa Morris of Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.

Eugene Engquist
Memorial services for Eugene Engquist, 93, of Safford were conducted April 23, 2003, at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Safford. Inurnment took place at Christ The King Episcopal Church in Tucson.
Eugene William Engquist was born in Wisconsin and moved to Illinois. He moved about attending various schools, finishing at Howe Military School. He began work at the Chicago Stock Exchange, moved to Florida and in 1936 moved to El Paso, Texas. His career with El Paso Natural Gas began there as a fieldman. He retired as superintendent after 38 years in 1973. He moved to Safford where he had resided since. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1941 to 1945 in Louisiana and Florida. Gene married Fern Kerr on April 12, 1947, in El Paso. They had just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Gene was a "cradle Episcopalian" and an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Safford for over 30 years. He served the church as superintendent of the Sunday school, member of the vestry and as senior warden.
Survivors include his wife Fern of Safford; son-in-law, Donald Felsinger of San Diego, Calif.; grandsons, Gregory Felsinger and Michael Felsinger, both of San Diego. Gene was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia, on Nov. 16, 1996.
The family suggests donations be made to the All Saints Episcopal Church Altar Fund at 210 Main St., Safford.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.

Leland J. Howey
Leland J. Howey was born in Lapeer County, Michigan, Dec. 29, 1919, to Tryphena Keep and Alexander Howey.
When Lee was six years old the family moved to Pontiac, Mich., and he grew up there and worked for Pontiac Motors. Lee joined the Marines in 1942 and served in the South Pacific until the end of the war. After returning to the states, he worked in construction and as a golf pro. He settled in Safford in 1959 and remained here until his death. Lee was a member of the American Legion; in 1975 he was employed as a bartender for Swift Murphy Post #32 and worked there until he retired.
Survivors are a son, Hector; daughter, Tonna; step-children, Terri and Michael; sister, Dorothy; and three grandchildren, Jason, Michael and Christopher.
Arrangements for Leland J. Howey were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Dated Monday, January 20, 2003

Gene Goostree
Funeral services for Gene Goostree, 58, of Thatcher who passed away March 12, 2003, in Scottsdale, were conducted Monday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at the Thatcher Stake Center with Bishop Dan Welker conducting. Interment followed in the Thatcher Cemetery.
Gene was born Aug. 17, 1944, in Norman, Okla., the son of Francis and Jewell Emans Goostree. As a young boy, Gene and his family moved to Arizona and he attended school in Tucson at Flowing Wells High School where he excelled in football and wrestling.
Gene graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Range Management, working for the Soil Conservation Service. Gene later returned to school and became a Doctor of Chiropractic practicing in Willcox, Safford and Moab, Utah. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and all sports.
Gene is survived by his wife, Lynn Goostree of Thatcher; four daughters, Cheryl (Brad) Boswell of Yuma, Tammy (Rick) Moon of Lake Side, Amy of Flagstaff, Tawna, of Thatcher; father, Francis Goostree of Sierra Vista; brothers, Gary of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Mike Goostree of Sierra Vista; grandchildren, MacKenzie Boswell, BreeAnna Moon, McKay Moon, Hunter Moon and Porter Moon.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.

Rachel Donham
Rachel's life began on May 11, 1918, in Coleman County, Texas. She was the seventh of 10 children born to Joel Louis and Verna Tankersley Sellers, and grew feeling especially blessed to be part of a family endowed with an abundance of love.
As she grew, she developed a strong will, which carried her through life -- not only the good times, but also the tough times. Music was a very important part of her life. She had a natural talent for this and at age 11 began playing the piano for church, where her father was the music director. Much of what she played was because of her keen ear, with the remainder being what she learned at music camps. It was at these camps where, though she never learned to read lines and spaces, she was taught to play shaped notes. Her brothers used to have to pump the pedals of the organ because she was too small to reach them.
Before too long, she learned to play the guitar and from there it was any stringed instrument she picked up. The music in her fingers just seemed to extend to any instrument she picked up.
When she was about 14, she met S.T. Donham, and after a two-year courtship they were married on October 9, 1934, at the home of Brother W.C. Johnson in McCauley, Fisher County, Texas. Their first home was a small house in Rotan, Texas, and they paid a whopping rent of $4 per month. It may not have looked like much, but the love that filled it made it a palace.
One winter morning, they awoke to find that snow had drifted through cracks in the walls, covering the wood cook stove and the table. Never ones to let an opportunity escape, they scraped the snow into a bucket, added a few choice ingredients and enjoyed snow ice cream for breakfast.
In 1936 they, along with other members of both of their families, moved from Texas to the Gila Valley, where they found work on the local farms. On Jan. 31, 1937, they were blessed with their first child, Owen Clifford, born in Central. S.T. continued working on farms throughout the valley and Rachel began cleaning houses. Their second child, Saundra Jean, was born in Glenbar on Dec. 19, 1942. For the next year they lived with Granny and Granddaddy Sellers and Rachel kept house for them in exchange for room and board so they could save to purchase their first home. On Saundra's first birthday, they moved into that house and called Pima home for the remainder of their lives. While living in that home, their third and last child, Kenneth Donald, was born on Sept. 27, 1946. The last move was into their current home on 500 South, still in Pima, and just across the road from the old place in March 1962.
In 1953, while working in a local dining room, Rachel fell and broke her back, but after surgery and some period of healing, bounced back and worked again, showing what a strong and determined lady she was. Over the years, there were three more back surgeries and, each time, she amazed the doctors because she refused to give in to even using a cane, many times when she should have been in a wheelchair. Several years after the last surgery, she did have to give in to a cane and the remark was made more than once, "I see your Mom coming and carrying her cane on her arm." She loved yard sales, and one day Lucy Grauer called and said, "Saundra, your Mom forgot her cane down here at my yard sale."
On Oct. 25, 1994, she was dealt a devastating blow when she lost her husband and companion of 60 years. The next years were very difficult for her, but she kept going. Ken says that they have a saying in their Ward -- "Keep on keeping on." I think they must have learned it from Rachel. Since his passing she had survived a broken hip, the plate that was put in breaking and being replaced with an artificial ball and femur, and several other surgeries. What a tough, courageous lady she was.
She was put on Hospice on June 13, and the remaining weeks of her life were especially hard for her because she had to almost completely depend on someone else for the first time in her life. This was totally foreign to her, being the independent soul she was. It did allow her to be at home and to even be able to still see the first home she and S.T. bought. What a special blessing this was, as it gave her a measure of peace.
Rachel passed away as she lived -- very quietly and, as always, a great lady, special mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.
She is survived and will be sorely missed by two sons: Owen of Safford and Ken of Pensacola, Fla.; one daughter, Saundra of Pima; two sisters, Neta Bolinger of Pima and Verna Jo Malone of Mesa; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Those preceding and preparing her way home were her loving S.T., her parents, five brothers and two sisters.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Dated Saturday, August 10, 2002

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