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Date: Monday, 11 November 2013, at 1:44 a.m.

Juan N. Alvarado
Juan N. Alvarado, 83, Safford resident for 58 years, died Saturday, March 28, 2009. He was born in San Jose de Francisco del Oro Chihuahua, Paredes Chihuahua, to Tomas and Barbara Alvarado.
Juan and Julia were married Dec. 20, 1947, in Anthony, N.M. He retired in 1975 from Laborers International Union of North America.
Juan was an active member of the Apostolic Church in Safford. Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, reading his Bible, working at the church, and he adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Juan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Julia; sisters, Sergia and Socorro of Mexico; children, Juanita Reece and husband Dewayne Reece, Tomas Alvarado and wife Sandra Alvarado, Luis Alvarado and wife Cathy Alvarado, Manuel Alvarado, Olivia Alvarado and husband Matt Sainson, Armando Alvarado and wife Elizabeth Alvarado, Barbara Lee Alvarado, Carlos Alvarado and wife Amanda Alvarado; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Juan was preceded in death by his parents; children, Barbara and Leonard; siblings, Elogia, Santos and Luisa; grandson, J.J. Garcia, and great-nephew, Ruben Alvarado Jr.
Services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Apostolic Church. Visitation was at the church on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Interment was in the Safford Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.

Gertrudis (Julia) G. Alvarado
November 14, 1929 – April 2, 2009
Gertrudis (Julia) G. Alvarado, 79, a Safford resident for 58 years, died Thursday, April 2, 2009. She was born in San Jose de Paredes D.D. Chihuahua, Mexico, to Leonardo and Antonia Vasquez Garcia.
Throughout her life she enjoyed cooking for her children and reading her Bible. Julia was known for her tireless work for God. During her lifetime she helped construct several churches solely by selling her delicious tamales. Julia dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Julia and Juan were married Dec. 20, 1947, in Anthony, N.M.
Julia is survived by her sisters, Constantina (Tencha) Garcia, Arelin Escobedo, Maria Santos Diaz, Mikaela Garcia and four brothers; children, Juanita Reece and husband Dewayne Reece, Tomas and wife Sandra, Luis and wife Cathy, Manuel, Olivia and husband Matt Sainson, Armando and wife Elizabeth, Barbara Lee, Carlos and wife Amanda; Ruben and Santos; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Juan; her parents; her brother, Porfirio; her children, Barbara and Leonard; grandson J.J. Garcia, and great-nephew Ruben Alvarado Jr.
Services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Apostolic Church. Visitation was at the church on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. Interment was in the Safford Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.

Nora Tapia
Nora Tapia, 66, passed away unexpectedly March 13, 2009, in Safford.
Nora was born January 19, 1943, in Morenci. She grew up in Morenci, where she graduated from Morenci High School. She met Arthur Tapia in Morenci, and they later married on November 29, 1963. Nora and Arthur raised their three children in Morenci and moved to Safford in 1988.
Nora is remembered for her fantastic cooking, but her favorite hobby was dancing. She loved her family very much and spent as much time with them as possible.
Nora is survived by her husband, Arthur Tapia; her children, Veronica Chavez of Silver City, N.M., Arthur Jr. (Carrie) Tapia of Safford and Theresa (Mariano) Casillas of Maricopa. Nora has 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers Willie Gonzales of Texas, Margarito Gonzales of Safford, Bobby Nunez and Tom Lopez of California. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew Jake Chavez.
Nora was a faithful parishioner at St. Rose of Lima, where she taught catechism for many years. She worked at Bashas’, Ruth Powell cafeteria and, most recently, Jackson Hewitt. Her genuine smile warmed the hearts of those who had the honor of knowing her. She will be truly missed by all.
The family would like to extend its gratitude for everyone’s thoughts, support and prayers in its time of need. Funeral services were under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel.

Lorenzo Lyman Flake
“Isn’t it a great day!” is the greeting Lorenzo Flake‘s EAC mathematics classes heard for many years.
Since that time, he has been greeted in return that way by a great many of his former students. Lorenzo Lyman Flake, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, March 20, 2009. He was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Aripine, (Navajo County) to Joel White Flake and Elsie Vilate Owens Flake.
He spent most of his growing up years in the area of Snowflake, graduating from Snowflake High School in 1940. He served as student body president during his senior year. He attended Gila Junior College (now Eastern Arizona College) from 1940 to 1942 and also served as class president during his sophomore year.
Lorenzo enlisted in the Army Air Corps, becoming a pilot and then an instructor pilot for night fighters and gunnery. He spent his last months of World War II service with the Occupation Forces in Japan.
He met Jeanene Hanks in Nampa, Idaho, after the war, and they were married in the LDS Salt Lake Temple on May 26, 1948. He was recalled into the Air Force for the Korean Conflict after the completion of his degree at the University of Utah.
In 1955, the family moved to Thatcher, where Lorenzo began teaching mathematics and related sciences at Eastern Arizona Junior College, now EAC. He retired from this position in 1983 but taught part-time for a few years after that.
During his tenure at EAC, he also served as athletic director, division chair and the first faculty association president. He has served in many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including first counselor with the late Farrel C. Layton in the College Ward Bishopric, college branch president and membership and financial clerks in the Thatcher Third Ward. During their retirement Lorenzo and Jeanene served two missions — California Anaheim and Illinois Peoria.
Lorenzo enjoyed raising livestock. He always had a cow to milk – his way of relaxing after a day in the classroom. He also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey during the summer with his good friend and colleague, Clarence McBride. During retirement he adopted two wild burros. Lorenzo taught them to pull a little “chariot” around the neighborhood. It was interesting that the burros refused to cross the center line in the street.
Lorenzo expressed his love and gratitude to Jeanene many times each day and kept his sense of humor until almost the very last day. “Grandpa-Great” will be missed by all his family and friends.
He is survived by Jeanene, his wife of 60 plus years; his children, Mary Jean Weech (Rodell), Clel (Sherri), Raymond (Margaret), Wayne (Joy) and one foster son, Woodrow Wagner Jr. (Caroline). He is grandfather to 22 and great-grandfather to 36. Lorenzo’s younger sister, Lucelia, is now the lone survivor of his parents’ large family of 13 children.
Services for Lorenzo will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the LDS Stake Center on Reay Lane in Thatcher. Visitation was Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Stake Center and will also be held one hour prior to service time on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be given to Mt. Graham Home Health & Hospice or the Gila Valley Temple. Arrangements are under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.

Thelma Curtis Carpenter
Thelma Curtis Carpenter has passed away in Safford after a century of life.
She was born in San Jose on Dec. 27, 1908, to Ammon and Mary Jane Slade Curtis. Thelma married Jim Carpenter on Oct. 8, 1927.
They lived and farmed in the Gila Valley all their lives, raising their four children first in Sanchez, then in Thatcher.
Thelma was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life. She is remembered for her provident living, homemade bread, quilts and shelled pecans.
Preceding her in death are her husband, parents, seven siblings and three children: Leona Udall, Jerald Carpenter and Gorden Carpenter.
Surviving are one brother, Fred Curtis of Mesa; one son, Cloyd Carpenter of Gilbert; 25 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren, and 77 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, March 27, in the Thatcher Church Street LDS Chapel, with interment in the Thatcher Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.

Seth Lincoln “Lin” Hawkins
Seth Lincoln “Lin” Hawkins, 69, passed away at his home in Pima on March 23.
Lin was born Dec. 9, 1939, to Boyd and Louise Ballard Hawkins. He attended Fort Thomas schools and was a member of the 4-H and FFA clubs. Lin enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing. Lin also farmed and bartended throughout his life.
He is survived by his children, Seth, Kimberly, Deborah Lin and stepdaughter Mickey Patrick; siblings, JB (Linda) Hawkins of Pima, Joyce Wells of Safford, Doris (Dennis) Sim of Kingman; grandchildren, Cameron Boyd, Damian Gay Hawkins, Rickey S. Wilson and Faythe B. Clampitt. He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Louise Hawkins; son, Boyd; and brother, Gay.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Interment was at the Ashurst Cemetery in Fort Thomas.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.

Armando Rubio
Armando Rubio, 50, passed away February 21, 2009, in Tucson.
Armando was born June 16, 1958, in San Manuel to Donato and Dora Sanchez Rubio. He lived most of his life in Arizona. He also lived in California and Nevada.
Armando spent most of his years painting cars. He was loving, full of fun and will be greatly missed.
Armando enjoyed camping, fishing and watching sports. His other hobbies included listening to music and spending time with family and friends. He also loved to draw and do crafts with wood.
Armando was known to everyone for his happy, crazy fun side. He loved to sit around a fire, have a barbecue and talk till it got late.
He is survived by his wife, Olga Rubio; two daughters, Yolanda and Maria Rubio; and son Richard; five brothers, Ralph and Ben Arriaga, Jorge Ortiz, Donato Jr. and Michael Rubio; six sisters, Sonia Rubio, Rosie Gutierrez, Vianna Velasquez, Candie Martinez, Jessica and Alice Romero; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Armando is preceded in death by his parents, Donato and Dora Rubio.
Funeral services were held March 6 at Santa Monica Church in Tucson. There will also be a graveside service at the Sanchez Cemetery on May 2 at 11 a.m.

Refugio Nabor
Refugio Nabor, 85, died March 19, 2009, at his home in Safford. He was born Dec. 15, 1923, in Morenci to Amador and Susana Nabor. He had seven brothers and four sisters.
Refugio was a member of the Church at Safford and a 60-year member of the American Legion. He had a master’s degree from barbering school. During World War II, he was a second class petty officer in the Navy, where he served on the USS Carina and was honored with a Victory Medal.
Refugio was a retired journeyman pipefitter with the Phelps Dodge mining company. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hanging out with friends.
His survivors include his wife, Raquel; his children, Ellen (Eddie) McKenzie, Carol Nabor Sanchez, Ernie (Mona), Sally (David) Balfour, Jerry (Rachel) and Harry (Glenda); his brother, Bill (Memo) Nabor; 32 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Viewing is Friday, March 27, 3-7 p.m., with a sharing of memories at 5 p.m. Memorial services are Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m., at the Church at Safford, with interment at Safford Cemetery. Luncheon will follow in the gym of the Church at Safford. There will also be a memorial dinner at Cuco’s Shop, to which family and friends are welcome. Donations to Raquel Nabor to help with funeral expenses will be appreciated.

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