Mary A. Jackson
Mary A. Jackson, 84, of Safford, passed away at her home, March 20, 2009, surrounded by her family. Mary was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1945, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp as a medical specialist. She served until Aug. 6, 1948, when she left the service to marry her husband, First Sergeant Lloyd L. Jackson, U.S. Army, at Governor’s Island, N.Y. Lloyd and Mary spent 22 years on active duty, traveling and raising their nine children, before retiring to Tucson.
In 1984, Lloyd and Mary moved to Safford, where Lloyd was employed as the hospital administrator at Mount Graham Community Hospital. Lloyd and Mary were married 60 years on August 14, 2008.
Mary was active in the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Gila Valley Veterans Honor Guard, the Safford Women’s Club, the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of America and the Safford Book Club.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; her children, Denise (James) Burke, Gail (Billy) Fowler, Diane (Joseph) Allocco, Brian (Charleen) Jackson, Teresa Mitchell, Timothy (Mildred) Jackson, Elise (Michael) Reimer, Kevin Jackson and Shaun (Robert) Piccolo; 19 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Arthur (Dorothea) Bonner.
The viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held Monday, March 30, at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Mt. Graham Hospice Services, 1600 S. 20th St., Bldg E, Safford, AZ 85546.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psalms 116:15).
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel.
Dorothy J. Bittle
Dorothy J. Bittle of Willcox died March 13, 2009, at the age of 85. She was born to Sherman Randolph and Essie Irene Bray Deatherage on Jan. 31, 1924, in Shawnee, Okla.
Dorothy married Ambers Early Bittle in Stratford, Okla., on Oct. 25, 1940, and was a homemaker. She moved with her husband in 1955 from Oklahoma to York Valley. Dorothy was a member of Harvest Ministries of Willcox.
Survivors include her daughters, Glenda (Gene) Babers and Sharon Baker, both of Tucson; her son, Dale (Joan) Bittle of Willcox; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are her brothers, Wayman Deatherage of Shawne and Marvin Deatherage of Jacksonville, Mo. Preceding her in death were her husband, Ambers Early Bittle, and her parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 17, at Harvest Ministries with burial following at the Safford Union Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematorium of Willcox.
George C. Bingham
George C. Bingham, 80, of Safford passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009.
George, born Sept. 2, 1928, was the son of Richard Bingham and Euphrasia Foote Bingham.
George attended Safford schools, where he was very active in all sports. He was student body president during his senior year.
On May 19, 1947, he married Billie May John, and they spent 61 years together. They enjoyed all outdoor sports. He worked with his father and eventually took over the business in 1948.
In 1958, George also started Union Oil Distributing.
George was recently predeceased by his loving wife, Billie. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy; his parents; a sister, Geneva; and brothers, Grant, Clifford and Norman.
He is survived by his children, Sheri (Chris) Ellsworth, DeAnn (Rick) Frazier and Steven (Mary) Bingham; 11 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Home on Friday, 6-8 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Safford Stake Center. Services will follow at 11 a.m., and interment will be at the Safford Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Home.
Delbert Lamar Whitmer
Delbert Lamar Whitmer, 90, passed from this life Monday, March 9, 2009, at home. He was born to Elmer and Mildred Whitmer, Nov. 26, 1918, in Central, where he grew up and then later retired in 1985.
He leaves behind his wife, Jeaninne; children Mark (Candy), Lamar (Colleen), Delynn (Butch) Bodine, Lon (Raechel), Glen and Wanda (Richard) Thompson; grandchildren Conor, Henry, Kelli (Bert) Millett, Tyler (Stephanie) Bodine, Whitney (David) Kolstad, Micah Bodine, Kasey Bodine, Lucas Bodine, Corwin (Lauren), Chase, Kathryn Thompson, Shannon Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Ryan Thompson and Sean Thompson; and great-grandchildren Sage, Faith and Jane Millett, Grant Bodine and Will Kolstad. He also leaves behind many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Delbert received his associate’s degree in accounting from Gila College, now known as Eastern Arizona College. Delbert served his country in the Navy during World War II and later served an LDS mission to Western Canada. He worked as a carpenter in the Phoenix area to provide for his family. He considered the best part of his life being married to Jeannine for 55 years.
He was well-known in his community for sharing vegetables from his garden. He especially liked to grow cantaloupe and corn. Delbert also took delight in making clever wood items and toys for friends and children. He had a quick sense of humor and always had a joke to share with those he came in contact with. He will be missed by many.
Services were held at the Central LDS Chapel on Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m., and he was laid to rest at the Central Cemetery.
Arangements were under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.
Alward F. Fenn
Al Fenn, 89, passed away Feb. 22, 2009, as a result of cancer.
He was a native of Arizona, spending his youth in Benson and Mesa.
He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii and survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Marines, serving in the Mariannas and Iwo Jima.
Fenn was the athletic director of Gila Valley Sports in Safford, was the editor of pioneer western newspapers to include The Copper Era, Deming Graphics and Headlight, Miami Silver Belt, and owned The Phoenix Roundup and Arizona Sun papers.
He is an author and writer. He promoted wrestling and boxing, was a manager and trainer and established amateur boxing in Arizona.
He promoted AZ Golden Gloves and State Fair Copper Gloves since 1970. Since 1965, he provided a gym for kids to work out and have recreation, never charging at the Phoenix Boys and Girls Center, producing many productive citizens.
Fenn is survived by son Kim and wife Marianne Fenn, daughters Kelly Fenn, Kristy Horn and Charlotte Huffine. He has 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, three brothers and four sisters.
Services were held at the LDS Stake Center, 36th Street and Shea, on Feb. 26, with a viewing at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. Another service was in Benson on Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. for viewing and 11 a.m. for services. Burial followed.
In lieu of flowers, he asked that memorials be sent to the Phoenix Boys and Girls Center, 2116 W. Buckeye Rd., Phoenix 85009 or Chase Bank account #0056 3372.
Paul Harvey “PJ” Robinson Jr.
Paul Harvey “PJ” Robinson Jr., 26, of Safford passed away Feb. 23, 2009.
He was born March 10, 1982 to Paul and Arlene Hines Robinson. PJ lived in Safford and graduated from Safford High School in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene Hines Robinson. PJ is survived by his father, Paul H. Robinson Sr. of Safford; sisters, Tina (Anthony) Moore of Coolidge, Kenni (Justin) Crum of Scottsdale and Jerri (Josh) Yochim of Maryland; grandparents, J.W. Coleman and Ebbie Hines Coleman of Safford, Wilmer and Betty Redwine of Denver; four nephews, five nieces, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. in the Safford High School Center for the Arts, with viewing one hour prior to services. Please come dressed in your Dallas Cowboys jerseys or colors. Arrangements are under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.
Norma Natividad, 65, of Pima passed away peacefully in her home Feb. 17, 2009.
Norma was born Aug. 22, 1943, to loving parents Delsa and Phil McBride. She spent her childhood days in Pima reading in trees, riding her horse and laughing with best friend Leora.
Norma was active during high school, participating in volleyball, cheerleading, band and academic clubs. She graduated valedictorian.
During college, her music abilities flourished as she earned lead roles in musicals and solos in "The Messiah" at graduation. She graduated valedictorian from Eastern Arizona Junior College. At Brigham Young University she earned a bachelor's degree, becoming an educator.
She taught in Snowflake, Phoenix and Provo before vacationing in Hawaii, where she met her true love, Stan Natividad. After one week together, they knew they would marry. She had previously committed to teaching in Japan, so they faithfully courted through letters. Eight months later, on March 26, 1970, they were married for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Soon she became a busy homemaker of seven children. Her family was her pride and joy. She taught them to live righteously and to work hard. She served her church and the community her entire life.
When her children were all in school, Norma began teaching again. She accepted a job at Dan Hinton, earning the head teacher position. She enjoyed helping those special children, including her son, become successful at performing shows throughout the Valley. After retiring from Dan Hinton, Norma was called to serve as a worker in the Arizona Temple.
Norma was known for her early-morning walks and bike rides, her green thumb and her smile, sci-fi shows and chocolate, quilting and indexing, reading to grandkids, Popsicles, singing soprano and composing songs. She was full of kindness, love, patience and goodness. Others were drawn to be their best in her presence.
She is survived by her husband, Stan; children: Marc, Leilani, Malia, Kanani, Robert, Lehua and Kuliana; and siblings: Philis, Clarence, Gary, Marja, Mikki, Leora and Marie. She has reunited with her mom and dad.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Pima Stake Center. The funeral will be Monday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. in the Pima Stake Center, with the viewing one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Chapel.