Evangeline Goseyun, 78, of Bylas passed away March 7, 2003, in Mesa. Service was Saturday, March 15, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bylas with Pastor David Malchow officiating. Interment followed at the Black Point Cemetery -- Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Joe Jojola Jodi
Joe Jojola Jodi, 81, of Safford passed away March 8, 2003, in Tucson. Joe was born May 11, 1921, in Isleta, N.M., to Seferino and Domsia Jojola. A memorial service for Joe was held Friday, March 14, at the Kiingdom Hall in Safford -- Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Lola Teague, 83, of York Valley passed away March 10, 2003, in Tucson.
Lola was born Feb. 8, 1920, in La Luz, N.M., to Henry and Elizabeth King. A graveside service for Lola was held March 13 at the Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon -- Morris David's Safford Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Margaret Emery of Safford will be conducted Thursday, March 20, at noon at the Safford Stake Center. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Funeral services for Rita Joyce Smith, 41, of Safford, who passed away March 12, 2003, in Safford, are pending and will be announced at a later date -- Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
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.
Graveside Services were held for Walter Sniffen of Geronimo on Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Safford Cemetery -- Bunker's Cald-well Chapel.
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.
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.
Jesus M. Escamillas
Jesus M. Escamillas or "Cheuy," as he was affectionately known by many, was born Dec. 5, 1929, at Metcalf. He grew up there, obtaining his education from Metcalf and Morenci schools.
Following his graduation from Morenci High School in 1951, Cheuy enlisted in the United States Army to help support the effort abroad of the Korean War. In 1953, following an honorable discharge, Cheuy returned home to Morenci, obtaining work with Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation.
In 1955, Cheuy met Juanita Sierra. They were married later that same year. In 1961, Cheuy and Juanita moved their young family to California, where he obtained work with the Fasson Paper Company in Cucamonga. In 1989, following more than 20 years of dedication to the paper company, Cheuy retired.
He and Juanita returned to Arizona, making their residence on the ranch just outside of Duncan. Cheuy could often be found out and about working on the ranch. He reveled in telling stories of his life growing up in Lower Eagle Creek, his childhood and of his lifes experiences. Cheuy was a kind and caring gentleman who never knew a stranger. He will be remembered as a loving father, husband, brother, grandfather and friend. Cheuy's faith in God, love for his family and zest for life will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. Cheuy was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Mission Parish and a Korean War Veteran.
Cheuy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Juanita of Duncan; his daughter, Rosanna (Jess) Lopez of Pomona, Calif.; two sons, Jess and Larry (Angela) of Tucson; his brothers, Marcelino Aragon, Catalino Aragon and Pete Aragon of Calif.; his daughter-in-law, Diana R. Escamillas of Tucson; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 3 at St. Mary's Catholic Mission by Rev. Raul H. Rosales. Committal with military rites conferred by the Clifton American Legion Post # 28 followed in the Duncan Cemetery.
A rosary and prayer vigil was recited Oct. 2 at St. Mary's Catholic Mission.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
Rex Allen Williams
Graveside services for Rex Allen Williams, formerly of the Gila Valley, were April 21 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Odessa, Texas.
Funeral services for Beulah Alder, 95, of Pima were conducted Tuesday, April 25, at the Pima LDS Chapel. Interment followed in the Pima Cemetery.
Carol Jean Thomas
Carol Jean Thomas lost her long battle with illness April 12, 2006. She was surrounded by loved ones and leaves this world for a better place for all who knew her and felt His loving heart.
Delight F. Neeley
Delight F. Neeley, 85, passed away April 15, 2006, at Banner Desert Medical Center in Tucson. She was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Fairmount, Ind., to the late George and Marie (Welsh) Stroup.
Shirley Cleland Fernandes
Shirley Cleland Fernandes, 64, of Safford passed away on Jan. 3, 2003. She was born on June 2, 1938, in Macomb, Ill. She lived in Faribault, Minn. until 1950, when she headed west with her family to Safford. In her adult years she lived in many places in the United States and even lived for a time in Australia. She eventually settled in Phoenix in 1978 where she worked for Agua Fria Union High School and Arizona Public Service. She retired in Safford in 1996.
She is survived by her husband, Hector Fernandes Jr. of Safford; son, Michael Worden of San Francisco, Calif.; mother, Eleanor Teague of Safford; sister, Diane Hawthorne of Safford; brothers, Bob Cleland of Phoenix, Rick Cleland of Prescott and Gary Cleland of Safford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Archie Cleland; stepfather, Cy Teague; and brother, Jim Cleland. Shirley's family and many friends will miss her warm heart, quick smile and gentle wit. They will cherish the wonderful memories she leaves them. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 221 E. Main St., Safford.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker's Caldwell Chapel.
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.
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.
Patti Ann Fenn Hylton
Patti Ann Fenn Hylton of Kansas City, Mo., daughter of Al Fenn and the late Francis Fenn, passed away Aug. 1, 2003, in Kansas City. Patti spent many of her young years in Clifton as her father, Al Fenn, served as editor of The Copper Era. She leaves her father, Al Fenn; sisters, Charlotte of Missouri, Kelly and Kristy of Phoenix; a brother, Kim of Phoenix; two daughters, Karva and Kara; and four grandchildren. Interment was Aug. 7 in Broseley, Mo.