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ARIZONA - Pima County - Obituaries 2004 - 1

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Friday, 8 February 2008, at 11:45 a.m.

Linda Lee Sabraw, 59, died at her home in Ajo on January 4, 2004. She was born March 27, 1944, in Zilwaukee, Michigan. She was a teacher in Michigan, overseas, and in Ajo where she had lived for the last twenty years. She was also a catechism teacher in Michigan and Ajo. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers; she is survived by her sisters and brothers and other family members. Memorials will be held later in Michigan and in Ajo.

Delfina Torres Ornelas, 65, died January 4, 2004, in Goodyear. She was born September 30, 1938, in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, to Francisca Rodriquez & Ernesto Torres Maldonado. She came to Ajo in 1964 and lived here for 39 years. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Edward Ornelas, by her sons and daughters, and by other family members. Mass was celebrated in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; burial was in Ajo Cemetery.

Jean McGinnis, 72, died January 18, 2004, in a hospice in Glendale. She was born September 14, 1931, in Marion, Ohio, to Larry & Beulah May. She married Richard McGinnis on December 31, 1949, and they moved to Ajo in 1950. After she and her husband moved to Glendale in 1983, she began a 16-year career with Dillards. She is survived by her husband, her son and daughter, and other family members. Memorial services were held in Peoria.

Thomas G. Beal, 86, died January 10, 2004, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was born August 3, 1917, in Albany, Oklahoma, to Joe & Beulah Beal. He married Lillian Lathum there on august 6, 1939, and they came to Ajo in 1942, living here until 1963. He was a retired auto mechanic and was making his home in Gene Autry, Oklahoma. Graveside services were held in the Gene Autry Cemetery on January 14.

George Piveral, 86, died January 20, 2004. He and his wife, Liz, had lived at Coyote Howls in Why for 15 years before moving to Benson. He is survived by his wife, his sons, daughter, and other family members. Memorial services have been held in Benson.

Robert Glass, 73, died in Casa Grande on January 23, 2004. He was born May 15, 1930, in Panama, Iowa, to Dan and Mae Glass. He was a retired truck mechanic. He and his wife, Donna, came to Ajo in 1994. He is survived by his wife, his sons and daughters, and other family members. Services were held in the Ajo Federated Church.

Etelvina Perez Garcia, 81, died January 26, 2004, in Tucson. She was born in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico, on May 25, 922, to Reyes Perez & Dolores Ortiz de Perez and, after the death of her mother, was raised by her aunt and uncle, Josefa Ortiz de Celaya and Antonio Celaya. She married Ajo copper miner Augustine S. Garcia in 1947. She was a businesswoman who supervised properties in Mexico and Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by he sons and daughters and other family members. Mass was celebrated in Most Holy Trinity Parish in Tucson; rosary was recited in Douglass Funeral Home in Ajo. Burial was in Ajo Cemetery.

Gladys K. Brown, 87, died January 26, 2004, in Tucson. She was born June 1, 1916, in Hope, Arkansas, to Mattie N. (Ross) and Henry Yarberry. She married Garland Brown in Hope on December 27, 1933. The couple moved to Ajo in 1943. She worked at Martin Sandretto's bakery as a young woman. She is survived by her husband, her daughter, and other family members. Services were held in Ajo Calvary Baptist Church; burial was in the Ajo Cemetery.

Marion Foust, 84, died February 4, 2004, in Mesa. She was born February 4, 1920, in La Porte, Indiana. She worked for GTE for 40 years and was personnel manager when she retired. She and her husband moved to Arizona from Oregon in 1980. She is survived by her husband, Delbert Foust of Ajo, and by other family members. Services were held in Ajo Calvary Baptist Church.

Bille Marie Lemieux, 77, died February 5, 2004, in Sun City West. She was born in Keyes, Oklahoma, on March 29, 1926, to William & Mary Harman. She came to Ajo from Oklahoma in 1933 and lived here for the next nine years. She married Milton L. Lemieux in Phoenix on September 11, 1946. At the time of her death, she was making her home in Greer. She is survived by her husband, he son and daughter, and other family members. Services were private.

Jesus C. Mesquita, 80, died February 9, 2004, in Goodyear. He was born in Ajo on December 25, 1923, to Rosa (Carreras) and Jose Mesquita. He serviced in the Navy during World War II. He married Dolores Gonzales. He worked for Phelps Dodge as a gas car operator. He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his son, daughter, and other family members. Mass was celebrated in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; burial was in Ajo Cemetery.

Edna G. Reaves, 82, died in Sun City West on February 9, 2004. She was born in Foreman, Arkansas, on August 2, 1921, to Mollie (Willson) and Finis Alexander. She married Eugene Reaves on March 17, 1946, in Coleman, Texas. They moved to Ajo in 1953. She worked for Tucson Cornelia & Gila Bend Railroad and then transferred to Ajo Improvement. She is survived by her husband, daughter, and other family members. Services were held in Ajo Calvary Baptist Church; burial was in the Ajo Cemetery.

Linda Ann Muņoz, 45, died February 11, 2004, in Hobbs, New Mexico. She was born August 17, 1958, in Ajo to Pete and Edna Moreno. She was a 1976 graduate of Ajo High School. She married Bobby V. Muņoz in Bullhead City. They lived in Hobbs, New Mexico. She was employed by Texaco as a senior technician for 24 years. She is survived by her husband, her children, and other family members. Mass was celebrated in St. Helena's Catholic Church; burial was at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs.

Frances Dollar Gilmore, 76, died February 9, 2004, in Farmington, New Mexico. She was born in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, on September 13, 1927, to Elza Lee and Cova (Lucas) Ellegood. She married C.D. "Johnny" Dollar of Ajo; he preceded her in death. She lter married Jim Gilmore. At the time of her death, they lived in Farmington, New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, he children and stepchildren, and other family members. Services were held at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington; burial was in Memory Gardens.

Richard Valadez, 15, died February 17, 2004, in Ajo. He was born in Phoenix on October 18, 1988, to Yvonne Carmello and Victor Raul Valadez. He came to Ajo from Tucon in 1995. He was an eighth grade student. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, sisters, grandparents, and other family members. Services were held in Douglass Funeral Home; burial was in Childs Cemetery.

Jay Ward Miller, 56, died February 17, 2004, in Phoenix. He was born July 27, 1947, in Norfolk, Nebraska, to Hallie Pearl and Ward D. Miller. He moved to Ajo as a child in 1954 and was graduated from high school here in 11965. After six years in the Navy, he moved to Phoenix and worked in real estate. He is survived by his wife, Patti Miller, by his son, and other family members. Services were held in the family home.

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