Ada Lucretia (Gould) Hosler

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Ada Lucretia (Gould) Hosler, 84, died April 28, 2002 at her home in Strawberry.

Ada was born in Konowa, Okla. on June 15, 1917 to Charles Wesley Gould and Glarcia Lucretia Gould. She was one of 10 children. The family moved to Arizona in 1926 and settled in Pine in 1927 where Ada attended school, graduating from Pine High School in 1937. That same year she married Odyth Guthrie Hosler on June 10 in Winslow. When he died on June 15, 1999, they had been married 62 years.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers and sisters. Survivors include daughter, Martha Lynne Ahrens and her husband, Randall of Winslow; son, Samuel Odyth Hosler and his wife, Carol, of Holbrook; brother, Jay Gould of Skull Valley, Ariz.; sister, Joy Allen of Mapleton, Ore.; four grandchildren, James Richard Ahrens and his wife, Kelly, of La Luz, N.M., Nancy Lynne Watson and her husband, Ron, of Williams, Josh Hosler and his wife, Christy, of Seattle Wash., Seth Hosler of Utsunomiya, Japan; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Watson, twins Ashleigh and Brent Ahrens, Wesley Watson and Cody Watson; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

After their marriage, Ada and Ody lived in Winslow where they ran a motel and Ody worked as a fireman and engineer on the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1942 they moved to Seligman where Ody worked in the switch yard and Ada worked as a restaurant manager, Avon lady and postal worker.

In 1960 they returned to Winslow. Ada was active in many community groups and worked at Casey's Color Center. She also developed great skill in arts and crafts, and learned traditional carving and weaving from her many Hopi and Navajo friends. Ada was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The couple lived in Winslow until Ody's retirement, when they moved to their new home in Strawberry.

Visitation will take place at Messinger Payson Funeral Home from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2 in the Pine Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Jim Ahrens, Ron Watson, Josh Hosler, Mickey South, Scott South and Paul Peloso. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials to Ada be made to Rim Country Kiwanis, P.O. Box 216, Pine, AZ 85544.

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