Hazel Gaffney Mitchell

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Hazel Gaffney Mitchell, 79, died July 15, 2003. She was born Dec. 24, 1923 to John and Nettie (Hildahl) Hereid, in Lawler, Iowa.

She took great pride in her Norwegian heritage, which she enjoyed sharing with family and friends.

Spending her later years in Strawberry and Camp Verde, she enjoyed country music and watching "her" Diamondbacks with her beloved little dog, Angel, on her lap.

She is survived by her children: Connie (Robert) Marinello of Yucca Valley, Calif., Carter (Kay) Gaffney of Flagstaff; grandchildren: Robin Greco of Menifee, Calif., Fred Howlett of Rosanky, Texas, Michael Gaffney of Phoenix; Glenn Gaffney of Flagstaff; and Valerie Gaffney of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Ashlee, Forest, Amber and Mitchell; nephews Larry (Sara) Knutson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Gary (Rosemary) Knutson of Decorah, Iowa.

Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her brother James; sister, Aleda Knutson; and by husbands Glenn Gaffney and Edward Mitchell.

Family and friends will gather to remember her at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 24 at The Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Payson.

Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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