Dessa Leora Gifford, 83, of Payson, died Nov. 16, 2003. She was born Jan. 31, 1920 on a farm in Baca County, Colo., near Stonington, Colo.
Mrs. Gifford was a devoted minister's wife for 35 years, then at the time of her husband's retirement, owned and managed a motel in Durango, Colo.
Her career took her to own a beauty shop in Prescott for several years.
She is survived by her son, E. Keith (Joan) Gifford of Payson; daughters, Carolyn Lucille (Don) McCasland of Yuma, Colo. and Connie Elaine (Keith) Zahnter of Payson; brothers, James Rhoads of Center Point, Iowa and Dale Rhoads of Unionville, Md.; sister, Betty Walters of Albion, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Rev. Laurence Gifford.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero in Payson.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541.