Afton Lorraine Hunsaker Kellam


Afton Lorraine Hunsaker Kellam, longtime resident of Chino Valley, died Oct. 29, 2007. She was born Feb. 1 1935 in Pine, the seventh child of Clyde Elwood Hunsaker and Ruth Hazel Randall Hunsaker, residents of Mesa and Pine, and descendants of pioneer families: the Hunsakers, who settled the Lehi and Mesa area in 1880, and the Fuller-Randall families who settled Pine in 1878.

She grew up in Pine where she had many friends, relatives and fun-loving times. She attended school in Pine to the eighth grade. She attended high school in Mesa until her senior year, when she went high school in Flagstaff, where she met and married Joe I. Kellam on Dec. 11, 1954.

The couple owned several cattle ranches through the years, mainly in Northern Arizona. In the early 1970s, they entered the thoroughbred horse world, a longtime desire. They raced many years at Turf Paradise and at Prescott and most recently Yavapai Downs, in Prescott.

Mrs. Kellam's husband died Sept. 6, 2003, after almost 50 years of marriage. She continued their racing business with success, winning several Stake, Futurity and Derby races.

Besides her beloved husband Joe, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ruth Belle (Jim) Whittle of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Dorothy Florence (infant); sister-in-law Kay Hunsaker and stepdaughter, Charlotte Faye Kellam.

She is survived by her sisters and brothers, Joyce (Leavitt) Thatcher of Gilbert; Clyde E. "Dude" (Colleen) Hunsaker of Norco, Calif.; Norma (Kenneth) Thatcher of Hinckley, Utah; Walter Lee (Sue) Hunsaker of Tonto Basin; Harold R. Hunsaker of Cottonwood; Melvin "J" (Sandy) Hunsaker of Prescott Valley; and stepdaughter Joan (George "Howie") Nassar of Cottonwood. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 3 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chino Valley. Burial was at Heritage Memorial Park in Dewey, next to her husband.

Her brothers, sisters and their families wish to extend their deepest gratitude and thanks to her caregivers during these last few years.

Chino Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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