Village Celebrates Lives Well Lived


It has been another beautiful week in Tonto Village. The leaves are slowly putting on their best show of the year.

Since Bill and I were married in the fall, my bridesmaids wore the same colors as the outdoors, rust, yellow and forest green. I remember that the weather was also warm that year, 1957. It was a lovely day, what I can remember of it, it seems all brides are in a rose-colored fog.


Bill and Janet Snyder of Tonto Village celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week.

We have kept in touch with just about everyone who was in our wedding party that day, there are just a few that we have lost touch with after 50 years. Bill and I are having a little celebration of appreciation to all of our good friends in the village on October 20, at 5 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel.

Fire meeting

The next regular fire board meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the fire station in Tonto Village. The meetings are always open to the public and all residents in the district are welcome to attend the meetings. There are many changes happening and new equipment and fire engines being added to the stations. You are welcome to come and admire them. For me, just looking at them is so impressive, I feel safer knowing they are now part of our modern fleet of firefighting equipment.

The passing of a neighbor and friend

Charlie Clausen passed away last Thursday. Charlie had lived in Tonto Village III for a number of years and was very active in the plays that were sponsored by the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek. Charlie was in at least four of the productions, but the one I remember the most was the character he played in the first melodrama, when he played a frontier doctor. To me he will always be ‘Doc.' My husband and I will miss him and his stories. We want Charlie's wife Shirley to always know you're never alone. Our hearts go out to you and your family.


Linda Stailey will celebrate her birthday on Oct. 17. Linda tells me that now she can use her Medicare card. My, oh my, I think she just gave away her age. All kidding aside, Linda has been a mover and shaker for our little community and we all applaud her efforts for the benefit of all of us. Keep up the good work, Linda and happy birthday. May love, laughter, and contentment fill your year.

Sunday afternoon, at the Double D, about 3 p.m., the pool tables were humming with activity as the players got together for a tournament of eight-ball. By late afternoon the winners were announced. Harvey Poyner, Ethel Cain and Betty Koutz were the lucky shooters.

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