Josephine Helen Sutherland


Longtime Payson resident Josephine Sutherland was born Josephine Dolenar, one of 10 children, on March 6, 1918 in Kansas, Mo. to immigrant parents from Coastia and Slovenia. All 10 siblings were educated and led successful lives in their parents' adopted country.

Mrs. Sutherland moved west when she accepted a job as a Harvey Girl in May 1938 at the El Navajo Harvey House in Gallup, N.M. She was transferred to The Havasu Harvey House in Seligman, Ariz. in October 1938. There she met George Sutherland who was the manager of the Santa Fe Reading Room in Seligman and they were married that December 1938 in Flagstaff.

In December 1941, she gave birth to her only child, David.

In 1949, the reading room in Seligman was closed and her husband, George was transferred to manage the reading room in Winslow, a hotel for out-of-town Santa Fe train crewmen.

In 1966 the Santa Fe offices and the reading room were closed and demolished. The offices were relocated in the central part and the reading room in the west wing of the La Posada, the Fred Harvey Hotel which had been closed and sitting empty since 1957.

Mrs. Sutherland lived in the La Posada until her husband retired in 1974. During her time in Winslow, Mrs. Sutherland worked for 17 years as a teller in the Valley National Bank, now Chase, from which she retired in 1972.

In 1974 Mrs. Sutherland and her husband retired to Payson, Ariz. where she lived until her death.

Her husband died in Aug. 2001. Mrs. Sutherland is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Christine Sutherland of England.

Mrs. Sutherland died peacefully under Hospice care in Payson on March 21, 2008.

No services are planned at her request, however, donations in her memory may be made to RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ. 85541.

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