Longtime Village Resident Will Be Missed

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Tonto Village residents were saddened to learn of the passing of a longtime resident Ruby Terry on Nov. 6. Ruby had not been too well for the past few years and she fought valiantly against her illnesses.

As the old-timers know, Ruby has lived in the Village since the early ’80s. Ruby was very active in establishing and raising funds for the fire station additions, but most of her time was devoted to her family.

She chose the way she would live through her illnesses not trying to burden her family in any way. Ruby always thought of others before herself.

Ruby leaves behind her husband of 60-plus years, Charlie, three children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Since this column is not seen until Friday, the final goodbye for Ruby will have already been held at the Tonto Village Chapel at 11 a.m., Nov. 12, with a private viewing at 1 p.m. and burial at 2 p.m.

Ruby will be missed by everyone in the Village. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Terry family. It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing Ruby was a special part of such a well-lived life, and that she touched so many lives along her life’s journey.

Road work

ADOT crews reduced the roadway to one lane in the construction zone Monday, Nov, 9. Westbound traffic on the divided highway will be shifted to a single lane on the eastbound side of SR 260.

Traffic will be switched at milepost 269.2 and remain one lane in each direction throughout the duration of the project to milepost 262.9.

Temporary signage and message boards will identify the construction zone and will guide motorists through the route.

Please be aware of trucks and heavy machinery entering the highway.

As a result of the temporary traffic switch, an 11-foot width restriction will be enforced through the zone. The speed limit is reduced to 35 miles per hour and there is no passing in the construction zone.

Forest Road closures

There will be a meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Julia Randall Elementary School in Payson. The meeting is to discuss the final road closures/openings in the forest. I think also to be discussed is elimination of access to designated roads from private property forest boundaries. From the information on the Tonto Web site “http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/travelmgt/” it looks like they may be officially reopening the road out of the south boundary of Collins Ranch to Tonto Village. Many of the smaller trails around our area look like they will be designated administrative use only by any vehicles. Any private citizen using these trails could be ticketed.

I plan on attending to see what’s up and will report back what I find out.

This is particularly pertinent to Tonto Village and the surrounding residents of the other communities. Almost everyone has a quad, a Rhino or a dirt bike. Please try to attend this very important meeting.

Birthdays, anniversaries

Maurine Kirchhoefer of Tonto Village III, will celebrate her birthday Nov. 19. Maurine is very active in the Hellsgate Fireflies. She has a creative flair that has helped the Fireflies with decorating the tables at the fund-raisers. Maurine is also an avid fan of the domino group that gets together every Wednesday at the fire station in Tonto Village. Maurine has many talents that keep her busy with the community and the LDS church in Christopher Creek. Have a great day, Maurine.

Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson has his big day on Nov. 21. Jimmy hails from Mead Ranch, but he spends much time in the Village, along with his beloved dog. You can often spot him driving down the street with his dog leaning out the window, barking at the other dogs as they go by. Happy birthday, Jimmy.

The pastor of the Tonto Village Chapel, James Barker and his wife Bernita will celebrate their anniversary on Nov. 22.

The next day, Nov. 23, Kay and Jerry King of Tonto Village III, Texas and New Mexico, will add another year to their marriage. Jerry and Kay were childhood sweethearts and met up again after both their spouses passed away. They spoke their vows to each other at the Tonto Village Chapel a few years ago.

Happy anniversary to both couples. May you both continue to grow together in life and love.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The monthly meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the fire station in Tonto Village. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please try to attend. The meetings are always open to the public. Suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Pool results

The gals got together last Tuesday evening for a competitive game of nine-ball. Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III shot for first place. Dee White of Tonto Creek Shores came in second, and Shelby Galloway shot for third place. Congratulations to the winners.

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