Community Almanac

Bill and Effie Then and Now

Bill and Effie Then and Now


Pine Library holiday events

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 27 to see “Santa Paws 2, the Santa Pups,” and on Thursday, Jan 3 see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

Payson Jazz Trio performance at Thai cafe

The Payson Jazz Trio, featuring Bob Smolenski on the piano, Mike Buskirk on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums, will perform at Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28.

To book the trio, contact Gerry Reynolds for January-February dates at or (602) 619-3355.

MOAA meeting

The Payson Satellite Northern AZ Chapter MOAA meeting is Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport. There will be no guest speaker at this Holiday Party luncheon. The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. and meals will be ordered from the menu at a cost of $15 per person. Wine and dessert is included. Dress is casual.

Military officers, members, family and guests are cordially invited. Please call Joe Pickens at (928) 472-2309 for a reservation.


Bill and Effie Then and Now

Roehrs celebrate 60 years of marriage with open house

Effie Nixon married Bill Roehr at the home of her parents in Dyess, Ark. on Dec. 27, 1952. At the time, Bill was stationed at the Naval Air Technical Training Center near Memphis, Tenn. The couple met in early 1952 when a friend of Bill’s was dating one of Effie’s roommates. He showed up to join the friend and only found Effie at the house. They spent the time visiting and after awhile had a Dutch-treat date. Bill took her to one of the first drive-in restaurants in the area, but only had money enough to buy her a Coke, so she bought him one too. After the Korean War, Bill studied electronic engineering and graduated from San Jose State, Calif. Bill accepted an offer from Motorola Semiconductor and the family moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1957, where they raised three sons and one daughter. Summers, the couple and their family would come to the Rim Country to camp – their favorite spot was not too far from where their LDS chapel was eventually built in Christopher Creek. It is the church they still attend. Using a kit and the help of neighbors, they built their home in Diamond Point Shadows in 1975, where they lived intermittently while Bill worked at various jobs in Phoenix and California. Semi-retired the couple became full-time Rim Country residents in 1995, primarily pursuing gardening interests and always bringing home buckets of blue, red, white ribbons and more from the Northern Gila County Fair. Bill has been involved in the Master Gardener program and the couple has also been active in Republican politics. Their daughter and one of their sons make their homes in Mesa, Ariz., another son lives in Boise, Idaho and another lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. The family tree includes 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In Effie and Bill’s honor, the family will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29 at the couple’s Diamond Point residence at 179 Claxton Road, west off Mountain View Road. Friends from the community are cordially invited to attend, enjoy snacks and view Christmas displays. It is asked that there be no gifts.

Brush pits closed for holiday

This coming weekend, the free brush pits operated by the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be closed for the New Year’s holiday Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30 so that the staff and volunteers can spend the holiday weekend with their families.

New Year’s services

Shepherd of The Pines

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a New Year’s Eve service at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “Not a Plastic Jesus.” For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440.

St. Philip the Apostle Church

St. Philip the Apostle Church, 511 S. St. Philips St., Payson, will celebrate New Year Masses of obligation as follows: New Year’s Eve Vigil Mass, 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; New Year’s Day Mass, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 12:30 p.m. for Spanish Mass.

New Year’s Sunrise Prayer Service

The Payson Church of Christ at 401 E. Tyler Parkway will host the community’s annual New Year’s Sunrise Service at 7:15 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1.

For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

Breakfast for a Buck

A Men’s Breakfast for a Buck is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

The meal this time will include a breakfast burrito, plus a fruit bowl, coffee and juice, all for just $1, prepared by Keith Talley and his crew. Randy Wilcox will then share an exciting message.


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