Obituaries for March 2011

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Loni Kay Dimbatt

Loni Kay Dimbatt born Jan. 23, 1960 to Gale and Maurine Murphy in Mesa, passed away Feb. 26, 2011 in Page. Her first years were spent in Pine, then her family moved to Snowflake, where she spent her school years. ...

Hazel N. Gourdoux

Hazel N. Gourdoux, 79, of Star Valley, passed away Feb. 27, 2011 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 56-plus years, Kyle Gourdoux; her daughter, Mary (Joe) Willers of Glendale, Ariz.; and three sons, Marty K. Gourdoux ...

Duane Ellis Walton

Duane “D.” Ellis Walton, 62, of Phoenix, passed away in his sleep early Feb. 2, 2011. Mr. Walton was born Jan. 8, 1949 in Phoenix, and has lived in Phoenix, Snowflake and Payson. He served his country in the U.S. ...

Mary Rose Currey

Mary Rose Currey, of Tonto Basin, was born July 7, 1928 in Avon, Ill. and passed away Feb. 28, 2011 in Phoenix. She is survived by four sons, Kaye Currey of Hot Springs, Ark., Jim Currey of Phoenix, Gary Currey ...

Clayton Joseph Hansen

Clayton Joseph Hansen, born Feb. 21, 1926 in Appleton, Wis. and raised in Chicago, Ill., passed into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 24, 2011. We celebrate God’s gift to us of his 85 years. We ...

Joan Irene Kelley

Joan Irene Kelley, of Payson, went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2011. She was born May 15, 1933 in Cranston, R.I. She graduated from IBM school and met Thomas J. Kelley Jr. They were married Nov. 21, ...

Michael Clyde McLaughlin

Michael Clyde McLaughlin lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at 7:54 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Mike “Papa” McLaughlin was born June 13, 1951 in Carthage, Ill. to Dean and Mary McLaughlin. He is survived by his brother, Robert McLaughlin; ...

Adam Mueller

Adam Mueller, 76, formerly of Pine and Star Valley, was born July 3, 1932 in Germany, and died March 1, 2011 in Buckeye. Mr. Mueller lived in the Rim Country for about 10 years and moved down to the Valley ...

Robert Blair River

Robert (Blair) River passed away March 1, 2011 at the age of 29. He was born in Farmington, N.M. to Bob and Kathy River on March 17, 1981. He graduated from Payson High School in 1999. He would have finished ...

Ida Mae Griffin

Ida Mae Griffin, Majestic Rim, died March 2, 2011 in Payson. She was born July 3, 1917 in Mulvane, Kan., the daughter of Claude L. and Anna Stull Ousley. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1935 and Hutchinson Community ...

Clayton Joseph Hansen

Clayton Joseph Hansen, born Feb. 21, 1926 in Appleton, Wis. and raised in Chicago, Ill., passed into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. We celebrate God’s gift to us of his 85 years. ...

Joan Irene Kelley

Joan Irene Kelley, of Payson, went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2011. She was born May 15, 1933 in Cranston, R.I. She graduated from IBM school and met Thomas J. Kelley Jr. They were married Nov. 21, ...

Olga Hyduke Belsher

Olga Hyduke Belsher passed away March 8, 2011 just two weeks short of her 97th birthday. Mrs. Belsher was the beloved wife of Arizona Territory native, Harold E. Belsher who preceded her in death in 1980. One of her four ...

Haeng Joong Trisdale

Haeng Joong Trisdale passed away in the morning of March 8, 2011. She went to heaven during her sleep. She was born Aug. 29, 1934 in South Korea. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Brig, of Payson; ...

John Ralph Hayhurst

John Ralph Hayhurst, of Payson, went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2011. He was born Dec. 5, 1940 in Vernon, Texas. He moved to Miami, Ariz. at the age of 4. He was a graduate of Miami ...

David Leroy Chandler

David Leroy Chandler, 75, of Gisela, died March 6, 2011 at Payson Care Center. He was born Aug. 8, 1935 to Franklin and Anna Chandler at their home in Ponsford, Minn. He attended school in Ponsford, Grand Rapids and Hibbing, ...

Elizabeth Lynn Fox

Elizabeth “Betty” Lynn Fox was born Nov. 20, 1920 in Ontario, Canada to Victor and Katharine Ferguson. She had one sister, Louise, born only 13 months later. In 1943, she married her college sweetheart and singing partner, Fredrick Fox. Soon ...

Jack Pulford

Jack “Grandpa Jack” Pulford of Payson, passed away March 6, 2011. He was born Nov. 25, 1921 in Miami, Okla. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1938 to 1945. During World War II, he was in the ...

Kenneth Lawton

Kenneth Lawton, 77, of Payson, passed away on March 7, 2011. Mr. Lawton was a member of the Masonic Lodge #70, the Zane Grey Shrine Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Elks Lodge BPOE #2154 and the American Legion Tonto ...

Esta Marie Pierson

Esta Marie Pierson of Payson, went to be with the Lord on March 4, 2011. She was born Jan. 10, 1952 in Heartford City, Ind. She moved to Payson in December of 1999 to be with her loving family and ...

Nancy L. Wright

Nancy L. Wright passed away March 7, 2011 in Payson. She was preceded in death by Paul Wright Sr., her husband of 52 years; and daughter, Trudy Wright Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Kenneth Wright ...

John Edward Driscoll

John Edward Driscoll was born Jan. 26, 1930 in Winterset, Iowa and died March 10, 2011 in Payson. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1962. He was very proud of his time in the ...

Ruth Lassiter Hardister

Longtime Payson resident Ruth Lassiter Hardister died March 14, 2011 in Tolele, Utah. She was born Jan. 14, 1917 in Corsicana, Texas. Mrs. Hardister worked as a nurse for more than 50 years and was a volunteer for Senior Circle, ...

Theodore Cogswell

Theodore (Tobe) Cogswell, 93, passed away March 9, 2011 at his home in Payson. He was born Dec. 24, 1917 in Spokane, Wash., one of three sons of James and Jean Cogswell. He graduated from South Pasadena High School in ...

Walter F. Harrison

Walter F. “Sy” Harrison of Tonto Basin, and a former Payson resident, passed away March 11, 2011. Mr. Harrison was a retired APS employee, a former member of Payson Christian Church and a member of the Tonto Basin Bible Church. ...

Nellie Pauline Austin

Nellie Pauline Austin, a 64-year resident of California and a 39-year resident of Twentynine Palms, was granted her wish to fly with the angels on March 9, 2011. She was 86 years old. The daughter of Charles Green and Rhoda ...

Eugene C. McDaniel

Eugene C. McDaniel went to be with the Lord while surrounded by family in his own home March 13, 2011. He was born March 23, 1920 in Hobart, Okla. He worked in road construction, building many of the Arizona roads ...

Arthur Jr. C. Cobo

Arthur C. Cobo Jr., at the age of 86, went to be with his Lord on March 15, 2011 in Payson. He was born in Springville, N.Y. to Arthur C. Cobo Sr. and Corabell (Witzel) Cobo. Mr. Cobo was a ...

Anthony August Weigand

Anthony August Weigand was born Sept. 16, 1920 in Rector, Ark. to Anthony and Anna Weigand. His dad died when he was a baby. He moved to Arizona with his mom and stepfather when he was 5 years old. His ...

Ruth Lassiter Hardister

Longtime Payson resident Ruth Lassiter Hardister died March 14, 2011 in Tooele, Utah. She was born Jan. 14, 1917 in Corsicana, Texas. Mrs. Hardister worked as a nurse for more than 50 years and was a volunteer for Senior Circle, ...

Donald Kenneth Crowley

Donald Kenneth Crowley died peacefully on the morning of March 24, 2011 from multiple myeloma. He was 72 years old. Mr. Crowley was born Dec. 18, 1938 in Albany, Calif. and married his high school sweetheart, Toni Marie Crowley, in ...

John Sr F. Burba

John F. Burba Sr., 83, of Payson, passed away March 18, 2011. He was born Feb. 16, 1928 in Girardville, Pa. Mr. Burba was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was an ...

Edward Michael Dick

Edward Michael Dick, 71, of Payson, died March 13, 2011 of complications from COPD. He was born April 10, 1939 in Phoenix to Thomas Michael Dicks and Helen Beatrice Dick. He attended Arizona State University, Grand Canyon Bible College and ...

Betty Louise Kelley

Betty Louise Kelley, 79, passed away March 21, 2011. She was born Sept. 25, 1931 and grew up in Granite Falls, Minn. At the age of 20, she fell in love with a “man in uniform” and married Harold “Smoke” ...

Larry Richardson

Larry E. Richardson died March 23, 2011. He was born Nov. 15, 1942. Mr. Richardson was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Keyrouse of Payson. He is survived by his stepfather, Walter Keyrouse of Payson; son, David Richardson of ...

Phyllis Frost

Phyllis M. Frost, 84, was set free on March 22, 2011. She was born Feb. 8, 1927 in Wagoner, Okla. to Schley and Ana Mae Hall. She moved to Arizona in 1938 where she lived in Phoenix, Payson and Peoria. ...

W. Gail Gallagher

W. Gail Gallagher, a longtime Whispering Pines summer resident, passed away March 15, 2011 at her home in Phoenix. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Cheatham; son, Tom (Barb) Cheatham; grandchildren, Ryan Cheatham, Kevin Cheatham, Jordan Cheatham, Kayla Kral ...

Beatrice Steiber

Longtime Payson resident Beatrice “Betty” Steiber passed away March 19, 2011. She was born Jan. 25, 1921 in San Pedro, Calif. Mrs. Steiber was an active member of Kiwanis International - Zane Grey Country Chapter for many years and served ...

(Walter) Wayne Cundiff

(Walter) Wayne Cundiff, 79, of Happy Jack, passed away March 24, 2011. Born in Danville, Ill., Mr. Cundiff was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Moving to Phoenix in the early 1960s, he developed a love for the state ...

LaVerne Fogle

LaVerne Boyd Fogle passed away March 21, 2011. She was born July 31, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Bower of El Paso, Texas; son, Al Boyd Fogle of Payson; and several grandchildren and ...