1920 - 2011
Cleo Hevelone stepped into the arms of Jesus on Dec. 30, 2011, following a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was surrounded by her loved ones as the angels came to escort her into eternity.
Cleo was born Dec. 1, 1920 in Globe, Ariz. and lived all of her childhood with her parents and siblings on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation near Globe. After completing the first eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse in San Carlos, she attended Globe High School. After graduating in 1938, she earned her cosmetology license in Phoenix.
Primarily a housewife and mother, Cleo also worked for 25 years as a manicurist at Arizona Maine Chance, the Elizabeth Arden Spa and Resort in Scottsdale, where she had the opportunity to meet and serve many famous personalities including then-First Lady Mame Eisenhower. Miss Arden, herself, was a favorite patron and always referred to Cleo as “her special manicurist.”
Cleo and her husband, David “D.J.”, moved to Payson in 1990 when they purchased and operated Rim Country Printery for five years.
Cleo was preceded in death by her eldest son, Kenneth; her parents, Dick and Clara Bowman; a sister, Marthiel “Pat” White; and her husband of 30 years, Dean Zahnter.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, D.J. Hevelone; her son, Keith (Connie) Zahnter; daughters, Jo (Jim) Puntenney and Sandy Zahnter; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Lewis Bowman; sister, Lee Wilson; 11 nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and countless dear friends.
A memorial service celebrating Cleo’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.