Obituaries - March 8, 2017

George Stuart ‘Stu’ Alexander Bain

George Stuart “Stu” Alexander Bain, 84, of Goodyear died Feb. 28, 2017, in Sun City.

Mr. Bain was born March 3, 1932, in Birmingham, England, to George Manson Bain and Margaret Rose Bain.

He is survived by four daughters, Sandi Bain of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Karen Barnett of Goodyear, Valerie Gersonde of San Diego and Janice Buonassisi of San Diego; one son, Scot Bain of Vernon, British Columbia; one sister, Jean Scheline of Fresno, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of life and memorial poker tournament will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill, 2710 W. Bell Road, No. 1115, Phoenix.


Ila Mae Odom Gosa Blair

Ila Mae Odom Gosa Blair, 94, of Litchfield Park died March 2, 2017, at home.

Mrs. Blair was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Townley, Ala.

She worked at T.I.L. Sportswear in Aberdeen, Miss., where she became active with the union. She later worked as a union organizer for the AFL-CIO.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, James William Gosa of Aberdeen, Miss., and Edward Anderson Blair of Nashville, Tenn.

She is survived by one daughter, Janice Marie Gosa Toland; and one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.


Arden Jay Brower

Arden Jay Brower, 92, of Litchfield Park and formerly of Goodyear died Feb. 15, 2017, at La Loma Village in Litchfield Park.

Mr. Brower was born July 5, 1924, in Volga, S.D.

He graduated from Bancroft High School in Bancroft, S.D., and attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, then attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., and graduated from Huron College in Huron, S.D., with a bachelor’s degree in business.

He taught and coached basketball at Willow Lake High School in Willow Lake, S.D., then became an FBI agent assigned to offices in New Jersey and Ohio.

He later returned to South Dakota and owned office equipment stores in Mitchell, Madison, Huron, Brookings and Sioux Falls, and was a board member of the Commercial Bank. In Mitchell, he was a member of the boards of Dakota Wesleyan University, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Salvation Army, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.

He retired in Arizona, living in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and the PebbleCreek community in Goodyear.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pat; three daughters, Cynthia, Kay and Susan; one son, Michael; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. March 11 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Memorials may be made to the church.


Cecil Raynard Davis

Cecil Raynard Davis, 60, of Tonopah died Feb. 26, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Davis was born June 3, 1956, in Detroit to Arenzo and Clara Davis.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1977.

He volunteered with the 4-H Club.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Davis; five daughters, Kevelyn Davis, Cecily Davis, Angelica Knuckles, Antoinette Davis and Katrina Davis; one son, Jared Davis; two sisters, Cheryl Davis and Crystal Gillespie; one brother, Andre Davis; and two grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 N. Miller Road, Buckeye, followed by interment at 12:30 p.m. at the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye.

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Carol Daugherty DeFrain

Carol Daugherty DeFrain, 74, of Goodyear died Feb. 21, 2017, at her home from gall bladder cancer.

Mrs. DeFrain was born Aug. 4, 1942, in Hastings, Neb., to Raymond and Fern Daugherty.

She graduated from Hastings High School in 1959 and from the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Neb.

She married Dennis DeFrain on Nov. 21, 1964, in Lincoln, Neb.

She worked in the federal civil service, retiring as an F-16 competition manager in 1997.

She moved to Arizona in 1998.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; one son, Darren of Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Sharon Farrell of New Braunfels, Texas; one brother, Glen Daugherty of Hastings, Neb., and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the PebbleCreek Lifelong Learning Program, 16347 W. Wilshire Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395, or the Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Fund, 16479 W. Virginia Ave., Goodyear, AZ 85395.

The family will have a celebration of life in March, but there will be no public memorial service.

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Micaela ‘Mickie’ Silvas Diaz

Micaela “Mickie” Silvas Diaz, 85, of Tolleson died March 3, 2017, in Litchfield Park.

Mrs. Diaz was born May 1, 1931, in Tolleson.

She was a member of the Tolleson Service Committee, Wolverine-Knight Foundation and the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tolleson.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Rudy Diaz of Tolleson; two daughters, Melinda Diaz of Litchfield Park and Marie Diaz of Tolleson; four sons, Mario Diaz of Glendale, Gerry Diaz of Goodyear, Ruy Diaz of San Jose, Calif., and Patrick Diaz of Tolleson; two sisters, Lucy Curiel of Tolleson and Rosa Barrera of Cypress, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A visitation with rosary recital will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 12 at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. March 13 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 512 N. 93rd Ave., Tolleson.

The Rev. Tom Lemos will officiate.


Michael ‘Tim’ Lee

Michael “Tim” Lee, 61, of Buckeye died Feb. 25, 2017, in Scottsdale.

Mr. Lee was born April 7, 1955, in Phoenix to Henry Dewey and Imogene Lee.

He served in the U.S. Army as a clerk from 1971 to 1974.

He was a musician.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Violet Eleanora Lee; five daughters, Kathy Brown, Debra Wolfe, Diane Salinas, Jennie Ramirez and Ali Hughes; three sons, Terry McReynolds, James Williams and Timothy Lee; one sister, Kimberly Young; one brother, Samuel Lee; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

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Loreto ‘Cuate’ C. Lopez

Loreto “Cuate” C. Lopez, 73, of Tolleson died Feb. 24, 2017, at the Palm Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Goodyear.

Mr. Lopez was born Aug. 15, 1943, in Glendale.

He was an entrepreneur and owned Los Amigos Ornamental Iron.

He was preceded in death by one grandchild.

He is survived by his wife, Maria O. Lopez of Phoenix; two daughters, Kimberly Perez of Avondale and Katherine Spicer of Goodyear; two sons, L. Robert Lopez of Gilbert and Edward M. Lopez of Phoenix; two sisters, Andrea Martinez of Avondale and Angie Lara of Phoenix; one brother, Carlos Lopez of Phoenix; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday at Cornerstorne Christian Center in Avondale.

The Rev. Rich Brown officiated.

Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Christian Center, 11301 W. Indian School Road, Avondale.


Melissa Mendez

Melissa Mendez, 26, of Avondale died Feb. 27, 2017, in Goodyear.

Ms. Mendez was born March 16, 1990, in Phoenix to Gilberto and Patricia Mendez.

She is survived by two children; her parents, Gilberto and Patricia Mendez; and three brothers, Gilbert Jr., Danny and Anthony.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Williams Catholic Church, 110818 W. Third St., Avondale., followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

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Gilbert ‘Gibby’ Morales

Gilbert “Gibby” Morales, 82, of Goodyear died Feb. 27, 2017.

Mr. Morales was born July 10, 1934, in Jerome to Mike G. Morales and Martha Contreras Morales.

He graduated from Mingus High School in Cottonwood.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years and was honorably discharged in 1957.

He graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with bachelor’s and master’s degrees and earned an administrative certification from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

He had a 35-year career in education as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in Seligman, then worked in administration in Avondale and Laveen elementary school districts.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor Rodriguez.

He is survived by his wife, Belia S. Morales; four daughters, Elizabeth Robles, Kathleen Morales, Noreen M. Diaz and Jordan Morales; four sons, John Lucero, Daniel Morales, Thomas Morales and David Morales; one sister, Rosemary Hirales; two brothers, David Morales and Bill Morales; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 9:30 a.m., with a rosary recital at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd., Goodyear. Interment will be at 11 a.m. March 17 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek, Phoenix.

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Armando Sanchez

Armando Sanchez, 65, of Avondale died Feb. 27, 2017, in Avondale.

Mr. Sanchez was born Feb. 28, 1951, in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, to Ramiro Sanchez and Marie Orozco.

He moved to Arizona 40 years ago.

He worked as a driver in agriculture.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Sanchez.

He is survived by two daughters, Lorena Perez and Alma Sanchez; two sons, Armando Sanchez and Ramiro Sanchez; and 10 grandchildren.

Services were March 2 at Avenidas Funeral Chapel in Avondale.

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Mary Ellen Walker

Mary Ellen Walker, 67, of Avondale died Feb. 14, 2017, in Surprise from cancer.

Ms. Walker was born Aug. 4, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio.

She moved to Arizona in 1967.

She was employed at Stairs Laboratory in Phoenix and Mercy Care in Phoenix.

She was a member of the Christ Gospel Church in Avondale.

She is survived by one daughter, Tammy Walker Naai; two sisters, Gail Williams and Leah Eversole; one brother, Rance Canter; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. March 25 at LifeStream Senior Living at Sun Ridge, 12215 W. Bell Road, Surprise.

Memorials may be made to the family at 1006 Lunaai Place, Kailua, HI 96734.


Kathryn Mary Wallinger

Kathryn Mary Wallinger, 55, of Goodyear died Feb. 27, 2017, in Goodyear.

Ms. Wallinger was born March 10, 1961, in Wane, N.J.

She moved to Arizona in 2001.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Avondale.

Funeral services were March 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Avondale.




Dian Elinor Tangolics

Dian Elinor Tangolics, 86, passed away January 29, 2017 at Christian Care Nursing Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dian was a longtime, dedicated member of the Dream Church (over 35 years) in Phoenix. She enjoyed painting ocean scenes.

Dian is survived by daughters Faith McGlynn and Sheryl Doolittle and son Eric Tangolics, 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Dian will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


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