Obituaries

January 2015
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Sanchez, Martha

Ms.  Martha Sánchez, 73, of Tolleson, AZ, died January 23, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ.  She was born April 7, 1941 in La Ceiba, Honduras, Centroamerica, she was the daughter of the late Fausto and Juana Sánchez. She was an accomplished seamstress for many years until her retirement.  Martha was a loving mother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother in law and a wonderful grandmother to Urian and Leonardo. She will be greatly missed by her two daughters Martha I. Mejia of Phoenix, AZ, Claudia C. Mejia-Lisitano and husband Joseph of Tolleson, AZ, her son Mario E. Mejia Jr. and his wife Joanne of Wesley Chapel, FL, and two grandchildren Urian and Leonardo; her niece Paola Ortega and her husband, Oscar and their three children Oscar Jr, Christian and Jennifer of Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by two sisters Maria Sanchez-Jimenez and Gloria Sánchez, two brothers Carlos Sánchez and Roberto Sánchez and their loving children, all residing in Honduras, C. A. A visitation will be held from 2-3pm on Monday, January 26, 2015, followed by a funeral service from 3-4pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel. 

Adams, Frank

Frank Adams, 29 of Prescott, AZ passed away on January 20, 2015. He was born on January 24, 1985 in Kansas City, MO and raised by his parents Paul and Sherri Adams. He served our country as a staff Sergeant in the US Army including two tours in Iraq. He was a graduate of ASU, and genuinely loved teaching high school math at AAEC in Prescott, AZ. He is survived by his parents Paul and Sherri Adams, siblings, Andrea, Tony, Danny and Nick; nieces and nephews Stephanie, Jonathon, Andrew and Lauren. Services will be held at 11:00am on January 31, 2015 at Skyway Church, 14900 W. Van Buren ST. Goodyear, AZ 85338. Pastor Kenny Koger will be officiating. Reception will immediately follow at 920 Castillo Dr. East, Litchfield Park, AZ. 85340. Memorials can be sent to woundedwarriorproject.org.

Mathews, Richard

Richard Allen Mathews, 75, of Glendale, AZ died January 15, 2015 in Glendale, AZ. He was born October 15, 1939 to Elmer and Lillian Mathews in Wyandotte, Michigan. He served in the US Air Force from 1961 to 1984 as a Master Sergeant/Medical Service Technician. He is survived by his wife Carlota F. Mathews; daughter Michele Mathews; sons Edward and Randy Mathews; sister Laura Colwell; brother Mat Mathews; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Mathews. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Springer, Carole

Carole Evelyn Springer, 72, of Goodyear, AZ died January 22, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born June 13, 1942 in Baltimore, MD to Carl and Evelyn Kintop. She is survived by her husband Edward Springer; daughter Diane Sutton and son-in-law Steven Sutton; brother Carl Kintop, Jr. and two grandchildren: Kylie and Brett Sutton.  Memorial Services will be held at 4pm on Friday, January 23rd at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Carole Evelyn Springer to the Salvation Army or Agua Fria Food Bank.

Barron, James “Mel”

Mr. James “Mel” Barron age 72 of Buckeye, AZ,  died January 14, 2015 in Avondale, AZ. He was born March 21, 1942 to Edward Barron and Grace Price in Buckeye, AZ. Parents were original homesteaders in Buckeye. Graduate of Hobart Welding School. Welding Educator – taught at Metro State College in Colorado and University of AK in Ketchikan. Worked on numerous projects, including University of Phoenix Stadium. Certified Welding inspector. Member of American Welding Society (AWS) Avid motorcyclist and jeeper.  He is survived by his wife Donna Barron; Daughters: Deborah Lester, Barbara Barron, Mariann Sandoval. Sons: Thomas Darrow and Melvin Barron. Sister – Lucille Baker; Brothers: Bob Barron, John Barron, and Tom Barron. Grandchildren – 5 Damon, David, Christopher, Timothy, Raymond. Services  will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31st at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Donations to American Cancer Society.

Stork, Tami

Tami Louise Stork, 50, of Litchfield Park, AZ died January 11, 2015 at West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born February 15, 1964 to Donald and Shirley Stork in Denver, CO.  Tami graduated high school in Englewood, CO.  She moved to Arizona 20 years ago and loved it.  She volunteered at West Valley Hospital and Agua Fria food bank where she was loved by all.  She is survived by her sister Cyndi Lewis (William Lewis); Fiancé Mel Jones; cousin Peri Dunaway; niece Shanda Atkins; and nephew Jason Lewis. Visitation will be held from 10am to 11am, Rosary at 10:30am, on Thursday, January 15th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  Mass will be held at 1pm on Thursday, January 15th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ.

Sumner, Sharon

Sharon Denese Sumner, 56 of Avondale, AZ died January 11, 2015 in Avondale, AZ.  She was born September 4, 1958 in Pratt, KS to Joseph Millen and Dorothy Harrel.  She is survived by her husband Fred Sumner; daughters Stacey Willis, Gina Sumner, Ericca Sumner; son Kevin Sumner; sisters Christi Norman, Carolyn Graves; brothers Robert Millen, Lynn Millen, Gary Enfield, Dannie Enfield; and 4 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Dorothy, sisters Diana and Marcia, brothers Richard and Larry Joe.  A visitation will be held at 5pm on Thursday, January 15th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Funeral services will be held at 6pm on Friday, January 16th at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Viss, Dixi

Dixi was born on March 13th, 2010 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. She was given her wings on January 2nd, 2015 in Kermit, Texas. Dixi was taken tragically away from us in a car accident at the young age of 4.  Dixi’s life would seem too short by many, but to those who knew her understood that the quality of life far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. If you were lucky enough to have had your life touched by her, you know you will never forget her famous smile and non-stop excitement for horses, and she would share that love with whoever was available to listen. Dixi enjoyed being a girly girl at times, painting her nails and playing dress up; but she loved to roll around in the dirt with her stuffed ponies. She was a child that loved life. When she entered the room, you were guaranteed to have a smile on your face within ten seconds, because not only was she the star of her own world, she was the star of ours; and you couldn’t bring her spirit down if you tried. Dixi’s was quick to copy anything that her parents did, her family was her biggest love in life. She will forever remain in our hearts and thoughts as she learns to use her new wings.  Dixi is survived by her parents; Delilah Brisby and Wayde Viss; younger sister Daisy Viss, along with her beloved grandparents George and Donna Brisby, David and Mia Viss, and Jo Viss, with so many other friends and family. Upon Dixi’s passing we remind others that her life is one to be celebrated, not mourned. There has been a memorial fund established in Dixi’s name to support her loving family she has left behind, you may donate at www.gofundme.com/dixiviss.  A visitation will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, January 14th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday, January 15th at Skyway Church, 14900 W. Van Buren St, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Burial will follow at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye, AZ.

 

Diaz, Estevan

Estevan Daniel Diaz, 36, of Avondale, AZ died January 5, 2015 in Coolidge, AZ.  He was born October 10, 1978 in Phoenix, AZ to Carlos and Angelina Diaz.  Estevan owned Rolberto’s Mexican Food restaurant in Coolidge, AZ for 8 years.  He was a member of Majestic’s car club and a loving brother and great friend.  Estevan is survived by his mother Angelina Diaz; sister Mariana Diaz; brothers Joaquin, Johnathan, and Michael (spouse, Michelle) Diaz; two nieces: Anyssa Loaiza, Isabella Diaz; and three nephews: Nicolas, Javier, and Michael Diaz.  A vigil will be held from 9am to 9:30am, rosary at 9:30, on Monday, January 12th at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, AZ.  Mass will be held at 10am.  Burial will be at the Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye, AZ.

 

Chavez, Bertha

Bertha Chavez of Vernon, Texas died December 29, 2014 in Goodyear, AZ. Bertha was born on March 27, 1960 in Durango, Mexico. Bertha was a long time resident of Vernon. Memorial service will be held January 10, 2015 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Altus, OK. Bertha was a beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother, she will be greatly missed. Survivors include: Husband, Vincent; Daughter, Julietta (Daniel), Sons, Saul (Alice), Armando, Roy, and Fabian; Grandaughter Natalie; Grandson, Max.

Groff, James

James William Groff, 79, of Goodyear, AZ passed away at home on January 4, 2015 surrounded by his family.  He was born December 13, 1935 in French Lick, Indiana to Loren and Esther Groff.  Jim, as he was known, served in the US Air Force from 1955 to 1976 as an Aircraft Mechanic.  He was a Vietnam Veteran and after his service in the Air Force, he worked 21 years as a manager of plant engineering for Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and vacationing with family and friends.  His greatest joy in life was the love shared with his family.  Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline (Pat) Groff ; daughters Terry Saldate (spouse, Freddie), Diane Romo (partner, Ximena Gonzales), and Shelia Perry (spouse, Todd).  He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He enjoyed being with his grandkids and would spend hours rocking them in his favorite chair.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Starpointe Residents Club, 17665 W. Elliot Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  In honor of Jim Groff, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Lewis-Main, Gwenalee

Mrs. Gwenalee Ann Lewis-Main, 85, of Peoria, AZ died December 31, 2014 in Goodyear, AZ of cancer.  She was born on January 6, 1929 in Palmer, Nebraska to Elmer and Martha Maddox.  She enjoyed golf, fishing, visiting with many friends and her dog Angel.  She is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 3 step-children, 11 step-grandchildren, 19 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great-grandchild. Private services will be held.

Kaylor, Mary Evelyn

Goodyear — Mrs. Mary Evelyn Kaylor, known fondly as Evelyn Kaylor, and a resident of Goodyear, AZ died Sunday the 28th of December.  Born in 1930 in Romance, Arkansas, Evelyn was a woman of many talents, including a career spanning many disciplines from Administrative Assistant in Okinawa, Department Head of the General Motors office on Rhein Main Airbase in Germany, and Regional Purchasing Agent for AAFES, to a career in real-estate. Along the way she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from California Western University in 1980. At the age of 72 she became a prolific fused glass artist, studying with some of the most well-respected glass artists in the world. She was always honing her craft and was in the process of learning advanced techniques of sand-blasting glass art at the time of her death.  She loved giving to her community; she was a past Worthy Matron of her Eastern Star chapter, a devoted Christian, and was generous and loving to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Evelyn loved to travel. Having lived in Japan, Thailand, Okinawa, and Germany while her husband was stationed there, she spent much of her life as an avid world traveler visiting every continent except Antarctica.  She is survived by her loving sons: Marty Kaylor and his wife Kathy, and Michael Kaylor; Sisters Doris Frye and Betty Dryer, and Brother Truman Gamblin. Evelyn had 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren who brought her great joy. She was preceded in death by her loving spouse Vernon M. Kaylor.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Evelyn Kaylor Scholarship fund at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Checks should be made out to Phoenix Center for the Arts with Evelyn Kaylor Scholarship Fund in the memo line.  Visitation will be held at 10:00am Friday January 9, 2015; Funeral Service to follow at 10:30am. Both will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel. 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338.

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