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February 2023
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Janet Busby Larson

Janet Busby Larson of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on February 1, 2023, at the age of 87 while surrounded by her family. She will be missed by her four children, Steven Ray Larson of Buckeye, AZ, Maryanne Jordan (Norman) of Flower Mound, TX, Jane Winegar (Wallis) of Park City, UT, and Nancy Cooper (Todd) of Calgary, Alberta, 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, her brothers Abraham Jay Busby (Irlys) and James Gordon Busby (Marilyn), and many other dear relatives and friends.

Janet was born to John William and Frances Bogard Busby in Tucson, AZ on November 16, 1935. She was the sixth of nine children and was abundantly blessed to have loving parents who worked hard to provide for their large family. Through their example, she learned the value of faith, love of family, service, patience, hard work, and the wisdom of counting blessings. Her childhood was filled with happiness in a close-knit family whom she adored. Often, she shared fond memories of life during a simpler time, playing with her siblings and many cousins who all lived close together. These relationships continued throughout her lifetime and brought her tremendous joy. A favorite pastime that she excelled in was playing softball (shortstop) with family, church, and school.

During Janet’s senior year of high school, she attended her first Institute dance, where she met Ray Price Larson. After two years of courtship while attending the University of Arizona, they married on April 7, 1955, in the Mesa, AZ Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together, they raised four children who felt the influence of the values she learned throughout her childhood. She exemplified motherhood and her entire family benefited from her infinite goodness.

Few could match her level of energy as she kept busy balancing her many responsibilities and roles in life. She was industrious and always sought to improve herself. While raising her four children, she returned to earn her master’s degree in teaching at Arizona State University and continued to teach elementary school for 11 years. She also worked side by side with her husband in many business ventures.

As a talented cook, she spoiled everyone with her delicious food. Even during her busy years of working, she would rise early to ensure her family had a hot breakfast and never missed preparing dinner. She loved to perfect a favorite dish such as pecan pie or homemade bread, and spent many hours canning, making jam and freeze-drying. Specialties she will be remembered for are green chili and red chili burritos, enchiladas, tacos, German chocolate cake, and – of course – beef jerky.

A few of her other loves were sewing and gardening. Her great-grandchildren were delighted when they received a cute little dress or other clothing made by her. In her later years, she sewed hundreds of blankets and dresses to give away to those in need. She had a generous heart.

Without a doubt, being a grandmother was her favorite role in life. Every grandchild adored her and felt they were her favorite. They cherished the opportunity to be with their fun-loving, kind grandmother.

Everyone will miss this great woman, who was without guile and never spoke ill of anyone. Janet could be counted on as a loyal friend and confidant who was fun to be with and could laugh at herself. She never complained, was full of gratitude, and looked for the good in life. Every person whose life she touched felt special and loved; she was a true example of Christ-like love and service. She loved the Lord and was full of faith; it was of the highest importance to immerse herself daily in the scriptures.

We love you, Mom, and will miss you every day.

Karen “Kay” Myers

Mrs. Karen “Kay” Myers (nee Batsell) of Goodyear, Arizona died February 1, 2023 at 12:09am in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born January 13, 1946 in Bethany, Oklahoma to Randolph “Buddy” Batsell and Estella Maxine Batsell (nee Schuman).

Though small of stature, she exhibited large athletic ability equaling or exceeding the maximum national requirements for physical fitness and performance. From middle school forward, boys’ track coaches had potential sprinters run against her. She once beat Ralph Mann who became an Olympic medalist. She didn’t take up tennis until after age 30, but won the very first singles tournament she entered. At her peak, she rose to a USTA rating of 4.5.

She graduated from Carson High School in Carson, California in 1964 with the first graduating class from that school.

She married Gene Myers July 1, 1966 at Wayferer’s Chapel in Portuguese Bend, California and gave birth to Peggy Gayle (1967) and Geoffrey Eugene (1970). She was married for 56 years and seven months.

For the last five years, she volunteered at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Outreach, an organization that provides food on a weekly basis for 50 to 80 families. She was the Outreach Director for four years.

Her selfless kindness and service to others was legendary.

She was preceded in death by her parents Randoph “Buddy” and Estella Maxine Batsell, brothres Bob Schuman and Richard Batsell, and sisters Roberta Jean (RJ) Whisler and Linda Bailey. Kay is survived by her husband, Gene Myers, daughter Peggy Kalama, son Geoffrey Myers, brothers Larry, Jerry, and David Batsell, and grandson Ryan Kekai Kalama. She is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and several great-great nephews and nieces.

A funeral will be held at 1:00pm on February 14 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Goodyear, Arizona.

A VENMO for donations is being set up. The information will be posted when available.

Thomas Morris

Thomas “Tom” Logan Morris, 81 of Goodyear Arizona, passed away on February 2, 2023 due to complications of Alzheimers, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was an easy-going and good-natured man who enjoyed family and made friends wherever he went, sharing stories/laughter with those he met. Tom was born March 5, 1941 in Chinook Montana, the son of Albert and Pearl (Kessel) Morris. He was schooled in Chinook, graduating in 1959. He served in the Air Force Reserves. In 1961 he began a 37-year career with the JC Penney Company.

In 1962, Tom married Loretta Tyson in Kalispell Montana and they had four children. They lived in five states during his career with the longest in Grand Forks, ND. Upon retirement in 1998, they moved to Arizona. Tom was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather and loved spending time with family. He had a special relationship with each of his grandchildren. Tom enjoyed skiing, golfing, hiking, traveling, rodeos, and watching his favorite sports teams (Nebraska Cornhuskers Football and UND Hockey). Two of his most memorable activities were golfing with his son-in-laws and grandsons and spending 8 summers in retirement building fences in Montana with his brother-in-law, John.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Don and Ralph, and family members Helen Morris, Howard Cowan, and Doug Morris. He is survived by his wife and children: Charlene (Jamie) Kuntz, Grand Forks ND, Teena (John) Swangler, Maple Grove MN, Chad Morris, Muscatine IA, and Kathy (Todd) Braunschweig, Fargo ND; grandchildren: Ryan (Vanessa) Kuntz, Derek (Rachel) Kuntz, Hayley Kuntz, Caitlin Kuntz, Krista (Jose) Chapa, Daniel Swangler, Grayson Morris, Cody Braunschweig, and Taylor Braunschweig; great-grandchildren Ava, Mila, Kyla, Josie, Kennedy, Easton, and Hudson; siblings Betty Cowan and Ben (Faye) Morris, and sister-in-law Dee Morris. Also survived by Loretta’s family, whom he had a special relationship with, considering them as his own.

We’d like to thank all of the staff at the Hacienda Del Rey and Hospice of the Valley for such good care. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Private memorial service to be held at a later date.

Andrea Lamb

On Wednesday February 1st, 2023, Andrea Lynn Lamb was called home at 50 years old after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family.

Andrea was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to David and Sandra Kelty on September 23, 1972. She was the second of three daughters. She graduated from Neshannock High School in 1990. Andrea worked in a few different career areas, but found her passion in healthcare. She graduated from the Jameson School of Nursing, La Roche College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Arizona State University with a Master of Science in Science of Health Care Delivery, and University of Nevada – Las Vegas with a Master of Science in Nursing. She was proud to be a Nurse Practitioner for Banner Health Center in Surprise, Arizona, specializing in Family Medicine. She proudly provided volunteer healthcare services to the people of the Dominican Republic through multiple mission trips with Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church and La Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana.

Andrea is preceded in death by her parents-in-law, Joseph and Shirley Lamb. Andrea is survived by her husband of 22 years, Joseph Lamb, daughter Lauren Brunke, sons David and Ryan Lamb, parents David and Sandra Kelty, sisters Michelle Sallmen and Renee Funderburk, nephew Justin Lamb, and many loving friends and relatives.

A Celebration of Andrea’s Life will be held at a later date at Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church in New Castle, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church’s Dominican Republic Mission in memory of Andrea.

Hilary Coltman

Hilary Garrison Coltman, 70, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away peacefully in her home on January 26, 2023.

She was born on January 15, 1953, in Calcutta, India where her parents and two younger siblings lived until relocating back to the United States in 1958. The family moved three years later to Palo Alto, California where they lived for the next 18 years.

Upon graduation of high school, Hilary attended UC Berkley and received her degree in Sociology. She went on to obtain her RN designation, and subsequently began work with Merck Pharmaceuticals where she embarked on a 20+ year career in the Pharma industry. In 2012, she moved to Cathedral City, CA to be closer to her father where she worked for Hospice of the Desert. After his passing in 2013, she moved to the Pebble Creek community in Goodyear, AZ in 2014.

Hilary had a passion for volunteer work, travel, and animals. Her volunteer work included acting as Treasurer for the Arizona chapter of The National T.T.T. Society – an organization dedicated to raising money for under-privileged teenage girls to attend summer camp. She served as a volunteer for Honor House – a non-profit dedicated to helping Veterans transition from military to civilian life where she coordinated the collection and delivery of numerous household items and furniture for the Veterans and their families. Additionally, she volunteered as a Unit Coordinator for the Pebble Creek Kare Bears House helping residents with their medical equipment and appointment needs as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the community animal rescue organization, The Pet Companions Club of Pebble Creek. It was through this organization that she found her two current Chihuahua’s – Peanut & Bingo, who she loved to spoil.

Her love of travel was sparked at the age of sixteen when her parents and three siblings started taking annual cruises. This passion for travel continued throughout her life. She especially loved taking an annual Windstar cruise between Europe and the U.S., with either her father or a friend which allowed her to spend many days at sea, a passage which she found to be peaceful and restorative.

Hilary is predeceased by her mother, Viola, and father, Kyle. She is survived by her three siblings: Kyle, Jr., Scott, Lucy; nephew and nieces: Chase, Alexandra, and Lauren; her aunt, Shirley; and cousins: Barbara, Craig and Jaymi.  The family will hold a private Celebration of Life service in the coming months.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any of the following organizations that she cared about so deeply:

National TTT Society: www.nationaltttsociety.org (see both of the Arizona camps)

Honor House: www.thehonorhouse.org

The Pet Companions Club of Pebble Creek: The Pet Companions Club of Pebble Creek, POB 6106, Goodyear, AZ  85338-0619

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