A Few 1967 Arizona Obituaries

All obituaries were taken from The Arizona Republic unless otherwise indicated.

NASS, Sydney Betty

Mesa -- Mrs. Sydney Betty Nass, 89, who moved here seven years ago from Nelson, British Columbia, died Sunday, August 27, 1967, in a local nursing home. Mrs. Nass, 2251 E. Baywood, was born in County Durham, England. She was a retired school teacher. Services in Melcher Mortuary, 43 S. Stapley. Cremation followed. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Marjorie Binns of Mesa and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Judith Hudson of Redwood City, California. The Arizona republic Tuesday, August 29, 1967.


Jack Naughton, 54, divisional sales manager for the MJB Coffee Co. here, died Tues., Aug. 15, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mr. Naughton moved to Phoenix 15 years ago from Long Beach, CA, and had been with the coffee distributors 20 years. He was a member of the Knight of Columbus, East Phoenix Lions Club, Elks Lodge and the Los Hespederos Club. He was born in South Dakota. Wife, Marcella; four sons, Gerald, Michael and James, all of Phoenix, and Cpl. John Naughton with the Marines in Vietnam; two daughters, Susan and Kathleen, both of Phoenix; a sister and a brother out of state; and a grandchild. Mass of Requiem was said in the Church of St. Agnes, 1954 N. 24th St. Gravesides rites were in St. Francis Cemetery. 8/17/1967.

NEALY, Marcell

Services for Marcell Nealy, 16, of 2066 E. Nancy Lane, who died Saturday, May 13, 1967, of automobile accident injuries, will be at Emanuel Church of God and Christ, 16th Ave. and Buckeye Road. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. The youth was born in Phoenix. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nealy; six brothers, B. Rayford and Richard B., both of Oklahoma City; Kenneth Robert, Jr., Fred and Charles, all of Phoenix; four sisters, Mrs. Maxine Gordan, Jewel, Marie and Loraine, all of Phoenix. Thursday, May 18, 1967.

NELSON, Laura Margaret

Tempe -- Services for Mrs. Laura Margaret Nelson, 91, were in Carr Mortuary. Mrs. Nelson died Sunday, Aug. 13, 1967, in Anaheim, CA. She had lived in Phoenix from 1905 to 1957 when she moved to California. She was born in La Grange, MO. Survivors include a son, Wallace Nelson of Palo Verde; four daughters, Mrs. Helen Stermer of Phx, Mrs. Dorothea Walls of Wellton, Mrs. Ester Dorris of Balboa, CA, and Mrs. Lenore Koebrich of Anaheim; a sister in California; 10 grandchildren and 12 gr-grandchildren. Interment in Double Butte Cemetery. 8/17/1967.

NESBITT, William E., Sr.

88, was born in Table Rock, Nebraska, and came to Arizona 17 years ago. He had lived in Wickenburg 11 years. Wife, Veido; son, William E., Jr. of Albuquerque. Burial in Wickenburg Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/26/1967.


Irma N. Nesmith, 66, died Sun., Aug. 13, 1967, in her home at 2201 W. Cheery Lynn. Mrs. Nesmith was a native of Nebraska and moved to Phoenix seven years ago from Fort Myers, FL. She was a member of Central Methodist Church and the Urban League Guild. Survivors include her husband, Cloyd; four daughters, Mrs. June Skelton of Wauneta, NE, Mrs. Shirley Morrison of Phx, Mrs. Val Jean Wallace of Denver, and Mrs. Joyce Oliver of Berlin, Germany; a sister, Mrs. Vera Schwyhart of Tucson; two other sisters and a brother out of state; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services and burial were in Wauneta. 8/15/1967.

NICHOLS, Willard A.

Private services for Willard A. Nichols, 54, of 5330 N. 18th St., were at Mercer Mortuary, 1541 E. Thomas. Mr. Nichols, a State Highway Department employee, died Saturday, April 29, 1967, in the Veterans Administration Hospital here. He served as an Army paratrooper in World War II. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, he came to Phoenix from Detroit in 1947, moved away in 1953, and returned to Phoenix from Bloomington, Illinois, in 1962. Surviving are his wife, Iola P.; a son, J. Michael, both of Phoenix; and two sisters out of state. AZ Republic Monday, May 1, 1967.


Seligman -- Lila D. Nielson, 53, a resident of Arizona since 1922, was born in Hale Valley, OK. She is survived by her husband, DeRay, Seligman; two daughters, Mrs. Lila Jo Nelson of Palmdale, CA, and Mrs. Carol C. Cross of Bakersfield, CA; a son, Dennis D. Nielson of Ft. Sam Houston, TX; her mother, Mrs. Sudie George and a brother, Ray George, both of Seligman; and two grandchildren. Services were in Hale Van Marter Mortuary, Kingman. Burial in the family plot in Kingman Cemetery. 5/7/1967.

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