A Few 1967 Arizona Obituaries

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

PADILLA, Virginia T.

26, a native of Phoenix, survived by mother, Lola; sisters, Nellie HIGUERA, Mrs. Santos ALDACO, Frances BLAKLEY and Mary PADILLA, all of Phoenix; Lupe ORTEGA of Guadalupe; brothers, Tony and Frank PADILLA, Fred LOPEZ and Joe SERNA. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/25/1967.

PALMER, Roel I.,

51, a native of Safford, was brought to Phoenix when he was six. He served in the Army during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star fro bravery. Daughter, Sharon GIANQUINTO; son, Raymond in the Navy in Vietnam; mother, Mrs. Stella PALMER; brother, Jack; sister, Mrs. Viola HODGES. Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/26/1967.

PAPSON, Charles M.,

61, (also spelled "Rapson"), was a native of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and came to Winslow in 1943. He was a biology teacher. Wife, Mildred; son, Capt. William E. BASSATT; daughter, Caroline PETERNEL. Burial in Desert View Cemetery. 9/10/1967.

PARKER, Marion E.

Marion E. Parker, 42, a secretary for American Airlines, died Wednesday, May 17, 1967, in her home, 3818 N. 50th Place. Miss Parker moved here in 1956 from Churchville, N. Y. where she was graduated from high school. She was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Rosary in Messinger Mortuary, 515 E. Indian School. Requiem Mass at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Her mother, Mrs. Lillian Parker of Phoenix, survives. Family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society. The AZ Republic Friday, May 19, 1967.

PARSONS, Hibbert L.

67, a native of Nova Scotia, came to Phoenix 25 years ago from Boston. He was a Mason. Sons, Ronald of Phoenix and Lawrence of Munich, Germany. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/25/1967.

PARSONS, Lilburn D.

Southern Pacific onductor Lilburn D. Parsons, 41, died Wed., May 10, 1967, en route to Memorial Hospital. Mr. Parsons of La Puente, CA, had been a brakeman and conductor for the railway 12 years and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was born in Fort Towson, OK. His wife, Verdie May, survives. 5/12/1967.


Ida Pasis, 70, died Monday, May 15, 1967, in Phoenix Indian Hospital. She was born in Gila Crossing and resided in Phoenix the past 30 years. Survivors include her husband, Nathan; and a brother, John Nolan of Phoenix. Services were in the Indian Chapel, 105 E. Palm Lane. Additional rites were in the Gila Crossing Presbyterian Church. Burial in Gila Crossing Cemetery. 5/18/1967.

PATTON, Opal Marie

Morenci -- Opal Marie Patton, 56, of Duncan, died Friday, May 12, 1967, in Good Samaritan Hospital, Phx. She was born in Belle, MO, and lived in Greenlee County about 20 years. Surviving are her husband, Jesse, four brothers and a sister out of state. Graveside services were at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Safford. 5/14/1967.


a 27-year resident of Prescott and deacon of the First Baptist Church, was born in Madison, West Virginia, and came here from Whorton, W. Virginia. Wife, Margaret; father, E. J. PAULEY of Florida; daughters, Mrs. Robert RUMMAGE and Peggy PAULEY; son, John PAULEY II; a brother and three sisters out of state; one grandchild. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 8/22/1967.

PAYNE, Frances B.

Mrs. France B. Payne, 90, a Denton, Texas, native who moved to Phoenix in 1918 from New Mexico, died Tuesday, August 22, 1967, in Country Manor Nursing Home. Services in A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Payne, 1806 W. Villa, is survived by three sons, Alton B. and Karl J., both of Phoenix, and Clifton of San Diego; a sister and a brother out of state and six grandchildren. The Arizona Republic Thursday, August 24, 1967.

PECK, Ellis B.

Pima -- Ellis B. Peck, 72, a 20 year resident of Pima, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 1967, in Safford Inn Hospital following a long illness. Mr. Peck was born in Bryce. A farmer and a rancher, he was best known in the area as cattle inspector for the Arizona State Sanitation Board, a job which he held for 10 years until his retirement in 1964. Funeral services were held in the Pima Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial in Bryce Cemetery. Friends may call at Caldwell Funeral Home, Safford. Survivors include his wife, Eda of Pima; two sons, Riley of Silver City, N. M., and Larry of Pima; three daughters, Mrs. Lavona Hinton of Ft. Thomas, Mrs. Elna Saline of Tucson and Mrs. Aileen Lines of Pima; a brother, Bill, of Bryce; two sisters, Mrs. Delia Peeples of Chandler and Mrs. Mary Ann Lamoreaux of Eugene, Oregon; 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic Monday, Aug. 28, 1967.

PECK, George A.

Pima -- George A. Peck, 83, a retired farmer and cattle inspector, died Friday, May 5, 1967, in Safford Inn Hospital. Mr. Peck was born in Nutrioso and came with his parents to Bryce in 1885. He moved to Pima in 1961. He was bishop of the Bryce Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 15 years. Surviving are his wife, Almeda; six sons, Delbert, Andrew and Chet, all of Pima, Von and Wendell, both of Safford, and Gordon of McNeal; three daughters, Mrs. Irene Daniels, Tucson, Mrs. Letha Matthews, Superior, and Mrs. Laree Ray, Morenci; two brothers, Bill and Ellis Peck, both of Pima. 5/7/1967.

PEJSA, Jaro Joseph

, 67, moved to Phoenix in 1940 from his native Cleveland. Wife, Arlene; daughter, Patricia WOODWARD; sons, Allen of Phoenix and Robert of Greeley, Colorado. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 8/22/1967.


79, a birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, graduated from Olney Friends Boarding School at Barnes, Kansas and Westtown Boarding School in Westtown, PA, and the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, Kansas. She was a winter resident of Phoenix eight years before moving here in 1966 from West Branch, Iowa. Husband, Verlin L.; son, Ernest of Arvada, CO; daughters, Mrs. Lillian P. WILLOUGHBY of New Jersey, Mrs. Beulah DeHAVEN of West Covina, CA, and Mrs. Alice SMITH of Urbandale, IA; a sister, Mrs. Ruth CROSBIE, Argenta, Canada. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/21/1967.

PENDERGRAFT, Allen Clayton

, 77, an Oklahoma native, lived in Arizona since 1912. Sons, Cmdr. Vernon PENDERGRAFT of Imperial Beach, California, and Allen PENDERGRAFT of Mt. Herman, California. Burial at Mesa City Cemetery. 9/4/1967.

PENROD, Leonard L.

57, a Vernon resident and native of Pinetop, died from injuries suffered in a logging accident. Wife, Beulah; sons, Kenneth, Rodney, Randel, Kim and Floyd; daughters, Venla McCLEVE and Jean BREWER; sisters, Mildred WHITING, Merintha AMOS, Inez WOLFORD and Polly EASLEY; brother, Harvel. Burial in Vernon Cemetery. 9/10/1967.


64, Superior, a retired miner, was born in Mexico and came to Arizona 41 years ago. Wife, Augustina, sons, Rigoberto of Kearny and Ramon of Los Alamos, N. M.; six grandchildren. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/30/1967.

PEREZ, Miguel

Tempe -- Rosary for Miguel Perez, 87, who died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1967, in Granite Reef Nursing Home, Mesa, will be at Carr Mortuary, 26 E. 5th St. Mass of Requiem will be said tomorrow in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 S. Rural. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Mr. Perez, 205 W. First St., was born in Los Angeles and had resided in Tempe the past 47 years where he had farmed. Survivors include three sons, Frank and Jesus, both in California, and Jose of Somerton, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Connie Negrete of Sonora, Mexico; a sister, Mrs. Lupe Bustamonte of Tempe. Friday, August 25, 1967.

PERKINS, John C., Jr.

Taylor -- Services for John C. Perkins, Jr., 28, a carpenter, were in the Taylor Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Perkins died Tuesday, May 16, 1967, of cancer in Phoenix Memorial Hospital. He was born in Taylor. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners district council 2763. Survivors include his wife, Lovell; two sons, John and Craig, both of Taylor; two daughters, Schelina of Taylor and Kimberly of Pinetop; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Perkins of Taylor; three brothers, Roy of Snowflake, Wendell of Clay Springs, and Keith of Taylor; five sisters, Clella Perkins and Sanza Perkins, Mrs. Frances Barnett, all of Taylor, Mrs. Joan Gardner of Snowflake and Mrs. Shauna Bigelow of Clay Springs; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Crandell of Clay Springs. Burial in Taylor Cemetery, Grimshaw Mortuary in Phoenix announced. The AZ Republic Friday, May 19, 1967.


Mary Ada Perkins, 77, a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church, died Monday, May 8, 1967, in Granite Reef Nursing Home in Mesa. Mrs. Perkins, 41 W. Weldon, was a member of Friendship Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She was born in Calhoun Count, AL, and moved to Phoenix 12 years ago. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. William Pratt of Memphis, TN; a sister out of state; and one grandchild. Interment Mountain View Memorial Gardens. 5/10/1967.


Scottsdale -- Funeral services for Albert Perlman, 59, of 3012 N. 83rd St., were in Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Rd. Mr. Perlman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, died yesterday, Aug. 27, 1967, in Good Samaritan Hospital. He had worked as a pharmacist at Adobe Pharmacy in Scottsdale. A member of the Masonic Order in Phoenix, the deceased had lived in Scottsdale for the past seven years. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca; a son, Donald of Tempe; and a brother, Alvin Palmer, out of state. Interment in the Gon Ohav Sholem section of Green Acres Cemetery. The AZ Republic Monday, Aug. 28, 1967.

PERSON, Nellie E.

Youngtown -- Services for Mrs. Nellie E. Person, 75, a member of the Church of Christ in Glendale, were in Lundberg's Golden Door Chapel, 11211 Michigan Ave. Mrs. Person died Tuesday, May 16, 1967, in Waitwell Nursing Home in Glendale. Born in Sweden, she came here nine years ago and resided at 11105 Iowa Ave. She had no known survivors. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale. The AZ Republic Friday, May 19, 1967.

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