A Few 1967 Arizona Obituaries

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


Tucson -- Mrs. Hiliriva Rivas Valencia is dead at 111. Believed to have been Tucson's oldest resident. Mrs. Valencia was born in Sonora, Mexico, and came to Arizona in 1912 to escape the raids of Pancho Villa. She had 13 brothers and sisters, many of whom lived to be more than 100. She had 16 children, 56 grandchildren, and more than 90 great-grandchildren. Thursday, May 4, 1967.


65, came here in 1949 from Peekskill, N. Y., was superintendent of the Deer Valley Utilities Co. since 1959. No known survivors. St. Francis Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/22/1967.

VALENZUELA, Francisco F.

Gilbert -- Francisco F. Valenzuela, 60, was born in Tucson and resided in Gilbert 40 years, died Thurs., Aug. 31, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a farmer. Wife, Lucila; sons, Frank, Alfonso, and Raynaldo; daughters, Mrs. Clara MONTIJO, Mrs. Betty VEGA, Mrs. Carmen VALENZUELA, Mrs. Alita GUEVARA, all of Mesa; a sister out of state; and 20 grandchildren. Mass of Requiem was said at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Burial in Mesa Cemetery. 9/1/1967.


Marie Valenzuela, 71, 1616 W. Glendale, died Sep. 2, 1967, at her home. Miss Valenzuela was a registered nurse who graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She was born in Tucson and moved to Phoenix 44 years ago. She worked as a school nurse in the Litchfield public Schools for 20 years and was a member of the Third Order of St. Mary's Altar Society. She is survived by five brothers, A. M. of Patagonia, Val of Tucson, Fred of Naco, David of Tucson and Ernest of Arivaca; four sisters, Sr. Mary Louise of Tucson, Mrs. Bessie RODRIQUEZ of Tucson, Mrs. Carrie MONTOYA of Patagonia and Mrs. Clara YANEZ of Phoenix. Mass of Requiem was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 231 N. 3rd St. Burial at St. Francis Cemetery. 9/4/1967.

VANCE, Lena Jean

Lena Jean Vance, 56, a resident of Phoenix 40 years, died Mon., Sep. 4, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born in Foster, OK and was a member of Laurel Chapter 30 of the Order of Eastern Star. Husband, Leslie; sons, Richard of Phoenix and Robert of Westport, Connecticut; mother, Mrs. Lena TRIGARTHEN of Paso Robles, CA; a sister out of state; and four grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 9/6/1967.


Della Mae Vandenbark, 79, who moved to Phoenix in 1936 from Newark, OH, died Thurs., May 11, 1967, in her home. Mrs. Vandenbark had been a 50-year member of the Pythian Sisters. She was born in Edinburg, VA. Survivors include her husband, Wellington; a daughter, Emogene Vandenbark of Phx; three sisters and two brothers out of state. Cremation. 5/13/1967.

Van DENBURGH, Howard M.

Howard M. Van Denburgh, 74, an attorney in Phoenix since 1922, died May 4, 1967, in Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr. Van Denburgh was a member of Masonic Lodge 2, State Bar of AZ, Maricopa County Bar Assn, Arizona Club, Luke-Greenway American Legion, and was a veteran of World War I. He was born in Chatham, VA, and came here from Richmond, VA. Survivors include his wife, Ruth B.; two sons, Frank of Kansas City and Robert of Phx; two brothers and two sisters out of state; and fivve grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 5/5/1967.


, 83, moved to Superior from Kentucky in 1943. He was born in Clintwood, Virginia. Daughters, Nora PATTERSON; Jane POTTER, Hazel MULLINS and Rose HUGGARD; sons, Morgan and Alvin of Phoenix and Verlin of Anaheim, California. Burial in Neon, Kentucky. 8/23/1967.

VAN WINKLE, Eunice Verlin

Mammoth -- Eunice Verlin Van Winkle, 53, was born in Safford and died Sun., Sep. 3, 1967, in San Manuel Hospital. She had lived in Mammoth the past 10 years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Policewomen. Husband, Jimmie, of Mammoth; daughter, Mrs. Vivian Fay JACKSON of Kingman; brothers, Odis SMITHSON of Globe, Ralph SMITHSON of Johannasburg, CA, Earl SMITHSON in the Navy, and Ted SMITHSON of Winkelman; a half-sister out of state; and three grandchildren. Burial in Pinal Cemetery in Central Heights. 9/6/1967.

VASQUEZ, Mrs. Refugio Q.

63, was born in Mexico and had resided in Phoenix the past 45 years. Daughters, Mrs. Mary GALAVIZ and Mrs. Dolores OJEDA; sons, Johnny, Rosalio, Epifanio VASQUEZ; Rosario and Elauterio FREGOSO; Raymond QUINONEZ, all of Phoenix. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 9/29/1967.


Mrs. Nora E. Vaughn, 84, a charter member of the Southern Baptist Temple, died Sunday, May 7, 1967, in Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Vaughn, 4231 S. Ninth St., was born in Bentonville, Arkansas, and moved to Phoenix in 1942 from Roby, Texas. Services in her church, 6520 S. Central. Bloom's Mortuary, 3800 S. Central. Burial in East Resthaven Cemetery. Survivors include a son, Johney of Phoenix; four daughters, Mrs. Harold Walker and Mrs. Annie Overby, both of Abilene, Texas; Mrs. Hollis Henry of Weatherford, Texas, Mrs. Barcey Wyatt of Eugene, Oregon; a sister, Mrs. Lydia Lane of Glendale; four other sisters out of state; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The AZ Republic Tuesday, May 9, 1967.

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