A Few 1970 Arizona Obituaries

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

DARLING, Mary Louise

A 13-month-old boy and a 55-year-old Phoenix woman died over the weekend at Maricopa County Hospital's burn unit from injuries received earlier in separate fires. Robin Boyce died March 1, 1970, from injuries received in a fire Feb. 26 at his grandparents' home at 3736 E. Polk. Police said the fire also claimed the life of his twin brother, Robert. Mrs. Mary Darling, 55, of 5539 W. State, died Sat., Feb. 28, 1970, of injuries she received Feb. 23 in a fire at her home. Police said Mrs. Darling had received second and third degree burns over her entire body when her robe caught fire as she backed into a heater. Interment Resthaven Park. 3/2/1970.

DAVIS, Dorothy L.

Dorothy L. Davis, 57, who had been employed 20 years as a library clerk at West Phoenix High School and a health assistant three years before that, died March 5, 1970, in Maryvale Hospital. She was born in Clovis, New Mexico, and was brought to Prescott at an early age. Husband, Walter; daughter, Mrs. Julia EPPINGER of Phoenix; brothers, Irvin PERKINS of Phoenix and Otho PERKINS of Winslow; two sisters, Mrs. Julia TERAZZO of Phoenix and Mrs. Lorene ROBERTS of Roswell; and a grandchild. Graveside rites were at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Prescott. headstone 3/6/1970.

DAVIS, Julie Marie

Mesa -- Julie Marie Davis, 8, a former student at Taft and Jefferson Elementary schools, died Thurs., March 5, 1970, of leukemia in City of Hope, Duarte, CA. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James DAVIS and was born in Tucson, Arizona. Survivors include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SCHMITT and Dave DAVIS, all of Mesa. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 3/7/1970.

DAVIS, Nell S.

St. Johns -- Mrs. Nell S. Davis, 57, a St. Johns school teacher, was killed Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970, in a one-car accident southwest of Concho. She was born in Taylor and previously taught school in Ajo, Lakeside and Denver. She was a musician. Husband, Ralph; daughter, Mary Anne DAVIS of St. Johns; seven brothers, Lee and Van SHUMWAY, both of Phoenix; Wilfred J. and C. Stanley SHUMWAY, both of St. Johns; Lafe SHUMWAY in Afghanistan; Phil SHUMWAY in Orem, Utah; Lenn in Apia, Western Samoa. Burial in Taylor Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/4/1970.

DEAN, Ruth Settle

Ruth Settle Dean, 73, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1969, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mrs. Dean was born in Meagher County, Montana, and came to Phoenix in 1961 from Evanston, Illinois. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority at the University of Wisconsin and the Order of Eastern Star in Glenwood City, WI. Husband, Harry C.; daughter, Mrs. A. Janet BERLUTI of Spokane, WA. a sister out of state; and four grandchildren. Services were in the First Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Monroe. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/1/1970.

DeLAY, Robert Lee

Sedona -- Robert Lee DeLay, 13, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1969. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came to Arizona as an infant and lived in Tucson for ten years. He was in the 8th grade at Sedona Elementary School. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Ray STEELE; sister, Babette; half-sister, Jennifer; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George F. WALES, all of Sedona; and his father, Lee Robert DeLAY of Reno. Burial was in Sedona Memorial Park. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/2/1970.

DeHERRERA, David Lawrence

David Lawrence DeHerrera, 8, a 2nd grade student at Richard E. Miller Elementary School, died Sat., Feb. 28, 1970, of leukemia in Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a member of the Royal Rangers in the Central Assembly of God Church. He was born in Waukegan, IL. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence R. DeHerrera; brother, Derek; and a sister, Dana; grandparents, Mrs. Teresa Derrera of Denver, Mrs. Velma Hope of Phoenix, and Elmer Downs of West Frankfort, IL. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 3/3/1970.


Ben Denawetz, 67, owner of Foot-So-Port Shoes, was born in Russia and moved to Phoenix in 1935 from Detroit. He was an Army World War II veteran. Survivors include a brother, Joe, of Detroit; two sisters, Jennie KATZNAN of McKeesport, PA, Rosalie LEWINTHAL of Phoenix. Burial in Beth Israel Cemetery. 3/5/1970.


Karl W. Dennison, 66, a retired general contractor, died March 7, 1970, in a local rest home. He was born in West Virginia and came here 35 years ago and owned Karl W. Dennison Contracting Co. Survivors include three sons, Karl E., James C. and Kenneth W. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 3/8/1970.


Carl W. DePriest, 78, who had been a locomotive engineer 35 years for the Southern Pacific Co. in Phoenix, died Tuesday, March 3, 1970, in St. Luke's Hospital. Mr. DePriest started his railroad career with the Santa Fe Railway in Kansas and worked for that line 10 years before moving to Phoenix 48 years ago from Chanute, KS. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Survivors include his wife, Grata; two sons, Charles of Scottsdale and Carl R. of Nashville, TN; five daughters, Mrs. Carol Craney, Mrs. June Hansen and Mrs. Maxine Haneen, all of Phoenix, Mrs. Ruth Kimble of Nashville and Mrs. Rebecca Thompson of Fullerton, CA; 18 grandchildren and 26 gr-grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 3/5/1970.

De VOSS, Edward

27 Oct 1886 - 1 Mar 1970
Edward DeVoss, 83, a painter before retiring in 1961, died Sun., Mar. 1, 1970, in Phoenix Memorial Hospital. Mr. DeVoss moved here in 1962 from Chicago. He was born in Cornell, IL. Survivors include his wife, Agnes; daughters, Ethel DeVOSS, Mrs. Agnes GAVALICK, and Mrs. Mary KARALOW; sons, William of Phoenix and Edward of Chicago; a brother out of state and seven grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 3/3/1970.


Chandler -- Daniel Dickerson, 43, a farm laborer, died Feb. 22, 1970, at home. He was born in Beatrice, Alabama, and came to Safford in 1955. He lived here the past five years. Survivors include his wife, Dora M.; two daughters, Jennifer and Ella D.; one son, Warren L., all of Safford; three brothers and five sisters out of state. Services were in the Church of God in Christ in Little Hollywood. Burial in the Safford Cemetery. 3/1/1970.

DIXON, Flora Ellen

Flora Ellen Dixon, 78, died Mon., Dec. 14, 1970, in Northwest Hospital. Mrs. Dixon was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was born in Prescott, Washington, and came to Arizona in 1949. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Elinor Lehto and Mrs. Emma Fortney, both of Phoenix; three sons, Paul and Donald of Washington state, and James of CA; four sisters out of state; 13 grandchildren. Services were in Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden. Cremation followed. 12/16/1970.

DONN, Alex J.

Mayer -- Alex J. Donn, 65, a cowboy and an Arizona native, died Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970, at his home in Mayer. He moved to Mayer eight years ago. Daughter, Mrs. Clifton F. NORTON of Death Valley, CA; sisters, Mrs. Emily FIELDS and Mrs. Lottie GLADUE, both of Phoenix; two sisters and one brother out of state. Burial in Mayer Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/4/1970.

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