A Few 1970 Arizona Obituaries

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

PADILLA, Encarnacion

25 Mar 1872 - 17 Dec 1970
Miami -- Encarnacion Padilla, 99, a native of Mexico, died Dec. 17, 1970, in Gila General Hospital. Mr. Padilla moved to Miami 43 years ago from Mexico. Sons, Salvador, Ezequiel and Aristeo, all of Miami; daughters, Mrs. Refugio OLIVAS of Los Angeles and Mrs. Josephine VASQUEZ of Globe; 24 grandchildren. Mass was in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Burial in Gila Memorial Gardens. Published in the Arizona Republic 12/18/1970.

PALMER, Arthur L.

Bouse -- Arthur L. Palmer, 68, died Friday, Feb. 27, 1970, at home. He was born in Ash Grove, MO, and came here 16 years ago. He was a veteran of World War I. Survivors include his wife, Reva N.; six sons, Arthur III in the Philippines, James, August, Arthur, Jr., and Archie, all of Oregon, and Albert of Little Rock, Arkansas; six daughters, Mrs. Shirley Draper of Bouse, Mrs. Emma Xander, whereabouts unknown, Mrs. Audri Redding, Oregon, and Mrs. Edna Trunbown, Mrs. Lillian Meeks and Mrs. Clara Gregorich, all of Arkansas; and 35 grandchildren. Burial in Parker Cemetery. 3/1/1970.

PARKER, Anna Margaret

Anna Margaret Parker, 88, died March 5, 1970, in Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and came to Phoenix a year ago from Rehoboth, New Mexico. Daughter, Marjorie I. of Phoenix; a son, George of Dayton; and four grandchildren. Services were in the Orangewood Christian Reformed Church, 3702 W. Orangewood. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 3/6/1970.


Prescott -- Josephine McDaniel Parker, 62, wife of Rev. Charles Franklin Parker, founding president of Prescott College, died Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970, in Yavapai Community Hospital. Mrs. Parker had lived here since 1934 when her husband was appointed minister at the church. Her husband, Dr. Charles Franklin PARKER, is pastor emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Prescott. Mrs. Parker was born in Miami, MO, and received her BS degree in education from the University of Missouri. Survivors include her husband; daughter, Kitty Jo NELSON of Frazier Park, Calif.; two brothers, G. T. McDANIEL of Prescott and one out of state; two grandchildren. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/2-3/1970.

PARKS, Robert E.

Robert E. Parks, 76, a retired conductor on the Monongahela Railroad in Pennsylvania, died March 7, 1970, in St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born in Pennsylvania and came here five years ago. He was a member of the Elks. Wife, Jane; son, Robert A. of Phx; one daughter, Eva R. LUAS of Altadena, CA; one brother out of state. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 3/8/1970.

PATTON, Muriel Leanore

Muriel Leanore Patton, 63, who moved here two years ago from her native Sullivan County, Indiana, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1969, in Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. Patton was a member of the United Methodist Church of Phoenix and Order of Eastern Star in Graysville, IN. Husband, Russell C.; daughter, Mrs. Anna HAWKENSON of Chicago; a sister of Indiana; two grandchildren. Burial in Memory Lawn Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/1/1970.

PAULSON, Cheryl Marie

Williams AFB -- Cheryl Marie Paulson, 9, daughter of Sgt. Earl C. and Angeles Paulson, was found dead Sunday, Dec. 13, 1970, on the outskirts of the base. She was born in Landstuhl, Germany, and was brought here six months ago from Okinawa. She was a fourth grade student at the base elementary school. Surviving in addition to the parents are three brothers, Richard, Michael and David, all of Williams AFB; grandparents, Mrs. Julia Paulson of Fargo, N.D., and Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Huillier of Cebu City, Philippines. Burial in the National Cemetery at Santa Fe, N.M. 12/16/1970.

PAYNE, Lesta

Yuma -- Mrs. Lesta Payne, 45, died Sat., Jan. 3. 1970, in Phoenix Memorial Hospital. She was born in Villisca, Iowa, and came here in 1954. She was a member of the Valley Baptist Church. Husband, William; daughters, Cheri and Carolyn PAYNE; sons, Charles, William and James; mother, Bernice ARBUCKLE, all of Yuma; and two sisters out of state. Burial was in Desert Lawn Memorial Park. 1/5/1970.

PEARCE, Minnie L.

Eagar -- Mrs. Minnie L. Pearce, 84, an Arizona native, died Sun., Mar. 1, 1970, at the White Mountain Community Hospital in Springerville. She was born in Nutrioso in a fort built by her father. Her parents were among the first pioneer settlers in the area, having been sent from Utah by the LDS Church in 1880. Mrs. Pearce had lived here since 1906 and was active in church work until the past two or three years. Survivors include seven sons, Niel, Grover, Vinton, Armond and Kent, all of California, and Ivan of Oregon and Pratt of Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Alta Peters of California and Zola Pearce of Eagar; one brother, Ellis Lund, of Eagar; 32 grandchildren. Burial in Eagar Cemetery. 3/3/1970.

PEARSON, Gustave Adolph

Gustave Adolph Pearson, 73, who was born in Colorado and came to Phoenix 39 years ago from Denver, died Sun., Mar 8, 1970. He had been employed by dairy farms here before retiring. Wife, Elizabeth; son, John, of Phoenix; daughters, Dorothy TIHKAN of Phoenix, Ann WHITE of Ajo and Mary Lou BRENTANO of San Diego; a brother and a sister out of state; and eight grandchildren. Mass was in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. 3/10/1970.

PECK, Sarah Jane

Bryce -- Sarah Jane Peck, 78, was born in Glenbar and attended Gila Academy (now Eastern Arizona College), died Wed., Dec. 31, 1969, at the Safford Inn Hospital. She moved here 58 years ago. Her husband, Bil, was the deputy sheriff in Safford for 12 years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Lunanna MORRIS of Safford, Mrs. Faye DAMRON of Globe and Mrs. Fern KIRBY of San Simon; two sisters, Mrs. Opal CHESLEY of Thatcher and one out of state; three brothers, Karl NORTON of Cottonwood, Rollo NORTON of Phoenix and Virgil NORTON of Miami; 10 grandchildren and five gr-grandchildren. Burial in Bryce Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/1/1970.


Services for Ike Peoples, 64, who died Wednesday (March 4, 1970) in a Phoenix hospital, were in Willow Grove Baptist Church on South 40th Street. Friends may call at Universal Memorial Center, 1100 E. Jefferson. Burial in Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe. Mr. Peoples, 3443 S. 36th St., had been a construction worker since coming to Phoenix in 1953 from Oakland, Calif. He was born in Hope, Arkansas. Survivors include his wife, Rosie; and three sisters of Los Angeles. Published Friday, March 6, 1970.

PETERS, Urban J. W.

7 Sep 1905 - 16 Dec 1970
Cave Creek -- Urban J. W. Peters, 65, owner and director of the Art Barn since coming here in 1965, died Wed., Dec. 16, 1970. He came here from his native Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama and had been in the real estate business in Birmingham and Mobile, AL, and in Panama City, FL. Wife, Lucile; daughter, Mrs. T. C. WELLER of Chula Vista, California; a sister in Alabama; and two grandchildren. Services were in St. Barnabas-on-the Desert Episcopal Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Published in the Arizona Republic 12/18/1970.

PEYTON, Loe Mixon

Loe Mixon Peyton, 73, died Thurs., Dec. 10, 1970, in her home, 2139 E. Solano Dr. Mrs. Peyton moved here in 1962 from Shreveport, LA. She was born in Cotton Valley, LA. Survivors include her husband, Charles G.; two brothers and four sisters out of state. Services were in Messinger Mortuary. Cremation followed. 12/12/1970.


Henry C. Pfeifer, 85, a retired steel worker, died Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970. He was born in Findlay, Ohio, and came to Phoenix eight years ago from Cleveland. He was a veteran of World War I and a holder of the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife, Emma; a son, Robert C. of Groves, TX; and a sister out of state. Funeral Mass was at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, 3426 N. 18th Ave. Burial in Memory Lawn Memorial Park. 1/4/1970.

PHARES, Lillie A.

Tolleson -- Lillie A. Phares, 79, died Fri., March 6, 1970. She was born in Illinois and came to Phoenix in 1943 from Oklahoma. Two sons, Dewey PHARES of Tolleson and Earl PHARES of Coachella, CA; daughters, Leona EUBANK of Allen, OK and Iona McBEE of Phoenix; three brothers out of state; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Burial in Resthaven Park. 3/8/1970.

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