All obituaries are from The Arizona Republic unless otherwise noted.


Polly Campbell, 82, of Goodyear, died April 20, 1978. She moved to Arizona in 1948 from San Leandro, California. She was a sales clerk and a member of Eastern Star. Daughter, Bernice Wood; a sister; a brother; a grandson and two great-grandchildren. Lundberg Sunland Chapel. The Phoenix Gazette April 22, 1978


Ruth Cantrell, 71, of Avondale, died June 26, 1978. She came to Arizona 50 years ago from Oklahoma. Children, Bonnie Tucker and Archie Lee Loveless; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers. Cannon Funeral Home, Goodyear. Published in the Arizona Republic 6/29/1978.

CAREY, Adelaide I., 85

02 Aug 1891 - 16 April 1978
Adelaide L. Carey, 85, of Phoenix, who lived here since 1971 and was a member of the Church of St. Joseph, died April 16, 1978. Children, Jean Whalen, Marjorie Sills, Adelaide Benson; sons, James F. and Earl; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Arizona Republic April 19, 1978

CARR, B. Paula

Scottsdale -- Memorial services for B. Paula Carr, 85, who died April 13, 1978, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, were in Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. MacDonald Drive. Mrs. Carr came here 38 years ago. Survivors include her daughter, Anne C. Blair; two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Camelback Sunset Chapel made arrangements. Sunday, April 16, 1978

CARREON, Robert Rojas

Robert Rojas Carreon, 23, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, died Tuesday, April 18, 1978, from auto accident injuries. He was brought to Arizona from California 16 years ago and worked as a self-employed custodian. He entered the Marine Corps in 1973. Wife, Frances; a son, Gabriel; his mother, Virginia; father, Alberto; four sisters and six brothers. The Phoenix Gazette Friday, April 21, 1978

CASTRO, Jessie

7 Jan 1908 - 15 April 1978
Jessie Castro, 70, of Phoenix, died April 15, 1978, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She had lived in Phoenix since 1923. Husband, Lloyd S.; children, Socorro Black, Theresa Kauffman, Katherine Baigel, Bob, Joe and Pat; two brothers and three sisters; 35 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grimshaw Bethany Chapel. Mass at St. Louis the King Catholic Church. The Arizona Republic Monday, April 17, 1978


Jonas Celestine, 39, of Sells, died June 27, 1978, in Phoenix Indian Medical Center. He was born in Arizona and had been a farm worker. Mass at Church of St. Joseph at Pisinimo, near Sells. Arizona Republic 6/30/1978.


Mikki J. Chambers, 18, died June 27, 1978, in Flagstaff Community Hospital of hang gliding accident injuries. She attended Glendale Community College and was a student at Northern Arizona University. She came to Phoenix 11 years ago from Colorado and had been assistant manager and cashier at Manns Christown Theater. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Chambers; a sister and three brothers. Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, Glendale. 6/28/1978.

CHAVEZ, George L.

George L. Chavez, 22, a 1974 graduate of South Mountain High School, died April 19, 1978, in a Phoenix hospital. He was an employee at McGraw-Edison and had worked with the Boys' Club in Tucson and on marathon running events. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Augustin Chavez; a brother; and two grandparents. Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, Mass in St. Catherine Church. The Phoenix Gazette April 22, 1978


James E. Childers, 83, a former Denver police chief, died April 24, 1978, in a Valley hospital. Childers moved to Sun City from Denver in 1975. He had been in law enforcement for 45 years and retired as chief in Denver in 1961. He was a 50-years member of the Masonic Lodge and member of the Retired Police Protective and Denver Police Protective associations. Wife, Pauline; a daughter, Beulah Carenen; two sons, Raymond and Marvin; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services in Olingers Mortuary, Denver. The Phoenix Gazette Thursday, April 27, 1978


Seervices for Sena C. Christensen, 82, who moved to Arizona 40 years ago from Iowa, were at Second Baptist Church. Mrs. Christensen, 7550 N. 16th St., died Friday, April 28, 1978, in a Valley rest home. She is survived by two sons, Donald and Rollin; three sisters; and five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Paradise Chapel Funeral Home. Interment Memory Lawn. The Phoenix Gazette Saturday, April 29, 1978

CHRISTIAN, Harold Merton

Harold Merton Christian, 83, died Apr. 28, 1978, in a Valley hospital. He was a retired teacher who moved to Arizona 34 years ago. Daughter, Mrs. Don Strauch; two sons, Daniel R. and Donald W.; a sister and seven granadchildren. First Methodist Church, Mesa. The Phoenix Gazette Saturday, April 29, 1978


Luther Christopher, 71, and his wife, Madie C. Christopher, 79, died Sunday, March 27, 1977, in their home, 1420 E. Polk. Mr. Christopher had lived here since 1936 and was a member of Construction Workers Local 383, Prince Hall Masonic affiliations and Maricopa Lodge 1. Mrs. Christopher had been a member of the Missionary Board, Senior Choir and a past secretary of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Survivors include daughters, Vevenne Downing and Vera Dixon; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildre. Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Madison. Arizona Republic 4/1/1977.

CLABAUGH, Milford Lonnie

Milford Lonnie Clabaugh, 74, a design and sales engineer, came to the Valley 24 years ago and was an associate professor in ASU mathematics department, died Wed., March 30, 1977. He was graduated from Ohio State University and taught in an engineering school in Chicago and was also a sales manager for a North Carolina industrial corporation. Wife, Ruth, and a brother survive. Mortensen-Kings Funeral Center. 4/2/1977.

CLARK, Homer John

Homer John Clark, 66, of Phoenix, died June 24, 1978, in Phoenix Veterans Hospital. He was a heavy equipment operator 15 years for the City of Phoenix until he became ill two years ago. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He moved here in 1958 from Oklahoma City. Wife, Olive; children, Alice Morton, Letha Crispin, Carl, Curt, Bill, Jerry and Larry; grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers. Published in the Arizona Republic 6/27/1978.

CLARK, Mary Catherine

Mary Catherine Clark, 15, attended Paradise Valley and Sahuaro High Schools. Descendant of the pioneer Salt River Valley families of J. W. Clark and Don C. Driggs. Parents, Donald D. and Mary Lynne Clark; 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Services at Scottsdale LDS 1st Ward Chapel. Interment in Paradise Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be sent to the Leukemia Fund, Memory Lawn Mortuary. Arizona Republic 4/4/1977.