A Few Miscellaneous Biographies

DEEMS, Larry

Walnut Ridge -- The Rev. Larry Deems, 75, of Walnut Ridge, died Thursday, Sept. 9, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Coffeyville, Kan., he was a retired Southern Baptist minister and member of the First Baptist Church of Alton, Mo. He was association missionary for Southern Baptist Churches in Southern Missouri. Survivors include two daughters, Kathie Deems Jones-Vasarhely of Parker, Ariz., and Julia Ann Jenkins of Jonesboro; a sister, Myrtle Agnes Burnsed of Hewitt, Texas; two brothers, Calvin E. Deems of Carterville, Mo., and Junior Franklin Deems of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Calvin and Myrtle Agnes Gibson Deems; two sisters; and a brother. A memorial service was Sunday in the Freedom Center, 1717 Hasbrook Road, with the Rev. Anthony Strickland officiating. The body was cremated. Langford-Bookout Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 4002, Jonesboro, Ark., 72403 or the Freedom Center, 1717 Hasbrook Road, Jonesboro, Ark., 72416. The Jonesboro Sun Sept. 9, 2005.

DEXTER, Byron S.


Funeral services for Mrs. Hester B. DICKSON, 75, who died December 15, 1928, at Mammoth, Arizona, were conducted with Rev. WESTERN of the Methodist church officiating. Miss OSBORN and Mrs. SCOTT, accompanied by Mrs. J. T. MILNER, furnished music at the services. Interment was made in the Bowie Cemetery. Mrs. DICKSON was born June 14, 1853, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Seven of eight children survive her. They are Ford DICKSON, Mammoth; Mrs. Myra BLAIR, Los Angeles; John W. DICKSON, Paradise, Arizona; Lamile DICKSON, Tombstone; Antico DICKSON, Bisbee; Mrs. Mona DAY, Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Seora IMEL, Ponca City, Oklahoma. James E. DICKSON came to this district in 1898, purchasing a ranch in Bear Springs Pass. Mrs. Dickson and family joined him in 1904. Mr. Dickson died in 1917 and since that time Mrs. Dickson lived with her children. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. Published in the Arizona Republican 27 December 1928, Section Two, Page Two.

DILLER, Helen Elizabeth Pierce

Helen Elizabeth Diller, age 87 passed away on October 20, 2005 after a short illness. Helen was born on October 14, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Willard Robert and Cammie (Jacks) Pierce. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona with her parents in 1923 and attended Emerson and Garfield elementary schools. She graduated in 1937 from Phoenix Union High School. Helen married James Lewis Diller on August 11, 1940 in a double wedding in Lordsburg, New Mexico where she and James eloped with another couple, Donald Harvey and Ethel Shipp. Helen enrolled at Arizona State University in 1964 and graduated in 1968 with a Home Economics degree and followed with a Masters degree in 1971. She taught at Shaw Butte and Senita Elementary schools, retiring in 1983. Helen was a member of Kappa Delta Gamma Sorority, Maricopa Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and Chaparral Christian Church. Helen is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Miller (Stephen), two grandchildren Stephanie Kahne (Major Richard), Dayton, Ohio, and Richard Miller (Shan) Chandler, AZ, two great-grandsons, Patrick and Matthew Kahne and a brother-in-law Robert Diller (Isabelle), Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her husband James Diller, her parents and a brother, Darwin Pierce. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to Hospice of the Valley, The Gardiner Home, 1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021 or Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Arrangements handled by Hansen Mortuary. Published in The Arizona Republic on 10/23/2005.