Obituaries - April 12, 2017

Irene Cabrera Carreon

Irene Cabrera Carreon, 68, of Avondale died April 6, 2017.

Mrs. Carreon was born Oct. 16, 1948, in Phoenix to Carlos and Matilda Cabrera. She was raised in Glendale and moved to Avondale.

She married Manuel Carreon on Nov. 16, 1968, in Glendale.

She is survived by her husband, Manuel Carreon; one daughter, Renee Marie; one son, Manuel Jr.; two sisters, Elva and Irma; two brothers, Carlos Jr. and Phillip; and one grandchild.

Interment will be Saturday at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix.


Susan Anne Veronica Corrigan-Carter

Susan “Suzie” Anne Veronica Corrigan-Carter, 66, of Goodyear died April 6, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise of endometrial cancer.

She was born May 24, 1950, in Alsager, England, to Philip and Brigid Corrigan. She was raised and educated in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in Staffordshire County.

She worked in the catering industry in London from 1970 to 1983.

She met her husband, David, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, in London and they returned to the U.S. and married in Alexandria, Va. They moved to Escondido, Calif., in 1988 and to Goodyear in 2003.

She is survived by her husband, David Carter; two stepsons, Ross and Alexander; one stepdaughter, Elizabeth; one sister, Margaret; and one brother, James.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Irma Griggs Crecelius

Irma Griggs Crecelius, 99, of Avondale died April 3, 2017.

Mrs. Crecelius was born June 5, 1917, at the family farm near Wyatt, Mo., to Lee and Grace Jones Griggs.

She married Elijah Neil Crecelius on June 5, 1938. They lived in Mississippi County in Missouri until 1962, when they moved to Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Neil Crecelius; one son, Elmer Crecelius; and one grandchild.

She is survived by four brothers, Nathan Griggs of Brawley, Calif., and Morris, Richard and Sam Griggs, all of Charleston, Mo.; one daughter, Beverly Carden of Avondale; one son, Richard Crecelius of Happy Jack; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. June 10 at New Life Baptist Church, 8701 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, with interment at the Griggs family cemetery in Wyatt, Mo.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Henry Carrasco Gutierrez

Henry Carrasco Gutierrez, 65, formerly of Avondale died April 3, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Gutierrez was born July 14, 1951, in Silver City, N.M., to Jose and Victoria Gutierrez.

He is survived by his wife, Maria; two sons, Anthony Gutierrez and Ralph Gutierrez; one daughter, Angela Stevick; four stepchildren, Manuel Francisco, Lizbeth, Yadira and Ivan Segura; four brothers, Joe Gutierrez, Robert Gutierrez, David Gutierrez and Ramon Gutierrez; three sisters, Jenny Castro, Mary Alanis and Virginia Cruz; and 21 grandchildren.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson.

Condolences may be left at


Deborah Haney

Deborah Haney, 65, of Phoenix and formerly of Avondale died April 5, 2017, in Sun City.

Mrs. Haney was born April 4, 1952, in Avondale.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Haney; two daughters, Vanessa Haney and Amanda Sparks; one son, Aaron Haney; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Penny Sue Hicklin

Penny Sue Hicklin, 72, of Buckeye died April 5, 2017, in Youngtown of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mrs. Hicklin was born Oct. 11, 1944, in Phoenix.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hicklin; and one grandchild.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry W. Lee Jr. of Buckeye and Jay W. Lee of Prescott; one sister, Jackie Kimbrell of Boulder, Colo.; one brother, Maynard Kimbrell of Oregon; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were April 8 at Legacy Funeral Home in Sun City.

The Rev. John Schaeffel officiated.


Kenneth Earl House Sr.

Kenneth Earl House Sr., 66, of Buckeye died April 7, 2017, in Buckeye.

Mr. House was born Aug. 26, 1950, in Phoenix to Ezra and Vera House.

He graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 1971.

He married Jari in October 1972.

He worked as a water treatment specialist for the city of Buckeye.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Jai House; one son, Ken House Jr. of Phoenix; two daughters, JariBeth Payne and Tori Windsor, both of Buckeye; two brothers, Charlie House of Buckeye and Dale House of Arkansas; one sister, Bertha; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ganley’s Buckeye Funeral Home, 104 E. Baseline Road, Buckeye. Visitation will also be at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25800 Southern Ave., Buckeye.


Donald Joe Murphy

Donald Joe Murphy, 62, of Goodyear died April 6, 2017.

Mr. Murphy was born in Rolla, Mo., to Joe Walter Murphy and Betty Geraldine Winn Murphy. He grew up in Ozark, Mo.

In the late 1970s, he moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he met and married his wife. They lived in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Fort Worth, Texas, Omaha, Neb., and Houston before moving to Phoenix.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Natalie Argo Murphy; two sons, Donald Chaz Murphy and Tanner Wayne Murphy; one daughter, Courtney Anne Murphy; and his mother, Jerri Winn Murphy.

A visitation will be at 1 p.m., followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Condolences may be left at


Pauline R. Owens

Pauline R. Owens, 94, of Avondale died April 3, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mrs. Owens was born April 15, 1922, in Tulsa, Okla.

She moved to Arizona in 1947.

She was a homemaker.

She was a caregiver for many years at the United Methodist nursery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Bruce Owens; one son, Aubrey Owens; one daughter, Iris DeGroat; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

She is survived by one son, Noel Owens; five daughters, Elaine Sandoval, Paulette Hurles, Joyce Smith, Leah Locker and Rita Adams; 32 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 8 at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary Chapel in Phoenix.

The Rev. Al Whaley officiated.

Memorials may be made to Greenwood Memory Lawn at


Vivian Stach Ramsey

Vivian Stach Ramsey, 87, of Litchfield Park died April 7, 2017.

Mrs. Ramsey was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Mitchell Township, Wilkin County, Minnesota to Max and Anna Stach.

She attended high school in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and worked at the local dime store. She earned a teaching certificate in Park Rapids, Minn., and an associate’s degree at Minnesota State University-Moorhead and advanced her education at the College of Great Falls in Montana.

She taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Ogema, Minn., where she taught all subjects to students in eight grades, and later taught mostly kindergarten during a 19-year teaching career.

She moved to Sutton, N.D., where she met her husband, John Ramsey. They were married on April 19, 1954.

She is survived by her husband, John Ramsey; four daughters, Renee Ramsey-Green of Chicago, Roxanne Bolte of Litchfield Park, Lois Linnemann of Beaverton, Ore., and MaryLyn Miller of Vancouver, Wash.; one son, Daniel Ramsey of Chanute, Kan.; one foster daughter, Lois Morse; three sisters, Enid Monger, Gloria Jacoby-Moore and Joyce Bush; one brother, Gordon Stach; and 13 grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A visitation will also be at 9 a.m., followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. April 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park, followed by a reception. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and School.

Condolences may be left at


Roberta ‘Bobby’ Todd

Roberta “Bobby” Todd, 57, of Buckeye died March 13, 2017, of cancer.

Mrs. Todd was born Feb. 3, 1960, in Ohio.

She worked as a bus driver for Buckeye Elementary School.

She was a member of the Girl Scouts and Grace Fellowship Church in Buckeye.

She is survived by her husband, Ken; one son, Matthew; one daughter, Jesse; two sisters, Nancy and Penny; and two grandchildren.

Interment was at the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye.


Kent A. Vermillion

Kent A. Vermillion, 70, of Litchfield Park died March 31, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Vermillion was born June 6, 1946, in Tucson to Kenneth and Genevieve Vermillion.

He graduated from Amphi High School in Tucson and went on to study at Eastern Arizona University.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, serving in Vietnam.

He returned to Tucson and worked as a union surveyor with Local 428 in copper mines and construction companies throughout southern Arizona.

He married Candy in 1978, and the couple moved to Buckeye.

He was employed at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Wintersburg.

He moved to Litchfield Park four years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Candy; one son, Todd; one daughter, Kendra; and one brother, Greg.

A memorial service was April 8 at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

Memorials may be sent to Arizona Beagle Rescue at or any animal rescue organization.

Condolences may be left at


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Joanne Neumann

Joanne Neumann, known to many as Joey McKay, was born January 7, 1936, to Jimmy and Helen Richardson in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She died March 31, 2017, at the age of 81.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and husband, Jan and Dave Pinto.

She is survived by her husband, Rollin Neumann, Brother Dennis Richardson, (Sam) brother-in-law Nyle Neumann, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1954. Joey was affiliated with Miss Oshkosh and Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageants since 1966. She served as president of the Miss Wisconsin Pageant when Miss Wisconsin became Miss America. She judged numerous pageants throughout the state and attended many Miss America Pageants in Atlantic City as a Wisconsin delegate. Joey was a past president of the Oshkosh area Women’s Division as well as an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce. She was a former stewardess for Braniff Airways, North Central and served part time for Basler Charter Airlines Oshkosh on weekends. Joey retired from the Oshkosh Care Center as Director of Admissions. During her retirement years she was a Tour Director for Travel Leaders and Lamer’s Bus Co. Joey enjoyed clogging, line dancing, golf, and downhill skiing. Joey also received three awards for Distinguished Service, Meritorious and Kiwanian of the Year. For many years she and her husband traveled as snow birds to AZ until she moved to Goodyear, AZ full time in 2015.

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