Obituaries for Sunday, April 8, 2007
Originally Published: April 8, 2007 4:01 a.m.
Linda Jean DoverspikeLinda Jean Doverspike (nee Edwards) most recently of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, passed away peacefully after her battle with cancer at the age of 47. Linda was in hospice care at Casa de la Luz in Tucson, Ariz., at the time of her death on March 20, 2007. Linda was cared for with great warmth and competence by the staff and was surrounded by loved ones during her final moments.Linda was a dedicated and successful Arizona small business owner with the assistance and support of her mentor, associate and friend Jerome Lippman of Tucson.Linda was born in Douglas, Ariz., on April 24, 1959, to Charles W. Edwards and Irma N. Boulware (nee Lindner) and lived in Arizona until 2005 when she made her dream of living in Hawaii a reality. Linda returned to Arizona in late 2006 to be with family.Linda was preceded in death by her father and her infant daughter, April Ann. She is survived by her 16 year-old son Trevor Alan; and husband Bruce A. Doverspike in Prescott Valley, Ariz.; as well as her mother in Dewey, Ariz.; and sisters, Cheri Klove in Tucson, Debbie (Bill) Hamner in Christopher Creek, Ariz., and Carol Edwards in Dewey, Ariz. Linda also leaves behind numerous extended family members and countless friends.Linda, in her characteristic unselfish and humble nature, requested no formal services be in her honor, however, her life and memory will be honored during the scattering of her ashes in both Arizona and Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Casa de la Luz Hospice in Linda's name.(Information provided by survivors.)Paul Soto, Jr.Paul Soto Jr. passed away March 29, 2007. He was born December 3, 1928, in Lordsburg, New Mexico.Paul is survived by a loving companion; two sisters; one son; and three grandchildren.Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Freeway Baptist Church, 8501 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix.(Information provided by survivors.)Joann Marie BuechlerJoann Marie Buechler, 78, of Chino Valley, Ariz., went home to be with the Lord on February 22, 2007. She was born in Pilot Mound, Iowa, October 16, 1928. She graduated from Boone High School in 1946. Joann married the love of her life Darrell Buechler on March 4, 1948, and fourchildren were born to them. They lived in several towns in Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas. They settled down in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1957. In 1971, they moved to Tucson, Ariz. She was a beautiful Christian woman who loved being a part of the Body of Christ and made life-long friends by singing in church choirs, teaching Sunday school, serving as President of ELCA women's groups and directing the candy striper volunteers at Maryvale Hospital. She lived out a strong faith and prayer life with her family and friends.She is survived by her loving husband, Darrell K. Buechler; son Rodney Buechler; daughters, Kathleen Champlin and Kimberly Devlin (Edward); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister Carol Brown (Chuck); sisters-in-law Joanne Blosser; Lila Lee LeRoy and Jean Buechler. She was preceded in death by her parents; Frieda and Clarence Blosser; brother Kenneth Blosser; and son Thomas Buechler.A Celebration of Life and Faith will be Saturday, June 23, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Swede Valley Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Odgen, Iowa.(Information provided by survivors.)Helen Mary MillerHelen Mary Miller, 44, was called home by her Lord on April 4, 2007. Helen and her family moved to their new home in Chino Valley last summer to be near her mother and sister. Helen was born in Plainview, N.Y., on Nov. 21, 1962.Helen was a homemaker who loved her children. She was formerly a staff assistant at Longwood High School in Middle Island, N.Y. Helen also taught Catechism classes for 13 years at St. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church on Long Island. Helen was a devoted wife and mother. Her children were the apples of her eye. She enjoyed oil painting and gardening. In her artwork, roses and landscapes were her favorite subjects.She is survived by her loving husband Ted; her five children: Gina, Joey, Patrick, Cody and Tyler; her sister Marie; brothers Joseph, Paul and John; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother and nieces Rose and Cari.Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to Grace Baptist Church. A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday April 11, 2007, at Grace Baptist Church of Chino Valley (Highway 89 and Outer Loop Road). Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Chino Valley Funeral Home.(Information provided by survivors.)Gladys C. WilleyOur 'Yellow Rose of Texas'Gladys C. Willey passed peacefully with family by her side on March 23, 2007, in her El Cajon home. Born Gladys Consuelo Bernal on February 1, 1924, in Galveston, Texas, she led a life full of love and admiration by all who knew her. She was a petite woman with a big heart and will be lovingly remembered by family as the true 'Yellow Rose of Texas.'At the tender age of 20, the 4'-11-1/2" Bernal joined the U.S. Navy at the pinnacle of World War II. Although she didn't quite make the military height restriction of 5', the military doctor passed her because of her enthusiastic patriotism. After leaving the Navy in 1946, while working at the Alameda Naval Air Station, Bernal met Donald Scott Willey, a young sailor. Soon after, Willey was transferred to Hawaii where Bernal followed to continue their courtship. In 1949, she became Mrs. Gladys C. Willey in Honolulu, where they returned to celebrate their 50th anniversary. She was a dedicated military wife and supported Willey throughout his Naval career while maintaining her own career in federal civil service. She served at various duty stations and ended her tenure as a finance officer at the San Diego Naval Supply Center. After both retired, the couple moved to Prescott, Arizona, and took several memorable trips throughout the U.S. and Canada in their RV. They recently moved to California to be closer to family.Gladys was deeply religious, and was a proud member of St. Vincent de Paul's Society in Prescott, Arizona, as well as a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Pearland, Texas. Gladys and Donald were also members of Scots of Prescott, celebrating their mutual Scottish heritage.Throughout their 59-year marriage, Gladys took great pride in being a loving wife, devoted mother to five, grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to one. Her family was everything to her and she was the core of the family spirit. She is survived by her husband Donald; daughters, Donna Manning of Encinitas, Calif., Debra Demko of El Cajon, Calif., Denise Long of Prescott, Ariz.; sons, Daniel S. Willey of Olympia, Wash., and David S. Willey of Escondido, Calif.; grandchildren, Morgan, Suzanne, Alexis, Tyler, Bray, Eleni, Becky and Seth; and great-grandchild, Damien. Of her five sisters and three brothers, she is survived by only one sister, Virginia Prince, of Friendswood, Texas. A private interment service will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma, Friday, April 20, 2007, at 9 a.m.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 9655 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, Calif., 92123.(Information provided by survivors.)