Originally Published: May 11, 2007 4 a.m.
Shirley Bowen ReedShirley Bowen Reed, 86, of Phoenix and Payson, passed away on April 28, 2007, following a stroke she suffered in August 2006. Born in Evanston, Illinois on July 6, 1920, Shirley and her family settled in Prescott, Arizona in 1926.She attended Prescott High School, graduating in 1938, and then studied art in Los Angeles at Chouinard Art Instituteand Art Center College of Design. Shirley married Allen C. Reed, and they both worked in the illustration department at Lockheed Aircraft during World War II. After the war, she worked for Columbia Studios as an illustrator. A devoted mother, Shirley raised her four children while working with her husband in his advertising agency after moving to Phoenix in 1948. Also a wonderfully talented artist, Shirley's life-long passion was depicting life in the old west in drawings, watercolors and especially oil paintings. She illustrated a number of articles for Arizona Highwaysmagazine. Shirley also had a deep interest in nature and the Arizona outdoors, and loved to hike, explore and collect Indian arrowheads. She enjoyed spending part of each summer at the family cabin near Payson, a place she cherished. There she spent countless hours painting, reading, playing Scrabble and observing visiting wildlife. Shirley was blessed with vigorous good health up until her stroke and worked at Arizona Art Supply in Phoenix for32 years before retiring and moving to northern Arizona at the age of 84. Survivors include her children, Kris, Greg (Cheryl), Kim and Brent; grandchildren, Holly Batsell and Michael Sherwood; step grandchildren, Ray Ramella, Roger Ramelia, Rick Ramella and Rhonda Gutierrez; seven great grandchildren; sister Joyce Lugo; many nieces and nephews; former husband Allen and many friends. Shirley, our beloved Mom, will remain lovingly remembered and cherished in our hearts always. Her warm, caring and giving spirit touched so many lives, A memorial gathering celebrating her life will be May 12, 2007 for family and friends. Please call (480) 540-3339 for details. Shirley loved animals, so donations in her memory may be made to the Doris Day Animal League, 2100 L. St. NW,Washington, DC 20037 or online at www.ddal.org, or to the Payson Humane Society, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.Arrangements by Messinger Mortuary, Scottsdale, Arizona.(Information provided by survivors.)James Carl QuesenberryJames Carl Quesenberry, age 77, of Chino Valley, Arizona died Monday, April 28, 2007 at the VA Medical Center of Phoenix, Arizona of heart failure. He lived many years in Pulaski Va. and retired from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept. in 1976. He was a veteran of WWII and was a member of the first group of veterans to receive a part artificial and part pig heart valve. He was the last surviving member of that group. He loved to read and to travel in his RV, meeting family and friends, both old and new.He was born in Carroll County Virginia on September 29, 1929, and was the son of the late Amos Gordon (Jack) Quesenberry, Bessie Wilson Carroll and James David (Red) Carroll. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Amos Gordon (Junior) Quesenberry Jr.; sister Alene Quesenberry; stepson Victor Albert; and first wife Elva O. Quesenberry.Jimmy was a much loved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife Patricia Quesenberry; daughter Mary Ann and John Dye; step-daughter Missy and Luke Benning; step-son Vince Albert; brother Wilson A (Speedy) and Norma Carroll; brother John and Beverly Carroll; sister Francis and Carlos Vaughn; sister Betty and Leon Barlow; grandson James W. and Karen Dye; grandson J. Matthew Dye; granddaughter Ashleigh Benning; granddaughter Kimberly Benning; grandson Steven D. Albert; granddaughter Stephanie D. Albert; great-grandson Jordan A. Dye; great-grandson Gavin S. St. Clair; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.Per his request, he will be cremated and his interment will be at the VA National Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona. A memorial service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the America Heart Association or your favorite charity.(Information provided by survivors.)Joan (Hall) VallelyJoan (Hall) Vallely passed away May 7, 2007, in Prescott. She was born toLoys and Louise Wheeler on January 15, 1929, in Prescott where her father had a homestead claim in Groom Creek. Orphaned at an early age, Joan was raised by Mattie Blanton and her family in their boarding house on GroveAvenue in Prescott. Matt Hall, a miner and veteran peace officer, who resided at the Blanton home as a boarder, adopted Joan when she was four years old so that he could provide for her financial support. He preceded herin death in 1939.Joan attended St. Joseph's Academy and Prescott public schools and graduated from Prescott High School in 1947. She was employed byMountain Bell Telephone Company for 29 years as a telephone operator before retiring in 1984.Joan and Bill Vallely married in 1952 and they celebrated 52 years together until Bill passed away in 2004. She dearly loved him and her family and considered them her greatest treasure in life,Joan is survived by six children, Hugh Vallely of Van Vleck, Texas, Bill Vallely (Nancy) of Prescott Valley, Tim Vallely (Pam), Carol McFadden (George), Terry Vallely (Kathy) and Sue Beyea (Bob) of Prescott; as wellas 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.A Rosary will be said at Sacred Heart Church at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007.Funeral services will be at Sacred Heart Church 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2007.In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Prescott Education Foundation, Athletic Department Fund/PHS Hall of Fame, 125 N. Granite Street, Prescott, AZ 86301.The Hampton Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.(Information provided by survivors.)Delephine "Del" L. GiesieDelephine "Del" L. Giesie, 65, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, born in El Campo, Texas, passed away May 9, 2007 at his home in Prescott Valley, Arizona.A private cremation will take place at the Bradshaw Crematory on the corner of Valley and Navajo roads in Prescott Valley, Arizona.Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements