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Obituary: Mary Alice Mullen Gindhart

Mrs. Gindhart

Mrs. Gindhart

Mary Alice Mullen Gindhart, 61, moved on to another dimension on July 8, 2012, after suffering a long fight against lung disease.

Mary Alice was born on Nov. 21, 1950, in St. Louis, Mo., to William J. and Frances A. Mullen. She graduated Cuba High School in 1968, and moved on to continued education in journalism and communication at Arizona State University. She worked as a reporter and editor for The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette, from 1981 until 1997.

In 1982, she met and fell in love with her husband of 29 years. Floyd "Bud" Gindhart and Mary Alice married May 22, 1983. Their union was shared with children, Jonathan James Gindhart and Victoria Rae Mullen Gindhart.

After long careers in print and broadcast journalism, Mary Alice and Bud moved to Cherry, Ariz., in 2001. Mary Alice achieved her lifelong dream of working with children and their families and was an 11-year employee of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, proudly serving as a child and family therapist.

Leading her in leaving this life were her parents and her eldest sister, Linda Lee Catherine Mullen Jones.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bud; her youngest sister, Frances Susan Mullen Casarotto; Sue's loving husband Larry; her two nephews, Timothy Jones and Jason Casarotto; her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Judy Gindhart, and their daughter, Biera. Her children and two wonderful grandchildren whom she fondly called her "grand girls" also survive her.

Before her passing, she requested that the world know and understand that her blessing in life was her union with Bud, her forever loving and devoted husband; her friends, who taught her how to be honest and loving; and her treasured family.

Information provided by survivors.