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Obituary: Harriet Flood

Harriet Flood

Harriet Flood

Harriet Flood, age 80, passed away on Aug. 24, 2015. Harriet was born on May 22, 1935 in Denver, Colorado, to Jane Ryland Dodd and Clare Dodd.

Growing up in Arizona, Harriet lived in Tucson and then Castle Hot Springs where she started school in a one-room schoolhouse. She also lived in Rock Springs, Chino Valley, Prescott, and finally she chose a home way out in the middle of the desert, which now sits in the heart of northeast Phoenix. Harriet graduated from Prescott High School and attended Arizona State College, now Arizona State University. At ASU, she met and married Ed Flood and happily raised their daughters. She later became a realtor for Ed Post Realty. She enjoyed her high school and college friends throughout her life with slumber parties and reunions.

Harriet rarely missed a party.

Harriet, mom to her daughters and gammie to her grandchildren, was an incredible lady. She was a strong woman who courageously met the challenges of many health issues with nary a complaint and always a smile. She never missed a chance to tell her family and friends how much she loved them. She cherished her daughters and grandchildren. She was overjoyed when her mother married George Champie from Castle Hot Springs, and thrilled to reconnect with his family. Harriet dearly loved the desert and Prescott as well as her 40 years of visits to Rocky Point, Mexico. She would sit for hours and watch the quail and desert wildlife, the breeze in the pine trees, and the waves roll in on the Sea of Cortez. She passed on her love of the west to her daughters, inspiring Laura to photograph cowboys, livestock and dogs on ranches where she worked and visited. Harriet loved to read and hike, and treasured her hiking group, the Y Trekkers. Unity of Phoenix was her beloved church home.

She is survived by her daughters Maria Townsend (husband Steve) and Laura Flood; and granddaughter Cassandra Gonzalez (husband Alejandro); grandson Scott Townsend; step grandson Brandon Townsend (wife Courtney and their son Grayson); sister Ann Tewksbury; niece Sue Byrne; and nephew John Tewksbury.

Harriet loved life and loved to have fun. Before she left this world, she said that we should all have fun. We are sure that she will be checking up on us.

A Memorial service/Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Unity of Phoenix, 1500 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85022 with reception to follow at the church.

Donations may be sent to Unity of Phoenix,same address as above, or Hospice of the Valley, Ryan Home, 110 W. Merrell St., Phoenix, AZ 85013 or online at both.

Information provided by survivors.

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