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CDPPER Procession honors Our Lady of Guadalupe t, Arizona 20e. 39, 16pages Thursday, December 16, 1982 Ajo citizen E. Douglass dies E. Douglass, He worked as a page for director in Ajo former Congressman R. E. and justice of Thomason of El Paso. He for three years, later enlisted in the Air Dec. 9, at Force, and served in Italy during World War II. services were Following his discharge, Funeral Home he was manager of at 7 p.m., and Associates Finance in services at 3 p.m. at the First Bap- Silver City for several years. He owned and rch. The Rev. operated funeral homes in Taeger and the Prescott, Socorro, Stromberg of- Tucumcari, Mountainair, in Moun- Estancia and Moriarty, N.M., before buying the t. Cemetary in Funeral Home here and moving to Ajo in July, Douglass was born 1976. N.M., April , the son of Arthur Three years ago he was Blance Rachel appointed Justice of the and grew Peace. and was re-elected Mexico. to the position in last mon- elor of th'selection. and Master's He is survived by his at Western New wife, Irene Douglass; a rniversity in Silver daughter, Merle Thowson .M., and was of Prescott; a son, James from the School E. Douglass Jr. of Tucson; tuary Science in two sisters, Ruth Meansof (ity. For several Valentine, Texas, and his graduation Merle Farmer of Prescott; Kansas City three grandchildren, Lara, he was employed Ryan and Kim Thowson; Hagden Funeral and anumber of nieces and Paso, Texas. nephews. ,lames E. Douglass. Keep it shining..... My nameisSt. Nicholas, realize what a good com- but I am better known as munity Ajo is. Those little Santa Claus. ones who tell what they For many years 1 have hope I'll bring them are a looked forward to my high point in my long Christmas Eve visit to Ajo. Christmas journey. In your town, my visit is special--my arrival is Sometimesl needheipto signalled with a big BOOM meet all of my obligations. and my sleigh is lighted This year, 1 need your beautifully. The band assistance. Please leave leads me around the park, what you can at the Cop- and when I turn on the tree per Coffee Shop to keep lights and see all those Ajo's Christmas Eve a smiling faces, it makes me shiningevening. Helen Giimartin is newly appointed JP The new justice of the peace in Ajo, succeeding the late James E. Douglass, is Helen Gilmartin. Mrs. Gilmartin was unanimously selected by the local precinct committee men and confirmed by the county's board of supervisors. She will serve out the. four year term to which Mr. Douglass was elected last November. Mrs. Gilmartin, a former New Yorker, is the widow of John Gilmartin, Sr. After living in Tucson and Florida, she moved to Ajo to be near family members and was em- ployed by Phelps Dodge Corporation as a security guard. She had worked for Phelps Dodge for about five years before being furloughed when the mine shut down in April. Mrs. Gilmartin has three sons: John,who is stationed at the Pima County Sheriff's office here in Ajo; Kevin, who lives in Tucson; and Brian who is currently in the service. Mrs. Gilmartin said of her appointment, "Everyone who has had this job started fresh, and I will too. I have an unbiased mind and I'm willing to learn. The people who work in the justice office will be a big help to me and I won't be afraid to ask questions. I believe good rapport with the community is important, and, in Ajo, an un- derstanding of the emotional problems brought on by the economic situation is vital. I know I don't have any ex- perience at being a justice of the peace, but neither had anyone else when they began the job. Experience will come with actually doing the work and studying the law and statutes." Mrs. Gilmartin will be attending a seminar being held for new justices of the peace in Phoenix this Friday and Saturday. What is a parade without horsemen? Mexican and American flags were carried by riders in fiesta gear. On the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, mem. bet's of the Immaculate Conception parish held a traditional procession in her honor, with men of the parish carrying the banner. It is patterned after the original image, which ap- peared on a young Wearing crowns and traditional long pink dresses, little girls rode on a decorated float. Pictured, from left to right, are Music was also a part of the procession, and many of the women wore comf,r- table and color|ul Mexican peasant boy's mantle after she had miraculously aPltred to  him. It is said to be the first such manifestation in the New World. hown here with the banner are Ar- mando Cubillas and John- ny Lopez. Barbara Esquivel, Jennie Canez, lisa Espinoza, Tammy Nogales, Sylvia Lopez, Ruby Aroz, and Sandra Lynn. traditional dresses. A large number of people walked behind the banner to the church.