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Ajo Copper News, December 23, 2009, Page 2 Emetrio James "Terry" Marquez Emeterio James "Terry" Mar- quez died suddenly on December 5, 2009, in West Valley Hospital. Mr. Marquez, a Hia-Ced O'odham, was born in Darby Wells Village near Ajo on June 4, 1938, to Emeterio & Virginia Marquez. He attended school here and was graduated from Ajo High School in 1928. He is remem- bered for his accomplishments as a 1-mile runner at Ajo High School where he set a record for the mile in his freshman year. His family says he was very dedicated when it came to sports and he would train after practices on his own. He built his own set of weights with a pipe, buckets and concrete. He was one of the smaller guys oll the football team where he played defensive end. He worked for Phelps Dodge at the mine until entering the Army in 1963 and serving in the 10Is Airborne "Screaming Ea- gles" as a paratrooper and as a sharp shooter, earning many medals. Following the war he worked as a security guard in Los Ange- les and then as a mover until he suffered an injury at work that effectively ended his career. He retired in the 1990s. "Terry was very sociable and would take the time to talk to anyone he encountered," said his family.. Never married, Terry kept his large extended family close to his heart, and loved to make unannounced visits, sur- prising them with gifts and would do anything he could to help and care for them. "Terry's best loves in life were talking about grow- ing up in the desert as a young boy, traveling, helping anyone who needed a hand, keeping his family laughing, listening to clas- sical music, dancing, and was an avid reader -- you never found Terry without- a book in his hand." His family say they will " always remember his sweet tooth for pastries, "...bringing all that sweetness into our homes. Terry will be missed terribly by all his family especially his nieces who loved him as much as Terry fa- vored, spoiled and loved them: Miriam Marquez, Vanessa Mar- quez, Yvonne Urquiza, Virginia Ray, Faye Ami, Deborah Mar- quez, Melody Marquez-Hafez, Karen Howe, and Jan Howe- Paul, all of whom took care of their uncle in his last years." He was preceded in death by his parents Emeterio & Virginia Marquez, his sister Bernadette • Marquez, and his brothers Tho- mas and Alfred Marquez. Mr. Marquez is survived by his brothers William Marquez and George Marquez; by his sis- ters Delfina Cameron, Lorraine Eiler, Nancy Marquez, and Sherry Marquez, and by his many nieces and nephews. Burial and military honor, were held at the Hia-Ced O'odham cemetery at Darby Wells, on December 12. Patsy Richardson Patricia "Patsy" Jeffers Richardson died December 5, 2009, in Glendale. She was born to Sarah & Jeff Jeffers in Bisbee on April .16, 1941, and moved to Ajo in 1952. She lived here until May 1958 when she moved with her family to Toquepal.a, Peru. She returned to the US for her senior year in high School and was graduated from Uvalde High School in Texas while living with her pa- ternal aunt and uncle• She lived in Texas, California, and Tucson before settling in Glendale with her three daugh- ters. Involved in the insurance industry most of her life, she was recognized as Arizona Insurance Woman of the Year in the last 1980s. She was working for Cigna when, in her late fifties, she was diagnosed with early- onset Alzheimer's Disease• She continued to live on her -wn in a gated senior community un'til she was placed in a care Anthony Moreno facility in Glendale at age 65. Her family says she was a favorite of the nursing staff at Glen Croft during her stay there. "They made sure her nails were mani- cured and her make-up lightly applied in case any visitors hap- pened to stop in," they said. , Mrs. Richardson was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah &' Jeff Jeffers, and by her husband, Bob Richardson. She is survived by her daugh- ters, Sarah Freisen of Clinton, Oklahoma. Wendy Gunkel of Allen, Texas, and Cynthia Chris- tiansen of Glendale; by her sis- ters, Shirley Mclnnis of Apex, North Carolina, Butch McCor- mick of Yuma, and Molly Wad- dell of Wickenburg; by her adopted sister, Judy Hamer Braecklein, a former Ajo resident now living in Las Vegas, Ne- vada; and by her eleven grand- children. In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Richardson's brain was do- nated to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. No services are planned but the family says re- membrances in the form of dona- tions to the Alzheimer's Disease Association will be appreciated• Anthony B. Moreno, 61, known to family & friends as Tony Boy, died December 15 2009, in Verde Valley Medical Center. He was born in Jerome on March 17, 1948, to Antonio L. Moreno and Vera Brown Starr. He grew up in Ajo and was graduated in the Ajo High School Class of 1966. While in Ajo, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. On September 23, 1978, he married Lydia Ontiveros in St. Cecilia Mission Church. Mr. Moreno worked at Phoe- nix Cement Plant for thirteen years. After the strike, he started working for the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Housing as a heavy equipment operator, maintenance supervisor, executive director for three years, and was currently the warehouse supervisor. He also served on the gaming board for three years. He is remembered for his en- joyment of musiic, camping, bar- becues, and going for a cruise. "He was happy out of town," his family said, noting they will miss him dearly and he has left a big void in their hearts but he is now without pain and suffering. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio L. Moreno and Vera Brown Starr.. Mr. Moreno is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lydia Moreno of Clarkdale; by his sister, Pietra Brown Moreno of Clarkdale; and by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in- law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and godchildren. A memorial wilt" be held on January 9 at Immaculate Concep- tion Catholic Church on Bill Gray Road in Cottonwood. Ro- sary will be at I0 a.m., followed a mass celebrated by Father David Kelash. Burial will be at Valley View in Clarkdale. A guestbook for Mr. Moreno may be found at www.west online. Judge the day "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -- Robert Louis Stevenson PHOTOS I $9.43 + Tax Ajo Copper News 10 W. Pajaro, Ajo, Ariz. lOPajaro. PO Box 39. Ajo, AZ 85321 • Phone: 520-387.7688. Fax: 520-387-7505 E-Mail: * Web site H. J. "Hop" David, publisher • Gabrielle David, editor The Ajo Copper NeoWS is published eve' Wednesdayl except holidays, at 10 Pajaro, Ajo, Arizona 85321. PJiodicals postage is paid at Ajo, Arizona 85321; USPO #010660. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Ajo Copper News, P.O. Box 39, Ajo, AZ 85321-0039 Douglas Libby Douglas "Doug" Libby, 93, died in St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix on December 5, 2009. He was born in Brome, Que- bec, Canada, to Effie & Carmy Irene Nunnelly Irene F. Nunnelly, 70, died in Sells Indian Hospital in Sells on December 17, 2009. She was born in Ajo on Feb- ruary'6, 1939, to Jose & Marga- rita Leon. She married William Nunnelly on March 23, 1972. A homemaker, she also worked as a hospital dietitian in San Diego, California. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching television. Mrs. Nunnelly was a member of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Nunnelly, who died March 5, 2009. She is survived by her sons Chester Stevenson, James Childs, and Jesse Noriega, all of Sells; by her brother, Jose Leon of South Komelik; and by her eleven grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Visitation will be held at Douglass Funeral Home from ! to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 26. Graveside services, led by Father Peter Nwachukwu, will follow in the Ajo Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Arrangements are being made by Douglass Funeral Home. Libby on March 24, 1916. Much Of his life was spent in the military, most notably in Canada's First Special Service Forces, also known as the Devil's Brigade. Retiring from the military when he was 50, he made a sec- ond career with the Canadian highway department, retiring again when he was 65. He and his wife Julia, whom he married in 1989 in Coeur d'Alene, have been spending their winters in Why for decades. An avid reader, he also loved his winters in Arizona and en- joyed the people of Ajo and Why. "He touched many lives and will surely be missed by all," said his family. They are happy his dream of going through the Panama Canal came to pass and appreciate the efforts of the Coral Princess and Dr. Loyola of Costa Rica in seeing the dream fulfilled just days before his death. Mr. Libby is survived y his wife o.f twenty years, Julie Libby; by his five stepchildren and their spouses, Gloria Galvin, Larry, Darrell & Sue, Dale, and Dennis & Charleen Ruby, all of Spo- kane, Washington; and by his 13 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren, and 1 great-great- grandchild. No services are being held. Arrangements were by Advan- tage Funeral & Cremation Serv- ices of Phoenix. Obituary information Most funeral homes will offer to place an obituary foe the be- reaved family. The Douglass Fu- neral Home routinely provides the Ajo Copper News with obitu- ary information. The Ajo Copper News also has a form which families may fill out. To request an obituary infor- mation form, contact the Ajo Copper News by calling 520- 387-7688, writing to the newspa- per at P.O. Box 39, Ajo, AZ 85321, or sending e-mail to online. II We, thefiamillyf.o Sr Maria Cafiez, would like to thank everyoneeor the countless contributions of fiood, owers, visits, kinds words.., all the phone calls, cards arm ( ra ers T'hank you to allwho traveledto be here y ..o witus duri our time of loss. f4 specialtank y fiou or the generositajfo those who openedtheir homes or the luns and 50riests qo the - f .,. choir who came. f'r, om out of town arm(p rovided the beautiful music.., qo the Catho/ic ©aughters ofsmerica for the delicious lood alter the services...qo Eather Peter -qlwachukwufrom tjo,- Er. RichardSotelo andSr. Beatrice Costag/iola F.BtqvL, both from EIPaso, 91rmando Borja, ©it. of JRS in the cU.S., Sr. Rose BIar/e Cummings o..fr5O om Florence, Fr. SeanJram Blopgales, St. goan Btaruskin O.50.from Washington, ©.C., Sr. qmelda Bermefr'o om Ca/ifiornia, Sr. Corina Padilla O..SP andSr. Ester Calderon 0.50. both from qucson, Sr. RachaelSena O.P. andSr, gone Oatman 0.50. both from £ouisiana, and'to the Most Reverend, ishop GeraldF. Kicanas. , Our apologies in advance for anyone we might have left out. Your kindness was absolutely noticedandvery much appreciated Blay God bless yo-u all. 911thoigh this is a devastating loss for our family, we rest assuredin knowing we have another Belrvedtngel watching over us all. with £oving f4ppreciation qerry Cafiez, gu/e Cahez Ramirez, Sheila Cafiez ©iaz,  911fredo Cahez, £eonardo Cahez andall the Cahezfamily ')