Funeral notices for Saturday, April 27, 2019. For more obituaries go tolegacy.com/obituaries/tucson/
In memoriam: Funeral notices, April 27, 2019
Was taken by cancer on March 10, 2019. Born on April 24, 1949 to Blanche and father, Roy, in Anoka, Minn. The family moved to the Phoenix area in 1960. Linda worked as a bookkeeper for many years with a reputation for 100% accuracy. Linda was working for Pro One Music in Tempe, AZ. When she met Don on a blind date in Rocky Point, Mexico. Linda and Don were married on May 18, 1985. She continued to work as a bookkeeper in Tucson as well as being a founding partner in T.L.C. Towing. Lind had several beloved pets both cats and dogs. Her love of animals especially Tigers shows in her support to World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Green Peace, The Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA. Linda was a lifelong democrat who supported PBS for their superior News, programming and classical music. Friends and Family are invited to meet at Palo Verde Park between the tennis courts and the dog park, a special place for her border collie Betty. Don will be there after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, to share memories and refreshments.
MERRIMAN, Justin L. "Jut"
MERRIMAN, Justin L. "Jut"
World War II veteran and lifelong Arizona resident died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the age of 94, two days before his 95th birthday. He was born April 27, 1924 in Burton, Ohio to Leo and Dorothy Merriman and moved to Arizona with his parents and three siblings when he was eight years old. The family lived on a ranch next to the present day Catalina State Park and the children attended a one-room schoolhouse. Later Justin helped his father move their family and livestock to a homestead in the Tortolita Mountains at what is now Dove Mountain. They had no electricity or refrigeration, so Justin told stories of sleeping outside when it was hot and falling asleep with a soaking wet sheet draped over him. He attended Marana School, and his mother drove them to the bus stop down a wash, so if it rained, they had to walk the three miles. The family then moved to Cortaro Farms, where his father worked as an equipment operator. In 1940, at the age of 16, with Justin's love of country and a strong interest in current world events, he persuaded his mother to sign for him and he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 19th Combat Engineer Regiment, Justin served through all of World War II, participating in: the Invasion of North Africa; the Battle of Kasserine Pass; the Invasion of Sicily; the Invasion of Italy; the Battle for Cassino; and the taking of Rome. He was proud to have served under General Patton's command. After an honorable discharge at the end of the war in 1945, he married Mary Hitt of Marana and they had two children, Gail and Bill. They lived in Oakland, CA for a short time before returning to Arizona to work for Bell Telephone Company in Bisbee and Tucson. He retired in 1979 as a supervisor with over 30 years of service. During his working years he took classes at the University of Arizona. Shortly after retiring, he married Valla Jo Lee DeWitt of Williams and they moved to Austin, NV, a small rural community, for five years. While in Austin, he served as a reserve sheriff's deputy, along with his nephew, Joe Dory. For years they laughed about their Barney Fife-like experiences. In 1984 he returned to his beloved Arizona, and enjoyed his second retirement. He loved to travel abroad and on one trip retraced his route during the war with Valla Jo. He loved desert landscapes and kept a perfect yard. Justin was an avid hiker until he was about 90 years. old. He was preceded in death by his parents, his three siblings and his son, Bill Merriman. He is loved and survived by his wife of 40 years, Valla Jo Merriman; daughter, Gail Brooks; stepson, Ken DeWitt; daughter-in-law, Jeannie Merriman; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two nephews and two nieces, and extended family. His love and laughter will be sorely missed.
WATSON, Ana Rosa
WATSON, Ana Rosa
55, went into God's loving hands on April 13, 2019 after a brief fight against lung cancer. Her smile and her spirit will be missed by all that knew her. Originally, from Peru, she leaves behind her loving husband, Troy of Tucson as well as two sisters, three brothers, and her mother who all live in Peru. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.