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Lawrence Arly Hughes

Lawrence Arley Hughes, 75, of Maricopa and formerly of Lebanon, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born March 8, 1945, in Compton, California, a son of the late Lawrence A. and Frances Ruth (Denney) Hughes Castetter.

Arley was a 1963 graduate of Thorntown High School. He received his associate degree from Indiana Central Business College. Following school, he served in the Indiana National Guard for four years.

On Nov. 29, 1968, he was married to Mary Zoe (Hodgen) Hughes in Mechanicsburg, Indiana; she survives.

He worked as a purchasing agent for United Rentals and Lau Blower. In 1995 he retired and moved to Arizona.

Arley was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of the Lebanon Elks Club. Arley was a man of many hobbies and was an avid sports fan.

Survivors include: Wife Mary Zoe Hughes of Maricopa; daughter Lisa D. (David) Polosky of Maricopa; five grandchildren – Anthony U. (Amber) Schenck of Lebanon, Caleb J. (Kacie) Schenck of Lebanon, Marley Zoe Polosky, Logan David Polosky an Edward Jack Polosky; and three great-grandchildren – Aleigha Zoe Schenck, Asher Wayne Schenck and Aiston James Schenck.

In addition to his parents, Arley was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelley D. Schenck, and a granddaughter, Savannah.

Visitation was June 8. No services will be held. Boone County Crematory has been entrusted with his cremation arrangements.

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Douglas Ikeler

Douglas Ikeler, 63, of Maricopa passed away Nov. 11, 2019, in Chandler. He was the husband of Debbra Ikeler, and they shared 19 years together.

Douglas was born Dec. 14, 1955, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Hiley and Harvey Ikeler. He was employed by Harley Davidson for five years before he moved to Arizona, where he worked for Nationwide Vision.

Douglas loved word puzzles, his grandchildren and his bologna sandwiches. He was best known for approaching life with humor and positivity.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Debbie; his daughters, Nicole (Joe) Strassman, Andrea (Derek) Ikeler, Arica (Andy) Hulce, Dawn (Scott) Martin-Minger; sons, Scott Martin, Derek (Tara) Westphal, Daniel (Tobi) Zvolena ; two sisters, Joan (Wayne) Scholz and Jackie (John) Mourning. He is further survived by 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and Harvey, his daughter, Krystal Hayward and grandson, Damin Martin.

In accordance to Douglas’ wishes, a separate celebration of life will be held in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, in June.

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Renee Dawn Grier

Reneé Dawn Grier, 57, of Santa Rosa Springs subdivision, passed away after a short illness May 16 in Casa Grande. She was born Dec. 13, 1961, the daughter of Carl and Georgia Moore.

Reneé was an amazing mother and wife who was taken entirely too soon. She will be fiercely missed by her husband, kids, grandkids and everyone else who loved and adored her.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies from Washington State University. She was a regional manager at MARCOA Publishing before joining InMaricopa in sales.

“Reneé taught me a lot in just a short time,” said Vincent Manfredi, InMaricopa’s sales director. “I will miss her drive and dedication to InMaricopa.”

“Reneé loved contributing to others,” Publisher Scott Bartle said. “She was a professional who got a lot of joy from helping her clients achieve their goals. Reneé always had a smile to share and story to tell.”

“I only knew Reneé for a short time, but I will never forget her,” said sales professional Trisha Paige. “She had a larger-than-life personality that shined so bright it made everyone around her stop and take notice. She seemed to always live her life without fear, without hesitation and without holding anything back. I am grateful for having had the chance to get to know her.”

Renee Grier helping with Treyden Hoffman’s Eagle project in April 2018 in Desert Cedars.

“Reneé was not only a co-worker and a friend but a former neighbor,” said Michelle Sorensen, client loyalty coordinator. “Anyone who met her knew she did not mince her words. You knew where she stood on any given subject; which is why Reneé was unique. Reneé was also a patriot and flew the U.S. flag every day at her home. She stood for freedom. I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to know her.”

“Words don’t describe Reneé. She made an immediate impact on everyone she met,” said Editor Raquel Hendrickson. “She had great stories from all her life experiences, whether on the softball field or political battlefields or road adventures. And she really wanted everybody to have the opportunity to be their best.”

“Reneé was beautiful,” said Terrell Hoffman, who came to know Reneé through the Desert Cedars HOA. “She had a huge heart and was always willing to lend a hand – especially if the task seemed impossible. She had a goal in mind and nailed it with amazing success every time. She loved this country, her liberty and freedom. She loved people. She would always greet you with, ‘Hey, beautiful,’ or ‘How are ya, handsome?’ She made you feel like you were her best friend. What she loved most of all, though, was her family – husband, mom, kids, and grandkids. They meant the world to her. I’m positive she is already working her Renee Magic on the other side. Can’t wait until we meet again, friend.”

“Reneé Grier lived in our subdivision for a couple years and, with years of HOA experience in Washington State, she served on the Desert Cedars’ HOA Board” said Bob Marsh, former member of the Desert Cedars HOA. “She was a force of nature, pushing through a major capital improvement project to xeriscape a large tract of HOA property that had been dropped from irrigation and maintenance during the mid-2000s real estate downturn. The project left Desert Cedars with a beautiful desert-landscaped area and a positive memory of Renee’s time on our Board.  She was taken from us before we got to see what her next projects would have been and would have done to help move Maricopa forward. RIP Renee.”

She is survived by her husband Alan Grier, daughter Jessica and her husband Justin, son Zack and his wife AnneMarie, mother Georgia and her husband Jerry, brother Mike and his wife Kate, four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded by her father Carl Moore.

Interment will be in Spokane, Washington.

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Rancho El Dorado resident Joe Boyce passed away Thursday at the age of 80.

To the champion of our hearts, our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather, Joseph Olen Boyce at the age of 80 years left our world to be with the angels above, in his home in Maricopa on May 9, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born in Phoenix on July 29, 1938 to Ruby White, and was a lifelong resident of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Jo Boyce, granddaughter Erica Renee Boyce and his brother Harvey Lee Thomison.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Carm, and his two sons, Frank (Romy) and Curtis (Rita). He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Michael (Nikki), Porscha, Joey (Samantha), Heather (Casey), Brooke (Jeremy), J.R., Patrick (Breanna), Colton and Austin, along with 16 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. Interment will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at noon at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., in Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.

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Max Schrader

A memorial service for Max Schrader Sr. is planned for Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave. His service as a veteran of the U.S. Navy will be recognized by the Maricopa American Legion Honor Guard.

Interment will immediately follow at the Schrader Family Cemetery in Mobile.

Schrader, 84, died after walking away from his car April 3 in a remote area north of Mobile and apparently trying to walk home.


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Charles (Charlie) Helton.

Funeral services for Charles (Charlie) Clayton Helton are set for Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave. The viewing starts at 12:30 p.m. followed by the funeral at 2 p.m.

Charlie was born Sept. 27, 1997. He was killed very unexpectedly on his motorcycle on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Charlie had just gotten his street bike. Growing up he was always around quads, dirt bike and off-road vehicles. This was just another check mark on his bucket list.

Charlie lived each day to the fullest. He was such a kind, sweet gentle young man. He never met a stranger. He would take you at face value and the heck with everyone else’s view. Charlie was the ultimate friend to everyone. He would give you the shirt off his back or his last dollar if you needed it and never ask when he would get it back. He had a smile for everyone even if he was in a funk, especially after the loss of his dad just recently.

Charlie was a true, genuine, loving young man at the prime of his young life. He was an organ donor, so there are others that will benefit from his death.

Charlie is survived by his mother, Karin Heady Helton, his brothers: Derrick (Sarah) Helton, Dana (Roberta) Helton Jr., Dale (Billie) Helton, Joshua Helton, Wyatt Haardt, Nick Yzaguirre, his sisters: Rebecca Lynn Helton, Athena (Jason) Leadros, Sabbath Vogel, Sandi Wilk and Jolysa White.

Charlie is proceeded in death by his father, Dana Lynn Helton Sr., his grandparents Willard Clayton Helton, William Clifford Heady, Dora Elizabeth Sharkey Helton and Carolyn Elizabeth Sawyer Heady. Charlie leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins and several hundred friends aka family. In Charlie’s memory we ask that anyone that is NOT an organ donor please register as one as it may save a life one day.

Pallbearers are: Derrick Helton, Dana Helton Jr., Dale Helton, Joshua Helton, Rebecca Helton, Wyatt Haardt, Nick Yzaguirre, Cole Palmer and Christopher Helton.

Honorary Pallbearers: Roger (Billy) Helton, Willard (Sonny) Helton, Cindy Hylton, Eva (Brownie) Mink, Anna Anselone, Hanna Sebring, Tony Heady, Brian Heady, Jourdan Heady Jason McKee, Athena Leadros and Jolysa White.

There will be a Celebration of Life potluck at 16220 N. Ralston Road immediately following the funeral. Bring a covered dish and your drink. No hard liquor will be allowed or tolerated.

Dana Lynn Helton

Dana Lynn Helton Sr. died peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by family and his beloved dogs on Sept. 29, 2018, just as he wished.

Dana was born on Dec. 2, 1953, in Winchester, Kentucky. He grew up in and around Conway and Berea, Kentucky. He was loved by anyone he met. He was a very soft-spoken man without a mean bone in his body. He was forever pulling jokes and pranks on friends and family alike, but it was mostly his family.

Dana was married to Debra (Day) Wallace for 18 years. They had the amazing boys, Derrick, Dana Jr. and Dale. He then married Karin (Heady) Helton, whom he was married to at the time of his passing. They had three amazing children as well, Joshua, Rebecca and Charles. Dana’s family was his world; he lived for his children.

Dana is preceded in death by his father, Willard Clayton Helton (1995), his mother, Dora Elizabeth (Sharkey) Helton (2011) and his brother-in-law, Randall Mink.

He is survived by his wife Karin (Heady) Helton, son Derrick (Sarah) Helton, son Dana (Roberta) Helton Jr., son Dale (Billie )Helton, son Joshua Helton, daughter Rebecca Lynn Helton, son Charles Helton, daughter Sandi Wilk (adopted), daughter Jolysa Helton, brother Roger (Peggy) Helton, brother Willard (Judy) Helton, sister Eva (Brownie) Mink, sister Cindy (Rick Beasley) Hylton, 25 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.

Services are Friday, Oct. 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave., across from Maricopa High School. Viewing is at 1 p.m., and the funeral is at 2 p.m.

Pall Bearers: Derrick Helton, Dana Helton, Jr., Dale Helton, Seanavon, Davian Helton, Chandler Helton, Christopher Helton, Nick Yzaguirre. Honorary : Roger Helton, Willard (Sonny) Helton, Joshua Helton, Charles Helton, Doug Riley, Tommy Thompson, Raymond Carroll, Wyatt Haardt, Jason McKee, Eva (Brownie) Mink, Cindy Hylton, Rebecca Helton.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help with funeral expenses can be sent to Horizon Funeral Care, 480-338-1497.

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Sam Craig at age 20 (left), already a husband and father, and in his 70s (right). Submitted photos

Samuel Craig Jr., formerly of Maricopa, passed away Sept. 10, 2018, in Toltec. He was 88 years old.

Samuel Craig Jr. Submitted photo

The father of 13 children, Mr. Craig formerly was a property foreman in the Maricopa/Stanfield area and heavy-equipment operator for the City of Coolidge.

Mr. Craig, also known as Junior, was born Jan. 12, 1930, in Crockett, Texas, to Samuel Craig Sr. and Viola Atmore Craig.

He was raised in Crockett, Texas, and developed a love for horses and farming at an early age. He met the love of his life Lizzie Bell McCullough-Craig  at age 18 in 1948. They married in Crockett, Texas, and their first daughter Dorothy Ann was born in 1949. His father Samuel Craig Sr. and he shared the same vision to move west for a better life.

Once he and his father settled in the Maricopa/Stanfield area, they pioneered the newly developed land for the Sellers ranch via Louis Johnson’s estate  He also came into contact with the mega-superstar movie cowboy John Wayne, who would visit Johnson, his friend and partner. Samuel Craig Jr. became the foreman of over 2,000 acres of land from Maricopa to Coolidge. Mrs. Lizzie Bell McCullough-Craig, also worked at Louis Johnson’s estate.

His love for horses landed him a great position as the head rancher at Sellers ranch in Valley Farms. By 1960, he was raising seven children while he performed numerous duties, i.e. picking cotton, driving tractors and herding cattle.

Then he became involved in the rodeo circuit as one of the first African-American cowboys in Pinal county to compete as a team roper, and he rode his horse Chip Jr. in numerous rodeos  and parades.  He won some ribbons along the way.

Mr. Craig worked very hard farming for over 20 years. From the farm life he became a heavy equipment operator for the City of Coolidge for over 20 years at the Coolidge landfill. In his older age he managed to build  three houses  with only an elementary school education. He and  his dad were both carpenters who were self-taught, excellent in math and very detailed.

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In his late 80s, he finally slowed down a little, but he always loved to go to Church and sang solos. He loved to sing to the homeless people to uplift their spirits. He and wife Margie continued to take good care of each other until he was finally called to his heavenly home on Sept. 10 at 10:30 p.m. He will be in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife Margie Craig, his children the Rev. Dorothy Wellington, Donnie Craig, Paula Jean Rae, Dr. Alfred Earl Craig Sr., Julia Richardson, Samuel Earl Craig III, Diane Ruth Parker, Min. Debra Jean Garrett, Ronnie Craig, Frank Tapia, Manuel Dominguez, Sally Dominguez-Ruiz and Jaime Dominguez; siblings Eula Asher of Casa Grande, Freddy C. Craig of Phoenix, Maxine Davis of Las Vegas, Nevada, Hareld D. Craig Sr. of Tucson and Ophelia Frazier of Tucson; 50 grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel Craig Sr. and Viola Atmore Craig, his sisters Mildred Craig-Brice, Sammie Marie Craig-Graves, Clementine Craig-Robbins, Dorothy Butler and Ola Mae Craig-Scurlock and his brother Alfred Ray Craig Sr.

Funeral services are scheduled for Sept. 19 at Coolidge New Destiny Christian Center, 800 N. Ninth St., Coolidge. Viewing is at 10 a.m., and the service starts at 11 a.m. with Dr. Alfred E. Craig Sr. officiating.

(Submitted by Samuel Earl Craig III)

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Photos courtesy of the Chance Family

Courtesy of the Chance Family

Learn more about Eloise Chance’s part in Maricopa history in previous stories Part 1 and Part 2.

Longtime area resident and Maricopa pioneer Eloise Chance passed away May 8, 2018, at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. Mrs. Chance was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Chance, and a son, C. Richard Chance, and is survived by three daughters, Carol Kennedy, Susan Rubel, Cindy Sizemore and a son, Michael Chance. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Chance was a graduate of Chandler High School, Class of 1946, where she edited the first post-war school yearbook.

Mrs. Chance, then Eloise Hadley, met her future husband, Charles E. Chance, while he was stationed near the family farm at Williams Air Force Base in east Mesa. A couple of years after marrying, the couple moved to Maricopa in 1952 to manage a farm owned by her father, David L. Hadley. Eloise and Charles were instrumental in forming the first church congregation in Maricopa, First Baptist Church of Maricopa. Its initial building was dedicated in 1954 and replaced a mesquite tree the congregation had assembled beneath in prior years.

Mrs. Chance received her degree in education from Arizona State University after the birth of her fifth child. In 1961, Mrs. Chance was elected to the Maricopa Unified School District Board of Education, becoming the school’s first female board member.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Chance was hired by the Ak-Chin Indian Community as a teacher/administrator. Mrs. Chance wrote a successful proposal under the federal Johnson-O’Malley program, resulting in the construction and completion of the Community’s first modern educational facility. It was commonplace for Mrs. Chance and her staff to produce kindergarteners who read at third and fourth grade proficiency levels – attracting the attention of professors at ASU, who studied the school, its methods and its ongoing progress. The school also became the subject of a Hollywood-produced documentary.

Mrs. Chance later taught fifth grade, third grade and kindergarten at Maricopa Elementary School. Health problems prompted her retirement in the mid-1980s. Mrs. Chance later exited retirement to become Chief Financial Officer for her son Richard’s business, Empire Glass Companies. She performed this function for several years before retiring for good in 2002.

Mrs. Chance spent her golden years enjoying her favorite activities of reading, politics, and keeping up with her loved ones.

Visitation will be Friday, May 18, 5-8 p.m. at J. Warren Funeral Services, 525 N. Peart Road, Casa Grande AZ 85122.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God, 501 E. Kortsen Road, Casa Grande AZ 85122. Interment will follow at Valley of the Sun Cemetery, 10940 E Chandler Heights Road, Chandler AZ 85248.

Eloise Chance is the grandmother of InMaricopa reporter Michelle Chance.


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Deven Daniel Garay

Deven Daniel Garay of Maricopa passed away Dec. 8, 2017, in Maricopa. He was 22 years old.

A memorial will be held in the MPR building at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m., with Rusty Akers officiating.

Deven was born May 26, 1995, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Terry Garay and Danny Garay, who survive him. He is also survived by his stepfather Kirk Brumbaugh, grandmother Pat Hoerig, sister Samantha Setliff, brother Sean Brumbaugh and niece Arizona Setliff.

Deven had a smile that could light up a room and a hug that could melt any worry away. Among his many passions, music, family and friends were definitely at the top of the list.

Deven went to school to become an audio engineer. The music he created is phenomenal.

As a football player in high school, he rocked the field. His athletic abilities were off the charts. Deven’s loyalty to his family and friends never withered. Anyone who got to know Deven knew he had the most genuine soul a person could have. Because of all of this, we called him the gentle giant.

Rest in peace, sweet boy.


Terry Lynn Johnson

Terry Lynn Johnson, 62, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the La Casa Serena, Beehive Assisted Living Facility in Eagar after a 31-year battle with multiple sclerosis and a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Dec. 5, 1954, in Odessa, Texas, the daughter of Kenneth Keith Patterson and Patsy Ann Patterson.

Terry graduated from San Marcos Baptist Academy in 1973. She then graduated from nursing school in Kermit, Texas, as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1975 and was voted outstanding student of the class. Terry then went to work for a nursing home in Monahans, Texas, and became Director of Nursing.
In October 1975, Terry was married to Jimmy L. Johnson. Terry was a full-time wife and mother beginning at the birth of her oldest son. For the last 15 ½ years Terry was a pastor’s wife at First Baptist Church of Maricopa where her husband, Jim, was the pastor.

Terry loved working in the yard and flower garden, fishing, taking “sister trips,” taking care of her grandchildren and studying the Bible with her husband and ladies of the church.

Terry is survived by her husband, Jim of 41+ years, Eagar; sons, Keith (Julie) Johnson, Winfield, Illinois; James (Sarah) Johnson, Eagar; Daniel (Stephanie) Johnson, Chandler; grandchildren, Ellianna, Kaiden, Teagan, Gavin, Quinton, Everett, Blake, Emma Joyce (to be born middle of October); sisters, Peggy Patterson/Bruhn, Baker City, Oregon; Vivian York, Midland, Texas; Jackie Ann Sharp, Odessa, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by her parents.