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Obituaries – April 27, 2016

Trinidad M. Cevalles

Trinidad M. Cevalles, 88, of Tolleson died April 13, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Cevalles was born May 23, 1927, in Tornillo, Texas.

He is survived by four daughters, Cathy Russ, Lonnie Flores, Laure Cevalles and Frances Carrasco; one son, Steve Cuen-Cevalles; one sister, Elena Lopez; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held April 19 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tolleson, with interment at Glendale Memorial Cemetery.


Nancy Anne Hilton Huntley

Nancy Anne Hilton Huntley, 73, formerly of Litchfield Park died Jan. 12, 2016, in Poulsbo, Wash.

Mrs. Huntley was born June 24, 1942, in Phoenix to Robert K. and Roberta Hilton.

She spent her childhood in Litchfield Park and graduated in 1960 from Agua Fria Union High School in Avondale. She graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe with a degree in sociology.

She worked for 10 years as a flight attendant for Western Airlines.

She married Edward Welles Huntley on Nov. 5, 1974, in San Juan County, Wash., and they lived in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

She was a member of the International Old Lacers Inc., and the Bainbridge Island Saddle Club. She was a member and officer of the Poulsbo Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star, and was also a member of the group’s chapters in Port Orchard and Priscilla in Port Gamble in Washington state.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward.

She is survived by one son, Chris; one daughter, Annie; one stepdaughter, Petra Mulvey of Bethesda, Md.; one stepson, Benjamin R. Huntley of Sequim, Wash.; and one sister, Elizabeth Hilton Rouse of Litchfield Park.

A memorial service was held April 17 in Poulsbo, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.


Danny Lopes Sr.

Danny Lopes Sr., 65, formerly of Tolleson died April 19, 2016.

Mr. Lopes was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Lopes.

He is survived by his fiancée, Angie Mancuso; two daughters, Patricia Lopes and Jannette Kaplenk; two sons, Danny Lopes Jr. and Arturo Fimbres; three sisters, Beatrice Centeno, Gloria Cesena and Yolanda Strickland; two brothers, Ronnie Cesena and Bobby Cesena; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with a chapel service at 7 p.m. Friday at Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson.


Joseph Ernest McCreedy

Joseph Ernest McCreedy, 33, of Phoenix and formerly of Buckeye died April 16, 2016, at his home.

Mr. McCreedy was born March 7, 1983, in Phoenix to Patricia Ann McCreedy.

He is survived by one grandmother, Maureen McCreedy; and one aunt, Dawn McCreedy.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, with interment at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye.


Craig Ryan Mitcham

Craig Ryan Mitcham, 32, of Mesa and formerly of Litchfield Park died April 21, 2016, in Mesa.

Mr. Mitcham was born April 14, 1984, in Tacoma, Wash.

He is survived by two daughters, Austyn and Avry Mitcham; his parents, Michael and Mary Mitcham; one sister, Laurie Fisher; one brother, Christopher Mitcham; and one grandparent, Ronald Haddock.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m., with funeral services at noon Saturday at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary, 719 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix.


Beverly Jane Neal

Beverly Jane Neal, 85, of Buckeye died April 1, 2016, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Neal was born March 31, 1931, in Columbus, Ohio.

She graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She worked as a dental hygienist for 24 years in Litchfield Park and three additional states.

She was active in the Senior Professional Rodeo Association, winning a world all-around title in 1995, as well as barrel and ribbon running events.

She won Senior Olympics medals for sprinting and race walking.

She was a ward and state leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its Relief Society. She served a genealogy mission and did a dental mission in Tonga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Neal.

She is survived by one son, Steven Neal; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 701 N. 95th Ave., Tolleson.


Bryan Lorbeer Smith

Bryan Lorbeer Smith, 34, of Scottsdale and formerly of Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park died April 3, 2016.

Mr. Smith was born July 22, 1981.

He graduated from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale and was a member of the student council and the swim, track, tennis and basketball teams.

He graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in regional development and environmental science and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

He ran an alfalfa/hay operation for Discovery West Ranches in Goodyear and Buckeye. He also worked at Barkley Seed Inc. in Goodyear and recently started work at Scottsdale Medical Imaging.

He is survived by his father, Timothy L. Smith; his mother, Terry Watson; his stepfather, Dave Watson; his stepmother, Terry Smith; three brothers, Stafford, Chad and Dustin; one sister, Brooke; three grandparents, Stanley Smith, Dorothy Lorbeer and Barbara Watson; and his fiancée, Annie Michele.

A celebration of life was held April 23 at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley.

Memorials may be made to the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340; the Valley Presbyterian Deacon’s Fund, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253; and the River Source, 108 E. Second Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210.


Vaela’a Maloata Tuilefano

Vaela’a Maloata Tuilefano, 77, of Avondale died March 14, 2016.

Mr. Tuilefano was born June 18, 1938, in Malaeloa, American Samoa, to Savaauli and Tusifolau Tuilefano.

He served for more than 21 years in the United States Marine Corps, earning the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam.

He returned to American Samoa and became a local senator. He was also commissioner of public safety, liaison to the governor of American Samoa and an elder deacon CCCCAS.

He is survived by his wife, Painuulasi; two daughters, Victoria Liaiga and Titoaana Tuiteleleapaga; three sons, Val, Wesley and Lloyd Tuilefano; and eight grandchildren.

A funeral service was April 2 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Goodyear. Interment will be in American Samoa.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.


Melissa Ann Via

Melissa Ann Via, 44, formerly of Avondale died April 20, 2016, in Corinth, Miss.

Ms. Via was born Oct. 3, 1971, in Amarillo, Texas, to Ann Prince and Bobby Gene Via.

She graduated from Agua Fria High School in Avondale and attended Glendale Community College for two years with a focus on education.

She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Avondale.

She worked as a call center operator for Data Central in Corinth, Miss.

She is survived by her mother, Ann Prince of Corinth, Miss.; and one brother, Brent Via.

Services were April 23 at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Acton, Tenn., with interment at Liberty Cemetery in Michie, Tenn.


Ysidra ‘Chica’ Villalobos

Ysidra “Chica” Villalobos, 66, of Avondale died March 29, 2016, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Villalobos was born Jan. 1, 1950, in Beeville, Texas.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Jesus Faith Center.

She is survived by four daughters, Angela Lopez, Della Lopez, Shanna Lopez and Irene L. Prieto; one son, Eddie Lopez; her mother, Trinidad Rodriguez; five sisters; two brothers; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Services were at Avenidas Funeral Chapel in Avondale.

The Rev. Victor Hernandez officiated.


This obituary is being reprinted with additional information.


Leona Pearl Watson

Leona Pearl Watson, 90, of Youngtown and formerly of Avondale died April 19, 2016, in Youngtown.

Mrs. Watson was born May 30, 1925, in Oxford, Kan.

She moved to Arizona in 1942.

She was a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Watson; and one grandchild.

She is survived by one daughter, Beverly Davis; three sons, Darrell, Danny and David; three sisters, Sylvia Nelson, Velda Lance and Pat Reber; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. and graveside service at noon Friday at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix.

The Rev. Lee Arp will officiate.

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