Obituaries

Geraldine Adams Calley

Geraldine Adams Calley, a long and respected resident of Williams, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Flagstaff Medical Center Tuesday, March 7, 2006. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Calley was born March 18, 1910, in Roe, Ark., to Amanda Urena Finley Robertson and Dr. Edward Adams.

After graduating from high school, she attended Arkansas State Teacher's College and taught grade school for several years in DeValls Bluff, where she also coached a girl's basketball team. In 1930 she met John Harry Calley, a young medical student from Hazen, Ark., the neighboring town, on a blind date. It was love at first sight and they were married on Jan. 2, 1931 in DeWitt, Ark. Geraldine continued to teach while her husband finished medical school.

Their first son, John Edward, was born in February 1932, and Geraldine was required to leave her teaching job to become a full-time mother and housewife. Things were tight for the young couple. It was during the depression years and jobs were scarce. Young Dr. Calley found employment as Post Surgeon at the Dutch Creek CCC camp in Waldron, Ark., a position he held until being drafted into the Army in March of 1940. Geraldine moved to Omaha, Neb., returning to Waldron with their three children, John, Jerry and Linda while her husband was stationed on Okinawa.

Upon her husband's return from overseas duty, the family moved to Williams. He began his private medical practice that year with Geraldine working in his office as receptionist/accountant for many years. They built their home in l949, where she raised her children. In 2003, Geraldine moved to Moreno Valley, Calif. to live with her oldest son, John and his wife, but her heart was always in Williams. 

Geraldine was known as a loving, caring person who cherished her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking, reading, gardening and wildflowers, and most of all, people. Geraldine loved playing bridge and was an active member in a local bridge club. Traveling was one of her passions. She was very proud of the fact that she had visited countries on six continents, missing only Antarctica. But the trips that stood out in her mind were those that she took with her family.

Geraldine was very active in the community. In Williams, she was president of the Williams Hospital Auxiliary. While raising three children, she served as a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout Den Mother; worked in the PTA and was active in various civic organizations. In Moreno Valley, she continued being active. She was a member the Moreno Valley Chapeaux ala Rouge Chapter of the Red Hat Society; enjoyed the many activities of the Bucks and Does ‹ a senior social group of the Sunnymead Ranch Home Owners' Association ‹ particularly the trips to the Lawrence Welk Dinner Theatre, and Tuesday Night bridge games. 

She believed in living life to the fullest. Her home in Williams was the nexus for the entire family ‹ place of much laughter and many wonderful memories.

Mrs. Calley was preceded in death by her sister Irene, who died in infancy; her husband, John Harry; and brother, Quincy.

She is survived by her sons, John E. Calley of Moreno Valley, Calif. and Jerry L. Calley of Arvada, Colo.; daughter, Linda Sherman of Flagstaff; and 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at the Williams Ward of the LDS Church, 1111 Stockmen's Rd., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2006. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be made either to the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS Church or any charity of choice. 

Arrangements are by Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff.

Vera Martinez Schrade

Vera Martinez Schrade, 74, died in Portland, Ore. after a lengthy illness.

Vera attended Williams Grade School and graduated from Williams High School. When she got married, Vera and her husband Paul moved to San Bernardino, Calif. Upon her husband's retirement, they moved to Portland, Ore.

Vera is survived by her husband Paul; two sons, Mark (Niki) and David; three grandchildren, Corey, Timothy and Tiffaney; one sister, Hope (Bill) Tooley of Prescott; and two brothers, Sam (Mary) of Phoenix and Salvador (Libby) of Williams.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Angela Martinez and one brother, Rudy (Helen) Martinez.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williams. Father William (Billy) Kosco will officiate the service. Burial will follow at the Williams Cemetery. A reception will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Hall.

Raymond D. Glassburn

Raymond D. Glassburn, 64, of Williams, passed away on March 11, 2006.

Ray was born in Sterling, Ill. on March 14, 1941, and his family moved to Williams in 1949.

Ray was a member of the Air Force, serving in Tripoli, Libya. He was a Teamster and helped build Glen Canyon Dam and worked on pipeline construction. He also worked on the Trans Canyon pipeline, driving a truck to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. For a time he was a salesman for Bill Wilkinson Ford.

He met the love of his life, Carol Hart, and they were married on April 7, 1969. Together they owned the Union 76, Chevron and Phillips 66 service stations and later Glassburn Rentals. They initiated the weekly fish frys at the Country Club.

Ray also served as an infrastructure inspector for the city of Williams. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Williams Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion and a past president of the Williams Country Club.

Ray is survived by his wife, Carol; sister Jan (Dr. George) Bardwell; brothers McNeil (Carolyn), Thomas (Christina) and Martin (Sandie); nieces Machelle (JB) Pickens, Melissa, Lori, Monica and Trisha (Darren) Gastineau; and great niece Ashlea and nephews Justin and Jared.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Marge and Neil Glassburn.

He will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Williams on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 3 p.m., with a remembrance gathering at the American Legion to follow. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the American Legion Cordova Post No. 13, 425 W. Grant Ave., Williams, AZ 86046.

Dixie Warnock

Dixie Warnock, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away after a brief illness on March 4, 2006 in Sun City West.

She and her husband, Chick Warnock, loved northern Arizona and made it their home for many years. They raised their children in Flagstaff and later moved to Williams. She spent her last years in Sun City West after losing Chick.

Dixie was a long time active member of Beta Sigma Phi, an avid bowler and enjoyed golfing and basketry.

She is survived by her daughters, Terry Warnock and Sara Kauppila; her sister Myrtise Ballard; and her grandchildren, John and Tia Kauppila.

Dixie's kindness and generosity of spirit meant so much to so many; she was a strong and caring woman who brightened all of our days. She put her all into everything she did, and will always be remembered for her deep and meaningful involvement in community, friends and family.

At Dixie's insistence, there will be no memorial or funeral services. Dixie would have wanted memories of her to be those of the caring and beauty she brought into all of our lives and so, if you are moved to make a gesture of remembrance in her honor, the family requests that donations be sent to the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, 200 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046, designated for the Linear Park Project.

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