PHOENIX — Ophelia “Opie” Amado, 69, died on Sept. 16, 2019.
Ms. Amado was born on Oct. 12, 1949, to Manuel and Consuelo Amado and grew up in the Picacho and Maricopa area. She later moved to Phoenix, where she worked for the Roosevelt School District for more than 30 years. She loved what she did for a living and was very dedicated. She taught English as a second language classes among other duties.
After retiring she moved to Casa Grande. Full of life, love and spirit, she loved to travel, do crafts and spend time with her family. She was known as a beautiful, loving person with a heart of gold.
Survivors include a son, Eric Escarsega; Luz Idalia Cruz; four sisters, Olivia Amado, Cecilia Carlos, Sylvia and Elydia Amado; and two granddaughters.
Funeral at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Best Funeral Services, 501 E. Dunlap Ave., in Phoenix. Flower donations may be delivered the day of the service.
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Grant R. Curtis, 78, of San Angelo and formerly of Coolidge, died on Sept. 28, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Curtis was born in Morenci and was a son of Clarence “Bill” Curtis and Bennie Marshall. After his father’s death, his mother moved the family to Coolidge, where he graduated from high school, married, had three children and enlisted in the Army.
He became a pilot and warrant officer and flew Cobra attack helicopters in Vietnam. He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism. After retiring he met and married Elizabeth and moved to Arkansas. He had a passion for hunting rocks that he cut, polished and made into jewelry. His works were featured in books and magazines.
Survivors include his wife; three adult children, Jeff, Dawn and John; three siblings, Keith Curtis of Tucson, Terry Hoover of Coolidge and Regina Cook of Oklahoma; a stepdaughter, Heather; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six siblings.
CASA GRANDE — Patrick Harvey Dykes, 81, of Casa Grande died at home on Oct. 2, 2019.
Mr. Dykes was born on Oct. 24, 1937, in Wichita, Kansas, to J. Harvey and Elizabeth (Pankratz) Dykes. He was the owner of Patrick’s Antique Cars and an expert on 1937 to 1955 Chevy half-ton trucks, and engines up to 1962. His new ideas and products were included in major car magazines — Hemmings Motor News, Classic Trucks and others.
He had a degree from Harding University in history and Greek and served as a youth minister in Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kansas, for the Church of Christ in the 1960s. He served in the Army as a medic at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. His career included being a delegate to Washington for small business.
He is survived by his companion and love, Danese Dykes, whom he married on Sept. 5, 1961; a son, Phillip H. Dykes; two daughters, Cynthia Rogers and Rebecca Sutton; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Celebration of life at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9 at J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel. The family requests that those attending ride or drive their motorcycle or classic car or truck to the service.
ELOY — Jane Hasler, 78, died on Oct. 2, 2019, at her home in Eloy.
Mrs. Hasler was born on Aug. 15, 1941, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, to Warren and Rachel Malick. She graduated from Pottsville High School in 1959. She was employed by Target for many years and worked in the Planogram department. She lived in Florida and Arizona for most of her life. Her interests included family, tennis, cooking and sewing.
She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii for 10 consecutive years from 2006 to 2015. She also liked to travel to Disney World and Calloway Gardens in Florida and Georgia.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Robert; a brother, Gerald Malick; two sons, Paul and Michael; and two granddaughters.
Memorial service at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Casa Grande.
Donations may be made to: Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center, 240 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
CASA GRANDE — Rachel Jean (Burrows) Jones, 85, of Casa Grande died at home on Sept. 23, 2019.
Mrs. Jones was born in 1934 to Dorothy and Ruben Burrows in Houston. In 1953 she received the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award and graduated as an honor student from Nederland (Texas) High School. In 1977 she graduated with distinction from Northern Virginia Community College. Before leaving Texas, she enjoyed participating in community activities and received the 1966 Nederland Business and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year Award. She was involved in many activities at places where she lived.
She enjoyed a long working career and was a corporate and legal secretary. She was loving, adventuresome, feisty and always true to her values and beliefs. She loved her family more than herself.
Her love of travel increased as the wife of a communications officer in the State Department. It took them from Washington, D.C., to Qatar, to Thailand, to Guinea, to France and more places. She and her husband returned to make Arizona their home in 1989. While living in the Sierra Vista area, she worked as a deputy clerk in Superior Court in Bisbee, where she retired.
Survivors include a stepson, Richard Glen Jones; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons and her husband.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Heritage Casa Grande Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
CASA GRANDE — Margaret R. “Mague” Sanchez, 87, died at home on Oct. 4, 2019, with her family by her side.
Mrs. Sanchez was born on Aug. 6, 1932, to Nicholas Rangel and Lorenza Hernandez. She was born and raised in Casa Grande and a lifelong resident. She met the love of her life when she was 11 and married Ramon B. Sanchez when she was 18. They raised seven children. She devoted most of her life to her parish and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. She volunteered as a teacher’s aide and ran the snack bar at bingo. She and her husband sang in the choir for many years.
After the death of her husband, she raised her three youngest children on her own and went to work to support them. She retired from the public schools and continued to sing at church for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all loved her cooking, especially her menudo and tamales. She enjoyed going to casinos and playing bingo.
Survivors include four adult children, Terry S. Casey, Luis R., Samuel R. and Geraldo R. Sanchez, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and three children, Ramon R. Sanchez Jr., Manuel R. and Gabriel R. Sanchez.
Rosary recited at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with celebration of Mass following.
J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel in charge of arrangements.