Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
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June Gardner

June Gardner, 85, passed away November 8, 2001, at the Winslow Memorial Hospital. She was born June 13, 1916. She married George Gardner October 1, 1934. They moved back to Colorado in 1945 and returned to Winslow to stay in 1961.

June worked for Bruchman’s Store for Several years. She loved her grandchildren, enjoyed quilting and craftwork. She enjoyed her animals, which came in all kinds and sizes.

Survivors include sons Jerry and Jim, stepson George LeRoy and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, November 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial was next to her husband in the Desert View Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Rev. Dr. John R. Cox

Reverend Dr. John R. Cox of Winslow passed away at home early Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Gigi; his daughter, Jessica of Pope Mills, New York; son, James and daughter-in-law, Jamie of Killeen, Texas and son, Joseph of Flagstaff.

John Randolph Cox was born February 2, 1946, in Hereford, Texas, to Lt. Col. Jack Cox and his wife Kathleen. John was the oldest of six children. Surviving siblings include: Joseph Cox, Lana Gonzales, Linda Johnson and Lisa Cox, all of California.

He attended the Naval Academy at Annapolis, then went on to UCR in Southern California and later went to the seminary at Ilif School of Theology in Denver, Co. He transferred to Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California where he acquired his Doctorate in Theology.

He was given his first church in 1980, in Trona, California, later going to Yuma, Ariz., Wilcox, Ariz., Bullhead, Ariz., Las Vegas, Nev. and Winslow, Ariz.

He was tenured pastor with the United Methodist Church for 20 years until an auto accident made it necessary to take a medical leave.

Until this summer, John and Gigi, with the help of their children, had Port Java Coffee House and Café at the Winslow Airport, where he was the Singing Chef.

After the death of Gigi’s father in June, priorities were changed and decisions were made to close the café and move to upper state New York to take over Gigi’s father’s general store.

Funeral serves were held on Saturday, November 9, 2001, at the United Methodist Church under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

Victoria Dale

Funeral services for Victoria Dale, 27, were held Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Celebrant was Father Dan Hussey. Interment was held in Desert View Cemetery.

Victoria Dale passed away on November 9, 2001, in Winslow. She was born on June 1, 1974, in Winslow. She attended Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind in Tucson, Ariz., graduating in 1994. She was attending NPC in Holbrook. She worked for Goodwill in Winslow and Flagstaff.

Her survivors include; father, Richard Dale of Holbrook and mother, Catherine Dale of Holbrook; grandmother, Sylvia Dale of Holbrook; brothers, Gabriel Dale of Tucson, Ariz. and Nathaniel Gordon of El Paso, Texas; sisters, Diana Jimenez, Valentine Dale and Veronica Dale, all of Holbrook; many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.

She is preceded in death by her sister Lena Dale.

Arrangements were under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

Hall “Dane” Hodges

Funeral service for Hall “Dane” Hodges Jr., 36, were held Thursday, November 15, 2001, at the First Assembly of God Church in Winslow, Ariz. Pastor Stacy Brinkle officiated. Viewing was held Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at Greer’s Scott Mortuary. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Mr. Hodges passed away on November 10, 2001, in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was born May 9, 1965, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He served his country for five years in the U.S. Army and was Air Assault qualified. He enjoyed racing remote cars, biking and his favorite band was “Kiss.” He and Thonette “Toni” married in Clarksville, Tenn. on November 1, 1985 and were married for 16 wonderful years. He worked as an election for about 15 years. He was a great father and a wonderful grandpa.

His survivors include: his wife, Thonette “Toni” Hodges and children, Lisha “Niki”, Ericka Lee, and Patrick Wesley Hodges, all of Winslow; stepfather, Dwayne Baxter and mother, Polly Baxter of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; father, Hall D. Hodges Sr.; sisters, Paula McCann and Misty Baxter of Oklahoma; brothers, Duncan Baxter of Oklahoma and Roddey Hodges of Oklahoma; grandson, Vincent Paul bounds; father and mother-in-law, William “Bill” W. Ruple and Sharon A. Ruple of Winslow; brother and sister-in-law, Donald “Scott” and Christina Ruple of Phoenix; many nieces and nephews and many friends who will greatly miss him.

Arrangements were under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

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