In Passing

George S. Rasmusson

George S. Rasmusson

George S. Rasmusson

George S. Rasmussen, Sun Lakes, passed away March 16, 2015. He was born April 20, 1929 in Seattle, Washington. He was President of Rasmussen Masonry, Inc. in Seattle. George married his wife, De’Anne, in 1967 and they lived in Redmond, Washington until they moved to Kauai upon their retirement in 1978 where George spent much of his time scuba diving on Kauai and his favorite scuba diving area, Fiji. He spent lots of time designing and building the two homes they had on Kauai.

In August of 1990, after his youngest daughter graduated from high school and returned to the mainland to continue her education at USC, George decided it was time to retire his flip flops and return to the mainland. He and Dee moved to Sun Lakes and he ditched his diving gear and took on golf and was so proud of his hole-in-one!

George is survived by his wife, Dee, of Sun Lakes, his sons, Mike Hayden and Chris Rasmussen, daughters Erin Southern and Tine Benjamin, grandchildren, Sydney, Avery, Sean, Jessica and Jayde, Taylor and Grant, great granddaughter, Lyla and his beloved Chihuahua, Honey!

A private memorial was held.

Dorothy Jean Randall

Dorothy Jean Randall

Dorothy Jean Randall

Dorothy Jean Randall, 81, of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away on March 12, 2015. Dorothy was born July 1, 1933 in Chicago, IL to John and Alma Buechner. She was the youngest of three children, with older siblings, Elaine and John. She spent all of her school years in Chicago and was working as a secretary when she met Gilbert Randall at the USO while he was stationed nearby in the Air Force. They were married October 23, 1954 and moved to Dallas, TX where Bert had taken a job with AT&T. Daughters Linda Jackson (currently of Dallas, GA) and Laura Harper (of Chandler, AZ) were born in Dallas and son Michael (of Egg Harbor Township, NJ) in Kansas City, KS. The family then moved to Huntsville, AL in 1963 and to Silver Spring, MD in 1966. Dorothy and Bert came to Sun Lakes in 2004.

As the children grew, Dorothy was involved in PTA, Girl Scouts and a fan at their sporting and special events. She taught Sunday school and/or sang in the choir at most churches they attended and had leadership positions in Lutheran Church Woman at the local and state levels, delivered Meals on Wheels for 10 years and tutored for the county literacy program for a number of years. She was a board member for 12 years of the Silver Spring chapter of Aglow International, a Christian woman’s organization, and VP of Financial Development for the Maryland South Area of that organization. Dorothy worked part-time as a church secretary for 27 years.

Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed time with her grandchildren, Eric and Traci Harper, and Shayna, Andy and Amy Jackson. Her greatest joy over the years was being involved in Bible studies, retreats and conferences that aided her spiritual growth. Dorothy and Bert had been members at First Baptist Church Chandler since 2007. She is survived by her husband Bert, for 61 years, two daughters, one son, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church – Chandler, 3405 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ. at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley – Phoenix, Samaritan’s Purse, or Phoenix Crisis Pregnancy Center. Arrangements entrusted to Valley of the Sun Funeral Home.

Anita (Critchell) Delaney

Anita (Critchell) Delaney, age 74, was born, raised and worked in Gloucestershire, England. She passed away on April 6, 2015 in Sun Lakes, Arizona.

During her 49 year professional career, she worked in the insurance, grocery and wholesale shoe business. Her last 30 years were spent as the principal buyer for a conglomerate of five wholesale shoe companies in the UK and was its Corporate Director. She traveled the world buying huge quantities of shoes to be distributed between the five wholesale companies, who then sold them on to the individual retail shoe stores throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

She retired in 2005, after meeting Bill Delaney. They have traveled the world together, taking many cruises and splitting time between their homes in Cheltenham, England and Sun Lakes, Arizona.

Contributions should be made to Best Friends, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741.

Jean Alice Clarke

March 16, 1933 – March 22, 2015

Jean Alice Clarke, 82, of Sun Lakes, AZ, passed peacefully in her sleep March 22, 2015. She will be cremated at Bueller Mortuary with her ashes eventually resting in the garden of Sun Lakes United Methodist Church. A memorial service was held April 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

Born Jean Alice Flowers on March 16, 1933 in Belcher, LA, to Ira and Agatha Flowers, she spent her youth in Louisiana with her brother, Jack. Her father, Ira, was the reverend of the local Methodist Church so she was passionate about God from an early age. After attending and graduating Centenary College in 1956, she met and married the love of her life, Richard Clarke on March 20, 1959. Richard’s work took them on a journey from Kansas, to Alabama, to Louisiana, and eventually Washington State with the Boeing Company. There they raised their son, Ron, and adopted daughter, Laura. After Richard’s retirement in 1986, they found their way to Sun Lakes, AZ where they bought a home in 1988 and lived for the next 26 years. Jean was very involved in Sun Lakes United Methodist Church activities, local golf groups, bridge groups, and the PEO Sisterhood.

Jean is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard Clarke, of Chandler, AZ; brother, Jack Flowers and wife, Becky, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; son Ron Clarke, of Seattle, WA; daughter Laura Harrald and son-in-law, James, of Chandler, AZ; one granddaughter, Meganne Clarke, of Juno, AK; and cousin, John Brewer, of San Francisco, CA.

Memorials may be made to Cottey College, Institutional Advancement, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772, or electronically to www.cottey.edu/give. Cards will be sent to Laura honoring the donations.