Susie H. M. Hart - Edward E. Dickinson - Clara H. Vandiver - Faye E. Whitlatch - Carolyn A. Harvey - Lois Roan

Susie H. M. Hart

On Feb. 9, 2006, longtime Kingman resident Susie Helen McDermott Hart passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family. She was 93. Helen was born Jan. 11, 1913, in Woodward, Okla., to Joseph and Betty Louise McDermott. Her father, Joseph, was a telegraph operator for the railroad and his job brought the family to Arizona in 1917.

Helen lived in several towns throughout Arizona in her childhood as the family moved frequently between railroad posts. Helen enjoyed moving around and found it an adventure to learn about new places. Her family moved to California during her high school years, where she graduated from Los Angeles Polytechnic High School. The family returned to Arizona in 1929 and settled in the Big Sandy/Wikieup area. It was during this time she met Kenneth Newton (Dick) Hart, and they were married in Williams on Sept. 29, 1931.

After their marriage, the Harts moved to Kingman where Helen managed the Sprouse-Reitz Fountain. Later, Helen opened her own café, The Chocolate Shop, located in the space the downtown post office now occupies. Her shop was known by the locals as the best place in Kingman for hamburgers, shakes and her homemade pies. After closing the café to spend more time with her husband and children, she went to work for Charlie Lum at the Jade Restaurant.

In addition, she and her husband owned and operated the Detroit and Owens gold and silver mines located in the Cerbat Mountains. In 1962, Helen started working for the Kingman Police Department. She went on to become Kingman’s first uniformed women police officer and in 1972 made history by becoming the first woman police sergeant in Mohave County.

After nearly 18 years of service, she retired from the Kingman Police Department in 1979. Upon retirement she received many awards and accolades for her service, including special recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. She continued to work on undercover assignments well into her 80s after her retirement.

After 55 years of marriage, her husband, Dick, passed away in 1986. Several years later she married longtime family friend James “Jim” Martin. They traveled frequently and enjoyed seeing many new places together. Jim passed away in 1997.

Helen was very active in local service organizations and served as a past president of both the Kingman Soroptomist Club and Republican Women. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was actively involved with the Kingman Police Cadet program. She received many awards for her service to the community, including: the Mohave Museum of Art Women Making History and the Andy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

Helen is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Braffet Roe; and seven children, Marge Hart Hammond of Silver Springs, Nev., Bud Hart of Phoenix, Robert Hart of Kingman, Ruth Hart of Ione, Calif., Betty Hart of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Harriet Hart of Davenport-Metford, Ore., and Joe Hart of Kingman. She will be greatly missed by her children, 30 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at LDS Rutherford Chapel, 3180 Rutherford Drive, Kingman.

The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be immediately after at the Chloride Cemetery.

Edward Earl Dickinson of Kingman died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 2, 1929, in Alabama. He moved to Kingman eight years ago from California.

For 40 years, Edward was a conductor on Amtrak Railroad. He was a Mason for 50 years out of Kentucky.

Edward is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Dickinson, who passed away in 1998. He is survived by his son, Edward Warren Dickinson of Las Vegas; and his daughter, Deborah Dickinson-McCullough and son-in-law Robert McCullough of Kingman.

Viewing is from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Clara Hix Vandiver, 83, of Kingman died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, in Kingman. She was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Celina, Tenn.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Faye Esther Whitlatch, 85, of Kingman died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Kingman. She was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Elizabeth, Tenn.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Carolyn, 64, was called to heaven on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006.

Carolyn is survived by her brother, John Tobin; children, Andrew and Melissa, Rosemarie and Raymond; grandchildren, Andrew and Kristain; special friend, Myrl Shute; and Hilltop Foursquare Church family.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Harvey, and son, Michael.

Carolyn was a gracious and caring wife, mom, grandma and friend. Thanks for all the memories; you will be missed. We love you.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Hilltop Foursquare Church, 2215 Emerson Ave., Kingman.

Lois Roan, 89, of Kingman died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Kingman. She was born Nov. 6, 1916, in Walla Walla, Wash.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.