Mr. Tony Benavidez Sr., 76, of Kingman died at home early Monday, Dec. 26, 2005. Tony was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Raton, N.M. to Mary Lucero and Joe Benavidez. Shortly thereafter his family moved to St. Johns, Ariz., to be amongst other family members. It was in St. Johns that his younger brother, Bonifacio, was born.
While growing up, Tony enjoyed working on the family farm and organizing local dances. He then spent two years in the Army where he learned to cook. Later he spent his career in gas/service stations as a mechanic in and around the Kingman area. For approximately 20 years he and wife, Angie, owned and operated T & A Janitorial and Carpet Cleaning. After selling the business, Tony went to work for three years at the Ramada Express as a cook. Prior to permanently retiring, Tony worked in maintenance at the primary school of Kingman Academy of Learning.
While Tony loved to hunt and fish, he also enjoyed growing his own fruits and vegetables and cooking, especially menudo and his fabulous green chili. The past several years Tony spent battling prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Joe, brother Bonafacio, son Tony Jr., grandson Richard Benavidez, great-grandson Jacob Eggstaff, and stepson Jeff Cisneros. He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Angie Benavidez; son, Julian (Murlene) Benavidez of Kingman; stepchildren, Frank Cisneros of Las Vegas, Gary (Lia) Cisneros of Mesa, Maria Mattingly of Kingman, and Magi Byrne of Mesa; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; an aunt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grandpa Tony requested no services; he was cremated and will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery. All are invited to an intimate gathering at Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Naomi Eva Kitzmann, born May 2, 1922, fell asleep in Jesus on Dec. 27, 2005. Naomi moved to Kingman in 1987 from Sunnymead, Calif. She loved this area and had many friends here. All who knew her loved her. She had a kind and sweet heart. Her favorite things were trees, clouds, watching the trains and serving others. She loved the Lord and served Him well.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Kitzmann and her daughter Paulette Cottrill. Her remaining family includes two sisters, Darlene and Felicity; her brother, John; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; as well as her many friends she called family.
We will all miss you Grammi and your beautiful smile and great bear hugs. Goodbye for now, until the day we meet again at our Lord’s return.
A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kingman.
Noble B. Walls, 64, of Kingman, passed away at this home on Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. Private services were held at Chloride Cemetery, where he was laid to rest.
Noble was a well-known resident of downtown Kingman and will be missed by many. A celebration in his honor will be held at a later date.
Gail Kesler, 83, of Kingman died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, in Kingman. Kesler was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Vinzenz Hubert Kandels, 57, of Dolan Springs died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, in Dolan Springs. He was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Germany.
Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.
Margaret Ann Lawson, 71, of Kingman died Jan. 14, 2006, in Kingman.
She was born June 4, 1934, in Chicago.
Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the rosary at 6 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kingman, with burial in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
Claire Ann Monahan, 75, of Kingman died Jan. 14, 2006, in Kingman.
She was born April 27, 1930, in Los Angeles.
Services will be held at Praise Chapel. Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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