Mabel Bartleson Bailey passed away in her sleep at a nursing home in Mesa on Nov. 1, 2006. She was born on March 29, 1920, in Sanford, Colo. Mabel was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
She and her late husband, Raymond, who passed in 1985, lived in Kingman for 60 years. They co-owned Kingman Glass and M.B.'s Boutique. Mabel loved to crochet and made many beautiful things that she won ribbons for at the county fair.
Mabel spent 35 years in county government, most of which was spent in the Supervisor's office. She was clerk of the Board of Supervisors and later ran for office and spent three years as supervisor. Mabel was involved in many organizations that helped the betterment of people. Some include the Hostess Club, the Soroptimists Club, BPW-Business and Professional Women Club, and she was the treasurer for the Salvation Army for many years.
Mabel had a full and happy life and always had a smile for everyone.
She is survived by daughters Annette Mitchell of Benton, Ark., and Nancy Brown of Mesa, an older brother, Bill Bartleson of Trinidad, Colo.; a nephew, Earl Carter of Kingman; and a niece, Sandra Van Marter of Scottsdale. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces on the Bartleson's side as well as a host of other family and friends. Mabel was known as "Gay" to her eight grandchildren. They include: Mike Marshall of Benton, Ark.; Dawn Schrum of Mesa; Nancy Giles of Benton; Dora Terry, Deana Brown and Cathy Yurkovich of Phoenix; Darcy Brown of Mesa and Billy Mitchell of Flagstaff.
Mabel also had 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchhildren.
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Donald Edward Shuey was born March 8, 1923, in Topeka, Kan. Weighing in at 13 pounds, he was recorded as the "biggest baby in Kansas." Born to Royal Glenn and Norinne Shuey, Don was the second oldest son of six children. In birth order they were: Glen (deceased), Don, Zena (deceased), Jack, Keith and Kenneth (deceased) Shuey.
Don lived in Kingman as a young boy, where his family owned and operated a fruit and vegetable stand. Later, his family moved to Needles, Calif., with the same business. This is where Don met his wife, Bettie Pressly, upon his return from Italy where he served with the refueling unit for the 449th Bomber Group known as the "Flying Horsemen." Don and Bettie married and lived in Sunland, Calif., and then Blythe before settling in the San Bernardino area.
Trucks had always been a major part of Don's life, so it was only natural that he would begin and then retire with a trucking career. Don interrupted this career for about 10 years with the Palace Market in San Bernardino as a journeyman butcher. Don also worked for the San Bernardino Water Company and the San Bernardino Vault Company before he bought his own tractor. Don contracted with the American Red Ball Moving Company as a cross-country driver. The year his wife Bettie joined him, he was awarded "Driver of the Year" and a trip for two to the Caribbean Islands. His immaculate truck and work ethic got him a contract for the Chuck Barris Production "Operation Entertainment" in the 70s. This was a program to support and encourage our Vietnam troops.
Don's outgoing personality, friendliness, sense of humor and ready smile were well known. His smile became a signature of his personality for young and old alike. Don and his wife Bettie had a special love and believed "lots of hugs" was the secret for marital bliss. They share 64 years together. Don refused to leave Kingman to be with family in California because he could not leave Bettie, who was moved to Desert Highlands Care Center with Alzheimers. Don was very proud of his family and his truck, "The Old Goat," which was seen all over town.
Don is survived by his wife, Bettie, and daughter, Darla and her husband Phil Lewis. Don's sons, Tom and Bill Shuey, are deceased, as well as Darla's first husband, Jay. His six grandchildren and their spouses are: granddaughter Teresa and husband Lee Johnson; grandsons, Jay Short III and his wife Shari, Mark and his wife Rochelle, Brandon, Jason and Chad Shuey and his wife Teresa. Don's great-grandchildren are: J.J. Short, Luc Short, Niccole Short, Blake Johnson, Grant Johnson, Brooke Short, Bryce Short and Ryleigh Short, born Nov. 2, 2006. Also, Tyler, Dawson and Faith Shuey.
Don put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ and will have his earthly remains buried at Kingman's Mountain View Cemetery.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Tracie Padilla and the Senior Center, Desert Highlands Care Center, hospice, and all the wonderful people who have encouraged and helped our father and grandfather in his later years. Kingman truly became his home while living in Arizona.