KINGMAN - Kingman will recognize some of the most important women in the community during the annual Women Making History Awards Sunday. The awards celebrate women who have contributed to the community through business, education, pioneering, public service, volunteering and more.
The ceremony is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Mohave Museum of Arts and History, 400 W. Beale St. The winner of the raffle for a handmade quilt made specifically for the Women Making History organization will be announced during the event. The proceeds of the raffle go toward the establishment of a scholarship for eligible women students at Mohave Community College's Neal Campus.
One of this year's winners is Sally Marquardt, who recently retired after 30 years of teaching at Manzanita Elementary School.
"(She) was the staple fourth-grade teacher at Manzanita (until she retired in November,)" said Girlie Lopez Forman, who nominated Marquardt for the award. "Sally not only taught the required curriculum to her students, she taught them to be polite, empathetic, supportive and tolerant of others."
"Sally loved teaching and, more importantly, she loved her students."
Her love for her students and teaching show in two letters from parents of past students, which were attached to the award application.
One parent, whose child was diagnosed with autism, wrote, "Sally embraced (him). She truly saw the child, not the disorder. She was always open to new ideas to try to help (him) do better both socially and academically. She understood that it is impossible for (him) not to make noise and to sit still. She did not berate him for this; instead, she helped him learn when it was his turn to talk. She also allowed him to rock and pace when necessary."
According to the letter, Marquardt explained the child's disorder to the rest of the class and why he acted the way he did.
"Her caring about his welfare has not stopped even though he is no longer a part of her room. She stops him, talks to
him and asks about his day," the parent wrote.
Another parent wrote, "Her reputation as an outstanding teacher is well known throughout the Kingman community. Sally is a hard working and a dedicated teacher who cares deeply about her profession. Probably her most important trait is the fact that she absolutely loves children. Too many of our teachers today do not really like and care about children. It is refreshing to see someone who has been teaching for so long that still cares deeply about each individual child in her classroom."
"Her reward ... the students loved her too," Forman said.
This year's other honorees:
Edna Pearl Zumwalt Dinwiddie - Pioneering
Edna Pearl Zumwalt has been a part of Kingman since her birth on Feb. 26, 1932. She was raised on seven acres of land west of Kingman and shared a home with five brothers and three sisters - one sister passed away at 11 months old. Her brother Bill still owns three acres of the family property.
Zumwalt attended Kingman Grammar School and Mohave County High School. She married and had four children (two boys and two girls.)
Her father passed away from a heart attack at the age of 57. Her mother drove a school bus from Griffet to Kingman every day and took care of eight children. She volunteered at the old county hospital for 27 years.
Zumwalt appears to have followed in her mother's footsteps. She is known for her service at the Katheryn Heidenreich Adult Center on Airway Avenue. She became involved in the center's board after her husband died in 1999. She has served on the board of the center for 10 years as a regular member, vice president and president. She also volunteers half a day each week to answer the phones and greet people and at tax time. Zumwalt also worked in the Chat and Chow office for two years
Her service to the community does not stop with the Katheryn Heidenreich center. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the community choir.
She was nominated for the pioneering award by Dorothy Brown, president of the Mohave County Pioneer Daughters.
Sandy Spuriell - Other, Animal welfare and rescue
Golden Valley resident Sandy Spuriell has dedicated her life to promoting the welfare of animals. She served as K-9 officer for the Las Vegas Police Department for many years and as vet technician for Manzanita Animal Hospital when she first moved to Kingman in 1990.
Shortly after she moved to Kingman, Spuriell founded Mutt Matchers and Friends, a no-kill animal rescue group dedicated to finding homes for unwanted dogs. Through her hard work she was able to secure a location, building, get materials and time donated to retrofit the facility and develop a plan to match dogs with loving families.
Since opening Mutt Matchers, Spuriell has been instrumental in opening many other programs designed to help both pets and people. She created Pound to Pen, one of the first programs in Arizona to use prison inmates to train dogs. Inmates at Arizona State Prison-Kingman trained 47 dogs in eight basic obedience classes until May 2008. Spuriell insisted that all of the trainers be non-violent offenders.
She also created the plan for the city dog park at Lewis Kingman Park on Andy Devine Avenue. She has frequently offered free dog training classes for owners who have adopted dogs from Mutt Matchers or the pound and also conducts animal safety programs for students of Kingman area schools.
Spuriell also started the Pound Pal program; training Mutt Matchers' dogs to provide comfort for local hospice patients and friends for physically challenged students.
She also founded the Care N' Share program designed to solicit donations of pet food for families in need, so no pet goes hungry and the SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Together) Program that offers free spay and neuter surgeries for pet owners who cannot afford them.
Spuriell was nominated by Mary Griffis.
Marilyn Lee Adams - Professions
Marilyn Lee Adams has been a Kingman resident for more than 25 years and a professional social worker, instructor and care manager for more than 35 years.
Prior to moving to Kingman in 1986, Marilyn, or Marty as she is known to friends, was a school social worker in Minnesota and Wyoming and a parent coordinator for the Wyoming Infant Stimulation Project. She also served as an associated faculty member at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wyoming and Laramie County Community College, teaching social work and sociology.
Since moving to Kingman, Adams has continued her work serving the needs of children and adults alike. She served two years as a psychotherapist and child specialist with Mohave Mental Health and as an executive director of Catholic Social Services of Mohave County. At the same time, she was a part-time instructor at Mohave Community College. She later became a full-time faculty member not only teaching social work classes, but also serving as student services director and a grant writer for seven years.
She has taught numerous grant-writing classes to local organizations and received more than $40 million dollars in grant moneys for the organizations she has sponsored, nearly half of which went to help Kingman and Mohave County residents.
During that time, she also served as a social worker case manager for Kingman Regional Medical Center. She is also a certified adoption specialist and has coordinated the placement of numerous children in good homes in Mohave County.
In addition to her professional work, Adams has volunteered her services as a board member of the Western Arizona Council of Governments; Parents Anonymous; the Salvation Army; Kingman Resource Center; Kingman Aid for Abused Persons and the United Way Allocation Committee.
She is a current member of Catholic Charities USA; the Kingman Cancer Care Unit; Phi Theta Kappa; the National Association of Social Workers; the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the Ukrainian Egg Society. She is a past vice president of the Optimist Club of Kingman and has volunteered more than 5,000 hours with the city of Kingman Parks and Recreation Department and the Andy Devine Days Parade.
"Marty has always valued the importance of education, the family, volunteerism and helping others. She believes that you tackle each problem as it comes and work to find a solution," said Keith Adams, who nominated her for the award.
Tracie Padilla - Public Services
Tracie Padilla is a former Kingman police officer who continues to make a difference in the community. After 11 years of service to the department, she now volunteers as a benevolence administrator at Praise Chapel, working with the victims of domestic violence as
part of the Jacob's Ladder program. The program started in 1991 after Pastor John Pool notice a need for outreach in the community. Jacob's Ladder not only offers solace for domestic violence victims, but also offers co-dependency, anger management and drug abuse classes.
Padilla also heads the Benevolence, Cup of Encouragement and many other ministries at the church.
"She is a devoted mother, wife, sister, aunt and daughter, who helps out where ever she is needed," said B.J. Thayer, who nominated her for the award. "Tracie and her family are upholding and outstanding citizens of this community. I wish there were more like her."
Penny White -
Even with a full-time job, Penny White finds the time to volunteer. White has been a resident of the Kingman area for 48 years and served as the chairwoman of the Kingman Cancer Care Unit's annual Arts and Crafts Fair for the last three years, the organization's one and only fundraiser.
"(Penny) works a full-time job and then gives much more than 100 percent and volunteers for this very important event," said Sue Snell, who nominated White for the award.
Work on the fair starts the day of the fair, according to Snell. White can be seen patrolling the grounds during the fair asking vendors to sign up for next year. She then continues to work on the details of the fair through the year, she said.
"Penny has worked relentlessly and unselfishly to ensure that everything was well organized and everything was accounted for," Snell said. "She does it because she is a very caring and compassionate and wants to help the cancer patients. She has given so much to the community and because of her efforts to make the arts and crafts fair such a big success. She has reached out and touched the lives of hundreds of cancer patients in this area."
Regina Cobb - Business
Regina Cobb of Riata Valley Dental Center has been practicing dentistry in Kingman for more than 18 years. When she was 5 years old, her aunt was in an accident, and while traveling to the hospital to visit her, Cobb decided she wanted go into healthcare. When she got older she chose dentistry and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1993. After visiting several locations in the West, she settled in Kingman, opened a practice and raised two girls.
According to Betsy Parker, who nominated her for the award, Cobb is a big supporter and sponsor of youth sports in Kingman, including Little League, soccer and softball. She has also sponsored some adult softball and volleyball leagues in the city.
"She has been an active volunteer in Kingman and an asset to the community," Parker said.
She also served on the Kingman Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2005 and served a year as the chairwoman of the chamber's board.
Cobb and Dr. Charles Lucero were recognized in 2005 for their "Give Kids a Smile" campaign, which ran from 2003 to 2007. She has also volunteered her dental services abroad in Vietnam and Honduras. She won the 2005 Arizona Dental Association President's Award.
Cobb is also highly active in the professional community. In 2005, she helped create the dental hygiene program at Mohave Community College and sits as the chair for its advisory committee.
She was also a member of the Arizona Dental Association board of trustees from 2002 to 2008 and served as president of the association from 2008 to 2009. She has also chaired the association's council on governmental affairs and was recently re-elected to the position.
Cobb has also been a national spokeswoman for the American Dental Association for the last six years and an ADA delegate for the last four.
For more information on the Women Making History program, contact Brenda at (928) 681-3344 ext. 2231.