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Obituaries for May 12, 2005

Beverly J. Peterson

Hello, everybody, this is Joan. I was born April 9, 1942, in Fruitvale, Texas, to S.J. and Ruby Johnson.

My dad was in World War II and gave his life for his country. Mom and I moved to Long Beach, Calif., where I went to school and graduated. Then I went through college to become a beautician. I worked at various shops throughout Orange County. I married Tom Short on April 1, 1962. We had three kids, Deborah Horton and husband Al of Corona, Calif., Susan Tate of Vilonia, Ark., and Gregory Short and wife Danette of Garden Grove, Calif. We raised our kids in Westminster, Calif., where they graduated. Thirty years later, Tom passed away and I moved to Kingman. I remodeled a home that I had purchased and learned how to do carpentry all on my own.

Months later I needed a repair on my pickup and I took it in to be worked on, and that is when I met my "godsend" husband, Arnie. One year later, we were married on Oct. 2, 1993, and I accumulated three more kids, Jonathan Peterson and wife Amanda of Pueblo, Colo., Joanne Nix and husband Alan of Kingman, and Susan Huffine and husband Darryl of Kingman. We now have 10 grandchildren between us: Michael Dietz, Brian Oyama, Alan Horton, Natalie Dietz, Julianne and Jack Nix, Charles Horton, Dylan and Kylie Short and Dana Horton; and one great granddaughter, Donovan Dietz. I have two sisters, Linda Martinez of Apple Valley, Calif., and Carolyn Chesterfield of Nashville, Tenn.

Arnie and I had so much fun working together, fixing and repairing those rentals. It was something that we both enjoyed doing very much, as we were together in all we did and had the same achievements and goals in mind. We attended Grace Lutheran Church and have met a lot of wonderful people who have become our friends. I loved doing crafts, yard work and traveling.

I left everyone on Friday, May 6, 2005, at the age of 63. I now reside in my new home in heaven. Over to my right I see my mother, and most importantly of all, in front of me I see Jesus. It is a very beautiful place and I expect to see all of my relatives and friends in the future.

Goodbye and I love you,


Viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Sutton Funeral Home, and services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at Grace Lutheran Church.

Sally L. Hudson

Sally Lovejoy Hudson died on Saturday, May 7, 2005. She was 77 years old. She was born on Oct. 9, 1927, in Chicago to Doris Martin Lovejoy and Charles Earnest Lovejoy.

Sally earned her bachelor's degree in Education from the School of Education at the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana. She was active in campus affairs, being a member of the Pi Beta Phi social fraternity, vice president of the YWCA, and was selected for membership in the Mortar Board Honor Society.

Following her undergraduate work, she served as assistant house mother at the Pi Beta Phi house at Indiana University while there earning her master's degree in Education.

In 1953, she was hired by the U.S. Army to teach the children of Army personnel who were stationed in Germany. During her two years overseas, she traveled widely throughout Europe, the British Isles and the Middle East and provided occasional travel correspondence to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Upon returning from Germany, she taught in the Chicago school system prior to meeting James F. Hudson, whom she married in Chicago on Feb. 16, 1957. The couple resided in Bethesda, Md., after their wedding, where Sally continued her teaching career. They moved west in 1961, taking root in Show Low for 10 years before moving to Kingman in 1971.

Sally taught for Kingman Elementary School District #4 for 19 years, before retiring in 1991. Though she taught a few different grades during her tenure in Kingman, the last 15 years were spent teaching kindergarten, which was her passion. She was active in the District Performance Objectives Committee and was mentor to two interns as part of their required undergraduate training as teachers.

She was active in the community, serving on the High School Parents Advisory Committee as well as being an officer of the Bulldogs' Booster Club. She also assisted the Kingman Rotary Club with their literacy goal by teaching an adult how to read and write as a tutor for the Kingman Literacy Council. The then-president of Rotary cited her for her contribution of "service above self" in her efforts on behalf of their literacy program.

An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she had served as Sunday school teacher, church treasurer and chairman of the Alter Guild. She was a licensed Lay Reader, frequently read lessons during services and often said the Prayers of the People.

After retiring, Sally spent much of her time volunteering for the Kingman Public Library. As a charter member of the Friends of the Kingman Library, she gave her time in many capacities and was active in the affairs of the Friends organization.

Her surviving relatives are her husband, James F. Hudson of Kingman; son, James Neil Hudson of Dowell, Md.; son, Christopher Bailey Hudson of Gilbert; her sister, Alice Hine of Greenville, Ohio; her brother, Charles Earnest Lovejoy Jr. of Mars Hill, N.C.; and grandchildren, Kaitlin Hudson, Mackenzie Hudson and Dane Hudson.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 423 Spring St. in Kingman, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Rather than sending flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sally's name to either of the following: Trinity Episcopal Church or St. Jude's Ranch for Children, P.O. Box 60100 Boulder City, NV 89006-0100.

Virginia Anderson Conrath

Frances Virginia Anderson Conrath, wife of the late Ray Nelson Conrath, passed away on May 7, 2005. She was the daughter of the late J.B. and Charlotte Anderson of Indiana, Pa. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Jenella Anderson, Lois Anderson, Charlotte Lydic and Grace Springer; and two brothers, Duke and Frank Anderson. She leaves behind two daughters, Barbara Turner of Lynden, Wash., and Judy Peeler and husband of Kingman; a son, James L. Conrath and wife of Laurens, S.C.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was a charter member of Kingman Presbyterian Church and taught elementary school in Kingman for 20 years. She attended Retired Teachers Association meetings, Morning Glories and the Masonic High Twelve.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to hospice or Kingman Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service was held today at Kingman Presbyterian Church.

Jerome Henning

Jerome Joe Henning went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2005. He was born on Dec. 10, 1936, in Dryden, Mich., and graduated from high school in Quincy, Mich. After two years in the Marines, he married and had two children.

He worked as a branch manger with G.A.C. Finance for many years before becoming a partner in a tavern in northern Michigan. Later, he moved to Kingman, where he was a cook at the Beacon Truck Stop for 12 years. Joe was an avid fisherman and spent a lot of time on the lake when he retired. He also liked prospecting for gold and belonged to a black powder-shooting club.

At Joe's request there will be no services and he was cremated. His wife, Grace, preceded Joe in death. Joe leaves behind his mother, Altha I. Braun and his two sons Robert J. and Steven M. Henning. Jerome Henning was our Dad, and we will miss him very much. ­ Robert and Steve.