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Jan Arlene Wilson
Jan passed away in the company of her children on May 23, 2023, near her apartment in Charlotte, N.C., following a brief illness.
Born Dec. 11, 1942, in Seattle, she was the second of three children born to Mary Elizabeth “Dixie” Tuck Edwards and Herbert Meredith Edwards. She attended the University of Puget Sound where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.
Jan was an enthusiastic member of the Girl Scouts from her childhood. As an adult, she became a troop leader and was recognized numerous times for her volunteer service.
Jan married Dean Andrew Wilson in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 11, 1969. She was a loving mother to Carla Lynn Wilson (Barrett) born July 5, 1971, and Eric Edwards Wilson born July 7, 1975.
She and Dean moved to the SaddleBrooke community near Tucson, Ariz., in 1998. Jan enjoyed hiking and the outdoors tremendously and was a hike leader in the SaddleBrooke hiking club. Jan loved leading hiking groups from SaddleBrooke on many slower but challenging hikes, often including unplanned adventures!
In 2013, Jan and Dean moved to the 55+ community of Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, S.C. More recently, Jan resided at the Brightmore of South Charlotte senior independent living community.
Jan was preceded in death by her husband Dean Andrew Wilson. She is survived by her siblings Carl Edwards and Lynn Edwards Miller; her daughter Carla Wilson Barrett, son-in-law Gary Wieboldt, and step-grandson Dylan Wieboldt Liedy; and her son Eric Wilson, daughter-in-law Melissa Rosenberry Wilson, granddaughter Morgan Wilson, and grandson Blake Wilson.
A drop-in celebration of life will be held in Jan’s honor on July 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Brightmore of South Charlotte located at 10225 Old Ardrey Kell Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277.
For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines , Harrison United Methodist Church www.loavesandfishes.org, or The Nature Conservancy.
Stuart Murray Grant Jr.
On Jan. 16, 2023, at the age of 88, Stuart Murray Grant Jr. passed away at Oro Valley Hospital surrounded by his family.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1934, Stu grew up in Kent, Wash., and graduated from Washington State University. He worked for Household Finance for 42 years as a manager and a supervisor; living in Nevada, Hawaii, and California.
Stu met Marcia, his beloved wife of 53 years, in Honolulu where they were both working. They have one daughter, Susan, who lives in New Jersey and is married to Dan Krulikowski, and has two stepsons, Michael and Owen.
Stu and Marcia moved to SaddleBrooke Ranch in 2012. Marcia plans to continue living at the Ranch.
Stu enjoyed playing cards and eating the wedge salad at the Ranch House Grill and hot dogs at Ed’s Dogs. Having a great sense of humor and a great conversationalist, he made many friends. He loved the beauty of Tucson and soaking up sun.
Many wonderful summers were spent at the family cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
He is truly missed and will be in our hearts forever.
His obituary may be found at www.VistosoFH.com. Many photographs of Stu, Marcia, and the family can be viewed on this website. If interested, you can donate a tree to be planted in Stu’s name on this site.
Carolee Louise Bailey
On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, Carolee Louise Bailey (nee Gentili), loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away in Tucson, Ariz.
Carolee was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash., the only child of Albert and Louise Gentili. She attended Central Washington State University briefly before her first marriage and the birth of her three daughters. She later relocated to California to raise her daughters as a single parent. While there she returned to college, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. Carolee worked in real estate, land conservation, and as a paralegal. Later in life she developed a passion for politics and volunteered extensively.
In 2009 she met and a year later married Paul Bailey. Together they found love, companionship, and adventure. They traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America and throughout the U.S. by motorcycle and with Corvette clubs.
Carolee adored her four grandchildren and cherished spending time with them. She loved her Burmese kitties, Sanda and Wynn, gardening, and staying fit. She was an avid, lifelong reader and always had a good book to share.
In 2014 Paul and Carolee came to SaddleBrooke Ranch to build their forever home. Carolee was involved in various activities at the Ranch. In 2019 she found her true passion and organized the Republican Women of Action (WOA). The WOA grew over the years to more than 120 members. They functioned to educate women in politics and to provide a means where women could be involved in political functions.
Carolee is survived by her husband Paul, daughters Tracy Magers, Tia Magers, and Kendall Hewitt and husband Noah, as well as her four grandchildren Matthew and Nikola Koso and Kenna and Matea Hewitt. She will be dearly missed by all.
A private, family memorial will be held in the Chicago area at a later date.
Larry Allen Marchant
Larry Allen Marchant, 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, loving friend, wonderful caring neighbor, and supportive community pillar, passed after a valiant battle with cancer in the comfort of his home with family on Dec. 22, 2022, in Oracle, Ariz.
Born May 19, 1944, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Hilton C. Marchant and Freda K. (Peters) Marchant and is survived by brother Albert (Peggy) Marchant, of Medford, Ore., and sister Kay Tordoff, of Soldotna, Alaska; his loving wife of 20 years, Sharon Olivia Marchant; along with seven children; Scott (Susan) Marchant, of Crabtree, Ore.; Melissa Wood, of Fairbanks, Alaska; Kelly (Ross) Nease, of Valdez, Alaska; Nathaniel Marchant, of Fairbanks, Alaska; Trudy (Eric) McNeil, of North Pole, Alaska; Steven Marchant, of Valdez, Alaska; Megan (Coty) Turner, of Valdez, Alaska; 2 step-children Kelly (Ed) Hillman-Harding, of Olympia, Wash., and Wes (Rachel) Hillman, of Olympia, Wash.; 32 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; and is pre-deceased by his spouse Cecelia.
Larry had an exciting and adventurous life, moving to Oregon as a child, living in Cave Junction and Medford followed by his proud service in the U.S. Navy primarily aboard the USS Vesuvius ammunition ship with primarily Pacific Ocean duty calls. He returned to California where he got the call from his parents to gather up his siblings and venture to Alaska in 1966. He and his growing family experienced a series of amazing life adventures during his 50 years in Alaska, including living and working for the Dew Line stations in Barrow and Kaktovick, Alaska; driving truck on the Haul Road and working in Transportation, Maintenance and Logistics within Alaska. Larry retired from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in 2006, having served as an Oil Spill Response Coordinator for 12 years. He and his wife RVd extensively for several years and settled in Oracle, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a platelet or blood donation in Larry’s honor. Celebrations of life will be held in Arizona, Washington, and Alaska at a later date.
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