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July 6, 2011

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P��� 12 VFW donates Piano Quartzsite Learning Center Grateful for Piano Donation QUARTZSITE, AZ- Arizona West- ern College’s Quartzsite Learning Center would like to thank VFW Post 769 for their generous dona- tion of $335, which allowed them to purchase three new keyboards and fi ve headphone sets for their piano classes. This past spring, AWC’s Quartz- site Learning Center recruited lo- cal school teacher, Lisa DeHaven, to teach a piano course. The class was a personal enrichment class that they thought would be popu- lar with their winter visitors. The class started out with a couple of used keyboards that were donated and students brought small key- boards of their own. As it turned out, there was enough interest ���.D�����M��������.��� from local (full-time) residents that another class was created that be- gan this past May. The local VFW Post 769 heard a radio announcement regarding the College’s efforts to raise money to buy more keyboards, and respond- ed with a donation. The AWC Foundation created the donation account and purchased the equip- ment for the Quartzsite Learning Center. The new keyboards ar- rived shortly after the class began in May, and their present piano students have enjoyed them im- mensely. The Quartzsite Learning Center is very grateful for the generosity of the local VFW Post 769 and plan to hold many more piano classes in the future. For more informa- tion contact the Learning Center at call the Quartzsite Learning Center at (928) 927-8299, or, simply stop by 695 N. Kofa Ave. in Quartzsite! La Paz Valley, Rainbow Acres, Brenda, Bouse, Salome, In Home Health Care Now in Quartzsite Ehrenberg, Hope, Wenden, Poston, Parker. Coming soon to Big River & Blythe, Calif. J��� 6, 2011 Pictured above from Left to Right: Art Larsen (Past Commander), Mike Davis (Commander), Tamara Ragsdale (Ladies Aux. Jr. V. Pres.), Dennis Cole (State Commander), Terry Morris (Ladies Aux. Secretary) Stan Hanna (Men’s Aux. Past President) In Memorium Betty Lou Tolson, long time resident of Quartzsite, Arizona passed away peace- fully on May 16, 2011 at her home from complications of a stroke. Betty was born in Watertown, South Dakota on Septmeber 18, 1943, to Alfred E. Wheelborg and Iona Marion Keller Wheelborg. She grew up in Escondido, California where she graduated from Vista High School. In 1961 Betty married her fi rst love, Jim- • Home Health Care Visits • Home Health Aides • Durable Medical Equipment • On Call Nurses 24 hours/day • New Medication/Disease Education Home healthcare is covered by most insurance companies. We accept all private insurances. Medicare/Medicaid Certifi ed. If you or a loved one need home health care contact your Community Liaison of Parker Angela Meek 928-412-7612 mie Dale Lee. During their marriage they had three children together and later di- vorced. Betty had another son, Donald E. Branin. She later found the love of her life, Thomas O. Tolson with whom she shared the last thirty fi ve years of her life. Tom and his three sons joined Betty and her children forming a large, loving family. Betty lived her life for her family and friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and always put the needs of her family fi rst. She was a great cook who loved to entertain. Holidays and big celebrations with her was nothing to be missed. She was a very talented crafter and also loved to crochet. Through her years she became a great carpenter as well. Through the help of fam- ily and friends, she was able to build her dream homes. One of her favorite things to do was to gather around the patio table and enjoy a game of cards or dice with family and friends while everyone shared stories and laughter. During her years in Quartzsite, Betty and her husband Tom, built their own RV Park from the ground up. They rented out to the dear snowbird friends who came back to join them for the winters year after year. Betty Lou is survived by her devoted and beloved husband, Thomas Tolson, her children David Lee and wife Monica, Dwayne Lee and wife Raiza, Denise Lee, Donnie Brain, Troy Tolson, Destry Tolson, and Josh Tolson and wife Esther. Grand- children Stephen Higley and wife Katrina, Johnathan Scollard, Tevyn, Christian and Dylan Branin, Onna Marie Lee, Corrina and Morgan Tolson. Great grandchildren Thomas and Trinity Higley, Tayven Scol- lard and another one on the way. Her broth- ers and sisters Beverly and Bill Dickey, Dean and Deana Wheelborg, and Dennis and Rosalyn Wheelborg. She also leaves behind her beloved dog Susie, as well as many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. Betty was the glue that held the family together and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her and remain “Forever in our hearts.” The family gives a huge thanks to the Angels from Hospice of Havasu whose loving hands .helped her to ease the suf- fering in her fi nal days.

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