Obituaries

Dr. Elizabeth Willott

On May 2, 2015, Elizabeth Willott passed away peacefully after a brief but undaunted battle with cancer. For those of us who loved her, a beautiful light flickered out. Even so, Elizabeth left a living legacy from a life fully-lived. She was born on October 2, 1955, in Barrow-in-Furness England. Her family moved to Canada when she was 22 months old. A precocious child, she learned to read by the age of four. Curiosity and love of learning were hallmarks of Elizabeth's life. After a childhood and young adulthood spent enjoying the outdoors with her family and studying natural history, she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary. Elizabeth was engaged in post-grad work in Saskatoon, and then moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she earned a PhD in Biochemistry at the UofA in 1989. Elizabeth pursued post-doctoral work at Yale, Duke, and Kansas State University before coming back to Tucson and the UofA in 1996. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology. Elizabeth's other professional interests, including mosquito ecology and environmental ethics, lead her to travel the globe. She was a passionate advocate for human rights and found fulfillment in community. For the last five years, Elizabeth served as the curator of the Butterfly Magic exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens (aka the "Butterfly Queen)." To the delight of many lucky visitors each year, she put her heart and soul into creating an amazing experience of beauty with a healthy dose of science. She loved her volunteers and they loved her. The Botanical Gardens plans to install a memorial bench for Elizabeth in the butterfly house. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support this tribute to her legacy. Elizabeth is survived by her family in Canada, including her mother, Margaret Willott; and siblings, Dominic Willott (Linda), Peter Willott (Lise), Richard Willott (Sandy), Mary Willott, Catherine Stearns (John) and Madeline Willott and several honorary relatives. She is also survived by her amicably-divorced partner and ex-husband of many years, David Schmidtz (Cate). The rest of us are her Tucson family, and we will all miss her very much. Please join us for a Celebration of her life to be held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on Monday, June 1, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Mildred "Millie" A. Lowe

87, passed away May 28, 2015. Millie was born and raised in Detroit, MI, and moved to Tucson in 1959 where she raised her family. Millie was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband of 65 years, Donald E. Lowe. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her seven children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Sanctuary Cove, 8001 N. Scenic Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to www.gofundme.com/FlowersforSummer Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
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Isaac M. Cardenas

born on August 31, 1935 in Mazatlán, Mexico, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. Survived by his children, Connie (Al) Soto, Gloria, Dina Wiggins, Mary Lou (Luiz) Rodriguez, Isaac, Patty (Larry) Lopez, Jimmy, Margaret, Elizabeth (Armando) Riesgo, Raymond and countless grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. We will always love and cherish you Dad, you always offered guidance and a steady hand. You were one of our greatest blessings, and you're the man that we were honored to have called Dad. Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m.., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at St. Margaret's Church, 801 N. Grande Ave.
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"Our" Marine Lance Corporal Matthew J. Determan

was involved in a tragic training accident while on deployment with the 15 Marine Expeditionary Rapid Assault Unit at Bellows Air Force Station, Waimanalo, Hawaii. Matt was deployed with the USS Essex Assault Carrier Group. Twenty two Marines where in an Osprey aircraft, simulating assault rapids, when it crash landed. Another Marine, Lance Corporal Joshua Barron died of his injuries, and many other Marines were seriously injured. The USS Essex is continuing to carry on its mission, protecting our freedom and providing humanitarian help where needed. From a very young age, Matt wanted to become a Marine. He achieved this goal through hard work and dedication to his brothers in the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. Lance Corporal Determan's awards include the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Matt was raised in Tucson and Ahwatukee, Arizona by Charlesa and Michael Determan, both Air Force Veterans. His passing is especially heartbreaking for his brother, Taylor and sister, Ashley who where more soulmates than mere siblings. Our love for Matt is as pure as love can be, he will be with us always. We take comfort in the fact that we will all see Matt soon enough. Because our time on earth is short, we must make each day count. After this tragic accident, we find comfort knowing Matthew's organ donations gave new life to four recipients. Countless others have sustained life through Matt's donations from his vessel here on earth. Knowing this, we all see a light during this time of sorrow. Matt's 21st birthday was May 12th, and on the May 19, 2015, Matt passed on to a higher power to be of service to none other than Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Matt's last message to us, posted before his deployment was, "See you on the flip side America. Nothing but love goes out to all my friends and family till I see you again, be safe and keep my brothers in the 3/1 in your prayers".
Matt is survived by his family: brother, Taylor Determan; sister, Ashley and her fiance, Ray, their baby son, Dominik Michael Ortiz. Grandparents, Dick and Mary Determan; grandmother, Leanna Howard; grandfather, Jack Moberg and his wife, Susan and aunt, Kelela Moberg. Matt's uncle, Mark Determan; aunt and uncle, Colleen and Eddie Soto; aunt and uncle, John and Kelly Determan; cousin, Alex.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund in the name of Lance Corporal Matt Determan, Semerfifund.org/donate. Checks may be made payable to: Semper Fi Fund, Collage Blvd. Ste., PMD 609, Oceanside, CA, 92057. Matt's Memorial will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at our Lady of the Desert Church, Tucson, AZ.
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FARLEY, James H., born November, 1931, deceased May 25, 2015. Survived by wife, Norma; children, Linda Solt, Joyce Caudill, Nancy Farley and James R. Farley and grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Per his request, there will be no public funeral service. Honorariums to: Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.
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