Obituaries

Harry John McCarty

50, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the TMC Peppi's Hospice Care Center following a brief illness. Harry leaves his mother, Clarissa and sisters, Terry (Richard) Harper, Patricia McCarty, Deniese McCarty and Dahlene McCarty and brothers, Jesus (Yolanda), Ronald (Anthia), Howard (Koni), Albert (Valerie) McCarty and Todd Novitsch and many nieces, nephews and friends. Born and raised in Tucson, the son of Ronald Lucian McCarty and Clarissa B. McCarty, he was a lifelong resident of the Belvedere neighborhood. Harry attended John B. Wright Elementary School, Doolen Middle School and Catalina High School. Harry had a passion for gardening and cooking and was known as one of the better cooks in the family. We will all remember him for his quick wit, his love of science fiction novels and vintage movies. A Rosary will be held Monday, April 27, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY, 1040 N. Columbus Blvd. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Cyrl's Parrish on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. located at 4725 E. Pima Street.
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Romaine Viola Smith

94, went home peacefully to be with her Precious Lord on April 21, 2015. She was born on January 24, 1921 in Decatur, IN to Ellery E. and Ruby Johnson and grew up in Van Wert, OH. Romaine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles, married 55 years in 1993, and is survived by her daughter, Roleen Smith Sanderson; three grandchildren, Allison Adams Tucker, Andrea Adams and Dr. Aric Adams and three great-grandchildren, Shanelle Adams, Ethan Adams and Grace Adams. She began her entrepreneurial endeavors at age 19 with her husband, Charles. Together they developed and ran Lost Creek Nursery in Lima, OH and Friendly Village Estates, the first "no-step" mobile home park in Tucson, AZ. Romaine was devoted to the Lord's work, and gave of her time and resources to the Tucson First Church of God. Her unabashed strength was a support and inspiration to all those around her, and fueled her passion for growing flowers and beautiful things, sharing in others' lives, actively supporting her family, and taking care of her Charles. Viewing will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, 3015 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705. Celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Church of God, 3355 N. Fontana Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705.
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Elvira Pierson Vandeveire

Passed away peacefully on April 21, 2015, after a long illness with Alzheimer's. Elvira was born on September 16, 1929 in Nogales, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents Florencio and Elvira Pierson, two sisters and four brothers, and her husband Harlan W. Vandeveire. She is survived by her brother, Roberto Pierson; four children, Raymond (Stephanie), Anne (David), Mary, and Renee (Paul) and 11 grandchildren. After graduating from Nogales High School, she worked for seven years as a legal secretary and then came to Tucson where she attended the University of Arizona and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Master of Education in Reading and a Master of Education in Bilingual Education. Elvira worked for the Sunnyside Unified School District at Liberty Elementary School and retired in 1992. She was an active parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, serving as member of the Church's Choir and Bible study group. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and a Sun Sounds Tutor at Oasis, Henry and Dietz Elementary Schools. Services will be held at St. Francis de Sales Church, starting with a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Additional details can be found at www.Bringfuneralhome.com.
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Dr. William Austin Sibley

a founding father of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and first head of its department of neurology, died April 24, 2015. He was 90. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Shaw Sibley of Tucson; his sister, Margaret Sanborn of Pewaukee, Wis.; his daughter, Jane Clark of Lexington, Ky.; sons, John of Toronto, Peter of Tucson and Andrew of Tulsa, Okla; six grandchildren: Bill, Ian, Georgia, Robin, Sam and Shannon and his beloved Lab, Buster Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Erna Sibley, as well as his brother, Mulford Q. Sibley and sister, Agnes Marie Sibley.
Dr. Sibley devoted his career to the study of diseases of the nervous system, and to the testing and development of treatments for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraines and Parkinson's disease. His clinical findings and diagnostic skills continue to inform physicians around the world, and patients still benefit from his research. Dr. Sibley taught thousands of resident physicians and medical students in a neurology career spanning more than five decades. He continued to teach through 2012, more than 45 years after joining the UA medical school leadership in June 1967.
He was straight off the tee, could sing extended passages from Gilbert & Sullivan from memory and enjoyed making goldenrod eggs for his family on Christmas morning. Dr. Sibley was a basketball season ticket holder at McKale Center during the Lute Olson years, spoiled his dogs and asked that his ashes be spread near his cottage and favorite fishing spots on the southeastern shores of Lake Huron in Ontario.
In 2006, Dr. Sibley was awarded the John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research, awarded by the American Academy of Neurology and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In the same year he also earned the UA College of Medicine's Physician Scientist Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and Seminal Contributions to the Etiology and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
He authored or contributed to more than 100 books and academic journals. In 1984, Dr. Sibley was listed one of the nation's "1,500 Best Medical Specialists" by Town and Country magazine. He was also featured in "The Best Doctors in the U.S." (1981) and "The Best Doctors in America" (1992-93).
Before coming to Tucson, Dr. Sibley was an assistant in neurology at Columbia University in New York City, an assistant professor of neurology at Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a visiting professor in the department of neurology at the Albert Einstein Medical School in New York City. From 1970 to 1974 and from 1976 to 1978 he served as chairman of the advisory committee on etiology, diagnosis and therapy for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
He was a captain in the Air Force and served with the Far East Air Materiel Command in Japan in 1952-53. In 1954 he met his future wife in the neurological ward of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, where she worked as a nursing instructor. They were married a few months later.
Sibley was born in Miami, Okla. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1945 and his doctor of medicine degree from Yale in 1948.
Friends are invited to Dr. Sibley's home, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for a memorial celebration of his life. Write to sibleywj@gmail.com for address.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716; the Sibley Resident Education Fund at the University of Arizona Foundation, P.O. Box 210109, Tucson, AZ 85721; or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.


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LEETH, Elvira, In Loving Memory of Elvira, 58, of Tucson passed away April 20, 2015 in San Diego, CA. Preceded by her parents, brother and sister. Survived by her two daughters, a son and six grandchildren. She enjoyed her final years in San Diego and will be missed.
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