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Thelma Inez (Walker) Vensel

Posted 2019-08-11 by Pat R
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)
Sunday, June 24, 2001, p. B-7

Thelma I. Vensel, passed away June 19, 2001 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thelma was very proud that she was a second generation, native of Arizona. She was born in Graham County in Klondyke, Arizona, April 7, 1915. Her mother, Jessie Wootan Walker died during the devastating flu epidemic in 1918. Her father, A.G. Walker was a mohair and cattle rancher who also served as a deputy sheriff, three terms as Warden of the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona and Captain of the Arizona Highway Patrol in Phoenix, Arizona. Thelma's elementary schooling was in a one-room school at the McKinley Mine in the Bradshaw Mountains southwest of Prescott, Arizona. She was a graduate of Wickenburg High School. Thelma was a member of Eastern Star, attended La Casa de Cristo Church in Scottsdale and was a member of the Smoki People in Prescott, AZ.

She is preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Vensel in 1980. She is survived by her daughter, Adele Harper (John) of Scottsdale; sons, Kenneth of Winslow and (Kathy) of Happy Jack, George (Linda) of Mesa; seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; sister, Cassie George and Ora Gray of Wickenburg and Irene Nord of Salome, Arizona.

Memorial services will be held 4pm Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at La Can De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. Arrangements under the direction of Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale.

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