Tracy Leigh (Hadley) Kvinge

Tracy Leigh Kvinge passed February 1st, 2017 in Palm Desert, CA surrounded by friends and family after a very sudden and unexpected battle against breast cancer over the past month.

Tracy was born May 2nd, 1960 to her loving parents, Bryce and Norma Hadley in Long Beach, California.

Her family, including her sister Lisa, moved to Indio in 1962. Tracy found her passion young, taking her first dance lessons at the age of 5. She continued to dance for the rest of her life, living the majority of her life in the studio or theater. In high school she displayed her love for the arts as a cheerleader, dancer, and member of the Drama Club. She graduated from Indio High School in 1978, and later received her Associate Degree from The College of the Desert.

As a dance teacher, Tracy touched the hearts of hundreds at Miss Julie’s Dance Studio, College of the Desert, Village Center for the Arts, and Starlight Dance Center.

Leaving the Coachella Valley to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the passing of her father brought her back to the Coachella Valley in 1986, and led to her crossing paths with her future husband.

Tracy married the love of her life, Ross John Kvinge, on May 4th, 1990 in Indio, California where the two began their loving life together. Together, they raised three beautiful children, Kayle, Erik, and Ryan. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Kayle, Tracy and Ross moved to Jupiter, Florida, where she gave birth to her twin sons, Erik and Ryan.

Moving back to the Coachella Valley in 2002, Tracy had an existing group of friends and family, but extended it tenfold with her fun, loving, and compassionate spirit.

Tracy is survived by her husband Ross; three children, Kayle, Erik, and Ryan; her mother Norma; her sister Lisa; and a number of other relatives and close friends.

To honor Tracy’s passion for the arts a public service will be held Friday, February 17 at the Pollock Theater of the College of the Desert Campus at 11am, followed by a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on her behalf to the Desert Cancer Foundation, online at www.desertcancerfoundation.org or call 760-773-6554 for more information.

Raquel Hinojosa Suarez 76

Raquel Hinojosa Suarez

Raquel Hinojosa Suarez
76 years old; born in Cuidad Victoria, Tamaulipas México on May 10, 1940 to Felipa Espinosa and Rafael Hinojosa
She resided in Thousand Palms, CA  for 45 years.
Raquel passed on to her eternal home with God and all His angels in heaven on November 19, 2016 after an aggressive battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She worked for Frank Sinatra for over 30 years at their Rancho Mirage and Malibu residences. This very special lady was a very hard, selfless worker and always gave 110% to whoever needed assistance.

Ms Suárez raised her 3 children as a single parent.
Raquel is survived by her children Roberto Suarez Jr, Laura Pérez and Raquel Suarez; 7 grandchildren Miguel Angel Suarez, Daniel Suarez, Bianca Mendez, Alejandro Mendez, Lisette Landa, Victor Landa, Jr, and Francisco Ortiz, Jr; 3 great-grandchildren Daisy Mendez, Mia Landa and Cameron Mason Mendez.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 which will include a viewing 9:00-10:00am followed by the service shortly after 10:am to be held at Forest Lawn 69855 E Ramon Road Cathedral City, CA 92234

William Homer Wright Jr. 88

Mr William Homer Wright, Jr.Longtime Palm Desert resident Bill Wright, an Army veteran and former district manager for Safeway, died February 8, 2017, at ManorCare in Palm Desert from complications of COPD and congestive heart failure. He was 88.

Bill—known to many as Papa—is lovingly remembered for his joy in being with family and friends, his kindness and generosity, his beautiful smile, his fondness for a tasty cocktail, his stylish attire, his amazingly lush white hair, and his appreciation for fishing (and a great fish story—many of which he told himself!).

William Homer Wright Jr. was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Plainview, Texas, the second of three children. The family moved to California in the early 1940s when he was a young teenager, and he graduated from San Fernando High School in 1946. During his teenage years, he began his long career with Safeway, where he would be employed for 40 years.

Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, and served during the Korean War. On Oct. 4, 1952, he wed Janice Wilis of Hanford, to whom he would be married nearly 50 years. After his wartime service, he resumed his career with Safeway, and the couple moved with the company from Marysville to Newhall before settling in Palm Desert in 1966. He was active in S.E.A.–Safeway Employees Association and was on the Board of Directors for the Safeway Credit Union for more than 30 years, serving as president for much of that time.

Bill was preceded in death by wife Janice in 2002. He leaves behind a daughter, Teri Armstrong, of Palm Desert; two granddaughters, Ashley Gallinger and husband James, of Parker, Colo., and Lindsay Armstrong and fiancé Aziz Sawaf, of San Francisco, and two great-grandchildren, McKenna and Connor Gallinger, of Parker, Colo.

A Celebration of Life to honor Bill is planned for 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church, 47-321 Highway 74, Palm Desert. Burial will be at Selma Cemetery in Selma, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030 (online at heart.org) or to a favorite charity.

Russell Lynn “Papa” Clelland 1935 – 2016

Russell Lynn "Papa" Clelland Obituary
Russell Lynn “Papa” Clelland, 81, of Aztec,NM. passed from this life to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at 4:10 a.m. at Life Care Center in Farmington, NM. He was born Sept. 16, 1935, in Fairmont, W. Va., to Earl Charles and Emil Carletta Clelland.
He attended Bridge Port Elementary School in West Virginia. He graduated from Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona. Russell served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Collett Destroyer, in the South Pacific. He worked at Duvall Corporation Copper Mine in Kingman, Arizona, at the Navajo Mine as an electrician on Draglines in Kirtland, New Mexico, he also worked for Utah International which converted into BHP, where he worked for the majority of his life. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and retired after 32 years of loyal service in 2003.
Russell married a beautiful lady and the love of his life, named Joyce LaFern Hale in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was later sealed in the St. George Temple in Southern Utah in 1980.
He was an active member of the National Rifle Association, the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association, and the Remote-Controlled Airplanes Association.
Russell’s hobbies included prospecting, bowling, rifle and archery, hunting, fly fishing, camping, and motor cycle riding.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Charles and Emil Carletta Clelland; brothers, Glen Earl and Charles Edward Clelland; and sister, Dorothy May Lofstead.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce LaFern Clelland; sons, Dwayne Lee Clelland and Russell Lynn Clelland II; daughter, Cynthia LuAnn Tucker; and grandchildren, Brittany Satini, Christopher Tucker, Andrew Tucker, Colter Tucker, Jonathan Clelland, Brennen Clelland, and Katrina Clelland.
A visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Farmington Funeral Home Chapel, 2111 W. Apache St. in Farmington followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. officiated by LeRoy Dugger. Interment will take place in spring of 2017. A reception will follow service at 1 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, N. Oliver Drive in Aztec.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Joyce Clelland 15 Road 2785, Aztec. NM 87410.
Funeral arrangements are with Farmington Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache St., 505-325-2211. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at farmingtonfuneral.com.

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Dec. 28, 2016 to Jan. 4, 2017