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Valencia Dodd


1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dodd, Valencia
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on November 5th, 2016. Valencia Dodd (Hegler) was born September 25, 1927 in De Kalb, Texas to Cecil Morris and Opal Aline Hegler. She lived there until October, 1935 when they moved to Ajo, Arizona where she attended school, graduating in 1946. Valencia was a very gifted piano and organ player. In her youth she played for the school choirs and won a music scholarship to Northern Arizona University. Valencia was an organist for the Federated church for many years until the Baptist Church was organized and then became their organist for 34 years. While in Ajo she taught organ and piano and was a member of First Baptist Church (Calvary Baptist) teaching Sunday school, working in Bible school and a member of Women's Missionary Union. She moved to Glendale, Arizona in 1978 and went to work for Circle K where she was a clerk and then a manager, retiring after 11 years of dedicated service. Valencia was married to Charles Leon Dodd for 57 years until he passed away on October 26, 2003. Valencia is preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Opal Hegler, husband Charles Leon Dodd, and her brother William "Bill" Hegler. Valencia is survived by her daughter Sharon Elaine Reif (Dwight Reif), son Charles Michael Dodd, grandchildren Michael (Shannon), Adam (Tara), Sheri (George Patton), Christopher (Michelle), Amy (Kenny Bubash) and Ashley Reif, ten great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, sister-in-Law Sheila Hegler and many nieces and nephew. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 North 59th Avenue, Glendale. Celebration of Valencia's life will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00 am at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary. Burial will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. The family would like to express gratitude to all the caregivers at Seniors Preserve and Sanctuary Hospice, they were truly angels sent to us in our time of need. For more information or to leave a tribute please visit www.obits.azcentral.com or www.chapelofthechimesmortuary.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 13, 2016
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