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Malvern, Charlene Marcella 1922-2003


Posted By: Marilyn Holmes
Date: 7/20/2017 at 14:03:19

The Arizona Republic
Jan. 9, 2003


Charlene Marcella Malvern, 80, passed away peacefully on - Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 surrounded by loving family members. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, David Malvern on Nov. 3, 2002. Charlene was born on Sept. 25, 1922 in Braddyville, IA to Vera Velma Wolf and Charles Miles Pulliam and was raised by a very special grandmother, Hollis Cumberlin Wolf. She is survived by a son, David Edward Malvern of Huntington Beach, CA, and daughters Lana Marie Kulow and husband Tim, of Durango, CO, Patricia Ann Jameson and husband Ross, of Scottsdale, AZ, Janice Kay Gibbon and husband Ted, of Chula Vista, CA, Judith Hollis Sullivan and husband Nolan, of Amarillo, TX; 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Also she is survived by a sister Audrey Johnson and brother Max Pulliam in Iowa and other family and friends. Charlene graduated from Clarinda High School and during WWII, she was a fiercely independent young bride who cared for 3 small children while David was serving in the army in Europe. After the war, they moved to Colorado, now with 5 children, then to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she worked at Sandia Base as a legal secretary, a job she really loved. They finally settled in California near the beach, where she became Nana to her grandchildren whom she really enjoyed. In 1994, David & Charlene retired to Scottsdale, AZ, and she quickly fell in love with the desert, saguaro cactus and the newest additions of great grandchildren. The family reunions continued every year and Charlene loved seeing all the grandchildren together. No one loved having a good time as much as she did. She loved to play bridge, shop, drive her VW bug and most of all, go dancing. She traveled with her husband all over the world and always came back with large amounts of souvenirs and memories. She will be remembered for her famous picnic lunches at the beach, her love of jewelry, her sense of style and her love of family and life. Her children knew her as Mom, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her Nana. She is reunited with her beloved "Daddy" as she called him and we are happy for her to be in heaven with him, but we will miss her deeply. The family would like to say a very special thank you to all the wonderful people at Phoenix Mountain Nursing Center for their kind and compassionate care the last few years of her life. God Bless Them. Arrangements are being made by Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m. Services will be held Friday, Jan 10, 11:00, with burial to follow at the VA National Cemetery. Family suggests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Phoenix Mountain Nursing Home, 13232 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040.


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