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Elvira Olga McLaughlin

Elvira McLaughlin, of Glendale and formerly of Clifton, entered into rest Saturday, September 29, 2018, at her residence with her loving husband, John, and family around her. She was born in Clifton, Arizona 90 years ago to Refugio Diaz Gonzalez and Manuel Ruiz on January 23. John McLaughlin eloped with Elvira, when she was 24, on Easter Sunday in 1952. Elvira touched a lot of people’s hearts and steered a lot of people in the right direction. She lived in the Clifton/Morenci area for most of her life. She retired as chief deputy treasurer of Greenlee County. Elvira was active in both the Sacred Heart and Holy Cross Catholic parishes, serving as lector, lay Eucharistic minister, and working with St. Vincent de Paul. She said the rosary daily. Elvira and John moved to Sun City in their early 70s, joining the Saint Joachim and St. Anne parish. Elvira is remembered for her love of shoe shopping, her delicious cooking, her weekly hair coiffure, and her interest in people. She was a strong woman, displaying her strength in a gentle manner. She loved spending time at Benevilla at St. Clement’s in Sun City. Elvira is survived by: John, her husband of 66 years. They were blessed with four children: Michael (Cathy), Patrick (Peter), Teresa (Mark) and Richard (Jenni); eight grandchildren: Ian, Natalie, Priscilla, Lydia, Gloria, Juan, Khristopher and Andrew; Six great-grandchildren: Keagan, Michael, Makayla, Andres, Anaiyah, and Kaylee; and two surviving sisters Manuela DeLeon and Concha Soto. Elvira was preceded in death by: her parents, Manuel and Refugio Ruiz; as well as her siblings, Maria, Alberto, Cruz, Ramon, Cecilio, Ernesto and Armenia. A Mass of Christian Burial for Elvira will be celebrated Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Rev. Nathaniel Mma. Committal will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. A rosary will be prayed for Elvira on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family will receive friends Saturday morning, October 13, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., also at the church.


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1thing I can share with you all that knew Vera McLaughlin. She has had been an inspiration in my life and has taught me a great listen about myself. That would be not to say the word cant but can do anything that you put your mind to. She and the entire McLaughlin family will always have a very special place in my heart and life. May GOD bless her abundantly in heaven. Donald Baughn

Donald Baughn Jan 15 2019 12:00 AM

Hello, I met "Vera" at Benevilla a year ago. I volunteer on a weekly basis. I will always remember Vera's kindness. She was always happy and most importantly treated me and my coworkers with respect and appreciation. I know some days were tough for her, but she always put a smile on her face. I will always remember how kind and considerate she was to her friends at Benevilla. She will continue to be a reminder to me on how to continue to treat people in all walks of life with respect and kindness. My thoughts and prayers to all of your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Sherry Pulley/Volunteer at Benevilla.

Sherry Pulley Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM

Hello, I met "Vera" at Benevilla a year ago. I volunteer on a weekly basis. I will always remember Vera's kindness. She was always happy and most importantly treated me and my coworkers with respect and appreciation. I know some days were tough for her, but she always put a smile on her face. I will always remember how kind and considerate she was to her friends at Benevilla. She will continue to be a reminder to me on how to continue to treat people in all walks of life with respect and kindness. My thoughts and prayers to all of your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Sherry Pulley/Volunteer at Benevilla.

Sherry Pulley Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM

With heartfelt condolences, our prayers to John and his family during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and strength.

Angel & Dora Rodriguez Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM

With heartfelt condolences, our prayers to John and his family during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and strength.

Angel & Dora Rodriguez Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM

Shirley Alvarez Mortensen lit a candle for Elvira Olga McLaughlin

Shirley Alvarez Mortensen Oct 6 2018 12:00 AM

Shirley Alvarez Mortensen lit a candle for Elvira Olga McLaughlin

Shirley Alvarez Mortensen Oct 6 2018 12:00 AM

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Jim and NanC Krass Oct 5 2018 12:00 AM

Jim and NanC Krass lit a candle for Elvira Olga McLaughlin

Jim and NanC Krass Oct 5 2018 12:00 AM

Our condolences to John and the Mc Laughin families, Vera was a most kind and lovely lady. She had many friends in the Clifton area and was well known in the area. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Hector & Brenda Ruedas

Brenda Ruedas Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM