Delores May Halford
Delores (“Dee”) Halford, age 71, died May 16, 2006, in Mesa, Ariz. She had lived in Mesa for nearly 20 years and retired in 1998 from her position as the registrar for the Central Arizona Community College.She was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Shaw, Lincoln County, to Glenn Charles Mullenax and Mary Emma Mullenax. She had two siblings, her brother Mervil, and a sister, Glenda (deceased). The family lived in Arriba and later moved to a ranch near New Castle.Dee graduated from New Castle High School in 1952, and received an associate’s degree in business from Barnes’ Business School in Denver in 1954.She married Charles Edward Halford March 5, 1954. They lived in Arvada, Lakewood and Glenwood Springs. The couple divorced in 1976.Delores later married Gerald Pressler, and lived for a time in Lakewood, Sacramento, Calif., and moved to Mesa, Ariz., in 1986. Pressler preceded Dee in death, and she later took back her original married name.Dee was an active businesswoman, who had been a personal assistant to the owner of the Rickenbach Cadillac dealership in Denver, and had started her own beauty salon in Mesa. She went to work for the Central Arizona Community College as the campus registrar in 1988, retiring 10 years later.She is survived by sons Vaughn Halford, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Kevin Halford, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and brother Mervil Mullenax, of Rifle.At her request, the family has a private service planned with Delores’ remains to be spread near the Mullenax family’s original ranch site in New Castle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Delores’ name to Mesa View United Methodist Church, Music Ministries, 4701 Montano Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87120, or to your local hospice organization.
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