Crystal Valerie “Val” Teahon, 79, departed this earthly life on June 2, 2021 at her home in Cordes Lakes, Ariz.
She was born on Father’s Day, June 15, 1941 in Bell, Calif. to Criss and Frieda (Larsen) Ash.
Her parents returned to the Ash family farm in Broken Bow when she was a toddler. She grew up attending Sunday school and church at the First Christian Church.
As a young girl she showed a talent for singing and playing the piano. She and younger sister, DeDe, never tired of playing their version of “Name That Tune.” They took tap dancing lessons together and played with paper dolls for hours. They loved to go to the garden with a salt shaker and eat tomatoes and peas. Also, eating fresh plums and mulberries fresh from the tree was a treat.
The family went on many picnics to the Gates River and always had a large Fourth of July celebration, complete with making homemade ice cream. Many lazy summer days were also spent at New Helena in Custer County with the family on picnics and her mom would pack a delicious meal for all to enjoy while her dad would fish hoping for a catch of the day.
During the long, deep snow winters, a corn shovel served as a sled for going down the hills on the farm. Val loved going to the movies at the Bow Theater and continued her love of them throughout her life.
In high school, Val excelled in home economics class and was on her way to becoming an amazing seamstress, cook and homemaker. She graduated with the class of 1959, the same year her younger sister, Vivian, started kindergarten. Val graduated from the Grand Island Beauty School and received her cosmetology license.
Her next life venture was a return to California. She married William J. “Bill” Teahon on June 6, 1963 in the little white chapel at Knottsberry Farm in Anaheim, Calif.
They lived near Santa Ynez at Rancho Felicia where Bill was employed. They became the parents of two sons, Timothy John and Terry James.
Val and Bill shared a love of country music and were excellent dancers. They also enjoyed square dancing for several years. At one time, Val’s petticoats lined the laundry room ceiling.
The family moved back to Halsey to own and operate the Double T Bar with Bill’s brother Lee and his wife, Rita. The bar became a gathering spot for miles around and was known for live music dances and annual mountain oyster feeds for loyal customers.
The lure of the west entered again and Val and family moved to Del Norte, Colo. where Bill again worked on a ranch. This was a picturesque and mountainous area and the boys enjoyed skiing near there. Getting further west, Bill accepted a job at the Hohner Cattle Co. in Oakland, Calif. and Val became a manager for a large apartment complex there.
Moving toward retirement, Val and Bill began looking to settle in Arizona. They found a beautiful southwest style home in Prescott Valley on Valley View Drive. It became the destination for biannual family and friends gatherings, complete with deep-pit barbecues, music, dancing and fellowship.
Val started a new job in retail and worked for several years at Soltz’ Clothing in Prescott and later at Rent Events by Jeni in Prescott Valley. After the huge expansion in Prescott Valley, they settled into their present home in Cordes Lakes.
Two things Val really enjoyed in life were turquoise jewelry and twin Bing candy bars. She enjoyed crocheting colorful afghans for her family. She liked the music and style of country singer, Dottie West.
Val was a strong, confident, inspiring woman, and was devoted to her family. She had a no-nonsense approach to life and a deep, abiding faith that never wavered in any circumstance.
Val is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Tim (Kelly) Teahon of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Terry Teahon of Queen Creek, Ariz. and Bill (Laurie) Teahon, Jr. of Broken Bow; daughters Vickie (John) Carpenter of Moncks Corner, S.C. and Sandra Richeson of Kearney; sisters, DeDe (Dale) Hill of North Platte and Vivian Lueck of Chino Valley, Ariz.; lifetime best friend Janece Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Gracey of Arnold, Millie Brewer of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Marlene Barent of North Platte and Connie Brittain of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers-in-law, Tom Teahon of York and Jim Teahon of North Platte; grandchildren, Jessica (Natalie) Teahon Stewart, Jeremy (Amber) Teahon, Devin and Gage Teahon, Tegan and Tristan Teahon, Andrew (Jenny) Carpenter, Tom (Charity) Carpenter, Mickey (Lucy) Richeson, Shamain Richeson, Katie Teahon, Megan Teahon, Kandace (Tyler) Gutierrez, Brenton Stoker, Kassie Stoker, and Skyler (Taylor) Stoker; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends: and her beloved little dog Lacey.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers-in-law, Johnny (Millie) Brewer, Lee and Jerry Teahon, Gene (Evelyn) Gracey, and Sammy Teahon; sisters-in-law, Lois ( Marlin) Cumpston and Ann (Lee) Teahon.
A Celebration of Life will be held at her and Bill’s home, 20273 East Quail Run Dr., Cordes Lakes, Ariz. on Saturday, July 17 at 5 p.m.
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