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3435 North 1st Avenue
TUCSON, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-888-1111
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Claudia Weaver

Claudia Weaver

Thursday, July 22nd, 1943 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Claudia Dean Weaver, age 76, passed away peacefully June 14, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born July 22, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, to Claude and Barbara Phillips, who preceded her in death, along with her brother Douglas.

Claudia spent her childhood in Detroit, where after graduating high school, she married Hugh Dickerson Jr. They had three wonderful children together.

While still in the Detroit area, Claudia started working with computers for the IRS, a field she would work in the majority of her career. After moving to the Dallas, Texas area in the 70’s, she began and completed her college education at the University of Texas at Dallas, acquiring a Master’s in Business Administration - all while continuing to work and raise a family with her second husband John Benke.
In the mid 80’s Claudia briefly lived in San Bernardino, California before returning to Dallas, Texas and marrying Dennis Weaver, hence her current name. She then moved to Tucson, Arizona in the late 90’s, where she ultimately retired and took her aging parents into her home.

Claudia was an avid reader! The subject matter was of no concern; she would consume books, magazines, newspapers, and other reading material. In Tucson, she belonged to a Sci-Fi book club. She also volunteered as a tutor for school-aged English Language Learners. Claudia had other passions too! In her younger days she loved to roller skate, play tennis, bowl and run, even completing half marathons. As she got older, her interests turned to biking and hiking, which made Tucson a perfect fit for her lifestyle. She won awards in the women’s division of the El Tour de Tucson bicycle competitions and always strived to surpass her own goals! Claudia loved the groups of people she met and befriend and the conversations they had. She also loved to travel and embraced numerous opportunities to see places around the world. In her down time, she enjoyed puzzles, board and card games, with “Oh Hell!” being one of her favorites.

Claudia is survived by her daughter and husband Dianne and Jim Kolb; son and wife Hugh and Julia Dickerson; daughter and husband Michelle and George Torres; her sister and husband Irene and Larry Twork; brother and wife Clifford and MaryJo Phillips; sister and husband Nora and John Grabowski; sister Loretta Henze; her 8 grandchildren; plus 6 great grandchildren and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Due to current affairs, the ceremony will be private. Donations may be made to one of her favorite activities, Southern Arizona Hiking Club, PO Box 32257, Tucson, AZ 85751-2257. Condolences, memories, prayers, and thoughts may be left here on the Memory Wall.
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Nora Grabowski

Posted at 03:30pm

A sister is an extension of yourself, a person that shares the beginnings of life, living and growing with you, side by side.

Claudia was my big sister. I looked up to her and admired her. Being the oldest of 6 children, she helped to care for me.

I looked on in awe as she attended high school and worked a part-time job in unison. She was always driven to advance herself, hungry to learn and excel. She was the first among the Phillips kids to marry and leave home to start her own family. I fondly remember the summer I stayed with her to babysit my nieces and nephew while she and Buddy both worked in an effort to increase their savings for the future. It was fun to spend time with those sweet young kiddos, taking daily walks to Palmer Park to feed the ducks and reading lots of story books.

When Claudia left Michigan and headed to Texas I felt a loss, as she became the first to move away.

As the years passed, I became busy with my own life and family, and our relationship became connected though birthday wishes, holiday greetings, weddings, funerals, trips back to Michigan, and coordinated visits to see our parents in Arizona.

In 2001, Claudia, now single, decided to have a house built in Arizona that would accommodate both her and our parents. That was when our sister bond strengthened. Now I was coming to Arizona to visit her and the parents regularly, staying in her guest room. Claudia and I got to reconnect as adults and close friends! We shared her love of nature and exercise, and I came to appreciate the beauty of the desert. She introduced me to hiking in Sabino Canyon. I loved hiking with her. I got to know her wonderful group of friends through the Southern Arizona Hiking Club.

I loved our “sister time” and her depth of knowledge on so many topics. I shared my Christian faith with her, and she had many questions. She was searching.

In 2012 while my husband and I were living in New Zealand, she came and stayed with us for three weeks. What an unforgettable time we had exploring the North Island together! I feel so blessed to have had that special adventure with Claudia.

This last year of Claudia’s life was consumed with failing health issues and I wish I could have been with her. I came to Arizona near the end of 2019 for two weeks, and planned to return in the spring, but COVID-19 changed everything. I was comforted knowing my brother was visiting, as he had just purchased a condo in Tucson. His help with Claudia the last few months of her life was invaluable to me.

The hospital called and I managed to arrive hours before she died. I was allowed visitation (the wonderful Christian RN snuck me in), and I was with her as she passed peacefully.

I know she is now in a better place, off on a hike, breathing in God’s love for her.

I will miss her for the rest of my life.
TJ

Terrie Miller Jackson

Posted at 12:01pm
My cousin Claudia and her siblings and I lived across the street from each other on St Mary's St in Detroit Michigan for many
years. I have pictures of Irene and I when were about 2 yrs old, That would have made Claudia 4???? We moved away from that street when I was 7 I think BUT still got together now and than, My mom and Claudia's were sisters. In 1960 (/) we moved to New Mexico but the sisters always kept up to date with family news so I knew what my cousins were up to. I will miss her and remember her always.
DP

Diane Payne

Posted at 03:05pm
Long time member, Claudia Weaver, died on June 14. Claudia was an avid hiker and long time SAHC volunteer. She served many years on the SAHC board and was a hiking guide. Claudia was a strong, regular hiker and did Blackett’s Ridge twice a week for many years. She also did the hike “Over the Mountain” several times. Claudia enjoyed Thursday club walks up the road in Sabino Canyon followed by a beer and nachos at Risky’s. She went on many club trips.

Claudia enjoyed traveling and bicycling. Her travel included biking in Death Valley and hiking on Mount Blanc and to Machu Picchu. She biked in El Tour.

Claudia was a big reader. She belonged to a sci-fi book club. She was a regular bowler and took Spanish classes.
Claudia was a quiet, friendly person. She enjoyed discussing a wide variety of subjects. Her health had failed these last few years but she didn’t like to talk about it and still got out as much as possible. I loved hiking and going to movies with Claudia. She was a good friend and will be greatly missed.
IT

Irene Twork

Posted at 09:31am
My sister, my friend…my confidante and my advisor. Claudia and I shared a lot of our lives, from one bedroom on St. Marys as students in high school; from when our daughters Deb and Michelle were born a month apart and we went to the YMCA once a week, followed by one babysitting while the other went out for the afternoon (and it was Claudia who said at the Y, “Let’s try the trampoline!”) It was Claudia who took my daughter Deb on some of their family vacations because she knew I could not afford vacation. It was Claudia with whom I first set foot on European soil as we did a bus tour of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland! Claudia and I and Larry rode bicycles down Haleakala on Maui all the way above the clouds to the ocean; and I was in Tucson when she participated in some of the 50+ miles bicycle tours…and won awards! She was awesome! She, Larry and I did a cruise through the Panama Canal, and we also did the Alaska Inside Passage. I did not bike and hike, but we always had a number of good rounds of Scrabble® and/ or cards when together. We shared our annual personal goals and quarterly updates, providing each other ideas and feedback…and we had begun writing a scifi book about a woman who finds something toxic going on in a national park. If you knew Claudia, you knew what a beautiful person she was; outside and in. She was kind, reflective, smart, witty, and so much more. She left this world too soon…and she will be sorely missed.
IT

Irene Twork

Posted at 09:28am
Hiking friend Ralf Deason shares the following message: "K.O.H. Claudia, Claudia was a wonderful hiking friend. She will be remembered and missed; a quality person. Claudia, Harve Golden and I hiked the high peaks in Arizona (Mt. Humphreys), New Mexico (Wheeler Peak), and Colorado (Mt. Elbert - 14,440 high). We had a tremendous time. Claudia would beat me up Blackett's Trail most of the time! God will accept Claudia with open arms."
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