Daisy Goldenstein 1929 - 2008
Born Daisy Marie Womack on the banks of the Hassayampa River in Wickenburg, AZ. She was raised in Flagstaff, being the fourth generation living in Arizona. Her Great-grandfather was the first to bring oxen into Arizona Territory. Her Grandfather and Grandmother were married in Flagstaff in 1893.
She was a bright attractive woman and a baton majorette in both high school and college.
She graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1946 and was one of many of her family to attend Arizona Teachers College (Northern Arizona University) where she met her husband to be, Louis Goldenstein, while he was attending after serving in World War II. They married in July 1949 and they owned and operated gas stations and motels along Route 66 in Peach Springs, Williams and Flagstaff.
She spent much of her youth visiting Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona with her friends the Pendleys, who attended school in Flagstaff, and her Uncles and Aunts: Dorothy and Walter Nelson and Mildred and Norman Norman. Her Uncle Walter Nelson was Arizona State Highway Commissioner and responsible for funding the widening of 89a through West Sedona (thank you Uncle Walter!). They also had Nelsons Market in Uptown Sedona for many years.
Daisy loved children! She was a progressive woman and returned to NAU in 1968 to obtain her teaching degree. Over the years, she continued her education and received a Masters degree from NAU. She started teaching in 1970 at Beaver Creek School, with the school's expansion from a one-room school to two-room schoolhouse. She also taught for a number of years at Camp Verde.. In over twenty years of teaching she touched many hearts and minds.
Her faith, fortitude and spirit fought a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis and she always kept a positive disposition. She was a loving and open-minded lady.
She is proceeded in passing by her mother and father Ollie Axtell Norman Womack and
Roy Womack and her brother Bob Womack.
She is survived by Louis Goldenstein, her loving and devoted husband of over 59 years, her brothers Tom and Bud Womack, her sister Jean Womack Matthews, her son Steve Goldenstein of Mesa, AZ, her daughter Linda Goldenstein of Sedona, her grandchildren Heather Vidal , Crystal Goldenstein, Cheston Trammel, Tanya Sonn, Sean Goldenstein and Mallory Goldenstein, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous dear family members, friends and beloved caregivers.
Everyone is invited to join in a memorial for Daisy and celebration of her life and the love she inspires at the United Methodist Church, 480 1st Street, Camp Verde, at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. Bueler Funeral Home is assisting with the service, for additional information please call 928-567-5206.
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