passed away September 3, 2009 at the age of 96. She was a very special lady and was an example of humility and wisdom to those who knew her. She lived an eventful but simple life, and loved her family and friends so much that she didn’t have room in her heart for the things of this world. Although her friends and family are deeply grieved, they rejoice in spirit knowing that she is home with God. Minnieola was one of five children born to Lillie Blanche and Robert Calier Rayburn in Phoenix on June 27th, 1913, one year after Arizona was admitted to the union. She was a proud member of The First Families of Arizona. One of her favorite stories recounted how Arizona’s first governor, George Hunt, sat her on his lap when she was a child and gave her a book from his personal library about Zulu Warriors. A self-described tomboy, she graced the cover of a national magazine, sporting a wide brimmed straw hat and cut-off jeans while enjoying a slice of watermelon, the merchandise of an early business venture. At 14 years old, she embraced the gospel after hearing a woman who “sang like an angel” at a local church that refused to accept her offering they obviously wanted something else. Minnieola was preceded in death by her husband, Clive Mesick. She is survived by her loving daughters, Sharon and Elaine, her granddaughter, Jami, her grandson, Erik and wife Marisa, and a great grandson who has yet to be born in October, but will undoubtedly wish he could have met her. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2009 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Graveside Service will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix.