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Helen Elaine Hogan

November 23, 1923 - August 30, 2017

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Helen Elaine (Gunby) Hogan, 93, died peacefully in her sleep in her home on August 30, 2017. She was born November 23, 1923 in Clovis, NM. The middle child of 5. Her parents were Hazel Marie (Sharpnack) Gunby and Matthew James Gunby. The family moved to Tucson when she was 9 years old. She attended Mansfield Middle School, Tucson High School and the University of Arizona. She was a Girls Athletic Assn medal winner and majored in Physical Education at the U of A. In 1945, she moved into the Barbizon Hotel in NYC to...

Helen Elaine (Gunby) Hogan, 93, died peacefully in her sleep in her home on August 30, 2017. She was born November 23, 1923 in Clovis, NM. The middle child of 5. Her parents were Hazel Marie (Sharpnack) Gunby and Matthew James Gunby. The family moved to Tucson when she was 9 years old. She attended Mansfield Middle School, Tucson High School and the University of Arizona. She was a Girls Athletic Assn medal winner and majored in Physical Education at the U of A. In 1945, she moved into the Barbizon Hotel in NYC to pursue a modeling career. On her return to Arizona she married Thomas E. "Shanty" Hogan on June 1, 1946. He later became the head football coach and athletic director at Phoenix College. Over the years she worked for many charities including the American Cancer Society, where she moved up to a district manager for a time and served in the Phoenix College Faculty wives and participated in many of their charitable endeavors. However her family came first. She was a tireless supporter of her husband and children and mused that she should have counted all of the stadium steps she had climbed over the years. She boasted of never missing any of her husband's football games or any of his semi-pro baseball games managing to have all of her children outside the seasons. Whether it was flying up to visit her daughter Kathleen's family when they lived in Minneapolis, cruising on her son Patrick's pontoon boat, or attending her daughter Kelley's plays, she was always their biggest supporter. Her generosity was legendary. She gave of herself in the many Christmas gifts she made for others over many years or her later hobby of making nametags and slogans on a plastic grid interlaced with yarn that she gave to all she encountered: nurses, doctors, employees at many stores and restaurants, her daughter's students, and her grandchildren's friends and colleagues. She also spent endless hours at her sewing machine making costumes, and sewing and mending for everyone she knew. She was a funny and vibrant woman who helped anyone and everyone who asked for help. She once said that we shouldn't grieve for her when she was gone because she had a wonderful life. She said she had wonderful husband, children, and grandchildren and felt blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to Europe, Canada, and throughout the US. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Marie Harris, son-in-law Patrick Harris, granddaughter, Kristin Marie Wolfe and her husband Jason Wolfe, Grandson Bryan Patrick Harris and Maren Mueller and daughter Kelley Maureen Hogan, a sister Mildred Anne Epperson and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas E. "Shanty" Hogan and her son Patrick T. Hogan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. A celebration of life will take place Friday, September 8, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm with a service starting at 2:00. Services will be held at A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary 710 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013.