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The New York Times’ masthead logo

includes “All The News That’s Fit to Print,” and reportedly the phrase dates back to 1896. While the SanTan Sun News strives to main-

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tain those similar lofty goals, our challenge – even at 80 pages – becomes space, and then becomes “All the news that fits.” We just want you to know that we do our absolute very best to get in as many of your news

stories as we possibly can. My philosophy is that I would rather have many shorter stories than a few long ones, to allow as many news stories, differ- ent events, activities and voices on our pages as possible. But submissions do not guarantee placement – unless it’s a paid ad –

and sometimes we simply run out of space. When we can, we sometimes have to hold a story until the next issue. We routinely receive emails inquiring about whether a story ran or why

a story didn’t run. Often the sender just missed it, and our dutiful Editor Lynda Exley takes her precious time to note what page it’s on. But it’s time consuming, so we would ask you to first check our online version of the paper to look for your story before emailing or calling. You can do a simple word search for a key word in your story to find it. If you don’t find it, instead of asking whether it ran or is going to run,

simply resubmit it with a note that you previously sent it in, to make sure it didn’t get lost in the wild, wide world of the Internet. Remember, we do print all our news for no charge to the sender. If you

really want to make certain it gets in on a certain date, consider taking out a display, directory or classified ad. Our rates are very reasonable, and chances are if we get it in time, we will also include your news story with it as well. Meanwhile, we welcome a few new team members to the SanTan Sun

News. Christine Bryner of Studio 509 jumped in and very ably took over all the graphic design of ads and layout, and is doing a terrific job on a very timely basis. We are pleased to have her working with us. Long-time Valley journalist Mark Scarp, also a former president of the

Phoenix Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, has taken over the role of technical editor while Lynda Exley is traveling around the state promoting her new children’s book. He is bringing his solid journalism background and a sharp eye to our pages. Kristen Sherman of Chandler just started as proofreader, to make sure

our writing is consistent, accurate and meets Associated Press and our own STSN style guidelines. She’s making great catches that help us look our best. And Elliott Soth of Sun Lakes will begin editing the Business section

with the next issue, and we welcome him to our pages. Thanks for your understanding, and for your support of the SanTan

Sun News. Laurie Fagen, Publisher

Opinion Hundreds of mourners

filled Chandler Center for the Arts late last month to say farewell to the matriarch of one of Chandler’s most prominent pioneer families. Audrey June Stall Ryan, a

Chandler native, died peacefully Feb. 21, 19 years to the day after she lost her husband of 43 years, Robert David Ryan. Audrey was born to Adah

Ware Stall and John Franklin Stall May 28, 1927 in the old Le Seuer home in Mesa, used for delivering babies at the time. The site would eventually become Southside District Hospital. She joined big brother Klyle on the family farm, 160 acres of land on the north- west corner of Cooper and Germann roads in Chandler. With the Great Depression of 1929, the fam-

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Ryan matriarch cherished family, community

is now in that location. During her high school

Audrey June Stall Ryan Submitted photo

years, Audrey was a cheer- leader and very active in any civic or extracurricular activity that came her way, a tradition she continued throughout her entire life. During this time, the Stall family lived in a small house on Buffalo Street across from the San Marcos. The home no longer stands and it has been replaced by condominiums. Years ear- lier, her dad, Pop Stall, worked as a trim carpenter during the construction and

finish work of the San Marcos Hotel. Upon her high school graduation, Audrey

ily found themselves impoverished and could- n’t pay back taxes. The family farm, which Audrey’s grandfather, David Washington Stall had homesteaded since 1910, was lost because they could not pay the $400 tax bill to save the land. Audrey’s father then went to work for the

Robinson family, who ran the San Marcos Hotel. The Stalls moved to the Robinson farm on the corner of Pecos and McQueen roads. Audrey attended Cleveland Elementary School and Chandler High School, graduating from high school in 1945. When she was 15, Audrey got a job at the

Rowena movie theatre on Boston Street, work- ing for Joe and Alice Woods. In 1944 the Woods built a new theatre, The Parkway, and Audrey continued to work for them. The his- toric downtown Chandler restaurant El Zocalo

attended nursing school in Tucson at St. Mary’s Hospital. After becoming a surgical nurse, she came back home and worked for Southside District Hospital in Mesa, on the same piece of land where she was born 21 years earlier. Robert David Ryan came into her life in the

fall of 1948. He invited Audrey to a dance at the San Marcos Hotel Oct. 4 and they danced all night. After they both went home and told their moms “This is the one!” Bob proposed Feb. 14, 1949 and they were married two months later on Easter Sunday, April 17. They settled into their new home and new

life south of Chandler while operating their cotton farm and raising four very active boys. Audrey gave so much of her time, talent and love to the community, with a special fondness in her heart for PEO, Chandler Service Club, Boy Scouts of America, Chandler Public Library, Chandler Regional Hospital, the Chandler Historical Society and Chandler

See Ryan Page 38 Oops...

In the Feb. 18 issue on page 61, we had a story about the upcoming Chandler Jazz Festival, and showed a photo of Papa John DeFrancesco, but the caption said Joey

DeFrancesco, who is Papa’s son. Bart Salzman said he wanted to get Joey to perform, but he is on tour. We apologize for that error.

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