You knew him even before you knew him: Hawaiian shirt, long shimmering silver goatee, curling mustache, round proud straw hat – Curt Stubbs exemplified the best this desert town offers – didn’t he call Tucson the Baked Apple? – generosity and sass. We agreed at his recent memorial reading – he wasn’t just kind, kindness is easy enough – he was more himself than that – a planner – Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders was his signature yearly event – how grateful I was to be there with my ears and my heart… »more
A memorial in celebration of Dea Brasgalla’s life was held May 10, 6-8pm at Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall.
Reverend Dea Brasgalla was an invincible force and a humanitarian for ALL. After retiring as a nurse, she lived on the Hopi Reservation for 15 years before moving to Tucson. Reverend Dea was ordained in 2015 by the United Fellowship Chapel, a three year program based in Sedona, AZ. She was an activist on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights, especially for the elder community. Dea was a hardworking volunteer for Senior Pride. She was the infamous roving reporter for the Senior Pride newsletter, she initiated projects, answered the phone, showed up for meetings and events and spoke out with a sweet fierceness. She was the recipient of the Steve Hall Community Volunteer Award in 2017. Dea was devoted to Wingspan, served on the City of Tucson LGBTQ Commission, as co-chair of the Senior Pride Steering Committee, as well as a leader in her church and spiritual communities. She led a vital, fascinating, and loving life. Dea was a loving, supportive friend with a special sense of humor. She has left us the legacy of her commitment to social change. She will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances and will be missed by her closest friend and caregiver Karakwennenta Peterson. —by Lavina Tomer