Obituary for Nell Haralson

Nell Haralson, of Alaska, passed away on Jan. 23, 2020. She was born April 29, 1933, to Ray and Alberta Brady Merrell in Show Low, Arizona.

Nell married Alfred Haralson in 1951 in Safford, Arizona, and raised three children, Quenell, Tracy, and Kelly.  Alfred’s career took them to Alaska and upon retirement, while in Alaska, their diverse interest in life brought Nell and Alfred back to Arizona, llama ranching in Klondyke, building a beach-front home in San Carlos, Mexico, and living in Lakeside/Pinetop, Arizona before moving to Tucson settling near Benson.

Nell Haralson

After Alfred passed away, Nell moved to Wasilla, Alaska, where she was close to her sons. Nell’s favorite pastime was with a book or family gatherings.

Nell is survived by her sons, Tracy and Kelly; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Nell was the last of her generation and was preceded in death by her daughter, Quenell, and husband.

Graveside services will be held in Safford, Arizona, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Graham Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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