Welcome to the Phoenix Chapter of GSW


In 1982 a fearless and daunting woman by the name of Betty Kiser started a Gold Star Wives chapter in the Phoenix area. At one time the chapter grew to 250 members but currently stands at 163. A big portion of our members are elderly ladies with connection to WWII. We also have widows from the Korean war, Vietnam war and OIF/OEF.

Phoenix Chapter Officers 2017-2018

President: Kathy Upchurch
Vice President: Patty Termini Nisa Stansbarger
Sec: Pat Kelly
Treas: Sandra Stewart
Chaplain: Vera Woodard
Parliamentarian: Terri Willford

Our chapter is quite active in the greater Phoenix area. Our members are active in all aspects of community service.





Our Chapter holds meetings from September through June. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month with the exception of the December Christmas Luncheon and June luncheon for the installation of officers. The meetings are held at the location below.


Arizona State Veterans Home

4141 N Herrera Way (AKA N. 3rd St)

Phoenix, AZ 85012

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This was our Christmas luncheon at Abuela's. Our lunch was provided by a secret Santa (maybe Helping Hands for Freedom)??? We had such a great time and lots of wonderful presents !



On October 5th, 2016, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., Phoenix chapter supported a great organization: Save the Family in a ground breaking ceremony for a housing initiative named Valor on Eighth in downtown Tempe, Arizona. It is the first of its kind program to build and provide affordable housing in an area that is close to ASU and the transit system. Save the Family partnered with ARM which is the Affordable Rental Movement, Gorman & Company (builder), and the City of Tempe Arizona.

There was a huge turnout from different organizations, including the vice mayor of Tempe and all the organizations that have come together to start building this housing development.

Save the Family is a non-profit organization that helps families to end homelessness in Arizona. Valor on Eighth was especially important to us because it helps Veterans and their children. Veteran service agencies will be available to help provide social and financial services, counseling and career development for the residents.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., Phoenix Chapter will assist with food drives & donations, and any other things that will help with this wonderful endeavor. We met Stephanie Michael; the case coordinator for Veteran Families.


GSW Members at Vietnam Celebration 10-5-2013



Gold Star Family Picnic October 26, 2013



Phoenix Veterans Day Parade November 11, 2013



Jane Martin and Kathy Upchurch at Luke Retiree Day

November 2, 2013


Packing boxes for Troops December 2013



Gold Star Wives brick at WWII Memorial

Dedicated December 7, 2013 at

Pearl Harbor Day Celebration



Gold Star Wives at Phoenix Snowball Express Departure

December 12, 2013



Families Attending Snowball Express from Phoenix

December 12, 2013



Mary Williams and Santa (Jim Woods)

Wounded Warriors and Heroes Christmas Party at Zoolights

December 19, 2013