New year babies come early in the morning

Contributed Photo/Courtesy MGRMC: Mother Makenda Daniels holds the first baby born at MGRMC this year, Evelyn Mae Daniels, as proud poppa Timothy Daniels holds a gift basket. Evelyn was born at 2:03 a.m. on New Year's Day.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – While most people’s celebrations were waning, two Gila Valley couple’s new year festivities were just ramping up as the first babies of the new year were born at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC).

Evelyn Mae Daniels, born to Timothy and Makenda Daniels, came first at 2:03 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Evelyn weighed in at 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy MGRMC: Mother Zimaya Johnson holds the first male baby born in the new year at MGRMC, Derice Nash, as proud poppa Dewayne Nash Sr. holds a gift basket and blanket. Derice arrived at 6:48 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

A few hours later, the first boy born at the hospital in the new year came as Derice Nash arrived for parents Dewayne Nash Sr. and Zimaya Johnson at 6:48 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Derice weighed in at 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.

To celebrate the first girl and boy born at the hospital in the new year, MGRMC awarded both couples a gift basket for the acknowledgment.

Gila Valley Central congratulates both families on their newest additions.