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Richard Wells Reynolds

February 14, 1923 - April 16, 2014

Richard Wells Reynolds Richard Reynolds ("Dick") died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on April 16, 2014, at age 91 in Austin, Texas. Dick was born on Valentine's Day in 1923 in Dallas, Texas, the second son of Edward Dickens Reynolds and Julia Wells, beginning what was to be a long, happy life, full of love and devotion for and from family, friends and community. Dick...
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William Bright Hooper

June 30, 1933 - April 15, 2014

William Bright Hooper of Austin, Texas, died peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014. He was born June 30, 1933 in Buckeye, Arizona, to Herschel V. Hooper, a school principal, and Ruby D. Bright Hooper. The family, which included older sister Jo Helene and younger brother Vic, spent Bill's earliest summers in California while his father earned a master's degree at Stanford. In...
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Gary Wayne Williamson, M.D.

November 29, 1937 - April 15, 2014

Gary Wayne Williamson, M.D. left the loving presence of his family on April 15, 2014. Gary was born on November 29, 1937 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the youngest of five children born to Ruth Ella and Joseph Henry Williamson. Two brothers, Robert and Earl, preceded Gary in death, as well as his sister Jo Helen Cook. He is survived by his oldest brother, Loyd Dean Williamson of Little Rock, as well...
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Shirley Bluitt Leonard

May 3, 1935 - April 13, 2014

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend Shirley Bluitt Leonard passed away on Sunday, April 13, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Leonard was born in Mexia, TX to John C. Bluitt and Katie Wiley Bluitt Hurd. She graduated from Dunbar High School of Mexia in 1953. In 1956, she received the B.A. degree in Business from Wiley College in Marshall, TX. She earned the Master of Education from Prairie...
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John Marshall Leigh, Jr.

November 15, 1948 - April 12, 2014

John Marshall Leigh, Jr. John Leigh died peacefully on April 12, 2014, at age 65 in Austin, TX. John was born in Baytown, TX, the oldest son of Dr. John M. Leigh, Sr., and Ethel Eppright Leigh (Davis). He grew up in Manor, playing sports and excelling academically, even skipping a grade in elementary school. When he was 16 years old, John's family moved to Austin, where he became the...
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Linda Patricia Lewis

September 27, 1951 - April 12, 2014

Linda Patricia Lewis, 62, of Austin Texas, joined her precious father in Heaven on April 12, 2014. She was born on September 27, 1951, in Corpus Christi, Texas to Donald Dewitt Lewis and Betty Sidwell Lewis. Over the years Linda resided at Austin State School, The Center in Houston, The Ranch at Marbridge and lastly, The Plaza at Querencia. She was a member of First United Methodist Church...
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Sally Anderson

June 23, 1940 - April 11, 2014

ANDERSON, Sally Sally Anderson was born on June 23, 1940 in Austin, Texas to William Deans and Agatha Copenhaver Anderson and passed away April 11, 2014 at her home with her children around her. A native Austinite, she attended Brykerwoods Elementary, O' Henry Junior High, and Austin High School (where she was a National Merit Scholar) before attending The University of Texas at Austin as a...
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Cecilia Barry

November 24, 1949 - April 9, 2014

Cecilia Barry, age 64, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. On Thanksgiving Day in 1949, Cecilia Barry came into the world; the first of five children born to Margaret and John Joe Barry. She was the valedictorian of the Bishop Byrne High School Class of 1968. Cecilia attended Stephens College and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a VISTA ...
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Hilda McElhenney Griffith

September 26, 1927 - April 9, 2014

Farewell to a remarkable woman admired, loved, and respected by all who knew her. Hilda McElhenney Griffith was born in 1927 to Dr. Thomas Jefferson and Hilda Rudd McElhenney in Alabama. The family moved to Austin just in time for Hilda to begin school at Pease Elementary in 1933. After Austin High School she attended the University of Texas as a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity,...
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Wilma E. (Red) Baylor

February 1, 1921 - April 9, 2014

Wilma E. (Red) Baylor, 93, of Austin, Texas, died on April 9, 2014, in Houston, Texas. He was born on February 1, 1921 in Smithville, Texas to Thomas Jefferson Baylor and Mamie Nancy Payne Baylor. Wilma served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Red and his wife, Jimmie, moved to Austin in the early 50's and soon became part of the Rosedale Baptist Church community. He worked for and...
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David DeNiff Hinton

March 3, 1957 - April 5, 2014

David DeNiff Hinton, 57, of Georgetown, Texas, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on April 5, 2014 in Austin, Texas after a year and a half battle with liver and kidney failure caused by pythiosis insidiosum which also took both of his legs. David was born in Lockhart, Texas on March 3, 1957 to Charles Anderson (Andy) Hinton and Margaret Ross Hinton. He was delivered by his...
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Anna Jo Brooks

April 14, 1934 - March 31, 2014

Anna Jo Jackson Brooks died March 31, 2014 in Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Brooks, of Big Spring, Texas; and by her sister and brother, Mary Neal Jackson Hammonds and William Clay Jackson. She is survived by her children, Meg, Jason and Shannon Brooks; granddaughter Bridget; her nephew Jeffrey Clay Hammonds and niece Nancy Phyllis Hammonds Rehbein. ...
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Michele J. Meadows

October 13, 1940 - March 31, 2014

Michele (Mickey) Jowers Meadows passed away Monday, 31 March 2014. Mickey was born October 13, 1940 in Brady (the Heart of Texas) to George Jowers and Mabel Lohn Jowers. She was the youngest of four daughters. Mickey grew up in Cross Cut and Cross Plains, Texas where she attended Grade 1 through High School. In High School, she was in the band and played the clarinet and tenor saxophone and...
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Jarrell "Tank" Rubinett

August 28, 1925 - March 29, 2014

Jarrell "Tank" Rubinett, 88, husband, father, grandfather, business person, philanthropist, mentor and active member of the Austin Jewish community for almost 70 years died on March 29, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley, and his children, Gordon and Susan Rubinett, Benita Rubinett and Larry Elsner, and Lynn Rubinett and Rick Levy. He was proudest of his grandchildren, Sara...
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Don Gordon

April 30, 1952 - March 28, 2014

Don Gordon died peacefully at home on March 28th. He was 61 years old. Don was born in Denver, Co. on April 30, 1952 to Donald Leroy and Mary Anna Gordon. After graduation from high school in Abilene, Tx. Don attended the University of Texas at Austin from which he graduated in 1974. Don loved traveling, camping, bicycling, reading, and spending time with his dear friends. Most of all Don...
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Jesse S. Binford, Jr.

November 1, 1928 - March 27, 2014

Jesse Stone Binford, Jr., 85, died at his home in Austin on March 27, 2014. Jesse was a chemistry professor for 48 years, specializing in calorimetry, the science of measuring heat from chemical processes. With his wife, Lolita, who preceded him in death by seven weeks, he was an avid traveler and a community activist. He was also an enthusiastic bicyclist from the late 1950s until just months...
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Beryl Buckley Milburn

April 2, 1920 - March 27, 2014

MILBURN, BERYL BUCKLEY Beryl Buckley Milburn, of Austin, passed away in her sleep on Thursday, March 27, 2014 a few days shy of her 94th birthday. She always said that she wanted to die in her sleep, and with the grace of God, got what she wished. Beryl was born to Edmund L. and Beryl M. Buckley. She spent her childhood in Tampico, Mexico with her three brothers, Edmund, Ross, and Tony,...
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Mary Alice Ziegler

October 4, 1928 - March 27, 2014

Mary Alice Ziegler passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was a devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her four children, Daniel, Paul (Peg), Mary Claire Gerwels (Joe), and James (Vangie) and seven grandchildren. Dan, her husband of 53 years, preceded her in death. Mary Alice met Dan when they were in college at what is now Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. They...
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Alfred Ferdinand Peters, Jr.

April 1, 1928 - March 26, 2014

Alfred F. Peters, Jr. "Al" or "Pete", 85, passed away March 26th, 2014 in Austin, Texas at Seton Hospital NW. He was preceded in death by his parents, Angela Moncus Peters and Alfred F. Peters, Sr. and brother, Edwin G. Peters. Al will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Betty J. Peters, children David W. Peters and Nancy C. Crowley and husband , John Crowley , grandchildren Rachel E....
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Eleanor Gammon Berry

July 21, 1946 - March 26, 2014

Eleanor Gammon Berry died peacefully at home on March 26 after a long illness. She was 67 years old. Eleanor was born in Austin on July 21, 1946, to Eleanor Stayton Gammon and William Gammon, Jr. She lived in Austin her entire life, attending St. Andrew's Episcopal School, where she was in the original First Grade class, O'Henry Junior High, and Austin High School. She was also a student at...
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Patricia Griffin

December 9, 1950 - March 23, 2014

Patricia Ann Seaton Griffin, 63, of Austin, TX went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 23, 2014. She was born to Orville T. and Lillian S. Gooden Seaton in Liberty, TX on December 9th, 1950. Patricia achieved all of life's significant milestones early. She began reading by age 5, accepted Christ as a child, graduated high school at 16, had two children by 20, divorced, graduated from college...
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Peggy Johnston Moore

April 7, 1926 - March 21, 2014

Peggy Johnston Moore, 87, passed away into her Lord's loving arms on March 21, 2014 in Horseshoe Bay, TX. She was surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was born in Hull, Texas to Myrtle and Hale Johnston on April 7, 1926. She graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1943 and then attended Southwestern University and the University of Texas. A highlight of her college years was being...
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William F. "Bill" Carter, Jr.

July 5, 1924 - March 20, 2014

William F. "Bill" Carter Jr., 89, passed away on March 20, 2014. Bill was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on July 5, 1924 to Alice and William F. Carter Sr. In 1930, the family moved to Tyler, Texas, where Bill attended elementary and junior high school. Bill loved to tell stories of life in the oil boom years in Tyler and how he rode his horse to school and tied her to a tree during classes. In...
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Kathryn Tonahill Rogers

January 19, 1941 - March 20, 2014

Today we celebrate the life of Helen Kathryn "Kathy" Tonahill Rogers. Kathy was born January 19th, 1941 in Waco, Texas to Geneva & Denzil Tonahill. She passed away, surrounded by her family, in Austin, Texas on March 20, 2014. Kathy grew up in Waco, attended Baylor University, and graduated in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in accounting. She held professional...
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Gerald George Tharp

November 8, 1931 - March 20, 2014

Gerald George Tharp of Austin, 82, died at home Thurs. March 20, 2014 of cancer. Born to Merle Gerald and Hazel (Baxter) Tharp Nov. 8, 1931 in Winfield, KS, Gerry dreamed of flight as a boy. His family moved to Galveston in WWII for Hazel's health, and M.G. worked defense construction during the war. At 16 Gerry graduated Ball High. He attended A&M one year, then TCU where he played football,...
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Garrett Wood Cassel

August 23, 1976 - March 18, 2014

Garrett Wood Cassel, 37, of Austin, Texas died Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Garrett was a proud graduate of Westlake High School and The University of Texas at Austin. He is survived by his parents, John and Sue Lloyd Cassel of Austin and his sister, Lauren Cassel Brownell and family, of Lubbock Texas. Also survived by his wife, Lesa Surber, and her extended family who loved Garrett as...
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Sue Dill Meischen

November 17, 1928 - March 18, 2014

Sue Meischen, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus Christ, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Born November 17, 1928, in Aransas Pass, TX, Sue relished life in her coastal community. After graduating from Aransas Pass High School, she attended Texas A&I where she met and married WWII veteran, Wilbert H. Meischen. They began their married life in...
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Donna Kay Tatsch

February 28, 1949 - March 15, 2014

Donna Kay Tatsch, 65, affectionately known as "Queenie" by those of us who loved her, passed away surrounded by her family on March 15, 2014 at St. David's Hospital, in Austin, Texas following her courageous battle with breast cancer. Born on February 28, 1949 to JoAnn Taylor Barnett and Robert E. Barnett, she was a true 4th generation Austinite. Donna graduated from Reagan High School,...
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Elizabeth Lord Kirkpatrick Stice

June 22, 1929 - March 13, 2014

Elizabeth Lord Kirkpatrick Stice June 22, 1929 – March 13, 2014 Elizabeth passed away in Austin Texas, at age 84, after a brief illness. She was born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to Col. Frank S. and Priscilla Austin Kirkpatrick. As a Army officer's daughter, she and her two brothers, Don and Ed, traveled the world for twenty five years to many Army bases, from the Champaign-Urbana, IL, Presidio...
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Donald Eugene Morris

October 8, 1931 - March 11, 2014

Don Morris passed away at his Austin, Texas home on March 11, 2014. He was 82 years old. Don was born in Chatham, Louisiana. He graduated from the Morgan City Louisiana High School in 1950. He was in the U.S. Army between 1955 and 1957 and served 21 months as a MPF in the Austin Artillery Division that was stationed in Korea. Don received a Good Conduct Metal and Honorable Discharge. Don also...
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Eleanor Young

February 7, 1915 - March 11, 2014

Eleanor Luker Winn Young, born February 7, 1915 in Trinity, TX passed away on March 11, 2014 at the age of 99 in Dallas where she had been a resident of Presbyterian Village North for the past 3 years. A resident of Austin, TX for over 60 years, Eleanor was the daughter of Robert Hickman Luker and Lessie Butler Luker, both deceased. Eleanor grew up in Tyler, Texas where she attended Tyler...
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Patricia Colleen Raczynski

November 23, 1923 - March 10, 2014

Patricia Raczynski, a beautiful and resilient woman, died peacefully on Monday surrounded by her loving family. Many attributes characterized Pat, but she valued family above all else. Pat was an only child who was orphaned at ten years old and raised by an aunt and uncle in Chicago during the Depression. She was determined that she would create the family she had not had, and her success at...
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Emma Gene (Seale) Gentry

November 3, 1919 - March 9, 2014

Emma Gene (Seale) Gentry died on March 9, 2014, at the age of 94, in Austin, Texas. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was born in Dallas, Texas, to Roberta Josephine (Walther) and Adren Ford Seale. She graduated from Denison High School in 1936, and Texas State College for Women, Denton, Texas, in 1940. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Claudia Ligarde

January 7, 1934 - March 9, 2014

On Sunday, March 9, 2014, we lost a beautiful, kind and gentle, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Claudia DeSimone Ligarde passed away Sunday evening at the Christopher House after a long battle with cancer and complications. She was surrounded by her husband and children who adored her. Claudia was born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 7, 1934 to D. Thomas and Emily Regina DeSimone...
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Mary Findley Brockette

February 12, 1917 - March 7, 2014

Mary Findley Brockette died March 7th, 2014 at the age of 97. She was the heart of the family and will be missed. Mary Winnette Findley was born Feb. 12, 1917 in Hillsboro, Texas, the daughter of Oscar H. and Gretta (Bosley) Findley. Her father was a fireman, but he also worked in his father's grocery store and sold grocery orders to the small stores in the county. Gretta stayed at home and...
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Frances E. Derden

August 13, 1911 - March 7, 2014

Frances E. Derden passed from this world to be joined with her Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, March 7, 2014. She was born August 13, 1911, in Rosebud Texas, the daughter of J.B. and Florence Schmoyer. She received her B.A. degree from Baylor University and became principal of a rural school where she met and later married Albert L. Derden, a State Legislative Representative from Falls County. ...
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Madelyn Rarrick Woodworth

August 31, 1922 - March 5, 2014

Madelyn Rarrick Woodworth was born on August 31, 1922 in Toledo, Ohio and passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Austin, Texas. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she was affiliated with Delta Delta Delta sorority. Madelyn married F.E. Gene Woodworth in 1945. They moved to Austin in 1952. She was a member of Brackenridge Hospital Auxiliary and St. John's Methodist...
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Manley Crider

April 5, 1935 - March 4, 2014

Our dad, Lt. Col. (retired) Manley W. Crider, Jr., passed away on March 4, 2014 trying to recover from open heart surgery and pneumonia. He was born in Lampasas, Texas on April 5, 1935, and passed away one month shy of his 79th birthday. Dad dedicated 22 years of his life as an Air Force pilot and finished his professional career as a Director at the City of Austin's Electric Department. He...
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Joan Evans Everett

September 23, 1927 - March 3, 2014

Joan Evans Everett died on March 3, 2014. Born in Chandler, Texas on September 23, 1927, she was the only child of John Douglas Evans and Claudia Meecom Evans. During her youth, she lived in Alto, Texas. Joan received her BBA from Sam Houston and her Masters from Stephen F. Austin. She married James Everett in 1949. From 1947 to 1982 she served the Jacksonville Independent School...
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Carmen Tamayo Moreno

October 27, 1937 - February 28, 2014

Carmen Tamayo Moreno, 76, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, after a long journey with Alzheimer's Disease. She is now reunited into the loving arms of her husband Jesse, who preceded her in death, and was joined by her 101-year-old mother, just 18 hours after her passing. Carmen was born to Encarnacion and Consuelo Tamayo in Lockhart, TX, married Jesse, moved to Austin in 1956, and raised 6...
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Maurice M. Benitez, D.D.

January 23, 1928 - February 27, 2014

The Right Reverend Maurice M. Benitez, D.D., sixth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, entered the nearer presence of God on February 27, 2014 in Austin, Texas. He was 86. Bishop Benitez was born in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 1928, the son of Colonel Enrique M. Benitez (US Army) and Blossom Compton Benitez. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Joanne Dossett Benitez,...
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Sam Virgil Turner

March 26, 1938 - February 21, 2014

Sam Turner passed away on February 21, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Hall Turner; his daughter, Teresa Turner Chang; and his son-in-law, Min Chang. He also leaves behind Cleo, the last in a long line of well-loved and thoroughly spoiled cats. Sam was born in Big Spring, Texas, to H.V. (Buster) and Artelia Minton Turner and grew up in Stanton and Odessa. While most of his family...
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Margaret Theresa O'Dea

May 9, 1921 - February 21, 2014

Margaret Theresa O'Dea, 92, of Lakeway, passed away February 21st. "Marge" was born May 9th, 1921 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her parents, William Baine and Lillian Vietheer gave her away in marriage on August 30, 1940 to Daniel F. O'Dea. She is survived by two children and their spouses, Patricia and Paul Moroney of Naples, Florida and Daniel and Liz O'Dea of Austin. Margaret leaves 4...
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Faye Tavella

September 10, 1914 - February 21, 2014

Faye Modell Anderson Tavella died Friday, February 21 at the age of 99. Faye was born September 10th, 1914 in Normangee, Texas to Radlif Hampton and Della Dora Anderson. She had a hard but love filled youth, growing up on cotton farms her father farmed in north and east Texas. She was the last surviving sibling of her family and is preceded in death by her parents and her five brothers and...
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J. Chrys Dougherty III

May 3, 1915 - February 20, 2014

J Chrys Dougherty, III died Thursday, February 20, at age 98. Born Robert Henderson Dougherty in Beeville, Texas, May 3, 1915, Chrys was the only surviving child of five siblings, the other four of whom died before he was born. He was the son of J. Chrys Dougherty and Mary Virginia Henderson Dougherty. His grandfather Robert Dougherty immigrated from Ireland and founded a boys' school in south...
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Bill Browning

December 2, 1922 - February 18, 2014

Bill Browning, 91, of Vero Beach, FL and Austin, TX passed away peacefully with family and friends at his side February 18, 2014 at the VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach. Bill was born in Memphis, Texas in 1922 and served his country in the USAF during WWII. He was a lifelong pilot, avid golfer, a Mason and a member of the Letter Carriers Union. He was a member of Crestview Methodist Church of...
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Nancy Louise Norris

October 14, 1920 - February 18, 2014

Nancy Louise McNeill Sheldon Norris passed away peacefully in her home on February 18, 2014. Louise was born on October 14, 1920 in Montgomery, AL. to Henry and Pauline McNeill and she grew up in Pine Level, AL. Louise met and married Harold Sheldon from Norwich, NY in 1942, while stationed at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery AL. They had three children together before Harold's death in 1978. In...
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Donna Sue Gray

December 26, 1953 - February 17, 2014

Donna Sue (Brown) Gray, born December 26, 1953, at Doctors Hospital in Washington D.C., passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014, after her courageous battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. Donna grew up in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland, and was a graduate of Homer L. Ferguson High School in Newport News, VA in 1972. She was employed by the State of Texas for over thirty...
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Richard Floyd "Dick" Reynolds

September 21, 1927 - February 17, 2014

Richard Floyd "Dick" Reynolds" passed away Feb. 17 in Fort Worth. He was 86. He was a much loved husband, father and grandfather, and a respected Army veteran, businessman, lawmaker and government leader. He was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Flint, Ohio. He moved to Richardson, Texas, in 1960, where he was elected to the city council and began his rise in Texas politics. He served in the Texas...
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Betty McGuire Prados

May 10, 1928 - February 16, 2014

Prados, Betty McGuire, 85, for many years an educator in Puerto Rico and a proponent of teaching English as a Second Language, passed away at The Regency Village Care Center in Austin, Texas, on February 16, 2014. Until her retirement in 1991 she was active in the movement to establish a professional association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and became an...
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Leonor Parra Silva

November 23, 1939 - February 15, 2014

Leonor Parra Silva, born November 23, 1939 in Bucaramanga, Columbia, went to her eternal rest on Saturday February 15, 2014 at the age of 74. She married Hugo G. Silva on March 11, 1967 in Los Angeles where they lived before moving to Miami and eventually settling in Austin in 1984. Leonor was passionate about her Roman Catholic faith and particularly about Catholic education where she made a...
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Barbara Shelby Merello

June 21, 1932 - February 14, 2014

Barbara Shelby Merello died February 14, 2014 Barbara was born to Marian Eikel Shelby and Robert Evart Shelby on Midsummer's Day (June 21) 1932, grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and attended UT Austin. She worked in cultural exchange for the US Information Agency from 1960 to 1987, in Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, Costa Rica, Argentina, Washington DC, and Peru, with short postings at the United...
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Karen Marie Goodell

September 4, 1949 - February 13, 2014

Karen Marie Goodell was born in Beaumont, Texas on September 4, 1949, to Bobbie and Albert Goodell. Her parents predecease her, as do her grandparents, Margery and Harry Keenan, Jake and Dell Goodell, as well as her namesake, Marie Harris Goodell, and her most beloved friend, Jimmy Payne. She is survived by her sister, Deborah Goodell Polan (Kraege), her nephews Chance, Walker, and...
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Beverly Joan King Howe

June 4, 1931 - February 13, 2014

Beverly Joan King Howe passed away on Friday, February 13, 2014, at the age of 82. She was born in Dallas, Texas on June 4, 1931 to parents Azzalea Carter King Flentge and Levi Alexander King. Beverly spent her first years in Dallas, Texas with her parents. At age three she lost her father. Beverly's mother eventually remarried Ben Flentge, and they moved to San Antonio, Texas where Beverly...
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Mary Lou Clark

September 19, 1953 - February 12, 2014

Mary Lou Clark died peacefully, surrounded by her family and dogs, on February 12, 2013, after a courageous and hard-fought forty-three month battle with cancer. Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Edward Clark of Austin; son, E. Will Clark, M.D., and his wife, Nora Clark, of Dallas; son, Neale Clark, M.D., of Atlanta, and his fiancé, Haley Singer of Houston; daughter, Kelley Clark of Austin...
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Patricia Priour Byfield

April 7, 1923 - February 12, 2014

Patricia Priour Byfield Patricia Byfield, longtime resident of Austin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband, George Daniel Byfield of Austin, five sisters, Edna Beynon, Rowena Cumings, Hazel Garwood, Blanche McNeill, Dora Parks, and a brother, Clarence Priour. She was born April 7, 1923, to Clarence Reine Priour and Henrietta Laughton,...
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Patricia "Pat" Bittner

January 26, 1960 - February 10, 2014

Patricia "Pat" Bittner, age 54, a native of Austin, was born on January 26, 1960 and passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014. Pat was a graduate of Westlake High School, 1979, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1983, and was employed with TxDot for over 20 years. She was a member of the Girl Scouts of America and Texas Outdoor Women's Network. She loved animals, swimming, travel,...
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Margaret Mercedes Robertson

October 19, 1925 - February 7, 2014

Margaret Mercedes Robertson passed peacefully into eternity Friday, February 7, 2014. She was born October 19, 1925 in Monterrey, Mexico to Margit Agnes Buda and Lajos Jurkovich, recent immigrants from Budapest, Hungary. At two years old, Margaret and her older sister and brother moved to Budapest to live with their "Grandmother Buda" where they learned their native Hungarian language and...
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Robert "Bob" Lumpkin

March 2, 1937 - February 7, 2014

Robert Alton Lumpkin went home to be with The Lord on February 7, 2014. Bob was born on March 2, 1937 in Fort Worth Texas to Kent and Alton Lumpkin. Bob accepted Christ as his Savior in March of 1955 following a morning worship service at the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. Bob graduated from Amon Carter High School in Fort Worth, Texas and went on to attended Texas Wesleyan College in...
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Doris Jo Murdaugh (Turner)

November 30, 1928 - February 7, 2014

Doris Jo Murdaugh (Turner), 85 of Austin passed away February 7, 2014. She was born in Greenville, Texas on November 30, 1928 to Luther and Lella Turner. She attended public school in Greenville where she met and married her high school sweetheart George A. Murdaugh. Upon moving to Austin she enjoyed a 34 year career in the State Comptroller Office. Doris Jo was an avid antique collector as...
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(Willie) Beatrice Clark Workman

July 13, 1925 - February 7, 2014

(Willie) Beatrice Clark Workman Born: July 13, 1925 Breckenridge, Texas Married: Roger Daniel Workman, July 19, 1942 Breckenridge, Texas Died: February 7, 2014 Austin, Texas Beatrice lived in Breckenridge, Moran, McCamey, Gladewater, Monmouth, Oregon, Hattisburg Mississippi, Mathis, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Fort Clark Springs, Temple, Spicewood and Austin Texas. She was...
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Charles Bonner McMillion

November 8, 1921 - February 7, 2014

McMILLION, Bonner "Put your hands on the bar, on mine," she said, "and don't close your eyes. Look at the world." She squealed as the Ferris wheel lurched and we were suddenly winging free, earth, sea, music, noises all one blur within that boundless moment. She wasn't just a girl then. She was the only girl ever. Our hands were clasped, our hearts joined, our cries and laughter ringing as...
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Lolita Ramona Binford

September 5, 1928 - February 6, 2014

Lolita Ramona Binford, 85, died February 6, 2014, at her home in Austin. A professional scientist and amateur artist, she was an active supporter of education, social justice, and environmental protection who loved to travel and to spend time with children. She adored her husband Jesse, who survives her. They were married for 58 years. Lolita was born in Chicago on September 5, 1928. She...
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James Roy Poteet

January 10, 1961 - February 6, 2014

James Roy Poteet, Director of Research and Development at National Instruments, died on February 6 near Austin, Texas. He was 53. Jim was born on January 10, 1961, one of two sons of Sam H. Poteet and his wife, Margaret Ann Crymes. He grew up in Nashville, Tenn. and graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy. As a young man, Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting with family friends, football, skiing, and...
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Catherine "Kate" Garwick

December 22, 1921 - February 6, 2014

Catherine ("Kate") Agusta (O'Keefe) Garwick passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on February 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. She was 92. Born on December 22, 1921 to Denis and Marie (White) O'Keefe in the family home in Harrison, New York, she was one of eight children, (six brothers and a sister). She graduated from Harrison High School in Harrison, New York, Class of 1938. Kate,...
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Edythe Kruger

May 2, 1923 - February 6, 2014

In Puccini's opera Tosca there is a famous aria "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore," which means "I lived for art, I lived for love." Edythe Schmidt Kruger lived for the love of her family and the love of her art. She was passionate about her children and passionate about opera, and she devoted her life to giving to both. Although she passed away on February 6, 2014, these gifts remain eternal. ...
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Frank Atwood Gibson

December 19, 1930 - February 5, 2014

Lifelong Austinite, Frank Atwood Gibson, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 5, 2014. He was 83. Frank was born in Austin in 1930, the only son of James Polk and Jesse Lee Gibson. He was a graduate of Austin High School and the University of Texas where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. In the summer of 1952 Frank married his former high school classmate, Susan (Susie) McBride. He...
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WS "Widge" Henrion

January 20, 1933 - February 5, 2014

WS "Widge" Henrion, 81, of Austin died peacefully at St. David's North Austin Medical Center with his wife and daughter at his side on February 5, 2014, following a brief battle with cancer. Widge was born January 20, 1933, in Wichita, Kansas to Paul Earl and Mabel Bruce Henrion. After graduating from Wichita High School East in 1950, he attended Wichita University and Kansas State, earning a...
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Edward Alfred Hanudel

October 19, 1920 - February 5, 2014

Edward Alfred Hanudel, born October 19, 1920 in Bayonne, New Jersey, passed away on February 5, 2014. He was the son of Matthew A. and Margaret Hanudel. He was a graduate of Lehigh University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. He was employed by Shell Oil for 42 years in both Alton, Illinois and Houston, Texas. He was married to Rita Ann Curtin Hanudel on...
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Dorothy Ann Callaway Brown

February 28, 1940 - February 4, 2014

Dorothy Ann Callaway Brown was born on February 28, 1940 and passed away on February 4, 2014. She was married to Professor R. Malcolm Brown, Jr. for fifty three beautiful years, and together they shared an amazing life. She was the proud and loving parent of two beautiful children, David Malcolm and Julie Christine. She also had a handsome grandson, Christopher Mahurin. Ann met Malcolm on a...
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Joyce Arlene Skinner

April 28, 1926 - February 4, 2014

Joyce Skinner "Mom" passed away on February 4, 2014 at the age of 87. She was born in Winters, Texas to Willis Clifton Davis & Viola Ratliff Davis. She married the love of her life, Herbert Skinner, on August 22, 1944. Joyce was preceded in death by Herbert in 2007 and by her parents. The loss of her beloved Herbert caused a heartache that never lessened. Joyce is survived by her daughter,...
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John Timothy "Tim" Thurman

October 28, 1948 - February 1, 2014

As was his typical style, John Timothy "Tim" Thurman, left this world on his own terms in the early morning hours on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Tim came into this world on October 28, 1948 in Abilene, Texas. He was the oldest of four boys born to Dorothy "Jean" and Mel Thurman. He spent his childhood in Abilene where he developed his love for football. He graduated from Abilene High School...
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Bernard Lee Ball

April 9, 1919 - January 31, 2014

Major Bernard L. Ball, USAF (Retired) passed into eternity of natural causes at his home in Georgetown, TX on Jan 31, 2014. Bernard Lee Ball was born (one of 9 children) on 9 April 1919 to Otis and Kitty Ball in his grandparents' home in Fairplay, Missouri. He graduated from Barnsdall High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1937. After graduation, he and his brother Roy operated a gas...
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Mark Edward Fisch

July 31, 1957 - January 31, 2014

Mark Edward Fisch was born on July 31, 1957 in Austin, Texas and was called home to be with Our Lord on January 31, 2014. Mark graduated from Anderson High School, earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature (ABD), Voice Minor from the University...
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Joseph David Chafetz

October 9, 1926 - January 31, 2014

Joseph David Chafetz October 9, 1926 - January 31, 2014 (87 years) Joseph David Chafetz was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 9, 1926 to Israel David Chafetz and Mary Sudakovsky Chafetz. He graduated from Brackenridge High School and entered the US Navy in 1945 as a Radioman Third Class, serving honorably on the USS Bushnell (AS15). Always fascinated with the inner workings of machines...
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Marc Brian Panzer

June 11, 1953 - January 30, 2014

Dear Community, It is with profound sadness that we mourn the passing yesterday of our cherished CAA Family Member, Marc Panzer , beloved husband of Eve for 33 years; cherished father of Eric and Ariane, loving brother of CAA Family Member Ira Panzer, and Marvin Panzer of California. Marc was also the adored uncle of four nephews, three nieces, one great-nephew and three great-nieces. Marc...
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Esther Christiana Nielsen Koyen

February 2, 1921 - January 30, 2014

KOYEN, Esther February 2, 1921 - January 30, 2014 Esther Christiana Nielsen was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, February 2, 1921, to Danish immigrants, Mads and Karen Nielsen. The family moved to and permanently settled in Fremont, NE, where Esther attended primary and secondary school. She met the love of her life, Rodney Koyen, and they were married in March of 1940. The city girl moved...
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Gloria Goldston King

October 7, 1933 - January 28, 2014

Gloria Goldston King passed peacefully in her sleep on January 28th in Austin, Texas at the age of 80. She was born on October 7, 1933 in Houston, Texas, where she lived most of her life. She is preceded in death by her husband, Allan; her parents, William and Kathleen; her sister, Jeannie; and brother, Billy. Gloria is survived by her children, David, Gwen, Duane, and Allan; their spouses;...
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Katharine Clayton Plant Fain

February 19, 1945 - January 26, 2014

Katharine Clayton Plant Fain 2/19/45 - 1/26/14 Katharine "Kate" Fain died Sunday, January 26th, at home in Austin of a broken heart, 14 months after the death of her beloved husband Ty (pictured above) and, with him, a big chunk of what made life valuable. Ty and Kate had shared so much—their passion for politics, the Rio Grande, their friends, good times and grand gatherings in Marathon...
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Sanford J. Epstein

June 15, 1929 - January 26, 2014

Sanford J. Epstein - Lt. Col. Retired - US Army, retired IBM, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. He was born June 15, 1929 in Burlington, Vermont and was a graduate of the University of Vermont. Sanford is survived by his wife Rhoda Carin Epstein; sister Elsie Paul and her husband R. Allan Paul; son Stephan B. Epstein and wife Marilyn; daughter Rhea (Rivkah) Stein and her husband Howard...
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Theodore "Ted" Stahlman

May 19, 1945 - January 24, 2014

Ted Stahlman, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend died peacefully on Friday, January 24th, 2014 in the loving company of his family. "Uncle Ted" was a lifelong bachelor, traveler, fashion expert, cook, avid coin collector, lover of Playboy magazines (great articles) and a Fox News enthusiast. He loved his dogs Gus, Cleo and Georgia, going to his Coin Club meetings, Family dinners every...
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Esther Grace Frank

November 21, 1915 - January 23, 2014

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant Esther. Esther Grace (nee Johnson) Frank was given life by her Creator and was born on November 21, 1915, in Joplin MO to the parents of John Richard Johnson and Louisa Karletta (nee Martens) Johnson. On December 12,...
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Calvert A. Moody

June 27, 1919 - January 23, 2014

Lt. Col. Calvert Andrew Moody, born in Ontario, California on June 27,1919 took flight on January 23, 2014 for the wild blue yonder to join members of his 57th Bomb Wing; 340th Bomb Group. They have been anxiously awaiting his heavenly landing. Col Moody was raised in EI Centro, California and attended San Jose State College, graduating in 1941 with a BA degree. He went into the US Army Air Corp...
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Laurel H. Hornberger

October 22, 1919 - January 23, 2014

Laurel H. Hornberger, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Austin. She was born Oct. 22, 1919, in San Antonio to Laura D. and John Edgar Harris. She moved with her family as a young child to her beloved Austin, where she lived the remainder of her life. She was married to Paul T. Hornberger, who preceded her in death in 2004. Her exemplary work ethic and efficient, frugal approach to all...
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William Otto Stone

May 31, 1946 - January 21, 2014

William Otto Stone, known to many as Bill, was born to Robert and Billie Stone in Augusta, GA on May 31, 1946. Bill's dad died early in his life, and Bill was raised by his mother and other extended family in N. Augusta, SC. As a young man, he enjoyed playing football and running track. Bill was drafted into the Army after graduating from high school; he served in Vietnam and Cambodia during...
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Lucile Fraim

September 28, 1928 - January 21, 2014

Ina Lucile Fraim passed away January 21, 2014, in Austin, TX surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 28, 1928 in Alamo, TX, to Anamay and Howard L. Smith, Sr. Lucile graduated from PSJA High School in 1946 as class valedictorian. In 1948, she married Clifford Jack Connor, Sr. and had two children, C. Jack and Melanie Lee. Jack Sr. died from polio in 1951. Lucile married Loyd...
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Dolores Maria Oglesby

March 18, 1932 - January 21, 2014

Dolores Maria Oglesby, 81, departed from this life peacefully on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. She was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico, to Lorenzo and Maria Alvarez on March 18, 1932. Dolores loved children and started her own daycare at home in the early 1970's. The children loved her cooking so much they complained when they had to eat meals at their own homes! She later worked as a child care...
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Richard T. Thordarson

December 31, 1925 - January 21, 2014

Richard T. Thordarson, age 88 of Austin died Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The following is a biography Richard wrote for his high school reunion. Since Richard was a gifted writer, the family thought it best to use his words to paint a picture of his life. "I was born on New Year's Eve, 1925, in the greatest little town in the West, Miles City, Montana, where my "Home on the Range" was on The...
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Jane Rylander Weekley-Brown

February 13, 1924 - January 19, 2014

Jane Rylander Weekley-Brown, 89, of Austin, Texas died on January 19, 2014. She was born in Pearsall, Texas on February 13, 1924 to Henry Grady Rylander and Julia McFadden Rylander. Jane graduated as Valedictorian of her class from Pearsall High School in 1941 and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas In 1947. Jane...
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Cynthia Ann Timberlake

January 25, 1937 - January 17, 2014

Cynthia Ann Timberlake passed away peacefully, on Friday, January 17, 2014, at a nursing home in the Austin area. She was born in Alice, Texas, on January 25, 1937, to Roland Henry Timberlake and Elnora Dillahunty Timberlake. She lived in Hebbronville, Texas as a small child. Later, her family moved to Victoria, Texas, where Cynthia went to grade school and then graduated from Patti Welder. She...
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Karen K. Keliehor

September 22, 1940 - January 17, 2014

Karen K. Keliehor, aged 73, died peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. Karen, "KK" named by her four grandchildren, (Edwin Stephen Oden, III "Chip" (15), Mary Margaret Oden (12), Luke Wade Priestly (7) and Myles Thomas Priestly (3). Karen was born on September 22, 1940 to Margaret Barbee Keliehor and Charles William Keliehor of Sherman, Texas. She was...
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Dolly Ruth Cronshey

May 24, 1926 - January 15, 2014

Dolly Ruth Melton Cronshey, age 87, of Bastrop, TX, passed into her Lord Saviour's arms January 15, 2014 at 7:50 a.m. Dolly was born in Hickman, Kentucky on May 24, 1926 to parents Pearl (Henshaw) and Chester Holly. Dolly was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, had a great love for her family and a very strong faith in God. She worked at the Austin State Hospital and retired in 1989. She...
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Forrest Murphy Nelson, M.D.

December 9, 1922 - January 14, 2014

NELSON, Forrest Murphy M.D. Forrest Murphy Nelson was born on December 9, 1922 to Lillian Murphy Nelson and Forrest David Nelson in Rockland, Texas. He was a resident of Austin for 81 years where he died on January 14, 2014. Murphy graduated from Austin High School in February 1940, where he played football, ran track and was Valedictorian of his class. He graduated from the University of...
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Helen Newell Brady

January 14, 1958 - January 13, 2014

A Celebration of Life for Helen Newell Brady, 55, will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, January 17, 2014 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The Rev. Mike Russell will officiate. Helen went to rest on Monday, January 13, 2014. Born in Houston, TX, she was the daughter of Martha McAshan Guerin and Whipple Spaulding Newell, Jr. She grew up in Austin and was a graduate of Westlake High School. ...
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Nicholas Bartkowiak

October 18, 1983 - January 11, 2014

Nicholas Bartkowiak, 30, of Austin, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 11 as a result of a very aggressive cancer. Nick was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 18, 1983, to John and Sally Bartkowiak. At the age of four, Nick moved to Austin. He attended Nazarene Christian School, Hill Country Middle School, and graduated from Westlake High School. On May 15, 2007, Nick had his first date...
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Elwood M. Hood, Jr.

September 11, 1921 - January 11, 2014

Elwood Montel Hood, Jr, a long time Dentist from Orange, Texas, passed away peacefully to be with The Lord while surrounded by his family on January 11, 2014 at the age of 92. He was born on September 11,1921 in Port Arthur, Texas to his parents Elwood and Agnes Patin Hood. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and then served in the U.S Army in the Radar unit in the...
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Doris Elizabeth Jackson Shaw

September 5, 1932 - January 10, 2014

Doris Elizabeth Jackson Shaw, born September 5, 1932 to Jack Wayne Jackson and Viola Mae Runnels Jackson, in Edinburg, Texas, passed away January 10, 2014. She will be placed to rest in Weslaco. She was a dedicated military wife to retired Colonel Kenneth Garland Shaw USAF, and an amazing mother. She is preceded in death by her sister, Janette Jackson Towery, her parents, and her husband...
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Gary Makelki

February 11, 1947 - January 10, 2014

Gary G. Makelki went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 12, 2014. He was born on February 11, 1947 in Dickinson, North Dakota. He is survived by his fiancé, Joyce Hogan; sister, Jo Ann Makelki Nelson, Houston, Texas; brother Daniel Makelki and wife Linda, Corpus Christi, Texas; niece, Jennifer Nelson, Houston, Texas; and nephews: Robert Nelson, Houston, Texas; Steven Makelki, Kingwood,...
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Clarice Mathis James

January 28, 1920 - January 10, 2014

Clarice passed away in Bastrop, Texas on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the age of 93. Clarice was born January 28, 1920 to parents Noah Brittain and Stella Treacy Mathis in Temple, Texas. She grew up in Temple and Waco. She moved to Corsicana after high school graduation. The same day she moved to Corsicana, Walter Anderson James moved in next door. She attended Texas State College for Women in...
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Peggy Frary

April 6, 1920 - January 9, 2014

Lola Marguerite (Peggy) Finch Mathewson Frary was born at 13 Grosvenor Square in the heart of the Mayfair District in London, England in 1920. As a young girl during World War II she drove an ambulance for the U.S. armed forces. Married at a young age to American Christy Mathewson, son of baseball great Christy Mathewson, Sr. she emigrated in 1940 to the United States where the couple made their...
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