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At Weed-Corley-Fish, we’ve helped families honor their loved ones for over a hundred years. All of our conveniently-located chapels are peaceful, soothing places for your family and friends to gather for remembrance and recollection. And our dedication to your comfort, attention to detail, and honor for local traditions assure you of the most dignified and personalized services as you plan your tribute.

Our Obituaries

Martin "Marty" W. Florence

December 22, 1932 - May 24, 2015

Martin "Marty" W. Florence, 82, of Georgetown, TX, formerly of Loves Park, IL entered into his eternal home on May 24, 2015. He was reunited with the love of his life, Carol Ann whom he had lost on August 15, 2014. He was born in Dixon, IL on December 22, 1932 to William and Mary Florence. He married Carol Larson on February 2, 1952, in Loves Park, IL. Shortly after their marriage Martin was...
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Gordon "Doc" Arnold, Jr.

September 8, 1949 - May 23, 2015

Gordon "Doc" Arnold Jr. The lives Gordon "Doc" Arnold touched are many, and Doc's passing from this life on May 23rd, 2015 will be felt, most immediately by his family, but also by the many colleagues and friends from his lifelong career in public service. Doc was born September 8, 1949, in Richmond, Virginia, to the late Marjorie Ball Arnold Sitek and Gordon Dawkins Arnold. For more than...
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Severo Carrisalez, Jr.

August 19, 1940 - May 23, 2015

Severo Carrisalez, Jr., age 74, of Austin, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife Consuelo Carrisalez. Severo is survived by his daughters, Deborah Ramirez and husband Armando, Sarahbeth Adams and husband Thomas; son, Samuel Carrisalez; grandchildren, Anabeth, Christian, Aidan, Anissa and Adriana; five sisters; and two brothers. Recitation of...
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Robert Wayne "Bob" Strauser

August 8, 1943 - May 21, 2015

Robert Wayne "Bob" Strauser was born August 8, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Christopher "Pete" and Opal Orr Strauser. Bob's sine die came early this session. On May 21, 2015, Bob passed away at his home in Austin, missing his goal of completing his nineteenth Regular Session of the Texas Legislature by only twelve days. With his passing, the Texas Capitol, the Austin Symphony...
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Carolyn E. Parks

July 24, 1937 - May 21, 2015

Carolyn E. Parks, who grew up in Austin as the daughter of Vivian Roberts and Elzie L. Johnson and raised three children here with Walter Reed "Sonny" Leonard, passed away in Austin on May 21 after a short illness. She was 77 years old. A graduate of Travis High School in Austin, class of 1955, Carolyn worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone and then as an administrative assistant at the Texas...
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Martha (Margie) L. Oertli Grohmann

July 7, 1921 - May 21, 2015

Martha (Margie) Lorraine Oertli Grohmann, 93, of Round Rock, died on May 21, 2015. She was born in Austin on July 7, 1921, to Henry Leonard and Martha Doering Oertli. She graduated from Austin High School, attended Business college and worked for the State of Texas until her retirement. Martha married Charlie Grohmann on May 17, 1947, and during their marriage they lived in Austin, Round...
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Daniel Stephen Barker

February 27, 1934 - May 21, 2015

Daniel Stephen Barker, the F.M. Bullard Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, died May 21, 2015, in Austin. He was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1934, the only child of Kenneth Watson Barker and Sadie Brown Barker. Raised in rural Maine, he was probably the last UT faculty member to be educated in a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating in 1952...
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Teri Bergstrom

June 26, 1952 - May 20, 2015

Teri Bergstrom died suddenly on May 20th from a cerebral hemorrhage brought on by an undetected brain tumor. She was 62 years old. She leaves behind her husband of 29 years, Tom; step-daughter Amanda; mother, Sara Whitfield; sisters, Beverly and Alicia Whitfield; brother Rody Whitfield and wife Theresa Millison. Her extended family includes her much beloved nieces and nephews, Jordan and...
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Richard F. Alvarez

August 11, 1936 - May 20, 2015

Our Beloved Father Richard F. Alvarez went to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born on August 11, 1936 in Sinton, Texas. Richard was a family man and dearly loved by all. He was in the printing industry which allowed him to create job opportunities for many family members and friends. He coached a semi pro baseball team, "The Austin Aztecas" which...
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Jose Pompa

February 15, 1929 - May 20, 2015

Jose Pompa, age 86 of Austin, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Jose is survived by his daughters, Vickie Rodriguez and husband Jaime, Dorothy Rodriguez and husband Javier, Norma Villafranca and husband Antonio, Betty Copeland and husband Glenn; and Eulogia Martinez mother of his daughters. Wake Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Weed-Corley-Fish...
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Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Wilson

July 28, 1916 - May 20, 2015

WILSON, Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Her life was an adventure full of love and joy because she made it so; her friends, family and loved ones were the beneficiaries. Whether it was a sing along in the car on the way to the First Methodist Church in Dallas with her parents and brother, sewing her own dresses and her sons' shirts, presiding over the high school booster club for nine years,...
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Wanda Sloan Harvey

October 18, 1921 - May 17, 2015

Wanda Sloan Harvey departed this life peacefully at home with family by her side on May 17th, 2015 at age 93. Wanda was born October 18, 1921 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Texas and she spent most of her childhood and all of her adult life in the Houston area. She graduated from Sam Houston High School. After graduation she attended a Secretarial School until she discovered...
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DeeDee Mann

April 6, 1957 - May 16, 2015

DeeDee Mann, whose wink and smile could warm any heart, died of endometrial cancer Saturday at her home in Austin. She was 58. Dee Dee was born Denise Louise Aaron in Meadville, Pa., a small industrial town near Erie. Her father's military career moved the family six times, including a five-year stay in Germany, before a transfer to Fort Hood brought them to Killeen. The second of Richard...
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Cora Ellen Caffey

September 8, 1948 - May 14, 2015

Cora Ellen Harber Caffey, 66, of Cedar Creek, Texas passed away May 14, 2015. She was born September 8th 1948 in Waco, Texas. She was baptized as Lutheran in 1953. She moved to Austin, Texas. as a child with her mother Margaret Harber and siblings Kelly and Kathy. She attended Fulmore Junior High and Travis High School. She married and had her children Larry, Stacy and Thomas. She later met...
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Maria Gonzalez Kennedy

September 29, 1928 - May 14, 2015

Maria "Mama Mary" Kennedy, born Maria Gonzalez in Harlingen, Texas on September 29, 1928 died peacefully in her home in Austin, Texas on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Maria and her husband Abraham started El Gallo Restaurant on South Congress in 1957. She was a proud owner who loved visiting with her guests. Maria greeted everyone she met with a smile as they entered El Gallo. Her humor and loving...
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H. Adam Stevens

December 4, 1949 - May 13, 2015

H. Adam Stevens was born December 7, 1949, at the military hospital in Frankfurt, West Germany. He graduated from Richfield High School in Waco, Texas in 1968, but not before earning his pilot's license and becoming skilled in amateur radio, and building and racing hot-rods. After a brief period at Baylor University, H "didn't even bother to drop out" and came straight to Austin. His stories of...
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Curtis G. LaFaitte

June 17, 1962 - May 12, 2015

Curtis LaFaitte passed away unexpectedly at home, on May 12th 2015. Curtis was born in Austin on June 17, 1962 and died May 12, 2015. He grew up in Northwest Hills, graduated from Anderson High School in 1981 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Curtis was a visionary, marketing genius, and entrepreneur. He began a successful career with The...
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Fred W. Wright, USAF Retired

June 24, 1924 - May 12, 2015

Lt Col Fred W. Wright (USAF retired) of Austin, TX passed away on May 12, 2015 at the age of 90. He was born in Memphis Tennessee to Henry and Elizabeth Wright of Helena, AR on June 24th 1924. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to support his country in WWII and upon completing officer training was deployed to Europe. Flying a P-38 over France and Germany he was shot down and taken as...
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George Michael Decherd IV, MD

January 19, 1936 - May 12, 2015

George Michael Decherd IV, MD 1/19/1936 to 5/12/2015 Dr. Decherd was called home to God early Tuesday morning on May 12th at 79 years of age. George led a long, successful life as a father, husband, and medical professional. George was born in Galveston, TX on January 19th, 1936. He graduated from Austin High School at age 15 and went on to graduate from University of Texas at Austin at age...
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John D. Andrews

January 22, 1944 - May 11, 2015

John D. Andrews, born on January 22, 1944 in Burnet, Texas to Myrtle Elvin Taylor, passed away on May 11, 2015 after a tremendously courageous and long battle with cancer. John D. grew up in Marble Falls, and during his early years he enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing with his grandfather, John Taylor, a renowned state game warden. He spoke often of the remarkable times he spent with...
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Norman Donald Brown

June 28, 1935 - May 11, 2015

Dr. Norman Donald Brown age 79, of Austin, Texas passed away on May 11, 2015. He retired after 48 years as a History Professor from the University of Texas. He was a member of the Civil War Round Table Austin Chapter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Brown. Dr. Brown is survived by his son, David Lawrence Brown and wife Suzanne; daughter, Tracy Lynn Brown; sister,...
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Ellen Love Young Burrows

February 24, 1920 - May 10, 2015

Ellen Love Young Burrows, age 95, was born in San Augustine, Texas, on February 24, 1920, to Robert Hall Young and Bertha Love Heartsill Young. She died on May 10, 2015 at home in Austin, Texas, where she lived her last eight years with her oldest daughter, Judy. The youngest of seven children, Ellen attended school in San Augustine, where she met her husband, John B. Burrows, M.D. They were...
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Hazel Rebecca Crump

August 10, 1917 - May 10, 2015

Hazel Rebecca Lewis Crump age 97 of Austin, Texas passed away on May 10, 2015. She is survived by her children, Elaine Ayres, Michael Crump, Pat Crump, Carolyn Crump, Bonnie Egloff and husband Michael; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Iva Dell Miller. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home 2620 South...
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Michael William Montgomery

September 12, 1950 - May 9, 2015

Michael William Montgomery passed away Saturday May 9, 2015. His sister was by his side, as she had been during his last years. Michael fought the hard fight and almost pulled through with a new liver and kidney. Michael had put his life into God's hands and that along with the unconditional support from all his family and friends, gave him strength every day. Michael was 64 years old and a...
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Evelyn Marie Keithley

November 24, 1921 - May 8, 2015

Evelyn Marie Keithley, age 93, of Liberty Hill, Texas, died on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Bertram Nursing Home. She was born on November 24, 1921 to Edgar Maurice Wiley and Essa Viola Giddens in Leander, Texas. After graduating from high school, Evelyn attended Durham's Business College, graduating in July of 1941. She worked at the local bank to gain experience and then went to work as a...
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Michael John Bispeck

September 14, 1955 - May 8, 2015

Michael John Bispeck passed away unexpectedly on Friday, 8 May 2015. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on 14 September 1955, to Bernard and Antionette Bispeck. His father managed movie theaters and directly influenced Mike's later love of theater. Mike graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and later with a Bachelor of Science in Speech - majoring in Theatre - from...
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Sylvia "Silver" Ione Jones

January 1, 1938 - May 8, 2015

JONES, Sylvia Sylvia "Silver" Ione Jones went to be with The LORD on May 8, 2015. Our sweet Silver was born the First day of January, 1938 in Kenedy, TX to Helmuth & Ione Schuenemann. She was one of the head cheerleaders in Kenedy High School. She graduated from University of Texas in 3 years with a degree in Education, her initial teaching assignment being in the Austin ISD. On August 20...
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Patrick C. Elliott

August 13, 1980 - May 8, 2015

Patrick Conrad Elliott, age 34, died May 8, 2015, in Austin, TX. Patrick was born in Harlingen, TX, August 13, 1980. The family moved to Austin in 1982. He attended Summit, Webb and Read Elementary Schools, Burnet Middle School, and Lanier High School. He graduated from Lanier in 1997.While at Lanier, he played drums in the Marching Band and Jazz Band. Other activities he participated in while...
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Hugh Tannehill Matthews, Jr.

October 31, 1925 - May 7, 2015

MATTHEWS, Jr., Hugh Hugh Tannehill Matthews, Jr, 89, an ICC and TxRRC transportation attorney of Austin, Texas died May 7, 2015 of complications related to cancer in his home. Hugh was born in Austin on October 31st, 1925 and was raised by his mother, Lucille Manor Matthews and his father, Hugh Sr, on the family farm in Webberville, Texas until the severe drought of the late 1920s, forced the...
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Ralph C. Joch

June 6, 1930 - May 6, 2015

Korean War veteran, Ralph C. Joch, 84, passed away on May 6th, 2015. He was born June 6th 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He retired from Brink's and moved to Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Florence M. Joch. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah and Barbara; 5 grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends...
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Pete M. Lopez, Jr.

February 8, 1958 - May 6, 2015

Pete M. Lopez Jr. age 57 of Austin, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. He is survived by his sister, Guadalupe Lopez; brother, Albert Lopez and wife Alejandra Lopez; step-daughter, Amanda Brite; grandsons, Shawn Saldana, Kendrick Brite; granddaughter, Laila Brite; niece, Dianna Lopez; nephew, Pedro Lopez. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Monday, May 11, 2015...
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Marguerite Marie Labasse Knisely

April 1, 1922 - May 6, 2015

MARGUERITE KNISELY Marguerite Marie Labasse Knisely, 93, died at her home in Austin, Texas, on May 6, 2015. Mrs. Knisely was married to the late Dr. William H. (Bill) Knisely, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Texas System and President of the Medical University of South Carolina, who died in 2004. Marguerite Labasse was born on April 1, 1922, in the rural village of Gentinnes,...
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Elvin Gene Estes

December 8, 1932 - May 6, 2015

Elvin Gene Estes, 82, of Austin, Texas, retired Mechanical and Research Engineer, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at St. David's North Austin Hospital of natural causes. Elvin was born December 8, 1932 in Dallas, Texas and raised by his grandparents in Kilgore, Texas. He graduated from Leveretts Chapel High School. Following High School he entered into a 20 year career with the US Air Force...
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Azada (Peggy) Beatty Henry

January 13, 1920 - May 6, 2015

Azada (Peggy) Beatty Henry went to be with her savior on May 6, 2015 in Austin, Texas. She was born on January 13, 1920 in Heidelberg, Lee County, Kentucky to Rollie Beatty and Ona Lethgo Beatty. In 1921 the Beatty family moved to Estancia, New Mexico where she grew up and spent her enjoyable life and attended Estancia High School for half a year before the family moved to Las Cruces, New...
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Ruth Margaret Joy Bryant, Ph.D.

July 21, 1920 - May 4, 2015

Dr. Ruth Margaret Joy Bryant, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas died peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015 in her home. Ruth was born on July 21, 1920 in San Jose California. Her parents, George Ellingwood and Grace Mason Joy, and her sister, Barbara Jean Andersen, preceded her in death. Her parents instilled her with the importance of education, the arts and a connection to the natural world. Her...
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Diane Hutchins

January 13, 1929 - May 4, 2015

Diane Hutchins, age 86, of Austin, TX, passed away May 4, 2015. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, January 13, 1929. She married Merwin Hutchins April 3, 1954 in Houston, TX and had two sons Daniel and Rodger. She was a long time member of University Presbyterian Church and served as the church business manager for over 20 years. She was also a Deacon and an Elder. She was a faithful member...
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Patricia Ann Duncan Snyder

August 6, 1934 - May 4, 2015

Patricia Ann Duncan Snyder passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4th in Austin, Texas. Born August 6,1934 in Adamsville, Tennessee to Thomas Duncan and Margaret Story Duncan, her family moved often when Patricia was young but settled in West Memphis, Arkansas so that she could attend (a single) West Memphis High School. During her time on earth, she was a sister, student, stewardess, wife of an...
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Roberto Monreal

May 30, 1954 - May 4, 2015

Roberto Monreal was born to the late Jesus Saucedo Monreal and the late Eloisa Esquivel Monreal in Austin, Texas on May 30, 1954. He was the ninth of their eleven children. He first attended John B. Winn Elementary and then went on to attend and graduate from the Texas School for the Blind, in Austin. During his time there he won several wrestling awards and tournaments. Most people who...
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Joan Elizabeth Wills Anderson

October 3, 1932 - May 3, 2015

Joan Elizabeth (Wills) Anderson passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015. She was born on Monday, October 3, 1932 to William Walker and Christine Parrish in Waterbury, Connecticut, Joan lived in Austin, Texas for 47 years. She worked for Southwestern Bell (AT&T) and Capitol Network until her retirement. Joan loved spending time with her family and friends. Joan owned an African Gray Parrot, whom...
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Dr. Ken D. Womack

February 7, 1921 - May 2, 2015

WOMACK, KENNON DARWIN Dr. Ken Womack of Austin, Texas was born on February 7, 1921 in Apple Springs, Texas and died May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. He was the second of five sons of Lucas and Buena Sullivan Womack. He grew up in Apple Springs and graduated from Groveton High School. He enrolled at Texas A&M University and finished the first semester when WWII began. He went into the service...
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Primrose Kitchen

February 8, 1930 - April 30, 2015

THE ARTIST – PRIMROSE KITCHEN (1930-2015) Primrose is the second of five children of Marguerite Egan and Horace W Hebert. Married in 1952, Primrose and Antony devoted many years to raising their family of five children (Paul, Ann, Helen, Joe, Chris) and were blessed with two lovely grandchildren (Kelly, Greg) and a great grandchild (Meredith). Primrose had a natural artistic talent which...
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Alva John (A.J.) Campbell

February 5, 1933 - April 30, 2015

Alva John (A.J.) Campbell, Jr., 82, passed away peacefully at Brookdale Lakeway on Thursday, April 30, 2015. At his bedside providing loving care and comfort was his wife of 61years, Betty Jean Campbell. A.J. is survived by his two married children; son, Alan and Pam Campbell (Clearlake, TX) and daughter, Kay and John Colapret (Lakeway, TX); two grandchildren Amy and B.J. Erickson (Denver, CO...
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Larry Kaye Franke, Sr.

September 24, 1943 - April 29, 2015

Larry Kaye Franke Sr. , 71 of Kingsland, Texas, Retired Plumber, died April, 29th 2015. Larry spent his last days surrounded by his family. "Big Larry" was born in Austin and spent most of his career in the area. At one time he was considered to be the fastest "set-out" plumber in Austin, Texas. This is a huge achievement among plumbers. He delighted in the accomplishments of all his children....
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R. Vincent Murray, M.D.

August 15, 1922 - April 28, 2015

Dr. R. Vincent Murray, Jr., born August 15, 1922 in Austin, Texas, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015. He was the son of Dr. Robert Vincent Murray, Sr. and Jessie Ramsey Murray, and a great grandson of Edward and Regina Zimmerman, German immigrants to central Texas in the 1840s. He attended Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his medical degree in 1945 from the...
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Joseph William Mies (Joe)

December 22, 1940 - April 27, 2015

Joseph William Mies ("Joe") was born on December 22, 1940 in Scranton PA. He died on April 27, 2015 in Cedar Park, TX. He is preceded in death by his son Jonathan Joseph, his parents Joseph J. Mies and Elizabeth Davis Mies, Sister Linda Fairchild, and Brother John ("Jack") Mies. His is survived by wife Frances Mies (Leander, TX), his son Richard & Pam Mies (Leander, TX), daughter Kimberly Abruzzi...
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Kristin Elizabeth McLain

February 10, 1969 - April 27, 2015

Kristin Elizabeth McLain loved life, adventure and serving others. She passed away April 27, 2015 during a helicopter rescue mission in Austin, TX, while pursuing her passion and sharing her gifts. She is survived by her husband, Winston Merrill; parents, Betty and Jerry McLain; sister, Stacey Dyer; nephew, Hunter; niece, Makalynne; brother-in-law, Mike Dyer; Swanee Ballman, aunt; Ronald Ballman,...
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Howard Newton Richards

April 3, 1934 - April 27, 2015

The life of Howard Newton Richards, who died on April 27, 2015, at his home in Austin, will be celebrated by his family and many friends for years to come, even as they mourn his departure from this earth. The legacy he leaves will also be enhanced by his extensive and impressive public service, as detailed below. Howard was born in Brownsville, Texas on April 3, 1934. His parents were C....
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Frances Tolleson Shackelford

May 25, 1936 - April 27, 2015

Frances Tolleson Shackelford, age 78, of Austin, Texas passed away on April 27, 2015. She was born Frances Miller Tolleson in Louisville, Kentucky on May 25, 1936. She was the daughter of Rev. Jay Dee & Elizabeth Miller Tolleson. She married Wesley E. Shackelford in 1954. Frances is survived by: her husband, Wesley "Gene" Shackelford, her three children and their spouses, Russell and...
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Dr. Donald Wood Patrick

August 28, 1938 - April 25, 2015

DR. DONALD WOOD PATRICK 8/28/38-4/25/15 Donald Patrick was a brilliant, funny, gracious and kind man. Donald and his twin brother, David, were born on August 28, 1938 in San Antonio, Texas. The son of a Methodist minister, Donald grew up in San Antonio, Austin, Victoria, and Kingsville, Texas. A graduate of A&I University, as it was known then, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus...
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Zelda K. Weintraub

January 6, 1932 - April 25, 2015

Zelda K. Weintraub, age 83, of Austin, Texas, passed away on April 25, 2015. She was born Zelda Kresshover in Brooklyn, New York, on January 6, 1932. Zelda met her soulmate and future husband, Russell Weintraub, when, at the age of 17, she attended the engagement party for her and his first cousins. Russell and Zelda were married on September 6, 1953, just a week after Russell was drafted into...
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Mary Wilma Edwards

July 3, 1934 - April 24, 2015

Ms. Mary Wilma Edwards Our beloved Mary Wilma Edwards passed away peacefully in Bastrop, Texas on Friday April 24, 2015 at the age of 80. Wilma was born on July 3, 1934 in Danville, Kentucky to Utis L. and Ursula Edwards. She lived a long life and was devoted to the Lord until her passing. She was a longtime member of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas where she enjoyed studying the...
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Charles R. Peck

September 9, 1920 - April 24, 2015

Charles Russell Peck, 94 of Austin, died Friday April 24, 2015. Ironically, this was granddaughter Kendall's wedding day. Perhaps this was his way of witnessing that event with his beloved Carolyn. He was born in Star, Texas on September 9, 1920 to Joseph Edgar Peck and Freda Francis Bowman Peck. He was raised on various farms and ranches in Mills and San Saba Counties. After attending one...
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Murray Patton

March 31, 1932 - April 24, 2015

Murray Patton, 83, of Austin passed away on April 24, 2015. He was born in Dallas, Texas on March 31, 1932 to David Patton and Pauline Spence Patton. Murray attended Austin High School and was a graduate of The University of Texas. While in High School he developed a love for photography. He had his own page of the school paper dedicated to the social functions within the school. He also sold...
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George L. Pederson (Pete)

December 26, 1922 - April 24, 2015

George Ardell LeRoy Pederson (Pete), age 92, passed away at his home in Austin, TX, surrounded by his family on April 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia Speight Pederson, his older sister Geraldine Bowers, sisters-in-law Louise Pederson and Sandra Miles. Also mourning his loss are his children, Kristen Marstaller, George R., Gary (Faralyn), Eric (Jacque), Lance, and...
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Eleanor Gail (Nelson) West

March 7, 1921 - April 24, 2015

Eleanor Gail (Nelson) West, 94, was born on March 7, 1921 in Childress, Texas and was taken home by our Lord on April 24, 2015. She married Charley West on July 31, 1938 in Burnet, Texas. Eleanor was better known as "Granny" by her family who was the center of her world. Eleanor enjoyed gardening and quilting. She had a green thumb and could grow anything. She made many, many quilts for her...
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Harriet Josephine Hokanson Strieber

April 16, 1937 - April 23, 2015

Harriet Josephine Hokanson Strieber, 78, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2015. She was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston, Texas on April 16, 1937 to Harry Carl Hokanson and Josephine Ellen Aarts Hokanson. She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Ellin Sophia Holmström Aarts and William James Aarts, paternal grandparents Ida Hakansson Hokanson and Anton Hokanson, her parents...
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James (Jim) Marcus Burns

August 19, 1936 - April 22, 2015

James Marcus Burns (Jim), age 78, passed away surrounded by members of his family on April 22, 2015, in Lakeway, TX. Jim was born in Heavener, OK on August 19, 1936 and raised in Gladewater, TX. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, and later in the U.S. Air Force, with wartime service in Korea and Vietnam. He had peacetime assignments in Germany, Turkey, Spain, and various bases in the U.S....
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Claude Wylie Dawkins

January 20, 1919 - April 22, 2015

DAWKINS, Claude Wylie Mr. Dawkins went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 22, 2015. Born on January 20, 1919 in Chester, South Carolina and raised in Great Falls, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Teed Lee Fry Dawkins and James Alexander Dawkins. Wylie's first job after high school was in a cotton mill in Augusta, Georgia procured through his favorite...
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Dorothy Louise Nelson

November 7, 1922 - April 21, 2015

Dorothy Louise Cornforth Nelson died peacefully at her home in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. At her bedside providing loving care and comfort was her husband of 69 years, Edward M. Nelson, Jr. Dorothy is survived by their two married children, son, Edward and daughter, Deborah Nelson Austin; four grandchildren, Alex and Charlie Nelson, Emily and Travis Austin; great-grandchild,...
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Ryan Christopher Betori

August 28, 1990 - April 21, 2015

Ryan Christopher Betori August 28, 1990 - April 21, 2015 Ryan Christopher Betori, 24 years old. Beloved son of Karen (knee Endres) and Paul; dearest brother of Collin, Teagan, and Tessa. Charming Grandson of Mary Betori, Paul Betori (dec) June Endres, Ed Endres (dec). Nephew and Cousin to many. Friend and advisor to all. Author, Poet, Artist, Musician, Athlete, Student, and avid promoter...
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Baylus Earls Bennett

April 2, 1940 - April 21, 2015

Baylus Earls Bennett soared high as a champion pole vaulter at UT-but that was just a hint of how high he would soar throughout his life. A UT graduate with a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering, he worked for a time in the intelligence community, was a founder of his own company TICOM Inc., as well as a world traveler, soccer coach, trap shooting champion and especially a devoted husband,...
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Joseph Anthony "PaPa Joe" Giardina

June 13, 1929 - April 20, 2015

Joseph Anthony Giardina known as PaPa Joe passed away April 20, 2015. He was born on June 13, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to the late Charles and Francis Giardina. Joseph graduated from Pasadena City College in California. He served his country in the US Air Force. His business career started and retired with Century Papers. Joe and Beverly retired to The Hills in Lakeway, Texas in 1994....
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Paul M. Kinsella

June 21, 1933 - April 19, 2015

It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce that our beloved dad, Paul Kinsella, passed away on April 19, 2015, at his home in Lakeway, Texas. He was born in Bronx, New York on June 21, 1933 to Joseph and Margaret Kinsella (née Rettig). Marge, the love of his life and wife of 45 years had preceded him in death in 2004. His sister, Madeline and brother, Mickey also preceded him in death....
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Annie M. Alexander Watrous

February 9, 1919 - April 19, 2015

Annie M. Alexander Watrous February 9, 1919 ~ April 19, 2015 Earthbound ~ Heavenbound God spoke and earth responded so that Annie Alexander was born February 9, 1919 in Cedar Creek, Texas to Julia and Joe Alexander. There were eight children resulting from this union of which Annie was the third girl. A total of (21) twenty-one siblings made up this family because of her father's previous...
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Jean Evelyn Busby McMichael

November 22, 1925 - April 17, 2015

Evelyn was born in Dallas, Texas, as the only child of Norris and Martha Busby. Graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in June 1943, her parents bought a house a few blocks north of SMU in hopes she would complete her college education there. Evelyn, however, had her own ideas of where she wanted to attend college. On a prior work trip with her dad, they had driven through Austin on the way...
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Efrain Perez-Ortega

September 20, 1922 - April 17, 2015

Efrain Perez-Ortega of Austin, Texas was born on September 20, 1922 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015 at the age of 92. Efrain attended school in Mayaguez and Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Efrain was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Panama during World War II. When Efrain completed his tour of duty with the Army, he attended the...
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Frances McNeely Leonard

March 11, 1936 - April 16, 2015

Frances McNeely Leonard, 79, died peacefully at her home in Austin, Texas, Thursday evening April 16. Frances was an avid supporter of the arts and humanities, having retired in 2004 as director of the non-profit Texas Humanities Resource Center, now known as Humanities Texas; a position she thoroughly enjoyed and was passionate about. Frances was born March 11, 1936 in Levelland, Texas. ...
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James Mayfield Damon

February 24, 1937 - April 15, 2015

James Mayfield Damon passed away peacefully on April 15, 2015 at age 78. In keeping with his wishes a celebration of life for family, friends and neighbors will take place on Saturday, May 16 from 2 to 4 pm at 701 South Main Street in Georgetown, Texas. Mayfield was born in Winfield, Texas on February 24, 1937 to Sylvester Winn Damon and Helen Holmes. He grew up in Houston, Texas where he...
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Betty Jean Herboek

November 12, 1922 - April 15, 2015

Betty Jean Herboek, age 92, of Austin, Texas, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born on November 12, 1922 to Joseph and Louise Zunker Van Buren in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, Betty was employed with Russell Insurance Company, Bruner Water Softener, and Hydromax, all in Milwaukee. Betty enjoyed sewing, crafts, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her...
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Charles Monroe (Charlie) Heard

December 3, 1924 - April 14, 2015

Charles Monroe Heard ("Charlie") was born December 3, 1924, in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He died in Austin, Texas, on April 14, 2015, preceded in death by his wife, Althea Heard, his son, Mark, his parents Grace and Elmer Heard, and his brothers, Elmer and John. Charlie is survived by Mary Ann Grance and his children, Lynne H. Williams (husband John), Stephen Ortman Heard, and David Frank Heard (wife...
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Jennifer Lou Watkins

December 11, 1970 - April 13, 2015

Jennifer Watkins December 11, 1970 – April 13, 2015 Jennifer Lou Watkins, 44, was born in Austin, Texas to Carolyn and David Watkins. She graduated from Sidney Lanier HS in Austin and then attended college at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. She then began her career in medical billing in the DFW area for several years before returning to her native...
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William (Bill) Ross, Jr.

October 11, 1925 - April 12, 2015

William Ross Jr. passed away on April 12, 2015 in Austin, Texas after a brief illness. He was born on October 11, 1925, the only child of Bill and Janet Ross. While growing up, he acquired the nickname of "Sandy" and was always known by that to lifelong friends and family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Karyl Hansen Ross, whom he often described as a "Lovely Lady." Bill...
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Louisa Mahone Donoghue

July 17, 1944 - April 12, 2015

Louisa Mahone Donoghue passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015, and Heaven received another angel. Louisa was born in San Angelo on July 17, 1944, to Dortha Wattinger Mahone and John Thomas Mahone. She grew up in Austin on Jarratt Avenue, was a member of the first graduating class of St. Andrew's Episcopal School and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. She attended The University of Texas...
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Billy Philip "Bill" Arhos

November 3, 1934 - April 11, 2015

ARHOS, BILLY PHILIP "BILL" (November 3, 1934 ~ April 11, 2015) Bill Arhos was born in Teague, Freestone County, Texas, to Philip A. Arhos and Helen Bournias Arhos. In 1941 the family moved to Bryan, Texas, where Bill attended Bryan Public Schools and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1953. From 1953 to 1957, Bill attended Rice University (then Rice Institute) on a baseball and...
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Benjamin Bryan Covington, USN, Retired

April 3, 1953 - April 11, 2015

Commander Benjamin Bryan Covington, USN, Retired Benjamin Bryan Covington died from complications related to Alzheimer's disease on April 11, 2015 in Austin, TX. He was 62. Bryan was born in Albany, Georgia on April 3, 1953, to loving parents Benjamin Bouie Covington, Jr. and Marjorie Elizabeth Hannum Covington. He was the eldest of five children. Bryan spent his early years in Florida,...
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Mary Elizabeth Scott

May 18, 1927 - April 11, 2015

Our beloved mother, Mary Elizabeth Scott, of Austin, Texas, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Mom was born on May 18, 1927 in North Carolina to Fred and Arbutus Bryson. She was 87 years old. Although Mom called the Smokey Mountains home, she became a Texan over 65 years ago. She met her much loved husband, Earl M. Scott, on Valentine's Day and they began their married life together...
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Catherine Kane

June 25, 1924 - April 10, 2015

Catherine Kane, 90, passed away peacefully at Christopher House surrounded by her children Friday April 10, 2015. Born on June 25, 1924 in West Haven, CT to Joseph and Catherine Kelly, "Katie", as she was affectionately referred to by her family and "Kay" by her friends, grew up in Connecticut. On a weekend trip to the Poconos in New York State, she met Joseph Kane of Philadelphia. They...
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Erna Lydia Sawyer

October 10, 1928 - April 10, 2015

Erna Lydia Klotz Sawyer entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 10, 2015. She was born on October 10, 1928, in Travis County, near Coupland, Texas. Erna was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Richland community, near Pflugerville. The third and youngest child of Albert Klotz Sr. and Minnie Felder Klotz, she grew up on a farm and attended Manor High School...
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Barbara Lynn Smith Devetski

November 13, 1948 - April 8, 2015

Barbara Lynn Smith Devetski died on April 8, 2015 after a fierce and lengthy battle with cancer. Barbara was born in Steubenville, OH on November 13, 1948 to Howard Smith and Doris Jensen Smith. In 1960 the family relocated to Long Beach/Michigan City, IN and Barb graduated from Michigan City Elston Senior High in 1967, third in her class of close to 800 students. A highlight of high school...
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Courtenay Corwin Browning

April 3, 1932 - April 8, 2015

Courtenay Corwin Browning, 83, passed away peacefully at her home in Austin surrounded by her children Wednesday, April 8th, 2015. Born on April 3rd, 1932 in Austin, Texas to Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Orville Corwin, Junior, "Toni", as she was affectionately named by her sister, grew up in Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas. Courtenay had a deep, quiet faith and was an inspiration to all that loved and...
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Victoria Lee Haddon

October 31, 1945 - April 8, 2015

Victoria Lee Haddon, 69, died on April 8, 2015. Her mother, Doris Smith, father Jim King, and her "Sweet Little Angel Named Sophie" (Yorkie) preceded her in death. After graduating from Travis High School, she married Dwaine New who was killed in Vietnam. Vickie is survived by her husband Erwin Haddon that she loved so very much and was married to for 40 years. She leaves behind many close...
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Michele Kendall

October 20, 1943 - April 7, 2015

Michele Kendall, often known as Mike or Mikey to family and friends, was the oldest of three girls. Born to Nona Clarice Mellard and Wesley Orval Mellard in Altus, Oklahoma in October of 1943. Throughout her life she nurtured a love of history and family, past generations have been a part of Texas history that Mike expressed in the family photographs, arranging many in such a way that it kept...
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Shelburne J. Veselka

July 3, 1943 - April 7, 2015

Shelly Veselka was a son, husband, father, soldier, attorney and faithful friend. He was also a professional traveler, spreading his generous spirit worldwide. In the course of his life, he criss-crossed the state of Texas hundreds of times, explored the United States from coast-to-coast, served a military stint in Vietnam and vacationed in far-flung corners of the globe. He was always on the...
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Joye Lucerne White

September 13, 1931 - April 6, 2015

Joye Lucerne White, age 83, beloved wife and mother, died April 6, 2015. She was born in Red Water, Texas on September 13, 1931 to Gertrude and Hollis Clark. Joye is survived by her husband of 63 years Walter E. White, Jr., her son and daughter-in-law Brian and Barbara White, her son and daughter-in-law Clark and Margaret White, five grandchildren Craig White, Ross White, Leah White, Lauren...
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Mary Lewis

September 9, 1925 - April 4, 2015

Mary Lewis began every morning with a cup of coffee and the Austin American Statesman obituaries. As a florist she was West Austin's confidante. She was the first to know who was born, whom we loved, whom we thanked, who was engaged, who was ill and whom we lost. As wife of R.A. Lewis, she referred to herself as "the man behind the man." She was his compass rose. On April 4th, 2015, R.A. plucked...
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Rebecca Urban

March 1, 1974 - April 4, 2015

Rebecca Urban passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Rebecca was an amazing person with a huge heart - whether it was supporting family, friends, or animals, she was always there with a smile on her face. Rebecca brought joy to the world and will be missed terribly by her friends and family. Rebecca's smile was contagious and you could even hear the smile through the phone. She...
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Max Cantu Segrets

March 15, 1943 - April 3, 2015

Max Cantu Segrets, of Austin, TX, died in his sleep surrounded by his family, on Good Friday, April 3rd, 2015. He was 72 years old. Max is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Segrets of Austin, TX, and his children, Vernoie Segrets and Marc Hobbs of Austin, TX, Christopher and Yolanda Segrets of Austin, TX, and Stephen and Molly Segrets of Leander, TX. He is also survived by his eleven...
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Ruth Wilson Mills

January 17, 1924 - April 3, 2015

Ruth Wilson Mills, 91, passed away April 3, 2015, in Austin TX. Ruth was born January 17, 1924, to Myrta and James Robert (Bob) Wilson in Newton TX. After spending her childhood in Newton County, Ruth moved to the Beaumont area during World War II. She worked part time at Bethlehem Shipyard during the war, later taking an administrative position at Baptist Hospital. During her work at...
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Florence Joch

February 21, 1925 - April 3, 2015

Florence Joch, born February 21, 1925, passed on April 3, 2015 at the age of 90. Florence was the daughter of the late Ansel & Edna (Earnest) Dieterich. Florence is survived by her husband, Ralph C. Joch; daughters, Deborah and Barbara; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Jimmy (Shirley), Jerry (Jenny), Gene (Fran); and one sister, Dorothy Henshaw of...
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John Bullock Read

May 29, 1969 - April 2, 2015

John Bullock Read passed away Thursday morning April 2, 2015 at his mother's home. His mother was by his side as she had been during his long illness. John was 45 years old and a lifelong resident of Austin. John was born on May 29, 1969 at the original Seton Hospital in Austin to Sally Read Browning and Arlin Farmer. John worked for the General Land Office as a network specialist for 24 years...
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Ruben Nunez Martinez

September 2, 1927 - April 2, 2015

Ruben Nunez Martinez, born 09/02/27 to Fred C. and Jesusita N. Martinez in Houston, Texas. He left this world on 04/02/15. He was a resident of Austin, Texas for the past 30 years and was a former resident of Friendswood, Texas where he spent his childhood and young adult years. Ruben was a Marine Veteran and a Purple Heart recipient from the Korean War. He attended the University of Houston....
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Nelda Roueche Taylor

January 10, 1941 - April 2, 2015

Born January 10, 1941 in Statesville, NC to Mabel Shaver Watts and Glenn Watts, Nelda Taylor passed away at the age of 74 years on April 2, 2015. Nelda is survived by her husband Dan Taylor of Austin; daughters Michelle Roueché and her husband David Thomas of Belton, and Courtney Taylor of Austin; sons Jay Roueche and his wife Elise of Dallas, and John Taylor and his wife Cyndi of Houston;...
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William "Bill" Bailey

June 30, 1928 - March 28, 2015

Bill Bailey took his last flight and sailed into heaven March 28, 2015. William Bryant "Bill" Bailey (Major, USAF Retired) died peacefully at home surrounded by love. Bill was born June 30, 1928 in Buffalo, New York to Roland G. and Esther Bailey. He spent most of his youth in Westfield, New Jersey. He was a curious and adventuresome child, characteristics he kept throughout his life. ...
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Sue Heatly

February 6, 1938 - March 28, 2015

Sue Heatly was born in Austin, TX, on February 6, 1938, the third child of Sidney and Catherine Newton Heatly. She died on Saturday, March 28, 2015, of pancreatic cancer at Hospice Austin Christopher House. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Gail Heatly Arnold. She is survived by her sister, Ann Heatly Meyers of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and her brother, Sidney Ashton Heatly, Jr....
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Dorothy Cox

December 31, 1930 - March 28, 2015

Dorothy Nell Pittsford Cox , in the presence of those she loved and cherished, passed peacefully into glory March 28, 2015. Her name is carved in the hearts of the ones who loved her and whose lives she touched. " Dotty" was rich toward God, family and friends. "Mother/Granny/Great Granny" never forgot a birthday. She lived for her family and loved them unconditionally. She was a born again...
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Jesus Martinez

June 8, 1920 - March 28, 2015

Jesus Martinez, age 94, passed away on March 28, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Andrea Martinez, six children, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Wake will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th at Weed-Corley-Fish, S. Congress. Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 31st at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Interment to follow...
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Lanny van Allen

March 25, 1936 - March 27, 2015

On March 27th, Lanny, (Lilyanne) van Allen, Austin, TX., passed into the arms of her Savior. A woman of grace and ability, she will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, outstanding educator, a true Christian, esteemed friend, and inspiration to all who knew her. She is survived by her devoted husband of 55 years, Dirk, her loving son Jon and his wife Cheryl, and their...
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Kathleen Neves Bobbitt

September 10, 1917 - March 27, 2015

Kathleen Neves Bobbitt, age 97, a resident of Austin since 1952, passed away on March 27, 2015. Kathleen was born on September 10, 1917 in Ratcliff, Texas. Her family moved to Conroe, Texas and she graduated from Conroe High School. On April 25, 1942, Kathleen married Colon Bobbitt and they were married for 65 years until Colon's death in 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha...
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Don L. Rives

September 8, 1934 - March 27, 2015

Don L. Rives died peacefully on Friday, March 27, 2015, at his home in Austin following a year-long bout with cancer. He was 80. Don was born in Marshall, Texas on September 8, 1934, the son of Luther Aaron Rives and Lois Maurine Anderson Rives. His elementary school music teacher noticed his beautiful soprano voice in class, and with his parents' blessing, accompanied Don to Dallas for an...
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Jefferson Jones (JJ) Baskin

June 21, 1966 - March 26, 2015

Jefferson Jones (JJ) Baskin passed in his Austin home holding the hand of his beloved wife Joy just past midnight on March 26, 2015, following his valiant year-long fight with cancer and the celebration of their 15th wedding anniversary. JJ was a Texan. He lived his entire life in Texas. Born in Midland on June 21, 1966, JJ attended Midland Independent School District schools, graduating in...
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