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Published August 29, 2021

Morris Dale Evans


Morris Dale Evans passed away on August 23, 2021. He was born December 8, 1948, in Austin, Texas. Morris graduated from Cameron Yoe High and lived most of his life in Georgetown, Texas, where he worked for IBM and later for Williamson County.

In his earlier years, he enjoyed sports, mainly tennis and golf, and always had a passion for his beloved dogs.      

He is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Ethel Mae Evans.

He is survived by brother Donny Evans and sister-in-law Becky, nieces Heather Watkins and Chelsea Erskine, and two great-nephews and one great-niece. 

Visitation will be Saturday August 28, from 8:30-10 a.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral home, located at 2800 North Travis Avenue, Cameron, Texas. Graveside service will immediately follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cameron, Texas. 

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.



Clyde Krause

Clyde Krause


Clyde Krause of Georgetown, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021. He was born January 2, 1938, on his maternal grandparents’ farm in Holland, Texas and was the youngest child of Carl Krause and Ola Lange Krause. He married Shirley Stork at the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church in Liberty Hill, Texas, February 20, 1959.

His family moved to their new home and ranch in western Williamson County, Texas, in 1939. During his youth, he was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Bartlett, Texas. In high school, he excelled in FFA, baseball, and football. He showed livestock at the county show and at the Houston, San Antonio, and Austin stock shows. He was the first FFA student in the state to show the Santa Gertrudis breed a registered bull named “Pasquale,” and won Grand Champion in 1953 at those three major shows. He also showed Southdown sheep. He was gifted at preparing his livestock for show and for his showmanship in the ring. His most beloved sport was baseball. He was a left-handed first baseman. He attended school in Leander, Texas, where he met two of his dearest, lifelong friends, Leo Naumann and Lee Fulkes. He graduated in 1955.

After graduation, he was employed as a surveyor by the Texas Highway Department. He held many positions with  THD, as he was promoted. Prior to retirement, he was a senior materials specialist, testing all base material from Texas Crushed Stone, and other Central Texas quarries, used in state projects. He worked with THD for almost four decades. After retirement, he was hired by his friend, Charlie Turner, of Georgetown Railroad. He traveled East Texas and Louisiana selling road construction materials delivered by rail and promoting the DumpTrain. He was later recruited by Williamson County Road and Bridge as their Assistant Road Administrator. While he oversaw new construction of roads, his most enjoyable challenge was improving current roads in one of fastest growing counties in the nation. He was very successful in upgrading the county’s overall road system, while implementing cost-cutting measures, saving the county millions of dollars during his twelve years of service. While with the County, he met Duane Blanchard and he became a very special friend. During his five decade career, he found it personally rewarding to have helped many young men gain jobs in the road construction business.

He enjoyed Texas History and held a very deep interest in the Texas Rangers, especially Captain John R. Hughes. He loved welding and construction. He built numerous stock trailers, countless gates for his property and for Harold Mickan’s dairy, saddle racks, signage for Inner Space Caverns, security bars for Bud Stockton Real Estate, and railings and tennis courts for private homes. He built barns, bunkhouses, furniture, doors, cabinets, desks, often using Bastrop cedar. With the help of friends, Buz Lyons and Jack Phillips, and after their completion of the Phillips home on Booty’s Road, he built the rock and cedar ranch-style home where he and his wife raised their family. He truly enjoyed his fun monthly lunch dates at Bob’s Catfish with Lee Flulkes, Charlie Turner, L.A. Rutledge, Tiger Ray, and Gary Brinkley. They even had their own designated table and a framed photo of the group displayed nearby. Ray Braun and Gene Stabeno were also wonderful friends and Gene was a treasured confidant.

With his neighbor, Mart Hamilton, he coached Georgetown Little League teams in the 1960s. He was instrumental in bringing rural water to the family ranch and to many nearby neighbors in the 1980s. He went door-to-door, securing water tap purchase commitments from area property owners. Along with his dear friend, James Hawes, they were active in the fight against proposed Texas property rights legislation, negatively impacting ranchers in the mid-1990s. They met with area ranchers in adjacent counties, gained petition signatures, met with state legislators, and testified at the state capital, achieving success in their efforts. He proudly served as a long time member on the Liberty Hill Cemetery Association board.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Krause, and his daughters, Kim Krause and Kelly Krause. Along with his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lonnie Krause; sisters, Glad Purser and Mickey Jamison Dreiling; brothers-in-law, Jesse Jamison, Chop Purser, Dean Dreiling, Dan Stork, Roy Stork, and Gene Daniell; sisters-in-law, Wanda Krause, Ann Stork, and Betty Stork; a niece and nephew; and, his dear cousin, Kenneth Lindemann.

A memorial service to honor Clyde’s life is planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

•Cross Tracks Methodist Church —101 Liberty Street Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642.

•Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter — 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.



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Charles Thomas Adams, Jr.

Charles Thomas Adams, Jr.


Charles Thomas Adams, Jr., (Charlie) 67, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 5, 2021, at his home in Jarrell, Texas. Charles was born to Katherine and Charles Adams, Sr., in Okinawa, Japan on September 29, 1953. He graduated from Kubasaki High school in Okinawa, Japan. Charlie proudly served in the United States Navy and the Army National Guard. Charlie grew up with three siblings, older brother John (deceased) and younger siblings, Josephine and Mark. 

Charlie is survived by his wife of 17 years, Rebecca Adams of Jarrell; three sons, Christopher, Nelson (Kristen) and Charles Thomas, III (Trey); two stepdaughters, Robin Devillier (Preston) and Rikki Hatter (Chris). He also leaves eleven grandchildren, Isaiah, Savannah, Brooklyn, Kyrsten, Jake, Sarah, Sierra, Leila, Elzaray, Atticus and James. Charlie is also survived by a large extended family as well as many people whose lives he touched throughout his life. He was always willing to help others until his health would no longer allow. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to thank the St. David’s hospital staff in Georgetown and the staff from Bluebonnet Hospice Care in Round Rock.

Services for Charlie will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 30, 2021, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 TX-195, Killeen, Texas, 76542. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital in honor of Charles.



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Dolores Marjorie Neveu

Dolores Marjorie Neveu


Dolores Marjorie Neveu, 94 of Sun City passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021, at a Round Rock hospital. 

She was born the daughter of Joseph E. Krass and Marjorie E. (Gallagher) on March 1, 1927, in Elmhurst, Illinois. Dolores married her loving husband, Edward G. Neveu on November 29, 1947, in Elmhurst, Illinois. They went on to create a successful building businesses, and built houses in Illinois and Florida. She not only did the interior decorating, but also designed the floor plans for the houses they built. She also had a passion for singing which continued throughout her life. After retiring and moving to Texas, she enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, playing tennis and designing floor plans. She fiercely loved her family, and had a genuine kindness that impacted everyone she knew. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Gary Neveu, and brother, Joseph W. Krass. Survivors include her daughter, Denise Ciampa and husband Richard of Georgetown, Texas; son, Terry Neveu and wife Heather of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Dana Johnson and husband Fariborz, Jaimie Johnson, Randy Neveu and wife Rachell, Tracy Shick and Samantha Ciampa. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.




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Margaret McGee Fore


Margaret McGee Fore

Margaret McGee Fore, 92, joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

She was born in Aurora, Illinois, to Harold and Carol McGee.

Marge earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance before marrying and having two daughters, Kelly and Monica. Later she earned a Master of Arts degree in library science while serving as a librarian for the Richmond, Virginia public school system for more than 30 years.

She moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 2012 and began serving in the Encore Choir at Crestview Baptist Church. She dearly loved her church family both in Texas and Virginia.

As additional health issues arose she began attending three weekly dementia day groups in town, and cherished her many friends and caregivers. She was known for her lovely voice and for being quite the competitive bean bag baseball player.  

Marge is survived by her daughter and son-in-law,  Monica and Tim Turner, three nieces and four grandchildren.

A private memorial is planned.


Dr. Peggy Goulding, Ph.D.


Margaret McGee Fore

Dr. Peggy Goulding, Ph.D., 73, of Georgetown, Texas, passed peacefully on August 21, 2021, after a lengthy illness.  She was born to Lt. Col Melvin K. and Jean Moss Goulding on August 5, 1948, in the original St. David’s Hospital Austin, Texas. She graduated from Mineral Wells High School at the age of 15, then went on to Tarleton State College.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1974, with post graduate work in Neuropsychology. Her career followed many paths all over the United States with focus on Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive Assessment, and Statistics and Research Methodology in adults and children.

Her true passion became fostering and rescuing animals. She actively participated in the relocation of her beloved pets in and out of the State of Texas. She volunteered her time with Georgetown Animal Outreach as well as with the Georgetown and Williamson County Animal Shelters. She also freely gave of her time to the St. David’s Georgetown Hospital as an Auxiliary Volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William Ray Goulding of Georgetown in 2013.

Peggy is survived by a brother, Jim Goulding (Debbie) of Round Rock; nieces, Courtney Goulding of Austin, Jamie Bassett (Gordon) and daughter, Aria of Lacey, Washington; nephews, Mathew Goulding, Nick Goulding and son Carter all of Georgetown. Sister-in-law, Kathy Goulding and sister-out-of-law, Cathy Henderson (Rick) of Rockdale, Texas; last but not least her faithful K9 companion, Dede.  

At Peggy’s request there will be no formal services.  Memorials may be made to Georgetown Animal Outreach, Harleys Angel (Animal Sanctuary in Florence, Texas) or A Gift of Time, Georgetown, Texas.

The family would like to thank Dr. Beth Hellerstedt and the staff at Texas Oncology, Round Rock, Kindred Hospice-Georgetown, Comfort Keepers-Georgetown (Dyanna) and most especially Caregivers, Nateshia Tanksley and Kendra Salmon.

Happy trails to you until we meet again.



Published August 25, 2021

Sondra Stecker

Sondra Stecker


Sondra Stecker, aged 90, passed away quietly at her home on August 3, 2021.

Sandy, as she was known to most, was a remarkable woman, capable of being headstrong and opinionated, yet compassionate and caring. Born to Dr. Abraham and Mollie Framer on March 12, 1931, her life’s journey brought her from her native Bronx to Massapequa, to Dallas, through marriage and remarriage, on to Los Angeles, and finally to Sun City, Georgetown, Texas. It is there she settled with the love of her life, her late husband James H. Stecker in 2004.

Sondra is survived by a large and thriving family. Her children, including Lynn LeFave, Michael and Veronica Rosen; her grandchildren, Adam and Nicole, Zachary, Bianca and her fiance Andrew, and Isabella; and great-grandchildren, Nathan and Graham. Her grand and great-grandkids were sources of endless pride and joy for her, and she delighted in being “Grandma” and “Gigi” to all of them. 

Beyond her immediate family, Sondra was a stepmother and an aunt. She shared a special bond with her nieces Ellen Glass and Susan and Jeff Lipsitt, the daughters of her elder sister, Ruth, predeceased; her grand-nieces, Robin Farrell, Leah Kriensky, and Jessie Katz; and her great-grandnephews, Jack, Sam, Owen, and Chase. Her extended family was anything but - Sandy played the role of beloved matriarch to them all.

Sondra was a movie lover, a Mahjong hustler, and a call-waiting juggler. An extrovert through and through, she so loved her call time with her friends and family, it was requested that her trusty cordless phone be interred alongside her, like an artifact cherished by the pharos of old. She was the type of person who could make a connection with a stranger as easily as an old friend, and she always left an impression on those who met her. 

One of her chosen communities was the Congregation Havurah Shalom. This connection with Jewish faith tradition gave Sondra the foundation and friendships that nourished her, and her involvement with the group was a link to her heritage and her past in her adopted home of Texas. 

It is fitting then that Congregation Havurah will hold a private zoom memorial August 22. All who are invited to attend via the convenience of a teleconference, a technology for which Sandy herself had no patience, but for which she would have likely approved an exception in this case. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gestures made in her memory go to the Austin Diaper Bank, a nonprofit organization that Sandy championed.


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Harold Bloomquist

Harold L. Bloomquist


Harold L. Bloomquist was born on April 1, 1932, near Georgetown, Texas, to John Wesley and Rose (Lundelius) Bloomquist and was called home by his Heavenly Father on July 31, 2021. 

He moved from Georgetown to Austin with his family in 1941, attending Austin Public Schools, graduating from Austin High School in 1949. He served in the Army National Guard for a number of years before applying for active duty in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War era. 

After being honorably discharged from the military in 1956, he entered the City of Austin Fire Department on March 30, 1956, where he served 33 years, retiring as battalion chief in 1989. While in the fire department, he served several years as Airport Fire Chief at Robert Mueller Municipal Airport.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Gladys Bloomquist and Lillian Angles, brothers, Charles, Leroy and Franklyn Bloomquist, and his first grandson, Seth Bloomquist.

Surviving him is his lovely wife Angelene (Mitschke) Bloomquist; two sons, Dwight Bloomquist of Georgetown, and Larry Bloomquist and wife Robin of Leander, two daughters, Melanie Castillo and husband Michael of Cedar Park and Melinda Blomquist of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Adam Bloomquist, Michele and husband Heston, Michael Castillo and Joseph Bloomquist, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of relatives and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church or St. John’s Cemetery Association.


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Reba Yarborough

Reba Yarborough


Reba Yarborough, age 92, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on August 21, 2021. Reba was born on March 6, 1929 to Jesse Jefferson Drinnon and Ara Elsie Rainey Drinnon in Weinert, Texas. She married Jack Wayne Yarborough on February 18, 1929, in Fisher County. 

Reba was an accountant with Houston Lighting and Power, where she retired. She loved her family as well as her church family.

Reba is preceded in death by her husband, Jack W. Yarborough; parents, Jesse and Ara Drinnon; two brothers, Leland “Buddy” Ray and Russell Fields; four sisters: Nancy Lee, Ruby Jewel, Elsie and Etta Marie; grandson, Chris Green.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Green and husband Malvin; son, Greg Yarborough and wife Mary Lou; sister, Jessie Ruth; granddaughter, Erin Naterman and husband Shane; grandson, Brent Green and wife Jennifer; grandson, Jason Yarborough and wife Jessica; great-grandchildren. Emmalie Naterman, Carson Green, Claire Green, Payton Lewis and Presslee Yarborough.

A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on August 25, 2021, at Ramsey Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 2 p.m., at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery, Trinity, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation in Reba’s name to First Baptist Georgetown, or Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church, Trinity Texas

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Maria DeLaLuz Perez

Maria DeLaLuz Perez


Maria DeLaLuz Perez, age 84, of Georgetown, died Thursday, August 19. She was born August 25, 1936 in Big Wells, Texas, to Manuel Menchaca and Concepcion Teran. Maria married Martin Rocha Perez on April 16, 1955, in Des Plaines, Illinois. While Maria worked in various professions early in life, her love and purpose was to mother and care for others. 

Maria DeLaLuz Perez was a loving wife, mother, aunt, cousin, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Anyone that was fortunate to have known her felt the unwavering love and care that she radiated. She was an outgoing, giving person who loved animals, gardening, and cooking. She was known for her smile, her laugh, her hugs, her playful personality, and of course her eggs, papitas and homemade salsa. She lived vicariously through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by loving and supporting them in everything that they did in school, activities, and life. 

Maria was a devout believer in God and a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 51 years, Martin Rocha Perez, her brothers Esteban, Roberto, and Jesus Menchaca, and her sisters Manuela Galan and Lydia Gonzalez.

A visitation with the family will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel on August 26, 2021, from 6-8 p.m., with the rosary beginning at 7 p.m. 

The funeral mass will be on August 27, 2021, at St. Helen Catholic Church beginning at 1:30 p.m. with the burial to follow at Georgetown Memorial Cemetery.


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Published August 22, 2021


Adalberto Quintanilla

Adalberto Quintanilla


Adalberto (Adam) Quintanilla, 59, of Georgetown passed away on August 15, 2021. Adam was born April 23, 1962,.He was a devoted brother, beloved uncle, and a true friend. He enjoyed being among his family and friends. It brought him great joy to spoil his nieces and nephews. Adam had a humble spirit; he was the life of the party always making people laugh. He brought a smile to everyone’s face. He was generous and kind, no words could give justice to him, only those who knew him would understand. He will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters, Belinda Rodriguez, Martha and husband, Pete Trevino, Juanita and husband, Cecelio Jaramillo, Sophia and husband, Marcos Rodriguez, Irma and husband, David Herrera, his brothers, Frankie Quintanilla, George Quintanilla, Casper and wife, Gina Quintanilla.
Adam also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He will be dearly missed by all, especially missed by his niece, Christina Rodriguez,and sons Luciano and Alonzo Arizmendi.
Adam is preceded in death by parents, Santos and Maria Quintanilla, brothers, Alonzo, Joe, and Raymond Quintanilla.

Pallbearers included Mack Rodriguez, Philip Rodriguez, Marcos Rodriguez, Anthony Quintanilla, Steve Trevino, and Jay Quintanilla. Honorary pallbearers were George “Junior” Gutierrez, and Luciano Arizmendi.
A visitation was held on Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel.
The funeral took place the following morning beginning at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Holy Spirit, and the burial followed at Georgetown Memorial Cemetery.

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Richard Fliehs

Richard Fliehs


Richard “Dan” Fliehs was called to his eternal reward on August 13, 2021, at 9:05 a.m.

Dan was born on June 28, 1961, to Richard “Dick” and Judith “Judy” Fliehs in Aberdeen, Sout Dakota. Dan was raised in Groton, South Dakota, and graduated from Groton High School in 1979. He moved to Texas in his early 20s and shortly after met the love of his life, Tamela “Tammy” Brinegar. They were married in Georgetown on March 18, 1988. Dan was the proud daddy of eight children — Danielle (Tony), Kayla (Humberto), Veronica, William, Jesse, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Shawna. He was the amazing grandpa of Ari Rose, Humberto “Tito”, Vivian Fay, and Lincoln Marinus. He loved being a grandpa and would frequently say that it was better than being a parent because he got to have all of the fun and none of the discipline.
Dan was born again on August 13, 1995, exactly 26 years to the day of his passing. He became a licensed minister with the UPCI on January 24, 2006. He was ordained on June 23, 2009. He was the loving pastor of Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Jarrell, Texas, for 16 years. He was a dynamic preacher and teacher, committed to speaking the truth of God’s word, always. He had a special love and dedication that affected countless people throughout his ministry. He was a father figure to many, and had a passion for children, exemplifying Matthew 19:14 — “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” He leaves behind a legacy of ministry that will continue to influence lives for eternity.

He is survived by his wife Tammy, and his children, Danielle (Tony), Kayla (Humberto), Veronica, William, Jesse, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Shawna, his parents Richard “Dick” and Judith “Judy” Fliehs of Groton, South Dakota, and his brothers Tim (Peggy) Fliehs of Conde, South Dakota, and Lyn (Milissa) Fliehs of Redfield, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Bertha Fliehs, and Wallace and Myrtle McKiver.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Erik Maxey, Mike Dixon, Eugene Dixon, Dennis Bostrom, Pat Kinne, Patrick Kinne, Johnny West, and Clifford Anson.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 20, at Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, 346 Park Meadow Dr.ive, Jarrell, Texas. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 21, at 9 a.m. at Pentecostal Lighthouse Church followed by a graveside service at Dixon Family Cemetery, 980 CR 224, Florence, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in person or via Any donations received will be used to upgrade the children’s play equipment in memory of Pastor Dan Fliehs.


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Mary Logan Kuhr

Mary Logan Kuhr


On Thursday, August 12, 2021, Logan Kuhr, RN, loving mother of Daniel, Laura, and Helen, died at 67 after bravely facing cancer.

Born in Austin, Texas, on October 9, 1953, she was a long-time resident of Georgetown.
Logan was a registered nurse for all of her professional life and worked in hospitals across the country as she traveled with her former military spouse, Dan Jordan.

She is the daughter of Nancy Jane Newton and Kenneth Gordon Kuhr, and the mother of Helen Mary Jordan, all of whom preceded her in death.

Logan is survived by her son and daughter, Daniel and Laura Jordan, her sisters, Beth Shannon, Karen Hansen, and Judith Kuhr, and by her brother, Kenneth M. (Anabel) Kuhr, and her many loving nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Ascension Seton Williamson and Compassus for their deep care.Logan lived life with blessed Grace and values inspired by her Maker.

A celebratory funeral mass will be held at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Georgetown on August 26 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made in Logan’s honor to the Humane Society of the U.S., or the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).





Ione Nicholson

Ione Evangeline “Tootsie” Nicholson


Ione Evangeline “Tootsie” Nicholson of Georgetown, Texas, entered eternal rest on July 26, 2021, at the age of 84. She was born in Taylor, Texas, on August 24, 1936, to John and Mabel (Peterson) Anderson.
Ione married David Romey Nicholson on August 15, 1955. She was an impeccable seamstress and loved to embroider. She enjoyed learning about her Swedish lineage and spent many years researching her family genealogy.

Ione and her husband, David, owned and operated Cut‘N Sew Fabrics Upholstery in Austin for over 50 years. Ione sewed for Cut’N Sew for many years, all while raising three children and keeping the business running smoothly. She also worked as a cafeteria monitor at T.A. Brown Elementary in the 1970s and 1980s, and was dearly loved by the staff and many children there.
Ione is survived by three children, David K. Nicholson, of Coppell, Texas, Karen Anderson, of Newark, Ohio, and Janet Walker (Craig), of Georgetown. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sabrina Anderson, Michael Anderson, Stephen Walker, Brandon Walker, and Erin Ansley; and one great-grandchild, Keller Ansley.

Ione was preceded in death by her husband, David, of 63 years, parents, two brothers, and five sisters.
Ione’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff of Capitol Hospice and The Delaney of Georgetown Village for the wonderful care she received, especially during the past several months and her final hours.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
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Published August 18, 2021


Nancy Sterner Strong

Kristin Dawn Erlandson


Kristin Dawn Erlandson gently and unexpectedly passed from our realm of existence while sleeping in the early morning hours of July 25, 2021. She was a kind and generous soul, who deeply touched the lives of all that had the honor of knowing her.

She was born June 22, 1976 in Albion, Indiana, and moved to Georgetown with her family in 1984. As an adult, she lived in various places until finding her home in Pearland, Texas, where she resided until her passing. She is survived by parents Norman and Mary Erlandson, brother Leonard Erlandson, sister Amber Ringwood, and beloved niece and nephews Genevieve Ringwood, Teklo and Felix.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology from Sam Houston State University in December of 2002, then went on to attend University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied towards her doctorate in psychology and sociology until choosing to pursue a career of teaching in 2007.
She proceeded to teach elementary school special education in Pearland, where she was an asset to the district and role model to many. Her students adored her and looked forward to seeing her daily.

There are not adequate words to describe how much she will be missed by all. She tried so hard to leave the world a better place than which she found it, and to make a positive impact on everyone she encountered everyday.
Two services will be held this weekend to celebrate her life, the first is on Saturday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m., at 3709 Westland Court, Pearland, Texas, 77581. The second will be on Sunday, August 22 at 1 p.m., at Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 12951 RR 2338, Georgetown, Texas, 78633.
We encourage every one to wear crazy socks in her honor as she would have liked it. Please do not feel the need to dress in traditional funeral attire, as she would have preferred we all remember her with love and happiness, not sorrow.

Above all, remember to be the change you wish to see in the world, and always choose kindness.


Johnny Thomas Kirkpatrick, Jr.


Johnny Thomas Kirkpatrick, Jr. “John” of Georgetown, TX, passed away on August 10, 2021 at the age of 87.  He was born on June 25, 1934 to John T. and Octavia Kirkpatrick.  John proudly served our country in the United States Air Force for five years.


He was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Octavia Kirkpatrick, sister Beebe Drumm, and brother-in-law Morris Drumm.


John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rita Kirkpatrick, sister Julia Fleming (Bob), daughter Colleen Kirkpatrick, sons Thomas Kirkpatrick (Donna), Wade Kirkpatrick (Susan), Jason Kirkpatrick, and his cherished grandchildren Taylor, Jacob, and Katie.


There will be a viewing on August 17th from 12:00-1:00 at the Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, TX, followed by a 3:00 graveside service at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX.

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Published August 15, 2021

Mary “Jo” Curtis

Mary “Jo” Curtis


Mary “Jo” Curtis, 79 of Granger, Texas, passed away early Saturday morning in peace. Jo was born in Georgetown, Texas, on October 14, 1941, to Herman “Smokey” and Laverne Burson.


Survivors are children Doug (Alicia) Schneider, Trisha (Travis) Whited, Lesa (Russell) Mosley, grand children Brittney (Casey) Ruthven, Kelsey Connell, Colten Allen, Brandon (Kara) Batesole, Tiffany Schneider, Jessica Schneider, Doug (Chelsea) Schneider, Amy Kathryn Schneider, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Also, numerous children she raised as her own, nieces and nephews.


Jo is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, three brothers, and two of her children.


Jo loved to spend all the time she could with her children and family. She liked listening to old country music, reading, writing in her journal, and going for a good hamburger. She never missed the opportunity to tell the ones close to her how much she loved them.


A time of visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, August 16, 2021, at Ramsey Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home.


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Phillip Glynn Buie

Phillip Glynn Buie


Phillip Glynn Buie of Round Rock, age 68, went home to be with the Lord and his beloved grandparents, aunts, and uncles on August 11, 2021. He is survived by his father and mother, Glynn D. and Dora Dean Buie of Georgetown; his sister, Beverly Smith of Houston; his brother, Alan Buie of Austin; his niece, Hannah Smith of Houston; his nephew, Zachary Smith of Houston; and his nephew, Austin Smith of Washington, D.C.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Milton and Opal Crow and Sidney and Blanche Buie.


Phillip was born in Austin on February 3, 1953, the first of Dora Dean and Glynn’s three children. He graduated from Westchester High School in Houston in 1971. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1977 and achieved the rank of Seaman, Quartermaster Striker.  He served aboard the USS Newport News and the USS William C. Lawe.


After completing his military service, Phillip attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a business degree in August 1981. He remained a proud and loyal Texas Aggie for the rest of his days.


Phillip lived in Georgetown from 1994 to 2014. During that time, he was active in the First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school. Phillip was also active in Rotary Club and served as a substitute teacher in Georgetown ISD schools.


Phillip resided in Round Rock from 2014 until he passed away. At the time of his death, Phillip was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hutto, Texas.


Phillip will be buried at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, Texas, on Monday, August 16, following a small graveside service. A memorial service to be held in the Georgetown area will be announced in the near future.




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Howard Jay Kilgore

Howard Jay Kilgore


Howard Jay Kilgore fell asleep in death on Tuesday August 10, 2021, at the age of 81.


Howard is survived by his loving wife of forty-two years, Homalyne Rogers Kilgore; his children with Carolyn Barcafar Kilgore (deceased), Lisa Kilgore Kelly, Devin Wade Kilgore and Kimberly Kilgore Page (Troy); his children of the heart with Homalyne; Pamela Roemer, Russell Roemer (Brenda), Rodney Roemer (Donna), Lorrie Dunford (Jeff), Randy Roemer, Rhonda Johnson (Roland). He was Poppy Jay to 22 grand-children, 29 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild along with a large number of extended family including nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved brother Eldon and his older sister Louella Humble.


He was born on October 26, 1939 in Dublin, Texas, to parents Jack and Lorene Kilgore.


Baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 15th, 1966. 55 years of serving Jehovah. He loved working with his hands by working on cars, fishing and camping. All of the boys learned their automotive craft at his side. His daughters learned what it meant to be loved by a man of great caliber. His deep fried catfish was second to none. Finishing off the carton of Vanilla ice cream at nights was one of his few flaws. He loved making people laugh and was rarely found without a fabulous smile on his face. No one was safe from his pranks except his wife Lynn. A great day for Howard started with stoking the morning fire, fishing the afternoon away, and eating the days catch at sunset around the campfire. He loved visiting old cemeteries and locating nearby wineries for samples. He and Lynn could often be found planning the journey, taking off and experiencing nature. The journey was as important as the destination for Howard. If there was a fish at the end of it, all the better.


He spent the last decades of his life strengthening his hope in his Grand Creator Jehovah. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, his deep seated faith convinced him that his body would be restored to a time “fresher than in youth.” (Job 33:25)


His family remembers his life, mourns deeply his passing, and waits for our Heavenly Father to remember him in the resurrection.


A brief graveside service will be at Flat Rock Cemetery, Wednesday 9:30 am.

Meeting ID: 254 289 2995

Passcode: 8318


A Zoom memorial service is scheduled for Saturday August 14, 2021 at 6 pm.

Zoom meeting information:

Meeting ID: 332 911 4952

Passcode: 102639


Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas.  E-mail condolences may be sent to or




Nancy Pollard Tarvin

Nancy Pollard Tarvin


Nancy Pollard Tarvin of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on August 11, 2021.


There will be a time of visitation on Sunday, August 15, 2021, from 4-6 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78633. The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. at the Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Andice. Mrs. Tarvin will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Dr. Charles Tarvin, at 11 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

Nancy was the daughter of Dabney Maury and Margaret Brock Pollard, born on August 14, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas. She married Dr. Charles Tarvin on June 3, 1961, in Raymondville, Texas. She was a graduate of Texas Women’s College, earning her degree in journalism. 


Dr. Charles Tarvin, Nancy’s beloved husband preceded her in death along with her parents, Dabney and Margaret Pollard.


Survivors include her sons, Maury Tarvin and his wife, Lezlie of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Brian Tarvin also of Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter, Tracy and her husband, Wade Bouffard of Lubbock, Texas; grandchildren: Travis Bouffard, David Tarvin, Chris Tarvin, Brock Bouffard and his wife, Emily, Avery Agnew and her husband, Alex, Lindsay Alger and her husband, Justin, Casey Tarvin; great-grandchildren: Nathan Bouffard, Brynlee Bouffard, Braelyn Bouffard, and Walker Bouffard. 


Memorials in Nancy’s name are appreciated and may be made to Catholic Charities or Wounded Warriors Project.



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Brian Christopher BaDour

Brian Christopher BaDour


Brian Christopher BaDour, 48, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away August 3, 2021. Brian was born October 17, 1972, in St Louis, Missouri. He moved to Plano, Texas, in 1981 and to Georgetown, Texas, in 1987. Brian graduated from Georgetown High School where he played football and baseball. He went on to attend Sam Houston State where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice. After college, he went to work for Dell Webb Sun City and then Choate Irrigation where he had been employed for over 20 years until the time of his death. Brian and Stephanie French were married in 2003. To that union, Thomas and Sam were born and were the absolute light of his life. 


Brian will be sorely missed by his many friends and relatives who knew him as a kind “gentle giant”. You could always count on Brian to sing you a song, tell you a joke and make you smile and laugh. All of Brian’s extra time involved spending time with his precious boys. He enjoyed bowling and fishing together with his sons and supporting them in their activities. Brian was predeceased by his mother, Sue, his sister, Cathi, and his brother, Tim.  


He is survived by his father, John, his stepmother, Chris, his ex-wife, Stephanie, and his two sons, Thomas (16) and Sam (14), and niece Madison BaDour, and nephews AJ BaDour and Mason BaDour. 


Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. August 18 at Beck Funeral Home in Cedar Park, with burial at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown following. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to 529 college plans that have been established in Brian’s honor. Proceeds will assist in college expenses for  boys. Donations can be sent via Venmo @ThomasSam-BaDour or contact Suzanne McMahan at for more information.





Norma Baker Fleet

Norma Baker Fleet


Norma Baker Fleet passed away on August 9, 2021, at the age of 76 in Georgetown, with her daughters by her side. 

Norma was born October 9, 1944, in Liberty Hill, Texas, to J.L. and Nina Baker.  


Norma spent the majority of her career with Advantage Solutions working as a retail merchandiser. Her tenure spanned 20+ years as a valued asset to her company and co-workers. She made many life long friends and associates along her way! In her earlier years, she was also employed by McCormick, Eckerd Drugs, Seven Eleven and Food Land, to name a few. Norma valued work ethic and was an exemplary example of doing the right thing in life. 


Norma had a passion for travel. She was recently afforded the opportunity to visit Alaska and be with her eldest daughter, Teresa. Alaska was at the top of her list of destinations to see. It brings the family great comfort to know that she was able to embark on this trip in her last year here on Earth. 


In summary, Norma spent her life giving and caring for those that needed it most. Whether it was customer service or being a caretaker for her friends and parents later in life, there was no shortage of love and compassion when she found someone in need.  

Norma was preceeded in death by her parents, J.L. and Nina Baker.  


She is survived by her sister, Mary Ellen Baker of Liberty Hill, three daughters, Teresa Casey and husband Shawn of Fairbanks Alaska, Michelle Holder of Littleton Colorado, Shelly Wheeler and husband Rick of Hutto. One son, Edward Holder of Liberty Hill.  


Nine grandchildren: Lealand Raiford, Chase Raiford, Hayley Stieg, Crystal Presley, Klarissa Schneider, Tia Ojeda, Cody Wheeler,  Dawson Wheeler and Kaitlyn Wheeler.  


Thirteen great grandchildren: Kenzye Raiford, Bowen Raiford, Jewelya Raiford, Heath Stieg, Colt Stieg, Grant Raiford, Avery Presley, Joseph Presley, Jaden Benavidez, Leia Schneider, Mikah Schneider, Naomi Schneider, Forrest Schneider. 


Visitation was at Ramsey funeral home on August 12. Graveside services were scheduled for August 13 at the Mather Cemetery in  Liberty Hill, Texas, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Danny Cook officiating.


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Published August 11, 2021


Mary Ann Edwards Hart

From left, Jane Withers, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Mary Ann Edwards, and Monte Hale.

Mary Ann Edwards Hart


“Why, Luz, everybody in county knows you’d rather herd cattle than make love.” With those 13 words in 1956, Mary Ann Edwards was immortalized on the silver screen as a true Texan. On July 31 in Valencia, California, Mary Ann joined her Giant co-stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean in the great silver screen in the sky, passing away at the age of 89.


Mary Ann, daughter of Jewell and Marvin Edwards, both deceased of Georgetown, graduated from Georgetown High School, where she was a majorette, rodeo barrel racer and beauty queen. Perhaps a few of you old timers voted her rodeo queen at the Williamson County Sheriff Posse Rodeo.


Mary Ann majored in drama at the University of Texas and played the titular role in its production of My Sister Eileen. She was a proud Delta Zeta sorority member. She was selected Bluebonnet Belle as well as Cow Belle at the Banders Stampede, to name a few. In 1952, as a junior, Mary Ann was selected as one of 10 winners of a talent contest sponsored by Modern Screen Magazine and Wald-Krasna Productions and was Hollywood bound. In 1953, she was voted to appear on the Colgate Comedy Hour where she worked with Jimmy Durante and the Marx Bros. She was signed to RKO’s Son of Sinbad starring Dale Robertson. Her biggest break was being cast in Giant by director George Stevens. It was filmed on the sprawling windblown Ryan Ranch in Marfa, Texas. Mary Ann was the only one with an authentic West Texas accent and Stevens assigned her the enviable task of spending hours on end rehearsing proper tongue techniques with heartthrob James Dean. After attending the Academy Awards where the film won Best Picture, Mary Ann was an agent for a spell and even roped newcomer Clint Eastwood into her stable. She also was seen going on a date with TV’s Daniel Boone, Fess Parker.


Mary Ann became a weather girl on a Las Vegas TV station and met her future husband of 47 years, Jim Hart, a TV news anchor. His idea of a fun date was to watch an A-bomb blast in the desert. They married in Los Angeles in the Little Brown Church where Ronald Reagan was wed.

In 1965, she started what was to be her true calling — volunteerism. It started with Variety Club of Southern California Tent 25. After giving birth to her son that year, Mary Ann became a devoted mother who never failed to be president of any PTA of her son’s schools. She was also president of The Cultural Society, the San Fernando Valley Alumnae Panhellenic Association, the Calabasas Historical Society and started The Calabasas Players, a local theatre group. She served as a Chairman of The French Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research, working to find a cure for the disease which took her mother’s life, her husband’s and eventually her own. In life, as on the screen and stage, she played her parts like a true daughter of Williamson County.


She is survived by her son, James Paul Hart, Jr., and his wife Virginia, grandchildren Thomas Emery Hart, Anna Jewell Hart, and Sarah Ashley Paige and her sister, Jane Edwards Shivers.



David Hanks Stephens

David Hanks Stephens


David Hanks Stephens, a native Texan who loved his state and the nation, always enjoyed celebrating Independence Day with fireworks. This year was an exception due to his passing on July 4, 2021. David was 51, born on March 19, 1970, in Dallas, Texas, the son of Jerry and Alice Stephens of Georgetown. 


David attended Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin. Everything David did was with the pride of doing it right the first time. He was a perfectionist in customer approval of the security and smart home systems he installed. 


David had a particular knack for identifying homes and undeveloped properties that would rapidly appreciate in value. To that end, he achieved his goal of being a high-end Austin realtor with a specialty in lake properties.


Water sports, biking and weight-lifting were his outlets for relieving stress, and enjoying life with his friends and colleagues. To the many that crossed paths with him, he was the guy with a big heart who would stop whatever he was doing to help someone in need. Typically, on his bike rides he would encounter the homeless or downturned, stopping to give them an uplifting message of encouragement and financial help.

David’s constant companion was a black rescue dog named Sassie Suzie, whom he depended upon throughout in his alcohol recovery, as his therapy buddy.  Sassie is understandably bewildered by his absence, but appears to understand she will join him someday.


Much of the peace David achieved was attributed to Pastor Doug James of Hill Country Bible Church in Austin, who helped him find his way and restore his reliance upon the healing grace of our Devine Creator.


David is survived by his daughter Audrey Ramsower, his sister, Susan Miner Wright, and his parents Jerry and Alice Stephens, as well as numerous uncles and cousins. 


A special memorial service is being planned for July 4, 2022, on the banks of Lake Austin, where his ashes will join the waters he loved to boat and knee board for many years.



Larry Joe Martinka, Sr.

Larry Joe Martinka, Sr.


Larry Joe Martinka, Sr. passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2021.


He was born on Monday, June 17, 1946, in Taylor, Texas. He married Katherine Brosch on September 29, 1972. Larry served for four years in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1969. He received an honorable discharge on February 26, 1971.  After 25 years of working at Floyd’s Glass, he retired. His favorite past-time things to do were spend time with his grandchildren, fishing at his tank, making arrowheads and scratching lottery tickets. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha (Kaderka) Martinka and Pete Andrew Martinka, two brothers-in-law, Sonny Tomlinson and Joe Williams, nephew David Tomlinson and a great-grandson, Houston Randolph. 


He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Martinka, daughters Nancy Manshack and husband Keith of Converse, Louisiana, Candace Martinka and significant other James of Georgetown, son Larry Martinka, Jr., and wife Ashley of Taylor,  sisters Georgie Kleibrink and husband Ron of Haslet, Texas, Barbara Oswald of Crawford, Texas, a brother, Pete Martinka, and wife Linda of Crawford, Texas. Left to cherish his memory are 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends. 


Pall bearers will be Christopher Martinka-May, Tyler Williams, Eddie Martinka, Jason Martinka, Dusty Harrison, Ricky Williams, and Anthony Knapek. Honorary pall bearers will be Tanner Martinka, Channing Martinka, Vivienne Martinka, Aiden Martinka, Archie Steglich and Clyde Steglich.


Funeral services for Larry Joe Martinka, Sr. were held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 2p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, Texas. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was at 6-8 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown.



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Geraldine Howell Booth

Geraldine Howell Booth


Well, this old Earth is worth considerably less now. One of the most morally pure, kindhearted, and loving individuals to ever walk its surface has passed on to the next world.


Geraldine Howell Booth was born September 18, 1929, on the same ground where her home now sets at Mahomet, Texas, to Spencer Fine Howell, Jr., and Margie Williams Howell.


After graduating from Florence High School, she went to Jackson Business School in Lampasas, Texas.

On her 19th birthday, she married the love of her life, W.L. “Dub” Booth.


After spending about 28 years in the Conroe area, they were able to retire and move back to her birthplace at Mahomet.


After being widowed in 1990, she kept busy keeping family genealogy records, serving as secretary for the Mahomet Cemetery Assn., dancing, and even teaching line-dancing.


Passing on before her were her parents (1986), husband (1990), and grandson John David Binford (2016).


Those still around to miss her are her sons William Lanny (Elsie) and Larry Gerald (Carol), granddaughters Lelania Hearn, Brittany Lancaster, and Julie Parker, grandsons Spencer Lanny, Cal David, and Clint Aaron, 21 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, sister Natalie Boales (Hubert), sister-in-laws Elsie Stockton and Iris Stripling, nine nieces and nephews, her wonderful neighbors and many very good friends.


There will be a viewing, open to the public on Friday, August 13, 2021, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Mahomet Cemetery in Burnet County.


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Nema Bohls

Nema Bohls


Nema Bohls, of Georgetown, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 27, 2021, at the age of 73. Nema was born on March 11, 1948, in Lufkin, Texas, to Hollis and Verla (Beard) Snell. Following high school, Nema attended Delmar College.


On June 20, 1981, Nema married Randall Bohls in Austin, Texas. Together, Nema and Randall raised three wonderful boys: Gary, Larry and Justin. Nema loved the Lord and was a faithful member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Taylor, Texas. She enjoyed spending time in God’s word, getting to know her creator and savior on a personal level, as well as numerous Bible studies over the years forming relationships with fellow believers. Nema owned and operated her own rental business, A-Z Rental, in Georgetown for over 17 years. If you knew Nema, you knew she loved to stay busy and was a member of: The Junior League, Cub Scouts, Booster Clubs, Supper Clubs, Meals on Wheels, and mentored young people at Paseman Elementary. Nema had a servants heart and her most prized role was as a Stephen Minister, serving others around her community.


Nema is preceded in death by her parents, Hollis and Verla Snell.


To cherish her memory, Nema leaves behind her husband, Randall Bohls of Georgetown; son, Gary Brown and wife Ann Corso of Georgetown, Texas; granddaughter, Sadie Brown of Lubbock, Texas; grandson, Joe Vajdak of Georgetown; son, Larry Brown and wife Sonya of New Braunfels; granddaughter, Madison Brown of New Braunfels; grandson, Blane Brown of New Braunfels; son, Justin Bohls and wife Katy of Georgetown; grandson, Graham Bohls of Georgetown; sisters: Noma Arrington and husband Gary of Aledo, and Darlene Newton and husband Harrell of Granbury; brother, Michael Snell and wife Molly of Granbury; brothers-in-law: Kent Bohls and wife Joan of Bastrop, Kirk Bohls and wife Vicki of Austin, and Rodney Bohls and wife Susan of Houston; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Nema’s honor to the National MS Society at, or to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Taylor.


A celebration of life will be held in Nema’s honor at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 401 West Seventh Street, Taylor, Texas, 76574.


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Jose Dolores Villegas

Jose Dolores Villegas


Jose Dolores Villegas went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday July 27, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 67.


Jose was born to Joseph and Rosa Villegas March 18, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas. Jose was a plumber by profession, but a jack of all trades. He was an avid Harley Davidson Motorcycle rider and enthusiast, as well as a guitar enthusiast.


Jose was raised in Houston, Texas. In 1970, at the age of 15, he met Irene Villegas (Herrera) they were married April 14, 1973. They had seven children together and moved to the Georgetown area in 1985.


He is survived by his children; Alma Bustillos of Georgetown, Jose Enrique Villegas of Georgetown, Miguel Villegas of Houston, Vanessa Villegas of Georgetown, Crystal Villegas of Georgetown, Jackie Muniz of Georgetown, and Daniela Villegas of Georgetown.


Also by his 22 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Fidel Villegas, Johnny Villegas, Pete


Villegas, Norma Frederikson, Lydia Skelley, Bea Scardino, Magdalena Montemayor, and Sandra Griggs.

Jose was proceeded in death by his father, Joseph Villegas, mother, Rosa Villegas, brother, Carlos Villegas Sr., and brother-in-law, David Montemayor.


A rosery will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021, at the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. A funeral service will start at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home.


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Raynaldo Garza Ortiz

Raynaldo Garza Ortiz


Raynaldo Garza Ortiz was born to Pablo Sanchez Ortiz and Dominga Gonzalez Garza on April 13, 1947, in Pawnee, Texas. He was raised by his mother alongside his loving, patient stepfather, Alfonso Poncho Vasquez, from infancy after his father passed away. He married Margaret Alonzo on June 27, 1966. Ray, age 74, fell asleep in death on August 4, 2021. He was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness and served his congregation for many years. He worked in construction for over 45 years and used his skills and experience to help build and maintain Kingdom Halls.


He built the home he and Margaret raised their children and grandchildren in from the ground up with help from dear friends. Ray not only laid the foundation of his home, he made a central location for all the family to come together. Ray spent his summers surrounded by his grandchildren. He taught them the essential things —how to barbeque, how to enjoy the little things, all the best classic country music. But most importantly to him, he made sure to introduce them to his God, Jehovah. 


He is survived by his children, Michael G. Ortiz, Cynthia Ann Wilson, Sandy Aleman and Racheal Cano six siblings Enriqueta Olivares, Josephine Hernandez, Guadalupe Ortiz, Raul Ortiz, Lydia O. Alaniz, Paula Henby, ten grandchildren, Monique Danielle Stinson, Kendra Nicole Wilson, Mariah Lynn Allen, Tyler  Montgomery Scott McPhetridge, Joseph Michael Ortiz, Martin Andrew Aleman, Matthew Ivan Aleman, Jesse Rey Cano, Brittany Sinclair Cano, Mario Ryan Cano, and six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also an abundance of wonderful caring friends.






Published August 8, 2021


Melvin Dill Holland

Melvin Dill Holland


Melvin Dill Holland, age 89, passed away on July 25, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas, surrounded by his loved ones. Dill had lived in the area since 2012, moving here from Lake Brownwood to be closer to family.


Dill was born July 17, 1932, in Sipe Springs, Texas. He spent his early life in West Texas, where he met and married Wanda Jean Robinson, known as “Jeannie,” on December 2, 1952, in Lamesa, Texas. Only a few short months after, they had their first big adventure as a couple, moving to Panama for 18 months where Dill served as a radar operator with the army. Upon his return, he also served as a volunteer fireman in Lamesa.


Dill and Jeannie settled the family in Odessa, Texas, where he owned a television repair shop, Fairmart Electronics, for 30 years. There they raised three children and Dill’s younger brother, who become more like a son. Friday night lights were all too real in the Holland household, and Dill and Jeannie never missed a chance to cheer on Permian football. They made lifelong friends, and this is where the age-old pastime of fish fries began—a tradition Dill held for many years to come. Eventually retiring and moving to Lake Brownwood, they spent many happy years on the lake.


He was not a simple man, but he loved the simple things. He valued hard work and provided a good life, but he prioritized leisure and family and spent his time intentionally. If he wasn’t on the golf course, he was on the lake fishing. Some say the fish population in Brownwood has bounced back since he moved away. 


Even though his own childhood was difficult, he wasn’t hardened, but rather it gave him perspective on the meaning of family. Known to his grandkids as Papa “Pickle,” a name that captured the silliness and affection he shared, he was soft-hearted and caring. “You want to go to the candy store?” was a question he asked all too often, and they never tired of hearing it. If there was a dog within sight, he was bound to find it and pet it. If for some reason they didn’t take to him at first, he always had a way of winning them over (endless treats!).  


Old country music, John Wayne westerns, light beer, fried fish, fresh peaches, and loved ones were about all he needed in life. He had a way of knowing what really mattered, choosing his wife, his children, and his grandkids first — everything else was secondary to his love for family.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jeannie Holland; brother, Jackie Thompson; children, Marty (Linda) Holland, Ricky (Diane) Holland, and Debbie (Jay) Mullis; grandchildren, Amy (Autumn) Holland, Alli Holland, Matt (Tanya) Holland, Melissa (Josh) Robbins, Mackenzie (Tanner) Odom, and Josh and Dawson Holland; one great-grandson, August Holland. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.


The next time you have fresh watermelon or tomato, add a dash of salt in honor of Dill.





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Judith “Judy” Raines Garrett

Judith “Judy” Raines Garrett


On July 2, 2021, Judith “Judy” Raines Garrett of Jarrell, Texas, was called home to be with our Lord and Savior after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She was 74 years old.  


Born and raised in Dyer, Tennessee, to Elroy and Ethel “Sally” (Northam) Raines of Dyer, she had one sibling Sally “Rudy” Young. She married the love of her life, Joe R. Garrett in 1964, and had two children.


It would be wrong to say that she lost her battle because she never stopped fighting.  No matter how sick, she was always determined. Not even Covid-19 could keep her down.


Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Joe R. Garrett; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Raines; her sister, Sally Rudean Young, and her in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Farris Garrett. 


She is survived by her two daughters Candy (husband Bruce) and Lori, and her four grandchildren Josh (wife Emely), Jacob, Faith, and Grace, her two great-grandchildren Mason and Malina, along with a host of other family and friends. 

Judy loved her family and never failed to let them know how much.   


Please join us for a Celebration of Life service at the Dyer chapel of Karnes & Son Funeral Home on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 1 p.m.





Nancy Sterner Strong

Nancy Sterner Strong


Nancy Strong, a 22-year resident of Georgetown, Texas, died peacefully July 26 after an 11-year struggle with vascular dementia. Nancy was born on November 22, 1929, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the only child of Hazel and Lewis Sterner. 


She was a graduate of Milwood School, Kalamazoo Central High, and Western Michigan University. An accomplished French horn player, Nancy performed in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and won first prize in the all-state band competition in Ann Arbor.


In the summer of 1951, Nancy met Bill Strong when they both worked in the Kalamazoo Public Library. Soon thereafter, Bill went in the Navy and Nancy began teaching elementary school at Parchment, Michigan. Nancy and Bill wed at Kalamazoo’s First Methodist Church in 1952. Two years later Bill was discharged from the Navy in Boston and the young couple spent three fun-filled months working at the S. S. Pierce grocery store. Moving back to Michigan, Nancy resumed teaching in a four-room school west of Ann Arbor while Bill studied engineering. 


When Bill embarked on a career at Bell Telephone Laboratories, the couple moved to New Jersey. There Nancy raised four children while moving the family several times, from Morristown to Madison to Cranbury. When Bill’s job sent them to Ohio, Nancy returned to library work; and when another job transfer brought them to Needham, Massachusetts, she found her dream job at Wellesley College’s main library, where she remained until her retirement. In 1999, she and Bill settled in Sun City, Georgetown, Texas. In Sun City Nancy and Bill became enthusiastic square dancers and round dancers, and took several trips abroad. Nancy, a prodigious gardener who made every home a gardening showcase, mastered the art of cultivation in a hot climate.


Nancy was a skilled seamstress, cook, and decorator. She loved movies, theater, and classical music and traveling to see family, especially her grandchildren. 

Nancy’s decline was slow and relentless, but she was loved and well cared for during her three and a half years at Tiffin House Memory Care in Georgetown, Texas. The family is forever grateful for the kind and cheerful staff, as well as the excellent care from Heart of Texas Hospice. 


Nancy is survived by her loving family: her husband of 69 years, Bill Strong of Austin, Texas; her children Kate (Dan) Pengue of Fairfield, Connecticut; Lewis Strong and his partner Crystal North of Loveland, Colorado; Leslie (Eric) Peterson of Alpharetta, Georgia; and Amy Strong (Nick Evans) of Austin. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Allison, Meg, Anne, Liz, Carl, Ken, Grace, Aidan, and Jillian and two great-grandchildren: Theo and Libby. If you would like to make a donation in Nancy’s memory we cannot think of a better place than the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, 714 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007 .



Jimmy Loyd Sikes

Jimmy Loyd Sikes


March 12, 1951 - August 3, 2021


Jimmy Loyd Sikes passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at home surrounded by his family in Georgetown, Texas. Jimmy was born in Brownwood, Texas on March 12, 1951. He was a 1969 graduate of Dublin High School. 


On April 15, 1983, Jimmy married the love of his life, Helen Daniel Sikes. 


Jimmy worked in the electrical business in some fashion for many years all over Texas. He and Helen owned and operated Sikes Movieland in Dublin for over a decade. He retired from the City of Georgetown in March 2019, where he was employed as the Electric Engineering Manager. After retirement, Jimmy and Helen spent their time traveling all over the U.S.


Jimmy was proceeded in death by his parents, E.L. “Jim” and Earlene Sikes of Dublin, Texas. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Helen of Georgetown, Texas. His son, Brian Sikes and daughter in law Michelle of Midlothian, Texas; his son, Matthew Sikes and daughter in law Crystal of Georgetown, Texas. His three grandsons, Jacob, Joshua and Caden. His sister, Deanna Johnson of Dublin, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Jimmy chose not to have a funeral and the family will have a celebration of life at some point in the future.





Eugene “Gino” Castro

​​Eugene “Gino” Castro


Eugene “Gino” Castro passed away July 25, 2021. He was born on October 6, 1967, in San Antonio, Texas. 


Gino worked as a Hairstylist for over 30 years. He was also a talented on-stage performer for over 20 years. He is survived by his husband Jessie Castro; his mother Elidia Carrillo; sisters, Elena R. Sisneros, Nichole Molina; Brother Joaquin Jimenez III; mother-in-law, Virginia Hernandez; siblings-in-law, Gloria Avalos, and Vesper Sage Alexander; and an abundance of devoted friends and Family. 


Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 5, at 1 p.m. and reception at 2 p.m. Ramsey Funeral Home 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas.


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Richard Finley Schroeder

​​Richard Finley Schroeder


Richard Finley Schroeder, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, veteran, salesman, runner, golfer and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, died on July 19, 2021, in Pflugerville, Texas, at age 84.


Richard was one of three children born to parents Richard Frederick Schroeder and Virginia Beels Schroeder on April 6, 1937, in Aurora, Illinois. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1955 and later attended Aurora College.


Richard was a lifelong Cubs fan who inherited a love for baseball (and embellishment) from his grandfather, Roger “Rajah” Beels. The two attended the iconic 1956 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers and witnessed pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game.


Richard served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1956 to 1962. 


In 1958, Richard met Jeanne Antoinette Chouinard, with whom he eloped and married on Valentine’s Day in 1959 at age 21.

Richard and Jeanne raised five children and lived in Aurora, Geneva, and Rockford, Illinois, and Valparaiso, Indiana, before moving to Ada, Michigan, in 1978.


Richard, Jeanne and family traveled the U.S. in the 1970s, experiencing historic landmarks like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. The family spent summers camping on Lake Michigan at Montague and attended mass at St. Robert of Newminister Parish in Ada.

In the early 1980s, Richard began running and later competed in the Chicago Marathon. He often ran the Old Kent River Bank Run in Grand Rapids. In 2008 and 2009, he ran in the 200-mile Texas Independence Relay with the Sun City Striders.


Richard spent most of his professional career in retail food merchandising, working for the Folgers Coffee division at Procter & Gamble, and later, Crossmark Sales & Marketing.

Richard retired in 2002 and moved with Jeanne to Sun City, Texas, where he became involved in softball, running and golf groups; helping sell ads for the community magazine, and was instrumental in helping build a community softball field.


In 2009, a U.S. Navy nurse, Christy McWethy, saved Richard’s life after he collapsed from spinal stenosis at the Orlando Airport and suffered partial paralysis.

“Life is like a roll of toilet paper,” Richard later wrote in a Sun City profile. “The smaller it gets, the faster it goes… When I reflect back on my adult years, the common thread for my happiness and success has been, without a doubt, because of my wife.”


Richard was preceded in death by Jeanne, who died at age 79 in 2018.


Richard is survived by two siblings, Sandi Bowgren and Karen Benston, both of Geneva, Illinois.


Richard was known simply as “Pa” to his five children: Richard C. (Angela) Schroeder of Fishers, Indiana, Brian P. (Susan) Schroeder of Round Rock, Texas, Christopher J. Schroeder of Austin, Texas, Kristine L. (Steve) Capra of High Point, N.C. and Renee J. (Daniel) Balson of Fairview, Norht Carolina.

Richard leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Lindsay and Emily Schroeder of Fishers., Indiana, Brice, Blaine & Blaze Schroeder of Round Rock, Texas, Anthony Capra of Roanoke, Virginia, Nicholas Capra of Clemmons, North Carolina, Garret Ellison of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Eric Ellison of Los Angeles, Califonia, and Zoe Bolton of Austin, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Olive Ellison of Parchment, Michigan.


Richard has been cremated. A funeral mass will be held August 9 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, Texas. A Celebration of life service will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 18 in Batavia, Illinois. Interment will be alongside Jeanne at River Hills Memorial Park.


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​​Norine Hilliard Collier

​​Norine Hilliard Collier


Norine Hilliard Collier, 85 of Georgetown, Texas, died peacefully on July 31, 2021, surrounded by her family, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Chicora, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of the late Chester and Leda Hilliard.


She graduated from Chicora High School and became a legal secretary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She married Don Collier on August 24, 1957, and soon after dedicated herself to raising her growing family. A job transfer brought the family to Georgetown in 1975, and they fell immediately in love with the town and with Texas. In Georgetown, Norine met her best friend, Mary Loescher.


A devout Christian, Norine was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, Texas. She loved music, sang in her church choir, and was known to lead sing-alongs at The Wesleyan nursing home. She was a fixture at The Wesleyan’s annual Wesleyfest. For many years she organized teams for the Relay for Life supporting cancer research. She was in the Garden Club and maintained a section of the sunken garden in the park. She was also a Georgetown Band Booster.  As her children grew older, she worked at several shops on the square. She helped to do the computer bookkeeping at Handcrafts Unlimited back when personal computers were first being developed.


Norine especially loved large family gatherings for birthdays, holidays, reunions, or any other occasion. She also loved Scottish dancing and square dancing. She and her husband were great jitterbug dancers.


Norine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt. She leaves behind her husband Don of nearly 64 years; son Tom and his wife, Pat of Midland, Texas; son Mike and his wife Suzanne, of Houston, Texas; daughter Patty of Austin, Texas; and son Jim and his wife, Jennifer of Hideaway, Texas.  She is survived by her beloved sister Judy Black of Denver, Colorado. She was a wonderful grandmother to eight grandchildren: Nick Collier, Mike Collier, Susanna Stewart, Caitlin Foley, Michael Collier, Christopher Collier, MJ Collier, and Heyden Collier.  She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren: Audrey Collier, Ethan Collier, and Cameron Stewart. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Linda Burns.


A memorial service to honor Norine’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church in the McKinney Christian Ministry Center in Georgetown on Monday, August 9, 2021, at 11 a.m.


Norine would be delighted to know that donations in her honor were made to First United Methodist Church, Hospice Austin, or the Caring Place.  She would also be delighted to know that those of us who remain will commit to being as kind and generous to all as she was without exception.


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Janis Lynn Anderson

Janis Lyn Anderson


Beloved daughter and sister, Janis Lyn Anderson, passed away on July 27, 2021. She was 73.


Janis was born in Oklahoma City, on October 10, 1947 to her parents, Leonard and Virginia Anderson. She lived in Oklahoma prior to moving to Texas. Janis was a graduate of Permian High School and earned both a BA and MA in mathematics from the University of Texas Austin. She loved teaching math and was a member of Mensa. Learning to speak Japanese, she taught in Japan for several years.


Janis was known for her quick wit. She loved books and could quote from many of them. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Anderson, and her grandparents. Janis is survived by her mother, Virginia Anderson,  and sister Nancy Anderson of Georgetown, Texas, her sister Karen Turner and brother-in law Lloyd Turner of Abilene, Texas, and niece Susan Colman and her husband Jarrett of Castle Pines, Colorado; and her great nephews, Brett and Pearce Coleman. 


Visitation will be held Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, 13313 North Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.




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​​James “Jim” Hester


James “Jim” Hester, age 80, of Georgetown, passed away on Wednesday July 28, 2021. Jim was born on December 12, 1940, to James and Inez (Brown) Hester in Taylor, Texas. He graduated from McCallum High School and attended the University of Texas, both in Austin, as well as Blinn College in Brenham. Jim was married to Teddye Spann from March 21, 1966, until her death July 5, 2003. After spending two years in Australia when the children were toddlers, the family came back to the U.S. and settled in Garland, where Jim continued working for LTV/E-Systems/Raytheon. During the years after Todd and Tracy graduated, Jim decided ranching was calling to him, and he raised longhorns on ranches in North Texas.


Since he was 12 years old, his entire life was shaped by HAM radio. From the time one of his uncles got him started in it at a young age till the end of his life, he was enthralled with the precise work of contacting other HAM enthusiasts all over the world. That doesn’t mean he didn’t get frustrated with some of the computer equipment that went along with it, but till the day he gave the call sign K5HTK for the last time, he would spend hours on air.

All his life and especially after retiring to Sun City, Jim joined myriad clubs. He was a “giver,” having been president of nearly every one to which he belonged. He was a Master Mason and a Noble of the Shrine, and very active in fundraising for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In his last years he was twice president of the Sun City Solos Club, a social group where the goal is to provide a venue for singles to meet other singles and socialize. Jim met Nancy Tinsley in August of 2014 and they became engaged in November 2019. Being such a kind and generous man who had more friends than most people, he considered himself to be truly blessed. He and Nancy were world travelers who never met a stranger and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Jim is survived by his fiancée, Nancy Tinsley of Georgetown; son, Todd (Diana) Hester of Georgetown; daughter, Tracy Hester of Dickinson; sister, Elissa (Ellis) Linsey of Conroe; granddaughters, Paloma Brown of Houston, Araceli Kett of Houston, Madysen Morrow of Killeen; grandsons, Stephen Hester of Austin and Nathan Morrow of Killeen; and myriad precious friends.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Inez Hester, and his spouse Teddye (Spann) Hester.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. The family invites you to join them for the Reception immediately following the service in the Reception Hall. A private inurnment will be held at Capital Parks Cemetery, in Pflugerville, Texas. The family asks that memorials be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.


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Dolores Gloria Olson


Dolores Gloria Olson passed away peacefully July 14, 2021.


Dolores was born to Bernard and Clara Brungardt on June 6, 1925, in Hays, Kansas. She graduated cum laude from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, where she majored in Spanish and English, with a minor in Dramatics. While working as an airline hostess for Braniff International, Dolores met veteran and commercial pilot John Robert Olson. They married in Rockwall, Texas, in 1951. Dolores and John raised two sons, David and Wayne, in Lima, Peru, and later Irving, Texas. After John’s passing in 2006, Dolores remained an active member of her community in Sun City, Georgetown, Texas, participating in local theatre and taking regular excursions with her many friends. She attended Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Andice, Texas, and was a longtime member of the Clipped B’s and the Sky Girls, associations for former flight attendants. She spent her final months near her family in Fort Worth.


Dolores is remembered for her glamorous style, easygoing attitude, and adventurous spirit. Whether hosting intimate gatherings or off on one of her many travels, her friends and family knew her as a calm, congenial presence, always up for anything with a smile. Born with a natural eye for fashion, Dolores carried herself with a quiet elegance, never losing her curiosity for learning or experiencing new things. She earned friends by being spirited, welcoming, and, most of all, kind, all traits she shared with her late husband, John. She will be dearly missed.


Memorial Mass: Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Andice at noon. Afterwards the family would like to invite Dolores’ friends to a lunch at Mulligan’s in Sun City at around 1:15 p.m.


Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Dolores’ favorite charities — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Caring Place.



Andrea Cross Bridges


Andrea Cross Bridges passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the age of 72 after a brief illness. 


Andrea was born in Abilene, Texas, on September 13, 1948 to Pat and Mary Cross. She was a loving wife to her husband Ed, and a proud Texas Tech Red Raider, class of 1971. Andrea is survived by her husband, Ed Bridges, of Georgetown; her brother Mike Cross ( Cathy) of Oklahoma City; and her college roommate and best friend of fifty years, Terri Boccella, of Georgetown. Andrea, a Godly woman, loved the lord, her bible study friends and her ladies golf group. She was a friend to many and will be greatly missed. 


Due to Covid-19 concerns, a private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baylor Scott and White Hospital. 



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