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August 2022

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Published August 31, 2022


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Mary Lee Florschuetz

Mary Lee Florschuetz, 88, was called home to her heavenly father with family by her side on August 16, 2022, at her home in New Braunfels.

Mary Lee was born on May 20, 1934, on a farm in Easton, Illinois, to Lela and Glenn Strube. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Topeka, Illinois. As a child she attended a one room school and was the only student in her grade. She was involved in 4H, learned to sew and raised chickens and pigs. She attended Easton Community High School and was involved in choir,  played tenor sax in the band, and played on a softball team with her sister, Elaine. She graduated as salutatorian in 1952. After graduation, she studied at Western Illinois Teachers College where she met her future husband, Duane W. Florschuetz. They married in 1954 and both graduated from the University of Illinois in 1955. Upon graduation with a B.S. in Education, Mary Lee taught third grade in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. After Duane was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany, Mary Lee joined him. Their first daughter was born in Germany. When they returned to the states, they moved to Leland, Illinois where their second daughter was born before moving to Decatur, Illinois. In Decatur, Mary Lee developed a kindergarten program and then taught fourth grade at an inner city school. During this time, they also had their third daughter, followed by their only son, and fostered a newborn. When Duane felt called to go into the ministry, they moved with their four children to Springfield, Illinois, where she taught Kindergarten while Duane attended seminary. 

After a vicarage year in Denton and a wonderful summer in Evergreen. Colorado,  living in the mountains in an A-frame with four kids and no running water, the family moved to Alma, Michigan, where Duane was called to pastor his first congregation, Peace Lutheran. While in Alma, Mary Lee was very involved in the church. She also enjoyed leading preschool story hour and being Mom to her pre-teen and teenage children while also fostering two more teenage girls.

After seven years in Michigan, God called Duane to Bethel Lutheran Church in Bryan/College Station Texas. Mary Lee continued her career as an educator by teaching in a private kindergarten and then decided to go back to school at Texas A&M, where two of her daughters were also enrolled. Mary Lee earned her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 1983 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. After moving to Round Rock, she joined a well established counseling group for a few years before she decided to branch out and start her own successful counseling practice for seven years.

Upon retirement, Mary Lee and her husband settled in Sun City in Georgetown and they continued to demonstrate their love for others by faithfully serving in Laborers For Christ while traveling around the country with their RV, spending many summers parked at their son’s house in Evergreen, Colorado. Mary Lee enjoyed crocheting blankets for grandchildren, making pottery, painting, sculpting, playing Mah Jongg with neighbors and friends, leading many grief groups and playing in the bell choir at Faith Lutheran Church. In 2014, Mary Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery right before her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, glioblastoma. She was an exceptionally dedicated caregiver and advocate, taking Duane to every doctor’s appointment, caring for him at home until he started losing his battle and entered a nursing home where she then sat with him every single day.

After Duane’s passing, Mary Lee continued living at Wesleyan Independent Living in Georgetown. She helped open and start a new art room program, played in putting competitions, played Mah Jongg in Sun City, traveled with her “Grannies Gone Wild” friends and continued to lead grief groups while navigating her own grief. Right before the Covid pandemic, she made the decision to move in with her daughter, Deborah, in New Braunfels. During the pandemic she enjoyed reading and having a virtual book club with two of her daughters, daughter-in-law and her sister, Norma before her passing. She also spent time feeding and watching all of the birds in her backyard and having regular FaceTime calls with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Family was very important to Mary Lee and she made a concerted effort to stay in touch with friends and relatives near and far. If at all possible, she attended every sporting event, baptism, confirmation, wedding, graduation of her children, grandchildren, and other family and friends. She will be remembered for being steadfast in her faith, values and love. She will also be remembered for having a servant’s heart and being empathetic, compassionate, a good listener, a loyal friend and for having the best smile. She loved playing games and doing puzzles, being creative, and sharing her passion for pottery and art.

Mary Lee is survived by daughter, Deborah Grote of New Braunfels; daughter, Becki (Tom) Oldham of New Braunfels; daughter, Laura Vaughn of Irving; son, Alan (Diane) Florschuetz of Evergreen, Colorado; brother Robert (Patricia) Strube; brother, Daniel Strube; brother-in-law, Ray Rue; brother-in-law, Walt Hess; brother-in-law Leon Florschuetz; sister-in-law, Nancy (Gregg) Turk. She adored her 10 grandchildren, Katrina (Andrew) Sullivan, Rachel (Tim) Huynh, Scott Vaughn, Jacob (Ashley) Oldham, Ryan Grote, Jordan (Kevin) Cassell, Angela (Johannes) Veerman, Emma Oldham, Bryce Florschuetz and Morgan Florschuetz. She also has been blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Novalee, Stella and Trace Oldham, Joshua Huynh, Samuel and Vera Sullivan, Brooks Cassell and Hans Veerman. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sisters, Elaine Hess and Norma Rue. 

A memorial service and celebration of her life is planned for Friday, October 7, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown.

 For those wishing to commemorate Mary Lee’s life with a contribution, please consider Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown, www.flcms.org ; St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, www.nbstpaul.org ; or Heifer International, www.heifer.org



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John Johnson Jr.

On Sunday, January 27, 1935, the Palestine, Presbyterian Church evening service was canceled because a baby boy, John Cadien Johnson, Jr., was born to The Reverend John C. Johnson, Sr. and Elizabeth Ellyson Johnson.

Being a “P.K.” (preacher’s kid), J.C. moved several times, living first in Palestine, then Yorktown and then to Ballinger until his father went off to World War II. 

It was then his mother and the children returned to her hometown, Georgetown, to live with her mother, Mrs. John N. Ellyson, Sr. Here, J.C. attended third and fourth grades and came to understand the importance of family both present and past. He came to know his much admired older cousins, as well as those retired to the old cemetery down by the river and the Georgetown IOOF Cemetery. This is where 77 years later he would be laid to rest with his Ellyson and Clamp ancestors. 

After the war, the family moved to Berkely, California, where J.C. was a member of the Berkely Jr. Traffic Police, his first official civic duty. Next came the forever changing move to Bishopville, South Carolina. These two formative years planted in him a love of all things southern, the homes, the food, the history, and the genteel people. Leaving the dear old southland and moving to Graham, seemed the end of the world. But the move was a good one for the family. J.C. was a cheerleader, had his first job in a service station, and rode around town with his friends, the “slimey boys,” in the car they named “the blue haze” because of the smoke coming from the exhaust. Here he was given his first car, a Willys coupe that survived only one summer. He graduated from Graham High School in 1953. 

J.C. went to Austin College, Sherman, for two years. He was a member of the Austin College Acapella Choir but still longed to return to the south. Finally, he did return, spending the next two years at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and earned a degree in History.

After college he went into the army. He was fortunate that he went into the field of intelligence, his lifelong profession until his retirement in 1986. Following his time in the military, he went to work for the Office of Naval Intelligence and then the Defense Investigative Service, working in Washington, D.C., Iceland, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Being a P.K., J.C. was not only involved in his local church, but he was a part of the larger Presbyterian Denomination. He was proud of the fact he was in attendance the day the Northern Presbyterian and Southern Presbyterian churches joined into the Presbyterian Church we know today.

Most importantly, J.C. was a model father. He and Rochelle Hicks had three children, Cade, Mina, and Julianne, raising them with a sense of doing what’s right with a splash of humor. As Mina says in her poem to her father, “Thanks for teaching me how to tell a joke and spin a yarn and to do it always with a grin and southern charm.”

In 1986 J.C. retired and came, once more, to Georgetown to the home of his grandmother. Here he married Linda Brady Kirton, and the two of them set off into the project that would consume their hearts for a lifetime. Their objective was to restore and embellish the family home and grounds. Being purists, it was their desire to reflect the passing of time experienced by an ordinary family in an ordinary place over the past 100 years. It was here in the front bedroom, where his mother was born and died, that J.C. died on August 28, 2022.

So, from the entire family, we say thank you for your wisdom, guidance, patience and support, for tree houses and tire swings, for ukulele and concertina concerts, for anchovies on pizza and crackers with sardines, for cemetery tours and history lessons along the road, for fossil and mushroom hunts, for Blue Hole cliff jumping, and for driving lessons in the 1970 M.G. Midget. With all our love, your M.G. awaits, drive on!

Services will be private.



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René Martha Stearns Wassom

René Martha Stearns Wassom was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, on December 20, 1962, and died unexpectantly on August 23, 2022, in Georgetown,  at 59 years of age. René is survived by her husband, David Wassom; son, Cameron Wassom; daughters, Sydney Elliott and Remy Wassom; one brother, Greg Stearns; two nephews Andrew Stearns and Calvin Stearns; and one niece, Caterina Stearns. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ute Lucha Stearns and father, Frank Edwin Stearns.

René lived in many different cities across the U.S. due to her father’s military career. After his death in the Vietnam War, René and her mother settled in San Diego, California, where René attended Mt. Carmel High School, then San Diego State University. She and David met in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 22, 1990 – René was there on vacation and David was stationed at Pearl Harbor. They knew immediately that they’d found their lifelong soul partner. René moved to Hawaii and seven-months later they were married on November 25, 1990. They would have celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary this year.

René was a vibrant woman with a bigger than life presence who had a positive impact on every person she touched. She loved spending time on the beach, was an avid reader, loved going to the movies, getting her nails done with her daughters, receiving spa treatments, and floating in the pool reading a book or hanging out with family and friends. 

René spent most of her married life being a loving and caring mother to Cameron, Sydney and Remy and life-partner to David. 

René was a very special lady who will be greatly missed, not only by her family, but also by her friends.

The family will hold a celebration of René’s life for family and close friends at The Vineyard at Florence on Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 3 - 5 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the American Heart Association.



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William Duke Turpin, Sr.

William Duke “Bill” Turpin passed away on August 24, 2022, at the age of 92. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Bill was born in Ashland, Kentucky, on September 14, 1929. He married the love of his life, Catherine Gallaher, on December 29, 1953, and they remained married for 68 years until his passing. They were married in Ashland by Bill’s brother Jim Turpin, an ordained Methodist minister, doctor and founder of Project Concern International. Bill is survived by his wife, Catherine, brother, Jim, children, Lydia and Duke as well as extended family members, Karen Turpin, Steven Worden, and grandchildren, Jackson Light and Clarissa Smith. Son, Matt, preceded Bill in death.

Bill served in the Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Col. He was a pilot and flew F-86s in Korea and C-130s in Vietnam. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in Vietnam in 1970. An undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1953 was followed by a second undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin after his Air Force career.

Bill loved to sing and was a welcome addition to many choral groups and church choirs. He was often a featured soloist. He won national honors in table tennis. His definition of success was “the ability to keep on working” and to that end he produced local cable access television programming, contributed many opinion pieces to the newspaper and sought to establish an organization based on the principles of liberty.

Our dad was greatly loved and respected by his family. With his actions he taught us to treat everyone with dignity and that giving was the position of strength.

If you would like to honor everyone’s lives, donations to the Hindman Settlement School Flood Relief or the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky Flood Relief funds would be welcome.



Published August 28, 2022


Mary Lou Cowden

Mary Lou Cowden, of Sun City Georgetown, passed away on August 16, 2022, at the age of 95. She was born June 23, 1927, in Napa, California, to William and Bessie Mitchell. She worked in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in office supply sales for many years before retiring to Sun City 20 years ago.

Mary Lou was born and raised during the Depression and WWII, was fiercely independent and lived life on her terms. In the course of her life she had lived and traveled all over the world, and was fortunate to have the support and love of her family and many friends during her long life.  Her neighbors in Sun City were especially strong and helped her in so many ways over the years, for which we were all very grateful.

She enjoyed art in all forms and was an accomplished painter. She led an active and energetic life in her retirement in Sun City, and especially enjoyed her trips to the swimming pool and her friends that she met and made there.

She is survived by Alison Cowden (daughter), Ross Cowden (son), Deborah Cowden (daughter-in-law), Timothy Cowden (son), Kathy Rylander (daughter-in-law), Katie Cowden (granddaughter), Lillian and Trevor White (granddaughter), Thomas and Eelyn Cowden (grandson), Meg Cowden (granddaughter), and Keira Cowden (great-granddaughter).

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.   We would also like to thank the wonderful people at the Wesleyan Rehab and Assisted Living and Suncrest Hospice for all the help they provided her towards the end.

Mary Lou will be missed by her family, her many friends around the world, and neighbors in Sun City.



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Susan Terrapin Mireles

Susan Terrapin Mireles, 58, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday August 19, 2022. Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North Interstate Highway 35, Georgetown. A celebration of Susan’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at the Weir Cemetery, Weir.

Susan was born on August 22, 1963, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Walter Mearl Terrapin and Brigitte Ingrid Mueller Terrapin. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Emeterio Vasquez Mireles Jr., in 2009; her father, Walter Mearl Terrapin, in 2006; her mother-in-law, Margarita Vasquez Mireles, in 2004; her sister-in-law, Wanda Lee Terrapin, in 2018, and her nephew, Jose Hernandez, in 2000.

Susan owned and operated Jonah’s Tree Service and Landscaping since the passing of her husband in 2009. Most people will remember her as an outstanding woman and one of the most hardworking women around. Susan was a familiar face throughout the Georgetown community and will be deeply missed. Susan had a love for life, family and friends. Susan had a servant heart and was known for putting the needs of others before her own. She was willing to help anyone in need and always did it with a smile on her face. She enjoyed nothing more than being a mother and a grandmother and she was the absolute best at being both.

Susan leaves behind to cherish her memory, her two daughters, Heather and Rachael Mireles, and son-in-laws, Jaime Rosas and Reynaldo Vasquez III. Grandchildren, Anthony Mireles, Angela Valdez, Nathan Mireles, Dominic Mireles, Jordan Rosas, Mya Rosas, Nadia Rosas, Jayden Mireles and Justice Vasquez. Father-in-law Emeterio Mireles Sr. Brother’s Raymond Terrapin, Ralph Bruckner and wife Rita and sister Sabine Williams. Sister-in-laws Maggie Mireles, Helen Sanchez and husband Margarito, Guadalupe Mireles, Irene Gallegos and husband Martin and Kelly Blackman. Brother-in-laws, Jose Mireles and wife, Diane, Juan Mireles and wife, Maria, Pedro Mireles and Raymond Mireles and wife, Dora. Not to mention numerous nieces and nephews that she absolutely adored and a host of other loving family members and many friends.

Susan gave to her family and friends any way she could and even in her death she continues to do so by being an organ donor. Those wishing to send the family personal words of comfort may do so at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.



Elaine Torosian 

November 11, 1940 - May 10, 2022

Elaine Joyce Torosian, of Georgetown, born Elaine Joyce Arnovitz, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of May 10, 2022. She was 81 years old.

Elaine was born to the late Betty and Maurice Leon Arnovitz in Menominee, Michigan. 

Elaine grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin, with her beloved mother and father, her sister, Arlyne, and her brother, Gene. Betty and Maurice together ran their family business, Marinette Iron & Metal. Elaine was just a year younger than her sister Arlyne. When they were young girls, Arlyne went to kindergarten first, while Elaine was too young to go. Elaine excitedly waited each day for her sister to return home to hear all about it. When Elaine finally did get to go to school, she developed a lifelong love of learning. Elaine’s brother Gene was born 14 years after Elaine. Gene affectionately referred to Elaine (who was brunette) and Arlyne (who is blonde) as “Salt and Pepper.” 

Elaine graduated from Marinette High School and went to college at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. As she told it, a tomboy as a young girl, awkward as a teenager, it was in college that she fully “blossomed” and had some of the most formative and fun years of her life. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree (M.S.) in social work. She married in 1967 while attending graduate school. After graduation she moved to Ambler, Pennsylvania, where she became a licensed clinical social worker. She had her firstborn son, Gregory, in 1968. The family then moved to Gainesville, Florida, where Elaine worked in clinical social work in psychiatry for mental health patients. She had her youngest son, Michael, in 1971. Elaine recalled sweet memories of those early years with her boys growing up when they were young, in school and sports, and good times with friends she kept in touch with for decades later. The family moved to Huntington, New York, in 1982, where she loved supporting and celebrating the boys growing during their middle school and high school years. The family moved to West Chester (Chadds Ford), Pennsylvania, in 1986, where Elaine worked at the Coatesville Veterans Administration running substance-abuse programs and survived the boys’ teenage years as they completed high school. She also beat breast cancer. In 1990, after the boys left for college, a newly single Elaine moved back to Florida. This time she settled in South Pasadena/St. Pete Beach, where she lived on the water and loved the view as well as the warmth and serenity. She also loved spending time with friends and family. Elaine continued her work at the Veterans Administration, this time at Bay Pines, leading substance-abuse and domestic violence programs. 

Elaine was a highly regarded and award winning clinical social worker in her fields of mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence. One of Elaine’s career award highlights was winning the Cooper-Bogue award for excellence in 1999. She retired in 2006 after a career spanning 50 years of public service in social work helping many others improve their lives. In retirement, she spent time with her beloved mother, Betty, who passed away at the age of 96 in 2015, and who was deeply missed. In 2016, she moved to Georgetown to be closer to her sons and grandchildren. She spent many happy years with her new community at the Wesleyan that became her new home. There she was well known for her coordinated hats and well accessorized outfits, holding court at the main dining table with her partners in crime, leading the theater reading group, and regularly giving out candy and thoughtful gifts. Gregory and his family lived just down the road, and Michael and his family visited from California. 

Elaine will be remembered for her superpowers of kindness, generosity, empathy, listening and helping others. She was independent, strong-willed and resilient. She also had a great sense of humor and shared many fun moments with family and friends. We will miss our regular conversations with her and her unconditional love. We are grateful for how engaged she was in our lives and that she was always there for family and friends. Elaine found ways to connect with people of all kinds — she was a great friend and touched many others during her life.

Elaine is survived by her loving sons Gregory (Christy) Torosian of Georgetown, Michael (Adriana) Torosian of San Francisco, California. She is survived by four grandsons: Ethan, Caden, Reegan and Luke Torosian. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Alessandra Elena Torosian. She is also survived by her sister, Arlyne Lepie (Richard) and brother, Gene Arnovitz (Sarah), nephews, David (Christina) and Danny (Lucyna) Shefter, nieces, Lara Lepie and Sophia Arnovitz, grand-nephews, and nieces and a community of loving friends.

A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2022 in each of Georgetown, and Marinette, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a local domestic violence charity of your choice at your discretion. Notes of your memories of Elaine would be welcomed and cherished by her family.



Thomas James Noren

Thomas James “T.J.” Noren, 79, of Temple, passed away unexpectedly on August 18, 2022. His loving wife was at his side. Thomas was born to Tom Otto William and Norma Bertha (Klatt) Noren on April 27, 1943, in Austin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Palm Valley Lutheran Church, Round Rock. He graduated from Hutto High School, Hutto, in 1960. He was drafted into military service for the Vietnam War, serving in the United States Army during 1964-1965. On June 3, 1967, Thomas wed Cynthia York, of Gatesville, to whom he was married for 55 years until his death. He farmed and ginned in the Hutto area until the 1980s, and continued ginning cotton until the early 1990s, living briefly in O’Brien and Hearne during those years. He later worked in manufacturing positions at Tesco and CPI in Georgetown. He retired with his wife on the Noren family homestead in Hutto where they resided until 2019, when they relocated to Temple. Thomas was a hard worker who enjoyed working with his hands, making repairs and improvements to the property, and planting a garden, watching it grow, and enjoying its bounty.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his brother. He is survived by his wife, five nieces and nephews, nine great-nieces and nephews, and extended family. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, from 5 - 7 at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and crematory.  Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on August 25, 2022, in the IOOF cemetery, Georgetown, officiated by Andrew Thompson, Intern Pastor, Palm Valley Lutheran Church. Arrangements are made through The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Palm Valley Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.



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Bruce R. Vernier

Bruce R. Vernier died August 1, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

He graduated from CalTech after attending Pomona College.

He was a Naval Officer in WWII.

Bruce worked for Northrop Aviation for 30 years. He also worked for the Nasa Space Program during the original exciting time.

He was involved in many projects including running of a school for the Saudi Arabian Highschool level at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio.

When he retired form Northrop, He worked for Brown and Root and was involved in the oil industry in the Middle East.

After retirement, he and his wife, Ru, moved to Lago Vista enjoying the lake and the golf course.

While there he edited a book for the Historical Society with Joanne Siefken, a longtime resident. The book is entitled, “Lago Vista; Its Story and Its People.” He enjoyed his many travels and his family.

His children are: Craig Vernier of Copeland, Val Ray, of California, Stephanie Kollin of Nevada, Cheryl Scruggs of Arizona.

Stepchildren are: John J. Pearce of Austin, Lin Vernier of Georgetown, Ann-Marie Hutcheson of Austin, Dan Pearce of Charlottesville, Virginia, Cam Pearce of Georgetown.



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Jane Dance

Jane Dance passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 29, on the eve of her 87th birthday. 

She was born on a farm in Fertile, Minnesota, married and lived in Shreveport, Louisiana, for nearly 20 years having five children. 

Life brought her and family to Port Isabel in 1977, where she managed a motel owned by her brother Jon. The valley was now home, and Jane transformed the motel into a small Eden with her green thumb. Life at the motel meant Jane was available for anyone to stop in for coffee and a chat. And so many did. Countless cups of Folgers and stories were shared with her in that motel kitchen. And from the windows in that un-airconditioned kitchen, that opened right onto Highway 100, Jane experienced Port Isabel in a unique and intimate way. Kids walking to school, or football games, bored teenagers driving by, friends running errands … they all passed that kitchen window where she was washing dishes or working on dinner. 

Jane came to know and love so many of them, making friends that she kept for life. Jane was an integral part of the Methodist church in Port Isabel, and was critically involved with its garage sales, food pantry, and missions work into Matamoros. It was also in Port Isabel that she lost a son and many years later her mother. In 2011, Jane moved to central Texas where three of her children and many grandchildren still live. It was a incredible blessing to be near family and a part of our next generation as they moved through the milestones in life. 

In Georgetown and Austin, Jane brought her green thumb with her, and there were continuous conversations with family and neighbors on native plants, organic gardening and recycling. Without fail, Jane could be found toiling in her garden each morning, until the Texas heat would vanquish her back indoors, where then would often be the beginnings of the most enjoyable meals. Mom had a love for all things cast iron, and which ever group of family was near her when she cooked — we had the delectable benefit of her southern culinary creations. 

Her northern roots were not forgotten, and together three generations would often partake in the time honored family tradition of making lefse, molassas cookies, or her mothers donut recipe. 

While her passing was sudden and she is missed incredibly, we are all grateful to God for his presence in her life, of our time with Mom, and the legacy she has left; a reverence for God and family, an appreciation of a hard days work, and the remembrance of an era when things just seemed better.

She is preceded in death by her son, Walter H. Dance, and brother, Jon Schroeder. She is survived by her four children: Janet Dance of Freeport, Florida, Claude Dance (Leealice) of Dripping Springs, Gwen Stroud (Gary) of Austin, Daniel Dance (Christie) of Georgetown, her cherished sisters, Gwen Vasenden of Reno, Nevada, Diane Dunn (Chuck) of Spirit Lake, Indiana, sister-in-law, Ann Schroeder of Laguna Vista, and her adored grandchildren, Harrison Dance, Alexander Dance, Spencer Dance, Walter M. Dance, Greta Jane Stroud, Sidone Dance, Noah Dance, and Joshua Dance. 

Condolences for the family may be sent C/O Daniel Dance, 1509 Bootys Crossing Road, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. A memorial service and reception will be held September 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Bushy Creek Baptist Church in Normans Crossing.

 



Published August 24, 2022


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Karin Gaskell

Karin Gaskell, 83, of Georgetown, passed away on August 2, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

Karin was born in Hendricks, Minnesota, to Helen and Lennart Erickson. She graduated from Virginia Minnesota High School and then went to Gustavus Adolphus College, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics. After graduation, she went to work for Honeywell as a scientific programmer. She married the love of her life, Al Gaskell, and they were married for 56 lovely years.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Al, and her daughters, Christine (Tom) and Kathryn (Don).

Karin played piano and cello and sang in the church choir. In addition to her love of music, she enjoyed solving jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, and crosswords, as well as playing Scrabble. She gardened for many years. She also volunteered countless hours at her children’s schools and her church.

Karin loved snow. The family will celebrate the life of Karin this winter in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Alzheimer’s Association.



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Ronald Carroll Gould

Ronald Carroll Gould, 85, Georgetown, devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandfather, passed away July 27, 2022.

Born November 12, 1936, in Rock Island, Illinois. Grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. Ron joined the Cadet program in 1960 and served as a pilot in the Air Force until 1966. After serving, he was hired at American Airlines as a pilot in 1966 and retired as a Check Airmen in 1996.

He loved sports of all kinds. He loved his Cubs and Cowboys. He likes spending time fishing or hunting with friends and family. He also would play in local tennis tournaments and play in pickup basketball games well into his 60s. He also loved playing golf with his friends and family. He was a quiet and humble man. Ron is a Christian with a servant's heart. He was always willing to lend a hand to his friends or a stranger in need. Of all his accomplishments throughout his life what Ron cherished most was his family and the many friends he collected over the years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Helen (Kain) Gould; sister, Jeanette Cox, brother, Gary Gould; sister, Sandra Grisham.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Iris Jackson Gould; daughter, Beverly Gould, son, Ron Jr (Pam) Gould; grandsons, Dalton, Zane and Jett Gould; brother Dennis (Nancy) Gould, sister, Carol Ann Pence, brother, Norman (Carol) Gould, and brother, Bruce (Diane) Gould; sister-in-law, Carol; and 20 nieces and nephews.

There will be two celebrations of life. The first will be Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Longman Hall, 4 - 8 p.m., 1216 North Sixth Street, Chillicothe, Illinois, 61523. The second will be Saturday, September 10, 2022, The Oaks at Legacy, 1 - 4 p.m., 301 Del Webb Boulevard, Georgetown, Texas,  78633.

If you would like to make a donation in his name, Ron’s favorite charities were any charities supporting veterans or Saint Judes Children’s Hospital.



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Ellen Carroll Boydstun

(1951 to 2022) Ellen passed away on August 16, from complications arising from her struggles with radiation necrosis to the brain. The family thanks the management and staff at Tiffin House Assisted Living facility for the compassionate care received over the last six months. We also would thank the Hope and Grace hospice care for the special support received. The support received from our Sun City neighborhood 47 has been special.

Ellen was born July 25, 1951, in Palestine, Texas and grew up during her elementary years in Austin. She always claimed Austin to be her true hometown.  She lived in Snyder during her junior and high school years. She lasted one semester at Baylor University before transferring to University of Oklahoma to be with Dwaine.  She met her husband of 51 years, Dwaine, in Snyder during a summer baseball game in the park.  Ellen received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and later received her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University.  

For most of her working career Ellen was the Administrator for law firms in Dallas and Austin. Her pinnacle achievement was Administrator for the PattonBoggs law firm in Dallas, a firm of more than 100 lawyers and over 200 staff members. Ellen retired several years ago as administrator for the Austin law firm of Gray-Becker.

Ellen and Dwaine moved to Sun City in Georgetown in 2009.  Ellen was very active in our Sun City neighborhood recently serving as the neighborhood representative. Ellen was a long-time member and supporter of the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation. Ellen was a proud Democrat.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Dwaine Boydstun, her brother and sister-in law, Bob and Pam Carroll, and her sister and brother-in-law, Tobin and Steve Wangerin. There will be a celebration of life event on September 11, at 3 p.m. at the Cowen Creek Pavilion in Sun City, located at 1433 Cool Springs Way, Georgetown, Texas.



Harold Thomas Hixon

Harold Thomas Hixon, aka Tom or H.T., aged 80, residing in Sun City, Georgetown, passed away on August 11, 2022.

Tom, born on May 24, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, grew up in the Midwest (Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois). He graduated Marshall High School and attended Indiana State University to attain a degree in Education and ultimately receive his Ph.D. in Administration. Starting his teaching career in Jamaica, Illinois, he also shared his passion for students in Chrisman, Illinois, Ridge Farm, Illinois and Baugo Community Schools in Elkhart, Indiana.  He found his greatest love was interaction with the 6-7-8 grade junior high students where he spent the majority of his career.

He is survived by his wife of 59-and-a-half years, Donna (Finder) Hixon. He is also survived by his children Geoff Hixon (Camile) of Yorkville, Illinois, and Ginny Meranda (Chris) of Palm Harbor, Florida. He is also survived by his much loved and admired grandson Ben Hixon.

Tom lived a full and productive life, in spite of what life handed him. He fought through polio and its aftereffects to chase his devotion to his family, friends, and students. Tom also enjoyed playing golf with his friends at Four Lakes CC and in Sun City, coaching baseball, softball and track, driving his Corvette on the Texas backroads, and watching Indy car races. Over his career, he achieved numerous recognition awards in the field of Education for which he was very proud. While the roles of Junior High School Principal and mentor to his students were treasured to Tom, his proudest roles were that of husband, father, grandfather and friend.

No services will be held for the Sun City Texas area; celebration of life services will be held in his beloved hometown of Jimtown, Indiana on  November 21, 2022, at the Jamestown United Methodist Church. His ashes will later be released in Chrisman, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers please make a charitable contribution to an organization of your choosing in his honor.  




Published August 21, 2022


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Dace Grady Kelly

Dace Grady Kelly was born July 14, 1964 in Bryan, Texas, the son of Emmett Grady Kelly and Loretta Sue Lunsford Kelly. He passed from this life August 11, 2022 in Leander, Texas. Dace grew up in Spring, Texas, where he was a 1982 graduate of Spring High School. He was also a 1990 graduate of the University of Houston. Dace was a strong Christian and loved sharing the Word with everyone.

He was a member of the NRA and had a “need for speed”, whether it be on a motorcycle, a boat, (or where he was happiest) on a horse. Dace also loved spending time with his family and friends. He moved to Leander in 2002. He worked for Lone Star Tool and Fastener since July 13, 2012 where he was a Territorial Sales Manager. He enjoyed his job and the fellowship he had with his customers, who he considered dear friends and family. Dace and the former Rita Swindle were united in marriage on March 2, 2002 in Gun Barrel City, Texas.

Dace was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leo Horace Kelly and Pauline Quick and maternal grandparents, Clarence Burns Lunsford and Rosalie Lunsford. He is survived by his wife, Rita Kelly; father and step-mother, Emmett and Garlaine Kelly; his mother, Loretta Lunsford Kelly; children, Jeremy Cabrera, Nick Cabrera, Makayla Kelly Brown and husband Matthew and Brooklynn Kelly; sister, Pauline Kelly Young and husband Dwayne; nephews, Garrett Grady Faust, David Martin and wife Kayla and Shane Martin; nieces, Rachel Hallam and husband Derek, Natalie Setser and husband Matt, Kara Smith and husband Shaun, Reba Muniz and Sarah Baugh ; a host of great- nephews and one great-niece; mother-in-law, Linda Jorgensen; sisters-in-law, Kay Martin and husband Charlie and Karen Martin and husband David. Dace is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 1200 S Bagdad Road, Leander, TX. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, August 19, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street, Liberty Hill, TX, with Brother Brad Strand officiating. Interment will be held Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 12:00 High Noon, at the Morrow Chapel Cemetery, 9734 TX-243, Kaufman, TX.

 



Published August 17, 2022



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Ernest A. Beltz, Jr. 

Ernest A. Beltz, Jr. (Ernie Beltz), 85, passed away on July 8, 2022, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 7, 1937, to Ernest A. Beltz, Sr., and Luella Beltz. He attended W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, and the University of Texas in Austin.

Bowling was his lifelong passion from an early age and ended up being his career. He was a successful Bowling Proprietor for 46 years of multiple bowling centers around the State of Texas. Ernie was very well known and respected in bowling circles both for his skill in bowling and as a proprietor of bowling centers. Over the years, he won many tournaments, awards and state titles. He bowled on the Senior Pro Bowling Tour for six years later in his life.

Throughout his life, he also enjoyed boating, water sports, golfing, snow skiing, cruising and traveling with his wife and friends. He and his wife traveled extensively over the years and enjoyed many wonderful experiences. They spent a lot of time in Mexico and ended up owning a home in Mazatlan. That turned out to be one of his favorite places to be. They also own a home in Galveston and spent a lot of time there, hosting big family get togethers every year for many years.

Ernie was a golfer . . . not a great one, but he really enjoyed playing. He especially enjoyed the Member-Guest Tournaments, either hosting at his own club or being hosted by his friends at their clubs.

Ernie will be remembered for his humor, kindness, compassion, honesty and caring. He left a mark on everyone who knew him, and he will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon Lawrence Beltz, his sister, Margie Fair of Corpus Christi, Texas, his three sons, Ernest Alan Beltz, Sr. of Georgetown, Michael J. Beltz of Manchaca, and Kenneth A. Beltz of Henderson, Nevada. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Ernest Alan Beltz, Jr. of Cedar Park, Erik Beltz of Austin, Nikki Beltz Casebolt of Georgia, and Taylor Beltz of Buda, and five wonderful great-grandchildren. He also left numerous nieces and nephews.

Ernie was much loved and will be truly missed by Sharon’s large family of brothers and sisters: Jack Lawrence, Jr., Carole Lawrence Terlip, Pam Lawrence, Charlotte Lawrence, Richard Lawrence, and Robert Lawrence.

There will be a celebration of Ernie’s life on August 27, at 2 p.m., at the Cowen Creek Amenity Center in Sun City in Georgetown in the Florence/Georgetown rooms. The amenity center is located at 1433 Cool Springs Way, Georgetown. All who knew him are invited to attend.



Nancy Knickerbocker-Penick

Nancy Knickerbocker-Penick was born July 6, 1952, to Bill and Lee Knickerbocker in Midland. Nancy moved to Georgetown in 1971 and spent the rest of her life in Georgetown, Leander, and Oatmeal. Nancy married Tom Penick on February 14, 1985.

Nancy is survived by her husband Tom; sister, Polly Bowley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nancy was a devoted wife, sister, and passionate artist in multiple mediums, but most notably her fused glass art. She was an avid reader, a Master Gardener, pursuing Master Naturalist, a recorder for CoCoRaHS, and a lover of cats, rocks, fossils, and all things dragons.

She will be remembered for her work with the Leander Public Arts Commission, the Bertram Button Club, tomzap.com Visitors Comments moderator, and greatest fan of Tomzap the Band.

“Give me the finer things in life and I will make do without the necessities.” 

— Nancy Knickerbocker-Penick


 

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Faye Brader

Faye Brader was born April 23, 1934, to Festus Fincher Evans and Mazie Epps Evans at home in Palmer, Texas. She went to be with Jesus on August 10, 2022.

Faye graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas and married Jerry Brader on September 9, 1954. She received a B.S. from North Texas University, and taught school for several years before relocating to Virginia where Jerry was employed by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

After returning to Texas where Jerry served in the Dallas office of HEW, they opened Brader Hardware in Plano, in 1978. Thinking retirement, Faye and Jerry moved to Georgetown in 1984. Upon finding they were not ready for the retired life; they opened B’s Hallmark Shop in 1986.

Faye formed many wonderful friendships and close relationships through her time at Hallmark, and upon retiring involved herself in numerous community service activities and enjoying her two grandchildren.

Faye was a member of the Georgetown Church of Christ. She had an amazing heart for others, and above all, an amazing heart for her Lord Jesus Christ.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life husband, Jerry; her son, Glenn; and by a sister and two brothers.

She is survived by daughter, Marci Inman and her husband, Kris Inman; granddaughter, Kelsey McDougal and husband, Mitchell; grandson, Chase Inman and his wife, Amy and great-grandson, James; brother, Dwain Evans and his wife, Barbara; and by several nieces and nephews.

Faye’s Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 393 North Interstate 35, Georgetown, Texas, 78628.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Georgetown Meals On Wheels or your other favorite charities.



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Gary Allen Wood

Gary Allen Wood was born July 29, 1944, in Sugar Land, and passed away suddenly, at the age of 78, on Friday, August 5. He was the youngest son of Earl and Sallie B. Wood of Rosenberg. Both he and his family were long-time members of First Baptist Church of Rosenberg. He is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Douglas, He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Vicki (Oliver) Wood, daughters, Wendy Howe and Melissa Walters, his granddaughter, Madalyn Wood, his great-grandson, Johnathan Wood and his sister, Joyce Woods, nephews, Chris Wood and Scott Woods and niece, Shawna Woods-Schiwitz and many wonderful grand-nieces and nephews which he adored.

Gary attended Lamar Consolidated High School, played first chair trumpet in the band and graduated in 1962. He attended the University of Texas for two years and then enlisted in the Army and served three years in Vietnam as a surgical technician. When he returned home, he married Vicki and finished his education in electrical engineering at the University of Houston. Gary worked as a contract engineer at Houston Lighting & Power, the STP Nuclear plant in Wadsworth and various other coal and nuclear facilities across the country.

He was a devoted and loving father and husband, the “social butterfly” and “people person” of our family. He loved to laugh and tease, loved all kinds of music, loved to dance and had an ongoing love-hate relationship with golf. Gary was an active participant in and advocate for The Worship Place Meals on Wheels Ministry.

Gary’s memorial service will be held Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at the Garmany-Carden Funeral Home in Rosenberg. There will be an inurnment with military honors at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen on Friday, August 19, at 9 a.m. 

If you would like to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers, please make your check payable to: 

Georgetown Meals on Wheels and mail to: 

Georgetown Meals on Wheels
c/o Richard Gruver, Treasurer
105 Olive Branch
Georgetown, Texas 78633



Published August 14, 2022


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Joanna Minnie (Scherer) Schmidt 

Joanna M. (Scherer) Schmidt, born December 3, 1938, in Fredericksburg, died peacefully on Thursday, July 28, in Austin surrounded by her family.

Joanna positively influenced the lives of countless children during her lifelong career as a classroom teacher and a much-loved elementary school principal. She taught at Faith Lutheran Church and St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, as well as in the Pflugerville Independent School District. Joanna loved sewing and music, always willing to share her talents with family and friends. With her husband, she helped build a comfortable life for her family in Austin before moving to Georgetown in 1987. 

In her retirement, she continued to share her love of teaching children by volunteering at various schools and by providing books for children in need. She loved writing and wrote many stories about her family and her life. Joanna was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown, serving on many committees that impacted the Georgetown community and as a member of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA). She was also an advocate for Cross Trails Ministry. She loved deeply and was deeply loved.

In addition to her parents, Emil and Alma Scherer, Joanna is predeceased by her husband, Phillip, and nephew, Michael Rode. She is survived by her son, Gregory, and his wife, Katherine, daughter, Karen Zarsky and her husband, Mark, grandchildren, Travis Zarsky, Sean Zarsky and his wife, Hannah Faith, Walter Schmidt, Hannah Schmidt, niece, Adotia Rode, nephew, Dan Miller, and great-grandson Lyle Zarsky.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 20, at Christ Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Christ Lutheran Church, Cross Trails Ministry, or to a charity of your choice. 



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Jimmy Lynn Snow

Jimmy Lynn Snow, 67, of Georgetown, was relieved from his pain and walked into the arms of Jesus on August 8, after a short but valiant battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Jimmy was born in Gainesville on August 15, 1954, to Joe and Louise Snow. He graduated from Northwest High School and immediately began working for Texas Power and Light (TP&L). Although the company changed names, he worked for the Texas electric company his entire 41-year career.

Jimmy married Susan Wilkerson on May 29, 1976. During their marriage, they lived in Justin and Lindale, ultimately settling in Georgetown in January of 1987.

To cherish a lifetime of memories, he leaves behind Susan, his wife of 46 years; daughter, Corrie Searight (Ryan) and son, Josh Snow (Katie); five grandchildren, Clara, Reid and Chase Searight and Julia and Layne Snow. They will miss their Pops tremendously! He is also survived by his older brother, Joe Snow (Jonita).

As several friends have stated, Jimmy was “one of the good guys.” He was a loyal friend, and his friends knew they could count on him. He was an outdoorsman extraordinaire finding great satisfaction hunting and fishing and sharing that passion with others. He also loved reading, history, German Shorthaired Pointers, Schnauzers, gardening, working on tillers, a good fish fry, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, and any opportunity to visit with any one about any of those things.

Jimmy’s kids remember him reminding them often, “life’s just not fair,” and they believe it now more than ever.

Jimmy was a member of Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crestview Baptist Church in Jimmy’s name.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 10, at 2 p.m. at Crestview Baptist Church. 



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Phyllis Hickman

Phyllis Hickman, 75, of Georgetown, passed away on August 8, surrounded by her loved ones. Phyllis was born on June 28, 1947, to parents Juanita and Ira Whitehead in Georgetown. She attended Georgetown High School. After high school Phyllis welcomed her five children, Ira, Melissa, Stephanie, Leonard, and Larry. She worked at Travis State School in Austin and Wesleyan in Georgetown in the 1970s. 

Phyllis married the love of her life, Allen Hickman, in 1979 and moved to Bryan/College Station in 1980. She went on to work at Nash’s Food store as a manager throughout the 1980s and then went to work for Walmart as an accountant in the cash office until she retired in 2004. 

Phyllis enjoyed traveling and loved spending time in Branson, Missouri, watching shows and sight-seeing. She also loved to play bingo and was very passionate about it. She loved being around her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and spending time with her family. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from noon - 2 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Georgetown followed by a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the celebration at Weir Cemetery. 



Published August 10, 2022


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Layton Ray Buckner

Layton Ray Buckner, 90, passed away on August 3, 2022, in Round Rock, TX.

Layton was born on April 5, 1932, in San Antonio, TX, to Fay Wilson Buckner and Vera Charlotte (Cox) Buckner, and graduated from Austin High School in 1950. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Carol Emmie Fugler, on September 30, 1950, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the destroyer U.S.S. Rupertus during the Korean War.

After the war, Layton studied at the University of Texas, where he graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He launched his business career as an Account Executive at IBM and then at Credit Bureau Reports, moving his family to California and rising from middle management to the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Layton is survived by his sister, Margarette Craven and husband Charles Craven of Bertram, his daughters, Laynette Evans and husband Chip of Reno, NV, Dr. Paulette Sanford of Kyle, and Dannette Waldrop and husband Bob of Baytown,―along with his grandsons Daniel Evans and wife Cecilia Flatley, Trevor Sanford and wife Danielle, Cody Waldrop and wife Guadalupe, and Troy Waldrop; granddaughters, Amy Evans and partner Adam Lippert and Annie Evans; and great grandson, Alexander Sanford.

Layton is preceded in death by his wife, Carol Buckner, his mother, Vera Buckner, and his father, Fay Wilson Buckner.

Visitation for Mr. Layton Buckner will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3:30 p.m., both at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Andice, 6571 FM 970, Florence, Texas 76527.

Mr. Buckner will be laid to rest with military honors at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 12 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. 11463 State Hwy. 195, Killeen, Texas 76542.

Memorial donations can be made in Layton’s name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - nmcrs.org, or the American Cancer Society - Cancer.org.

 



Published August 7, 2022


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John Joseph Mackey

John Joseph Mackey, 105 of Sun City, was born on May 18, 1917 and passed away on July 30, 2022. 

John was a proud U.S. Navy signalman from 1935-1939, U.S. Air Force B17 pilot during WWII and 91st anti-sub unit based at Langley AFB, Virginia. After the war, he flew B29s. When the U.S. Air Force converted to jets, he flew RB45 jets. During Korean War, he was based at Yokota AFB Tokyo, Japan in 1952. He flew TDYs to England, Norway, North Africa and other locations. Shortly after, he became an instructor in Air Command and Staff University in 1956. Retired after 20 years with rank of Major in November of 1958. 

In 1958, John returned to UC Berkeley and earned a Master’s Degree in English. He taught high-school English in Livermore Unified School District for many years. John was a successful wedding photographer for about 10 years. He bought an old home in Alamo, California, in 1962 and began rebuilding it. Later retiring in early 1980s. He moved with Marilyn and their three children to Walnut Creek, California, and Alamo, California, until 2007, then he and his wife moved to Sun City.

He leaves his wife, Marilyn Liddell Mackey, and two daughters: Lynda Mackey Wilson of McLean, Virginia. and Diana Mackey Gibson of Laie, Hawaii. He and Marilyn had a son, John Liddell Mackey (1956-1983). He leaves ten grandchildren — eight living; and 20 great-grandchildren

He will be buried in the Alamo, California, Cemetery beside his son, John. He will be sorely missed. We loved him so.



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Yolanda Torres Trevino

Our dearest Yolanda Torres Trevino, 64, passed away July 30th, in Georgetown, Texas. She was surrounded by her loved ones when God called her home.

Yolanda was born in Slaton, Texas on January 31, 1958, to Eulalio Perez Torres and Maria Molina Torres. Her life is a testament to the love that Jesus commanded we have for one another. She entertained strangers, would give you her last dime without expecting anything in return, and loved her family and friends unconditionally. Yolanda’s greatest love on Earth was her son Victor.

Yolanda loved to dance. She is dancing in heaven now at the feet of Jesus. “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” (Psalm 30: 11-12) Yolanda believed in God and his son Jesus Christ. We hold on to Jesus’ promise of eternal life as we wait to see Yolanda in heaven. “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17)

She is survived by: son Victor Hector Trevino III (JoElda); mother Maria M. Torres; sisters Mary Cruz, Gloria Cueva, Nora Lopez (Jesse); grandchildren – Michael Trevino, Jakob Trevino, Victor Trevino IV, Alejandro Trevino; nieces/nephews – Jackie Herrera, Laurena Herrera, Amanda Alvarado, April Luna, Kathryn Cueva, Matthew Cueva, Josh Asay (Andrea), Crystal Lopez-Crebs (Jared), Leelamarie Herrera-O’Boyle, Gabriel Luna, Matthew Luna, John Luna. She was preceded in death by father Eulalio Torres, brother Hector Alvarado, nephew Hector Alvarado, Jr.

Memorial service is Saturday, August 13th, at Florence Baptist Church, 106 College Ave. See Ramsey Funeral Home (Georgetown) for service time to be announced. Flowers can be sent: Trevino Family, 402 College Avenue, Florence, Texas, 76527.



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Margie Jane McCabe Scott

Margie Jane McCabe Scott, 89, resident of Georgetown, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022. Margie was vivacious, adventurous, and bold, and was devoted to her family and her many friends. She was born in Seabrook on July 28, 1932, to Alberta Measles McCabe and Joseph McCabe, who sadly died when Margie was only four years old. As a young child, Margie endured the hardships of the Great Depression, but despite the challenges of those years she always looked to the future and she worked hard to meet her goals throughout her life. She graduated from Webster High School, where she was involved in theater and where she made lifelong friends who shared her love of the performing arts. In 1949 she married Wilbur Wetzel, with whom she had three daughters: Karen Elizabeth, Diane Marie, and Bonnie Gail. She attended college at the University of Houston while balancing motherhood, and later earned her master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio. In the early 1970’s, Margie divorced and she continued to care for her family in San Antonio while pursuing her profession. She had a long, successful career in education as a speech language pathologist in the Northeast School District and later worked as a diagnostician traveling throughout the state. Margie was an intellectual person and she was passionate about education. She loved to read — a gift she passed on to her children and grandchildren-- and she enjoyed staying informed about current events and world affairs. Like her sister Frances, she had excellent taste and a natural flair for interior design. She was always popular and well-liked, and had a great sense of humor.

In 1992, Margie married the love of her life, Barry Scott, and they enjoyed 30 years of each other’s love and company. Margie adored Barry and found a real soulmate in him, and she was always very proud of his great talent as an artist. Together they enjoyed the visual and performing arts and traveled the world, from Rome and Tuscany to Sedona and New York City (where they saw as many Broadway shows as they could). They lived in San Antonio for several years before relocating to Sun City, Texas, where they lived for 17 years, and then moved to the Wesleyan in Georgetown.

Margie was preceded in death by her mother and father, her brother Joseph II, her sister Frances, and her brother William Hanley. She is survived by her husband, Barry; her daughters Karen (Alfredo Alarcon), Diane, and Bonnie (Cecil Rivera); her grandchildren Angela, Sara (Tad Mora), Monica, and Andy; her great-grandchildren Aidan and Luke; her nieces and nephews, Kathy, Brian, Eddy, Mitchell, Michael, Sandra, and Frances; and many extended relatives. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A vigil was held on Friday, August 5, at 6 p.m., and funeral services were held on Saturday, August 6, at 11 a.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Andice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Margie’s memory to an organization that supports education and child welfare, or animal safety and welfare.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Scott family.



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Georgie Ann Dodge

Georgie Ann Dodge (nee Bergdorf) passed away on July 31, 2022, at the age of 84. She was born in Fannett on April 22, 1938, and resided in the Golden Triangle area until her retirement from 20 years teaching at Hamshire-Fannett ISD. She then moved with her husband, Cotton, to Central Texas where she lived the remainder of her years.  She is survived by her husband of 64 years, C.M. “Cotton” Dodge, two daughters, Rachel Dodge and Iris Curtis, five grandchildren, her sister, Esther Wolz and a host of extended loving family members.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Georgetown, located at 311 East University (Highway 29).  Thoughts of condolences may be sent via email to iris.e.curtis@gmail.com or Rachel@texaussieconsulting.com. 



Published August 3, 2022


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Elizabeth Nell Patterson Wood

Elizabeth Nell Patterson Wood passed away peacefully on Friday, July 22.  She was just two months shy of her 99th birthday.  Born on September 28, 1923, in Florence, she moved with her family shortly thereafter to Georgetown. There she attended Georgetown public schools and thereafter graduated from Southwestern University.

Elizabeth taught elementary school in Georgetown for over 35 years, where she touched the hearts and minds of so many elementary students, many of whom today still remember what a warm and loving teacher she was.

Elizabeth married Joseph L. Wood, Jr., and enjoyed 58 years of marriage until his passing in 2018. During this time, in addition to working and raising a family of three sons, they took many trips and cruises around the world.

Elizabeth is survived by her sons, Michael Wade Wood and his wife, Laurie, Joseph Lacy Wood III (Trey) and his wife, Stacey, and Lee Patterson Wood, and his wife, Glynis, granddaughters, Lacy, Blair, Lauren, Taylor, Dylan, Jordan and Ava, grandson, Jake, and great-grandchildren, Anita, True, Roscoe, Rufus, and Fern. Mom and “Nana,” we all love you and will miss your always present smile, love and guidance you bestowed on us all.

Arrangements are pending at this time.



Melba Bokelman Doering

Melba Bokelman Doering died Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the age of 88.  She was a loving, kind, compassionate, wise and witty person who helped make our world a better place for all.  Her life was lived in quiet, selfless caregiving to her husband, children and their families, and others who needed love and support, especially children.  Reflecting God’s unconditional and inclusive love was Melba’s constant desire.

Throughout her life, Melba was devoted to the church. She extended care through two Stephen Ministries, sang in the choir, and educated children.  She was especially dedicated to those churches committed to overcoming racism and caring for the creation.  In addition to church ministries, Melba mentored public school children, including those with special needs, and visited asylum seekers at T. Don Hutto Detention Center.

While working full-time, she obtained her CPS (Certified Professional Secretary) and an associate degree in business. This enabled her to support managers and executives in effectively achieving their strategic objectives. Melba eventually became business manager of surgical operations at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Hammond, Indiana, where 1,000 surgeries were performed each month.

An avid appreciator of the arts, Melba loved music, theater, and the visual arts.   She personally enjoyed singing and playing the piano and painting in watercolors and oils.  Melba will be forever remembered as a life-long learner with a brilliant and keen mind, a playful, non-judgmental caregiver, and a strong woman who cared deeply about the oppressed and those who face great obstacles. 

Melba is preceded in death by her mother and father, Nora and Alvin Bokelman, and by her sister, Lavona Bokelman Moore and brother, Raymond Bokelman.

Survivors include Walt Doering, her husband of 69 years, son, Philip Doering (Kathy), daughter, Gwendolyn Doering, and daughter, Roxane Dahl (Les). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Suzanne Doering, Andrew Doering (Jamie Herman), Nathan Dahl, Bethany Rooke (Josh), Rebekah Stacy (Kevin) and Michael Dahl. Melba’s legacy continues with her great-grandchildren, Hannah Stacy, and two upcoming great-grandchildren that have yet to be born.  Melba’s living family members include Gil Moore, brother-in-law, and Melba Fuchs Bokelman, sister-in-law, plus her sisters, Alice Bokelman Hinck (Everett), and Norma Bokelman Kanoy (Jerry).

On Saturday, August 6, Melba’s Celebration of Life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Georgetown, beginning with a video of Melba’s life at 10:30 a.m.  The service will follow at 11 a.m.  All are invited to a reception luncheon in the Christ Lutheran Commons, in the center of the building.

For those who want to make a memorial gift on Melba’s behalf, consider making a monetary contribution to the charity which inspires your passion and purpose in life.