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Published September 25, 2022

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MaryLou (Marthaler) Navarrette

MaryLou (Marthaler) Navarrette passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Austin, at the age of 79. She was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on April 26, 1943, to Charles G. Marthaler and Sylvia A. Woolery. In 1961, she married Fred Oestreich, a union of which no children were born. In 1971 she was united in marriage to Lonnie R. Williams and together they had three children: Annjeanette, Rochelle, and Charles, and in 1982, James was born to MaryLou and Dario Navarrette, Jr. 

MaryLou was a graduate of Horicon High School in Horicon, Wisconsin. She later attended the University of Texas at Austin and St. Edwards University of Austin. She was a Social Worker by profession, dedicating her life to helping others and advocating for anyone in need. She was a published journalist, with several pieces appearing in various magazines and newspapers in both Texas and Wisconsin. MaryLou loved to tell others about God and was a faithful servant of the Lord. She was very often approached by total strangers and asked to pray with them. She was indeed a special child of God and is now resting in his heavenly arms. 

On August 28, 2010, Pepinia Navarrette entered MaryLou’s life. She was a three pound brown chihuahua rescued from the middle of a busy road, and although she was small, mom said, “she has a big personality. Some days I call her Gertrude. Those are the days she puts on her combat boots and orders us all around.” MaryLou and Pepinia were inseparable from day one and was loved and cared for until her death in 2019. 

Family was also a very important part of MaryLou’s life and all together she had 18 nieces and nephews. Through the years she kept in touch with all her nieces, nephews, great nieces, great-nephews and the great-greats. She loved talking with them about their lives and their growing families. MaryLou was so proud of her family and hearing from them made her truly happy. 

MaryLou is preceded in death by beloved furry companion, Pepinia; her former husbands, Lonnie and Fred; her parents, Charles and Sylvia Marthaler; her Siblings, Dixie D. (Beaver) Greer, Donna J. Holland, Eugene C. “Bubby” Marthaler, Edna Mae Reyes, Annabel J. Brandenburg, and James I. “Reggie” Marthaler; stepson-in-law, Ed Castillo; son-in-law, Lee Johnston; triplet grandsons, Douglas R., Joseph L. and Shawn K. Johnston; four nieces, Suzen L. Miller, Diane M. Marthaler, Doreen J. (Marthaler) Collins, and Cindy (Brandenburg) Geddes and two Nephews, David L. “Tater” Marthaler and Steven L. Miller. 

Surviving family members are her five  children: step-daughter, Tomirae (Williams) Castillo of Wichita Falls; Annjeanette L. Williams of Georgetown; Rochelle R. Chaffin (Michael) of Anderson, Alaska; L. Charles Williams (Jeanette) of Georgetown, and James A. Navarrette of Georgetown; six grandchildren: Virginia and Stephanie Castillo of Wichita Falls, Texas, Marshall Castillo of Phoenix, Arizona, George Fillmore of Georgetown, Texas, Scott Johnston of Georgetown, Texas, Andrew Elliott of Watertown, Wisconsin; two great-granddaughters: Alexis Elliott of Watertown, Wisconsin, and Sadie Johnston of Georgetown; six nieces, six nephews; many great- and great-great nieces and nephews and loads of cousins. 

A service is scheduled for September 26, 2022, at noon in Georgetown, at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home at 2900 Williams Drive. Services will be livestreamed at

MaryLou will be interred at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander, by her sisters Donna and Dixie.

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Betty McNamee Cason McIntosh

Betty McNamee Cason McIntosh, age 90, was born on October 28, in Corpus Christi. She passed away September 17, 2022, in Houston.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents Peter and Alyne McNamee and her son, James Peter Cason.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Robert E. “Bob” McIntosh and Betty’s only daughter, Becca Cason Thrash. She is also survived by her sister, Kelly Wanda McNamee and her son, Kyle Marburger and daughter, Meliss Marburger.

Survivors also include Bob’s sons, Lee McIntosh and wife, Amanda; Robert McIntosh and wife, Janet; Bob’s grandsons, Hunter and Drake McIntosh, and granddaughters, Marie McIntosh and Katy and Ryan Hart. John F. Thrash, Betty’s cherished son-in-law, and his daughter, Meghan Thrash, also survive her.

Betty’s family moved to Harlingen in 1935 where her father was the managing director and distributor for Pearl Beer. Betty went to James Bowie elementary; Travis Jr. High and graduated from Harlingen High School where she was a cheerleader and head cheerleader her senior year. She was also the football sweetheart. After high school she attended A&I University in Kingsville.

In 1951, she married James “Jim” Cason, who was an All American professional football player and subsequently a television sportscaster. Betty gave birth to their first child, Becca Jean, in 1952 and their son, Pete, in 1956.

Betty was extremely close to her parents throughout her life and quite active in the community. She starred in several plays and theatrical productions and hosted countless events for the celebrated Life Begins at 40 Golf Tournament held annually at the Harlingen Country Club. 

After Betty and Jim decided to part ways she took a home on South Padre Island. There she began her career in interior design. She met her Bob, a native of Weslaco, Texas while designing his house. Bob was co-owner of McManus Produce Co. until his retirement. They began a whirlwind courtship and married in Harlingen in 1987 surrounded by their family and countless friends. They lived in Harlingen throughout their marriage.

They often traveled to Colorado, Alaska and the upper East coast in their prized motor home; decorated by Betty, of course. They often shared memories of these great excursions with friends and family. They were longtime members of Harlingen Country Club where they both played golf. Bob is an avid hunter and fisherman, and Betty was enthusiastic to grill the catch of the day be it birds, deer or a salmon that Bob had reeled in. They also loved to drive to the Mexican border town of Progresso for lunches or dinners; often accompanied by their close “Valley chums” or family. 

Betty was a much loved and greatly admired wife, mother, sister and aunt. She was deeply spiritual and believed one did not need to go to church to accept God into their lives. She prayed every day and cherished her time on this earth,

“My mother was the single most selfless person I have ever known; she always put others before herself. She had a capacity for love and affection above all others.”

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Baylor St. Luke’s for their care and kindness while she was there. The family also extends profound appreciation to Tripp Carter of Bradshaw-Carter funeral home and crematorium.

In lieu of a funeral, there will be a private family service to be held at a yet to be determined date and time.

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Linda Diane Carlson

Linda Diane Carlson passed away peacefully at the age of 64, on Friday, September 9, 2022, at her home in Georgetown. She was born in Clinton, Iowa on June 28, 1958, to Irvin L. Petersen and Gloria D. Petersen (nee Novak). Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her uncle, Leonard, her mother-in-law, Granny Franny, her sister-in-law, Donna and her beloved cat, Abby.

Linda moved to Texas and soon after met and married the love of her life, Steve Carlson on November 23, 2002. Linda and Steve enjoyed planning vacations together, hiking, and going on long car rides. Many of the car rides would lead Linda to discover new interests. Such as Native American Trail Marker Trees, the wildflowers of Texas, even how the streets in Fredericksburg, Texas were named so the first letter of the streets coming into town spelled out “ALL WELCOME” and leaving “COME BACK.” Linda had many accomplishments in her life. Two that she was most proud of was teaching herself Algebra and hiking to the Delicate Arch in Utah while on oxygen.

Linda had many interests, which include genealogy, history, crafts, and photography. She spent a great deal of time reading and researching historical events. She was also very giving of her time to research family trees for family and friends. Linda was an avid photographer that loved taking photos of the wild animals that would wander into her back yard. Linda’s friends always looked forward to receiving her beautiful handmade cards and the cranberry bread she made every Christmas. Linda’s giving nature and her many talents will be missed by all.

Linda is survived by her husband, Steve Carlson, her stepchildren, Todd Carlson (Jennifer), Cindy Allman (Brandt), grandchildren, Zach, Lilly, Claire, her Aunt Sue, and her cousin Theresa. Linda will always be remembered for her many talents, her giving nature, her great smile and the sparkle that was always present in her eyes.

The family would like to thank Linda’s team of doctors, nurses, and staff for the excellent care they gave her. A special thanks to Dr. Ryan Coughlin at Encompass Health, for the kindness she showed to Linda and Linda’s family. 

Linda will be cremated, and her ashes spread in Iowa. A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at a date and place yet to be announcement.  


Published September 21, 2022

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Edna Earle Kilgore

Edna Earle Kilgore, 89, of Georgetown, Texas passed away peacefully on September 14, 2022. She was born in Winfield, Alabama on October 30, 1932, but lived in Texas most of her life. She and her husband moved to Georgetown in 1989. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church. Her favorite activities were visiting with friends and reading. She was an excellent cook, especially Southern food, and loved cooking for her family. She also enjoyed growing flowers and was especially fond of African violets.

She is survived, by her daughter, Beverly Jolley of Phoenix, Arizona, and her husband, Trevor Jolley; her son Jeff Kilgore of Georgetown; her granddaughter Deanna Kilgore of San Antonio, and her wife, Lydia Tidwell; and her great-grandson Christ Stafford of Claysville, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Shannon Stafford, and their daughter Eiley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Willis G. Kilgore; her parents Hollis and Abigail Atkinson; and her siblings Lambert Atkinson, Lee Atkinson, Carl Atkinson, Proctor Atkinson, Donald Atkinson, Eloise Harkness, Sue Hubbert, and Virginia Nixon; and her granddaughter Kelshea Mackanick.

A graveside service will be at the Georgetown IOOF cemetery on Wednesday, July 21, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Ernest Jones of Main Street Baptist Church conducting the service.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make a donation to Main Street Baptist Church or a charity of their choice.

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Barbara Joan Tigue

Barbara, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away peacefully, at age 86, on September 14, 2022 in the comfort of her home.  Barbara was born and raised in Minneapolis, the daughter of Walter Gust Sandin and Margaret Villas.  She was married to her loving husband Ron for 62 years.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her sister Marilyn (Bill) Houston.

She is survived by four sons Ronald J. (Gail) of Round Rock, Texas, Rick (Patti) of Cushing, Minnesota, Greg of Baudette, Minnesota and Tom of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as sister Janet (Bill) Scott of Tampa, Florida, and sister Jennifer (Allen) Lipke of Hibbing, Minnesota.  Barb  is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Chapel, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, with a reception to follow. Committal Services will follow at 3 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 TX-195, Killeen, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

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Margaret Dell Carmack Moore

On 12 September 2022, at about 10:45 p.m., a flurry of angels led by our Lord filled the room of Margaret Dell Carmack Moore to the brim.  They took our precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend with them as they departed for Heaven where she will reside forever with our precious Lord.  She died peacefully in her sleep for which we are thankful.  She was 99 years old, adventuresome, loved to travel and lived life to the fullest. Born in Weleetka, Oklahoma, on April 12, 1923, she spent most of her life in Texas.  She was preceded in death by her adoring husband, Adrian Moore, Sr., mother, Marm Bell Carmack, father Dolph Carmack, four brothers Ray Waren, Beverly Carmack, Kenneth Carmack, and Bud Carmack and her precious, loving daughter Linda Moore Kauitzsch (Carroll). She is survived by three children, Terry Moore (Col USAF Ret), and Bill Moore, Sr., (Twanni) who live in Georgetown, Texas.  Her son Adrian Moore, Jr. (Donna) live in Denton, Texas.  Also important in her life were Georgie, Patt, and Scott.

As the matriarch of the family, she kept us in line and on our toes... she loved her family to the fullest and it was that love that kept her going and presently keeps us going.  She was fun, created laughter with her quick wit, and never had an unkind word about anyone.  She was/is loved by many.  Her grandkids (8) and great-grandkids (11) were important to her and she loved their visits. They loved Granny’s “made from scratch” pancakes.

She loved to travel and was smart;  she thrived on learning new things.  All her life she had a passion to be a nurse, but she had to put aside any career aspirations while she cared for four kids and a loving husband.  When she was 50 years old and all her children had left the nest, she decided to make good on her dream.  She took the GED and then went to nursing school at John’s Community Hospital Nursing School in Taylor, Texas.  She loved nursing and we were frequently told what a wonderful and caring nurse she was. She worked for ten years, then she and our dad retired and set out for some adventure. They spent the next several years traveling the entire USA. They traveled to every state in the United States and to Canada.....she thrived on it. After they had satisfied their traveling wishes, they retired in Taylor, Texas, and spent their time enjoying family.

There is plenty of sadness to go around right now, but happiness looms large in our hearts because we know we had the best mom in the world who put an imprint of love on many hearts.

We will hold a service to honor the life of this special lady at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas on September 24, 2022, at 4 p.m. 

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Judith Belle Clark Horick

June 2, 1938  — September 14, 2022

Judith Belle (“Judy Belle”) Clark Horick died on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, surrounded by her adoring family, after a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  Judy Belle was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on June 2, 1938.  Her father was Kenneth Leo Clark (March 15, 1907-July 12, 2003) and her mother was Ruth Marie Miller Clark (March 13, 1915- October 1, 2011.)  Both her parents were natives of Moberly, Missouri and were excellent bridge players and avid antique collectors.

Judy Belle’s father, “Ken” Clark, was a civil engineer who worked for the Chicago Milwaukee Saint Paul and Pacific railroad line (commonly called the “Milwaukee Road”), which ran from Chicago to the west coast. Judy Belle’s early years were spent in several homes along the route of the Milwaukee Road. However, when she reached the age to enter high school, her mother thought it best that the family settle in Elmhurst, Illinois, so that Judy Belle could attend the excellent high school there.

Judy Belle was a good student and was accepted into several universities, but she surprised many by choosing the University of Montana (formerly called Montana State University) in Missoula, Montana). One basis of her choice was this institution’s location at one of the most distant cities from Chicago along the Milwaukee Road, about 1600 miles from her home in the Chicago suburbs. Other advantages included beautiful scenery and a very favorable ratio of male to female students.  As the daughter of a Milwaukee Railroad official, Judy Belle was able to ride the train between school and home in a chair car at no charge, but Judy Belle quickly learned to bargain with the sleeping car conductors to obtain a favorable rate to ride in a Pullman sleeping car. She remained a skilled negotiator for the rest of her life.

After graduating with a degree in English literature, Judy Belle moved to Chicago, where she worked as an assistant to the Dean of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. There she met Robert Allan (Bob) Horick, then a graduate student of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. In January, 1965, Judy Belle and Bob married in a small ceremony held in Judy’s parents’ living room in Itasca, Illinois, witnessed by her parents, some old family friends, and the Clarks’ pet rabbit, Frowzy. Bob subsequently received a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to spend the academic year 1965-66 in Moscow, USSR, at the Moscow State University. Judy Belle was by then pregnant and could not accompany Bob to the USSR, so the couple’s good friends from Germany, Prof. Dr. Dietrich Menzel and his wife Hilde helped Judy Belle establish residence in Darmstadt, (West) Germany. Bob took a short leave of absence from his studies in Moscow to come to Darmstadt for the birth of their first child, Robert Allan Horick, Jr., in February of 1966.

When Bob finished his work in Moscow, the family made a splendid tour of Europe.  Subsequently, on their return to the USA, the couple lived in West Lafayette, Indiana, then in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where their daughter, Nora Kathryn, was born in 1977. Later the family moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, and finally in 1983 they settled in Georgetown, Texas, where Judy Belle worked as a legal assistant to Marjorie Herbert for many years and Bob became the first director of Academic Computing at Southwestern University. Bob retired in 1999, and Judy Belle joined Bob in retirement in 2002.

Judy Belle was an avid gardener, and she enjoyed attending regular performances of the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera with Bob and friends. She became interested in genealogy and joined the Williamson County Genealogy Society, where she served as an officer and editor of the Society’s newsletter.  She did extensive research in the history of her family: the Millers, the Bordwines, and the Clarks.  She also contributed considerably to the study of the family trees of the Horick and Howser families. Judy Belle is survived by her husband, Bob Horick, of Georgetown, Texas; her son, Bob Horick, Jr. and his wife, Ann Horick, of Tyler, Texas; her daughter, Nora Horick, and her husband, Shashi Murthy, of Newton, Massachusetts; and her grandchildren, Hannah 

Horick, of Odessa, Texas; Leah Horick, of Jonah, Texas; Leo Murthy and Julia Murthy, of Newton, Massachusetts.

Those who might wish to make contributions in her honor are invited to consider one or more of the following organizations: The Williamson County Genealogical Society, Southwestern University, or the San Gabriel Chorale (a 501C3 non-profit musical performance organization.)

Published September 18, 2022

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Emile J. Mailloux

Emile J. Mailloux passed away peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2022, after a long and hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Emile was born July 29, 1940, to Evelyn and Emil Mailloux in Leominster, Massachusetts.

After high school, in 1959, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman. He served until 1962.

In May of 1962, he married the love of his life, Betty, in Austin; they had two kids, Danny and Lee.

He began his career with the Austin Police Department in 1969 serving on patrol and the motor unit. After promoting to Sergeant, he served in various units throughout the department, retiring from his favorite position as motorcycle sergeant. During his career, he received numerous awards and certificates, including the Police Medal of Valor.

After retiring from service in 1997, Emile enjoyed golfing, traveling with Betty, family, and friends (especially gambling trips), bowling, and spending time with his granddaughter and great-grandboys. He was so proud of his family!

Emile is survived by his loving wife, Betty, his son, Danny and wife, Joan, his daughter, Lee and husband, James, his granddaughter, Karlee and husband, Scott and their three boys Caiden, Barrett, and Lincoln Emile. He is also survived by his sister, Caroline and brother, Frances. 

A visitation for Emile will be held Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. A funeral service will occur Monday, September 19, 2022, at 11 a.m., 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. A burial will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 North Interstate Highway 35, Pflugerville, Texas, 78660. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Capital Area Parkinson’s Society ( in Emile’s name.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Mailloux family.

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Helen Beatrice Sanders

Helen Beatrice Sanders passed away on September 10, 2022, in Round Rock, just days short of her 104th birthday. She was born on September 20, 1918, in Bryant South Dakota to Patrick and Mary Kruk Fleming.

Helen grew up in Bryant, South Dakota, graduating from Bryant High School in 1937. After attending Notre Dame Junior College, Mitchell, South Dakota, she received an elementary teaching certificate and taught school in South Dakota. Helen began work for the U.S. Department of Defense in Rock Island, llinois as a clerk typist in 1948. She worked there for 32 years, eventually becoming a Supply Systems Analyst before retiring in 1980. While she was awarded two Outstanding and Sustained Superior Rating awards, Helen was most proud of being the American Business Woman Association “woman of the year” in 1966. She also led a “pantsuit revolution” during her time working for the Department of Defense, a bit of notoriety she enjoyed immensely.

Helen married Phillip M. Sanders in 1940 in Bryant, South Dakota. He preceded her in death on October 7, 1982. They lived in South Dakota, and Davenport, Iowa prior to retirement. They then became “winter Texans” spending winters with long-time friends in the Rio Grande Valley. Helen’s path eventually led her to the Georgetown, Texas area where she remained until her death.

In addition to Phillip, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and two brothers. She was the last living member of her family of origin. Helen is survived by her daughter, Karen Sanders Livingston (Liberty Hill, Texas), grandchildren Jeffrey Acke (Walsenburg, Colorado), Scott Acke (Austin, Texas) and Matthew Livingston (Austin Texas); great-grandchildren Chantelle  and Grace Bennett, Siera Hancock, Amanda Acke, and Alexis, Macy and Tyler Livingston; great-great-grandchildren Alice Bennett and Summit Hancock as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Until her final days, Helen was a witty conversationalist and enjoyed lively political discussion. One of her greatest regrets was her loss of vision which curtailed her ability to sew  and participate in other creative endeavors. She started documenting stories of her childhood  and later life while still sighted. Per her wish, the stories have been compiled, printed and bound. She was pleased that they will be shared with family members.

Per Helen’s request, there will be no local services.  Ramsey Funeral Home, Georgetown, is in charge of  arrangements. She will be cremated. A private graveside service will be held at Memorial Park, Davenport, Iowa, at which time her ashes will be placed beside her late husband.

Donations may be made in Helen’s memory to Faith In Action Georgetown, P.O. Box 743, Georgetown, Texas, 78627. Condolences may be left on Ramsey Funeral Home online guest book at

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Donald (Don) Quillian Greenway

On Wednesday September 14, 2022, Donald (Don) Quillian Greenway, also known affectionately as “Mr. Don,” beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at the age of 82. Don was born April 14, 1940, in Chamblee, Georgia. 

As an entrepreneur, Don developed two patents and started several businesses which led him to travel the world. He lived a full and adventurous life.

Don had a great sense of humor and a quick wit and had phrases that he used frequently like “first class.” He knew no stranger and loved a good time. He had stories that he was frequently asked to repeat by friends and family. 

He was loved deeply and is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Greenway, his children Kay McKinnon (Andy), Terri Erickson (Jeff), Donny Greenway, Nichole Parker (Jeff) and Maggie Hassell (Kyle). He is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Don was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Georgetown. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on October 22, 2022, at Christ Lutheran. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Don’s memory to Christ Lutheran and mailed to P.O. Box 895, Georgetown, Texas, 78627. 

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Debra Ann Mathis

Debra Ann Mathis passed away on August 10, 2022, in the sweet embrace of her family in Kalispell, Montana. Forevermore she stands perfected in the presence and Glory of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Those who knew Deb will always remember that she loved. Oh, how she loved Jesus, her husband, and her children. Deb loved not because she knew how but, because God loved her first and she shared that love and His light with everyone she came in contact with.

Debra was born on February 5, 1963, in Georgetown, and is survived by her husband, Joe, and their two children, Lauryn and Bradley, her parents, John and Paula Zavala, and her sister, Terri Rodriguez. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Robert Zavala.

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Colonel Walter F. Chase, M.D.

Colonel Walter F. Chase, M.D., 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on September 8, 2022. Walter was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born in Manhattan, New York, Walter was the only child to Walter F. Chase and Helen Bardong Chase.  

Walter received his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. and began his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He completed post-graduate subspecialty training in Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 

Dr. Chase was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He served at several USAF bases, including Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, David Grant USAF Medical Center in Fairfield, California and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. Dr. Chase was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He served as Military Consultant in Rheumatology to the USAF Surgeon General and was Chief of Rheumatology Services of two USAF Medical Centers.

Dr. Chase practiced Rheumatology and Internal Medicine at Capital Medical Clinic in Austin. He then had a private Rheumatology practice in the same building. His practice included a research division dedicated to the research of treatments for many rheumatic conditions. An expert in his field, Dr. Chase had articles published in many major medical journals. Patients of Dr. Chase loved and respected him for his warmth, compassion, sense of humor and expertise.

Walter had a robust sense of humor. His smile was contagious and lit up the world around him. He was the most honorable of men, always honest and just. He was generous and compassionate in so many ways and had a deep desire to help those in need. He worked his whole life helping others, not only through his work as a rheumatologist, but in his family and personal life as well. He was eternally inquisitive, always searching for solutions and he thoroughly enjoyed learning how things worked. He loved to fix and create things and always left things better than he found them. Walter was an avid collector of vintage radios and his collection rivals few. His talents were apparent in his extensive work restoring his radio collection. He had a love for classical music, art and architecture. He had a lifelong love for his birthplace of New York City. Walter loved to read and books lined his shelves. Walter was a true intellectual, challenging beliefs and looking for answers to life’s deeper questions. He instilled this love of knowledge in his stepchildren and grandchildren and will leave a deep and lasting mark on their minds and hearts. 

Walter was a devoted husband to his dear wife Cynthia. They shared a deep love for one another that was evident to those around them. He was a kind, accepting and loving father and was always available to talk things through with honesty and a level head. He spoke from the heart. Those closest to him are forever changed for the better by knowing him, as are so many others whose lives were impacted by his spirit.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Walter F. Chase and Helen Bardong Chase. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Gage Chase, stepchildren, Michael Hutchison and wife, Erica, Rosella Hutchison and husband, Bradley Hindelang, Laura Garcci and husband, Marcello, grandsons, Wyatt, Otto, and Oliver, granddaughters, Clara, and Auryn (due 10/1/22) and other beloved family members and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Benjamin Downie and outstanding caregivers Norma Cruz and Ernestine Harris for their compassion and loving care.

A small, private service was held for immediate family on September 15.  

Respects may be made by visiting 

Memorial contributions in memory of Dr. Chase may be made to the American Cancer Society, a charity that benefits veterans or a non-profit organization you are passionate about. 

Melza Smith

82, of Georgetown, passed away on July 2, 2022. A celebration of Melza’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Friendly Will Missionary Baptist Church in Georgetown.


Published September 14, 2022

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Stanley James Payne, Sr.

Stanley James Payne, Sr. was born near Lone Grove, Oklahoma, to Frank and Dora Payne on March 8, 1928. He was a man of integrity and valor and a great lover of the outdoors.

Stanley enjoyed hiking and walking nature trails, walking over twelve miles a day most days, even throughout his last years. As a young man, Stanley served in Japan during the closing phases of World War II. He was a combat infantry soldier in the Korean War and later served in Italy and Germany with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He deservedly was awarded numerous decorations for his wartime service, including the Army Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart earned during the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge in the fall of 1951.

On the All Army Rifle Team himself, Stanley was a rifle coach with the Army Advanced Marksmanship Unit at Fort Hood. As a drill sergeant stationed at Fort Ord, California, he trained countless troops to survive the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1969. He also served as an Army career counselor while at Fort Ord until he transferred back to Fort Hood, his retirement post.

Stanley and his wife of 59 years, Joyce (Tipps) Payne, lived for many years in Killeen. Both were avid roadtrippers who loved planning unhurried routes and journeying across the United States to visit parks and monuments and take in the sights. Oftentimes, Joyce and Stanley would embark on such adventures with Joyce’s sister, Nila Jo, one or more of their six kids, or some grandkids, instilling an appreciation of landscapes, wildlife, and travel in the whole Payne family.

He was a formidable opponent in dominos and cards. An accomplished musician, Stanley was adept at guitar, fiddle, the organ, and harmonica, even playing in a popular bluegrass band while stationed in Europe. He enjoyed coin collecting and treasure hunting with metal detectors. He loved ice cream. Active throughout his life, Stanley took up competitive bocce ball in his eighth decade and often won in league competition.

Having passed August 31, 2022, Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, and daughter, Cynthia Payne.

He will be lovingly remembered by sons Stan Payne and wife, Mary, of Georgetown, Alan Payne and wife, Debbie, of Queen Creek, Arizona, Randy Payne and wife, Kathy, of Iola, Gary Payne of Killeen, and David Payne and wife, Gretchen, of Cedar Park; 11 grandchildren, Colleen Wardlaw and husband, Cody, Topher Payne, Craig Payne and wife, Crystal, Sarah Payne, Andrew Payne and wife, Emily, Laura Payne, David Payne, Dustin Payne, Matthew Payne and wife, Chloe, Erika Marr, and Anthony Payne; and nine great-grandchildren, Aidan Wardlaw, Brylee Wardlaw, Cadie Wardlaw, Cadence Payne, Charlotte Payne, Carter Payne, Olivia Payne, Violet Payne, and Archer Payne.

Services will be held Friday, September 16, at 11 a.m., at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Wounded Warriors Project or Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

Friends and loved ones are encouraged to get outside and explore in remembrance of Stanley.

Published September 11, 2022

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Marsha Kathaleen Hornsey-Maxwell

Marsha Kathaleen Hornsey-Maxwell, 70, of Walburg, passed away August 26, 2022.

Marsha was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, and friend who provided happiness and bright colors to anyone who met her. Marsha had an impressive career in the automobile dealer industry, where she excelled as one of the first female managers in a male dominated field. She was a force of nature and paved the way for other women in the industry. Marsha loved her family and friends first and always made sure they truly understood how much they all meant to her. She loved Christmas and was a true Christmas fairy who provided gifts, love and glitter to anyone who was fortunate to spend a Christmas season in her beautiful home. Along with loving the holiday season, she was a native New Mexican who found her way to Texas where she built a beautiful life with her husband and children. In the little city of Walburg, Marsha and Joe built their dream home together where she could spoil her children, garden, host holiday events, and much more.

Marsha is survived by her husband: Joe Maxwell of Walburg. Children: Tamara Hornsey-Sipple and husband, Craig of California, Zachry Hornsey and wife, Brittany of Austin, and Gail Baca and husband, Dennis of California. Mother: Mary Bates of New Mexico. Siblings: Keith Bates, Spencer Bates, Tudi Bates, Hoss Bates. Grandchildren: Zander Plumos and Leo Joseph Hornsey. She is preceded in death by her father, Eugene Bates, in-laws Pete Hornsey and Myrna Hornsey.

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Patricia Ann Isom Potersnak

Patricia Ann Isom Potersnak (Pat), a proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the age of 86, after a long illness.

Pat was born in San Antonio on August 18, 1936. She grew up in Georgetown, and frequently shared her favorite memories of those years with her loved ones. After graduating Georgetown High School in 1954, Pat spent a short time at Southwest Texas State University before meeting Mike Potersnak at a YWCA dance. They married in 1957 and were stationed at various Air Force bases until 1971, when they settled in Austin with their three sons.

Pat and Mike enjoyed 50 years of marriage before Mike’s death in 2007. They loved to dance, were both active in the Woodlawn Baptist Church, and enjoyed spending time with their family whenever possible. Pat was a salesperson for Home Interiors for many years, went square dancing when she was able, and loved to go to dinner with her Red Hat Ladies group. Pat was also happy when helping with Vacation Bible School at Woodlawn.

In Pat’s later years, she was especially delighted to spend time with her grandchildren who enjoyed their special “tea parties” together. Pat was always happiest when her children and grandchildren were around her. She will be remembered especially for her outgoing personality, her love for her family, and her strong faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ervin Isom and Hope Isom and brothers, Larry Isom & Sheryl Isom, husband, Michael, her son, Mikey, and her great-grandson, Glen. She leaves behind her sons, Richard and Steven, her partner, Howard, daughter in-law, Connie, grandchildren, Steven W., Megan, Lauren, and Zack, and great-grandchildren, Caelen and Faith.

There will be a church service on Saturday, September 10, at Woodlawn Baptist Church 4600 Manchaca Road, Austin, Texas, 78745, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Dodd Allen Meredith

Dodd Allen Meredith of Georgetown, 74, passed away August 24, 2022, surrounded by family. 

Dodd is survived by his daughters, his oldest Hailey Pfingsten and her husband, Jeremy; his youngest daughter, Casey Anderson: and his grandchildren, Caroline and Katherine (Kate) Anderson, as well as his brother, Jeb Meredith of Austin. Dodd is preceded in death by his supportive and loving wife of 48 years, Judy Meredith; as well as both of his parents, Lee and Ruth Meredith of Conroe. 

Dodd was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to parents Lee C. Meredith and Ruth Breitkreutz Meredith in 1947. He graduated from Conroe High School and then went on to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville before serving in the Vietnam War where he was in stationed Thailand and then in Altus, Oklahoma, where he once again enjoyed playing music.

Dodd Meredith was a consummate musician, just as his father, and performed as a singer and drummer for nearly all of his life. Music was his passion and true calling. He was introduced to music by his father and continued with music in his soul from an early age. He was a drummer with many bands over the years and performed internationally as well. 

Everyone who knew Dodd felt his big heart and his larger-than-life personality. He was always the jokester, and his abundant stories of the music industry were always a hit. He will be missed by everyone who had the distinction to know him.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Brass Tap, 204 East Main Street, Round Rock, Texas., on Sunday, September 25, from

3 - 7 p.m. Join his family and friends to honor with music and laughter, time for sharing stories of Dodd, and celebrating his life. “What it was, what it is, and what it can be.”

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Janet Ann (Young) Donahue

Janet Ann (Young) Donahue, a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away September 3, 2022, at the age of 83 at Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Georgetown after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born February 8, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio. Janet was a sister to James Runnels (Martha Ann), Mary Fisher (Morris), Donna Orr (Dick), and Robert “Ruben” Young. She was the president of her nursing class and graduated in 1959 from Mt. Carmel with her R.N. 

In 1960, she married her first husband, Robert McCall, and had her hands full raising five kids, Lucinda Ryland (Mark), Marlene Janes (Greg), Eric McCall (Marsha), Brian McCall (Darci) and Roberta McCall (Larry). Janet then married her second husband, Terry Donahue, in 1984, adding two more children, Colin Donahue (Anita) and Tara Lambright (Michael) to her family. Janet loved children and had 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, plus another on the way. 

Janet enjoyed being outside, gardening, traveling, listening to music, and most of all, helping others. A natural caregiver, Janet worked as a nurse, stay-at-home mom, Girl Scout leader, preschool teacher, daycare director, travel agent, and then retired doing what she always loved, being a nurse. Janet always put others before herself and will be remembered for her kindness and willingness to help others.

A celebration of life will be livestreamed on Saturday, September 17 at 1 p.m. CST for friends and family and the recording will be available for viewing for short time at

Published September 7, 2022

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Paula Jolene Smith

Our dearest, Paula Jolene Smith, departed from us for her Heavenly Home on September 3, 2022. Jolene’s earthly life began on January 24, 1952 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

 Being born into a Military family, she grew up in locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, Hawaii and Germany. After graduating from High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, she attended Central State College in Edmund, Oklahoma, receiving a B.A. in Speech Pathology. 

While working as a Travel Agent in Oklahoma City Jolene met and married Philip Smith. They immediately moved to Walla Walla, Washington. There Jolene discovered her passion for being a “maker” which resulted in seventeen joyful years of owning and operating Frameworks, their picture framing shop that daily provided opportunities for designing and building things of beauty. 

Life in beautiful Walla Walla was truly wonderful. However, on January 6, 1985, the tragic death of their only child, Charise Nicole, brought a flood of darkness that after years of hopeless despair, only Christ could heal. After surrendering her life to Christ, Jolene gently and patiently helped husband Phil out of utter darkness and into the Light of Christ.

Longing for reuniting with their families in Oklahoma and Texas they sold Frame Works and began a new chapter of life in Marble Falls Texas where they continued enjoying their creative gifts through their decorative painting business, Walls Across Texas. But after nine years this physical work became too much for Jolene. 

Thus began Jolene’s ten year career as an Executive Assistant at the Texas State Comptroller in Austin. She was truly a blessing to the many she served there. During this time Jolene also served as Director and Costumer for their Drama ministry “St. Paul Speaks”. Upon her retirement in 2017, she was able to join Phil in their full time ministry until her passing.

From childhood, Jolene began a life where illness became the norm. At three years she was diagnose with kidney disease. This became a medical concern throughout her life. The kidney transplant she received from Phil was a blessing for twenty seven years.

A teenage car wreck on January 1, 1971, resulted in a broken back which began her 50 year walk with a cane. She never complained about this and even used it as a fashion statement. Many where instructed on how to use a cane and why they should. 

 Jolene was a bold wise adviser and edifier, known and loved for her bright, joyful and grateful spirit. Many lives have been impacted by her ability to listen, discern good advice and then, she had the boldness to give it.

Jolene is survived by her husband Philip, sister, Janet Gillespie and brother, Joe K. McCune. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Joe and Elsie McCune, daughter, Charise Smith and sister, Judy Foley. 

Jolene was passionate for the sanctity of Human Life. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Pregnancy Help Center of Williamson County or to a Pregnancy Resource center of your choice.

The memorial service will be Friday, September 9 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.

Main Street Baptist Church, 1001 South Main Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.


Published September 4, 2022

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Ray Kelley

Ray Kelley, 89, of Lampasas, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas.

Visitation will be held at Sneed-Carnley Funeral Chapel on Sunday, September 4, 2022, from

5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be on Monday, September 5, 2022, at Sneed-Carnley Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Briggs, Texas.

Ray was born on September 9, 1932, in Briggs, Texas to Horace Lee Kelley and Clara Elizabeth Gray Kelley.  He grew up in Burnet and Williamson County and moved to Lampasas in 1951.  Most of his working career was spent with the Civil Service in Fort Hood where he worked for 41 years.  After that, he worked on his ranch, working cattle and producing hay.  Ray raised a lot of show steers, and bulls and was very involved in stock shows with his children, taking them all over Texas.  Ray was also integral in starting the Lampasas County Youth Stock Show auction in the early 1970s with Luis Canales.  He also enjoyed raising and training horses. 

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Ima Kelley in 2004; his parents, son-in-law, Robert J. Ziminskas, and five siblings.

Survivors include his son, Jim Kelley, and wife, Sheryl; daughter, Trish Ziminskas; sister, Dorothy Everett; grandchildren, John Eric Ziminskas, Perry Ray Kelley, James Ryan Ziminskas; great-grandchildren, Preslee Kelley, Clara Elizabeth Ziminskas, John Andrew Ziminskas, James Ryan Ziminskas II, and Robert John Ziminskas II.

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James Michael Cairnes

James Michael Cairnes, age 67, of Florence, passed away on August 15, 2022. Visitation was held Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Ramsey Funeral Home, followed by burial at Andice Cemetery. 

James was born August 20, 1954, in Kerrville, Texas, to James and Billie Jean (Baldridge) Cairnes. He married Patricia Dean Mayes on August 10, 1973 in Austin, Texas. James worked as a welder in Austin for over 40 years for Union #286. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown. James graduated from Georgetown High School in 1972. He was an avid deer hunter and loved rodeo and had a  bull riding  career of over 15 years. More important he loved his family and spending time with his grandsons.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Cairnes; son, Jimmy Cairnes; daughter, Billie Curtis (Blake); brothers, Mark and Maury (Yvonne) Cairnes;  step-brother, Casey Winters; step-sisters, Sherry Graham and Sandy Valkenaar;  nephews, Morgan Cairnes, Johnny Wolsch; niece, Nikkie Duncan; grandsons, Logan Jack, Lane Michael Curtis; sister-in-law, Kathy Knudsen; mother-in-law, Vada Mayes; aunts, Margaret and May Remshel.

He was preceded in death by son, Brandon Roy; parents, James Winston and Billie Jean Cairnes; step mother, Beverly Cairnes; father-in-law, Johnny Mayes; grandmothers, Minnie Rempshel and Mae Baldridge, Mamaw DeGlandon; sister-in-law, Peggy Moore; brother-in-law, Rick Knudsen.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy, or the Cowboy Crisis Fund.