Sister Frances Baca – December 18, 2014

Sister Frances Baca, 99, of Amarillo, died Thursday, December 18, 2014 after a lengthy illness.Baca Obit Pic

 

Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Saint Francis Convent. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Saint Frances Convent Chapel with Most Reverend Bishop Patrick J. Zurek celebrating and Monsignor Norbert Kuehler and Reverend Edward Sweeney concelebrating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Bld.

 

Sr. Frances was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 30, 1915, the second of eight children born to Elfego and Ignacita Baca.  She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate in 1987, making her first Profession of Vows on Aug. 11, 1990.

 

Sister Frances received her grade school and high school education with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Peña Blanca, New Mexico.  She attended Highland University, the University of New Mexico and St. Joseph’s College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.  Before entering the convent, she taught for thirty-five years in various schools in Sandoval County, in New Mexico until her retirement in 1970.

 

Within the community, Sister Frances exercised her apostolate helping the Sisters with domestic tasks in Hereford and Amarillo, Texas and as house treasurer in Los Angeles, California when she retired to Amarillo, Texas.

 

Sister Frances was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers and sisters.

 

Survivors include Sister Viola Baca, of Amarillo, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

 

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Dolores R. Gear – December 18, 2014

Dolores R. Gear, 84, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.Gear Obit Photo

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Sherman Eastland officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

 

Dolores was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Texico, New Mexico, to A.C. and Clara Green.  She graduated from Texico High School where she played varsity basketball.  She went on to work as a registered nurse after graduating from Amarillo College and Northwest Nursing School.  Dolores was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW although not a veteran herself she supported her husband during his 24 years of service with the Navy.  She was an active member in the prayer room and benevolent services of The Church at Quail Creek.  Dolores lived at The Clairmont the past three years, was active with the veteran’s wall, and was the librarian.  She made many friends who loved her while she was there.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Gear.

 

Survivors include a daughter, LaJuana Sue Gear-Dooley of Amarillo; a son, Joe Clinton Gear and wife Gayla of Muleshoe; three grandchildren, Twyla Polasek and husband James, Tyrel Gear and wife Courtney and Harley Joseph Dooley and wife Kat; and six great-grandchildren, Lane, Kody, Cole, Rachel, Sean and Mikayla.

 

The family suggests memorials be made to Wounded Warrior Project,  P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

 

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Benny “Ben” Lee Jackson – December 17, 2014

Jackson Obit PicBenny “Ben” Lee Jackson, 63, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Victory Church, 6300 Arden Road, with Pastor Dave Brown officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ben was born Dec. 7, 1951, in Amarillo, to Jasper and Daisy Jackson.  He married Sandra Newcomb in California in October of 1977.  Ben was full of life and energy and was a loving and caring person.  He had an infectious laugh.  Ben loved his family and Victory Church, where he was a member.  He was a truck driver and drove many years for Trans-Am Trucking.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandra Jackson, of Amarillo; a son, Joshua Jackson of Amarillo; a sister, Peggy Arnold of Ohio; a brother, Carey Jackson of Oklahoma; a special brother-in-law, Sam Smith of West Virginia; and many nieces and nephews who were very dear to him.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the funeral home.

Jane Farquhar Pettit – December 15, 2014

Pettit Obit PicJane Farquhar Pettit, 78, of Amarillo, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

A memorial gathering will be from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jane was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Aldershot, England, to Ernest and Lillian Claugher.  She married Raymond Pettit in Richmond Surrey, UK in 1981.  Jane worked for Standard Printing and Zip Print.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Pettit, of the home; two daughters, Jenny and spouse, Matt, of Brighton, UK and Teresa and Linda, of Cumbria, UK; a son, Laurie and spouse Kay of Frimley, UK; a sister, Gina of Eastbourne, UK; and a granddaughter, Emily of Stoke d’Abernon, UK.

Gordon Glen Moore – December 17, 2014

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Gordon Glen Moore, 80, of Vega, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Gordon was born Dec. 6, 1934, in Lela to Andrew and Lois Moore.  He married Wanda Lewis on May 22, 1954. He was a rancher and truck driver for Vega Sand and Gravel.  Gordon also owned and operated Hickory Inn and Moore’s Trailer Park.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wanda Moore, of the home; a daughter, René Strawhacker and husband David, of Amarillo; a son, Pat Moore and wife Charlene of New Braunfels; two brothers, James Moore and wife JoAnne of Canyon Lake and Jack Moore and wife Sue of Dallas; a sister, Linda Blair and husband Dwight of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Kristopher, Andrew and Brandye; and five great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the funeral home in Amarillo and from Noon – 6:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the funeral home in Vega.

Nelda Lee Sparks Holbert – December 12, 2014

Holbert Obit PicNelda Lee Sparks Holbert, 87, a lifelong resident of Amarillo, Texas who moved to Lewisville, Texas in September 2009, to be close to her daughter and son, passed away on December 12, 2014.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery with Rick Holbert officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born December 17, 1926, in Amarillo to Lee and Leona Sparks.  She married Ray K. Holbert on July 31, 1943, who preceded her in death in 1994.  Before she moved, she was a longtime active member of First Christian Church of Amarillo.  She was also a member of DAR since 1959, and a member of PEO Chapter Z since 1953.  Nelda was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi in Amarillo and is the last one of her chapter.

Nelda is survived by her children, Karen Walter and husband Riley of Lewisville and Bruce Holbert and wife Carolyn of College Station; 7 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

The family requests that any memorials in remembrance of Nelda Holbert be made to American Cancer Society; or to Mercy Hospice in Flower Mound, TX.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the funeral home.

Richard C. “Dick” Jones, Jr. – December 15, 2014

Jones, Richard Obit PicRichard C. “Dick” Jones, Jr., 89, of Amarillo, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Southlawn Baptist Church with Greg Kinch, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Military rites are by Volleys for Veterans.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dick was born April 7, 1925, in Memphis to Bertie and Richard C. Jones, Sr.  He was a sergeant, 68th Signal Battalion in the Army, serving during World War II from June 22, 1943 until January 30, 1946 with time served in the South Pacific from Dec. 17, 1943 until Jan. 25, 1946.  He married Marian K. Evans on Oct. 23, 1943. She preceded him in death on June 12, 2013.

Dick served his community by building churches with Texas Baptist Men and with City Church who he helped remodel a building downtown for the mission of City Church, turning the old nursing dorms into a unit of apartments for single moms and abused women.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Tim Jones.

Survivors include a son, Danny Jones and wife Dorothy; a sister, Nancy Petty and husband John; a brother, Bill Jones; grandchildren, Dina Triggs and husband Josh, Daniel Jones and wife Anniina and Charity Connally and husband Allen; and great-grandchildren, Aaron Connally, Skylar Geist, Seth Connally and Sierra Connally.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Snack Pak 4 Kids, 701 Park Place Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101; or to benefit Texas Panhandle Honor Flight in care of America Supports You Texas, P.O. Box 3218, Amarillo, TX 79116.

J.V Selman – December 12, 2014

Selman Obit PicJ. V. Selman, 93, of Amarillo died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Llano Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in First Baptist Church chapel with the Rev. Corky Holland officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

J. V. was born July 24, 1921, in Hobbs, N.M., to Minnie and Frank Selman. He married Burline Seale on Aug. 22, 1942, in Colorado Springs.

He served four years in the Armed Forces in the European Theater in World War II.  During one harrowing experience in which his troop ship was torpedoed in the English Channel, he promised to faithfully serve the Lord if he survived.   He remained true to that promise all his life.  He and his wife, Burline were volunteer missionaries through their church, making 57 overseas mission trips to six continents, as well as many more within the United States.  He was widely known for proclaiming Christ with wooden nickels which read: “Without Christ, life isn’t worth a wooden nickel.”

J. V. was in the floral business for 20 years and a member of Gideons International and a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo, where he served as a deacon, a Bible school teacher and several church committees.

Many of his friends called him “Jake.” Referring to his future home in Heaven, he would often say, “We’ll see you down the road Buddy.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Burline Selman, on Oct. 23, 2014.

Survivors include his son, Mike Selman of Garland; two granddaughters, Ginger Zeravica and Melanie Carron, both of the Dallas area, four great-grandchildren, his sister, Frances Scarborough of Lubbock Texas, two Brothers in Law, Richard Seale and Ray Seale, both of the Temple, Texas area, and many nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Corinne Fickel – December 13, 2014

Fickel Then PhotoFickel Now PhotoElizabeth Corinne Fickel, 88, of Amarillo died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Children’s Chapel, led by the Rev. Jo Roberts Craig and Dr. Robert Pace.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Brunch will follow the service in the parish hall.

Mrs. Fickel was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Barker, Texas, to Matthew M. “Jack” and Sara Belle Kyser.  She graduated as valedictorian from Cypress-Fairbanks High School in 1945.

She married Raymond Fickel on Sept. 28, 1946, in Houston.  They settled in Amarillo in 1954.  Her greatest joy was with her home and family.  She also got a great deal of satisfaction from her work for Phillips Petroleum Company, from 1947 until her retirement in 1981.  She enjoyed various activities, including participation in the Amarillo Desk and Derrick Club, and also reading, gardening, crafts, music, and walks.  Her long-time, active membership in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church was a very important part of her life.

Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline Fickel, of Santa Monica, California.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

We are also deeply grateful to the staff members at The Craig, and the team from Hospice of the Southwest, for their skillful and loving care.

Lois Jean Sooter – December 13, 2014

Sooter Obit PicLois Jean Sooter, 71, of Amarillo died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Tom Mullins of Abundant Life Church in Dimmitt officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Lois was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Duck Creek to Jessie and Laura Bradley. She was the seventh of 12 children. She married Ed Sooter on May 23, 1959, in Hugo, Okla. She had lived in Perryton from 1968 to 1982, then moved to Amarillo.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Sooter; two sons, Joe Sooter of Knoxville, Tenn., and Perry Sooter and wife Suzanne of Perryton; a daughter, Terry Cato and husband Russ of Amarillo; three brothers, Ralph, Merle and Bennie; three sisters, Elizabeth, Georgia May and Ruth Ann; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106; or Faith City Mission, 401 W. Second Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101-1511.