Norma Charlotte Bjork – December 8, 2017

Norma Charlotte Bjork, 95, of Amarillo, died Friday, December 8, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5401 Bell Street, presided over by Kyle Vest.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Norma was born February 6, 1922, in New York City, New York to Agnes and William Osness.  She was a homemaker.   Norma was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She married Howard E. Bjork on June 16, 1945; he preceded her in death on February 5, 2015.  She was also preceded in death by a son Roger Bjork; eight brothers and sisters.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Norma Bjork of Amarillo; four sons, Dale Bjork of Orem, Utah; Ron Bjork, Don Bjork and Jarle Bjork, all of Amarillo; her brother, Donald Al Osness and sister, Rowena Sleater, both of Utah; twenty-one grandchildren; and forty-six great-grandchildren.

Gloria Bentancourt Escalante – December 9, 2017

Gloria Bentancourt Escalante, 80, of Amarillo, died December 9, 2017.

Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017  in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Mass will be at  2:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Grant Spinhirne celebrating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gloria was born on February 21, 1937 in San Diego, Texas to Liberata and Epifanio Bentancourt. She was a homemaker and loving mother of four children. Gloria had a great life here on earth until the disease of Dementia/Alzheimer’s attacked her.  She loved to sing and dance.  During her last weeks here on earth she would be singing constantly throughout the day.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Escalante, Sr. They were married 39 years (April 23, 1956).

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Rocha and husband Jose and Sylvia Olivas and husband Patrick; two sons, Ernest Escalante, Jr. and ex-daughter-in-law Veronica and Victor Escalante and wife Tammy, all of Amarillo; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was living at The Craig, where everyone was good to her. Words cannot express how much we appreciate all you did for our mother these last 3 years. Thank you!

Otis “Don” Berry – December 8, 2017

Otis “Don” Berry, 80, of Amarillo, died Friday, December 8, 2017.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Washington Avenue Christian Church with Lennie McCay, pastor, officiating.  Private burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Don was born on June 5, 1937 in Burkburnett, Texas to Dollie and Ed Berry. He graduated from Seagraves High School in 1956.  He married Margaret York on August 22, 1994.  Don retired from Southwestern Public Service on June 26, 1998 with 32 years of service.  He was a member of Washington Avenue Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepdaughter, Anita Mounce.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Berry, of the home; a brother, Edwin D. Berry of Maitland, Florida; his children, Debbie (Jim) Hobbs of Brownfield; Mitzy Lott of Lubbock; and Shayne Berry of Seagraves; his step-son-in-law, Charles Mounce of Lubbock; his stepdaughter, Sandy (Jack) Turner of Amarillo; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Susan Kaboth Grenewald

Susan Kaboth Grenewald  died peacefully in her sleep December 2017, in La Jolla, CA after a long battle with cancer.  She was 71.

Born in Tulsa, OK, in 1946, to Jane Hammett Kaboth and Jack Ware Kaboth, her family moved to Amarillo, TX in 1955, where she attended grade and middle school, graduating from Tascosa High School in 1964, and subsequently studying at Baylor University.

Her adult life was spent raising her family in Amarillo, Jacksonville, FL, Summit, NJ, Washington, DC and Chicago, Il, before retiring back to Amelia Island, FL. She was a well-known and active resident of the Amelia Park community and served as president of the home owners association. Over the years she was served her community in many volunteer positions, including the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Art Museum, Theatre Jacksonville, and the Junior League.  A world traveler, she loved theater, museums, and culinary excellence, but ballet was her great passion.   In addition to a somewhat encyclopedic knowledge of dance, she also relished her time working on staff in the development department of New York City Ballet.  A highlight was appearing with Ray Charles on stage at the New York State Theater with the entire corps de ballet.  She was a “collector” of performances of Apollo, and saw it performed by the best of the male dancers of her time.

She was a remarkable woman of grace and elegance, known always for her remarkable mind and shrewd sense of humor. She had a wide-reaching collection of devoted friends from everywhere she ever lived, and always stayed in close touch.  A seemingly effortless hostess and a wonderful cook, she cherished entertaining her family and friends.  Her stylish and charming homes, wherever she lived,  reflected her flair for interior design as well as her natural curiosity for life.

She is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Claire McDonough of Alexandria, VA and Megan Alice Cox of La Jolla, CA, their husbands, Bob and Tom, and three grandchildren, Vivien, Katherine and Quinn Cox.  Predeceased by her parents, she is also survived by her brother, Dennis Kaboth and his wife, Linda, of Denver, CO, two nephews and her ex-husband, William Grenewald of Aventura FL. They all thank her for her love and support, and her amazing determination and strength of character. She wil be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation in her memory to the LaJolla Garden Club or the Junior League of Jacksonville.

Toni Lynn Pearce Cline – November 17, 2017

Keep Your Angels With You

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Toni Lynn Pearce Cline, passed away peacefully  at the age of 73 surrounded by her family.Cline Photo

A native of Dallas, Texas, Toni attended Stephens College in Columbia,  Missouri before attending Southern Methodist University and graduating with a  bachelor’s degree in education. She worked professionally as a spokeswoman,  model, and actress throughout the 1960s and 1970s, most prominently as the  spokeswoman for the Western Company, where she made famous the tag line,  “If you don’t have an oil well, get one!” Toni was also a cattlewoman and ran the Flying Unicorn Cattle Company during the 1980s.

Toni was a long-time practitioner and teacher of Iyengar yoga. She taught yoga  in Amarillo for over two decades, and her yoga students held a special place in her heart.

Toni believed in giving back to the community, and she volunteered with many charitable organizations over the years. She served on the boards of numerous  organizations, some of which included Opportunity School, the Amarillo College Foundation, the Laura W. Bush Institute of Women’s Health, and Planned  Parenthood.

More than anything else, Toni was a kind person. She was genuinely interested in people’s lives—she loved talking to people and listening to their stories. She told children that they were smart and nurses that they were beautiful. She believed in smiling wide and often.

Survivors include her husband, Richard “Ditt” Cline, Jr.; one daughter, Brandi Turner and husband Wes; one son, Sundance Banks and wife Claudia Dierkes-Banks; three stepdaughters, Tennessee Ott and husband David, Lajla Cline, and Catherine Masterson and husband George; one brother, Bob Pearce and wife Ann; one niece, Kristen Pearce; one nephew, Robert Pearce; and eight grand-children, Adelyn Banks, Ellie Ott, Annie Ott, Owen Ott, Trip Ott, Jackson Masterson, Miles Masterson, and Blake Masterson.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, Texas, with Rev. Andrew Parker and Rev. Robert Pace officiating.  A reception and celebration of Toni’s life will then be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Dr., Amarillo, Texas.

Before making a donation or sending flowers, Toni had a special request—pause for a moment after reading this, take in a deep, peaceful breath, and then go hug someone you love. Memorial donations in memory of Toni can be made to Opportunity School at 1100 South Harrison Street, Amarillo, TX 79101.  (www.opportunityschool.com/donatenow), the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation at P.O. Box 29331, San Antonio, TX 78229 (www.thrivewell.org), or the charity of your choice. Floral donations of orchids, anthurium, or bromeliads, can be sent to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, where they will be housed as a living tribute in the tropical conservatory in her memory.

Monte Cox – December 5, 2017

Monte Ann Cox, 61, of Claude, died, December 5, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00 PM, December 8, 2017, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Monte was born, October 6, 1956, to Rusty and Norma Huff. She enjoyed teaching school and Sunday school at Washburn Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her brother Walter Dean Ponds.

Survivors include daughters, Delena Kelley and husband Michael of Claude, Tamra Hankins and husband C.G. of Hico, TX; two sisters, Tammy Craig and husband Pat of Claude and Julie Cook of Amarillo, TX; and four grandchildren, Morgan, Dalton, Avery and Blade.

Christy Beavers – November 30, 2017

Christy Gregoris Beavers, 50, of Hereford, died Thursday, November 30, 2017.  A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Christine Elaine was born on a Wednesday, October 6, 1967 in Tulsa, Ok. to Stephen and Judy Gregoris.  She was our blessing after her daddy came home from Vietnam.  She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was a small girl and followed him every day of her life after.  She was known for her infectious laugh, compassionate spirit, and fearless way she faced each day.  She had a taste for Grand Adventures. She never met a stranger and loved without limits. Regardless of the pain she was in or how she felt, she always met you with a smile and a joke to make you feel better.  Her green and gold eyes always sparkled and lit up a room.

She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1985.  She had worked as an office administrator in the medical field for many years.  She was very active in the Hereford Chamber Singers and the Hereford Community Choir.  She taught Sunday School for many years at Southwest Baptist Church in Amarillo and had served as senior warden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hereford.

She married Chad Beavers on May 28, 2000 in Hereford. The two were best friends soulmates, and playmates

She is survived by her husband, Chad Beavers; her mother, Judy Gregoris of Amarillo; her sister, Juli Tittle and husband David of Amarillo; mother and father in law, Sandy and Manuel Beavers; a sister in law, Kimmie Neugebauer and husband Larry of Dumas; a brother in law, Brett Beavers of Hereford, three nieces, Jessica Neugebauer, Mikaila Beavers, and Ellie Tittle; six nephews, Shawn Neugebauer, Adam Neugebauer, Brandon Beavers, Jared Beavers, Andrew Tittle, and John Tittle; and several great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father, Steve Gregoris, and her grandparents, Julia and Stephen Gregoris, and Elizabeth and A.T. Burks.

Matthew Howard Capell – November 26, 2017

Matthew Howard (Matt) Capell died Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the age of 75. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 2, 1942 to Rev. Dr. Louis D. and Frances Capell (Guthrie). He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Tommy Phillips, sister-in-law, Patricia Phillips, and brother-in-law, Chris Climer.

Matt is survived by his wife, Dianne Phillips Capell; a son, Louis Phillip Matthew Capell and family, Bella, Marques and Tammy Sykes; his sister, Mary Ann Climer; his mother-in-law, Ruth Phillips and brother-in-law, Mike Phillips. He enjoyed the company of his many nephews, nieces, and cousins and dear friends.

After completing his higher education at Henderson College in Arkadelphia (BME) and the University of Colorado in Boulder (MM), Matt began his career in 1966 as a music faculty member at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, teaching vocal studies and directing the Opera Theater. He also was a cast member for several summer seasons with the Eau Claire Patio Playhouse. Matt’s tenure in Eau Claire was followed by a faculty post at Stetson University in Deland, Florida where he continued teaching voice and directing the University Opera Theater. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Delta Kappa International. Matt’s singing career was fulfilled in concert halls and churches here and abroad: Dallas, Shreveport, Memphis, TN, Sasebo and Yokosuka Japan, Oberhausen and Cologne Germany, and Naples, Italy.

Matt’s talents were not limited to the musical arts. His culinary gifts were legendary. He supervised the kitchens of several major churches in the Dallas area while also employed as the tenor soloist. In 1989, Matt, Dianne, and Louis began a career with the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Sasebo, Japan. Matt continued to sing and added teaching the culinary arts for the local Japanese college to his resume. As they moved to other locales, he would continue to entertain with his beautiful lyric tenor voice and amaze new friends with delights from the kitchen.

Matt was a man of peace, kindness, and love. With his passing, mirth and elegance have been substantially diminished from the lives of those who knew and loved him.

The Memorial Service and Inurnment will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX, on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research www.michaeljfox.org/Donate  .

 

James Elly Dearman, Jr. – November 28, 2017

James Elly Dearman, Jr., age 82, died on November 28, 2017 at BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo.

He was born on October 4, 1935 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to James Elly Dearman, Sr. and Mary Louise Martin Dearman.  He had an older sister, Dorothy Dearman Brown, deceased.  He graduated  from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama where he studied Aeronautical Management.

He was commissioned as a  United States Air Force officer in 1957 and served his country honorably for 20 years, retiring in 1977 with the rank of Major.  His career was an exciting one involved with the early days of the space program working on projects Gemini, Mercury, and primarily Apollo.  He served at all U.S. missile bases:  Vandenberg AFB, California; Cape Canaveral, Florida; and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.  After retiring from the Air Force, he owned and operated Sears Catalog stores in Lordsburg, New Mexico and Levelland, Texas for 17 years.  He worked as a real estate agent in El Paso and Rockport, Texas.

As a young man, he loved hunting, fishing, and was an expert skeet shooter.  He followed the football games of his beloved Auburn Tigers throughout his life and taught his pet African Gray parrot Kizzie to call “War Eagle.”  He played golf for many years.  In his later years, he focused on photography and was recognized as an accomplished wildlife photographer.  He was also involved in genealogy and traced his and his wife’s family roots back several centuries, leaving a wonderful legacy for his family.

Jim married Jane Lee Chalfant in 1961 in California.  They had four children:  Adrienne Bryce, Wendy Dearman Powell, Benjamin Stuart Dearman, and Rebecca Dearman Harkins.  They were his pride and joy, along with their children:  Ashly Nicole McCutchan, Mason Lee Malone, Douglas Houston Powell, Eleanor Jane Dearman, Harrison James Dearman, Abigail Lee Harkins, and Sophia Jane Harkins.  He had three great grandchildren:  Alissa Nicole McCutchan, James Cameron McCutchan, and Michael Dante Alcantar.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Jane; his children; Adrienne’s husband Scott Bryce and Scott’s daughters, Nicole Bryce and Kayla Bryce; Ben’s wife Christina; Ashly’s husband, Daniel Alcantar, great-grandchildren, niece Deanna Harrison and nephew Chris Brown, nieces Lee Ann Gibson and Dana Falk, many friends, and his precious cat, Molly, and his grandduck Piper.

The family thanks the kind health providers who cared for Jim during the last month of his life:  Northwest Texas Heart Hospital CCU, Vibra Hospital CCU, and BSA Hospice of the Southwest.  A ceremony honoring Jim’s military service that volunteers and staff held for him as they gathered around him and his family was especially touching.  Staff and friends from First Presbyterian Church faithfully supported the family in prayer, as did many friends in Amarillo and elsewhere.

Funeral arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.  Services will be Friday, December 1, 2017, at 2 P.M. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 1100 S. Harrison Street.  A reception at the Dearman home at 6122 Belpree Road will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society, 3501 S. Osage St., Amarillo, TX 79118.

Matthew Howard (Matt) Capell – November 26, 2017

Matthew Howard (Matt) Capell died Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the age of 75.  He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 2, 1942, to Rev. Dr. Louis D. and Frances Capell (Guthrie).  He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Tommy Phillips, sister-in-law, Patricia Phillips, and brother-in-law, Chris Climer.

Matt is survived by his wife, Dianne Phillips Capell; a son, Louis Phillip Matthew Capell and family, Bella, Marques and Tammy Sykes; his sister, Mary Ann Climer; his mother-in-law, Ruth Phillips and brother-in-law, Mike Phillips.  He enjoyed the company of his many nephews, nieces, and cousins and dear friends.

After completing his higher education at Henderson College in Arkadelphia (BME) and the University of Colorado in Boulder (MM), Matt began his career in 1966, as a music faculty member at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, teaching vocal studies and directing the Opera Theater.  He also was a cast member for several summer seasons with the Eau Claire Patio Playhouse.  Matt’s tenure in Eau Claire was followed by a faculty post at Stetson University in Deland, Florida where he continued teaching voice and directing the University Opera Theater.  He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Delta Kappa International.  Matt’s singing career was fulfilled in concert halls and churches here and abroad:  Dallas, Shreveport, Memphis, TN, Sasebo and Yokosuka Japan, Oberhausen and Cologne Germany, and Naples, Italy.

Matt’s talents were not limited to the musical arts.  His culinary gifts were legendary.  He supervised the kitchens of several major churches in the Dallas area while also employed as the tenor soloist.  In 1989, Matt, Dianne, and Louis began a career with the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Sasebo, Japan.  Matt continued to sing and added teaching the culinary arts for the local Japanese college to his resume. As they moved to other locales, he would continue to entertain with his beautiful lyric tenor voice and amaze new friends with delights from the kitchen.

Matt was a man of peace, kindness, and love.  With his passing, mirth and elegance have been substantially diminished from the lives of those who knew and loved him.

The memorial service and inurnment will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX, on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2:00 pm.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research www.michaeljfox.org/Donate  .