Obituaries for Vega

Bettie Hudson – October 9, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Bettie Hudson, 87, died Monday, October 9, 2017.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday in Vega Church of Christ with Dean Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bettie was born April 25, 1930 in Rule, Texas to Ennis and Eva Davis. Bettie attended school in Rule, Dimmitt, Adrian and Vega.  Upon graduating from Vega High School, she attended Draughon’s Business College in Amarillo, Texas.  Bettie began working at the First State Bank of Vega in 1951 where she worked 45 years.  She married Donald G. Hudson on November 20, 1961 and they had two children.

Bettie loved the Vega community, her Church family and especially her co-workers at the bank. After becoming a widow, she enjoyed traveling and a very special fellowship with the “Golden Girls”.

The family appreciates the dedicated staff at the Craig Senior Living community, Bivins Nursing Home and Bivins Pointe for their care of her during the last ten years. Appreciation is also extended to Hospice of the Southwest.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Moore and husband Kyle of Amarillo; a grandson, Bennie Moore and Fiancé Kori Hays, of Tempe Arizona; a sister, Janis Rutherford and husband Paul of Claude; a nephew Brent Rutherford and wife Lea of Arlington; a niece Susan Bush of Canyon, a great-niece and four great nephews. Bettie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald G. Hudson, and son Milton Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S. Western Street, Amarillo, Texas 79118.



Willie Artho – July 22, 2017

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Willie Artho, 79, of Stratford, died Saturday, July 22, 2017. 

Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef officiating.  Burial will be at the Stratford Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Stratford.

Willie was born on January 27, 1938 in Umbarger to Paul and Mary Artho. He had farmed in Dallam County for many years. He served as a county commissioner in Dallam County and as a deacon for over thirty years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  His favorite saying was “I drink beer, smoke cigars, and chase wild women” however his true call in life was to be a saver of souls.

He married Jeanette Husmann on January 18, 1961 in Hereford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Elroy Artho, Harvey Artho, Leo Artho, and Kenneth Artho; and two sisters, Edna Weick and Gracie Raef.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Artho of Stratford; four sons, Douglas Artho and wife Shauna of Guymon, Paul Artho and wife Sammie of Canyon, Eric Artho and wife Denise of Plano, Rex Artho and wife Paige of Canyon; three daughters, Debbie Frerich and husband Howard of Vernon, Lynette Kautz and husband Jeff of Stratford, Jennifer Artho of Stratford; two brothers, Joe Artho of Hereford, Andy Artho of Vega; three sisters, Irene Reinart of Hereford, Viola Birkenfeld of Amarillo, Elsie Fangman of Vega; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, P.O. Box 28, Stratford, Texas 79084.

Winona Robinson – July 20, 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Winona Robinson, 88, of Vega, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Amarillo.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Vega.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX.

Winona was born August 7, 1928 in Mountain Park, OK to Howard and Pauline Blasingame. She married Kenneth “KY” Robinson on April 14, 1950 in Clovis, NM. Her beautiful heart, gentle nature, free spirit, creative talents and cute little laugh will be missed by many.  She was known for her delicious pies, seamstress abilities, beautiful paintings, and lovely quilts. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vega.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Dickie.

She is survived by her daughters; Patty Robinson and Lynda Simmons and her husband Chris; a daughter in law, Linda Robinson; a sister, Bonnie Newkirk; two brothers, Jerry Blasingame and Cecil Blasingame; 5 grandchildren, Lindsay Faircloth and her husband Darrell, Tyler Simmons, Christy Simmons, Shawnell Ayers, and Russell Robinson; and 4 great-grandchildren, Alisha Ayers, Alex Ayers, Wilson Faircloth and Tavie Faircloth.

The family suggest memorial to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.





Alice L. Walker – June 2, 2017

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Alice L. Walker, 85, of Vega, died Friday, June 2, 2017.  Memorial Mass will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Vega.    Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Alice was born on June 10, 1931 in Corrizo Springs, Texas to Ruben and Ceola Stephens.  She had worked several years as a truck driver for Dwight Cheek Trucking.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Carter of Vega; three sons, James C. Logan Jr. of Lizella, Georgia, Stephen Patrick Logan of Fort Valley, Georgia, Michael Palmer Bone of El Mirage, Az; a step-daughter, Amber Virtanen; a sister, Betty Jean Holmes of Mason, Texas; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

David Glenn “Rusty” Wiseman – April 24, 2017

Friday, April 28th, 2017

David Glenn “Rusty” Wiseman, 69, of Vega died Monday, April 24, 2017.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2017, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Rusty was born April 22, 1948, in Amarillo to Son and Jo Wiseman.  He graduated from Vega High School and West Texas State University.

Rusty was employed as a guard for the State of Texas.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Carol Lampe.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Wiseman and Kyle Wiseman and wife Nicole, all of Amarillo; one sister, Cathy Wilcox of Canyon; an aunt, Vicky Goucher of Elk City, Okla.; a brother, Mike Wiseman, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a grandson, Conner.

A reception will follow the graveside service at The Circle, the old John Deere in Vega.

Marvin Axe – April 24, 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Marvin Axe, 83, of Vega died Monday, April 24, 2017.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Vega United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Marvin was born Feb. 5, 1934 in Dimmitt to H.L. Axe and Dovie Maurine Sullinger Axe.  He went to school in Jumbo and Dimmitt where he was active in sports and FFA.  In 1952 they won the State Basketball Championship in Class 1A and 2A with Coach John Blaine.

Marvin married the love of his life, Janie Jennings on April 27, 1954, in Canyon.  He is being laid to rest on their 63rd anniversary.

Marvin served in the Army from 1954-1956.  He was a long time farmer and rancher in Castro and Oldham counties.  Marvin was also employed with Citation Oil and Gas.

Marvin was instrumental in establishing the Oldham County Farm and Ranch Museum.

He served in numerous positions in many organizations including ASCS, Oldham County Country Club, Vega ISD School Board, as an Oldham County Commissioner, Commander of American Legion Post 168, and Vega Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Axe; and a grandson, Randall Artho.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Axe, of the home; daughters, Donna and Verlon Duggan of Lone Grove, Okla., Karen and Harold Artho, of Umbarger, Sherri and Bruce Hartman of Canyon and Terri and Bret Richardson of Bushland; a sister, Zelda and husband Gayland Anderson of Lubbock; a brother, Dr. Jim and Suzanne Axe of Lubbock; a sister-in-law, June Cleavinger; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Duggan, James Duggan and wife Ashton, D’Ann Artho Johnson and husband Matt, Dustin Artho and wife Chelcie, Katy Richardson Roach and husband Randall, Rusty Hartman, and April Artho; and 8 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Vega Volunteer EMS, Box 530, Vega, TX 79092; BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106; or a charity of your choice.

Family will receive friends from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the funeral home in Amarillo.

Anna Maria Jentzen Evans – March 25, 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Evans Obit Pic (145x200)Anna Maria Jentzen Evans, 53, of Vega, died Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Rosary will be at 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2017, in Immaculate Concepcion Catholic Church in Vega.  Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega with Fr. Mitch officiating.  Reception following the service at Legion Hall in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Anna Maria Jentzen Evans was born on September 10, 1963 and adopted immediately by Lawrence and Mary Jentzen.  She always felt chosen by her parents, and lucky to grow up on the family farm outside Vega in Oldham County, always taking a moment to tell her friends how her dad dug the basement of their home by hand with a bucket. She enjoyed a real childhood with dogs, friends, dirt bikes, and love. In elementary school, Anna showed great entrepreneurial promise selling chunks of salt lick to the town kids. She made lifelong friends by fighting bullying and abuse, whether she was defending other kids or animals who needed her.

The Jentzens traveled the world, going to Germany, Israel, Italy, Canada, and most of the United States. She lived in Amarillo, Florida, and Oklahoma before returning to Vega. After her beloved daughter, Regina was born, Anna returned to school to realize her dream of becoming a nurse, and graduated in 2004. She cared for many people in the Critical Care unit at NWTH for 10 years, changing hundreds of lives with her love and skill. She often had to have difficult conversations with families, and with tireless compassion put the patient’s best interest first and foremost. She never stopped learning, and took every opportunity to earn more certifications, specializing in nephrology and dialysis.

Anna loved road trips, local history, true crime, camping, float trips, celebrating holidays, and her many rescued pets. She enjoyed studying people and their quirks, washing her own damn dishes, and saving money.  Anna gave Regina every opportunity to explore her interests, and Regina appreciates her Momma for letting her be herself, and supporting her decision to be a firefighter. Anna’s strong resolve got her through months of chemo and radiation, and she exceeded all medical predictions.

The family wishes to thank Dan and Elena Loomis and Alex Whiteside for their love and care during her illness, and the nurses who gave their love and time to Anna Marie. Thank you to BSA Hospice.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents, a loss she felt keenly every day.

She is survived by her loving and much loved daughter, Regina, uncle and aunt, Gene and Elsie Fangman, niece Shannon Collins and her children, extended family including Bill and Darlene Martin, and many cousins and beloved friends. She will be missed by her dogs Dottie, Poppy, and Luna.

David “Troy” Skarke – February 17, 2017

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

David “Troy” Skarke, 51, of Claude, died Friday February 17, 2017. Skarke Obit Photo

Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef celebrating.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Troy was born on February 3, 1966 in Canyon, Texas.   Troy graduated from Canyon High School in 1984. On May 31st, 1986, Troy married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Brorman of Vega. The two moved to Claude, where they farmed and ranched. He had a deep passion for his crops and with each new season, he strived to make a better crop with each new year. His occupation of farming became his love and hobby. He served on many agricultural boards including, U.S. Grains Council, Texas Sorghum Producers, Robinson Grain board of directors, and Milo Insulation. He was also active in his local community where he served as the president of the Claude ISD board of trustees for many years as well as serving on the Claude Clinic Medical board. Troy loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church. But most of all, Tory was a devoted husband, father, son, poppy, and friend to so many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Skarke and daughter Sidney Skarke.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce;  two daughters, Kendra and T.Jay Sherrill of Claude, and Tori and Carson Williams of Goldthwaite and one son, Seth Skarke of Canyon; three grandchildren, Harrison, Barrett and Finnley; his mother Shirley and Don Richardson of Amarillo; 3 sisters, Jackie and Charles Curl of Amarillo, Roxanne and Roger Schenk of Umbarger and Nicole and Danny Hicks of Umbarger; Two brothers, Shane Skarke of Bridgeport and Chris and Lana Skarke of Umbarger; parents in law, Tony and Dorothy Brorman of Vega; in laws, Steve and Regina Brorman of Dalhart, Diane and Bernie Wieck of Amarillo, Deborah and Eric Walterscheid of Amarillo, Jeff and Christy Brorman of Big Springs, David and Vicki Brorman of Vega, Roger and Mandi Brorman of Vega, Sandra and David Britten of Amarillo, and Keith and Toni Brorman of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, 5005 Kinkle Road, Amarillo, TX 79108.



Thomas Oscar Tucker – February 9, 2017

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Thomas Oscar Tucker, 78, of Vega, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in First Baptist Church in Vega with Doc Poling officiating.  Burial will be in MemorialTucker Obit Pic Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Tommy was born April 9, 1938, in Red River County to William and Verna Faye Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Joe E. Tucker; and a sister-in-law, Paulette Tucker.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Beard, of Vega; a son, Tommy Curtis Tucker, of El Paso; five grandchildren, Rebecca Bean and husband Trey, of Godley, and William Tucker, Christopher Tucker, Carley Tucker and Courtney Tucker, all of Amarillo; the mother of his children, Arlene Cupell Neubauer; six great-grandchildren, Jentry of Godley and Brooklyn, William, Kyleigh and Aubrey, all of Amarillo, and Kayana, of Killeen; two sisters, Martha Hammonds and husband David, of El Salvador, Brenda Goheen and husband Gary of Hereford; two brothers, Harold Tucker and wife Linda of Hereford and Jerry Lee Tucker and wife Janet of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to Vega EMS, Box 530, Vega, Texas 79092.

Viewing will be from noon-8:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the funeral home, and from 9:00 a.m, Monday until service time at the Church in Vega.

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Norma Faye Eisenman – January 12, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Eisenman Obit PicNorma Faye Eisenman, 69, of Vega, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in First Baptist Church in Vega with Matt Crawford and James Peach officiating.  Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Norma was born July 26, 1947, in Kermit to Ernest and Hazel Hubbard.  She graduated from Perryton High School.  Norma worked as a secretary for Dobe Fuel, Ben Moore in Wildorado, Oldham County Implement and Lloyd Glass.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Norma married Larry Eisenman on July 23, 1966, in Perryton.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ernest D. Eisenman; and a brother, Ernest Jewell Hubbard, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Eisenman of Vega; a daughter, Vietta Newton and husband Jay, of Vega; a son, Larry Wayne Eisenman, Jr.  and wife Brook of Amarillo; two sisters, Barbara Dockter of Pearl, Mississippi and Janet Powell of Borger; six grandchildren, Ernest Newton, Heather Smith and husband Tucson, Larry Eisenman, III and wife Maddy and Kolby Eisenman; a great-grandchild, Maizey.

The family suggests memorials be made to Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, 1500 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106; or to First Baptist Church of Vega, Box 414, Vega, TX 79092.

Viewing will be from Noon-8 pm, Sunday, at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo; and from 11 am – 6 pm, Monday at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.