Catherine Owen Monning Winsett – February 7, 2018

Catherine Winsett died Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Graveside services will be at 2 pm Saturday, February 17 at Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Tom Johnson and Norman Stuppi officiating. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas 79109.

Catherine was born, in Amarillo, on January 13, 1923 to Catherine Clifton Owen Monning and William Frederick Monning; the second of three daughters. A few days before her 9th birthday her father suddenly died, and her mother’s parents, Lulu Gill Owen and David William Owen moved into 1610 Tyler to help raise the three girls.

“Born and bred in Amarillo” in the truest and proudest sense, she talked fondly of growing up “walking everywhere”: to Tyler St Grammar School, Elizabeth Nixon Jr High and then to Amarillo High. She graduated in 1940 where she was selected the “Best All Around Girl”.

She attended Amarillo College and The University of Texas where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

In 1946, she married Ewing Merrill Winsett and they lived briefly in Galveston before returning to Amarillo and giving birth to her son Owen.

She was active in many organizations, while maintaining a beautiful and delightful home where she welcomed so many as the “hostess with the mostest”.

She was active in her church, St Mark’s Anglican Church and before that, St Andrew’s Episcopal church.

Always a music lover and as she said “all of the arts”, she was Co-founder of the Amarillo Opera and served on its board as well as those of The Amarillo Art Center (now the Amarillo Museum of Art), The Lone Star Ballet, The Amarillo Symphony (and Chaired a Symphony Ball), The Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras, West Texas Friends of Fine Arts and Harrington House Board of Managers.

She has been active in numerous civic affairs having been Chairman of Amarillo Centennial Parkway, Residential Area Chairman Festival of Lights, Love and Laughter and the Junior League. She also served on the YWCO Board, The Chamber of Commerce Arts Committee,

The Children’s Theater, The Tuberculosis Society, and The Potter-Randall County Medical Auxiliary.

She was honored to be in The Sandie Hall of Fame and a distinguished Alumni of Amarillo College. She was awarded The Golden Nail Summit Award in 1985, The Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year in 1988, The Women’s Forum Distinguished Service Award (Governor of Texas Commission of Women) for Volunteerism in 1990, and chaired the Fiftieth Reunion of AHS Class of 1940.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ewing Merrill Winsett and her sister Elizabeth Jane Monning Loving. She is survived by her sister Mary Martha Monning Oles, her son Owen Ewing Winsett and his wife Mary Zelsman Winsett. Affectionately called “Honey”, she is survived by her grandchildren; Robert Ewing Winsett and his wife Nikki Grice Winsett, Anne Merrill Winsett, William Owen Winsett and his fiancé Kenyon Demler and Frank Thompson Winsett and his wife Kate Singleton Winsett. She is also survived by many devoted nieces and nephews and their families, each one with a special place in her heart: The Loving’s, Oles’, Vallee’s, McCulloch’s, and Schmidt’s.

The family suggests memorials to The Amarillo Opera, 2223 S Van Buren St, Amarillo, Texas, 79109.

D. Keith Workman – February 15, 2018

D. Keith Workman, 63, of Amarillo died Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018,  in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Jim Smith officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

Keith was born in Desha County, Arkansas to Bobbye Sue Haynie and Bobby Dean Workman.  Keith spent the first years of his life in Arkansas and moved to Lubbock and then Olton.  Keith wore #44 for the Olton Mustangs and made quite a name for himself on the field. He played football for Panhandle State University and finished his college career at WTSU.    He sang, acted, was a radio personality, salesman and excelled in all that he attempted.  He decided to show his wife the world one town at a time from Amarillo to Abilene to Joplin, MO to Lake Charles LA – he left his mark.  He never met a stranger and was friends with nearly everyone he met.  He coached baseball and served as a choir sponsor for the Love Singers at St. Stephen UMC.  He is a member of Phi Delta Theta and St. Stephen UMC.

He married the love of his life, Jelaine Beall on January 14, 1977, and together they raised two wonderful children, Stephanie Workman Harris (Justin) and Mitchell Clay Workman (Ember). His GRANDchildren, Chloe’, Aiden, Hannah Harris and Jaxon, Parker, and Whitley Workman will miss their Papa.

In recent years, Keith has had multiple health problems, but faced them head-on with courage and faith unparalleled.  He was a shining example of courage, inspiration and witness for Christ.   He loved his precious wife who was his rock and anchor.

Besides his wife, children and grandchildren, Keith is survived by his brother, Kevin Workman and wife Kristi and children Bobby Wayne and Kaci with their families, his mother-in-law, who he cherished, Jo Ann Beall of Mesa, AZ, his brother-in-law, Rex Beall and his family; his precious aunts, Billye Estes, Patti Harris and Trish Scott, multiple cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, Maryland 20852 or the Amarillo Botanical Gardens at 1400 Streit Dr, Amarillo, TX  79106.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the funeral home.

Richard Persall – February 10, 2018

Richard Persall, 85, met his lifelong Savior on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity Baptist Church Amarillo with Pastor Nate Magloughlin officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Richard Wayne Persall was born May 5, 1932, in Sand Springs, OK to Chester and Dena Persall. After graduation from Amarillo High School in 1950, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While serving as petty officer first class in the Korean War, he met his future wife through letters. He and Wanda Wharton were married on Sept. 12, 1953, while he was on leave.

Richard worked as purchasing agent for State Chemical in Amarillo after returning home from the war. Later, he co-owned Jackson Supply Company with E.C. Jackson until retirement.

An active member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 55 years, Richard was a respected Bible teacher for various classes for over five decades. After 60 years of marriage, his wife Wanda passed in October of 2013.

On September 21, 2014, Richard married Jane Johnson, a fellow member of Trinity, widow of Walt Johnson.

Survivors include his wife Jane Johnson Persall; a daughter, Karen Crager and husband Bruce of Houston; three sons, Mark and wife Kandy of Lubbock, Tim and wife Janelle of Austin and Greg of Katy; step-daughter Melody Witherspoon and husband Jeff of Amarillo; eight grandchildren; one step grandchild, 12 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials be to Trinity Baptist Church Amarillo mission fund, 1601 W. Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79109.

Laura Glidewell – February 9, 2018

Laura Glidewell, of Amarillo, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018

Memorial services will be at 2:00 Pm, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd, with Craig Albracht officiating.

Born November 10, 1975, she attended school at Sanford-Fritch IDS. Later, she attended Frank Phillips and Amarillo College.

Laura loved her family and friends strongly and always content with the simple things in life.

She is survived by her parents, Jack and Betty Glidewell; daughter Jordan Glidewell; sister Christie Glidewell Knutson and husband Brad; niece Kirstlyn Griego; fiancé Jason Tuttle and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Larry Berry – February 10, 2018

Larry Berry, 83, of Vega, died February 10, 2018.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega, with Father Mitch Przepiora officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Larry was born, July 17, 1934, in Clovis, NM, to E.C. and Geneva Berry. After serving in the US Army in Germany, he returned and farmed until his retirement in 1996.  He was on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board; he was also an Oldham County ASC Committeeman.

He was preceded in death by wife Mayme Berry in 2011 and grandson Patrick Ryan Berry in 1988.

Survivors include son Gerald Berry and wife Karen of Panhandle; brother Julian Berry and wife Frances of Canyon; grandchildren Andrea Jalomo and husband David, Ryan Berry and wife Lauren, Mary Kate Berry and Zach Berry.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega, Box 496, Vega, Texas 79092.

The family will receive friends from 5-6:30, Monday, February 12, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

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William “Bill” Tandy Smoot III – February 7, 2018

William “Bill” Smoot, III, 66, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 12, 2018 in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bill was born on June 24, 1951 in Amarillo to Virginia and William Smoot, Jr.   He had worked in marketing.

He is survived by his wife, Thu thi Ngoc To; his father, William Tandy Smoot, Jr.; two daughters, Chau Ngoc Tran Dao and Chau Ngoc Bang Dao; two sons, William Tandy Smoot IV and wife Mandy and Sean Smoot; two brothers, Richard Smoot and wife Marlene and John Smoot and wife Teresa; a sister, Brenda Daniel and husband Gary; his grandchildren, Calvin and wife Brooklyn; Madeline, Jackson, Cadence and Tandy; a great-granddaughter, Emmalynn; and many nieces and nephews.

RoJeanne Thomas – January 27, 2018

RoJeanne Thomas passed away peacefully on January 27, 2018, at Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, TX, after spending her last two weeks surrounded by family and loving friends. She was 88 years old.

RoJeanne was born at her grandmother’s house in Hollene, NM, on October 10, 1929 and raised by parents Aurvil Helen Rose Price and Lloyd C. Price. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1947 and attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

RoJeanne began her career as a bookkeeper, working for her father at Collins Dairy in Clovis, NM, for eight years. She was married to Norman Thomas, from Tucumcari, NM, for 25+ years and had two daughters, Leesa (Thomas) Ferrero and Melanie (Thomas) McMullen.

The couple started their family in Clovis, where Leesa was born. Soon thereafter, RoJeanne’s life journey led her to Muleshoe, TX, where Melanie was born. The family lived there for almost eight years before moving to Levelland, TX, where she continued as a devoted mom and homemaker. She loved spending time with her daughters and friends, and she hosted regular Bridge Club gatherings at their home. She took flying lessons and passed her aviation test with flying colors, earning her solo Piper Pilot license. She flew the family’s single-engine airplane on many vacation trips to New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona.

In 1965, RoJeanne moved to Amarillo, TX. She continued her career in finance, working in the accounting department of Center Plains Industries for 13 years. She also held a part-time accounting job at the popular Country Squire Dinner Theater for several years. After that, she worked in the administrative office of Bivins Memorial Nursing Home for 10 years until her retirement.

RoJeanne loved to do many activities, including playing all kinds of board and card games, cooking new recipes, and reading. She was very inquisitive and curious and interested in books and magazines about everything from history, finance, news and current events, politics, and biographies. She enjoyed watching the Olympics and professional sports (especially the Dallas Cowboys), along with college football and championship golf.

She was also a beloved “swim mom” and helped support the swim team at the Amarillo Aquatic Club (AAC). She worked in the results office of the AAC at every weekend swim meet, where she enjoyed cheering for the young athletes and spending time at the pool.

RoJeanne loved living in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle area and was an energetic member of First Christian Church. She was active in the church, serving as a welcoming, always-smiling greeter for many years and treasurer of her Sunday school class. Every year, she attended the multi-denominational Amarillo women’s Bible study. Most recently, RoJeanne enjoyed retirement life and had made dozens of friends at her longtime home at Summit Place apartments.

RoJeanne was greatly loved and will be missed by all those who knew her. She always started each day with joy and determination, and she remained strong and independent to the very end of her long and happy life.

She was preceded in death by her younger sister, Lela Kay Wilson, of Santa Fe, NM. RoJeanne is survived by her two daughters, Leesa Ferrero of Round Rock, TX, and Melanie McMullen of Alameda, CA; her nephews Brent Wilson of Albuquerque, NM, Kevin Wilson of Clovis, NM, and Grant Wilson of Lubbock, TX. RoJeanne has six grandchildren: Dr. Sarah Ferrero (McDonough) of Temple, TX; Anna Ferrero (Vazquez) of McKinney, TX; Katy Ferrero of Austin, TX; Army Lt. Sam Ferrero currently stationed in S. Korea; Alex McMullen of San Francisco, CA; and Erin McMullen of Washington, D.C.

A family memorial commemorating her life journey will be held on her birthday in October 2018 during the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions or donations in her name to Meals on Wheels Amarillo.

Emily Jane Short Kiker – February 8, 2018

Emily Jane Short Kiker, 65, of Amarillo died Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Jill Walters, of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Emily was born November 10, 1952, in Texarkana, Arkansas to Ogden and Dorothy Short.

She was preceded in death by father, Ogden Short; her husband, Donnie Nichols; and a brother, David Kiker.

Survivors include mother Dorothy Kiker; daughter, Jeri Berryman and husband Gifford, of Amarillo; a son, Robert Lightfoot, of Amarillo; a sister, Kelly Bietler and husband Keith, of Houston; and a granddaughter, Shalayne Lightfoot and fiancé Austin Burns.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Susan G. Komen; or American Lung Association.

Colonel Helen May Norris, USAF Retired – February 8, 2018

“Life is a funny journey…”

Colonel Helen May Norris, USAF retired, entered into this world on September 18, 1933, in Borger, Texas. She passed into heavens honored ranks at the age of 84 on February 8, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas. She will be laid to rest in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas on February 10, 2018.

Helen spent her years as a youth growing up in the Panhandle of Texas living in Spring Creek, Borger and Skellytown. While attending Borger High School, she sang in the choir and played basketball.  She was known for her angelic voice and playing a steel guitar.  Helen loved to go camping and fishing with her parents, Melvin and Eva Norris.  After graduating from Borger High, she enrolled into Southern Methodist University to study nursing.

On July 21, 1960 she began her career in the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant.  Helen knew her calling was to become a flight nurse and to serve her country caring for the wounded soldiers in Vietnam.  She completed her flight nurse training in February, 1966.  Upon completing her training, she was assigned to the 902d Air Evacuation Squadron stationed out of Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.  During her service in the Vietnam War she rose to the rank of Capitan and was a proud member of the “Flying Nightingales of Vietnam.”

It was recorded that during her 18 months of service of air evacuating thousands of wounded soldiers from air bases in South Vietnam, she only lost one soldier in flight. She always felt that even though they flew 14 to 16 hours a day hustling the wounded out of harm’s way, she knew what she was doing was important.  She stated “You felt like you were doing an important job, and that the job takes all you got, but it felt so good to see them smile…when they smile you got the feeling that you were useful.”  She admired the wounded stating, “…I never once saw one bitter about the job they were doing in Vietnam.”

When asked about the dangers and hazards she faced, she would simply say, “We were shot at a time or two, but you didn’t notice it much when you flew during the day. At night you could see the shells flashing, and got a bit spooky. But you were so very busy.” When asked what her toughest mission was she said, “Once, during the heaviest fighting, we landed at Dong Ha. I had 45 litters to take, and as we took off, small arms fire broke out on the runway.  That was close. We had to move 75 men out of battle, and it was like running an intensive care ward…but we did not lose a single soldier.”

Helen recalled a poignant moment when a pair of soldiers she had evacuated to the Philippines said “Hey Jim, look, I told you we’d make it alive.” His buddy replied, “Well, I’ll be darned.”

Recalling her time in Vietnam she said, “One of the biggest thrills the boys got when they reached Clark, was hearing the Air Force band. The music made them stand taller as they walked off the plane…”

She did have many fond memories during her tour including meeting Bob Hope and numerous dignitaries. One memory she recalled was watching General William Westmoreland greeting soldiers on a Vietnamese airstrip thanking them for their service, gallantry and wishing them Godspeed.  Looking back, after completing her tour in Vietnam, she said “I felt a little lost, like I was leaving something undone.”

During her service in Vietnam, she received the Air Medal 1st thru 3, Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force, Outstanding Unit Award w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star.

After leaving active duty on July 21, 1970, she settled in Bushland, Texas with her best friend Lt. Colonel Donna Forstrom, who was also a retired Air Force nurse, and went to work as an Ob/Gyn nurse in Amarillo, bringing beautiful babies into this world. She remained in the USAF Reserves and retired from the Air Force after 33 years of service on September 18, 1993, achieving the rank of Colonel.

Upon retiring from the Air Force and as an Ob/Gyn nurse, she enjoyed spending her days relaxing with Donna, spoiling their dogs, nieces and nephews.  She may never have had natural children of her own, but in her heart she “adopted” a young man named Chris Monroe and proudly called him “grandson.”

During her final hours on this earth, she told her niece, “Life is a funny thing and such a journey…you take so many journeys and roads in this life.”

Her memory will forever live in the hearts of the men she cared for, the babies she helped bring into this world and the lives she touched as she walked down this road we call “life”.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Eva Norris and her brother Master Sargent, Melvin Norris, USAF.

She leaves behind her best friend Donna Forstrom, Bushland, TX; sister, Alice and Jackie Dickens, Hobbs, NM; sister in law, Janie Norris, Tucson, AZ; adopted grandson Chris Monroe, Amarillo, TX; nieces, Tammy and Jayson Ussery, Hobbs, NM and Shelly and Tony Tucker, Carlsbad, NM, Nickie and John Durik, Linda and Joe Hill of Tucson, AZ; great nieces, Shyanne Ussery, Portales, NM, Angelique Hill of McKinney, TX,  Brandee Crawford and Heather Norris all of Tucson, AZ; great nephews Brady and Garret Tucker, Carlsbad, NM and Cordale Ussery, Hobbs, NM; great-great niece Evelyn Inez and great-great-great niece Ivy Inez of Tucson, AZ; and all the service men who made it home cause of her care and compassion.

Ann Daniell Lott – February 4, 2018

Ann Daniell Lott, 91, of Amarillo died Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Glen Walton officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ann was born January 31, 1927, in Giles, Texas to Wallace and Elva Raney. She owned and operated a lawn and garden shop.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Dennis Daniell and Milford Lott; and a son, Gregg Daniell.

Survivors include four sons, Wally Reiser and wife Linda, Mark Robertson and wife Laurie, and Jack Daniell and wife Sherry, all of Amarillo and Glenn Robertson, of Canton; a daughter, Denise Johnson and husband Perry, of Amarillo; a stepdaughter, Cinda Calloway and husband Lelan of Amarillo; a sister, Ruth McAdoo, of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and her puppy dog, Idgie.

The family suggests memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Association; or to Methodist Children’s Home1111 Herring Ave.Waco, TX 76708.