Obituary for Aidan Zachariah Mulhall

Aidan Zachariah Mulhall

A celebration of Aidan Zachariah Mulhall’s life will be at 2:00pm Tuesday, May 29th at Hillside Christian Church West Campus Chapel, 6100 South Soncy. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Aidan was born on April 30th, 2005 in Swindon, England. Although born in the UK, Aidan loved all things Texas. American football, basketball, skating, archery, drawing, playing his cello, pizza (especially pizza), and pestering his brother and sister were his passions.

He was a good friend, compassionate, gentle, loving, kind, and full of life. At times he was too big for his britches, but I know Jesus can handle my little flame. He gave his heart to Jesus two years ago April. Now he’s in heaven playing football with Jesus and catching every pass.

My baby left this earth to be in the arms of his Daddy Saturday, May 19, 2018.

He is survived by his mommy, Tiffany Mulhall; sister Kate and brother Turner Mulhall all of Amarillo, Texas. Also, his Mimi and Poppi, Jane and Jerry Bryant of Amarillo, Texas. Additionally, his father Eamon Mulhall of Swindon, England. As well as his grandparents Bridget and Eamon Mulhall of Limerick, Ireland. Still numerous relatives in both Texas as well as Ireland.

Because Aidan loved sports and going to camp, please donate to UPWARDS sports and Hillside Christian Church for children who can’t afford camp- in lieu of flowers.

Obituary for Murray Nelson

Murray Nelson, Amarillo

Murray Nelson, 67, passed away in the afternoon on May 21st, 2018 in his home.

A celebration of his life will be at 6:30pm Tuesday, May 29th at The Red Barn, 400 SE 58th Ave. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Murray was raised by his loving adoptive parents until he decided it was time to move and spread his wings.

He moved to Texas where he spent most of his life and began his family. It was in Amarillo that he started his career as a welder and truck driver and ended his career with Turbo Exchange Transmissions.

He would go on to eventually semi-retire, continuing his welding that he loved and working on cars while raising his daughter. He was a tinker who loved building with old wooden pickets and letting his imagination free.

He went by many names, Murr, Dad, Papa Spud, and no matter the name, he will always be remembered and loved.

He is survived by two daughters, Maria (18) and Jessica (47) and three sons, Murray Jr. (50), William (Billy) (49), and Charles Howard (49). He has seven grandchildren, Anthony, Murray Jr., Kayla, Allyson, Charles Jr., Arianna, Zachariah.

Obituary for Anita Ruiz

Amarillo Obituary for Anita Ruiz

Anita Ruiz, 77 of Amarillo, Texas passed away on Friday, May 11th 2018.

A celebration of her life will be at 2:00pm Thursday, May 17 at Hillside Christian Church West Campus Chapel, 6100 South Soncy with Spike Maldonado, and Manny De Los Santos officiating. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery East under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00pm Wednesday, May 16th at Destiny’s Garden, 1134 E Loop 335 South.

Anita was born on July 22nd 1940 in Amarillo, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Leonardo and Vivian Alvarez.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Raymond Ruiz; two sons, Larry Bitela and his wife Beatrice, and Leonardo Bitela all of Amarillo Texas; 3 daughters, Gloria Bitela-Chavez of Dumas Texas, Elizabeth M. Yemelong, and Christina Ruiz both of Amarillo; four brothers, Tino Alvarez and his wife Wanda of Indiana, Frank Alvarez and his wife Debbie, Danny Alvarez and his wife Dina, and Ricky Alvarez all of Amarillo, Texas; three sisters, Geneva Gonzalez and her husband Antonio of Dallas Texas, Mary Castellanos and her husband Jessie, and Gloria Rosas and her husband Billy all of Amarillo, Texas. Anita was also blessed with 16 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents Leonardo and Vivian Alvarez, her son Victor Alvarez, her sister Josephine Alvarez and her three brothers Leonardo Alvarez, Isidro Alvarez, and Alvino Alvarez.

Anita loved to go to church, she also loved traveling and garage selling. She loved her family and loved spending time with them often. Her presence will be greatly missed and she will never be forgotten.

Obituary for Debby Hernandez

Debby Hernandez

Debby Hernandez passed away Wednesday May 9th, 2018. A private service will be held in her honor under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Debby was born July 3, 1958 in Amarillo, TX. She attended Caprock High School and married Manuel Hernandez in 1992 in Grand Prairie, TX.

Debby was a very free-spirited woman. She was a great mother of three and grandmother to her six grandchildren. Debby had a great passion for animals. She found enjoyment through her past employment as a dog groomer which led to her opening her own grooming salon. Debby was also a skilled seamstress and enjoyed sewing. She especially enjoyed being in the outdoors and on the lake. She will be greatly missed by so many people.

Debby is preceded in death by her mother, Eveyonne Rodgers, and her father, Bob Rodgers.

She is survived by her husband, Manuel Hernandez; her daughter, De’Amber Neal; two sons, Drew Neal and Denton Neal and her brother, Charlie Rodgers.

Obituary for Brandie Lee Tow (nèe Ardry)

Brandie Lee Tow

June 25, 1985- May 8, 2018.

In the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and surrounded by the care and loving embrace of family, Brandie Lee Tow, age 32, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 after a valiant and lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.

Always a vivacious and independent spirit, Brandie vigorously pursued life with a zest punctuated by a radiantly warm smile and a mischievous sparkle in her eye. A perpetual pet owner throughout her life, Brandie loved and cared for God’s creatures, seldom lavishing her affections on just one pet.

Brandie’s primary passion (after her devoted husband Caleb and loving son Tanner) was music. From the age of nine, Brandie immersed herself in music- learning to play the trumpet, French horn, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and cello as well as conduct. Her efforts resulted in being awarded the John Philip Sousa Band Award, and a music scholarship to West Texas A&M University upon graduation from Palo Duro High School in 2003. No matter what form it took: musical performance or study, singing karaoke, listening to all sorts of media, or engaging in simple conversation about it; music was central to Brandie’s being- her soul thrived on it.

Ever the musician, she continued to find joy, sublimity, and solace in everything pertaining to music, long after multiple sclerosis had robbed her of the ability to play or sing.

Brandie was preceded in death by her grandmother Margaret Quintana, grandfather Ray Ardry, and uncles Joe Quintana, Jesse Quintana, and Mike Dockery.

Left to honor Brandie and remember her beauty, strength, and love are her beloved husband of 11 years Caleb Mark Tow, her 7-year-old son Tanner Nicholas Tow, mother Roberta Jean O’Leary and step-father Michael O’Leary, sister Margaret Kay Ardry, brothers Samuel Ray Ardry and Daniel Ray Ardry, Jr., grandmother Ellen Kay Ardry, father Daniel Ray Ardry, Sr., and scores of family and loved ones.

The family will greet friends on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Lighthouse Funeral Home from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for viewing located at 4207 SW 21st. The funeral service will be held at the Hillside Christian Church, West Campus Chapel, 6100 S. Soncy Rd on Saturday, May 12 at 10:00am, followed by a graveside service at Dreamland Cemetery south of Canyon, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nmss.org) in memory of Brandie Lee Tow.

Obituary for Macie Clarrena Spear

Macie Clarrena Spear

Macie Clarrena Spear, 81, of Amarillo died May 6, 2018. Memorial Services will be held May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2101 N Coulter Street in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Lighthouse Funeral Home, 4207 S. 21st Avenue.

Clarrena was born November 25, 1936 to Norman Leslie and Cora Lee Dyer in Bokchito, Oklahoma. She attended high school in Phillips, Texas graduating in 1955 where she earned the nickname “Smiley” for her cheerful countenance and kind disposition. She then attended Frank Phillips College and West Texas State University graduating in three years with a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree.

She accepted a job in Fritch, Texas to teach second grade. This is where she met her future husband, Aubrey Alvin Spear, Jr., who was a coach and teacher at the same school. They began dating and were married on June 7, 1959 in Borger, Texas. That is when they began their journey through life together. It was quite a journey. They truly lived an American Dream. In May 1962, she and her husband walked on to the stage to receive a Master of Education degree. Soon after her graduation, on June 28th, she had a son. They raised three children and she taught for thirty years in several different schools before retiring from River Road I.S.D. in 1992.

Clarrena was a woman of faith. She was very active in her church until her failing health prevented her from attending. She loved the Lord and her Church with all her heart. Her family was her life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Norma Lee Leake. She is survived by two daughters and a son. Leslie Schmidt and her husband, Steve, of Amarillo, Texas. Debra Cumbest and her husband, Jim, of Flower Mound, Texas. Aubrey Alvin Spear, III and his wife, Donna, of Lubbock, Texas. She is also survived by her husband of almost 59 years. She is survived by two sisters: Lavon Littel of Amarillo, Texas and Joy Cummings of Raton, New Mexico. She is survived by 10 grandchildren: David West, Jr. and his wife, Emily, of Dalhart, Texas; Kandas Graham and her husband, Dustin, of Amarillo, Texas; Joshua West of Wimberley, Texas; Aubrey Spear, IV (Brey) and his wife, Corrinas, of Conroe, Texas; Seth Spear and his wife, Tanlee, of Snyder, Texas; Heath Spear of San Antonio, Texas; Jimmy Cumbest, Lacie Cumbest, Dacie Cumbest, and Andy Cumbest of Flower Mound, Texas. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to either Cal Farley’s or to your favorite charity.

Obituary for Esperanza Ramirez Ibarra

Esperanza Ramirez Ibarra died Monday, April 23rd 2018. She was 81 years old.

She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on February 20th of 1937.

Esperanza is survived by three daughters Frances Lomana, Guillermina Ibarra, and Hope Ibarra; 11 grandchildren and their families; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A private burial took place at Llano Cemetery on Thursday, April 26th with Father Francisco Perez as the Celebrant.

Obituary for Emma Mae Franklin

Emma Mae Franklin, Amarillo TX

Emma Mae Franklin, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Amarillo.

A celebration of her life will be at 11:00am Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at New Birth Bible Fellowship, 1342 NW 12th Ave with Pastor EJ Cofer officiating. Arrangements are under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Emma was born on January 27, 1936 in Bullard, TX, and had resided in Amarillo for several years. She enjoyed fishing, playing Bingo, and cooking. Her fried chicken and cobblers were among the best, and anyone that had the privilege of enjoying her cooking knew that. She loved her family, and especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her faith is what made her strong, and she was a faithful servant of Jesus regardless of any trials she encountered during her life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Emma was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Earl Jenkins; a grandson, Robert “TJ” Jenkins, and 3 siblings.

Left to cherish her memories are 8 children, Shirley Neighbors of Gulfport, MS, Henry Wooten, Genell Wooten both of Amarillo, Annie Marie Wooten of Fort Worth, Thomas Wooten, Robert Clyde Wooten, Patricia Jenkins all of Amarillo, and Michael Wayne Jenkins of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Raymond Harvey, 29 grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren and other relatives.

“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
-Matthew 25:23

Changing Your Pre-paid Funeral Plan

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If you have already entered into a pre-need or pre-paid funeral contract, there is a good chance you can switch that contract to a different funeral home of your choice, but you need to carefully review the applicable terms.

  • Is it flexible?
  • Can you change the products and services?
  • Can it be transferred to another funeral director?
  • To what extent is the price guaranteed?
  • What happens to left over money from my pre-paid funeral plan?
  • Can the contract be cancelled?

Whether you have prepaid or not, the terms of your contract will govern whether you can make changes. Prefunding with a funeral trust or through funeral insurance generally offers greater flexibility to make changes than if you make payments directly to your provider.

If your funeral policy is transferrable and you find a funeral home that will offer what you want at a lower price, there are a number of benefits. For example, if you currently have a $10,000 funeral policy but find a funeral home that offers what you want at $6,000, that $4,000 of savings can either be used to cover unexpected expenses your family might have at the time of passing or be retuned to your family.

Funeral homes in Texas are not required to return excess pre-need funds to families after the service is completed, but one unique policy of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services is that any left over money in your pre-paid funeral plan is returned to the family. Lighthouse believes the money in that policy is yours so they make sure your family gets to keep it. Ultimately, many more options open up to you when you switch your policy to a less expensive funeral home.

Lighthouse offers fully customized burial packages as low $4,200 and cremations as low as $900. If you would like to determine if your pre-paid funeral policy is transferrable, if you’re eligible for money back, or if other options are available to you, you can speak with a Lighthouse funeral director by calling 1-833-228-8008 or emailing info@lighthousefunerals.com to learn more.

Obituary for Esther Arriaga Bowlin

Esther Arriaga Bowlin passed away March 14, 2018 in Wichita Falls, TX.

A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 at Lighthouse Church, 4020 SW 50th Ave, with Rev. Moses Baca officiating. Following the service, interment will be at 4:00 p.m. in Petersburg Cemetery, Petersburg TX under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Monday, March 19 at CP Event Center, 310 S Ross St.

Esther was born on August 31, 1947 in Killeen, TX to Candelario and Damacia Arriaga. She married Myron Bowlin on February 2, 1980 in Amarillo. She was a seamstress by trade, and worked for Levi Strauss for several years. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, and 5 brothers.

Left to cherish her memories are husband, Myron; “her kid”, Marina Espino and husband Uvaldo; siblings, Rodolfo Arriaga and wife Victoria, Carolina Dominguez, Edie Ray, Janie Stapp and husband Bill, and a host of nieces and nephews.