Obituary for Dorothy Lee Dearman

Dorothy Lee Dearman

Mrs. Dorothy Lee Dearman, age 89, of Amarillo, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, August 9, 2019.

She was born on June 24, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to parents Calvin Finess and Ruth Pearl Fine.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Roland Dearman; one daughter, Carole Elaine Michaelis; two sons, Kenneth Allen Dearman and Larry Keith Dearman; one granddaughter, Tana Kathryn Hickman; three brothers, Clifford Finess Fine, Joseph Neil Fine, Ambrose Rayburn Fine, three sisters, Estelline Hoyal Brandon, Arva Jean Pickering, and Fay Ruth Hall.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Glenna Ruth Hickman of Amarillo and Carla Jean Dearman of Arlington; ten grandchildren; Robert Trent Tyler of Burdett, Kansas, Carrie Michelle Marshall (Darin) of Aurora, Colorado, Lisa Jean Chambers (Deon) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tracy Lee Ilievski (Zoran), Kenneth Todd Dearman, and Tiffany Denise Dearman of Arlington, Terrell Allen Dearman (Kristina) of Irving, Nicholas Tyson Dearman of Amarillo, and Mathew James Dearman and Kacie Loran Dearman of Canyon; great- grandson, Kenneth Lee Chambers of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and one sister, Velta Janice Kadlecek of Citrus Heights, California, and several nieces and nephews.

Born in 1930, just a few years after The Greatest Generation, Dorothy fit right in with that group. She was admired by her family for her excellent work ethic, can do attitude, and ability to get the job done. She was able to fearlessly tackle any challenge that came her way. She had a quick, sharp mind and tongue to go with it.

In 1947, she married Kenneth Roland Dearman in Amarillo, Texas where they raised five beautiful children.

Dorothy was a very talented cook. Some of her family’s favorites were her Mexican food pepper dish, banana nut bread, fudge, and even her own special beef jerky. She was also known for her green thumb, surrounding her house and property with gorgeous plants. She enjoyed fishing and would meet family at Lake Meredith or Lake Tawakoni for fishing trips. She loved her family and animals, especially dogs.

At the age of 89, Dorothy still had wit, the eyesight of an eagle, and her own strong teeth! She was a one of a kind and will be greatly missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Rockwell Road Baptist Church, I-27 and Rockwell Road, Amarillo, TX 79118, with Dr. Paul Richardson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be sent to either Rockwell Road Baptist Church’s “Feed the Children” ministry at P.O. Box 31495, Amarillo, TX 79120 or to The Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison St., Amarillo, Texas 79101.  Notate you would like your donation to stay at the local Salvation Army. This organization held a special place in Dorothy’s heart as they made Christmas possible for her and her siblings during a lean year as her parents were struggling cotton farmers.

Obituary for Rosa T. Moya

Rosa T. Moya

Rosa T. Moya, age 84, of Hereford, TX passed away Monday evening, August 5, 2019.

She was born August 30, 1934 to Natividad and Ramona Torres. She married Angel Moya in 1955 and they resided in Hereford, TX.

Rosa was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her entire life revolved around taking care of her family. Her children and grandchildren were her heart. Her incredible patience, selflessness, kindness and love are just a few of her many amazing qualities that she was admired for.

A part of our hearts left with her when she passed. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Natividad and Ramona Torres, her husband Angel Moya, Idelfonso Alvarado, brothers: Paul, Toby and Tomas Torres, great-grandson Levi Martinez and great granddaughter Victoria Rueda.

She is survived by siblings: Terry Cuellar, Mary Trevino, Teodoro Torres and Natividad Torres, Jr.  Children: Lupe Alvarado, wife Gloria of San Antonio, David Alvarado, wife Elvira of Hereford, Nora Guerrero, husband Raul of Dumas, Angel Moya, wife Margie of Amarillo, Rosemary Casias of Dallas, Richard Moya, wife Margaret of Amarillo, Alice Gomez, husband Jeff of Amarillo, Debbie Alvarez, husband Frankie of Amarillo, Bobby Moya, wife Carla of Lubbock, Jesse Moya, wife Michelle of Hereford.
She is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 pm Thursday, August 8th at Good News Church with a service beginning at 6:00 pm.

A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 am Friday, August 9 at Good News Church, 621 E 15th, Hereford with Pastor David Alvarado, her son, officiating. Interment will follow in St Anthony’s Cemetery under the guidance of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Nicholas Lyoid Howell

Nicholas Loyid Howell

Nicholas Lyoid Howell, 44, of Borger fought a long and hard battle against many health issues, and went to join the angels on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019.

Nic was born May 16th,1975, in Lindsay, California and was a long time resident of Borger, TX for most of his life. This is where he met the love of his life Melissa, and they were married on November 23rd, 2001. He worked in construction and was happiest when he was outdoors fishing, camping, hunting, and cooking out with his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing video games and beating everyone at pool!

Nic was preceded in death by his dad John Franklin Nelson II, grandparents, and aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his mother Deanna Lynn Nelson of Borger, 3 children Chelsea Ann Ramsey of Brazoria, TX, C.J. Ramsey of Borger, and Caleb Ronald Howell of Rockport, TX. He also has 2 brothers, John Nelson of Borger,  Chris Nelson of Sante Fe, TX and a sister Miranda Blackburn of Amarillo, TX. He also has two wonderful grandbabies Jacelynn and Cuyler of Borger. Nic has 5 nieces and nephews, one great niece, many aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him very much.

Obituary for Coyt Lee “Butch” Tigrett Sr.

Coyt Lee "Butch" Tigrett

Coyt Lee “Butch” Tigrett Sr., 66, of Amarillo, TX, died Wednesday July 24, 2019 at BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo after a brief battle with cancer.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 11 AM in Hansford County Cemetery, Spearman, TX with Rev. Danny Hendricks officiating.

Butch was born May 17, 1953 to Edgar and Iva Tigrett in Vernon, TX.  He graduated high school in Miami, TX in 1971.

Butch married Jo Dell Ellard in Guymon, OK on June 4, 1972.  They were married 47 years.  Together they had 3 children and 4 grandchildren that he loved dearly.

While working in the Oil & Gas business for 31 years he enjoyed golfing, softball, hunting and fishing.  In his latter years he was a great garage sale junkie.  He loved cooking out with friends and family.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert L “Bob” Tigrett and son Coyt Lee Tigrett, Jr.

Butch is survived by his loving wife, Jo Dell, of Amarillo, TX; two daughters, Tracy Weston and husband Chuck of Borger, TX and Mindy Bell and husband Frankie of Allen, OK; four grandchildren, Bailor and Bryce Weston of Borger, TX and Coyt and Kayd Bell of Allen, OK; one brother, Bill Tigrett and wife Sherron of Perryton, TX, one sister, Joyce Barton of Pampa, TX, three sisters-in-law, Terry Clark and Bobbie Ferris both of Amarillo, TX, Catherine Harper of Liberal, KS; and two brothers-in-law Harvey Carter and wife Charlotte of Georgetown, TX and Jeff Ellard and wife Sue of Stuttgart, AR; numerous nieces and nephews; Annie the dog and his best bud, Dude the cat.

The family requests all memorials be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Oklahoma, 907 S. Detroit Ave, Suite 1006, Tulsa, OK 74120.

Obituary for Mary Alice Harrison

Mary Alice Harrison

Mary Alice Harrison, age 64 of Amarillo, TX lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, July 18, 2019.  She was cremated through Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Service.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 3rd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 200 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo, TX.

Mary Alice Harrison was born February 23, 1955 in Patterson, NJ to Herbert Harrison III and Doris Harrison Jordan.  She graduated from Clayton High School in 1978.  Mary was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

She was preceded in death by both parents, a step-dad Robert Jordan, two brothers Christopher Harrison and Herbert Harrison IV and the love of her life Richard Pierson.

Mary is survived by her daughters Christine Hayes and Shawna Johnson, step-daughter Cynthia Pierson-Hoffman, six grand children Ben, Nadia, and Nate Hayes and Nicholas, Devon, and Jr. Johnson.  She is also survived by two sisters Christina Griego and Trish Henderson. One brother Paul Harrison and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for gift certificates at electronically sent to so family can purchase an art piece made from Mary’s ashes.

Obituary for Gerald “Jerry” Schiller

Gerald “Jerry” Schiller

Gerald “Jerry” Schiller, 72, of Amarillo passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Visitation will be, Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm, at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services. 4207 SW 21 st Street, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Jerry was born on May 1, 1947 in Comfrey ,Minnesota to Jesse and Elsie Schiller. He attended college after graduating high school in Springfield, Minnesota. In 1971 Jerry and his wife moved to Amarillo, Texas and had his first daughter Shari in 1971 and had his second daughter Stephanie in 1973.

He worked as a mechanic, carpet layer, and later owned a carpet cleaning business, AAA Steam Away. He liked to spend his free time watching Nascar & Sprint races and expressing his love for cars, he was a jack of all trades, and his later years, spending time with his four grandchildren.

He enjoyed gambling. playing pool, and staying creative as he worked in his shop. He’s never met a stranger. He told the best stories and jokes.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jesse Schiller and Elsie Streich Schiller.

Survivors include his two darling daughters Shari Willburn and husband John, and Stephanie Anderson and husband Todd; four grandchildren, Keevyn and Macey Anderson, Aaron Hayes, and Christina Willburn. All from Amarillo.

Obituary for Ofelia Gomez

Ofelia Gomez

On July 6, 2019 A greatly loved daughter-mother-wife-pops-aunt-daughter in law-neice-cousin-Big Bramma Ofelia Gomez born 1/10/74 age 45 of Amarillo Texas passed away in her home surrounded by family from a very rare end stage 4 Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma Stomach Cancer.

Ofelia(Babe) came from a huge family. She loved all her grand kids very much. She helped a lot of people when sometimes couldn’t even help herself. She was a very strong woman. She always liked jobs that challenged her strength. She also liked working on cars especially if it meant she was helping someone out.

She leaves behind Mother Virginia Gomez; Father Juan Gomez; Brother Johnny Gomez of Amarillo.  Mother Maximina Gomez; Brothers Enrique Gomez; Mario Gomez; Chon Gomez; Sisters Silvia Gomez; Rosa Gomez of New Mexico. Her 3 sons Sonny Gomez; Frankie Malacara; Pete Aguilar. Her 3 daughters Briana Dillard; Destiny Gomez; Athina Gomez and wife MaryJane Aguilar.

She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Thank you to everyone who helped out our family and continue to help us during this very difficult time.

The Memorial will be held at her Church:
Metropolitan Community Church
2123 S. POLK ST.
Amarillo, Texas. 79109
July 20, 2019
At 4:00 P.M.

Obituary for Wanda Faye Brueckmann

Wanda Faye Brueckmann

Wanda Faye Brueckmann 77, of Russellville AR passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Memorial Services will be held at Lake Tangelwood Community Church with Dr. Roger Hubbard Officiating.

Wanda was born March 31, 1942 to Doyle Levan and Nancy Elizabeth Butts. She has been referred to as an “Angel on Earth”. She loved yard selling and thrift store shopping. Her famous words: “Are you firm on that price?” and “I got a really good deal”. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sister, Regina, Wilma and Sharon; 2 brothers, Doyle Wayne, and Clyde; her husband Don Geier.

Survivors include her children James Allen and Valerie Ratheal; two brothers Rickey and Donald; five grandchildren, Sarah, Dustin, Amber, Amanda and Misty; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, one in particular Paul Jordan.

Obituary for Shirley Stratton Breazeale

Shirley Stratton Breazeale

Shirley Stratton Breazeale
10-28-1929 — 7-14-2019

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 pm in honor of Shirley Stratton Breazeale at 4617 Southwest 16th Street.

Shirley was the oldest of four girls and two boys born to Edward Luther and Annie Cumi Stratton. She was born in Memphis, Texas, but the family moved to Amarillo when she was an infant. She attended Buchanan Street School (Horace Mann) first through eighth grades. She then attended Amarillo High School. Shirley fondly remembered her neighborhood and school friends she grew up with in the 30s and 40s and all of her dear friends and extended family through the years. Shirley married Welcome E. Breazeale in 1946. They were married 43 years, until his death in 1989.

Shirley started working at her father’s restaurants as a young teenager, which began her lifelong career as a waitress. She loved her vocation. She worked for 22 years at the restaurant on Amarillo Blvd and Fillmore, which was first Denny’s, and then the name changed to Robyn’s. When the restaurant closed, she worked at Cattleman’s Cafe on old Route 66 for 12 years, until her retirement.

Shirley loved to work word puzzles of all kinds, and she could always be seen reading the newspaper. She was always curious, so she kept maps, dictionaries, atlases, and encyclopedias nearby, in case there was information she wanted to know or impart. One of her favorite possessions was her 1972 set of encyclopedias, which answered many questions throughout the years. In the past few years, she discovered “Hey Google,” which became her new source of information and music.

Shirley felt honored to be from Amarillo and never wanted to live anywhere else. It was her much-loved home. She loved Amarillo people, Amarillo history, and old Amarillo buildings. In her later years, a perfect outing was riding up and down Polk Street, looking at the downtown buildings, lamenting the changes, and recalling the places she worked and shopped, the fun she had, and the people she knew and loved. We can never forget that the Santa Fe building is the same age as she was, built in 1929, or that her father watched the building as it was constructed from the ground up. Seeing the Santa Fe building was a reminder of her father and other cherished family. A thoughtful, loving gift to give her was a book on Amarillo history, pictures of old Amarillo, or simply a fond conversation about Amarillo!

Her children and grandchildren were everything to her, and she spent her life serving them. She always encouraged them to be honest, hard working, and to learn as much as they could. She loved it when her kids and grand kids furthered their education in any way. She was extremely proud of each grandchild, great grandchild, and great-great grand babies. As her six grandchildren were growing up, she was very involved in their lives. Once, upon discovering a broken toy, pre-school Cheri said, “It’s OK, Grandma will buy me another one.” (Cheri knew her Grandma’s heart at a young age!) Grandma bought a color TV for Skeeter and family…because she wanted to be sure that young Scott could see The Incredible Hulk turn green! When Markus was in high school, she shared her car with him. Cara remembers many a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch that Grandma would make in a special/specific way just for her. Aaron had a very special one-on-one relationship with Grandma, and she was one of his favorite people.
Grandma took preschool Brady on walks to the convenience store for the daily newspaper and treats…and she added lots of whimsy to his life. She took it upon herself to help with her grandchildren’s school lunch money, using her daily tips. She loved school supply season. She would buy reams and reams of paper, stacks and stacks of spirals, and a year’s supply of pencils, pens, and markers. Her grandkids had a personal school supply stash, right on Grandma’s shelf. Her two daughters always knew that their mom made their world a better place to be.

She watched the horse races with Craig every spring for many years, and never doubted that he would be there to watch with her. Her love of horse racing was matched by her love of having visitors to watch them with her. She enjoyed the cards and mailings that Effie and kids sent her.

She was proud of all her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even her great-great grandchildren. She loved visits. Family reunions are the balm of old age. She loved you all dearly, and every single visit was cherished.

Her family would like to thank Accolade Home Care for the care and friendship they graced Shirley with the past few years.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, W.E., her beloved daughter Margarette Ann Giles (Skeeter), one brother, Les Stratton, three sisters, Wanda Lou Frazier, Peggy Zoe Esh and Belva Jane Stratton (Cookie), and a great-granddaughter, Kyley Kay  Alexander.

She is survived by a daughter Kay Crandall and brother Howard Stratton (Doc); six grandchildren: Cheri Griffin (Michele), Scott Giles and wife Stacey, Markus Crandall, Cara Poquette and husband Craig, Aaron Crandall, and Brady Crandall and wife Effie; eleven great-grandchildren: Micaela Griffin, Lauren Paris, and husband Creed, Gentry Giles and wife Shelby, Maddie Crandall, Macey Crandall, Cadyn Poquette Alexander, Emma Crandall, Violette Crandall, Theodore Crandall, Harper Crandall, Amelia Crandall; and four great-great grandchildren: Abel Paris, Haddon Paris, Brooklyn Paris, and Korah Griffing.

Everyone needs someone who is always glad to see you come…and always sad to you go. For many of us that was our friend Shirley, our mom, and our grandma. We will miss her beyond what words can express.

Obituary for Bessie Louise-Jones-Estes

Bessie Louise-Jones-Estes

Bessie Louise-Jones-Estes, born July 9, 1937 went home on July 10, 2019. Louise was blessed with 5 children, Darla, Kathy, Johnny Wayne, Debbie and Jeff.

Left behind to cherish her memory are Darla Whitney, Kathy Hayden and Jeff Estes.

The center of Louise’s life were her children. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, shopping and was and excellent cook.

Louise lived a modest life and was loved by all. She will be dearly missed.