Isabel Rakestraw

Isabel Rakestraw

Isabel Rakestraw, 71 of Amarillo, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 10, 2022, in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be held Friday, January 14, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Destiny’s Garden. Arrangements are under the care of Shelia Chick and the staff at Destiny’s Garden.

Isabel was born 12/16/1950, to Maurico and Antonia Lucero in Hereford, Texas.

Isabel had a laugh that would make everyone else in the room start laughing even if you were having a bad day. She loved to sew quilts and any kind of décor, and she was good at it too. Isabel hated to take pictures, she refused to take pictures! She always would hide and tell people “Don’t be trying to take a picture of me, I see you!” She collected tea sets and mice(not because she liked mice but because her brother Jimmy would buy her cute ones that she would take and collect).

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; two older sisters; nieces; nephews, and cousins. Isabel had a huge family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her only daughter Jeanette Rakestraw aka Nikkie; three grandchildren, Kevin, Brittanie Nychole, and Jordan; one great-grandchild, Kayden; four brothers, all of Amarillo, Sam Lucero and wife Adela, Morris Lucero, and wife Victoria, Jimmy Lucero, and Agustine Lucero; four sisters, Amelia Mungia and husband Paul of San Antonio, Texas, Susie Grim and husband Ron, Rita Mejia and husband Bobby of Casa Grande Arizona, Barbara Silva, and Shane Stowe; her best friend of almost 40 years, Dorothy Boyett; a large number of nieces and nephews, as well as many other family members, cousins, and friends.

Alberto/Asia Gonzales

Alberto/Asia Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales Jr, known throughout his childhood and young adult life by family and friends as Bebe, and later by friends and family as Asia Yu Hahn Rabe, 45, of Amarillo, passed away peacefully on January 7th, at home with her husband.

Bebe/Asia grew up in Childress, Texas, and also lived in Sacramento, California, and Irving, Texas. Bebe/Asia worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant for over 20 years. She was a bright light who brought laughter and beauty wherever she went. Bebe/Asia will be dearly missed and always remembered.

Bebe / Asia was predeceased by his/her father, Alberto Gonzales.

She is survived by her husband of 5 years, Matt; her daughter, Vendena of Sacramento, California; her mother, Melva of Childress; siblings, Elva Barrica and husband Dennis; her brother Ricky; half-sister, Cecilia, and their families. Bebe/ Asia cherished her cousins’ friendship and love too, including Veronica Arellano, Rebecca Rodriguez, Mely Jurado, and many others.

Bebe / Asia will be remembered and honored in a private gathering by her husband and immediate family.

We request all of Bebe / Asia’s loved ones to join us in prayer in remembrance of our brother.

Stephe Walter Beyerlein

Stephe Walter Beyerlein

Stephen Walter Beyerlein, 71, of Amarillo, went to his heavenly home on December 15, 2021.  

A Memorial Service will be held June 9, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM from 2:30-4:00, at the Church of God, located at the corner of Eubanks and Copper.

Stephen was born in South Bend, OR to Martin and Mae (Lyle) Beyerlein. With a dad who earned a full-ride scholarship to Juilliard School of Music and studied engineering and a mother who was a master gardener and baker among other talents, it’s no surprise that Steve was always musically inclined and had a love for nature. He started working at the age of 6 picking berries and beans on the farm! He moved his way up to a paper delivery route, then to surveying with his dad on the “chain gang,” and then became a logger in the forest for a lumber mill. He attended Philomath High School and Western Oregon University in Monmouth and earned a BA in Education with a focus in Geography and Social Studies. After a short time teaching, he returned to college in Klamath Falls for a BS in Civil Engineering and became a Surveying Engineering Tech which took him to Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico. There he met his wife Belinda Castillo who he married in June 1983, and they were blessed with a daughter Christine in 1986. Steve became a close part of Belinda’s family and was loved by her 9 siblings and parents like he was one of their own. He continued excelling in his career to become the Section Chief for Cadastral Surveying at the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico. People knew and respected him nationally across the Bureau for his integrity, kindness, and work ethic.

Steve loved Jesus, daily Bible studies, old classic church hymns, hiking in the mountains, swimming, lifting weights, golfing, stock market investing, Italian food, all desserts, the Green Bay Packers, NY Yankees, holistic medicine, western and sci-fi movies, and doing improvement projects around the house. He was active over the years as a church elder, Christian Science Fellowship of NM (CSFNM) speaker, and volunteering with prison ministry. He was passionate to share God’s good news, hope, and light with others. He retired in August 2019 and he and Belinda relocated to Amarillo, TX in September 2021 to start a new adventure of seeing new places and finding the best one in which to retire. Thanksgiving 2021 was the best one the family has had and Steve was healthy and happy.

On December 15, 2021, Belinda found Steve kneeling/praying by the bed like he did every night, except this time his heart had stopped and he had gone to be with the Lord. We will see him again soon at the pearly gates when Jesus returns, but until then he will be deeply missed by so many who knew and loved him here.

He is survived by: wife Belinda Castillo-Beyerlein; daughter Christine Beyerlein; siblings: Mike (and Sue) Beyerlein (College Station, Texas), David (and Brenda) Beyerlein (Bend OR), and Karen (and Richard) Findtner (San Marin, CA); and Belinda’s siblings, Michael Castillo (and Wanita Kirkman), John (and Patricia) Castillo, Steven Castillo, Ernest Castillo, Abel Castillo, Robert (and Emelda) Castillo, Peter James Castillo, Rosemary Castillo, and Priscilla (and Danny) Williams.

If you wish to send gifts, please consider supporting organizations that were important to Steve:                          

1 Thes 4:13-18

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this, we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.                              Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Danny Porras

Danny Porras

Danny Porras, 60, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on December 15, 2021.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at 3707 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79102.

Danny was a big man with one of the most gentle and kind hearts. He was known as the “Gentle Giant”. Danny spent most of his life working as a mason. Danny enjoyed spending his time with his grandchildren, children, family, and friends. Beyond spending time with his family and friends, you could catch him in front of the TV watching the Dallas Cowboys, and boy if they weren’t doing good he sure knew how to pout about it. He will be missed by all who adored him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Areila Porras; Eva and Joe Candelaria, and Jesse DeLeon.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brother, James Porras; his sister, Liz Crawford; his son, Daniel Porras, and his wife Stephanie; his daughter, Dana Porras, and her husband Eric Perez; three grandchildren, Jayvien Beavers, Briane Porras, and Damien Porras.

Donnie Jack Allen

Donnie Jack Allen

Donnie Jack Allen age 77 of Amarillo, Texas passed away December 4, 2021, surrounded by loved ones in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Joe Cavazos.

Private services will be held in Paducah Texas at the Gardens of Memories Cemetery.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his son Donnie Allen; his daughter and son-in-law Connie and Joe Cavazos; a sister, Connie Roberts, and numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.