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September 2021

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Published September 19, 2021


Elsie Ida (Schneider) Handrick

Thomas Griswold Seale

 

Thomas Griswold Seale, 86, passed away September 14, 2021, in Round Rock, Texas. Tom was born June 3, 1935, to Hubert and Lena V. Seale in Abilene, Texas. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Becky Seale. Tom is survived by his children, Stacey Barlow and husband, Rob; Steve Seale and wife, Jill; Shelley Morgan and husband, Clyde, as well as his grandchildren Joe, Jenny, Avery, and Cassidy.

Early in his marriage, Tom was a farmer in Van Horn, Texas, but he went back to school to get his education degree and dedicated 50 years of his life to teaching. He spent 46 of those years as a well-respected educator at Lanier High School in Austin impacting the lives of many.

Tom was the most loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, and pop pop. He spoke daily of his gratitude for the many blessings God had given him in his life, especially his family, his multitude of friends (including his caregiver, Sara), his front porch, and his dogs. He was well-loved by us all and will be missed.

 

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Dorothy Jean “Doti” English

Dorothy Jean “Doti” English

 

Dorothy Jean “Doti” English, 88, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021. She was born in Anderson County, Texas, on July 29, 1933, to Conard and Sybil Henry. Her sister Carolyn June Henry passed away when they were teenagers.

Dorothy first worked as a runway model in Dallas, Texas, however, her love for travel quickly led to her position as a flight stewardess before taking on a corporate executive position at Continental Airlines that became an eighteen year career. She enjoyed traveling with her mother around the world and eventually she flew her three children all over the United States, as well as internationally, including adventure trips to Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Walt Disney was once a passenger on a flight with Dorothy and sketched a personal memento on canvas for her before signing the piece which she kept framed in her home. Through her work, she had the opportunity to meet legendary people such as John Wayne and Lucille Ball, to name a few. She eventually became an independent business woman and later, along with her former husband, Harry English (deceased), they owned and operated Gallery E, an art gallery and frame store located in Wichita Falls, Texas, for over a decade. Dorothy moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 2003 where she authored her book, Turbulence, published in 2013. She resided in Georgetown until her passing.

She was survived by her two sons, Steven Gray and Michael (Elizabeth) Gray and her daughter, Rebecca (Peter) Grossman, as well as her two grandchildren Alexis and Nicholas and many loved family members. The celebration of life and burial will take place at Friendship Baptist Church, 7220 FM 860, Montalba, Texas 75853, on Saturday, September 25, 2021. 

Family and friends will meet for the chapel service at 10 a.m. Burial and reception to follow at Rock Church Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared

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Linda Margaret Moore Kauitzsch

Linda Margaret Moore Kauitzsch

 

Linda Margaret Moore Kauitzsch, age 73, of Georgetown, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Linda was born November 28, 1947, in Italy, Texas, to Adrian and Margaret Moore. She graduated from Kaufmann High School in 1966, after attending there her junior and senior years. But if you asked her, Bartlett, Texas, was home and while attending high school there she was proud to be head cheerleader and spent many Friday nights cheering for the Bartlett Bulldogs with her eye on one player in particular, her high school sweetheart and quarterback, Carroll Kauitzsch. She took classes at Henderson County Junior College before she married Carroll in 1967. 

Linda was a remarkably special person and if you ever met her you knew that. She was strong and full of love and generosity. If you were blessed enough to know her, you loved her. She was the most loving mother and everything in her life was for her kids and family. She was simply the best mama ever. She prided herself on being a stay-at-home mom while raising her two children. When her kids were older, she decided to enter the workforce. She spent the next 17 years at Farmers Insurance, only to retire to take care of and be full-time nana to her grandson, Reid. Nothing meant more to her than caring for those she loved. 

In line with family being number one, she loved taking her mom for outings by taking a drive or grabbing an ice cream. She also loved meeting friends and family for a bite to eat to catch up on each other’s busy lives. Shopping was also a favorite pastime as she was always looking for that special gift for someone’s next birthday, Christmas or “just because.”

The hole Linda leaves in so many hearts will be massive, but we will all have memories and stories to comfort us. She always told her family “Love you bunches!” and during this last month there were “bunches” of love shared, knowing time with her was fleeting. She also would always tell family as they left her house to “Watch for deer,” another reminder that she was always looking out for us.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Carroll Kauitzsch, father Adrian Moore and most recently her furbaby, Lacy. 

She is survived by her mother, Margaret Moore, daughter, Kelly Stuckey (Ben); son, Russell Kauitzsch (Scott); grandson, Reid Stuckey; sister, Terry Moore; brother, Adrian Moore Jr. (Donna); brother, Bill Moore (Twanni); “adopted” sister, Georgie Reichenbach, and many other loving extended family members and special friends.  

The family would like to especially thank the wonderful staff at Suncrest Hospice for the loving care and support they provided Linda and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, Central Texas Dachshund Rescue, or a charity of your choice. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home.

We love you bunches, Mom, and watch for deer!

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Kevin Stofle

Kevin Stofle

 

Kevin Stofle was born on February 21, 1959, in Sherman, Texas, and suddenly passed away on September 13, 2021. Kevin was a loyal and committed son, father, husband, brother, grandad, and friend. 

Kevin graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1977, and attended Grayson College and the Texoma Police Academy in 1978. He began his 40-year career in law enforcement in Whitesboro, Texas, as one of the youngest officers in Texas at the age of 19. He would say he was so young his Dad had to purchase his gun. He worked for the Whitesboro Police Department until 1980, and then moved to Georgetown, Texas where his parents were living and there began work for IBM in Austin. He soon learned his love and calling was in public safety and began his career with the Georgetown Police Department in 1982. Kevin had an overall law enforcement career of 40 years. 

In recent years, Kevin Stofle was appointed to serve as the Williamson County Constable for Precinct 3 on March 18, 2013, in a unanimous vote by the Williamson County Commissioners Court. Kevin was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and held both a Master Peace Officer License and a Law Enforcement Instructors License and had many years of personnel and project management experience and was a conflict resolution mediator and instructor. Kevin served as the Assistant Chief of Police with the Georgetown Police Department and was the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Georgetown. Kevin also served as a lead instructor for the Texas Institute of Public Problem Solving at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin from 1999 to 2005 and was a nationally certified instructor for the United States Department of Justice of which he traveled across the United States and Brazil as a lead instructor. 

Kevin was the son of Bill and Earnestine Stofle, married to Laura Hawes Stofle for 25 years, and had: four children Bryan, (married Christine and children Stephen and Elizabeth), Amanda (married David Alff and children Kase and Kash), Colt, and Lauren;  Debbie Patterson (married Jerry Patterson); uncle to Jeff (married Jamie, children Easton, Justin, Jentry, and Drake) and Jared Patterson (married to Leslie, children, Austin, Reagan, and McKinley), and brother-in-law to Angela Hawes Cummings (married Ray and children Preston, Connor, and Colby) and Hal Hawes (married Kristal, children Ary and Walker). 

Kevin was an active member of the Celebration Church in Georgetown, a Master Mason with the San Gabriel Masonic Lodge #89 and spent many years volunteering in the community including serving on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, Project Graduation volunteer for over 40 years, GISD mentor, youth baseball coach, and numerous positions within his church.

Kevin is preceded in death by his grandparents, Wade and Grace Stofle of Whitesboro, Texas, Raymond and Evie Gaskin of Whitesboro, Texas; father-in-law Rex Hawes of Georgetown. 

“Kevin Stofle was one of the most honorable men I know. He was a man of integrity, truth, and character. He dedicated his life to serving others, which he did with courage and commitment. He was a role model for not only the deputies who served under him in the Pct. 3 Constable’s Office, but those he taught or mentored along the way, more than a dedicated public servant, Kevin Stofle was a loyal son, brother, husband, and father, he was completely devoted to his family,” said Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell

“Kevin was my absolute everything. We talked all day, every day, and did everything together. I am so very, very proud and blessed with the life we made. He was the most amazing husband and father on this earth. I will now have to open my own doors, make my own coffee, and watch Yellowstone without him; I just cannot imagine my life without him. Our beautiful deep faith and knowing he lived his life looking forward to heaven will carry our family through.” 

~ I love you Kevin so very, very much forever and always. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ Laura

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Celebration Church with a time of visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown.


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Published September 15, 2021


Elsie Ida (Schneider) Handrick

Elsie Ida (Schneider) Handrick

 

Elsie was called to her heavenly home on September 12, 2021. She was born on October 15, 1928, in Fedor (Lee County), Texas, to Oscar and Ida (Herzog) Schneider. Her early childhood, young life, and married life began at Trinity Lutheran Church, all in Fedor. Elsie was baptized on October 22, 1928, confirmed March 29, 1942, graduated Trinity Lutheran School on May 15, 1942, and married Fredrich Richard Handrick on February 1, 1948. She and Fred moved to the Walburg/Georgetown area in 1953, and were life-long members of Zion Lutheran Church until their deaths.

Their union was blessed with three boys and three girls. Elsie enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and housewife. Once her children had grown and left home she enjoyed little children and became a babysitter in her home.  She always maintained a garden, flowers in her yard, and all the many chores associated with farm and country life.  

Elsie and Fred were married 51 years. Elsie is survived by her five children, Kathy (Jim) Greer of Georgetown, Barney (Margi) Handrick of New Braunfels, Danny Handrick and Karen Phillips of Georgetown, and Sharon (Mark) Hampton of New Braunfels. Her five grandchildren are James (Staci) Landry, Ryan Landry, Sterling Handrick, Tyler (Kristen) Handrick, Aubrey Hampton; and step grandchildren, Elizabeth Greer Tetrault and Rebecca Greer Brink. Elsie had five great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Josilyn, Madilyn and Jaxon Landry, and Cooper Handrick; and many nieces and nephews.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1999, her son Gary in 1972, her parents, sisters Eleanor Friedrich, Meta Melcher, Lorine Melcher, Frieda Boriak, Betty Bose and Delores Shannon and brother Willebald Schneider. 

Visitation for family and friends will be at 10 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, with Pastor John M. Davenport officiating and burial following at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

For those desiring memorials, the family requests donations be made to: Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund. 

To share memories and words of comfort with the family, please visit our website at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com.

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Lester Hampton “Hamp” Haines III

Lester Hampton “Hamp” Haines III

 

Lester Hampton “Hamp” Haines III, age 55, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on September 9, 2021.

Hamp was born on April 22, 1966, in Portsmouth, Virginia to Nancy and Lester Haines II. He grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Reagan High School. Hamp worked for Pulte Homes for the majority of his career as a land development project manager and loved his job and the people he worked with. He married his high school sweetheart, Stacy Haines, in 1989, and was happily married for 32 years. 

Hamp is survived by his wife, Stacy Haines; two children and their spouses, Shelby and Marcus Edmondson, Cody Haines, and Katie Villarreal; two grandchildren, Charley Edmondson, and her unborn sibling who is due in January; his parents Nancy and Lester Haines II; his brother Johnny Haines; and his two dogs, Belle and Koda.

In addition to spending time with his family and friends, Hamp loved to immerse himself in nature. From fishing and hunting, to wildlife photography, he especially loved animals and spending time outdoors. He brewed a mean cup of coffee, loved early morning Bible study, and was a dark beer connoisseur. His faith and knowledge in God, willingness to help people, and clever nature touched the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, but will never be forgotten.

Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord is my strength and song, he also has become my salvation.

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Christopher Morse Warner

Christopher Morse Warner

 

Chris was born on October 13, 1969, in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, and died comfortably on September 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

He was adopted at an early age by Susan and Pierie Warner, who were living in Mexico City, Mexico. He moved from

Mexico to Plano, Texas, at the age of four where he grew up and graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1988. Chris later settled in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for 25 years where he met and married Leanne Taylor and had one daughter Eden Joy Warner.  

Chris loved his daughter, Eden. He loved his four-legged friends, especially his dog Sunshine and cat Muscha. He was a natural salesman with the gift of gab and was devoted to his customers and clients. He was down to earth and connected with people easily. And his all-time favorite sports team, through good times and bad, was the Dallas Cowboys!

Chris is survived by his mother, Susan Warner (Georgetown, Texas), brother Jim Warner (Holly Springs, North Carolina), his daughter Eden Warner (New Mexico), ex-wife LeAnne Warner (New Mexico), and cousin Shana Rudd (Boulder City, Nevada).

His family and friends (from New Mexico to Texas, to the Georgetown “hood”) will miss him. Rest in peace young Christopher!

 


Published September 12, 2021


Sammy Lynn Logsdon

 

Sammy Lynn Logsdon considered himself a child of infinitely good fortune. He was born on December 17, 1941—ten days after Pearl Harbor—to Mary Roberts and Claude Arthur Logsdon in Newton, Iowa, though they made their home in nearby Marble Rock. Sam attended local schools and spent his spare time hanging around the rail yards convincing engineers to let him have a turn at the wheel of the locomotives.

He majored in Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa while working as a garage mechanic to pay the bills. With bachelor’s degree in hand, plus wife Rose and twin daughters at his side, Sam taught music at grade schools for a while before earning his masters degree also at UNI. After a few years, a new son joined them.

He taught music at the high school in Manchester, Iowa for seven years. One night, while struggling to decide his future, he remarked that for a nickel he’d go back and get his doctorate. In response, Rose opened her purse and slid a nickel across the table to him.  With such steadfast support, he enrolled at the University of Iowa and earned his Ph.d. in Music Education.

From 1980 until 2011, he served as Professor of Music at Corpus Christi State University which later became Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, where he continued to serve as Professor Emeritus. Sam was considered the conscience of the College, dependably rising at faculty meetings to question whether some proposal was really in the students’ best interest. He provided insightful stewardship of the College’s music department throughout his tenure, overseeing the development of curriculum, the hiring of faculty, and construction of the Performing Arts Center.  

Sam’s heart embraced four chambers with exceptional affection.

First among equals was his beloved Rosie, constant companion and fellow traveller for close to six decades, from their first assignation in rural Iowa to their eventual retirement in Texas. An early excursion took them to Disneyland in a wildly unreliable custom van crammed with kids, towing a trailer and camping out nightly, while their final journey together was across Canada by rail. Their evenings in retirement were spent amidst the flora of their patio surveying the multitude of passing fauna, while Sam indulged his fondness for Foster’s lager and Rose sipped chardonnay.

Next in his heart were his three extraordinary children: Rochelle, the artist, Naomi, the scientist, and Phillip, the businessman, and his three grandchildren still honing their life skills: Hanna, Drew and Slade. His immense pride at their accomplishments was typically tempered by his mid-western manner, but everyone in the family knew that “not too shabby” was a compliment of the highest mark.

Sam’s love of music drove his professional aspirations.  He was a tireless advocate in both the classroom and the community for music as an indispensable aspect of civilized life.  

Live musical performance was his particular passion. He considered his finest achievement as a music director to be performing Karl Jenkins’s choral work, “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” composed around the theme of a 15th-century work, “L’homme armé,” which he conducted in 2007 with The Corpus Christi Chorale and the TAMUCC University Singers.  

The legions of students and faculty who passed through Sam’s classrooms complete the roster of his heart’s affections. From his early years teaching grade school through his final days at the collegiate level, Sam’s dedication to the art of teaching was unflagging.  

He cultivated a close-knit community amongst the student body and the faculty, who often called their department ‘The Village,” with Sam as the mayor. His students regularly described their experiences with him as life changing, though with his wry, self-deprecating humor he admitted that his unspoken response was always, “I hope it was for the better!”  

Indeed, Sam’s sense of humor was legendary. One of the twin’s earliest memories was being awakened by bellows of laughter from downstairs as he reveled in the absurd humor of Monty Python. For the amusement of friends and family, he regularly composed nonsense letters involving fictitious characters, corporations, and institutions, such as “Irving Pompusass of the International Save The Lemmings Foundation.” These private missives tended toward the scandalous and scatological character, while his not-infrequent “Letters to the Editor” were more restrained but just as hysterical. Unfortunately, his proposal to short out the electrical system of the University of Iowa by having everyone start the restroom hand-blower exactly at noon on a specified day did not come to pass.

In meeting Sam, few realized what an incredible intellect and finely tuned discernment for character resided behind his quiet demeanor.  He extended the greatest kindness to dumb animals of the four-legged variety, but suffered no fools on two legs.  His bon mots on the foibles of specific individuals were legendary among his friends, as was his readiness to acknowledge excellence where it was deserved. Despite his appreciation of off-color humor and the occasional vulgar witticism, Sam exhibited a classical dignity of character.  

The four years since his Rosie’s passing were not easy on Sam, but he took the opportunity to deepen connections with his children and grandchildren. Reflecting back on his life to glean whatever crumbs of insight might be apparent, he offered the adage that one should always be kinder than necessary. In his decline, his final hope was for a death with some minimal degree of dignity, but one which would provide him an extraordinarily interesting experience.

Sam’s life will be celebrated at Mulligan’s Restaurant at 150 Dove Hollow Trail, Georgetown, on September 11, beginning at 3 p.m. As Sam’s instructions dictate, the event will be one of minimal decorum and maximal lubrication, and he particularly encourages irreverence regarding the late guest of honor. “This is, after all, very likely to be the last public assembly in which I will be able to participate as a disruptive influence, and I’m hoping to sit in on this event prior to taking up my new duties in the Perpetual Choir in the Sky.” In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the Rose Marie Logsdon Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Nursing at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi by contacting James Farrow 361-825-3549 

james.farrow@tamucc.edu

 

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Russell James Schrowang

Russell James Schrowang

 

Russell James Schrowang went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 18, 2021, in Dallas, Texas, following surgery. He was 67.

Russ was born in Spring Valley, Illinois, on November 5, 1953, to Elmer Henry and Mary Elizabeth Schrowang (nee Freebern). He graduated from Tonica High School and continued his job at J&L Steel.  Russ married Sue Johnson on May 19, 1979. They moved to Texas shortly thereafter. 

Russ, Sue and their family lived in Cedar Park, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, and Sulphur Springs. Russ worked for Pedernales Electric and trucking and logistics companies including Lykes Cartage and most recently Team Worldwide. He had been actively involved in church, the homeschool community, and the Republican Party.

Russ is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sue; children, Eric Shirey (Elizabeth), Jeremy (Rebecca), Heidi, Jesse (Brooke), Jonah (Joyce), and Levi; grandchildren Everett, Ephraim, Eliana, Justin, Caitlyn, Russell, Kolin, Izabelle, Malachi, Micah, Amelia, Emmaline, and Matthias; great-grandson, Bentley; brother, Michael; sisters, Ginny Taylor and Cindy Wagner. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Christine Znaniecki, and parents-in-law, Everett Cornelius and Gladys May Johnson (nee Morris).

Russ was a devoted Christian who loved his family deeply, told great jokes with an infectious laugh, and barbecued the best brisket! 

Family gathered for a graveside service at Liberty Hill Cemetery on August 26, 2021, officiated by Pastor Larry Loden, Grace Community Fellowship, Georgetown, Texas.

Donations can be made to Texas Alliance for Life or Answers in Genesis.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 

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Daniel Zavala

Daniel Zavala

 

Daniel Zavala, 90, lifelong resident of Georgetown, Texas, went peacefully to heaven on September 1, 2021.

Daniel was born on September 28, 1930, to Amelia and Manuel Zavala. He is survived by his brothers: Larry Zavala, David Zavala, and Johnny Zavala; daughter, Rose Lee Davila, son, Anthony Zavala; grandsons, Eli Davila and Philip Zavala; granddaughters: Joyce Davila, Emily McQuillen, and Camille Davila; great-granddaughter, Janessa Carlin; and great-grandson, Micah Martinez. Daniel is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Fillie Zavala; daughter, Amelia “Molly” Zavala; and sons, Daniel “Danny” Zavala Jr. and Reuben Zavala.

Daniel devoted his entire life to taking care of his wife and five children. He worked tirelessly until he was in his 80s. He took great pride in his work in stone and brick masonry. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, garage sales, and watching baseball, boxing, and football—especially the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys. He remained so full of life up until his sudden illness. We are very grateful we had him in our lives for as long as we did.

We greatly appreciate the staff at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Heart to Heart Hospice, and The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown.

 

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Leslie Calvin McCown

 

Age 68, of Liberty Hill, Texas, passed away on September 3, 2021. Services will be held on September 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander.


 


Published September 8, 2021


LVernon Ray Stidham

Vernon Ray Stidham

 

April 30, 1941-August 16, 2021

Vernon Ray Stidham passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on August 16 at the age of 80 years old at his home surrounded by his family that he truly loved and admired so much. Services will be held at Main Street Baptist church where he has been a member for the last 55 years.

Vernon is proceeded in death by both his parents John B. and Mildred Stidham, grandparents John and Emma Thompson, Melinda Lattimore, his niece, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Vernon was born on April 30, 1941, in Jollyville, Texas, to John B. and Mildred Stidham. Vernon graduated from Round Rock High School in 1960. Vernon married the love of his life Sue Hoffman on November 20, 1965, in Georgetown, Texas, and were married the last 55 years. He has three beautiful children that were his life. Daughter, Shannon Brown (Wayne) of Del Rio, sons, Shawn Stidham (Leona) of Georgetown, and Seth Stidham (Jasmin) of Johnson City. Grandson Coalson Brown ,of Sonora, Texas; granddaughter, Lauren Brown (Logan Meiwes) of Spearman, Texas; great-grandson, Ledger Meiwes; sister Ann Stidham; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Martha Kennedy; sister-in-law, Lana Hoffman; niece, Cindy Raum, and numerous nieces, nephew, cousins, and uncle.

As a boy growing up, he was seen up and down the roads of Jollyville. He grew up with his aunts and uncles that he looked up to as brothers and sisters. He was the favorite grandson in his grandmothers’ eye, as they say he never had to talk or walk, he just had to point. He was known to them as “Butch.”

In highschool, he was voted “most handsome.” He was known around Jollyville and the Round Rock area for his athletic ability. He was the premier left-handed pitcher for the Round Rock Dragons.

After highschool, he went to work for his dad in the AC business and then enlisted into the National Guard for six years. Vernon went on with his AC career where he retired after 25 years of service at Southwestern Bell. Unwilling to retire, Vernon went on working with the Georgetown School District for eight years, and then worked with his son Shawn at Creativescapes doing Landscaping.

Vernon’s love for show hogs was shown all his life. He started raising show hogs as a young man and continually raised show hogs with his kids and grandkids. He was a very big advocate for both 4H and FFA. He loved helping through out Williamson, Travis, and Val Verde Counties. He was always known for sitting on a feed bucket and talking about show hogs for hours. In Val Verde County, he was known as the pig whisperer.

Vernon was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He loved going deer hunting with his sons. He loved watching his kids ride horses and rodeo. Vernon loved sports and especially anything to do with the “Texas Longhorns,” he was truly a No. 1  fan. He served on the Williamson County Livestock Association committee and was a member of the Sam Bass Fishing Club in his earlier years.

Thank you to the staff at Texas Movement, Dr. Soileau and Dr. Boyd.

Visitation was held with family and friends on Sunday, August 22, 4-6 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home. Service was at Main Street Baptist Church, Monday, August 23, at 10:30 a.m., followed by graveside at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers Billy Hord, Calvin Hudson, Fred Homeyer, Eric Hodgson, Sabino Diaz, Fermin Diaz, Brit Thompson, Brad Thompson, Mason Thompson, Will Schmidt, Tyson Schmidt, Wesley Schmidt, Jeffery Schmidt, Ron DeOrnellas, Bob DeOrnellas

Pallbearers Coalson Brown, Wayne Brown, Shawn Stidham, Seth Stidham, Russell Stidham, Jason Stidham

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church Missions fund and Parkinson Foundation Advance Research.

You may leave a message or memory in the online guestbook at www.ramseyfuneral.com.

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Wanda Joyce Farmer Howard

Wanda Joyce Farmer Howard 

 

January 26, 1941 - August 29, 2021

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Joyce Howard passed peacefully with loved ones at her side in Georgetown, Texas.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jerry W. Howard, her son, James (Randy) Howard and daughter-in-law, Donna Howard, daughter, Julie Howard Pherivong and son-in-law, Jean Maurice Pherivong, grandchildren, Lindsay Howard, Matthew Howard, Katherine Pherivong, Eli Pherivong and Xavier (Max) Pherivong. She is also survived by her sister, Shirley Ann Matthies and nephew, Rodney Matthies, her brother-in-law, John Howard and niece, Jill Wallace.

Born in Sweetwater, Texas, on January 26, 1941, to C. C. (Jack) Farmer and Ila Jo Farmer, Joyce was raised in Roby, Texas, and was salutatorian of her class at Roby High School. She played in the high school band and was also the Drum Major.  After graduation in 1958, she worked in the Fisher County Court House Tax Office until 1963. She married her high school sweetheart, Jerry, March 30, 1963. 

They lived in various locations while Jerry served his country as an officer in the United States Air Force. Later, they settled in Euless, Texas, where they raised a family and lived for over forty years before moving to Georgetown in 2019. 

She and Jerry were able to travel the world together, visiting Europe, South America, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska and other domestic locations, but her heart was always in Texas.

Joyce was a devoted wife and mother. She was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Roby Chapter 25, as were her father, mother, sister and brother-in-law, John Matthies. 

Loving and caring for her family was her greatest joy. After her children were grown and married, she and Jerry loved spending time with their five grandchildren, taking them to special events, parks, zoos and amusement parks. She sewed clothing and pajamas and prepared countless meals and special treats for them.

A memorial service will be held at Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, at 10 a.m on September 11, 2021, with a visitation at 9 a.m. preceding the memorial service. For those unable to attend in person, a webcast of the service will be available at

www.ramseyfuneral.com/page/web-casting 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital of Texas, via donate.Lovetotherescue.org

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Published September 5, 2021


Alaine Fay Coppin

Alaine Fay Coppin

 

Alaine Fay Coppin went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 30, 2021. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 57 years, her three children, son-in-law, family, and friends.

Alaine Fay Anderson was born on November 1, 1943, to Andrew Anderson and Dora Anderson (formerly Jacobson) who were both children of Swedish immigrants. Fay, as she was known then, grew up in Williamson County near Hare, Texas, on the land farmed by her parents and originally purchased by her grandparents Jacobson.

After attending the two-room schoolhouse in Hare, Texas, she attended Thrall High school where she graduated at age 16 as the valedictorian. She was the only woman from her class to go to college. Upon arriving at Southwestern University, she adopted her first and middle name and was known as Alaine Fay for the rest of her life. She met her future husband, Charles Coppin, in the university library when he checked out her books and talked to her. She graduated from Southwestern University in 1964 in three and one-half years — a week before marrying her husband.  She discovered years later when she needed a transcript to apply for a job that she had graduated fifth in her class. 

While Charles completed his PhD in mathematics, they lived in Austin, where she worked as an administrative assistant at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Later, she worked for the State Health Department. This period also marks the start of a half century of quiet, unsung support for mathematics and mathematics education as Charles credits her as “very much a part of his career, as his proofreader and coauthor in life.”

When Charles became a faculty member at the University of Dallas in 1968, they moved to Irving, Texas, where they lived for 34 years. They had three children, Stephen (born 1970), Peter (born 1972), and Sarah (born 1979). They attended Irving Bible Church and Park Cities Presbyterian Church.

Alaine Fay taught typing throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Treetops School which her children attended. With the advent of the personal computer (and on the urging of her husband), she taught the students the child-friendly Logo programming language (“staying a week ahead of the kids” she would always say). In the 1990s, she was the administrative associate in the politics department at the University of Dallas. She organized Constitution Day and various other special events. She was simultaneously staff, faculty spouse, student parent, and advisor to Charles during his many stints as departmental chair.

With their children out of the house, in 2002, Alaine Fay and Charles moved to Beaumont, Texas, where Charles was chair and a member of the mathematics faculty at Lamar University until retiring in 2014. She continued her role as advisor to Charles in his professional work. There, she began her active participation in Bible Study Fellowship. In 2017, they moved to Charles’ hometown, Belton, Texas.

A lifelong sewer, cross stitcher, and crafter, Alaine Fay found community with the faculty spouse embroidery and book clubs at Lamar University. After moving to Belton, she again found a home with a community of crafters at the Threads of Love ministry who sew baby clothes for premature babies. She continued her participation in Bible Study Fellowship.

Alaine Fay was a prodigious letter writer throughout her life. In addition to keeping in touch with family, she was lifelong pen pal with Carol Bryant of England, starting in school in the 1950s. Those were years of sharing family stories. Both she and Carol were farm girls. She had a long correspondence with Inger Littberger of Sweden since around 2000 when she sent letters to Sweden to addresses from her late mother’s address book and got one reply in return translated by Ms. Littberger. Because of this correspondence with Ms. Littberger, she became an avid consumer of Swedish literature, biography, and fiction.

The granddaughter of Swedish immigrants on both sides, she spent a lifetime trying to understand her Swedish roots and the immigrant experience, especially those of Swedes in Texas. As an only child and only grandchild on one side, Alaine Fay not only had a strong urge to understand where she was from but also a strong affection for family and genealogy. She was always investigating some branch of her combined family tree (even from her hospital bed). And she kept her extended family connected by editing the Coppin-Quinn family newsletter for 18 years. 

She was a consummate people-watcher and enjoyed meeting people wherever she would go, from students at the University of Dallas to the doctors and nurses in her last months. She witnessed to God’s glory without knowing. That light will be missed by all who knew her.

Alaine Fay passed on September 30, 2021, while recovering from open heart surgery. She is survived by her husband, Charles Coppin, her two sons, Stephen and Peter, and her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Mike Edwards, in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. She was loved dearly by her husband and children.

In lieu of flowers, Alaine Fay asked that people support the education of future mathematics students by donating to the Dr. Charles Coppin Scholarship in Mathematics at the University of Dallas. Donations should be made out to “University of Dallas” with “Dr. Charles Coppin Scholarship in Mathematics” in the memo line of the check. Mail to: Office of University Advancement, University of Dallas, 1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas, 75062.  Alternatively, her family asks that people support her community of crafters who make clothes for premature babies in the NICU by donating to the Threads of Love Ministry of Belton. Donations should be made out to “Belton Church of Christ” with “Threads of Love” in the memo line of the check. Mail to: Threads of Love c/o Belton Church of Christ, 3003 North Main Street, Belton, Texas, 76513.

The family will receive friends for visitation from

4-6  p.m. Friday, September 3, at Dossman Funeral Home. Private services will be held later. 


 

Fay Hubbard

 

Lela Fay Guthrie Hubbard passed away during the evening of August 12, 2021, at the age of 86. Fay, as she was known, was a long-time resident of Florence, Texas. 

She was born in a house on the bank of the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas, on September 17, 1934. She was the second child of Session and Pearl Guthrie, and a sister to five siblings. Raised on a small ranch outside of Florence, she was no stranger to hard work. 

After graduating from Florence High School in 1952, Fay worked in Austin where she met and married Joseph Hubbard of Erwin, North Carolina. They had four children together. Over the course of their 20-year marriage, her ex-husband’s career in the Air Force took the family from Texas to Colorado to California to upper Michigan back to Texas, and finally to upstate New York before she and the children returned to her home town of Florence. 

Upon returning to Texas, Fay began working at Southwestern University in Georgetown, eventually retiring in 1999 after a long career in various staff positions. Undoubtedly, her favorite was the last, as the university post master, where she enjoyed the daily interaction with students and staff. Even long after her retirement, it was not unusual for her to be greeted affectionately around town by former colleagues and students. 

Family was most important to Fay. She and her siblings all lived in Central Texas and were very close. There are many fond memories of Guthrie family reunions on the banks of the San Gabriel River. No holiday was ever complete without an extended family gathering to celebrate the occasion -— with an abundant supply of home-style southern cooking and desserts, and a friendly game of cards. In later years, the sisters would often take trips to places near and far, amusing the family with grand tales of adventure upon their return. For wherever the sisters went, adventure followed. 

Fay loved her children and was very proud of each one. She will be remembered by them for her unconditional love and support. She met any challenge with optimism and grit, passing on to them a strong work ethic and moral purpose. As they each grew up and married, she welcomed their spouses into her family as one of her own, always treating them with much kindness and love. 

She was an avid reader her entire life. She loved a good mystery or suspense novel, often staying up all night to learn “who done it.” An accomplished seamstress and quilter, she was proud to gift her family with handmade quilts specially crafted for the recipient. Retirement afforded her the opportunity to travel and spend time spoiling her youngest grandchildren living in Arizona, Idaho, and Kentucky. Her older granddaughters have warm memories of baking cookies with Grandma and handmade outfits she created for them with her trusty sewing machine. 

While she never had the opportunity to attend college herself, she was extremely proud of her grandchildren’s accomplishments in graduating from Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Whitman College, Stanford University, and Oxford University. Currently in second grade, her youngest grandchild will certainly continue this tradition. 

Fay is survived by her four children, Charlotte (John) Fox, Jennifer Mattmiller, Cameron McLean (Sandra) Hubbard and Joseph (Colleen) Hubbard, and by her five grandchildren, Kelly Fox, Jill (Keith Brown) Fox, Ruth (Matthew) Barnett, Cameron Christian Hubbard, and Jackson Hubbard, as well as five great-grandchildren. 

She is also survived by four siblings, Teddy Whitehead, T.F. ( Belva) Guthrie, Sue Harrell and Martha Georg, sister-in-law Donna Guthrie, and many, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Linwood Guthrie, brothers-in-law, John Whitehead, Milton Harrell, Sr. and Jimmy Georg, and son-in-law, Ed Mattmiller. 

She will be missed greatly by all. A memorial to celebrate her life will be held at a future date.


 

Laura Kathleen Stence

Laura Kathleen Stence

 

Laura Kathleen Stence went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 26, 2021, at the age of 90.

Kathleen was born on February 20, 1931, on the family farm near Leander, Texas, to Worth and Ruby Powell. On June 12, 1954, Kathleen married Jesse W. Stence in Leander. Their 67 year marriage was filled with joy and faithfulness. Her greatest delight was serving others. Kathleen demonstrated her love and care towards her family, as well as through her 22-year career as an elementary school teacher. Her happy place was outside on her farm and in her garden.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, Worth and Ruby Powell, her brothers J.B. and Harold Powell, and her son Ronald Stence.

She is survived by her husband Jesse W. Stence; sister Doris Pyle of Leander; son Jesse L. Stence of San Diego; daughter Carol Hickerson (Steve) of Georgetown; son Donald Stence (Lucie) of Pflugerville; and daughter-in-law Gerrie Stence of Austin. Kathleen adored her eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

In appreciation, we thank: Kimberly Hays, Steve and Norma Hays, Bud and Vicki Walters, Gene Young, Union Hall Prayer Warriors, Halcyon Hospice, Bill and Lani Windstrom, Vicente Villa, and Gloria Shelton.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at noon on September 8, 2021, Union Hall Baptist Church at (Seward Junction Loop) 301 CR 259, Liberty Hill, Texas.


 

Anne Elizabeth Hobbs

Anne Elizabeth Hobbs

 

Every life needs at least a short summary. Mine begins in Bradford, Arkansas in 1938, with Dr. Harris from Newport driving down from Newport to deliver me to James Austin Eubank and Marie Annabeth Griffin Eubank. The ensuing years brought two degrees and a career in art, a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts at Southern Methodist University and a career that began with Hallmark Cards. Marriage to a wonderful partner and demonstrative man; the birth of two wonderful children, and the inclusion of four wonderful grandchildren fill out my life that has been enriched by them all.

My love, Jerry L. Hobbs, children Robert Scott Hobbs, Catherine Elizabeth Hobbs Hoover have given me Ashley Hobbs Blackmon, Lauren Lee Hobbs, Kyle Ryan Hoover, and Jackson Lee Hoover. 

After marriage in 1960, we’ve spent lives in Texas, Okinawa, New York, Ohio, Texas again, and California. Life in Texas allowed me to teach high school art in Garland while we reared our two children in Lake Highlands. California from 1989 to 2003 brought untold adventures and a “new” career in procurement with Control Components, Inc. as senior buyer. This augmented my continued production of art and exhibitions in the Lido Isle Gallery in Newport Beach. Depending on how it’s viewed, I’ve left a trail of my art in offices and homes as we moved and traveled.

Our travels have included Hong Kong, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Croatia, and China.

And finally, the last move was to Georgetown, Texas, and Sun City. Eighteen years in Georgetown have allowed me to serve on the boards and committees of the Georgetown Symphony Society, FOGGS, Sun City Visual Arts Club, Georgetown Art Center, Palace Theatre, and Senior University.

I am providing my life’s statement here for my friends and acquaintances to enjoy. I want you to pour your favorite beverage, find a comfortable chair or sofa, and participate in my comments here within the comfort of your own home.

Oh, the beauty of the exuberance of youth. The energy that runs through our bodies as we grow is but a kernel of the riches of life.

And the beauty of young bodies, of flowers, of brooks, trees, and innocence of a baby’s gaze is the material of our lives.

There are but two elements that sum up our lives: energy and matter. These two elements are interchangeable yet are indestructible. The quantity of the combination can never be destroyed or diminished.

God is the sum of the natural and physical laws of the universe and certainly not an individual entity.
— Spinoza

It’s all very simple. Our existence is made up of three stages: birth, life, and death. Plants, animals, and we humans all live within this framework. 

We humans seem to have an extra capacity to “think” and create. This has turned out to be unfortunate in certain circumstances. We’ve created dogma that raises fears in other humans. It’s really quite ingenious in that those fears allow their authors to wield powers over their fearful brethren. 

The desire for a strong faith is not the proof of a strong faith, rather the opposite. If one has it one may permit oneself the beautiful luxury of skepticism: one is secure enough, fixed enough for it.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

We must all honor one another. There is no room for vengeance, cruelty, or punishment. This is not part of this natural cycle: These are inventions of man. We may be different colors, different shapes, speak different languages, but we are all brothers and sisters on one beautiful planet.

And so, I leave you with my promise and my love for you, my friends. I am but entering the third stage of our cycle of life; without rancor or regret. With the hope of completing this personal message to you I have borrowed a poem used by an old friend, Mary Jones.

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Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight. 
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.

— Joyce Fossen

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Published September 1, 2021


 

Cully Lee Boudreaux

Cully Lee Boudreaux

 

We are saddened to announce the passing of Cully Lee Boudreaux on August 16, 2021, after a long and full life. He passed peacefully at home in Georgetown, with his loving wife Pat by his side. He was 70 years old.

Cully was the firstborn child of Rogers Bernard Boudreaux and Mae Ella Guidry on July 30, 1951, in Raceland, Louisiana. 

Cully married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Hebert, in Cut Off, Louisiana, on July 29, 1972. They have two children, Robert and Christopher. 

He acquired a life-long love of boating and fishing from his grandfather, Lipton Guidry. Throughout his life, he always spoke of his favorite times working on the tugboats and running the lines with his “père.” It was this love of the Louisiana water that helped him make the decision in 1971, to join the U.S. Navy.

In the Navy, he was part of the crews for the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Texas as a nuclear operator. He loved the experience of traveling the world in service to his country. He left the Navy after serving eight years, having attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class.

After the Navy, he began a 30+ career in the nuclear power industry. Cully worked at Waterford III in Louisiana and Pacific Nuclear in Georgia before moving to Texas and joining STP in March of 1994. He retired from STP in 2006, when he and Pat moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas.

Cully loved the community of Sun City. He was active in the hunting and fishing club and worked hard to improve his golf game as often as he could. Sun City also helped him keep up with his traveling, seeing new shows, dining events and all the other activities he was able to participate in as a resident. Even after his health prevented his participation in the community events, he always felt blessed to be part of a neighborhood that tried to be there for him and Pat in his last years.

Cully was a loving family man with a sharp wit and a generous heart. As his boys were growing up, his focus was always on participating in the boys’ activities in any way he could. Many a night was spent sleeping on a gym floor before another band performance miles from home. He’d be laughing with frozen fingers as he pulled another soda out of an ice chest at yet another football or baseball game doing his concession stand duties. Laughing over the campfire with the other scouts during their Boy Scout campouts. He enjoyed hours teaching his boys how to fish and golf and catch that line drive. He wanted nothing more than to spend his free time enjoying his family.

He was overjoyed to be a grandfather to five amazing children. His grandsons Robert Charles, Cully James, and Matthew Logan and his two granddaughters Jasmine Nichole and Cadence Michelle. He loved to see his family tree grow and watching his grandchildren marrying and starting families of their own. One of his favorite moments was getting to get to spend time with the newest member of his family, his great-grandson, Nicholas Robert Boudreaux.

For himself, Cully enjoyed all sports, playing softball, fishing and golfing through most of his life. He loved being on a boat and couldn’t wait for his next fishing trip to the coast. His greatest joy in sports or fishing was the opportunity to teach a child and see their smile when they saw success. The most important thing in his life was his wife Pat with whom he was married to for 49 years. It was this love that most sustained him through the last few years of health issues and brought him a constant stream of laughter and joy until the very end.

Cully is survived by his wife Pat, his siblings, Kim Boudreaux of St. Rose, Louisiana, Russell Doucet of Lewisville, Texas, Robert Boudreaux of Chauvin, Louisiana, and Stacey Molinere of Grand Bois, Louisiana. Cousin Harriet Cheramie of Cut Off, Louisiana, Uncle Jeff Boudreaux of Chauvin, Louisiana, and all his grandchildren and his great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, and his grandparents, Lipton and Lillian Guidry of Galliano, Louisiana.

He will be missed by his family and friends but we are happy he has finally found peace in heaven and will look forward to when we are all together again.

Funeral service information will be posted when it becomes available.

The family request that in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Cully’s name to the American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Fund.

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Mona Taylor

Mona Taylor

 

Mona was born in Childress, Texas. She was raised on a farm outside of Quanah, Texas, and moved into town upon graduation from high school. She worked for the Southwestern Bell telephone company for five years.

In 1951, Mona married Bob Taylor, a hometown boy. After a honeymoon in Colorado she embarked upon her new life as a marine wife. She was an amazing mother to four children, herself becoming very involved in military life. She sacrificed much for her country as she found herself holding down the home front here in the states while Bob completed several tours of duty overseas.

Upon retirement in 1975, she moved to Cedar Park, Texas, where she became involved in volunteer work. She volunteered for Seton Northwest hospital for over 15 years. Mona was an active member of the Westside Church of Christ in Round Rock, Texas. She was very involved in ladies bible class and World Bible school.

Mona is survived by her son, Doug Taylor and wife Qi, daughter-in-law, Sharon Taylor, son, Mark Taylor, and wife, Delanise, daughter, Lisa Taylor, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Howard Taylor, and her husband of 70 years, Bob Taylor.

Family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, September 2, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 393 North Interstate 35, Georgetown. Mona’s Funeral Service will begin at 11 a.m.  Burial is at 1 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.  

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Fay Hubbard

Fay Hubbard

Fay Hubbard

 

Lela Fay Guthrie Hubbard passed away during the evening of August 12, 2021, at the age of 86. Fay, as she was known, was a long-time resident of Florence, Texas. 

She was born in a house on the bank of the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas, on September 17, 1934. She was the second child of Session and Pearl Guthrie, and a sister to five siblings. Raised on a small ranch outside of Florence, she was no stranger to hard work. 

After graduating from Florence High School in 1952, Fay worked in Austin where she met and married Joseph Hubbard of Erwin, North Carolina. They had four children together. Over the course of their 20-year marriage, her ex-husband’s career in the Air Force took the family from Texas to Colorado to California to upper Michigan back to Texas, and finally to upstate New York before she and the children returned to her home town of Florence. 

Upon returning to Texas, Fay began working at Southwestern University in Georgetown, eventually retiring in 1999 after a long career in various staff positions. Undoubtedly, her favorite was the last, as the university post master, where she enjoyed the daily interaction with students and staff. Even long after her retirement, it was not unusual for her to be greeted affectionately around town by former colleagues and students. 

Family was most important to Fay. She and her siblings all lived in Central Texas and were very close. There are many fond memories of Guthrie family reunions on the banks of the San Gabriel River. No holiday was ever complete without an extended family gathering to celebrate the occasion -— with an abundant supply of home-style southern cooking and desserts, and a friendly game of cards. In later years, the sisters would often take trips to places near and far, amusing the family with grand tales of adventure upon their return. For wherever the sisters went, adventure followed. 

Fay loved her children and was very proud of each one. She will be remembered by them for her unconditional love and support. She met any challenge with optimism and grit, passing on to them a strong work ethic and moral purpose. As they each grew up and married, she welcomed their spouses into her family as one of her own, always treating them with much kindness and love. 

She was an avid reader her entire life. She loved a good mystery or suspense novel, often staying up all night to learn “who done it.” An accomplished seamstress and quilter, she was proud to gift her family with handmade quilts specially crafted for the recipient. Retirement afforded her the opportunity to travel and spend time spoiling her youngest grandchildren living in Arizona, Idaho, and Kentucky. Her older granddaughters have warm memories of baking cookies with Grandma and handmade outfits she created for them with her trusty sewing machine. 

While she never had the opportunity to attend college herself, she was extremely proud of her grandchildren’s accomplishments in graduating from Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Whitman College, Stanford University, and Oxford University. Currently in second grade, her youngest grandchild will certainly continue this tradition. 

Fay is survived by her four children, Charlotte (John) Fox, Jennifer Mattmiller, Cameron McLean (Sandra) Hubbard and Joseph (Colleen) Hubbard, and by her five grandchildren, Kelly Fox, Jill (Keith Brown) Fox, Ruth (Matthew) Barnett, Cameron Christian Hubbard, and Jackson Hubbard, as well as five great-grandchildren. 

She is also survived by four siblings, Teddy Whitehead, T.F. ( Belva) Guthrie, Sue Harrell and Martha Georg, sister-in-law Donna Guthrie, and many, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Linwood Guthrie, brothers-in-law, John Whitehead, Milton Harrell, Sr. and Jimmy Georg, and son-in-law, Ed Mattmiller. 

She will be missed greatly by all. A memorial to celebrate her life will be held at a future date.

 


 

 

Serafina Gutierrez Miranda

Serafina “Sarah” Gutierrez Miranda

 

Serafina “Sarah” Gutierrez Miranda, age 74, was called home peacefully on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in the embrace of her children.

Sarah was born on January 10, 1947, to Jose Maria and Belen (Zamora) Gutierrez of Georgetown, Texas, and married the love of her life, Antonio “Tony” Miranda in 1964, with whom she celebrated 55 years of marriage. She was a longtime dedicated servant to God, family and St. Helen Catholic Church, volunteering for several organizations, and teaching children at St. Helen Catholic School, Richarte High School, and Georgetown Junior High. She was a loving wife, mother, and Memaw, going everywhere her kids went, always advocating for what she wanted for her loved ones.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, her parents, brother Rupert Gutierrez, and sister Celia Zertuche.

She is survived by her son Anthony Miranda (and wife Glenna) of Schertz, Texas, and daughter Tricia Miranda-Hartsuff (and husband Gregg) of Chelsea, Michigan; grandchildren Philip Miranda (and wife Ashley), Lydia Taylor (and husband Coen), and Liam, Zander, and Bram Hartsuff; and siblings Ramona (and husband Jimmy) Gonzales, Paula (and husband John) Zavala, Joe Jr. (and wife Rebecca) Gutierrez, and Samuel Gutierrez; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

All services will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, Texas. The visitation will be Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 5-6 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m., and a celebration of life mass will be on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10 am with interment to follow at Georgetown Memorial Cemetery.

Sarah loved flowers, but she was also most recently an active volunteer for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Helen’s Conference in Georgetown, Texas, and had hoped to continue that work. If you would like to make a donation in her name in lieu of flowers that would be welcome.

Barbara Ann Montgomery McCasland

Born: August 7, 1938, in Georgetown, Texas.

Died: August 24, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas.

Barbara McCasland was a lifelong resident of Williamson County, Texas. She married Virgil C. McCasland, Jr. on April 15, 1955.

Barbara is a member of Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown, Texas.

Barbara worked as a bank teller for Farmer’s State Bank in Round Rock, Texas, for twenty-five plus years back in the 70’s and 80’s. She was known by everyone and gained many loving friendships back in her banking days.

Preceded in death by Husband, Virgil C. McCasland, Jr., parents, Glen Roy “Bub” Montgomery, Agnes Pressley Montgomery Labit, brothers, Roy Dolan Montgomery, Ronnie Labit, and grandson, Derek McCasland.

Survived by: Doug and Linda McCasland, and David McCasland.

Grandchildren: Josh McCasland and wife, Shelley McCasland, Lindsey McCasland Vowels and husband, Reagan Vowels, Jason McCasland and wife, Jennifer McCasland, and Jessica McCasland.

Great-grandchildren: Avery McCasland, Amilysa McCasland, Cortney McCasland, Austin Vowels, Landyn McCasland, and Brenlee Wilkie.

Barbara McCasland was known as “one tough cookie!” She loved life, loved friends, loved to dance, loved to laugh, and would give anything and everything she had to her beloved family. She enjoyed Country and Western music, dancing at the Cotton Club in Granger, Texas, Mariposa gatherings for pot luck game fun, fishing back in the day, dominoes, cards, coffee club meetings with friends, the One O’Clock Club, Crestview Church Singles Group fun, grandkid softball games, monthly cousin lunches, and all of her Golden Girl friends! Nothing could “slow” Barb down, not dialysis, not a hot day, and certainly not a doctor’s appointment. She was determined to live life and enjoy a good visit when she was invited to join in the fun. Everyone in town knew the little white Toyota Corolla with the “spokewheels” as it crept down Williams Drive for a stroll daily. The little 88 pound, gray-haired, spunky and classy lady was on a mission to WalMart or an important “girlfriend meet up” for laughter and good times.

The best time had this year was the celebration of Barbara’s 83rd birthday on August 7. She had the “time of her life” and was celebrated by all of her loving friends and family. Thank all of you for the ongoing love that you so willingly gave to our beautiful Mom. She will be tremendously missed, however; we will look forward to meeting her in heaven in God’s ultimate timing. Until then, God’s most beautiful blessings to all of you today and always.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Collossians 3:15

Visitation was held at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Funeral service was held at Cook-Walden Davis on Sunday, August 29, 2021, followed by interment at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.

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Ernest Parker

Ernest Parker

 

The world lost a sweet and loving man when Ernest Joseph “Joey” Parker II, 50, died suddenly Friday, August 27, 2021, at home in Leander, Texas.

Joey was born in San Antonio, Texas, January 10, 1971, to Ernest “Joe” and Patsy Parker. After living in various states, his family settled in Leander, where he graduated high school. He was a proud eighth generation Texan, who would drop everything for a friend in need, loved fishing and hunting, Westerns, and the Texas Gulf Coast. 

Joey loved his family fiercely and deeply, and once he took you into his heart, there was no degree of separation by titles. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Misty Brazzil Parker; his children: son, Mason Brazzil and wife, Amber, daughter, Kayla DeHart and husband, Jeremy, and son, Tanner Parker; his parents: Ernest Joseph “Joe” and Patsy Parker; his sister, Christine Parker and his grandchildren: Allison and Bailey. Joey also left behind a large and loving group of extended family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by sister, Leah, along with grandparents and numerous uncles and aunts. 

Though Joey left us too soon, he lived a full and happy life, leaving us with wonderful memories. Please join his family in remembering him on Friday, September 3, 2021, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, Georgetown, Texas. Viewing begins at 11 a.m. and services begin at noon.  A private burial will take place later that afternoon at Flint Creek Cemetery, Flat, Texas. 

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