Raymond ”Ray” Gose Mecaskey

He was born October 7, 1925 in Decatur, Texas to Alma and Barney Mecaskey. Ray was raised on ranches and continued to enjoy doing occasional day work throughout his life. At the age of 17 he volunteered to join the Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific, he was sent to Pearl Harbor the day after the bombing. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from North Texas State Teachers College prior to receiving his high school diploma from Decatur High School due to his deployment in the Navy. He first came to Panhandle from Decatur because his family owned the Mecaskey Drug Store in the Panhandle Inn. When he arrived in Panhandle he worked for the sheriff’s office. He then went to work for Pantex where he retired as an engineer. While employed at Pantex he studied at West Texas State University earning dual Master degrees in 1972, one in Science and one in Education. Upon his retirement from Pantex he started teaching special education.

He married Jan Caldwell on November 6, 1952 in Panhandle. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Panhandle and the James Mecaskey VFW Post. Ray enjoyed riding his bicycle, watching old westerns, collecting coins and guns. He loved to learn always striving to educate himself.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Arthur B. Mecaskey; and two sisters, Mary Ruth Pine and Joy Caraway.

Survivors include his wife, Jan of the home; son, Max Mecaskey and wife Shari of Amarillo; daughters, Lana Boland and husband Ed of Panhandle, Pennie Mecaskey and David Lanier of Panhandle; five grandchildren, Bryce Hanson, Ashley Boland, Mitch Boland, Gregg Ward and wife Patricia, Victoria Ward and Jesse Slaughter, Alexandrea Ward and fiancé Alex Davis; and two great grandchildren, Liam and Abby Ward.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored with a gift to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 549, Panhandle, Texas 79068, the Panhandle Inn Foundation, P.O. Box 550, Panhandle, Texas 79068 or to the James Mecaskey VFW Post #6927, P.O. Box 243, Panhandle, Texas 79068.

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Robert Ray Lynn

Robert was born July 18, 1930 in Platter, Oklahoma to Bertha and William Lynn. He enjoyed being outdoors going camping, hunting and fishing. Robert was a creative person who liked to do projects and solve problems. His family was near and dear to his heart and always brought him joy.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nola Jean Lynn and a great granddaughter, Madeline Grace.

He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Obert and husband Russell of Panhandle, Linda Packer and husband Roddy of Allen; four grandchildren, Robert Packer and wife Pamela, Steven Packer and wife Cara, Richard Obert and wife Kristie, Rachal McGaughy and husband David; nine great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Private family services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. The family suggests that his memory be honored with a gift to the Alzheimer’s Association, 55410 South Bell Ste. 411, Amarillo, Texas 79109.

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Joan Chandler Peiffer

Joan was born August 14, 1947 in Phillips Texas to Bert and Mittie B. Chandler and big sister Mary Jane. She graduated from Phillips High in 1965 and went on to West Texas.

In June of 1967 Joan met Lyle Peiffer, her Knight and Shining armor, on a blind date and they were engaged 3 days later. They married on July 6 of the same year, and were blessed with their only child Leigh Anne in 1969.

Joan was very active in Leigh Anne’s school activities along with her church and sorority. She was always one to help those in need. With the help of her husband and young daughter, she accomplished one of her life long dreams and graduated nursing school in 1979. Joan was a dedicated nurse and loved her patients but due to a work related injury she was forced to retire early. Despite her chronic pain, she never stopped enjoying life by being ”Mammie” to her granddaughter and ”Jody” to her beloved husband.

In January 2017, Joan was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Despite the odds, she was determined to be a fighter and decided to proceed with treatment. Though her journey was difficult, you never caught her without a smile or a kind word. The highlights of her life were spending time with her daughter Leigh Anne, her ”son” in law Ricky, her granddaughter Kendra and her ”grandson” Lawton aka ”Oklahoma.”

She is survived by her daughter, Leigh Anne Poole and husband Ricky of Borger, grandkids Kendra Poole and Lawton Wilkerson of Amarillo, sister, Mary Jane Smith and husband Bob of Lyons, niece Tammy Booth and husband Archie of Carrolton, nephew Jackie Gray and wife Margie of Dilworth MN and her beloved dog Grasshopper and rescue cat Bobbie.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Mittie B. Chandler and her husband Lyle O. Peiffer.

Services will be 2 pm Saturday at White Deer First Baptist Church with Brother Alan Wilson officiating. Graveside services will follow in White Deer Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. Her memory may be honored with a gift to the Amarillo SPCA, 11901 S. Coulter St. Amarillo, TX 79119 or the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center, 6010 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo, TX 79106.

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ROBYN MARIE DECKER

Robyn blessed both family and friends from the very day that she was born. Her smile so contagious, her laughter like a gentle breeze, her beautiful eyes radiating the love of life. No matter the situation or circumstance, Robyn made sure her little sisters, friends and classmates were, in all ways, cared for, loved and cherished. She carried her zest for life with intense dedication from early on as a pre-Olympian in gymnastics, riding motorcycles, snow and water skiing and anything that meant getting the most of each and every day.
With the birth of her first child Magen, Robyn began to establish her family circle with adornments of love unequaled. Welcoming her son Martin and next daughter Jill with a bond of continual attention to the finer details of love, life and laughter, Robyn provided the nurturing and attention that only GREAT MOMS can give. Special times, special memories of the outdoors and shared moments will forever be in their hearts.
Robyn carried her expertise of detail and dedication in her adult life as an assistant at White Sands in New Mexico, instructor at ACADA in Amarillo and finally a Corporate Contract Specialist.
As the three children became young adults and grandkids began to blossom, Braeden then Benji then Ellie then Eden and finally Eli, her quiver was full and she was the best Gamma, ever. She took the time to sing that special bedtime song, read with excitement that special book, have cooking and cookie creations in the kitchen and the laughter and squeals of excitement constantly filling the air. Each child, each grandchild knew her love and the amazing specialness she alone could provide. Her manner, her class, her celebration of life so incredible to each of us, both family and friend.
Robyn found the eternal loves of her life, her Heavenly Father God, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, and her heart-felt dedication to excellence showed in her worship. Each day seeking the perfect Will of God, her gifts of love, listening and mending broken hearts and lives began to touch both individuals and the community. Robyn was graced and gifted by God with a peace, mercy and gentle love that instantly showed even a stranger what Heavenly Love was all about. Never too busy to listen, never too busy to touch a shoulder or sooth a tear falling, her rainbow of love did and will forever be remembered.
Later in life Robyn met and married her soul-mate Michael. Together, from that first date in May 2008, they shared life, shared love and most of all their faith in Christ. Ministering in the community, churches, jails and prisons, they found great joy in loving others. Opening their hearts, their home, their very lives in loving the way that Jesus Christ loves us.
As health issues continued to mount, even in the most severe days of suffering, Robyn was more concerned with others than herself. Even from the hospital bed her statements of, “Can I pray for you?”, could be heard.
The echoes of Robyn’s beautiful voice praising her Lord, the songs will forever ring in our hearts. The way she loved, the way she shared was so full of grace, so full of heavenly beauty, she was a blessing beyond measure. Robyn’s life glorified her Savior God and forever we will miss this angel, this incredibly beautiful woman.
Robyn, I love you, immensely! We ALL love you!

Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 18 at Christian Heritage Church with Pastor Craig Lawlis, officiating. In honor of Robyn’s life, please wear vibrant colors to the memorial service.

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WILLIAM DALE COTT

William Dale Cott was born on April 1, 1977. He was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas. He moved to Canyon in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Amos and Willa Cott and an uncle, Rod Cott.

Survivors include his mother, Venita Cott, of Canyon; daughter, Sierra Gonce, of Canyon; step-son, Brayden Hill; brother, Michael Cott and wife, Shelly, of Garden City, KS; aunt, LaDonna Eshner and husband, Doug, of Norwish, KS; nephew, Marshall Cott; and two nieces, Leah Cott and Kristin Bowden.

Memorial services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 20 at Canyon Country Church, 2600 FM 3331, Canyon, TX 79015, with Jeff Cates, pastor, and Chaplain Sheryl Brown, officiating.

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MARGARET AVEN KNOTT PATTERSON

Margaret was born on October 17, 1915, to Hugh and Jeanette Duffie Baum in Leonard, Texas. She graduated from West Texas A&M with a B.S and M. A in Speech Pathology and Counseling. She started teaching at age 17, and later worked as a speech therapist, provided school counseling, and was the Director of Special Education in Hereford for many years. Margaret was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Canyon. She was also a member of Canyon Retired Teachers Association, Friends of Southwestern Art, Panhandle Plains Museum, Canyon Fine Arts Club, Friends of WTAMU Fine Arts, and several historical and charitable organizations.

Margaret was an avid traveler and had traveled over all of the USA except three states. She had also traveled on all continents except Antarctica. In addition to travel, her hobbies were reading, painting, entertaining, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by three husbands; her parents; two brothers; two sisters; and a step son.

Survivors include two daughters, Jo Gibson, of Amarillo, Carolyn Covin and husband, Buddy, of Canyon; 6 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 16 great great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in Canyon with Rev. Andy Blair, pastor, officiating.

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CHERI MICHELLE NEASE

Cheri was born on June 7, 1980 in Montclair, California. On April 21, 2007 she married Brandon Nease in Clovis, New Mexico.

She was a loving wife, mother and sister. She was a caring person that will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Survivors include her husband of almost 10 years, Brandon Nease, of Canyon; son, Zacheri Ingles; daughter, Layni Nease; mother, Sandra Taylor, of Dallas; brother, Chris Oberlies and wife, Dana, of Canyon; mother-in-law, Pam Nease, of Canyon; sister-in-law, Christy West and husband, Brian, of Tulia; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 21 at Brooks Chapel with Pastor Brian West and Shane Nease, pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship, officiating.

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Heather “Maddie” Madeline Lathem

Maddie was born to Hunt and Hannah Lathem on November 10, 2003 in Childress. She was named after her aunt Heather, who shared her dramatic flare.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Cheryl “Nanny” Essary Ryan, who surely welcomed Maddie at Heaven’s gates.
She is survived by her loving parents and her brother, Sam; her grandfather, Randall (Shirley) Ryan of Childress; her grandparents Marc and Kay Lathem of Amarillo; aunt Serena (Clint) Davidson of Amarillo; aunt Heather (Lane) Sharp of Electra; uncle Paul (Jennifer) Ryan of Bluff Dale, Texas; uncle Zack (Beth) Ryan of Roswell, New Mexico and bestie cousins: Ryan, Donny, Ashley, Hunter, Belle, Kate, Barrett and Emmy.
Maddie was in the seventh grade at Childress Junior High School where her favorite subject was history and where she treasured her teachers and friends. She inherited her love of reading from her mother. She especially loved the “Goosebumps” series. She was known to get very excited to receive a Barnes and Noble gift card! Maddie tumbled and flipped through four years of gymnastics, and you could see the dance and twirl throughout her day. Maddie’s cute twist of words and sayings brought laughter to all around her. She certainly inherited her father’s sense of humor.
Maddie had a sweet, pure spirit, a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. She lived her short life with great passion and free of judgement. Maddie loved unconditionally and brought enthusiasm to every single moment.

Maddie’s light and life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Childress Church of Christ with Trey Morgan officiating, assisted by Zach Galbraith. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Johnson Funeral Home.

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Rebecca Segura

Rebecca was born in Del Rio, TX to Juan and Udelvina Segura on February 2, 1955. She grew up in Del Rio. Rebecca became a house keeping supervisor and a CAN in Crane, TX and Odessa, TX. Rebecca moved to Clovis and retired. She loved to do crafts and watch NCIS, but mostly she loved being around her family.

Rebecca is preceded in death by her mother Udelvina Segura.

She is survived by her 3 daughters; Michelle Rizo (her caretaker), Bobbie Martin (Cody), Brigette Reyes (Joey); 1 son Michael Segura; 1 raised like a daughter Jessica Josette Simon (Jose); 1 brother Johnny Segura (Pat); several grandchildren Sabrina Harris, Chris Jimenez, Alexandra Chirstine Perez and several more not named and 1 great grandchild Darren David Harris.

Visitation will be 12:00pm March 17, 2017 at Steed Todd Chapel. Funeral Services will be 2:00pm March 17, 2017 at Steed Todd Chapel. Burial will be a private family burial.

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Isidoro Orozco

Isidoro was born in Cienega de Ortiz Chihuahua, Mexico to Aurelio Orozco and Lola Rivero on April 4, 1940. Isidoro was a longtime cowboy and loved to tend the cows and horses. He was also a resident of Portales, NM for many years.
Isidoro is survived by his two brothers Antonio (Gloria) Orozco and Ignacio Orozco and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special thank you to Clovis Healthcare and Rehab for making him apart of your family and Gentiva Hospice.

Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Guadalupe
108 N. Davis St.
Clovis, NM 88101
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:30 am

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