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Mary Jean Burrell

Burrell-Obit-Rev1-194x300Mary Jean was born November 23, 1927, to Palmer “Pinky” and Mary Boyd, in White Deer, TX. She graduated from White Deer High School and then attended West Texas Normal College. Jean married her high school sweetheart, Robert Glynn Burrell. Together they had two sons, Glynn David and John Andrew.

Jean was an artist, music arranger, bible class teacher, farmer’s wife, and foster mother. She won multiple awards for her paintings. This culminated with one of her paintings hanging in the Texas State Capital Building after winning the 2013 “Art is Ageless” contest. Jean and Glynn fostered 14 babies through the High Plains Children’s Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2010, after 63 years of marriage, one son David, and her granddaughter Rachel.

Survivors include her son Johnny and wife Nancy of Panhandle, TX, 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Southwest Church of Christ with Ben Mereness, Brian Mashburn and Kyle Wade officiating. Private Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Barbara Jean Hilliard

Hilliard-Obit-190x300Barbara Jean was born July 22, 1936, to Algie Brown and Leta Lemon, in Wilson, TX. She graduated from Amarillo High School and lived most of her life in Amarillo. She retired from First Bank of the Southwest. She was a member of Hillside Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Hilliard and her parents.

Survivors include two sons; Greg Musick of Seattle, Washington and Bill Musick; a sister Betty Tow and husband Frank; and two nephews Doug Tow and Scott Tow and family.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Janell G. Janhsen

Janhsen-Obit-248x300Janell was born October 2, 1944, in Red Wing, Minnesota. She graduated from Goodhue High School, Goodhue, Minnesota, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She also received her Early Childhood Education Certification from West Texas A&M University. Her first teaching position was at Trinity Lutheran School teaching 3rd grade. In 1970, she taught 3rd grade at Pilgrim Lutheran School, and also served as organist at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas. She taught at Forest Hill Elementary in Amarillo for 17 years, and also worked with special reading programs at Emerson Elementary in Amarillo. She married Henry Janhsen July 27, 1968, in Hay Creek, Minnesota. They have three children; Kristin Platter and husband Jeff of Amarillo, Kara Starbuck and husband Kevin of Amarillo, and Bryan and wife Kathy of Houston, Texas. They have five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Gertrude Dicke, of Red Wing, Minnesota and nephew Patrick Gadient of Pine Island, Minnesota.

She is survived by three brothers and three sisters, James Dicke and wife Sue, Dale Dicke and wife Gail, Lyle Dicke and wife Shannon, Betty Ziegler and husband August, Amy Gadient and husband Ed, Donna Niebuhr and husband Muril, all of Minnesota. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews along with her best friend, Gail Adams.

Janell was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She served her LORD through the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, choir, Sunday school, and attending Bible Study. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, spending time with her family, and quilting.

Graveside services will be 10:00 AM, Friday, July 8, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery on the Palo Duro Canyon Highway. A memorial service will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5005 I-40 West at 1:00 PM. Family visitation will be Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount, Amarillo, Texas.

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Richard T. “Mac” McGinnis

McGinnis-Obit-202x300R.T. told people that the day he was born in 1924 the whole country celebrated—that’s because he was born on the 4th of July!!

As a child, he lived in Chicago, Illinois. His father and mother were first generation United States citizens, his father’s family having emigrated from Ireland and his mother’s family from Sweden, He was always been proud of this family and the work ethic they brought with them.

R.T. served in the Army Air Corp in World War II. In the Philippines he was stationed at Clark and Nichols fields and worked as an aircraft mechanic. When the war was over, he was sent to Amarillo Air Force Base. It was in Amarillo that he met and married Mary Martelle Hardin, an Oklahoma farm girl, on March 5, 1945. They were married 67 years, sharing all the ups and downs of life, when Martell was called home to the Lord on April 15, 2013.

After discharge from the Air Force, R.T. and Mary Martelle settled in Amarillo and he began work for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. His Father and many other relatives worked for different railroads. After more than 40 years, many of them spent as Lead Car Inspector, R.T. retired. But retirement did not mean he stopped working. R.T. and Mary Martelle started their own business, MarMac, selling used and new furniture, glassware, and home decorating items. They enjoyed this business and working together very much and did not stop until they both were in their eighties.

R.T. and Mary Martelle had three children, Lonnie McGinnis and wife Linda, Karen Smith, and Karla Stovall and husband Eddie, all of whom live in or close to Amarillo; one sister, Donna Fitzmaurice of Coryton, Tennessee; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Always ready to listen to a good story, or share one.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Burial will follow at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Julie Elizabeth Lermon

Lermon-Obit-PhotoJulie was born August 11, 1962 to James and Anna Stine. She received an associate’s degree in interior design from TSTI. She also worked as a med-aide at various nursing homes over 15 years. She married Jimmy Lermon on November 5, 1982.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy; a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Moore & husband Tristan; a son, Trent Joe Lermon and wife Lillian; her parents, James and Anna Stine; a grandchild, Noah Blake Moore; one brother, Robert Murry Stine; a sister, Melinda Ann McKinney; a nephew, Robert James Howard; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Archie Echols officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Tamara Lynn Tallant

Tallant-Obit-Photo-226x300Tamara was born March 14, 1969 in Burlington Iowa. She graduated from Amarillo High school in 1987 and received her associate’s degree from Amarillo College. She married Terry Tallant on December 22, 2005. She was employed as an registered nurse at BSA and also a teacher’s assistant at Amarillo College.

Survivors include her husband Terry, three sons; Cameron Tallant, Kevin Lee Robinson Jr., and Timothy Robinson; two sisters and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, in First Baptist Church of Canyon with Steve Olsen officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Hugo Loewenstern

Loewenstern-Obit-Pic-1-232x300Hugo was born in Nara Visa, New Mexico March 22, 1923 to Mildred Henderson Loewenstern and Hugo H. Loewenstern. His family included a brother Morris Loewenstern and sister Julia Loewenstern Glick. The family moved to Amarillo in 1929.

Hugo was given his first saxophone at the age of six. He became a child prodigy, and at the age of nine was featured in Ripley’s BELIEVE IT OR NOT as having memorized 76 classical compositions. He won first honors and medals in state and national competitions. While attending Amarillo High School, he played in the band and at age fourteen and fifteen, spent summers at the Interlochen music camp in Michigan. When he was sixteen, Lloyd Snyder’s band appeared in Amarillo and needed a lead saxophonist to join the band. Hugo got the job and went on his first road trip that summer.

After graduating from high school, Hugo was classically trained at Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, majoring in clarinet and saxophone. After Eastman, he went to New York City. Upon Benny Goodman’s recommendation, he joined the Jack Teagarden Band and set off for a tour of the South.

Hugo then went to Hollywood and heard that Harry James had an opening for a baritone sax player who could play clarinet. Never having played a baritone sax, Hugo rented one, practiced for two days and got the job. From west to east coast, they played all the major ballrooms and theatres. In New York, at the Paramount Theatre, alternating with movie showings starting at 8:30 in the morning, the orchestra played all day to fans that had camped out in line, for tickets from as early as 3am. When the band came on the crowds went wild and danced in the aisles. It was WWII, and the audience included service men and their partners who sought respite from reality.

In 1943 Hugo joined the Armed Services and was in the Air Force Band, and then later transferred to the Infantry until his honorable discharge in 1946. He then returned to Hollywood and rejoined Harry James, playing lead saxophone, again appearing at major ballrooms such as The Aragon and Chicago’s famous Trianon.

In 1947 Hugo returned to Amarillo to form his own big band. He played to large crowds at the Nat, the Avalon, and the Aviatrix until 1948 when an offer came from Tommy Dorsey. He joined the Dorsey band in San Francisco and toured the US, Canada and Cuba. He also appeared with the band in Universal Studio films. In between Dorsey gigs, Hugo returned to Amarillo to lead his own band, during which time he met and married Mary Lou Parr. In the past, as a teenager attending dances at the Nat, where locals lined up to see Hugo and his band, Mary Lou danced to the music of the bandleader on stage who would eventually be her future husband of sixty five years and the father of their six children. But in 1951, the newlyweds rejoined Dorsey to set off on a national tour, final destination the west coast. When Dorsey once again was to start up a cross country one-night-stand tour, the newlyweds decided to settle in Hollywood where Hugo would join the Sonny Burke Orchestra.

Eventually, the Loewensterns settled in Amarillo where Hugo joined his father and brother in the family business, Hugo H. Loewenstern Co. Inc.

He continued to be active in his music career contributing to the community, playing for Amarillo Senior Citizens, nursing homes and the Veteran’s Hospital with singer wife Mary Lou. Also, he volunteered his band for 14 years for the Lake Tanglewood Fourth of July Celebrations. He furthered his professional music career by recording a solo album for Capitol Records, Who Said Good Music Is Dead, with the late composer and arranger, Johnny Richards. Richards also wrote original compositions for Hugo including The Magic of Arabis, which he performed as guest artist with the Amarillo Symphony in 1966. Other noted musical accomplishments include associations with artists such as trumpeter, Doc Severinsen and a recording with guitarist Laurindo Almeida.

Amarillo engagements saw performances with the Amarillo Woodwind Quintet of which he was a founding member, and with his newly formed jazz group of friends and local musicians that played at various venues around town. A big part of Hugo’s music world was working with family members Dana Isaac and her husband Deke, and Tina Marie Lionstar.

A longtime collaboration with fellow musician and arranger Jack Kimmel created the recording Music for Art, which features songs by daughter, Tara Hugo and the artwork on the album sleeve by Mary Lou.

Many of the engagements with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Sonny Burke were recorded live. Current interest in the Big Band Era has seen the re-releasing of these recordings on digital format in which “Hugo Lowenstern” appears countless times as a noted soloist, such as the Sonny Burke Orchestra’s recording of Ella Fitzgerald 1951.

In 2001 Ellen Green of KACV public television produced the notable documentary That Alto Man celebrating the life and career of Hugo Loewenstern.

As an Amarillo businessman, Hugo became an active member of the Board of Realtors in 1951 and garnered a respected entrepreneurial career that spanned sixty years, developing shopping centers, motels, warehouses and housing districts. He was instrumental in developing the Tascosa Country Club home sites and the ensuing expansion of the eighteen hole golf course. Son, Keith Loewenstern, an Amarillo pharmacist, worked as a young apprentice at the Loewenstern Real Estate Co, and at the completion of the project and witnessed Hugo’s fourth hole-in-one, on hole number four of the new golf course now known as La Paloma.

He enjoyed fishing and golfing with his sons, David, Keith and the late Kevin Loewenstern. An avid golfer in a sport he loved, he used his innovative skills to invent the first remote golf cart of which the US patent is still held in his name. Mary Lou and Hugo enjoyed travelling the world. Whether at home, in New Orleans or on a jazz cruise, Hugo always had his horn and played wherever they went.

Hugo served as Chairman of Industrial Development in 1973, and as director in 1975. He was secretary for the Amarillo Board of Realtors in 1976. He was on the MLS committee 1974-1976. He served on the State Long Range Committee in 1976-1977. He was elected President of Tascosa Country Club in 1969, and served as President of the Amarillo Symphony Inc. 1972-1973.

Hugo will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Family and friends could always count on a good joke.

A loving husband and father, Hugo is preceded in death by son Kevin Walter Loewenstern. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Lou, and daughter Tara Hugo and husband Steven Crossley, son David Loewenstern, daughter-in-law Becky Loewenstern, daughter Dana Isaac and husband Deke, daughter Tina Marie Lionstar, son Keith Loewenstern and wife Melanie, niece Marci Ellison and nephew Jerry Glick. Eight grandchildren: Thane and Evan Isaac, Sam Quattlebaum, Jake Loewenstern, Ryan Loewenstern, Clista, Sarah and Nick Loewenstern.

Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with David Green officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Kay Fields

Fields-Obit-and-Mem-Folder-Pic-219x300Kay was born Oct. 20, 1947, in Kingman, Kan. to Hobart and Lela Mae Campbell. She graduated from Kingman High School and attended Wichita Business College. Kay married Gary Fields on Nov. 15, 1975 at First United Methodist Church in Wichita.

She worked as a bookkeeper at Zoo Plan Architects in Wichita, as an assistant church secretary in Midland, TX., as the church secretary at Broken Arrow Christian Church in Broken Arrow, Okla. and most recently at First Christian Church for 13 years, where she was a member.

Kay’s gift of serving and caring for others was highlighted through her work with the Prayer Shawl ministry of First Christian Church and mentoring other women with ovarian cancer through Princess Warriors cancer support group.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Fields, of Amarillo; a daughter, Stephanie Givens and husband, Jesse, of Denver, Colo.; a son, Ryan Fields and wife Kelly, of McKinney, Tx; two brothers, Bill Campbell and wife Kathy, of Wichita, Kan. and Stan Campbell and wife Betty, of Kingman, Kan; and a sister, Teri McCann and husband Pat, of Garfield, Ark.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in First Christian Church with the Rev. Barry Loving officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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Mrs. Carolyn Shields Eldridge

Eldridge-Obit-Pic-231x300Carolyn was born July 15, 1933 in Plant City, Florida to Thomas Edwin Shields and Blanche Langford Shields. She was married to William B. Eldridge for 54 years, until his death in 2011.

Mrs. Eldridge was an active member of the South Fork Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, until she moved to Amarillo in 2013 to be near her family.

Mrs. Eldridge was a long time teacher and counselor, working primarily at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. She attended both Florida Christian College and the University of Florida. She went on to receive her master’s degree in counseling from Wake Forest University in 1973. Mrs. Eldridge was active in conducting Bible studies and signing for the deaf at her church home. She spent countless hours volunteering for CONTACT, a telephone counseling ministry in Winston-Salem, and she began Parent’s Anonymous, a support group for parents in crisis.

Survivors include a brother, John Thomas; sister-in-law, Sharyn Shields of Tallahasse; a son, Stephen Eldridge and wife Julie; a daughter, Tracy Coplen and husband Noel, of Wingo, KY; five grandchildren, Emily, Sarah and Jackson Eldridge, Corie Beth and Laney Coplen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 11, 2016, at Hayworth-Miller’s Silas Creek Chapel.

Services will be 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at South Fork Church of Christ in Winston Salem, NC, with Charley Belch officiating. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park.

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Virginia Thorn

Thorn-Obit-Photo-214x300Virginia was born on February 20, 1917 in Mangum, Oklahoma. During the war, she was a meteorologist and worked for American Airlines. She worked many years at Thorn Candy Co. in Amarillo which by-the-way, made the best peanut brittle in the world.

She was also a serious homemaker and serious caretaker of her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Thorn and two sons, Ronald and Donald Thorn.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Clement and son Jon Birdsong and wife Ronnie; granddaughters, Sherri Bolling and husband Larry; Sallie Portillo and husband Creg; Ronda and John Stockmyer; and another granddaughter affection ally known as “Baby Virginia”; grandsons, Robert Anthony Clement, Jr. and wife Kerry; Jon Birdsong and often called “Little Jon” and Michael Hutcherson; and ten great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

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