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Bennett Curry Harter Kerr

Bennett KerrG:@REÀŒ¿‹~ÀŒՂ³ƒw®xo¼‚v´zp´wmµwm¸zp¸~¡žK0ˆBennett Curry Harter Kerr, 96 passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Amarillo.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Monsignor Harold Waldow as Celebrant and Reverend Scott Raef as Concelebrant. Family visitation will be Monday August 18, from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home 4100 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX.

Bennett was born May 23, 1918, in Seminole, TX, third of five daughters to B.B. and Mabel Sherman Curry. She is descended from West Texas pioneer folk. Her grandparents were among the original settlers of the Quaker community, Estacado, near Lubbock. She graduated valedictorian of Seminole High School in 1936 and enrolled in Texas Tech College.
Bennett married Bob Benson of Tahoka in 1937, but two weeks after the wedding he was killed in an oilfield explosion. She returned to Texas Tech to complete a degree in home economics and married Joe Harter of Marlin in 1940. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy following World War II, they made their home in Lubbock where Joe worked for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, and Bennett became a teacher. She taught at both St. Elizabeth’s and Christ the King elementary schools.

After Joe’s death in 1971, Bennett continued to teach and made a trip to Europe. In 1976 she married Ralph Kerr, a civil engineer of Roswell, NM. They made their home in Albuquerque for over three decades and did extensive traveling in New Mexico and many western states. They also traveled to Europe and Nova Scotia. Ralph died in 2010.

Bennett was an earnest, gracious, cheerful, curious, and open minded person. She was a generous and wonderful mother who loved to quote poetry to her children. She loved to sing. She was an active member of several Roman Catholic parishes during her lifetime including St. Elizabeth’s of Lubbock, where she sang in the choir. Hers was one of the founding families of Christ the King parish in Lubbock. She was a member of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Albuquerque, NM. She has been a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Amarillo for the past six years

Survivors include: two sons, Jim Harter of San Antonio, Mike Harter and his wife Monique Dupuis of Amarillo; two daughters, Marty Marmaduke and her husband John, and Barbara Whitton and her husband Jim of Amarillo; five grandchildren: Matthew Harter and his wife Kelli of Canyon, Meg O’Brien and her husband Alex of Amarillo, Owen Marmaduke of New York City, Jacob Harter and Sam Marmaduke of Amarillo. Bennett has three great-grandchildren: Laurel O’Brien, Liam O’Brien, and Elizabeth Harter. She is also survived by her beloved sister Drusilla Curry Cieszinski of Roswell, NM and many nephews and nieces.

The family wishes to thank Baptist Community Services and Park Central and particularly the staff of Moore Assisted Living whose good work added to the quality of her life in her declining years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral; 1200 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX. 79109 or Panhandle PBS; 2408 S. Jackson, Amarillo, TX.79105 or the charity of your choice.

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Bertha T. Gunter

bertha-gunter-obituaryBertha T. Gunter, 96, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Howard Batson of the church officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Survivors include a son, three sisters, four brothers, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Kenneth C. Armer (Bristow-OK)

52960_memorialKenneth C. Armer, 79 of Fritch died Thursday August 14th in Amarillo. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday August 18th at Minton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be Tuesday 11:00 am August 19th at Magnolia Memorial Gardens in Bristow, OK under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.

Kenneth was born January 30, 1935 in Bristow, OK to C. A. and Minnie Hodge Armer. He married Mary Ellen Farmer October 20,1956 in Bristow, OK. He attended Celebration Family Church. He loved to hunt, fish and collect Indian artifacts including flint knives. He worked as a stillman for Phillips Petroleum for 20 years and served in the Oklahoma National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Kenneth is survived b y his son Kenny and wife Patti Armer of Fritch. Daughter Debbie Coursey and husband Charlie of Fritch. Brother Larry of Bristow, OK and a sister Bonnie Ashworth of Bristow, Ok. Five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

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Orvil Lee Keese (Alanreed)


generic flagSERVICES – 2:00 PM Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Alanreed Community Center in Alanreed with Ronnie Ferguson, officiating.

INTERMENT – Alanreed Cemetery in Alanreed.

Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of McLean.

Orvil was born November 16, 1949 in Sabinal to Leo Joe and Lera Nell Harmon Keese. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War where he received Purple Heart, 2 bronze stars, a silver star and many other numerous military awards. He had been a resident of Alanreed most of his life.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY – his parents; a brother, John Robert Keese.

SURVIVORS – 2 brothers, Terry Keese of Mason and Sidney Keese of Alanreed; 2 sisters, Faye Conner of Alanreed and Betty Haripar of McDonough, Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS- The family suggests memorials be to the DAV.

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Ann Houlette Elliot (Dumas)

52974_memorialAnn Houlette Elliot, 95 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014. A Funeral Service is scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Ellis, pastor of United Pentecostal Church of Canyon, officiating. Interment will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock in the evening on Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Ann was born on January 30, 1919 in Paducah TX to Gideon and Rosa (Fitzgerald) Terry. She grew up in the Friona area, graduating from Friona High School and later attending West Texas State University. She was united in marriage on August 2, 1939 to Kenneth Houlette in Clovis, NM. He preceded her in death in 1987. She later married Earl Elliot in May of 1997, he also preceded her in death. Ann moved to Dumas in 1960 and opened up the Spudnut Shop, which she and Kenneth operated for 19 years. She then went on to receive her real estate license and established Houlette Real Estate, which she operated until she retired in 2005, at the age of 85.

Ann was a lifetime member of the Dumas Noon Lions Club, a lifetime member of Dumas Board of Realtors, the Dumas Chamber of Commerce, and the United Pentecostal Church in Dumas. Ann was a fine lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; six brothers and sisters; son-in-law: Wilbur Moore.

Ann is survived by two daughters: Lawana Moore of Amarillo, Joyce Houlette of Houston; a son: Robert Houlette and wife Deana of Dumas; five grandchildren: Jeff Moore and wife Shona of Dumas, Jana Wall of Milledgeville, GA, Rex Houlette of Dumas, Deedra Lambert and husband Robby of Amarillo, Dalea Tatum and husband Chris of Amarillo; two brother in laws: Wayne Houlette and wife Maxine of Plainview and Dale and Jane Houlette of Friona; a sister in law Jean Terry of Friona and numerous other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd , Dumas, TX 79029, Dumas Noon Lions, PO Box 416, Dumas TX, 79029, or to a favorite charity.

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Melvin Baker (Sunray)

52910_memorialMelvin Baker, 86 of Sunray, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. A Graveside Service is scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray with Rev. Jay McGaughy, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Friday at Morrison Memorial Chapel in Sunray. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Sunray.

Melvin was born November 18, 1927 in Jenning, OK to James and Margrate (Floyd) Baker. On October 19, 1972, he married the lovely Lavern Baker in Sunray. He had been a resident of Sunray since 1962. He loved to spend his spare time fishing. Melvin was a member of Sunray Baptist Church, he will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; three sisters; a son: Richard Kinikin and a daughter: Kathy Whitley.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Lavern, of the home; five daugthers: Margie Freer and husband Charles, Eunice Crumpton and husband George of Dumas, Carol Yeubanks and husband Bill of Truth and Consequences, NM, Wilma Miller and husband Les of Fritch, Cindy Head and husband Steve of Dumas; four sons: Jimmy Baker of Fargo, OK, Ernest Kinikin and wife Letha of Port Aranas, Gary Kinikin and wife Linda of Dumas, and Tom Kinikin of Guymon, OK; three sisters: Jewel Baker and husband Bob of Olton, OK, Alice Watkin and husband Roy of Yale, OK, Mary Huff and husband John; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will be at 302 Ave K, Sunray, TX.

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