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Tressie Mae McBride

921_memorialTressie was born on February 6, 1923 in Memphis, TX to James and Bertha Wilson. She lived in Memphis until shortly after her graduation from Memphis High School in 1942, when she moved to Amarillo. There, she met and married Roy McBride on March 7, 1944. Roy preceded her in death in 2004. After receiving her LVN certification, Tressie worked as Psychiatric nurse for more than 15 years, serving at several hospitals, including the Pavilion, Amarillo, and Baylor Medical Center, Dallas. In their 60 year marriage, Tressie and Roy lived in California, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia and 2 other places in Texas before returning home to Amarillo in 1985 to enjoy their grandchildren. Tressie was an avid reader, “Forty-Two” Player, Camper Club participant, a member of Eastern Star, and a longtime member of Washington Avenue Christian Church. Her gentle nature and sweet spirit will be missed.

She is survived by her son, William “Bill” McBride and wife Geraldine of Amarillo; grandchildren, Michael McBride and Megan Gore and husband Davin of Amarillo, Beverly Bermudez and husband Tomas of Chandler, AZ, and Joseph Bourgeous, and great grandchildren, Nova Gore, Piper Gore, Dava Gore, Draven Gore and Nikki Bermudez and Matt Bermudez, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy McBride; sisters, Madge Selman and Marie Foust and brothers, James and Bobby Wilson.

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Charles Hayden Hardin

Hardin-Charles-Obit-Pic-237x300Charles Hayden Hardin, 87, of Amarillo died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Family burial will be private in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Hayden was born April 25, 1927, in Amarillo to Charles Rockwell and Drucilla Hayden Hardin. He was a lifelong resident of Amarillo. He attended Amarillo High School, Amarillo College and Texas A&M University. During his high school and college years, he was a member of the tennis teams. In high school, he and his doubles partner won the first doubles state championship in 1945.

He married the former Merita Brummett on Dec. 27, 1950, in Amarillo.

He was a vice president of B&M Acceptance Corp., and a board member of the Texas Association of Automobile Finance Companies, from 1951 to 1970. In 1971, he joined First National Bank of Amarillo as a vice president and manager of the installment loan department. In 1954, he helped purchase land to build St. Paul United Methodist Church, and he and his wife became charter members. In 1986, he established Hardin Financial Services. He was a member of First Baptist Church and Barnabas Sunday school class. He was a veteran of the Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Merita; two daughters, Susan Gaynor Blanford of Lubbock and Leslie Diane Hardin of Amarillo; three grandsons, Isaac Hamel of Oklahoma City, Petty Officer Faron James Goff of Norfolk Naval Station, Va., and Jeremy Andrews Goff of Lubbock; a brother, A.R. “Dick” Hardin and wife Reba of Albuquerque; two nieces; a nephew; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101.

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Wanda McKinzie

McKinzie-Obit-Pic-224x300Wanda McKinzie died Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Amarillo.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 27, 2015, with Pastor John Love officiating. Arrangements were made by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Wandalene Deaton was born to Willie Lee and Mary Lucille Deaton on March 28, 1929, in Paducah, Texas. She married James Henry McKinzie in Sulphur Springs, Texas on July 7, 1951. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2014, three days after their 63rd anniversary. Wanda spent her life making a home for her family. One of her greatest joys was cooking and baking for her family and friends.

Wanda is survived by her two daughters and their families, Karen and Rick Phillips and Kay Tugwell, all of Amarillo. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Kale and Amy Phillips, Judson, Jedd, Jensen and Jenks Phillips; Chad Gibson and Bryan Black; Rachel and Connor Hurt and Cody and Zoey Tugwell, all of Amarillo. Also, Courtney, Bill, Sam, Clay, Kaylee and Blair Kendall of Canadian; Katie, Nate, Reese, Indi and Fisher Ham of Newport News, Virginia; Shelby, Dusty, Beau and Molly Vinson of Wolfforth, Texas.

The family suggests memorials to Olivia’s Angels, 500 S. Taylor, Suite 603, Amarillo, Texas 79101; or to your favorite charity.

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Howard E. Bjork

Bjork-Obit-Photo-206x300Howard E. Bjork, 94, of Amarillo died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Howard was born Jan. 23, 1921, in Jamestown, NY to Carl Edwin Bjork and Esther J. Lindgren. He proudly served in the Air Force, retiring as a Purple Heart after 21 years and went on to work as an inspector for Pantex for 17 years.

He was an avid equestrian, a pilot and a golfer. He loved hiking and the outdoors. Since his retirement in 1983, he read every book at the local Amarillo libraries.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Roger Bjork.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Bjork, of the home; a daughter, Norma Bjork of Amarillo; four sons, Dale Bjork and wife Anna of Provo, UT, Ronald Bjork and wife Lisa, Donald Bjork and wife Jane, and Jarle Bjork and wife Tammy, all of Amarillo; a brother, George Bjork and wife Betty, of Connecticut; 21 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren

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Shirley Jean Warren

Warren-Obit-Pic-225x300Shirley Jean Warren, 80, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Services will be at a later date in Andrews, Texas. Local arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Shirley was born Oct. 18, 1934, in Stamford to Noble and Evelyn Lytle. Shirley married Ronald Ray Warren in 1953. He preceded her in death in October 2003.

Shirley retired from Permian General Hospital in 1986 after 17 years of service. She moved to Amarillo in 2004. She loved outdoor gardening, shopping, traveling, being with her family and friends, and being a grandmother.

The family gives special thanks to the staff at Claude Nursing Home, Hospice Care of the Southwest and Jason’s Bay for the extra special love and care they gave.

Survivors include a son, Lytle G. Warren of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Ronalda K. Patton and husband Chuck of Amarillo; a grandson, Stephen C. Patton of Norman, Okla.; a granddaughter, Taylor J. Patton of Amarillo; two sisters, Lynn Thompkins of Ohio and Betty Priest of Cedar Creek.

The family suggests memorials be to West Texas Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, 5410 S. Bell St., Suite 411, Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Elsie “Dolly” Gerik

Gerik-Obit-Pic-238x300, 97, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Service and inurnment will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Fairview Cemetery in Pampa. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dolly was born May 24, 1917, in Waxahachie to Johnathan and Mary Daniels. She had a career as a licensed vocational nurse. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was most proud of being a fifth generation grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolf Gerik; a daughter, Mary; three sons, Joe, Tommy and Johnny; four sisters and one brother.

Survivors include one sister, Mary McCloud of Paris, TX; six daughters, Patsy Orr and husband Dwain of Tyler, Frances Bessire of Chandler, Jean Atchley and husband John of Arp, Judy Morriss and husband Robert of Lefors, Margaret Glasscock and Debra Gerik, both of Amarillo as well as four generations of grandchildren.

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