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Dorothy Marie Bell

Dorothy Marie Bell, a long-time resident of Amarillo, passed away May 25, 2013. She was 98 years young.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel, with Dr. Delbert Serratt officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

Mrs. Bell was born in Sunset, Texas on November 24, 1914. At eight years of age, her family moved to Bovina, Texas where her father farmed two sections of land.

Marie graduated from high school in Bovina and that is where she met Ralph R. Bell who was working for Producers Grain Elevator. Ralph and Marie married in Farwell, Texas on January 25, 1935. They moved to Amarillo in 1945. Marie made this her home for 68 years.

She was employed at First National Bank of Amarillo for eight years and then worked in retail sales for 40 years. This included Marizon’s, White and Kirk, Kline’s and Sakowitz. In her working career, Marie stood out. Many people from Amarillo and the surrounding area were helped by Marie until her retirement in 1968. All her work was done by pencil and paper – no computers. She gained knowledge by common sense – which, according to Marie, you don’t forget.

Marie took pride in her home and loved to work in the yard. In April of 2005, the Amarillo Globe News had a large write-up about her tulip garden with a picture of Marie digging in her garden in her favorite yellow overalls and yellow tennis shoes.

She was a kind, independent, generous woman. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and her Christian values were reflected in her advocacy for any and all persons in need of help. She was involved in mission work for Catholic Family Services, Amarillo Downtown Women’s Center and Faith City Mission for many years. Even when Marie was in her 90’s, she was still collecting food from grocery stores to help feed the poor.

Marie loved animals and she owned and loved many poodles over the years. This included “Suzie Bell,” her companion poodle for many years. She fed the birds every morning in her backyard.

She was known as a “spitfire” all her life because of her endless energy and dedication to work. She was a woman of many roles and was skilled in many things. She faced many challenges in her life with great strength and courage. This was due in part to her many friends who encouraged her not to give up. She will be deeply missed by her friends and family.

Her husband, Ralph, preceded her in death on March 18, 1997, as well as a sister-in-law, Mildred Earlene Wines, in 2003, and sister, Vera Sanders, of Oklahoma City, OK.

Marie is survived by her brother, Weldon L. Wines, of Lubbock, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, John and Glenna Bremer of Amarillo, Texas; sister, Blanche Baker of Broken Arrow, OK; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Faith City Ministries, 401 SE 2nd Ave, Amarillo, Tx 79101 or Downtown Women’s Center, 409 S Monroe, Amarillo, Tx 79101 or Jason’s Bay, 5109 Theda Dr., Amarillo, Tx 79109.

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Charles Eugene Richardson

193df8ce83d543a8a63f693d3fb2739fCharles Eugene Richardson 80 of Amarillo died Friday, May 24, 2013.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in South Georgia Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Miller and Rev. Robert Field officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.

Mr. Richardson was born December 20, 1932 in Chucky, Tennessee to Ross and Lois Richardson. He was part of the beginning of South Georgia Baptist before it was a church. Charles was also a charter member as well as a Deacon and a Sunday school teacher and served in many other capacities. For the past 10 years he had worked at West Texas A & M University.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Neal Richardson.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda; daughter, Janice Knight; 4 grandchildren, Amber and Rodney Evans, Lucas and Kami Richardson, Sunny and Colt Walker and Christopher and Cassandra Knight; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the caregivers of Interim Hospice.

The family suggests memorials be made to South Georgia Baptist Church Building Fund, 5209 S Georgia, Amarillo, Tx 79110

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Frances Dolly Baker

e564707140194cd2b21e58ba1725849fFrances Dolly Baker, 85, of Amarillo died May 23, 2013.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia.

To all who knew this wonderful lady, many of you will remember her in different ways such as an awesome cook, tough old …coot, a mom away from mom, a protector, a realtor (she could sell ice to an eskimo), caring neighbor, a disc jockey for a radio station, a hay bailer (she bailed hay in her youth on a farm), tractor driver, a gardener, a speed reader (could read faster than anyone I have ever met), pragmatist, an independent, or a hell raiser. But we all will remember her in common as having a heart larger than….sorry, I can’t seem to keep my eyes clear enough to type…. infinity; willing to share with adopted cadets, Boy Scouts, and neighborhood children, as well as to stand-up for those who were wronged by unclear politics. For 48 years she has been my staunchest adviser, disciplinarian, and close friend. I must now go on without her; to continue to live up to the high ideals to which she raised me. We have all lost a guiding light. There won’t be a funeral service as she made me promise not to hold one. She died peacefully in her sleep and for that I will be forever relieved. To all of you that she impacted in life, I am pleased to have been associated with that; to my “MA” even though you have left me, a piece of you will always be with me to remind me of the special relationship we had together. R.I.P MA ….you have earned it.

Survivors include her son, Joseph Wicker and wife Bertha of El Paso, Step Brother Willis, a granddaughter Tanya, and a great niece, Loreanne.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials be made to your charity.

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Pat Kelley

Kelley-Obit-Photo-219x300Pat Kelley, 65, of Amarillo, died Friday, May 24, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Pat was born on August 3, 1947 in Hayti, Missouri to Roy and Peggy Hawkins. She graduated from Palo Duro High School. She had worked the last 15 years at BSA Hospital in the GI Lab.

She married Jerry Kelley on November 4, 1966 in Amarillo.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Kelley; two daughters, Tiffany Clay and husband Russell, Kelli Diaz and husband Rocky; a sister, Debi Barclay; five grandchildren, Morgan, Kirbi, Jake, Jentry, Kael; and two great grandchildren, Abbie and Adysen, all of Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the A American Cancer Society, 3915 S. Bell St., Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Wayne Knowles

Wayne Knowles, 63, of Amarillo, died Friday, May 24, 2013. Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Wayne was born on January 1, 1950 in Dallas, Texas to Richard and Marcella Knowles. He was a master plumber.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pam Baker.

He is survived by a son, Erick Knowles of San Diego, Ca.; a daughter, Katy Knowles of Warren, Texas; three brothers, Richard Knowles of Colleyville, Bobby Knowles of Azle, Gary Don Knowles of Bedford; and one grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Douglas R. Forsyth

Douglas R. Forsyth passed from this life Saturday morning, May 25, 2013.

Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in Dreamland Cemetery, south of Canyon with Reverend Travis Ellis, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Doug was born July 13, 1944 in Snyder, Texas to Ross Forsyth and Jane Falls Forsyth. Douglas was a veteran in the United States Army having served in Vietnam.

He is survived by his brother, Tom, of Colorado; his sons and their families, Robert and Denise Forsyth and Jason and Jeanie Forsyth; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his uncle and aunt, Joe and Wanda Falls of Snyder, Texas and uncle and aunt, Jiggs and Lou Falls of Johnson City, Tennessee.

The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Train a Dog – Save a Warrior, http://tadswa.org, (855) 482-3729, 13423 Blanco Road, Suite 218, San Antonio, TX 78248.

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JoAnn Phipps Hass

JoAnn Phipps Hass, 69, of Amarillo died Thursday May 2, 2013.

Private services held for family. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

She was born January 28, 1944, in Denver, Colorado.

Survivors include a son, Craig Phipps; a daughter-in-law; and two grandsons.

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Lyle E. Byars

Byars-Obit-Photo-2-196x300Lyle E. Byars, 84, of Amarillo, died Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Dr. Stan Cosby, Senior Minister and Reverend Don Travis, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Byars was born on November 26, 1928 in Follett, Texas to Cleda and Earl Byars. He was a veteran in the United States Army during the Korean war. He received his master’s degree from West Texas State University. He had been a teacher in 1956 at Elizabeth Nixson Junior High School, in 1958 at Fannin Junior High; and in 1966 he was an assistant principal and principal at Bonham Junior High. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Byars was a member of Palo Duro Chapter of Ambucs, Texas Teachers Retired Association and Lipscomb County Coffee Group. He was a charter member of Kingswood Methodist Church and current member of Saint Stephen United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Donna; his son, Scott Byars of Lubbock, Texas; his daughter, Michele Byars of Amarillo, TX; two brothers, James Byars of Fort Worth and Bill Byars of Connecticut.

The family suggests memorials to St. Stephen United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4600 S. Western St., Amarillo, TX 79109.

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Sandra Sleethe

Sleethe-Obit-Photo-130x300Sandra Sleethe, 57, of Vega, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega with the Rev. David Bonnell of Vega United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sandra was born May 7, 1956, in Davenport, Iowa. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joy Long and Mary Kay Ragusa; brothers, Master Sergeant Robert E. Long and Glenn Long; nephews, Michael Harris and Robert Long II; and her brother-in-law, Daniel Harris.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Sleethe of Vega; five sisters, Alice Armstrong and Grace Harris, both of Colona, IL, Marcella Armstrong and Laura Collis, both of Centerville, Iowa, and Wendy Ragusa of Illinois; nine nieces; and fifteen nephews.

Viewing will be from noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo and 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday at Boxwell Brothers in Vega, 110 S. Main.

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Hazel Hollis

Hollis-Obit-217x300Hazel Hollis, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV.

Service and entombment will be at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Memorial Park Cemetery East Mausoleum. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Hazel was born July 29, 1911, in Ray, MO to Elmer and Alma Porterfield. She grew up in Panhandle and graduated from Panhandle High School. She worked in marketing and rental property. Hazel loved to travel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Hollis on Oct. 15, 1978.

She is survived by cousins, Harold Riley of Cleveland, GA; Virginia Pruitt of North Richland Hills, TX, Margaret Bland and Susan Cobb, both of Gap Mills, WV; Billie Riley of Lantana, Florida; Rodney Brewster of Normandy Park, Washington; Roger Brewster of Fairfax, VA; and Joy Selby of Seattle Washington; close friends, Lois Taylor, Harold Jones, Shawn Shipman and family, and Terry Kirby; and her little dog, Sweetie.

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Essie Adams

0ea44a3b-98af-4eae-917a-047ceea6dc5eFuneral service will be 2pmTuesday, May 28, 2013 at the LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home, Martin Road Chapel 1505 Martin Road with Pastor Bennie Anderson, Sr. officiating. LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Essie was born on April 19, 1932 in New Willard, Texas. She attended Patton High School. She married Mr. Adams in 1992 and was a faithful member of Amarillo Bible Fellowship in Amarillo. She was a retired domestic worker.

Preceded in death by her parents Myrtle and Joe P. Jefferson and Brother Freddy Davis.

Survivors include her husband Roosevelt Adams, Sr. of Amarillo, a daughter LaVaun Green and adopted daughter Suzie Barnes of Amarillo. A sister Marva Cook of Baton Rouge, La. One grandchild and two great grandchildren.

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Dorothy Marie Bell

Dorothy Marie Bell, a long-time resident of Amarillo, passed away May 25, 2013. She was 98 years young.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel, with Dr. Delbert Serratt officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

Mrs. Bell was born in Sunset, Texas on November 24, 1914. At eight years of age, her family moved to Bovina, Texas where her father farmed two sections of land.

Marie graduated from high school in Bovina and that is where she met Ralph R. Bell who was working for Producers Grain Elevator. Ralph and Marie married in Farwell, Texas on January 25, 1935. They moved to Amarillo in 1945. Marie made this her home for 68 years.

She was employed at First National Bank of Amarillo for eight years and then worked in retail sales for 40 years. This included Marizon’s, White and Kirk, Kline’s and Sakowitz. In her working career, Marie stood out. Many people from Amarillo and the surrounding area were helped by Marie until her retirement in 1968. All her work was done by pencil and paper – no computers. She gained knowledge by common sense – which, according to Marie, you don’t forget.

Marie took pride in her home and loved to work in the yard. In April of 2005, the Amarillo Globe News had a large write-up about her tulip garden with a picture of Marie digging in her garden in her favorite yellow overalls and yellow tennis shoes.

She was a kind, independent, generous woman. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and her Christian values were reflected in her advocacy for any and all persons in need of help. She was involved in mission work for Catholic Family Services, Amarillo Downtown Women’s Center and Faith City Mission for many years. Even when Marie was in her 90’s, she was still collecting food from grocery stores to help feed the poor.

Marie loved animals and she owned and loved many poodles over the years. This included “Suzie Bell,” her companion poodle for many years. She fed the birds every morning in her backyard.

She was known as a “spitfire” all her life because of her endless energy and dedication to work. She was a woman of many roles and was skilled in many things. She faced many challenges in her life with great strength and courage. This was due in part to her many friends who encouraged her not to give up. She will be deeply missed by her friends and family.

Her husband, Ralph, preceded her in death on March 18, 1997, as well as a sister-in-law, Mildred Earlene Wines, in 2003, and sister, Vera Sanders, of Oklahoma City, OK.

Marie is survived by her brother, Weldon L. Wines, of Lubbock, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, John and Glenna Bremer of Amarillo, Texas; sister, Blanche Baker of Broken Arrow, OK; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Faith City Ministries, 401 SE 2nd Ave, Amarillo, Tx 79101 or Downtown Women’s Center, 409 S Monroe, Amarillo, Tx 79101 or Jason’s Bay, 5109 Theda Dr., Amarillo, Tx 79109.

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