Emma Lahoma Matsler

Emma Lahoma Matsler was born to C.E. and Debera Moore in Hobart, Oklahoma on February 20, 1918. In 1929 her dad bought some farm land in Lamb County and the family moved to Amherst, Texas. Lahoma graduated from Amherst High School in 1936. She then enrolled in Lippert Business School in Plainview which became Draughon’s Business College.

Lahoma’s father bought her a meal ticket at the Quick Lunch Café where she met her future husband, Leonard Matsler. His job was washing dishes for 25 cents an hour. They married in 1938 and were happily married for 67 years at the time of Leonard’s death on November 25, 2005.

On pretty Sunday afternoons, Leonard and Lahoma would drive around small towns near Plainview. They were increasingly drawn to the pretty, clean town of Floydada. In the Fall of 1941, the opportunity came to purchase a café in downtown Floydada for $400. Leonard’s Café is the longest running food establishment in Floyd, 70 years! (Gary took over the café in 1977 and worked side by side with Leonard around 25 years)

Their eldest child, Gary, was born in 1942, followed by Mike in 1944, and Jill in 1946. All three children graduated from Floydada High School. In 1963-64 school term, the Matsler’s had an American Foreign Exchange Student in their home from Rome, Italy, Maria Antolini. Leonard and Lahoma traveled to Rome to visit with Maria’s family and parents.

Lahoma was a legal secretary for Sam Curry in Plainview for 3 years. In 1956, she was school secretary at Andrews Ward elementary, Floydada Junior High, and then became Floydada High School registrar at which she worked for 21 years, retiring in 1978.

Lahoma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Floydada. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother. Her hobbies were playing duplicate bridge in Plainview and Floydada. She was a great seamstress and enjoyed all kinds of handwork. Lahoma and Leonard loved ballroom dancing and would drive to Lubbock every Saturday night, until Leonard’s health issues in 1990.

In 2009, Lahoma moved to Shepherds Meadow assisted living community (now the Bee Hive), where she lived the last 8 years of her life. Her continual good attitude, sharp mind, and quick wit stayed with her until her death on May 6, 2017, at 99 years of age.

Survivors are two sons, Gary & wife Linda Matsler of Floydada, Mike & wife Lou Matsler of Seal Beach, CA, a daughter Jill Golden & late husband Larry of Aiken, foreign exchange student Maria Antolini of Rome Italy, eight grandchildren, Jeff and wife Michelle Matsler of Maryland, Mindy Vaughan of Lubbock, Kim Lockwood and husband Ken of San Clemente, CA, Jenny Koch and husband Kregg of Manhattan Beach, CA, Sean Matsler and wife Natalie of Newport Beach, CA, Colt Golden of Austin, TX, Chad and wife Jennifer of Highland Village, TX, Clay and wife Heather of Aiken, TX, and 18 great grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Dr. William Dean officiating. Interment to follow at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.

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Fern Hartsell

She was born September 12, 1934 in Floydada to John Felton and Mattie Jewel (Lewis) Patterson. She lived all her life in Floydada and graduated from Floydada High School in 1953.

Fern retired as a comptroller with the Lockney Coop Gin in 1999. Previously she had been employed with Producers Cooperative Elevator and Wylie Distributors.

Fern was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church. She served on the Pastor Parrish Committee, funeral lunch committee, and was a lay delegate to annual conference for several years. Fern was a faithful member of the Monday morning women’s bible study. She also assisted in many areas with the church’s annual Fall Harvest Bazaar.

Fern was active in many other organizations. She was a member of the Razzle Dazzle Red Hats Society, the 1950 Study Club where she held many offices, Order of the Eastern Star, S.O.S., was treasurer for the Floyd County Friends of the Library, and Living Water Emmaus, serving as a lay director in 2006.

In 1998 Fern underwent a life-saving liver transplant. After that experience, she also volunteered with LifeGift in Lubbock, TX. She was even asked to participate in the annual LifeGift calendar one year and was “Miss April” to coincide with the month of her transplant.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nita Patterson, and her brothers Dillon and Pat Patterson.

Fern is survived by two daughters, Holly Glasscock and husband Lanny of Ada, OK, and Hope Warren and husband Don of Floydada; four granddaughters, Joni Johnston and husband Larry of Roff, OK, Jeni Helleland and husband Tanner of Norman, OK, Becky Warren and Mary Warren both of Canyon, TX; one great grandson, Lane Johnston of Roff, OK; a sister, Wren Samuel and husband Warren of Topeka, KS; and several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be Jim Patterson, Bryan Patterson, John White, Tanner Helleland, Larry Johnston, and Casey Wheat.

Funeral Service for Fern Marie “Nana Honey” Patterson Hartsell, 82, of Floydada are 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Floydada with Reverends Les Hall and Ken Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at the Floydada Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2017 at Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.

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Neida McKaskle

Neida Doris Cox was born in Cottle County, Texas to Emory Cox and Carrie Lucile Wise. She loved to quilt, sew, work puzzles and fish. She was also an avid board game player and enjoyed traveling the county in her Winnebago. She loved Jesus and drove herself to church every week.

Neida was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Veda Thayer Adams, her husbands, Ralph Thayer and Carson McKaskle, her siblings, Lillian Hargrove, Lucille Duncan, Charles Cox, Betty McKinney, Emory Cox, Frances Dilley and James Cox.

She is survived by her children, Fred and Judy Thayer of Floydada, Carrie Welty of Brownwood, son-in law Larry Adams of Fredricksburg. ; two step-sons, Lyndel Fletcher and Kerry Fletcher of Big Spring; 14 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Riffle of Missouri and Becky Campbell of Tennessee; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Floydada. Interment will follow at Carr’s Chapel Cemetery. Services are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.

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Billie Lackey

Billie was born on September 1, 1926 in the Cedar Hill Community, Floyd County, Texas to Henry C. Love and Mary Ellen (Hammons) Love. Billie married Lindsey Lackey on July 29, 1943. She was a housewife and enjoyed sewing, quilting and embroidery. After retirement, Lindsey and Billie enjoyed traveling in their travel trailer especially to Port Isabel, Texas where they enjoyed fishing and made many life-long friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Kay Lackey in 1951, her husband Lindsey in 2015, her parents, Henry C and Mary Ellen Love, brothers Alvie O., James Alton and H.C. Jr.

Billie is survived by her daughters, Linda Turner and son-in-law, Donnie of Flomot and Kimberly Erpelding and son-in-law Jeffrey of Plainview and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada with Ron Strickland officiating. A family visitation will be prior to the service from 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. at Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada

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Liborio Ascensio, Jr.

Liborio was born on August 9,1970 in Imperial, Nebraska to Liborio Ascensio and Gloria Felan.

He is preceded in death by his father Liborio Ascensio Sr. Maternal Grandparents Tony And Esther Felan Paternal Grandparents Jesus And Ramona Meza Ascensio Nephew Michael Angelo Ramirez.

Liborio is survived by his mother; Gloria Villarreal, father; Manuel Fierros Sr, brothers and sisters; Ruben Ascensio, Tony Ascensio, Holly Fierros, Jamie Ascensio Jorge Villarreal, Veronica Pacheco, Isabell Villarreal, Eric Villarreal, Gloria Fierros, Michelle Fierros, Manuel Fierros and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday May 21, 2017 at Rios De Agua Viva in Lockney with Domingo Luna officiating. Burial will follow at Lockney Cemetery Visitation will at 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, May 20, 2017. Arrangements are under the care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney.

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Bud Warren Higginbotham

Bud Warren Higginbotham was born August 25, 1945 to Bryant and Ruby Lee Higginbotham in Floydada, TX. Bud graduated from Floydada High School and attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. Bud worked for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance for 28 years. He married Janet (Daniel) Higginbotham on March 2, 1991. Bud was a proud member of the First Baptist Church in South Plains, TX.

He liked to spend his time with family and being outdoors in general, especially to quail hunt and fish. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Khiva Shrine Temple of Amarillo, TX. He was Alpha TAU Omega at West Texas University in Canyon, TX, and President of the West Texas Brittany Club for 13 years.

Survivors include; wife, Janet Higginbotham of Bangs, TX; son, Bret Higginbotham and wife Brandy of Weatherford, TX; daughter, Shea Porter of Canyon, TX; stepson, Blane Daniel and wife Patti of Bangs, TX; stepdaughters, Kathy Drisdale and husband Tommy of Denton, TX, Kam Gibson and husband Robert of Conroe, TX; Kristi Thomas of Bangs, TX; brother, Alton Higginbotham and wife Sue of Burleson, TX. Bud also has 13 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Floydada Cemetery with Nathan Mulder officiating. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.

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Viola Gaston

Viola Patterson Gaston, was born Dec. 4, 1921 to Andy & Lovie Patterson at the White Ranch near Blackwell, Texas, & she married Clifford H. Gaston on Nov. 23, 1937 in Sweetwater, Texas. Viola, formerly of Sterling City, retired at age 75 after a very successful career as a hairdresser & owner of Viola’s Beauty Shop. Viola is survived by nine children: Jynette Suggs of Big Spring, Andy Gaston & wife Shirley of Alvarado, Kathy Thompson of Kermit, Karen Duncan & husband Tim of Idalou, David Gaston & wife Kay of Sterling City, Diane Sebastian of Idalou, Kenneth Gaston & wife Lynn of Westbrook, Lynese Gentry & husband Earl of Junction & Ramona McNutt & husband David of Round Rock, & nieces Charlene Light, Anita Talbott & nephew Alton Patterson of Snyder, 34 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren & 30 great- great grandchildren.Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Clifford H. Gaston, their sons, Kelton, Calvin and Van, their daughter Beaetta, and grandson, Karl Gaston, Viola’s parents, Andy & Lovie Patterson, brother, Monroe Patterson & his wife, Eudell and nephew, Glenn Patterson of Snyder. Special thanks & much appreciation to all of the Care Givers at the Hill Country Care Center in Junction, Texas & to Peterson Hospice in Kerrville.

Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Blackwell Cemetery near Sweetwater, Texas. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Idalou. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Idalou.

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Maxey McKnight, Sr

Maxey McKnight, age 95, passed away, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Graveside service with military honors will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada with Bob Porterfield officiating. Visitation will be prior to service from 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Moore-Rose Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.

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Donald “Hop” Hopingardner

Don was born at the Howard County Hospital to Willis J. Hopingardner and Stella JoAnn (Cole)Hopingardner in Big Spring, Texas on June 5, 1959 at 3:34 am. He attended San Benito High School of Hollister, California. He married Junelle Miller on March 20th, 1981 in her mother’s home in Clovis. Their marriage was ever lasting and they were one for 36 years and 8 days on her passing. Their separation was short and only lasted 9 weeks and 1 day when he took his last ride to join her.

Hop loved life and enjoyed many numerous activities throughout his journey on Earth. He loved working inside and outside with his hands doing such things as gardening and building on cars. Recently he has been tinkering with remote control aircraft. He loved Volkswagens and motorcycles most of all as modes of transportation. His most current endeavors have been taken on the back of his Harley in the form of small road trips and preparing to go on camping trips with other bike enthusiasts. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle with Junelle and was a member of the Grumpy O’ Men Riding Group. No matter who you were, he never minded to help those in need of assistance.

Hop is preceded in death by his wife Junelle, his father Willis Hopingardner, mother Stella Perry, brother Douglas Scot Hopingardner, 2 babies, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Hop is survived by his children, son Waylon and daughter-in-law Siobhan Hopingardner of Winter Haven FL, daughter Genea Hopingardner of Amarillo TX, daughter JoAnn Love of Clovis NM, 4 grandchildren: Weston Hopingardner, Brianna Watson, JoHanna Love and Garrett Love. Also by 1 brother Clarence Lee Hopingardner and wife Sandy of Mangum OK, step-sisters Kristy Lasseter Crowe and Shawna Lasseter, and step-mother Sharon Hopingardner of California, and many nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are his son Waylon, the Grumpy O’ Men Riding Group, his brother Clarence, nephews Christopher Hopingardner, Christopher Miller, John Sain, and Ricky Sain, Jason Adams, and other friends and family members.

In honor and memory of Hop the family asks that friends and family become if not all ready organ and tissue donors. The family of Don Hopingardner wishes to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all the staff at Plains Regional Medical Center, Clovis Fire Department, and Covenant Medical Center for the care they provided for him. Thank you also to Steed Todd Funeral Home, Jon Forrest and the First Christian for funeral arrangements. And to all friends and family who have helped along the way.

First Christian Church
1700 N. Main
Clovis, NM 88101
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Victor Esmael Cordova

Victor was born in Vaugh, NM September 10, 1938 to Pelagio and Aurelia Cordova. He worked for EXCELL and retired with them. He did construction work after that. Victor enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He loved his grandchildren dearly like they were his own. He also had a love for his fireplace and country music.

He is survived by his wife Mable Cordova; 5 sons Pete Cordova, Johnny Cordova, Steve Cordova and Vincent (Joy) Cordova, Zachary Montano; 3 daughters Roseanne, Nora (Pat) Gutierrez, Vickie (Julian) Cordova; 3 sisters; Rita Martinez, Ramona (Paul) Montoya, Fabiloa (Tom) Goldenburg; Along with numerous grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Victor is preceded in death by his son Victor Jr; grandson Joselino Chavez; his parents; and sisters Rosie Perea and Nora Dodge.

A Rosary will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday June 8, 2017 at Steed Todd Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be 10:30a.m. at Steed Todd Chapel.

Celebration of Life
Steed Todd Chapel
800 E. Manana Blvd
Clovis, NM 88101
Thursday, June 08, 2017

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