Obituaries 2011

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Teresa Michelle Allen

Teresa Michelle Allen, age 38, former Brownwood resident, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011.  She was born in Kermit on July 29, 1972.  Michelle attended Brownwood High School, where she excelled at basketball.  She was a fun loving, vivacious person who loved to dance; the life of the party.  She loved people and lived life to the fullest.  Michelle especially loved her children. 

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her mother:  Sharon Wright and husband Jimmy Wright of Odessa; two sons:  Billy Ray Allen and Jeffery Wayne Allen, both of Brownwood; daughter:  Quatie Lee Hayden of Richford, VT; maternal grandparents:  Doug and Marion Jones of Brownwood; and two brothers:  Daryl Wright of Odessa and Chris Wright of Quitman, TX.   

Graveside services will be at Zephyr Cemetery in Zephyr, TX at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 19, 2011, officiated by Pastor J.A. McDaniel of Faith Baptist Church in Brownwood.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Joan Pflieger

Helen Joan Pflieger, age 83, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Midland Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Seminole, OK on October 22, 1927.  She was a credit manager for Goodyear. 

She is survived by two daughters:  Paula Grey of Gardendale and Debbie Geers of Odessa; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Her parents:  J.R. and Imogene (Moseley) Wells; husband:  J.P. Pflieger;  and daughter:  Rebecca Langhey, precede her in death.

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Lonnie Wendle Brown

Lonnie Wendle Brown, age 82, passed away on Monday January 17, 2011 at Hospice House in Odessa. He was born in Mountainburg, Arkansas on October 6, 1928 to the late Dixon and Ovie (Martin) Brown. He married Bonnell Singleton on July 6, 1984 in Wichita Falls.  He was a painter.

Lonnie served in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Hamal and the USS Tacoma. While in the service, Lonnie received a good conduct medal, Korean Service medal, National Defense Service medal, and United Nations Service medal.  He was a member of Ranchland Heights Baptist Church in Midland.

Survivors include his wife: Bonnell Brown of Odessa; son: Stacey Todd Brown of Yuba City, CA; daughters: Janice Jeanes and husband James of Perryville, AR, Shirley Hart and husband Travis of Midland, TX, and Paula Summerlin of Canyon, TX; brothers: Cecil Brown of Bentonville, AR and Lawrence Brown of CA; sisters: Helen Ward of Kermit, TX and Marie Brown of CA; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family visitation will be Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the funeral home from 5 to 6:00 pm.  Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery at Abilene, officiated by Chaplain Herb Wood. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Ruby Longrie Savell

Ruby Longrie Savell, age 80, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Deerings Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Haskell, TX on October 22, 1930 to the late Charles DeWitt Farmer and Mary Ethel (Thompson) Farmer.  She was the owner of RJ Sewing and Vacuum Center.  

She is survived by her sons:  Dennis Savell of Hobbs, NM and Stephen Savell of Odessa; step-son:  Terri Don Longrie of Shreveport, LA; brothers:  Bill Seelig of Carrizo Springs and James Farmer of Marshall, TX; sister:  Jerene Sinkirk of Loving, NM; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Her parents and her daughter:  Teri Stern, precede her in death. 

Memorial services are 2 pm Thursday, January 20, 2011, at Faith Church of the Nazarene, 2501 Golder Ave. in Odessa, officiated by Pastor David Farmer.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Melza V. Kelley

Melza V. Kelley, age 80, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at Hospice House.  He was born in Phoenix, Ariz. on August 22, 1930.  He was a welder and machinist.   

Mr. Kelley was a member of East Mountain Baptist Church in Gilmer, TX and had always been involved in church activities. He participated in church mission work, coordinating with the Red Cross to serve food and provide assistance to hurricane victims.   He also loved to hunt and fish. 

He is survived by three sons:  Robert Kelley and wife Pat of Odessa, Kenneth Kelley and wife Connie of Houston, and Dan Kelley and wife Kathy of Austin; sister:  Pauline Bittle of Avondale, Ariz.; and one brother:  Dennis Kelley and wife Mary of Denver, Colo.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.   

His parents:  Jesse and Eva (Bostick) Kelley; brother:  Victor Kelley; and one sister:  Marguerite Giles, precede him in death.    

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the First Church of the Nazarene 2223 Lyndale Dr. in Odessa, officiated by Pastor Terry Pierce.  Pallbearers will be grandsons:  Tim, Brian, Brad, Matthew, Travis, Connor, and Jonathan Kelley.  Arrangements entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Luis Rosalio Ibarra

Luis Rosalio Ibarra, age 56, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Juarez, Mexico on June 4, 1954 to the late Jose and Maria L. (Flores) Ibarra.  He was a musician. 

He is survived by his wife:  Maria C. Ibarra of Odessa; one daughter:  Rosie Ibarra of Odessa; six sons:  Luis Ibarra, Jr., Jose Ibarra, Antonio Ibarra, Ignacio Ibarra, Jovani Ibarra, and Alberto Ibarra, all of Odessa; seven sisters:  Maria Covernali of Odessa, Andrea Pedroza of Washington, Blanca Dominguez of El Paso, Isabel Gonzales of Washington, Rosario Ibarra of Presidio, and Maria De La Luz Flores and Teresa Galvan, both of Juarez, Mexico; and six grandchildren:  Edgar, Isis, Brenda, Anthony, Angel, and Christian.      

Rosary will be said Sunday evening at the family home:  2208 W. 3rd Street.  Funeral mass will be at St Joseph Catholic Church at 10:00 AM Monday, January 24, 2011, Fr. Joe Uecker officiating.  Interment will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

William T. Anderson, Jr.

William T. Anderson, Jr. age 84, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Blackwell, OK on October 10, 1926 to the late William T. Anderson, Sr. and Ethel Lillavieve (Brainerd) Anderson.  He owned a theater in Ruidoso, NM. 

He is survived by his wife: Shirley Anderson of Roswell, NM; daughter:  Linda Burdick of Odessa; brother:  Darrell Anderson of Ft. Worth; and two grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel Crematory.

Paul Everett Baldwin

Paul Everett Baldwin, age 90, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2011, at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Holden, Missouri on May 28, 1920 to Samuel Edward and Grace (Shimel) Baldwin.  A man of many hats, Mr. Baldwin was a retired US Army Veteran, had worked 15 years for General Tire, and 30 years as a barber.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a Mason for over 50 years.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 67 years, Ella Jo (Baker) Baldwin of Odessa; daughters:  Donna Baldwin and Cyndi Perez, both of Odessa; son:  Ray Evan Baldwin of Odessa; sister:  Nadine Williams of Holden, Mo.; and three grandchildren.         

Graveside services with military honors will be 2:00 pm, Monday, January 24, 2011at Texas State Veteran's Cemetery in Abilene, Texas, officiated by Pastor Owen Sharp.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Gloria Aide Corrales de Contreras

Gloria Aide Corrales de Contreras, age 32, died Friday, January 21, 2011, at her Odessa home.  She was born in Presidio, TX on March 25, 1978.  She married Raul Contreras on July 29, 2000 in Ojinaga, Mexico.  She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by her husband:  Raul Contreras of Odessa; father:   Antonio Corrales of Odessa; grandmother:  Ruby Rodriguez of Dodge City, KS; sister:  Elizama Corrales of Odessa;  her brother:  Auden Corrales and wife Erin of Odessa; two nephews:  Sebastian and Gavien; and one niece:  Joslyn. 

Her mother:  Bertha Rodriguez Corrales, precedes her in death.

Funeral mass will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 10:00 AM Monday, January 24, 2011, Fr. Bernardito Getigan officiating.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Geneva Taylor

Geneva Taylor of Odessa, age 69, passed from this life on Friday, January 21, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was born on January 15, 1942 to the late Clyde and Dorothy (Greear) Daniel in Miami, Arizona. She married Edwin E. Taylor on September 11, 1965 in Andrews, TX. She was a member of the Westview Church of God and the Sherwood Bowling Association.

Survivors include her husband: Edwin E Taylor of Odessa; son: Greg Taylor of San Angelo, TX; daughters: Donna Bowden of Helena, AR, Tonya Overton of San Angelo, TX, and Robin Davis of Odessa; brother: Franklin Daniel of Mountain Park, OK;  sister: Loretta Nix of Durant, OK; six grandchildren: Eddie Walker, Jonathan Bowden, Shawn Shults, Chantee Davis, Savanna Griggs, and Trey Davis; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa, officiated by Pastor Charles Shuffield. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Mountain Park Cemetery, Snyder, Oklahoma, officiated by Pastor Joe Taylor. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

James Wallace Box

James Wallace Box, age 66, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  He was born in Jack, TX on December 7, 1944 to James Cecil Box and Leama E. (Hodgin) Box.  He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. 

He worked as a ditcher in the oilfield, but was a mechanic at heart.  Aside from his devotion to family, he was a workaholic.  James loved his family wholeheartedly and wanted to be able to put his granddaughter through college.  He was very smart; a great source of wonderful advice and homework help.

He is survived by his wife:  Peggy (Inman) Box of Odessa; daughter:  Trisha Box and husband Philip of Dallas, brother:  Jerry Box of Odessa; sisters:  Marcia McBurney of California and Jo Ann Hood of Alvin, TX; and one granddaughter:  Kami Box of Odessa.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

 
Dominga Molina Dirickson

Dominga Molina Dirickson left this world Thursday, January 27, 2011 to be with the Lord.  She was born in Yorktown, Texas on December 15, 1929 to Felipa G. Molina and Desiderio H. Molina.  She was raised in the Roman Catholic Church.  She was a retired LVN at Medical Center Hospital, where she had touched many hearts.  After retiring, she did volunteer work through St. Elizabeth and St. Mary Catholic Churches.  She also enjoyed feeding the homeless and enjoyed Broncho baseball.  She was a proud mother to four handsome men:  Lupe, Sonny, Butch, and Richard Munguia, and a beautiful and loving daughter:  Margaret Flores.  Her children and family were her life.  She lived each day for God and her family.  One thing for sure, no one ever left her home hungry.

Those left to hold her memory close to their hearts include her loving companion:  Adolph Vasques of Odessa; her sons:  Lupe, Sonny, Butch, and Richard Munguia, all of Odessa; daughter:  Margaret Flores of Odessa; two loving sisters:  Soila “Viola” Jacobo and Clara Arredondo, both of Odessa; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am Monday, January 31, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, officiated by Father Mark Woodruff.  Interment will follow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

To all who loved and cherished our loving mother (there are too many to list) know that she loved each and every one of you.  We extend special thanks for your love and support to Parks Methodist Retirement Village, Father Mark and Deacon Neff of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Acres West Funeral Chapel, and Compass Hospice.

Our mom will hold a love that will last a lifetime in each of our hearts and a message from her to us would be:

To my dearest family,

Some things I’d like to say… but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.  I’m writing this from Heaven.  Here I dwell with God above.  Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.  Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.  Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon, and night.  That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.   It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.  As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.  I need you here badly; you’re part of my plan.  There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.”  God gave me a list of things, which he wished for me to do.  And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.  And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you… in the middle of the night.  When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.  But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.  Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.  I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.  But if I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.  But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o’er, I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.  There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.  It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too… that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.  If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain, then you can say to God at night….”My day was not in vain.”  And now I am content… that my life has been worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.  So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.  When you’re walking down the street, and you’ve got me on your mind; I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.  And when it’s time for you to go….from that body to be free, remember you’re not going…you’re coming here to me.

Please send donations to Compass Hospice, 1330 E. 8th Street, Ste. 410, Odessa, TX 79761 in loving memory of:  Dominga Molina Dirickson. 

Maria Buryj Gajewski

Maria Buryj Gajewski of Odessa, age 88, passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Ustrzyki, Dolne Poland on September 5, 1922 to Michael and Maria (Kpacz) Buryj.  

Maria was a devout Catholic. She could do anything that she set her mind to. During World War II, Maria and her family were sent to a Nazi labor camp. She was in the camp from age 12 until age 17 and was caught many times stealing food for others while in the Nazi camp. In 1949, Maria and her family arrived on Ellis Island. Their sponsor never showed up and the family had to stay in the area. They lived in Manhattan, N.Y.C. A plaque with their names has been placed at Ellis Island. After suffering a stroke in 1994, Maria decided to move to Odessa to be closer to her daughter.  

Maria was known for having the greenest thumb. She could plant a dead twig and it would grow. She also loved animals. She would take in any stray animal and care for it. She was a very generous person, always offering a helping hand to anyone in need and sharing everything she had. Maria was known for sacrificing herself for others. She spoke nine languages fluently.  A very good cook, she could make anything from scratch and was loads of fun to be around. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Robert Gajewski; and grandson: Philip J. Golembiewski.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons: Robert W. Gajewski of Odessa and Eugene Z. Gajewski of Glen Burnie, MD; daughters: Maria Teresa Dutko and husband Thomas M. of Odessa and Krystyna Golembiewski and husband Philip of Hockley, TX; grandchildren: Robert M. Dutko and wife Olivia M. of San Antonio, TX,Thomas A. Dutko of Odessa, Kara Magyar and husband Adam of Homewood, IL, Christopher Gajewski  and Adam Gajewski, both of Maryland; great grandchildren: Brooks F. Dutko of San Antonio, TX and Henryk Magyar of Homewood, IL. 

Rosary will be said 7:30 pm, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at St. Elizabeth-Ann Seton Catholic Church.  Celebrant will be Father Mark Woodruff. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Dorothy Gwendolyn Dupee

Dorothy Gwendolyn Dupee, age 92, of Midland, passed from this life on Friday, January 28, 2011 at Hospice House in Odessa.  She was born in Cement, OK to Charles L. and Celia D. (Milner) Maddox. She worked in logistics at Fort Lewis in Washington.  

Survivors include her daughter: Mary Carter of Midland; four grandchildren:  Laurie Stahl and husband Robert of Mexia, John E. Chamberlain and wife Terri of Duvall, WA, Gilbert Carter and wife Kim of Midland, and Brian Carter and wife Dianne of El Paso; and six great-grandchildren:  Mandy Stahl, Kyle Stahl, Kevin Carter, Sarah Carter, Austin Carter, and Miranda Carter. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Richard Arthur Russell, “Little” 

Richard Arthur Russell, “Little”, age 52, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Ft. Worth, TX on June 21, 1958 to the late Richard Gordon Russell and Jean Teresa (Riel) Russell.  He was a driller in the oilfield. 

Little was a road captain for the Cossacks.  He was a feisty fellow, full of spirit, who always led – never followed.  He was a true friend; always there for you when you needed him and glad to stand by your side.  “Little” may have described his stature, but definitely not his heart.  He loved his Mom and had taken care of his younger brothers and his family since he was a young teen.  He was the biggest man ever. 

He is survived by two brothers:  Bill Russell and Charles Remy, both of Casa Grande, AZ; and a dear friend:  Bobby Brown of Odessa, TX. 

Memorial services will be 4:00 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011, officiated by Rev. Freddy Steen and Duc Tape.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Jerry Albert Hildreth

Jerry Albert Hildreth, 67, of Odessa, died on Monday, January 31, 2011.

Jerry was born on August 5, 1943 in Lenorah.  He had been happily married to Mary (Phillips) Hildreth for the past 42 years.  He served in the United States Army as a military police officer, before establishing a long career in the long-distance trucking industry.  He had an avid interest in electronics, audio-visual communication, and photography – a skill he used while overseas.

He was not only a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, but a wonderful brother, uncle, friend, and confidant.  He is remembered for his sense of humor, abundant patience, and his ability to never meet a stranger.  He will be lovingly missed by all those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Janie Morgan Dawkins.

Survivors include his wife:  Mary Hildreth; a son:  Steven Hildreth and wife Angie Hildreth of Olathe, KS; a daughter:  Laura Hildreth of Dallas; a grandson:  Samuel Hildreth (13) of Olathe; granddaughter:  Molly Hildreth (7) of Olathe; sister:  Lillymay Dawkins of Midland; sister:  Marybelle and husband W. C. Odell of Big Spring; sister:  Myrtie Dawkins of Midland; brother:  Walter and wife Jean Hildreth of Lenorah;  sister:  Eula and husband Edward Kartes of Grand Prairie; sister:  Libby and husband Ken Gilmore of Lubbock; brother:  Jack Hildreth of Franklin, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved family members.

He was a member of Lenorah Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Stanton.  A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at Lenorah, Texas.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Olivia “Ama” Tarango Jurado

Olivia “Ama” Tarango Jurado, arrived in the presence of the Lord on February 1, 2011. 

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa, TX. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Virgin de Guadalupe Catholic Church in Saragosa, Texas. Burial will follow in Saragosa Cemetery under the direction of Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Olivia was born on September 11, 1926 in Candelaria, Texas to Roberto and Manuela Tarango.  She married Trinidad Jurado in August 1947 in Candelaria, Texas and remained married to him until his death on August 24, 1991. They raised eight children together. 

Olivia lived in Saragosa until 2003. When her health starting failing her, she moved with her daughter to Odessa; where in her “own way” she helped raise two of her grandchildren, TJ and Jesse. TJ, who is serving in the United States Navy, is the first member of her family to serve in the military. She was known as “Ama” to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and as “Tia Lile” to all her nephews and nieces. 

She was preceded in death by her father: Roberto Tarango; mother: Manuela Orozco Tarango; husband: Trinidad Jurado; sisters: Juana Muniz and Emilia Aguirre; and brothers: Concepcion Tarango and Tomas Tarango. 

She is survived by eight children and their spouses: Delma and Arnold Armendarez of Odessa, TX, Ortensia “Tencha” and Timoteo Olivas of Ft. Stockton, TX, Elpidia “Ellie” Lopez of Ft. Stockton, TX, Manuel and Socorro Jurado of Presidio, TX, Raymon “Coyo” and Rosa Jurado of Imperial, TX, Jose “Tango” and Hattie Jurado of Imperial, TX, Juan “Shine” and Diane Jurado of Imperial, TX, and Michael Jurado of Grandfalls, TX; 28 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother: Lorenzo Tarango of Morton, TX; sisters: Manuela Zapata of Morton, TX, Julia Perez of Saragosa, TX, Rita Martinez of Marfa, TX, Eloisa Baeza of Odessa, TX, and Frances Rodriguez of Victorville, CA. 

The family would like to thank The Visiting Nurses of Del Rio for the services they provided throughout the years, making it possible for her to be at home as she wished. We also want to thank Home Hospice, all the home health care providers, especially Egriselda Munoz and Susana Brito for the love and care they provided during her final days.


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