Obituaries 2012

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Victoria Ann Garcia

Victoria Ann Garcia, age 27, of Odessa, passed from this life in a tragic accident on Thursday, February 2, 2012.  She was born in Odessa on October 11, 1984 to Andres Jacobo and Diana (Galvan) Jacobo - Sauceda.  She was a very caring person who worked as a daycare teacher.  She was always friendly and loving and easily kept those around her smiling.  She enjoyed Western décor, clothing, and dancing and was frequently overheard to say, “I am on a diet, but will get back on it tomorrow.”

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her mother:  Diana Sauceda and step-father:  Alonzo of Odessa; father:  Andres Jacobo and step-mother: Martha of Odessa; her longtime companion:  Robert Tarango of Odessa; paternal grandmother:  Cayetana Sauceda of Odessa; two sons:  Elijah Garcia and Noah Garcia of Odessa; brother:  Alonzo Abel Sauceda of Odessa; sisters:  Celeste Sauceda of Odessa, Ashley Leeann Sauceda of Houston, and  Christina Molinar, Maria Cadena, and Zoe Jacobo, all of Odessa; and her best friend:  Monica Gonzalez of Odessa.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents:  Amanda and Sostenes Jacobo; maternal grandparents:  Gregorio and Dominga Galvan; and her aunt:  Petra Navarro.

Rosary will be said Monday evening, February 6, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 7:30 pm.  Funeral Mass will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Father Arturo Pestin.  Pallbearers will be Ricky Gonzalez, Jaime Ybarra, Ricky Jacobo, Frank Jacobo, Joe Jacobo, and Leonardo Villareal.  Interment will be at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

 
Shirley C. Watson

Shirley C. Watson, age 75, of Odessa, was called away to her Heavenly home on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital.  She entered this life on Sunday, April 19, 1936 in Natchitoches, LA, one of six children born to the late Albert and Annisteen (Cross) Coutee.  She married Eddie Watson in 1972 in Lea County, NM and they enjoyed 24 years together before separated by his death in 1996. 

Shirley was a wonderful caretaker and was a retired certified nurse’s assistant.  She was a great mother and grandma and an example to her family.  She was a member of the Highland and Bunche Street Church of Christ congregation and her faith was very important to her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters:  Celesteen Allen and husband Terry of Greenville, S.C., Sharon Bennett and husband Darian of Midland, Gayla Wright and husband Andrae of Odessa, and Nesa Bridges of Midland; her son:  Nathaniel Coutee of Dallas; sister:  Doris Phillips Board of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers:  Wardell Coutee and wife Kellie of Natchitoches, La. and Richard Phillips of Lancaster, Calif.; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded to her eternal home by her brothers:  James Phillips and Albert Coutee, and her son:  Errington Franklin Allen, Jr.

A wake will be held Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Homegoing services will be at Highland and Bunche St. Church of Christ, 1705 Highland Street,  at 11:00 AM Friday, February 10, 2012, Bro. Gene O. Collins officiating.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Henry Soto

Enrique Lopez “Henry” Soto, age 53, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at his home.  He was born in San Angelo, TX on January 8, 1959 to late Panfilo Soto and Lydia (Lopez) Soto.  He married Monica Guevara in Odessa on August 12, 2006.  He worked for the City of Odessa for 14 years before his disability prevented him from working.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife Monica Soto of Odessa; mother:  Lydia Soto of Odessa; three daughters:  Anna Marie De la Paz of Austin, Raquel Arenivas of Odessa, and Amy Soto of Austin; two sons:  Henry Soto, Jr. of Austin and Enrique G. Soto of Odessa; two sisters:  Yolanda Hidalgo of Odessa and Gloria Soto of Houston; three brothers:  Richard Soto, Robert Soto, and Edward Soto, all of Odessa; and ten grandchildren:  Nathan Soto, Jacob Hernandez, Angelina Arenivas, Makayla Arenivas, Abraham Jr. Arenivas, all of Odessa and Yesina Soto, Priscilla Soto, Lilyanna Lopez, Henry Jr III Soto, and Austin James Soto, all of Austin.

In addition to his father, his brother:  David Lopez, and one granddaughter:  Sierra Renee Hernandez, preceded him in death.

Rosary will be said 7:00 PM Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 9, 2012, Fr. Joe Uecker officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Joyce Ann (Davis) Moore

Joyce Ann (Davis) Moore, age 69, of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Regency Hospital of Odessa.  She was born in Quanah, TX on June 25, 1942 to Jack and Tommie (Williams) Davis.  She worked at Sunshine Cleaners for twenty years.

Her parents and her husband Elmer Joe Moore, precede her in death.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Claudia Friar and husband J.L. of Amarillo, three grandchildren:  Jasmyne and Jamon Friar of Arlington, Jermell Friar of Amarillo, and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by three cousins Pat Caldwell, Michelle and Teresa of Midland.

 No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Marcos Vasquez Lopez

Marcos Vasquez Lopez, age 83, of Odessa, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Deerings Nursing Home in Odessa.  He was freed to join both his Lord and Savior and his beloved wife, Maria H. Medina Lopez.  Marcos was born in Terlingua, TX on October 7, 1928 to the late Miguel and Nieves (Vasquez) Lopez.  He was a hard worker and was employed as a janitor at the Eagles Lodge for many years.

Mr. Lopez was a good and gentle man.  He never said a mean word to anyone and was devoted Grandpa.  He was always there for his children.  He was a playful person who enjoyed laughing and joking with family and friends.  He also enjoyed wrestling very much. 

He is survived by his daughters:  Nieves Lopez Torres and husband Jose Manuel and Amelia Pando and husband Socorro, all of Odessa, and Frances Lopez and husband Johnny of Dallas; son:  Filberto Lopez of Odessa; seventeen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be said 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at St Joseph Catholic Church at 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Fr. Serafin Avenido officiating.  He will be laid to rest with his wife at Ector County Cemetery on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

 

Josefina Rodriguez Herrera

Josefina Rodriguez Herrera, age 64 of Odessa, died Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Midland Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Mexico on February 21, 1947 to Simon Rodriguez and Beatrice (Campos) Rodriguez.  She married Juan Antonio Herrera in Mexico in 1976.  She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

She is survived by her husband:  Juan Antonio Herrera of Odessa; her mother:  Beatrice Rodriguez of Odessa; two daughters:  Juana Herrera and Odile Lujan, both of Midland; four brothers:  Robert Rodriguez, Luis Martin Rodriguez, and Jorge Rodriguez, all of Odessa and Sammy Campos of Austin; five sisters:  Dolores “Lola” Dominguez, Carmen Rodriguez, Maria Castillo, and Cathy Cortez, all of Odessa and Cruz Rodriguez of Austin; and six grandchildren:  Mayra, Ivan, Alejandro, Jahir, David, and Samantha.

Her father:  Simon Rodriguez; son:  Juan Jose Herrera; and two brothers:  Jesus Manuel Rodriguez and Tomas Rodriguez, preceded her in death.

Rosary will be 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral mass will be 10:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Frankie Viola Emison Schooley Russell

Frankie Viola Emison Schooley Russell, of Odessa, went to be with her Heavenly father and her family on Monday, February 6, 2012 at the age of 93.  She was born on a small ranch in Tatum, NM on July 5, 1918 to Clarence and Beatrice (Riggs) Emison, the oldest of five children.  Early in life, she was the owner of her own business, a café.  She continued to work in the restaurant industry throughout her life. 

Frankie always put God first in her life, closely followed by her family, then friends and church family, whom she loved deeply.  She was a firecracker – quick to anger, but just as quick to make up with a hug.  She enjoyed gardening and grew grapes in her backyard.  She made her own grape jelly and also used the old fashioned wringing washer for many years.

Those left to cherish her memory are her brother:  Oscar Emison of Brownwood; sister:  Edna Walsh of Washington state; twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and her beloved puppies:  “Prissy” and “Tinkerbell”.

She was preceded to her Heavenly home by her children:  Clarence Wright, Jerry Wayne Schooley and Martha Lambert; their father:  Earnest Eugene Schooley; her parents; two sisters; and her late husband:  Monroe Russell.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa on Thursday evening, February 9, 2012 from 6 to 8:00 pm CST.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm MST Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Church of the Nazarene in Lovington, NM, officiated by Pastor Jaron Graham.  Interment will follow at the City of Lovington Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Mario M. Pando, Jr.

Mario M. Pando, Jr. age 38, of Presidio, passed from this life on Monday, February 6, 2012 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  He was born in Redford, TX on April 29, 1973 to Mario G. Pando, Sr. and Arcilia (Montoya) Pando.  He married Azucena Carrasco in Presidio on November 1, 1993.  Mario worked for TxDot.

Mario was a very devout Catholic with a beautiful, strong faith.  He loved the outdoors and ranching and animals were his favorite hobby.  He enjoyed anything to do with cattle, horses, farming and ranching.  Mario had a great sense of humor and always had the funniest jokes to share.  He had a knack for giving people the silliest yet most fitting nicknames.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 18 years:  Azucena Pando of Presidio; daughter:  Jocelyn Pando, age 17, of Presidio; son:  Carlo Ivan Pando, age 13, of Presidio; parents:  Arcilia and Mario Pando, Sr. of Presidio; maternal grandparents:  Anastacio and Sara Montoya of Presidio; brothers:  Omero Pando and wife Sandra and Orlando Pando, all of Odessa; and two sisters:  Veronica Prieto and husband Jose Juan and Claudia Baeza and husband Polo, all of Presidio.

Rosary will be said on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Santa Theresa Catholic Church in Presidio at 7:00 pm.  Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Santa Theresa Catholic Church, officiated by Father Jose Alfredo Hinojosa.  Following funeral services, Mario will be returned to his beloved Redford, TX for burial at Redford Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa. 

 

Lazara Castro Huerta

Lazara Castro Huerta de 73 años de edad, Nació en Álamos de Márquez, Coahuila, México el 17 de diciembre del 1938 y murió el miércoles, 08 de febrero del 2012 en la cd de Odessa.

Fue una mujer fuerte, trabajadora, una buena hija, una esposa ejemplar, muy buena madre, abuela, y bisabuela.  Su familia fue su mayor alegría.  Fue dedicada a su negocio una de las primeras en abrir el negocio de segunda en Ojinaga, Chih.

Sobrevivientes;  su hija: Maria Leyva de Odessa; siete hijos: Antonio Huerta, José Luis Huerta de Odessa, Macario Huerta de Ojinaga, MX, Domingo Huerta de Ocampo, Coahuila, MX, Isidro Huerta, Jose Angel Huerta, y Alvaro Huerta, todos de Ojinaga, MX; hermano: Melquides Castro de Coahuila, MX; cuatro hermanas: Bartola Castro, Liandra Castro, Sara Castro, y Gregoria Castro, todas de Coahuila, MX; veintisiete nietos y dieciocho bisnietos.

Es precedida en la muerte por sus padres, su marido: Tomas Huerta; y sus hermanos: Domingo y Sylvestre Castro.

Servicios serán a 10:00, el sábado, 11 de febrero de 2012 a la Iglesia de Nazareno, 1301 S. Dixie, en Odessa, con el Pastor Mario Sanchez. Será enterrada en Jardín de Rose Hill de Cementerio de Condado de Ector junto a su amado marido. Los arreglos son confiados a Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Lazara Castro Huerta, age 73, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at her home.  She was born in Alamos de Marquez, Coahuila, Mexico to the late Torivio Castro and Florencia Hinostrosa on December 17, 1938.  She was a homemaker.  She was a strong, hardworking woman who was very loving and always willing to lend a hand. Lazara ran her own flea market and was one of the first to open her flea market in Ojinaga.  She was a loving mother and a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother.  Her grandchildren were her joy.

She is survived by her sons:  daughter:  Maria Leyva of Odessa; seven sons:  Antonio Huerta of Odessa,

Macario Huerta of Ojinaga, MX, Domingo Huerta of Campo, Coahuila, MX, Isidro Huerta, Jose Angel Huerta, and Alvaro Huerta, all of Ojinaga, MX; and Jose Luis Huerta of Odessa; brother:  Melquides Castro of Coahuila, MX; four sisters:  Bartola Castro, Liandra Castro, Sara Castro, and Gregoria Castro, all of Coahuila; twenty-seven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.      

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Tomas Huerta; and her brothers:  Domingo and Sylvestre Castro.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 am, Saturday February 11, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Ronnie Allen Tiller

Ronnie Allen Tiller, age 36, of Midland, Texas, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Midland Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Odessa on June 23, 1975.  He worked for Village Car Wash Express. 

He is survived by his mother:  Annie Mae (Sullivan) Jones of Midland; father:  Donnie Allen Tiller of Shamrock; three sisters:  Billie Anne Alderidge and Pamela Sue Fitzhugh, both of Odessa and Cynthia Kay Wade of Breckenridge; and two brothers:  Donnie Lynn Tiller of Midland and Bobbie Ray Moore of Albany, Ore.       

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

Kevin Donald Collins

Kevin Donald Collins, age 46, of Odessa passed from this life on Friday, February 10, 2012 at Medical Center Hospital, with the love of his life, Lisa, by his side.   He was born in Pawhuska, OK on October 17, 1965.  He graduated from Permian High School in 1984. 

Kevin was a loving and generous man with a great sense of humor.  He was a talented handyman and could fix anything.  He put his talents to good use working for Waukesha-Pearce Industries as a mechanic.  He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.  He and Lisa were in the midst of plans for moving to their new home and growing old together.  They were very happy and were enjoying their life together.

He will forever remain in the hearts of his loving family; his fiancée:  Melisa “Lisa” Vickerman of Odessa; his mother:  Carlene Collins of Odessa; brother:  Craig Collins and wife Stacee of New Braunfels; beloved nieces:  Samantha and Emily Collins of New Braunfels; aunt:  Judith Moreland of Odessa; uncle:  James Cornelius and wife JoAnn of Oklahoma City, OK; and numerous cousins.

His father:  J. D. Collins preceded Kevin to his heavenly home in March of 2009.

Memorial services to celebrate his life will be 10:00 am Monday, February 13, 2012 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Gordon Nolan Howard

Gordon Nolan Howard, age 63, passed from this life on Friday, February 10, 2012 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Odessa on December 15, 1948 to William Marvin Howard and Betty Simmons-Pate.  He married Vicki Fisher on November 24, 1990 in Midland and they had recently celebrated 21 years together.  They worshipped at River of Hope Christian Fellowship.

Gordon worked on drilling rigs for over 36 years.  He was a NASCAR fan, who cheered for Jeff Gordan.   He also enjoyed a good Longhorn game.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Vicki Howard of Odessa; four sons:  Jeff Howard and wife Sharon and Bill Howard and wife Elizabeth, all of Odessa, Sheldon “Tiger” Howard of Kenai, Alaska, and Joel Fisher of Odessa; one daughter:  Shelena Howard Griffin of Houma, LA; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His parents:  Marvin Howard and Betty Pate, and two brothers:  Dean and Wayne Marvin Howard and one great-grandson:  Tristian J. Hebert, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Sunday evening, February 12, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Monday, February 13, 2012 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Pastors Steve and Renee Phillips. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Ellen Marie Rice Elmore

Ellen Marie Rice Elmore, age 79, of Odessa, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012, at Terrace West Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Midland, Texas.  She was born in Odessa on February 27, 1932.  She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by her daughter:  Rhonda Elmore of Odessa; two sons:  Greg Elmore of Odessa and Monty Elmore of Midland; and one grandchild. 

Her parents, her husband, and one son:  Wesley Elmore, preceded her in death. 

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, officiated by Chaplain Clay Porter.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

Jose Armando Tavarez

Jose Armando Tavarez, age 46, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012, at his residence.  He was born on April 7, 1965 in Mexico to the late Alfonso and Florencia (Tercero) Tavarez.  He was a self employed welder and a jack of all trades.

He is survived by his wife:   Sofia Garcia of Odessa; three daughters:  Andrea Tavarez , Olivia Tavarez,  and Cecilia Tavarez, all of Odessa; four sons:  Marcos Tavarez, Jose A. Tavarez, Jr. , Jose G. Ortiz, and Juan D. Ortiz, all of Odessa; four sisters:  Maria Hernandez, Maria Guadalupe Orona, and  America Galindo, all of Odessa; and Norma Mendoza of Ojinaga, CH, Mexico; one brother:  Luis Alfonso Tavarez of Ojinaga, CH Mexico; and seven grandchildren:  Emily Tavarez, Jose Armando Tavarez III “Boy”, Jovanny Jose Ortiz, Jazzelyn Iliana Ortiz, Juan Diego Ortiz, Dianyra Gizel Ortiz, and Damia Gibelle Ortiz.     

Funeral services will be at a later date in Ojinaga, Mexico.  Interment will be at Ultimo Refugio in Ojinaga, Mexico.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valle in Ojinaga. 

Lila Lea Blount

Lila Lea Blount, age 81, of Pecos, passed from this life to rejoin her beloved husband of 62 years in Heaven on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born in Lemming, TX on August 11, 1930 to the late Hugh and Margaret (Randall) McKenzie.  She married Nolan Eugene Blount in Monahans, TX on June 23, 1949.  Together they raised six children. They have left behind a legacy of six children, twenty-three grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Lila was always there for her kids.  She was a great cook and all around awesome mom.  She loved family picnics and gatherings and her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was an avid reader, a cat lover, a gardener who loved flowers and plants, and a sports fan – especially fond of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns.  Mrs. Blount never met a stranger and served her church and her community.  She was independent and strong willed and an example to her kids. She was very involved in her kids’ activities including everything from cheering their sports teams to leading in Girl Scouts and teaching the Girls’ Auxiliary at West Park Baptist Church of Pecos. She supported cancer research and was a member of the Rebecca Lodge of Pecos.

She will be greatly missed by her family – three sons:  Richard Blount and wife Cindy of Marion, KS and Nolan Jack Blount and wife Retta and Randall Blount and wife Rosie, all of Pecos; two daughters:  Jackie Hunter and husband Richard of Mathis and Sandy Hendricks and husband Bill of Odessa; twenty-three grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, her daughter:  Nancy Jean Blount Walser; and her siblings – brothers:  William, Hugh, and Bob McKenzie, and sister:  Margaret Crawford, precede her to their Heavenly home.

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

 

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