|Ann Willette Crawford|
Ann Crawford walked through the gates of Heaven into the arms of Jesus February 12, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. She will be missed, but we rejoice knowing she is with our Savior.
She was born on February 22, 1937 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Batis Opal Weaver Jones and Louis Alvie Jones. The family moved to Odessa in 1946. Ann attended Odessa High School where she met Henry Horton Crawford. They married February 22, 1955 and shared a 40 year union together.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and was devoted to her family. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling, crafts, sewing, and making the most treasured craft items for her family. She poured love into everything she did.
Ann is preceded in death by her mother: Batis Jones, as well as her father: Louis Jones. She is survived by two sisters: Nancy Sue Jones and her husband Buck Jones and Patty Masse and her husband Roger Masse; four children: Toni Jones, Mike Crawford and his wife Charla, Larry Crawford and his wife Sandy, and Schrea Holloway. Her grandchildren are Jeremy Shastid, Amber Shastid, Michael Crawford, Justin Crawford, Ashley Crawford, Chad Crawford, Shay Crawford, Brookes Holloway, and Austin Holloway. Her three great-grandchildren are Jaxson Fields, Kyler Crawford and Avarie Crawford. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Last, but not least, she is survived by her lifelong friends: Vada and Stanley McCallum. Ann and Vada shared a special bond and we thank Vada for being there to the end. She will miss her little “Annie.”
We would like to thank Linda Smith for her compassionate heart. She helped at a time it was most needed, as well as the staff at West Texas Cancer Center and Home Hospice.
A memorial to celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:00 am at Life Change Baptist Church on 10th and Texas, with Johnny Thomason officiating. Flowers may be sent to Life Change Baptist Church. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Home Hospice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
|Baby Thomas Tucker Ames|
Thomas Tucker Ames, an infant, was born at Odessa Regional Medical Center and returned to Heaven on Friday, February 10, 2012.
He is survived by his parents: Dianna Galloway and Thomas Ames of Odessa; maternal grandfather: Roy Galloway and wife Katie Galloway of Odessa; paternal grandmother: Mary Ames of Buena Park, CA; brother: James Higgs of Odessa; and five sisters: J’Anna Higgs and Kierra Higgs of Odessa, Shannon Stout and Kathrine Miller of Rogers, Ark. and Caitlyn Ames of Clearwater, Florida.
Graveside services are 10:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Roy Galloway. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
|Kathy Lynn Hale|
Kathy Lynn Hale, age 63, of Odessa, passed from this
life to join her Lord and Savior in her eternal home on Sunday,
February 12, 2012 at Medical Center Hospital.
She was born in Rotan, TX on August 27, 1948 to the late Lewis
Calvin Loving and Willie Mae Hancock.
Kathy is enjoying a wonderful reunion with her precious mother
who died when Kathy was only 8 years old.
A member of West Odessa First Baptist Church, she was a fine
Christian lady. Kathy was
a homemaker who spent her time taking care of everyone else.
Kathy’s family said she was an awesome cook and made the best
biscuits and gravy.
If Kathy wasn’t shopping or watching soap operas,
Survivor, or the Amazing Race, she would be reading.
She had a rich family history as a descendant of Oliver Loving
and John Hancock and enjoyed sharing this history.
Kathy also enjoyed sharing stories of growing up in a rural
community, memories of her dad and tales of her grandmother.
She loved Cloudcroft, NM and watching hummingbirds.
Her grandchildren were her heartbeat.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years:
Jerry Hale of Odessa; two sons:
Kirk Hale and wife Margie of Rhome, TX and Danny Hale of
Midland; daughter: Jana
Jones and husband Keith of Odessa; brother:
Jay Loving of Denver, CO; sister:
Lori Maskovich of Rotan; ten grandchildren:
Eric Vasquez, Amanda Vasquez, SPC Richard Vasquez, Danylle Hale,
Deven Hale, Dara Hale, Cooper J. T. Hale, Brittany Hale, Blair Jones,
and Taylor Jones; and two great-grandchildren:
Elicia Ronquillo and Dawson
Hale; and one great-grandbaby on the way:
Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Glenn Clark. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
David Duane Womack
David Duane Womack, age 31 of Peoria, IL, formerly of Odessa, passed from the life on Monday, February 13, 2012 in Peoria, IL. He was born in Odessa on October 7, 1980. He attended Odessa High School and worked in food service.
He is survived by his wife: Chantell Womack of Peoria; daughter: NaKalee Womack of Monahans; sister: Rebecca Womack of E. Peoria, IL; grandparents: Darline Womack of Odessa, Ann Young of Bella Vista, AR, and Pauline Jennings of Duncan, OK; and many other loving family members, aunts, uncles and cousins.
His parents: David and Rolana Womack; grandfathers: Jack Womack, Dean Young, and Robert Jennings; uncle: Bobby Jennings; and cousins: Cassi Hoover and Jason Morgan, preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Mike Perdue. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
|Flora Hernandez de Leyva|
Flora Hernandez de Leyva, age 77, of Odessa, died Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital. She was born in Boquilla de San Isidro, Chihuahua, Mexico on November 24, 1934. She was a homemaker.
Her parents: Miguel and Eulalia (Galindo)
Hernandez, and five daughters, precede her in death.
She is survived by her husband Aurelio Leyva, Sr. of Odessa; three sons: Aurelio Leyva, Jr., Jesus Auden Leyva and Adalberto Leyva, all of Odessa; two brothers: Isidro Hernandez of Odessa and Pedro Hernandez of Dumas; eight grandchildren: Cesar Auden Leyva Tercero, Brenda Guadalupe Leyva Tercero, Abilene Leyva, Alexis Leyva, Adalberto Leyva, Catherine Marie Leyva, Theresa Roseanna Leyva, and Lilliann Leyva; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at a later date in Ojinaga, Mexico. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valle in Ojinaga. Interment will be at Ultimo Refugio in Ojinaga, Mexico.
A los familiares y amistades da la Sr. Flora Leyva de 77 años de edad se le avisan que este jueves 16, de Febrero paso a estar con nuestro Señor después de una repentina enfermedad.
La precedieron en la muerte su padre Miguel Hernandez, su madre Eulalia Hernandez; y sus cinco hijas.
Le sobreviven su esposo: Aurelio Leyva Sr., hijos: Jesus Auden Leyva, Adalberto Leyva y Aurelio Leyva Jr; hermanos: Isidro Hernandez, Pedro Hernandez; nietos: Cesar Auden Leyva Tercero, Brenda Guadalupe Leyva Tercero, Abilene Leyva, Alexis Leyva, Adalberto Leyva, Catherine Marie Leyva, Theresa Roseanna Leyva, and Lilliann Leyva; y tres bisnietos.
Los servicios conmemorativos se llevaran a cabo el viernes 17 de febrero en la funeraria Acres West en Odessa, TX seguido por la Funeraria de Valle en Ojinaga Chi. el mismo día en la tarde.
Servicios fúnebres brindados por Acres West Odessa, TX y Funeraria de Valle Ojinaga, Chihuahua.
De antemano muchas gracias por sus condolencias para con la familia.
|Dusten Wayne Jones|
Dusten Wayne Jones, age 20, of Monahans, Texas, passed from this life on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa following a tragic car accident. He was born in Odessa on September 5, 1991. He married Shelby Smith in 2009 and worked as an electrician’s helper.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Shelby Jones of Odessa; young daughter of almost 2 years of age: Alyssa Jones of Odessa; father Douglas Jones of Early; mother: Tiny Belle Chamberlain of Odessa; Gramps: James Keese of Monahans; sisters: Savannah West of Houston and Carrie Jones of Early; brother: Henry Joe Keese of Little Rock, Ark.; mother-in-law: Brenda Smith of Odessa; father-in-law: Harold “Smitty” Smith of Jonesboro, GA; sister-in-law: Ashley Haynie of Odessa; and a special niece and nephew: Bradley Haynie and Natalie Haynie, who were very close.Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 23, 2012, Bro. Dewey Blevins officiating. Interment will follow at Monahans Memorial Cemetery in Monahans. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
Philip Max Plimmer
Philip Max Plimmer, longtime Alpine resident, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Odessa Medical Center Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 89.
A memorial gathering may be announced later. Acres West Funeral Home of Odessa handled arrangements.
Phil was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Streator, Ill. He served as a major in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Bavaria, Germany, after the war.
Phil arrived in Alpine in the 1950s and worked as a surveyor and a prospector, beginning his lifelong interest in rocks and minerals. For a while, he operated a rock shop on W. Highway 90. He was a founding member of the international Rolling Rock Club and of the local club that is now known as the Chihuahuan Desert Gem and Mineral Club. He was an enthusiastic participant at all the gem and mineral shows held in the Big Bend area, and for many years edited the prize-winning club newsletter, No Stone Unturned.
Phil was an avid reader and continued his self-education throughout his life. He was active in his community and maintained various interests in square dancing, coin collecting, local history, rock hunting, geology, herbalism, astronomy and birding. He also organized the Outdoor Club that used to meet Sunday mornings at the old Bien Venido Restaurant, from which participants headed out after a hearty breakfast to explore the greater Big Bend.
In 1986, he helped open the Ocotillo Enterprises rock, book and bead store with his partner, Judith Brueske-Plimmer. For 17 years he helped publish The Desert Candle regional newspaper, to which he contributed in many ways, most notably as author of the popular "Trans-Pecos Quiz."
First in a van and then in a mini-mobile home, Phil and Judith traveled extensively throughout West Texas and the Western U.S. to gem and mineral shows, and to rock-hunting destinations. They also painted outdoor signs together in the tri-county area. Locally, they were regulars at Saturday morning yard sales.
Phil is survived by Judith, his wife of nearly 29 years, and by his many friends.
Memorials may be made to the Alpine Public Library, 805 W. Avenue E, Alpine, TX 79830, telephone 432-837-2621.
|Mary Sue Mingus|
Mary Sue Tobias Mingus, age 70, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Crane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Crane, TX. She was born in Bossier City, LA on September 26, 1941. She married Grady Alton Mingus on July 26, 2006 in Stanton, TX. She was a coast to coast truck driver.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Clydel Chapman. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
June Hukill, age 78, of Odessa, Texas, died Monday, February 27, 2012, at Hospice House in Odessa, Texas. She was born in Graham Oklahoma on Sunday November 26, 1933. She was affiliated with the Eastern Star # 447 Odessa Chapter and had been a 40 year member. She previously worked as an office manager in the medical field.
June was an extremely private person that loved people and meeting new people and had the kind of personality that when you met her it seemed you knew her already and could open up to her. She was the best sister and friend anyone could have. She loved to read and write poetry and work crossword puzzles until her eyesight failed her. She had a memory that would amaze you. She loved trivia and learning new things. Her family will always remember her wonderful meals because she was an excellent cook.
She is survived by her husband: Bob Hukill of Odessa; two sons: Joe Hukill and William Hukill of Aztec, NM; two sisters: Peggy Chambers of Odessa and Beth Isle of Aztec, NM; one brother: David Ponder of Flora Vista, NM and one granddaughter Sarah.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Joe and Edna Ponder; three brothers: Joe Lee Ponder, Charles Ponder, and Byron “Butch” Ponder and one sister: Mollie Whittenberg.
Memorial services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM Friday, March 2, 2012, David Ponder officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.
|Guadalupe “Lupita” Garcia-Olivas Alvarado|
Guadalupe “Lupita” Garcia-Olivas Alvarado, age 22, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at her home. She was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, MX on July 26, 1989 to Faustino Garcia and Armida Olivas. Lupita married Hector Alvarado on November 15, 2008 in Odessa. She worked with her mother at their family owned restaurant, Restaurante El Primo.
Una muchacha hermosa de corazón puro y lleno de amor a los demás. Siempre cerca de su madre y sus hermanos y siempre en busca de agradar a Dios. Ayudar a su madre a salir adelante. Siempre te vamos a recordar con tus ojos grandes llenos de luz y amor y tu linda sonrisa.
Lupita was known for her big smile and her ability to make anybody feel special who was around her. She approached life with a determination to be successful in anything she did. She was the wife, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt and friend that everybody dreamed of. Although here for such a brief time, the amazing legacy of her positive influence will be felt by friends and family for generations to come.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: Hector Alvarado of Odessa; father: Faustino Garcia of Odessa; mother: Armida Olivas of Odessa; two brothers: Gerardo Garcia and Cristian Garcia, both of Odessa; maternal grandparents: Marcelino and Maria Olivas of Odessa; paternal grandfather: Faustino Garcia of Ojinaga, MX; many aunts, uncles, and cousins and numerous friends.
Rosary will be said Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa. Funeral mass will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 11:00 AM Monday, March 5, 2012, Father Santiago Udayar officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
Salmo 23: El Señor es mi pastor: nada me falta; en verdes pastos él me hace descansar. Junto a tranquilas aguas me conduce. Me infunde de nuevas fuerzas. Me guía por sendas de justicia por amor a su Nombre. Aun si voy por valles tenebrosos, no temo peligro alguno porque tu estas a mi lado; tu vara de pastor me reconforta. Dispones ante mí un banquete en presencia de mis enemigos. Has ungido con perfume mi cabeza; has llenado mi copa a rebosar. La bondad y el amor me seguirán todos los días de mi vida; en la casa del Señor habitare para siempre.
|Lonnie Dale “L. D.” Neatherlin|
Lonnie Dale “L. D.” Neatherlin, age 50, of Odessa, passed from this life on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Medical Center Hospital. He was born in Hamlin, TX on July 31, 1961 to the late Lonzo “Lonnie” Neatherlin and Dorothy Mae “Dottie” (Bilbrey) Schraeder. He married Janie Prewitt in Odessa on May 18, 1984. He was a hard worker and worked in the oilfield from the age of fourteen. He was currently the manager of Acme Truck Line.
L.D. loved his family, especially his grandkids, more than anything. He enjoyed BBQing, camping, and family reunions and got a kick out of driving his grandchildren up the street in his golf cart. L.D. was fond of his dogs and liked to ride his Honda 1200 motorcycle. Though he would give the shirt off his back to help you, he was also quick to let you know if you were in the wrong.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Janie Neatherlin of Odessa; two sons: Tim Prewitt and wife Jennifer of Odessa and Tony Prewitt of Stroud, OK; step mother: Mary Neatherlin of Avoca; four brothers: Randy Gourard and wife Dian and Terry Joe Neatherlin, all of Odessa, Milton Neatherlin and wife Karen of Pearland, and Jerry Neatherlin and wife Tami of West Virginia; sisters: Felicia Lane and spouse Kerri and Susie Whitfelt and husband Rod, all of Odessa, Sandra Flatt and husband Mike of Louisiana and Terri Ham of Avoca; his beloved grandchildren: Blaine, Tanya, Brianna, Cailey, Devin, Lexi, Dylin, Drayke “Lodale”, and Taije; and his running buddy: Laurie.
His parents and brother, Joe Dale Neatherlin, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be 9:00 am Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Spring Creek Cemetery in Avoca, TX at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at acreswestfuneral.com.
Blessed by God to Have You All
Life is short. Never take it for granted. You never know when it is your time to go.
Cherish the moments you have together. Love one another. Hold each other in your hearts because there will come a day when we will be apart.
I was blessed in so many ways and I thanked God every day - blessed with so many loved ones: my family and friends. They all saw me through to the end. Two boys given to me, touched my heart, as we grew up together. In return, they gave me my pride and joy. Nothing was as great as when that day came when they made me a “Pawpaw”. I felt like I was #1. Life changed for me in so many ways. A love so deep, a glorious day.
My Mom and Dad have gone before me and they were waiting for me. I was never alone. I saw them there waiting to welcome me home. To my brothers and my sisters – please know how much I loved y’all, no matter how mad we got at each other. I was always glad to say how much I loved my sisters and brothers. I wondered so many times if life could have been easier if we had talked more and showed more feeling. I know my love for you has grown. But things happen for a reason. It is to make us strong. It fills our hearts and this will help us go on.
Randy, you were a father and brother. You were my friend, and for this I thank you again. Milton, we were a lot alike in so many ways, but we always had each others’ back – wrong or right, we always stay tight. Joe, my little brother, we had a different kind of bond from the others, but no matter what we always loved one another. And to my four sisters: Sandra, Susie, Terri, and Felicia, loving y’all all came easier. Felicia, I held you when you were so small. I watched you walk and talk and loved your sweet smile.
Tony and Tim, I thank you again for the precious grandkids. They were my life and my joy. They gave me a reason to want more of life. And to my sweet pea, my little wife, Janie, I am sorry for the hurt you are going through. Just remember how much I love you.
So, love one another. Stay strong and close, but always remember I loved you the most.
Mom and Dad were here to welcome me home. I just want you to know I was never alone.
I love each and every one of you. I want you to know, I will be watching and waiting for you.
|Josefina D. Salazar|
Josefina D. Salazar, of Odessa, passed from this life on March 2, 2012 at Hospice House. She was born on March 26, 1921 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico and was just weeks away from her 91st birthday. She married Catarino Salazar in Mexico in 1941. They raised seven children together and enjoyed forty-six years of marriage until separated by his death in 1987. She was a homemaker, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, four sons: Ramon Salazar and Israel Salazar of Odessa, Benjamin Salazar of Ojinaga, MX, and Catarino Salazar, Jr. of Odessa; and three daughters: Armida Salazar, Domitila Salazar, and Maria Salazar, all of Odessa; brother: Jesus Dominguez of Presidio; three sisters: Consuelo Garcia of Visalia, CA, Filomena Vasquez of Odessa, and Guadalupe Montoya of Presidio; twenty-four grandchildren; forty-seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Prayer services will be held at the funeral home at 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Monday, March 5, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
|Marvin Thomas “Tommy” Smith|
Marvin Thomas “Tommy” Smith, age 46, of Odessa, was taken from us unexpectedly on Friday, March 2, 2012 due to a fatal car accident. Tommy was born in Mobile, AL on January 2, 1966 to Joseph Burton Holzer and Mary Francis (Lasley) Holzer. He was cook at the West Odessa Sonic.
Tommy was a beautiful person who loved music and dancing. He had an awesome sense of humor and could make everyone laugh no matter what. He loved the babies in his family and would let them crawl all over him. His nephew, Daniel, was his best friend ever and they were inseparable.
He is survived by his parents: Joseph and Mary Holzer of Lovington, NM; brother: Newman Coburn and wife Annette of Odessa; sisters: Norma Alling and husband Douglas of Odessa, Cynthia Sanchez and husband Earnest Sanchez Jr. of Lovington, NM, Helen Lucero and husband Tony Fillman of Odessa, and Anna Holzer of Lovington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Brian Serrano. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
|Leonisa Mesa Mauzy|
Leonisa Mesa Mauzy, age 83, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Hospice House of Odessa. She was born in Colorado City, TX on October 9, 1928 to the late Rosendo and Benita (Flores) Mesa.
Leonisa was a homemaker, a single mom who raised
eleven children. She
worked hard and did her best to provide for them all.
She was a strong and independent woman and a great cook.
She enjoyed spending time with her children, travel, and dancing
and had a knack for growing things.
She is survived by five sons: Daniel Renteria of
Marlow, OK, Ruben DeAnda of Midland, David DeAnda, Manuel DeAnda and
Johnny DeAnda, all of Houston; six daughters:
Maria Luz Subia of Ft. Stockton, Delia Martinez of Elgin, Sylvia
Martinez, Celia Renteria, all of Odessa, and Caroline Hofstetter and
Cristina Vela, both of Moses Lake, WA; sister:
Rosa Vasquez of Sunnyside, WA; 27 grandchildren, 20
great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way.
In addition to her parents, four brothers:
Rosendo Mesa, Lonnie Mesa, Marcelo Mesa, and Juan Mesa; two
sisters: Juanita Palomino and
Jesusita Mesa; and one grandchild:
Manuel Vela, Jr. precede her in death.
Visitation services were held Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
|Ruben Fierro Sanchez|
Ruben Fierro Sanchez, age 53, of Odessa, passed away in Odessa on Sunday, March 4, 2012. He was born in Alpine on April 26, 1958 to the late Francisco and Reyes (Fierro) Sanchez. He worked on oilfield engines and compressors for United Industries. He was Catholic and attended Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Those left to cherish his memory are his son: Adrian Nicolas Sanchez of Odessa; daughters: Olivia Renee Sanchez and Claudia Elizabeth Sanchez, both of Odessa; four brothers: Frank Sanchez of Odessa, Marin Sanchez of Eagle Pass, Edward Sanchez of Monahans, and Ernesto Sanchez of Alpine; sister: Celia Bruns of El Paso; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, one brother: Luis Sanchez, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends at Acres West’s 24 Hour Chapel on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Rosary will be said at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10:00 am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 am, officiated by Father Arturo Pestin. Interment will be at Holy Angels Cemetery in Alpine at 4:00 pm.
Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.