Obituaries

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16
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Lee Glascock Evans Bennett

Lee Glascock Evans Bennett, of Marfa and Clifton, passed away on Tuesday, August 08, 2017, at Lutheran Sunset Ministries’ Sunset Home. Her Clifton memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church, Clifton, on Friday, August 11, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Mary Gean Cope officiating. Her Marfa memorial service will take place at a later date. Lee was born in El Paso on August 29, 1921. She moved to Marfa just before her fifth birthday, and graduated from Marfa High School. Lee attended Baylor University, and graduated in 1942 with Who’s Who and Most Representative Woman Student honors from that institution. She was an active member of the precursor to the Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Alpha Omega Club, Baylor’s oldest girls’ club. Following graduation, Lee married Robert E. (Bob) Evans. World War II intervened, however, and Bob was killed in France Lee then worked in the Marfa Army Air Field and met and married Murphy Bennett in 1948. The Bennetts and sons Travis and B.C.

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16
Aug
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Elvida Larson Faries

Elvida Larson Faries, 93, of Clifton passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug, 5, at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Clifton. Elvida Castelle Larson was born in Bosque County, Texas, on February 15, 1924, to Norwegian immigrants Anna Hagen Larson and Lars Larson. Reverend O. T. Boe baptized Elvida at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton on March 13, 1924. Elvida grew up on a farm near Norse as the youngest of eleven children. Rev. Boe confirmed her at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26, 1938. In 1942, she graduated from Clifton High School and went on to attend Drawghn Business College in Waco, taking PBX and typing. She married Paul Faries on Oct. 27, 2002. Paul passed on July 11, 2005. Elvida worked for Hollywood Varsarette, a division of Munsingwear and also for Multi-Amp Corporation in Dallas.

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16
Aug
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Pearl Emma Mickelson

Pearl Emma Mickelson, 106, of Clifton passed away to her heavenly home on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Clay McCord officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:00-1:55 p.m. at the Church. Burial will follow at Norse Cemetery. Pearl was born July 20, 1911, in Waco to Neil and Annie Amundson. She was one of five children, in order of birth: Julia, Aline, Arthur, Pearl and Harry Lee. She graduated from Union Hill High School and Draughons Business College in Dallas. She also attended Clifton Junior College. On July 10, 1937, Pearl Amundson married Carl Mickelson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap. In 1939, Pearl and husband, Carl moved to Houston where they lived for 39 years. In 1942, their son, Larry was born and their second son, Donnie was born in 1944. She will be dearly missed and remembered in the hearts of her family, relatives and friends.

Wed
09
Aug
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Elvida Larson Faries

Elvida Larson Faries, 93, of Clifton passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug, 5, at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Clifton. Elvida Castelle Larson was born in Bosque County, Texas, on February 15, 1924, to Norwegian immigrants Anna Hagen Larson and Lars Larson. Reverend O. T. Boe baptized Elvida at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton on March 13, 1924. Elvida grew up on a farm near Norse as the youngest of eleven children. Rev. Boe confirmed her at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26, 1938. In 1942, she graduated from Clifton High School and went on to attend Drawghn Business College in Waco, taking PBX and typing. She married Paul Faries on Oct. 27, 2002. Paul passed on July 11, 2005. Elvida worked for Hollywood Varsarette, a division of Munsingwear and also for Multi-Amp Corporation in Dallas.

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09
Aug
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Pearl Emma Mickelson

Pearl Emma Mickelson, 106, of Clifton passed away to her heavenly home on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Clay McCord officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:00-1:55 p.m. at the Church. Burial will follow at Norse Cemetery. Pearl was born July 20, 1911, in Waco to Neil and Annie Amundson. She was one of five children, in order of birth: Julia, Aline, Arthur, Pearl and Harry Lee. She graduated from Union Hill High School and Draughons Business College in Dallas. She also attended Clifton Junior College. On July 10, 1937, Pearl Amundson married Carl Mickelson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap. In 1939, Pearl and husband, Carl moved to Houston where they lived for 39 years. In 1942, their son, Larry was born and their second son, Donnie was born in 1944. She will be dearly missed and remembered in the hearts of her family, relatives and friends.

Wed
02
Aug
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Walter Wayne Beasley

Walter Wayne Beasley, 80, of Clifton, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Private family services will be held at a later date. Walter was born February 21, 1937 in Alvin. He married Mary Jo Rawlings on September 1, 1961 in Hamilton. He was a welder and ranch foreman by trade. He enjoyed ranching work, even after he retired. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kopperl. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Ann Beasley; four sisters; two brothers; and sister-in-law, Virginia Pinkerton. Survivors include wife of 54 years, Mary Beasley of Clifton; sons, Lonnie Beasley and wife Brenda of Cranfills Gap, and Roy Beasley of Meredian; daughter, Terri Beasley of Clifton; eight grandchildren, Nikki, Mindi, Amanda, Samantha, Tabitha, Willie, Chrissy, and Johnny; 23 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Edwin Rawlings and wife Sue of Lakeside Village, and Earl Rawlings of Amarillo; and several nieces and nephews.

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02
Aug
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Junelle Loreene Swenson Johnson

Junelle Loreene Swenson Johnson, 87 years of age, passed away on July 29, 2017 at Red Oak Health and Rehab in Red Oak. Funeral services will be held at The Rock Church on August 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. Visitation is scheduled from 9-9:50 am prior to the service and Interment will be at The Rock Church Cemetery. Junelle was born to Lyman Osborne Swenson and Jennie Selma (Anderson) Swenson on February 13, 1930 and raised on the farm in the Harmony Community near Cranfills Gap in Bosque County. Junelle was baptized and confirmed into faith on May 13, 1945 at Saint Olaf Lutheran Church. In 1947, she graduated from Cranfills Gap High School. Junelle married Ivan Johnson on February 28, 1948. They were married for 68 years. Junelle was a member of the Saint Olaf Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafting, going camping, dancing and being with family and friends. Junelle was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; parents , Lyman and Jennie Swenson; sister, Earleene Hinton.

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02
Aug
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Joe Dean Finley

Joe Dean Finley age 57 of Walnut Springs, passed away on July 19, 2017 at his residence with family by his side. No services are scheduled at this time. Joe Dean Finley was born on February 22, 1960 in Clifton, Texas to Gordon Leo and Leah Faye Mounce Finley. He was a Fork Lift Operator most of his working career. He married Paula Diane Pankonin on August 31, 2007 in Meridian, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Paula Finley of Walnut Springs; mother, Leah Faye Finley of Walnut Springs; brothers, Steve Finley and wife, BB, of Walnut Springs, Wayne Finley and wife, Cindy, of Aquilla; number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Gordon Leo Finley. Memorials can be made in Joe’s name to: Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 549, Clifton, Texas 76634. Words of comfort and peace can be sent to the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net.

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28
Jul
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Shirlene Hennig

Shirlene (French) Hennig, age 83, of Clifton, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in a Clifton Hospital. Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Searsville Country Church near Valley Mills. Interment will be at Eagle Springs Cemetery near McGregor, Texas, under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Shirlene was born November 19, 1933, at Sand Bed near Moody, Texas, to Andy and Birdie (Raborn) French. She attended school at Olgesby and McGregor. She formerly worked for Sears while in California, Hydro Fitness in Belton, and also worked as a care taker.

She was married to Donald Hennig on November 17, 2007 at the Searsville Country Church where they were both members. She played the guitar and loved gospel music. She and other family members would often play and sing at many churches in the area. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Steve Brentham and 5 brothers.

Wed
19
Jul
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Eddie Grimland

Services for Eddie Grimland, 86, of Temple, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 10, at St. Olaf’s Rock Church in Cranfills Gap with Pastor Bruce Mercer officiating. Burial followed in St. Olaf’s Cemetery. Mrs. Grimland passed away Wednesday, July 5, in Troy. Eddie Grimland was born April 21, 1931 near Mims Chapel, Texas to Lester Bohannon and Addie Belle Doyle Bohannon. She lived in the Temple and Troy area for over fifty-two years, and volunteered at Scott and White Santa Fe, Scott and White, and Hospice for over thirty years. She was a lifelong caretaker and enjoyed staying busy and being involved in her community. Mrs. Grimland was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Bruce Grimland.

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