Cecil Leon Hill, ’41, of Waco age 97, went to be with his Master and Savior our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, August 17, 2019. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco. Mr. Hill was born Oct. 13, 1921 near Ross, TX, to Waldo V. Hill, Sr. and Roxie Love (Younger) Hill. He graduated from Waco High School in 1940. After graduation he studied at Baylor University. Soon after, he accepted a position with Cole Tool Mfg., as a traveling salesman. He later accepted a position with Cotton Belt Railroad Co. Mr. Hill served his country during World War II in the US Army. After discharge, he returned to Cotton Belt Railroad until 1945, when he began his 32 years at General Tire and Rubber Co., working in the accounting department. He married Louise Raines on Feb. 17, 1945. Mr. Hill was a member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas; he received his 60-year pin in 2011. He was strong in his faith and was active in church affairs. His travels took him throughout Europe and the U.S., Mexico and Canada. He also enjoyed reading. Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Louise Hill; and his brothers, Harlan Hill, Sr. and Waldo Hill. Mr. Hill is survived by his many nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he loved very much. Online guestbook www.pecangrovefuneral.com.
Mary Nell Cass Taliaferro, ’42, age 96, long time resident of Mount Pleasant, Texas, died August 29, 2019. Born at home, 3128 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas on December 30, 1922, she was the only child of Lloyd Walter Cass and Mary Fay Alexander Cass.Mary Nell attended public schools in Dallas until 1933 when she and her family moved to Mount Pleasant. At age twelve she was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. After graduating as Valedictorian of Mount Pleasant High School class of 1940, she attended Baylor University two years, then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology in 1944. Following graduation, Mary Nell lived in Dallas and worked for Braniff Airways and later for the SMU Vocational Testing and Guidance Bureau in the veterans testing program. She returned to Mount Pleasant to assist her parents in the later 1940’s and worked then at Talco Asphalt and Refining Company. She married Ted E. Taliaferro on December 22, 1949. Ted predeceased her in 1985. Mary Nell served as homemaker and caregiver to her parents and aunts during their lives and children while they were at home. She later returned to college and received a Master of Science degree from East Texas State University in 1966. She did substitute teaching and psychological testing for area school districts and worked as the first director of the Titus County Outreach Clinic of Terrell State Hospital. Mary Nell is survived by her children and their spouses, T. Cass Taliaferro (Joanie) and Melissa Taliaferro (Jack Jaeger) and five grandchildren-Forest Taliaferro, Mark Taliaferro, Heather Taliaferro, Lauren Taliaferro, and Baron Crane. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant and its Womens Missionary Union, Adult Sunday School Department, B.A.L.L. Club, and was a childrens’ Sunday School teacher. Mary Nell’s community involvement included service as a charter member of Mount Pleasant Friends of the Library, Needlecraft Club, Cypress Basin Hospice, Titus County Historical Society, and the Governor’s select committee for mental health planning for the State of Texas. She was a Cub Scout and Brownie Scout leader. Mary Nell’s many interests included Bible study, classical music, impressionist art, economics, finance, American and Texas history, politics, government, literature, landscape gardening, and travel. A memorial service will be held in Mount Pleasant at a later date.
Katherine Ann “Katie” Belew Gorham, BA ’43, of Waco died Oct. 20, 2019. Daughter of George and Mary Belew, she passed away at her home on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the age of 97, surrounded by her children and their spouses. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, October 27, at Lake Shore Funeral Home. A graveside service will be 10 a.m., Monday, October 28, at Bosqueville Cemetery. A memorial service will follow the graveside service at 11 a.m., at Bosqueville Baptist Church with fellowship thereafter. Known as Katie by her friends and Granny by her family, she touched many people by living her love of Jesus Christ and having a contagious laugh. She attended Waco public schools and graduated from Baylor University in 1943.In 1947, she moved to Cloverland, where she lived until her death. Katie was a member of Bosqueville Baptist Church for over 75 years. She taught Sunday School to many different age groups throughout her life and was superintendent at Vacation Bible School for several years. Katie was active in the community and her children's schools including one year she was a member of four different PTAs. Granny loved to spoil her grandchildren by baking cookies and cooking any dead, cleaned animal they brought to her house. She was game for anything. The grandchildren grew up on her farm with very few limits, which their parents found out in later years. The trampoline she purchased in 1970 still remains in good working condition. We estimate there have been 500 guests bouncing about 10,000 miles. How many of the Bosqueville Baptist Church young people she taught in Sunday School remember the all-night parties she hosted on New Year's Eve? It was always a fun time at Katie Gorham's house. Over the years Katie hosted a book club and led several Bible Study groups where several members accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. She created a special bond with so many people. Reaching out to the International Student and Scholar Services office of Baylor University, she became the U.S. mother of several graduate students. Katie became a full-fledge member of Baylor Chamber of Commerce in November 1997 as a show of appreciation for allowing them to do service projects on her farm. She, together with Ruth and John Belew, contributed to the creation of the Belew Scholars Room in the Armstrong Browning Library on the campus of Baylor University. Katherine Ann is survived by her children, Lucy Lee of Hamilton, TX, George and Sharon Gorham of Edmond, OK, Jim and Darlene Gorham of Waco, and Dan and Kathryn Gorham of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX; grandchildren (great-grandchildren), Michael Wallis of Hamilton (Trenton and Spencer), Chris and Kristin Wallis of Houston (Garrett, Alexandra, and Katherine), Jason and Lela Wallis of Round Rock, TX (Jon, Lindsay, Dylan, and Lyvia), Anna and David Weston of Flower Mound, TX (John, David, and Drew), Joel and Christy Gorham of Lorton, VA (Chelsea and Jonah), Leah Gorham of Waco, Andy and Emily Gorham of Bixby, OK (Kayla and Caroline), Jenny and Steve James of Highland Village, TX (Caleb, Carter, and Brenner), Emily and Josh Caltrider of Dallas, and Mark Gorham of Austin; brother, John Belew of McGregor; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Katie's instructions were that "instead of giving flowers, be purposeful of giving love to others." Her favorite charities were Talitha Koum Institute, 1311 Clay Ave, Waco 76706; Mission Waco, 1315 N 15th Waco 76707 and the Katherine Ann Belew Gorham Endowed Scholarship fund at Baylor University established by Chris and Kristin Wallis.
Margaret Burton Wheat, BA ’43, of Manhattan, KS, died Oct. 18, 2019. She was born February 4, 1923, in Kerrville, Texas, the daughter of Allie B. and Jeannette (Standefer) Burton, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1954. Margaret earned a B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1943, and taught school in Edinburg, Texas, from 1943-45. She enrolled as a Cadet Nurse in Baylor University School of Nursing, Dallas, Texas, received her nursing degree in 1948, and began work at the V.A. Hospital in Kerrville. There she met John David Wheat, a recovering TB patient, and married him on January 22, 1950, at her childhood home in Kerrville. Margaret worked 16 years as a Registered Nurse at the old Memorial Hospital in Manhattan. She served as president of the Kansas State Nursing Association, District 18 (1984-1986), and in 1994 was named an honorary life member of the KSNA. She especially appreciated her 5-month stint as substitute nurse at a public elementary school in the old walled city of Zaria, Nigeria. There she treated cases of blood flukes, insect bites, lacerations, and one case of suspected leprosy. The Wheat family lived in Zaria from 1966-68, when John taught at Ahmadu Bello University through a cooperative program between Kansas State University and USAID. Margaret was devoted to the First Baptist Church. For countless years, she taught Sunday School, worked in the nursery and Vacation Bible School, and served on the Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees. She served two terms as president of the church’s American Baptist Women and as president of Tri-River Association of American Baptist Women. Margaret was an active member of the KSU Social Club (president, 1979-80), Domestic Science Club (president, 1977-78), a member of the Polly Ogden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served on the Board of Teen Outreach (1970's-1980's). She was also a founding board member of Meadowlark Hills Foundation (1977-86 and 1998-2007). In 2012, Margaret received The Manhattan Legacy Award from Meadowlark Hills, and in 2015, the Meadowlark Hills Foundation honored her with the inaugural Margaret Wheat Spirit of Meadowlark Hills Award. Margaret valued knowledge and especially enjoyed books on theology, as reflected by her bookshelves. At her bedside were versions of The Golden Rule as found in eight world religions. Her family fondly acknowledges that although Margaret was firm in her convictions and never shy to share her opinion, she was also known to change her mind if anyone could point out the weakness of her logic. Margaret never forgot the pleasure of her first concert when she heard Polish statesman and world celebrated pianist, Paderewski, perform in San Antonio, on April 16, 1939. As an adult, Margaret enjoyed traveling to various European countries, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan. She delighted in the U.S. trips she took with John in their 5th wheel camper, as well as playing Bridge, gardening, cheering on the Wildcats, and swimming whenever possible. Margaret also cherished her family, especially John who preceded her in death in 2009. All the family credits her devoted care for his long life. Survivors include her three children: Mary Wheat Lehoczky and her husband, John, of Leawood, KS, John David Wheat, Jr. and his wife, Annette, of Arcadia, CA, and Alice Wheat Stuckey and her husband, Scott, of Junction City, KS; eight grandchildren: Jay Lehoczky and Lucy Lehoczky; Drew Wheat (Christa), Elaine Wheat Dawson (Graham), and Brett Wheat; Sam Stuckey, Molly Stuckey, and Max Stuckey; and two adorable great-grandchildren, Hunter and Hollis Dawson. Also surviving are her brothers, Allie B. Burton, Jr., of Ingram, TX, and Louis M. Burton of Kerrville, TX. Both Margaret and the family are immensely grateful to Sherry Hooper and to the day and night staffs of Honstead House who cheerfully gave Margaret tap, not iced water for her pills, promptly poured skim milk at her meals, and indulged in her fondness for snacks, as well as to everyone at Meadowlark for making her last years so pleasurable and clearing a path when she approached on her scooter. A celebration of Margaret’s life will occur at 2:00 Monday, October 28, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 2121 Bluehills Road, Manhattan, preceded by a 1:00 visitation in the church parlor, and afterwards a 3:00 reception at Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark Road. Private inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Foundation or First Baptist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Beth Alyce Fillingim Gilbert, BA ’45, at the age of 95 years, passed away peacefully in Dallas with full assurance of her eternal home in Heaven with the Lord on May 19, 2019. She was born on December 16, 1923 in Peacock, Texas. At the age of 2 years old, she and her parents, Alice Lonelle Couch and Homer T. Fillingim, Sr., moved to Rotan, Texas, a remote West Texas town. She, as the eldest, her brother, H.T. Jr. and sister, Ouida, lived all of their childhood years in Rotan. Betty often raved how breathtaking it was to be able to see miles and miles of the plains with reflections of red soil and sunsets. Graduating from Rotan High School, she attended Texas Tech University for 2 years then transferred to Baylor University. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1945 and married Stanley L. Gilbert, also of Rotan. They lived in various places such as St. Louis, Missouri, Orlando, Florida and Levelland, Texas for her husband’s medical schooling and internship before permanently locating in Dallas in 1953 where she and Dad raised their four children. She was a strong woman of faith in God where she enjoyed worshipping in churches. She graciously hosted parties, family and friend gatherings, church activities at the home with quiet loving mannerisms and warm and generous spirit. She was a blessing to family, friends and everyone who met her. Her other interests were managing family cotton farms in West Texas, gardening, oil painting, travelling in USA and overseas, but enjoyed being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother most of all. Preceded in death are her brother-in-law, Doyle McSpadden, her parents, H.T. and Lonelle Fillingim, her husband, Stanley L. Gilbert, Sr., brother, H. T. Fillingim, Jr. and wife, Lanelle (Kingsfield). Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lisa Bosson (Ed), Jan Tenery (Andy), both of Austin, Stanley Gilbert, Jr. and Susan Gilbert, both of Dallas, along with her sister, Ouida McSpadden Schliesing (Tom) of Uvalde. Also, left behind are her beloved grandchildren, Rachel Fortlage, Sharla Fortlage Vitzentos, Dana Heidkamp, Rotan Bosson, Claryce Bosson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was fondly called “Beth Alyce”, “Betty”, “Mom”, “Diddy” and “Gamma” by her parents, childhood friends, lifetime friends, sister, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan, Texas on May 28 officiated by Rev. Tommy Rosenband of First Baptist Church of Rotan. Pallbearers were Rotan Bosson, H. T. Fillingim, III, James McSpadden, Gilbert Riojas, Lee Hays and Cade Hays. She was buried at Belvieu Cemetery next to her loving husband of 53 years.
Eddie Louise Wilpitz Highrabedian, ’45, was born July 31, 1924, in Houston, Texas, the adored only child of Ed and Ethel Wilpitz, and a lifelong resident of Brookshire, Texas. She passed away Monday, September 2, 2019, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 95. Eddie graduated from Katy High School and attended Baylor University until she married her childhood friend and sweetheart, Andrew, on November 7, 1942. After making their home in Louisiana, Arizona, and California while Andrew trained as an Army Air Corps pilot, they returned to Brookshire where they made their permanent home. Eddie always led a life of active service. As early as age 12, Eddie became the pianist for the First Baptist Church in Brookshire, where she was recognized for her 70 years of service in 2005. At age 13, she was entrusted by her father to prepare his business taxes for Wilpitz and Company and she continued to oversee the tax preparation for Andrew’s home building business. After raising three daughters, Eddie discovered a love of world travel while she was still actively involved in her Wilpitz heritage of cattle ranching well into her 80’s. She also enjoyed the Fine Arts Study Club and Alley Theatre. Eddie was a faithful and devoted member of The First Baptist Church of Brookshire. She is survived by three daughters: Anne Barrett, Susan Stewart, and Cindy O’Brien and her husband, Tim, all of Houston; seven grandchildren: Robert Barrett and wife, Kaye, Allison Higbie and husband, David, Dr. Ryan Roberts and husband, Charles, Forrest Stewart and wife, Rebecca, Hunter Petree and wife, Jennifer, Chase O’Brien, and Landon O’Brien; nine great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Barrett, Katherine Barrett, Lauren Higbie, Laine Higbie, Logan Higbie, Wren Roberts, Claire Stewart, Lillian Petree, and Amber Petree. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Andrew Highrabedian, and her parents, Ed and Ethel Wilpitz. We are grateful for her full and generous life.
Joanne Cargill Lux, ’45, of Hewitt, TX, died Aug. 21, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held at Woodway First United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 8 at 1:30 p.m., Pastor Bryan Patrick officiating. Private interment will follow at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. Joanne was born January 7, 1928 in Waco, Texas. She was educated in Waco public schools and graduated from Waco High School in June, 1944. She attended Baylor University and was a graduate of Central City Commercial College (4-C). In July of 1946 Joanne married her high school sweetheart, William Robert (Bill) Lux upon his return from service in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. Joanne ran a successful Hallmark Store in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. She was also sought after by many brides for her abilities as a floral designer. In addition, she assisted Bill in his accounting practice and became his loving caregiver after he suffered a massive stroke in 1995. Joanne and Bill were charter members of Woodway First United Methodist Church. She served her church in many capacities. These included Sunday school teacher, secretary of the administrative board, chairwoman of the commission on missions, president of United Methodist Women, coordinator for Meals on Wheels, nurture committee and golden jubilee committee. Joanne loved God and the people of her church. She wanted to be remembered as a devout Christian. Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey M. and Atwood Lyons Cargill, as well as her husband William R. Lux, Sr. She is survived by two sons, William R. Lux, Jr. and his wife, Mary Lou of Hewitt, Texas and Michael Harvey Lux of Dripping Springs, Texas, grandchildren Eric Lux, Gregory Amber and his wife Stacy, Atwood Patricia Lux and Mary Katherine Lux, nine great grandchildren (Sarah, Mason, Christy, Cade, Emalee, Makala, Aaron, Samuel, Megan) and one great-great grandchild (June) and her beloved pup, Desi. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to her church, Woodway FUMC. Special thanks go to Bluebonnet Hospice for their care and compassion during the last weeks of Joanne’s life.
Helen Elizabeth Fuller Sheehan, BA ’45, of Higginsville, MO, died Oct. 15, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Higginsville with the Rev. Liz Lindsey officiating. Her cremains will be buried on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM next to her husband in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be sent to Lafayette County C-1 Educational Foundation or First Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hoeferfuneralhome.com. Born Sunday, January 4, 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Eldon Fuller and the late Helen Fuller (Kincannon). Helen married Richard M. Sheehan December 19, 1948. Richard preceded her in death on August 9, 2003. They were married 55 wonderful years. Helen graduated High School in Waco, TX. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She completed graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington, earning a Master’s in English. Helen taught English in Texas after college and in 1965 she moved to Higginsville. She spent the next 25 years teaching in the Lafayette County School District until her retirement in 1990. Helen went on to own an antique business after retiring from teaching. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. Helen enjoyed singing in the church choir, being part of the Church Session, and being a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are two sons, James (Betsy Benedict) Sheehan of Rochester, NY, Bruce (Mary) Sheehan of High Ridge, MO; four grandchildren, John (Darla) Sheehan of Philadelphia, PA, Kevin Sheehan of High Ridge, Emily (Brad) Oliver of Peoria, IL, Matthew Sheehan of Peoria; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Richard M. Sheehan.
Gwendolyn Ellis Cockerell Fouts, BSN ’46, of Benbrook, TX, died Oct. 11, 2019. Gwen was born Nov. 16, 1923 in Vaughn, Arizona to parents, Ethel Viola and Edward Ellis. The family owned a large farm in Arizona until the death of her father, when they moved to Nogales. Following graduation Gwen moved to San Diego near her brother was and worked at Convair. Later she entered Baylor University School of Nursing in Dallas and was awarded her RN degree. She met Thomas F. Cockerell, a student in the dental program and they married in 1947. Together they raised five children, Pamela, Tom Jr., LaVonne, Perry and Jesse. Gwen beautifully managed the busy household. From piano and dance lessons, to sports, graduations, weddings and births, Gwen put her love and energy into her family. They faithfully attended Wichita Avenue United Methodist Church where the family's musical talents were honed and spiritual journeys began. As college time approached, Gwen became the school nurse at Texas Wesleyan University where she began modernizing the nursing care for students. Gwen married Gene Fouts in December of 1983 and enjoyed their retirement years together, traveling by plane, boat and trailer. Traveling with a caravan of travel trailers, she could not wait to be on the road again. They spent many summer months at Fun Valley in Colorado. Gwen loved Gene's four children and family as her own. Christmas was Gwen's favorite holiday and she loved decorating the house and playing her music throughout the season. Because of the size of the blended family, she would lay out tables of china and crystal twice for each holiday. Everyone pitched in and made these times special memories. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and Edward Ellis; sisters, Pearl Ellis, Ethel Moser, Glenda Freas and Betty Hull; brothers, George Ellis, Harry Ellis, Fred Ellis and Eddie Ellis; her beloved brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and her husbands, Tom Cockerell and Gene Fouts. Survivors: Sister-in-law, Marilyn Ellis; Pamela and Ronald Rushing, Dr. Tom, Jr. and Patti Cockerell, LaVonne Cockerell, Perry and Camille Cockerell, Jesse and Laurie Cockerell; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews; also, Kathleen and Ivan Towell, David and Esther Fouts, Nancy and Craig Rolen and Susan McGruther; 18 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank all of those who lovingly cared for our sweet mother and (Susu) during her declining years.
Minnie Lee Branch Hill, BA ’47, died July 29, 2019.
Dorothy Woodruff Dailey, ’48, of Grapeland, TX, died Sept. 1, 2019. Dorothy was the youngest child born to James and Lucy Woodruff on December 21, 1928 in Mineral Wells, TX, and grew up in the community of Matador, TX. She attended Baylor University and Sam Houston State University, where she Majored in Home Economics. In 1948 Dorothy married Robert Milton Dailey and remained his faithful wife until his passing in 2017. Dorothy was a loving mother who enjoyed being a housewife. Dorothy was active in her community and was a member of Grapeland Baptist Church. In her younger years she held positions of Sunday School teacher, organist and pianist. She was also a member of DAR, Grapeland Garden Club, Grapeland Book Club, and Wilma Foote Organ Club. Left to cherish Dorothy’s memories is son Jim Bob Dailey (Joy), Grapeland, TX, daughter Kay Dailey, Grapeland, TX, grandchildren Ashley, Jill, Shelby, Robert, great-grands Keaton, Kamdyn, Hayden, Cobi, Rilyn, Hayleigh; daughter-in-law Karen Dailey, Lovelady, TX, sister-in-law Geraldine McReyolds (Don) Rosanky, TX, and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert Milton Dailey, son Mitchell Milton Dailey, and brother Glenn Woodruff.
William H. “Bill” Goodman, BBA ’48, of Plano, TX, age 92, passed away July 24, 2019. Beloved husband, dad, granddad, great-granddad and friend, he was born in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1926. While a student and cheerleader at Baylor University in 1943, he met Nancy Lou Miller from Plano, Texas. They married in 1948 and lived in Plano the rest of their lives. A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, he was a 1947 graduate of Baylor, a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Old Settlers Association of Plano. He worked for the First National Bank of Plano for over 30 years. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Davis and her husband, James; grandson Kelly Thompson; and great-grandchildren Stephanie and Cassady Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, and son, Bob. Bill will be loved, missed and remembered by all who knew him. His family will be attending a private graveside ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Betty Ann Remus, BA ’48, age 92, passed away August 11, 2019, in the St. Catherine's nursing home in Waco. She was one of the four children born to Mamie Myrtle and Lawrence Pittman. She attended Baylor University and was a beloved teacher at Woodway Elementary for many years. She and her husband, John Remus, were married 61 years and resided for the majority of those years in Waco. She is survived by her son, Mike and wife, Judy; daughter, Carol Brosseau; grandsons, Bo and Tyler Brosseau. Her wonderful spirit and her strong faith will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019, at St. Catherine's Chapel, 300 West State Highway 6. Memorials can be made in Betty's name to Hoops for Hope, 2911 Herring Ave #22 Suite 200, Waco, TX 76708.
Mary Margaret Norman, BA ’48, of Post, TX, died Oct. 24, 2019, in Slaton, Texas. Services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00Pm in First Baptist Church in Post. A visitation will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 at Hudman Funeral Home from 6-7:30PM. Mary Margaret was born June 9, 1927 in Post to Ira Lee and Janie Duckworth. She graduated from Post High School in 1945 and went on to earn degrees in education and religion from Baylor University in 1948. She married Glenn Norman on January 1, 1949, and they liver on the family farm in Grassland for many years before moving into Post. She earned a teaching certificate from Texas Tech University and taught kindergarten at Post Elementary for many years before moving to First Baptist Church Christian School where she taught until she retired at the age of 75. She was a woman of deep faith and truly lived the verse, "Be doers of the Word and not hearers only." She taught her children, grandchildren and those that would come through her classroom to hide God's Word in their hearts and to be faithful in prayer. She served on the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and was involved with the inception of the Southern Baptists of Texas. She played the organ and piano at First Baptist Church of Post for over 60 years and taught Sunday School to the many children who would enter the doors of the church. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Glenn Norman, and their four children: Lee Norman (Marsha), Nancy Gordon (Billy Max), Bobby Norman (Kimberley), and Mary Ann Wright; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Francis Camp (Shelly), and her son-in-law, Kevin Wright. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Post, First Baptist Church Christian School of Post, and the Grassland Cemetery Association.
Barbara Boone Warren, BA ’48, of Florence, TX, died Sept. 4, 2019. She was born at home on the farm in Corsicana, Texas on February 27th to Charles Rowan Boone and Ruth Elizabeth McClure Boone. She loved her doll, pet chickens and white rabbit. She liked to ride on the cotton sack while Mama picked cotton, mama even made her a little cotton sack too. She loved to color. She talked about spending summers with her cousins especially Marie, Joyce, baby Judy, Donald Lois and she loved going to Corpus Christi to stay with Armeen. (Dad and she told of playing at the same park in Corpus when they were kids at the same time but they didn’t know each other yet.) She began school at 6 in Hillsboro. Living out on the farm she remembered going to town to ride back with Daddy or stay at Aunt May’s house with Cousin Donald Lois and going to the movies and that is when she began to love the movies. In second grade they moved to Waco and began Sanger Elementary, next West Jr. High School and finally Waco High School. She began playing the violin in the 3rd grade. Her mama was a seamstress and she traded violin and piano lessons for working on her music teacher’s dresses. Music was her favorite subject. She was first chair at Waco High School and President of the Orchestra. She started working at Cresse’s when she was 16. She graduated at 17 and started Baylor University. She told of how she and Marie went to Baylor and had a swell time. She met Larry in High School but never knew if it was Harry or Larry she was talking to many times. They started dating after the war when they were both going to Baylor. Their first date was a dance and the rest is history. Mom went on to graduate from Baylor University with a business degree. Mom loved movies, especially Shirley Temple and GiGi, TCM station, and music especially Frank Sinatra. She was an active member of First Woodway Baptist Church. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile associated with the Shriners. She worked for GMAC and First Federal Credit Union. She went back to Baylor University to get her teaching degree at one time but decided that was not for her...she told a story about subbing and elementary boys getting on top of the desk. Mom’s other love on this earth were her granddaughters. Heather and Lauren she loved you both so much. She was so happy when each of you were born. Remember how many times she and Papa would come get you for the weekends. How many time she played dress up with you and Barbies. The ongoing Monopoly games, going to Shakes, Kiddie Land, and the Super Slide. She was happiest when she was with her girls. She loved everyone she came in contact with. She was always kind and gentle even up till the day she left this earth. Staff often talked of how sweet she was. She never changed as she put it “what good would it do if I were to be mad.” She taught me how to be a woman of trust. She shared her words of wisdom with me to be a friend that would listen and not go tell others what they had talked about. She taught me how important that was. A woman of character and trust. She left some big shoes to fill. Her number one love though was Larry. They were married 67 years. We are overjoyed at the fact they are dancing in heaven to their song Night and Day right now. Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Larry and baby boy, Larry Franklin; parents, Charles Rowan Boone and Ruth Elizabeth Boone. Her legacy lives on in me and my wonderful husband, Richard Michalka; her granddaughter and Heather Elizabeth, and husband, Blake Wilson and granddaughter, Lauren Michalka and soon to be son-in-law, Bryce Mackleit; nieces and nephews, Kim Thomas and family, Candace and Spencer Thomas and family, Krista and Greg Stone and family, Bland Schwarting and Laura Schwarting. I would like to give special thanks for the care of my mom to Regent Care of Woodway, Texas and Weslayan Home in Georgetown, Texas. Many angels took care of her and I’m so grateful. Thank you for allowing me to share the story of her life. In lieu of flowers please donate to your charity of choice. Visitation will be Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 11:00 at Oak Crest Funeral Home, Waco, Texas with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Graveside services will follow at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery, Waco, Texas. Pallbearers are Paul Michalka, Matt Michalka, Richard Michalka, Bland Schwarting, Blake Wilson, and Bryce Machleit.
Vivian Renfrow Singletary, BA ’48, of Waco died Sept. 28, 2019. Her service and celebration will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 2, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Graveside service will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. The visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard, Waco. Vivian is the daughter to Esther and Arthur Renfrow and a sister to Arthur O. Renfrow, Jr. (A.O.). She was born February 6, 1929 in Waco, Texas. Upon graduating from Waco High in 1945, Vivian attended and graduated from Baylor University in 1948. She made a 30 career of teaching school in the Spring Branch School District in Houston, Texas. In August of 1949, Vivian married Cecil E. Singletary. They lived in Houston and raised their family of three children. They were members of South Main Baptist Church and then Tallowood Baptist Church both in Houston. They retired and returned to Waco in 1992 where they are members of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Vivian is survived by husband of 71 years, Cecil; her children and spouses, Gail and Denny Copeland, Nancy and John Singletary, Jillian Singletary; and five grandchildren: Tobin Copeland and wife, Adrian, Clay Copeland, Rachel Singletary Lytle and husband, Dalton, Kyle Singletary and Rainey Richards; also five great-grandchildren: Dayde Copeland, Dawlson Copeland, Hudsyn Copeland, Cooper Copeland, and Colton Lytle; and many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff of Lakeshore Village Healthcare Center for all of their professional care, love and kindness. To Lisa Walters with Magnolia Hospice, you have been our rock. Thanks is not enough for all you have done in support of our family and her failing health! In closing, II Corinthians 5:7, For we live by faith, not by sight.
Stanley Drew Fraser, BA ’49, age 94, passed away on August 17, 2019. He was born on March 3, 1925, in Washington D.C. Stanley entered the U S Navy in 1943 and served as an airman in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war, he married the love of his life, Betty Neal. They moved to Waco, TX where he graduated from Baylor University. They eventually moved to Jacksonville, Fl where he went to work for St. Joe Paper Co. He retired from there after 43 years as CFO. Stanley and Betty were long time members of Ortega United Methodist Church. Stanley is preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty. He is survived by his three children, Bunny Fraser, Stanley Fraser, Jr. (Diane) and David Fraser (Kathy). His is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday August 24, 2019 in the chapel of Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park with Jason Beiler officiating. Interment will follow with military honors at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
Janet Elizabeth “Betty” Sloan Hay, BA ’49, of Austin died Aug. 13, 2019. She was born on March 26, 1928 in Brenham, Texas to her loving parents, Will Sloan and Lois Allen Sloan. Betty attended Brenham public schools. She was the Brenham Junior Maifest Queen in 1937, and was a Brenham High School cheerleader. Betty followed her grandmother, Bessie Flewellen Sloan, and mother, Lois Allen Sloan, to Baylor University where she graduated in 1949. Betty was a member of Delta Alpha Pi (Kappa Alpha Theta), Sigma Tau Delta, and Kappa Delta Pi. After graduating from Baylor, Betty married her Texas A&M Aggie fiancé, James C. Hay, on November 24, 1949, at First Baptist Church in Brenham. Betty and James were blessed with two sons, James W. Hay and Stephen A. Hay. Betty was also blessed with a lifelong good friend and "sister", Frances Bredthauer. Betty and James moved to Houston, Texas in 1950, where they reared their two sons, and where James was employed by Masury Paint Company. Betty was an elementary school substitute teacher in Houston for 13 years. She was outgoing, fun-loving, and active with her family and many friends. Betty and James moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1978 to follow James' career in the paint business. During their 18 years in Baltimore, Betty became a volunteer at Keswick Multi-Care Center through their University Baptist Church. Betty and James also enjoyed their wonderful Baltimore friends and neighbors, John and Mary Jane Sanders and family. Upon James' retirement in 1997, Betty and James moved to Austin, Texas. They quickly became active members at Hyde Park Baptist Church, where Betty helped out at the food pantry, soup kitchen, and Buckner's retirement community. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, and spending time with her beloved daughter-in-law, Patti. After James' death in 2010, Betty moved to Westminster Manor in Austin where she enjoyed both old and new friends. Betty went to be with her Lord Jesus on August 13, 2019. Betty is survived by her son, Prof. James W. Hay, of Champaign, Illinois, and son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Patti Hay, of Sedona, Arizona. Funeral services for Betty Hay will be held Monday, August 19, 2019, 11:00 AM, at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, Texas. Memorials may be directed to the Children At Heart Ministries, 1301 N. Mays, Round Rock, TX 78664-2945. Funeral arrangements for Betty Hay are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.
Betty Hines McKinney, BS ’49, died Nov. 8, 2019.
Well established and admired Rusk County businessman and rancher, Glen W. Rogers, BBA ’49, 92, peacefully went to be with our Lord Thursday, November 4, 2019. He was born January 6, 1927 in the Stewart Community to C. E. “Shot” Rogers and Donnie Wallace Rogers. He attended Tatum High School and graduated from there in 1943. He graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University in 1949. He served in the Navy during World War II. Following the surrender of Japan, he served with the occupation forces in Tokyo. After his graduation from his beloved Baylor, he went into partnership with his father “Shot” Rogers at the C. E. Rogers and Son general store in Stewart. The store met the needs of the local farmers and ranchers in the area. Glen loved serving the people and was always there to help out his friends and neighbors. He enjoyed raising cattle on the land he acquired throughout the years. He had a true love for the land which was shown by his favorite quote, “Land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts. It will come to you, this love of the land.” Glen was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Tatum, Texas. For well over five decades, he faithfully served as church deacon, Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, and choir member. Glen not only faithfully served the Tatum and Stewart communities; he also volunteered and served in the Henderson area as well. He was a founding member of People’s State Bank, now Vera Bank, and served on the Board of Directors for many years. He was also a lifetime member of the Depot Museum. Glen was a kind and gentle man who was loved by all those who came in contact with him. He was a man of unshakeable faith, strong morals, and a tenacious spirit. He had a passion for knowledge and never stopped learning which was evident by the countless number of books he read. He loved history and was always ready to share local tales with anyone who visited with him. He was a true Renaissance man. In addition to his parents, Glen was preceded in death by his sister Doris Rogers Walters and her husband J. W. “Dub” Walters, and his much-loved cousin Martha Paul Rogers Bennett. Pallbearers will be Cedric Blanton, Jerry Conner, Jimmy Conner, Virgil Conner, Bo Pepper, Leo Hampton, Bill Jones, and Jeff Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Tatum, Founding Directors of Peoples State Bank, and Tommy Conner. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of the Tatum First Baptist Church at 470 N. Hill St., Tatum, TX 75691. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Tatum with the Reverend Trey Roberson officiating. Interment will follow at Stewart Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home of Henderson. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at the funeral home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.
Betty Jo Dickey Schulze, BA ’49, age 96, passed away Monday afternoon, August 5, 2019, at New Perspectives Senior Living in Faribault, Minnesota. She was born March 11, 1923, in Dallas, Texas, to Hayden and Mary E. (Oldham) Dickey. She was raised in Balch Springs and graduated from Mesquite High School in 1940. Along with two of her sisters, she joined the US Army Air Corps (WAC) as served during WWII. Following her Honorable Discharge, she attended Baylor University in Waco, where she received her Bachelor of Education degree. Betty worked as an early elementary school teacher for forty years, mostly in the Houston and Hempstead, Texas areas. After retirement she chose to live near her son which brought her to the Northfield/Faribault, Minnesota, area. She was a devout Christian, gifted artist and dedicated teacher. Betty drew and sent home a portrait of almost every child she taught. Can you find yours? Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rebecca of Northfield; her granddaughter, Bethany (Chase) Amundson of Credit River, MN; her grandson, Joshua (Tai) Tolle of Owatonna, MN; and 4 great-grandchildren, Harriet and Lucia Amundson, Amelie and Zurie Tolle. She was preceded in death by 2 husbands Lee Tolle and Arnold Schulze, and 3 sisters, Julia, Nina and Rosemary. Betty was laid to rest at Valley Grove Cemetery, Nerstrand, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com.
Fred C. Theobald, BBA ’49, of Beaumont, TX, died Oct. 5, 2019, at the age of 95 on his birthday. Fred was born October 5, 1924 in Beaumont to Lee Dovie Hayles and Fred C Theobald Sr. Fred had two brothers David Harmon Theobald, Mahlon Edward Theobald and four sisters Ruby Anna (Trixie), Katherine Lee (Katie) Hamm, Opal Juanita Smith and Shirley Beatrice Brammer. Dad graduated from French High School in 1941 where he played football with a teammate by the name of Bum Phillips. He used to work with and for Bum’s father after school and weekends delivering frozen vegetables to the markets. Dad attended Lamar Tech for almost two years before joining the United States Airforce on November 12, 1943. Fred flew on several successful bombing missions in WWII over in Europe including D-Day. Fred was a waist gunner and told us he strapped a 50-caliber machine gun to his hip. He achieved the highest position as a staff sergeant and many medals and accommodations for his service. Dad was discharged on September 16, 1945 and moved back to Beaumont to attend Lamar Tech. Dad met and married our mother Martha ‘Totsie’ Marie Bodin on July 3, 1946. Dad was married to mom for 60 Years before she passed away in 2006. Fred and Totsie’s family grew to 5 Children, six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and one great grandchild. After he completed his two years at Lamar Tech he went on to attend Baylor University and obtained a BBA in accounting and graduated in May of 1949. On January 20th of 1951, Fred passed the CPA exam and worked till the age of 94 at the firm of Theobald & Demahy CPA’s. He practiced Public accounting for 67 years and was one of the oldest practicing Texas CPA when he retired in 2018. Fred lived a full blessed life and was well respected in the business community for his service and ethical behavior. He also served the community and supported the community in many ways. Fred was one of the founding members of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont. Fred was a member of the YMBL and served many years as a judge on their beauty pageant. He also was involved with the Lions Club of Beaumont and worked with them at the Southeast Texas State Fair. Fred also loved Lamar and supported both the Basketball and Football programs with his Cardinal Club Donations. During his lifetime, he had many activities that included water skiing (he could barefoot) he loved fishing and hunting, and motorcycle trail riding. Dad also started his own running club that included many professionals and this where he received his nickname “Coach”. If someone did not show up at 4:45 in the morning for the run, they received a scathing phone call and a warning. Dad’s favorite hobby was photography and has beautiful pictures of wildlife, flowers and of course family and friends. Coach leaves behind his children Cindy Johansen of Beaumont, Fred “Mark” Theobald and his wife Colette Theobald of Honey Island and Renee Cole and her husband Charles C. Jr. of Beaumont; brother Mahlon Theobald of Georgia; grandchildren, Ann Marie Hoffhien and her husband, David, of Minnesota; Rebecca Baltrush and her husband, Hans of Missouri; Jessica Theobald and Ashley Rose Theobald, both of Port Arthur; Sarah Elizabeth Dunham and her Husband Kyle, of Grapevine, Texas; Abigail Grace Theobald of Missouri City, Texas; great-grandchildren, William Theobald and David Hebert of Missouri: Jeremy Barrios of Port Arthur; great-great-grandchild, Kalen Davis of Missouri. Coach is preceded in death by his wife, Martha “Totsie” Theobald; sons Charles Lee Theobald and Alan Brian Theobald; and grandchild Ole Johansen. The family wishes to sincerely thank Dr. Sidney Marchand, Compassion Hospice for the critical care of our Father. The family also wishes to thank Theresa Lewis, Vanessa Savoy and Lesia Evans for their loving care of our father Fred “Coach” and Dad during his final illness. The services for Fred will be conducted by Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations be made to Lamar University, Accounting Department Scholarship, P.O. Box 10042, Beaumont, Texas 77710; Baylor University, Accounting Department Scholarship, One Bear Place #97026, Waco, Texas 76798-2561; or a charity of your choice in memory of Fred. A gathering for Fred “Coach” Theobald’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday October 11, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday October 12, 2019, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. After the Interment at Forest Lawn it is the wishes of the Family for all to join us back a St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in the Hall for a Celebration of Fred’s Life and sharing of his most favorite foods from Chick-fil-a!!