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    “I hear a voice you can not hear. Which says I must not stay. I see a hand you can not see. Which beckons me away."

    The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind
    --- John Allston

    There is more peace somewhere.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    I'm gonna keep on 'til I find it.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    --- African American Hymn

    I cannot think of them as dead who walk with me no more;
    along the path of life I tread they but are gone before.
    --- Fredrick Lucian Hosmer

    In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
    In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
    In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
    In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
    In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
    In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
    When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.
    So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
    --- From Roland B. Gittelsohn

    "Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you." ~Pueblo Blessing ~

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    W.H. Auden

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Stone, Terry William

Terry StoneAugust 30, 1956 – April 11, 2015

Terry William Stone, 58, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2015. He was born on August 30, 1956, in Falls County, Texas, to W.N. “Doodlebug” Stone and Mina (Ray) Stone.

Terry graduated from Sam Houston University with a BBA in Finance. He was employed in the Insurance Industry for over 35 years, helping to develop and manage a Workers Compensation Claims Company. Many of his best friendships were developed through these associations.

Terry loved to fish, either bank fishing one of the cattle tanks around Falls County, off the dock on Lake LBJ or in the Gulf. Dove hunting was a favorite although he also enjoyed deer hunting trips with his family and friends.
Special thanks to the family, friends and colleagues who participated in his many barbeques and fish frys. Terry’s kindness and friendship was a catalyst for a wide group of family and friends to enjoy life. He will be greatly missed.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Conrad Stone and sister in-law Bobbie Stone; and Aubrey Stone and sister-in-law Janet Stone. He is survived by his wife, Nannette Stone of Georgetown; sons, Thomas Stone of Austin, Samuel Stone of Austin, and Koy Stone of Georgetown; siblings, JoAnn Milnes Cohn of Marlin; Winfred Stone of Waco; Nelda Brown and husband Gene of Marlin; and Keith Stone and wife Marsha of Georgetown; as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, at Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park, Texas. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ward Street Church of Christ, Marlin, Texas. Interment will immediately follow in Criswell Cemetery, Marlin, Texas.

Honorary him as pallbearers are his nephews, Jeffery Brown, Randal Brown, Michael Milnes, Gary Stone, Travis Martin, Bill Adams, Jes Scott, David Walgren and Robert Stone. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Falsone, Gary Parsons, Terrell Wilkey, Roy Wornat, Jimmy Welch, Larry Ludke, James Randazzo and Max Stone,

Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, Texas 78613, (512) 259-1610. On-line registry at http://www.beckchapels.com

Reed, Grady L. Jr.

August 14,  1933 — Ap0ril 10, 2015
 
Grady Lee Reed, Jr. passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at his home after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 15th at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas with the Reverend Donnie Fulton officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-8p.m. on Tuesday, April 14th.

Grady (Nooks) was born August 14, 1933 in Marlin to Grady L. Reed, Sr. and Carrie Pauline Reed. He attended McClanahan and Marlin schools. As a young adult he worked on the family farm. He joined the U.S. Army and served until 1955.Upon his honorable discharge; he married Rosemary Clifton and in union four children were born. He was self-employed for many years in the home remodeling and construction business. He worked at Ralph Wilson Plastic Co. in Temple, Texas where he retired after 27 years of employment.

His enjoyments included remodeling and managing rental property, dancing, and maintaining the McClanahan church and cemetery grounds. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father. Survivors include his sister; Wardine Sanders, children; Grady U. Reed, Rocky L. Reed and wife Christi, Kelly Reed and companion Jerry Rosas of Marlin, Thomas Reed and wife Denise of White House, Texas. Grandchildren include Crystal Reed, Lindsey Reed, Kristen Reed Porterfield, Cara Reed Kasner, Nicholas Reed, and Madison Reed. There are sixteen great-grandchildren, and nephew Robert Reed Sanders. Special friend is Margaret Blackburn of Robinson.

Pallbearers include Nicholas Reed, Max (M.J.) Smith, Randy Kasner, Jerry Rosas, Shane Porterfield, Craig Evans, and Robert Sanders.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Diabetes Association . The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, daughter-in-law Christi Reed who gave endless hours to his extended care, Eric Nutt, Rosinal Hughes, Dr. David Fedro, and Standard Home Health/Hospice.

 

Nehring Sr, Ronald Wayne “Ronnie”

May 27, 1948 – April 4, 2015

Ronald “Ronnie” Wayne Nehring, Sr., 66, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Perry, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at Adams Funeral Home.

Ronnie was born in Marlin, Texas, on May 27, 1948, to Adolph and Geraldene Maines Nehring. Ronnie graduated from Marlin High School in 1966. Soon after, he moved to Houston to work but returned to Marlin after just three years. Ronnie worked at General Tire for 10 years before buying J & J Drive-In in Marlin.Ronnie loved his farm in Perry where he raised all kinds of animals including chickens, quail, rheas, sheep, goats, cattle, mules, and horses. Ronnie became a Mason in 1986 and a Shriner soon after that. He loved to fish especially with his mother, Geraldene . Ronnie was known as “Pappy” to his grandsons. He kept them both when they where babies and they lit up his life.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents.Ronnie is survived by his former wife, Gloria of Perry; his son, Buck Nehring of Perry; his daughter, Jaime Nehring Glenn and husband, Vince, of Riesel; two grandsons, Hunter and Hudson Glenn, of Riesel. He is also survived by his brothers, Mike Nehring and wife, Carol, of Marlin, Jeff Nehring and wife, Tricia, of Perry; and his sister, Kim Nehring Lombardo of Marlin. He is also survived by nieces, Carla, Beth, Annie, Micah, and Holly; and nephews, Ryan and Chad. Ronnie had many cousins and extended family who lived in the Marlin area as well.

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Norris, Harvey Ray

harvey norrisMay 29, 1925 – April 1, 2015
 
 
Harvey Ray Norris, 89, of Marlin, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Reverend Mark Newton officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time on Monday at the church. Burial will take place at a later date.
 
Mr. Norris was born on May 29, 1925 in Milano, Texas to Jeff David and Edna Mae (Davenport) Norris. He served his country in WW II in the United States Army. Mr. Norris married Jacquelyn Ewell on November 21, 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri and they celebrated over 47 wonderful years together. He worked in the banking Industry for several years, ran his own publishing company and originated, staffed and directed Region VI of the Vista and Head Start Program executing all logistics for eleven states. Mr. Norris loved to fish, hunt and sing and play his guitar; he and his wife often entertained in nursing homes. He was a former member of the Marlin’s Men’s Civic Association, Lion’s Club, Rotary Club and was inducted into the Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame; he emceed the Fiddlers Frolics in Hallettsville, Texas for over 30 years. Mr. Norris was an active member of the First Baptist Church where he served on several committees and helped with numerous functions. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Norris was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.Survivors include his wife; Jacquelyn Norris, sons; Harvey Wayne Norris and his wife, Debbie and Mike Honea and his wife, Susan, grandchildren; Jeff Norris and his fiancé, Sharon Dell, Allison Becker and her husband, Danny and Zachary Honea and his wife, Deidre and great grandchildren; Freyja Becker and Theodore Honea.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Jan Smith and the staff at Golden Years and to Dr. David Fedro and his loving staff for their great care and love shown to Mr. Norris.

Smajstrla, Tracie Marie

Tracie SmajstrlaNovember 23, 1929 – March 8, 2015

Tracie Marie Smajstrla, 85, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2015, in Houston. She was born to Frank and Rosie Kallus on Nov. 23, 1929, in Abbott.

She was preceded in death by both parents and 3 brothers, Raymond, Albin, and John Kallus.

Tracie is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Edward H. Smajstrla; daughter, Monica Greene and husband Richard; grandchildren, Christina Greene and Jonathan Greene and his wife Leslie Greene and great-grandchild, Charlotte Greene, and many other loving family members and friends.

Tracie was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, she will be missed by everyone that knew her. She had a variety of interests, which included Polka dancing, sewing, and traveling the world. She was a member of the Red and White Polka Club, The American Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary, SPJST Fraternal Order and a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Tracie semi-retired in 1989, from her 37 years of being in retail, notably as a buyer with their Ben Franklin Variety Stores and grocery and fabric stores. She was very devoted to her family and spent most of her time in retirement enjoying her family and grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. John Vianney Catholic Church-mass intentions.

Visitation was on March 11, 2015, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, with a Vigil Service and Rosary recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 12, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston. Interment followed at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

Niemeyer, Clarence Louis

Louis NiemeyerMay 1, 1923 – March 31, 2015

Clarence L. Niemeyer, age 91, of Lampasas, Texas entered into rest on Tuesday March 31, 2015. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin with Ludy Manthei officiating. Interment will follow at the St Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, April 3, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Niemeyer was the 7th child out of 11 children born to John A. and Martha (Locke) Niemeyer in Weimar, Texas on May 1, 1923. He grew up on the family farm in Otto, TX. At the age of 19 he joined the US Army on Feb. 24, 1943 and served as a Scout in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign during World War II. He received the following decorations: Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and 2 Bronze Service Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and 1 Bronze Service Star, Good Conduct medal, Purple Heart, American Theatre Ribbon, and Victory Medal. After being wounded in the Philippines, Mr. Niemeyer returned to New Guinea, and then to Chickasha, Oklahoma where he was hospitalized for a year recovering from wounds in his right arm and side. Upon returning home, he met Ruby Kroll; they married on May 8, 1947 and were married for 60 loving years.

Mr. Niemeyer worked for the VA Hospital in Marlin as a surgical nurse and EKG technician while raising four children. He retired in 1980 and played on his farm with his cattle, doves, sheep, goats, ducks, and fish. Mr. Niemeyer cared for people at work, his neighbors, family members, and his animals. After Ruby’s passing in 2007, he moved to Lampasas in 2008. Mr. Niemeyer was active at the First United Methodist Church, Disciple Bible Study, and at Rollins Brook Community Hospital where he was a volunteer. People would drive by his apartment and take pictures of him in the middle of a herd of deer as he fed the deer by hand. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, and playing dominoes. Mr. Niemeyer was preceded in death by his parents; John and Martha Niemeyer, wife: Ruby Niemeyer, daughter-in-law; Rosie Niemeyer, brothers and sisters; Arnold Niemeyer, Ferdinand Niemeyer, Laura Neumann, Carrie Neumann, Martha Drews, Pearl Grams, Johnny Niemeyer, William Niemeyer, and Mamie Stringer.

Mr. Niemeyer is survived by his sister; Violet Grossman of Garland, TX., his children; Sharren Hassell and husband Larry of Belgrade, Montana, Sydney Niemeyer and finance, Irene Eavey, of Rosenberg, TX., Joni Peterson and husband, John, of League City, TX., and Brenda Lumpkin and husband George of Lampasas, TX. Fifteen Grandchildren; Gary Hassell, Erin Stolle, Paul Long, Melanie, Engelhardt, Bonnie Newton, Tommy Niemeyer, Julie Niemeyer, Katy Viccellio, Jack Peterson, Ken Peterson, Chris Hammack, Rachel Hammack, Angela Barron, Daniel Lumpkin, and John Lumpkin. Spouses of Grandchildren; Lidia Hassell, Brent Stolle, Renee Sanchez, Tim Engelhardt, Merle Newton, Misty Niemeyer, Ben Viccellio, and Carlos Barron. Seventeen Great-Grandchildren: Trevor, Nathan, and Grace Hassell, Dean and Graham Stolle, Sergio, Christopher, and Stephanie Sanchez, Satie, Abbie, Emily, and Zachary Engelhardt, Jonathan, Michael, Kelsey, and Mathew Newton, and Johnny Peterson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Disabled American Veterans.

Mortimer, Juanita B

j mortimer

July 23, 1917 – March 29, 2015
 
 
Juanita B. (Jenkins) Mortimer, 97, of Marlin, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home with the Reverend Michael Estep officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 1st at the funeral home.
 
Mrs. Mortimer was born on July 23, 1917 in Durango, Texas to Claude and Abby (Vinson) Jenkins. She married Clifton Mortimer on January 13, 1941 and they celebrated over 57 wonderful years together until his death on June 2, 1998. Mrs. Mortimer graduated from Lott High School and owned and operated Juanita’s Beauty Clinic for over 50 years; she enjoyed her clients and the beauty shop gossip even though she often had to get the hairbrush after the grandkids. She enjoyed cooking for her family and family get togethers. Mrs. Mortimer was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Marlin.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister; Claudine Jenkins and a brother; Brigadier General Cecil Jenkins.Survivors include her son; Ross Mortimer and his wife, Jenny, daughter; Beth Alston and her husband, Keith, brother; Marshall Jenkins and his wife, Winnie, sisters; BettyJo Nix and her husband, Johnny and Janice Lane, grandchildren; Jeremy Mortimer and his wife, Lisa, Rocky Mortimer and his wife, Lindsy, Wesley Mortimer, Whitney Rhodes, Chelsea Lewis, Kymber Shaw, Tanner Shaw and Tyler Thomas and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lloyd, David Maurice

D M LloydNovember 24, 1936 – March 17, 2015

David Maurice Lloyd of Floresville, Texas, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the age of 78 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Maurice was born on Nov. 24, 1936, in Kosse to David and Inez Lloyd.

Maurice was an extraordinary entrepreneur who thrived on work, always having several projects and/or businesses going until his health failed in 2003. His proudest business association was being president and owner of Texas Hunter Products Inc. for 20 years, from 1980 to 2000. After taking ownership, he was the first manufacturer of deer feeders to incorporate the use of solar panel battery chargers.

Early in his career, Maurice taught ag in Era, Texas, having graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1960. Through the years, his education in agriculture led him to work for Purina Feed Mills. He owned his own feed store and a poultry processing plant, was a sales representative for Diamond International, and later owned several Laundromats and rental properties in San Antonio. During his ownership of Texas Hunter Products Inc., he also opened and managed a maquiladora plant in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Maurice is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Rosalie Ann Lloyd; brother Edward Lloyd and wife Debra of Lubbock; sister Jean Spain and husband Dwight of Plano; daughters Beverly Roppolo and husband Charlie of Spring, Carol Lloyd of Marlin, Dian Balusek and husband Bobby of Woodsboro, and Kristen Wiatrek and husband Joey of Floresville; son Kevin Lloyd and wife Rhonda of Murphy; grandchildren Jake Foster and wife Katie of Brownsboro, Candice Benge of San Francisco, Calif., Matthew Benge of Woodsboro, Alana Roppolo of Spring, Tori Tedder and husband Jimmie of Austin, Ben Waldrop of Rockwall, Zeke Wiatrek of Floresville, Dalton Lloyd of College Station, Kamie Lloyd of Murphy, Zoey Wiatrek of Floresville, and Tom Greever and wife Hannah of Mount Vernon, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren, David Roppolo, Landry and Avery Jane Foster, and Audrey and Jacob Tedder.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Floresville United Methodist Church in Floresville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jewel Woolsey Music Fund at Floresville United Methodist Church, 1205 B St., Floresville, TX 78114.

Nutt, Billy Jay

Billy NuttMarch 11, 1934 – March 19, 2015

Billy J. Nutt, 81, passed away March 19, 2015 in Waco, Texas. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home with Garry Nutt officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home.
Billy was born in Milam County, Texas, March 11, 1934 to Pearl and Annie Nutt. After 36 years of service, Billy retired from the Department of Transportation. Cooking and dominoes were some of his favorite things to do, but his family was the most important to him. He was like a father figure to many, an outstanding person and will be truly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. Billy loved his grandkids and great grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Peggy Nehring; and brothers, Jim, Floyd, Bevel, Robert, RD, Kenneth, Tommy, Otis, and Harlan.

Survivors include his wife of over 61 years, Lou Nell Nutt; son, David Nutt and wife Susie; son-in-law Edd Nehring III; grandchildren, Sherrie Body and husband Jimmy, DJ Nutt, Edd Nehring VI, James Nehring and wife Kayci; great grandchildren, Tyler Body, Kaylin Nutt, Kenzie Body, Karsyn Nutt, Kynnedi Nutt, Korbyn Nutt, Tanner Nehring and Travis Nehring; great great grandson to be Aesyn Keener and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mitchell, Gladys Kilgore

j mitchell Sept. 26, 1931 – Mar. 16, 2015

Gladys M. Mitchell, 83, of Marlin, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015, at her home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at held 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 20, at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mitchell was born on September 26, 1931 in Chilton, Texas to Fred and Thelma Mae Spivey Kilgore. She married William Henry Mitchell on December 21, 1951 in Marlin, Texas. Mrs. Mitchell spent her life working alongside her husband in their ranching business and as a Real Estate Broker. For more than 30 years, she partnered with her sister, Freddie, at Mitchell and Walker Realtors in Marlin.

Mrs. Mitchell’s favorite activities included riding and showing horses with her daughter, Lisa, playing tennis, golf, bridge with friends, and winning golf tournaments at the Marlin Country Club. She was an active member of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, Ladies Golf Association, Marlin Festival Association, McLanahan Riding Club, and various other civic and volunteer organizations in Falls County. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved to spend time with her family and many friends. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Marlin.

Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Mitchell Flores and husband, George, of Houston; grandchildren, Nicholas, Sydney, Sophia and Natalie Flores, all of Houston; and sister, Freddie Walker of Marlin; and several nieces, nephews, and their families.

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Little, Tommye

Oct. 27, 1925 – Mar. 16, 2015

Tommye Little, 89, of Marlin, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Little was born on October 27, 1925, in Limestone County, to William Silas and Minnie Lee (Tedder) Little. She married Byron Little on October 21, 1942 in Freestone and they celebrated over 39 wonderful years together until his death on September 9, 1982. Mrs. Little was a very active member of the First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was a very strong Christian woman and loved the Lord, her church and her community.

Mrs. Little loved flowers and gardening. Christmas was a very special time to her. She started working in the flower shop business and she loved it so much she bought the Majestic Flower Shop which she owned and operated until she retired.

Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters, Bobbie Coslin and Karen Meyer; two brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Gerald R. Little and Wendell C. Little and his wife, Glenda; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; special friend, Ruth Baker; and her visiting angel, Luella Carter.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Providence ICU Step-down and to everyone at Providence Hospice Place for their love and care that they gave to our mother.

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Wasserman, Jacqueline (Jackie)

j wassermanJune 18, 1927 —  March 10, 2015

Jacqueline (Jackie) Whiteford Wasserman, 87, of Waco passed from this earthly life and was joyfully welcomed by her Savior into the heavenly choir on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at First United Methodist Church, 411 Coleman St. in Marlin. Burial will follow at Pieper Cemetery in Barclay. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Adams Funeral Home, 129 Coleman St. in Marlin.
Jackie was born June 18, 1927, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Lawrence J. (Jack) and Grace Estes Whiteford. Her family later moved to Oklahoma City, where she grew up along with her beloved sister, Barbara, and graduated from Central High School.
In 1946, Jackie was a USO girl when mutual friends set her up on a blind date with Harold Wasserman, a shy Texas pilot stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. During their courtship, Jackie, her sister and mother would stand out on their back porch, waving tea towels as Harold flew over their house and tipped his wing at them. Six months after meeting, they married April 20, 1947 at First Christian Church in Oklahoma City. As a devoted mother and career Air Force wife, she and Harold lovingly raised four children – Karen, David, Diane and Lori – while living a whirlwind military life that moved them from state to state and base to base during their 43-year marriage. But no matter where they lived, after finding a house, they always found a church home.

A gracious Christian woman, Jackie was born to serve, and her life’s work was devoted to taking care of her family, lending her classically trained soprano to numerous church choirs, leading youth organizations and church youth groups and making sure that all who entered her home – wherever that was – felt welcome and loved.

When Harold retired from the Air Force in 1975, the family moved to Marlin to be near his brothers and sisters in central Texas. As she did her entire life, Jackie let her beautiful voice ring as a member of the choir at First United Methodist Church in Marlin. She also served the church, along with so many other wonderful women, as a member of United Methodist Women, administrative board and MYF leader. She also served as chair of the Falls County American Cancer Society for many years.
“Nanny” deeply loved and was so proud of her six granddaughters: Megan Lawson, Sara Lawson Sheffield, Emilie Fogleman, Kuulei Wasserman, Amanda Suda and Charis Schutte. Her life also was blessed by four great-grandchildren: Jackson and Lexi Sheffield and Sofia and Joviana Romero. We will greatly miss our sweet, beautiful and gracious mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by her children, Karen Lawson and husband Jerry of Mart, Texas; David Wasserman and wife Nanea of Kahului, Hawaii; Diane Schwartz and husband Jeff of Joshua, Texas; and Lori Fogleman and husband Richard of Hewitt, Texas; sister Barbara White of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is deeply grateful for the care and compassion given to her by Mark Rutledge and the Hospice Staff of Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital.

Jackie’s request was that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 411 Coleman St., Marlin, TX 76661, or the American Cancer Society.

 

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