• Thoughts

    “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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Vann, Mary Lee Rees

vannAugust 1, 1932 — January 3, 2016

Mary Lee Vann, 83, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Adams Funeral Home with the Reverend Jim Ingram officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6th at the funeral home.

Mrs. Vann was born on August 1, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fred Lee and Marion Catherine (Guledge) Rees. She attended school in Reagan and graduated from Marlin High School. Mrs. Vann married Henry Clay Vann on February 22, 1951. She loved to cook, read and work with children; she worked in the Mart schools and was a volunteer with the First Baptist Church with the children. But her true love was her family. Mrs. Vann was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson; David Lynn Fife II.

Survivors include her children; Cathy Fife and husband, David, Carol Stone and husband, Max and Clay Vann and wife, Mary, grandchildren; Tracy Grossman and husband, Michael, SuDonna Lindner and husband, Donny, Tonia Allen and husband, Ryan, Megan Bailey and husband, Travis and Teresa Horvath and husband, Justin, great grandchildren; Tori, Lilly and Nathan Grossman, Jessica, Wyatt and Judson Lindner, Audrey Baquet, Gwen Bailey and Lexi and Tyler Lowe and Genevieve Horvath, sister; Ann Ingram and nephews; Scott and Stuart Ingram.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mart or the David Lynn Fife II Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Cathy Fife 2388 FM 339 South, Groesbeck, Texas 76642.

Kroll, Mary Frances Crenshaw

Sept. 15, 1922 – Dec. 12, 2015

Mary Frances Gardner Crenshaw Kroll of Kerrville, Texas entered internal peace on December 12, 2015 in the comfort of her home at the age of 93.

Frances was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 15, 1922 to the late RA and Connie Gardner. She graduated from Coleman High School, before attending Wesleyan College and North Texas State University. Frances moved to Marlin, Texas in 1947 after her marriage to Lewis L. Crenshaw in 1943, and the birth of her only child, daughter Cynthia (Cindy). Frances later married Maurice Kroll of Marlin, Texas on June 11, 1984; they were married for 31 years.

In 2004 Frances and Maurice relocated to Kerrville to retire. Though she and Maurice enjoyed traveling she came to loveKerrville and call it home.

Frances was a member of the Republican Party, where she dedicated many hours in addition to raising her daughter. She served as a Girl Scout leader nine years and was also actively involved in the First Presbyterian Church where she held several offices and taught Sunday school for 11 years.

Frances was an avid bridge player and was a member of the ABCL (National Bridge Association). She was designated as a Master and served as a Director of ACBL.Mary Frances is survived by her daughter Cynthia Crenshaw Chapman and her husband Steve of Kerrville, Texas; her faithful and loving husband,Maurice Kroll; brother, Bobby Gardner and his wife,Miney, of Brenham, Texas; grandson Dr. Michael Chapman, his wife Carolyn and great grandchildren Cooper, Cecily and Andrew of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter Lane Beams and her husband Walt of Abilene,Texas; niece Beth Florence and husband, John, and nephew, David Gardner and wife, Nancy, all of Houston, Texas.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to Paula Marshall, Brandy Urban and Dr. David Miloyfor theircompassionate care over several years of dedication to Frances’ well being.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs.Kroll at 2:00 PM,Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors, in Waco, Texas with the Reverend David Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in Rodef Sholom Cemetery.

To honor Mary Frances, memorials may be made to Peterson Hospice, Peterson Regional Medical Center, 551 Hill Country Drive, Kerrville, Texas 78028 or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco, TX.

Fenske, Douglas

May 4, 1917 – Nov. 30, 2015

Douglas Hugh Fenske passed away November 30, 2015 after a brief illness. A private family celebration of his life will be held Sunday, December 6.

This precious father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, loved and was very proud and of his family. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to Harry and Hazel Fenske. Early in childhood he moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he had a childhood full of adventures while fishing and sailing.

Major Douglas Fenske very proudly served in the United States Marine Corp as a pilot in the Pacific during WWII. After the war was over he was a reservist flying instructor in Jacksonville, Florida.

He received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Tech School of Mines and Technology. His was employed by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation in Florida and later by Dresser Industries which brought him and his family to Texas. He earned several patents for developing technology used by these companies.

He loved golf, played several times a week, and never missed his 7:30 tee off time. He always walked, did not use a cart, and played until he was 93 years old. He loved fishing, every kind of gardening, animals, collecting rocks, and observing wildlife with binoculars or a camera. His favorite pastimes these past few years were watching and recording old movies, playing rummy, and drinking Dr. Pepper. He was the “original” recycler, composter, and rain water harvester. He was a member of the China Spring United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Fenske; beloved daughter, Carol Fenske; and sister, Bonnie Webb.

He is survived by immediate family, daughter, Jeanette Kelly and husband, Tom; grandchildren, Douglas Clarkson Cornwell and wife, Michelle Andrews, Charles Cornwell and wife, Holly; and great-grandchildren, Cuinn, Kait, Ruby, and Theo Cornwell, and Christopher Starnes. He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren from love, Kevin Kelly and wife, Amie, Patrick Kelly and wife, Becky, Patricia Judith, Canon, and Charis Kelly.

The family thanks personal caregiver, Felix Ngantcha, and all the staff and caregivers at Wesley Woods Care Center for their loving care through this journey.
He lived and loved his life well.Sign the Guestbook at www.oakcrestwaco.com .

Short, Francis L.

79416023-edc1-4731-a3d0-5eee56649eefOctober 12. 1930 — December 8, 2015

Frances L. Short, 85, passed away December 8, 2015 in Marlin, Texas.

Funeral Services will 10:00a.m., Friday, December 11, at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Waite Cemetery in Reagan, Texas. The Family will receive friends 6 to 8p.m., Thursday, December 10 at the funeral home.

Frances was born October 12, 1930 in Reagan, Texas Homer, Sr. and Lucy V. (Adams) Swinnea. She worked for Falls Community Hospital for over 50 years. Frances attended the Gospel Lighthouse church for many years. She was like the mother of the church said by many of the members. Frances was a good Christian woman who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 63 years, O.M. “Mike” Short, and daughter, Deborah Lynn Thigpen.

Survivors include her son, Tim Short; Grandsons, Jason Thigpen and wife Patricia and Todd Thigpen and wife Necy; adopted grandson, Jacob Holland and wife Erin; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Homer Swinnea, Jr. and Robert Marion Swinnea; sister-in-law, Annette Spadora and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Marie Maas for her loving care for Frances in these last 2 years.

Arrangements under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Marlin,

Randazzo, Anna Marie

RandazzoSept. 9, 1924 – Dec. 5, 2015

Anna Marie Randazzo, 91, passed away Saturday, Dec. 05, 2015 in Waco, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin, Texas. Rosary will be prior to the mass on Monday with Father Ron Feather officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Anna was born September 9, 1924 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Vick and Frances Scardino Randazzo. She resided in Waco at the time of her death. Anna was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was a grocery store clerk at the Korner Grocery in Mariln for 50 years.

Anna leaves behind to cherish her memories, brother, Nunzio Randazzo and wife, Annie Mae of Marlin; nieces, Frances Hawes and husband Greg of Houston, Tonia Fulton and husband Mike of Cameron; nephews, Victor Randazzo and wife, Mary of Angleton, James Randazzo and wife, Linda of Houston, Paul Randazzo and wife, Donna of Marlin, and Chris Randazzo and wife, Natalie of New Baunfels.

Screws, Clinton Earl

Clinton ScrewsJune 18, 1955 – November 28, 2015

Clinton Earl Screws, 60, of Austin received his wings and went to his Lord on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Lakeway Regional Medical Center, with his wife and family by his side. Clinton was born in Houston, TX on June 18, 1955 to Clint and Juanita Screws. He attended Marlin High School and upon graduation attended TSTC in Waco.

Clinton married Rasolyn Kunze, and became stepfather to Lindsy. Together they had two children, Ashley and Colby. He worked as a general contractor and construction manager. Clinton enjoyed his arrowhead collection, Indian artifacts, fishing and dove hunting. He was a family man who enjoyed being surrounded by his loved ones.

Clinton is survived by his wife Rasolyn Screws; step-daughter Lindsy Mortimer and husband Rocky; daughter Ashley Kabler and husband Stacey; son Colby Screws; five granddaughters: Caisley, Mallory, Cortney, Emily and Harley; brothers, Glen Screws of Austin and Danny Screws of Bremond; and sister Dinah Smith of Penelope. He was blessed with a number of nieces and nephews. Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, Clint and Juanita Screws.

Services will be Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:00 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 411 Ranch Road 620 S. Lakeway, TX 78734

Boyd, John Robert

imageSeptember 4, 1946 — November 10, 2015

John Robert Boyd was born in Waco, Texas on September 4, 1946 to Maria and Robert Boyd. He grew up and attended school in Marlin, Texas. He passed away after a very short illness on November 10, 2015.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy to whom he had been married to for 35 years. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Gayle and husband, Mike; nieces, Traci Jones and husband Mykal, Lauri Dean and husband, Casey; nephews, Scott Boyd and wife Thang, and Josh Boyd. He also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews.

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the 823rd Red Horse Squadron (Combat Engineers) at Bien Hoi Air Base in Vietnam. He also served in Italy at a Microwave Radar Site. Bob received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Honor Medal in addition to numerous other military commendations.

Bob TRULY LOVED the game of golf and played as frequently as possible. He taught the game of golf to numerous students over the years and truly enjoyed the teaching process.

Funeral Information

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Miller Funeral Chapel, 7723 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77074. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Miller Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery with full Military Honors.

Lombardo, Paul

June 29, 1921 – Nov. 26, 2015

Paul Lombardo, 94, of Marlin, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, at the Adams Funeral Home, in Marlin. The Rev. Don Fulton will be officiating the services. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29, at the funeral home.

Paul was born on June 29, 1921 in the community of Eloise to Joe and Joanna (Abate) Lombardo. He served his country in the United States Army during WW II. Paul married Faye Lee Brown on August 14, 1945, and they celebrated over 66 wonderful years together until her death on June 26, 2012.

After retiring from the VA in 1975, he opened Paul’s Auto Sales, of which he owned and operated for over 50 years. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and a lifetime member of the DAV, where he served as Commander. Paul was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and ten brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Dianna Blakeney and her husband, Jerry, of Fate; sons, Paul Wayne Lombardo of Sargent, and Joe Lombardo and his wife, Ruth, of Hewitt; brother-in-law, Roy Beckner; sister-in-law, Providence Lombardo; grandchildren, David Paul Monday, Debbie Hanvey, and her husband, Pete, Hayley Lombardo, Annie Lombardo, Joseph Sharp and Joe Paul Lombardo; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Providence Hospice Staff, Senior Care of Hewitt and Dr. David Fedro for their love and care they gave Mr. Lombardo.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Pauling, George E. Jr.

11/7/1930 – 11/22/2015

George E. Pauling Jr., 85, of Waco, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Services will be 11 am Saturday, Nov. 28 at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Shane Pruitt officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 pm at Blue Ridge Cemetery near Marlin, Texas. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 27 at the funeral home.

George was born November 7, 1930 in Marlin, Texas to George Sr. and Rosella (Woodland) Pauling. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1948. He served in the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the National Guard until retiring as a Major after 21 years of service. He worked for the Waco Tribune-Herald until retiring, and was a Rural Letter Carrier for over 30 years.

George was very active with the Southern Little League, coaching his sons early on, teaching the official score keeping class and being an official score keeper for the State Little League Regional Championships for over 40 years. He also held many positions including President several times of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge 66 and was on the S.P.J.S.T. Rest Home Board of Directors for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Terry Pauling and a brother, James Pauling.

 Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Sue Pauling of Waco; his son, David Pauling and wife, Brenda of Allen; his daughter, Trish Holder-Guidroz of Waco; sister, Janet Fairman of Marlin; brother, Connie Pauling and wife, Vonnie of Bryan; sister-in-law, Louise Pauling of San Antonio; grandchildren, Brad Pauling and wife, Sandi of Plano, Brent Pauling and wife, Marisol of Wylie, Tanner Guidroz, Trenton Guidroz and Tristean Huffman all of Waco; great grandchildren, Sam and Kaitlyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.George was a kind, patient and loving husband, father and pawpaw who will be truly missed.


Curtis, Raymond Wesley

Dec. 13, 1951 – Nov. 1, 2015

Raymond Wesley Curtis, 63, of Rosebud, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015 in a Seguin Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, November 5, in Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Rosebud. Rev. Allen Bramlett officiating. Burial will follow in Powers Chapel Cemetery near Rosebud.

Mr. Curtis was born December 13, 1951, in Rosebud, to John and Allie Williams Curtis. He lived in Houston and Falls County most of his life. He graduated from Marlin High School and worked as a Waste Water Trainer for the Texas Rural Water Association. He achieved the two highest available certificates in the Water and Waste Water Industry issued by the State of Texas. He spent the majority of his life mentoring and assisting people in the Water and Waste Water Industry. He married Shirley Dach in 1971.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

He is survived by several cousins.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday in the funeral home.

Vann, Patricia Lee Abate

imageAugust 2, 1938 — October 22, 2915

Patricia Lee Abate Vann died unexpectedly on October 22, 2015 at the age of 77.

Patty was born in Bryan, Texas on August 2, 1938 to Annie Mae and Pat Abate. She was raised in Marlin, graduated Marlin High School in 1956 and then later graduated Blinn College with a teaching degree. Patty worked for many years at Marlin City Hall and more recently teaching preschool. Her life was exceptional in the way that she loved and sacrificed for her family and friends. She exemplified Christ by always taking care of others in every way. After the death of her loving husband Henry, and her parents, she spent her days encouraging, supporting and praying for her children and grandchildren. She was the best mother and grandmother imaginable and the loss is almost unbearable to those that were fortunate to have known her and laughed with her.

Patricia is preceded in death by her husband Henry Vann, and her parents, Annie Mae Palasota and Pat Abate. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Grochoske, her children Monica and Kelly Fry of Houston, Angela and James Baudhuin of Dallas and John McCoy of Marlin. She leaves behind her beautiful grandchildren, Colton and Madison Fry and Alexandra and Isabella Baudhuin.

Rest now in the Peace of Christ, our precious beautiful mother.

Wasylyszyn, Johnny

johnny w1954-2015

Johnny Wasylyszyn, 61, passed away Oct. 24, 2015 in Ft Worth, TX after a 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer. Memorial service will be held Oct. 28th, at 11:00a.m. at Heights Funeral Home in Houston, TX,  with Graveside service following at 4:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Marlin, TX.

Johnny was born in San Antonio TX and was a Sr. Quality Engineer with Praxair, Inc. of Houston, TX.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents Bill & Helene and sisters Karen Erskine and Linda Mitchell.  He is survived by son Jonathan Wasylyszyn & wife Jussara and daughter Heather Long & husband Keith, 4 grandchildren, along with many family and friends.

Johnny wanted to thank all of his family and friends that have been with him through his life and this difficult journey. He loved each and every one of you.


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