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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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Sandhoff, James Donald

March 22, 1936 – August 16, 2017

James Donald Sandhoff passed away at his home in Grapevine, Texas early Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, August 19, at Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, Texas. Burial will follow in Marlin at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 18, at Adams Funeral Home.

He was born to August and Nola Sandhoff in Crawford, Texas. After attending Riesel High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and continued his service at the Marlin V.A. Hospital for 27 years. He married the love of his life, Allene Smith Sandhoff, on June 30, 1956. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Riesel, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers W.O. Sandhoff, Ralph Sandhoff, and Ross Sandhoff; and one sister, Francis Juntunen.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Allene ; daughter, Sheila Keel and husband; daughter, Jennifer Purdy and husband; son, Jeffrey Sandhoff and wife; grandchildren, Cassandra Keel, Brandon Keel, Mitchell Purdy, Emily Purdy, Andrew Sandhoff, and Alaina Sandhoff; sisters, Janie Wells, Sue Bullington and husband, Nancy Mininger and husband, Judy Sandhoff; brother, Bill Sandhoff & wife, Jackie Sandhoff;, and many nieces and nephews.

Smith, Howard Lee

Feb. 13, 1928 – Aug. 5, 2017

Dr. Howard Lee Smith of Marlin, TX passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 he was 89 years old.

Known to many as of his friends as “H.L.” Dr. Smith was born in Marlin, TX on the 13th of February, 1928 and was the only son of Dr. Howard Owen Smith JR. of Hamilton, TX and Mary Ashley Smith (née Lee) of Galveston, TX.

H.L. graduated from Marlin High School with the class of 1944. In the Autumn of that year, he matriculated with the class of 1948-B to the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA where he graduated Bachelor of Science (Pre-Med) on the 8th of June, 1948 and received his commission in the Army Reserves as a Second Lieutenant.

Howard Lee was accepted to Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland earning his MD in 1952 and he went on to complete his residency and training as a General Surgeon at the University of Michigan’s Medical School in Ann Arbor.

His inherent sense of duty, coupled with the promise of a position on the staff of the Torbett Hospital brought him back to Marlin in 1957 where he had the opportunity to work alongside his father. He eventually became Torbett’s Chief of Staff and served in that capacity some thirty years before joining the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in 1988, practicing in Marlin and Waco until his retirement in 2008.

H.L. was a man of many talents and was passionate for a multitude of hobbies. Generations of Marlin youth were entertained by “Howard the Magician” at birthday parties and hospital beds. He raced S.C.C.A. during the late fifties and early sixties, driving in and winning dozens of events in his Triumph TR3-A, Lotus 11 and Lola MK1. He was an active water skier and could still slalom well into his seventies. He lived for his annual trips to Aspen, Co and carving those long – sweeping turns on blue runs as recently as 2007. He earned his pilots certificate in 1948 in a Piper J-3 Cub and would eventually become a certified flight instructor who taught many in the local area to fly and imbued them with a passion for aviation. Howard Lee owned and operated his own aircraft, a 1967 Mooney and was still flying around 100 hours a year until 2013.

Howard Lee is survived by his “long-suffering wife” (joking of course) Patricia Ann Smith (née Thomas) of Palestine, TX and their two sons, Michael Owen and his wife Tina of Conroe, TX and Thomas Albert and and his wife Andrea of Hastings, MI.
Dad had five beautiful grandchildren: Cora Ashley, Cannon Lee, Xoe Beatrix, Thomas Jackson “T.J.”, and Gus Ulysses. H.L. and Pat were married on June 9, 1962 and recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 9, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlin, Texas with a “Celebration of Life” following at The Palace Theatre, Marlin. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Marlin Palace Theatre and/or St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Lewis, Donald W.

January 2, 1943 — July 30, 2017

Donald W. Lewis passed away peacefully after battling cancer on July 30, 2017. The family will have visitation on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Adams Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 1 pm.

Donald was born January 2, 1943 to Cecil Keith and Gladys Wells Lewis in Briary, Texas. Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Nellie Bishop, Vertia Hegefeld and Margie Blackwell and his brother Billy Joe Lewis.

Over the years he enjoyed being involved in Little League, and also loved fishing, hunting, and playing dominoes. He owned Stein & Son Paint Contractors for several years. Donald always said not to cheat, steal, or lie to him; but if you needed anything he would give you the shirt off his back. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Marlin for over 50 years and was also involved in starting the Marlin JC’s Association.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Lewis; son, Beau Lewis his wife, Jeannie; daughter, Donna Lewis; grandchildren, Jeremy Gonzales, Josh Lewis, Jenna Lewis, Christina Howard, and Misty Munday; greatgrandchildren, Alex, Brailyn and Sheri; sister Grace Baker and several nieces, nephews and numerous close friends.

Fairbairn, Carolyn Kay

April 26, 1943 – July 26, 2017

Carolyn Kay Swinnea Fairbairn, passed away July 26, 2017 in Baylor Hospital, Dallas. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Kosse. Interment will follow in Stranger Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 28th at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fairbairn was born on April 26, 1943 in Marlin, Texas to Charles Grover Swinnea and Kathryn Johnson Swinnea. She married Bill Fairbairn on June 5, 1965 in Fort Worth. Mrs. Fairbairn graduated Northside High School in Fort Worth in 1961, Texas Wesleyan College in 1965 and earned a Master’s Degree from Baylor University in 1975. Carolyn taught first and second grade for 41 years (33 in Marlin) and is remembered with gratitude and affection by her former students. After her retirement she was active in Falls County Retired Teachers Association as an officer, organizer of local meetings and representative to the State Association. She was also active in the Presbyterian Womens prayer fellowship and was instrumental in continuing the Fellowship and its service to the former members and the large community after the First Presbyterian Church in Marlin closed. Carolyn was a member of Lott Presbyterian Church and was active in the First United Methodist Church of Kosse and Stranger Community Church. When time permitted, she enjoyed reading, quiet time watching sunrises and sunsets, listening to the sounds of nature, and camping in the mountains of Colorado. Carolyn was known for her beautiful singing voice, her sweet and gentle disposition her loving and supportive nature as well as her organizing skills. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles and a nephew, Shane.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; mother, Kat of Kosse; brother, Charles Gary Swinnea of Fort Worth, sisters, Charylott Swinnea of Rockwall and Jan Claeys of Horse Shoe Bay as well as nieces, Heather, Sharla and Stephanie and nephews, Nic, Matt and Bryan. Her extended family included Bills family; James and Carol Fairbairn, Mary Fairbairn, Sherri, Jimmy (Alice) Elizabeth (Scott), Alice (Mike), Karen, Mason, Jack, Roman, Have, Austin, Brianna and Savana.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Stranger Cemetery, c/o Linda Scott, Marlin, TX 76661, Lott Presbyterian Church, c/o Gail Palmore, 1412 Overlook Ridge Dr., Belton, TX 76513, First United Methodist Church, P.O. 26, Kosse, TX 76653 or your favorite charity.

Ray, Craig Michael

December 8, 1976 – July 23, 2017

Craig Michael Ray, 40, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 23, 2017 Craig was born on December 8, 1976 and has been a resident of Marlin most of his life. Craig pursued careers in construction, the oil field industry and was working at L3 in Waco. Craig enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a true outdoorsman. He also enjoyed dancing, playing dominos, and from some accounts, played a mean shuffleboard game. Craig was loved by so many and with his “crooked smile,” was always the life of the party. He was a friend, brother and son to many.

Grandparents H.T. and Ruby Ray, and Rev. Andrew and Marie Bratcher, as well as uncle Gary Ray, precede him in passing. Craig is survived by his mother and stepfather Carol and Bobby Bullock; his father Charles Ray; his sister and brother-in-law Catherine and Michael Wolfe, and their children Meagan, Travis, and Addyson; his brother and sister-in-law Carey and Tasha Ray and their children Carey and Stephen; his brother and sister-inlaw Chris and Lori Ray and their children Austin, Easton and Kaitlyn. His uncle and aunt Tim and Dana Bratcher, three cousins and their families, also survive him.

A chapel service for Craig will be held on Saturday, July 29 at 10am at First Baptist Church of Marlin. A graveside service will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Sharp, Betty Terry Braun

October 4, 1943 – July 2, 2017

Betty Terry Braun Sharp, age 73, retired Marlin School teacher (Marlin Junior/Middle School) slipped her earthly bonds, on July 2, 2017, at the Clifton Care & Rehab Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral service will be 10 A.M. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Valley Mills, Tx. Interment will be in the Valley Mills Cemetery under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Betty was born October 4, 1943 in Watertown, NY to Willard and Margaret Terry. She was the oldest of their four children. Shortly after her birth, her father was reassigned to Florida where they lived until 1963 when the family moved to Valley Mills, TX. She was thrilled to live in Texas.

Betty attended the University of South Florida her Freshman and Sophomore years, and transferred to Sam Houston State University where she obtained her teaching degree. She later attended Baylor University and Tarleton State where she obtained her masters in Guidance and Counseling. Betty taught school in Marlin, TX for 35 years and retired when “teaching wasn’t fun anymore.” She remained there for five years as a part-time counselor and teachers’ cheerleader.

Betty was her parents’ main caregiver until their respective deaths in 2008 (Willard) and 2009 (Margaret). She later moved into their home, and in 2009 she married her soul mate, Bobby Sharp. Betty and Bobby enjoyed traveling throughout Texas and other states discovering historical sites and beautiful areas. They especially loved Texas history and the Big Bend National Park.

Betty was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Bosque Heritage Society, Friends of the Valley Mills Library, on the board of directors of the Valley Mills Cemetery Association, the Dorcas and Ruth Sunday School Class First Baptist Church, Valley Mills. She also attended Oak Grove Baptist Church and Patton Baptist Church. She contributed regularly to many worthy causes for health, wildlife and the environment. Betty leaves behind; sister: Barbara and husband Dan Regan (CA); brothers Steve (TN) and Phil Terry (TX) along with numerous cousins and friends in CA, FL, KY, MI and NE.

Pallbearers: Marvin Franklin~Steve Franklin~Bryant Schuetz~Barrett Schuetz~Jarred Gunter~Justin Gunter
Honorary Pallbearers: Steve Short and Tom Grawunder

Hablinski, Joe Bernard

February 2, 1947 – July 4, 2017.

After a lengthy and courageous battle with leukemia, Joe Bernard Hablinski passed away July 4, 2017, at the age of 70.

Joe was born February 19, 1947 to Martha and Joseph E. Hablinski. Joe was raised in Marlin, Texas where he attended grade school through high school prior to departing for Austin, Texas to attend The University of Texas. Joe graduated from UT Austin in 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

While in Austin, Joe met and married fellow Longhorn, Nancy Stargel, on
August 30, 1969. Shortly after graduation, Joe and Nancy relocated to Houston, Texas where they would live for the next 47 years and raise their two sons, Reed and Ross. Throughout his career, Joe was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses including a Sanyo electronics distributorship, various car lots, and most recently a real estate brokerage firm. In November, 1993, Joe began a 24 year career with the Harris County Appraisal District where he held many titles and made many lasting, cherished friendships.

Outside of his work, Joe was a diehard Longhorn fan. He was an avid sportsman who hunted and fished throughout Texas and beyond. He could often be heard telling stories about his beloved fishing trips to Venezuela with one of his best friends, Richard Buddeke. Joe was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo serving numerous roles on various committees, Corral Club always holding a special place in his heart. In 1992, Joe was honored to be elected to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Board of Directors, and became a Lifetime Director in 2003.

Joe is survived by his wife, Nancy, sons Reed and Ross, and their wives Lauren and Allison Hablinski. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Catherine Stargel of Amarillo, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Dr. Michael and Lynda Stargel of Alpharetta, Georgia; nephew Jared Stargel, wife Jami, and their children, Kariss, Sophia and Harper; niece Megan Hall, husband Gregg, and their children Zeke, Adalynn, and Lily Faith. “Big Joe” was recently blessed with two grandsons, Colton Reid, born to Lauren and Reed, May 26, 2017, and Roy Joseph, born to Allison and Ross, June 23, 2017.

Joe was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, and friend. He loved life and was well known for his generosity, his strong loyalty to family and friends (too numerous to mention), and unwavering love for his country. Joe was one of a kind and will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

A Funeral Mass celebrating Joe’s life will be held July 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379 with recitation of the rosary and eulogies at 10:15 a.m. All are invited to attend a reception following the service. Joe’s ashes will be interred at a later date in Glenwood Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Roland Altinger, Ed Chance, Fred Hilscher, Carl Johnson, Ben Cervenka, James Mushinski. John Slogar, Robby Thigpen, and Jerry Zoller.

The family would especially like to thank Susan Buddeke and Paige Dominey for their love and generosity, Pat Adcock and Gina Martin for their unending support, the staff of Houston Hospice for their most compassionate care, and the Hardin Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations in memory of Joe Hablinski to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Education Fund, attn. Jamie Voskamp (P.O. Box 20070, Houston, TX 77225), Houston Hospice (1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030), or a charity of your choice.

Archer, Larry Jim

LAOctober 7, 1950 – July 9, 2017

Larry Jim Archer, 66, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, entered into rest on Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born October 7, 1950 in Waco, Texas the son of the late Jimmy and Opal (Griffin) Archer. He was a former Race Horse Trainer.

Survivors include son, Adam and wife Deborah Archer of Fort Smith, daughter, Brandie Woodard Smith of Lorena, Texas, sister, Barbara Mackie of Waco, Texas and seven grandchildren and his companion of 9 years, Sharon Aishman.

Funeral Service will be held 11:00 Wednesday at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith with private interment at Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith. Family will receive friends 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith.

Harlan, George “Lawson”

G HarlanJanuary 23, 1935 – July 7, 2017

George “Lawson” Harlan met our Father and Savior Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born January 23, 1935 to George W. “Bumps” Harlan & JoAnn Mackey Harlan of Blueridge. He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Donna Harlan, parents & sister, Josephine Lloyd and brother, Zill Harlan. He is survived by his three daughters, Cynthia Falco of League City, TX Deborah Ownby of Cypress, TX & LIsa Roppolo of Georgetown, TX. His three son-in laws, Nunzio Falco, Sam Ownby and Nathan Roppolo. He has 6 grandchildren, Elysia Johnson, Michelle Taylor, Anthony J. Falco III, Natalie Tomas, Victoria Butzke, and Brian Roppolo. He has 12 great grand children. Sister-in law, Mary Harlan, three nephews & two nieces.

George served in the United States Air Force at Lackland and Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX. He loved to build cars from scratch & race them. He was a prominent businessman in agriculture. Throughout his life he displayed extraordinary strength and perseverance.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 309 Coleman St, Marlin, TX 76661.

Glover, William Keith

August 4, 1930 – July 4, 2017

William Keith Glover passed away on July 4, 2017. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Friday July 7, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday July 8, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Marlin.

Keith (aka “Papa”) was born August 4, 1930 in Vernon, Texas to John and Maude Glover. He was married to the love of his life, Marilyn Gage Glover, on June 18, 1949. Keith was preceded in death by his mother and father and by three siblings, Kenneth Glover, Roberta Davidson, and Doris Eddington. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; brothers James Glover and wife Cynthia, Ronnie Glover and wife Freda; sons Randy Glover and wife Becki, and Monty Glover and wife Terri; three grandchildren, Jana Grundy and husband Brant, John Glover and wife Cheyanne, and Casey Glover; and four great-grandchildren, Luke, Alex, Carson, and Cameron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Keith worked hard and was a “Ford Man” his entire life, beginning his career in the parts department with Hall Motor Company in Littlefield, Texas. In 1965 he left Hall Motor Company to become a Ford dealer himself with 2 partners and they opened Sudan Motor Company in Sudan, Texas, which eventually became “Keith Glover Ford”. In 1972 he moved his family to Marlin, Texas where he opened “Keith Glover Ford-Mercury”, which has been “Glover Ford” since 2010 and his son Monty currently runs as the family business.

Keith loved God and his church, serving as a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Marlin, Texas. He also loved his family and was a devoted husband to Marilyn, his wife of 68 years. He was also active in the community as a member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club and served several terms on the board at the Marlin Chamber of Commerce. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either First Baptist Church (309 Coleman Street, Marlin, TX 76661), or Boys and Girls Club of Falls County (5136 N. Hwy. 7, Marlin, TX 76661).

Bethke, Dorothy Haak

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December 14, 1928 – June 22, 2017

Dorothy Jeannine Bethke passed away on June 22, 2017, at the age of 88, surrounded by her family at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park.

Dorothy was born on December 14, 1928, in Falls County. She was the daughter of Edwin and Beatrice Haak. She was a graduate of Marlin High School. On June 10, 1947, she married Walter Frederick Bethke and was a devoted wife for 63 years until his death in 2011.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waco, Texas. She was a kind and loving mother. There is nothing that she would not do for those she loved. She continually put the needs of others before thinking of herself. She was very proud of her family and was so excited to be “Grannie” to her grandchildren and many others who came to know her. She loved holidays and family get togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for the event making everything as special as possible.In her earlier years, Dorothy loved gardening, canning homemade pickles and various jellies. She enjoyed cooking, working in the yard, and watching her beautiful flowers grow. Later in life as her health began to decline, she enjoyed watching the birds from her kitchen window, working jigsaw puzzles, playing dominoes, working in her books, and watching “The Price is Right” to pass the time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Frederick Bethke; her parents, Edwin and Beatrice Haak of Marlin; a son-in-law Randell Kyle, Sr. of Waco; and a grandson, Brandon Bury of Lorena.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Jimmie Bethke and wife, Brenda, of Lorena; her daughters, Linda Nelson and husband, Harvey, of Katy, Betty Kyle of Waco, and Anita Garrett and husband, Ricky, of Belton; granddaughters, Jennifer Clark and husband, Kyle, of Southlake, Cristie Thigpen of Hewitt, Stacy Slone and husband, Jason, of West, Misty Bury of Elm Mott, Amanda Lee and husband, Joseph, of Waco, and Kayla Garrett of Lorena; grandsons, Eric Nelson of Austin, Randell Kyle, and wife, Sara, of Waco and Chas Bury, and wife, Courtney, of Eddy; twenty great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

The family would like to thank Dr. Elizabeth Turnage and her staff at the HFHC Bosque Clinic and Dr. Carl Chakmakjian and his staff at Texas Oncology for the outstanding compassionate care they provided to our Mom.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at http://www.WHBfamily.com.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Erskine, Betsy V.

Betsy ErskineSeptember 18, 1919 – June 16, 2017

Mrs. Betsy V. Erskine, age 97, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 in Marlin, Texas. Graveside service will be held on Friday, June 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin with Reverend Mickey Fugitt officiating.

Mrs. Erskine was born September 18, 1919 to Alfred and Bertha (McBurney) McQuerry in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Falls County, Texas. She married the love her life, Charles Erskine, on August 14, 1942 in Reagan, and they were inseparable until his death in 2010. Mrs. Erskine attended Texas Wesleyan College where she earned a bachelor in Science. Then she attended Baylor University where she earned a master’s degree. She retired in 1978, after 30 years of teaching Reagan ISD, Blue Ridge ISD and Marlin ISD. Mrs. Erskine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marlin where she was a deacon. She served as President of WOC, Allen House Board, Green Thumb Garden club, Ladies Golf Association, American Cancer Society, and the Bridge Club. She was a member of Texas State Teacher Association, Marlin Class Room Teacher Association and Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisor Association.

Mrs. Erskine was preceded in death by her, husband, Charles Erskine; parents, Alfred and Bertha McQuerry; sisters, Eloise Biggar, and Dr. June Gallessich; brothers, Burney McQuerry and Jack McQuerry.

Survivors include, daughter, Elizabeth June Rossetti and husband, Paul of Colorado; son, Jimmy Erskine of Marlin; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.