Family Services Funeral
Elizabeth (Isley) Lovell
Jean Elizabeth (Isley)
Lovell, 87, formerly of Odessa, passed away in the early morning
hours of January 5, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.
Jean was born May
7, 1921 in Limestone County, Alabama to Edward and Sarah Isley.
She was the youngest of their twelve children and was raised
in Alabama. Jean
married Paul Powers Lovell on September 24, 1938. Together, they had
five sons. The family
moved to Odessa in the summer of 1960.
Paul preceded her in death in 1974. Once the five boys were
grown, Jean went back to college. She was proud to be a member of one of the first graduating
classes of UTPB. While
in Odessa, Jean worked for Texas Instruments and as a substitute
teacher. Jean was a
member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church during her years in
Odessa. She often spoke
of God and was grateful for His many blessings.
In the last 8 years, due to declining health, Jean lived in
Kermit, Midland, and most recently Dallas.
Jean is preceded in
death by her parents, her eleven brothers and sisters, her husband,
and her son Stan in 2000.
Jean is survived by
four sons and their wives, Steve and Louise Lovell of Dalzell, South
Carolina; Lon and Kathy Lovell of Dallas, Texas; Lowell and Kitty
Lovell of Odessa, Texas; and Ashley and Beverly Lovell of Kermit,
Texas. She is survived
by six grandsons and six granddaughters, Allen, Paul, Joe, Andy,
Steve, Lonnie, Lauri, Melanie, Stephanie, Jessica, Carianne, and
Amanda. Jean also had
If Jean could tell
people the best thing about her life, it would be that she raised
five wonderful boys and was truly a “mother” to them.
Throughout her life, Jean loved being a mother and a
cherished her boys, their wives, and their children more than
anything else. She
enjoyed painting, writing and reading poetry, learning about
literature, reading, sewing, and cooking.
Jean was a joy to be around, and people who knew and loved
her were often blessed by her laughter and happiness.
celebrate Jean’s life are under the direction of Family Services
Funeral Parlor in Kermit, Texas and will take place this week in
Marietta, Georgia. Pallbearers
will be Jean’s six grandsons.
lieu of flowers, family suggests that memorials or contributions be
made to a favorite charity or college scholarship fund of your
Ali Mendez, age 31 of Kermit, TX passed away Monday, January 5, 2009
in Lea County, NM. Bruce was born on Wednesday, September 7, 1977 in
was a very devoted family man and enjoyed spending time with his
kids. Much of his time was spent taking his children fishing and
riding 4 wheelers. He enjoyed playing the guitar and lived life to
left behind to cherish his memories are his wife: Sabrina Mendez of
Kermit, TX; one son: Braedon Mendez of Kermit, TX; two daughters:
Lyric Mendez of Kermit, TX and Aisha Mendez of Kermit, TX; parents:
Alfonso and Leonor Muniz of Kermit, TX; two sisters: Brenda
Mendez and husband Manuel Torres of Odessa, TX and Carime Muniz of
Ft. Hood, TX.
Services will be 10:00 am, Friday, January 9, 2009 at Family
Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Mike May officiating.
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX.
Pallbearers will include Manuel Torres, Adan Bustamante, Luis Muniz,
Tommy Webster, Oscar Rodriquez, Iver Ramirez, Scotty Pilcher and
Stanley Pilcher. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services
L. Richardson, age 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday,
January 5, 2009 from Hospice House in Odessa.
She was born Saturday, April 12, 1919 in Stonewall, OK to
George Early and Lettie Jane (Harris) Barnes.
She married Jim Arthur Richardson on March 27, 1957 in
was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Joy’s love was her Lord and she spent many hours reading the
Bible. She enjoyed
cooking, working in the yard and crocheting.
Those left to
cherish her memory include her son:
Tom Walker of Odessa; one daughter:
Joleta Mangum of Kermit: nine grandchildren; 22
great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded to
heaven by her husband: Jim
Richardson; one grandson: Travis
Daniel Berry II; four brothers; and four sisters.
services will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 9, 2009 at Family Services
Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Henry Freund officiating.
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Pallbearers include: Jeff
Walker, Wallace Berry, James Townsend, Alex Carstens, Charlie Moon and
Billy Stevens. Arrangements
were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Mary Louise Hunsinger
Mary Louise Hunsinger of Wink passed away Wednesday, January
14, 2009 in Wink, TX. Mrs. Hunsinger was born Saturday, April 28,
1934 in Royston TX to O.F. and
Itaska “Tessie” (Clinton) Decker.
Mrs. Hunsinger enjoyed reading, movies, cooking, and spending
time with her family. She was very devoted to her family. She was a
sweet, compassionate, and very considerate person; who was known for
being able to keep a secret.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son: Earlex
R. Hunsinger and wife Anita of Dallas, TX; her daughter: Judy Gail
Evitts and husband Michael of Irving, TX; two brothers: Stanley L.
Decker of Tucson, AZ and O. Rodney Decker and wife Oneda of San
Angelo, TX; two sisters: Edith Jones of Wink, TX and Margaret
McCarty of Argyle, TX; two grandchildren: Amanda Leigh Mize
of Richardson, TX and Nathan Wayne Hunsinger of Dallas, TX and one
great-grandchild: Elijah Lucas Mize of Richardson, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents: O.F. and Itaska
“Tessie” (Clinton) Hunsinger and her brother: Ray F. Decker.
Services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, January 18, 2009 at Family
Services Funeral Chapel. Pallbearers
will be: Ray Decker, Carlos Barajas, Jacob Grubbs, Shane Decker,
Heath Clark and Rowdy Thomas. Brother
Richard Ray will officiate. Interment will follow at Kermit
Cemetery. Services are entrusted by Family Service Funeral Parlor.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a
charity of your choice.
Charlene B. Shuman
B. Shuman, age 89, of Kermit passed away Friday, January 16, 2009 at
Midland Memorial Hospital. She was born January 2, 1920 in
Durant, OK to Charles E. Euchley and Maide (Craley) Euchley.
She was a retired hospital housekeeper.
is survived by two sons: Chester Vaughn of Kermit and Charles
Vaughn of Tallahassee, FL and one daughter: Jane Easley of
Ellijay, GA; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lyle, and one daughter:
Mary Brisbin, as well as several brothers and sisters.
services will be held at a later date. Services were entrusted
to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.
Josefa Olivas Briones
Briones, age 92, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 in Kermit,
Texas. She was born on Sunday, August 27, 1916 in Mulato, Chihuahua,
Mexico to Antonio and Francisca (Gonzales) Olivas. Josefa married
Cosme Briones on November 2, 1934 in Redford, TX., and he preceded
her in death in 1992. Mrs. Briones enjoyed spending time cooking,
gardening and sewing. Her true love was reading her bible and going
to church. She was known to have helped many with her prayers. She
loved her family, being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
and great-great- grandmother brought her much joy.
Those left to
cherish her memory are three sons: Tomas Briones and wife Emma of
Phoenix, AZ., Carlos Briones and wife Eliza of Kermit, TX., and Paul
O. Briones and wife Olga of San Antonio, TX; three daughters:
Marcela Martinez and husband David of Kermit, TX., Alicia Ortiz and
husband Tomas of Andrews, TX., and Delma Sanchez and husband Julian
Jr. of Kermit, TX.; two brothers: Pedro Olivas of Redford, TX.,
and Celestino Olivas and wife Maria of Grandfalls, TX.; two
sisters: Julia Quiroz of Midland, TX., and Delia Porras and husband
Calistro of Monahans, TX.; 20 Grandchildren; 37 Great-Grandchildren;
and 10 Great-Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in
death by her husband: Cosme Briones; one daughter: Angie Carrillo;
one son: Cosme Briones Jr.; one grandson: Tommy Briones; 5
brothers and 4 sisters.
A Prayer Service
will be 7:00 pm, Monday, January 26, 2009 at Family Services Funeral
Chapel. Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 27,
2009, at Family Services Funeral Chapel officiated by Fernando
DeLuna. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX.
Pallbearers are: Tim Briones, Sammy Briones, Art Briones, Eric
Ortiz, Pete Ortiz, Rudy Sanchez, Andy Carrillo, and Tony Carrillo.
Honorary Pallbearers are Carlos Briones Jr., Fabian Carrillo Jr.,
Adam Carrillo, and Raul Briones, Gilbert Gonzales.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of
Narda “Jean” Berta
I thank God,,, When I remember you. II Timothy 1:3
Narda “Jean” Berta, age 72, left this world for
heaven on January 26, 2009. She was born to Manie and Raymond
Kinstle on January 19, 1937 in San Angelo, TX. She was born to Manie
and Raymond Kinstle on January 19, 1937 in San Angelo, TX. Jean
found the love of her life, Alan Berta and they were married on June
Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and
Our beloved Jean
was gentle and kind. She was not only an excellent wife and mother,
but also a hard worker, caretaker and provider. The smell of sugar
and chocolate chip cookies Jean baked will always be one of our
favorite memories; not only for her husband and kids, but; also her
daughter-in-laws and grandkids. Her grandkids will continue baking
those cookies, filling the air with Jean’s love. She loved all her
kids and grandkids beyond measure. While on earth, she made many
wonderful friends. She brought laughter and joy to those she
touched; she was a gift to all that knew her.
her husband Alan Berta, three sons: Mike and wife Brenda of Wink,
TX, Ray and wife Micky of Hobbs, NM and Bryan and wife Celeste of
Andrews, TX; one daughter: Becky and husband Jeffrey Kubisak of Los
Lunas, NM. She is also survived by her two brothers: Bob and Wayne
Kinstle of Llano, TX and by her grandchildren: Jennifer, Jason,
Michael, Randal, Cole, Karissa, Bailee, and Harmony;
great-grandchildren: Gage, Taylor, Payton, Kaitlyn, Brody, Issiah,
Xavier, Teagan and Maddie.
Services will be 10:00 am Friday, January 30, 2009 at
Family Services Funeral Chapel; officiated by Brother Rick Cundieff.
Pallbearers will be: Jason Berta, Michael Berta, Doro Mendoza,
Dmitri Figueroa, Cole Clark, Randal Clark and Kevin Brown. Honorary
pallbearer will be Milton Hopkins. Interment will follow at
Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services
The family wishes to express their thanks to the Home
Hospice for their care and compassion. --May you always have an
Angel by your side.
Gallegos, age 11, passed away at her residence on January 25, 2009
in Kermit, TX. Celeste was born on Monday, March 31, 1997 in Odessa,
TX to Alonzo and Sonia Gallegos.
God blessed our
lives with Celeste for a short time. During that time she delighted
in listening to music, going to the movies, riding horses and
playing loteria. She enjoyed hanging out with her friends and loved
spending time with her loved ones and family.
left to cherish her memory are her parents: Alonzo and Sonia
Gallegos of Kermit, TX; two brothers: Alonzo Gallegos Jr. and Manuel
Gallegos of Kermit; two sisters: Elena Gallegos and Margarita
Gallegos of Kermit; three grandparents: Elia Muniz of Kermit, Raul
Arturo Medrano of El Paso, TX and Ignacia Olivas of Ojinaga, MX; two
great-grandparents: Eugenio Muniz and wife Maria of Kermit and
Bernave Medrano and wife Maria of Fort Hankock, TX.; and many Aunts,
Uncles and Cousins.
was preceded in death by her grandfather: Manuel Rey Gallegos.
will be said at 7:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel Thursday,
January 29 and Friday, January 30, 2009. Mass will be held 10:00 am
Saturday, January 31, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Celebrant
will be Father Waiwood. Pallbearers will be: Raul Arturo Medrano
Jr., Bernave “Bernie” Medrano, Oscar Urias, Juan Manuel Muniz
Jr. Andres Gallegos, Abdiel Ortega, Manuel Herbey Urias Jr. and
Apolinar Bustillos. Honorary pallbearers will be: Alonzo Gallegos
Sr., Alonzo Gallegos Jr. and Manuel Gallegos. Interment
will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements
are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Joe E. Fierro
Joe E. Fierro,
age 49, passed away Sunday, February 01, 2009 at Winkler County
Memorial Hospital in Kermit.
He was born in Kermit March 21, 1959.
He was Catholic.
He is survived
by his sisters: Emma
Roberson and Alicia Crabtree, both of Kermit, and Esperanza Hall
and husband Don of Crane, as well as many nieces, nephews, and
He was preceded
in death by his parents: Mariano A. Fierro and Paz
(Esparza) Fierro and two brothers: Mariano A. Fierro, Jr.
and Felipe Fierro.
services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at Family
Services Funeral Chapel. Arrangements
are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Chapel of Kermit.
Elodia Jordan age
91, of Kermit, passed away Monday, February 2, 2009 in Odessa, TX.
She was born to Thomas and Rosa (Morales) Dominguez, in Castolon,
sewing, cooking, and gardening. She also delighted in spending time
with her grandkids.
Those left behind
to cherish her memories are her three daughters: Maria Elena Hinojos
and husband Isidro of Midland, TX, Haide Jordan and husband Octavio
of Coahuila, MX and Rosie Lujan and husband Javier of Kermit, TX;
seventeen grandchildren: Homero, Norma, Sandra, Carlos, Zulema,
Malena, Ofrael, Lourdes, Antonio, Hernando, Cerbando, Anna,
Yaridalia, Irma, Jorge, Dioscelina and Javier; and thirty eight
She was preceded in
death by her husband: Jose Jordan; her son: Jose Jordan Jr.; and two
daughters: Elizabeth Palomo and Irma Jordan.
Rosary will be said
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at Family Services Funeral
Chapel. Mass will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at St.
Joseph Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Father Richard Waiwood.
Pallbearers will include: Pedro Munoz, Sammy Hernandez, Silvano
Navarrete, Ofrael Ramirez, Jose Angel Munoz and Rolando Castro.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Genaro Reynosa, Homer Hinojos, Javier
Lujan, Javier Lujan Jr., Her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are
entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Ernest “Red” Gruben|
Ernest “Red” Gruben
a resident of Kermit for 63 years, passed away Sunday, February 8,
2009. “Red” was born to William and Samantha Mae (Williams) Gruben
in Roby Texas with a given name of Ernest Steve on June 6, 1922. His
red hair quickly earned him the nickname of “Red”. Following his
childhood years on the family farm, Red entered the U.S. Army in
While serving as a
Military Policeman during the occupancy of Germany in WW II, Red met
Margrit Wilhelm while on patrol. It was love at first sight. Red
returned to West Texas and continued his courtship with Margrit by
mail for several years. Margrit and Red were married on June 21,
1947 in Royston, Texas; three days after Margrit arrived in the
United States. Red and Margrit traveled to Germany on several
vacations, including a trip to visit Margrit’s family and celebrate
Christmas in 1994.
Red worked in
various positions in the oil field and operated the Fina service/gas
station on East Austin Street in Kermit for many years. He retired
from Pioneer Natural Gas as a driller in 1982. Following retirement,
Red built an operational brass drilling rig to scale with extensive
detail including a mud pit, derrick, traveling blocks, blowout
preventer and crew.
Red greeted each
morning with hope and a smile. He loved to read the Bible. He tended
to many stray animals and under his watchful eye, they found a
wonderful home with an abundant amount of food. Life at the Gruben
home centered on Red’s love for God, his family and his adopted
animals-especially a black lab named “Val”.
Red was a member of
the Zion Lutheran Church. He is survived by his bride of over 61
years, Margrit Gruben, son: Eddie Dane Gruben and daughter-in-law
Carol Tenison Gruben of Tulsa, Oklahoma, daughter: Sylvia Lou Lewis
and son-in-law Terry Kirk Lewis of Midland, Texas; four
grandchildren: Courtnay Michele Lewis Pogainis and husband Bob of
Brussells, Belgium, Ashlay Nicole Lewis Wazel and husband Corey of
Austin, Texas, John Ryan Gruben of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Stephen Chase
Gruben of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one great-granddaughter: Shyanne Noelle
Gruben; and in-laws Karl and Gina Wilhelm of Frankfurt, Germany. Red
was preceded in death by: his parents, six brothers, seven sisters
and an infant son. Red was the last Gruben family survivor of his
Memorials may be
given in Red’s honor to the American Lung Association.
Services will be 2
pm, Thursday, February 12, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kermit,
TX; officiated by Rev. Mike Fickenscher. Pallbearers will be:
Jerry Magallanes, John Gruben, Stephen Gruben, Billy Max Gruben,
Corey Walzel, Terry Lewis and Ed Gruben. Honorary Pallbearers will
be: Bob Pogainis, Don Armstrong, Al Prukop and Jed Walzel.
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are
entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
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