Gainesville Daily Register

February 17, 2009

Obituaries — Feb. 17, 2009


Funeral arrangements for George Pearson, 88, of Gainesville are pending with the Clement-Keel Funeral Home.


CALLISBURG — Funeral arrangements for Ricky Clark, 50, of Callisburg are pending with the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mr. Clark died on Monday Feb. 16, 2009.



WICHITA FALLS — Viola Frances Litteken Otto left this life on Feb. 15, 2009. She was born in Wichita Falls, Sept. 8, 1918 to Joeseph and Anna Litteken. She was able to stay at home until the last week of her life.

A member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, her funeral Mass will be celebrated at this church in Wichita Falls on Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009 at 10 a.m.

Rosary will be recited at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls at 7 p.m. this evening, Feb. 17. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.

Following her high school graduation from the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Viola received her R.N. diploma from St. Paul’s School of Nursing in Dallas. She served naval hospitals in California. After her return from active duty in 1946, she remained in the Naval Reserves as an ensign until August of 1950.

Women in the Military National Memorial located in Arlington, Va. recognized her for her military service. She loved the time she spent in the military, especially the travel and the lifelong friends she made.

Viola’s nursing career also included public health nursing and nursing at the old Wichita Falls Clinic before she retired from nursing after working many long hours in the recovery room at what was then known as Bethania Hospital. In that role she mentored many student nurses.

In addition to the Rosary Guild, Viola was a member of the Our Lady Queen of Peace altar society and Catholic Daughters of America. She was active in AARP and local Grief Support Groups. She delivered Meals on Wheels. Until this past year, she also volunteered for the hospital auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Otto in 1962 and three sisters, Johanna Cossey, Lillian Dominguez and Bernice Meurer.

She is survived by her four sons and her daughter. These and their spouses include Norman and Sandy Otto of Dallas; Mike and Jane Otto of Lindsay; Steve and Tracy Otto of Wichita Falls; Philip Otto of Wichita Falls and Frances Otto of Eureka Springs, Ark. She is also survived by her grandchildren, John (and Noreen) Yarwood, Jennifer (and Phil) Rasy. Christina, Mary Michelle, Joe, Emily, and Hayli Otto were all her favorites. Her sister, Helen (and Roland Sigler) of Wichita Falls and brothers, Joe Litteken of Wichita Falls and Arthur (and Shirley) Litteken of Windthorst also survive her along with numerous nieces, nephews, and several special friends whom she mothered along the way.

If desired, memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Red Door Senior Citizen Center, or Hospice of Wichita Falls.

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WHITESBORO – Marie Bilby Packa, 92, died on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at the Wise Regional Medical Center in Decatur. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro.

Survivors include her daughters, Dianne Zavoda of Houston and Carol Rasimus of Whitesboro.

No services are planned at this time.

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WHITESBORO – Funeral services for Doskey Doris Hawkins, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Rev. Terry O’Toole and Rev. Ernest Sigrest officiating.

Burial will follow in Dixie Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home.

Doskey passed away Sunday, February 15, 2009 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman.

Survivors include a brother, Bobby Joe Marten of Sanger and a sister, Ruth Ann Duvak of Amarillo.

Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at the Meador Funeral Home.

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WHITESBORO – Graveside services for Dorothy Elouise (Tipton) Rector, 86, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro with Rev. Richard Nourse officiating. Services are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro.

Elouise died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 in Corpus Christi.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Oliver Rector and son, Jimmy Dan Rector of Corpus Christi.

No formal visitation is planned.

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Funeral services for Margaret Plumlee Biffle will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 17, 2009 at 1st Christian Church of Gainesville. Funeral services are under the direction of Geo. J. Carrol and Son Funeral Home.

Mrs. Biffle died Feb. 15, 2009.

She is survived by her sons Tim Plumlee and Tony Plumlee; brother, Harvey Elkins and her sister Wanda Britton.


LINDSAY — Funeral services for Mary Etta Heilman, 74, of Lindsay are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at the McCoy Funeral Chapel in Muenster. Rev. Sam Campbell will officiate.

Burial will be in New Rest Haven Cemetery in Gainesville. Services are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Heilman of Lindsay; daughters, Tina Nissen of Myra and Kelly Heilman of Gainesville; son, Terry Heilman of Lindsay and sisters, Ruth Owen of Lindsay and June McFee of Euless.

Visitation is set for 6-7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 17, 2009 at the McCoy Funeral Home.


Funeral arrangements for Barbara Jean White, 77, of Gainesville are pending with the Geo. J. Carroll & Son funeral home.

Mrs. White died on Feb. 8, 2009.

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