BYRL ROCKFORD ARMEL
KRUM — Funeral services for Byrl Rockford Armel, 90, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at New Life First Baptist Church located at 12 Gregg Rd., Krum, Texas 76249, officiated by Bro. Ed Gatlin.
Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at New Life First Baptist Church in Krum.
Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Byrl passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Byrl was born on Aug. 16, 1922, in Rippon, West Va., to Archie Randolph and Grace Marie (Henry) Armel.
He married Betty Burrow on May 19, 1945, in Marietta, Okla. Byrl and Betty just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Byrl served in the United States Army during World War II as a staff sergeant. During that time, he was stationed at Camp Howze in Gainesville and in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He was an American Defense Bronze Start recipient, an Atlantic Pacific Theater Ribbon Bronze Star recipient and was recognized with Sharp Shooter Compilation. Byrl was a 32nd degree Mason with the Gainesville Masonic Lodge #210 AF & AM. He was a master mechanic working as a foreman on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline and he also worked in South America on pipelines. Byrl enjoyed woodworking, fishing, farming and loved his family dearly.
Byrl is survived by his wife, Betty Armel of Krum; two daughters, Etta Morris and husband Bil, of Krum and LaPage Sampley and husband Gary of Krum; son, Byrl E. Armel and wife Connie of Krum; grandchildren, Rodney Sampley and wife, Lorie, Lesley Tatum and wife Neitha, Shelly Scott and husband Chris, Daphne Arrington and husband Chris, Rebecca Morris, Billy Morris and wife Michelle, Cheyenne DeFee and husband Danny and Ben Armel; 14 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Grace Armel; two brothers, Archie Armel and Mark Armel; and a sister, Dulcie Hobday.
Pallbearers will be: Rodney Sampley, Lesley Tatum, Ben Armel, Pat Patrick, Mike Lauderback and Ronnie Burleson.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Russell Etter and Pearce Sampley.
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ONA ROBERTS WRIGHT
Ona Roberts Wright was born in Gainesville on Jan. 28, 1928, daughter of Pauline Davenport Roberts and Hague Roberts, who preceded her in death but left a rich legacy of love to her and her sister, Caroline Cunningham. She attended Gainesville public schools, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University in 1948 summa cum laude, a Master of Arts degree from the same university in 1949, and a PhD. from Texas Woman's University in 1974.
She was married 64 years to Edwin E. Wright and was the mother of two sons, Edwin E. Wright, III and his wife Josie of Dallas, and David Roberts Wright and his wife Crystal of Gaainesville; and was the grandmother of Natalie Ann, Edwin IV (known familiarly as Winn) and Victoria Renee; and the aunt to Paula Roberts and her husband Doyle.
She wished to be remembered not only as wife, mother, and grandmother, but as a Sunday school teacher and elder at the First Christian Church in Gainesville, where she was a member from the time she was nine years old. She was a teacher, having taught English 37 years, most of them at Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) and many of them as director of communications and fine arts there. She was the author of poems, short stories and essays, a number of which were published.
Her memberships included Conference of College Teachers of English, which she served as counselor for two terms and as president; Delta Kappa Gamma, organization for honor women educators; Clark Society at TCU; Habitat for Humanity, and, of course, Christian Women's Fellowship. A constant interest in her life was scholarships, for she knew that education alone could not solve the problems of the world but believed that when it coupled with Christian faith, it could go far to bring about a solution to the ills that plague humanity.
A memorial service for Ona will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Loewen officiating.
A private burial will take place before the service at the Fairview cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
No visitation is planned.
Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Thurman, Larry Lewis and the elders and elders emeritus of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or the NCTC Scholarship Fund.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com. ADV.
KATHRYN “KATE” ROHMER SEPANSKI VOTH
Kathryn “Kate” Rohmer Sepanski Voth, 27, passed on to eternal life on June 1, 2013, in Austin, ending her long and valiant battle with melanoma. Her courage, grace, and unwavering spirit in the face of prolonged and debilitating pain were a continual source of inspiration to all who knew her.
Born on March 27, 1986, in Dallas, Kate graduated as salutatorian and “Miss Sacred Heart” from Sacred Heart High School in Muenster, Texas, in 2004. Ever active, she had let her light shine in academics, track and cross country, the a cappella choir, cheerleading and leading and mentoring her peers, all the while showing love and compassion for others. Attending St. Edward’s University, she graduated summa cum laude in December 2007, with a major in English writing and rhetoric. She then began employment with the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR), working in the organization’s marketing department. She went on to serve as ABoR’s first social media and online community manager, becoming an emerging voice in Austin’s social media scene. In April of this year, she was the recipient of the Women Communicators of Austin (WCA) President’s Award at the organization’s 40th annual Banner Brunch. Applauded were her service to WCA, her work in communications and social media, her ability to inspire others and her optimistic attitude.
An Emerge Program graduate at Leadership Austin, Kate served as an Emerging Leaders advisory board member at Concordia University. This past March she was honored as the first recipient of SOS Leadership Institute’s Leading Lady of Inspiration Award, paying tribute to the inspiration that Kate’s leadership, strength, courage, and optimism were to many. Also honored at the event was Team Kate, the largest team, which also raised the most money, participating in the 2013 Livestrong marathon/half-marathon. With a lifelong passion for running, an activity denied her by the pain of cancer, Kate’s intrepid spirit inspired 119 people, many of whom would have never considered running or walking such a distance, to participate in the event in her place. Raising approximately $60,000, Team Kate became the biggest team and highest money raiser in Livestrong Austin’s history.
Kate is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Michael Voth of Austin. With their beautiful love story beginning during their high school days, they were married on June 14, 2008, the happiest day of their lives. In January of that year had come Kate’s diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma. Mike gave Kate his unfailing love and support, and through the years was her ever-present source of strength and joy.
Also surviving Kate are her parents, Robert E. and Linda Sepanski of Muenster; sisters, Sara Sepanski of Washington, D.C., and Lauren Ortega and husband Lorenzo Ortega of Austin; brothers and spouses, Robert J. and Laurie Sepanski of Grapevine, John and Laurie Sepanski of Yorktown, Va., Thomas and Janet Sepanski of Fort Worth and Michael and Roni Sepanski of Richmond, Va.; grandmother, Imelda Rohmer; her in-laws and Michael’s parents, Danny and Janet Voth; sister, Debra Sicking and husband Jason Sicking; and grandmothers, Regina Pels and Lou Voth; and 16 nieces and nephews.
Kate’s family extends immense gratitude to Hospice of Austin for the invaluable care they provided to Kate during her final two months of life. Heartfelt thanks and appreciation are also extended to Kate’s many dear friends for the constant and continual love and support they showered upon her. Surrounded with love, Kate took great joy in life to her last moments on earth.
In addition to the memorial service and viewing/visitation at Cook-Walden Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 3, a memorial mass for Kate will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, with internment following in Sacred Heart Cemetery. ADV.
MARIETTA, OKLA. — Graveside services for Mr. Ken Freeman, 71, of Thackerville, were 10 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at Lakeview Cemetery in Marietta, Okla., with Murray McMurray officiating under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson, Okla.
Mr. Freeman died Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Plano.
He was born March 16, 1942, in Marietta, Okla.
Survivors include Mary Smith Freeman of Thackerville, Okla.; brother, Ted Freeman of Marietta, Okla.
You may sign the online registry at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.
GLENN E. STRICKLAND
SHERMAN — Funeral services for Glenn E. Strickland, 66, are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Dr. Jim McDoniel officiating.
Burial will follow the service at Collinsville Cemetery.
Mr. Strickland died Tuesday, June 3, 2013, in Denison.
He was born Feb. 25, 1947, in Honey Grove.
Survivors include wife, Pat Strickland of Sherman; children, Bobby Strickland of Sherman, Eddie Strickland of Anna, James Ragsdale of Collinsville and Lori Gann of Denison; siblings, Jerry Strickland of St. Louis, Mo., and Joe Strickland of Denison;10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.
You may sign the online registry at www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
LUCIAN A. VAUGHN
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SAINT JO — Funeral services for Lucian A. Vaughn, 94, of Saint Jo, are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Saint Jo with the Rev. Darius McKay and Rev. Jeff Roe officiating.
Burial will follow in Illinois Bend Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Saint Jo.
Mr. Vaughn died Monday, June 2, 2013, in Denton.
He was born May 22, 1919, in Illinois Bend.
Survivors include children, Audette Kincaid and Lucian Vaughn, Jr.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
LAKE KIOWA — Funeral services for Louis Carter, 71, of Lake Kiowa, are pending with Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Mr. Carter died Monday, June 3, 2013, in Denison.
RONNIE (RON) SHAW
DENTON — Funeral services for Ronnie (Ron) Shaw, 44, of Denton, are pending with the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.