Kathleen Crosby St. Clair
Eldorado - Long time area rancher, Kathleen Crosby "Kat" St. Clair died Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
She was born October 12, 1923 to John Christie and Lillian Hannie Crosby. Kathleen was raised in Eldorado and on her grandparent's Middle Valley ranch in Schleicher County, Texas. She was a 1945 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a lifelong Longhorn fan.
She met and married Eugene Christian "Gene" St. Clair in 1948 and they had one child, a daughter, Christie St. Clair.
Kathleen and Gene, a career USAF officer, traveled the world for thirty years until his retirement in 1977 when they returned to Schleicher County to live on the ranch that her grandparents, Gratten Christie and Cordelia Crosby, had homesteaded in 1901.
Kathleen's proudest accomplishment was that she was able to keep the ranch intact and to improve the land. In 2002, the G.C.
Crosby Ranch was designated in the Texas Department of Agriculture's Texas Family Land Heritage Program as a registered Texas Century Ranch, having been a continuous working ranch operated through the same family for at least one hundred years. Additionally, Kathleen continued to run livestock on University of Texas land that her family has leased since the mid-1930s.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Christie, and numerous cousins on both sides of the border, including Eduardo Garza Crosby, Roberto Garza Crosby and Patricio Garza Crosby.
Additionally, she is survived by each of her long time ranch managers and trusted friends, Juan Muñoz, of Middle Valley and
John Nanny, of Barnhart and their respective extended families.
Kathleen loved her family, loved her friends, loved her land, loved her livestock, loved her life and loved a good laugh. She will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett . In lieu of flowers her family requests that donations be made to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Fort McKavett, Eldorado, Sonora and/or Barnhart.
Bernell Mae Faull O’Connor 1927 - 2012
Bernell Mae Faull O’Connor went home to be with her Lord on May 23, 2012.
Bernell was born July 3rd, 1927 in Eldorado, Texas. Bernell was preceded in death by her husband Daniel O’Connor, brothers Wilbert, Howard and Arthur Faull, and a sister Margaret McGrath.
Bernell leaves behind 5 sons; Daniel, Dennis, Michael, Patrick, and Shawn O’Connor, and 2 daughters; Eileen Day and Catherine Brock as well as 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Bernell moved to Washington, DC in 1944 where she met and married Daniel O’Connor on May 3rd, 1945. While living in Washington she worked in the munitions factory during WW II. In 1947 she moved to Brandywine, Maryland, where her first four children were born. In 1956 she and the family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1959 Bernell and family moved to California where she lived until 1970.
In 1970 Bernell and last three of her children returned to her home state and Corpus Christi, Texas were they lived for two years. After that it was off to Austin, Texas. Finally, in 1979, after all the children had graduated from High School, she returned to her home town, Eldorado, Texas where she spent most of her remaining years in the house her father and brother built in 1948.
While living in Eldorado, Bernell was very active in her community and church. She delivered meals, volunteered at the school, and Nursing Home, and was known for her Coconut Cream Pies and Easter Eggs.
Bernell was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to First Baptist Church of Eldorado, Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders, Alzheimer’s Research or your favorite children’s Charity.
Mabel Eva Jay Blaylock 1927 - 2012
Mabel Eva Jay Blaylock was born in Robert Lee, Texas, October 21, 1927, to Raymond and Nellie Jay. After graduating from Lake View High School at age 16,she married Billy Frank Blaylock June 10, 1944, while he was in the Marine Corps. After World War II, Mabel and Billy Frank settled in Eldorado, and were married 59 years before his death in 2003.
Mabel loved music and by the age of 10, was singing on KGKL Radio in San Angelo, so small she had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone. She also sang in a men’s quartet that performed all over west Texas. Later she attended several schools of music, including the Stamps-Baxter School of Music. Mabel was a very talented musician, playing a variety of instruments. She enjoyed singing in the choir at First Baptist Church in Eldorado for many years.
The joy of Mabel’s life was her family. She loved to laugh and especially loved spending time with all the grandkids, teaching so many important life skills – how to bait a hook and catch a big perch, how to play and win card and board games, how to sing from the heart and make a joyful noise! She was a talented artist, seamstress, and cook, and shared those talents with family and friends. She led by example, living a Christ-centered life, putting others first, and stressing to those close to her the importance of always doing the right thing.
She is survived by her sister Nell Richardson of Lubbock, and brother Robert Jay and Pansie of Eldorado. Children are Frankie Hardy of Dallas, Steve Blaylock and Mary Ann of Midland, Billie Gayl Gray and Terry of Kerrville, and Eva Jo Sessom and Steve of Eldorado.
Grandchildren are Jay and Phebe, Jeff and Tish, Betsy, Katie and Donnie, Lindy and Ben, Jamie and Brent, Staci and Benny, Stormi and Quay, M’Lissa and Jeremy, and Micah and Leslie. Great-grandchildren are Justin, Lauren, Hunter, Hayden, Jackson, Jayci, Logan, Morgan, Drake, Fisher, Payton, Stevi, Drew, Charli, and Atli.
Mabel was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter Mitzi.
Services were Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Eldorado.
Memorials may be made to Mitzi Sessom Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church of Eldorado.
Pat “Nonnie” Murph 1944-2012
BANGS — Pat “Nonnie” Murph, age 67, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in Brownwood, after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Funeral services were held at 10:00am, Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Bangs. Burial followed in Bangs Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Patsy Jean (Adams) Murph was born March 8, 1944, to Clarence Howard Adams and Helen Marie (Campbell) Adams, in Odes-sa, MO. Pat graduated from Lovington High School in 1962. She married Ronald Murph on March 24, 1962, in Lovington, NM. Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bangs. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and with her husband Ronald, enjoyed traveling and taking part in various Shrine activities.
Pat had a passion for sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery and belonged to the Brownwood Quilt Guild. Pat was also very fond of gardening. She was her grandchildren’s biggest fan; supporting all of their various activities and bragging about them every time she had an opportunity. She loved spending time with her family and thoroughly enjoyed working on “special projects” with her grandchildren. Pat had a genuine desire to help others and enjoyed doing so. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Suez Shrine Center, 2915 Loop 306, San Angelo, TX 76904, or a charity of your choice.
Mrs. Murph was preceded in death by her father, Howard Adams.
Survivors include her loving husband of 50 years, Ronald Murph; her mother, Helen Adams; two daughters, Dusti Charboneau and husband Kelley of Brownwood and Jani Mitchell of Eldorado, TX; two brothers, Junior Adams of Odessa, MO and Ray Adams of Bangs; her sister, Mary Helen Holt of Odessa, MO; four grandchildren, Kelsi Charboneau, Kristin Charboneau, Bridgett Mitchell, and Blaine Mitchell, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary Frances Cavaness 1962 - 2012
Mary Frances Cavaness (Cissi) age 49, went to be with her Lord on February 8, 2012 after a life long battle with Diabetes. Cissi was the second of four daughters born July 3, 1962 in Junction, TX to the late Dale Cavaness and Betty Cavaness O’Daniel.
Cissi was raised in Eldorado. She moved to Lovelady Texas in 1993 and was employed with the Texas Department of Corrections until disabled by Diabetes. In 1998 she was the recipient of the first successful kidney transplant in Tyler, TX. In 2003 she returned to her hometown of Eldorado.
Her greatest love was her only child, Torin. Cissi had a great sense of humor and always a smile on her face. She was a treasure to her family and all who knew her.
Roy Lynn Taylor 1941-2012
SONORA — Roy Lynn Taylor, 70, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at his home in Kerville. Services were held at Kerbow Funeral home in Sonora on Feb 10th. Jeff Sedberry officiated.
Roy Lynn was born in Eldorado to Clovis Velton and Ada Belle Taylor on March 29th 1941.
Roy Lynn is preceded in death by his parents and a very special Great Grand-daughter, Alyssa Collins.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Sue Taylor, sisters Patsy Kellogg and her husband Charles of Eldorado and Helen Kaye Taylor of San Angelo; brother Velton Taylor and wife Dale of San Angelo; daughter Suzanne Whitworth of Sonora, Georgia Lynn Taylor and Ginger Taylor, both of San Marcos; sons Scott Alley of Round Rock and Steve Alley of Cypress; granddaughters Lindsey Collins of Lubbock, Kaitlyn Alley of San Angelo, Gaile Taylor and Gretta Taylor of San Marcos; grandsons Dalyn Sanders, Caleab Sanders and GT Taylor of San Marcos; great-grandson Nathaniel Childress; and great-granddaughter Shay Boggs.
Roy Lynn grew up in Eldorado, at age 13 worked for Mr. A.T. Wright at his grocery store. After graduating from Eldorado High School he entered the Navy. On his return to Eldorado he worked while with his dad at Clovis Oil Co.
He then started a lifetime career as an electrical technician. Roy Lynn worked for the Southwest Electrical Coop in Eldorado and Big Lake. After moving to Sonora, Roy Lynn worked for Brown Electric, Sutton County Specialties, City of Sonora, WTU and Medina Electrical Coop. He began work with Texas Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M) as an electrical safety instructor and retired from the Texas A&M System.
Roy Lynn loved fishing and sitting at the poker table with friends and family. Some of his best days were fishing at Rough Canyon at Lake Amistad and the Pecos River. Roy Lynn never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him throughout his life. He always had a smile and a heart of gold to go with it. His wit will never be forgotten. His domino finesse was something to behold, his close friends and family called it “Eldorado Style”.
Honorary pallbearers were Earl Johnson, Eugene Bradshaw, Danny Halbert, Bob Merry, and Moses Hill.
Please consider donations to Cook’s Children’s Medical Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, in care of Alyssa Collins in lieu of flowers.