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Betty Gathers Thomas

Betty Gathers Thomas

Betty Gathers Thomas was born in Sharon, Pa to Pauline Gourley Gathers and Thomas Benton Gathers on October 8, 1926.  She peacefully passed away on April 9, 2021. Betty and William J. Thomas were married for over 70 years. She graduated from Sharon High School in 1944 and The C.H. Buhl School of Nursing in 1947. She was an industrial nurse at Sharon Steel prior to working with polio patients in N. Carolina and California. She later worked as a private duty nurse in Frederick, Md, Philadelphia, Pa, and Stroudsburg, Pa.  When living in Mt. Pocono, Pa she was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Cerebral Palsy, The American Red Cross and other charities. Betty loved spending time with her family, playing bridge, golf and walking around the neighborhood in Pelican Pointe, where she and Bill retired in 1995. They traveled all over the world and played golf wherever they could, from Pebble Beach to Betty’s favorite Turnberry in Scotland and many in between. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and Pelican Pointe GCC. Betty is survived by her daughter Paula McCracken of E. Sandwich, Ma; granddaughter Andrea Harris and husband Bruce Harris of Austin, Tx; grandson Jay McCracken and wife Kristine of Waquoit, Ma; great grandchildren Ryan Harris and Kaitlyn Harris of Austin, Tx; Alyssa M. Hricisak and husband Tommy of Alexandria, Va; Sophia Borges of Waquoit, Ma; brother Dean Gathers of Hermitage, Pa and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Bill; her son Jonathan and brothers Leroy

W. H. Sanford

W. H. Sanford

William Harold (Bill) Sanford died peacefully at home on April 9, 2021, exactly one month short of his 83rd birthday. He was born May 9, 1938 in Waco, Texas to Marguerite and Clyde H. Sanford, and spent the best part of his youth in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the best part of his adult years in Austin, Texas. A multi-talented, good-humored man from a small family of very modest means, Bill created a wonderful life focused on higher education and learning for himself and others. He developed many interests and skills all his life–classical music, piano, choral singing, drawing, painting in various media, photography, individual sports, golf, home repair, building, electronics, mountain hiking, international travel, nature study and dogs. After graduation from W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, he put himself through The University of Texas at Austin undergraduate program by working as a bank teller, finding time to be a member of the elite A Capella Choir under Morris Beachy. He taught Mathematics in high school in Corpus Christi while working on a Masters in English, then received a fellowship to complete a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education (1969) at U.T. Austin. He taught in universities in Arizona and Texas before serving for 25 years in leadership roles in Academic Affairs at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he greatly enjoyed the privilege of working with educators in all fields of study across Texas. Bill credited most of the good moves of his life to other

Mary Jean (Dobbs) Green

Mary Jean (Dobbs) Green

Mary Jean (Dobbs) Green, 90, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021 in Austin Texas. She was a loving and caring daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother (Mammaw), and great grand- mother. She will be missed greatly by all whose lives she nourished and enriched. (Mary) Jean was born August 26, 1930 in Dallas, Texas, was raised in Grandview Texas, and graduated from Grandview High School. She went on to Abilene Christian College where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating cum laude in 1951. While at ACC she met the love of her life, Phillip Henry Green, and they were married May 19, 1951. As a long time member of the Church of Christ, she enjoyed singing acapella hymns and attending church services. Henry and Jean maintained cherished friendships with church friends from all over the country. Raising four children with Henry, Jean was a “homemaker” in the most meaningful sense of the word. She worked hard to provide a home where all felt welcome, loved, and well fed. Her compassion and love for others was shown partially by the thousands of notes and cards she mailed out whenever needed. She loved crocheting, making afghans for friends and family as well as crocheting countless baby afghans for charity. Jean loved playing almost any game involving cards, especially the game of bridge. She enjoyed teaching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchil- dren all sorts of card and board games. Her love of birds and especially hummingbirds was well known with bird

Ben Taylor

Heartbroken by the loss of our beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, and love of Deidra’s life, Ben Taylor, to a sudden apparent heart attack at age 38. Ben was born to Eulon Ross & Janice (Heck) Taylor at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and grew up primarily in San Antonio, TX and Lubbock, TX. He was the first child of his generation on both sides of his family. He was a joy and delight from his first moments. A warm, wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent, funny, talented person. Ben was a smart and natural leader. As a child, he led the cousin group, who gathered from afar during summers at their aunt’s house for “Aunt Judy’s Camp-to-come-to,” with fun activities from field trips, to the regal and athletic “Silly Olympics.” Being the oldest, Ben carefully helped the little ones through the obstacle courses, just to make sure everyone made it. The cousins bonded and had the most joyful times together during those summers. Through middle school and high school, he had his “posse” of good buddies. Ben was the fun-loving but responsible presence who made sure their good times were always memorable but never went TOO far. 😉 Ben was slow to anger, usually preferring diplomacy to war, but of course he and his sisters could push each other’s buttons and squabble at home. However, out on their own it was a united front to protect each other. They are friends, not just siblings. He was a talented musician. He wasn’t “just

Todd Skiba

Todd Skiba

Todd Arthur Skiba, youngest son of the late Jack and Joyce Skiba, passed away at his home in Austin, Texas, on February 4, 2021, after a long illness. Todd was born October 22, 1958, in Racine, Wisconsin but the family soon moved to Whittier, California where they remained for seven years. In 1964 a move was made to Paducah, Kentucky where he attended Concord Elementary School until 1969, when the family returned to Racine. He attended Case High School graduating in 1976. After attending Parkside Community College, Todd moved to Louisiana where he worked on yachts in a family owned business. It was here he met his future wife, Andrea Duplantis. They married in Covington, Louisiana, in 1981.Todd continued his education at Northshore Technical College in Hammond and earned a degree in Applied Science in Technical Studies. His career choice led him eventually to a tech position at Bell and Howell, and found himself moving to Baton Rouge, then Las Vegas, Nevada. He moved with the company to San Angelo, Texas and finally to Austin, where he remained until his death. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Andrea Duplantis Skiba and his older brother John William (Skipper) Skiba. Todd is survived by his two sisters, Susan Skiba Parotti of Abaco, Bahamas and Sally Skiba Bartle of Bush, Louisiana, their husbands, Michael Parotti and Philip Bartle, a niece, Jillian Parotti, a nephew Sean Bartle and grandnephew, Max Large. He will be missed by his cousins in Las Vegas; Kyle Zemp

Hortensia Salas Canales

Hortensia Salas Canales, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt & Friend, 85 years of age, of Smithville TX (formerly of San Antonio, TX) entered into eternal rest on February 21, 2021. She is preceded in Death by her Husband (Alfred R Canales), her Son (Alfred S Canales, Jr.), her Daughter-In-Law (Kimberly Callicoate Canales, wife of Son, Casey), Son-In-Law (Frank Morales Jr), Salas Brothers (Albert, Manuel, Eddie, Pete), Mireles Half-Brothers (Adolpho, Arturo, Alfredo, Alejandro) and two Sisters (Amelia De La Fuente & Alice Salas). She was born to parents, Pedro S. Salas & Rosalia Gamez on January 30, 1936. She is survived by her children (Carolyn Canales, Yolanda Burkett, Rachel Morales, Casey Canales, Gerard Canales), (7) Grandchildren (Jacenda Burkett, Celena Luciano (husband, Efrain), Marshall Canales (wife, Alexandra), Katie Canales Van Winkle (husband, Jordan), Brandy Morales, Kristina Morales, Krystal Canales (Mother, Lisa), (7) Great-Grandchildren (Ashlynn Baranowski, Nikolaus Baranowski, Jerico Luciano, Kimberly Canales, Hosea Canales, Ezekiel (Zeke) Canales, Theodore (Teddy) Van Winkle), her Sister (Eva Cervantes (husband, Eduardo)), Nieces and Nephews. Hortensia’s Trust & Faith in the Lord, always carried her through this Journey. She was constantly seeking God’s “Truth” and always had a desire to Serve. Throughout her life, she made a positive & loving impact on many, including those she briefly crossed paths with. She always gave her unceasing support & offered so many encouraging words. At times, if you felt the world was against you, she was always with you, and for you. Her constant Prayer, was that her “Family”

Robert B Woodin

Robert B. Woodin

Robert B. Woodin, 93, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully with his family at his side after a period of declining health. Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 29th, 1928, he was the son of the late Harold and Josie Woodin. He was a World War II veteran, and retired as a commander from the Naval reserve in 1969. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Bettye Sue Ray, sister Carol Huston and nephew Bobby Huston. Bob graduated from SMU in Dallas in 1950 with a master’s degree in professional accounting. He worked at Atlantic Refining Oil Company, and then became an account executive with Merrill Lynch. After moving to Denton, Texas, he became the Trust Officer at the 1st State Bank, and was an adjunct professor in the business department at Texas Women’s University. Bob was married to his second wife, Josephine “Jo” Woodin, for 52 years. He has five children: Bruce (Jane) Woodin, Bill Woodin, Donald (Kim) Woodin, Suzanne (Paul) Keleher and Bobette (Thomas) Turco. He has nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Art Huston, and niece Diane Heise. Bob was a long-time member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, and a member of John Childs’ Sunday school class. After moving to Austin to be close to family, he became a member of Hope Presbyterian Church. He loved to play golf and bridge, and to travel. Plans for a memorial service with military honors will be planned in early summer,

Karina Torres

Karina Torres

Karina was born January 17, 1990, to Linda and Eduardo Torres in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Westlake Highschool in 2008 and was attending Austin Community College in pursuit of her Associate of Applied Science degree. She took the role of a hardworking, devoted, full-time mother and worker as she pursued her degree. Her interests included spending time with her family and cousins, watching movies, knitting, and playing with her daughter. She devoted much of her time and energy towards working as an Optometrist Technician, caring for the eyesight of her patients. Karina Torres is survived by her parents, Eduardo and Linda Torres; sisters Jacqueline and Gabriella Torres; and her daughter Lydia Aracely Gonzales Torres. Karina spent her last days in the company of her family beside her.

Maruca Morales Jones

Maruca Morales Jones

On Thursday, February 18, 2021 Maruca Morales Jones, loving mother and grandmother, passed away at 66 years of age in Austin, Texas with her daughter, Cristina Phelps by her side after a courageous fight against pancreatic cancer.

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Samuel Keene Stephens Jr.

Samuel Keene Stephens Jr., son of the late Samuel Keene Stephens Sr. and Margaret Mary Johnson passed away in Austin, Texas on February 6, 2021.

Gary D. Wachs

Gary D. Wachs

Gary D. Wachs (age 62), of Austin, Texas, passed away on January 29, 2021, after a brief battle with a rare form of cancer.

Gregory Figel

Gregory Figel

Gregory Figel, 74, died January 9th, 2021 in San Marcos, Texas. Due to the Covid Pandemic, there will not be a service at this time. Greg was born and raised in Eden, New York. He began his engineering career in St. Louis, Missouri at McDonnell Douglas. After working in the Aerospace industry, he moved on to work in the Medical Engineering field. Greg enjoyed riding his motorcycle, restoring a vintage MG, flying drones with his friend Wes, taking long walks, avidly researching historical events, completing an FAA Private Pilot License, watching football and visiting with friends. He retired in Alpine, TX. When he was first diagnosed with cancer, he moved to Redondo Beach, CA for treatment. After successfully completing his treatment, he moved to Hermosa Beach, CA and then to San Marcos, TX where he was treated for cancer a second time. He is survived by his daughter Amanda, his brother David, and three nieces. His intelligence, dry humor and caring nature will be missed by all of those with whom he came into contact.

Mary Beth Dautreuil

Mary Beth Dautreuil

Mary Beth Dautreuil burst onto the scene in all her naked glory on November 11, 1965, in New Iberia, LA. Likely, you did not know you were given a gift that day; she’d get to you soon enough. Her formative years were spent just a stone’s throw from where Tabasco sauce is made. She liked to tell you that when you asked her, “Where in the hell is New Iberia?” From the day she took her first breath until the day she took her last, Mary Beth found merriment and mischief often. She loved a good caper, the kind you thanked your lucky stars you agreed to when she asked you to join. You remembered and laughed about it with her for years. She spent her impressionable teen years in the loving yet strict presence of the nuns at Mt. Carmel Academy. She was the belle of the class and beloved by classmates. Particularly, her way to get out of all sorts of good trouble. She was rarely on time to class and when she was, it was cause for celebration. Mary Beth attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Boldly, Happily, Faithfully) and followed her heart to Texas where she attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. She firmly planted her heart in her adopted home state when she moved to Houston in 1986. After trading in her college days for grownup life in Houston, Mary Beth pursued three things: friends, fun, and financial security, in that order. Mary

Florence Jean Kosela

Florence Jean “Flo” Kosela

Florence Jean “Flo” Kosela passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the age of 80. Flo was born on February 7, 1940, to Joseph and Stephanie (Jemielita) Popko in Brooklyn, New York. She married Jan Piotr “John” Kosela on February 19, 1972. They raised two daughters, Jean and Irene. Flo sold Avon and taught the toddler class at a church preschool in Katy, Texas for over thirty years. She was well known for having an exceptional way with children, and the little ones adored Flo as much as she did them. Flo loved to laugh! She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a staunch proponent of looking on the brighter side of things. She was a good listener who enjoyed meeting new people and chatting. Flo could strike up a lengthy conversation with a total stranger or talk for hours with friends. She had endless entertaining stories about the “old days” in Brooklyn. Flo was a devoted mother (and mother-in-law) who was always there for her children and her son-in-law. She had a gift for baking and cooking—everything from cheesecake and Christmas cookies to lasagna and Polish pierogi. Flo really loved music (Elvis was a special favorite), singing and dancing, searching for “treasures” at garage sales and thrift stores, and having a good time at the casinos whenever she got the chance. She was never without her favorite lipstick. Most of all, “Boppy” cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies. Flo

Brent Neil Shiver

Brent Neil Shiver

Brent Neil Shiver – Age 47, died peacefully in his home in Austin, TX, on December 3rd, surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous two-year battle with colon cancer.

David Huddleston

David Huddleston

Jefferson David Huddleston, a proud B.O.I. born October 7th 1947. At the age of 73 he passed away January 1st at his deer lease in Fredericksburg.

David (Dave) John Beckman

After a long and valiant battle with cancer, David (Dave) John Beckman died peacefully at his home in Austin, TX on Dec. 21, 2020. He was 59 years old.

Richard Paul Thomas

Richard Paul Thomas

Richard Thomas (59) born Montclair, NJ passed peacefully away in Round Rock, TX early
Thanksgiving morning. He was predeceased by his parents L. Paul Thomas (1989) and
Marjorie Ellinor Adams Thomas (1974).

David Eli Toedt

David Eli Toedt

David Eli Toedt, 58, of Canyon Lake, died November 18, 2020. He was born on May 8,1962 at the Châteauroux-Déols Airbase in France. David was the baby of a U.S. Air Force family; during his childhood the family lived in France; Commerce, Texas; the Washington, D.C. area; Eglin A.F.B., Florida; and finally San Antonio.

Cindy Dever

Cindy Dever

Cindy Dever passed away peacefully, at home in the company of her family, on November 6, 2020.

Charles Rex Goodson

Charles Rex Goodson

“Charlie” as he was known to family and friends – passed away at age 55 in Corpus Christ, Texas. Charles was “larger than life,” a man of many stories, faiths, and friends.