Obituaries

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Hugh Lillo Buzzell

LAKE WALES, FLORIDA - Word was received that former Stanton Police Department officer Hugh Lillo Buzzell has died at his home in Florida. A complete obituary will be available for next week. No current plans for services have been announced. Buzzell was born Jan. 9, 1940, to the late Avon W. And Ursel E. Buzzell in Portland, Maine. He was raised in Maine until he joined the United States Air Force in 1955. He served for eight years and transferred to the United States Army, where he served in Viet Nam. Her served almost 24 years beforde retiring in 1978 to begin a career as a peace officer. He worked in law enforcement in Midland, and was a security specialist, serving in various countries throughout the 1990s, including embassies in Santiago, Prague, Belgrade, Sidney, and Moscow, and it was in Tiblisi, Georgia that he met Khatuna, his wife of 22 years. He retired from the Stanton Police Department in 2004.

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Dec
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Griffin Noelle Anderson

CLIFTON - Griffin Noelle Anderson, 17 of Stanton, was born Jan.15, 2000, to Holly Neely and CW Anderson. She died, with her boyfriend and father of her child Taylor Bradley and their friend Diego Picon, on Nov. 16, 2017, outside of Clifton. She was a vibrant young lady, so full of life, constantly sharing her contagious smile and laugh with everyone. She had a love for softball, taking pictures, baking, music, all things Johnny Cash, and especially her dog, Cowgirl. She regularly took charge of those around her and was a big part of the glue that constantly pulled her family and friends together. Her heart was so full of love and nowhere was it more evident than in the love she had for her sweet baby boy Bentley. With her strong personality that was ever so sweet yet sassy, she brought sunshine and laughter wherever she went. It was her willingness to help anyone at any time that allowed her to have a lasting effect on so many lives.

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10
Nov
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Annalie Renee Vasquez

STANTON - Funeral Services for Annalie Renee Vasquez were Nov. 9, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton. She was born Aug. 28, 2017, to Raymond Montez and Lorena Vasquez and died Nov. 4, 2017. She is preceded in death by her grandfather Ramon Montez and grandfather Pedro Vasquez. She is survived by her parents Raymond Montez and Lorena Vasquez of Stanton; sisters Mia Raylynn Montez, Renesmae Marie Montez, Khloe Nevaeh Montez and Abigail Montez; brother Raymond Martinez Montez Jr.; grandmothers Magdalena Perez and Eva Montez and great grandmother Juanita Lopez.

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10
Nov
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Joe (Meme) Villa

STANTON - Funeral services for Joe (Meme) Villa were Nov. 8, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton. Rosary was Nov. 7, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. He was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Stanton, and died Nov. 4, 2017. He worked for Martin Co as a truck driver and a Heavy Equipment Operator. Joe was very active at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was in the Knights of Columbus and CCD teacher for many years. He is survived by his wife Rosa Villa; daughters Cynthia Lerma and Diane Villa; sons Steven Lerma and Joey Villa all of Stanton; sisters Maryann Marquez of Big Spring, Jeannie Restelli of Big Spring, Angela Lomeli of Big Spring, Judy Molinar of Plainview, Patsy Hernandez of Sweeny, Lupe Colvin of Pflugerville and Delores Villa of Stanton; brothers Jesse Villa of Killeen, Johnny Villa of Stanton, Joventino Villa of Seguin and Joseph Villa of Jarrell, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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10
Nov
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Robert Louis Roten

SAN MARCUS - Robert Louis Roten, 92 of Stanton died Nov. 3, 2017, in a nursing home in San Marcos. Funeral services were Nov. 7, at First Baptist Church with Rev. David Harp, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. He was born Apr. 12, 1925, in Red River County, and married Mamie Lee Perrin Aug. 7, 1942, in Clarksville. She preceded him in death Dec. 22, 2011. He served in the Army during World War II. He came to Stanton in 1942. He worked on the J.C. Sale Ranch when he first came to Stanton and worked at a dairy for a short while before going to the Army. When he came home, he worked for Finley Rhodes Motor Company as an auto mechanic. He then worked for B.F. White Motor Company as the Parts Department Manager for forty four years until his retirement. He was also a Mason and a member of the Senior Citizens Old Sorehead Band and the First Baptist Church in Stanton.

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27
Oct
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Ermelinda Henderson

BIG SPRING - Ermelinda "Diana" Henderson, 61 of Big Spring, lost her fight with cancer Oct. 6, 2017. Vigil services were Oct. 11, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral service was Oct. 26, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial was at Trinity Memorial Park. She was born June 7, 1956, in Stanton to Tomas and Juanita Rodriguez. She spent her life taking care of other people, beginning with basic patient care. She obtained her CNA license in 2002. She worked for Home Hospice for several years and continued caring for others in need, up until her illness. Her caring nature was evident to everyone, offering help no matter the need. She gave great advice, opened her home and always lent a helping hand without question. She married Benny Henderson on May 19, 2006. She loved to cook and enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards, board games and was very competitive.

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27
Oct
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Maria Garcia Fino

STANTON - Maria Garcia Fino, 83 of Stanton, died on Oct. 18, 2017. The funeral mass was at San Miguel Arcángel Catholic Church Oct. 23. Burial followed at Resthaven Memorial Park North.

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20
Oct
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Stacy Stuart Stribling

MIDLAND - Stacy Stuart Stribling, of Midland, died Oct. 15, 2017, at home. Funeral services were Oct. 19, at First Baptist Church in Stanton. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. He was born on July 18, 1967, in Tarrant County, to William Edward and Patricia Ann. In 1975, he moved with his family to Martin County and attended and graduated from Grady High School. He had achievements in sports, FFA and shop, graduating in 1985. After graduating, he attended Angelo State University and UTPB. In 1993, he began his career in the environmental industry with Nova Environmental. As an environmental scientist, he worked for Philip, B & H, Wilbros and then independent consulting. In 1993, he met Shelly and her two girls, Dusti and Alyssa, beginning their family life. On Jan. 17, 1997, they welcomed their son Noble Edward.

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20
Oct
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Richard Padilla

LUBBOCK Funeral services for Richard Padilla were Oct. 19, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Midland. Interment followed at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Stanton. Rosary was Oct. 17 at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Oct. 18, at Avalos-Sanchez & Thomas Funeral Home and Chapel in Midland. He was born Feb. 27, 1955, in Stanton, and died Oct. 16, 2017. He worked as a pumper in the oil field for many years. He is survived by his wife Mirta Rivas Padilla of Lubbock; mother Linda Padilla of Midland; daughters Monica Padilla of Lubbock, Amanda Gonzales and Sara Padilla both of Seminole; sons Jessie Reney Padilla of Hobbs and Lucas Padilla of Seminole; sisters Janie Bernal, Linda Bernal, Martha Ramirez, Yvette Gonzales all of Midland and Nelda Slater of Austin; brothers Lupe Padilla, Joe Padilla and James Padilla all of Midland and 14 grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Lucas Padilla, Reney Padilla, Joel Gonzales, Luis Ortega, Joey Ramirez, and Joseph Rivas.

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Oct
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Alta Mae Straub Cook

SAN ANTONIO - Alta Mae Straub Cook, 85 of San Antonio, died Oct.17, 2017. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Abilene to the late Mason D. and Lillian Belle Coggin. She was a longtime resident of Stanton and graduated from Stanton High School in 1950. She married Claude W. Straub of Stanton that same year. She spent most of her working career in the employment of Martin County working in the Sheriff’s department and later in the County Treasurer’s Department. She attended First United Methodist Church while living in Stanton. Several years after the death of Claude Straub she married Eddie C. Cook, a Stanton resident and local farmer. They spent many evenings checking the irrigation pivot systems, visiting, going out to eat and playing cards with family and friends. On more than one occasion they were asked why it took so long to check the irrigation pivots…. She and Eddie were never able to give a good answer to that one!

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