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Enrique Cázares

STANTON - Enrique Cázares, 79, known to his farming buddies as “Ricky”, died Dec. 25, 2014. He was born on July 13, 1935, in Camargo, Chihuahua, MX to Mariana and Jesus Cázares. He began farming in Texas at a very young age, and was very dedicated to his work as a cotton farmer in Martin County and also to his pecan orchards in Mexico. He retired at the age of 75 years of age. He enjoyed farming cotton, working in his summer vegetable garden, watching soccer and baseball games, attending church, as well as spending time with his family. He was especially proud of his precious grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son Juan José Cázares.

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Billie Dale Yoes Dowden Lewis

ABILENE - Billie Dale Yoes Dowden Lewis, 81 of Abilene, died Dec. 25, 2014, after a short illness. Graveside service was Dec. 28 at City Cemetery in Overton under the direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home in Overton. She was born on Feb. 11, 1933, at Turnertown to William and Ella (Gray) Yoes. She was one of five sisters: Novella, Wanda, Dorothy, Billie, and Delores. A brother, David Yoes, died at birth. She attended school at New London where she met George Dowden. The couple dated, and later married on Sept. 2, 1950 at the Overton Church of Christ. The couple had five children: Darla, Douglas, Gregory, who died at birth, Jinjer, and Derek. The couple lived in Overton, Tyler, San Angelo, Midland, and Tatum, NM, before settling in Stanton. They were members of the Belvue Church of Christ in Stanton. George died in 1998 and she relocated to Roby near her children and became a member of the Church of Christ in Roby. She married William (Bill) Lewis, of Midland on Oct.

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Becky Ruth Phillips

CARLSBAD, NM - Becky Ruth Phillips, 63 and a former Stanton resident, died Dec. 10, 2014, at Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad, N.M. There was a gathering at the First Baptist Church, Dec. 14 in Stanton. A graveside service was in Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

 

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Virginia Leigh Collins

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Charles D. Collier

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Sheila Welch

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Billy Ray Wells

MIDLAND - Billy Ray Wells, 40 of Midland, died Dec. 6, 2014, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Funeral services were Dec. 11 at Belvue Church of Christ in Stanton. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. He was born Jan. 11, 1974, in Andrews and grew up in Odessa. He was a construction contractor his whole life. He loved long walks and having fun. He is survived by his father, JohnnyW. Wells and wife Jan of Stanton; his mother,  Donna Stroope of Midland; two sisters, Trisha Wells of Odessa and Kasey Peters of Spring Branch; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends in South Carolina. Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com

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Lucia Pickett

DENTON - Lucia Pickett, 94 of Denton, formerly of Stanton, died Dec. 9, 2014, in a Denton hospital. Funeral services will be 2 pm, Dec. 13 at the First United Methodist Church in Stanton. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm, Dec. 12 at Gilbreath Funeral Home. She was born Sep. 23, 1920, in Reagan, and married Roy Pickett Nov. 15, 1942, in El Paso. He preceded her in death Sep. 8, 1991. She graduated from Texas State Women’s University, now TWU, in 1941 and moved to Stanton in 1952. She worked as a legal secretary for her husband and also for West Texas Abstract until she was 87 years old. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of First United Methodist Church of Stanton and was the church pianist and organist for 50 years. She was an avid Texas A & M fan.

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Ethel Mae Barber

STANTON - Ethel Mae Barber Daugherty died Dec. 4, 2014, in Fort Worth. She was born to Earnest and Lucy Garrett Barber Sep. 2, 1925, in DeKalb. The family moved to Stanton in 1930, where they lived on St. Francis Strett with eight brothers and shree sisters. She was among the first black students to attend Stanton schools for black students in 1936-1937. Survivors include a sister, Hazel Barber Hillard of Hobbs, NM; a daughter, Ernestine Daughtery Smith of Midland; grandchildren Paula Daugherty Johnson (James) of Fort Worth, Boris Smith of Hobbs, NM , Melody Smith Brooks (Edward) of Hobbs NM and Alvin Ray Smith (Kesha) of Midland; 17 great grandchildren and 25 great, great grandchildren ; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and two sisters and her grandfather Eugene Daugherty. Services were at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home Dec. 6.

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Mary Helen Olivas

STANTON - Funeral services for Mary Helen Olivas of Stanton were at the Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel Dec. 10, with Deacon Clemente Villa officiating. Interment followed at St Joseph’s  atholic Cemetery. Rosary Vigil was Dec. 9 at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. She was born Oct. 21, 1971, in Stanton and died Dec. 4, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Stanton. She had twodogs who she loved like children - “Pocket” and “Chiquita”. She is preceded in death by her father Albert Olivas Sr. and sister Lorena Olivas. She is survived by her mother Antonia Olivas of Stanton; brothers Albert Olivas, Joe Olivas and Donald Olivas, all of Stanton; and sister Gloria Olivas of Stanton.

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