COLORADO CITY -- JoAnn Merket, 80, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the First Baptist Church of Colorado City. Officiating was Pastor Jerry Shields. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City.
JoAnn Merket was born on August 31, 1934 in Colorado City to George Irvin Plaster and Alice Elizabeth (Cooper) Plaster. She married the love of her life, Floyd W. “Lindy” Merket on July 5, 1957 in Colorado City. JoAnn graduated from the Shannon Memorial School of Nursing in San Angelo on September 1, 1955 and was hired by Dr. Charles Root to work for Root Memorial Hospital shortly thereafter. In 1966, she became the Director of Nurses and remained in this position until she retired on November 5, 2005.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd W. “Lindy” Merket, who passed away on May 2, 2015.
She will always be remembered for her unwavering love for her family and her love of nursing. She cherished her husband Lindy as well as her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In her spare time, JoAnn loved spending time gardening, reading, and spending time with family.
Survivors include her daughter, Dondi Kilpatrick and husband Audie of Lubbock; her son, Russell “Rusty” Merket and wife Kim of China Grove; a sister, Dixie Lynch and husband Ted of Austin; granddaughters, Kendra Merket of China Grove, Lindsey Glasscock and husband Colton of Lubbock, Lauren Szot and husband Jake of Midland; great-grandsons, Trenten Merket of China Grove and Trayson Glasscock of Lubbock. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Following the services, burial was held in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Mitchell County Library, or the Heart of West Texas Museum.
Lovess Bunn Curlee
COLORADO CITY--Lovess Bunn Curlee passed away on June 21, 2015 in Lubbock. She was born Easter Sunday, April, 20, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, AR to Robert Clay and Agnes Lucy Jones Bunn. She moved to Fisher County, at the age of 14 with her family. She was a graduate of Roby High School, class of 1941. She served as assistant county clerk for Fisher County until she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II where she served at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma until the end of the war. Upon her discharge, she returned to Fisher County where she reacquainted with Tandy Curlee. They were married on June 7, 1947, in Kermit and were married 59 years until his death in 2006.
Lovess and Tandy made their home in Midland for 15 years and moved to Colorado City in 1961 where they owned and operated Curlee Lumber Company until 1971. She then went to work at Ratliff Insurance Company until her retirement. Lovess was very active in her community and the First Methodist Church of Colorado City. She was an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Mitchell County Hospital Auxiliary, and was a founding member of the Colorado City Opera House. She moved to Lubbock in 2010 where she became a member of the Grand Court family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, HD Bunn; her husband, TR Curlee; and a sister, Myra Nell Bunn.
She is survived by two sisters, Evalyn Bates of Sweetwater and Lauretta Adams (Ira) of Hamilton; her three daughters, Candace Curlee (Debbie) of Encinitas, CA, Cathy Mathis (Ron), Camille Powe (Jerry), both of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Mitch Mathis of Sugarhill, GA, Mackenzie Knape of Bellaire, and Quentin Driskell of Lubbock; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church of Colorado City and Meals on Wheels of Lubbock.
Joe David Neff
BIG SPRING -- Joe David Neff, 49, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his residence. Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015 at Trinity Memorial Park with Tom Koger officiating.
He was born November 19, 1965 in Big Spring. He worked as a registered nurse for several years in critical care units. It was his true passion to help others, and if you asked anyone, he was one of the best nurses they knew. David could fix anything and build anything you asked with his bare hands. He loved to hunt, golf, rope steers and tell stories. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for anybody. They say you have to live before you can die, and no one would have ever said he didn’t live.
Survivors include three daughters, Kalea Neff and Savannah Neff both of Coahoma and Angelina Neff of Odessa; one son, Matthew Neff of Odessa; his parents, Dr. Joe and Sue Neff of Big Spring; one brother, Dr. Bryan Neff and wife, Laurie and their children, Cale, Ty and Zane all of Bandera; and two uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Garrett of Coahoma and Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Neff of Colorado City; and many aunts and uncles including his uncle, W.L. Neff, Jr., who was one of the most highly decorated soldiers in World War II.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com .
Marie (Reecie) Swafford
Marie G. (Reecie) Swafford passed from this life to be with the Lord, June 23, 2015.
She was predeceased by her husband, W.A. (Smutt) Swafford.
Reecie is survived by her son, Danny and wife, Carole; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Reecie was a member of First Baptist Church in Westbrook.
Vida Ruth Gonzilas
ABILENE -- Mrs. Vida Ruth Gonzilas, age 79, formerly of Colorado City and Big Spring, died Sunday in an Abilene hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 in the Kiker-Seale Chapel. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gonzilas was born December 1, 1935 in Colorado City to Marvin and Ethel Prescott Robertson. She married Chester Sollie Morris Jr on December 12, 1952. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1958. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
She is survived by three daughters, Karen Wood of Merkel, Debbie Pritchett and Tonya Boyd, both of Abilene; four sons, Sollie Morris, Chester Morris and Carroll Gonzilas all of Abilene and Floyd Morris of Buffalo Gap; one brother, Richard Robertson of Abilene; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.