Patsy Bonita Faye Black Swann
1932 - 2015
ODESSA--Bittersweet. July 20, 2015 is best described as bittersweet. Our sweet mother finally got to go home.
Patsy was born in Colorado City on November 28, 1932. She was born to Willard Hiram “Buck” Black and Molly “Blanche” Black. Her childhood was like many of the depression era. Those lean times instilled in her a will to survive and be successful. Most of all, she knew she would have to be educated. Her financial situation did not allow her to go to college even though she graduated in the top of her class. So she began to read – a lot. This was her best chance to learn about life and anything that interested her. She instilled a love for reading in all three of her children. At the age of 19, she married the man who first caught her eye when they were in the 7th grade. Stoneham “Smokey” Swann was the love of her life. They settled in Odessa and raised three children. Patsy was a homemaker and the primary bookkeeper for their many business ventures. She also loved to sew, garden (she had the best strawberry beds ever!), cook (best enchiladas ever!), was a pastel artist, loved to decorate and remodel houses. Patsy and Smokey were improving and flipping properties long before HGTV was a household name. They bought two wings of an old veteran’s hospital, moved them to Odessa to remodel and move into. She worked right alongside Smokey and learned how to be a carpenter, as well. Their combined creativity lit a fire and led the way for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to express themselves. Thanks Mom for the artistic genes!
Patsy had a wicked sense of humor (and no filter) and continually surprised us with her take on life. She was shy early in life, but grew to never know a stranger. She loved to dance and taught all the grandkids to two-step and do the Charleston. If you ever had a problem, she knew exactly what to say to soothe it. She demanded the spotlight at family gatherings and got it! Most of all, she loved God and her family. She most assuredly knew where she was going after death.
Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Smokey; her parents, and her oldest brother.
She is survived by her younger brother, Rodney Black and wife Camilla; sister-in-law, Daisy Black; son, Terry Swann and wife Kim; and daughters, Sheryl Huckabay and husband Rickey and Randi Wright and husband Jeff. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and their spouses;13 grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and a future great-grandson due on her birthday, November 28th.
Memorial services will be privately held. For information about the memorial, call Sheryl at (432) 208-3226.
RIP Mother LOVE YOU ALWAYS
GRANBURY -- Bonnie Farrar, 105, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Granbury. Graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Colorado City Cemetery in Colorado City.
Mrs. Farrar was born June, 27, 1910, in Cottonwood, to William Thadeus and Leila Hall Tartt. She married Nick Farrar, June 1, 1928. Bonnie was a talented pianist and organist and taught music lessons for 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and making her own bread. Nick and Bonnie went dancing every Saturday night at the country club. She loved to hunt doves and once killed seven doves with one shot. Bonnie enjoyed painting both china and pastels. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Granbury.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Anderson and husband, Lewis, of Granbury; grandchildren, Lee Penny of Cleburne, Damian Anderson of San Antonio, Andrea Blair of Bridge City, Charlene Anderson of Houston; and seven great-grandchildren.
Susie Davila Flores
LORAINE-- Mrs. Susie Davila Flores, age 66, of Loraine, died Tuesday morning at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, in the Kiker-Seale Chapel. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Mrs. Flores was born November 28, 1948 in Roscoe to George and Benita Martinez Davila and had been a lifelong resident of Mitchell County. She married Ascension Vidal on August 29, 1974 in Colorado City. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1985. She was a dietary supervisor and a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her mother, Benita Davila, of Colorado City; a daughter, Jessica Vidal of Colorado City; two sons, Gregory and wife, Amy Vidal of Austin and Ascencion Vidal of Colorado City; a brother, Luis and wife, Gloria Davila of Loraine; four sisters, Minnie Regalado of Austin, Geneva and husband, Dennis Jones and Teresa and husband Sergio Molina, both of Colorado City and Isabella Cooper of Loraine; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her father, George Davila and a grandson, JaCorey Vidal.