Dorothy West, 88, passed away Nov. 8, 2002, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg.
She was born February 24, 1914, in Blanco to Cleve Luther and Daisy Delzell West. Dorothy was a great-granddaughter of Bro. Anthony B. West, who helped establish the church and school at McKinney and the Church of Christ in Blanco County.
After growing up in Blanco, she worked and lived in San Antonio until 1996, when she became a resident of Live Oak Medical Center in Blanco.
Her extended family of cousins and friends will miss her dearly.
To respect Dorothy’s wishes, there will be no memorial service after cremation.
She loved her pet dogs through the years, and it has been suggested that memorial donations be made to the new San Antonio Animal Shelter: Humane Society/SPCA, 4804 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, 78229.
Heartfelt thanks go to Dr. John Weaver, nursing home personnel, and to the entire Blanco community for their many acts of kindness.
EMMA JEWEL DARLING
Emma Jewel Darlin was born in Muskogee, OK, Sept. 1, 1909, and passed away in Irving Saturday, Nove. 8, 2003, at the age of 94.
Emma was a resident of Blanco.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Thompson Darling.
Emma is survived by nieces Elnora Shaw, Mary King and husband Lonnie and “Sister”. Great-nephews Randy and Mike and wife Kay. She is also survived by several great-great nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Crofts Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Pitts as officiating clergy followed by Emma being laid to rest at the Blanco Cemetery located on Spur 163.
STELLA MARZETTE BINDSEIL
Stella Marzette Bindseil, fondly known and remembered as Marzette or Grandma by many, was carried to the Lord in the hands of four angels Nov. 5, 2003. She was born Aug. 20, 1914, in Blanco, to Dovie and Brigham Baker Sr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Walter Bindseil, son Frank Bindseil, and granddaughter Jo Krisann Fillip.
She is survived by one brother,Brigham Baker Jr. of San Antonio, her caring daughter, Barbara Dowdy and husband Gerald of Blanco, four grandchildren, Thomas Dowdy of Austin, Lee Dowdy and wife Marianne of Corpus Christi, Cindi Alvarado of Austin, Kim Bindseil and husband Larry of Corpus Christi, and numerous great-grandchildren.
God gave her a green thumb and a love of cooking, which was evident to all who came to her home in Blanco. She dearly loved growing flowers and had a wonderful vegetable garden. She could be seen most days either working with the flowers and garden or sitting under the pear tree, talking to her family or friends.
Her family and friends looked forward to their birthday for the cakes she would bake especially for them. No get-together was complete without her fried chicken and potato salad. She also loved to drive, as was evident by the numerous trips she made taking grandchildren to the many different events and activities they were a part of, regardless of distance or how quickly they needed to be some place. She was always happy to be with them.
She was very loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother and will be greatly missed by all. She was a life-long member of the Blanco United Methodist Church.
Graveside service were held at Blanco Cemetery Nov. 8, 2003, with Rev. W.B. Hiller officiating. Shortly after the service, a wonderful gathering of family, friends, stories, and food was hosted at the Blanco United Methodist Church.
We will miss you, Grandma.
Melanie Twidwell, 90, of Victoria went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 2002. She was born Nov. 6, 1911, at Twin Sisters to the late Rudolph and Erna Louise Jonas Liesman.
Melanie grew up in the Twin Sisters community of Blanco County and attended Twin Sisters School through the seventh grade.
She was best known for her beautiful quilts. She has left those and her other handmade crafts to her children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as other family members and friends.
She was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church and attended John Wesley United Methodist in Victoria.
She was preceded in death by husbands Vorie Lindeman, Edgar Treman House, Wylie Felps and Lindsey Twidwell as well as two children, Dennis Treman House and Iris Dean House, two sisters, Valeska Liesman Knoll and Roberta Liesman Linder, stepson Otto Twidwell and her parents.
Melanie is survived by her daughter, Jean Wilson and her husband Blake of Victoria; grandchildren, Gary Wilson and wife Shari of Wichita Falls, Jeff Wilson and wife Rhonda of Rowlett, and Jennifer Plexico and husband Richard of Rockwall; stepchildren, Jack Felps, Roger Felps, Donald Felps, Nancy Houle and Ben Twidwell; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Austin and Christopher Wilson of Wichita Falls and Blake Plexico of Rockwall; step-great-grandchildren, Josh and Adam Patterson and many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Monday at Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Blanco with the Rev. Scott Weatherford officiating. Burial followed at the Blanco Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Douglas Wagner, Jerry Lindeman, Jack Felps, Ben Twidwell, Gary Wilson, Jeff Wilson and Richard Plexico.
Memorial contributions may be made to John Wesley United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice.
Ronnie Stueler of Johnson City passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at Hill County Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. Ronnie passed away unexpectedly after suffering a massive stroke.
Ronnie was born Oct. 17, 1944, in Blanco to Frank and Lois (Foster) Stueler. He attended Harlandale School in San Antonio until 1959 then he returned to Johnson City and graduated in 1964 from LBJ High School.
Ronnie owned and operated the Mobile Service Station in Johnson City for a number of years before being employed by Pedernales Electric Coop. He retired from PEC in June 2001 after 24 years of service.
Ronnie will be remembered for his great love of his sons and his grandchildren.
Ronnie and Sherry Latham were married Jan. 8, 1965, at the First Christian Church in Johnson City. They shared a love for family, friends, dancing, hunting and life itself.
He was preceded in death by his beloved father, Frank and his brother Alton Douglas.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry, sons Kevin and wife Carol, Keith and wife Charlene, grandchildren Breanna, Avery, Addison and Branden, mother Lois Steueler, all of Johnson City.
Graveside services were held Oct. 23 at Post Oak Cemetery in Johnson City. Arrangements by Cfofts Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were George Danz, Rodney Hartmann, Donnie Leismann, Perry Wagner, Jerry Sultemeier, Neal Sharp, R.K. Byars and Ronnie Wiershausen.
Memorial donations may be made to the North Blanco County EMS or First Christian Church of Johnson City.
Jessie Dean Johnson
Funeral services for Jessie Dean Johnson, 66, of Carrizo Springs were held Friday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Carrizo Springs.
Jessie was born March 14, 1936, to Robert Fulcher and Frances (Knoll) Johnson in Blanco County.
He had lived in the Blanco and San Antonio areas much of his life before going to Carrizo Springs in 1976 where he was a self-employed carpenter.
He died Tuesday, Oct. 22, at his home.
Jessie was with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Lamirand-Johnson of Carrizo Springs; one son, Jessie Johnson Jr. of San Antonio; two stepdaughters, Jill Ledesma of Uvalde and Tammy Verdon of Augusta, Kansas; two sisters, Juanita Schimdt of Johnson City, and Shirley Weirich also of Johnson City; three grandchildren, Justin Ledesma, Brandon Ledesma and Megan Ledesma, all of Carrizo Springs; numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives.
Rev. Robert D. Krause, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated at the funeral service and burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Carrizo Springs under the direction of the Leonard Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers were: Domingo Ledesma, Robert Verdon, David Fain, Ralph Wilson, Mike Stone and Homer Martin.
James “Marlin” Edge
James “Marlin” Edge, 86, went to be with the Lord Oct. 25, 2002. He was born in Kendalia to Alonzo and Helen Edge Aug. 22, 1916.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gordon, and sister Constance Fitzpatrick.
Marlin was a life-long resident of Kendalia leaving only to serve his country in World War II from Apr. ’42 to Sept. ’45. He returned to continue farming and ranching on the Edge Ranch. Marlin married his wife Eleanor Dec. 7, 1945.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanor Schmidt Edge; son, Richard and wife, Sharon of Kendalia; daughter, Ellen and husband, Don Ricks of San Antonio; three grandsons, six granddaughters, and 11 great- grandchildren.
Graveside services were Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Edge Cemetery in Kendalia.