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Parmer County Funeral Home Back in Local Ownership

As of January 13, 2018, Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home in Friona is under the new ownership of John C. “Dusty” and Melodee Hansard of Friona. The Hansards purchased the funeral home from Mike and Eva Mullins of Dimmitt.

Dusty has been serving families at the funeral home since April of 2003, managing the funeral home and serving as funeral director in charge for the past several years. Melodee was born and raised in Friona and is a Jr High teacher with the Friona I.S.D. She also is in her final semester at the Amarillo College School of Mortuary Science with graduation in May, and is currently a Provisional Funeral Director. They have two sons-Eric (who passed away in November of 2014) Brady, his wife Amber and son Cameron, and 1 daughter-Ellie. They are members of Victory Family Worship Center in Friona.

The Hansards have also announced that in a few weeks they will be following a long held family naming tradition with the Parmer County firm and will be changing the name to HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home. The Hansards said, “The name will change, but the people that have been assisting Parmer County families for years will continue doing so. We also will be adding new staff members from Parmer County, including bilingual staff.” The Hansards went on to say that all pre-arranged funerals written under the firm over the many years will be honored as they have been, and new third party funeral financing options will be made available in the coming weeks. The Hansards say that they have future plans to renovate a large room at the funeral home and change it into a 100 to 120 seat chapel that will serve families and honor one of their own who passed away in 2015 by naming it the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel.