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Ray Dean Fleming

Ray Dean Fleming passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018. A gathering for fellowship and remembrance was held on August 1, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends gathered to celebrate his life of 79 years on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel. A tribute of Ray’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Ray Dean Fleming was born on September 13, 1938, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Raymond Fleming and Marie Beall. The family lived in Melrose, New Mexico, then Orange, Texas, and later settled in Friona, Texas where he graduated high school in 1956. After high school, Ray Dean joined the Navy. He was stationed in Maine and the Mediterranean island of Malta. He served as a radio operator for a P3 Orion Sub Chaser. During this time, he also had the opportunity to travel to Greece, Italy, and Turkey.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he returned to Texas. While attending Texas Tech he met the love of his life, Jan Widener. They married on October 10, 1959 in Lockney, Texas. The couple lived in Friona where he joined his father in a very successful housing construction business. For several years, Ray Dean was the owner of the clothing store “The Hut” on Main Street in Friona. While in Friona, the couple had four children, Kipi, Karla, Reese and Loyd (known to the family as Patches). He was very involved in his children’s lives through coaching, attending their sporting events, and booster club. Ray Dean was a major contributor to his children’s love of football; particularly the Dallas Cowboys and many happy Thanksgivings were spent at Texas Stadium watching the game.

He had a very special place in his heart for his son-in-law, Milon. They were close friends. His two granddaughters-in-law were more than just relatives by marriage. He truly loved “his girls” Deidre and Morgan. They were as special to him as any blood-related granddaughters could have been and he was so blessed to have them in his life.

Later in his life, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren: Dallas, Sasha, Haylee, Jalayna, Trapper, Brooklyn, Raeley, Jaxon and Jacob. As with his own children, he enjoyed watching them participate in sporting activities. Later still, he enjoyed his great-grandchildren, Rowan, Kix, Riggs, Poppie, Gavin, Elijah, Keiran, Romy Beau, and Witten.

Ray Dean was a quiet, but very loving man. He enjoyed golf with his grandsons and son-in-law. He enjoyed old planes and anything to do with history. He liked watching football and occasionally golf tournaments on television. But more than anything, he loved his precious family and we are so grateful for each and every day we were given with him.

Survivors include his wife, Janis Fleming; two daughters, Kipi Lee Fleming, and Karla Dixon and husband, Milon; son, Loyd Widener and wife, Alison; five granddaughters, Haylee Swinford and husband, Alan; Jalayna Hooten and husband, Bobby; Brooklyn Ward; Sasha Medchill and husband, Brad; and Raeley Paige Fleming; four grandsons, Dallas Dixon and wife, Deidre; Trapper Dixon and wife, Morgan; Jaxson Ray Fleming, and Jacob Reese Fleming; six great-grandsons, Gavin and Kieran Swinford, Elijah Hooten, Riggs Dixon, Kix Hollingworth, and Witten Medchill; 3 great-granddaughters, Rowan Dixon, Poppie Hollingworth, and Romy Beau Medchill; sister, LaVon Reeve and husband, Don Reeve.

Kathleen Alma “Dugan” Butler

Kathleen Alma “Dugan” Butler, 101 of Friona passed away August 3, 2018 in Friona. Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday August 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Friona with Rev. Brett Hoyle, pastor, officiating. Service and cremation arrangements by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Dugan was born August 17, 1916 in Lubbock to Milton L. and Mary Isiah Stoker Hardy. She later married Joe Butler on August 4, 1937 in Clovis. She resided in Montana where they had a cherry farm, also in Dimmitt, Ruidoso, N.M. and Friona.

She was a member of the High Plains Ladies Golf Association and various bridge clubs. She was a wonderful artist painting on plates and milk cans. She loved to cook, travel and antiquing.

Dugan is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 son-Jimmy Jack Butler, 1 brother-Pat Hardy, 2 sisters-Jo Wood, and Johnnie Boothe.

Those to carry on her legacy include 1 son-Joe Bill Butler and wife Soy of Montgomery, Texas, 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2-great-great-grandchildren, 1 niece and 2 nephews.

Memorials may be made to Bluebonnet Home Health and Hospice 304 East 11th St. Friona, Texas 79035

You may send condolences to the family and sign the online register book at www.hansardfamily.com

Genevieve Ezell

Genevieve Ezell a longtime resident of the Bovina area passed away in Austin on Thursday August 2, 2018 at 101 years of age. Celebration of Life Graveside Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the Bovina Cemetery in Bovina with Rev. Dick Horn of Austin and Rev. Larry Mitchell of Bovina, officiating. Burial following in the Bovina Cemetery by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Mrs. Ezell the daughter of Gottfried and Eva Bender was born near Shattuck, Oklahoma on April 30, 1917 the eighth of nine children all of whom proceeded her in death. She moved to the Bovina area at the age of 16 and graduated from Bovina High School in 1936 where she was active in sports and excelled in basketball.

Genevieve married Gene Ezell on February 20, 1937. They made their home in Bovina and resided in the Bovina area for 85 years..

They lived through the stock market crash of ’29, the great depression following and the dust bowl days of ’35. They both loved traveling while touring all 50 states, 26 different countries, all but one continent as well as 7 trips to Japan.

Genevieve attended the Methodist Church in Bovina for 77 years and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Shattuck.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, her 5 sisters, 3 brothers and one nephew.

She is survived by son Larry and wife Irene of Mullin, TX, daughter Joan Kay Horn and Husband Dick Horn of Austin, TX, son Roger and wife Judy of Buena Vista, Colorado. Along with 6 grandchildren Angela Taylor of Lubbock, Larry Ezell,Jr and wife Shannon of Lubbock, Leslie Guy Ezell of Mullin, TX, Richard Horn and wife Debbie of Austin, TX, Tim Horn and wife Marie of Boston, Massachusetts, and Steven Horn and wife Debra of Salem, Oregon. 9 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren along with a loving niece Barbara Charles of Lubbock along with many other nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be at the funeral home from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 7, 2018. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Bovina United Methodist Church 204 4th St. Bovina, Texas 79009 or Hospice Austin 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78759

You may send condolences to the family and sign the online register book at www.hansardfamily.com

Elizabeth Roxanna Williams

Elizabeth Roxanna Williams, 70, of Friona, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Clovis. At her wishes, there are no services scheduled.

Elizabeth was born July 4, 1948 in Williamstown, NY to Ezra and Edith Britton Olin. She married Raymond C. Williams on August 9, 1969.

Elizabeth was a Registered CNA and served 16 years at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She loved each and every resident like they were family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two grandchildren-Nathaniel and Delilah.

Those to carry on her legacy include- her three daughters; Neva Williams and Lorenzo Ruiz, Donna Longo and Mike Faul of Clovis, NM, and Becky Upton and husband/son-in-law Pat of Friona, TX, 1 sister- Sherrie Barber of Anderson, Missouri, 1 brother- Bill Olin and wife Irene of Southwest City, Missouri, 8 grandchildren-Braxton and wife Abi, Kirby and husband Jared, Rayanna, Paige, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rosario and Melody, 5 great-grandchildren-Korbin, Phoebe, Sebastian, Kasey and Rowan, as well as many beloved family members and friends.

You may send memorials to Prairie Acres Nursing Home 201 East 15th Friona, Texas

Carole Ann Wilkerson

Carole Ann Wilkerson, 75 of Friona passed away August 7, 2018 in Friona. Celebration of Life Graveside Services will be held, 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Friona Cemetery in Friona with Rev. Skip Hodges, pastor of the Friona United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in the Friona Cemetery by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Carole was born February 17, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa. She later married Fred Rayford Wilkerson on her birthday, February 17, 1999.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother-and 1 sister.

Those to carry on her legacy include her husband Rayford Wilkerson of Friona, 1 daughter Jean Gentry, 1 brother, 1 sister and 1 grandchild.

You may send condolences and sign the online register book at www.hansardfamily.com