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July 23, 2020

Guadalupe Ibarra Moreno

Guadalupe Ibarra Moreno, 78 of Bovina passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Bovina. Viewing was from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. with Rosary Services at 6:00 P.M. Friday, July 17, 2020 in the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel of HANSARD FAMILY with Mass of Christian Burial Services at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bovina with Father Gregory Bunyan as Celebrant. Burial following in the Bovina Cemetery by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Guadalupe was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico to Francisco Ibarra Rodriguez and Margarita Moreno Banda. He later married Maria Ibarra April of 1980.

Guadalupe worked for Cargill for 31 years and was a very hard worker. He loved taking care of his family and helping others, fishing and collecting tools.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 son-Carlos Moreno, 2 brothers-Antonio Ibarra Moreno and Jose Ibarra Moreno, and 1 sister-Alicia Reyna.

Those to carry on his legacy include his wife of Bovina, 1 daughter-Sandra Moreno of Bovina, 1 brother-Humberto Ibarra Moreno of McAllen, Texas, 3 grandchildren-Yulissa Vasquez, Arriana Vasquez and Kayden Martinez.

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

Thomas Rhodes

Thomas Rhodes was a child of the depression, born on February 1, 1931, to T.E. Rhodes and wife Nannie.  Thomas passed on to glory on July 19, 2020. 

"That's a tough way to serve the Lord" was one of Thomas's favorite quotes.  Thomas would make the comment while watching a hay-grinder standing in a cloud of dust, a concrete-finisher, or a roofer during a hot afternoon.  Thomas understood "a tough way to serve the Lord" as he lived those words following the tragic death of the love-of-his-life Virginia in August 2013. 

Thomas is survived by daughter Rhonda Rhodes and husband Terry Howard and their daughter Ragan, all of Denver.  He is also survived by son Thomas Alan Rhodes and wife Robyn of Amarillo and their children Katherine Parks, husband Billy, and daughters Abigail and Alden, all of North Richland Hills, Thomas Kregg Rhodes, wife Julie and son Thomas, all of Dallas and Jena Rhodes of Dallas.

Thomas is also survived by eight of fourteen of the God-given blessings known as Ellison-family first cousins.  The survivors are Jim Ellison, Johnny Glover, Lois Damron, Lillie Christian, Willie Denney, Janeen Grissom, Harold Tidenburg, and Rosa Lea Tabor.  The Ellison cousins enjoyed almost sibling relationships and the cousins' children enjoy close relationships today.

In addition, Thomas is survived by the descendants of his sister, Dorothy Sims Wilson:  Susan Moudy and husband Mark, Mike Sims and wife Dalene, Pat Sims and wife Suzanne, Doug Sims and wife Donna, and Scott Sims and wife Tina.  Finally, Thomas was blessed to be survived by Virginia's brothers and sisters:  Jeanie Bailey of Lubbock, Karen McCall and husband Mike of Hempstead, Texas, Jerry Bailey and wife Nita of Clovis, New Mexico and Leta Harvell and husband Chuck of Aiken, South Carolina.

Adding to Thomas's comment: "tough way to serve the Lord" was Thomas recurring reminder that: "one inspection is worth 500 reports."  Thomas was a Parmer County farmer's farmer.  Thomas was known for beautiful crops, clean seed-wheat delivered to Sherley Anderson elevator, mowed bar-ditches, and a squeaky-clean barn.  Thomas respected and practiced "attention to detail".  Alan and his farming partner relied on Thomas's careful inspections and reputation as they developed a Parmer County farm and assisted dairy farmers choosing to locate in Parmer, Castro and Deaf Smith Counties, southwest Kansas and eastern New Mexico.

Thomas encouraged Rhonda and Alan to make good choices by using the words: "discretion is the better part of valor."  Thomas coached Rhonda and Alan and enjoyed an uncanny knack of urging his children to put themselves in the best possible strategic position and multiply opportunities that were developed. 

Thomas was an Elder of the Bovina Church of Christ, a member of Colonies Church of Christ and Central Church of Christ, and a past member of the Boards of Trustees of the Bovina School District and the Parmer County Appraisal District.  Thomas followed his uncle Buck Ellison as one of the volunteer care takers of the Bovina Cemetery.

Thomas and Virginia enjoyed supporting the New Mexico Christian Children's Home, the High Plains Christian Children's Home, the Rhodes Institute for Undergraduate Students at Lubbock Christian University, the Rhodes Scholarship fund for educators at Lubbock Christian University and the Endowment Fund for WTAMU's Amarillo Center.  In lieu of other acknowledgements, the family requests that you consider a gift to the High Plains Children's Home, Lubbock Christian University, or the WTAMU Foundation for the benefit of WT's Amarillo Center.

The Rhodes family thanks the staffs of Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital, the Continental, the Arbors and the Ware for caring for Thomas through the Covid-19 quarantine.

A graveside service will be held at the Bovina Cemetery on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

From Thomas's family, Blessings, All the Best, and Thanks for all you've done for our family.

Jerry Rankin

September 28, 1942 - May 29, 2020

Born in farm country, Jerry Rankin loved the earth and his family dearly. He held a doctorate in political science and left his professorial position to farm grass and raise cattle in central Texas (Hays County) and in the Panhandle (Wheeler County). His grade school through high school years were spent in Friona (Parmer County). Jerry always carried with him the love of learning and equity, which he shared with friends and family through rich conversation. His strong moral compass guided his family and lent itself to his progressive ideals and activism.

A contemplative thinker (and thoughtful pauser), Jerry had a great memory for stories, dates, and indelicate jokes. He did not shy away from hard work and was a grounded man, at home outdoors. Detail-oriented, he was happiest when he had a project at hand to create or improve, even if that project was the world.

Jerry passed in peace at age 77 and is survived by his three daughters (Julie, Leigh & Iris), his grandchildren (Paige, Seth, Aidan & Elsie), and his life partner of 42 years, Brigitt Widmer. He was predeceased by his parents, Maxine Leigh and Olaf Rankin.

If you would like to honor Jerry's memory, stand up for what you believe is fair and true. Treat people kindly. Tell others you love them dearly and, if it moves you to tears, know that he would have teared up, too. Talk, laugh, and stay up later than you might have. Jerry will be there. In fact, he may be the last one to leave.

Gary Brooks

Gary Brooks, 78, of Dalhart Texas passed away July 10, 2020

A Celebration of Life service was held at the graveside in Memorial Park Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Tuesday July 14th, 2020. Officiating was Rusty Hancock of Lincoln Street Baptist Church of Dalhart TX. Horizon Funeral Home is honored to help with Gary's Celebration.

Gary Dean Brooks was born September 24, 1941 to Alvin and Arletta (Williams) Brooks at the family home in Liberal Kansas. While in elementary school the family moved to Friona Texas, where in 8th grade Gary met his future wife of 59 years, Phyllis Bainum. They were married September 4, 1960. The newlywed couple moved to Hereford Texas where Gary owned a dairy and did custom harvesting. While making their home in Hereford, Gary and Phyllis started their family with daughters Angie and Amy.

In 1967 the family moved to Liberal Kansas where Gary had a drilling rig. In 1968 they added on to their family, with another daughter, Andrea. Later that same year the family moved to Dalhart Texas to be closer to family while he did custom harvesting and recycling.

Gary enjoyed going and participating in surrounding area Farm Sales. While others his age were retiring, Gary decided to pursue his lifelong dream and purchased land to farm. Gary was a member of Lakeview Methodist Church of Dalhart Texas.

Gary is preceded in death by his father and mother, Alvin and Arletta Brooks, brother Warren Brooks and daughter Amy Brooks.

Gary is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughters Angie Hodson and son-in-law Doug of Dalhart, TX and Andrea Brooks of Amarillo, TX, Grandson and Granddaughter-in-law Ryan and Andra Brooks and family (Chantry, Falon, Madison and Aisley) of Pampa, TX, Granddaughter and Grandson-in-law Ashlyn and Raul Puga and family (Bransen, Zailynn, Laigann and Bristen) of Piedmont, OK. A Sister Iva Perkins, a brother-in-law Danny Bainum and wife Patsy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coon Memorial Home Health and Hospice - 1422 Denver Ave., Dalhart, TX 79022

Catalina Garcia

Catalina Garcia, 59 of Bovina passed away July 19, 2020 in Friona. Viewing will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 31, 2020 in the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel of HANSARD FAMILY with Celebration of Life Graveside Services set for 10:00 A.M., Saturday August 1, 2020 in the Bovina Cemetery with Stan Miller, officiating. Burial following by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Catalina was born February 28, 1961 in Artesia, New Mexico. She later married Fidel Garcia on November 8, 1983.

Catalina worked for Cargill for 10 years and the passed 31 years bringing smilies to children as a teacher's assistant for the Bovina I.S.D.

Catalina loved all children, especially her grandchildren, loved crafting and collecting ceramic frogs.

Those to carry on her legacy include her husband of Bovina, 2 sons, David Garcia and wife Jacklyn of Amarillo. and Bryan Garcia of Bovina, 2 daughters-Brandi Munoz of Hobbs, N.M., and Vanessa Garcia and husband Leo of Plainview, brothers- Paul Munoz of Roswell, Nate Munoz of Artesia, N.M., Vincente Munoz and wife Micky of Bovina, Henry Perez, Michael Perez also of Artersia, N.M., sisters-Mary Vasquez of Artesia, Virginia Robinson of Simpsonville, S.C., Beatrice Barenca and husband Jorge of Artesia, Corina Galvan of Bovina, Yolanda Alvaredo and husband Gilbert Sr. of Springtown, Texas and Sylvia Vasquez of Artesia, N.M., and 8 grandchildren.

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

Helen Gerner

Services for Helen Gerner, 73, of Post were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Garner officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery was under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home. Visitation was from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 20th at the funeral home.

Helen died on July 18, 2020 at her home near Post. She was born on August 27, 1946 in Hereford to A. T. (Buddy) and Kathleen (Stevick) Stowers. She was a graduate of Friona High School. She married Gerald Gerner on April 5, 1969 in Friona. Helen worked as a designer of window treatments and later as an office manager in the financial industry.

Survivors include her husband Gerald Gerner of Post, one son: Karl and wife Missy Gerner of Slaton, two daughters: Tamra and husband Brandon Evans of Burleson and Kathy and husband Marcus Wall of Lubbock, two brothers: Jackie and wife Peggy Stowers of Friona and Ken and wife Janice Stowers of Owasso, Oklahoma, one sister: Sharon and husband Jeff McCormick of Pampa, 5 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild.

Fabian Flores

Fabian Flores, 64 of Friona passed away July 17, 2020 in Mexico. Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Templo Damasco Church in Friona with Rev. Ruben Rivera, officiating. The family is asking that all who attend wear masks for Covid-19 protection. Inurnment will follow in the Friona Cemetery by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Fabian was born January 20, 1956 in Mexico to Demetrio and Eucebia Carrillo Flores. He later married Rosa Torres April 29, 1983 in Farwell.

Fabian worked at Caviness, Hi Pro and Cargill for many years. He loved the Lord and his church and was an extremely loving and uplifting family man. He loved spending time with his family on vacations, or at home with campfires and grilling.

Those to carry on his legacy include his wife of Friona, 3 sons-Fabian Flores and wife Kayla of Lubbock, Bryan Flores and Adrian Flores and wife Maritssa , all of Friona, 5 brothers-Pedro Flores, Armando Flores, Julian Flores and wife Socorro, and Demetrio Flores and wife Josefina, all of Mexico, and Tito Flores and wife Socorro of Dumas, 1 sister-Nina Treviño and husband Javier of Canyon, 6 grandchildren-Ishmael, Isaiah, Aryanna, Elijah, and Mia Rose Flores and Nathan Ratliff.

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