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July 8, 2021

Shirley Jane Phipps Houlette

Shirley Jane Phipps Houlette, 84, died June 30, 2021 in her home in Friona, Tx. Memorial Services were at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the Friona Cemetery Memorial Chapel. Arrangements by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Jane was ninth of 10 children born to Charlie and Dora Phipps in Bailey County, Texas on December 22, 1936.

A life-long resident of Friona, Jane graduated from Friona High School in 1955. After graduation she worked for Friona State Bank until a local young man became captivated with her smile. She wed Dale Earl Houlette April 19, 1958 in Friona. The couple had two children, Chris and Robin.

In their early marriage, the young Houlettes owned and operated a Spudnut Shop in Levelland, Tx until 1961 when they founded Houlette Petroleum, a Mobil Oil wholesale business, in Friona, a company still in operation today.

Jane's life was one of selfless devotion to her special needs son, Chris, until the end of her life, never complaining but instead celebrating his unique gifts. Jane worked, also, with her husband in their business as a meticulous bookkeeper. Active in the local community, she supported Friona charities and was well known for her award-winning outdoor home Christmas decorations. Jane was regarded within her family as a gifted poet and creative artist whose most enduring accomplishment was her great love of family. A devoted student of spirituality, Jane epitomized kindness and unconditional love.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dale; four brothers, Spurgeon, Mayo, E.G. and Virgil Phipps; two sisters, Mildred Phipps Williams and Mary Phipps Bandy.

Jane is survived by her son, Chris, of the home, and her daughter, Robin, husband Creech Richardson, of Wichita Falls, Tx; her nephew and "son of her heart" Coy Jameson, wife Renee, of Friona; sisters Daisy Phipps Beversdorf, Hurst,Tx, June Phipps Collier, Pearland, Tx, and Geraldine Phipps Ferguson, husband Kenneth, of Burleson, Tx; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Jane's name to a charity of your choice.

You may sign the online guest book at: www.hansardfamily.com


DeAun LaNoe Kinkler Sisson

DeAun LaNoe Kinkler Sisson, 88, died Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Amarillo.

DeAun was born April 19, 1933 in Lubbock, Texas to Lanoe and Hugo Kinkler. An avid sports fan, she never missed a Ranger's baseball game. She loved Aaron Rodgers and would refer to him as her "cute boyfriend." And when it came to the Maverick's players, Luka Doncic' was her favorite basketball player. DeAun attended Littlefield High School where she met Billy Wayne Sisson, a multi-talented athlete himself, and December 2, 1950 she and Billy Wayne were married and began their adventure as farmers-ranchers in Hereford and Friona. She also attended McMurry University in Abilene. In the early years of their marriage, DeAun enjoyed gardening and taking care of their yard and was an active member of Bud to Blossom Garden Club. Throughout the years she also was a member of the Valeda Study Club, Bridge Club, and volunteered with the Hereford Hospital, Girl Scout Troop, and First Baptist Church of Hereford Vacation Bible School. She also was the owner of Ruthie's Dress Shop in Friona for many years. Many friends and family will no doubt remember her pulling the 2-horse trailer with her red 1988 Oldsmobile, driving daughter Shavon, to all her rodeos. DeAun loved her three dogs and was especially close to Buttons. She was a loving, caring, and doting grandmother who never missed an event or program that grandson Landry was in and, according to him, she made the absolute best grill cheese sandwiches. DeAun will be greatly missed by friends and family.

DeAun is preceded in death by her parents: Lanoe and Hugo Kinkler; and her husband of 66 years, Billy Wayne Sisson.

Survivors include: 2 daughters, Shalyn S. Clark and husband Al of Arlington; Shavon Sisson and husband Gary Chomiski of Amarillo; and grandson, Landry Lloyd and wife Kelsey of Amarillo.

The family of DeAun Sisson are grateful for the kindness and loving care she received from True Blessings and especially from her caregivers: Shirlee Wiebe; Carmen Gillespie; Love Gaither; and Sue Pankey.

Memorials may be made to: Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79105, www.calfarley.org