Obituaries

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Milton Wayne Hyatt

Milton Wayne Hyatt

Wayne Hyatt of Kerrville, formerly of San Saba, Texas, passed away on January 13, 2020, at the age of 78, in Kerrville, Texas. He was born on February 25, 1941 to Oda Hyatt and Ethel Mae (Gatliff) Hyatt.

He attended San Saba High School and worked on radiators in San Saba, Texas for many years. Wayne loved to fish, play bingo, and sell produce in the summer. Wayne was also known for buying scratch off lotto tickets. He was a quiet man but loved family dearly.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his brothers and sisters: Vivian Hughes of Comanche, Texas; Darl Hyatt of Kerrville, Texas; and Sarah Hyatt of Kerrville, Texas; three step-sons and four step-daughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eddie McKinney and Gene McKinney.

Wed
15
Jan
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Jo Ann Smiley

Jo Ann Smiley, 86, of San Saba, passed away January 10, 2020 at a Llano hospital. Jo Ann was born March 9, 1933 in Beebe, Arkansas to Charlie Watson and Emma (McKenzie) Watson. In October of 1953, she married Robert Branham in Dewitt, Arkansas. Later, Jo Ann married Rance Smiley in 1987. Ms. Smiley enjoyed reading and writing and was a fantastic cook. Her stories were amazingly written and detailed. A private family service will be held at a later date. Jo Ann is survived by her children: John Branham and wife, Heather, of Cabot, Arkansas; Robert Branham of San Saba, Texas; Cherri Huebner and husband, Charles, of Fischer, Texas; Robin Jacobs and husband, James, of San Saba, Texas; and Cindy Reeves and husband, John, of Argyle, Texas. She has one sister: Judy Jones of Portage, Wisconsin.

Wed
15
Jan
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Paul Scott Miller

Paul Scott Miller

Paul Scott Miller, age 61, made his journey to heaven on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at his home in San Saba, Texas. He was known by his family, friends, and community as Scott “The Cowboy.” He was born April 20, 1958, in San Saba, Texas, to George Willis and Betty Zane Miller.

Scott was also raised in San Saba and was a proud Armadillo graduate of San Saba High School. He met and married the love of his life, Dora Cisneroz, on January 23, 1981, and they were happy partners for 39 wonderful years. They resided in San Saba, where they raised and loved four beautiful children – Melissa, Marsiela, Amanda and George Scott.

Scott was a family man who took great pride expressing that his children were his greatest accomplishments in life. And though his kids brought him much joy, his grandchildren completed his heart. He loved sitting back and watching each one develop in their own unique ways, and he made each grandchild feel special.

Wed
08
Jan
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Ruth Amelia (Hummel) Lewis

Ruth Amelia (Hummel) Lewis

Ruth Amelia (Hummel) Lewis, 82, of Richland Springs, Texas, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday, January 3, 2020 in Brownwood, Texas. Visitation was held on Sunday, January 5th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Graveside Service were held on Monday, January 6th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Richland Springs Cemetery in Richland Springs.

Ruth Amelia (Hummel) Lewis was born on June 10, 1937 in Foster, Texas to Henry John and Susie Faye (Miller) Hummel. She lived in San Saba County for 60+ years.

Ruth married Richard Glen "Punk" Lewis on June 1, 1955 in Katy, Texas. She loved being with her family and friends, and helping at the school. Ruth was an excellent seamstress and loved playing softball. Ruth was Fort Bend County Rodeo Queen. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Richland Springs Preservation Society.

Wed
08
Jan
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Gaye N. Crim

Gaye N. Crim

Gaye Nell Crim, age 76, of San Saba, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. Gaye was born on April 17, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas to Willard Baxter Taylor and Velma Davis Taylor.

She attended San Saba High School. On January 21, 1961, Gaye Taylor married Kenneth Wayne Crim at the Herren Baptist Church in San Saba. They had one son, Jeffery Wayne Crim.

Gaye was a Godly woman who received her salvation by God’s grace through faith in Christ. She nurtured her family and community ties through works and a kind spirit. Friends, family, and townspeople describe Gaye as the “glue” of almost everything she was involved in consisting of community groups, church activities, and family.

Thu
26
Dec
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Mary E. Maxcey

Mary E. Maxcey

Mary E. Maxcey, age 85, of Richland Springs, Texas, passed away December 19, 2019 in Coleman, Texas. Mary was born in Houston, Texas on August 24, 1934 to Jack William Garner and Airl Mary (Scott) Garner.

Mary was a high school graduate and sought a field in bookkeeping for McDonald Electric Company until her retirement. She loved her sheep and her ranch in Richland Springs,Texas. Mary played various instruments and sang. Mary also loved her God and Savior and her children deeply.

She leaves her legacy behind in her children: Deborah and husband, Bud Isbell, of Santa Anna, Texas; Karen and husband, Michael Lapaglia, of Montgomery, Texas; and Larry Wayne Grant of Coleman, Texas; 13 grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; children: George Howard Higginbotham and Jack Grant; and two sisters, Peggy Small and Beverly Cohn.

Thu
19
Dec
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Newell Shannon Oliver

Newell Shannon Oliver

Newell Shannon Oliver (Shannon to his friends and family) died on November 30, 2019 at the age of 78 in El Lago, Texas. He passed peacefully in his sleep after a prolonged battle with lung disease. Shannon was the oldest son of Newell Stacy Oliver and Catherine Elizabeth (Looney) Oliver. He was born in San Saba, Texas on May 10, 1941.

Shannon attended San Saba public schools and graduated from San Saba High School in 1959. After high school, he attended Texas Tech to study geology. While at Texas Tech, he met his wife, Louise Adele “LouDell” Boleyn. They married in 1968 and had three children during their 17-year marriage.

Wed
11
Dec
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Marianella Isabel Romero-Gaddy Johnson

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Marianella Isabel Romero-Gaddy Johnson was born on August 1, 1958, in Maracaibo, Venezuela to Paris Maurene Gaddy and Rafael Angel Romero. She departed from this life on December 3, 2019, in San Saba, Texas, at 61 years of age.

Marianella was raised for the first years of her life in the coastal city of Maracaibo, in the tropical South American country of Venezuela. She and her six siblings moved to the idyllic Hill Country with their mother when she was six years of age, eventually establishing themselves in San Saba.

She attended San Saba Independent School District, was an astute pupil, and was the cheer captain for the Armadillo Cheerleaders. She married Thomas Richard Johnson at the age of sixteen, on December 23, 1974, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Saba High School two years later.

Wed
04
Dec
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Cliff Evan Edmondson

Cliff Evan Edmondson

Cliff Evan Edmondson, age 46, of San Saba, TX, passed away November 29, 2019. Evan was born on July 30, 1973 in Austin, Texas, to Billy Don Edmondson and Alice (Modesette). Evan attended and graduated from San Saba High School. He went on to play football for Abilene Christian University and later graduated from Tarleton State University.

After five years of coaching football, he began his lifelong career as a Construction Safety Engineer which took him and his family to various places across the country. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, and anything outdoors. He mostly loved spending time with his family and friends.

Evan is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mandy (Lebow) Edmondson; children: Ethan, Carlee and Grayson; his parents: Billy Don and Alice Edmondson; one sister, Rhoni (Edmondson) McClennahan; one niece, Alyssa (Lord) Barnhill; and a host of extended family and friends.

Thu
21
Nov
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Betty Joe Moore

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Betty Joe Ratliff Karnes Dufner Moore passed away on November 17, 2019 at the age of 95. Graveside services will be held at Wallace Creek Cemetery in San Saba, Texas.

Betty Joe was born December 22, 1923 in the community of Pecan Grove in San Saba, Texas to German Jackson Ratliff and Rachel Margaret Edmondson Ratliff. She was the youngest of thirteen children.

She worked for many years as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Victoria, Texas and Austin, Texas. She dearly loved her family, friends, neighbors and wonderful caretakers at Hillview Manor Nursing Center. She was a great cook. Her pecan pies and homemade bread were legendary. Her quick sense of humor and mischievous personality were a joy to everyone who knew her.

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