Obituaries

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12
Sep
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Jane Worthington Yates

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Jane Worthington Yates, age 98, passed away at Shady Shores Nursing Home on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Jane was the second oldest of five children born to John and Ada Worthington of Cooks Point, Texas on May 5, 1921. One child died in childbirth and her parents and older sister, Louise Worthington, preceded her in death.

After her 1936 graduation from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, Texas, Jane began a career as an accountant. When World War II broke out, she met and married William Harold Yates while at Texas A&M receiving military training. He was a career military officer and present on the Battleship Missouri when the Japanese surrendered in Tokyo Bay. He died on active duty and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Following her husband’s death, Jane returned to Bryan, Texas where she raised her two children. She found employment as an accountant and retired from the State of Texas Board of Control in Austin, Texas.

Thu
29
Aug
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Kathryn Hanson

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Kathryn Hanson, 72, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at her home in Cherokee, Texas. Graveside services were held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Cherokee Cemetery. Heritage Funeral Home San Saba was in charge of the arrangements.

Kathryn was born on November 21, 1947 in Austin, Texas to Hubert Jewell and Lillie B. (Martin) Cordell. She married Richard Eugene Hanson on March 18, 1987. Kathryn loved her grandchildren, family reunions, and holidays where all the family could get together. She was a caregiver for others and worked hard all her life to make sure the family was provided for.

She was survived by one son: Terry Linder of Kyle, Texas; Daughters: Wendy and husband Timothy Shannon, Samantha Hazelett, Darlene Hazelett and Tammy Linder; one sister, Betty Cox and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 8 siblings.

Thu
29
Aug
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Helen Merlene Brister

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Helen Merlene Brister age 87, of San Saba, Texas passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at San Saba Nursing and Rehabilitation. Helen was born on October 26, 1931 in San Saba, Texas to Jack and Maurice Edwards.

Helen graduated from San Saba High School in 1949. After graduation she began her business career in San Saba working for Production Credit Association when she met her future husband Rayford. She moved after she married to Hondo, Texas were Rayford was employed by the Soil and Water Conservation. Their daughter Sherry Yvonne was born in Hondo, Texas in 1953; daughter Janice Lynn was born in Rock Springs, Texas in 1956; and son Stephen Craig was born in Rawalpindi, West Pakistan in 1961. Helen began her Nursing Home Administrator career while in Kerrville, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in BusinessAdministration from Chadwick University. Helen retired in 2010. She enjoyed reading romance novels and watching night- time soap operas.

Thu
29
Aug
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Dorothy Taylor Gage

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Dorothy Ernestine Gage was born September 18, 1922 as the first child of George Ernest and Ida (Knight) Taylor. Dorothy passed into heaven on August 25, 2019 surrounded by family; 25 days short of her 97th birthday. Dorothy, the last class survivor, graduated from San Saba High School in 1939. Dorothy married Calvin Ferrell (Sonny) Gage October 30, 1940. Two children were born of that union, Carol Nan and Anita Jo (Tooter). Dorothy spent her life as a housewife and life partner to Sonny. After Sonny’s death, Dorothy enjoyed fellowship with her “widow ladies”, playing 42 and dancing.

Thu
22
Aug
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Patty Elaine Lewis

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Patty Elaine Lewis, age 70 passed from this life August 16, 2019. She was born August 17, 1948, to the late Otis Wesley Barnard and Mattie A. Barnard in Stephenville, Texas. She graduated from Brownwood High School May 1966 with a rank of third in her class. She graduated with honors from Texas Tech University May, 1970 with a major in accounting and received her Certified Public Accountant license. She retired from public accounting practice on October 1, 1996 due to health reasons. She married Robert Darwin Lewis February 19, 1977.

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22
Aug
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Patience Ann Shanklin

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Patience Ann Shanklin age 36, of Cherokee passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Baylor Scott & White Lakeway, in Austin, Texas. Patience was born on February 22, 1983 to Wayland and Mary Ann (Kollman) Perry in San Saba, Texas. She attended and graduated from Cherokee High School. Patience received a Bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Patience married Brandon Shanklin on May 22, 2004 in Cherokee, Texas. They made their home in Cherokee where Patience was involved in helping at Cherokee First Baptist Church. She loved her family and enjoyed traveling with her family and playing games. She always had a smile on her face and loved spending time with family and friends.

Thu
22
Aug
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Rayford Jefferson Brister

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Rayford Brister, age 92, of San Saba, Texas passed away at San Saba Nursing and Rehabilitation on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Rayford was born on April 27, 1927 in Mertzon, Texas to George and Jessie (Fox) Brister.

Rayford attended Colony School, then San Saba High School. He also attended college at Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University and received a B.S. degree in Agriculture. He was a member of the AGGIE Corp and later became a U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer with the rank of Captain.

Thu
22
Aug
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Melody Dean Clopton Stewart

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Melody Dean Clopton Stewart was born on June 28, 1951 to Ordney and Mable Dean (Hurst) Clopton in Austin, Texas. Melody went to be with her Lord on August 14, 2019 at the age of 68. Services were held at Heritage Funeral Home on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation was held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Melody loved the simple things in life. She loved her children and grandchildren, flowers, being outdoors, and being around family. She was ill the last years of her life here on earth, but her family and friends came and gave her peace and strength and let her know that she was truly loved.

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14
Aug
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Janice Lynne Brister

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Janice Lynne Brister was born December 20, 1956 in Rocksprings, Texas to Helen Merlene (Edwards) and Rayford Jefferson Brister. She passed away peacefully in San Antonio on August 6, 2019.

Janice attended schools in Kerrville and Eagle Pass, Texas. She attended Texas A & M, where she got a degree in Nutritional Science. She worked in nursing homes before going to work for the State of Texas in Aging & Disability Services. She attained the position of Regional Director in the San Antonio office. Jan retired in 2017.

Janice is survived by her parents: Helen and Rayford Brister, residents at San Saba Nursing Rehab; sister, Sherry Yvonne and husband, Giles Smay of Schertz; brother, Steve Brister and wife, Cynthia, of San Saba; nieces: Stacey (Smay) and John Lovett of New Braunfels; Alyssa and Spencer Schoen of San Saba; and Mariah Dufault of Dover, Tennessee; great-nieces: Sadie Lovett and Avery Dufault; and by Roxie, a rescued Pomeranian.

Thu
08
Aug
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Cherei Addkison-Parker

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Cherei Addkison-Parker, age 57, of San Saba, Texas, passed away peacefully at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Texas, after a fourmonth battle with stage-4 small cell lung cancer. Cherei was born June 8, 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee to Robert and Rebecca (Welch) Finn.

She was a resident of San Saba, Texas for 33 years. Cherei worked as a Customer Service Sales Representative at Central Texas Telephone Communications.

After 13 amazing years together, she married Lynn Parker on April 17, 2019. In her leisure time, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, being with friends, and going on motorcycle rides with Lynn.

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