Doris Virginia (Thrasher) Gamboa – April 3, 2018

Karon Shinault Jackson who is in charge of phone calls pertaining to our October 2020 reunion, has discovered the fact that another graduate has died. She shares this information:

“I received a reply to my letter to Doris Virginia Thrasher Gamboa from her son-in-law informing me that she had passed away April 3, 2018, a victim of COPD. Dave Wall wrote that she was survived by two daughters, Jackie (his wife), who just retired from more than 36 years with the postal service and Liz, a doctor at Scott & White in Temple.”

Elta Anne Owen Hogue – Obit

  
Elta Anne Owen Hogue went to meet her Lord and was reunited with the love of her life, Donald W Hogue, Thursday, January 9th, 2020.  (Picture is from WHS reunion, 2013.)

Elta was born on October 22, 1941, and graduated from Waco High School, class of 1960. She went on to complete Business College and attended Texas Christian University. After completing school, Elta had a promising career ahead of her with Southwestern Bell before meeting Don. He became her husband and she never looked back for 57 years.

During her lifetime, Elta was known by family and friends to be a four-speed driving, bikini-wearing, pool lounging, mustang driving with the top down, “unlicensed” therapist to all, sharpshooting, Sophia Loren look-a-like, tea-loving night owl with a zest for life and the wits to back it up.

Elta loved spending time chatting with friends and family but only after 10 am and always after her first cup of tea. And you could only see her after she “put her face on”. Truth be told she was always a gorgeous woman inside and out with and without the added frills.

She truly cared about people and relationships. At any party, get together, or crowded room, Elta had the ability to scan the room, and pick that one person that she thought needed a friend. She would then dedicate herself to finding out everything about that person, would give them sound advice, and would become their friend for life.

Elta was a devout Christian and loved sharing her love for Christ. She made a huge impact on those around her and with the partnership of her loving husband, Don Hogue, brought many souls to Christ in their lifetimes.

Most of all, Elta’s greatest love was for her husband Don. Fortunately, those two love birds didn’t have to be without each other for long.  Elta joined Don 9 months after he departed this world. Needless to say, Elta suffered from major FOMO (fear of missing out) after Don passed and looked forward to reuniting.

Elta is survived by her older sister Joy Lynn Ferguson; her two sons, whom of which she was most proud of, Gregory Donald Hogue (Fire Lieutenant ) and Donald Scott Hogue (Police Sargent ); four grandchildren: Donald Markus Hogue, Conney Nikole (Hogue) Pattillo, Erin Elizabeth Leighton, Jordan T. Navarro; two great-grandchildren: Gabriel Don Hogue and Keeleigh Leilani Martin.

Elta was forever adopting people into her family over the years. These people include a long list of people over the year.  Jordan Leighton and daughter Ryliegh, Joshua Smith, Chris Reist, Nikki Reist, and Justin Munroe, Jayden Smith, and Brantley Latta.

Many active military members during the holidays became part of the family for all eternity. Even a Prince and future King.

Elta also leaves behind her beloved pets and the fattest squirrels in all of Deer Creek.

Elta was a shining light to so many. Her love, devotion, and humor will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless.

Elta Ann Owen Hogue’s memorial service will be  at Parker County Cowboy church Sunday, January 12 at 3 PM.

Her home and Son Greg’s home will be filled with family and friends this weekend.

Elta Anne Owen Hogue – January 9, 2020

Posted on Elta Anne Owen Hogue’s Facebook page this morning:

I am now Face to Face with our Lord Jesus Christ. Do not feel sorrow for me.
“and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Her granddaughter (Connie Patillo) posted this on Facebook today:

Elta Anne Owen Hogue has passed away this morning. She was surrounded by family. Her funeral will be Sunday, January 12, at 3pm at Parker County Cowboy Church. Please, in lue of flowers she has a go fund me to help purchase audio bibles.

David Peeples – Living “The Dash”

(poem by Linda Ellis)

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.
To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

Thoughts by Jeanne Harman

“All of us who knew David, whether it was in high school or after graduation, knew how well David lived his “dash”.  He would be proud of the things that will be said about him.  He worked many years for the telephone company in Waco, retiring from there.  After the death of his step-mother, he tended and cared so faithfully for his sister, Patsy, never wanting her to be alone at night.  David loved to fish and he spent many enjoyable hours in this peaceful hobby.  He also enjoyed hunting and any other outdoor activity that guys enjoy.  He was a great athlete in high school and junior high.

David was a quiet, independent, timid and shy but strong-willed man with a most kind heart.  Most of the time when one saw David he had a smile on his face—even a sheepish little grin which was probably part of his shyness being surfaced.   David will be missed greatly by his friends at Waco High and others who knew him throughout his lifetime.”

Pictures from Our Reunions

 

 

David Peeples – January 4, 2020

Jeanne Harman wrote:  

We have had a true warrior just lose his battle with leukemia today.  David Peeples died around noonish on January 4th.

David was ready—he was so tired of being in pain.  He hesitated to take too much pain medicine because it made him loopy, he said.

I saw him on Wednesday night, trying to get him to take pain medicine but he wanted to watch the Baylor Sugar Bowl game instead.  (Men and their football!).

The nurse was to give him some pain meds as soon as the game was over.

David and Janie McPhail were there about 11:30 but I have not spoken with them since they saw David.

Anyone who was keeping in touch with David knows how he was ready to be out of pain.  It was so difficult for David to give up control though, as he had always been so independent.  At least, David is no longer suffering.

Robert Marcus Otterstad – December 20, 2019

Marcus OtterstadUpdated on January 5th to add:

This is Opie (Marcus’ son) speaking on behalf of Marcus. His memorial service will be held at House of Prayer Lutheran Church at 1pm on Saturday January the 11th. The address is

14045 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77062

I would like to have a choir sing the St. Olaf choir version of Beautiful Saviour. We have the music..now we need singers. If you want to sing..or would like to invite your choir members to come sing..just arrive at the church at 12 noon for a run through. This is my last gift to my father, so please get the word out. Even if you didn’t know Dad it will be fun if we can get a lot of people to come.

Lastly..in lieu of flowers, a donation to Lutheran Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville, Texas would be perfect.

Marcus posted the following to Facebook on December 20, 2019

For my friends and family and parishioners over my some 50 years in ministry I just wanted to say thank you for all you love and support over the years. I have been ill for some time and today it finally took me home to be with God. I’ve had a great childhood in the Midwest with my brother John. Being a PK of a PK of a PK, we didn’t get away with too much but we were loved and now get to hang out more. My years in Houston and Waller serving all over this area were both very challenging and very rewarding. I have friends from each stop that I maintained until the very end. I tried very hard to be a compassionate and empathetic pastor and tell the people I loved just how much they meant (against my Norwegian roots).

May the Lord bless you and keep you

May the Lord make shine his face and be gracious to you

May the Lord look up you with favour and grant you peace. 

and one last time…AMEN. 

Joseph Dennis (Denny) O’Neill – November 20, 2019

Joseph Dennis “Denny” O’Neill II, 77, died Wednesday, November 20, in Lewisville, Texas.

Denny was born to Joe and Lena O’Neill on August 27, 1942 in Cameron, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1960 and from Baylor University in 1966.

On June 12th, 1965, Denny married his soulmate Mary Lou Piott in Waco, Texas. Denny spent his professional career in the medical records industry working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and as an entrepreneur starting and growing independent companies PMS, Inc., Medical Interface Inc. and General Micrographics before retiring in 2008.

Denny greatly enjoyed traveling on vacations with his wife Mary Lou. He was a very avid hunter his entire life and greatly enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. While he loved Baylor Bear football, anything associated with his Irish heritage and last name O’Neill, and many other interests, Denny “Grandpa” most enjoyed spending time loving and spoiling his grandchildren as much as possible.

Denny is survived by his wife of 54 years, two sisters, Peggy O’Neill and Betty Jo Westhelle, aunt Barbara DeArmond, two sons, Brian and wife Angie O’Neill of Flower Mound, Texas, Craig and wife Mandy O’Neill of Coppell, one granddaughter, Lauren O’Neill, two grandsons, Duncan and Cameron O’Neill, two step grandsons, Blake and Trevor Miller and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Trump 2020 presidential campaign!

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Ron Sommer – November 24, 2019

Ron Sommer
Ronald Neal Sommer, age 77, of Lewisville, TX passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his home.

Ronald was born on June 28, 1942 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to his parents: Fred and Katherine Sommer. He proudly served his Nation in the US Navy from 1963-1967.

He is survived by brothers Roger and Rod Sommer; sister, Roxie; 3 nephews, 3 nieces, 9 great nieces and nephews, 2 great-great nieces and a host of other loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.

Services for Ronald Neal Sommer will be held December 13 at 10:00 a.m.  The family of Ronald Neal Sommer has faithfully entrusted Restland Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory to handle the arrangements and services for their loved one.

Restland is located at 13005 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75243 and can be reached at 972-238-7111.

Robin Roe – Daughter of Ed & Rita Coates Burnett

Robin Roe, daughter of Ed and Rita Coates Burnett, had a massive heart attack Monday, October 28, and was admitted to Providence hospital. Unfortunately after her admission, tests showed that there was no brain activity. Rita said Robin was an organ donor so Robin is currently being kept alive in order for surgeons to retrieve any organ which can be of use to others. What a wonderful gift it is that Robin, having made this selfless decision in healthier times, is able to enrich the lives of so many others after her own health failed her.

Obituary

Robin Lee Roe, 54, passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 30, 2019. A Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10, at Crossroads Fellowship on Estates Drive. A Celebration of her life will follow at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Steve Abbe officiating.

Robin was born in Waco, Texas, February 23, 1965, to Rita (Coates) and Clarence Burnett. Robin was a 1983 graduate of Midway High School and a 1986 graduate of Baylor University. She was currently employed by ESC Region 12 where she worked for twenty five years.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Rodney; parents, C.E. and Rita Burnett; son, Spencer Shelburne and wife, Chelsea; daughter, Mikaila Shelburne and fiancée, Carson Searcy; brother, Robert Edward Burnett and wife, Roxanne; granddaughter, Blakely Grace Searcy; aunt, Julie Hankins and husband, David; cousins, Elliot and Kristen Hankins, Evan and Halley Hankins.

Memorial contributions can be made to Grey Mutts animal rescue of Clifton, Fuzzy Friends animal rescue in Waco, or TOSA.

Update on Charlie Sligh

I just received this report from Joe Riley regarding Charlie Sligh. So glad for dodged bullets and our heart doctors here in Waco. I will let you know whenever I find out where Charlie will be for rehab. Charlie does not have a cell phone or computer.

Charlie Sligh had triple bypass surgery this past Thursday, October 31st Halloween of all days.

He’s fine, doing quite well, in fact. As of now, he’s in room 385 at Ascension Providence Hospital, Waco. He may be moved to St. Catherine’s or some other rehab facility in Waco as early as this afternoon or tomorrow.

I found out about his situation this past Friday, but waited to let you know until I visited with him this morning and got his permission to let you and “you all” know.

He hadn’t shown any of the classic symptoms of heart problems, but had a persistent pain in his stomach area that was causing concern. After several exams failed to produce a diagnosis, he was referred to cardiac physicians who scheduled him for a cardiac catheterization. That’s what revealed the significant blockages, leading to next day surgery.

As they say, Charlie “dodged the bullet.”

Joe Riley