Vesta Rachel Willborn, age 95, of Richland Springs passed away December 7, 2014, at a local nursing home.
Vesta was born March 26, 1919, to Theo and Mae Brigance in Montague County. She was a longtime resident of San Saba County and a member of the Baptist Church at Holt, Texas.
Vesta is survived by 2 daughters, Billie Jean McDonald of Bandera, Jo Francis Sanford of San Angelo; son, Sherman Lee Willborn of Brownwood; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; a large extended family; and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Myra Jayne (Fuller) Hickey will be Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM, at the First Baptist Church in Blanket. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to7 PM at Heartland Funeral Home Early, Texas. Interment will be at the DFW National Cemetery Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Hickey was born December 14, 1934 in Brownwood to Henry and Cora Mae Thorp Fuller. She died at 8:10 AM Monday, December 8, 2014 surrounded by her family at the Hendricks Medical Center Abilene, Texas. Jayne married Robert Hickey from Liberal, Kansas September 1, 1952. She attended Brownwood High School until the 11th grade. She graduated from Liberal High School in Kansas in 1953. She briefly attended Howard Payne University.
During her life, Jayne dedicated herself to her home and children, supporting her husband through many moves-Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., Puxico, Missouri, Indiahoma, Oklahoma, Sterling Park, Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia. One of her greatest joys was a church that began in her home while she lived in Minnesota.
Funeral Mass for Cecil Romero Salazar, age 85, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 12, 2014 at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Indian Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 with a rosary service starting at 7:00.
Mr. Salazar died Monday, December 8, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
C. R. was born in Brownwood on February 10, 1929 to Amado and Jesusa Romero Salazar. He was a member of St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church and worked for Santa Fe Railway. He was a loving father and grandfather.
Graveside services for Mickey Williams, 62, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, December 9, 2014, in Gouldbusk Cemetery, with David Barnum officiating the services.
Betty Sue Dillingham passed away peacefully with family at her side on Thursday, the 4th of December 2014, in Arlington, Texas. She was loved and is survived by her son Craig Dillingham, two daughters Janice Henderson and Suzanne Thomson and her husband Don, two grandchildren, Amy and Ty Henderson, and his wife Rheannon, as well as three great grandchildren, Emma, Tatum and Nash Henderson.
Betty was born in Eastland, Texas June 21, 1927. She was preceded in death by her parents Dean and Susie Brinkley and also her two older brothers Teddy and Earl.
She spent most of her life living in Brownwood, Texas. She was in love with W. C. (Dub) Dillingham her husband of 56 years who preceded her death in 2003. After Dub retired they left Brownwood and built a home on the family ranch near Briggs in Burnet County Texas. They both had a passion for travel, and they would often spend weeks at a time traveling from coast to coast in their converted bus. Betty had a strong faith and an incredible spirit. She was truly loved by everyone who ever knew her. She couldn’t pass up a good garage sale, and she had an eye and a knack for finding a good bargain. She was a loving wife and an incredible mother to her children as well as her grandchildren.
Karen Jackson Reiger, age 57, of Zephyr, passed away December 7, 2014 at Brownwood Regional Center.
Karen was born October 4, 1957 to Wiley and Rachel Jackson in Plainview, Texas.
Karen loved caring for children and worked for New Horizons for many years, she was a devout Christian that loved gardening, flowers cooking, animals and most of all pulling pranks. She married David Reiger on May 10, 1991 in Dumas, Texas.
Karen is survived by her husband David Reiger of Zephyr, granddaughter/daughter Chadra Towler of Zepher; son Bryon Towler and wife Rachel of North Carolina; granddaughter Alyssa Tolwer; grandson Joseph Towler; father Wiley Jackson of Lubbock; sister Debra Pate and husband Bryce of Prosper; brother Jerry Jackson and wife Dawn of San Antonio; brother Steve Jackson and wife Angie of Killeen. She was preceded in death by her mother Rachel Jackson and a son Chad Towler.
Wilma was born on February 15, 1942 in Paducah, Texas to Harry D. and Alta Evelyn (Lynch) Betts. She was an instructor for Ranger College School of Cosmetology for 13 years. The best word to describe Wilma is "love." She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother-in-law. Wilma was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband, Billy Gregory of Brownwood; son Charles Harvey and fiancée, Linda Dickey of Early; daughters Alta Yeats and husband, Rick of Brownwood and Tammy Adams and husband, Bubba of Olton; two brothers, Donald Betts and wife, Cynthia of Bowie and Glen Betts and wife Francis of Lake Brownwood; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; stepchildren, Jack Richard Gregory of Watonga, Oklahoma, Sue Grubbs of Watonga, Oklahoma, Billie Fay Pfeifle and husband, Rob of Alamogordo, New Mexico and Billie Jo Gregory of Sweetwater; 20 step-grandchildren and 19 step-great grandchildren, as well as another on the way.
Bruce E. Pierce, age 59, of San Saba passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his home.
Memorial Services for Bruce will be held at a later date. Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Chesser, 74, of Brownwood, TX passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Brownwood. She was a beloved Wife, Mom, Teacher, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, at Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second Street in Brownwood, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Boeglin officiating. Interment will follow at Oakview Cemetery in Mullin, TX. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 7, at Heartland Funeral Home.
Margaret Anne Lees was born June 14, 1940, in Morrisville, Vermont, the daughter of Wilfred and Williamina Lees and was a 1958 graduate of Brownwood High School. While in high school, she taught dance classes for Lon L. Smith. On August 28, 1964, she married Bill Chesser at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brownwood. She graduated from Howard Payne University with an education degree and obtained her Masters Degree in Education from Tarleton State University. She taught 6th grade at Woodland Heights, Central Sixth and Brownwood Intermediate in the Brownwood Independent School District before retiring after 25 years of service. Her passion was teaching science.