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The Clarendon Enterprise March 4, 2010 Obituaries Gilkey Jane Whicker Gilkey, 82, died Satur- day, February 27, 2010, in Amarillo. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Gilkey Sunday, Feb- mary 28, 2010, in the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon with Rev. Terry Lowe, Pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Citizens Cem- etery in Clarendon. Services were under the arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon. Jane was born on May 19, 1927, to J.E. and Catherine Smith Whicker in Lubbock. She had moved to Ama- rillo when she was 11 years old and later graduated from Amarillo High School in 1945. She attended Ama- rillo College and then West Texas State University where she met and later married James Ray Moore on February 9, 1947. James and Jane moved to Clarendon in 1948. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1961. She then married Dr. Rich- ard Lee "Rip" Gilkey on March 21, 1963. After 39 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on August 14, 2002. She had moved back to Ama- rillo on October 2001 at Park Place Towers where she was a resident until her death. She was very active member of the First United Method- ist Church in Clarendon where she sang in the choir and served on virtu- ally every committee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, James Ray Moore on October 31, 1961; her second husband, Dr. Richard Gilkey on August 14, 2002. Survivors include two sons, Jim Moore and wife Karen of Albuquer- que, New Mexico, and John Moore and wife Cathy of Waxahachie; two daughters, Melinda McAnear and husband Ronnie of Clarendon and Tina Putnam and husband David of Austin; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. The family requests that memo- rials be to Hospice Care of South- west, 1301 South Coulter Suite 404, Amarillo, TX 79106 or the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon. Branigan Florita Branigan, 84, of Memphis died Friday, February 12, 2010. Grave- side services were at 10 a.m. Tues- Branigan day, Febru- ary 16, in Fairview Cemetery by Cox,LaGrone Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. in First United Meth- odist Church of Memphis with Rob Blum and Neely Landrum officiat- ing. Mrs. Branigan was born August 7, 1925, in Oklahoma City. She attended high school in Hitchcock, Okla. She married Elmont Bra- nigan in Clinton, Okla., on March 20, 1945. Mrs. Branigan received a teaching certificate from Southwest- ern Oklahoma State. The Branigans moved to Memphis and purchased the business from Dr. Charles Oren, and it became Branigan Jewelry on February 1, 1947. The store moved to its present location on Novem- ber 1, 1960. Mrs. Branigan worked with the youth of Hall County with service to Boy and Girl Scouting, for more than 25 years, working as a staff member at the last Girl Scout Roundup, as well as 4-H, Memphis Band Booster and Methodist youth groups. Mrs. Branigan had an art of engraving and much of her handi- work was donated in support of the youth of Memphis and the surround- ing communities. After the death of Elmont, she continued supporting businesses in Memphis, as she served as the Wom- en's Council President of Memphis Chamber of Commerce, and was honored by ing elected the "First Lady President" of the regular Chamber of Commerce, receiving the "Work Horse of the Year" award. In 1981, she was selected Beta Sigma Phi Women of the Year, and then again in 1986-87. The Branigan family was also chosen as "Family of the Year" by the Memphis Cham- ber of Commerce. Mrs. Branigan received several awards in the past few years of her life, receiving the highest award from Girl Scout- ing with the "1 Can" award, along with being honored with the 2009 Women of Distinction. One of Mrs. Branigan's passions was her church family, as she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, serving as secretary to the Admin- istrative Council almost 40 years and had the privilege of teaching the Victory Sunday School class for over 30 years. She was also a charter member of the Club 51. During the last several years, Florita began chronicling her life in Memphis and several of her quotes follow: "Memphis has been very generous to my family and me. I can think of no better community in which to live. It is like having one big family, everyone helping the other, and there is much love in Mem- phis, Texas. Only through the help and encouragement I have received could any of these many things been accomplished." "Through our doors walk the most wonderful people in the world, Our Friends, Our Custom- ers, for this I say 'qhank You." She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmont Branigan, in 1982; and her sister, Olive Simmons in 1991. Survivors include one son, Mike Branigan and wife Linda of Memphis; a daughter, Elmo- nette Bivens and husband Paul of Clarendon; grandchildren, Michelle Bryant and husband Matt of Mem- phis, Shayne Branigan and wife Angle of Memphis, Stephen Bivens and wife Katrina of Amarillo and Scott Bivens and wife Alyssa of Lub- bock; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, MaryLou Lozier and husband Tad of Fritch, Mark Sim- mons and wife Betty of Calhan, Colo., Dwight Branigan and wife Pat of Euless, Galen Branigan and wife Kay of Amarillo, Gary Branigan and wife Dianna of Arlington, Norman Freeman and wife Patsy of Martin, Tenn., and Linville Freeman and wife Martha of Martin, Tenn. She is also survived by 19 great-nieces and great-nephews. The family requests memori- als be made to the McLean Dance Club, Box 177, Wheeler, TX 79096; the Donley County Senior Citi- zens, PO Drawer B, Clarendon, TX 79226; the United Methodist Church in Clarendon or Memphis; or your favorite charity. Russell Many of you knew Bill and Jackie Russell, attending the services for him in April, 2007. Know- ing him at the College library, and Russell knowing Jackie at the elementary school where she worked directly with children. Jackie fell ill in July, 2009, and while bravely intending to recover; Regrettably, she passed on January 14, 2010. Bill Russell was born on March 28, 1938, in Castilla, California. His three story home, built by his grandfather, was in the midst of a forrest near a stream of water. At the tender age of three, he wandered off the porch to play with bear cubs down at the stream. His mother, Bernice stayed back out of sight of the mother bear, who seemed to be scolding her two cubs for their wanderings. Once the trio left Bill behind, Bernice was able to safely bring her adventurer home. Bill joined the Navy, travel- ing the world, and he met my beauti- ful mother. They wrote letters often. When he was in Vietnam, we lived in Canton, Ohio. I, Vicki, their daugh- ter, was age nine, usually received the mail. The mailman asked me if he could meet "Princess Jacqueline Dale," as that is how Bill addressed letters to my mom. Jackie Dale was delivered by a midwife in a home in Canton, Ohio, on February 22, 1935. She was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters: David Morrow, Judi Rider, Dick Morrow, Molly Marring, John Morrow, and Amy McClure. Her mother, Roberta Morrow, age 97, resides with Amy. Bill and Jackie have four children: Vicki, Dan, Dave, and Grey; Nine grandchildren: Jeremy & Autumn Honor, Josh, Melinda, Heidi, Christy, Jesse, Jen- nifer, Lisa Nicole Vogelgesang, and three great grandchildren: Emily Rose Rupe, Sklar Childress, and Ethan Walker Vogelgesang. The meaning of Bill and Jack- ie's life is to promote furthering another's education by having access to read, do art, horticulture/agricul- ture and attend college, as these are what Bill and Jackie had a creative lively passion. A bench "In Memo- riam to Bill and Jackie Russell," will be establishtd at the Clarendon Col- lege to honor them for their passions and college support. Further, it is my intention to establish an endowed scholarship in their memory. If you would like to do something to honor their life, please donate to the Clarendon College. You may consider many possibilities such as donating a gift in their names, by choosing to fund the library with books, or making a gift in their name toward a discipline (Fine Arts, Drama, Speech or Agriculture, etc.) Bill and Jackie made usproud, and while we are never ready to lose a loved one, they are reunited. Cardwell Wanda N e 1 1 Cardwell, 70, died Wednes- day, February 24, 2010, in Clarendon. Services were held at 10 a.m. Cardwell on Friday, February 26, 2010, in the Robert- son Funeral Directors Chapel of Memories in Clarendon with Johnny Thomason, officiating. Interment followed at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon. Services were under the arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon. Wda was born November 17, 1939, to Charlie and Margurite Martin McCrary in Clarendon. She had been a resident of Amarillo for the past 43 years. She had been a surgery aide at St. Antho- ny's Hospital in Amarillo. She loved to dance and was a Christian. She waspreceded in death by her parents; a stepfather, Ivan Mays; and a son in law, Leon Hall. Survivors include a son, Randy McDonald and wife Lisa of Amarillo; a daughter, Debbie Hall of Amarillo; two brothers, Doug McCrary and wife Sarah of Clarendon, and Richard McCrary of Garland; two sister, Alice Ewing and husband Butch of Garland and Betty Mays of Clarendon; 11 grandchil- dren, Janet Hall, Blair Hall and wife Mandy, Nell Hall and wife Brandy, Amber Hall, Jennifer McDonald, Nick McDonald and wife Brandee, Wendy McDonald, Brady McDon- ald, Lacey Stewart, Amber Maples, and Brandon Cox; and nine great grandchildren. The family requests that memo- rials be to the Community Care Center of Clarendon or Odyssey Hospice. Lorenz Beverly Jean Lorenz, 57, formerly of Amarillo died on Sat- urday, Febru- ary 20, 2010, in Colorado. Services were held at 2 Lorenz p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Bush- land with Darrell Burton, Pastor, Martin Baptist Church in Clarendon, officiating. Burial followed at Dreamland Cemetery. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Mrs. Lorenz was born on July 11, 1952, in Dimmitt, to Frank and Betty Martin. She had lived in Ama- riUo for ten years before moving to Colorado and had worked as an assistant manager for Walmart. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank T. "Rowdy" Martin. Survivors include two chil- dren, Shawn Lorenz of Bushland and Lana Lorenz of Elkhart, Kansas; her mother, Betty Martin;two broth- ers, Jack Martin of Lamar, Colorado and Frank T. Martin, Jr. of Gunni- son, Colorado; two sisters, Shirley Whiteman of Monte Vista, Colorado and Sandy Rose of Tucson, Arizona; three grandchildren, Jetti Lorenz, Logan Lorenz and Life Lorenz. Writers group to host author March 20 Panhandle Professional Writ- ers bi-monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at St. Stephen United Methodist Church on the West Campus located at 4415 Wesley Drive (off 45th between Coulter and Soncy in Amarillo). The meetingwill run from 9:30 a.m. (registration and greeting time) to 3:30 p.m. There is a $5 program guest fee which will be deferred if the guest joins PPW on that day. PPW dues are $30 annually. Students with school ID will be charged a $1 guest fee. Lunch is $10 and requires a reservation. To facilitate the caterer, please phone Laura Harrison at 806- 355-0110 or email her at ppwlunch@ yahoo.corn Speaker for the day will be Jeff C. Campbell, speaking on Crimi- nal Investigations for the Mystery Writer. Jeff is a 23 year veteran of law enforcement, mostly in crimi- nal investigations. He has been a speaker for PPW and the FiW con- ference in the past and is a frequent speaker and conferences and semi- nars. Jeffhas written three books on the background of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. He has published the first in a series of mysteries set in New Mexico called Treasure of the Soul and is currently working on a histoal project. Jeff's speaking style is "loose enough to allow for discussion and interchange between attendees and speaker." So come with questions. i r Subscribe j .Today. I $25 in Donley County I 'A' Honor Roll First Grade: Kyler Lamberson, Kadee Lockeby, Leandra Mestas, Zachary Wells Second Grade: Landon Peppers Third Grade: Kasie Hinton, Brenden Hough, Jasmine Lockeby, Payton Morris Fourth Grade: Hannah Branigan, Makinzie Hinton, Hunter Mestas, Caylor Monroe, Cristal Ramirez, Dora Reblledo Fifth Grade: Kaitlyn Peppers, Frank Ramirez, Madison Shelp, Kylie Wood Sixth Grade: Kelsey Wells Seventh Grade: Kati Adams, Kortney burton, Ashlee Lively, Sierra Shelp Eleventh Grade: Reid Copelin Twelfth Grade: Kailee Burton, Dylan Pettit 'AB' Honor Roll First Grade: Tyler Paul Second Grade: Allie Bartlett, Bryson Mestas, Collin Monroe, Wesley Patton Third Grade: Isaac Booth, McKay Shelp Fourth Grade: Curly Blum, Kallie Lindsey, Megan Wells Fifth Grade: Zachary Castillo, Briley Chadwick, Casey McCleskey, Cheyenne Smith Sixth Grade: Brittany Bennett Seventh Grade: Jordan Cox, Grayson Morris, Justin Riggs Eighth Grade: Dencer Tony Saitta, Bailey Wood Ninth Grade: Caden Farris, Karl Maldonado, Sierra Wheatly, Jodee Widener Tenth Grade: Joey Allen, Kassidy Burton, Willy Lewis, Derek Lopez, Jacob Ramirez, Patricia Valles Eleventh Grade: Haley Chambless, Kolby Foard, Kelsey Ramirez, Kaylee Shields, Ami Tribble, Kallie Verstuyft, Jacob Widener Twelfth Grade: Cole Farris, Andrew Trattles We salute thecek;d:tful:ltorinsi:gdkb:p:udtdy:i  our schools. , ,.  Clarendon Insurance Agency Maddie Verstuyff, Wyatt Wheatly Eighth Grade: Kristen Liner Ninth Grade: Austin Adams, Coltin Kingston Chambless, Kyle Lindsey, Jake Tenth Grade: Sunny Cia, Owens, Seth Ruthardt, i: i 'A' Honor Roll 1st Grade: Ethan Babcock, Zhala Bassett, Jade Banson, Sophia Bilbray, Elizabeth Craft, Aubrey Jaramillo, Jordan Johnson, Shylee Morrow, Kailae Osburn, Aaron Roys, Gracie Shadle, Malede Simpson 2rid Grade: Makayla Brown, Garratt Hill, Damla Hunsaker, Braylee Shields, Trent Smith, Kira Weatherton 3rd Grade: Charlotte Craft, Adden Duty, Noab Elam, Preston Elam, Brandalyn Ellis, Cole Franks, Melanie Nowlin, Alexus Powetl, Gavin Word 4th Grade: Grayson Bumh, Joshua Cobb, Cooper Coley, Andy Davis, Raylin Sheilon, Tdnity Stdbling, Clayton White, Coil Wood 5th Grade: Hannah Howard, Cire Jauregui, Clay Koetting, Jack Moore 6th Grade: Caleb Cobb, Blaine Ellis 8th Grade: Minnie Buckhaults, Haley Fer- guson, Deborah Howard, Savannah Topper 9th Grade: Jency Burton, Lydia Howard, Jentry Shadle 10th Grade: Kayla Elam 1 lth Grade: Dominique Brady, Maegan Hysinger, Shelia Speilhofer, Kaleigh West 12th Grade: Tony Sisomsouk 'AB' Honor Roll 1st Grade: Angelina Araujo, Meg,an Arm- strong, Antwan Bassett, Hannah Carsten, Talia Duty, Kaylin Hicks, Armani Jackson, Shyann Johnson, Stepbenie Kennedy, Jacie Kysar, Ca,sen Morris, Ashlynn New- some, Susie Tarpley, Jordan Thomas, Travis Thomas 2nd Grade: Logan Aguilar, Coble Bowas; Elinor Buckhaults, Tanner Bumh, Collin Butler, Levi Eytcheson, Colby Mayberry, Gisella Mellado, Kenneth Overstroet, Abi- gail Tolbert, Clay Ward 3rd Grade: Dillon Benson, James Brinkley, Chris Bruce, Jade Butler, Gene Curry, Kyla Dunham, Ban Haney, Jenci Hernandez, Payton Hicks, Emily Johnson, Marquis McGuire, Ashlynn Roby, Cameron Smith 4th Grade: Alex Bilbrey,. Abigail Coniceros, Justin Christopher, Shiann Cook, Cole English, Marib Floras, Quinton Ford, Payton Havens, Kade Hunsaker, Harley Jauregui, Amy Johnson, Whitney LaRoe, Kathryn Louis, Angel Olivas, Shaelyn Owiti, Nathan Shadle, Mercbel Smith, Kendra Weetherton 5th Grade: Kaden Bennett, Seth Grebr, Marne hall, Jensen Hatley, Marshal John- son, Taylos Knorpp, Aubryanna Powell, Nicholas Shadle, Riley Shadle, Brooke Smith, Sarah Williams inger, Abby Johnson, Zach LaRoe, Ceddck mcCampbell, Lauren Medina, Caitlyn Nowlin, Zach Watson 8th Grade: Zhanee Bassett, Phara Barry, Glory Bryley, Zach Cornell, Jacy Hill, Embedi Holland, David Johnston, McK- ayla King, Sarah Luttrall, Emily Martinez, Chance McAnear, Brandon Miller, Tyler Smith, Ryann Starnes, Audra Thomas 9th Grade: J.D. Baxter, Madtta Brady, Ann Ceniceros, Trajen Johnson, John Pigg, Samantha Sanderson, Jonah SoIl, Audrey Shelton, Adam Topper, lasha Trevioo, Cole Ward, Cody Wood, Forrest Yelverton 10th Grade: Trevela Dronzak, Roger Henderson, Kae Hewett, Jerami Johnson, Amber Keelin, Jordan Luna, Cynthia Medina, Jayson Pigg, MiKayla Shadle 1 lth Grade: Troy Chambless, Laura Howard, Kelsey Mullins, Oestiney O'Neill, Annie Patten, Holly Phillips, Chande Reyn- olds, David Roberts, Martin Santos, Justin Shillings, Savannah Thackeray, Ashlyn Tubbs 12th Grade: Andrew Adams, Caitlyn Chris- topher, Haley Hall, Michael Hall, Thud Hall, Matt Henderson, Joshua Krumwlede, Deidre Lewis, Jill Luna, Dominique Mason, Brandi Mays, Stephino McCampbell, Sabra Patton, Lauran Shelton, Spencer Shields, Jadon Thornton, Lee Tolbert Perfect Attendance Elementary: Dylan Armstrong, Megan Armstrong, William Armstrong, Ethan Babcock, Ethan Ballard, Antwan Bas- sett, Zhala Bassett, Jade Banson, Chris Bruce, Kaylee Bruce, Albert Buckhaults, Grayson Burch, Hannah Carsten, Abi- gail Ceniceros, Piper Chambiess, Justin Christopher, Joshua Cobb, Shiann Cook, Damarjae Cortez, Keandra Cortez, Char- Iotte Craft, Elizabeth Craft, Boston Curry, Gene Curry, Andy Davis, Brooke Duncan, Kami Duncan, Kinleigh Dunham, Kyla Dunham, Preston Elam, Brandelyn Ellis, Avery English, Nathan Estlack, Jordan Evans, Cole Franks, Clint Franks, Embedy Gonzalez, Ivan Gonzalez, Seth Greer, Hadleigh Halsall, Taylor Halsell, Calder Havens, Payton Havens, Kaylin Hicks, Payton Hicks, Hannah Howard, Darcie Hunsaker, Aubrey Jaramillo, Matthew Jaramillo, Cire Jauragui, Marshal Johnson, Shyann Johnson, Faith Keelin, Jacie Kysar, Brookelyne Lambdght, Jessica Lowrie, Cody Lowry, Davin Mays, Ryan McCleskey, Marquis McGuira, Giselle Mellado, Yvette Mellado, Alana Moffett, Melanie Nowlin, Sandrea Smith, Trent Smith, Zaryia Smith, Trinity Stribling, Casey Thomas, Jordan Thomas, Travis Thomas, Crus TorTes, Koyt Tuoek, Clay Ward, Kendra Weatherton, Kira Weatherton, Chris Wilson, Luke Womack, Mycah Wooderd, Ashley Yankle Junior High: Quasar Brown, Glory Bryley, Lynzee Bryley, Lee Buckhaults, Tessa Buckhauils, Caleb Cobb, Sage Coley, Zach Cornell, Haley Ferguson, Isaiah Grays, Deborah Howard, Joe Jaramillo, Madssa Jaramillo, Ray Jaramillo, Abby Johnson, Wesley KeeUn, Alexis Kossohata, Austin Lowry, Sarah Luttrall, Brooke Martin, Chides Mason, Brandon Miller, Ashley Monday Stone Schwertner, Alysse Simp- son, Ashton Smith, Romello Smith, Taylor Smith, "Fyler Smith, Sam Spillers, Ryann Starnes i Leslie Stone, Johnathon Taylor, Emilie "llhompson, Savannah Topper, Amefia Weatherton, Skyler White, Parker Womack High School: Corey Barker, Sarah Bryant, Jency Barton, Trevor Cobb, Lee Cook, Lydia Howard, Elizabeth O'Rear, John Pigg, Dtsty Rice, Chance Roland, Saman- tha SanUerson, Diego Santos, Jentry Shadle, Audrey Shelton, Rowdy Speed, Jordan Stone, Brandon Thomas, Lora Thornton, Adam Topper, Cole Ward, Maci White, Wesley Williams, Cody wood, Cam- eron Wdght, Forrest Yelverton, Elizebeth Christopher, Brady Clark, Trevela Dronzek, Nathan Dziedzic, Kayla Elam, Marqueda Gaines, Jay Hall, Devonte Hardaway, Kae Hewett, Jerami Johnson, Cheyenne Kose- chata, Jerah Luna, Jordan Luna, Brandon McAfso, Jayson Pigg, Chandace Ritchie, Miguel Santos, Jaimie Vinson, Troy Chamb- less, Emily Clark, Chris Crump, Mike Crump, Danielle Ford, Johnny Gaines, Laura Howard, Meegan Hysinger, Katrina Johnson, John Levario, Kyle McEIroy, Kelsey Muffins, R.J. Nino, Destiney O'Neill, Annie Patten, Chanda Reynolds, David Roberts, David Roberts, Martin Santos, Justin Shillings, Shelia Spielhofer, Ashlyn Tubbs, Trent White, Andrew Adams, Sarah Baird, Caiilyn Christoper, Joe Hall, Thud Halt, Matt Henderson, Elissa Holland, Rhasa Juaraz, Oeidre Lewis, Jill Luna, Dominique Mason, Brandi Mays, Stephino McCampbell, Shekia Shoels, Tony Sisom- souk, Jadon Thornton, Tyler Tubbs, Glenn Weatherton, Morgan Wbeatly 6th Grade: Anastasia Araujo, Shelby Angel Olivas, Kailee Osburn, Kenny Over- (X'x street, Diondray Parker, Matthew Powell,  Baxter, Cooper Bilbrey, Damara Brown, Sage Coley, Kendra Davis, Bryce Hatiey, Ashlynn Roby, Joel Rodriguez, Ernesto ,wf Brooke Martin, Austin Miranda, Alysse Santos, Avery Sawyer, iakenna Shadle,  , / Simpson, Sam Spillers, Emilie Thompson Nicholas Shadle, Kameron Shields, Malerie \\; . ' 7th Grade: Taylor Gaines, Montana Hys- Simpson, Brooke Smith, Madison Smith, i')(  t.._/I We salute these kids for striving to be the best in our schools.  '] Congratulations and keep studying! ',' Agency j*