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Lynnie Love
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Morton resident Lynnie Love, 93, of Morton died on Aug. 20, 2014, in Morton. She was born on July 8, 1921, in Spur, to Albert and Mabel Phillips. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 23, followed by burial in Morton Memorial Cemetery.

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Royce Wrinkle
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Royce “Roy” Wrinkle, 82, passed away on Aug. 20, 2014.

Royce is survived by his children — Cynthia Ott and husband James Lange of Fredericksburg, Sharon and Phil Miller of Cypress; and Gary and Diane Wrinkle of Dripping Springs; seven grandchildren, and a sister, Lora Belle Brown of Bront.
Graveside services and interment was on Aug.
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Gene Tunnell
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Funeral services for Gene “Tiger” Tunnell, 74, of Earth, were held on Monday, Aug. 25, at Muleshoe Cowboy Fellowship with the Rev. Steve Friskup of Muleshoe officiating.

Gene died on Aug. 21, 2014, at his home in Earth. He was born on May 8, 1940, in Amherst to Eldon Oliver and Lois Maxine (Cook) Tunnell.

Gene was a life-long member of the Earth community. He was a member and leader of the Muleshoe Alcoholics Anonymous for 35 years. He was also a lifetime member of the Earth Rodeo Association and an avid bronc rider and fan.

Gene was a self-taught custom saddle craftsman. He was a member of the Muleshoe Cowboy Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother — Larry Tunnell.

Survivors include a son — Rusty Tunnell and wife Darrisa of Elk City, Okla.; three daughters — Kassi Bradley and husband Justin of Sunnyside, Lori Davis of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kerri Gilley and husband, Gary of Amarillo; a brother —Jerry Tunnell of Mineral Wells; 15 grandchildren — Travis Tunnell, Brittney Mireles, Claye Tunnell, Tyler Davis, Kaleigh Davis, Nic Davis, Ashton Cone, Bailee Bradley, Caullen Bradley, Reagan Gilley, Rileigh Gilley, Gaylen Sudderth, Colton Sudderth, Jason Sudderth and Tim Hill; and nine great-grandchildren.

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Peggy Ray
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Peggy Ray, a lifelong resident of Sudan, left this earthly world in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. She has gone to join her husband — Jerry; and her parents —Clifton and Mabel Reed; and a host of loving family members who will rejoice in her arrival.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 22, at Sudan Church of Christ in Sudan. Burial was in the Sudan Cemetery in Sudan.

Arrangements were by Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield.
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Joy Van Keuren
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Joy Waneen (Ragsdale) Van Keuren, 82, of Abilene, went to meet her maker after a long illness on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by North’s Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.

Ms. Van Keuren was born on Jan. 25, 1932, in Muleshoe, to David E. and Zora (Shofner) Beller. She graduated from high school in Muleshoe and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She married Eddy Mack Ragsdale on June 26, 1949, in Muleshoe. After Mr. Ragsdale’s demise in 1985, she married Gene Van Keuren in Lake Tahoe, Nev., where they enjoyed 10 years of marriage.

She was blessed to have many extended cousins, aunts, uncules and other relatives in the Panhandle area. She loved her family dearly and was proud to say she was from Muleshoe.

Throughout her life, Joy Waneen never met a stranger. She was multi-talented and seeming went about her days to make people smile. She led the MHS band as a drum major. She could sing, dance, play musical instruments and spread so much joy to those who met her… whether as a child or later in life.

She worked as a newspaper journalist, seamstress, taught piano, interior decorator and an insurance and annuity agent. She brought love and kindness to everyone she knew. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and attending Texas Tech Ladies Raider’s basketball team games.

She lived in the towns of Lazbuddie, Bovina, Hub, Friona, Hereford, Levelland and Lubbock, as well as Reno, Nev. In 2006 she moved to Bixby, Okla., to be with her daughter — Rhonda.

In 2010, she moved into the independent retirement community of Prairie Rose in Tulsa, Okla., where she was also a member of the Boston Avenue Methodist Church.

In February of 2014, she relocated to Abilene.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and two granddaughters — Sabrina Turner Coffman and Jennifer Turner.

She is survived by her daughters — Patti McCarty Stevenson and husband John (Skip) of Abilene, Rhonda Ragsdale Reed of Bixby, Okla., and Alesia Ragsdale Turner and husband Larry of Abilene.

Also one sister — Lavelle Gay and husband Pat of Hearne. A cousin — Alva Lee Peeler of Hereford; two grandchildren — Megan Reed of Chesaning, Mich., and Carlin Ragsdale and wife Sherry, along with three great-grandchildren — Davis James Hollenback of Michigan, Shalin and Katherine Ragsdale of Texas.

Her joyous smile and the mischievous twinkle in her eyes will never fade from her loved ones memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Jennifer and Sabrina Turner Coffman Memorial Scholarship fund. Please make checks payable to Citibank, 1100 Andrews Hwy. Midland, Texas 79701.

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