Obituaries

Patty “Pat” Sue Ellen Forbes Walker Merchant

Date of Birth: July 26, 1937  |   Date of Death: April 23, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. 

Patty “Pat” Sue Ellen Forbes Walker Merchant

Patty “Pat” Sue Ellen Forbes Walker Merchant (“Grand” “Mom Pat”) passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Kyle, Texas at the age of 78.  She was preceded in death by her son, Carroll Payne Walker and her husband, Walter Merchant and her parents Harry Harrison Forbes and Edna Erna Wiedebusch Forbes. Pat was born in Fitzhugh (Hays County), Texas and attended school in Johnson City and Dripping Springs, Texas before making her home in Mt. Gainor with her first husband Carroll Dale Walker at the family ranch.  Later, Pat and Carroll moved to Wimberley and eventually to their ranch in San Marcos.  She moved to Austin and married Walter, where she started her clothing line, Patty’s Designs where she created Texas Fur.  One of her favorite Texas Fur clients was country music singer Janie Fricke. They eventually moved Patty’s Designs and Texas Fur to Ruidoso, New Mexico and later opened Mountain Man Nut & Candy Store in Branson, Missouri, before moving to Marble Falls during Payne’s illness.  After Walter passed away in 2014, Pat’s health required her to move to Legend Oaks in Kyle, Texas. Pat made many, many friends ...

Fred Anderson

Date of Birth: May 1, 1928  |   Date of Death: April 21, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. 

Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson, 87,  of San Marcos, Texas, beloved father, grandfather and friend passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 with his family by his side.  He was born on May 1, 1928 in Lufkin Texas. He became an outstanding athlete at Lufkin High School and was awarded a basketball scholarship to Texas A & M University.  After playing at Texas A & M for two years he attended Stephen F. Austin with a football scholarship and graduated with a Master’s in Education.  He then served in the Army in WW II in Korea.  After the war he started his teaching “coaching” career in East Texas. In 1965 Fred moved his family to San Marcos where he became a Teacher at Gary Job Corp until he retired after more than 35 years. Fred was passionate about teaching and touching the lives of his students. His natural athletic ability allowed him to enjoy sports throughout his entire life. He enjoyed camping and water sports with his family, but his favorite pastime was golf.  He continued  to be dedicated to his exercise regimen up until the age of 87.  He enjoyed bicycling, swimming and loved ...

Doris Ann (Hoch) Ludwig

Date of Birth: October 21, 1924  |   Date of Death: April 14, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 18, 2016 

Doris Ann (Hoch) Ludwig

. Doris Ann Ludwig, nee Hoch, passed away on April 14, 2016 , at the age of 91.  She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Bernard Ludwig, of St. Louis, Mo., her mother and father, Grace and Walter Hoch, Sister, Ruth Taylor and Brother, Ted Hoch all from San Marcos.  Doris , a lifetime resident of San Marcos, was born on October 21, 1924.  She married Richard B. Ludwig on June 2, 1942 and is survived by her three children, Carol Ann Polhemus and her husband James, Richard William Ludwig and his wife Jan and Denise Diane Ludwig. Doris had seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Visitation 1:00 P.M. followed by funeral service 2:00 P.M., at Pennington Funeral Home,  on Monday, April 18, 2016. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Bessie Milner Rasco

Date of Birth: May 13, 1918  |   Date of Death: April 10, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 16, 2016 

Bessie Milner Rasco

Bessie Milner Rasco of San Marcos, Texas, beloved mother, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the age of 97.  She was born to the late George and Eula (Ballard) Milner, in Gainesville, Texas on May 13, 1918. Her husband, the love of her life, Olan W. Rasco passed away on December 27, 2001.  She was preceded in death by three brothers, Randy Milner, Homer Milner and Raymond Milner, who was killed in World War II.  She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Thelma Marx, Alma Gaston, Dosia Hall, and Wilma Plumley. She is survived by her son, Larry Rasco of San Marcos; three nephews, Donald Hall of Lufkin, Texas, Stephen Hall of Blanco, Texas, Randy Duncan of Irving, Texas; and two nieces, Betty Robenett of Llano, Texas, and Diana Bamberg of Bowie, Texas. She had a long, wonderful life.  She survived a massive heart attack in 2008, however, fully recovered and was until the last month and a half, in good health.  She lived independently in her own house until she entered Assisted Living in 2014. As a ...

Joe E. Gonzales

Date of Birth: September 27, 1948  |   Date of Death: April 8, 2016   |   Service Date: 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 13, 2016. 

Joe E. Gonzales

Joe E. Gonzales of San Marcos, Texas, our beloved brother and uncle, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the age of 67.  He was born to Julian and Nasaria (Hernandez) Gonzales in Leland, Mississippi on September 27,  1948. His parents and a sister, Nicolasa Gonzales preceded him in death.  He is survived by two brothers, Robert Gonzales and Mario Gonzales, and his wife Gloria; a sister, Mary Gonzales and her husband Mike; niece, Bertha Gamez; and three  nephews, Lorenzo, Mark and Julian Gonzales, all of San Marcos. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, beginning at 5:00 P.M. and a funeral service will follow at 7:00 P.M. in the Pennington Memorial Chapel, with Mr. Keith Benitez officiating.  A graveside service will be conducted at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Carolyn Marie Vecera

Date of Birth: December 22, 1952  |   Date of Death: April 10, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016. 

Carolyn Marie Vecera

Carolyn Marie Vecera, age 63, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on April 10, 2016.  She was born to Joseph and Esther (Mache) Vecera on December 22, 1952, in Seguin, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com    

Donna J. Eady

Date of Birth: June 30, 1954  |   Date of Death: April 3, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 8, 2016. 

Donna J. Eady

Donna J. Eady, age 61, of Buda, Texas, passed away on April 3, 2016. Visitation at Pennington Funeral Home, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, April 7, 2016. Graveside Service  11:00 A.M., Friday, April 8, 2016, at the San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Terry Gene Woodall, Sr.

Date of Birth: August 20, 1943  |   Date of Death: April 1, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 4, 2016. 

Terry Gene Woodall, Sr.

Terry Gene Woodall, Sr., of Carrollton, Texas, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016, with his family by his side. He was born August  20, 1943, in Blossom, Texas, to Wallace Weston and Mary Elizabeth (Upchurch) Woodall. His parents and his brother, Gary Reese Woodall preceded him in death.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Kitty Lou (Bates) Woodall; three sons, Terry Gene Woodall,II., Christopher Robin Woodall and wife, Lydia Mendoza Woodall, Dustin Shawn Woodall and wife, Wendy Woodall; daughter, Dia Suzette Pace and husband, Robert Pace; grandchildren, Terry G. Woodall, III and wife, Amanda, Britni Woodall, Zac Woodall,  Private Landon Woodall (US Army) and wife, Samantha, Shawn Woodall, Gabby Pace, Ethan Woodall, Robby Pace, Triston Woodall, Justin Norton and Rachel Norton.  He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Noah Woodall, Kinsley Woodall and Bella Woodall. Affectionately known to his family and friends as “Andaddy” and “Grandpa”, Terry was Senior Vice President of Marketing with AFP Horizon and was the ultimate salesman. For the Love of the Game, Baseball always held a special place in his heart. Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1961, ...

Brooklyn Rae Sowers

Date of Birth: September 18, 2014  |   Date of Death: March 24, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. 

Brooklyn Rae Sowers

Brooklyn Rae Sowers, born September 18, 2014 gained her angel wings on March 24, 2016. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, Texas, on Tuesday, March 29 from 6pm-8pm.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 30 at 10am in the Pennington Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Brooklyn was born in Austin, TX to Brittney and Jarrod Sowers. How very softly you tiptoed into our world. Only a short moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts. We love you lady bug and baby bear. Brooklyn is preceded in death by Grandmother: Karen King; Great Grandparents: Margaret & James Holt, Albert Patterson, and Nancy Rose Brooklyn is survived by her parents, Brittney & Jarrod Sowers.  Great Grandparents Nancy Patterson, Betty Miller, and Jess Sowers.  Grandparents Ray & Janet Patterson, Kathy & Tim Sowers, and Bryan Bennet.  Godparents Patrick & Holly Chasse and their daughter Hannah. Rick & Baco Cannon. She is also survived by many Aunts and Uncles, Brandon Patterson & Jessica Anderson and their children, Christian, Lily & Lyndon;  Bradley Patterson and his daughter, Rylie; ...

Doris Steenhagen

Date of Birth: February 28, 1927  |   Date of Death: March 16, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, March 24, 2016. 

Doris Steenhagen

Doris Marie Steenhagen was a woman of strength, integrity, and a deep love for her family and friends. She passed away peacefully in her home at Brookdale Senior Living in San Marcos, Texas, on March 16, 2016. She was born on February 28, 1927 in Prospect, Virginia, to Edgar Brisentine and his wife Cora.  Two sisters and two brothers completed the family.  After Cora died when Doris was five, Edgar raised the family on his own.  Doris attended secretarial school after graduating from high school, and then began to work in Richmond, Virginia.  In January 1951, Doris took a secretarial position for the National Park Service, where she soon caught the eye of Robert Steenhagen, a landscape architect.  They were married in August 1952. After marrying, Doris devoted herself full-time to raising her twin girls, Deb and Cindy, born in 1953, and her son, Jim, born in 1957.  For Doris, family was the most important part of her life.  She was an excellent mother:  patient, loving, kind and compassionate.  She instilled in her children a love of reading, and read often to them.  Doris’ strong belief in the value of close ...

Bess Gill

Date of Birth: May 7, 1928  |   Date of Death: March 16, 2016   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Thursday, March 24, 2016. 

Bess Gill

Bess Gill of San Marcos, Texas, beloved mother and grandmother passed away on March 16, 2016, at the age of 87.  She was born May 7, 1928, in Crowell, Texas to Johnnie Merle and Exie Fair (Smith) Gamble. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allyn “Dobber” W. Gill (2014). They were married for 67 years.  She is also preceded in death by two sisters, Faye Wisdon and Savanna Winters, and a brother, Howard Gamble. She is survived by her son, Warren Keith Gill and wife, Laura of Colorado City, Texas; daughter, Pam Gill-Kimrey of San Marcos, Texas; sister-in-law, Joyce England of Bryan, Texas; two grandsons, Warren Sloan Gill and wife, Teresa and Collin Vance Gill; granddaughter, Kayla Kimrey; two great-grandchildren, Delaney and Addison Gill; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bess and her late husband, Allyn were longtime residents of Santa Anna, Texas. In 1967 they moved to San Marcos and later started Gill’s Fried Chicken in 1972. Bess later opened Gill’s Drapery and Interiors. They became faithful members of First United Methodist Church. Bess was devoted to her family and friends. She will be dearly missed. The family ...

Peggy Prado Cruz

Date of Birth: Oct 28, 1969  |   Date of Death: March 15, 2016   |   Service Date: Mass: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 23, 2016. 

Peggy Prado Cruz

Peggy Prado Cruz, age 46, passed away on Tuesday March 15th, 2016. Peggy was born to Nino and Mary Prado on October 28, 1969 in San Marcos, TX.  She was a 1988 graduate of San Marcos High School. In 1993 she married her junior high sweetheart, James Cruz. Together they welcomed two sons, Christopher and Michael. Peggy spent the past 15 years of her life, working as an Administrative Assistant for the State Comptroller’s Office in Austin, Tx.  Peggy truly loved life and did not hesitate to live it to the fullest.  She was a devoted Catholic and often participated in and donated her time to her church family. One of her most valued accomplishments was the completion of the ACTS retreat in 2012, where her Catholic faith and love of God was further strengthened.  Peggy also loved dancing, working out, and above all, the time she spent with her friends and family.  She was known and loved by many for her generosity and amazing spirit.  Her positive energy, smile, and laughter were infectious and brightened the lives of those around her. She will be deeply missed by everyone ...

Jackie R. Duggins

Date of Birth: September 12, 1936  |   Date of Death: March 10, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 15 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, TX 

Jackie R. Duggins

Jackie R. Duggins, 79, resident of San Marcos, Texas passed away Thursday the evening of March 10, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at home. She was born September 12, 1936 in San Augustine, Texas to Vaughn Booker Newberry and Hattie Mae Woods Newberry. She was a loving wife, mother, Mimmie, and prime Christian example to all. She was preceded in death by her first husband Joe M. Hedgspeth, her parents, her brother Charles Newberry, and sister Leah Faye Lyon. She is survived by her husband David L. Duggins; brother James E. Newberry; daughters and sons in law Bill and Stephanie Wilson, Edwin and Paula Marcus, and Cecil and Kay Hebert; stepsons and their spouses Dwayne and Brenda, Dwight and Teresa, Darron and Valerie, Delton and Carla, and Daniel and Leah Duggins; grandchildren Clint and Rachel Wilson; Danny, Natalie, and Olivia Marcus; Ashley and Jacqueline Hebert; step-grandchildren Misty (Cadena), Brooke (Ayers), Crystal, and Justin Duggins; Holly, Jason, and Jessica Duggins; Amanda and Cody Duggins; Macy, Brandon, and Kevin Duggins; and Kaitlin and Tyler Duggins. She was an active member of the University Church of Christ in San Marcos, TX, taught Bible classes ...

Colonel Linus Rogers Wilks, USAF (Ret.)

Date of Birth: Dec 11, 1938  |   Date of Death: March 8, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 12, 2016. 

Colonel Linus Rogers Wilks, USAF (Ret.)

Linus Rogers Wilks, 77 crossed the bar Tuesday, March 8, 2016 with his family by his side. Linus was born December 11, 1938 in San Marcos, TX to the late Syrrel and Evelyn (Rogers) Wilks. In 1961, Linus graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Chemistry.  He served in the US Air Force from 1961 until his retirement as a Colonel in 1989.  His military involvement included the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and Desert One.  Decorations and medals awarded include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Ward, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Legion of Merit. Linus is survived by his ex-wife Flo (Van Gundy) Wilks, daughter Courtney (Joe) Hart, son Chris (Carrie) Wilks, daughter Cynthia (Rob) Glinski, many grandchildren, sister Penny Bigbie, niece Ashley (Blaze) Anderson, niece Lindsey (Pat) Finklea and many great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother-in-law Don Bigbie. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2pm at the San Marcos City Cemetery Chapel in San Marcos, Texas, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, ...

Jane Avery Moss

Date of Birth: August 28, 1934  |   Date of Death: March 7, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 11, 2016. 

Jane Avery Moss

Jane A. Moss, of San Marcos, Texas passed away at her home on March 7, 2016 at the age of 81. Jane was born on August 28, 1934 in Center, Texas and is survived by her husband Kennard (Ken) Moss, Jr., her children Marion Moss Hubbard, Lisa Aldrich, Kennard (Tres) Moss, III, and Colin Moss, six grandchildren and two great grand children. Jane was active in the San Marcos community including in the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, was active in the women's society, wrote the history of the church and started the Society of St. Stephen. She was an active member of the Southside Community Center, serving on the board of directors and participating in numerous community projects. She was a member of the Lions Club and the Heritage Association of San Marcos. Beyond her dedication to service, Jane will be remembered for her passion, empathy, and dramatic flair. She loved to dress in period costume to reenact the early days of San Marcos on the historical trolley tours. She got a sparkle in her eye when she headed the Itty Bitty Ditty Committee ...