Obituaries 2009

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John Marion Young, Jr.

John Marion Young, Jr., born in Aztec, NM, May 5, 1958 to John Marion and Gwendolyn (Weddle) Young, passed on November 25, 2009. 

He is survived and will be missed by his brother Ronnie Young of Odessa, Texas; and his daughter and son-in-law, Guillermo Nunez, Jr and Celeste Nunez of Kyle, Texas, and his grandchildren Cecilia, Isaac and Abigail Nunez, his loving Aunt and Uncle Wanda and T.B. Heiser of Coleman, Texas, nieces and nephews and many cousins. 

John loved fishing and hunting and was a friend to many. 

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, November 30, 2009 at Zion Christian Fellowship, 9300 W 26th Street, Odessa,TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Aida Armendariz
Aida Armendariz, age 62, passed away Friday, November 27, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She was born in and was a resident of Ojinaga, MX.  She was a merchant who sold auto parts.
Survivors - four daughters:  Iliana Proaño of Odessa and Isis, Ana, and Aida Proaño, all of Ojinaga, MX; three brothers:  Adolfo, Arturo, and Aureliano Armendariz, all of Ojinaga, CH, MX and five grandchildren.

Her parents:  Ramon and Concepcion (Tavarez) Armendariz and husband:  Sergio Proaño, precede her in death.
Funeral services will be in Ojinaga, CH, MX at a later date with burial to follow at Ultimo Refugio Cemetery in Ojinaga.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Pat Clay

Pat Clay, our loving Mother, Grandma, and sister,  passed away Sunday, November 29, 2009.  She was born to Heavy and Bernice Ward November 30, 1942 in Andrews, TX.  Pat lived in West Odessa since 1960.  She worked at L&W Grocery, which became Kent Post Office, then later worked at Dunlaps Post Office.  The last two years, she was Carol’s right hand at the Bridal Store. 

Pat loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She never missed a family member’s birthday.  Everyone was family to her, she was never Pat, but always Grandma.  She loved peach tea, coffee, cokes, candy and Wal-Mart.  She loved being among people, never met a stranger, and never failed to proclaim her healing from pancreatic cancer.  She never missed the opportunity to give God the glory for her health.  She fought a good fight and won the battle.

She passed from this life at Hospice House, surrounded by her family.  Those survivors include her children:  Carol Eakin and husband Chum of Odessa, Tommy Clay and wife Tracie of Forgan, OK, Hershel Clay and wife Pam of Odessa, and Rogena Pate and husband Floyd of Grand Junction, CO; sisters:  Jean Barton of Big Spring, Johnnie Anderson of Odessa, and Mary Taylor of Cedar Park; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 3 pm Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 1st United Pentecostal Church, officiated by Pastor Terry Pugh.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Patricia Harrison
Patricia Harrison, age 51, peacefully passed away Monday, November 30, 2009.  Ms. Harrison was born February 27, 1959 in Odessa.  She is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Burna Dean Harrison, brother Kenneth Daily, son Brian Harrison and daughter Ashley Harrison
Survivors include three brothers, Eddie Harrison of Cibolo, TX, Mike Harrison of Odessa, TX and John Harrison of Odessa; one granddaughter, Brianna Harrison of Odessa, TX; special cousin Doug Friend; several nieces and nephews and a number of extended family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be 2:00 pm Thursday, December 3, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Robert Amberg Miller
Robert Amberg Miller, age 69, of Odessa went to be with our Lord on December 1, 2009 after a courageous fight against lung cancer.  He passed away in peace, with his family surrounding him with their love and support.
Robert was born April 6, 1940 in Bedford, PA to Sewell and Florence Miller.  As a young man, he earned his rank as an Eagle Scout.  He joined the Army and was proud to have served two tours in Germany.  He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.  He also was a member of Dunn Street Baptist Church.
Bob worked various jobs throughout the years, including computer technology and engine repair work.  He enjoyed golf, puzzles, reading and spending time with his grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as "Papa Bob".
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Peggy J. Miller; his mother, Florence Miller; his son, Robert A. Miller, Jr. and wife Terri and grandchildren Matthew and Nicole; his son, Richard L. Hargus and wife Kimberly and grandchildren Brittany, James, and Emily; son, William G. Hargus and wife Cookie and grandchildren Jessica, Amanda, John, and Billy; sister, Linda Heller and husband Larry; sister, Carol Almond and husband Melvin; and numerous other family members who loved him.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Janette Miller; his father Sewell Miller; his infant daughter Nancy Miller; and his infant son Dent Miller.
Services will be held at Dunn Street Baptist Church on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm.  His remains will be interred at Texas State Veteran's Cemetery in Abilene, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761 in memory of Robert Miller.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful people at Hospice House of Odessa, TX for their support and kindness... our words can never express our appreciation.

Tommy Gerald Herd
Tommy Gerald Herd, age 75, of Midland passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Gainesville, TX on December 16, 1933 to Thomas Newton Herd and Lois Laverne (Bentley) Herd.  He was a truck driver, owner/operator of Tommy Herd Trucking since 2002.

He was also a beekeeper.  He enjoyed the outdoors, baseball, and was a Golden Gloves boxer.  He liked to hunt and loved antique guns.
Tommy is survived by his wife of over 58 years:  Betty Alexander Herd of Midland; daughter:  Linda Gale Herd of Midland; granddaughter:  Michelle Lynn Casbeer of Midland.

His parents, baby brother, Bobby Glen Herd, and son, Tommy Dale Herd, preceded him in death.
The family plans to have a private memorial service.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Odessa.  Condolences may be sent to

Scott Lance Mingus

Scott Lance Mingus, age 31, passed from this life on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at his Odessa residence.  He was born February 25, 1978 to Grady Alton Mingus and Sharon Parker (Chase) Mingus in Odessa.  He married Jorja O’Neal in Midland on December 27, 2004.  He was a truck driver for J & M Transportation.

Scott was a loving and devoted husband and father with the biggest heart.  He never met a person he could not befriend and he would do anything for anyone, no matter how short the time he knew them.  He loved kids and was still a “Big Kid” himself.  He was fun-loving, with a great sense of humor and was always smiling.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife:  Jorja Mingus of Odessa; three sons:  Corey Mingus and Cody Gautrau, both of Odessa, and Trey Mingus of Terrell, TX; one daughter:  Hailey Mingus of Odessa; father:  Grady Mingus of Odessa; grandmother:  Lillian Christopher Mingus of Irving, TX; three brothers:  Shane Mingus of Odessa, Gary Schaffer of Pittsburg, TX, and Grady Lee Mingus of Odessa; six sisters:  Julia Covington and Donna Ratliff, both of Odessa, and Shawna Lykens, Stacy Lykens, Ashley Schaffer, and Heather Schaffer, all of Pittsburg, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

His mother:  Sharon Parker Chase and grandfather:  Sylvester Olen Mingus preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Monday, December 7, 2009, at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Pastor Eddy Elliot.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Joyce Perry Yudin

Joyce Perry Yudin passed away peacefully in her home of fifty years on December 3rd after 92 wonderful years. Joyce was born in Melbourne, Australia on June 28, 1917 to Emma Jardine and Alfred George Perry.

During the Second World War, she met and fell in love with a young Marine, Irving Yudin. They married the day before he shipped out to Guadalcanal. The war kept them separated for years, but after the war, she left her homeland and family to come to America and be with her husband. She took a steamer from Melbourne to San Francisco and then rode the train across the United States to New York. Not long after arriving, they moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and began their family. All three kids, Jeffrey, Ashley and Vicki were born in Harrisburg, but soon after the arrival of Vicki, they headed west to Odessa, Texas; which was their residence since 1950.

Joyce raised her children with a strong sense of love, caring and commitment.

She is preceded in death by her best friend and partner for over 65 years, Irving Yudin; her eldest son, Jeffrey; and her three brothers, Bill, Teddy and Alf.

Her youngest children, Ashley Yudin and Vicki McMurry, have been her continual companion during her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Although she was not born Jewish, she converted to Judaism and was an active member of the Sisterhood for many years. She was an avid supporter of the Broncos, Cowboys and the Mavericks. She has been a lifetime supporter of many community projects.

In lieu of flowers, please support the Alzheimer’s Foundation.  Our many thanks to Home Hospice for their loving support. Family visitation will be held Thursday, December 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the family’s residence.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Robert Milton Owens
Robert Milton Owens, age 78, died on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Parks Methodist Retirement Village in Odessa. He was born in Haynesville, LA on September 29, 1931 to Prentiss Garland Owens and Mary Alice (Watson) Owens.  He was a Methodist.
Survivors include three sons: David Bash of Conroe, TX, Dusty Owens of Arp, TX and Donald Owens of Odessa; two daughters: Debra Holzbach of Seabrook, TX and Dianne Shalosky of Austin, TX; and thirteen grandchildren.
His parents, his wife:  Nancy Anne Mitchell Owens, and his sister:  Sally Monzingo, preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at Arlington Cemetery in Homer, Louisiana. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Nina Yvonne Bonds Chance
Nina Yvonne Chance, age 77, of Odessa passed away on Monday, December 7, 2009 at Select Specialty Hospital in Midland, TX.  She was born in Pineville, Rapides Parish, LA on September 15, 1932 to John and Willie (Fletcher) Bonds.  She was a business owner.  She was a member of 1st Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Chance is survived by three sons:  Bob Chance of Odessa, TX, Mike Chance of Jal, NM, and Pat Chance of Dallas, TX; one brother:  Earl Bonds of Pineville, LA; two sisters:  Faye Smith of Odessa and Ann Saplin of Jal; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10 am MST Thursday, December 10, 2009 in Jal, NM at Jal Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Ricardo Vasquez

Ricardo Vasquez, age 75, passed from this life on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Hospice House. He was born in Balmorhea on Thursday, February 22, 1934 to the late Pedro and Rafaela (Vejarano) Vasquez. He married the love of his life Adelpha Barrera on February 2, 1958 in Balmorhea.

He grew up a farmer who loved building things and working in his yard. He was a hard worker. When he came to Odessa he began working in the oilfield. He was a wonderful grandpa who loved his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include: his wife, Adelpha of Odessa; two sons: Richard Vasquez Jr. and George Vasquez, both of Odessa: four brothers: Apolonio Vasquez of Arizona, Gevaro Vasquez of Big Spring, Pedro Vasquez of Balmorhea and Frank Vasquez of Odessa; two sisters: Valvina Matta and Victoria Vasquez, both of Odessa and two grandchildren: Richard Michael Vasquez and Alexis Vasquez, both of Odessa.

Viewing will take place through Sunday, December 13, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.






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