Obituaries 2015

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Zulema Barrera
Zulema Barrera

Zulema Barrera, age 74, of Odessa, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Decmeber 5, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital. She was born in San Carlos, Coahuila, Mexico on June 4, 1941 to the late Jose and Francisca (Gonzalez) Ramirez. She was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Zulema and Jose were a loving couple who invested everything into their family. When they lost their sons: Jose Fidencio Barrera and Erasmo Barrera in an accident involving a drunk driver, they poured everything into their daughter, Adaelia and spoiled her rotten. Jose preceded Zulema to their heavenly home March 11, 2014.

She was more than a grandmother to us, we called her Ama because she was our second mom. She taught us about the word of God till her last breath. She made the best tamales ever, especially the bean, chile, and cheese ones. She loved gardening so much that her 2 homes (Odessa & Mexico) were full of roses in every color you can think of. We will miss our yearly sock and pj presents for Christmas. Her heart was made of gold and she saw the good in everyone. After losing her live long love and partner to cancer she continued to fight her illnesses to be by the side of her daughter and grandchildren. Doctors would call her a fighter/luchadora because she fought till her last breath. She was such a strong woman that after losing her two sons, mother, husband, and a sister, she never lost faith in her God. She was the best person to show you right from wrong, gave all the best advice of how to analyze any situation and most of all she represented how to care for, respect, and love one another the most.

Ama was a strong woman - a fighter. I’ll miss seeing her white hair and our conversations while we drank coffee with her favorite bread. She was a kind woman with a big heart who had love for everyone. When she was able to cook, she was the best cook. She was the most amazing servant of God. I’ll miss her asking where her glasses are. She always had to go out with her necklaces and matching bracelets. Her church congregation would always say how beautiful her voice was and she used it well singing cantos at the church. Growing up you learn of fairy tales and how love lasts forever, but I saw it in real life with my Grandparents. True love was theirs and I know they are reunited and continuing their love story in heaven. She will always live in our hearts.

She is survived by her daughter: Adaelia Quiñonez and husband Socorro of Odessa; brothers: Ramiro Ramirez and wife Alicia of Olystee, OK, Reymundo Ramirez of San Carlos, MX, Jesus Ramirez and wife Guadalupe and Jose Ramirez Sr. and wife Aurora, all of Olystee, OK; sisters: Concepcion Torres and husband Jesse of San Antonio and Francisca Zapata and husband Joel of Olystee, OK; six grandchildren: Jose Erasmo Quiñonez, Moises Quiñonez and wife Clarisbel Gomez, Socorro Quiñonez, Magdalena Quiñonez, Marisela Vega and husband Moises Vega, Jr., and Sarah Quiñonez; and eight great-grandchildren: Moises Quiñonez, Jr., Arely Quiñonez, Zaniel Aguirre, Marc Anthony Quiñonez, Abel Herrera, Adaelia Quiñonez, Adriel Vega and Arlett Ramirez Quiñonez.
Funeral services will be at a later date in San Carlos, Coahuila, Mexico. Burial will be at Panteón de Balcones in San Carlos. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and La Nueva Funeraria in Acuña, Mexico.

Florentina Amezquita
Florentina Renteria Amezquita

Florentina Renteria Amezquita, age 75, of Odessa passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico on June 14, 1940 to the late Manuel and Manuela (Martinez) Renteria.  She married Gonzalo Amezquita Sr. in Mexico in 1953 and was a homemaker, loving wife and mother of twelve children.

Florentina was a quiet and private lady who never judged.  She always had a lot on her mind, but kept all of her problems to herself and greeted everyone with a smile.  Very smart, she remembered everyone’s names, even friends from 50 years ago.  Although she suffered quite a bit, she never gave up and was always a hard worker.  A mom through and through, her family always came first and her children knew they could count on her to do everything she could to take care of them.

Those left to cherish her love and memory seven sons:  Jesus Manuel Amesquita of Midland and Gonzalo Amesquita, Jr. Ramon Amesquita, Efren Amezquita, Victor Amesquita, Raul Amesquita, and Jorge Amezquita, all of Odessa; three daughters:  Paula Molinar, Edith Rios and Cruz Amesquita, all of Odessa; two brothers:  Agustine and Javier Renteria, both of Ojinaga, MX; two sisters:  Maria Renteria and Luz Elena Juarez, both of Odessa; forty grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband:  Gonzalo Amezquita, Sr. and two children:  Maria O ate and Jose de Jesus Renteria Amesquita.

Rosary will be at 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Gardens of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Doris Howard 
Doris Evelyn (Sullivan) Howard

Doris Evelyn (Sullivan) Howard, age 82, of Odessa, passed from this life at Regal Health Care Facility in Lampasas, TX on Friday, December 4, 2015. She was born in Alto, TX on February 10, 1933 to the late Etheridge and Alma Pearl (Skidmore) Sullivan.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her son: David Howard of Kingsland, TX; brother: Jim Sullivan of Alex, OK; sister: June Davis of Greenville, TX; grandson:  Jack Allen Howard and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son:  Terry Lee Howard; and one sister.

Open visitation will be 10 am – 9 pm, Friday, December 11 and 10 am – 2 pm, Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Per her wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Yesenia Carrasco
Yesenia Guzman Carrasco

Yesenia “Yessi” Guzman Carrasco, age 17, of Odessa, passed from this life at her residence on Monday, December 7, 2015. She was born in Odessa, Texas on Monday, October 20, 1998 to Samuel Carrasco and Armida Guzman. Yesenia was a sophomore at Richard Milburn High School.

Yessi loved the outdoors and going to the lake was a favorite outing.  She was a beautiful young lady inside and out who had a love for her family that exceeded all.  Daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin, were all names she was proud to wear.  She loved Mexican music, dancing and being around friends who were special to her.  She was a talented young lady who played guitar with the school Mariachi.  Yessi was outgoing, funny and loving, and cherished time spent with her family.  She would also prank them as much as she could.  She was like a second mom to her younger siblings and was always watching out for them.  Taking care of others was her greatest virtue. 

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her parents: Samuel Carrasco and Armida Guzman, two brothers: Samuel and German Carrasco, two sisters: Mayely and Karina Carrasco Guzman; maternal grandfather:  Jesus Guzman and many other beloved family and friends.

Yessi was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother:  Odulia Guzman; paternal grandmother:  Carmen Carrasco; and paternal grandfather:  Meliton Carrasco.

Rosary will be held at 7:00pm, Friday, December 11, 2015 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel and Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel, officiated by Father Michael Rodriguez. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West and condolences to the family may be sent online to

Yessi will be greatly missed by all those she touched, those who knew and loved her.  You will always be remembered with that big beautiful smile, my angel.

Virginia Paz Tarango
Virginia (Paz) Tarango

Virginia (Paz) Tarango, age 61, of Odessa, passed from this life at Medical Center Hospital on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. She was born in Brownfield, TX on January 19, 1954 to the late Nicolas Paz and Maria Galindo.

Virginia was an excellent cook. She always put everyone before herself. Even though she was retired she still worked hard taking care of her grandchildren. Her family meant everything to her. Virginia was an awesome mother, wife and grandmother.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her sons: Jason Tarango of Odessa; Christopher Tarango and spouse Ashley Robinson of Midland and Mari Tarango and spouse Amber Oliver of Odessa; daughters: Melinda Sanchez and husband Eric and Delila Tarango, both of Odessa; brothers: Luis and Jesse Paz, both of Odessa; sisters: Manuela Gonzalez of Carlsbad, NM; Mary Helen Castillo of Fort Worth; Ernestina Morales, Linda Olivas and Basilica Hermisilio, all of Odessa and eleven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Canuto Davila Tarango, parents Nicolas and Maria Paz; son: Eli Tarango; and sisters: Elisa Ybarra and Hortencia Vasquez.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Larry Hood. Burial will be privately held at Los Angeles gardens of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.                 

Joel Roderick (Rod) Price
Joel Roderick (Rod) Price
Joel Roderick (Rod) Price passed away on December 11, 2015 at his home in Odessa, Texas.

Rod was born in San Diego, California to Joel and Maxine Price. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in Archeology and later graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1974. Rod was a member of the United States Navy and Navy Reserves leaving the service as a full Lieutenant.

As a young attorney, Rod started his law practice with the Childs and Bishop Law Firm in Odessa. He later began working for the Ector County District Attorney as an Assistant DA and retired from that position in 2007. A consummate legal wordsmith, Rod was well known for his appellate briefs.

He is preceded in death by his father, Joel W. Price and his mother, Maxine Gerber Price. He is survived by his brother, William Sterling Price of La Jolla, California and wife, Pam of Odessa.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Humane Society of Odessa, 7012 W. Mockingbird Lane, Odessa, TX 79763.
Jaylah Aadalyn Flotte-Porras
Jaylah Aadalyn Flotte-Porras
Jaylah Aadalyn Flotte-Porras, 16 months, passed from this life, Sunday, December 10, 2015 at Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She was born in Dallas, Texas to Jasmine Porras and Manuel Flotte.

Jaylah always kept her I-pad with her because she loved watching Lala Loopsy and she loved to dance while her mom and dad sang to her. Jaylah loved taking baths, clapping her feet, playing in her exer-saucer and being swung around. She spent 11 months in the Children’s Hospital. Jaylah didn’t like for her mom to fix her hair but she really enjoyed big bows and dressing up. She always wanted to be clean.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her parents: Jasmine Porras and Manuel Flotte; maternal grandparents: Jose and Juanita Porras, Carmen Porras, maternal great-grandmas: Dionicia Porras and Maria Victoria Espinoza; Paternal grandparents: Diana Baca and husband Jose and Manuel Flotte; paternal great-grandma: Buenaventura Luis Escontrias.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, Monday, December 14, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel and funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by the interment at Peaceful Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West and condolences to the family may be sent online to
Juan M Ulate
Juan Mata Ulate

Juan M. Ulate, age 75, Odessa, passed from this life at Odessa Regional Hospital on Friday, December 11, 2015. He was born in Pecos, TX on March, 8, 1940 to the late Manuel and Timotea Ulate. Juan married Candaleria Hernandez in Odessa, TX on January 15, 1961. They enjoyed 54 years together.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife: Candelaria Ulate of Odessa, TX; sons: Edward Ulate of Odessa, TX and Juan Ulate Jr. of Pecos, TX; daughter: Gloria Ulate; brother: Onesimo Ulate; sisters: Hilda Baeza of New Mexico, Hortencia Martinez and Teresa Garcia, both of Odessa, TX, grandchildren: Christina, Edward Jr, David, John Michael Ulate and many others, as well as many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Manuel Ulate and Timotea Mata; sisters: Tomasa Fuentes, Nana Rivas and Rosa Olivas; brothers: Arturo Ulate and Manuel Ulate Jr. and daughter-in-law: Kathy Ulate

Rosary will be 7:00 pm, Monday, December 14, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Dora Montano
Dora Mary (Sierra) Montano

Dora Mary (Sierra) Montano, age 83, of Odessa, passed from this life at her residence on December 11, 2015. She was born in San Luis, Colorado on March 25, 1932 to the late Joe and Sophie Sierra.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her two daughters: Alice Rodriguez of Odessa, TX and Loretta Lira of Hobbs, NM; brother: Joe Sierra of Liberal, KS; sisters: Bennie Montano of Las Vegas NM and Rose Marufo of Liberal, KS; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Maclovio Montano; parents: Joe Able Sierra and Sophie Sierra; daughter: Velma Gentry; brothers: Orlando Sierra, Fred Sierra, Ernie Sierra and Eloy Sierra and sister Mary Pinkam.

Rosary will be 7:00 pm, Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm, Friday, December 18, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiated by Father Hilary Ihedioha. Burial will follow at Los Angeles Section of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Blount Blount
Betty Ray Rider Blount

Betty Ray Rider Blount went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2015.  She was born to Ida May Jones Rider and Henry Franklin Rider on March 23, 1928 in Byrds, Texas, and was the youngest of eight children.


Betty led a very interesting life. She started school in Byrds in a one-room school house and finished high school at Burkett, Texas.   Her mother passed away when Betty was only 16.  Because her brothers were so much older and were either overseas in the service or married, she became quite independent and was determined to make the most of her life.  To support herself, she worked as a carhop at the Dixie Pig for $7 a week, but she really wanted to join the navy so she went to Norfolk, Virginia to enlist.  However, she was too young to be accepted, so she began waitressing as a Harvey Girl at the Harvey House, a restaurant in Norfolk. When asked if she could cook, she immediately said yes because it paid the most.  As it turned out, she was a very good cook and really enjoyed it.


She married Noble Melvin Blount on April 7, 1951 in Carlsbad, NM, and was a stay-at- home mom to their four children for many years.  The family lived in the Humble Oil Camp in Goldsmith until 1962 when they moved to Odessa. They later relocated to El Paso for four years before returning to Odessa.  While in El Paso Betty began working for Sears in the credit department, and continued with the Odessa Sears store until she retired.


Betty was very imaginative and artistic.  As a consultant for Sarah Coventry Jewelry during the 1960’s, she received an award for an outstanding original design to promote that jewelry line.  She made cute pirate costumes for her daughters’ Barbie dolls and created a desert Island table-top display, complete with a treasure chest and sand.  Sarah Coventry jewelry spilled out of the chest onto the sand, and the clever display was topped off with a banner that read “Sarah Coventry is a treasure forever.” 


She learned to crochet as a teenager and had a lifetime love of it.  She enjoyed designing crochet patterns, many of which were published in Annie’s Attic catalogues.  Her creations ranged from dolls and animals to cartoon characters, hats, sweaters and scarves.  She especially enjoyed creating crocheted items for Mojo and OHS fans, and her friends and family treasure the many items she made especially for them.


Betty was a natural athlete. Besides winning innumerable trophies for her bull’s eye performance on the archery ranges, she won the Women’s Texas State Championship in Archery in 1964 after only 6 months of shooting her first arrow. In 1967 she won the Bow Hunters’ Holiday event in Albuquerque, defeating New Mexico’s free style champion. 


There was never a dull moment in the Blount household.  They belonged to a square dance club in El Paso, and Betty enjoyed creating her own square dance dresses and matching shirts for Melvin.  Shortly after coming back to Odessa, she and Melvin discovered they loved motorcycles.  She rode a great many miles sitting behind him on his BMW, reading books and even taking naps as they made road trips.  Amazingly, she never fell off!


After retirement, Betty and Melvin moved to Lake Brownwood, and they later worked for the Army Corp of Engineers as gatekeepers at several lakes before returning for good to Odessa.


She loved a domino game called “train”.  Any time the whole family was together, train was played.  She enjoyed it so much that she humorously instructed her children to play it at her funeral.  Betty excelled in the kitchen and made the most delicious red velvet cakes with French Vanilla icing that her family eagerly anticipated, especially during the holidays.


She was a member of Vine Baptist Church.  Her favorite hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Precious Memories”.


Betty was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, son Walter Wayne Blount who died at birth, grandson Daniel Williams and most recently her loving husband Noble Melvin Blount.  After the Lord, she loved her family more than anything.  She is survived by her brother Emery Rider and wife Willie May of Early, Texas, daughters Sheila Beckham and husband Junior, Melva Williams Lane, Darla White and husband Dennis, son Howard Blount and wife Pam, and step-daughter Annie Castle.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, who were the light of her life.


The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Vine Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Johnny Touchstone.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Alzheimer’s research. 

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