Written by Phil Cerroni
Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 972-254-4242
Ruby Faye Hayden, 84
12/05/1928 – 12/12/2012
Ross Cleveland, 81
10/18/1931 – 1/12/2012
Khristi Bryant, 41
1/30/1971 – 12/16/2012
Emanuel “Dodge” Chilelli, 98
6/14/1914 – 12/19/2012
Arrangements made by Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 972-579-1313
Barbara Ann Tumey, 75
November 1, 1937 – December 15, 2012
Barbara E. “Granny” Duke, 96
October 23, 1916 – December 16, 2012
Joyce Flippin, of Irving, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was born September 22, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas. She is preceded in death by her father George Riley, and husband Stanley R. Flippin in 2011. Survivors include her daughter Kristi Boyett and husband Tony of Whitehouse; mother Gerry Corry and her husband Kenneth of Irving; granddaughter Riley Boyett; sister Karen Robertson of Phoenix, Arizona; and nieces and nephews Tim, Tina, and Matthew. Funeral services were held at 9:30 AM Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
Joan Shetler Murphy
Joan Shetler Murphy, of Irving, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012. She was born in Syracuse, New York in 1930. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the Silver Seniors. Joan was a charter member of the Irving Fire Fighters Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Tom) Murphy, son John Alfred Murphy, and brothers Robert Shetler and Edgar Shetler. Survivors include her 5 children; 14 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 AM Monday, December 3, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. Burial followed at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.
Juanita Grace Stevens
Juanita Grace Stevens, 101, of Irving passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Grace was born to Ruth Helen Bates-Blanchard and Jacob Eugene Blanchard in Gainsville, Texas, on July 11, 1911, then moved to Denton, Texas, where she grew up. After receiving a teaching certificate from Denton Women's College and Teachers College, Grace enjoyed a long career teaching children. Grace fell in love with the trees in Irving and moved her children there in 1944. She also had a great love of music and it was part of her life until the very end. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Stevens, son, Billy Wayne Stevens, and beloved sister, Ruby Coker. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Alma Lou Staniford, and children Lois Jackson, Marvin Eugene Stevens, and wife Margie, and John Michael Stevens, and wife Sue; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Grace had a most Godly relationship with Christ Jesus our Savior and led her family in His ways. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Brown's Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Denton. The family will receive friends 2 – 4 PM Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the funeral home.
Jeane Elizabeth Suggs
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Jeane Elizabeth Suggs was born on March 13, 1954 to Thaylia Jane Brown and Millard Oscar Suggs. She grew up in Dallas and later in Irving, Texas. She and her mother moved to Bedford, Texas in 2005 to be closer to family. Her father worked for DART and her mother was a Registered Nurse. Jeane graduated from Irving High School in 1972. She received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1976. She worked in the ER at Irving Community Hospital and later in emergent and critical care wherever her travels took her. Her professional career led her to the Ambulatory Endoscopy Clinic of Dallas where she worked for 14 years, retiring in 2009. She loved to travel. In her early years, she worked so that she could travel. Her first big trip was to Europe for 2 months. When her job would not give her the time off, there was no question but to resign. The Rocky Mountains incessantly called her name and this is where she loved to be. Howard Colorado was her rustic home in 1981, a quaint place on the Arkansas River where she visited frequently in the years to follow. As much as she loved traveling, her roots were deep in metropolitan Dallas. She and her mother, Toots, shared their home for 58 years. Miss Jeane loved the Dallas Stars. She was an avid fan and a season ticket holder for years until her health prevented her attendance. Jeane knew hockey like few people do, including history and current events. Ask her about hockey and she could tell you more than you wanted to know. A Stars game outside of Dallas was a good excuse for a trip to see them play. She collected so much Stars memorabilia that she dedicated a room in her home as the “Hockey Room”. She was a playful happy independent woman who made friends easily despite her wandering nature. To know Jeane was to love her. She had many loyal friends. She would smile and look you in the eye and say, “Make a wish. I’m a Jennie. I can grant your wish”. And then she would laugh. Miss Jeane was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Irving. Her strong beliefs gave her comfort. When she was asked about her impending death, she would say: “I do not fear death. I am a Christian. I know where I am going.” Jeane had breast cancer five years ago. With faith and hope, she endured the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The treatment physically re-sculptured her body and the chemo slowed her cognitive processes giving her “chemo brain”. Last summer, she learned that she had inoperable liver cancer that invaded her bones, belly and brain. Her dear friends and family helped her as much as her independent nature would let them. She died peacefully among family and friends at her home in Bedford, Texas on the morning of her mother’s funeral, December 15, 2012. It was her wishes to be cremated and her ashes spread in the Rocky Mountains that she so dearly loved. Her parents and her brother, James David Suggs, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Delores Suggs-Marshall, her niece Tara Lawshe (Beau), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her two cats, Occi and Tot. A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam and for a moment it’s Glory and Beauty belong to our world, but then it flies again and though we wish it could have stayed We feel lucky to have seen it…. Author unknown
There will be a service to celebrate her life on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 3pm at First Baptist Church Chapel 403 South Main Street in Irving, TX with Tyler Shores and Pastor John Durham officiating. In lieu of flowers, Jeane asked that you make a donation in her name to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 606 West Airport Freeway, Irving, TX 75062.
Jennifer Renee Watson
Jennifer Renee Watson was born September 8, 1980. Our beloved mother, inspiring older sister, precious daughter and cherished friend left us on December 14, 2012 to be with our lord. Jennifer is survived by her son, Christopher; daughter, Destini; husband, Johnny; parents, Rene and Michelle Villarreal and Diane Watson; brother, Daniel and many, many more family and friends. Services and visitation will be held at Calvary Funeral Home at 624 E. 2nd Street in Irving, TX. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 22. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Calvary Funeral Home to assist with expenses and for her young children.