Anna Hoff Lynch – Class of 1952

Lee and Ann Lynch celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 26, 2007. They were married in Farmington, New Mexico, in the home of her brother, Forrest Hoff.

The anniversary celebration took place at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Bastrop, Texas. It was attended by the family which included: Ken and Lisa Killian and children Katie and Caroline, all of Irving; Tucker and Karmin Lynch and children Annie, Paulena, Eva, and Margaux, all of Austin; and Tommy and Debi Lynch and children Marlowe and Kinley, all of Cedar Park.

The Lynches are members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Lee is retired from Armco Steel Company, and Ann is a retired Montessori teacher. They have made Longview their home for thirty-three years.

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Fred Lovelace

The arms of Jesus embraced our husband, father, brother, and grandfather Fred Lovelace on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Fred was born November 11, 1933 to the parentage of Richard Carl and Faye (Williams) Lovelace. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps 1953 to 1956. He married the love of his life, Lynda, on August 7, 1957. Two children were born to this parentage, Beverly and Neil. Fred loved life and he never met a stranger. He especially loved his Friday morning men’s bible study.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dick; and son, Neil. He is survived by his wife Lynda of 56 years; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and George Isbell; beloved granddaughter, Riana; and sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Frank Davis.

A celebration memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at Monterey Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to the Monterey Memorial Garden.

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Joan Lea Vessels Kysar

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Joan Lea Kysar, 79, of Andrews, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at her home in Andrews. She was born March 3, 1935, in Houston, Texas. She married Carroll Kysar on Dec. 26, 1957, in Farmington. They had been longtime Andrews residents.

Joan Lea loved fishing and the great outdoors. She loved children, and she and her husband Carroll served as PTA president of the Apache Grade School for two years in Farmington. Joan was also very involved with the Mighty Mustang band boosters and served as president, as well as sponsoring band trips while their daughter was in band. She and Carroll hosted several Rotary Club exchange students over the years. She loved her children very much, and she loved to hear her daughter play the piano.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Guy Vessels and Lois June Popham.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll Kysar of Andrews; daughters, Susan Lea Slayer of Andrews, and Brenda Kay McCoy of Cedar Park, Texas; grandchildren, Stephen Lee Slayer of Andrews, and Jacob McCoy and Mathew McCoy, both of Cedar Park; cousins, including Leonard McGowan of Tomball, Texas, and Frank L. Bridgewater of Farmington; brother-in-law, Senator Ray Kysar and wife Patsy of Farmington; sisters-in-law, Cecilia Ellsworth and husband John of Arizona, and Kay Beavers of Washington, and seven nieces and seven nephews.

A funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at McNett Funeral Home Chapel with pastor Larry Brewer officiating.
Graveside services were 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas, under the direction of McNett Funeral Home, 432-524-5809.

Jeanier Tharp Jones

Jeanier L. (Tharp) Jones
Dec. 22, 1934 – Feb. 18, 2012

Jeanier Jones, 77, of Oklahoma City, Okla., left this life on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. She was born Dec. 22, 1934.
She lived in Farmington from the age of 3 with her parents, Byron and Laura Tharp.
Jeanier graduated from Farmington High School with the Class of 1952.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ed Jones; her children, Dottie Burkett of Farmington, Charles Kimmel of Moore, Okla., Debbie Hannis of Fort Gibson, Okla., and Kennith Jones of California; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other extended family members and longtime friends.

Service and interment was held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

Published in Farmington Daily Times on Mar. 18, 201

Norma Jo Troxell Stocking

Class of 1952 Norma Jo Troxell
Class of 1952
Norma Jo Troxell

Graveside funeral services for Lamar, Colorado resident, Norma Jo Stocking were held at 10:30 AM Monday, June 29, 2009 at the Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar. Reverend Ian Blacker officiated the service.

Norma Jo Stocking, beloved wife, mom, and Grammies, died June 24, 2009 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO after a long battle with cancer, diabetes, and heart problems. She was born on November 27, 1934 in Shamrock, Texas to Ollie and Opal Troxell, and had lived most of her life in New Mexico and Colorado. She graduated from high school in Farmington, NM in 1952, and married her high school sweetheart, Coy Stocking, on December 26, 1953. It was in her marriage and her roles as Mom and Grammies that Jo found her life’s joy. Throughout her life – even after she began her battle with cancer in 1985 – she always thought first of her family, making sure they were loved and taken care of in every situation. She especially loved being Grammies to her six grandchildren, whether it was cooking their favorite meals, spending time with them in some cherished activity, or just “Hanging Out” talking. She showed her children and grandchildren in so many ways what it meant to be a compassionate, caring person, and through her courageous battle with numerous medical difficulties, she modeled strength and determination.

Jo also enjoyed sewing and doing crafts, and her dedication to excellence was evident in the quality of each project she completed. Jo was preceded in death by her father – Ollie Troxell of Aztec, NM; by her mother – Opal Troxell-Waters of Farmington, NM; by two brothers – James Troxell of Oklahoma and Doyle Troxell of New Mexico; and by one sister – Margaret Hurt of New Mexico. In addition to her devoted husband Coy, she is survived by three children – Cindy Stocking of Austin, Texas; Darla (Chris) Mahanay of Hamlin, Texas; and Herb (Charity) Stocking of Lamar; and by six grandchildren – Carrissa, Callie, Coy, and Colin Mahanay of Texas and Remington and Ruger Stocking of Lamar; also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends. The service began with Reverend Ian Blacker welcoming everyone in attendance and offered a prayer of Thanksgiving.

The first of a taped selection of songs “Amazing Grace” was played. Then one of Jo’s granddaughters – Callie Mahanay read the eulogy, reminding us all of her grandmother’s determination, strength, and wisdom, and no matter what was asked of her, she was willing to give her time, guidance, and love, to whomever asked it of her. Next the song “In the Garden” was played. Reverend Blacker followed with scripture from the books of Ecclesiastics 3, Revelations 21, and 1st Corinthians. Rev. Blacker said that we were all here to say farewell and share memories of a lady that all of us were very fond of. Then the final song “Softly and Tenderly” was played and Reverend Blacker followed by reading the 23rd Psalm and reminding the family that mom was now home. He then concluded the service with a final prayer to our God of all comfort. The family and close friends then proceeded to the Lamar Community Building for a memorial meal and a time of fellowship.

Doreen Smith Taylor


Died unexpectedly after a courageous fight with cancer on November 15, 2013, in Salt Lake City, UT, at the age of 76. Born on November 2, 1937 in Mesa, AZ, the third of five children of Mathias Foss Cowley Smith and Cleona Olsen. Dorene grew up proud of her Mormon pioneer heritage as a descendant of Jesse N. Smith and Emma Larson. Her naturally effervescent personality made it easy for her to make friends wherever she went as her family moved from Clarkdale and Joseph City, AZ to the San Luis Valley in Colorado to New Mexico. She graduated from Farmington, NM high school in 1955, where she was a National Honor Society member and attended NM Girls’ State. She was a popular cheerleader who befriended everyone and it wasn’t long before her winning smile caught the eye of Bob Taylor, whom she married in 1956. She attended Brigham Young University for one year before the birth of her first child, and then devoted herself to mothering four children and providing service to others throughout her life-a true example that “charity never faileth.” Wherever she lived (El Paso and Odessa, TX; Omaha, NE; Northbrook, IL; Castle Rock, CO; Salt Lake City, UT) Dorene was an active volunteer in the community and leader in her many church service positions as well as a highly esteemed retail professional, achieving the elite Pacesetter status in sales at Nordstrom Park Meadows, CO. Whether she was working as a voting election judge in Illinois, as Stake Relief Society President of the Wilmette, IL Stake, or as a dynamic personal shopper for clients at Nordstrom, Dorene, was adored and admired by all for her calm effective execution of any task and her always non-judgmental character. She was an excellent athlete and played tennis until the last few months of her life, making many friends in competitive leagues around the country. She was a creative artist and fashion forward dresser who appreciated fine art, literature and design and inculcated these values in her children. She continued her own education by enrolling in online courses at BYU. In her last months, she applied her gifted eye to watercolor painting and left a legacy of beautiful art for her grandchildren. After moving recently to Salt Lake City, she became the adored favorite companion of her youngest grandson, afflicted with autism. Even in her final days she continued to devote the same energy, love and patience to his care and education, as she did in all her endeavors in life. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; daughter, Shereen (Steve Berger); sons Bryan and David (Polly); brothers Norman, Kevan (Susan); David (Jude) and sister Linnea Barney (Ralph) and nine grandchildren; pre-deceased by her son Norman Dean and sister-in-law, Colleen. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 E. Crestview Dr., Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 S., Salt Lake City and from 10:00-10:45 am at the ward on Saturday. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Dorene Smith Taylor donations may be made to National Abilities Center http://www.discovernac which supports special education programs for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2013 – See more at:

Ida Gandy – class of 1958

Ida Gandy, 74, of Shamrock, Texas, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015. She was born Aug. 13, 1940, to Edward and Judith Swartengreen Corfield in Sarasota, Fla.

She spent most of her youth in Albuquerque. Ida graduated from Farmington High School, where she met her husband, Gary, and her best friend, Carolyn Barrett.

Ida was a homemaker and a caregiver in every sense of the word. She was involved in Eastern Star, in all things involving the Circle “G” Ranch and the formation of the Shamrock Invitational Dove Hunt.

She was a “stand by your man” kind of gal and would love on anyone she grew to know!

She was preceded in death last April by her husband, Gary Gandy; and by her sisters, Mary Patty and Marie Jean.

She is survived by her children, Gaylynn Otts and husband, Kenny, of the Pakan Community, Brent Gandy and wife, Jennifer, of Amarillo, Texas, and Troy Gandy and wife, Tony, of Crystal River, Fla.; sisters, Kathy Owen of Albuquerque and Billie Harris and Carol Cinelli of Rochester, N.Y.; grandchildren, Cole, Dillon, Kaitlyn, Cheyenne, Allie, Grayson, Trey and Tanner; and great-grandchildren, Easton and Revel.

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Ida’s care is entrusted to Robertson Funeral Directors, 311 N. Wall St. in Shamrock, Texas, 806-256-2188. – See more at: