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Maradelle C. Langseth Helton DeWitt

Maradelle C. Langseth Helton DeWitt, 90, passed away on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 in Clifton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 31st at 2:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, with graveside services to follow at Trinity Cemetery. Pastor Clayton McCord will officiate the ceremony.

Maradelle was born on December 18th, 1926 in DeLeon, Texas. She was athletic in school and a cheerleader at Clifton High. She was also creative, studying art at Clifton College. She married Garland Helton, an army sergeant, on June 1st, 1946. After moving to Austin, Maradelle began working for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Statistics, and spent many years as a homemaker. After the passing of her first husband, she met Charles DeWitt of San Antonio, a federal railroad inspector. They married on January 2nd, 1977. Together, they spent their retirement years criss-crossing America as active members of the Airstream trailer club.

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Thelma Margaret White Darden

Thelma Margaret White Darden of Arlington and Meridian, TX passed away January 19, 2019. Funeral services were Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Meridian. Rev. Daniel Hawkins officiated. Burial was in the Meridian Cemetery.

The only child of Enoch Lewis White and Annie Merle Cheatham was born April 14, 1918 in Waco, TX. She moved to Meridian with her family in 1923 where they lived next door and became best friends with the T. L. Darden family, a prominent Bosque County pioneer family.

She attended and graduated from Meridian schools and soon after married Thomas Len Darden Jr. on November 30th 1938. They lived in Fort Worth, Lubbock, Houston, and Arlington, yet Meridian was always home and where they maintained life-long friendships they made. After Len retired, they enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, and dividing their time between Meridian and Arlington.

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Don Arvid Brock

Don Arvid Brock was born to Vernon Gaylord Brock and Amelia Louise Stadig on November 7, 1947. He grew up in the Houston Area.

He married Mary Margaret Wharton and they had one son. He later married Corinne Jeanne Brandt, the love of his life.

Don enjoyed an exciting life of riding bulls, racing cars, motorcycles and sail boats in his younger years. He also loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. e and his wife, Corinne loved fossil and gem hunting. He was active in many areas of business including Selling soaps and cleaning supplies for a number of years and working on IBM equipment. He worked in the oil field until age 62 when he retired. He was also the co-holder of several patents.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014 and survived a Whipple II for more than 2 years until the cancer claimed his life on January 17, 2017. He died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loved ones.

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Olaf Lloyd Omenson

Olaf Lloyd Omenson, age 93 went to be with the Lord on Monday January 16, 2017 at the Lutheran Sunset Home. Funeral services will be held at2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Bill Metting officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial at Norse Cemetery.

Olaf was the fourth child of Oscar and Dora Omenson born August 28, 1923 in the Rock House at Norway Mills. He had three brothers and sisters, Evelyn Bakke, O’Belle Harris Polete, and Oscar Omenson Jr. all of whom proceeded him in death.

1st Lt. Olaf Omenson served in the Army Air Corps from December 1942 through December 1945 and was a P-51 fighter pilot in the Pacific theater. Upon being discharged, he returned to Bosque County where he continued to farm and attend Clifton Junior College.

In 1947 he married Nettie Louise Whitley, and in 1952 he began a career with the Monsanto Chemical Company in Texas City.

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Caroline Braune Miller

Caroline (Braune) Miller, 91, of Clifton passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Clifton Cemetery.

Caroline was born on July 10, 1926 to Carl and Alma (Bernhardt) Braune. She was the youngest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. The first six years of her life were spent in Cotulla, near San Antonio, and later in Rogers. The family returned to Bosque County, settling in the Chase Community and then Womack. In 1944, she graduated from Clifton High School. In her youth, she helped her father with his threshing and black-smithing. She enjoyed playing card games and fishing with her mother in her spare time.

On November 27, 1947 she and Norbert Miller were united in marriage at the Womack Church. Their union would produce three children. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, her parents and her siblings.

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Morris L. Wallace

Morris L. Wallace Sr., 94, of Clifton passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Goodall-Witcher Hospital. Funeral services were held January 20, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial at Clifton Memorial Park.

Morris was born on May 31, 1922 in Clifton to Melvin and Roby (Standefer) Wallace. He was one of four children born to this family. He grew up in the Clifton area on the family farm. He attended the Cooper Country School, graduated from Clifton High School, attended Clifton Jr. College where he played basketball, the sport he loved. Morris was a member of the Texas National Guard prior to WWII. He later joined the US Navy for service during WWII. He served on the destroyer, USS Kendrick, from 1943-1945. His service was in the north Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.

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Melodie B. Smith

Melodie B. Smith, age 67, of Cranfills Gap passed away Sunday morning in Stephenville. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 27, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith and Rev. Mary Gean Cope officiating. Burial will follow at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery at Norse. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, at Clifton Funeral Home. Melodie was born October 27, 1949 in Lubbock to Ross Jackson and Lucy Pearl (Nix) Brock. She was a 1968 graduate of Springlake-Earth High School. On June 6, 1970, Melodie was united in marriage to Richard Earl Smith and he preceded her in death on February 7, 1996. She later received her Bachelors degree in Education from Tarleton State University in May 1991. That fall, she began her career with Clifton ISD teaching kindergarten. Currently, she taught in the special education department, where she had been for the past 26 years.

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Elizabeth Moore McMath

Elizabeth Moore McMath, 86, passed away January 19, 2017 in Dallas. She was born Feb 20, 1930 in Iredell, Texas, to Fred William and Elizabeth Carol (Smith) Moore and later married Charles Wallis McMath on Jan. 16, 1978. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church was where she attended.

Elizabeth earned her BA and BS in Advertising Design at Texas Woman’s University in Denton in 1951; and was a graduate gemologist at the Gemology Institute of America in L.A. in 1977. Pursuing her graphic artist dreams, she worked as layout artist at Leonard’s Dept. Store in Fort Worth, 1951-52; as artist/bookkeeper at Bud Biggs Studio in Dallas, 1953; as secretary/artist at Squire Haskins Studio in Dallas, 1953-54; as artist/art director at Dowdell-Merrill, Inc. in Dallas, 1954-58; and owner/artist at Moore Co. in Dallas, 1958-’90.

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Carlton Knudson

Carlton Knudson, 29, of Waco, went to his heavenly home Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Visitation with his family was Friday, January 20, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, in Waco. A memorial service was held Saturday, January 21, in the chapel of Lake Shore Funeral Home with Pastor Josh Vaughan officiating.

Carlton was born June 5, 1987 in San Antonio to Conrad Knudson and Devan Attaway Knudson. Growing up in Sweetwater, he moved with his family to Waco in 2002. He graduated from China Spring High School in 2005. Carlton was loved by all who met him. He had a heart bigger than Texas. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle, father and friend! After his time as a US Marine, he held jobs at Central Texas Path Labs and West End. At the time of his death, he was caregiver to his paternal grandmother.

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David Stallard

David Stallard went home to Jesus on Jan. 13, 2017, after 91 years on this Earth.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday (July 20) at Clifton Funeral Home, with services at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Pastors Eddie Booth and Rusty Penney will officiate.

David was born June 26, 1925, the ninth of 10 children in a struggling farm family in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. His earliest memories included going trapping with his mother to provide food in the Depression. His love of the outdoors endured, and he fished and hunted the rest of his life.

Early on, he saw the military as the path out of poverty. He lied about his age to enter a military program in Virginia but was found out weeks later and sent home. Then came World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater, including Saipan, in the Army Air Force.

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