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Ellen Lorene Morton Bretz

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CLEARWATER, MN – Ellen Lorene Morton Bretz, 91, formerly of Bowie, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2023.
A visitation was from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on March 3 at Washburn-McReavy Crystal Lake Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis, MN. A funeral service will be from 11 a.m. – noon on March 4 at Washburn-McReavy Crystal Lake Funeral Chapel with a visitation one hour before the service. A private interment will follow.
She was born in Henrietta and moved to Bowie as a young girl. Lorene (Ellen) graduated from Bowie High School in 1949.
She is preceded in death by her father and mother, David and Alpha Parish Morton, Bowie; brothers, Ray, Ralph, Melvin, Gene and Donald, Bowie and son, David.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Donald; daughters, Diana Brenny (Joseph), Corcoran, MN and Debra Flanders (Frank), Minneapolis; sons, James, Palmer, MN and Michael (Lisa), St. Cloud, MN; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Colleen Scott (Arneal), Athens, GA and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be addressed to Donald Bretz, 1145 Porter, Clearwater, MN 55340.

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Wanda Pauline Mayfield

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August 21, 1940 – July 16, 2024
BOWIE – Wanda Pauline Mayfield, 83, went home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2024.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 18 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service took place at 10:30 a.m. on July 19 at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie with her son, Joe Mayfield Jr. officiating.
Wanda was born Aug. 21, 1940 in Waurika, OK to Paul and Irene Echols. She graduated from Bowie High School. She married the love her life, Joe Mayfield, on Sept. 26, 1959 at Southside Baptist Church in Bowie, in which they only spent five days apart during their time together here on earth.
She was proud to say she was in the first Licensed Vocational Nurse class of Cooke County College Bowie Campus. She spent most of her nursing career at Bellmire in Bowie.
Wanda’s greatest joy was spending time with family, especially getting to watch many grandkids and great-grandkids.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Joe Mayfield and brother, James Echols.
Wanda is survived by her children, Joe Mayfield (Angie), Bobby Mayfield (Jan), Mike Mayfield (Courtney) and Jim Mayfield (Lana); 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Debbie Boaz (Terry), Carolyn Godwin (Andy) and Sue McLendon (David) and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to God’s Table at Free Will Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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John Riley Russell

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May 27, 1948 – July 14, 2024
MONTAGUE – John Riley Russell, 76, died July 14, 2024 following several battles with cancer.
At John’s request, there will be no formal service. There will be a casual family visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 20 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. John desired to be cremated, his ashes joined with Gerry’s in time and to be spread over his home place in Montague.
John was born in West Columbia, TX to Carl and Pauline Teague Russell on May 27, 1948. He was welcomed to the family by his big sister, Lynda.
The family moved to Bowie so that Carl could start Russell’s Department Store in 1951. John graduated from Bowie High School in 1966; he excelled in basketball under Coach Gayno Shelton’s guidance. John continued his education at Midwestern University where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
After marrying Gerry Galloway in 1968, John worked for General Dynamics, which later became Lockheed Martin. At that company he became a world traveler. He loved traveling, but his favorite place was at home with his wife and his beautiful daughter, Brandy Michelle, who was born in 1970.
After retiring in 2004, John and Gerry moved to Montague to live out their lives. They were blessed with two fantastic grandsons, Jax Riley Williams and Kaz Russell Williams. John took great pride in that both boys were named after him.
John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gerry Russell; his daughter, Brandy and her wonderful husband, Paul Williams and two grandsons, Jax and Kaz Williams. He also leaves behind his loving sister, Lynda Neeld and her daughters, Holly Bullock and Shawna Tomlin.
Expressions of sympathy to John’s family are appreciated, but please do not bother with flowers or memorials; instead, do something nice for a family member, friend or stranger; pet a pooch and think of John. Also, he would stress to all young people to stay away from tobacco products.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Raymond “Salty” Hudson Sr.

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May 27, 1941 – May 27, 1941
NOCONA – Raymond “Salty” Hudson Sr., 83, died on July 10, 2024.
A visitation was from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 12 at Jerry Woods Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on July 13 at Jerry Woods Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Donald Cheshier officiating. Interment will follow at Eagle Point Cemetery.
He was born on May 27, 1941 in Sentinel, OK to Henry and Eula McLaughlin Hudson. They later moved to Lubbock where he grew up. He married Doris May Partridge on Aug. 16, 1960 in Montague and together they had three children.
He worked for Justin Leathergoods for 23 years then Nocona Belt Company for more than 25 years until he retired with Bell Supply. He coached little league baseball where he started the teams for Justin Leathergoods. He also was involved in the Nocona Indians Booster Club for a number of years. Hudson also worked for R.B. Stout Furniture store where he did odd jobs, delivered and did repairs on appliances. He was a lifetime member of Shady Grove Community Church for more than 60 years where he served as treasurer and deacon.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Doris; sons, Ray and Kenny; daughter, Carmella; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and eight step-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers make donations to Eagle Point Cemetery Association or Shady Grove Church, c/o Doris Hudson, 108 Jackson, Nocona, TX 76255.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home Nocona.

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