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Kathryn Nell Chapman

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November 14, 1942 – April 4, 2024
CARLSBAD, NM – Kathryn Nell Chapman, 81, went to be with our Lord on April 4, 2024 with her daughters by her side.
Kathryn was born Nov. 14, 1942 in Alvord to William and Agnes Barker. The family settled in Fruitland where she rode the bus to attend school in Bowie. It was never a dull moment with four siblings. They worked hard on chores, schoolwork and would continue to bring their families to their family home for many holidays until their parents passed away.
She joined the First Methodist Church March 29, 1953 on Easter Sunday. A fond memory is their daddy would give them each a nickel to put in the offering plate each Sunday. She was raised in the church and loved her Lord dearly until the day she passed. One of her first jobs was working at a fruit stand near her home and after graduation she worked at Haggar Slacks factory with her sister Carolyn.
Kathryn loved her family and was blessed to be able to stay home and raise her two daughters for many years. She was so proud of her home in Odessa, she filled it with treasures from shopping trips with her sisters Frances and Harriet. She loved working in the yard. She planted many trees and beautiful flowers that she waited with anticipation to bloom each year. Her backyard was like an oasis, and she had numerous turtles that she looked forward to feeding daily.
After her daughters were older she went to work at Highland United Methodist Church as the secretary for 29 years. She loved her church and it was more like a second home. After retirement she continued to volunteer, visiting/delivering meals and being a dear friend to so many. She loved sending cards for any occasion but especially when someone needed words of encouragement or to let them know she was thinking of them. She loved receiving cards as well.
One of her proudest moments was receiving a medal and certificate of achievement from Joslin Diabetes Center for living courageously with diabetes for 50 years. How amazing that she exceeded that by 15 more years. The last year of her life she lived with her daughters in El Paso and Carlsbad. She was an early riser and would greet each family member with a huge hug, weather update and reminder of her love and a grateful heart. She handled every change with dignity and grace.
Her greatest joy and source of pride were her daughters, Karen and Kim, and later, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She cherished every moment with them. She also loved the fur-babies Steve, Zoe and Fergie.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Agnes Barker; brothers, Charles Barker, Alvin Barker and Richard Barker; sisters, Frances Cooke and Carolyn Johnson; brother in-law, Bobby McGee and sister in-law, Jerry Barker.
Kathryn is survived by sister, Harriet McGee, Bowie; daughters, Karen Dominguez (Jeff), El Paso and Kim Dominguez (Ernie), Carlsbad, NM; grandchildren, Eli Barnes (Casey), Newport, TN, Colton Jones (Kayla), Hooper, UT, Chayse Jones, Ben Wheeler, TX, Justin Barnes (Kaylee), Cosby, TN, Annalise Dominguez, El Paso, Tarah Dominguez, Carlsbad, NM, Dyllan Dominguez (Elsa), Carlsbad, NM, Trevor (Amber) Dominguez, Carlsbad, NM and Tyler Dominguez of Scottsdale, AZ and great grandchildren, Charlotte Barnes, Beckham Barnes, Aliannah Barnes, Jaxon Smith, Nathan Smith, Kyla Smith, Sophia Smith, Rose Jones, Violet Jones, Gunner Jones, Devin Dominguez, Camryn Dominguez, Tylar Dominguez and two more on the way. She also is survived by beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and precious friends that will miss her daily phone calls.
Her children rise up and call her blessed and praise her saying “Many women have done excellently but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29.
The family would like to thank the staff at Carlsbad Medical Center, Providence East in El Paso, GoodLife Senior Living and Enhabit Hospice for the compassionate care she received.
To sign the online guestbook, visit dignitymemorial.com at Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home.
Those wishing to send a memorial can do so in memory of Kathryn Chapman to Bynum School Midland.
A visitation was from 5 – 8 p.m. on April 10 at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home, 601 N Alleghaney Ave, Odessa, Texas 79761. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. on April 11 at Highland United Methodist Church, 1808 North Dixie Boulevard, Odessa, Texas 79761. A committal service was at 2 p.m. on April 12 at Elmwood Cemetery, E. Nelson St. Bowie.
Arrangements entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa.

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Janice Kay Swaim

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December 31, 1946 – May 24, 2024
BOWIE – Janice Kay Swaim, 77, died on May 24, 2024.
A graveside service was at 11 a.m. on May 28 at Sunset Cemetery with Doyle Wade as the officiant.
She was born Dec. 31, 1946 in Bowie to Ocie Leon and Lora Mae (Trout) Clayton. On Nov. 14, 1964 she married Carroll Swaim. She was a retired beautician.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Lora Mae Fuller; her stepfather; father, Ocie Clayton and brother, Thomas Clayton.
She is survived by her husband, Carroll Swaim and daughter, Tonya Swaim.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Sheila Inez (Durbin) McKinley

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January 12, 1964 – May 20, 2024
BOWIE – Sheila Inez (Durbin) McKinley, 60, went to be with the Lord on May 20, 2024. She was a vivacious, fearless soul who loved life and all of those she met in it.
A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 28 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on May 29 at the Central Baptist Church, 710 W. Wise St. Bowie, with Pastor Gregg Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie with Dylan Dixon, Bowdie Dixon, Levi Kixmiller, Bryce Baumstark, Brantley Milan and Aiden McKinley serving as pallbearers.
Sheila was born Jan. 12, 1964 in Lawton, OK to Walt and Linda Durbin. Her family traveled for most of her childhood while Walt served in the Army. Sheila would find herself in Wilburton, OK, where she graduated high school and then went on to college at the Eastern Oklahoma College. She received an associates degree; however Sheila put her educational plans on hold to raise her family. Her son Kevin was born in 1982, and in 1985 her daughter Destiny. Sheila adored her children and her role as being their mother. She loved to spend her days at the lake with her “water babies” or dancing. Even after Sheila’s stroke her son would hold her up so they could two step.
After Sheila’s children were older she would go on to teach as a substitute teacher for several years. Her students would describe her as caring and compassionate. Her enthusiastic love for life kept her students excited and eager to learn.
In 1999 Sheila was given one of favorite titles, “Nana.” Her grandbabies were her world. She loved taking them on rides with her convertible top down, music blaring. 1999 was a big year, that’s also when she met the love of her life, Darwin McKinley. She fell deeply in love and married him in July of 2000. Sheila and Darwin made their home in Bowie. The two traveled the United States with Darwin’s work. Sheila would spend her time shopping or at the pool making new friends. She had a knack for gab and never met a stranger.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Walt and Linda Durbin; grandson, Eli Sorensen and nephew, Allen Durbin Jr.
Sheila is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Darwin, Bowie; son, Kevin Dixon and wife Brandy, Lone Grove, OK; daughter, Destiny Owens and husband J.W., Ardmore, OK; stepdaughter, Constance Sorensen and husband Jason, College Station; stepson, Lee McKinley, College Station; 12 grandchildren, Callie, Dylan, Ashlynn, Liberty, Bowdie, Levi, Bryce, Brantley, Lainey, Aiden, Kinley and Jude; four great-grandbabies, Stetson, Whitlee, Jackson and Holly; sister, Julina Vandiver and husband Rick, Bowie and two brothers, Allen Durbin and wife Heather, Healdton, OK and Freddie Durbin, Broken Bow, OK.
The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will. That’s exactly what Sheila did. She will forever live in our hearts and in our memories.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Vera Belle Lawson

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February 19, 1923 – May 20, 2024
BOWIE – Vera Belle Lawson, 101, died on May 20, 2024.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 23 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral services was at 10 a.m. on May 24 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Bowie with Pastor Glenn Neff, Michael Hanson and Mark Hanson. Burial followed Vashti Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 19, 1923 to Ed and Maude (Griffin) Winters in New Liberty, TX. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1940 and married Louis A. Lawson on Feb. 14, 1942. The couple had four children and started their homestead in Vashti. They later built a house in Bowie where she lived until her passing.
Lawson taught Sunday school and volunteered at the Bowie Hospital, nursing homes, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other organizations. She also volunteered at God’s Table. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Bowie for 65 years as well as the Pleasant Mound Freewill Baptist (Rock Church) in Buffalo Springs.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; daughter, Karen and two grandsons.
She is survived by her daughters, Jenyne Fenoglio, Bellevue, Janis Gary, Bowie and Belinda Seale, Vernon; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to God’s Table, 505 Strong Street, Bowie, Texas or another charitable organization.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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