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Gayle Marie Storey

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October 23, 1938 – May 8, 2024
NOCONA – On May 8, 2024, life-long Nocona resident Gayle Marie Storey left her family and friends to be with her loved ones in Heaven.
A rosary was at 6 p.m. on May 13 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Nocona. A visitation followed in parish hall. A funeral mass was at 11 a.m. on May 14 at St. Joseph’s. Interment followed at Nocona Cemetery. Pall Bearers are John Womack, Jeremy Walker, Gary Don Robertson, Bill Crowe, Mike Taylor and Ron Kutz. Honorary Pall Bearers are Chris Womack, Kelly Davis and the Nocona High School Class of 1957.
She was born Oct. 23, 1938 to Charles Edward Burnett and Lenora Marie Brown Burnett. She married Jim Storey on Dec. 3, 1960. They had three children, Mike, Mark and Suzanne Storey. They were married for 31 wonderful years until his death on Dec. 13, 1991.
She later married Raymond Salmon on Aug. 8, 1999, and they were married for 17 years until his death on Dec. 17, 2016. She also was preceded in death by her grandson, Newt Yowell.
Survivors include son, Mike Storey and wife Saprina; grandson Jeremy Walker and wife Bibha; great grandchildren Jessica, Sadie, Prince and Ryder; great-great grandchild Silas; granddaughter Amber Walker; great grandchildren, Jaxon Hamilton, Faith Wolfenbarger and husband Philip and Sage Gossett; great-great grandchildren Phillip, Embrie, Ryot and Haven; son, Mark Storey and wife Leigh Ann; granddaughters, Olivia and Ava; daughter, Suzanne Storey and husband Tommy Yowell; grandchildren, Abby Gayle Linn, Wyatt Storey Yowell, Erin Linn and Emily Carminati; great grandson KJ “Jimmy” Sowell; sister, Linda Eldred and husband Tommy; nephews, Chris and John Womack; niece, Stacie Eldred and Gayle’s special caregiver and friend, Becky Beckham.
Gayle graduated from Nocona High School in 1957 with honors. She was a very devoted wife to Jim, the love of her life. She also was dedicated to her Catholic Faith. She was a creative and crafty person as well as a top-notch seamstress, homemaker, artist and quilter. Gayle was an attentive soul, having cared for her parents before their deaths.
She loved traveling with Jim to sporting goods shows and family vacations all over the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and the family cabin in Colorado.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Altar Society, various quilt guilds, sewing clubs and the Montague County Historical Commission. She served on the NHS homecoming committee for many years. She absolutely loved her time spent with the NHS Class of 1957 classmates at reunions and luncheons. Her generation grew up in the happy days of the 50’s. Her latest passion was delivering meals for the Nocona Senior Center Meals on Wheels program.
Gayles’ family was especially fortunate to be with her at the time of her death. Everyone got to spend some special time with her. The ones that could not be with her had the opportunity to be with her via facetime.
Gayle shared with her family members that she had lived a good life having everything she wanted or needed. She was especially thankful that her family always lived close by. She was always eager to share her wealth of knowledge of local and family history. Gayle will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Her last words were, “Everything will be okay.”
Memorials may be made to the Nocona Senior Center Meals on Wheels Program.
Service under the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home of Nocona.

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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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