Obituaries

Wed
17
Aug

Barbara Ann Harrison McCarty

Barbara Ann Harrison McCarty 

Thu
14
Jul

Anita Marie Rucker Bell: June 13, 1930 - July 5, 2016

Anita Bell

Anita Marie Rucker Bell, 86, of Bay City passed away July 5, 2016.  
   She was born on Friday the 13th on June 13, 1930 in Waco, Texas to the late William Casseday Rucker and Gladys Anita Hardy Rucker.
   Anita was also known as “Skeets” to many of her friends and family. 
   She had a zeal for life and learning that was infectious. She was a devoted wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, a cook, an artist, a pilot and a friend. 
   On June 19, 1949, at the tender age of 19, she married the love of her life. They were married for 67 wonderful years.

Wed
06
Jul

John Louis ‘Hoody’ Estlinbaum

John Louis Estlinbaum

John Louis ‘Hoody’ Estlinbaum 
December 26, 1938 - July 1, 2016
   John Louis “Hoody” Estlinbaum, 77, of Bay City passed away on July 1, 2016. 
      He was born on December 26, 1938, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Clyde and Maggie Estlinbaum and lived his entire life in Matagorda County. 
   Hoody farmed rice and row crop in Matagorda and Wharton Counties for 42 years before retiring after the 2000 harvest. 
   After working briefly for the Texas Department of Agriculture, he fully retired and became a full-time husband and grandfather. 
   Hoody was married for 50 years to the love of his life, Shelby Williamson Estlinbaum, until she passed away on May 22, 2010. 
   Together, they raised two sons: Craig Estlinbaum and his wife, Julie; and Mike Estlinbaum and his wife, Jessica. Hoody is also survived by three grandchildren, Drew Estlinbaum and his wife, Kaleigh; Matt Estlinbaum and Shelby Estlinbaum. 

Wed
06
Jul

Anita Marie Rucker Bell

  Funeral services are pending for Anita Marie Rucker Bell, 86, of Bay City, who passed away July 5, 2016.  
   She was born June 13, 1930.
   Please visit www.taylorbros.net for additional information.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Thu
26
May

Kenneth W. Savage (December 22, 1943 - May 16, 2016)

   Kenneth W. Savage, 72, of Bay City, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016. 
   He was born in Tipton, Oklahoma, on December 22, 1943, to parents Ernest and Velma Burks Savage. 
   They preceded him in death. 
Kenneth was a caring husband, father and grandfather.  
   He was known for his generosity and compassion.  
   Kenneth was an avid gun collector and was a reserve deputy of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department. 
   He was also a director for the 100 Club of Matagorda County and member of the Los Carnales Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.  
   Kenneth founded the Elkhorn Construction Company in Wyoming, and served as President of the Uinta County Search and Rescue Team. 
   He was a past president of the Selkirk Water Association and always loved helping other people. 
   He also loved hunting and camping or anything outdoors.

Thu
28
Jan

Karen Taylor Vacek

Karen Vacek

Karen Taylor Vacek

Thu
21
Jan

Grace Ann (Brandes) Mariner

Grace Mariner

Grace Ann (Brandes) Mariner 

Thu
07
Jan

Juan Vasquez Garza

Juan Vasquez Garza

Juan Vasquez Garza

March 26, 1935 - December 30, 2015

Thu
23
Jul

Joe Faye Deshotels January 19, 1920 - July 20, 2015

Joe Faye Deshotels

   Joe Faye Deshotels passed away in Bay City, Texas, on July 20, 2015, at the age of 95.
   She was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Amanda Yeamans Raymond; her brothers, Jack and Thomas Raymond; sister, Alyne Cox; her husband, J.D. Deshotels; her son, Doug Deshotels; and her son-in-law, George Eicke.
   Joe Faye was born January 19, 1920, in Matagorda, Texas, a sixth-generation Texan. 
   She grew up in Matagorda, Old Gulf and New Gulf. 
   She graduated from Boling High School and attended Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College.
   She married J.D. Deshotels in 1939, and moved often with her family, with his 40-year career with Humble Oil Company/Exxon. 
   When J.D. retired, they moved back to Matagorda.
Thu
09
Jul

Catarina Ramirez Shepard January 20, 1932 - July 3, 2015

Catarina Shepard

Catarina Ramirez Shepard, 83, of Bay City, passed away July 3, 2015.   
   She was born January 20, 1932, in Cedar Creek, Texas, to the late Candelario Alba Ramirez and Gertrules Luna Lerma Ramirez.   
   She was a member of both Our Lady of Guadalupe and Holy Cross Catholic churches and a life member of VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. 
   She was preceded in death by: her husband, Thomas Addison Shepard; and her siblings, Felipe Lerma Ramirez, Pablo Ramirez, Carmel Ramirez Torrez, Lenor Ramirez Trevino, Margarita Ramirez Aleman, Antonioa Ramirez Eguia and Candelario Ramirez.   
   Survivors include: sons, David Addison Shepard and wife Anne, Thomas Wayne Shepard and wife Patricia and James Allen Shepard; sister, Cruz Ramirez Leal; and five grandchildren, Jessica Shepard, Ashlee Shepard, David Shepard, Jr., Bailey Huse, Thomas Shepard and ex-daughter-in-law MaLinda Reddell. 

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