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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press May 25, 2011 + BOOTHE Ollle Lee Boothe, 89, of Buda, passed away peace- fully in her home Monday, May 23, 2011. She was born onAprll 4, 1922 inValley Spring, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, SolonWesthrook Boothe in 1979, her parents and 10 siblings. She is survived by daughter, Iana Israel; son and daughter- in-law, Dell and Shelly Boothe; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. As a child Ollie spent her days tending the farm in the hot Texas sun with her family. As she had often commented, picking cotton was not her job of choice so she soon moved away from home and began work as a skillful beautician. She met her husband soon after and they married on May 22, 1952 in Eldorado, Texas. Together they made their home in Austin, Texas where they welcomed a wonderful daughter, Iana Lee, and then a handsome son, Hoyt Dell. Ollie was a loved mother and grandmother who brought joy and laughter to all of those who were in her life. She was an amazing seamstress who put those skills to use throughout the years. She loved to be around her family and be entertained by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always up for a trip to the beach where she would collect beautiful seashells. Ollie was an active member of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens and Buda United Methodist Church. She lived in a tight community of friends where she enjoyed late afternoon conversations and built friendships she would forever cherish. She will also be remembered by her loving friends the Israel, Chavarria, and Marks families. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28 at Buda United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the faro- fly is requesting donations be made to the Onion Creek Senior Citizens in Buda or a charity of one's choice. BURKHART Arnold Floyd Burkhart was born August 9, 1921 in Tracey, Texas to Henry Clay Burk- hart and Annie Bell (Shelton) Burkhart. He died May21, 2011 in Buda. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ioyce, his parents, one sister, Oleta Rowland, and two brothers, Lewis and Raymond Burkhart. Arnold was a veteran of 295-9444 Open World War II serving his country in both the U.S. Signal Corps and Army Air Corps as a flight engineer on a B-29 heavy bomber. His career began in Austin in 1946 in the mass transit industry. He advanced to resident manager in 1956 and retired as execu- tive vice president of opera- tions with American Transit Corporation System in 1986. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Martindale, American Le- gion Post 245, and for more than 55 years a mason of Hill City Lodge 456 Austin. Upon retirement Arnold moved to San Marcos where he enjoyed relaxing with family, playing golf, and gardening. Arnold is survived by one son, Glenn and his wife, Kay of Buda; three daughters, Connie Manning and husband, Mike of Harvey, LA, ]oyce Pruett of Joshua, TX, and Linda Smith and husband, Curtis of Lu- cedale, MS; seven grandchil- dren; and nine great-grand- children. He is also survived by two sisters, Grace Maxwell and Dorothy Stepkovitch both of Austin; and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011 in the Pennington Me- morial Chapel, with the Rev. Don Duvall officiating. In lieu of flowers, faro- fly requests contributions in Arnold's memory be made to C.T.M.C. Hospice Care, 1315 IH-35 N, San Marcos, Texas 78666. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfu- neralhome.com EDMONDS Layla Alazae, infant daugh- ter of Irodell Edmonds and Liliana Guerrero of Kyle, died Sunday, May 15, 2011. Burial Brown Cemetery, Manchaca. LIRA Conrado Ramon Lira, 50, of Kyle passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Hays Seton Medical Center in Kyle. Ramon was born on No- vember 28, 1960, in Allende Coahuila, Mexico to Barbarita Salinas Lira and Felipe Lira. . He was a lead man for Hays County road works for many years and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kyle. He loved to spend time with his family and go fishing, eat candy, tell jokes and stories; every time he said hello to someone he would always remove his hat. One of the things he taught his children is if they ever had a problem, the way not to think of it was to sing it off..., he loved to sing.., he was very generous and helped every- one known and unknown! He wi]l be greatly be missed by everyone. Survivors include his wife Maria Gregoria Lira of Kyle, children, Barbara Cisneros and her husband Salvador of Kyle, Jorge Lira and his wife Marinitza of Kyle and Ramon Antonio Lira of Kyle; parents, Felipe and Barbarita Buda 295-6008 ...... I Salinas; brothers, Felipe Lira, Heliodora Lira, Antonio Lira, Pablo Lira, Guadalupe Lira Hernandez and Iuanita Lira Rodriguez A gathering of fi'iends and family will take place from noon until 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., May 26, 2011, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kyle. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial to follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Martindale, Texas. L.B. Polley, 80, was born July 14, 1930 and the Lord took him home on Monday, May 16, 2011. He was preceded in death byhis parents, Una and Stadler Polle)5 his wife of almost 50 years, Bernell Polley, sister Beryle Petrosky and husband Clarence, brother-in-law JP Johnson, sisters-in-law Geri Polley, Bernice West and hus- band Weldon, and step-son William Dean Maddox. He is survived by his loving wife Vera Polley, daughter Pam Polley, son Dale Polley and wife Teresa, step-sons Denver Adkins, Frank Maddox and wife Kay, stepdaughters Ilene Carpenter and husband Ronnie, Vivian Carpenter, 12 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren, his sisters Doris Johnson, and Helen Schaeferkoeter and husband Arnold, brother Billy Polley, and sister-in-law ]o Ann Bearden, many nieces and nephews and all of their children and a multitude of friends. L.B. will always be remem- bered for his quick wit, ability to fix literally anything, his love for cars, his quick temper at sporting events, and the abundance of love for his family. Everyone knew if you ever really needed anything, even ffyou didn't yet know what you needed, L.B. was the first one there to help you out. He was a father to so many of his nieces and nephews and a grandfather to their children. We were so blessed to have had him in our lives and also thankful that God took him home where there is no more pain. We are sure there has been quite the homecoming party in Heaven today. The family would like m give special thanks to Ilene for being such a great "nurse" to him and to the amazing, caring staff at Christopher House in Austin. As the new Justin Moore song says, "los- ing him wouldn't be so hard to take, If heaven wasn't so far away." We will miss you with all of our hearts, Daddy, rest in peace and keep watch over US. Funeral service was May 19. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers please donate to Hospice Austin's Christopher House, 2820 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78702. Memorial service was Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Capital Cowboy Church, Manchaca, TX. TAPIA Tedd Junior Tapia, 22, of Uhland died Thursday, May 19, 2011. Services and burial were held Tuesday, May 24 at Assumption Cemetery. 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