Category Archives: Obituaries

Jane Marlow Easter

Jane Marlow Easter, 87 of Irving, Texas, passed away on July 5, 2017. Jane was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 10, 1929. She graduated from Irving High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Texas Christian Universi-ty. She later obtained her Master’s Degree from Southern Meth-odist University. Jane experienced a long teaching career with the Dallas Independent School District. She also enjoyed extensive travel around the world in the summers. Fol-lowing her retirement, Jane spent countless hours caring for her mother, two aunts and an uncle. Jane was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and most recently attended Beltline Road Church of Christ. In her later years Jane made many friends at the Park Manor Apartments where she lived as well as at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Irving. Fami-ly and maintaining family traditions was very important to Jane. She came from a family of Irving pio-neers and early settler, Thomas Haley, was her grandfather. She was a great historian of the history of Irving as well as the Haley fami-ly. Jane was very inde-pendent and until re-cent months, she con-tinued to drive herself to dialysis three times a week.

Jane is survived by her sister-in-law, Lura Easter Barganier and her husband, Frank, of Irving; nieces, Mary Easter Casey and her husband, Jackie of Abilene, and Cindy Easter Arnold of Den-ton; cousins, Marinell Zaun, Vera Lou Gleg-horn, Glenn Gleghorn and Sue Huffman; numerous grand-nieces and nephews; as well as many lifelong friends. Jane is preced-ed in death by her par-ents, J.C. and Flora Haley Easter and her brother, Joel Carlton Easter.

Funeral services are being handled by Don-nelly’s Colonial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday evening at the funeral home from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The memorial service for Jane will be held at Beltline Road Church of Christ in Irving on Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Haley Ceme-tery. The family would like to thank the staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center and Irving Nurs-ing and Rehabilitation for their devotion, care and love they provided to Jane.

Robert Joseph Edwin Robison


Robert Joseph Edwin Robison, “Joey”, was born in Dallas, Texas on September 21, 1991. Joey was carried home in the arms of His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on July 14, 2013 to be with his Heavenly Father and his loved ones who went before him.Joey lived in Irving, Texas, where he attended Bethel Methodist Church. He also lived in Keller, Texas for part of his childhood. He later moved to Denton, Texas where he attended Guyer High School. Joey was a licensed Pest Control Technician. Joey was saved on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at Hickory Creek Baptist Church in Denton, TX. Joey will forever be in our hearts as a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson, and friend. He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Tammy Castro; his grandparents John and Ruth Robison; Shirley Justice; his siblings Crystal, Summer, Cassie, April; Jayda, Corrine; Jennifer and Tim; his nieces Claudia, Gemini, Emmersen, Meadow, Sadie, Sabrina, Lauren, and Emily; his nephews Seth, Ryan, and Ethan; 18 aunts and uncles; and 34 cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Robison and his great-grandmother, Zora Newberry.  And now Joey dwells in Heaven and waits for us to join him.

Hazel Lee Wright

Hazel Lee Wright, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013. She was born March 26, 1942 in Corsicana to parents Lee Charles and Geneva Mae (Gurley) Madden. She was a Crossing Guard in Irving for 13 years. She was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Irving. Hazel enjoyed sewing, gardening, and traveling and was an avid photographer. She was a loving wife, and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband Roland Wright of Irving; daughters Janet Sue Wright Munguia and husband Ernest of Irving, and Tina Lynn Wright Webb and husband Ed of Irving; grandchildren Dana Riedle Alexander and husband Pete; Francesca Riedle and Kent Sylvester, Jordan Hutchings, and Tristin Hutchings; and great grandson Damien “Spiderman” Alexander. Funeral services were held at 11 AM Monday, May 13, 2013 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Kevin Weathers officiating. Burial followed at 3 PM at  Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette, Texas.

Wallace William “Wally” Russell, Jr.

Wallace William “Wally” Russell, Jr., a resident of Irving since 1962, and previously from Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was born December 25, 1924 in Sedalia, Kansas to parents Wallace William, Sr. and Mary Susan (Milburn) Russell. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He owned the Steak Out Restaurant for 11 years. Wally loved his family, church, and God. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Ellamae F. Russell in 2011, and is survived by his son Kim Russell and wife Michelle; daughter Susan Dorety and husband Mike; grandchildren Michael Dorety and wife Crystal, Heather Ehmer and husband Jonathan, and Thor Russell and wife Kortney; and great grandchildren Colton Vowell, Tyler Ehmer, and Noah Ehmer. A Memorial service will be held at 4 PM Saturday, May 18, 2013 at First Church of Christ Scientist in Irving. Memorial donations may be made to First Church of Christ Scientist, 2250 W. Pioneer Dr., Irving, TX 75061, or Meals on Wheels, 1349 Empire Central Dr., #400, Dallas, TX 75247. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Rev. J.C. Mitchell

Rev. J.C. Mitchell, age 82, a resident of Irving for 49 years, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in a Dallas hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He was ushered into eternity by his Savior and loved ones who have gone before. Born August 16, 1930 in Commerce, TX to Henderson D. Mitchell and Lela Thompson Mitchell, he married Audrey Jean Cox on October 8, 1955 in Fort Worth. Rev. Mitchell was a member of More 2 Life Church in Las Colinas. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Freddie and Harvey Mitchell; and sisters, Ollie, Marie, Donnie, Evelyn and Birtha. Survivors include his wife, Audrey of Irving; children, Deloris Sacy and husband Richard of Grand Prairie, Birtha Burns and husband James of San Angelo, Terry Mitchell and wife Donna of Cartersville, Georgia, Melody Fowler and husband Kenneth of Cleburne, Ricky Mitchell of Celina and Johnny Mitchell and wife Laurie of Fort Worth; 17 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and brother, Gerald Dean Mitchell. Visitation was Sunday, May 12 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home in Irving. Service was 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 13 in the funeral home chapel. Burial with military honors at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 14 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to India Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 177083, Irving, Texas 75017.


Rose Mary Cordes Marcellus

Rose Mary Cordes Marcellus, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at home after a brief battle with cancer on Wednesday afternoon, May 8, 2013. Preceded in death by her husband, John Anthony Marcellus and her son, John Paul Marcellus. Rose Mary was born December 3, 1925, in Leon, Iowa, to Charles H. Cordes and Wynne Catherine Cash Cordes, and was a resident of Irving, Texas, for the last 65 years. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Altar Guild, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and her Ladies’ Bridge Club. She retired from the University of Dallas in 1998 where she worked for 12 years. Her hobbies included sewing, reading, sightseeing, bird watching and watching her beloved Texas Rangers Baseball. She is survived by her remaining 12 children: Kathy Marcellus of Garland; Monica and husband Rick Winters of Irving; Eleanor Marcellus of Irving; Matthew Marcellus of Shreveport, LA; Anthony Marcellus of North Richland Hills; Michael Marcellus and Jan Martin of Blue Ridge; Peter and wife Theresa Marcellus of Flower Mound; Damian Marcellus of Irving; Rosie and husband Brian Blake of Irving; Christopher Marcellus of Grand Prairie; Amy Marcellus of Azle; and Alexandra Marcellus of Irving. In addition, Rose Mary is survived by 13 grandchildren: Aaron Anderson of Arlington; Joel Anderson and wife Lana of Dallas; Jason Anderson of Marietta, Oklahoma; Regina Marcellus of Crowley; Justin and wife Kristy Marcellus of Palestine; Allison Brodine of Dallas; Chancey Deming and husband Marcus of Mount Vernon; Colten Marcellus of North Richland Hills; Conner Marcellus of Irving; Samantha  and Emily Blake of Irving; Holly Marrs and husband Jarrod of Houston; and Scarlet Winters of Boulder, Colorado. Her great-grandchildren are ten: Taylor Anderson of Arlington; Nadia Scalvo of Dallas; Isabella Anderson of Dallas; Luke Anderson of Dallas; Trevor Marcellus of Crowley; Audrey Marcellus of Crowley; Tyson, Sydney and Max Marrs of Houston; Karis Marcellus of Palestine. A Rosary was held on Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11:00 am, with a Funeral Mass following at 11:30 am at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving. Committal services were held at 10 am Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.

Eric Marcantel

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Eric Marcantel of Irving, a beloved husband, father and brother passed away May 14, 2013. He was born January 2, 1961 in Dallas. Eric was known for being a generous person with a heart of gold. He was a skilled mechanic for over 35 years; and a member of Irving AMBUCS where he enjoyed providing and fitting Amtryke Therapeutic bikes to special needs children and adults. He is survived by his wife Jan and children Joshua, Jared and Blake of Irving; sister Sheila and husband David Temple of Oak Point, Texas, brother Rodney and wife Mary Ann of Coppell; sister, Angela and husband John Herring of Hickory Creek; and brother Stephen and wife Amy, of North Richland Hills. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday May 18, 2013 in Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Chapel. The family requests memorials to the Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Rd, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75244.  Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.

Betty Koby

Betty Koby, 78, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas died at home on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. She was born June 24, 1934 in Boone County, Missouri to Fred and Ruby Fenton of Columbia, Missouri. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1952 and attended the University of Missouri. Betty married Lloyd Koby in Columbia on July 24, 1954. Betty and Lloyd lived in Kansas, Missouri, Utah, Texas and Arkansas. She was a loving, dedicated wife and mother of two children. After her children were raised, she worked at the University of Dallas Bookstore for 26 years retiring in 1998. They are members of Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Betty always put others before herself and was regarded by many of her friends as “the glue that held the neighborhood together.”She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. She is predeceased by her parents and an infant daughter. Betty is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lloyd Koby of Hot Springs Village; son, Steven (Linda) Koby; daughter, Stephanie (John) O’Donnell; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; and brother, Howard Fenton. Memorial service were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Graveside services were at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Sedgwick, Kansas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Caruth Village Funeral Home; guests may register at

James Lloyd Grider

James Lloyd Grider, 60, of Frognot, Texas died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at his residence. He was born October 7, 1952 in Irving, Texas. James worked for many years as a skilled laborer in the field of aviation. James was an avid fisherman, beer enthusiast, expert landscaper, and family man. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nelda, son Daniel (Naomi) and granddaughter Vivienne of Frisco, Texas; son Michael of Allen, Texas; son Nolan (Crystal) and granddaughters Kayla, Chelsea, Caydence, and Journie of Allen, Texas; sisters Jean Manskey and Rita Crawford, both of Irving, Texas and Barbara Karen of Utah; brother Gary Grider of Corinth, Texas and his mother Marjorie Grider of Irving, Texas. James was preceded in death by his father Harold Grider. A celebration of life for James will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home in McKinney, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund at any Bank of America using account number 488039968816.


Death Notices (5/18/2013)

Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 972-254-4242

William Harry Houseworth, 93
February 20, 1920 – May 10, 2013

Marjorie Chapman, 83
June 14, 1929 – May 13, 2013

Gertrude Johnson, 85
October 14, 1927 – May 14, 2013

Arrangements by Chism-Smith Funeral Home, 972-259-7644

Robert Lee Goss Jr, 78
May 15, 1934 – May 11, 2013

Carl Cain, 78
August 16, 1934 – May 5, 2013

Ernest Spiropoulos, 80
March 24, 1933 – May 4, 2013

Darold Jay Dillon, 75
October 1, 1937 – May 10, 2013

Martha Ann Pistole, 72
March 12, 1941 – May 12, 2013

Raul Flores, 23
December 4, 1989 – May 12, 2013

Robert Glenn Lemay, 88
January 23, 1925 – May 9, 2013

Mahlon Edward Hartigan, 87
October 25, 1925 – May 11, 2013

Gary Lee Bliss, 48
October 19, 1964 – May 11, 2013

Shirley Cole, 65
July 11, 1947 – May 15, 2013

Orva Walker, 93
August 30, 1919 – April 28, 2013

Dennis Carroll Voirin, 60
April 4, 1953 – May 13, 2013

Maricela Garza, 52
June 21, 1960 – May 13, 2013

Arrangements by Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 972-579-1313

Simplice Vannikov Bebey
December 30, 1970 – May 4, 2013

Robert “Bob” Knight
August 30, 1924 – May 8, 2013

Maria R. Aleman
May 3, 1936 – May 9, 2013

Billy Donald Berry
April 24, 1932 – May 10, 2013

Juanita Mae “Nina” Davis
December 22, 1917 – May 14, 2013