Archive for July, 2017

Martha Darleen Montgomery

Martha Darleen Montgomery was born on January 20, 1935 to Frank and Eunice (Power) Montgomery in Odem, Texas. She went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2017 at 82 years young.

Martha graduated from Odem High School as Valedictorian in 1953. She graduated from Abilene Christian College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  She taught school in Odem, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas and was a Mary Kay Cosmetics Regional Director.  While all of the above is true, foremost Martha was a Christian.  She loved and served the Lord all her life.  Her family and four others were instrumental in the locating of a Church of Christ in Odem.  She is truly a Proverbs 31 woman.  Her greatest joy was teaching children about God.  Anyone who was blessed to have her as a teacher has much to say about Miss Martha.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Eunice Montgomery.

Survivors include a number of cousins, her church family and a host of other friends.

Visitation will be from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 P.M. Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Odem Church of Christ with Patrick Hammack and Roy Smalling officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Those who wish may make contributions to the Odem Church of Christ.

Nancy Lee Nolen Rumfield

Rumfield, Nancy

Nancy Lee Nolen Rumfield, a long-time resident of the Corpus Christi area, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, the 27th of July.

Born December 30, 1942 in Edna, Texas, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Vilas Nolen and her second husband, Gerald Rumfield. She is survived by a daughter, Virginia “Ginger” Thompson and husband Richard; son, Daniel “Danny” Nolen and wife Trisha; daughter, Jamie Flaim and husband James; sister, Maxine Tyler; brother, Donald McAdams; grandchildren, Robin Soto and husband Adam, Martin Thompson and wife Ashleigh, Catherine Meyers and husband Luke, Jamie Nolen, Casey Flaim, Audrey Flaim, and Nolen Flaim; and great grandchildren, George Thompson and Tilden Thompson who called her Great.

Nancy traveled annually to Jamaica on mission trips. She was not your typical cookie baking grandmother, she was an avid hunter.  She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She also loved to sing and play the piano.  She was a great mentor for her children and a role model for all.

Visitation will be at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Sunday evening July 30, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Funeral services will be conducted at the church of Christ at Riverside on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Matthew Gibson officiating.

Entombment will be in the Robstown Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Anna Marie Kocurek

Kocurek, Anna marie

Anna Marie Kocurek, 91, devoted mom, grandma, GG, aunt and friend, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.   She was born on August 18, 1925 at the family homestead in Fratt, Texas to Alouis and Josephine (Fey) Vogel.   Anna Marie grew up in the San Antonio area but called Robstown home for the past 70 years.

Anna Marie is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Joseph Kocurek; brothers, A.H. Vogel and Clarence Vogel; and sister in law, Betty Vogel.

She is survived by her children, Doris (Pat) McDermott, Tom (Susie) Kocurek, Joanne  Tiller, Betty (Ray) Boazman, Rick (Wanalyn) Kocurek, Tricia Kocurek, Debo (Gerald) Eckel, and Charlie (Karol) Kocurek; grandchildren, Jenni (Stefan) Lawson, Katie (Adam) Klein, Patrick (Lauren) McDermott , Sara (Byron) Pfeifer, Steven (Amanda) Kocurek, Susan (John Ryan) House , Shelly Kocurek, Seth Kocurek, Beth (Kelly) Sweigart, Will (Stacie) Tiller, Tyne (Kelly) Tiller, Annika Eckel, Miles Kocurek, Korina Kocurek, Karalee Kocurek, Blaine (Kelly) Boazman, Aimee (Jeff) Baker, Casie (Matt) Berhnard and Ross Geffert.  Anna Marie has 29 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. Survivors also include her brother, Jerry (Margie) Vogel;  sister, Alice Marie Smith; sisters in law, Virginia Mae Vogel and Mary Frances Raska; uncle, Walter Radtke; multiple nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. with the Rosary to be recited at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Thursday, July 27, 2017 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant.

Graveside services with burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

William Edward Daws, Sr.

Daws, Bill

William Edward Daws, Sr. passed away Friday, July 21st , 2017 in League City, Texas.  He was born March 27th, 1925 in Woodson, Texas to Grace and Turner Daws.  After high school in Woodson, he attended Tarleton State University before entering the U. S. Army in 1943. He served with the 70th Infantry Division as a medic until the end of the war.  After completing his service, he returned to the states and worked various jobs. He then entered North Texas State University where he earned his degree in education.  North Texas State is where he met his wife of 56 years, Betty Wilson.  He began his teaching career in Lovington, New Mexico,  where he also earned his master’s degree at Eastern New Mexico State.  In 1963, he and Betty chose to move to Corpus Christi where they taught in the

Tuloso-Midway school district for the next 23 years. Upon retirement, Bill began another career selling books to librarians all over south Texas until 2000.

Over the years, Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Kiwanis, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He also served on the

Tuloso- Midway Education Foundation Board.

Bill is known to so many in his family and former students for his passion to tell his story of World War II and the price of freedom. He also had a passion for Indian history and hunting arrowheads. He traveled the United States and the world and never met a stranger.

Bill is survived by his son, Bill Daws, Jr. and wife Deanna of League City, his daughter, Debbie Daws Robertson and husband Chuck of College Station, Texas; his four grandchildren are Courtney Kalaher and husband Jonathan of Houston, Blake Robertson and wife Lisa of Friendswood , Kristin Dailey and husband Craig of Friendswood and Ashley Hosek and husband Curtis of League City. His great grandchildren are Keighly, Caden, Corey, Kassidy, Wyatt, Charlie, Sophie, Amelia, Maeve and Lucas.  He is also survived by his brothers, Charlie and wife Pat Daws of Mathis, Texas and Ben and wife Betty Daws of Throckmorton, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Friday, July 28th , 2017 from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 29th , 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Cenzio Hill Cemetery in Mathis Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you please make donations to the Tuloso-Midway Education Foundation or the charity of your choice.

James R. “Jimmy” Swartz

Swartz, James Robert

James R. “Jimmy” Swartz, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 93. He was born September 19, 1923 in Mission, Texas to Guy and Kathryn Swartz.  He graduated from Corpus Christi High School.  He served  in the Army Air Corp during World War II.  Upon his return from the service he was employed by Southern Community Gas Co. which later became Coastal States Gas and finally Valero Energy Corp.  He retired from Valero Transmission Co. in 1989.  Jimmy was an avid birder.  He and his wife, Patty, were members of the Audubon Outdoor Club for many years.  He and Patty hosted many eager birders from all over the world to view the migrating birds from their home on the Nueces River.  Jimmy lead many birding field trips, sharing his knowledge of native birds.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Anne, three sisters, Evelyn Polete (C.M. “Pop”), Betty Martens (Paul), and Joyce Peterson (Phil).

He is survived by two sons, Gary (Jan) Swartz and Glenn Swartz; three grandchildren, Jason (April) Swartz, Greg (Pam) Swartz, Kathy (Travis) Kersten; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the staff at the Villa South Assisted Living facility and Christus Spohn Hospice for their special care and support in caring for Jimmy.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home is in charge of cremation arrangements.  A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Those who wish may make donations to the Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi in his memory.