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Arlene Hartley
Services for Arlene Florence Hartley, 86, of Mabank, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Mabank.
Hartley was born May 14, 1925, the youngest of five children, to Hulda and Charles Swanson, in St. Paul, Minn., and died on Christmas Day.
She grew up on the East side of St. Paul and during her years at Harding High School, she was active in music programs, both singing and providing piano accompaniment for the choirs.
She later enrolled at Hamline University and furthered her musical talent by studying the pipe organ and singing in the university choir. She was also active in a sorority.
She met her husband, Harold Hartley, while at Hamline and following her graduation in June they were married at Dayton’s Bluff Methodist Church Dec. 27, 1947.
They lived in Minneapolis for a number of years and moved to Dallas in 1961, where she quickly adapted to Texas living.
Hartley sang in the choir at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and was the first organist at King of Glory Lutheran Church, both in Dallas.
She was also active in PTAs, played golf and tennis, and was a founding member of an investment club that existed for more than 20 years.
After her husband’s retirement, they settled in their home at Cedar Creek Lake, near Mabank, where she was also active in music programs at First Presbyterian Church and continued her golfing with the Women’s Golf Association at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
For 27 years, they spent the winter months at their home in a retirement community in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Survivors include her husband; children Tom Hartley and his wife, Jana, of Dallas, Patty Owens and her husband, Tom, of Fla. and Jim of Dallas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church of Mabank or the Alzheimer’s Association.
A personal tribute can be made online at

Marie Stokes
Services for Marie “Stacey” Stokes, 58, of Mabank, were held Dec. 27, 2011, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with interment following at Eubank Cedar Creek memorial Park.
Stokes was born Dec. 13, 1953, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Charlee (Stone) and Frank Rucky and died Dec. 22, 2011.
Stokes was a daycare owner and loved working with children as well as reading. She most enjoyed being a mom and spending time with her pets. She completed four years of college and taught the Sunday school class at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Athens Ward.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Stokes, of Mabank; daughters Elizabeth Stokes of Wichita, Kan., Karen Stokes of Provo, Utah; son Frank Stokes Jr. and his wife, Adrean, of Wichita, Kan.; one grandchild, and many other family and friends.
A personal tribute may be made at

Marjorie Bass
Services for Marjorie Ann (Marge) Bass, 88, of Gun Barrel City, were held Dec. 26, 2011, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with pastor Scott Schaller officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
Bass was born April, 22, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., and died Dec. 21, 2011.
She was a WWII veteran and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, William Clifford Bass; son Jeffrey (Boobie) Bass; daughter Sandy (Danny) Jones; granddaughters Jennifer and Stephanie Bass, Melissa Herring; daughter-in-law Mary Alice Bass; one niece and two nephews.

Geraldine Heather
Services for Geraldine Maxine Heather, 78, of Kemp, were held Dec. 27, 2011, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home Chapel in Kemp.
Heather was born April 19, 1933, in Henderson, County, to Rose (Shew) and James Haley and died Dec. 22, 2011, in Kaufman.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Sherman Heather, sisters Julia Blythe, Cotton Bonds, Ruby Robertson, Kat Tanner and Little Heart Nutt, brothers Jake, Bud, Leroy and Grady Haley, daughter-in-law Debra Heather and great-granddaughter Angel Kay Parmer.
Survivors include her sons, Johnny Heather, David Heather and his wife Paula, all of Kaufman; daughter Karen Gilbert and husband Odel of Dallas; sisters Betty Starek and Ester Bruner, both of Kemp; brothers Jack Haley of Kemp, Jimmy Haley of Kaufman and Bill Haley of Florida.

Charles Gadbury
Services for Charles Edward Gadbury, 57, of Trinidad, will be held at a later date.
Gadbury was born Dec. 22, 1954, in Deport, to Rosie Marie Henderson and Tommy Ray Gadbury and died Dec. 19, 2011.
He is preceded in death by his father and stepfather Oscar Lee Clawson.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of Trinidad; daughters Suzette Gadbury, Shannon Matheson and Rebecca McMillan, all of Tishomingo, Okla.; son Larry McMillan of Seagoville; other children Gaylon Rodrigues and Blain Rodrigues, both of Kemp, Candece Jordan of Trinidad and Leaana Busby of Diboll; sister Patricia Reece and husband Keith, of Trinidad; brother Michael Clawson and his wife, Vickie, of Quinton, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and mother Rose Marie Staggs of Trinidad.

Jerry Milligan
Services for Jerry Milligan, 70, a former resident of the Cedar Creek Lake area, were held Dec. 26, 2011, at Furneaux Cemetery in Carrollton under the direction of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville.
Milligan was born April 9, 1941, in Slidell, to Willie Mae Lewis and Johnnie Lee Milligan and died Dec. 21, 2011, in Plano.
He graduated from Lewisville High School in 1959.
He was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother.
Survivors include his children, Dan Milligan, Cheryl Blankman, Tamra VanHorn and Misty Peterson; seven grandchildren; sisters Eileen Busby and Margie Grimes.


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