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Barbara Lavender

Jun 11, 1934 - Nov 24, 2023

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Garland, TX

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Shirley Givens Ring

Oct 28, 1935 - Feb 24, 2024

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Garland, TX

"On February 24, 2024, Shirley Givens Ring passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by love and family. A woman of deep faith, Shirley was born to Velma (Jones) and Guy Givens on October 28, 1935, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Shirley was a self-described “quiet, obedient” child who loved reading, excelled in school, and enjoyed extended family gatherings at Lake Murray. Shirley obtained her Bachelor of Elementary Education at Phillips University, where she achieved the honor roll and was inducted into Zollars Literary Society, Kappa Delta Pi professional education society, and Silver Scroll scholastic society which recognizes outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, and character. In 1957, Shirley began her career as a third-grade teacher at Greenbriar Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas. Shirley later shared how much she loved that first position, in which she was only 11 or 12 years older than her students. Shirley adored her family, including her “older first cousins” and younger brother Billy Guy, who strongly endorsed her budding courtship with a jovial airman named Robert Ring. Shirley and Bob were married on June 21, 1958, and she continued working as a teacher to support Bob while he earned his college degree in 1963. The same year, Shirley and Bob moved to Dallas, Texas and welcomed son, David; and in 1966, they welcomed daughter, Linda. Thereafter, Shirley dedicated her life to raising her beloved children, evolving her clever sense of humor, and working at Club Hill Elementary in Garland as a fifth-grade teacher. Shirley most loved and enjoyed her time spent with family, including a brief move to Redmond, Washington in 1978, where she was enchanted by the beautiful scenery and warmly welcomed by the congregation at United Church of Christ - Presbyterian. Upon their return to Texas, the Ring family attended First Presbyterian Church of Garland, where Shirley served as an Elder and volunteered her time delivering Meals on Wheels and engaging in outreach. Shirley was overjoyed to become a grandmother in 1994 and delighted in her deep, lifelong bond with granddaughters Ryan, Elena, Audrey, and Ciara, who grew up with Shirley’s influence in their daily lives. In retirement, Shirley enjoyed traveling with family to Colorado and Hawaii and cruising to Alaska and the Panama Canal but was happiest spending quality time and laughing with her children, grandchildren, and husband. In her last decade, in the process of overcoming Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Shirley learned important life lessons, including: “stuff” is of no real value, God is real, and prayer sustains us through difficult experiences. Most important is the lesson Shirley articulated and modeled for us all, every day of her life: The loving thing is the right thing. Shirley Givens Ring is survived by her devoted husband, Robert Ring of Garland, son David Ring (Dana) of Plano, and daughter Linda Ring Peña (Joseph) of Garland, as well granddaughters Ryan Ring Tatom (Cody) of Baton Rouge, Elena Ring of Dallas, Audrey Ring of Carrollton, Ciara Peña of Colorado Springs, nephew Will (Carla) Givens of Chicago, niece Jennifer Grant of Rowlett, step-grandchildren Gabrielle Peña of Phoenix and Lucy and Max Withers of Plano, and step-great-grandchildren, Edgar Jr. and Alexandra Flores of Phoenix. May she rest in eternal peace."

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Steven Ivan Hernández

Aug 25, 2004 - Feb 17, 2024

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Garland, TX

Steven Ivan Hernández, at age 19 made his way to the heavens to be and serve with God on Feb 17, 2024, in Garland Tx. Steven Ivan Hernandez was born to Martin Julian Hernandez and Ana Maria Hernández on Aug 25, 2004, in Dallas TX. Steven lived all his life in Garland Texas, with all his family and friends, loved by the whole community that surrounded him. He would put a smile on everyone’s face in any room he would walk in. Steven graduated from South Garland HS doing something he loved which was welding. He loved to do hard work, if it was working around the house where he lived or helping any other person or family member in need. He always wanted to do family activities like going out to eat or going out to the swap meet and just hang out with family. And if you really knew him you know how much he also loved to sleep and eat. He was a such a humble, and loving Son, Sibling, uncle, and friend. He will be deeply missed by every life he has impacted. Steven is survived by his parents, Martin Julian Hernandez & Ana Maria Hernandez 3 siblings, Kevin, Jacqueline, and Eric Hernandez And all his cousins, aunts and uncles, sister in law and nephew. Steven is preceded by; Grandmother Maria Rafaela Pineda Uncle Mario Alejandro Hernandez

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Georgia C Tautenhahn

Aug 30, 1938 - Feb 19, 2024

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Garland, TX

In Loving Memory of Georgia Tautenhahn 1938-2024 Georgia C Tautenhahn passed away, on Monday Feb 19th , 2024, in Garland Texas She was born in Baird Texas and was raised in West Texas, Georgia met her husband Douglas in Abilene They had been married for 65 years. They raised 5 children, and being a military family, they were stationed in many different bases. Georgia was a previous member of Baker Heights Church of Christ. She was a Military wife focusing on raising her kids and taking care of the family. She loved to sew and would make clothes for her three girls. She also would sew Barbie doll clothes. She loved being outside and working in the garden. Until her last breath, she was outside pulling weeds and planting flowers. She loved spending time with her great-grandkids and loved building with Legos. Georgia is preceded in death by her husband Douglas, her parents Henry and Nancy Wright, 2 brothers Richard and Calvin two sisters Blossom and Bonnie, one son Richard, and one grandson Nathan She is survived by her children Tammy of Garland Texas, Holly and Cheryl of Abilene Texas, and Ed (Alice) of Altus Oklahoma. Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Michael (Rebecca), Eddie, Amber(Nick), Stacy, Aaron, Brittany (Jordan), Samantha, and Paul. Lots of great grandkids, and numerous, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2024 from 5-8PM at Williams Funeral Directors.

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John Grady Gardner Jr.

Jul 31, 1939 - Feb 20, 2024

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Garland, TX

John Grady Gardner Jr., 84, of Garland, Texas went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2024 at his home in Garland, Texas. He was Born in Terrell, Texas on July 31, 1939 to proud parents Grady and Faye Gardner. He spent his early years in Bonham and later moved with his family to Dallas, Texas. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas where he played baseball and involved in Dallas Golden Gloves Boxing. After high school he went on to and Graduated from Texas Tech University with a business degree where he met his future wife, Nancy. They went on to be married on September 3, 1962 and have two children; John David and Melissa. John started working at Montgomery Wards after graduating from college and then worked at General Dynamics in Ft. Worth for a few years before going to E-Systems in Garland where he spent the next 25 years working as a procurement buyer. He retired in 1998. John had many hobbies, including bass fishing – he was in fishing clubs through Mid-cities Anglers and E- Systems/Raytheon. He was also an avid runner (over 25 marathons, 25 half-marathons, over 25 biathlons). He was a Christian man who Loved the Lord and called First Baptist Church of Garland his home for many years. John is survived by his son, John David Gardner and wife Susan of Rockwall; daughter, Melissa Gardner of Denver, Colorado; Grandchildren, Elizabeth Gardner of Farmer’s Branch, Stephanie Urso and husband John of Kaufman, Lindsay Gardner of Rockwall, Chad Gardner of Rockwall, and Joy Gardner of Denver, Co.

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Tomy P. Chacko

May 25, 1957 - Feb 21, 2024

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Garland, TX

Tomy P. Chacko passed away on February 21, 2024 in Garland, Texas. Tomy will be buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett, Texas. He will have visitation at 10:00 AM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, followed by a Mass at 11:00 AM. The funeral burial services will take place at 12:30 PM at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A native of Pulinculinoo, Kuttanad, Kerala, Tomy was born on May 25, 1957. He cared so deeply for his family, friends and helping others any chance he had available. He was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and thrived serving others to glorify God. He was a brilliant man, who loved learning, encouraging those around him and being the glue for his family and friends to keep social circles active. He had a profound impact on those around him, whether it be a phone call, a shoulder to cry on or listen, or words of wisdom that stuck with you forever. His favorite love languages included sharing yields from his gardening green thumb, cooking delicious meals for his loved ones and making sure that those in his life were always well taken care of and provided for at the best capacity. He will eternally be remembered as the absolute epitome of a family man, who loved his wife and daughter more than anything in this world. He was preceded in death by his father Chacko Chacko and mother Rosamma Chacko. Tomy is survived by his wife of 34 wonderful years Clara, and his daughter Christina. Tomy is also survived by his sisters Rosamma and Leelamma, and his brothers James, Joseph and Sunny. Tomy is also survived by many friends that he considered family, overseas in India as well as in the states."

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Alejandra Balleza

Jul 17, 1938 - Feb 22, 2024

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Garland, TX

Alejandra Balleza passed away on Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2024 at the age of 85 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family in Garland, Texas. She courageously fought two battles with cancer until the end. She was born and raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and migrated to North Texas in 1974 with her husband and 4 children. Alejandra was married to her husband Reymundo for over 42 years. They raised 6 children together and were members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Garland, Texas. She started out as a seamstress but dedicated the remainder of her life working as a manual laborer in the manufacturing industry. She loved sewing and knitting and would make clothes for all the newborn babies coming into the family. She also loved cooking and made sure to pass down all the family recipes. She absolutely loved being outside, working in her garden, and sharing plants with others so they can start their own. She loved spending time interacting, playing, and watching cartoons with her grandkids and great-grandkids. Alejandra is preceded in death by her husband Reymundo, her parents Daniel Olguin and Nemesia Galves, 6 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her children Arminda, Raymond (Maria), Juan Jose (Yasmin) of Garland Texas, Guillermo of Matamoros Mexico, Shelly (Nima) of Plano Texas and Martha (Rick) of Sachse Texas. Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Melissa (James), Crystal (Robert), Danielle (Matthew), Raymond Jr (Valerie), Julio, Christopher, Steven (Tracie), Michael, Briyani (Javier), Cassandra, Jacky, Emily, Gracie, Joseph, Ariana, Alexandra, and Ethan. 7 great-grandkids, 2 sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Gary Adam Lanehart

Feb 27, 1966 - Feb 16, 2024

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Garland, TX

Gary Adam Lanehart passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, at home surrounded by his family. Gary was a faithful L.S.U. Football fan since he was a small child. He was born on February 27,1966 in Baton Rouge, LA. Gary proudly graduated from L.S.U. Gary had a successful career designing top secret defense systems that kept Americans safe! He was preceded in death by his father Adam Lanehart, mother Lorraine Lanehart, sister Nancy Blanchard and brother John Lanehart. Gary is survived by his wife of 28 wonderful years Laurie and his daughter Amber. Gary is also survived by his sister Della Lanehart and brother Brad Lanehart. Gary is also survived by many friends that he considered family. We cannot forget to mention Gary’s beloved pet dog “Chip” a Maltipoo who still reigns terror on the household! Gary will be cremated at Williams Funeral Home in Garland, Texas. Gary’s wife Laurie is organizing a public memorial on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Visitation opens at 12:00p.m. with the service starting at 1:00 p.m. Anyone with fond memories, stories, or keepsakes; feel free to attend and share. GO LSU!

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Doris Marie Caldwell

Jun 27, 1938 - Feb 26, 2024

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Garland, TX

The world became a brighter place on June 27, 1938 when Doris Marie Caldwell was born in Dallas, Texas. As a teenager, she was known as the Songbird of Garland High because of her beautiful singing voice. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was precious to those who were blessed to know her and made all of her loved ones feel as if they were her favorite person in the world. She was brave, resilient, strong, kind, loyal, creative, generous, hilarious, loved to have fun and was forever 16. After a long and happy life, she peacefully went to heaven on February 26, 2024. She is preceded in death by husband William Edward Smith, Parents William (Bill) Caldwell and Christene Caldwell, Brother William Earl Caldwell, daughter Debbie Marie Smith and son Jimmy Edward Smith. She is survived by Husband Mark Perry Walters, children Judy Hays (and husband Norman Hays), Jeff Smith (and wife Tressa Smith), Crystal Rothermel (and husband Jason Rothermel), Alisha Walpole (and husband Chad Walpole) grandchildren Bridget, Jennifer, Brian, Brady, Hunter, Garrett, Katie, Jaycee, Jessica, Candace, Jacob, Reese, Reid, Gemma, Clark, and Samantha. Great-Grandchildren Brianna, Tristan, Bella, Kaitlyn, Nolan, Noah, Jett, Rowan, Jentry, Josie, Magnolia, Landrey, Lucas, Xavier and Walker. To honor Mamma Doris’ memory, the family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Directors 1600 S Garland Ave Garland, Texas on Wednesday February 28 from 6-8pm and her celebration of life will take place Thursday, February 29 at 1pm followed by interment at Big A Cemetery 4500 Big A Road Rowlett, Texas 75088. We invite anyone who knew her to attend and share memories of her beautiful life.

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Angela Dawn Fazarro

May 21, 1968 - Feb 23, 2024

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Garland, TX

On May 21, 1968, Matthew Van Buren Cook and Vollie LaVerne Brown Cook welcomed their third child and only daughter, Angela Dawn. Vollie LaVerne was thrilled to finally have a baby girl. Angela’s brothers Darwin and Steven were less than excited. In time however, the brothers grew to love and adore their little sister. Angela grew up in Austin, Tx. She graduated from Lyndon B. Johnson High School. She attended Huston-Tillotson University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Angela continued her education at Central Missouri State University where she earned a Master of Science in Industrial Management. Angela worked for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as a Grants and Contract Specialist. While attending Huston-Tillotson, Angela pledged Zeta Phi Beta. Angela was an active Zeta, often volunteering. On one occasion Angela volunteered to serve as a chaperone. Dominick Fazarro was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas when he got word from his Phi Beta Sigma grad chapter that the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta needed a chaperone. The moment he laid eyes on Angela, he was smitten. They married on June 7, 1997. Angela and Dominick have three sons;Asante, Tsegaya, and Carmelo. Angela was the ultimate boy mom. She was truly proud of all her boys. Angela was an active member of One Community Church - Garland. She was a member of the One Voice Choir and Women Doing Life Together group. She served as the choir Outreach Coordinator, was faithful in women’s bible study and was an avid volunteer. Angela Dawn Fazarro peacefully fell asleep in death on Friday, February 23, 2024. Angela was preceded in death by her father Matthew Van Buren Cook. She is survived by her mother Vollie LaVerne Cook; husband of 27 years Dominick Fazarro; sons Asante, Tsegaya and Carmelo; brothers Darwin Cook (Keisha) and Steven Cook (Beatrice); “Little” Steven Cook (nephew) and Patricia Cook (niece); and a host of family and friends that will miss her take charge, no-nonsense attitude and beautiful smile.

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Brenda Gail Prater

Apr 09, 1958 - Feb 26, 2024

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Garland, TX

Brenda Gail Prater, 65, of Garland, Texas, passed away on Feb 26 , 2024 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Brenda Prater was born on April 9 , 1958 to AJ Ashworth and Eloise Sanders in Pasadena, Texas. In 1980, Brenda met Joseph at Fiesta Lanes in Garland, Texas. Brenda and Joseph married in August of 82 went on to have 3 children, Teran, Joshua, and Nathan. Brenda worked for Southwestern Bell for many years first as a telephone line installer and then later as a drafting clerk. After she left Southwestern Bell she focused on family and eventually began her own house cleaning business, Hometown Cleaning Services. Brenda loved supporting family in their endeavors never missing a ballgame and rarely missing theatrical performances. In her spare time, she loved traveling and one of her favorite places to go was the Eureka Springs, Arkansas/Branson, Missouri area. Proceeded in death by her mother Eloise Sanders and niece Amanda Cruz, Brenda is survived by Joseph Prater (husband), Teran Hernandez (Daughter) and wife Brenda, Joshua Prater (Son), Nathan Prater (Son) and wife Amber and her brother Michael and his wife Gwen. Four grandchildren Jordan, Mark, Tyler, and Hannah and one great grandchild, Remington as well as multiple nieces, nephews, and other family members. Services will be held at Charles W. Smith Funeral home in Lavon, Texas on March 3 , 2024 with the viewing at 1pm and the service starting at 2pm, burial following immediately afterward.

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