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Sunday, March 12, 2000

CLENDENNEN
   Bernice O'Neill Clendennen passed away Saturday, March 11, 2000 at the age of 90.
   She was a long time resident of Sinton, Texas and passed away in Mathis, Texas.
   She is preceded in death by her husband M.B. Clendennen in 1988 and great-grandson Richard Reid Royal in 1966.
   Bernice is survived by her daughter, Norma Jean (Orea) Ehlers of Corpus Christi, Texas; two grandchildren Orene (Mark) Custer of Mathis, Texas, and Bobye (Garner) Farrier of Aransas Pass, Texas; two great-grandchildren Christopher Stephens of Wichita, Kansas and Lawrene Harris of Mathis, Texas; three great-great-grandsons Colin, Troy, and Trey; and numerous relatives.
   Graveside services will be conducted on Monday March 13, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. in the Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery.

COOPER
   Helen E. Cooper passed away Friday, March 10, 2000 at the age of 93. She was a volunteer at Spohn Hospital for many years.
   She is preceded in death by her husband Samuel H. Cooper.
   Helen is survived by her daughter Barbara Kurtz of Corpus Christi, Texas; granddaughters Dale Kurtz-Stewart (Gill), and Marcy Kurtz both of Houston, Texas; grandson Jeffrey Kurtz of Victoria, Texas; great-grandson Samuel W. Stewart of Houston, Texas; and dearest friend William Jue of Corpus Christi, Texas.
   Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2000 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 pm. at Seaside Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be conducted on Sunday, March 12, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Bethel Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

HINCHLIFFE
   Russell Hinchliffe, 87, of Portland passed away March 3, 2000.
   Preceded in death by his wife, Vena. Survivors include his nephews, Frank Milton of St. John, Indiana, Thomas Milton of Dyer, Indiana and niece Dolly Hehman of Granada Hills, California.
   Mr. Hinchliffe served in the United States Air Force during WWII. He was the district Chairman of the Lions Hearing Aid and Temporal Bone Bank of South Texas and was employed in pharmaceutical sales. Under the stage name "Russ Milton," Mr. Hinchliffe was an accomplished stage actor working with such luminous celebrities as Al Jolson, Ray Bolger, Martha Raye, Cab Calloway and Rogers & Hart. He appeared in several Broadway shows including "On Your Toes", "Too Many Girls", and the WWII saga "Winged Victory".
   Mr. Hinchliffe will be sadly missed by his many friends, relatives and associates. Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 700 S. Broadway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. Services to be held Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 10:00 AM at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal.

MARTINEZ
   Adam Aaron Martinez, 15, of Corpus Christi, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2000.
   He is survived by his father David Martinez of Robstown; his mother, Lisa Martinez of Corpus Christi; one brother, Jonathan Martinez; one sister, Ariel Martinez both of Corpus Christi; paternal grandmother Noemi Martinez of Robstown; maternal grandmother Rachel Gonzalez of Corpus Christi; numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
   The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday March 13, 2000 at Robstown Memorial Funeral Home.
   Prayer Service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2000 at Robstown Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
   Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2000 at Central Baptist Church 201 E. Ave. D.
   Interment will follow at Memorial Park.

PEREZ
   San Diego, TX - Hortensia G. Perez, 88, passed away Friday, March 10, 2000. She was a long life native of San Diego. Where she taught for 43 years, now retired. She also served in her early years at the First Female Postmaster of the city of San Diego, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian G. Perez who pass away.
   She is survived by on son-in-law, Dr. William L. Davis of McAllen, Texas; two daughters, Elvie Perez Davis of McAllen, Texas and Leola L. Perez of Austin, Texas; two granddaughters, Kimberly Davis of McAllen, Texas and Raquel Pennington of Austin, Texas; two sister-in-laws, Diana P. Gongora and Blanca G. Perez both from San Diego, Texas; three sisters, Olga Forehand of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Zulema Clayton of San Antonio, Texas, and Lucita Parr of Boerne, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.
   A rosary will be recited on Sunday, March 12, 2000 at 7:00 P.M. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home of San Diego. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 13, 2000 at 10:00 A.M. at St Francis De Paula Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery.

PUCKETT
   Jynelle Marie Puckett, 75, of Corpus Christi died Friday after a long illness. She was born in Dallas, Texas and she was a resident of Nueces County since 1933. She is the daughter of James A. and Johnnie Westbrook. She was married to Woody M. Puckett for 37 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was an active Jehovah's Witness since 1943, helping the community to learn the truth of the Bible.
   Survivors include her mother, Johnnie Westbrook of Corpus Christi; one daughter, Linda Kay Evers of Corpus Christi; one son, Robin Duane Puckett of San Antonio; two granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.
   Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 13, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on 7333 McArdle Road.

SPINKS
   ARANSAS PASS, TX - Raymond Floyd Spinks, 79, a resident of Aransas Pass, Texas since 1936, passed away Friday, March 10, 2000. He was born September 27, 1920 in Cuero, Texas to Grover and Mary Spinks. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was present at the Battle of the Bulge and served on the front line in France under General George Patton. He retired from Humble Oil in Baytown, Texas in 1955 and retired again in 1982 from Caspary and Wendell after 14 years. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 6386 of Ingleside.
   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Louise; his grandson, George Wayne Spinks; three brothers, Fletcher Spinks, Prentis Spinks, and Robert E. "Jack" Spinks and his sister, Alice Helwig.
   He is survived by his special friend, Lillie Ramos of Aransas Pass; three sons, William Wayne Spinks of Paduka, Kentucky, Ray (Wanda) Spinks, Jr. of Conroe, and Prentis Lee Spinks of Port Isabel; his daughter, Frances Ann (James) Palmer of Arthur City, Texas; two brothers, William Spinks of Vanderbilt and J.R. Keller of Rockport; his sister, Marguriete Stehle of Yorktown; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; and one special granddaughter, Terri (Richard) Simpson of Rockport.
   Funeral Services will be conducted Monday, March 13, 2000 at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Aaron Jayne officiating.
   Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.

SUECH
   ROCKPORT TX -Robert Jaques Suech, age 64, passed away Friday, March 10, 2000 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born January 21, 1936 in Duluth, Minnesota to Edward and Theresa Adamack Suech. He was a sales representative for the 3M Corp. and had lived in Rockport for over three years. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
   He is survived by his wife, Sandra A. Suech of Rockport; two sons, Peter Clayton of Orlando, Florida and Danny Clayton of Tampa, Florida; a daughter, Tracey Heim of Burnsville, Minnesota; a brother, Edward Suech, Jr. of Arizona; a sister, Cathy McCulley of St. Paul, Minnesota, and two grandchildren.
   Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 13, 2000 at the Charlie Marshall Chapel in Rockport. Expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to Aransas County Medical Service, Inc. (EMS), Box 821, Rockport, Texas 78381-0821 or to a charity of your choice.

TREVINO
   Carmen M. Trevino, 84, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2000.
   Arrangements pending with Angelus Funeral Home.

VALVERDE
   Fidela Valverde was called by the Lord on Saturday March 11, 2000. She was born on March 24, 1923. Mrs. Valverde was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She raised a fine family.
   God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around her and whispered "come with me." With tear-filled eyes we watched her suffer and fade away. Although we loved her deeply, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stop beating, hard working hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the Best.
   She is preceded in death by her son, Antonio Valverde, Jr.
   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Antonio Valverde, Sr.; her sons, Jose (Yolanda) Rodriguez, Raul (Laura) Valverde, Rudy (Gloria) Valverde, Ernest (Sylvia) Valverde all of Corpus Christi; her daughters, Gloria Anzualda, Ester (Joe) Anzualda, Bertha (Rudy) Ortiz, Herlinda Hernandez all of Corpus Christi; sister-in-law, Alma Valverde; 23 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
   The family will be receiving friends on Monday, March 13, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that evening.
   Funeral procession will depart at 12:30 p.m. from Angelus Funeral Home.
   Rites of a Christian burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
   Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

YBARRA
   Petra Martinez Ybarra, 76, of Corpus Christi, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2000.
   Her parents Cristoval and Francisca Martinez and a brother, Secundino Martinez, precede her in death.
   She is survived by her husband, Jesus Ybarra; three daughters, San Juana Ybarra, Sylvia Watrin and Mary (Gerardo) Rodriguez; six sons, Jesse (Olivia) Ybarra, Cruz (Janie) Ybarra, Julian (Adela) Ybarra, Cristobal Ybarra, Domingo (Fabiana) Ybarra and Estanislao (Eva) Ybarra all of Corpus Christi; seven sisters, Virginia Pena, Francisca (Antonio) Pena, Julia Garcia, Olivia (Manuel) Acuna Sr., Maria Yolanda Rodriguez Rosario (Gilbert) Castillo all of Corpus Christi and Genoveva (Steve) Bernal of Beeville, Texas; three brothers, Jose (Esperanza) Martinez, Delfino Martinez, Raul Gilberto (Rebecca) Martinez; She is also survived by an uncle, Pablo Martinez of Bryan, Texas, an aunt, Juanita Perez, and sister-in-law, Clara P. Martinez; twenty-seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and fifty-seven nieces and nephews.
   Public visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2000 at the Angelus Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that evening.
   Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2000 at Our Lady of Pilar Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
   Active pallbearers will be her grandsons, Domingo Ybarra Jr., Rickey L. Gregg Jr., Chris Ybarra, Julian Ybarra Jr., Cruz Ybarra Jr., Jeffery Ybarra, Fabian Ybarra and Jesse Ybarra.

ZWIERS
   Col. John S. Zwiers, retired Air Force, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, died March 8, 2000 in Austin after a valiant struggle with heart disease. Dr. Zwiers was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 16, 1917, to John H. and Jeanette Zwiers. Years of sacrifice for and education culminated in a DVM from Michigan State University in 1944. He is survived by the love of his life, Marion Taylor, whom he married in a 1949, his daughter Karla Wilson of Corpus Christi and daughter Karen Mattison of Austin. Also surviving are beloved sons-in-law Dr. David Wilson and Ron Mattison. He leaves his legacy to his five loved grandchildren of whom he was so proud: Kristin Mattison, Kathryn Mattison, Christopher Wilson, Nicholas Wilson and Kevin Wilson.
   His proudest career achievements came through his military career in the Air Force. He received the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service and was described by his superiors as "a highly intelligent, articulate, versatile officer with the highest degree of initiative, an authority in his field and an exceptionally competent teacher-lecturer particularly adept at guiding the work of young veterinarians." His life will be honored at a private graveside service on Monday, March 13, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery in San Antonio with full military honors. The service will be officiated by longtime friends and in-laws, Col. Walt and Gwyn Mattison.
   John Zwiers was a Dutchman by birth but an Anglophile by choice. His love for English history and golf was part of his world throughout his retirement. He was a multi-faceted, multi-talented man who had a wide variety of careers that included being a professional musician, a race track vet, an inspector with the IG team, a health inspector and a teacher and researcher in veterinary medicine.
   Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association in Austin or Corpus Christi.


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