Kathryn Minyonne Lomax, 85, of Alpine, formerly of Big Spring, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in Alpine. Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Mt. Olive Memorial Park in Big Spring under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring.Minyonne was born in Big Spring, Texas on September 19, 1930. Her parents were Everett and Lille Mae Lomax and her grandparents were Louis and Mollie Lomax, and Henry and Mary Potton Hayden. She is survived by her cousins, Evelyn Stalling Adkins of Stanton and her family, Jimmy Stallings of Midland and his family, and Louis Stallings and wife, Luan of Big Spring and their family. Other relatives are Sharon Grewell and her husband, Gene of Phoenix, Arizona and their daughter, April Meek and her husband, Jake; and Joan Jordan McCowan of Odessa. A special thank you is given to special caregivers during her illness. They are Concha Hernandez, Jean Sierra, Corina Brown, Diana Gonzales and Bobbie Lane.|
Minyonne was raised on the family farm in the Lomax community in Howard County, named after her grandfather, Louis Lomax, who settled this community when he acquired ranch land in 1922 and turned some into farm land. Her grandfather gave the land for the first school that was named Lomax School. Her mother, Lillie Mae was one of the first teachers at Lomax School. Minyonne began her education at Lomax School and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1947 and then Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, graduating in 1951. She began her teaching career at Fannin Elementary in Midland, Texas and taught for a number of years where she was known as an excellent and strict teacher by her students. She loved hearing about her former students, one being former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush. She later moved to Alpine where she helped her sister care for their aging mother.
Minyonne always enjoyed receiving updates on the news of her Big Spring friends and also any updates of her cousin's families. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Minyonne and her sister, Mary Helen, donated the Potton House to the Heritage Museum a number of years ago. The sisters spent a lot of their childhood days at the Potton House with their grandparents, the Haydens, who were associated with The Big Spring Weekly, one of the first newspapers published in Big Spring.
Minyonne and Mary Helen also arranged for the Lomax schoolhouse, which was built by their grandparents, Louis E. and Mollie Hill Lomax, to be moved to a "park like" setting in Odessa where it is being preserved and used for various functions.
The family suggests memorial be made for the Potton House through the Heritage Museum,510 Scurry St., Big Spring, Texas 79720 or The West Texas Boys Ranch, 10223 Boys Ranch road, San Angelo, Texas 76904.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made atwww.npwelch.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on Mar. 30, 2016