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DELGADO, Candelario "Candy"  
DELGADO, Candelario "Candy" Age 80, of Austin, passed away Nov. 18, 2014. Service pending. Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, Austin, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
DOUGLASS, Frank  
Frank Douglass May 29, 1933 - November 23, 2007 Luke 10: 25-37 We Miss You Dad, Papaw, Frank, F.D. Love, Russell & Rosemary, Tom & Susan, Andrew & Sheri, Cathy, Betty, Rusty, Jordan, Jeff, Amy, Leighton, Turner & Cecily, Brian, Katie, Grace & Billy, Drew, Elizabeth & William.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
ELLISON Jr., Frank  
ELLISON Jr., Frank Age 55, of Austin, passed away Nov. 20, 2014. Service Nov. 29, 10 a.m. at Mt. Sinai MBC. King Tears Mortuary, Austin, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
EPSTEIN, Selma - Austin  
EPSTEIN, Selma Internationally recognized concert pianist Selma Epstein passed away November 21, 2014 at her home in Pflugerville, TX at the age of 87. Born August 14, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York to Tillie and Samuel Schechtman, she found her calling early in life with the help and encouragement of her paternal uncle. Although she won many prizes in high school for mathematics, Selma's life was dedicated to music. She debuted her career at Carnegie Hall at the age of 15 before going on to Julliard where she was the youngest pupil to study under the famed Rosina Lhevinne. Selma then received the D. Hendrick Ezerman Foundation Scholarship at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music to study with distinguished teacher Eduard Steuermann. In the 1960's she was invited to be the first pianist to present a series of all contemporary pieces in the Far East and founded the Baltimore Washington Contemporary Music Group. Over her lifetime Selma recorded, most notably Selma Epstein plays Percy Grainger; authored several group piano-teaching texts and A Guide for Researching Music by Women Composers; taught at the Newcastle Conservatory of Music in NSW, Australia; and gave private lessons. But she is perhaps best known for her efforts to promote 20th century black and female composers. Hailed as a pioneer and champion of contemporary music, she spent decades touring the world to bring attention to the genre, including a visit to the People's Republic of China in 1992. Also she started senior adult group piano teaching at the Catonsville Community College and the Free University of John Hopkins, which still continue today at the Catonsville Senior Center. She fascinated children as well as adults by playing prepared piano inside the piano. She drew and composed works in charcoal, paint and pastels. Selma loved to garden at her home in Dickeyville, Maryland, and she baked many delicacies for her monthly musical recitals which she hosted for all of her children and adult students. She loved cats, especially her white Persian Schmutzy and her black Persian Azania. Even after retiring from touring and teaching, Selma continued to play on her Steinway B grand piano almost daily, just for the love of music. Selma is preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Joseph Epstein and her eldest son, Leslie Epstein. She is survived by her children, Meta Epstein Larochelle, Bonney Epstein and Joshua Epstein and his wife, Paulette Epstein, as well as more than 20 grandchildren and great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10 AM at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. The family would like to thank all of her caregivers over the past several years. They were dedicated and grew to love her like family. Especial thanks to Patricia Fortune, Nighat "Nikki" Kazi and Belinda Shannon. Selma's Steinway will have a home with the new Fine Arts Facility at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas and much of her musical literature is also being donated to the museum there. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Humane Society of Austin.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2014
EPSTEIN, Selma  
EPSTEIN, Selma Age 87, of Pflugerville, passed away Nov. 21, 2014. Service Nov. 24, 10 a.m. at Central Texas State Cemetery. Cook Walden Funeral Home N. Lamar, Austin, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
EVANS, Hallie Stayton "Dolly" - Austin  
EVANS, Hallie Stayton "Dolly" Hallie Stayton Evans (Dolly) was born in Corpus Christi on Aug. 2, 1918, and died in Comfort, Texas on Aug. 30, 2014, at 96 years of age. Her parents, Hallie Robertson and Robert Weldon Stayton moved to Austin with daughters Eleanor, Dolly and Betty so that Judge Stayton could accept a state judicial appointment. One more daughter, Ann, was welcomed into the family there. Dolly studied art at the University of Texas and in New York City. She married Druce Evans in 1942 and stayed in Austin as he piloted B-17 bombers, being based in England. Their children were Betty, Bob and Pete, all born in Austin. Dolly began teaching art at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in 1956, and soon began teaching third grade, which she did for many years. She was very involved with the Austin community, being a member of the Junior League of Austin, the Austin Symphony Board, the Colonial Dames, the Municipal Art Guild, the History Club, the Wednesday Morning Music Club, and the Daughters of the King. She was also a talented artist and a canny bridge player. Dolly was predeceased by her husband Druce, her parents, and sisters Eleanor Gammon and Betty Elwell Penn; her son Pete and grandson Shawn Stayton Evans. She is survived by her children Betty and Bob of Comfort; her sister Ann Heiligenthal Lewis of Austin; daughter-in-law Ginger Evans of Neiderwald; grandson Jeffrey Evans and his wife and 2 children of Austin. A goodly number of nieces and nephews, and their children, also survive her. Dolly lived a long and productive life, with many, many friends who enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor, her genuine warmth, and her generosity. A Celebration of Life service will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church at 209 W. 27th Street in Austin on Saturday-November 29, 2014 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow in the Gregg House afterwards. Dress is casual.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
FARABEE, Kenneth "Ray" - Austin  
FARABEE, Kenneth "Ray" Kenneth "Ray" Farabee died at his home in Austin on Thursday, November 20, 2014 after a life well lived. He was 81. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1932, Ray graduated from Wichita Falls High School before attending the University of Texas at Austin. Ray was elected Student Body President at UT but only served for a short time prior to taking a position with the National Student Association where he traveled the nation working with other university student government organizations. During his travels he met Helen Rehbein, Student Body President of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The two were married in 1958. Ray and Helen lived in Austin while he completed law school then moved back to his hometown to begin his law practice and their family. As for public service, it was never a question of if, but of when. In 1974, Ray was elected to the office of Texas State Senator where he served with distinction, earning Texas Monthly's Ten Best Legislator award five times. No one said it better than Texas Monthly when stating Ray was "the complete senator, operates on a different level from anyone else, even the good ones; acts not as representative of a single district but as a trustee of an entire state" and "the most respected member of the Legislature; carries the best bills, runs the most important committee and has the longest vision." Some of his many accomplishments included being chosen, along with Helen, as Texans of the Year by Texas Business magazine; being named as an Outstanding West Texan--an honor earlier given to the person responsible for Ray's first job at the State Capitol, John Ben Shepperd; and receiving the Hall of Honor award from Texas Corrections Association. Many Texans still enjoy the fruits of his legislative efforts including repealing the Texas Blue Laws, organ transplant legislation, child care and tort reform along with extensive changes to the mental health care system in Texas. In 1988 Ray retired from the Senate and began his service as Vice Chancellor, General Counsel of the University of Texas System, serving until 2000. During this time he served on and later chaired the board of directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Illinois. Having lost Helen to illness in 1988, Ray married Mary Margaret Albright in 1991. The two of them traveled extensively all around the world and worked tirelessly to support many philanthropic causes related to the arts and human services. Ray spent much of his "retirement" focusing on family and on causes near to his heart, including serving as board chair of KUT, as secretary of the Access to Justice Foundation and as a board member of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. He continued to enjoy his monthly Conversation Group suppers with his friends of more than 50 years. The rest of his tireless energy went to tending all of the plants in his beautiful yard. As he put it in his memoir, "simple pleasures are more a part of my life in retirement." Ray was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jack and Annie Lee, his first wife, Helen and his second wife, Mary Margaret. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Steve and Karen Farabee of Austin and David and Terri Farabee of Wichita Falls. He is also survived by his step daughter Patricia Albright of Austin. Ray was very proud of his four grandchildren, Worth, Nancy Helen, Russell and Sara Helen. A memorial service will be held in the Senate Chamber of the Texas Capitol at 2 pm on Friday December 5. A private burial at the State Cemetery will follow on December 6. A memorial service will be held in Wichita Falls but that date and time is still pending. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Farabee Fund, providing ongoing support to charitable causes that were passions of Helen, Mary Margaret and Ray, via the Farabee Fund c/o Austin Community Foundation, 4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751 ( austincf.org ) or a donation to the charity of your choice. Ray would have us carry on, remembering his legacy-a life well lived. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
FARRIS, Weldon Wilton "Al" - Austin  
FARRIS, Weldon Wilton "Al" Weldon Wilton (Al) Farris, 84, of Cedar Creek, Texas passed away on Nov. 19, 2014. He was born March 15, 1930 in Nocona, Texas to Glen George and Jewel Farris. In 1946 the Farris family moved to western Oklahoma to farm cotton. Al graduated from high school in Port, OK in 1948. As a young man, Al liked to drive the tractor and help his Dad in the cotton field. Al enlisted in the Air Force in 1952. While stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, Al met Edith Bates and they were married on Sept. 7, 1956. In 1967, when Al returned from serving in Viet Nam, they moved their family to Austin. Al retired from the Air Force in 1973 after 21 years of service. Al also worked in Civil Service and retired from that job in 1992 when Bergstrom AFB started closing down. Al was a man of many talents. He was a good carpenter and mechanic and even built and flew an Ultralight airplane in the 1990's. He was intelligent and curious. When something needed fixed around the place he could usually fix it. Al and Edith enjoyed having a garden every year. Al was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ. AL was predeceased by his parents, his sister Lavern and his brother David. He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Edith, three children, Wayne Farris (Denise), Pamela Young (Bill), John Farris (Connie), four grandchildren, Chad English (Rebecca), Deane Young, Logan Farris and Lindsey Farris. Also a brother, Tommy Farris and a sister Goldia Ward. A visitation will take place from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday November 23, 2014 at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. The service will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday November 24, 2104 at Southwest Church of Christ in Austin. Burial will follow at Forest Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Southwest School of Bible Studies, 8900 Manchaca Rd. Austin TX 78748, or to Hospice Austin. Condolences may be sent to: www.harrellfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2014
GELLER, Laurence Robert - Austin  
GELLER, Laurence Robert Laurence Robert Geller, 71 died on Nov. 15, 2014 in Austin. Larry was born in Newark, New Jersey on Nov. 19, 1942 to Maurice and Estelle Geller. He graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark, New Jersey in 1960 and received his Art B. A. degree in 1964 from Cooper Union in New York City. He was an artist and practiced real estate for 42 years most recently employed by JB Goodwin Realtors of Austin since 1991. He is survived by his lifelong partner, Russ Mihal; brother, Don Geller (Linda) of Lakeland, FL; uncle, Dave Geller (Mona); nephew, Andrew Geller; nieces, Jennifer Mitchell, Emily Geller, and cousin, Michelle Perkins. Memorial and a celebration of life will be Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 1-3p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 4001 Speedway, Austin, 78751. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society/Research.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 23 to Dec. 8, 2014
GUARIGUATA, Margaret  
GUARIGUATA, Margaret Age 85, of Austin, passed away Nov. 21, 2014. Service Nov. 25, 11 AM at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. Cook Walden Funeral Home, Austin, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2014
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