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Florence "Irene" Dilts

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On Jan. 20, 2008, my mother Irene Dilts quietly passed from this world into the arms of her heavenly Father. She was born in Oil City, La. Oct. 10, 1917.
She and her brothers were raised by her grandparents in Vivian, La. She met and married my daddy, Jewel Brackman, on May 18, 1936, in Texarkana, Texas, where they lived and worked the family farm for several years. For more than 60 years, my parents lived in and around the Muleshoe, Texas, area. Over the years, mother worked on the farm, at City Hall and the probation office, and operated three restaurants. She also served on many civic and community organizations.
More importantly, she taught children and youth in her church about God, sang in the choir, and served in many capacities for her Lord. She always had a love for music, sewing, cooking, flowers and fishing. She has missed her little companion, "Suzette," this last year.
After she retired, she began a second career of volunteering and fishing. She willingly gave much of her time to hospitals, thrift shops, senior centers and fishing. Eight years ago, mother moved to Alamogordo to be close to her and her family. She immediately became active in her church, Bethel Baptist, the hospital auxiliary and the Alamogordo Senior Center. She made countless, wonderful friends here.
My mother experienced and accomplished many things in the course of 90 years, but these are a few of the things that I will remember the most: my mother never met a stranger; was always for the underdog; and gave generously to others no matter how little she had. She endured many hardships and losses, but her courageous and loving spirit carried her through. She was very loved and will be missed by her family and friends. Thank you, mother, for leaving me such a rich legacy.
- Jewellene Scoggin
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Arvie and Fannie Wall; her brothers, Huber and Burton Wall; her sons, Melvin, Jerry, Danny and Ronnie Brackman; and her husbands, Jewel Brackman and Robert Dilts.
She leaves behind a daughter and son-in-law, Jewellene and Verylon Scoggin, of Alamogordo; five grandchildren, Ritchy Scoggin and his wife Julie, of Austin, Texas, Justin Scoggin and his wife Kim, of Edmond, Okla., Brandon Scoggin and his wife Dena, of Austin, Denise Nickels and her husband Jim, of Arlington, Texas, and Chris Brackman, of Eulis, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary, Laura, Kristin, Taylor, Alexis and Dillon Scoggin, and John and Meagan Nickels; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Brackman, of Eulis; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Howell Scott, the Rev. Bart Montgomery and the Rev. Garland Peek officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Bethel Baptist Church.
Friends may call this evening from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Bethel Baptist Church, 1316 North Scenic Drive, Alamogordo NM 88310.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, 2008
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