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Jacqueline McKay Ellsworth (1924-2016) 

Jacqueline McKay Ellsworth was born July 25, 1924, in Galveston, Texas, to Grace Bookman and James Arley McKay and she died July 21, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.  Jackie grew up in Madisonville, Texas, and was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  Named Sweetheart of the University, Jackie met Ralph Irving Ellsworth, UT football and track standout, and a courtship blossomed. Ralph and Jackie married in 1946 and made their home in Houston, Texas, where they raised their four daughters and enjoyed a 52-year marriage. 

Jackie’s passion was people-her hospitable home was a place where relationships were enjoyed and nurtured.  Where Jackie was present, laughter was close at hand.  Her vivacious, joyful and gracious spirit will be remembered and missed by those who had the privilege of knowing her.

As her daughters married, Jackie enthusiastically welcomed the addition of four “sons.” Her sincere interest, respect, and love for them was mutual and led to life-long, close relationships. Her grandchildren know well the special place they held in her heart.  The one-on-one focused time with “Grandmomma,” which she herself relished, gave her grandchildren a gift of affirming love they will carry with them forever. 

As much as Jackie cherished her family and friends, Jesus Christ was her first love and most valued relationship. She treasured her 26 years in Community Bible Study, learning God’s Word and making lasting friendships with women of all ages.

Jackie is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her sister Anne McKay Sandel; and her great-granddaughter, Ava Elizabeth Ungarean.  She is survived by her four daughters and their husbands: Anne and J.D. McCaslin and Katherine and Bob Baxter, of Dallas; Jane and Bill Phillips and Nancy and Charles Robinson, of Houston; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express deep appreciation to Jackie’s wonderful caregivers: Evetta Cogle, Bridget Akpotha, and Renee Bland for their faithful devotion and loving care of their dear friend, “Miss Jackie.”

A memorial service to celebrate Jackie’s life will be held at 2 PM, September 9, 2016, in the Chapel of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Community Bible Study, 790 Stout Lane, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80921.

Ricky Lynn Green 

Ricky Lynn Green, 63 of North Zulch, TX; passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Bryan.  Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, August 5 at 10AM at Willowhole Cemetery in North Zulch. A family visitation is scheduled for Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Day Funeral Home Chapel in Madisonville. 

Ricky is survived by his mother, Jerri Barnett; his children, Kelli Green, Kristin Green, David George, Karla Crockett, Christopher George, Melissa McCord, Ricky Green, II, Kortney Green, and MacKenzie Green; and numerous grandchildren, 

Norma Dell Johnson

Norma Dell Johnson, born December 7, 1935 to Johnnie Franklin Johnson and Dovie Mae Williams Johnson, Oak Grove Community, Madison County, North Zulch Texas. Left this world for another place August 2, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in law Doug and Aline Pingrey, Brother Austin “Jack” Johnson and sister in-law Nelda Greer, two foster sisters Autis and Audrey, nephew Don Pingrey, great granddaughter Chloe Parker and three husbands James Matlock, Pete Halbison, and Rusty Gammel.

She is survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

Norma started school in 1942 at Willow Hole Grade School, and graduated in 1949 as Valedictorian of her class. She attended North Zulch High School and graduated in 1953.

She married James Matlock in 1952 and after graduation traveled with him throughout Texas and the United States. In 1964 she remarried to Pete Halbison and they traveled around the US for 10 years before settling back in Madisonville. Norma worked in the Madisonville area for 22 years before retiring.

Norma joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in 1942 at the age of 12. She was a 40+ year member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 84 and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign War Ladies Auxiliary Units 8233 and 4006.

She was the first district Ppresident of the VFW from Madison County. She held many other district positions over the years; she poured her heart into her favorite VFW program for the POW/MIAs. She believed there should be an accounting for all who served and those that were lost.

Having learned to play 42 as a child she brought it back into her life after retirement. She belonged to the Dizzie Dozen and Happy Dots 42 clubs in Bedias where she loved to play. She traveled to many surrounding communities to play and has many trophies to show for her efforts. Norma made many lasting friendships throughout her life and was great about keeping in touch with everyone. She loved crossword puzzles and Scrabble. 

Memorial services for Norma were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the Madisonville Funeral Home, with Lanier Stevens officiating. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., prior to service time. Madisonville Funeral Home was charge of arrangements.

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