Sarah Elizabeth Gruver, affectionally known as “Betty,” passed away on Aug. 1, 2021, in her sleep at her home in Monarch Estates in Auburn, Ala. She was born Sarah Elizabeth Yeldell on Aug. 12, 1929, in a three-room shack on the family ranch in Yeldell, to George A’ Clark Yeldell and Lucy A. Calame Yeldell. Her father died in 1941, leaving four children for her mother to rear during the Depression. She worked at the drug store in town and graduated from Mexia High School in 1947. After graduation, Betty attended Business College and became an executive secretary in the days of typewriters and five carbon copies. She resigned when she received a marriage proposal.
Ricky Lynn Payne, beloved husband, father and friend, 58, of Mexia, passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Groesbeck. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home chapel in Mexia, with Pastor Debra Turner officiating.
Elder Andrew Wesley Stull, 66, a devoted minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, husband, father and grandfather, was called home to be with his Lord on the evening of Aug. 10, 2021, at his residence in Freestone County. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10 in the morning, at Point Enterprise Cemetery, with Elder Daryl Inman officiating.
Dwight Edward Mahoney, 77, was born in Buffalo, Kan., on May 1, 1944, to Philip Mahoney and Phyllis Story Mahoney. He passed away on Monday Aug. 9, 2021. A mass celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia. Father Celso Yu and Father Benjie Magnaye will officiate. Visitation with the family will be Friday evening at St. Mary’s from 6-7 p.m. with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Bremond. Arrangements are under the direction of Blair Stubbs Funeral Home.
Benita Ann Brooks, age 71, passed away on July 29, 2021.