Mabel Eva Jay Blaylock was born in Robert Lee, Texas, October 21, 1927, to Raymond and Nellie Jay. After graduating from Lake View High School at age 16,she married Billy Frank Blaylock June 10, 1944, while he was in the Marine Corps. After World War II, Mabel and Billy Frank settled in Eldorado, and were married 59 years before his death in 2003.
Mabel loved music and by the age of 10, was singing on KGKL Radio in San Angelo, so small she had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone. She also sang in a men’s quartet that performed all over west Texas. Later she attended several schools of music, including the Stamps-Baxter School of Music. Mabel was a very talented musician, playing a variety of instruments. She enjoyed singing in the choir at First Baptist Church in Eldorado for many years.
The joy of Mabel’s life was her family. She loved to laugh and especially loved spending time with all the grandkids, teaching so many important life skills – how to bait a hook and catch a big perch, how to play and win card and board games, how to sing from the heart and make a joyful noise! She was a talented artist, seamstress, and cook, and shared those talents with family and friends. She led by example, living a Christ-centered life, putting others first, and stressing to those close to her the importance of always doing the right thing.
She is survived by her sister Nell Richardson of Lubbock, and brother Robert Jay and Pansie of Eldorado. Children are Frankie Hardy of Dallas, Steve Blaylock and Mary Ann of Midland, Billie Gayl Gray and Terry of Kerrville, and Eva Jo Sessom and Steve of Eldorado.
Grandchildren are Jay and Phebe, Jeff and Tish, Betsy, Katie and Donnie, Lindy and Ben, Jamie and Brent, Staci and Benny, Stormi and Quay, M’Lissa and Jeremy, and Micah and Leslie. Great-grandchildren are Justin, Lauren, Hunter, Hayden, Jackson, Jayci, Logan, Morgan, Drake, Fisher, Payton, Stevi, Drew, Charli, and Atli.
Mabel was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter Mitzi.
Services were Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Eldorado.
Memorials may be made to Mitzi Sessom Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church of Eldorado.
1935 — 2011
Nancy Addell Terry went home to be with the Lord on December 29, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her son Randy Evers and daughter Rhonda Dakin.
She is survived by her daughters Dorothy Kelsey of West Point, MS; Nancy Jenkins and Eureka Norton of San Angelo, TX; Yvonne and husband Chad Olsen of Staples, MN; son Greg Terry and daughter-in-law Isabelle Villanueva both of Eldorado, TX, and 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Nancy was born and raised in Eldorado, Texas. She loved so many people and touched so many hearts. She had a smile that completely would warm your heart. There are just so many close friends she had, that she considered family.
Mary Frances Cavaness (Cissi) age 49, went to be with her Lord on February 8, 2012 after a life long battle with Diabetes. Cissi was the second of four daughters born July 3, 1962 in Junction, TX to the late Dale Cavaness and Betty Cavaness O’Daniel.
Cissi was raised in Eldorado. She moved to Lovelady Texas in 1993 and was employed with the Texas Department of Corrections until disabled by Diabetes. In 1998 she was the recipient of the first successful kidney transplant in Tyler, TX. In 2003 she returned to her hometown of Eldorado.
Her greatest love was her only child, Torin. Cissi had a great sense of humor and always a smile on her face. She was a treasure to her family and all who knew her.
LUBBOCK - Elizabeth (Jean) Ray went peacefully to sleep Tuesday, February 6, 2012 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. She had been a resident at Harmonee House in Amherst, Texas the past four years. Jean was born October 11, 1923 in Fort Worth, TX to David Mills Powell and Elizabeth Rae Powell. She was raised in Fort Worth and San Angelo. She graduated from the University of Texas June 24, 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts.
She married Walter Lee Ray, Sr. June 15, 1947. They ranched in Christoval a short time and later made their home in San Angelo. They lived in Oregon and Washington from 1963 to 1970 then returned to San Angelo but also lived in Fort Sumner, NM from 1976 to 1984 then returned to San Angelo. She was an avid bridge player and loved to china paint, cook and entertain. Walter preceded her in death in May 1998, her mother Elizabeth Rae Powell in 2002, brother David Powell in 2005, and sister Judy Graham in 2011.