Eldorado - Long time area rancher, Kathleen Crosby "Kat" St. Clair died Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
She was born October 12, 1923 to John Christie and Lillian Hannie Crosby. Kathleen was raised in Eldorado and on her grandparent's Middle Valley ranch in Schleicher County, Texas.  She was a 1945 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a lifelong Longhorn fan.
She met and married Eugene Christian "Gene" St. Clair in 1948 and they had one child, a daughter, Christie St. Clair.
Kathleen and Gene, a career USAF officer, traveled the world for thirty years until his retirement in 1977 when they returned to Schleicher County to live on the ranch that her grandparents, Gratten Christie and Cordelia Crosby, had homesteaded in 1901.
Kathleen's proudest accomplishment was that she was able to keep the ranch intact and to improve the land.  In 2002, the G.C.
Crosby Ranch was designated in the Texas Department of Agriculture's Texas Family Land Heritage Program as a registered Texas Century Ranch, having been a continuous working ranch operated through the same family for at least one hundred years.  Additionally, Kathleen continued to run livestock on University of Texas land that her family has leased since the mid-1930s.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  She is survived by her daughter, Christie, and numerous cousins on both sides of the border, including Eduardo Garza Crosby, Roberto Garza Crosby and Patricio Garza Crosby.
Additionally, she is survived by each of her long time ranch managers and trusted friends, Juan Muñoz, of Middle Valley and
John Nanny, of Barnhart and their respective extended families.
Kathleen loved her family, loved her friends, loved her land, loved her livestock, loved her life and loved a good laugh.  She will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett .  In lieu of flowers her family requests that donations be made to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Fort McKavett, Eldorado, Sonora and/or Barnhart.

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.