Besse, McCarty, Preusser


AUSTIN, Texas - Daisy Woodman Besse passed away May 18, 2007 in Austin, Texas.

Born May 17, 1913 in Mt. Selma, Texas, Daisy Livonia Woodman was raised in Austin, Texas in a fun-loving family of seven children. After the family survived the 1922 tornado that destroyed their home and belongings in Penn Field, south of St. Edwards University, they built a beautiful home on Riverside Drive where IH 35 now descends into Austin from the south. Daisy attended Fulmore School and Austin High School.

As a young adult, Daisy loved to dance, participate in church activities, and work at her mother's flower shop in the Austin hotel. She met the love of her life, Joseph M. Besse, when he was in pharmacy school at the University of Texas. After serving in the Navy, Joe and Daisy moved to Harlingen and later to Alice, Texas, where Joe was the town's much beloved pharmacist.

Daisy was a member of the Disciples of Christ Church since childhood and attended University Christian Church since she and Joe retired back to Austin in the 1970s.

Throughout her life, Daisy was an expert seamstress, making tailored suits and hats. As a gardener, all plants flourished under her care. One of her favorite pastimes was to visit and enjoy the company of her three sisters. Since Joe's death in 1994, she continued to be active in her church and in AISD's mentoring program at Pillow Elementary School until age 90. Despite a year-long illness, Daisy remained vital and enjoyed her life thoroughly, frequently commenting on how blessed she was to have had such a full life with Joe and their two wonderful children.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen Carol Besse of Austin; her son Joseph W. Besse, wife Lorine, their daughter Kyndle and her husband Charles, their two children Payne and Paige, all of Cedar Hill, Texas. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Pearson of Oregon; and numerous well-loved nieces and nephews.

Daisy will lie in state from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2007 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at University Christian Church, 2007 University Avenue, in Austin. Parking is available in the church lot across the street. Following a brief reception at the church, graveside services will be held at Austin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Daisy's memory to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin Texas, 78759; University Christian Church Outreach Program; Habitat for Humanity; or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas. Obituary and guestbook online at

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BANDERA, Texas - Dorothy McCarty, 86, of Bandera, Texas, died on Friday, May 18, 2007, at a Bandera nursing center. She was born on Feb. 7, 1921, in Sayre, Okla., to Marcellus McCarty and Annie Bryant McCarty.

She was a retired retail bookkeeper. She owned and operated a distribution company in Alice for many years. She lived in Oklahoma for 10 years before moving back to Bandera in 2000. She married Werner Frank Raab in 1938. He preceded her in death, along with her sister, Oneita Riggs.

Survivors include two sons, Howard Raab of Bandera and Harvey Frank Raab of Pearsall; seven grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 21, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at Roselawn Cemetery in Alice, Texas, with Brother Charles Childers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1919 Oakwell Farms Pkwy., Suite 135, San Antonio, Texas, 78218.

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Arrangements entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.


ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Hertha B. Preusser, 92, passed away May 18, 2007 in a Calallen nursing home. She was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Orange Grove, Texas, to Gustav and Hilda Bierstedt. Hertha was a homemaker, and a faithful member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orange Grove. She taught Sunday School for more than 40 years, and was involved in many areas of the church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Helmuth Preusser; three sisters, Ella Bierstedt, Cora Heldt and Linda Blaschke; and three brothers, Ervin, Herbert and Robert Bierstedt.

Survivors include her daughter, Connie (Steve) Trigg of Corpus Christi, Texas; her son Rodney (Judy) Preusser of Orange Grove; three sisters, Norma Luedecke and Amanda (Leo) Majck, both of Orange Grove and Buena (Jack) Stendebach of Mathis; four grandchildren, Kimberly, Christa, Angola and Julia; five great grandchildren, Kylee, Kam, Kayla, Christopher, and Kacie.

Visitation will be Sunday May 20, 2007 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Monday May 21, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday May 22, 2007 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orange Grove. Burial will follow in the Sons of Herman Orange Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 605, Orange Grove, Texas, 78372

Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.

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