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Melinda Sueszanne "Mindy" Whitaker Daffern
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1961
Duncan
Stephens County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 2008
Sunset (Montague County)
Montague County
Texas, USA

ARCHER CITY Melinda Sueszanne "Mindy" Whitaker Daffern, age 46, of Scotland, Texas, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2008.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Archer City with Andy Graham, Pastor of Southside Baptist Church of Olney, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery in Scotland under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2008, at Aulds Funeral Home in Archer City.

Melinda was born November 3, 1961, in Duncan, Oklahoma, to Robert Edward Whitaker and Ada Mae Petty Whitaker.

She and Raymond Earl Daffern were married September 29, 1978, in Wichita Falls.

She attended Business College in Wichita Falls and was then employed by the Wichita General Hospital in payroll. She was a merchandiser for several years. Mrs. Daffern was the co-owner and operator of "The Grocery Store" in Scotland.

Mindy served her community as Council Woman on the Scotland City Council for six years.

Mindy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her husband, Raymond Earl Daffern of Scotland; one son, Raymond Earl Daffern Jr. of Scotland; one daughter, Cassandrea Brown of Scotland; her mother and father, Robert and Ada Whitaker of Scotland; her grandfather, Elmer Petty of Duncan, Oklahoma; three brothers, Keith Whitaker of Scotland, Roger Whitaker and wife, Linda of Archer City, and Chris Whitaker and wife, Gina of San Antonio; one sister, Terri Baker of Archer City; two grandchildren, Teressa Brown and Raymond Earl Daffern, III, both of Scotland; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Slay and one brother, Bobby Wayne Whitaker.

Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Berend, Bryan Hemmi, Joe Hoff, Robert Krahl, Mark Luig and Keith Teichman.

The family suggests memorials to the Scotland Volunteer Fire Dept., Box 103, Scotland, Texas, 76379 or Windthorst Volunteer Fire Dept., Box 162, Windthorst, Texas, 76389.

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CNN / EDT, Sun August 17, 2008

DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A body found in a remote area was been identified as the clerk whose abduction from a store in a small North Texas town was recorded by security cameras, authorities said Sunday.

Mindy Daffern, 46, had been missing since Friday from the store her family owns in the city of Scotland, 130 miles northwest of Dallas. Surveillance camera videotape showed her being confronted at gunpoint by an unmasked man who walked her outside the store.

A man suspected in the abduction led investigators to the body Saturday, and Texas Rangers confirmed it was Daffern, Archer County Sheriff Ed Daniels said Sunday.

Wallace Bowman Jr., 30, of Bowie, was being held on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, and Daniels said he is expected to be charged with capital murder. His bail was set at $3 million.

Bowman did not yet have an attorney to speak for him, Daniels said.

A man suspected in the abduction led investigators to the body Saturday, and Texas Rangers confirmed it was Daffern, Archer County Sheriff Ed Daniels said Sunday.

Wallace Bowman Jr., 30, of Bowie, was being held on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, and Daniels said he is expected to be charged with capital murder. His bail was set at $3 million.

Bowman did not yet have an attorney to speak for him, Daniels said.

Daffern's body was found in a remote area near the town of Sunset in neighboring Montague County. Investigators were awaiting on an autopsy report, Daniels said.

"She was just a down-to-earth, good person," he said. They're a very close-knit family, and of course it's just completely devastated the family."

Video from one store camera showed a man casually walking into the store and handing Daffern a cup, then pulling out a handgun and pointing it at her face. 
 
Burial:
Saint Boniface Cemetery
Scotland
Archer County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 17, 2008
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