Robertha Bagwell, 92, longtime Dimmitt Resident, died at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in Canterbury Villa Nursing Home at Dimmitt after a lengthy illness.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon in the First United Methodist Church in Dimmitt with Rev. Vernon O'Kelly, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Castro Memorial Gardens under the direction of Foskey-Flemins Funeral Home of Dimmitt.
Mrs. Bagwell was born in Mount Zion on Sept. 20, 1895, located near Waco in McLellan [sic] County, to Robert Riley Wood and Rhoda Melissa Whitworth Wood. Her father died before she was born and her mother married L.E. Williams.
The Williams family moved to the Harmony Community, west of Floydada in 1904, where Mrs. Bagwell was raised.
She married Jim Bagwell Dec. 24, 1916, at the Williams home in Harmony. They moved to the Bethel Community in Castro County in January, 1917 where they raised their family. They moved to Amistad N.M. in 1944 and to Clayton, N.M. in 1959. In 1960 they bought a ranch near Villa Grove, Colo. They moved back to Dimmitt in 1967 and have lived on Oak Street until moving into Canterbury Villa Nursing Home in August, 1987.
She was a longtime member of the Home Demonstration Club and was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Dimmitt. She was a pianist and organist at the church, starting on the pump organ in her youth. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Christine Bell of Perryton, Grace Marie Holland of Midland and Latrelle of Apple Valley, Calif.; two sons, J.A. of Poncho Springs, Colo., and Robert of Hazelhurst, Miss.; a sister, Thalia Clubb of Austin; three brothers, Buck Williams of Clyde, Leo Williams of Tow and Paul Williams of Buchanan Dam; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jack Howell, Jimmie Howell, Milton Bagwell, Herbert Ivor Howell, Monty Boozer and George Sides.
The family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity.
(Published in The Castro County News, 61st Year-No. 28, Dimmitt, Texas, Thursday, March 31, 1988, Page 12)
1894–1988 (m. 1916)
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