DALLAS - Sybil R. Todd, 66, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Believers Chapel. Arrangements are by Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.
Sybil R. Todd was born April 8, 1940, in Amarillo. She succumbed to complications from pancreatic cancer on Feb. 13, 2007.
Sybil was a lifelong educator. She secured her undergraduate degree at West Texas State University, and received her master's degree and doctorate from Arizona State University. Sybil taught in public school prior to serving at the University of Virginia for 23 years. While there she was a member of the teaching faculty, assistant and associate dean. Dr. Todd also served as vice president at the University of Utah, University of Houston and the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. In 1988-90 Sybil was selected as an American Council Education Fellow. She spent the year at Rhodes College and National Collegiate Athletic Association. She retired from higher education in 2003 and worked with Wisteria Catalog Co. until just recently.
Sybil was preceded in death by her parents, T.C. and Rowena Todd; a sister, Mary Ann Palmer and Hoyte Palmer.
Survivors include her siblings, Clif Todd, Gordon Todd and Norma Lockett; seven nieces, Pam Redus, Paula Black, Teri Carter, Lark Cooper, April Harwood, Tracy Winters and Alicia Long; a nephew, Todd Palmer; 12 great-nieces; three great-nephews; a great-great-niece; and a great-great-nephew. Sybil adored her family friends including Andrew and Shannon Newsom of Dallas, Keith Lee of Baltimore, Mary Huey of Charlottesville, Va., and Gracie Graves of Bryan.
The family suggests memorials be to West Texas A&M University, Mary Todd Palmer Endowment, WTAMU Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016-0001 or the University of Virginia, Note Sybil Todd Endowment, Scott Norrison Business Manger VP, UVA P.O. Box 400303, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Amarillo Globe-News, Feb. 15, 2007
Ken Lanyon' 58 Sandies Friends Group:
I attended Sybil's funeral this afternoon and the class of 58 sat together. Had a nice visit with Sylvia & Mark, Pete, Mike McCauley, Jill Robbins, Evelyn Green, Mark Alice Lokey, and Mary Thomas. I honestly had not seen Mary since we graduated. I am going to miss Sybil as she was my neighbour a block away and we usually had a nice visit every month. Today brought it all home in how lucky we are to have been raised in Amarillo in the 40's and 50's and how our friendships have stayed in place.
Pete Meador '58 Sandies Friends Group
As noted by Ken Lanyon in his earlier message, Ken, Ginger Clark, Sylvia and Mark Askew, Mike McCauley, Jill Robbins Wilson, Evelyn Shull Green, Mary Alice Lokey Shelton, Mary and Gray Thomas, and Marilyn and I attended the memorial service for Sybil. I'm sure all who were there would agree that we wish all of our classmates could have heard first hand the tributes that were paid to Sybil.
A few of those tributes were paid in person by family and colleagues. Most, however, were paid through letters to the family from former students and professional colleagues from across the country. Sybil's brother, Gordon Todd, read the letters. The titles of those who sent
letters were impressive.. .. many letters came from the top echelons of the major universities where Sybil made her contribution to education. The letters came from those in academic administration, athletic administration, and coaching.
The letters revealed that during much of her career, Sybil was actively involved in building and maintaining bridges between the those in academics and those in athletics to assure that student athletes made the most of the years they spent representing their universities in high stakes college athletics. Former Alabama head football coach (now at Texas A&M) Dennis Franchione wrote that he completely trusted Sybil's judgment when she was involved with any of his players and that he never felt a need to have a member of his staff present when a
player was meeting with Sybil.
One of the tributes paid in person came from a man who served in coaching and athletic administration positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Utah. His comments left no doubt about Sybil's "get it done" effectiveness. During the early years that Sybil was at the University of Virginia, the university was in transition from an all-male, all-white school to a fully integrated institution. Sybil was very involved in that transition and was always an advocate nor the newcomers. Example: She pushed for the university to install more lights on the campus to improve safety for women who were on campus after nightfall. She was, he noted, the go-to person on just about any issue because she "knew where all the levers were and how to pull them". This colleague was at the University of Utah when that university offered Sybil a position. Sybil called him and asked him his opinion of that university and the position she had been offered. He told her, "Sybil, you know how some Mormons feel about women in positions of leadership". She responded, "Well, I guess I will just have to knock their socks off." She took the job, and I'm sure she did.
Sybil was on the cutting edge of some of the social change that took place in our country during her career. She clearly earned the respect and admiration of all who knew her and worked with her.
Gordon Todd invited us to join the family at Sybil's home after the service. Although it was a sad occasion, I'm sure all of us who were there would agree that it was a real treat to be with Sybil's family. What a great family!
I am waiting for one of Sybil's nephews to send me a digitized copy of the photo that graced the front of the program at her memorial service. As soon as I have it I will post it in the "Photos" section of our ahs58friends Yahoo site.
Regards to all.
Janice Sue Thomas Simmons was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on October 20, 1939. She went to be with the Lord on June 25th, 2007 at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Roy Simmons, daughters Jill Gilmore and Kristi Ziegler, and their husbands, Jack Gilmore and Tony Ziegler. She was a devoted grandmother to grandchildren John Gilmore, Sean Gilmore, Abby Gilmore, Cole Ziegler, Cameron Ziegler, and Cullen Ziegler.
Jan was a long time Montgomery County resident and was active in church and civic affairs as well as the business she founded, Creative Impressions Interior Design Group. She will be missed.
Graveside services for Robbie Lee Onstott, 68, of Tyler, are scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at Cathedral in the Pines, with the Rev. Alfred Darst officiating under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. She passed away May 17, 2009, in Tyler.
Mrs. Onstott was born to the late Perk and Eva Paulk Tims on Oct. 26, 1940, in Amarillo. She was a bookkeeper for The Book Center and a member of First Baptist Church in Whitehouse. She lived in Tyler 40 years.
She is survived by her husband, David Onstott of Tyler; two daughters, Kim Allen and husband Philip of Garland and Crystal Driskill and husband Steve of Bullard; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701. .Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 19, 2009
Robbie Lee Tims
Frances “Fran” Roscoe, 72, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in Amarillo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Hillside Christian Church Amarillo West campus with the Rev. Mike Nuthman and Pastor Larry Mitchell of First Baptist Church in Wheeler officiating and V.A. Trussell assisting with services. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery East. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.
Frances was born Dec. 16, 1940, in Memphis to Ardell and LaVerne Trussell. She was the second child of five children. She grew up in the Wichita Falls area and the Pantex community. She attended schools in Panhandle.
Frances graduated from beauty school as a hairdresser and sold beauty supplies for several companies. In 1966, she moved to Overland Park, Kan., and later to Fort Worth. In 1976, she and her family returned to Amarillo, where she worked for Wiley Hicks Construction Co. and then worked for Dr. Baay.
Frances married Fred Roscoe in 1988, and at that time moved to Dumas and became a homemaker. She was a woman of many talents. She was gifted in flower arranging, gardening and canning foods. She was an excellent cook, and her family agrees her fried chicken was the best. She also worked with stained glass, creating beautiful stepstone creations.
Frances was a loving mother, sister, aunt, daughter and wife. She especially delighted in her grandchildren. She prayed for strides to be made in the treatment of autism, believing there would be a cure for her grandson Josh and dreaming of his growing up strong and healthy. She also prayed for a cure for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes for her granddaughter Mackenzie. Her hopes were that her granddaughters would live life to the fullest and be as successful in life as their mothers, whom she raised as a single mom. She wanted all of her grandchildren not to “set life out” but to dance. She was also tickled with delight with her only great-granddaughter, Tynlee, and wished for her beautiful blessings. She was so proud of her family. They were her “opus.”
We, her family, will miss her in every way, and after her diagnosis of stomach cancer in 2011, she taught each one of us the stance of a warrior. She surprised not only her children and family, but the medical community who treated her, outliving every timeline set for her. She was a fighter and taught us the meaning of “spunk.”
As a family, we would like to thank Dr. Shane Holloway and his staff along with Jennifer Conrad, Dr. Weis, Dr. Leak and the sweet nurses with Hospice Care of the Southwest.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; a sister, Ginger Dungan; and a beloved aunt, Goldie.
Survivors include her four beautiful daughters, Denise Huebner of Austin, Terri Gately and husband Martin of Amarillo, Stefanie Jones and husband David of Wheeler and Melanie Porter and husband Wade of Bushland; two sisters, Sharon Rivers of Hamilton, Ohio, and Cindy Cotgreave and husband Bruce of Amarillo; a brother, V.A. Trussell and wife Alta of Mansfield; precious grandchildren, Jennifer Murray and husband Derek, Maggie and Shelby Jones, Mackenzie, Avery, and Josh Porter of Bushland; a great-granddaughter, Tynlee Murray; several loving nieces and nephews; and a lifelong friend, Juanita Tortella of Amarillo.