Helen Patricia (Foreman) Raines, age 88, was born December 30, 1923 in Estella, Oklahoma on her parents farm and passed away on January 28, 2012 in Tulsa. Her parents, Ray Foreman and Myrtle (Keithly) Foreman preceded her in death. Helen Pat, or H.P. as she was frequently called, was an only child. Her husband of 63 years, William Benjamin Raines, passed away May 5, 2007.
Our beloved husband, father and grandpa Harold Lowe Dowdle passed from the bonds of this earth during the night of Feb 3, 2012. He was in the 91st year of his life. He was born "in a barn" in Rigby, Idaho on May 7, 1920 to Robert Hazen and Lydia Belle Dowdle. He was always a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served a mission as a young man to Argentina where he learned to love the Spanish language. Later in life he served another mission with his dear wife Ruth in Mauritius and La Reunion; islands in the Indian Ocean.
Prominent West Texas historian and author Cecilia Thompson of Marfa died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine after a brief illness. She was 91. A memorial will be held at a later date. Cecilia was born April 10, 1920, to Norma M. Thompson and Harold G. Thompson, a ranching family in Fort Davis. Her grandfather came to Far West Texas with the Gage family. Later, her grandfather moved his ranch ownership to the Fort Davis area. From early times, the family was involved in the formation of the county and of Marfa and Fort Davis.
Student performers embrace period costuming as they recreate 16th century love songs in French, Italian, German and English. Their performance will be part of the upcoming Festival of Arts and Ideas focused on the theme of Contemplating Beauty at the University of Science and Arts. The Festival is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in the USAO Ballroom and will feature presentations, demonstrations and performances exploring the idea of beauty through the ages. Pictured here are (seated, left to right) Crystal Davis, Olen Cox, (standing, left to right) Alexandria Neighbors, Tyler Heilaman, Amanda Whitchard, Jessie Merritt, Somer Ogburn and (kneeling) Mac Stephenson. The octet will be accompanied by Joe Settlemires (not pictured), an adjunct instructor in music and director of the USAO Showband. Both nights are free and open to the public. For more information, call 574-1318.
The bi-annual Festival of Arts and Ideas kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the USAO Ballroom on the second floor of the Student Center. This season’s festival, focused on a theme of Contemplating Beauty will feature presentations, performances and demonstrations from USAO faculty, staff and students addressing the topic through a variety of disciplines.