The Gatesville Messenger
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October 28, 1949 – June 28, 2015 Diane Morrill, age 65, of Gatesville, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015, at her home. Memorial services were at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Matt Richard offi ciating. Diane was born on October 28, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the daughter of the late William E. and Lorraine Scott Burns. She attended school in Kansas City and graduated from Southeast High School. Following high school, she attended and graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1971. Diane was a high school English teacher for several years and taught at Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas, and Linganore High School in Frederick, Maryland. After retiring from teaching, she co-authored an English/grammar manual. Diane married Dr. John C. Morrill May 27, 1972, in Kansas City, Missouri. During their marriage, the two shared 28 years in the Army and had two children, Heather and Scott. Their time in the Army included  ssignments at Fort Hood. Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland, and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The couple has resided in Gatesville since 1995. Diane was always actively involved in the lives of her children, from leadership roles in the local Boy Scout troop to attending every soccer game either of her children ever played. She kept the home running smoothly while her husband served overseas in several assignments with the Army. She loved her family, especially her fi ve grandchildren, and centered her life on all of them. She also enjoyed sewing, cross-stitch, crochet, quilting and doling out unsolicited advice, especially to her daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William E. Burns II. Diane is survived by her husband, John Morrill; her daughter, Heather Ashley (David); her son, Scott (Courtney); grandchildren, Cody, Isabella, Hannah, Rylan and Isla; sisters, Sharon Regnery and Cindy Novotny; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of fl owers, the family requests memorials  e directed to a local Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop. The family wishes to thank Scott & White Hospice for their care and concern, not only for Diane, but for the entire family during her last days.

Helen Gilmore Pogue, long-time resident of Midland, died June 23, 2015, in Houston. A celebration of life service was held Friday, June 26, 2015, in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Midland. Mrs. Pogue was born to a ranching family in Coryell County, whereshe graduated from Turnersville High School as class valedictorian. She attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, where she studied art. In 1949, while working in Tahoka, she met and married A.W. Pogue. They moved to Midland in 1955. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Midland. She was founder of the Ballroom Dance Society in 1990, and was an active member of the Midland chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. An award-winning artist, she was a member of the Palette Club, and her work was featured in the Midland Celebration of the Arts for many years. She was a realtor and one of the founders of Carriage Company Realtors. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.W. Pogue; and infant daughter, Mollie Lea. Survivors in  de her daughters, Debra Pogue of Houston and Cyndi Pogue of New York City. Memorials may be made to the Turnersville Community Center or the First Baptist Church of Midland.

Mattie Freeman died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the age of 61. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, at New Zion Baptist Church in McGregor. She was born May 1, 1954, in McGregor to Willie Mae Sims and Clay Berkley. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1973. She was employed by Smead Mfg. until medical retirement in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and two brothers. Survivors include her daughters Minister LaShanda White and Lesley Freeman, of Waco; son, Keith Freeman of Gatesville; sisters, Doris Hicks of McGregor, Leslie Woodson of Waco, Avonda Talley of Temple, Reeta Finley of Hallsburg and Margie Henderson and Trudie Hamilton of Waco; brothers, James Berkley of Los Angeles, Clayton Berkley and Rickey Berkley, both of Waco; and three grandchildren.