Doctor Lan Thanh Nguyen, a resident of Horseshoe Bay, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, as a result of a cerebral aneurysm. Her medical practice was centered at Hill Country Memorial Surgery Center LLC, Family Medicine Rural Health Clinic PA, and Llano County Hospital Authority. Doctor Nguyen was born in
August Wilhelm Staats, 83, died at home in Llano County on riday, March 20, 2015. He was born on June 7, 1931, to Alwin and Gertrude Staats. Staats grew up in Gillespie County with his parents and brother, Eddie. A long-time resident of Llano County, he moved to Llano as a young man and worked as a ranch hand, fence builder, truck driver, and bulldozer operator. Staats was preceded in death by: his parents, a brother, and twosons, Paul and Joshua. He is survived by: his wife of 39 years, Cathy; sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Dawn Staats, Jared Staats, Simon and Elizabeth Staats, and James Staats; grandson, Tyler; granddaughters, Shelby andEvangeline; and great-granddaughter, Raylee. A memorial service officiated by Pastor Reitmeyer was held on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at St. James Lutheran Church in Llano. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Waldrope- Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano.
Rebekah “Becky” Clair Barnhill Chiesa, 78, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, with her grandson and three daughters by her side. She was born on July 23, 1936, in Houston, the daughter of Nora Rebekah Stitt and Lewis Dyer Barnhill. Early in her life, her family made their way to Garland, Texas, and put down their roots. She attended Garland High School and was a member of the Dashing Debs. While in school, she met Albert George Chiesa and after their high school courtship, she married him on Dec. 18, 1953. They were married 42 years prior to his passing in January 1995. While her husband was in the Army, the Chiesas lived for a brief period in Queens, New York. After he left the army, they moved back to Rowlett, Texas, where they eventually built their home of 52 years on Miller Road. he lived there until this past spring. Chiesa began a long career at South Garland High School in 1973 when she went to work in the Counselor’s Office as the secretary.
Lola Gayle Hammett, 94, of Burnet, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 20,2015. She was born in Burnet County on July 17, 1920, to Walter and Lucille Shilling. Lola Gayle graduated from Burnet High School as salutatorian in 1938. She attended business college and classes at Tthe University of Texas in Austin. During World War II, she lived and worked in San Antonio for the war effort. She married Melvin L. Hammett on July 16, 1951, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He preceded her in death. Melvin and Lola Gayle spent the majority of their marriage living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She dedicated 33 years of her life to government service, primarily as a Defense Contract Administrator. She eventually returned to Burnet in 1991 to care for mother and be closer to her daughter, Sarah.
Charles L. Howard, 74, of Llano died on Friday March 13, 2015. He was the second son of five children born to James and Alma Howard of Llano. He attended Llano schools, excelling in baseball. Howard served four and a half years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea and Ranger during the Viet Nam War based out of San Francisco, California. He married Doris Seay in 1961 in San Antonio, days before he was drafted, and they remained married for almost 54 years. He resided in the San Francisco Bay area and worked as a foreman at a steel warehouse while raising a family of two boys, Charles L. Howard, Jr. and Christopher Howard, now of Llano. The Howards returned to Texas in 1988 and worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Austin, before retiring in Llano in 2002. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved fishing, poker, golf and crafting rock-decorated crosses for gifts.