John Coffey Cromie

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No. 106

5 July 1972 – 2 October 2009

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” St. Paul, Letter to the Philippians, 4:8

These words guided Jack during his dark hours. He and they will guide us during ours.


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Pamela Gibney Swagart Moore
July 16, 1947 – September 23, 2009

Friend and neighbor of several members of the family, Gibney Moore passed away last Wednesday. Always bright, vibrant, and when appropriate, sassy, Gibney will be sorely missed by her husband Jack, her family and her many friends.

To me, one word best described Gibney – style. With her broad brimmed colorful hats Gibney always reminded me of my favorite vocalist, Anita O’Day. In honor of both I’d like to post this amazing performance by Anita at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. This is from a fabulous film by Bert Stern called Jazz on a Summer’s Day. For those of you who didn’t have the privilege of knowing Gibney you will gain a sense of her from this clip from another time and place…

Gibney’s memorial service was held at the St Louis Cathedral Basilica on Sept 28th. Her friend, Monsignor Jim Telthorst, celebrated the funeral mass and delivered the eulogy with characteristic insight. The Gospel of John, he noted, unlike the synoptic Gospels, repeatedly and explicitly puts Jesus ‘in charge’. And, as Fr Telthorst pointed out, so was Gibney.

Indeed, ‘No gal made, had a shade on… Pamela Gibney Swagart Moore.


Patricia Kay Horton 1941-2008

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Our family lost a dear friend, Pat Horton, Tuesday the 18th of November. Pat died of emphysema at St John’s Hospital in Washington Missouri at age 67. Many of you will recall that Pat, her husband Don, and their children Connie, Holly, Tim and Amy lived in the late 1960s – early 1970s at Moone Athy, first at the Annex, then at the Barn house. During this time they became especially close friends of Aunt Grizelda.

Recent years have been difficult for Don and Pat. Her increasing pulmonary incapacity restricted her to her home in Marthasville Missouri, a home which she and Don converted with much labor and love from an old schoolhouse. Despite this she and Don would host friends and family for meals, and they would regularly babysit their grandchildren there.

The Hortons would talk frequently of their fond memories of the farm and especially of Grizelda. Don, an ironworker, was working on the construction of the St Louis Arch while at Moone Athy and would later work on the building of the Labadie Power Plant across the Missouri river. Not only was he a great ironworker, but he was also an expert Morel mushroom hunter. Don, a gifted story teller, liked to reminisce about Grizelda’s initial unwillingness to risk eating his Morels for fear of mushroom poisoning. This was cured when a visitor from France, spying the mushrooms laid out on a Horton table, began eagerly devouring them, without any obvious ill effect. Grizelda quickly joined in before they were all gone!

We will miss Pat dearly and will be keeping Don and his family in our prayers. His address is:

Don Horton
38 Legion Hall Rd
Marthasville, Missouri

Pat’s funeral services were private. Memorials to the American Lung Association are preferred.

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Leslie J. Mueller MD

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Our family was shocked and terribly saddened to learn that Saturday May 3, our cousin, Leslie Mueller of San Angelo Texas, was killed in a fall while hiking with her husband Fred in Colorado. Leslie, the daughter of Chico and Ginnie Denis, had visited St Louis and Moone Athy with her family before Uncle Polky died, and was much interested in strengthening the links between the St Louis and San Angelo branches of the Chambers family. She was a particular favorite of Grizelda Skinner with whom she maintained an active correspondence during her teen years. Like Grizelda she had a special love of riding.

This is the obituary which appeared today in the San Angelo newspaper.

SAN ANGELO Leslie J. Mueller, age 47, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, in a hiking accident. She was born Nov. 1, 1960, in San Angelo, Texas. She grew up on the ranch at Vancourt, Texas, attending Wall ISD through the 12th grade. She attended Angelo State University only three years before being accepted at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. After a four year residency at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, she returned to San Angelo to join West Texas Medical Associates, becoming San Angelo’s first woman OB/GYN. She retired in 2004. Leslie was a devoted Catholic and was active within her parish at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wall, Texas. She received a Masters degree in Catholic Theology from Loyola University that she put to use after her retirement when she focused her attention on the church community. She was the Director of Religious Education at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, led Adult Faith classes on Sunday, organized the Church library and inspired all of those around her. She also became an oblate of the Benedictine Order, splitting her time between her beloved children, husband, extended family, church activities and her favorite pastime, her love for horses. She is survived by her husband and the love of her life, Fred Mueller, who she would have spent 27 wonderful years with this May 23rd, her three children, joys of her life, Amanda and her husband John Abright of Austin and Ariel and Alex of Wall. She is also survived by her parents, A.H. (Chico) and Virginia Denis; her siblings, Mark Denis and wife Dorothy, Carolyn and husband Rick Weise, mother-in-law, Frances Mueller, father-in-law, Harold Mueller and his wife Margaret; sister-in-law, Mary Smith and her husband Dale; brother-in-law, Patrick Mueller and his wife Carmen. She was a wonderful Christian, wife, mother, physician, daughter, sister, and friend. There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 A.M. Friday, May 9, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Msgr. Larry Droll as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Denis Ranch family cemetery in Vancourt, Texas.

Leslie Mueller MD

We can only imagine the sorrow that her loss brings to Fred, her husband and her three children, Amanda, Ariel, and Alex. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

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