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Cynthia Lee Hendrix DeArmond of Spearman passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:00a.m.at the Holt Cemetery with Rev. John Scott officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Spearman.

Cynthia was born on January 22, 1948 in Perryton Texas to Joye ”Jack” Hendrix and Rosalee Reed. Cynthia and Billy DeArmond were married on August 23,1969 in Hardesty, Oklahoma. To this union they were blessed with a son (Clint) and daughter (Shanna). She loved teaching school but being a wife to a rancher and cowboy was her cup of tea. She loved the outdoors. She was a very classy dresser and loved choosing her wardrobe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Cynthia will be missed by her many friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Billy (2022), and son-in-law, Jimmy Milo Kenney.

She is survived by her son, Clint DeArmond, daughter, Shanna Kenney and fianc’ee,Taff Tyler,both of Spearman. Grandchildren, Cooper DeArmond, Hunter Kenney and significant other Samantha Meek, granddaughter, Halston and husband,Jake Abercrombie, Barrett Kenney and wife Belen, great-grandson, Maverick Kenney, sisters, Rene Avents and Shanna Medeiros.

Family suggests memorials to Spearman Church of Christ or Hansford County Stock Show

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, Peggy Pollard, 83, completed her beautiful journey. She was born July 23, 1940, to Hubert and Hazel Matney in McCamey, Texas. On December 17, 1960, at Hill Chapel on the WT (currently West Texas A&M University) campus, she married Jim Pollard. The two truly lived out Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Together they loved traveling, camping, dancing (at Silver Dollar City or Bob Wills Days w/ good friends), playing games - cards, marbles or dominoes (with Peggy winning), giving to others, and allowing Peggy to take excellent care of Jim! They were blessed with two children, Greg and Julie, and the blessings continued from there. Peggy is survived by her best friend Jim. Son, Greg and wife Tammie of Kansas City, Missouri. Granddaughter, Whitney and her husband Calvin Lollar – and JimPa and Grammy’s great grandsons Eian (2) and Hunter (2). Granddaughter, Maddie and husband Steve Backes – and great grandsons Joel (4) and Henry(2). Grandson, Matt and wife Anna Pollard. All of Kansas City. Daughter, Julie and husband Chad Logsdon of Gruver, Texas. Grandson, Zach and wife Kaitlyn Logsdon of Lubbock. Granddaughter, Alex and husband Richard Northcott – and great grandchildren, Charlee (3) and Graham (1) of Amarillo. And Grandson, Cole Logsdon of Lubbock. It was so important to Peggy that her grandchildren become good friends despite the geographical distance – so she took everyone camping, and to North Carolina, and to Branson, and to Disney World with a Disney Cruise. And it worked!! Also, of great importance, was teaching her family to give to others – so for Christmas we would receive water wells in Africa and an occasional goat that could really help a family in need.

Listing everything Peggy was involved in is a Herculean task – but here goes: Her hobbies included Cooking (Chocolate chip cookies-Biscuits & Gravy-Pumpkin Pie just to name a few), Gardening (you really should see her yard), Sewing, Quilting, Woodworking (so many birdhouses), Videoing everything her family did (Jim still enjoys DVDs from every vacation - and all of her six grandkids have a full chronicle on CDs of their lives from birth to HS graduation). She enjoyed regular lunch dates with several of her Canadian friends. And she still attended and loved her Paducah HS class reunions - where she graduated Salutatorian and All-Around Girl of the PHS Class of ‘58!

But easily the most amazing thing about Peggy was her intuitive nature with people. She intrinsically knew where there was a need – and she’d roll up her sleeves and invest herself into anything and anyone who needed her help. Whether it’s a child in Africa, a WT student recuperating from a surgery or in need of a babysitter, a 48-year-old daughter recuperating from a car accident and requesting mashed potatoes, family needing to pack up for a move, her own mom in her later years, a neighbor or a library needing help to declutter, a neighbor needing mechanical assistance with a sprinkler system – she could and would help anyone in a heartbeat!

Upon arrival for college in Canyon, she immediately joined in and began working at the Baptist Student Union. And that’s where she told Jim he could pick her up on their first date! She graduated from West Texas State University (as it was known then) in 1961 with an Elementary Education degree. Any child Peggy taught was a very fortunate student. One friend shared that many years ago, she saw Peggy at Baker Elementary in Canadian on her knees on the floor so she could make better eye contact to discipline a student with kindness and respect. She went from the general education classroom to Special Education, serving several schools in the Texas Panhandle as an Educational Diagnostician. After retiring, she and Jim served in the CASA organization advocating for abused or neglected children. They made a very special team and Peggy maintained contact with some of the children she served.

One of the best decisions the couple made was moving to Canyon ten years ago because Peggy refused to allow either of them to just sit down. To say they love WTAMU is a gross understatement. Immediately upon arrival, Peggy (ever the organizer) volunteered to direct traffic at the dorms as freshmen came to the campus! She served the Presbyterian Church, the Panhandle Plains Museum, the Village, and the Buffs! She really enjoyed feeding the teams and attending all home games. When the Buffs played away games, she and Jim either traveled together to cheer them on or streamed the event. The two of them, along with a few friends, shared some popcorn and mostly victories!

Most recently Peggy and Jim joined the Canyon Missional Community where they interacted with students sharing their faith and wisdom - And their hearts. And, as usual, she developed new friendships inside of this group also.

During Peggy’s cancer treatments and ill health, her optimism and kindness encouraged and deeply touched everyone she met. God places his people in this world exactly where and when He needs them, so that He can accomplish His plan. Actually, it never mattered where she was or what she was doing or who she was with, Peggy was having a great time and learning a little more about everyone she encountered. She was a light everywhere she went.

Peggy Jo Matney Pollard was truly inspirational. She could squeeze more into a 24-hour day than anyone. One encounter with her, and you could immediately feel a friendship forming. United Supermarket employees, nurses, oncologists, volunteers at Harrington, or fellow chemotherapy patients will miss Peggy.

And we, her family – her legacy – will miss her beyond recognition. But we are absolutely certain that this isn’t ‘Good-Bye’ – It’s only ‘See You Later!’

A Celebration of Peggy’s life will be held in Hill Chapel on the WT campus where Jim and Peggy began their life together. It will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

Memorials can be made to The Christian Relief Fund, PO Box 19670, Amarillo, TX 79114. (806) 858-4038

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