Jenny Chizuko Carista, 59, went to Heaven on Dec. 6, 2015, after battling a long illness with Alzheimer’s.
A Celebration of Life service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Caulk officiating.
Jenny was born in Sapporo, Japan, on April 16, 1956, and was adopted by Frank and Dawn Heverly before coming to the United States at the age of 9.
She married Thomas Gambrel at age 20; and together they raised two children, Patrick and Stefani Gambrel, in Rockwall.
During that time Jenny worked at E-Systems in Greenville, which later became Raytheon. In 1998, the Gambrel family relocated to Mountain Home, Ark.
After the move, Jenny began school at Arkansas State University towards her nursing degree. In 1999, Jenny and her children lost Tom to a battle with cancer.
Soon after, Jenny and Gene Carista, who worked together in Greenville, began dating. In June of 2000, Jenny and Gene were married in Emory at their newly purchased residence.
In 2002, Jenny graduated with honors from Trinity Valley Community College and was immediately sought after by Zale Lipshy Hospital in Dallas.
In 2003, Gene’s son, Nathaniel Carista, came to live with the couple and their journey began in raising a child together. Gene introduced Jenny into motorcycle riding. Within five years of time, the couple had traveled to all 48 contingent states.
In 2005, Jenny began her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2008, it became clear that Jenny’s career as a Registered Nurse had reached its end.
For years, Gene made great efforts to keep Jenny at home, giving her the best quality of life possible in Emory. In 2014, it was clear that Jenny needed around-the-clock care.
At that time Tender Care in Greenville became her new home. Gene visited her every day, and sometimes twice a day. In November of 2015, Jenny was moved to Briarcliff Health Center, where she succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by her family.
Jenny is survived by her husband, Gene Carista; her parents, Frank and Dawn Heverly; a son, Nathaniel Carista; daughters Stefani Gambrel and Molly Carista; brothers Michael Heverly and Ryoichi Yoshimoto; sisters Kandis Jagielski, Kim Heverly, Kelly Barz, and Lisa Hoyer; two grandchildren, Sage and Nilu; and daughter-in-law Marcela Gambrel.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, Thomas Gambrel; a sister, Kathy Heverly Ramey; and son Patrick Gambrel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to http://m.alz.org/donate.asp.
Condolences may be made at www.cokermathews.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Arlie Cotton, 89, of Quinlan passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Emory. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Quinlan Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Jim Leach officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the IOOF Cemetery.
Gathering of family and friends is 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 8, at the funeral home. Arlie was born April 28, 1926, in Hunt County to Robert Hal Cotton and Hallie Evia Cotton.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He married Zelma in 1955; she preceded him in death. He worked many years but eventually bought and operated The BBQ Pit.
Those left to cherish memories of Arlie are his sister, Thelma Wilder of Quinlan; brother Alvin Cotton of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be made at www.quinlanfuneralhome.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Owen Crocker, 83, of Caddo Mills passed away Dec. 5, 2015.
He was born May 9, 1932, to Benjamin and Lelia Crocker in Kerens, Texas. Owen enjoyed camping with Good Sams RV Club of Kaufman and playing “42” and Joker. He retired from Texas Instruments and Honeywell.
Owen is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elma Lea Crocker; daughters Deanna Stinebaugh and husband James and Denise McBride and husband Mike; grandchildren Tanner McBride and Stone, Lexie, and Stockton Stinebaugh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, one sister, and stepgranddaughter Ashlie Stinebaugh.
Visitation is today, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lynch Funeral Service in Greenville.
Funeral service will be held at Vansickle Baptist Church in Greenville Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vansickle Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made at lynchfuneralservice.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  December 8, 2015