In Memoriam

Concepción “Connie” Guerrero Gonzales

Concepción “Connie” Guerrero Gonzales, the dear father of Rosemarie René, ASID, who served as President of the ASID Texas Chapter (2007-2008) and who has been a dedicated supporter of ASID for years, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014, at the age of 86. Rosary will be held at 10:00am Monday, March 3, 2014, followed by Memorial Services/Mass starting at 10:30am at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church of Irving [2330 Cheyenne St, Irving, TX 75062] with military honors following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project: woundedwarriorproject.org. GO HERE to read the obituary.


Phyllis Jo Hoge, ASID

We are very sad to report that interior designer and long-time ASID member Phyllis Jo Hoge passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Dallas. She was a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Texas, and an officer in the Interior Design Guild of Dallas. To read her full obituary, please GO HERE.

Memorial services will take place Thursday, October 17, at 4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas [4015 Normandy Ave, Dallas, Texas 75205] with reception following in Channing Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Women’s Day Alliance Projects
c/o First United Unitarian Church
4015 Normandy Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75205


Orville V. D. Carr, FASID

It is with heavy hearts that we report that interior designer and long-time ASID member Orville V. D. Carr of San Antonio passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at the age of 94. Orville was an ASID Fellow, the highest honor that ASID bestows on its members. A Celebration of Life for Orville will be held at The San Antonio Museum of Art on February 7, 2013, at 6:00 PM.

GO HERE to sign an online guest book.

Cards can be mailed to:
Orville Carr and Associates
8015 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas 78209


Wayne Schiska

Wayne Schiska, the beloved husband of ASID Member Joyce Schiska, Allied ASID, RID passed away July 4, 2012. A private family service was held at Restland Funeral Home on July 7, 2012, and Joyce later held a Celebration of Life for him that many interior designers, clients, friends, and family attended. Featured was a photographic exhibit of his early black and white photographs when he was a still photographer in Chicago, as well as color photographs taken during the last 10 years of his life after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The exhibit was at The Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum in November.

Memorials may be made to Friend’s Place, an Alzheimer’s Day Center [1960 Nantucket Road, Richardson, Texas 75080] or The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas [4144 North Central Expressway #150, Dallas, Texas 75204].


Willie Henry

Willie “Nonnie” Delila Henry, the dear mother of ASID Life Member Robert Preston Henry, ASID, who served as Financial Director of the ASID Texas Chapter (2005-2007) and who has been a dedicated supporter of ASID, passed away Monday, August 27, 2012, after an amazingly long life of 107 years. Funeral services will be held 11am on Saturday, September 1, 2012, in the Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford. GO HERE to access her obituary. In lieu of flowers, her memory may be honored with a gift to Bread for a Hungry World, 6250 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180 or givebread.org.


Megan Greggerson

We were saddened to learn that Megan Greggerson, the beloved sister of El Paso Design Community Financial Chair Emily Greggerson, ASID, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012, after a short illness. If you would like to send a card to Emily to express your condolences, you can reach her here:

Emily Greggerson
200 N. Festival, Apt. 710
El Paso, TX 79912

To read Megan’s obituary, please GO HERE.


Sandra Herbster

We are very sad to report that interior designer and long-time ASID member Sandra Herbster passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in San Antonio. Sandra served as San Antonio Design Community Chair during the 2005-2006 leadership year, and she was a fixture in the San Antonio community. To read Sandra’s obituary, please GO HERE.

Memorial services will take place Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10am at First Presbyterian Church [404 Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205].

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

National Jewish Medical and Research Center
1400 Jackson St.
Denver, CO 80206


James Frederick Williams, AIA

Architect Emeritus James Frederick “Fred” Williams, AIA, the dear husband for 27 years of M. Robbins “Robin” Black, ASID, who served as President of the ASID Texas Chapter (2005-2006), passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2012, after a prolonged battle with cancer. A memorial service for family and friends will be held in his honor on Sunday, April 29 in San Antonio. GO HERE to access Fred’s obituary.  Letters of encouragement can be sent to Robin at 102 Downing, San Antonio, Texas 78209.


Kathy Hammond

We are heartbroken to report that we have lost a very important member of our ASID community: Kathy Hammond. After quietly and bravely battling breast cancer, she peacefully succumbed on the morning of Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

Kathy was a very active ASID Industry Partner Representative from Walker Zanger in Dallas. While serving as Financial Director for the Dallas Design Community, she generously stepped up when asked to fill in for a resigning Communications Director on the Texas Chapter Board, serving almost half a term. Immediately afterwards, she took on the task of serving as the Texas Chapter’s Financial Director from 2009 to 2011. At the time of her passing, she was still a very active member of the Dallas Design Community Board, as well as the Co-Chair Elect for METROCON Expo & Conference.

Kathy will be remembered for her gracious personality, great sense of humor, professionalism and ultimate sweetness. Kathy faced all of her adversities with strength, determination and courage. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and worked with her. To access Kathy’s obituary from the Dallas Morning News, please GO HERE (web link) or GO HERE (PDF download).

Memorial services will take place Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 3pm at Christ United Methodist Church [3101 Coit Road, Plano, 75075  - southwest corner of Parker Road and Coit Road | (972) 596-4303].

A scholarship fund has been set up in Kathy’s name, and all donations will be used for interior design student scholarships. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made directly to:

Kathy Parr Hammond Scholarship Fund
c/o Jim Habern, Sr. VP
Prosperity Bank
2012 Midway Road
Plano, TX 75093

Lastly, Kathy is survived by her beloved cat, Tabitha, who is a very well behaved, healthy, 15-year-old feline accustomed to much love and affection. We are currently looking for a loving home for Tabitha. Due to her age and her life in a single-animal household, Kathy wanted her to go to a home with no dogs or children and preferably with either no cats or a very submissive cat. To see photos of Tabitha, please GO HERE. If you or someone you know would be interested in adopting Tabitha, please contact Chapter Administrator, Pat Gallagher: txasid@airmail.net.


Ellen Angell, FASID

On June 27, 2010, Bettie Ellen Angell (83) passed away. She was an accomplished interior designer who lived and worked in Corpus Christi for many years, most recently with the Susan Castor Collection. Extremely active in ASID throughout the last four decades, she inspired many members and devoted countless hours to the organization, earning the title of Fellow of ASID. Ellen was an amazing bundle of energy who embraced life and loved her profession, and she will be terribly missed by family, friends and colleagues. Please CLICK HERE to download a PDF of her obituary, which includes links allowing you to sign an online guest book and send condolences, as well as flowers.


Marian McKeever Millican

On January 13, 2010, Marian McKeever Millican, lost her long battle with cancer. A beacon of light to everyone she met, she was an ASID Chapter Medalist, served on the ASID Texas Chapter Board of Directors from 1988-91 and again in 1993. Marian had been Associate Professor of Architecture at UTA and taught at TCU for many years. She was given the 2006 Texas Star Achievement Award by the Greater Ft Worth Commercial Real Estate Woman’s Network and was an honorary member of the Texas Society of Architects. She also served on the Heritage Trails Task Force, and served on the Streams & Valleys, Inc. Executive Committee, which benefits Mayfest and the Trinity River. Her husband, Kirk, and her son, Carter, have been helping her fight cancer for over 11 years. Even in her last months she had the most positive of spirits. You can read more about her accomplished life in her UTA bio and in her obituary.


Stacy Barnett, Student Member ASID

The Texas Chapter would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Stacy Barnett, Student Member ASID, 22. Stacy, a recent interior design graduate from the University of Texas in Austin and a member of the program’s ASID Student Chapter, suffered an untimely death on Tuesday, June 21, 2009. UT ASID Student Chapter 2008-2009 President, Kendra Horn, Student Member ASID, stated, “She was an amazing person. She was always smiling and always in a good mood and really fun to hang out with.” She will be missed. Go here to read an article about the indicident in the Austin American-Statesmen.


Donna Fowler, ASID

Donna McCarty Fowler, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2009, in Abilene following a sudden illness. Her vibrant love of life, family and friends was contagious. Her outward beauty mirrored the inward beauty of her flamboyant , free-spirited personality, bringing a joyful response to all who knew her.

Donna graduated in 1977 with a degree in interior design from the University of Texas. She returned to Abilene to work with Tittle, Luther, Loving Interiors, and never cutting her ties with Tittle Luther Partnership, later opened her own business, Donna Fowler Design.

Donna was a Texas Registered Interior Designer. She served the Abilene Association of ASID in leadership roles for many years, and the Texas Chapter of ASID as a board member and treasurer. Donna enjoyed an impressive career making a profound impact on interior design through her many years of fulfilling the dreams of her clients. Donna’s designs can be seen at Abilene Christian University; the Williams Performing Arts Center; the Bob Hunter Welcome Center; Hendrick Medical Center; Cisco Junior College; Hardin-Simmons University; The Tommy Morris Agency; and numerous homes and offices in Abilene and the surrounding area.

Her clients soon became her friends, and Donna worked at all of her friendships. A card or note meant so much more than an e-mail, and a hug meant so much more than a handshake. Her spirit will be missed in this world by her husband, family and many friends.

A memorial fund has been established to honor Donna’s many years of service and friendship to the interior design community and especially to the interior design program at Abilene Christian University. Memorial donations may be mailed to:

Kitty Wasemiller, ASID
Abilene Christian University
Donna Fowler, ASID Memorial Fund
ACU Box 27987
Abilene, TX 79699-7897


Amy Partner Yager, Student Member ASID

Please join the Texas Chapter of ASID to offer its heartfelt condolences to the family of Amy Partner Yager, Student Member ASID, 26. Amy suffered an untimely death on September 12, 2008 in Amarillo. Amy was enrolled in the interior design program at Amarillo College, but was transferring to West Texas A&M University in Canyon to purse a business degree. Originally from Virginia, Amy had served three years in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer pursuing a career as an EOD diver and underwater welder, but a hip injury led to her honorable medical discharge. We mourn her premature death and wish peace for her family. Go here to read a 2008 article about the indicident in the Amarillo Globe-News, and go here to read a 2010 follow-up article in the same publication.

A memorial fund has been established to honor Amy. Memorial donations may be mailed to:

Kathy Dowdy
The Amarillo Foundation
Amy Yager Memorial Scholarship
PO Box 447
Amarillo, TX 79178

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