Blondie Self, of Lubbock, passed away on September 3, 2018. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 89 years on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 2 pm at Lake Ridge Chapel, 6025 82nd Street, Lubbock, Texas.
Dorothy Murleen Harris was born in Dawson County on November 11, 1928, to Georgie May and William Frank Harris. Called Murleen by her family, she started school at Klondike and soon became known as “Blondie”. She graduated from Klondike High School and Wayland Baptist and married R. W. “Dub” Self on December 30, 1949.
Blondie was a homemaker and a farm wife alongside Dub at Kalgary, Texas, where she was an active member of Watson Baptist Church. She and Dub and the girls moved to Crosbyton in 1968 where she lived until 2014 when she moved to Raider Ranch Retirement Community. At the time of her death, Blondie lived at Heartland House Assisted Living in Lubbock. Blondie and Dub enjoyed many years of activity community involvement and were members of Crosbyton First Baptist Church. Blondie was a founding member of the Crosbyton Clinic Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens and the local God’s Country production. She worked for the Crosbyton Review and South Plains Health Providers until she retired so she and Dub could enjoy the grandkids and their time at Lake Sam Rayburn.
An accomplished seamstress, quilter and cook, Blondie was never afraid to tackle anything. From gardening and canning to hanging wallpaper and refinishing furniture, she especially enjoyed helping others. In her eighties, she was still making her famous chicken soup for anyone under the weather, caring for friends who needed a hand, making quilts for her great grandkids and enjoying Lady Raider basketball. Known by many names, Murleen, Blondie, Kid, Sug, Mother and Granny, she lived a full life and was an example of how to love with both heart and hands.
Blondie was preceded in death in 1997 by her husband of 48 years, Dub Self, her parents and sisters, Velma Harris, Silva Wren, and Juanita Wolford and brothers O. C. and Odie Harris. She is survived by two brothers, Melvin (Juanell) Harris and Alvin (Lynn) Harris of Lamesa. Also surviving are daughters Jacque Stark and husband, Aubrey, and Gwen Warren and husband Phil, all of Lubbock. Surviving grandchildren are Eric and Shannon Stark, Cody and Jolynne Stark, Josh and Kacey Warren, Roxann and Justin St. Clair, Ben and Samantha Watson, Meghan Watson and Jake and Kaleigh Watson. She was also Granny to 8 great-grandchildren, Tanner and Cooper Stark; Lila, Caroline and James Wright Warren; Mia, Blaine and Presley St. Clair.
The family would like to thank Christy Townsen, Tiffany O’Brien and all the employees of Heartland House who cared so kindly for Blondie during the past few months as well as Accolade Hospice.