Ozell Irby Maynard

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Bertsye Ozell was born on May 1, 1926, to Elmer and Bertsye Bilberry in Spur, Texas. She married Elmer M. “Buster” Irby, August 7, 1943, in Conway, Arkansas. They moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1950, and he preceded her in death on August 16, 2002. She then married Jesse Maynard on January 24, 2009, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2014. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 43 years, impacting countless children by showing them the way to salvation in Jesus Christ. She was also an active member in Martha’s Ministry.

Survivors include her daughters, Brenda Ashcraft and husband, Tommy of Monterrey, Mexico; Peggy Dieu and husband, Don of Lubbock, Texas; and Nyla Wesner and husband, Garry of Lubbock, Texas; daughter-in-law, Barbara Irby of Kerrville, Texas; sister, Gayle Stow and husband, Duane of Lubbock, Texas; eleven grandchildren, Saundra Briley and husband, Russell; Donetta Irby-Ray, Milissa Irby, Michelle Irby, Tammie Gonzalez and husband, Henry; Stephen Ashcraft and wife, Ruth; Jonathan Ashcraft and wife, Jenny; Kevin Boyer and wife, Amy; Kayla Shrum and husband, Michael; Caitlyn Terrell and husband, Jacob; and Bethany Wesner; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was also survived by three step-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer A. and Bertsye Virginia Bell Bilberry; son, Melton Dale Irby; and brother, Cloyce Bilberry.


2 thoughts on “Ozell Irby Maynard”

  1. We have considered Ozell a dear friend ever since our families connected through our children. We’ve always been impressed by the number of friends who love and have been loved by her. I always looked forward to a trip to Lubbock that included time spent with Ozell; she had the gift of humor, friendliness, easy hospitality, and was a great cook besides. We miss her already, and will always miss seeing her on our visits.

  2. Our love and prayers are with you all! She was a great example of what a Christian women is. So loving, patient and caring.

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