Vonnie Townsend was born March 25th, 1940, in Artesia, NM, the oldest and only daughter of IC and Ethel Smith. Vonnie was raised in Tatum, NM, where she was active in student council, Future Homemakers of America, National Honors Society, cheerleading and voted best all-around student her senior year. She met Johnny Townsend of Tatum, NM, and they married October 17, 1958. Vonnie moved with Johnny to Lubbock where they established Townsend Pump Service in 1974 while raising three sons Doug, Daryl and David. She actively worked in the family business as the receptionist and bookkeeper for over 40 years. Daryl and Nancy will continue his parents’ legacy as owner/operator of The Townsend Pump Service.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny; and a brother, Harvey Smith.
Vonnie is survived by her three sons, Douglas Lee Townsend and wife, Sebrena of Georgetown, Daryl Ray Townsend and wife, Nancy of Lubbock, and David Townsend and wife, Cathy of Shallowater; seven grandchildren, Courtney Moss and husband, Jerry, Keyli Upshaw and husband, Ryan, Kendra Townsend, John David Townsend, Chyler Townsend, Konnor Townsend, and Bax Townsend; two great-grandchildren, Jase Murphy Upshaw, and Sydnee Upshaw; and a brother, Ray Smith and wife, Kathy of Lovington, NM.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be made at www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html.