Vonnie Lee Townsend

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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.


4 thoughts on “Vonnie Lee Townsend”

  1. Sherry , Richard Craig

    Doug and Sabrina and family. So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. Blessings to you and your family

  2. Our sincere sympathy to this dear family who were great friends & neighbors in the McDonald community in the 1950’s & 60’s! We cherish the wonderful memories. Love you, Bobbye & Larry Byrum and Sandy Byrum & Dick Crocker????

  3. Dear Family,
    I wish to express my Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Loved One.
    The pain, the grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable, I find what the Bible promises to be very comforting. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”- Revelation 21:4. I hope this promise will bring your family comfort and hope. If you would like to know more of what the Bible promises, Please visit : jw.org free of charge or obligation.
    Sincerely, Kristy

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