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Donley County Obituaries

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

January 2003


Helena Elizabeth Catoe

CLARENDON - Helena Elizabeth Catoe, 80, formerly of Clarendon, of Amarillo, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in First United Methodist Church in Clarendon with the Rev. Marty Hamrick of Amarillo and the Rev. James Ivey Edwards, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors.  Mrs. Catoe was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Ashtola, Donley County. She was a longtime resident of El Paso, and then a resident of Clarendon for several years before moving to Amarillo recently. She was a foster care parent for many years in El Paso.  She was a public school math teacher for 28 years before her retirement. After retirement, she was an active volunteer in the Methodist Church in El Paso, Donley County Senior Citizens Association in Clarendon and in the activities of First United Methodist Church in Clarendon.  She was recently named Amarillo Globe-News Volunteer of the Day for her work at Park Place Towers. She was a member of Polk Street Methodist Church in Amarillo.  She was preceded in death by an infant son; a brother; and five sisters. 

Survivors include a son, Leslie Catoe of Odessa; three grandchildren, Ivy, Daniel and Bryan; a sister, Willa Cook of Amarillo; 11 nieces and nephews, Joe Lovell of Claude, Jim Lovell and David Butler, both of Dumas, Jan Chandler, Lea Reynolds and Dean Cook, all of Amarillo, Elaine Poovey of Stinnett, Bob Poovey of Yoder, Colo., Kenneth Butler of Quanah, Bill Ramsay of Borger and Patsy Robertson of Clarendon; numerous great-nieces and nephews; several great-great-nieces and nephews; many great-great-great-nieces and nephews; and many special friends.  Casket bearers will be Sam Lowry, Don Williams, Jim Shelton, Paul Bivens, Ted Shaller, Doug Lowe, Jack Moreman and Willard Skelton.

Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 1, 2003


Olive Freda Vandruff Bugbee

CLARENDON - Olive Freda Vandruff Bugbee, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003.

Memorial services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors.  Mrs. Bugbee was born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, on April 17, 1908, to Ross and Mame Buskirk Vandruff. She spent much of her childhood traveling in the Southwestern United States with her geologist father and her mother.

In Chicago she studied with the painter Edmund Giesbert at the University of Chicago. She also studied with Chicago sculptors Elisabeth H. Hibbard and Frederick C. Hibbard in the mid 1940s, eventually becoming an assistant to them.  She moved to San Antonio in 1931 where she became an assistant to sculptor Pompeo Coppini.

About 1937 she married the engraver Charles F. Anderson. In 1950 she operated a sheep ranch near Kerrville.  While in the Hill Country she became a renowned painter of animals and birds and was often commissioned to paint pet and horse portraits.

She met Western artist H.D. Bugbee of Clarendon in 1960, marrying him the following year and relocating to Clarendon.  Upon Mr. Bugbee's death in 1963, she succeeded him as curator of art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum until her retirement in 1982. After retiring she still volunteered at the museum, driving the 150-mile round trip from Clarendon nearly every day until November 2002.  She worked in several media including pastel, watercolor, casein and oil.

She was a member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio and began exhibiting there in the early 1930s.  By the early 1960s she had had numerous solo exhibitions. Her paintings are found in private collections across the United States. Among her patrons were former President Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe.

Her public commissions consist of murals in Texas and Oklahoma, including a mural of Palo Duro Canyon for the First National Bank of Amarillo (now Bank of America).  In 1976 She was included in the landmark exhibition, "The Woman Artist in the American West, 1860-1960," in Fullerton, Calif. Recently she was included in the Dictionary of Texas Artist, 1800-1945, published by Texas A&M University Press.

A memorial exhibition of her paintings will be presented in the Bugbee Gallery at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. The exhibition will include works of art from her personal collection as well as from the museum's.

Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 6, 2003


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