From hardscrabble nights writing snippets for a Hearst newspaper in the 1950s to golden afternoons at Le Cirque with Sinatra or Hepburn and tête-à-tête dinners with Madonna to gather material for columns that ran six days a week, Liz Smith captivated millions with her tattletale chitchat and, over time, ascended to fame and wealth that rivaled those of the celebrities she covered.
Rev. Dick Lord, 82, was as a robust man who played golf six days a week and was a voracious reader, his wife said. “He read all the time, and always had new ideas for lessons and sermons, gold-plated nugget stuff,” Janice Lord said.
Ms. Mowery entered public life in Tarrant County in 1975 as the county’s Republican Party chair, the first woman to head a major political party in the county. In that role, she was instrumental in setting the foundation for making the county bipartisan and ultimately a Republican stronghold in the state.
Chisai Childs opened her original Starlite Theatre in Branson in 1981, quickly becoming an influential person in the Ozark town that was becoming a mid-America entertainment hub. Ms. Childs partnered with the late Johnnie High at the Grapevine Opry.
Ray Champney, who had served on the City Council since 2008, died this month of cancer. Mr. Champney was a strong advocate for improving art and cultural offerings in Bedford. A special election will be held May 6 to fill his Place 3 seat.