In Memory

LuRae Nation

Denise Terrell Havner sent me a copy of the article listed below printed in the "Pampa Daily News" in 1968 telling of the one-car crash near White Deer that claimed the life of Lu Rae Nation.Here is the text of that newspaper article. Pam Ludeman Price

Lu Rae Nation (1947-1968)

Miss Lu Rae Nation, 21-year-old daughter of Mayor and Mrs. Jim Nation, 2100 Mary Ellen, was killed in a one-car accident about 3 a.m. Sunday (March 31, 1968) on U.S. Highway 60, east of White Deer city limits.

According to Texas Highway patrolmen, Miss Nation’s car apparently went out of control and struck a tree after a 45-mph wind gust hit her car on a curve near White Deer, about 14 miles west of Pampa.

Miss Nation was born in Amarillo March 16, 1947, and graduated from Ferry Hall, a girls school near Lake Forest, Ill., in 1965. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She had worked in Dallas about a year before enrolling in West Texas State University in Canyon last Fall. She was a sophomore and was living in Amarillo.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 1968) in First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Martin Hager, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery directed by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home.

Survivors are her parents; a brother, Jimmy Nation of Pampa; and her grandmother, Mrs. J. A. Alexander of Guymon, Oklahoma. She was the cousin of PHS Classmate Billy Kuhn.

Pallbearers will be Charles B. Cook, Myron Marks Jr., Dr. J.B. Veale, Creel Grady Jr., Jim White and John R. Davis.

Memorials may be sent to the Book of Remembrance of First Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity.

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03/06/15 10:18 AM #1    

Kim Wilson (Henderson)

I remember when LuRae died.  I know it wasn't 1996....more like 1969.   I'm betting those numbers are transposed.  LuRae and I were good buddies.  I had just moved to Ft Worth in late 60's when I heard that LuRae didn't survive a car wreck.  I attended her funeral.  That's why I remember it to be late 60's when she passed.

03/10/15 05:12 PM #2    

Donna Rath (Bybee)

I think she died in 1964......but it could have been 1965.  It was before we graduated....Donna

03/11/15 04:35 PM #3    

Denise Terrell (Heavner)

I have an old newspaper clipping about Lu Rae's car accident.  The date I wrote on it was 3/31/1968 and the article mentioned it occured early Sunday morning. I think that is correct because she had just had her 21st birthday a few weeks before.  Sad she passed so young. 

01/12/19 06:55 PM #4    

Pam Ludeman (Price)

01/13/19 03:35 PM #5    

Paula Sealey (Criss)

Thinking of LuRae lately, her brother Jimmy died this week.  LuRae adored him.  They will be shacking things up in Heaven.  You Go Girl!    

01/14/19 05:54 PM #6    

Pam Ludeman (Price)

Jimmy Nation (1944-2019) PHS Class of 1962 - brother of LuRae Nation (Class of 1965)

James Milton "Jimmy" Nation Obituary

1944 - 2019

Jimmy Nation, 74, of Lake Tanglewood died January 8, 2019.

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Lake Tanglewood Community Church with a reception following at Lake Tanglewood Community Center. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Jimmy was born January 26, 1944 in Pampa, TX to James Jr. and Hazel Nation. He graduated from Pampa High School in 1962. He served his country in the 82nd Airborne from 1964 until 1967. Upon coming home from the military he attended Frank Phillips College. In 1984, Jimmy married Dorothy "Dottie" Cherry in Amarillo. 

In addition to the battles he fought in Vietnam, he also battled Parkinson 's disease for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister. 

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Dottie Nation of Amarillo; sons, Jim Luthi and wife Laura of Portland, OR and Mark Francis and wife Lynnof Evanston, IL; daughter, Debbie Whittenburg Weems and husband Ian of Amarillo; grandchildren, Brock, Mia, Connor, Catherine and husband David, Hunter, Aaron, and Olivia; a host of wonderful, loyal friends; and his beloved dogs, Diva, Bullett and Casino. Much love and gratitude goes out to the wonderful and dedicated caregivers; nurse Sarah, nurse Paula and chronic care coordinator Carol.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to Animal Rescue Shelter, Amarillo Health and Management or Animal Rescue of your choice.
Published in Amarillo Globe-News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2019



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