Claudette Gail Horstman was born on March 23, 1938. She passed away peacefully on October 9, 2016 in Midland. She is survived by her two daughters, Dawn Sly of Midland and April Latner of Redding, California; one brother, Dallas Javins of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sisters, Audrey Howery of Lakeland, Florida and Georgette Blackshire of Eleanor, West Virginia; two grandchildren, Justina Latner and Ryan Latner; and by three great-grandchildren, Lucas Alvarado, Lyric Falks and Urijah Falks, all of Midland. Claudette grew up in West Virginia as a coal miner's daughter. What she lacked in material goods was made up by loving parents who helped teach her the value of hard work. She took those early lessons into the Women's Army Corps, and was proud of the time she spent serving our country. Later on, Claudette had the opportunity to attend business commercial college. Her favorite job however, was the time she spent as a Wal-Mart greeter. Claudette was so tiny that she would often shop in the children's section at Wal-Mart. While applying for the job as a greeter, she was asked why she felt she'd be the best person for the job. Claudette stood up and spun around to show off her cute Wal-Mart outfit. She loved being recognized as the "Wal-Mart Lady," and if she ever heard anyone whispering about it, it always made her smile. Claudette had a passion for collecting; however, she would on occasion have a change in her taste and decide to unload some things. She could always count on her son-in-law, Corey, to come box some things up for her (like her bountiful milk glass collection!) Her favorite pastime was watching classic television dramas like Matlock, Diagnosis Murder, and Columbo. Even if it was an episode she had seen a hundred times, Claudette loved taking in a good detective story. Everyone who knew Claudette had a chance to experience her sense of humor and wit. She loved to give you a hard time, all in good fun. During the holidays, Claudette loved nothing more than to give away her home-made fudge. Everyone got some, whether you wanted it or not! She would make all sorts of flavors like chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin, butterscotch, and even bean. Claudette is also survived by her precious dogs, Rogan, Mac, and especially Vinnie! She loved them all dearly and they returned that love. She is also survived by one cat named "Puppy." While in the nursing home, Claudette saw the resident cat that reminded her of Puppy, and called for it. The nurses phoned her family a bit concerned that Claudette was calling the cat "Puppy," but after all was explained everyone had a good laugh. Although she loved her pets dearly, her true loves were her grandkids and great-grandkids. She had a special relationship with each one. Everything that Claudette did, she did with them in mind, and she made sure that everyone knew that was the case. The love that Claudette had for them wasn't just spoken about. She showed her love for them with every opportunity. She touched all of our lives and taught us so much. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. The family would like to thank the staff and residents at Terrace West Nursing Center for their care, love, and friendship. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Clay Porter, at American Heritage Cemetery, Funeral Home, Crematory, 4100 N. FM-1788, Midland, Texas, 79707. Arrangements are entrusted to American Heritage.
... Show More