Mary Lynnell Berlanga, known to her loved ones as Lynnell, passed away on January 1, 2024, in Arlington, TX, at the age of 74. She was born on August 8, 1949, in Odessa, TX, to Henry John Smith and Nell Christine Smith.
Lynnell was a hard worker and a joy to be around. Her vibrant personality and love for music made her the life of every gathering. She had a voice like an angel and enjoyed entertaining others with her talent. She was also deeply involved in her grandchildren's activities and was fondly known as "Memaw" to all who knew her.
Lynnell is survived by her daughter, Janessa Berlanga, and her grandchildren, Maddie Jo Sinclair and her husband Jaxon Sinclair, and Jacob Christian Berlanga Villareal, and great grandson, Walker Sinclair. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Smith, as well as her close friends Sharon Hinze and daughters, Michele, Stacy, Julie; Janet Moyer and daughters Lynne, Jodi, and extended family members Jerry and David Moyer and all the nieces and nephews.
As many She was preceded in death by her parents.
Lynnell received her education in Drumright, Cushing, and Blackwell, OK. She graduated with honors from Blackwell High School in 1967 and attended Kansas State University before joining the US Air Force in 1971. She served in the Air Force as an air traffic controller until 1976.
After her military service, Lynnell had a successful career in Communications Marketing at AT&T, where she worked until her retirement in 2006. She was highly regarded for her dedication and professionalism.
Lynnell grew up in the Methodist Church and had an interest in studying the Catholic Church. She found solace and inspiration in her faith.
In her leisure time, Lynnell enjoyed playing cards and various games. After retirement, she discovered a passion for refinishing furniture and creating handmade knick-knacks to sell at the Grand Prairie flea market.
A memorial service to celebrate Lynnell's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024, at the Dallas National Cemetery. Attendees are requested to line up at 11:00 a.m., and the lane assignment will be provided at the service. Contributions in Lynnell's memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Susan G Komen for the cure of breast cancer.
The funeral arrangements are being handled by Alpine Funeral Home in Fort Worth, TX.
May Lynnell's bright spirit and cherished memories bring comfort to those who mourn her loss.