Nazareth Resident Finds Peace
Carolina Olvera Bermea was born on September 25, 1945 in Raymondville Texas to Tiburcio ‘Butch’ Olvera and San Juana Olvera. She was born the second of eight children. Her brothers and sisters include: Juan Davila of Houston, Margaret Gamboa of Plainview, David Olvera of Nazareth, Pedro Olvera of Tye, Ruben Olvera of Dimmitt, Rachel Presas of Colorado Springs Colorado, and the late Jesse Olvera of Nazareth.
The Olvera family permanently moved to Nazareth Texas in 1959. Carolina attended school in Nazareth but had to leave school for a few years to care for the family when San Juana fell ill. Carolina knew education was important and later completed her high school equivalent certification. The Olvera family and the Bermea family worked closely together in those days. This would bring Carolina and Elias together and the two would be married on August 16, 1962.
Carolina became a mother but also worked in the housekeeping department for a nursing home. She reached the level of supervisor before retiring in 2009. She and Elias raised ten children and Carolina later adopted two grandsons as her sons. Her children are Norma Bermea of Amarillo, Ricardo Bermea of Lorena, Mary Espinosa of Waco, Delia Glaze of Hewitt, Edwardo Bermea of Oklahoma, Valerie Bermea of Amarillo, Andres Bermea of Amarillo, Johnny Bermea of Amarillo, Nicholas Bermea of New Braunfels, and Reynaldo Bermea of Nazareth. The adopted sons are Marcus Bermea of Amarillo and Jacob Bermea of Dallas. Carolina had thirty-nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
Carolina loved to spend time with family and especially her grandchildren and eventually great grandchildren. She was the caretaker of the family and loved to help in every way. She was a hard working and very motivated individual. She expressed a special level of kindness and respect. She was always willing to do what was necessary with or for her family and friends. She is deeply loved and will be sorely missed.
Carolina died at home on March 9, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She was in the company of family and in the thoughts of many family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, husband, grandson, and granddaughter.
Swifts Battle to the End
This weekend, the Nazareth Swifts competed in the State Tournament. On Thursday, March 8, they won against Borden County, 54-44, in the State Semi-finals. Next, they battled Lipan, with a final score of 42-49. The Swifts fought hard to the end. They had a terrific season, and we are all proud of them!
High School Band Competes
The Nazareth High School band traveled to Panhandle to compete in the UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest on Tuesday, March 6. The group played Atlantis, Phantom Ship, and Newcastle March for the concert portion and sight read a piece. From a 1-5 rating scale, they received 3, 3, 4 for concert and 1, 2, 2 for sight reading. Congratulations on your success!
Future of Nazareth Grants
The Future of Nazareth Fund Committee would like to thank all the business and individuals who have donated to our fund. We have given out $47,500 in grants to the nonprofits organizations in our community and this has resulted in significant improvements. This year we have decided to again give out up to $20,000 in grants.
Beginning on February 15, all community non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to request an application from Marcus at People’s Bank to apply for a grant. The deadline to return them will be March 15. After that deadline our committee will evaluate all the applications and announce the winners on April 15.
Our goal is to be able to give grants when possible. If you or someone you know has a heart for Nazareth and our community, we would request that you consider a gift or pledge, so this will be possible.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the board members.
To the citizens of Nazareth, the museum is reorganizing the museum for a fresh look and to be able to showcase more items of the history of Nazareth. We are looking for items from existing and former businesses of Nazareth. Any memorabilia, larger or small, will be acceptable if you want to put in the museum in our showcases. Small and advertisement items preferably. We have some space left for military items for military display and pictures of early Nazareth. If you have more pictures of early Nazareth, we will make copies to display. Please bring these items to Dale Acker at Intersection Sales & Service or call him at 806-679-7043.
St. Patrick’s Day
On Sunday, March 18th, 2018 the public is invited to the Home Mercantile Building in Nazareth, TX from 2-4 pm for our Annual St. Paddy’s Celebration.
As in recent years, this event will feature the Texas Tech University Irish Set Dancers with members of the Caprock Céilí Band and friends as the musicians. The troupes will performing solo and group social dances set to Irish and Celtic music. Their dances will also include polkas and slides from Cork and Kerry, waulking (women’s work), as well as laments from Scottish Hebrides and Irish-language.
Students, families, and seniors are especially welcome to this event. A light supper of lamb and beef stew, along with cornbread, cookies, and beverages will be served during intermission. There is no admission charge for this entire event, however donations will be greatly appreciated. The event is co-sponsored by the TTU Vernacular Music Center and the Home Mercantile, Inc. For more information, contact Glen Waldo (806) 922-4774.
The Tech Irish Set-Dancers, a registered Student Organization, present vocational social dancing, based on the TTU campus, and invite students, staff, faculty and community members who are interested in learning, teaching, and sharing the traditional participatory set-dances of Ireland.
Starting next week, Wednesday, March 21, the link for the electronic version will be delivered under a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, stories or concerns please email me there!