Robbie Manzer House-March 22, 2011

Robbie Manzer House, 87, of Amarillo died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. with Reverend Marty Hamrick, Associate Pastor of Polk St. United Methodist Church, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Robbie Lou Driggers was born August 17, 1923 to Walter James and Mattie Lou Driggers in Duck Creek Community , some ten miles east of Spur, Texas, an area which was originally settled by her Hagins and Carlisle and somewhat later by her Simmons  ancestors.  Many summer hours were spent beside Duck Creek, sitting in a hackberry tree among the orioles, reading or playing with cousins or siblings.  She attended the rural elementary school and then Spur High School, graduating in 1938.  She attended West Texas State Teachers’ College in 1941 and 1942, then taught one year in one-teacher, one-room elementary Ellis School in Kent County.
In 1944, she married Joe Holt, Jr. of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Ft. Worth, Texas, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in France in January 1945.  In 1951, in Wichita Falls, she married Gerald (Jerry) Manzer, and, in the same year, they moved to Amarillo where Jerry was a Civil Service employee at the re-opened Amarillo AFB.  After the base closed, Jerry was transferred to Lowry AFB.  They lived in Aurora, Colorado until an offer from the Helium Research Center allowed Jerry to transfer back to Amarillo.  A butane truck backed out in front of them near Spur on the night before Thanksgiving, 1974, injuring her, but killing Jerry.  She married Glenn House in 1983 and they formally adopted Christopher House, Glenn’s natural grandson who had lived with them most of their married life, on February 7, 1994.
Robbie taught at various times at Girard Elementary and High School, Canyon High School, and West Texas State University. Between those times, she had a lengthy business career in general insurance and the mortgage loan business, and was certified as a Realtor and a Real Estate Broker.  J. Hal Brown was an employer, mentor, and friend to her.  At WTAMU, she met Gary Biggers, who became a priceless friend and her son-by-mutual-consent.
Survivors include her dear son, Christopher House and his wife Mistie with granddaughter Brooklyn Kennedy and Autumn House Amarillo; a grandson, Aaron House and his wife Brenda with granddaughter Avaleigh Grace House of Dallas; sister Gwendolyn Goodwin and husband Sidney of Topeka, brother Mac Driggers and wife Neta of Spur; sister Marlaine Neeley and husband Kenneth of Amarillo, several wonderful nieces and nephews; step-son David House and wife Davena; step-daughter Diana Goad and husband Norman, all of Amarillo; niece (of Jerry Manzer) Deborah (Mrs. Gary) West and family of Tooele, Utah; sister/friend Virginia (Jennie) McCormick of Atlanta, GA, who was her Rock of Gibraltar in times of great need and throughout the years, and her sisters in Beta Sigma Phi.
Robbie was too busy (and disorganized) to write the great American novel but settled for this obituary to be her last published work.
The family suggests memorials be to Polk Street United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.

0 Replies to “Robbie Manzer House-March 22, 2011”

  1. Sorry for your loss Chris,,,I remember you and her drinking coffee in the mornings.she was a sweet woman.God Bless…

  2. Sorry to hear about Robbie passing. She was special to my Mom and also me I have many fond memories of allthe family. My God richly bless all of you during this time.

  3. So sorry about Robbie,she and her family have such dear menories for me as I spent many an hour at her family home.Her Dad Walter and my Mother were cousins. To this day I can still remember what the front of their house looked like. Robbie and I hadn’t seen each other in years and then meet up again after my Mother pasted away we keep in touch until her health failed and I didn’t know how to get in touch with her she was so dear to me and our family. May God be with each of you.

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