Funeral services for Mary Ellen Minica Croom will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2011, in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Varga Chapel Cemetery in San Saba County. Visitation will be Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Mary was born April 21, 1924, in May, Texas, to Walter and Mary Eva Minica. She went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ  at 10:45 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Hospice House in Odessa, Texas.

    Mary is survived by her children; daughter, Peggy L. and husband Crespin Tijerina Jr. of Odessa, Texas, son Joe L. and wife Deborah L. Croom of Cleburne, Texas. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Mrs. Croom is preceded in death by her husband, L.A. Croom after 56 years of marriage; a daughter, Barbara E. Jordan; and two sons, Walter Croom and David L. Croom.

    Friends and relatives may sign her online guest book at

    Heartland Funeral Home of Early, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.