The Commerce Journal
Tommye Karlene Bartscht passed from this life into eternity on Nov. 11, 2013.
She was born on July 18, 1934, in Commerce. She was the first-born child of Coalie Thomas and Alfreda Rose Busby.
Tommye was a dreamer, and as a child she would often dress up as her favorite movie stars. She also loved music and learned to play the piano at an early age. By the time she was 15, she was serving as the pianist at her church. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1952 and went to work for American Airlines as a flight attendant. She later became a customer service agent for vacation travel with American. Tommye travelled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. In the late 1950s, Tommye was a staffer for the late Senator Dodd. In 1959, she married Warren Bartscht. Tommye loved the outdoors, flowers and gardening. She lived most of her later adult years in north Dallas. She was a longtime member of Highland Park United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Bartscht; grandson Joshua Bartscht; sisters Barbara Ray and Marjorie Sanders and her husband Mac; niece and nephews Latressa Melton, Hal Ray, Ronald Ritchey and Russell Ritchey; four great-nieces and one great-nephew.
Funeral services were Nov. 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Allen Family Funeral Options, Plano. Interment followed at 2 p.m. at Horton Cemetery in Commerce.
Memorials may be made to SPCA, www.spca.org or to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org.
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