Monday, July 27, 2015 Shirley Mae Muir (1944-2000)

Shirley Mae Muir was born on 20 October 1944 in Louisiana to Henry "Jack" and Armitar Ormmueth (Alleman) Muir. She was their sixth, and youngest, child.

I know very little about her life other than the information that was included in her obituary. She married Rudolfo R. Martinez on 6 May 1985 in Cherokee County, Texas. Next, she married Julio Baltierra in 1989 and they moved from Colorado to Amarillo, Texas in 1990.

She had four children: Kim Sanchez, Israel Billiot, Wes Billiot, and Johnny Rocha.

She was killed in a three-car collision near Valle de Oro, Texas on 8 December 2000. An article about the accident appeared in the Amarillo Globe News:

Valle de Oro woman killed in collision

A Valle de Oro woman was instantly killed in a three-car collision near that community Friday morning when a driver failed to stop in a construction zone and struck the woman's pick-up truck, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Wayne Beighle.

The Potter County Sheriff's Department and Potter County Fire and Rescue crews responded to a 911 call at 10:49 a.m. 20 miles north of Amarillo on Farm-to-Market Road 1061 just south of Sarges Country Store in a construction zone.

When they arrived, they found a Ford Ranger crunched behind the trailer of a tractor-trailer parked on the northbound lane of the road and a Ford van on its side blocking the southbound lane, Beighle said.

Shirley Baltierra, 56, who was driving the Ford Ranger, was pinned inside her pickup while truck driver Thomas Olivarez of Amarillo was walking around outside his vehicle. The driver of the van, Christopher Lee Vasquez, 22, of Amarillo was injured and still inside his van.

Rescue crews called Lifestar to the scene to take Vasquez to Northwest Texas Hospital (NWTH). Late Friday he was listed in stable condition, according to a hospital supervisor. Oliver was transported by ambulance to NWTH with minor injuries, Beighle said.

Beighle said Vasquez was distracted and didn't see the vehicles in front of him were stopped and struck the back of the Ranger slamming it into the tractor-trailer.

Crews were on scene for 2-1/2 hours trying to pry Baltierra's body from the destroyed pickup, Beagle said. The road was closed at least three hours, he said.

The collision remained under investigation by DPS troops, Beighle said.

Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 9
Amarillo Daily News, 13 December 2000
Amarillo Globe News, 9 December 2000
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1995 Amarillo, TX (Shirley Baltierra)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1995 Valle de Oro, TX (Shirley M. Baltierra)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 2, 1935-1993 Shirley M. Baltierra (Amarillo, TX)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 2, 1935-1993 Shirley M. Baltierra (Valle de Oro, TX)
US, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, 2000 Baltierra, Shirley Mae

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