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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Tiffany Cooper-Aguilar

Tiffany Cooper-Aguilar

Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Tiffany Cooper-Aguilar entered the funeral profession in fall of 2008, at the San Antonio College, where she pursued an education in their Mortuary Science Program. A proud SAC Graduate, she obtained a Mortuary Science, A. A. S. degree in the spring of 2013. In the past she was active with the college, attending and chaperoning events and as a member on the MORTS advisory committee.

She began her apprenticeship, while residing in Seguin, Texas at Palmer Mortuary & Cremations (2009 Legacy Funeral Group) in Seguin, and then shifted to Zoeller Funeral Home (2010 Service Corp. International) in New Braunfels, Texas. Transferring to Goetz Funeral Home (early 2013 Service Corp. International) in Seguin, she found her way back to Palmer Mortuary & Cremations in the fall of 2013. She acquired her license to sell Pre-Paid Funeral Policies through Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company in 2014.

While employed at Palmer Mortuary & Cremations, she was promoted to the Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer position in February of 2015. In April she was awarded the Funeral Director of the year, for Legacy Funeral Group.

In March 2018 she was one of 50 Funeral Directors across the United States to be chosen for the National Funeral Directors Association and The Funeral Foundation’s: Meet the Mentors program in Atlanta, GA. In April 2018 she was awarded with the Young Professional of the Year award and served as the President, for the Texas Funeral Directors Association – South Central Chapter. In June 2018 she was awarded, across the state, as the Young Professional of the Year, at the Texas Funeral Directors Association Convention in Galveston, Texas. In the fall of 2018, she was featured in a vibrant article, for a national publication, in the American Funeral Director Magazine.

Tiffany also remained highly active in the Seguin community serving as the past chairwoman for the Hispanic Chamber, member of the Seguin High School Gold Battalion Booster Club for dance and cheer (past Secretary and Vice President), Board Member for the DF Food Bank and as a Crisis Counselor for the Seguin Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Tiffany remained in her position at Palmer Mortuary & Cremations until December 2018. She was briefly a Service Manager for the National Cremation Society in San Antonio, Texas. She then settled in at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park, in San Antonio, Texas before she relocated to East

Texas. At Chapel Hill, she received her license as a Crematory Operator and served as the interim Location Manager and lead Funeral Director.

Noticing her strengths in being competent with many skills and systems that are used throughout the profession, she began working contract labor throughout the state in the fall of 2019. She is the president and (sole) owner of Aguilar Funeral Services, LLC. And in February 2022, Tiffany became the proud owner of the Mount Vernon Memorial Funeral Home (formally known as the Collvins Memorial Funeral Home) in Mount Vernon, Texas.

In the past Tiffany has remained heavily involved with the Texas Funeral Directors Association, attending numerous events, serving as a board member (past President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer) with the South-Central Chapter, Texas Funeral Directors Association - Disaster Team and served on several committees for the association. Now that she has settled in East Texas, she will set her sights on participating in the TFDA’s East Chapter.

Tiffany enjoys traveling, thrifting/flea markets, exploring cemeteries, has a huge heart for animals and spending time with her husband Chris and their daughter, Kamille.

Over the years, Tiffany has gained an affection for the Funeral Profession and strives to show excellence in all that she puts her name to. She intends to continue to serve families with the highest quality, the utmost professionalism and class.


Donya Barker

Donya Barker

Funeral Director

Donya Barker is a life-long resident of Franklin County. She recently received her funeral directors license and is currently working to obtain her embalmer's license. Donya has worked in the funeral industry, locally, since 2016.

She has worked in the healthcare field for more than 30 years, with the last 17 being in home health.  

Donya is the Secretary/Treasurer for North Franklin VFD, Secretary/Treasurer for Franklin County Firefighters Association, Director of Hagansport Community Center, Director of Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, member of School Health Advisory Council, member of MVISD District Effectiveness Committee, Mentor with Mt. Vernon Cares, and the Secretary for Fairview Cemetery Association.  

Donya is married to Rusty Barker of the Hagansport Community. Together, they have five children and six grandchildren, who are the joys of her life. They attend church at the Sulphur Bluff Assembly of God.  

During her spare time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with the grandchildren.


Ann Boeckmann

Ann Boeckmann

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Annie Boeckmann has been a resident of the Mount Pleasant area for the last five years. She graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 2020 and is currently attending Northeast Texas Community College. Annie is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts degree and licensure in funeral directing and embalming.

Annie has been working in the healthcare profession for the last two years but could not be more excited to start her journey in the funeral service industry.

When she isn’t working or studying, Annie enjoys spending time with her three horses, two dogs, and her cat. 


Amelia Aguilar

Amelia Aguilar

Funeral Home Admin

Amelia Aguilar is a resident of Naples, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and she teaches 2nd grade at Paul Pewitt Elementary.

Amelia is the mother of two beautiful children, both live in Mississippi, where they attend college. Amelia enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Johanna Castro

Johanna Castro

Funeral Home Admin

Johanna Castro has been a resident of Sulphur Springs, Tx for over 40 years.  She is a loving mother of two wonderful and loving children.  She loves being involved in their everyday life, whether it be sports, dance, school activities, extracurricular activities, cooking their favorite meals and spending quality time with them.  She has been a stay-at-home Mom for over 10 years.  She is excited to start this new journey in the funeral business.

She is a people person and always will greet you with a smile.    


Brandi L. Howard

Brandi L. Howard

Funeral Attendant

 

Brandi L. Howard, a resident of Scroggins, is married to Taboris Howard and they have 3 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, learning about geology, and reading. 

 

She has a heart for people and has previously volunteered in community outreach programs in New Mexico. She hopes to become involved in the local Franklin County community as well. 

 

She aspires to enroll in Mortuary School, in the spring, to further her interest in the funeral profession. 


T. Kamille Serrano

T. Kamille Serrano

Funeral Assistant

T. Kamille Serrano, currently attends the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Government with a minor in Law, Justice, and Society. She is a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and holds several officer positions with them.

She has grown up in the funeral profession from the age of 5 years old and is proud to work with her mom, Tiffany Cooper-Aguilar, at the funeral home. She has a cat named Willow, enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends. 


Dcorian Young

Dcorian Young

Funeral Attendant

Dcorian Young graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 2019. He was heavily involved in sports during all years of high school as well as a member of the Key Club.

He is currently pursuing a Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas in Tyler, Texas.


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