CLARA DELLA (ELLINGTON) BROWN
Clara Della (Ellington) Brown, 74, a longtime resident of Halton City, passed away Monday, March 17, 2003, in Houston, Texas.
Clara was born in Corsicana, Texas to Mary and Clifton Ellington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James D. Brown, Sr.; son, Cone Richard Brown; sisters, Quida Josephine; brothers, Robert Earl, John Prince and Sims.
Clara is survived by her sons, James D. Brown, Jr. & wife Linda and Conrad L. Brown & wife Lisa; daughter, Cheryl L. Price & husband Stan; nine grandchildren, Kevin Brown, Kyle Brown, Conrad Brown, Jr. & wife Kristy, John Brown, Kayla Brown, Donald Brown, Shane Holster & wife Sherry, Alecia LaSalle & husband A.C., and Shelly Morton; one great-granddaughter, Willow Olivia Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2003, at Bluebonnet Hill Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas.
Arrangements by Corl’s Family Funeral Home, 2422 Broadway, Pearland, Texas. (281) 412-3000.
MARY ARMENTA "MOLLIE" LEWIS STOKES
Mary Armenta “Mollie” Lewis Stokes, 89, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and inspirational friend to many, passed away peacefully on the 17th day of March, 2003, at Garden Terrace, in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Stokes was a resident of West Columbia, Texas from 1955 to 2000. She moved to Houston in 2000, to be by her family.
Mollie was born on April 28, 1913, in Chinquapin, Texas. Her father, George A Lewis, was born in 1868 and Mother, Laura Henretta Loggins Lewis, was born in 1875. Mollie had eight brothers and two sisters. She was a 4th generation Texan, and was particularly proud of being a descendant of Pocahontas and Jim Bowie.
On May 12, 1937, she married the love of her life, Clyde Alston Stokes. The couple had one son, Robert C. Stokes. The couple lived in California and Nevada from 1937 to 1952, until they moved back home to Chinquapin, Texas. After the death of her husband, she moved to West Columbia, Texas to live next to her sister, Lillian Ealy, whom Mollie loved dearly.
Mollie graduated from Stephen F. Austin University and taught the third (3rd) grade in West Columbia, Texas, from 1955 through 1974. She was very proud of teaching and loved every one of her students. To love and to be loved by her students was one of her greatest joys. After she retired, she became the Worlds Best Grandmother. Her grandchildren affectionately called her “Grandnu.”
Mollie loved nature. She appreciated all of God’s creations. The birds, beautiful flowers and especially the “old pecan tree” at the old home place. Mollie never complained and was always cheerful. She always had something humorous to say and a joke to tell. She had a smile, hug and words of encouragement for all. Her loving spirit continued to be her gift to everyone she met, until the very end.
Mrs. Stokes was preceded in death by her husband, in 1955.
She is survived by her sister, Lillian Ealy of Tomball; her son, Robert C. Stokes and daughter-in-law, Donna Faust Stokes of Houston; granddaughter, Jennifer Anne Stokes Young and her husband, Jerry McFadden Young of Houston; grandson, Robert C. Stokes, Jr. of San Francisco, California; her great-grandchildren, Victoria Anne Young and Grace McFadden Young of Houston; and her namesake niece, Molly Frances Lovett of Tomball.
The essence of her life was found in her Bible. It reflected her favorite Bible verse, II Timothy 4:7, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
Her favorite poem was “Should You Go First” by Albert Kennedy Roswell. In her life story that she never completed, she wrote, “without our past, we would not have our present, and there would be no future.”
The family wishes to express its sincere thanks to Wilma Tielke, Rosemary Sanchez, Yolanda Martinez, Evelyn Freund, and all of the staff at Garden Terrace in Houston, Texas, for the love and care given to Mollie over the final ten years of her life.
Those wishing to pay their last respects to Mrs. Stokes, and visit with the family, may do so from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas.
The funeral service will follow in the chapel at 1:00 p.m.
Interment will be in the Chinquapin Cemetery, Chinquapin, Texas.
Arrangements by Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas. 1-800-487-2311.
LENA MARY RIDEAUX
Funeral services for Lena Mary Rideaux, 77, of Brazoria, Texas, are pending with Dixon Funeral Home in Brazoria, Texas.
She died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Pasadena, Texas.
SOPHIE DICE MAE "MAMA SOPHIE" LEWIS
Funeral services for Sophie Dice Mae “Mama Sophie” Lewis, 89, of Cedar Lane, Texas, are pending with Dixon Funeral Home in Brazoria, Texas.
She died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services for Bill Vasser, 79, of Danbury, Texas, are pending with Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
Mr. Vasser died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, in a Houston hospital.
BERNIECE AGNES GARRISON
Berniece Agnes Garrison, 89, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003.
She was born August 19, 1913 in Duluth, Minnesota, and in 1938, moved to Freeport, Texas, with her parents.
He father was the General Superintendent for the Austin Company, which was responsible for building early phases of Dow Chemical, Texas Division. She began working as a secretary at Dow and eventually met and married Robert Edward Garrison, who preceded her in death, in 1971.
In 1979, she married Earl M. Futch, a long time resident of Jones Creek, Texas, who passed away in 1981. She remained in the Brazosport area until 2001, when she moved to Chicago to be near her daughter, Mary Elaine Barnett.
Berniece was highly involved in church activities, most recently most recently Chapelwood United Methodist. During her adult life, she dedicated her considerable skills to raising her children and contributing her musical talents to the church choir. She was involved as a Cub Scout leader for each of her sons, as well as being both a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Additionally, she taught piano for many years. Berniece loved to dance, swim daily (even in her 89th year), and continued to mow her own lawn when she was well into her 70’s.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Robert Edward II & Patricia Anne Garrison, Brian William & Helen Ruth Garrison, Bruce George Garrison, and Mary Elaine & Phillip Wayne Barnett; her grandchildren, Melanie Denise Weaver, Claire Elizabeth Young, Patricia Anne Garrison, Paige Allison Garrison, Robert Lee Garrison, Jill Anne Harris, Kevin Ross Barnett, Collin Troy Barnett; and by her great-grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Weaver and Garrison Mitchell Weaver.
She is also survived by her step-children, Katy Beth Schmidt, Clara Lou Schlegel and Ralph Earl Futch, along with their spouses and families.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Logan, Tommy Palmer, Victor Platt and the three grandsons.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2003, at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, with internment to follow at Angleton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 300 Willow Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 or to the American Alzheimer’s Association, 919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1676.
Arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Lake Jackson, Texas.
BILLIE NEWTON VASSER
Billie Newton Vasser, 79, of Danbury, Texas, stepped into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 19, 2003, surrounded by his loving family, at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He was born in Chilton, Texas on October 24, 1923, to George & Thelma Vasser. After graduating from Chilton High School, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII, aboard the Destroyer Escort USS O’Toole. After returning from the Navy, he fell in loved with the love of his life, Winona Bailey, and they were married on June 26, 1948. He was a charter member of the Brazoria County Sheriff Officers Reserve and was a member of the VFW.
Billie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Winona Bailey Vasser; sons, John & wife Deborah Ritter of Marysville, Michigan, Richard & wife Starla Vasser of Beaumont and Gary Vasser, Sr. of Angleton; daughter, Kathy & husband Steve Thacker of Danbury; brothers, George, Bob and Tucker Vasser; sisters, Helen Nolen and Eunice Vasser.
He also had nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, who were the treasure of his life. Each one had a special place in his heart.
Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
His life will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Angleton, Texas.
Burial and graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2003, at Chilton Cemetery in Chilton, Texas.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Mike Moran, Dale Moran, Billy Don Moran, Doug Moran, Timmy Drapela, Wade Bailey, George Lampe and Robert Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be his confidants from E.J. Restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, TV Ministry, 237 E. Locust, Angleton, Texas 77515, which ministered to Billie every Sunday.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
LENA MARY RIDEAUX
Funeral services for Lena Mary Rideaux, 77, of Brazoria, Texas, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Brazoria, Texas, with Rev. B.B. Willis officiating.
Burial will be at Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., plus a wake service will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2003, at Dixon Funeral Home in Brazoria, Texas.
Visitation will also be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. only, Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Brazoria, Texas. There will be no viewing afterward.
She died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Pasadena, Texas.
She is survived by two sons, Rodney Rideaux (Patricia) of Pearland and David Rideaux (Deborah) of Houston; three daughters, Mary Jones of Houston, Betty Rideaux of Brazoria and Jo Ann Brown of Houston; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Michael Rideaux, Chris Rideaux, Willie Ford, Andre Carter, David Rideaux, Sr. and John Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Footer, Arron McGarity, General Crecy and Jonathan Brown.
Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home Chapel of Brazoria, Texas.
MARY LOUISE JOHNSON
Funeral services for Mary Louise Johnson, 73, of Lake Jackson, Texas, are pending with Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Lake Jackson, Texas.
She passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at her residence.
Patricia Aguilar, 35, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
Patricia was an area resident since 1988 and a member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Clute, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Jose Miguel Aguilar of Lake Jackson; six children, Claudia, Nelda, Jose Miguel, Jr., Carolina, Gabriela and Perla; her parents, Julio and Rafaela Olague; three brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2003, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Clute, Texas, with Father Jim Lynes officiating.
Visitation will be held from 8:00 a.m. until service time Friday March 21, 2003, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Clute, Texas.
Arrangements by Lake-wood Funeral Chapel in Lake Jackson, Texas.
JESSIE THOMAS WINTHROP
Graveside services for Jessie Thomas Winthrop, 81, of Brazoria, Texas will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 24, 2003, at Ryan Chapel Cemetery in Diboll, Texas.
He died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Pasadena, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2003, at the Dixon Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria, Texas.
He was born August 17, 1921 in Lufkin, Texas, to Ed Winthrop and Ada Winthrop. He served in World War II Army Corp. and married Ruby V. Kitchens in 1944.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one son, Jessie Thomas Winthrop, Jr.
Survivors include his three sons, James L. Winthrop (Margaret) of Brazoria, Jerry Don Winthrop (Betty) of El Dorado, Arkansas and Tommy Dean Winthrop (Ellaiana) of Friendswood; three daughters, Sondra Gail Winthrop of Winona, Debbie Sue Winthrop of Big Sandy and Netha Coleen Winthrop of Nacogdoches; one sister, Edith Gray (Rev. R.G.); 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria, Texas.