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Thu
25
Sep '14

Keenan, Henry John Paul “Harry”

Keenan

Henry John Paul “Harry” Keenan, 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 25, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jean Keenan; eldest son, Paul Francis Keenan; brothers, Brian and Sean Keenan.  Harry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Keenan; son, Christopher Keenan; daughters, Claire Goodrum and husband, Christopher; Margaret Keenan, Julia Melendez and husband, Roberto; brothers Gerard Keenan and wife, Grainne, Martin Keenan and wife, Sue; sister, Anne Grady; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and one more on the way; and a host of other family and friends.

Harry grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage.  In his younger years he was a great sportsman and enjoyed playing soccer, Gaelic football, cricket and boxing.  As a young adult he moved to England where he met and married the love of his life, Betty, and they remained devoted to each other for 60 years. They raised their family in England and later spent time in Southwest Africa, and eventually immigrated to the United States in 1978 where they settled in Houston.  Harry had a successful engineering career with Stewart & Stevenson and later owned his own consulting business.  He loved traveling the world and meeting new people; he never met a stranger.  He was an avid photographer and a World War II historian who enjoyed studying battle plans.  He loved the peace of the ocean and the excitement of aviation and could identify any aircraft simply by the sound of its engine. Harry was a true craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands, whether building furniture or designing decorative ironwork. He took immense joy in making toys for his children when they were young, from rocking cradles and cribs for his girls’ dolls, to forts and working tanks for his boys. He even designed and built the crib for his first born grandchild.  He was a grand storyteller and a poet. Affectionately known as “Granddad”, it was a rite of passage for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to experience his “Beardies” and “Nosies”.  His family will forever remember his colorful personality, his warmth, intelligence and quick wit, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A visitation for Harry will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral mass will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 5560 Laurel Creek way, Houston, Texas 77017 with Rev. Michael Barrosa.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Sun
21
Sep '14

Eldred, A. Elizabeth “Betty”

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A. Elizabeth “Betty” Eldred, 88, formally of York, New York, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Agnes McAllister; her loving husband, James S. Eldred; sister, Jean MacFarlane and her husband, Bernard.  Betty is survived by her sister, Ruth Rumrill and husband, Peter; brother in law, Thomas Eldred; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Betty and James were married for more than 50 years and enjoyed traveling all over the country and the world.  After their marriage in 1955, they resided in Texas and Louisiana.  Betty worked for many years as a secretary for Bryan Laboratory.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.  Betty was a welcoming hostess and enthusiastic tour guide for all who were fortunate enough to visit her and Jim.  She loved any time that she could spend with family and friends.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s honor to Autism Speaks or the American Diabetes Association.  A graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Rochester, New York will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Sun
21
Sep '14

Medina, Lenora

Medina

Lenora Medina, 79, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Santiago and Maria Gutirrez; and husband, John Medina.  Lenora is survived by her sons, Vincent Medina and wife, Lupe, John Medina, Joe Medina, and Rene Benavidez; daughters, Barbara Fernandez and husband, Pedro, Martha Delarosa and husband, Vincent; brothers, Joe Gutirrez and wife, Lupita, Tommy Gutirrez and wife, Louise; twenty-three grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Lenora was devoted to her family and loved being around everyone, especially the grandchildren.  She enjoyed good health for most of her life and stayed active caring for her children and cooking for all of her family.  Lenora truly had a green thumb and grew the most beautiful roses in her garden.  She was very strong in her faith and enjoyed watching the Christian TV channels.  Her faith and her family were very important to her.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and funeral service for Lenora will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and the funeral service will follow beginning at 12:00 pm with Deacon Ronald Bass officiating.

Tue
16
Sep '14

Hyde, Dale Edward

Dale

Dale Edward Hyde, 78, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Hyde; and daughter, Nancy King.  Dale is survived by his mother, Katherine Murphy and her husband, Jack; his loving wife of 17 years, Judy Hyde; sons, Adam Hyde and wife, Lisa, Jason Hyde, Mark King and wife, Elaine; sister, Sharron Alaniz and husband, Nick; fifteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Dale loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed camping, going to the beach and spending time in the State Parks.  He and Judy had just begun to experience travel as they ventured around Texas in their RV.   Dale was a dedicated and valued employee at Invocon where he worked for 11 years as an Electronic Technician.  Dale was entrusted with many high profile and classified projects as a result of his skill, dedication, and strong work ethic. Dale was great with his hands and spent many hours building short wave radios, remote control planes and cars.  In his early years, he enjoyed fixing up and racing cars.  Dale loved his dogs and birds and was especially fond of his macaw, “Charlie”.  Although known as a quiet man that enjoyed his solitude, Dale loved spending time with his family watching Nascar and football on TV.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and funeral service will be held for Dale on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Pearland Building, 3311Southfork Drive, Pearland, Texas 77584.  Interment will follow at Alvin Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.

Tue
16
Sep '14

Curry, Parris Fawndean “Dean”

Curry

Parris Fawndean “Dean” Curry, born February 26, 1921, peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  He was born and raised in Rotan, Texas.  He is preceded in death by his parents William Polk Curry, Kitty Smith Curry and Dollie Smith Curry; wife, Mildred Wilson Curry; brother, William P. Curry, Jr.; and sister, Kathleen C. Reinhart.  Dean is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marion W. Curry.  His children, Michael Curry and wife, Gail;  Nancy Curry Todd and husband, Sam; Patrick Curry and wife, Linda; Mark Curry and wife, Tina; Melissa Curry Merrill and husband, Brady; and Mary S. Curry.  His sisters, Lois C. Rushing; Mattie Lou (Pat) Weckerly and husband, Norman; Sue C. Vaughan and husband, Frank.  His nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Dean was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his sixth great-grandchild later this year.  He was honored to be called Uncle Dean by numerous nieces and nephews.

Dean was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, aboard the USS Joyce DE (Destroyer Escort).  During Dean’s service from 1942-1945, he made 28 TransAtlantic trips on the USS Joyce.  When he returned to Texas after the war, he settled in Houston and finished his degree at the University of Houston in 1948.  He enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Houston Lighting & Power, retiring after 39 years of service.

Dean was strong in his faith and an active member of First United Methodist Church Pearland.  He was an adventurer at heart and enjoyed life to the fullest.  Dean was affectionately known as “Grandad” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved being active in their lives.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.  Dean was blessed with a long life fully lived.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dean’s honor to First United Methodist Church Pearland, specifically to the Men In Action Organization or to the charity of your choice.  A visitation for Dean will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. A graveside service with military honors will take place on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:30 am at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77038.  Following the graveside service a Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581, with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.

Sun
14
Sep '14

Hile, Katherine “Katie” Renae

Hile

Katherine “Katie” Renae Hile, 19, passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  She is survived by her Parents, Thomas and Jennifer Hile; Brother, Zachary Hile; Grandmothers, Wilma Wesley and Dorothy Hile; longtime boyfriend, Eric Vasquez; beloved cats, Sapphire, Pipsqueak and Snickers; and a host of other family and friends.

Katie was a 2013 cum laude graduate of Pearland High School.  She loved to sing in the choir, active in the ROTC program and served on the Color Guard.  Katie was currently a sophomore at the University of Houston where she was studying Biology before planning to transfer to Texas A&M to finish her degree to become a Veterinarian. Katie loved animals, conservationism and was an avid reader which helped her to excel throughout school.  She loved her family very much and cherished the family gatherings.  Katie will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and funeral service for Katie will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.  

Fri
12
Sep '14

Yzquierdo, Elena M.

Elena M. Yzquierdo, 85, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Gregorio and Marcelina Martinez; husband, Raul Yzquierdo; brother, Fabien Martinez; sisters, Josefina Arellano and Ana Martinez.  Elena is survived by her sons, Raul Yzquierdo, Roberto Yzquierdo, and wife,  Grace; daughters, Rosa Elena Lam and husband, Daniel, Maria Teresa Erlewein, Yolanda Yzquierdo; brother, Juan Antonio Chavira; sisters, Heriberta Briones, Maria Fuentes; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; her beloved dog, Sam; and a host of other family and friends.

Elena was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother and sister who dedicated her life to her family.  She was a very giving person to her family, friends and church family.  Elena loved caring for her roses in the garden, scrabble and board games with the grandchildren, and knitting different things for the family.  She enjoyed traveling all over to visit her family and friends.  Elena was a strong and faithful Christian that served as the inspiration and example to all of her family.  She often times could be found assisting her friends in the neighborhood with their English to obtain their citizenship.

Elena was a dedicated and loving wife to Raul Sr. for 24 years and after his death, she continued to dedicate her life to her grandkids who affectionately knew her as “Grandma”, “G Ma” or “G.G.”.  She will be truly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A Visitation and service for Elena will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and the service will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Roy Guel officiating.  An interment will take place on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Fri
12
Sep '14

Bishop, Paula Kay

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Paula Kay Bishop, 62, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her father, Lynn Paul Bishop.  Paula is survived by her mother, Ernie Jo Bishop; daughters, Deanna Moore and husband, Aaron, Kristen Denby and husband, Jason; brother, Gary Bishop and wife, Donna; grandchildren, Blake and Shelbie Coleman, Madison and Carson Moore; and a host of other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Far Corners Missions at www.fc-usa.org. A Celebration of  Paula’s life will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Gary Bishop and Don Hutchins officiating.

Thu
4
Sep '14

Wagner, Eleanor M.

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Eleanor M. Wagner, 87, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Walsh; husband, Ben Wagner; brother, William Walsh; and sisters, Ruth Walsh and Margaret “Peg” Wheeler. Eleanor is survived by her brother, John “Jack” Walsh; God-daughter, Susan Chapman; and a host of other family and friends.

Eleanor truly had a servant’s heart and was always willing to help out wherever she could.  She was devoted to her church and volunteered at St. Helen Catholic Church with blood drives, the annual bazaar, serving on the Altar Society and as a founding member of the Women’s Club Society which later became the Catholic Daughters.  Her caring nature also extended to caring for her family where she was the primary caregiver to her mother and disabled sister, Ruthie until their passings. Eleanor loved being outdoors and enjoyed gardening, yard work or her many trips to Galveston to spend time walking along the beach and time at their beach house.  She enjoyed reading and crocheting.  Eleanor will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A funeral mass for Eleanor will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father Jim Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Wed
3
Sep '14

Koenig, Tyler Colten

Koenig

Tyler Colten Koenig, 22, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.  He is survived by his father, Bradley Koenig; mother, Brenda Hermanson and husband, Kevin; grandparents, Ellen Chetta, Jerry and Judy Koenig; great grandmother, Mary Ely; brothers, Justin Koenig, Cody Fish; stepbrother, Justin Hermanson; sisters, Madilyn, Kalynn and Graciella Koenig; and a host of other family and friends.

Tyler loved his family very much and his favorite saying was, “I love you”.  He was an extremely caring person that always helping others and caring about their needs.  When Tyler was growing up he loved all sports, fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors.  He loved listening to music and enjoyed all different types of music.  Tyler will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and funeral service for Tyler will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 12:30 pm and the funeral service will follow at 1:30 pm with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Mon
1
Sep '14

Hogan, Wayne A.

Hogan

Wayne A. Hogan, 74, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Ardis Hogan and Dorothy Blake; brothers, Albert and Bo Hogan; and sister, Joy Dagen.  Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bonnie Hogan; daughters, Sonya Hogan Lira and husband, Jack, Sheri Luann Lowe and husband, David; grandchildren, Jennifer and Joshua Lira, Jeanelle Jimenez, Kendall and Trevor Lowe and Jeremy Lira; great grandchildren, Tyler Wilson, Madison Davis, Preslie and Molli Lira, Andrew, Sophia and Karina Jimenez, and Aria; and a host of other family and friends.

Wayne was a great husband, father and grandfather and a wonderful provider for his family. He had a long and successful career of more than 40 years as a Lineman with Local Union 66.  Wayne loved the outdoors, whether he was camping, fishing or deer hunting.  He enjoyed feeding the birds and raccoons in the neighborhood.  Wayne was very close to his family and was always available to help them in any way possible.  When he got sick, all of his family came together to take care of his yard and odd job jobs around the house and he remarked that he “had the best family in the entire world.”  He was very appreciative of everything in his life.  Wayne will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Wayne will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Blain Fortin officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas

Wed
27
Aug '14

Stafford, Jerry Ivan

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Jerry Ivan Stafford, 73, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Eula Stafford; and son, Dennis Craig Stafford.  Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lynda Stafford; daughter, Marilyn Allison and husband, Mike; daughter- in-law, Melissa Sosebee and husband, Len; sisters, Tressie Spradling, Karen Rumbaugh and husband, Billy; grandchildren, Jacob, Caroline, Jenna, Jake, Benjamin, Josh, and Sarah; and a host of other family and friends.

Jerry enjoyed a successful career with Amoco as an electrical engineer and then went on to his true passion of teaching.  He was a college professor for more than 25 years at Texas Lutheran College and Amarillo College.  He was always doing for others but never wanted credit or recognition.  Jerry was very courageous in his battle with cancer and was the epitome of grace and strength throughout his illness.  He was affectionately known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren and was a pushover for whatever they wanted to do. Jerry enjoyed playing golf back in Amarillo with his golf buddies.  He was a graduate of Texas Tech University and always supported his Red Raiders.  Jerry will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A graveside service for Jerry will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas with Pastor Howard Batson officiating.