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Sat
24
Jan '15

Laughlin, Charlene James

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Charlene James Laughlin, 80, passed away surrounded by her loving family Saturday, January 24, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ruby James.  Charlene is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jerry Laughlin; son, Rick Laughlin and wife, Jody; daughter, Becky Henry and husband, Raymond; sister, Gloria Gross and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Christopher Laughlin, Mark Henry, Kelsey Laughlin, Ryan Henry; and a host of other family and friends.

Charlene was very active in the Country Place community and especially enjoyed playing golf with the Ladies Golf group.  She enjoyed working in her yard and was even caught a time or two mowing her neighbors yards.  Charlene loved her gardening and was known for always having to doctor her ant bites and poison ivy.  She enjoyed traveling, visiting family, cross stitch and board games.  Affectionately known as “Nana” to her grandchildren, she always looked forward to opportunities for the family to be together so that she could spend time with them. Charlene and Jerry traveled extensively to Europe, Alaska, Canada and all over the United States but it was the cruises that she enjoyed the most.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at www.curealz.org, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org, or the Parkinson’s Action Network at www.parkinsonsaction.org. A Memorial Service for Charlene will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.

Fri
23
Jan '15

Quick, Ann K.

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Ann K. Quick, 66, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday, January 23, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Ruth Kopejzna; and brother, Warren Kopejzna.  Ann is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, G.B. Quick; daughter, Allison M. Voisin; sons, Gerald “Jerry” B. Quick Jr. and wife, Sharee, Warren “Ben” B. Quick; grandchildren, Thomas Bevill, Caleb Quick, Rylee Matherne, and one on the way, Colin Quick; and a host of other family and friends.

Ann was a dedicated teacher for 45 years and was devoted to each and every one of her students.  She was strict and stern as a teacher and parent but her students and children alike learned many valuable lessons from her and were all richer for it.  Ann loved to travel and especially enjoyed the mountains and visiting the hill country.  She was strong in her faith and let her strong morals guide her.  Throughout her battle with cancer, Ann maintained her strong-will and determination and was an inspiration to all that knew her.  She will forever be remembered for her grace, intelligence, adored stubbornness and persistence.  Ann will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at M.D. Anderson and Memorial Hermann Hospital for their dedication, love and support throughout Ann’s illness.

A visitation and rosary for Ann will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held Saturday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Thu
22
Jan '15

Barnhill, Neil C.

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Neil C. Barnhill, 84, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hernando and Obeara Barnhill; brothers, Cecil, L.H., Dewitt, Billy, Lester, Louie, and Albert Barnhill; sisters, Lucille Lee, Myrtle Johnson, Juanita Barnhill. Neil is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Fran Barnhill; son, Ron Barnhill and wife, Kris; daughters, Sue Dalmeida and husband, Bill, Denise Coleman and husband, Doug; brothers James Barnhill and wife, Pat, Paul Barnhill and wife, Susette; sisters, Nell Evans, Joan Bishop and husband, Larry; grandchildren, Jennifer Oncken and husband, Mike, Nikki Scott and husband, Chris, Joey Barnhill, Nicholas Barnhill and Bryan Wagner; great grandchildren, Emma, Tommy and Charlie Oncken; and a host of other family and friends.

Neil proudly served his country during his career in the United States Air Force. His service included numerous foreign assignments during the Korean War and after. Early in his Air Force service while stationed at Ellington Field in Houston, he met Fran; they were later married shortly before he shipped out for Korea. Neil would go on to serve for 20 years in the military; earning the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and eventually serving on the Inspector General Team. Neil earned a B. A. of Economics at the University of Missouri while in the Air Force.

Neil taught his family the importance of giving back to the community, serving others and always helping others in need. Neil served as President of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, which partnered with the Lion’s Club on many civic and community projects. He frequently made trips to private homes, nursing homes and hospitals to visit the elderly and deliver meals on wheels, often taking his children and grandchildren along. Neil was very active with his church and served as both elder and deacon. After his retirement from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service in 1992, Neil and Fran enjoyed traveling in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and had the opportunity to go on an Alaskan cruise with his family. He was an avid reader and enjoyed reading many books and his Bible. Neil was also very interested in genealogy, extensively researching the Barnhill family history. Neil will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neil’s honor to the Medina Children’s Home at www.armsofhope.org. A visitation for Neil will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The funeral service will take place Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10:30 am at the funeral home with DC Brown and Paul Cartwright officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Sat
17
Jan '15

McAleer, Walter Howard

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Walter Howard McAleer, 82, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Alice McAleer; and sister, Maggie Foren.  Walt is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Ducky McAleer; son, Dave McAleer and wife, Julia; daughter, Marguerite McAleer; brother, John McAleer and wife, Norma; four grandchildren, one great grandson and a host of other family and friends.

Walt was born in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army and had a very successful career with USAID as a Chief Engineer for more than 30 years.  His career took him all over the world – to include Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Sudan and the Philippines. Walt was an excellent provider for his family and along with his big heart, was generous to both family and friends.  After retirement, Walt and Ducky enjoyed many wonderful years in Florida where they were both active at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church.  His devotion to the church included serving for many years with the Knights of Columbus.  In 2013, Walt and Ducky relocated to Houston to be closer to their family.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Visitation and Funeral Mass for Walt will be held Monday, January 26, 2015, at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546.  The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.

Wed
14
Jan '15

Johnson, J.D. “Mike”

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J.D. “Mike” Johnson, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Edna Johnson; one brother and five sisters.  Mike is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, “his doll”, Bobbye Johnson; sons, Rene Johnson and wife, Tanya, Marcus Winder; daughters, Jackie Richison and husband, Blaine, Michelle Tharp; many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Mike loved his Louisiana roots, and his chicken and sausage gumbo.  He was an excellent provider for his family and had a successful career on the railroad for more than 33 years.  Mike was an active member of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge and the AARP in Pasadena.  His involvement in the community also extended to the H2U organization at Clear Lake Regional Hospital.  Mike enjoyed reading, dancing, traveling with Bobbye, and smoking his pipe.  He was strong in his faith as a devout Catholic and read his Bible twice a day.  Mike will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and Celebration of Life service for Mike will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 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 Father Wayne Wilkerson and Pastor Don Pope officiating.  A graveside service will take place Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Ashford Cemetery in Eunice, Louisiana.

Tue
13
Jan '15

Farver, James Warner

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James Warner Farver, 57, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his mother and step father, Elsie and Joseph Warner.  James is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Cindy Warner; sons, Jason Crison and his wife, Amanda, James Farver Jr., Joey Farver, Jake Warner, and Nathan Nolley; daughters, Shannon Taylor and her husband, Joe, Kevyn Hodges and her husband, Adrian; brother, Clarence Farver; sister, Rema Bastianelli; brother-in-law, Bob Bastianelli; grandchildren, Destiny, Sigourney, Dante, General, Arieahanna, Baby James, Alexandra, and Edith; “the boys”, JJ Olson, Dan Schmitt, Mark Swan, and Mike Dobson, who was like a brother; niece Shelly and her children, Tyler, Trent and Travis; nephew, Darwin; his beloved pig, “Willy”; and a host of other family and friends.

James proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He was an excellent provider for his family and had a successful career as a Master of Technology for Harley Davidson.  Following his retirement, he continued to work on bikes in his garage at home.  James will forever be remembered as a “Big Teddy Bear” that had a free spirit, was always the life of the party, loved to have fun and was known for his giving nature.  He was affectionately known as “Grandpa” to all of his grandkids and he cherished every opportunity he had to spend times with them.  James will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A memorial service for James will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:30 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  Following the memorial service there will be a graveside service with military honors at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Mon
12
Jan '15

Vargas, Jesus “Jesse”

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Jesus “Jesse” Vargas, 70, passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Janie Vargas; half brothers and sisters, Irene Garcia, Andrew Vargas, Rosie Nejia, Delores Vargas, David Vargas; and grandson, Anthony Holton.  Jesse is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susie Vargas; his aunt that raised him, Carolina Nieto; sons, Jesse “Buddy” Vargas Jr. and wife, Zayda, Raymond Vargas, Nicholas Vargas, Jesse James Vargas and wife, Rickie; daughters, Jayne Vargas, Annie Vargas and husband, Robert Granad, Mary Jane Mauricio and husband, Frank Jr.; brothers, Joe D. Vargas, Justo, Johnny, Lupe, Thomas, Martin, and Narciso Nieto; sisters, Mary, Theresa, Licha, Delores, and Elizabeth Nieto; half brothers and sisters, Steven Vargas, Rebecca Garza, Linda Williams, Yolanda Vargas, Janie Grimaldo, Mary Helen Boyd, Gloria Vargas; numerous grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Jesse proudly served his country as an 82nd Airborne Ranger.  He was a take charge kind of guy that loved watching wrestling and old cowboy movies.  Jesse earned his brown belt with two stripes in karate and competed in many competitions.  He enjoyed golden oldies, going to the flea market and the mall, and going dancing with Susie.  Jesse was affectionately known as “Grandpa” to his grandkids and he cherished spending time with them.  He will greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Visitation and Rosary will be held for Jesse on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, Texas 77578 with Father Thomas V. Ponzini officiating.  Interment will follow at Alvin Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.

Mon
5
Jan '15

Key, Lt. Colonel Thomas “Butch” Davis

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Lt. Colonel Thomas “Butch” Davis Key, 72, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Davis and Billee Key; and brother, John Henry Key, sister in-law Charlene.  Butch is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ginny Key, his two sons, Tom Key and wife Gaby and Jon Key, his grandchildren, Lorenzo and Malena Key, His sisters, Barbara Jean Maxey and husband Jeff, Mary Eisenberg and husband Larry, and a host of other family and friends.

Butch grew up in Kilgore, Texas and graduated from Kilgore High School, where he was an All-District football player, before earning his BA in Political science and History at the University of Texas in Austin.  He would later graduate from Troy State University where he received his MS in International Studies.  Butch proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He served as an officer and spent 14 years in active duty and 16 years in the Army Reserves in the 75th Maneuver Area Command. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. He took great pride in serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate).  During his military career, Butch served two tours of combat in Vietnam, served as Commander at Fort Sam Houston and a Commanding Officer in Germany.  Following his highly decorated military career, he was a Health, Safety and Environmental professional.  Butch belonged to many professional organizations and was very involved in his church.  He was a life-long Episcopalian, changing to the Reformed Episcopal Church for the last 25 years, and served in many different roles at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church.  Butch will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Butch’s honor to St. Thomas of Canterbury Church or to the American Cancer Society.  The funeral service for Butch will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church at 14007 South Freeway, Houston, Texas 77047 with Father James Payne officiating.  Interment with military honors will take place Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:45 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Thu
1
Jan '15

Cantu, Rosalio “Leo” Espinoso

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Rosalio “Leo” Espinoso Cantu, 81, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Pablo and Juanita Cantu; daughter, Raquel Cantu; brothers, Manuel, Clemente, Gabriel Cantu; sisters, Pauline Morales, Mercedes Cantu, Nicholasa Jimenez, Jackie Sustaita, Mary Medron; and granddaughter, Emily Rae Cantu.  Leo is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rosa Cantu; sons, Clemente, Rosalio Jr., Domingo Sr., Manuel, Rene Sr., and Ray Cantu; daughters, Leonora Bosenberg, Connie Fuentez, Stefanie Ann Lopez; brother, Lupe Cantu; sister, Janie Cantu; twenty-six grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Leo was an excellent provider for his family and a hard worker that retired in 1987 after many successful years as a machine operator at Imperial Sugar.  He was a faithful servant of the Lord and strong in his faith.  Leo was a giving man that loved grocery shopping, going out to eat and riding around.  He always believed in helping others in need and had extra food in his house at all times.  He cherished spending time with his family and especially loved children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Leo will forever be remembered for being a man of his word and for his love of Stacy Adams shoes that he wore wherever he went.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The visitation for Leo will be held Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow at Fresno Cemetery in Fresno, Texas.

Tue
30
Dec '14

Young, Ara Maudene

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Ara Maudene Young, 92 is preceded in death by her parents Everett and Maude Collins; husband, John Louis Young and grandson Mark Alme.  Maudene is survived by her son, Frank Winfield Young and his wife Paula;  daughters, Annis Young, Johnelle Locher and husband Harry, Marcel Young, Nancy McDermott and husband Joe, Joy Young, Carol Groh and husband Jeff.  Her grandchildren are Lance Locher and his wife Rhonda, D’Laine Locher, Nicole Andrews and husband Buddy, Hank Alme, Bradley Alme, John Alme, J.J. McDermott, Jessica Milan and husband Michael, CollinYoung and wife, Connie, Jake McDermott, Johnathon Edwards, Seane Marie Edwards, Sarah Groh and Laura Groh.  Her great grandchildren are Lance Locher, Adam Locher, Trent Locher, Maris Fechter, Harrison Little, Carson Fechter, Steen Alme, Nicholas Little, Katharine Andrews, Alyssa Young, Zoe Milan, and Landon Young

Maudene was the loving mother of 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was a 4th generation Texan who grew up in Lufkin and Houston.  At the age of 21, she was swept off her feet by John Louis Young, who she met while working at Dupont.  John served in the US Army Corps of Engineers during WWII.  After a long distance courtship, Maudene rode the train from Houston to California to marry John.  They were married for 61 years.  After the war, John, Maudene and their two oldest daughters moved to South America where John worked as an engineer for Anderson Clayton Inc.  Maudene immersed herself in the language and customs of the countries.  She quickly became fluent in Spanish, which she enjoyed speaking her entire life.  Her life in South America greatly influenced her cultural values and world view.  As a result, her children enjoyed an atmosphere of open hospitality and appreciation of cultural differences.

Upon their return to the US, Maudene, John and their family of four, moved back to Texas, where her family continued to grow.  Maudene was a devoted mother of 7 who took great pleasure in raising her family.  She worked tirelessly to provide a happy, loving home for her children. She met many close friends in Houston and Friendswood and enjoyed Garden Club and Bridge Club.  Maudene always showed affection and kindness to all people.  She adored her family and friends, and never met a stranger.  Even with a family of seven children, her home was always open to friends, their friends and friends of friends.  She created harmony and delicious food for all to enjoy.  Her love and acceptance of all people was truly an inspiration to her family.

The last ten years of her life were spent in the loving care of the angelic staff at Trinity Oaks.  She enjoyed the time spent playing games, taking field trips.  She cherished the close relationships with the many friends and caretakers she met there.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The visitation will be held on Friday January 2, 2015 from 6:00-8:00p.m. with a 6:30 Rosary at Clayton Funeral Home 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581 with Deacon Darvin Bordelon officiating. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday January 3, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home with Deacon Steve Greismeyer officiating.  The interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.

Tue
30
Dec '14

Rexford, Margaret Sue

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Margaret Sue Rexford, 76, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, F. Stewart and Mary Osborn, brother, William Osborn. Sue is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Bob Rexford; sons, Robert S. Rexford and wife, Kim, Thomas Rexford and wife, Carmen; brother, Stewart P. Osborn; grandchildren Reagan, Robert, Ryan, and Riley Rexford; niece Elizabeth Osborn-Ramirez and nephew Stewart Osborn, Jr.; grandnieces Luna Ramirez, Gabby Pineda, and Delaney Osborn; and her beloved dog Sophie, and a host of other family and friends.

Sue was born in Miami Beach, Florida and spent her formative years traveling with her family between Florida, New York, and Rome before ultimately finishing high school in Long Island. Sue graduated from Northwestern University, where she met her future husband, and was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. After college, she taught at high schools in Chicago and New Jersey before working as an interpreter at the United Nations in New York. Due to her foreign language skills, she was recruited by TWA in New York to be a stewardess on international flight. After starting her family in New York, she moved to Houston to have her second son and spent the remainder of her life raising her children and grandchildren in the Conroe and Houston area. The last 25 years of her life were spent at Country Place in Pearland where she enjoyed playing golf with her husband and their many friends. Always the loyal and loving matriarch, Sue became the keeper of family history as she methodically traced the family’s roots back to the Old Country, which, besides laying the groundwork for her membership in Daughters of the American Revolution, provided a wealth of information for her children and grandchildren. Margaret Sue Rexford was loved by many and will be missed.

The visitation will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00am with services beginning at 11:00am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.   Associate Pastor Jon Crantz of First Presbyterian Church of Houston will be officiating.   Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery.

Tue
23
Dec '14

Trujillo, Manuel

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Manuel  Trujillo passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 23, 2014 in Houston, Texas at the age of 91.  Manuel was born on December 24, 1922 in San Felipe, Gto., Mexico to the late Andres and Cresenciana Trujillo. He is also proceeded in death by his two brothers, Pedro and Jesus Trujillo and four sisters Maria, Maria De La Luz, Josefina and Socorro Trujillo.

Manuel is survived by his family; twelve children, Francisco Trujillo and his wife, Maria De La Luz, Deacon J. Cruz Trujillo and his wife, Natalia, Javier Trujillo and his wife, Gloria, Andres Trujillo and his wife, Felipa, Rafael Trujillo and his wife, Laura, Gerardo Trujillo and his wife, Irma, Martin Trujillo and his wife, Angelica, Juan Ramon Trujillo, Elvira Rodriguez and her husband, Elias Maria Aguilar and her husband, Juan, Maria De La Luz Armas and her husband, Jose and Ana Trujillo: sister, Esperanza Trujillo: 48 grandchildren, 101 great grandchildren,  4 great-great grandchildren, as well as a host of other loving relatives and dear friends.

The visitation will be held on Sunday December 28, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00pm with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00pm by Deacon Cruz J. Trujillo at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The funeral Mass will take place on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Helen Catholic Church,  2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, TX 77581.  Father James Courville and Deacon Cruz J. Trujillo officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark /Resurection Cemetery.