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May '15

Slayton, Amy


Amy Slayton, 50, passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 18, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her big brother Marin Gonzalez Jr and is survived by her children Steven Slayton and Sara Slayton, her parents Marin and Maria Gonzalez, Sisters Anna Gonzalez, Rose Soliz and Husband Ray, Linda Soliz and Husband Rick, Connie Gonzalez and Husband Warren, Carloline Gonzalez, Hope Gonzalez and Husband Mitch her brother Robert Gonzalez and a host of other family and friends. Amy’s greatest pride and joy were her children and she talked about them daily even in her darkest moments. Amy was also best friends with her mom and loved spending time with her. She would always respond to her dad’s voice even into her last days, she would hear him talk and would always perk up and tell him to be careful or that she loved him. She was loved deeply by her entire family and will be missed dearly. She is finally free from the pain and suffering that have kept her a prisoner for the last four years.

A Memorial Service for Amy will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

May '15

Aubrey, Louise Harris


Louise Aubrey 96, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Pearland, Texas.

Louise was born in San Saba, Texas on December 24, 1918.  She was the youngest of 4 children of W. R. Harris and Bessie Byrd Clayton Harris.  She had a very close knit family who loved playing games and spending time together. After high school graduation in 1935, Louise attended business school in Austin.

Upon graduation from business school, Louise returned to San Saba and worked for the county.  She married her high school sweetheart, R.D. Aubrey on April 5, 1944.  R.D. had been stationed in the Aluetian Islands and after they married they were stationed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and then Little Rock, Arkansas ….then back to San Saba.  They moved to Houston around 1949.  Louise and R.D. had 2 children:  R.D. (Dick) Aubrey, III, and Adrienne Ann.  They were both born in San Saba.

Louise worked for Stewart Title Company for 23 years, the last few years as a commercial escrow officer.  She was an executive secretary and skilled at typing and shorthand.  Her business skills and outgoing personality were a successful combination.  She retired in 1985.

Louise always said that her hobbies were her children and later her grandchildren. Kristen and Chad were the light of her life.  She was the ultimate Grandmother and their adventures took them all over Houston. They of course had some favorite activities:  riding the ponies on Main Street and spending hours upon hours at the Houston Zoo….Luby’s for dinner was also a favorite as was Long John Silvers.  She was their biggest fan and attended all their swim meets and ball games.   She enjoyed volunteer work at her church (Tallowood Baptist) and also Southwest Area Ministry and Veterans Hospital.   She was a people person and loved visiting with family, friends and neighbors.  She loved playing cards and games and enjoyed her many trips with her family.  Las Vegas was one of her favorite places …..and she enjoyed her cruises to the Bahamas and Alaska. Road trips with her sister Fap (Frances) and her husband Bud; and sister Willibel were always an adventure.  She always told people that she and Bud did all the driving.  She loved keeping up with family and visiting Julia Mae (her sister-in-law) in Driftwood, Texas.  They had a special relationship and spent time together.   Rick and Donna and Walt , Shari, and Toby Pehl were family Lou looked forward to visiting with when she saw Julia Mae.   Her nieces, Gloria (Goga), Emilie (Mimi), and Janet were like little sisters to her.  They were a big part of her life as was her nephew, Bill.  Pat was her great niece and enjoyed traveling with Lou and Adrienne in her younger years.   All the nieces and nephews continued to either visit her or encourage her as she became home bound.  Angie, her great niece was like her first grandchild. They had a wonderful relationship and were always so close.  Katie Lou another great niece was her namesake.  Her great nephews , Brad and  Jay ; and great- great nephews; Billy, Matthew, Weston, Jacob and Dylan were loving and caring to Aunt Lou and always made her feel special at family gatherings.

Being a strong Christian, Louise was a prayer warrior for her family.  She kept a bible study diary and in it shared her love of her family, nieces and nephews and grandchildren.  She was open about her love of God and her prayers for her family.  She always thanked God for His Great Love and for her wonderful family.  She always said that she was blessed with good health and realized that everything she had, came from above.  She wrote in her REUNION book from 1986 (her 50th high school reunion):  My best advice:  Live each day to the fullest and live one day at a time.  Don’t be afraid to tell your loved ones you love them.  My daughter and I tell each other that at least once a day.

Her Mother left her the legacy of Bible Reading and Lou read the Bible through many times. She marked many favorite scriptures in her Bible.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband R.D., and her precious son Dick Aubrey.  Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Adrienne and husband John Meyer, granddaughter Kristen and partner Jameel Stephens, grandson Chad and wife Jennifer and great- granddaughter Madison, numerous nieces and nephews. Daughter-in-laws; Trish McBride and Kris Abrahamson, numerous friends, and caregivers from Colonial Oaks Assisted Living in Pearland, Texas, and A-med Hospice.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Clayton Funeral Home 5530 West Broadway St., Pearland, Texas 77581.   The viewing will be from 4-6 pm with the funeral service following at 6:00 p.m.  Final interment will take place at 11:00 a.m.  Saturday, May 23, at the San Saba Cemetery, San Saba, Texas

Donations can be made in honor of Lousie Aubrey through Tallowood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas  or The First Baptist Church of San Saba, Texas.

May '15

Scott, David W. aka “Mr. Pearland”

Scott Crop

Pearland’s oldest born citizen, David W. Scott aka “Mr. Pearland” passed away at the age of 95, Friday, May 15, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Joannah Scott; his loving wife, Anna Kate Scott; brother, Loyd Scott; and sisters, Elsie Haney and Irene Bailey.  David is survived by his daughters, Rachal Dahse and husband, Ron, Karan Wheelock and husband, Dann; grandchildren, Lance Dahse and wife, Laurie, Allan Hebert and Julie, Aaron Hebert and wife Lisa; great grandchildren, Cameron, Brittney, Darrien, Alyssa, Annalynne, Caelan, Charles; and a host of other dear family and friends.

David grew up on a dairy farm located on Mykawa Road where the now McHard Road overpass connects.  He went to Pearland schools until high school.  Pearland didn’t have a high school until 1937.  That year they formed the Pearland Oilers with 13 boys.  They played LaMarque High School, the only game for that year.  The Oilers won with David at quarterback making the first touchdown and kicking the extra point.  He graduated in 1939.

In 1940 he worked at Ellington Field and then joined the 56th Calvary Brigade.  They patrolled the Texas Border.   In 1943 he joined the US Army and went to Casa Blanca North Africa with the 85th engineers.  He went on t0 make the invasion of Southern France and on to Germany.

Before shipping out he met and married the love of his life, Anna Kate Smith who was a 2nd Lieutenant Army Nurse.  David was released from active duty when Japan surrendered in Dec 1945.

David retired in 1983, he and Anna Kate loved to travel in their Motor home, and they toured the 49 states and flew to Hawaii!

David has been very active in the Pearland community.  He and seven other men formed the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department in 1946.  He was the last living member of this group before his death.  He also has a gold card making him a life time member of the Volunteer Fire Department.

He was one of the charter members of the Lion’s club which was formed in 1948; he was active until his last illness.  He was a 60-year member of the Pearland CF Spencer Masonic Lodge 1384.  He was the charter Tiler when the Lodge was formed.  He was also a life time member of First United Methodist Church of Pearland.

His family roots go back to April 1898 when his grandparents, David and Phoebe Hatfield and his parents Sam and Joannah Scott came to Pearland from Illinois.

David always said Pearland has been a wonderful place to live and raise his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to First Methodist Church Pearland at www.fumcpearland.org, the Pearland Lion’s Club at www.pearlandlions.org or to Silverado Hospice at www.silveradocare.com .

A visitation for David will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 2314 North Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581. Interment will follow the service at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.


May '15

Whitaker, Velma Eileen Galny


Velma Eileen Galny Whitaker made her arrival October 9, 1921, and left us on May 13, 2015, knocking on the door of 94. During those years, she enjoyed many lifelong friendships, adored her parents and her brother, revered her grandparents and her aunts and uncles, and nurtured her children and grandchildren.

She married her high school beau, Thomas Norman Whitaker, saw him leave for World War II, and raised a family with him in Houston after the war. They spent many days catching the breeze at the family cabin on Trinity Bay.

A graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School and the University of Houston, Velma was a tireless booster of both schools. She edited the Cougar (a weekly, at that point), where Jack Valenti and Johnny Goyen reported for her.  Her husband joined the UH faculty and they enjoyed campus life and five decades of residence near the university. Their love of Cougar football was well-known, and in August 2014, the Chronicle profiled her long-time love of the team in a column on the opening of TDECU Stadium.

Velma admired great art, was an artist with the camera and did some of her own darkroom work, created beautiful pastels and, in later years, worked with acrylics. She loved her children, travel, great music, and French and Spanish culture. She and her husband indulged their kids’ love for dogs, cats, rock music, and fast cars. She read a lot of history and ignored the rolling of her family’s eyes as she lectured over lunch about medieval French history. Texas history was also one of her interests, and she was proud to be a descendant of Charles Stephanes, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto and one of the original Houstonians. Recently, genealogy research has shown she was also descended from some of her favorite historical figures, including Eleanor of Aquitaine, Robert the Bruce, and Lady Godiva, not to mention hordes of Vikings, Celts, and Goths.

During her life, she was a member of Central Methodist Church, Parker Memorial Methodist Church, Riverside United Methodist Church, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston and Asbury Methodist Church in Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas N. Whitaker, PhD; parents Gerhard Henry Galny and Olive Ramsey Galny Anderson, known to the family as Bee; daughter Ranada Whitaker Balius; daughter-in-law Patricia Bartlett Whitaker; grandson Kevin Whitaker; nephew Roy Galny; and sister- and brother-in-law Edwina Whitaker Miller and N. Edd Miller. She is survived by brother G.H. Galny and wife Nellie McManus Galny; son N. Kent Whitaker and wife Tanya Youngling Whitaker; son Keith C. Whitaker and wife Stephanie Lyerly Whitaker; son Don T. Whitaker and wife Jean Miracle Whitaker; son-in-law G. Alan Balius and wife Barbara Morgan Balius and daughter Katie; grandsons Thomas B. Whitaker, D. Heath Whitaker and wife Tiffany Torregrossa Whitaker, and Stephen G. Whitaker; granddaughter Victoria Jean Whitaker; her Galny and Miller nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren; and fellow artist, schoolmate, and friend of eighty years, Nell Jean Stewart.

Her family will always remember her love of fried shrimp, chocolate, Dr. Pepper, and ice cream.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston 77004, at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Donations in the memory of Velma Whitaker may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Bigger Picture Ministries (http://www.biggerpicturemin.org/), First United Methodist Church Pearland, 2314 N. Grand Blvd, Pearland 77581, Westminster United Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe, Houston 77057, the University of Houston, or your charity of choice.

May '15

Gumtang, Loreto Tuzon Sr.


Loreto Tuzon Gumtang, 84, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Onesimo and Martha Gumtang; brother, Andronico Gumtang; sister, Nilda Astudillo.  Loreto is survived by his wife, Maria Gumtang; sons, Onesimo Gumtang and wife, Concepcion, Loreto “Jun” Gumtang Jr. and wife, Rhodora; Owen Gumtang and wife, Rochelle; daughters, Ellen Gumtang, Rizza Hynes and husband, Steve, Reina El Hafi and husband, Mahmoud, Lorence Gumtang and husband, Julio; sisters, Fe Directo, Estrella Lagunte and Erlinda Dionisio; grandchildren, Julius, Jolly Ann, Paul Angelo, Kristine Lei, John Paul, Charm Mae and Rain Gumtang, Inez Gumtang-Sering, Chad, Erin, and Thea Hynes, Rani and Yasmine El Hafi, Gether, Gabbie and J.B. Cosino; and a host of other family and friends.

A visitation and rosary will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.

May '15

Salgado Tapia, Jose

Salgado Tapia

Jose Salgado Tapia, 53, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Margarito and Flavia Salgado.  Jose is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Maria Meza H; daughter, Fabiola Salgado; brothers, Bardo and Margarito Salgado; sisters, Maria, Adela Elvira Salgado; Dominga Santa Maria, Nelida, Caritina and Angeles Salgado; and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service for Jose will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:30 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.

May '15

Fowler, Charles Franklin Jr.


Charles Franklin Fowler Jr., 94, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mellie Fowler; brother, Thomas A. Fowler; sisters, Marie Watson, Sue Smith and Helen DeGroff.  Charles is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Martha Fowler; son, Lyn Fowler; grandchildren, Brian L. Fowler, Mackenzie E. Fowler, and Samuel H. Fowler; and a host of many other family and friends.

Charles learned as a young boy metalworking from his father.  This early education would serve him well throughout his life.  Charles joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and attended basic and advanced flight school.  He originally trained as a fighter pilot but later converted to heavy bombers.  While stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, he met and married the woman who would be his partner for the next 71 years.  Charles would go on to be reassigned to Bari, Italy where he flew fifty combat missions including fifteen in which he was the squadron leader.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

In 1953, Charles started working for the Fisher Body Division of General Motors.  After training, he was transferred to Houston, Texas to open the GM Training Center.  There he taught body repair to a generation of G.M. employees.  Charles taught one of the first classes that focused on fiberglass repair.  He would later go on to be names the Zone Service Manager where he would inspect new cars for flaws and settle customer complaints.  Charles retired from GM and used much of his free time plumbing, wiring, and finishing his beloved cabin in Alpine, Arizona.  He found great joy in offering his skills to friends and family.  Charles and his grandson, Brian took great pride in restoring an Opel GT from a $500 beater into an award winning show car.  His greatest joy however was spending time and taking care of his dear Martha.  Charles will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A graveside service with military honors for Charles will be held Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:15 am at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

May '15

Putney, Daryl Ralph


Daryl Ralph Putney, 66, of Pearland, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, at Memorial Herman Southeast due to a heart attack.  He was born in Butler, Pennsylvania to Genevieve and Owen Putney and had a loving family with his older brother, Richard (Dick) Putney and half-brother Don Putney.  He married Barbara Hogue and began his family. He is preceded in death by his first wife Barbara and his mother and father.  Later in life, Daryl married his second wife, Cha Kim.

He is survived by his two sons, David and Daniel Putney, and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Daryl was a loving father, husband, and friend to all.  He loved being a mechanic and did so for most of his life.  He specialized in working on air craft of various sort for the better part of 40 years.  He was an avid reader, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He wore many hats over the years from baseball coach to Boy Scout troop leader, mostly revolving around his sons and family.

In his life he did many things, from serving his country in Vietnam to raising and providing for his family.  He embodied a work ethic like no other and did what needed to be done, without complaint.  He created countless memories for that are the treasures in the lives of the people he knew.

A visitation and funeral service will be held for Daryl on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 9:30 until 11:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Kim Jinseo officiating.  Interment will take place at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas at a later time.

Apr '15

Emery, Helen Jean


The Lord called home Helen J. Emery on April 29, 2015.  Helen was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the second child of Anthony and Mary (Bilinska) Luszcz.  She graduated from South High School in 1938, graduated from Youngstown University and attended Kent University’s master program.

She was married to Kenneth R. Emery of Youngstown from May 9, 1942 until his passing on April 12, 1984. She was a long time resident of Liberty Township and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard.  In 2007, she moved to Sugar Land, Texas to be closer to family.   She is survived by her children Leslie (Robert) Kennedy of Campbell, CA, Kenneth (Jane) Emery II of Warner Robins, GA and Lynn Ramsey of Sugar Land, TX; as well as her older brother Henry Luszcz of Naperville, IL, six grand-children and 18 great grand-children.

Helen’s active life style and career included teaching at Youngstown College Business School and W.S. Guy School of the Liberty School District.  She served with the Red Cross Motor Corp during WWII, was a member of OEA, NEA and TRTA educational associations, Delta Delta of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a member of Hit & Miss, GHY, Par Pals golf league, and was active in line dancing groups, Liberty Seniors and the Liberty Historical Society.  She continued her active life in Sugar Land, TX involved in golf, line dancing, and other activities.

A memorial service for Helen will take place in Ohio at a later time.

Apr '15

Harrigan, Marjorie Berney


Marjorie Berney Harrigan passed away on the morning of April 28. She was 94. She died at home, in her own bed, beneath a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, a rosary on her night table, the walls and every level surface of her bedroom crowded with framed photographs of loved ones.

She was born Marjorie Elizabeth Berney on Nov. 28, 1920 in Horton, Kansas. Her father was Irish, her mother was Czech, both sides steeped in many generations of Catholic lore and values.  After graduating as the valedictorian from her high school in 1938, she moved with her parents and five siblings to Oklahoma City, where she studied nursing at St. Anthony’s Hospital and enlisted in the Army during World War II.  After basic training at Hammer Field in Fresno California, where she learned to assemble and fire a submachine gun, Lt. Berney was transferred to a desert air base in Ephrata, and later to Hamilton Field in San Francisco, just beyond the Golden Gate. There she would stand on the tarmac with the other surgical nurses, waiting to minister to the wounded men being flown in from the horrific battles of the Pacific war. While stationed in Ephrata, she met Capt. James E. McLaughlin, known as Mac to his friends. He was a decorated fighter pilot who had been shot down off the coast of New Guinea and, as a test pilot a few years later, had bailed out of an airplane that had broken in half in mid-air.

When Marjorie met Mac, he was in the hospital recovering from the malaria he had developed in the South Pacific. Theirs was a movie-worthy WW II romance between a cocky pilot and his brown-eyed nurse, a courtship in which he took her on moonlit flights over San Francisco Bay and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.  When he was out of the state one day and learned that another pilot had developed a crush on Marjorie, he preemptively mailed her an engagement ring. She accepted his proposal by return mail.

But it was a romance overtaken by tragedy. After the war was over, and after they were married, Mac was killed in a plane crash in Washington State. By that time, Marjorie had a six- month-old son, Jim, and was pregnant with Steve. Stunned and grieving, she moved home to her parents’ house in Oklahoma City, where a few months latershe was struck by lightning while still pregnant.

She survived, and with the support of the extensive Berney family she earned a bachelors degree at Oklahoma City University. After a few years she met Tom Harrigan, who as a young man had been a roughneck for Standard Oil in the Argentinean wilderness, and later became an independent oil operator based in Abilene, Texas. He was almost 20 years older, but his confident bearing and his sly Irish humor were irresistible. They eloped to Fort Worth, where Tom knocked on the door of the Bishop’s residence and talked him into suspending the rule that they couldn’t be married during Lent. He sent Marjorie shopping for a wedding dress at Neiman Marcus, and bought a pair of 1954 Oldsmobiles.  They moved to Abilene, where Tom became a father to Marjorie’s two young boys who had never known their own.

The family lived in a modest frame house, green with a yellow front door, with a yard bordered by a cinderblock fence and a water fountain Tom installed in the boys’ bedroom. They had two more children, Julie and Tommy. In 1959 the Harrigans moved to Corpus Christi. Marjorie was terrified of water but also bewitched by it. Almost every Sunday after Mass–which was always a mandatory event -she and Tom drove the children to Access Road Three on Padre Island and had a picnic on the side of the car.  These Padre Island outings bequeathed to her children a lifelong fascination with the ocean and the moody seascape of the Texas coast.

While still in her 40’s, she suffered a series of heart attacks that might very well have killed her, but through careful consultation with her doctors and with her formidable nurse’s insight, she lived for almost 50 more years without another incident. She raised her children through the tumultuous years of the late 60’s and early 70’s, providing a constant moral beacon during a time when traditional values were in a confusing state of upheaval. Her love for her children–unquestioned, unqualified, boundless-was the central understanding of their lives.

She was widowed for a second time when Tom died in 1989, but there was much life, and much purpose, still ahead for her. She began working for the Diocese of Corpus Christi and various governmental agencies, organizing and administering the Natural Family Planning program throughout South Texas.  She became a leader and nationally recognized expert in the use of a woman’s natural menstrual cycle to plan for fertility. This was important work for her, a perfect blending of her nursing skills and her unassailable Catholic values. As an advocate for Natural Family Planning, she traveled to Rome to meet Pope John Paul VI, and to Washington DC to consult with Mother Teresa. She was a fervent–though not strident–believer in the idea that life at all stages is sacred. Well into her 70’s, she was driving alone along back roads throughout South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, instructing young couples in how to avoid pregnancy in a way that was consistent with their beliefs, and using her knowledge of the ovulation cycle to help others who were desperate to conceive a child.

In 1998, she retired from the Diocese and moved to Nassau Bay, across the street from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.  She was enthralled by the wonder of space travel, by the view of Galveston Bay outside her condominium window, and most of all by her children and grandchildren who lived nearby. Her life was struck by tragedy again in 2005, when her beautiful and beloved daughter Julie died of cancer, but throughout that long ordeal, true to her unbreakable character, she remained her family’s rallying point.

She grew old, bedridden by arthritis, uncomplaining of her constant pain, carefully monitoring her medications, staying up to speed with medical research, reading constantly until her eyes finally gave out. After that happened she still lay in bed with the New York Times always open in her lap. She never gave up hope that she might one day be able to decipher its blurry words again.

Family members who died before her include her parents, Joseph and Gladys Berney; husbands, James E. McLaughlin and Thomas F. Harrigan; daughter, Julia Ann Sharp; brothers, Joe, Bob, and Paul Berney; sisters, Jeanette and Rosemary Berney.

She is survived by a loving multitude. Her brother, Mike Berney; her sons, James P. Harrigan and wife, Katy; Stephen M. Harrigan and wife, Sue Ellen; Thomas F. Harrigan Jr. and wife, Theresa; son-in-law, Robert Sharp; grandchildren, Laura Peters and husband, Cort, Cynthia Wholley and husband, Brian, James Harrigan and wife, Emily, Marjorie Randolph and husband, Rodney, Dorothy Guerrero and husband, Michael, Charlotte Ernst and husband, Zach. Tom, Claire and Stephen Harrigan, Margaret, Alexandra and Robert Sharp; great grandchildren, Ella, Cort and Quin Peters, Audrey and Katherine Harrigan, Mason and Travis Randolph, Maisie Guerrero and another Guerrero baby who is on the way; and by an abundance of nieces, nephews, and dear friends, all of whom she loved, and upon whose lives she made an indelible impact.

In her last months, even as she knew she was leaving the world, she took nothing but joy in the new life that was entering it.  Just before she lost consciousness and fell into the long sleep that preceded her death, she was shown a picture of one of her great grandchildren. Her last words were “gorgeous sweet darling.”

At her request, her grave marker will be inscribed with only her name and a single word below it: Blessed.


A visitation for Marjorie will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 18223 Point Lookout Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas 77058.  The funeral mass will take place Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:30 am with Father Wencil Pavlovsky officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.



Apr '15

Magness, Glen Terry


Glen Terry Magness, 67, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Quinton and Patricia Magness; and brother, Sidney Magness.  He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Patricia Kay Magness; sons, Brandon and Jason Magness; daughter, Jennifer Magness; brother, Quinton “Butch” Magness and wife, Donna; grandchildren, Bailey, Alyssa, Sheyenne, Jordis and Raelin; and a host of other family and friends.

Glen loved the outdoors; whether he was camping, fishing, seeing the countryside or simply working in his yard.  He enjoyed tinkering with and fixing things for anyone that needed help.  Glen was famous for his stew cooking where he would simply throw everything in the pot.  His passion was hot rods and classic cars.  Glen enjoyed taking the family on weekly car shows at Old Town in Kissimmee, Florida.  When he was attending car shows in person, he was either watching car auctions or Overhaulin’ on tv or his favorite redneck shows Gator Boys and Duck Dynasty.  Glen was his proudest however when he was talking about or spending time with his grandchildren.  He had a special bond with each of them and loved reveling in their band, dance or theater accomplishments. Glen will truly b missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and service for Glen will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be held from 9:00 until 11:00 am and the service will follow beginning at 11:00 am.

Apr '15

Nichols, Joyce Evylan


Joyce Evylan Nichols, formerly of Wharton and Katy Texas, passed away Monday, April 27, 2015. She was born Nov 27, 1929 to William and Maudie McGaughey. She married Peter William Nichols on April 23, 1948.

She is preceded in death by her husband Pete, parents Buddy and Maudie Ellen; sisters, Bonnie Ruth, Betty Jo, Ethel Rae; and brothers, Billy Dean and Charles David.  Surviving her are her daughters, Deborah Lynn (Carl) Henderson, Rebecca Ann (Ali) Difard; grandchildren, Elizabeth Henderson, Jacquelyn (Joseph) Fleurinor, Jessica (Jeremy) Miller, Patrick Difard; great-grandchildren William Fleurinor, Mason Miller.  Also surviving are Max Glenn (Helen) McGaughey , Martha Ann McCluskey, Ann (Billy) McGaughey, Alice (Charles) McGaughey, Ethyl Nichols, Rod (Betty) Nichols, Lynette Kay McGaughey.

Evylan spent the early part of her life in Humble, TX, surviving polio and the depression. This instilled in her a “never give up” attitude. She would stand toe to toe with anyone, maybe smaller but never outclassed.  As a homemaker, she and Pete raised two girls the old fashioned way. They learned manners, cooking, and sewing at their mother’s hand. There were many good times growing up in Katy. Pete built several homes for the family, each better than before.  They retired to Wharton, Pete again building another home. They both loved working in the yard, and Evylan never let it overgrow.  She maintained it up until her health just wouldn’t allow using the mower.

Her last years were spent under the ever increasing shadow of dementia. She received excellent care at the Colonial Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility in Pearland, though their love for her shown more.

Funeral services for Evylan will be Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581 with Chaplain John Morris officiating. Final interment will take place at Evergreen Memorial Park, 3511 E Alabama Rd., Wharton, TX.