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Dec '10

Torres-Gueits, Leida

Leida Torres-Gueits, 84, passed away on December 31, 2010.  She was a devoted sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother that cherished the time she got to spend with her family.  Leida is preceded in death by her parents, Juan Torres and Maria DeJesus; her four husbands, Fernando Rodriguez, Francisco Figueroa, Pedro J. Gueits, and Erasmo Figueroa; her sons, Milton P. Rodriguez and John Figueroa.  She is survived by her sons, Fernando Rodriguez and his wife, Milagros, Richard Rodriguez and his wife Evelyn, Ruben Rodriguez, Frank Figueroa and wife Rose; daughters, Mildred Rodriguez and her husband Cruz, Ruth Rentas and her husband Orlando, Doris Hill and her husband Arnold, Carmen Figueroa, and her husband Julio; sisters, Dora Octaviani, and her husband Miguel, Anna Figueroa, and Gloria Serrano and her husband, Alberto; twenty nine grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren. 

Leida loved her family and loved being married to all of her husbands and their families.  She was affectionately known to everyone as “Mama Leida”.  She was a wonderful cook and all her family, friends and neighbor enjoyed her cooking.  Leida enjoyed spending time with her family and gave of herself to anyone in need.  She loved country living, and could butcher the hogs, chickens and goats on the farm.  Leida could just as easily cook for twenty-five as she could for two.  She was truly the matriarch of the family; and was the glue of the family and taught everyone to love one another.  Leida will always be remembered for teaching the kids how to fish for crawfish by hand, ride bikes, play jacks and shoot marbles.  Mama Leida shared her love and knowledge to all of her children and made sure that all of her children had strong faith in the Catholic Church.  She took great pride in all of their completion of their first communion.  Leida will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation for Leida will be held on Monday, January 3, 2011 from 6-8 pm with a Rosary recited at 7 pm by Deacon Bob Leicht at Clayton Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11 am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, TX 77578 with Father David Zapalac officiating.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, Texas.

Dec '10

Jones, Roscoe Henry

Roscoe Henry Jones peacefully passed away December 30, 2010 at the age of 85. He was born to Henry and Zella Jones on December 25, 1925 in Vinita, Oklahoma.  Roscoe earned a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma A&M College (now known as Oklahoma State University) and a masters degree in City Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Urban Design.  Roscoe served during the Korean conflict as Lieutenant Commander in the Corps of Engineers from October 20, 1951 to October 21, 1953.  Roscoe was the Director of City Planning for the City of Houston from 1964-1983.  He previously served as Director of Planning in Metropolitan Dade County in Miami, Florida; Director of Planning and Traffic Engineer in Springfield, Missouri; Director of Planning and Engineering for Ottumwa, Iowa; and he worked as Planner for Tulsa, OK; Cambridge, MA; and Oklahoma City, OK.  He was a member of AIP (American Institute of Planners).  Roscoe was an active member & Elder of First Christian Church in Houston.  Roscoe and wife Ruth spent many happy times camping in most of the State Parks and National Parks.  Roscoe was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Roy and Roger and niece Barbara.  He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ruth, son Curtis Jones, daughters Linda Jones-Hill and Cynthia Jones-Labossiere, son-in-law Rick Labossiere, grandchildren Christopher Hill, Katherine Jones, Drew Zella Labossiere and Jack Labossiere and nieces Julie Walker and Betty Bartlett.  Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 2, 2010 at First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Blvd., Houston, Texas 77005 with Dr. Michael T. Dunn officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations be made to First Christian Church, or to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Houston, or Country Place Foundation.

Dec '10

Whitworth, Tommie L.

Tommie Lea Whitworth, a life long resident of Clear Lake passed away Friday, December 17, 2010 at the age of 84.  She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Irma Hill; her loving husband of 56 years, Joseph T. Whitworth Jr.; and sister, Irma Jean Miller.  Tommie is survived by her sons, Joseph T. Whitworth III, Stephen T. Whitworth and his wife Cathy, and William H. Whitworth; grandchildren Stephanie Sparks and her husband James, Brandye Whitworth, and Lauren Whitworth; great grandchildren, Travis Sparks and Stella Sparks; her best friend, Brenda Ham; and a host of many other family and friends.

Tommie was a devoted sister, wife, mother and grandmother that cherished the times she got to spend with her family.  Her infectious laugh and humorous personality will forever be  remembered.  Tommie was an avid sports fan.  She was a huge supporter of the Texas A & M Aggies, the Houston Rockets, and any sport that her sons or grandchildren were involved in.  Tommie was known as the “Ultimate Fan” throughout Clear Lake and could be found supporting all the local teams.

Tommie was a beloved member of the League City Eastern Star Chapter 621.  She also spent time volunteering at Clear Lake Hospital with the Women’s Auxiliary.  Tommie will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 20, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 2 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made in Tommie’s honor to the Clear Creek Education Foundation at PO Box 1631, League City, Texas 77574.

Dec '10

Guerra, Frank Paul

Frank Paul Guerra of Pearland, passed away on December 11, 2010 at the age of 55.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Josefa Guerra; and sister, Mary Helen Guerra.  Frank is survived by his wife Rosie; sons, Conrad Capetillo and his wife Michele, Frank Guerra Jr. and his wife Veronica, Richard Castaneda and his wife Elizabeth, and Aaron Guerra; daughters, Amanda Turner and her husband William, Christina Gracia and her husband Wally, and Jamie Castaneda; brothers Ray Guerra, Sonny Guerra and his wife Mary; sisters Irene Ruiz and her husband Catarino, Angie Palomino, Ambrosia Nunez, and Doris Medina; grandchildren, Harlee, Jacob, Jared, Jarren, Nathan, Jordon, Dylan, Kie, Jessica, Patrick, Kayla, Dustin, Abigail, Brandon; great grandchild, Emma; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Frank was a strong and devoted man, who worked for Sea Lion Technology for 34 years.    He was a wonderful provider for his family and cherished the times he got to spend with them.  Frank spent his life giving to those around him, whether it was to his family, friends, the homeless or those in need.  He was the patriarch of the family and always put the family first.  Frank and Rosie had been married for 6 years but had been together for 17 years.  He was a devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather that was affectionately known as Poppy to his grandchildren.

Frank loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest; skydiving, riding his Harley, and traveling with Rosie on trips together.  He could fix cars, build, weld or repair just about anything.  Frank will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm with a 7 pm Rosary recited by Deacon Darvin Bordelon at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581 on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 1 pm with Father Jim Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Dec '10

Parker, William “Bill” Thomas

William “Bill” Thomas Parker, 81, passed away on December 11, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Everett Parker and Laura Tharp; two brothers and two sisters.  Bill is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara Parker; son, Steven T. Parker; daughter, Karen P. Swaby and her husband Darryl; grandchildren Alicia and Bruce Swaby; and a host of many other family and friends.

Bill and Barbara enjoyed traveling and vacationing all over the country.  He was a very active Christian who remained active in his church throughout his life.  Bill was a Master Mason for more than 50 years.  He enjoyed woodcarving and became quite a skilled craftsman.  Bill actually built the family home in Burleson, Texas.  Over the course of a little less than a year, he completed the home, working on evenings and weekends.  Bill also established the first Christmas tree farm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area back in the mid 1980s.

Bill was a wonderful husband and father that cherished spending time with his family.  He was very close to his older brother Bob who helped raise Bill when he was young.  Bill will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A graveside service will be held for Bill at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038 on Friday, December 24, 2010 at 9:00 am.

Dec '10

Aven, Billy “Bill” Bural

Billy “Bill” Bural Aven, 81, passed away on December 10, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents Bural and Bonnie Aven; and brother Lester Aven.  Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years,  Jodeen Aven; sons, Terry Aven and his wife Gail, Lynn Aven and his wife Terry; daughters, Karen Gibson and her husband David, Kim Taylor and her husband Randy; sister, Wilma Tidd; twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a host of many other family and friends.

Bill always enjoyed spending time with his family who all affectionately called him “Poppy”.  He was always there lending a helping hand to anyone.  He served as an Elder at the Church of Christ for more than 40 years.  Bill had a servant’s heart who never judge others but lived his life serving others.  He was a wonderful example to everyone who knew him.  During his retirement party after working 37 years with Trans-Continental Pipeline one of his co-workers said “Everyone knew Bill’s family came first, his church came second and his work came in third and that’s how he lived his life.” He was a great example to everyone who knew him.  Bill and Jodeen enjoyed traveling over the years with Bill’s work and also enjoyed numerous cruises.  He will forever be remembered as an honorable man who never met a stranger.  Bill will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service will be held at Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 W. Bay Area Blvd., Friendswood, TX 77546 on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 10 a.m. with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s honor to the John David Burke Scholarship at Arms of Hope, 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055.

Dec '10

Bickford, Mary

Mary (Dusty) Lain Bickford, age 62, went to be with Our Lord, December 9, 2010.  She was born on March 5, 1948 in Texarkana, Arkansas to William Murray Lain and Daris McWilliams Lain.

When Dusty was a child, her father worked in the oil field.  Her family traveled extensively throughout the United States until she was in the 9th grade.  She lived in numerous states and had many opportunities to see our beautiful country.  She graduated from Spring Woods High School in 1966 and married Cecil A. Bickford after high school.  Cecil and Dusty had the same birthday, just a couple of years apart.  Cecil gave Dusty the opportunity to be the creative individual she was destined to be.  Their son Robert was their only child.

Dusty and Cecil were involved in Little League and everything else Robert was involved in.  Dusty was a team mom for Pearland Little League Championship teams.  They supported the Pearland Area Dad’s Club in all aspects.  Dusty’s occupation: Artist (painting, ceramics, creating works of art inspired by nature, God’s beautiful gifts such as the sunrise, sunset, hummingbirds, the beach and ocean, picking up treasures off the beach early in the morning such as seashells, all of God’s creatures).  She also had a successful Ebay site selling mainly estate and vintage jewelry among other treasures.  Involved in local antique shops, she loved sharing her finds from estate sales, flea markets, etc.  She loved her family, other people, her dogs, fishing, anything to do with water, puppies, children, butterflies, birds, and she always had peanuts in her pockets ready to feed the squirrels.

Dusty was the epitome of beauty inside and out.  When Dusty walked into the room, you could feel the love and genuine smile she had for everyone.  She lived by the golden rules – she was nice to everyone.

Dusty was preceded in death by her parents.  Survivors include her spouse, Cecil A. Bickford and son, Robert W. Bickford, both of Pearland, Texas; sisters, Linda Hart, Joanne Serres, Pat Ladley, and Judy Guillory and their families; and numerous loving family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011, 10:00 AM at Clayton Funeral Home.

Dec '10

Fitzgerald, Peter

Peter Hopkins Fitzgerald passed away on December 9, 2010 at home.  He was born on June 24, 1939 in Yonkers, New York to Eloise and Patrick Fitzgerald.   The son of an Irish bricklayer who was raised in The Bronx and educated by the Christian Brothers, Peter never stopped loving New York City.  He was a voracious reader and enjoyed almost every round of golf he played.

He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Anne O’Rourke Fitzgerald; son, Patrick Fitzgerald; daughter Monica Oathout and husband Mark; daughter Sarah Zarcaro and husband, Michael; daughter Theresa Harrigan and husband, Thomas; sister, Patricia Keane; sisters-in-law, Margaret O’Rourke, Alice Clarke, Carol O’Rourke, and Elizabeth O’Rourke; brothers-in-law, Francis O’Rourke and Laurence Clarke; and his eight beloved grandchildren, Michael  and Emily Zarcaro; Patrick, Grace, and Peter Oathout; and Tom, Claire, and Stephen Harrigan.  Peter was deeply loved by his family and will be missed immeasurably.

Peter attended Manhattan College, the University of Maine, and Stanford University, where he received a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration in 1972.  Throughout his life he worked at various institutions of higher education, including the University of Maine, the University of Kentucky, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he served as the Executive Vice President for Administration.  He thought working at UT Southwestern was the best job in the world, and he greatly admired his colleagues there.  

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at M.D. Anderson and the Texas Heart Institute in Houston for their care of Peter. 

A funeral mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Blvd., Houston, Texas 77062  on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Peter Fitzgerald Fund at UT Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, Texas  75391-0888.

Dec '10

Allen, Bobby Kein

Bobby Kein Allen, 54, passed away on December 8, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his father, Virgil Allen.  Bobby is survived by his mother, Martha Clements and husband, Luke; brothers, Virgil S. Allen, Walter Glen Allen and wife Nancy; girlfriend, Pam Bartow; nieces and nephews, Kenneth Glen Allen, Walker Allen Barr, Erica Barr, and Rose Allen; and a host of many other family and friends.

Bobby had a giving heart and would always do for others before himself.  He was excellent with new technology and was forever helping friends and neighbors with their computers.  Bobby loved the outdoors; whether it was spending time riding his bike or flying his radio controlled airplanes and helicopters.  He was also known as an excellent marksman, where he specialized in archery and pistol shooting.

Although Bobby lived in Texas, he maintained a very close relationship with his family back in Ohio.  He especially enjoyed the times that he got to share with his brothers.  Bobby will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Dec '10

Willhite, Ray Edward

Ray Edward Willhite, 70, passed away December 5, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Helen Willhite.  He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sharron Willhite; daughter, Sheila Lutz and husband, Randy; brothers, Roger Willhite and wife Lois of Concord, California, and Richard “Dick” Willhite of Huntington Beach, California; sisters, Sandi Deifallah and husband, Abdul of The Woodlands, Texas, Carol Stock and husband, Gary of Toronto, Kansas, Linda Clark and husband, Jerry of Toronto, Kansas; long time family friend, David Scarbrough of Centennial, Colorado; and a host of many other family and friends.

Ray was a good brother, husband, father and excellent provider for his family and was a good example to all that knew and loved him.  Ray was a Field Engineer for Martin K. Eby Construction for 16 years and also a Fire and Security Consultant for Omni Fire & Security for the past 16 years.  He enjoyed good health his entire life until the past 4 months.  Ray enjoyed history and archeology. Ray and Sharron loved to travel.  The cruised the Mediterranean and cherished their visit to the Holy Land.  Ray’s love of nature and animals included raising Nigerian dwarf goats. He also loved his geese, ducks, and dogs. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation for Ray will take place on Tuesday evening, December 7, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1 pm with Pastor Keith Anderson of New Harvest Christian Fellowship officiating.  Interment will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Toronto Cemetery in Toronto, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s honor to the American Kidney Foundation at www.kidneyfund.org/give-now/ .

Dec '10

Clunie, Deborah R.

Deborah “Debbie” Rutherford Clunie, 62, passed away on December 3, 2010.  She is survived by her parents, Albert and Marjorie Rutherford; her loving husband of 40 years, Tom Clunie; daughters, Sarah Clunie and Amy Clunie; brothers, John Rutherford and wife, Katy, Albert Rutherford and wife, Debbie; sister, Becky Dacey; and a host of many other family and friends.

Debbie graduated from Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison, New Jersey and attended Quincy University.  She loved art and anything associated with the arts. Calligraphy became her first commercial artistic adventure. She later developed an appreciation for folk art and woodcarving that would serve as a life long passion.  Debbie had her own business, “Unique Touch,” where she designed and produced her own one of a kind folk art pieces.  She served as a Brooks Bazaar Member which hosted a Christmas Market for many years.

Debbie was a wonderful sister, wife and mother who always focused on taking care of others.  She took an active role in her daughters’ school activities.  While Sarah was growing up, Debbie served as a Drill Team Leader for the Falconettes and the Starlettes.  She also served as “Team Mom” for many of Amy’s sports.

Debbie always had a servant’s heart becoming involved in “Crossroads,” an organization developed to assist the homeless.  She had a listener’s ear for any seeking her thoughts and wisdom. She was a friend to all and would always be available to listen or lend a hand to those in need.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. And don’t forget, she “always” won at Bunko.

Visitation for Debbie will be Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.  A Liturgy of the Word will be held on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1 pm with Father Jim Courville officiating at Clayton Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Debbie’s honor to “Crossroads at Park Place, Inc.” (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) at 3827 Broadway Blvd, Houston, TX  77017.

Dec '10

Backhaus, Agnes M.

Agnes “Aggie” M. Backhaus, 75 of Pearland, passed away December 2, 2010.  Aggie was born December 13, 1934 in Callicoon, New York to William and Flora Wilke.  She is preceded in death by her parents; nephew Bill Goodyear and niece Judy Backhaus.  Aggie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, W. H. “Jug” Backhaus; sons, Darren Backhaus and wife, Laura, and Kurt Backhaus; sister, Rosemary Goodyear; grandchildren Brady and Meredith Backhaus; and a host of many other family and friends.

Aggie was extremely active in her church and the community, serving in many volunteer capacities.  She was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church for more than 45 years; and proudly served with the Lioness Club of Pearland and was a Board Member of the Pearland Neighborhood Center.  In her early years, she enjoyed doing artwork and painting. This passion served as the inspiration for her working as a graphic illustrator for IBM for 35 years.  Aggie will be fondly remembered for her compassionate nature and constant dedication to helping others.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation for Aggie will take place on Sunday evening, December 5, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581 with a Rosary recited by Deacon Darvin Bordelon at 7 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday morning, December 6, 2010 at 10 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd, Pearland, TX 77581 with Father Reggie Nesvadba officiating.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery at SouthPark in Pearland, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Loessin, John Loessin, Mike Loessin, John Williams, Dennis Mills, and Virgil Mikeska.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Aggie’s honor to the Lionesss Club of Pearland or the Pearland Neighborhood Center at www.pnctexas.com .