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Wed
15
Jun '11

Foster, Magnolia “Maggie”

Magnolia “ Maggie” Foster, 96, went home to be with the Lord on June 15, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Mose and Melissa Watts; her husband, Willie Foster; sons, Willie Foster Jr. and an infant son, Willie Buster; adopted sons, Wilmer Tate and Joe Villareal; daughter, Edna Faye Foster; brothers, Nathaniel Watts and D.C. Watts; and sister, Millie Cooper.  Maggie is survived by her sons, Kenneth Wayne Foster (Laverne), and Larry Renny Foster (Licia); adopted sons, Steve Ward and Wayne Dalme; daughters, Lois Beatrice Bartie (LeRoy), Marie Kelly, Hattie Kelly (Alonzo), Martha Roberts (Mark), Shirley Jarmon, Jackie Simpson, Debra Roberson (Larry), Cathy Mills (Carl), and Gloria Foster; twenty-two grandchildren; sixty-eight great grandchildren; forty-two great-great grandchildren; ten great-great-great grandchildren; and a host of many other family and friends.

A Funeral Service for Maggie will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. J.D. Clark officiating.  Interment will follow at Paradise South Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers for the service will be Kenneth Pitts, Chris Sydney, Eric Foster, Marcus Foster-Mills, Travon Murray, Troy Betts, Cain Grantham, Terry Grantham, Michael Bonner, and Tommy Greer.  Honorary pallpearbearers include Kenneth Foster, Larry Foster, Mark Roberts, Carl Mills, Alonzo Kelly, Larry Roberson, Rick Solis, Ray Solis, Steve Ward, and Emilio Villareal.

Sun
12
Jun '11

Istre, Patricia Dawn

Patricia Dawn Istre, 45, passed away on June 12, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Jean Coffey; and her husband, Tony Oneal.  Dawn is survived by her son, Daniel Robert Istre; daughter, Destiny Istre; brother, Raymond Coffey; sister, Deborah Coffey; dear family friends, Lupe Ochoa and Joanna Baldwin; former husbands and still dear friends, Danny Istre and Leo White; and a host of many other family and friends.

Dawn enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved the water; especially riding her Sea Doo.  When she was younger, she spent many afternoons riding horses with her friends.  Dawn was very devoted to her family and was a loving mother and good provider for her children.  Even through many challenges and adversities, Dawn’s caring nature was always there for her family.  She was never afraid to speak her mind and you always knew exactly where she stood on anything.  Dawn will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A Memorial Service for Dawn will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Sun
12
Jun '11

Rangel Jr., Alfredo Gamez

Alfredo Gamez Rangel Jr., 62, passed away on June 12, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfredo and Trinidad Rangel.  Alfredo is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Theresa; sons, Alfred Rangel III and his wife, Melissa, Johnny Rangel, Joseph Rangel, Sabino Rangel, Jacob Gonzales and his wife, Amber, Abraham Rangel and his wife Rosario; daughters, Eyvette Baldwin and her husband, Daniel, Elizabeth Rodriguez; sisters, Sarah Agudelo and her husband, Juan, and Francisca Flores; grandchildren, Sabino Jr., Priscilla, Bethany, Jesse, Christopher, Sonya, Torrie, Allison, Jesse Jr., Omar, Atlee, and Adree; and a host of many other family and friends.

Alfredo was a man of strong faith and served as a Deacon of his church.  He loved to travel in his car and see all the different parts of the country.  Alfredo loved the outdoors where he enjoyed fishing and also tending to his flower garden and taking care of his roses.  He had an appreciation for nature and enjoyed photography and collecting old cameras.  He was affectionately known to everyone at Big Daddy Rangel.  Alfredo will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Alfredo will be on Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 7:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The Funeral Service will be on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am at Templo Bethania, 6711 Isla St., Brookside Village, TX 77581 with Rev. Richard Esparza  officiating.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Sat
11
Jun '11

Laird, Robert “Bob” A.

Robert A. “Bob” Laird, 86, passed away on June 11, 2011.  Bob was born in Alexandria, La. on April 10, 1925.  He moved to Houston in 1927 with his parents Robert L. and Marie (Moulle’) Laird and brother Jules. Bob is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Margaret Laird; his children Robert G. Laird (Maggie), Kathleen Stark, Richard J. Laird (Donna), Suzie D. Fleming (Matt), and James P. Laird (Lela) and; grandchildren, Gwen Laird, Shawna Laird (Chaz Mahon), Robert Stark (Marcie), Jay Stark (Ashli), Richard Laird Jr. (Katherine), Ryan Laird (Cassondra), Sarah T. Laird, Amanda Vacek (Jeff), Stephanie Cole (Jason), and Virginia M. Fleming, Jimmy Laird, and Shelby Laird; and eleven great grandchildren;  Robbie, Willie and Melanie Stark; Becca and Daniel Laird; Johnathan and Haleigh Stark; Matthew, Emma and Hannah Vacek; and Everett Cole.

Bob, a Country Place resident for 13 years, enjoyed his retirement playing golf, and the social activities there.  He loved keeping up with the grandchildren and great grandchildren and was affectionately known as “Dadaw” to all of them. Bob was a graduate of St. Thomas High School in 1943. He also cherished his Louisiana roots and loved Cajun food.  He always had an appreciation for baseball and worked as an office manager for the Houston Buffs.  Bob and Margaret enjoyed traveling all over:  Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, through the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, New England, Switzerland and frequent road trips to Louisiana. He loved Big Band music and New Orleans Jazz. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII and served as an Aviation Machinist. He retired from ILA Local #1351 after 35 years. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Bob will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The Funeral Mass will be Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, TX 77578, followed by a luncheon at the Church Hall. Interment will take place at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.  His grandsons will serve as Pall Bearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s honor to the American Lung Association.

Thu
9
Jun '11

Degala, Arturo Delfin

Arturo Delfin Degala, 86, passed away on June 9, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Quirino and Paula Degala; brother, Bower Degala; sisters, Olga Degala Desales, Chita Degala, Oliva Degala Caragan, Blanquita Degala Faconsis; and daughter, Cecilia Degala Arandia.  Arturo is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Loreto Degala; sons, Arturo Degala Jr., and Agustin Degala; daughters, Mary Lou Degala and Teresita Degala; brothers, John Degala and Harrel Degala; sister, Anita Degala Solas; grandchildren, Pul Vincent Yao, Cyd Charisse Arandia Garcia, Albert Clyde Arandia, Jose Benjie Arandia, Andre Marie Arandia, Leslie Ann Degala Babiano, Dave Degala, John Ranier Degala, Giselle Ann Degala, Adnan Miguel Degala, Ralph Xavier Degala, Irene Lorraine Degala, John Michael Degala; great grandchildren, KC, Curby, Arnie Claire, Mary Claire, Cyd Lori and Vincent Adrian; and a host of many other family and friends.

Arturo was affectionately known to his family as Lolo.  He loved to travel back to the Philippines to visit family.  He was a wonderful story teller and enjoyed sharing stories with friends and family about growing up in the Philippines.  Arturo always enjoyed good health by staying fit walking or doing pushups.  Every morning he was up early eating his oatmeal for breakfast.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family.   Arturo was a hard worker, good provider and excellent example for his family.

Arturo was an avid reader and loved to study history; especially any books about his favorite person, General Douglas MacArthur.  He enjoyed nice clothes and was always nicely dressed with his favorite hat.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Arturo will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with a Rosary recited by Deacon Dale Almenario at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church at 2209 Old Alvin Rd, Pearland, TX 77581 with Father Jim Courville officiating.  Interment will take place at Houston National Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Mon
6
Jun '11

Pylant, Hilary Elizabeth

Hilary Elizabeth Pylant, 77, passed away on June, 6, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Elizabeth Reynolds; and sisters, Jane Richardson and Pat Cannon.  Hilary is survived by her husband, Hugh Pylant; son, Tim Pylant and his wife, Susan; daughter, Terri Corbitt and her husband, Rick; brother, Stephen Reynolds; in laws, Elain Pylant and Frank and Elvie Dehaven; grandchildren, Austin Pylan and his wife, Maddie, Leigh Corbitt, Alexandria Pylant, Erin Corbitt, and Trey Corbitt; and a host of many other family and friends.

Hilary and Hugh met one another on a “blind date”, and the rest is history.  They married in Shreveport after a short engagement and have spent the last 57 wonderful years together.  They loved playing bridge, socializing and spending fun time together with their life long friends. Over the past 30 years, Hilary and Hugh enjoyed traveling all over the world.  Hilary could be found skiing in Aspen or snorkeling in Belize but in the last few years was slowed down to reading her beloved “cat” mysteries and keeping up with the NY Times editorials.  Hilary enjoyed her computer and looked forward to keeping in touch with distant friends and family via e-mail.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and truly believed that laughter was the best medicine.  Hillary was known to all her grandchildren as Nana and cherished all their family time together.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to thank Dr. Harish Seethamraju and his lung transplant team at Memorial Hospital staff for all their care and dedication.  The family would request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Hilary’s honor to   the American Lung Association.

A Memorial Service for Hilary will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church at 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Sun
5
Jun '11

Moore, John William

John William Moore II, 57, of Pearland, Texas, lost his courageous battle with cancer at his home on June 5, 2011 surrounded by his family.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Velma Haney Moore.  John is survived by his father, John W. Moore; his loving wife of 28 years, Brenda S. Moore; son, John Cody Moore; daughter, Meredith Laing Xavier and son-in-law, Yuri; sisters, Diann Hayes, Linda Carter and her husband, Larry; Jackie Fletcher and her husband, William Gary; and a host of many other family and friends.

John was in his 29th year with ABM Industries.  He also served as a West Virginia State Trooper for 9 years.  He received his certification as a C.P.P.  John achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man and loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. The love of John’s life was his family.   John lived a full and active life and enjoyed good health until he was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2011. His nature as a true gentleman, wisdom and warmth will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for John will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011.  Visitation will start at 10:00 am and the service will begin at 11:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with David Rodefeld and Mike Weatherl  officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s honor to the Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America at 1831 Speedway Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 or at www.macbsa.org. Online condolences may be left for the family atwww.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Fri
3
Jun '11

Sosa, Hortencia Garcia

Hortencia Garcia Sosa, 80, passed away peacefully at home on June 3, 2011 with her family by her side.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Luis and Alicia Garcia; brother, Oscar Garcia; and sister, Oralia Cavazos.  Hortencia is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Jose Sosa; daughter, Linda Garza and her husband, Leonel;  brothers, Ruben Garcia, Rodrigo Garcia and Horacio Garcia; sisters, Rosalba Garza, Alicia Lazos, and Maria de Jesus Cortez; grandchildren, Eliud Garza and Victoria Garza; and a host of many other family and friends.

Hortencia was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved gardening, spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow.  Hortencia was affectionately to all of her family as either Mi Tia “Tenche” or to the grandchildren as “Mima.”  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would also like to thank their dear friend Carmen Estrada for all her love and support during this journey in caring for the Sosa family.  They would also like to thank Adis Martinez with Christus Hospice for all her dedicated care and service to Mrs. Sosa.

A Visitation for Hortencia will be on Monday, June 6, 2011 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm recited by Deacon Cruz Trujillo at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church at 2209 Old Alvin Rd, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father Armondo Ibanez officiating.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Tue
31
May '11

Ortiz, Mildred Louise

Mrs. Mildred Louise Ortiz, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was born on October 11, 1913 in Water Valley, Mississippi.  She was the sixth of fifteen children born to the late Mr. Lee Andrew Thomas and Mrs. Clara Shepherd Thomas.

The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee in the 1920s where Louise lived until moving to Detroit, Michigan in the 1930s.  She was united in marriage to Roman Charles Ortiz on April 18, 1958 and the couple relocated to Buffalo, New York in the early 1960s.  To this union came one child, Ramona Louise.

Louise had several careers during her long life and worked full time until she was eighty-one.  In the 1940s she made history, working for victory in the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” for the Ford Motor Company at its Willow Run bomber plant.   During the late 1940s and 1950s she worked at the Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  During the 1960s and 70s she worked as a lab technician, eventually retiring from the Buffalo General Hospital.  For the next twenty years she was an educator with the Buffalo Board of Education before retiring from her work with troubled teens in the alternative school program.  Louise and Roman relocated to Houston, Texas in 1994 to be with Ramona as she started her career.

Louise remained active and prided herself on living independently until she was 95. She actively demonstrated her faith in God in her words and deeds.   She loved to travel, and is fondly remembered by her family for the years that she, Roman and Ramona travelled across the country each summer in their motorhome.  She continued to travel with Ramona after Roman’s death in 1997.  Even as her mobility declined, she refused to miss a family gathering and enjoyed trips to Memphis and Chicago in 2010.  Her greatest joy came in the last two years with the arrival of her grandson, Gavin, upon whom she lavished love and attention.

She entered peacefully into eternal rest on May 31, 2011 at the age of 97.  The family will be receiving friends beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581with the Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 pm.  Louise’s final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery alongside Roman to be scheduled at a later date.

She loved her family and could always be counted on for encouragement, guidance, humor and support.  Fond memories are left in the hearts of: her daughter, Ramona Louise Ortiz; son-in-law, William Stamps, III; grandson, Gavin Ortiz Stamps; four sisters, Mrs. Eloise Varnado, Mrs. Mae Julia Lowery, Mrs. Thelma King, Mrs. Corine Haley (honorary) all of Memphis, Tennessee; one brother, Minister Lee Thomas of Memphis, Tennessee; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Christine Thomas of Memphis, Tennessee, Mrs. Julia Rangle, Mrs. Pearl Douglas and Mrs. Geraldine Thomas, all of Detroit, Michigan; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mon
30
May '11

Freeman, Parmer

Parmer Freeman, 85, passed away on May 30, 2011.  He is preceded in death his parents, Marion and Trixie Freeman; and sons, Randy Freeman and Tony Freeman.  Parmer is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Aileen; their many friends in the Country Place community; and a host of many other family and friends.

Parmer served in World War II in the 82nd Airborne.  He parachuted into Germany three different times and help liberate three of the concentration camps; one being Auschwitz.  Parmer was a proud American and loved his country.  He and Aileen enjoyed living at Country Place for many years.  Parmer enjoyed playing and teaching others how to play tennis.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for Parmer will be on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Parmer’s honor to the Compassionate Care Facility at  309 FM 517 East, Dickinson, TX 77539.

Sat
28
May '11

Raska, Emil Jim

Emil Jim Raska, 93, passed away on May 28, 2011 with his devoted wife of sixty five years Bettie by his side.  He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Hattie Raska; two brothers, Alfred and Julius Raska; three sisters, Ella Fajkus, Viola Petter and Elsie Culver.   Emil is survived by his wife, Betty Oglesby Raska;  three sons, Jim Raska and his wife Katrina, Gary Wayne Raska and his wife Barbara, Ricky Raska and his wife Tina; one daughter, Robin Gayle Roehr and her husband Bill; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Cooper and her husband Raymond, Stephan Raska and his wife Elizabeth, Christopher Allan Raska, Lily Anne Cochran and her husband Scott, Ricky Raska Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, Jennifer Raska, Zachary Roehr and Lauren Roehr; seven great grandchildren, Audrey Cooper, Grant Raska, Ella Kate Raska, Connor Allan Raska, Scotty Le Cochran, Victoria Anne Cochran and Madeline Raska; and a host of many other family and friends.

Emil proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army and was stationed in England where he loaded the war planes that flew all over Europe.  At the time of his discharge he had attained the rank of Master Sergeant.   Shortly after the war, he met Bettie at a dance where they quickly fell in love and were married after a short seven week engagement.   Emil was a wonderful husband, father and good provider for his family.  He often took his sons to work with him where he taught them a strong work ethic and the value of a dollar.  Emil’s dedication to his job in the grocery business gave him much success and upon his retirement Emil had been a store manager for many years with Sid’s Grocery.

After his retirement Emil enjoyed staying busy in his yard or working in his garden which he took great pride in growing his vegetables which he always shared with his friends and neighbors.  Emil and Bettie also enjoyed going camping together in their travel trailer that they would take to the lake.  Emil also enjoyed fishing and spending time with all of his family.  He will always be fondly remembered by those who knew and loved him.

A visitation for Emil will take place on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland TX 77581.  The Funeral service will be on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:00 am at The First United Methodist Church at 2314 North Grand Blvd. Pearland, TX 77581 with Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.  Interment will take place at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pearland.

Sat
28
May '11

Carter, Doris Irene Virginia

Doris Irene Virginia Carter, 90, passed away on May 28, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Ruth Crutchfield; her husband, Gale Arthur Carter Jr.; and daughter, Doris Virginia DeFrange. Irene is survived by her son, Larry Otis Walsh and his wife Karen; daughters, Jeanie Marie Cooper and her husband, Cooper, Patricia Irene Phillips, and Kathy Olivia Walsh; sisters, Betty Jean Vaugine and her husband, Paul, Gladys Ruth Stockton, Ruby Erleen Hildreth and Patsy Ellen Lovell; 11 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; and a host of many other family and friends.

A Visitation for Irene will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  Graveside Services will be held on May 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas with Bishop Dayrl Scott officiating.