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Tue
19
May '15

Ferdinand, Peter “Henson”

Peter “Henson” Ferdinand, 73, was born on October 27, 1941 in Castries, St. Lucia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Terrance and Mary Ferdinand.  In St. Lucia, Peter leaves his brother, Houstis Ferdinand and two sisters, Fetera Ferdinand, Ann’Cyllia Ferdinand. Peter’s formal schooling took place in St. Lucia but he also had to take on the role caring for his three siblings.  Peter migrated to the US Virgin Islands in the early 1970’s. Upon his arrival to St. Croix, he worked for Hess where he did interior commercial and residential painting. In 1978, Peter married Cynthia Ferdinand and the two were married for 32 years.  In 1984, Peter moved to Houston, Texas where he continued the work of an interior commercial and residential painter for Austin Industries.

It was during these years where Peter became a member of the Bellfort Seventh Day Adventist Church where he gave his life to Christ and was baptized on August 27, 1994. Peter offered his services to Christ and the church in the role of a Deacon for many years. He was a very hard worker and loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed watching old westerns, listening and dancing to country and western music, and barbecuing.  Peter did not take a liking to fast food as he loved home cooked meals of his native country, such as ground food and provisions  such as dascheens, sweet potato, peas and rice, stew chicken and soup.  He loved soup and could have soup any time of the year whether it was hot or cold outside. He also loved to bake homemade bread and when his children came by they would have fresh homemade bread and baked chicken. You could find him any time of the day walking up and down the street. He loved to be outside.

Sadly, Peter took his last breath and departed this life on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Harbor Hospice. His passing brought sadness to the hearts of all who loved him. We will miss him tremendously.

Peter leaves to celebrate his life his son, Placid Ferdinand from a previous marriage and wife, Sandy. From his most recent marriage; his son Roger Jn. Marie and wife, Christy; his daughters; Kathleen Philbert and husband Michael; Jessie Chavez, Arleen Ferdinand, and Angela Ferdinand; stepchildren, Wendy Lorde, Sandra Jones Ruth Jn. Marie, and Richard Jones; grandchildren, Alesha, Jasmine, Anthony, Kenise, Selina, Michael, Peter, Cynthia, Elijah, Xavier, Adrian, and Amaya; great grandchild; Ra’Niyah; and a host of other family and friends.
A visitation and funeral service for Peter will be held Friday, May 29, 205 at World Harvest Outreach Church at 10800 Scott St., Houston, Texas 77047.  The visitation will take place from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm with the funeral service following beginning at 12:00 pm with Pastor. Dr. James Best and Pastor. Dr. James Doggette Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Sat
9
May '15

Gumtang, Loreto Tuzon Sr.

Gumtang

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.

Fri
8
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.

Sat
2
May '15

Putney, Daryl Ralph

Putney

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.

Tue
28
Apr '15

Harrigan, Marjorie Berney

Harrigan

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.

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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.

 

 

Mon
27
Apr '15

Nichols, Joyce Evylan

Nichols

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.

Thu
23
Apr '15

Bailey-Crawford, Emma

Bailey-Crawford

Emma Bailey-Crawford passed away peacefully and went home to be with the Lord on April 23, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Solomon Bailey and Genette Johnson Bailey; husbands, Rev. Charles Busch, Rev. Bervis Ned Sr. and Rev. Caldwell “CC” Crawford.  Emma is survived by her daughter, Natalie Poole; sons, Michael Busch and Bervis Ned II; grandchildren, Bervis Ned III, Alexius Rayford-Wade, DeMonyca Bedford and Desiree Ned; great-grandchildren, Devin Bedford, Devonte Rayford, Alannah Wade and Ayden Wade; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Emma was known to all as “Mother Crawford” and she earned that name for her infinite wisdom, patience and for her life-long servant’s heart. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School here in Houston and went on to Graduate from Texas Southern University.  Emma used her degree to become a registered medical technologist and had a successful 30 year career.  She was also a gifted musician and loved to sing.  Mother Crawford beautiful voice was shared with everyone throughout her life.  Emma was involved and helped develop many outreach programs at Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and shut-ins. One of her greatest joys was working and starting the Prison Ministry Program at St. Paul Baptist Church in Portland Oregon with her late husband and soul mate Rev. Caldwell “CC” Crawford.   They traveled all over the country together spreading God’s word of salvation to everyone they met.  Emma spent her entire life in service to others as an inspirational positive light and example to all that knew and loved her.

A visitation will be held for Mother Crawford on Saturday, May 2, 2015 beginning at 10am at Greater Mount Horeb Missionary Baptist Church, 9213 Ashville Drive Houston, Texas 77051.  The viewing will begin at 10 am and the funeral service will begin promptly at 11am with Rev. Robert B. Jones officiating.  Interment will be on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11 am at Houston National Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77038.

Sun
19
Apr '15

Dalmolin, Joe A.

Dalmolin

Joe A. Dalmolin, 91, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Madalena Dalmolin; his loving wife of 50 years, Catherine Dalmolin; and brothers, Jimmy, Reno and Louie Dalmolin.  Joe is survived by his daughters, Carol Rohan and husband, Glenn, Gale Fisher and husband, John, Sylvia Dalmolin; sister, Rita Del Bello; grandchildren, Jennifer Fisher and Jeremy Rohan; and a host of many other family and friends.

Joe was always known for being outgoing, friendly and had a great sense of humor.  He enjoyed telling a good joke or hearing a new one.  Joe made friends everywhere he went and was known for giving and receiving great hugs and kisses to his family.  He especially enjoyed going to the Melvin Knapp Senior Center every day where he could play dominos, bingo and socialize.  Joe was strong in his family and a long time, dedicated member of St. Helen Catholic Church for more than 50 years.  He was active in the Men’s Club at St. Helen, served as usher for many years and trained new usher recruits.  Joe always enjoyed helping cook the barbecue for the annual church bazaar. He was employed for 41 years with Texaco, where he was a roust-about (oilfield worker).  Joe received numerous safety awards over the years from Texaco before his retirement.  In his younger years, he enjoyed playing on the baseball team in Manvel. Joe will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Joe’s care-providers, Mary Ann, Travecca, Elizabeth, and Rebecca.  You will always be part of “our family”.

A visitation and rosary for Joe will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church with Father James Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forgotten Angels.

Thu
16
Apr '15

Daugherty, Memory Eilleen

Daugherty

Memory Eilleen Daugherty, 53, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and June Daugherty.  Memory is survived by her loving husband of 14 years, Gary Nolen; sons, Jeremy Daugherty and wife, Lisa, Michael Daugherty and wife, Brandy, Troy Perkins, Kristopher, Gary and Jarad Nolen; daughters, Tonya McCullough and husband, James, Christina Bialobos, Kelly Stevenson and husband, Jeff; brothers, Danny Daugherty and wife, Suzan, Kevin Daugherty and wife, Kim, Patrick Daugherty; sisters, Theresa Daugherty and husband, Ken, Sandy Trailer, Carol Shaw, Chris Callaway and husband, William, Tracey Chevalier and husband, Chris; thirteen grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Memory was very family oriented and loved having all of her family around her.  She loved gardening and could grow just about anything.  Memory was strong in her faith and fought a courageous battle with cancer.  She was strong-willed and everyone knew it was either her way or the highway.  Memory way considered the ultimate “care-giver” and was always looking for ways to help others.  She was affectionately known as “Nana” to her grandchildren and she loved cooking and baking with her granddaughters.  Memory was an inspiration to all of her family throughout her life and lived by the ideals of never giving up on anyone.  She and Gary started out as friends and were dating other people.  They would eventually come together as best friends and their love grew fast.  Memory and Gary created a special bond in marriage and she even learned to share her family, which was very hard for her.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Memory will be held Tuesday, April 21, 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, April 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Wed
15
Apr '15

Sheffield, Ola Marie Graham

 

Ola Sheffield

Ola Marie Graham Sheffield, 96, passed away with her family by her side on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  She was born May 26, 1918 to William Lafitte Graham and Wilmer Lee Clark Graham.  Ola is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband and high school sweetheart, James Robert “Jim Bob” Sheffield; son, James R. Sheffield; brothers, Carl and Forest Graham; sister, Myrt Graham Canon; and son-in-law, Jimmie Franklin. She is survived by her daughters, Bobbie Franklin, Patty Osina and husband, Charles; daughter –in-law, Charlotte Sheffield; sister-in-law, Dorothy Graham; brother-in-law, Billy Sheffield; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and one expected very soon; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Ola graduated from Humble High School in 1937.  She married “Jim Bob” Sheffield and were married for 54 glorious years.  They lived in Humble, Texas before later moving to El Campo, Texas where they lived for many years and were both very active in the First Baptist Church.  Ola loved to quilt and sew, but her favorite thing to do was talk about her family.  She was extremely proud of all them and their many accomplishments.  Ola kept a spiral notebook in which she would write down all the many things she could remember about her family.  She will forever be remembered for her love of family, her strong faith and her extreme patriotism.  Ola will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and service for Ola will be held on Monday, April 20, 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 service will follow beginning at 11:00 am with Pastor Rick DuBroc of El Campo officiating.  The interment will take place at 1:00 pm at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble, Texas.

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Menendez, Vivian Anita

MeeMaw 600 DPI

Vivian Anita Menendez, 71, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Marietta Price; and brothers, Daniel and Albert Price.  Vivian is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Louis Menendez; son, Sterling Menendez; daughter, Nicole Jordan and husband, Kevin; sister, Karen Price; mother-in-law, Florence Menendez; sister-in-law, Dianne Menendez; aunts, Doris Barnes and Quincy Lee; grandchildren, Hillary, Austin, Sarah, Julian, and Maxwell Menendez, Christopher and Hope Steib; and a host of other family and friends.

Vivian met Louis when they were both 12 years old when her ball rolled right in front of his bicycle.  Louis stopped and picked up the ball and gave it back to her.  From that point on, Louis looked for every opportunity to go see Vivian.  Their love continued on and celebrated 50 years of marriage.  The Lord entrusted two beautiful children to their union, Sterling and Nicole
Vivian proved not only to be an excellent mother and homemaker, but a true servant of God.  She and her husband served together and dedicated their lives to be of service to the community, the enrichment of youth and the commitment of spreading the good news and being true disciples for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Vivian loved to travel and traveled around the world three times.  She enjoyed shopping, dressing up, going to parties and “stepping out”.  Vivian was a loving and giving person that would help underprivileged kids and took many children to Disney World.  She was strong in her faith and served as a Eucharistic minister at her church in New Orleans and in Texas.  Vivian was also known to take communion to the sick and elderly at nursing homes.  She was honored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans with the Order of St. Louis IX medallion, the highest award given to members of the diocese.  Vivian loved going out to eat and planning events and trips.  She and Louis had three time shares and always looked forward to making plans for all her family and friends.  Vivian completed her journey successfully on April, 15, 2015, when The Lord said welcome home my good and faithful servant. Job well done. Vivian will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ann M. Zellner and her staff, and Dr. Nadya Hasham-Jiwa for all of the love, care and support to Vivian and the family throughout Vivian’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vivian’s honor to the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat House at 5500 St. Mary Street, Metarie, LA 70006.  The Funeral Mass for Vivian will take place Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

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Alvarez, Margarita Maria

Alvarez

Margarita Maria Alvarez, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Vincente and Ramona Puerta; brothers, Guillermo and Bernando Puerta; and sisters, Lucia and Graciela Puerta.  Margarita is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, Francisco Alvarez; son, Orlando Alvarez and wife, Mary; daughters, Consuelo Cordoba and husband, William, Maria Maldonado, Patricia Alvarez; grandchildren, William Jr, Miguel, Francisco, Adriana, Monica, Joseph, Margarita, Juan Carlos, Steven and Josephine; seventeen great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Margarita loved her roses and gardening.  Her favorite hobby was taking care of her finches and watching them in their cages.  Margarita loved spending time shopping with her daughters.  She and Francisco enjoyed traveling all over the world and made friends wherever she went.  Margarita’s greatest pride however was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She adored them and cherished spending time with them whenever she could.  Margarita will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation, rosary and service for Margarita will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 1:30 pm and the rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm.  The service will begin at 3:00 pm with Deacon Richard Reyes officiating.