Elizabeth Bonella (Bailly) Glenn, age 87, of Friendswood, Texas, died in her home, surrounded by her family on February 5, 2018.
Elizabeth was born in Caracas, Venezuela to the late Florent and Bertha Bailly on November 25, 1930. Her family, including her brother and sister, the late Florent David Bailly and the late Leonor (Bailly) Gardner, moved to the United States when she was 12, eventually settling in California. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Biological Sciences in 1951. While at Stanford, she met James J. “Jack” Glenn, Jr, whom she married on September 20, 1952. They were married for over 53 years, until Jack died in 2005.
In addition to devoting herself to her family, Elizabeth was a dedicated feminist, volunteer and community leader. She was involved in several organizations, principally:the Houston Area Women’s Center for over two decades, beginning as one of the original volunteers and continuing in many roles including answering the hotline, working at the emergency shelter, and serving as President and on the Board of Directors; the League of Women Voters for over 50 years, including the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area; the Assistance League of the Bay Area; and the Houston Symphony League Bay Area. Her volunteer work was acknowledged and she was honored by several awards, including receiving a Savvy Award, which recognizes Houston’s outstanding volunteers, in 1986 for her work at the HAWC; and induction into the Men and Women of Heart Hall of Fame by Friends of the Bay Area Turning Point in 2000.
She is survived by her children, Betsy (Joe Lennihan); Barbara (Dallas Burtraw); James (Cheryl); David (Vicky); Thomas (Indira Balkissoon); and Martha (Matthew Clevenger), as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
We will memorialize her life at a later date; for information on the memorial arrangements, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to one of the organizations that Elizabeth supported as a volunteer.
Condolences may be sent to the Glenn family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Gary Eugene McFadden of Alvin, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2018. He was 68 years old.
Gary was born on June 22, 1949, in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Teddie McFadden and Imogene McFadden Mathews. He was raised in Muskogee and graduated from Central High School in 1967. Gary went to the Houston Community College Police Academy in 1970 and later became a Police Officer with the League City Police Department in 1975. He married his now wife, Deborah, on June 2, 1983.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Imogene Mathews and his father Teddie McFadden.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah McFadden; his son, Jonathan E. Cox and his wife, Lyzdeanna Cox, and their children, Jonathan L. Cox and Matthew Cox; his son, Kevin Cox and his wife, Carrie Cox, and their children, Jakob Cox and the princess, Emily Cox. He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca Davis.
Gary was an amazing son, wonderful husband, a great father, and a mentor to so many people. He loved spending time outdoors with friends and family at bar-b-ques, fishing, hunting, camping, golf, and drag racing. He enjoyed being a pilot and flying airplanes which later became a love for building and flying model airplanes as well as a passion for woodworking, creating arrowheads and everyone knew his love of all things Dallas Cowboys. Gary loved many things in his life with one of his greatest being his furry friends.
He was loved by many and will be missed by all.He will forever be in our hearts.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 A.M. at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jonathan E. Petering officiating.Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
Pallbearers will include Eric Cox, Leonard Fletcher, Michael Kramm, Greg Morgan, Sean Murray, and Gary Ratliff.Honorary pallbearers: Roger Lee, Rex Fancher and Janet Hornbeck.
Condolences may be sent to the McFadden family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Spencer Wallace Chaffin, Jr., 60, of Friendswood, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Spencer was born on February 13, 1958 in Hartselle, Alabama to parents Spencer Wallace Chaffin, Sr and Mabell (Childers) Pruitt.
Spencer graduated from Alvin High School in 1977. He was employed at Team, Inc. (Alvin) before joining Monsanto in June of 1978. Spencer began his career with Monsanto as a processor in the SAB unit and worked there for 21 months before transferring to Olefins in March of 1980 for the start-up of the new unit. In late 1981, Spencer transferred to the Safety Department, where he was promoted to Fire Safety Inspector. In 1988, he transferred to NTA-IDA-STS for the start-up of the new STS unit. In June of 1999, Spencer was promoted to his present job as a Shift Coordinator.
Spencer has served as a member of the Fire Crew since his new employment. He worked at Chocolate Bayou for 39 ½ years. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Spencer served as a volunteer for the Alvin Fire Department, the Alvin Police Department, the Fire Marshall, as well as an EMT Intermediate.
Spencer loved his family, God and helping others.
Spencer is survived by his wife “Sweetie” Gloria del Socorro Reyes Salazar; and a large extended family.
As Spencer always said, “Safety is personal”.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Richard Hinkley officiating. Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens, 2426 Cullen Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581.
Condolences may be sent to the Chaffin family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Spencer’s name to MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Cleo “Granny” Brandon Mitchell, 87, of Houston, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018. Cleo was born on November 24, 1930 in Nacogdoches, TX to parents Noble and Gladys (Crisp) Brandon.
Cleo was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob Mitchell; her parents, Noble and Gladys Brandon; sister, Reba Carol; brother, Waymon Brandon; granddaughter, Christy Rife and Baby Huff; and many other loved ones.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Huff, Pam Rife, and Renee Deem and husband Mike; grandchildren, Zachary Huff, Keith Rife, Brandon Deem, and Jason Deem great grandchildren, Logan Rife, Ava Rife, Owen Deem, Cora Deem, and Gavin Deem.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 12:00 P.M., with Rev. McCauley Austin officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Mitchell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Harless Ross Benthul, 82, passed quietly in his sleep in Friendswood, TX after a 2 ½ year recovery from a major stroke. He began life’s journey in Dallas, TX, the first son of Harless Eugene Benthul and Louise Fouse Benthul. His early years were in Longview, TX and in 1947 the family moved to Dallas.
His interest in model airplanes and books began a lifelong passion for learning. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1954. He then graduated from Texas A&M in 1957 in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1957 he married Allison Reilly. They were married for 48 years until they parted amicably. They had one daughter together, Grace, whom they both adored.
While at Texas A&M he was in the Corps and graduated a commissioned officer in the US Airforce. He served at Holloman Air Force Base in El Paso, TX and in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
After the Air Force, the family moved to Dallas where Harless worked for Chance Vought and was President of the Park Cities Jaycees. Harless attended the SMU law school and graduated with a doctorate in Juris Prudence. He began work for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Upon retirement from EPA, he and Allison moved to Friendswood, TX where he established himself as an environmental attorney while serving as adjunct faculty at UH law school and South Texas College of Law. He was active in the Houston Aggie Club, a leader in the Power Squadron, a faithful supporter and devotee of the Houston Grand Opera, and loved sailing in his sailboat. He was an avid rock climber and runner, forming many lifelong friendships along the way. He was a loving and devoted Catholic congregate.
He built his dream home in Galveston, TX where he could moor his sailboat and later his power boat to skipper the family on numerous rides.
Harless loved his family dearly. He kept in touch with all the Benthuls, frequently gathering them for reunions at his home in Galveston. He was especially proud of his daughter, granddaughters, and their families. He is survived by his brother, Gene Benthul and wife Marty of Lorena; sister, Beverly Barry and husband Ken of Dallas; daughter, Grace Townsend and husband David of Friendswood; ex-wife, Allison Benthul; granddaughters, Sarah Townsend and husband Richard, Mary Beth Hillenburg and husband Russell, Emily Hoskins and husband Hunter; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousin; and many other relatives and cherished friends who will miss him dearly.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Church, 1302 Broadway St., Galveston, TX 77550 with Father Jude Ezuma officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Benthul family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Frances Morehead Wissner, 81, of Alvin, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Mary Frances, or Pam to some, was born on August 18, 1936 in Houston, TX to parents William Howard and Dorothy Morehead.
Mary Frances was a nurse by trade and caretaker to many. Hospice and Home Health nursing was a true passion of hers until she was unable to continue working, though she did so well into her 70s. She was always very involved in church life wherever she resided over the years be it in Rockport, Kerrville, or Alvin. She was a lover of animals and could always be found with one by her side, be it her faithful companion pup, Sweetie, or sweet black cat, Twink.
She will be greatly missed.
Mary Frances was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Elton; her parents, William Howard and Dorothy Morehead; and her sister, Dottie.
She is survived by her children, Lou Wissner and wife Brenda, Howard Wissner and wife Michelle, and Elise White and husband Paul; grandchildren, Jennifer Wissner, Kevin Griffin, Christina Wissner, Misti Herrera, and Chelsea Wissner; great grandchildren, Mason, Joey, Kaden, Issac, Katerina, Sophia, Bryson, and Kaitlyn.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church, 200 W. Lang St., Alvin, TX 77511, with The Rev. Nan Doerr officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Wissner family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Alfred W. O’Farrell was born on June 30, 1928 in Houston, TX and grew up in Pasadena / Golden Acres area. He served in the Navy from 1946 – 1948. When he returned home, Al went to work at Sinclair Refinery in Pasadena, TX. He married the love of his life, Gerry, in 1950. In 1952, they had their first child Debby. They moved to Friendswood in 1954 and physically built their first home in Friendswood together on Melody Lane. At this home, they had their two boys David and Drew. Al and Gerry helped organize and build the First Baptist Church of Friendswood where they would attend, serve, and raise their family for many years. In 1962, Al began working real estate with his brother while still working at the refinery. Gerry started the first nursery school in Friendswood and Al would come help during lunch. Eventually, as the real estate business grew, Al was able to stop working at the refinery and work in real estate full time. The family moved from the house they built on Melody Lane to Windsong where Al custom built their home. When they moved into this house in 1972, they had their last child, Denise.
Al not only sold real estate but he also helped develop Friendswood. He played an intricate role in forming the city he loved. His footprints can be found everywhere in Friendswood. He developed several subdivisions in Friendswood including Cowards Creek, Pilgrim’s Pointe, Imperial Estates, Wedgewood Village, Windsong, West Friendswood, Field Creek, Mission Estates, to list some. Al also built custom homes and commercial buildings in the Friendswood area. He loved the people he worked with and all the people he built for. He also loved his job and continued to go to the office every day.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was known for his generosity, kindness, hard work, and love for God. He passed away February 5, 2018 at the age of 89, surrounded by his loved ones.
Alfred is survived by his wife of 67 years, Geraldine O’Farrell, by his children Debby Allen, David and Lori O’Farrell, Drew and Janie O’Farrell, and Denise and Craig Mast. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jessica and Adrian Ching, Christopher O’Farrell, Dustin and Meredith Allen, Ryan and Hannah O’Farrell, Katie and Graham Travis, Barrett and Codi Allen, Rhys O’Farrell, Tyler O’Farrell, Molly O’Farrell, Julia Mast, Jordan Mast, and Jena Mast.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. David Bridges officiating. Al will be laid to rest at Friends Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission Dignity at http://www.missiondignity.org/ .
Condolences may be sent to the O’Farrell family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Doris C. Coghlan Bundy, 94, of Pearland, TX passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2018.She was born March 21, 1923 to William Coghlan and Ettie Root Coghlan in Alvin, TX.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 3311 Southfork Dr., Pearland, TX 77584 with Bishop Mark Anderson officiating.A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia, LA.
Condolences may be sent to the Bundy family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Philip Magnus Johnson, 67, of League City, TX passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 surrounded by his family.
He was born December 7, 1950 in San Antonio, TX., Phil moved with his family to several Air Force bases in the US and Spain. He graduated from High School in Madrid, after which he joined the United States Air Force having been sworn in by his father, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. Phil proudly served his country from 1970 to 1977. He was stationed in Spain and Thailand where he easily learned the local language; this was a true gift of his. After leaving the Air Force, Phil worked in the oil industry and retired from Exxon as a research technician.
One of Phil’s greatest enjoyments was training and showing his Keeshonden. He trained his companions in obedience, with his dogs earning many titles. His passion with Sadie was R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog). Together, he and Sadie helped many third graders enjoy reading and gain confidence in their reading skills. Another of Phil’s passions was learning to fly Cessna 172 and he was working on acquiring his sport pilot license with the Flying Tigers flight school. He loved his flying lessons. Phil was a long-time member of Hope Lutheran Church. Over the years, Phil was involved in several ministries in the church especially with the Men’s Ministry. Phil loved doing things with his family and friends and he created many treasured memories that all of us will hold dear to our hearts.
Phil was preceded in death by his father, Magnus P. Johnson and his mother, Johnie M. Johnson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Jo; his sister, Linda Byrd; brother-in-law, James Byrd; nephew, Ryan Byrd; nieces, Erin and Kayla Byrd; mother-in-law, Lorine Proske; brothers-in-law, James Proske and Curtis Proske; sister-in-law, Cheryl Maxwell; niece, Rachel De Luna; nephews, Zachary Maxwell, Daniel Proske, Andrew Maxwell, and Jason Proske.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Hope at www.ptsdusa.org/Camp-Hope/.
Condolences may be sent to the Johnson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Marion Leonard Abbe, 89, of League City, passed away on January 31, 2018. Marion was born on December 6, 1928 to parents Bernice and Beulah (Linville) Abbe.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Abbe family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Robert Jay Maness II, 25, of Friendswood, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Robert was born on April 12, 1992 in Houston, TX to parents Robert and Flor (Morua) Maness, Sr.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
Condolences may be sent to the Maness family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
John Howard Hoyle, 71, of Bossier City, Louisiana, passed away on December 28, 2017. He was born on June 25, 1946 in Casar, North Carolina. John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier, Louisiana where he met and married the love of his life, Lola. Together they spent 40 wonderful years until her passing in 2006.
John enjoyed spending time outdoors. He loved to go fishing, cooking and gardening. Above all of his hobbies, he loved being with his family the most. He created many treasured memories that they will all hold dear to their hearts for years to come.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Hoyle.
He is survived by his daughter, Denise Canady and husband Kevin of League City, Texas; son, John E. Hoyle and wife Kendall of Shreveport, Louisiana; grandchildren, Jonnie Lane and husband Scotty, Heidi Hoyle, Lizzie Canady, Charley Jo Hoyle, and Zoe Canady; great grandchildren, Pacen Lubking, Emma Sullivan, and Elliott Belcher.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Robert Genter officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Hoyle family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Ray Milton Pierson, 77, of Manvel, passed into glory on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in Houston.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Ronnie Floyd officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Pierson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Ronda Gailanna Matheny Tullos, 51, passed away on January 27, 2018. Ronda was born on October 23, 1966 in Texas City, TX to parents Lowell and Fayrene Matheny.
Ronda was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Keith Tullos (2015), son of Richard and Joyce Tullos of Ace, TX.
She is survived by her parents, Lowell and Fayrene Matheny of Alvin, TX; children, Jesselyn and Jeremiah Tullos of Alvin, TX; grandmother, Irene Beasley of Dayton, TX; sister, Darla Lemons and husband Roy of Pearland, TX; brother, Lowell Matheny III and wife Fern of Liverpool, TX; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and special friend, Yolande “Nonie” Baker of Lam Pasas, TX.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Chuck McComb officiating. She will be laid to rest at Danbury Cemetery at a later time.
Condolences may be sent to the Tullos family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Dawn Ella Spaulding Russell, 77, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 after a prolonged illness. She was born September 22, 1940 in Buckholts, TX. Dawn studied at Tyler Junior College and completed her Associates Degree at University of Houston. She worked for John Sealey Hospital and UT Texas; from there she became an independent accountant while taking care of her family. Dawn volunteered with Boy Scout Troop 117 and The United Way of Bell County.
She was preceded in death by her husband James W. Russell and leaves cherished and loving memories with her children, Candace R. Knops and Damon W. Russell; siblings, Bobby Spaulding, Genivee Morgan, Gordon Spaulding, Douglas Spaulding; spout of Candace, Dean W. Knops; grandchildren, Callie Knops and Alexis Knops; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In a celebration of Dawn Ella’s life, there will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Pastor Randy Ledbetter officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Russell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Robbie Lee Criss McDonald, 78, of Galveston, Texas, passed into glory on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Pearland, Texas.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 27 at 11AM at Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Friendswood, Texas with a reception following in Sterling Hall. All are welcome. The Rev. Geoff Gwynne officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at a private family service at a later date.
Robbie was born in Galveston, Texas on September 9th, 1939 to John and Evelyn “Chick” Criss. She graduated from Ball High School and went on to attend Sam Houston State University. She was a teacher at St. Barnabas Episcopal Day School in Houston for 13 years. Robbie was involved in many charities and was the volunteer Director since 1985 at Christian Helping Hands. “Scripture says we need to feed the hungry and the poor…Don’t we all want to do that?” Robbie once said. She had a servant’s heart and was known for her kindness and humor. She was very active as a member of Good Shepard Episcopal church serving as a vestry member, on the alter guild and prayer team. She enjoyed reading, embroidering and combing the beach. “I have sand between my toes, and love the history of Galveston and love the smell of salt”.
Robbie is preceded in death by her father, John Criss, mother, Evelyn Criss, husband, Jefferson “Mac” McDonald, and sister, Joyce Rawls.
Robbie is survived by her sister, Rita Scheer of Pearland, Texas, daughter, Zoe’ Cornwell and her husband Randy of Katy, Texas, son, Rush Crow of Pearland, Texas, grandson Zachary Cornwell and his wife Audrey of Dallas, Texas, granddaughter Skye Cornwell of Denver, Colorado, and granddaughter Shaeli Crow of Rosenberg, Texas and many other family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christian Helping Hands or Good Shepard Episcopal Church.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Heart to Heart Hospice, Good Shepard Episcopal Church, and the many friends of Robbie.
“Not by might nor by power but by my spirit” (Zechariah 4:6)
Laura Ann Bishop, loving wife and beloved mother and daughter left to be with her Lord and Maker on January 23, 2018. Laura was born in Ashtabula, Ohio in April 7, 1959 to Alton (Buss) and Diane Sherrick. Laura graduated from Edgewood Senior High School in 1977, then from Bowling Green State University in 1981 where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration. She was a Buyer for Sanger-Harris in Dallas and Foley’s in Houston from 1981 to 1991 and later became a Regional Sales Manager for Calphalon Corporation until her retirement in 2007.
On September 7, 1990, Laura married the love of her life Capt. Edward V. Bishop of Philadelphia, PA, who is currently employed with Helix. Together, they had their precious daughter Samantha, who is a graduate of Friendswood High School and attends college in Louisiana.
Laura was a loving, dedicated, attentive mother and wife. During her 27 years of marriage enjoyed many life adventures, traveling with the family to many countries around the world, enjoying scuba diving, hiking, exploring and just spending time together. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed her new hobby of scrapbooking. She was an active member of the Friendswood United Methodist Church where she avidly enjoyed Samantha’s participation in youth choir. Laura also enjoyed the years she spent mentoring elementary youth children through the church program, Kids Hope USA. Laura was a co-leader for a confirmation small group at the church and could be counted on to help with field trips, meetings, and activities with Samantha’s Girl Scout troop.
Laura was an amazing friend to many. She was very generous with her time and resources. She reached out to others when they needed encouragement and support. Laura was known for planning and hosting social activities to keep her friends and family members close and connected. She didn’t just talk about valuing relationships; she lived it out to the very end. She always tried to find something positive and lighthearted in whatever life threw at her.
Laura was preceded in death by: her son, Kevin Edward Bishop; brother, Bradley Sherrick; and father, Alton (Buss) Sherrick.
She is survived by her husband Capt. Edward V. Bishop; daughter, Samantha Bishop; mother, Diane Sherrick, and mother in law, Mary Louise Bishop and the best family dog, Ginger.
Laura’s devotion and firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Friends and family may donate in lieu of flowers in her name to one of her favorite charities: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the American Cancer Society, or MD Anderson.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mark Thomas Phillips, 69, passed from this earth on Monday, January 22, 2018, of an apparent heart attack in Waco, Texas. Mark, a twin, was born, on August 10, 1948 to Thomas Jefferson Phillips and Phyllis Norine Walker Phillips in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. He moved with his family to Odessa, Texas, in 1951, where he graduated from Odessa High School in 1967.
On his 19th birthday he joined the U.S. Navy and completed his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, Illinois. He became a part of the Naval Air Force, and served on the USS Lexington. Then he served a combat tour in Vietnam, first as an aircraft mechanic and then as a gunner with the Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron Three HA(L)-3 Seawolves in 1970-1971. Always a patriotic man, Mark was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy and was connected to his Vietnam brothers.
While stationed in Beeville, Texas, he met a young college student, Daralyn Hodges, the love of his life. They married on February 12, 1972 and together raised their four children, Shay Lynn, Kami Melissa, Derek Mark, and Tyler Garrett in Friendswood, Texas.
He was supportive of his children’s activities, whether over homework at the kitchen table or in sports as a coach on the sidelines. He was infinitely proud of their impressive academic and sports achievements.
Mark was “Uncle Mark” to several nieces and a nephew. Each time the family gathered, he was there with a big hug and lots of smiles and laughter. But perhaps his most cherished role of all was that of “Poppy” to his grandkids.
Mark began his career in a manufacturing plant using his Navy skills, then quickly found his niche in inventory control and, as it became computer based, so did he. In spite of never being fond of book learning, he attacked college curriculum to become an expert in the field of inventory management. From there, he became part of a rare breed, expanding into mainframe computers as well as training personnel on the IBM mainframes that took over the business world. In his last career move, he was the Information Technology Manager for Marathon Norco Aerospace in Waco, Texas dividing his time between Friendswood and Waco. He retired in 2017 but continued working with Marathon Norco as a consultant.
Mark is survived by his wife, Daralyn, of Pearland, and children, Shay Phillips of Houston; Kami Phillips Ranney (Brian) of Manvel; Derek Phillips (Tamara) of Friendswood; and Tyler Phillips of The Woodlands. He is also survived by grandchildren, Bryce, Sloane and Taylor Ranney and Jack and Julia Phillips. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Phyllis Hensley of Burnet, and twin sister Cheryl Kensing (Herb) of Willow Park.
He was preceded by a daughter, Dori, who died soon after birth; his brother, Kent Simmons; and his father, Thomas Phillips.
The family suggest gifts to honor Mark’s memory be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Organization.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200. Interment will take place at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
Following the service, the family welcomes everyone to gather and share memories at 1405 Merriewood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Phillips family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Ruth (Marshall) Robison, 82, of Friendswood, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018. She was born on April 25, 1935 in Jasper, TX to parents Theodore and Mary (Scarborough) Marshall.Mary Ruth spent her childhood and adolescence in the quaint, close-knit community of Jasper, where her family was among the first settlers and founders. She was an avid socialite, talented baton twirler and rodeo enthusiast. After the birth of her children, Mary Ruth and her husband moved to Friendswood, a place she loved and was proud to raise her children in. She worked in the banking and medical fields for decades and was praised by her coworkers for her strong ethic and impressive interpersonal skills. Mary Ruth felt blessed to have many great friends in her life, both in Jasper and Friendswood and her lifelong friendships meant the world to her. She was one of the founding members of the Friendswood Investment Group (FIG) and continued her work and friendships with her FIG ladies for over 30 years. Her life was rich in love, faith, and joy.
All who knew Mary Ruth were enamored with her magnetic personality and her ability make strangers into friends instantly. She was a beautiful woman who always dressed fashionably and with her own flair. Mary Ruth was a gifted storyteller and her accounts were often adapted to her audience with flourish and precise detail. Not only was Mary Ruth stunning and delightful, she was a pillar of strength and wisdom for her family and friends. Her intelligence, sharp wit and keen sense of humor were matched only by her resilience and fierce independence. Mary Ruth had a strong faith in God and there is no doubt that He has welcomed her in to the Kingdom of Heaven, where she is sure to bring her joy, charm and colorful stories to any Angel who will listen. May she rest in peace.
Mary is survived by her three children, Robert Hilton and wife Kristi of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Terra Stringfellow of Genova, Italy, Holli Podlewski and husband Curtis of Friendswood, her Grandchildren Robyn Lein and husband Rob of Austin, Matthew and Lauren Podlewski of College Station and Noah Muniz of Midland Odessa. She also had one Great Grandchild, Mateo Lein, age 1 year. Mary Ruth was known for her warmth, strength, and resilience. She was a gifted storyteller, beloved matriarch, and devoted friend.
Mary Ruth will be honored by a service at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Pastor Tim Shoulders officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at City Cemetery, 1299 N. Main St., Jasper TX 75951. A reception will follow at the Belle Jim Hotel, 160 N. Austin St., Jasper, TX 77591.
Condolences may be sent to the Robison family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Doris Doyon Massicott, 78, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018. She was born September 11, 1939 to Delphis and Rachel Doyon in St. Ludger, P.Q. Canada.
Doris was the youngest of 9 children. Her family moved to the US when she was 15 years old. She learned English while at Bristol High School in Bristol, CT. and graduated in 1958. She married Andre Jean Massicott on June 20, 1959 in a double ceremony with her sister Fleurette Doyon who married Andre’s brother, Marcel Massicotte. Doris and Andre (Andy) lived throughout the New England area and in 1970, they made their way with six children in tow to Houston and settled in the Sagemont area.
Doris was an artist and loved to paint. She was an accomplished figure skater in her youth. She also loved sewing, gardening, cooking, walking and sailing...garage “sailing” that is. She had a wonderful sense of humor and often had a great joke to share. She and Andy were avid travelers who journeyed throughout Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii and the rest of great USA. Doris had a servants heart and gave endlessly to her family, church and community.
Doris is survived by her sister Jackie, her sister Fleurette and brother in law Marcel, her brother in law Norm, her husband Andy and their oldest son Roger and his daughters Rachel and Allie; their son Louis and wife Donna and their daughters Erica and wife Hannah, Nora Trevino and husband Jason and their daughter Ella, Maegan Millet and husband Joshua and their daughter Andersyn; their only daughter Andrea and her children Gabrielle, Dominique and Andre; their son David and his wife Karin and their daughters Morgan and Audrey; their son Robert and his children Bryan and wife Ashley and their sons Holden and Hudson, Phillip, Brittini Haywood and her husband Justin and their children Kaelyn, Austin and Samuel, Jocelyn; and their youngest son James and his wife Lauretta and their daughters Emily and Amy.
Family and friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. with a memorial mass to follow at 10:00 A.M. and a reception after mass at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood, Dr. Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.
The family wishes to offer special thanks to the wonderful care givers at Absolute Hospice Inc. They provided compassionate care and love over the past several years.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Massicott family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Louis Mutina, Jr., 68, of Pearland, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Louis was born on July 23, 1949 in Rosenberg, TX to parents Louis and Olga (Jez) Mutina. Louis is survived by his wife Shirley, son Shane and his wife Rachel, and precious three granddaughters that where his pride and joy, Maddie, Ashy, and Emma; brothers and spouses, Johnny & Earl, Rickey and Suzan and son Little Rickey, Suzie and Tony and children Lauren and Jake, Jay and Marla, and David; Shirley’s siblings and spouses, Skip and Carol with son Rob and children Steven, David, Nick, Meagan; son, Rusty and wife Alysia with grandchildren Loch and Lilly; sister, Barbara and Dwight, son and wife Chris and Geneva. And finally beloved Mother-in-law, Dale Key.
Louis Mutina served his country for 32 years in the Air Force as part the Texas Air National Guard. Louis enjoyed his retirement the most getting to spend time and working to help his granddaughters with the livestock and poultry projects.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the 2018 McLennan County Sale of Champions. Louis was passionate about raising livestock and loved everything it taught young people. For the past 3 years he has been a contributor to the auction. He loved giving kids the chance to be a part of the great organization. Donations can be made to link below:
Donations can also be mailed to: McLennan County Jr Livestock Show, Attn: Cathy Wood/Louis Mutina Memorial, PO Box 8990, Waco, TX 76714.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 4:00 P.M., with family friend Hunter Morgan officiating.
Interment will be at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Meier Settlement Cemetery, 150 Meier Settlement, Riesel, TX 76682.
Condolences may be sent to the Mutina family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Gerald “Jerry” Vincent Maksymowski, 77, of Conroe, TX passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018. He was born October 16, 1940 to Vincent H. Maksymowski and Ruth VanStee Maksymowski in Cascade, MI.
Jerry was a loving husband and wonderful father. He always looked at the brighter side of life. He loved spending his time with family fishing, hunting, and truly enjoyed spending time with his wife and friends in Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Brian Joseph Maksymowki.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Patricia Ann Maksymowski; sons, Christopher Allen Maksymowski, Vincent James Maksymowski and Aaron Daniel Maksymowski; sisters, Joyce Maxim and Connie Reynolds; grandchildren, Christopher Frank Maksymowski and Vincent Joseph Hunter Maksymowski; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood, Friendswood, TX 77546. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Maksymowski family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Linda Jean (Corry) Bradshaw, age 56, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after an 11-month battle with cancer. She died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends and comforted by the loving thoughts of those not present.
Linda was born on Nov. 15, 1961, in Bethpage, NY, to H. Richard “Dick” and A Elaine (Jennings) Corry. She attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s in English Literature.
Linda’s passion was helping others learn. She begin her career in college, helping fellow students with writing and reading skills at the on-campus Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC). After graduating, she became Director of SLAC. Many of the students who worked for Linda at during this time became teachers in their respective fields, a testimony to her inspiration and leadership. Upon leaving SLAC, Linda began a distinguished 26-year career in educational assessment. Linda’s management and content expertise helped develop quality products at Riverside Publishing, ETS, and NWEA. At the time of her death, Linda was Vice President of Education Content Products for Certica Solutions.
Despite these many accomplishments, Linda was most proud of her children—daughter Skyler, son Claburn and stepson Ben—in whom she instilled her love of learning, laughter and serving others. She also spent as much time as possible with her beloved granddaughter Taylor. Watching her children’s and granddaughter’s personalities and talents evolve was her constant delight.
For the past 17 years, Linda and her family have lived in Friendswood, Texas, where she was active in both the local Rotary Club and in her church, The Harbor. She made many wonderful friends in the area. Linda shared her educational expertise with them, helping many of their children improve their learning habits and their performance in school. She also shared her skills with the adults in her life as she helped her small bible study group interpret the meaning of C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.
And Linda loved to entertain. She sustained a large, long-running Bunco group with her sister Kathy, hosted many small group Bible studies, and was known for her annual costume parties for both Halloween and Christmas. Her favorite activity, however, was family game night, attended only by Skyler, Claburn and Clay, her husband of 26 years.
In the months following her diagnosis, the natural environment surrounding Linda’s home was a source of great joy to her. She nurtured a wide variety of plants, enjoyed the yellow-crested night herons that nested in the trees above her house, and was ever entertained by the family cats, Lynx, Bob and Spencer. During her final days, she watched the sunlight filtering through the large picture windows in her living room, and even caught a glimpse of her favorite bird, a brilliant red male cardinal.
Linda is survived by husband Walter Claburn “Clay” Bradshaw of Friendswood; daughter Skyler Nicole Waychoff; son Richard Claburn Bradshaw of Friendswood; stepson Benjamin Robert Bradshaw and granddaughter Taylor Bradshaw of Beebe, Ark.; sister Barbara Calderone and husband Sam of Pittsburgh; sister Kathy Caton and husband Bob of Friendswood; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Jacque Corry, and nephews Sean and Bobby Caton.
Linda was deeply loved and will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, at two o’clock in the afternoon at The Harbor, 2821 W. Parkwood FM 528, Friendswood, TX 77546. A private interment will be held with the family.
A scholarship in Linda’s name is being established at Texas State University. Details for contributing to the scholarship fund will be added to this obituary on www.jeterfuneralhome.com once they are available. In lieu of the flowers, donations may be made to this fund, or to the charity of your choice.
Elinda Lou Smith Hoff Dittmar passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home in Webster, Texas with her beloved husband, Frank Dittmar by her side. Elinda was born February 17, 1941 to her late parents Sadie Edna Purdom Smith and Carl Dewey Smith.
Lin, as many called her, was a member of the first graduating class of South Houston High School in 1959. She attended Lillie Jolly School of Nursing in 1961. She then attended Braniff Flight Attendant School and worked for the airlines through 1963. On her flight route from Houston through Chicago she met Thomas Hoff and they married in 1963 and had two sons, Thomas Keith Hoff and Daniel Joseph Hoff. Lin raised her sons in the Houston area and worked for Trunkline Gas Pipeline and was a very active volunteer with the Braniff Clipped Wings organization. She then became a pharmaceutical representative and covered the Houston area from 1977 through her retirement in 2001. On the side Lin enjoyed being an Avon representative. In April of 1997 Lin married the Love of her Life, Frank Dittmar. They shared their love for traveling, camping, & spending time with their grandchildren. Lin adored her grandchildren and her favorite moments was watching them play their sports or attending dance events. She was also blessed with many friends, old and new.
Lin will be remembered for being a devoted mother, grandmother & friend, how proud she was of her family, the strength & courange she showed through raising her sons, building her careers and her hard fought battle with cancer, and most special was her love for Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lin is survied by her husband; siblings, Rhana K. Williams and Carl Smith; children, Thomas Hoff and wife Tammy, Daniel Hoff and wife Kimberly, Frank Dittmar and wife Chrissy, Mark Dittmar and wife Kelly, Amanda Janton and husband Jeremy; grandchildren, Daniel Hoff, Thomas M. Hoff, Ryan Hoff, Jessica Hoff, Kirsti Roberts, Sean Roberts, Michael Dittmar, Christa Dittmar, Shane Dittmar, Faith Dittmar, Lillian Howard, Sage Stevens, Benjium Dittmar, Sarah Dittmar, Bailey Janton, and Sarah Jantonn; greatgrand Children, Shay Dittmar; nieces, Sonya Smith, Deborah Smith, Jenny Carter; nephew, Darren Williams; numerous counsins and a long list of friends.
Heaven has gained the most beautiful Angel who will continue to watch over us & guide us with her love.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Gateway Church, 760 Clear Lake City Blvd, Webster, Texas 77598, with Pastor Tom Louis officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Dittmar family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Ronald Selton Kickler, a retired pharmacist with a long history serving customers at HEB, Randalls, Apple Tree and Safeway stores, died January 16, 2018, at age 65 at his home in Friendswood. Ron was born August 7, 1952, in Pasadena, Texas, to Selton Noble Kickler and Helen Cates Kickler. After graduating from Pasadena High School in 1970, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1974 and graduated from the University’s School of Pharmacy in 1976.
Ron was always kind to his pharmacy customers, giving them a few extra minutes to talk when he could. His listening was much appreciated, which was never more clear than during the holidays every year, when he’d bring home stacks of cards and plates full of baked goods and boxes of candy.
Ron married Ann Walters in 1974, and in 1977 they welcomed a daughter, Sarah. They later divorced. He married Maureen Jones in 1985, becoming father to Matthew. Ron and Maureen married again, for good measure, in 1996, and lived in Pearland and Friendswood over the course of their laughter-filled relationship. Ron was passionate about “Star Wars” and J.R.R. Tolkien, rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy annually, and he taught his kids it was cool to be a nerd (before it was actually cool to be a nerd).
Ron was preceded in death by his wife Maureen in 2015; his parents; and his brother, John Kickler.
Survivors include his daughter Sarah Kickler Kelber of Salem, Oregon; son Matthew Jones of Friendswood, Texas; son-in-law Judah Kelber and grandsons Isaac and Aaron Kelber, all of Salem, Oregon.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Gale Town officiating. Please do not even consider wearing a tie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org, where he was a lifelong, multi-gallon donor.
Bryan Wayne Denham, 60, of Alvin, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Bryan was born on October 30, 1957 in Houston to parents William and Dahlia (Busby) Denham. He started his career at a young age of 17 at Reid Electric. He continued his passion with electric working for Atec electric, Appelt electric, Wood Group, and finished his career out as a journeyman with the City of Alvin. He was an active member of the Sons of American Legion. Brian was a kind, hard-working, and committed friend to all. He loved being around his family and friends. His kind heart was known by all and many confided in him to keep a secret or to help solve a problem. He would give the shirt off of his back or his last dollar to help a friend in need. He loved telling jokes, making people laugh, and had a smile that could light up a room.
Bryan was a wonderful dad and grandfather. He was young at heart and enjoyed being around kids and accepted all of them as his own. He would take them fishing or bike riding around Alvin. He enjoyed driving his Kubota or his golf cart and would give any willing participant a ride anywhere. Being outdoors was a favorite of his. He would spend all night by a fire to smoke a brisket to feed his family and friends or spend his time camping in the woods or on the beach.
Bryan left a lasting impression on everyone that cannot be replaced. He will be loved and missed by all that knew him and the memories he created will be treasured forever.
Bryan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dahlia Denham; and brother, William Scott Denham.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Denham; son, Jesse Denham; daughter, Andrea Mangold and husband Jason; beloved grandchildren, Mekenzie, Wyatt and Ty Mangold; brother, Steven Denham and wife Kathy; sister, Donna Rahimi and husband Reza; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews; and his closest and dearest friends, Claudia Reid-Jackson, Howard Sutter and Sherry Rose.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 10:00 A.M., with Rev. Reza Rahimi officiating. Interment will be at Confederate Cemetery at a later time.
Condolences may be sent to the Denham family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jeter Memorial Funeral Home is family owned and managed by Greg Jeter since it was established on February 15, 1995 by Greg Jeter and has proudly served the Friendswood, Alvin, Pearland, Clear Lake, Houston and League City, Texas areas with all of your funeral needs. If we can be of assistance, please call us at 281-992-7200.