On March 23, 2015, Mary Lois Rhodes, 77, went to be with the Lord. She was born March 25, 1937 in Sweeny, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents Betty Ann (Findley) and Plummer Stevens Orr, her older sister Betty Marie Marshall, and younger brother Mack Stevens Orr. She is survived by her loving husband Eugene E. Porter, her sister and best friend Mattie Louise Rollins, and her two children, son David Rhodes, daughter Rhonda Lee Crocker, son-in-law Charles Alan Crocker, and grandsons Chase Alan and Bryce David Crocker. She was an endearing delight to many nieces and nephews, Randy Rollins, Ann Hering, Art Kelm, Susan Arrazola, Tracy Biggs, Joel Orr, Jason Orr, and Steve Orr, sister-in-law Audrey Verver and brother-in-law Denny Marshall. She also loved her numerous great-nieces and nephews and many cousins, and extended family.
Mary graduated from Sweeny High School in 1955. She attended the University of Houston shortly after she graduated from high school. She majored in business and got her first job as an accounting clerk.
From 1968-1979, Mary lived in Huffman where she raised her family. Mary loved her children, Rhonda and David, more than anything in the world which she told them often. Living on Lake Houston, she enjoyed swimming, boat riding and the outdoors.
Mary had many passions in her life. She was an entrepreneur and owned two small businesses. For a number of years, 1980-1992 she owned and ran the Mayfair Pantry in the Anderson-Mayfair Hotel affiliated with M.D. Anderson Hospital. It was here that she had the opportunity to meet celebrities such as Red Skelton and Amanda Blake, but more than that, she had the opportunity to encourage many who were receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center and their families. She was always happy and upbeat. Socializing and cheering people up was one of her many gifts!
Mary loved big band music and ballroom dancing. She loved to go to the Petroleum Club, Lakewood Yacht Club and other local venues to hear live music and dance with her husband Gene and many friends. She loved to get dressed up and socialize.
For many years, 1985-2010, Mary was a freelance photographer and videographer. She loved capturing life in film and video. Along with her close friend, Gene Smith, they photographed and videotaped many weddings, depositions, recitals, and other events. Later, she worked in the Tax Department for the City of Pasadena, where she retired in 2005.
Mary was also a wonderful Grandmother to Chase Alan and Bryce David. The grandsons knew her as “Nana” and she was an awesome Nana. She was crazy about those boys. She attended all their various activities, including soccer games, scouting events, orchestra and choir concerts. The thing that made her the most proud was that she able to see them both come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – she was there for both of their baptisms. They miss her greatly!
It is hard to imagine life without Mary. While death is a part of life, we are very sad, but not in despair. We know that we will see her again because she believed in Jesus Christ. Mary loved God and her spirit came from him. She was a blessing to so many and now she is blessed with an eternal life in heaven. We know in our hearts, she is in heaven celebrating with Gran, Pappy, Betty Marie, Mack, Alex, Gene, Alma Jean, Patsy and many other friends and family. We can only imagine that now she is doing one of her favorite things, which is dancing to beautiful music in heaven!
Thank you for all the prayers and for reaching out to us. It has meant so much!
The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will commence on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10am with the interment to follow at Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, Texas at 2pm.