Denice Rachele Hollis

Denice Rachele Hollis, 57, passed away on January 22, 2015 in Pasadena, Texas. She was born on March 12, 1957 in Houston, Texas to Leland Dicks and Clara Odom. A celebration of life for Denice will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00pm

Marilyn Stevens

Dollie Marilyn Oliver-Stevens, 70, of Pasadena, Texas passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Marilyn was born in Merced, CA on July 18, 1944 to William (Bud) & Wanda Oliver.  The traditional obituary could be written, but those who knew her best, know that wouldn’t be Mom – Mom had a fun spirit and a great sense of humor, and she could find humor in most everything. Her younger years were spent in Heavener, OK; her teen years in Houston, TX – it’s here where she met and married Charles Edward Stevens.  They were united in marriage for over 50 years and separated only by death 3 months before their 51st wedding anniversary. Their union created 5 incredibly awesome children (we can say that because we’re writing this): Charlie, Evelyn (Sissy), William (Billy), James and Eugena (Gina), 10 beautiful grand-children, and 7 super-awesome great-grand-children.  Let’s be real, no one really cares where we all live.  Oh, and you should know Charlie was her favorite (spoiler alert:  parents really do have these). Mom was an optimist and taught us to be the same.  Optimistically, we’re sure our Father and brother James, her Mom and Dad, our Dear Aunt Grace, her grandson Angel, and countless others greeted her in heaven.  We know the others should be named, but let’s be real – all these words are expensive and Mom was a bargain shopper. Mom would want you to know she passed-away at home of natural causes.  Although, she did do it with a little more flare than Dad. Her passing was both sudden and unexpected, just like her sense of humor. We want you to know Mom was well-read and one of the smartest people we knew.  In fact, she always said the first book she ever read cover-to-cover was the English Dictionary.  She was a human dictionary; she could spell and knew the meaning to most every word known to man. Her youngest (Gina) frequently tested her against the dictionary and found that Mom was always right. We also want you to know just how talented Mom was – she could literally make and do anything out of just about everything.  Her creations were only limited by her own imagination.  She also loved sharing her talents and knowledge by teaching others what she knew.  She was a very patient teacher. Mom played the piano and often filled the house with music.  A favorite she played was the Entertainer (she also played Chopsticks like nobody’s business).  Mom could play the clarinet, harmonica and recorder (go ahead, be jealous – we couldn’t master it as kids either). Mom was multilingual…okay, this really applies to a few choice words (you know, the words we’re all taught not to repeat).  Aside from English, she could read, write and speak French proficiently; her favorite phrase was “je t’aime.” When she thanked you, it was usually in German with “danke schoen.”  With that, we want your mind to be filled with her other love, Wayne Newton… “danke schoen, darling danke schoen …” (Let’s see how long it takes to get that song out of your head.) Speaking of music and love, she also loved Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.  She’d always play music on the radio or stereo.  But when she jammed, she jammed on 8-track to Queen! She loved all kinds of music.  Mom could also sing and her voice was beautiful.  None of us inherited this talent (our voices are only beautiful in the shower). Mom had the greenest of thumbs and could make anything grow.  This past year, Mom planted the seed from every avocado Sissy bought for her.  On a side note, if you’re interested in an avocado plant, we’re having a 2-for-1 sale at her memorial service.  (Not really people!) Her talents and knowledge didn’t stop there…Mom loved to knit, crochet, and sew (she even made uniforms and costumes at Astroworld).  She’s made a multitude of beautiful afghans, quilts and doilies in her life.  She’d usually create her own patterns, first on paper and then, as if magically, by hand.  She could draw, color, paint, do pottery, ceramics, macramé, and even build furniture, greenhouses, yard decks, dog houses and more.  You name it, MOM COULD DO IT! (Except cook – well, she could cook, but she was an expert at take-out).  In the end, it was her love of knitting, crocheting and sewing that kept her the happiest.  She left us her vast collection of yarn, thread, fabrics and everything in-between, having passed down her knowledge, these items will go to good use to children and grand-children alike. In addition to her talents, Mom was also brave.  Very few things scared her, although she loved scaring everyone else.  In her stealthy Mom-like ways, she’d sneak up on you and grab or goose you when you least expected it, and laugh while you jumped and squealed (or screamed).  Her bravery could be acts big or small, but usually it was saving one of us kids from something.  Over the years we’d find a snake in the backyard and she’d come rescue us.  Billy said she’d grab the garden hoe, and well, no more snake. As mentioned, Mom was well-read and the world was always at her fingertips – she loved National Geographic.  But it was when the world-wide-web arrived that her world opened up even more. She blew through more keyboards than Wal-Mart could stock.  Speaking of Wal-Mart, she liked that place because she could buy a little bit of everything there.  Sissy would tell you she liked it a little too much.  Their sales may suffer as a result of her passing. We want you to know Mom was funny and smart.  Mom never met a stranger and would help anyone, anytime.  What we loved most about Mom was she kept life real.  She never tried to be more than who she was, and she always seemed to be comfortable in her own skin.  By her own hands and imagination, she showed us it was possible to do anything, and she also told us we could be anything we wanted.  She never limited us. Mom taught us to love everyone regardless of race, color or creed.  She taught us tolerance where little existed and taught us not to judge.  She always said, “Everyone is going through something and until you walk in their shoes…”  She’d also said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”  She told us she loved us every day, even on those days when she didn’t like us too much.  And even on those days, her hugs were plentiful. To this end, it’s time to say goodbye, Mom.  You left us too soon and we were not ready to say goodbye.  Sadly, we all must bid you adieu. If you’d like to join us, a memorial service honoring our Mom is being held at 1 PM on Saturday, January 24th at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas.   P.S. – Mom didn’t like funerals and at her request you will not see her there.  When the weather and time is right, her ashes will be spread to the winds at sea.  Ecclesiastes 3:20.

Lena Palazzo

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Lena Palazzo, 86, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Lena was born on February 6, 1928, in Bryan, TX to Joseph & Mary Catalina.  Lena married Charles “Carm” Palazzo on November 29, 1947 and they had 4 wonderful daughters. Proceeded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years.. She is survived by daughters; Lucy Marie Woods & husband Eddie, Linda Palazzo, Grace Weaver & husband Tom, and Mary Gathright; grandchilden: Patrick, Chad, Justin, Pamela, Samantha and Sara; and 14  great grandchildren.  Lena was a loving wife, mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma. She was a generous person who readily helped anyone needing help.   She was a great homemaker who dabbled in Real Estate and loved working in the yard. She will be dearly missed by all.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00am Friday, January 23rd, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Mallorie Amber Treviño

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Miss Mallorie Amber Treviño, 20, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2015, in the comfort of her home, with her beloved family by her side.

Mallorie is preceded in death by her uncle Eduardo San Miguel, Jr.  Mallorie is survived by her parents, Michael and Elizabeth Treviño, younger sister Michaela Treviño; great grandmother “Momo” Maria Balboa; paternal grandparents Martin Treviño, Norma & Carlos Martinez; maternal grandparents Eduardo San Miguel, Sr., Esmeralda San Miguel; uncles Armando and wife Veronica Treviño, Marcus Treviño, and JC Martinez; Aunts Connie San Miguel and Azalia San Miguel, along with many cousins, family members and friends.

Mallorie was born May 23, 1994 in Pasadena, Texas.  She graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 2012, and was enrolled in San Jacinto College pursuing a degree, when she began her battle with cancer.
Mallorie was a talented and passionate dancer and spent much of her time teaching dance to young kids and teenagers. She loved music, singing, dancing, acting silly and always had a beautiful smile on her face.

Mallorie enjoyed life to the fullest not allowing anyone around her to be sad,  she will be remembered by all who knew her for her courageous spirit and love for humanity.  Her journey has helped provide awareness and encouragement to many and their families.  Her life was not in vein, she has left a lasting impression on all who knew her and has touched many souls.  She taught people that it’s okay to laugh at yourself, to not give up on life, and love unconditionally.  Benefits held in her honor helped contribute to charitable causes, such as the National Brain Tumor Society, as well as many personal contributions.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 23, 2015, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Clear Lake Christian School – 14325 Crescent Landing Drive, Houston 77062. The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 24, also held at Clear Lake Christian School. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

Dasey Louise Stephens

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Dasey Louise Stephens of Houston, Texas, died January 18, 2015 at her home of 2 years, The Lakehouse on Dixie at the age of 83. Dasey was born April 6, 1931, in Cross Cut, TX to Clarence Homer Stephens and Mary Elizabeth Lamb. Stephens graduated from Breckenridge High School in Breckenridge, Texas and was a 50 year active member of Order of The Eastern Star – Pearland Chapter 1065. She held a 20 year career with the law firm of Vinson and Elkins where she retired in 1992.  Those that knew her would describe her as a strong, witty and generous woman. Her legacy will live on in the many lives she touched and she will be dearly missed.

Dasey is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Homer Stephens and Mary Elizabeth Lamb Stephens,  daughter, Marcella Christine Bell, son, Jackie Eugene Bell, and  brothers, James “Jim” Homer Stephens, Robert Buster “Bob” Stephens, Billy Arthur Stephens, Paul Edward Stephens, and Bobby Joe Stephens.

Survivors include her son, Sammy Lee Bell and his wife Keitha Ann Bell of Pearland Texas, Daughter-in-law Jeanne Marie Bell of Pearland Texas, along with six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel in Houston. A graveside service will follow at 12:30pm at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Dwaine Eugene Cooper

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Dwaine Eugene Cooper passed away on January 18, 2015 at the age of 85.  His life and legacy are celebrated by his wife of over 55 years, Jeanette I. Cooper, son Trent E. Cooper of The Woodlands, his wife Angela and daughter Kayli, son Neal F. Cooper of Pasadena and his wife Deborah and their daughter Courtney, daughter Michele R. Perez of Pasadena and her husband Art and their children Victoria, Katelyn, and Gentry, daughter Amy D. Bodie of La Porte and her husband Paul and son Corey.  Additionally, he is survived by his sister Claudia Hyden of Houston, and numerous other nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents William and Thelma Cooper of Houston, and brother Alan Cooper of Houston.

A man of devout faith and Godly principle, he was a member of Storehouse Fellowship in Pasadena, and Spring Baptist Church in Spring, Texas and Praise Chapel in Webster, Texas.

He was an endowed member of Park Place Masonic Lodge #1172, and Park Place Order of the Eastern Star #731.  He was also an active member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Shrine.

Together with his wife Jeanette, Dwaine made his home in Houston, raised their four children, and established a career in Transportation, having retired from the Railroad, and in later years from Pennzoil.

He served as a Corporal in the Military Police during the Korean War conflict, from which he received an honorable discharge for his dedicated service to our country.

During his lifetime, he was a Sea Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, and served on various other community organizations.

He will be lovingly missed by all who knew him.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 20th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the service celebrating Dwaine’s life will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 21st all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Donald Lee Fore

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Donald Lee Fore of League City went home to be in the presence of our Lord on January 14, 2015.

Don was born on September 23, 1938 in Wichita Falls, Texas to George Travis and Ila Mae Fore. Don served his country proudly in the United States Army and was then assigned to duty at the White House in Washington, DC. For forty plus years of his life, Don was a construction superintendent and was well known and respected throughout the construction community. Don is remembered for his generosity and his warm outgoing personality. He enjoyed cooking for his family and friends and many of us enjoyed his hospitality and good cheer. He loved reading, watching college football, and most of all, his family.

He is survived by his wife Dixie of League City, Texas; his son Bret and wife Susan of College Station, Texas; daughter Michele Roark and husband Ryan of Ft. Worth, Texas; son Jason and wife Jessica, daughter Kimberly Owens and husband Wade, his nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren whom he dearly loved, brother Sonny and wife LaMarylis of Gainsville, Texas; sister Melba Hammer of Denton, Texas; and sister Sandra Covington and husband Ron of Ft. Worth, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

The home-going celebration for Don will be Saturday, January 17th at 2:00PM at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in Don’s memory to the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.  https://www.calfarley.org/donate/Pages/default.aspx.

Sherry Ann Munden

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Sherry Ann Munden, age 58 of Friendswood, Texas died un-expectantly on Tuesday Jan. 13th 2015. She joins her Mother and father, Margaret and Theron Ridgway, along with her beloved husband Barry Munden of 35 years, in heaven. Sherry was a devoted Christian and we know she is rejoicing with the lord.

Sherry was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 6th 1956. She went on to graduate from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1974. Shortly thereafter on July 6th 1974, she married her high school sweet heart Barry Munden and traveled with him to Germany where he was serving in the U.S. ARMY. Two years later, while still in Germany, they welcomed their first child, Jason, into the world.  After returning to the U.S. they welcomed their second child Charles in 1979, and their third bundle of joy Amanda in 1980. Then in 1999 she graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelors in Special Education. She went on to teach at Longfellow Elementary followed by Wedgewood Elementary in 2001 and most recently PH Green Elementary. She was currently pursuing her Master’s Degree but unfortunately that was cut short.

Sherry left behind three children and seven grandchildren. Jason Munden with his three children, Kayla, Devon, and Jase. Charles Munden with his two children, Kaleb and Riliegh. And Amanda Byrd with her two children, Seth and Alyssa. She also left behind her two siblings, Mike and Paul Ridgway.

Sherry was a devoted wife, a caring mother, a loving grandmother, a loyal friend, a dedicated teacher, but most of all she was a sweet, gentle, generous soul that was taken from this world too soon. She always brought joy and happiness to everyone she met and you rarely saw her without a smile on her face. She loved her family as well as her home away from home as a dyslexia teacher. She enjoyed helping others and spreading the word of God. She was a wonderful woman and she will be missed dearly by those close to her.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The funeral service celebrating Sherry’s life will be held at 11:00am Monday, January 19, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Friendswood, 111 East Heritage Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Jack Idoux

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Jack Idoux, 85, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. He was born in Alvin, Texas on Dec. 19, 1929, the youngest of 9 children of Rudy and Luella Idoux, Jack was the last surviving child at the age of 85.  Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was beloved by all that knew him.

Jack is survived by his wife, Jerre Idoux; son, Steve Idoux and wife Tammy, daughter Dixie Ward, and son Gary Idoux and wife Kelly; niece Analisa Taggert and husband Ron; as well as grandchildren, Kyle Whitlock, Lauren Diamond, Quest and Talon Idoux, and Gary Idoux Jr.  Jack was also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren, Kayla Yoshioka, Kristyn Whitlock and Reese and Benton Diamond, and Blake Taggert.

Jack attended Alvin Public Schools, earning many honors including the coveted American Legion Medal given to outstanding students.  He was captain of both the football and basketball teams – playing in the 1947 Texas High School All-Star Basketball Game – and named the Best-All-Around Athlete of Alvin High School in 1946.  He attended Allen Military Academy in Bryan where he continued his interest in sports and graduated from LSU Banking School in 1961.

Jack was in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War in the Psychological Warfare Wing, and attended school at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  He joined the staff at Alvin State Bank after his service in 1954 and was rapidly promoted and was also extremely active in the community and civic affairs in Brazoria County throughout his career.  Jack moved to Pearland State Bank in 1964 to be an executive vice president and remained at Pearland State Bank for over 47 years, retiring from the bank in 2012 at the age of 82.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The funeral service celebrating Jack’s life will be held at 10:00am Friday, January 16, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 611 W. South St., Alvin, Texas, with interment following at Oak Park Cemetery in Alvin.

Serving the family as pallbearers are Dave Diamond, Gary Idoux, Jr. Quest Idoux, Talon Idoux, Clay Weimer and Kyle Whitlock.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. David Armbruster, Bob Campbell, Jim Duke, Dr. Lloyd Ferguson, Larry Loessin and Bobby Wilcox.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to Methodist Children’s Home, 111 Herring Ave., Waco, TX 76708, 888-964-9226, www.mch.org.

Vivian Deon (Blanton) Dooley

Vivian Deon Blanton Dooley, 87, of Hardin, TX, formerly of Freeport, TX passed away on January 11, 2015.  She was born to the late James Franklin Blanton & Mary Frances Carter Blanton on April 24, 1927 in Booneville, Arkansas. Before retiring, she was employed with Wyatt’s Cafeteria for approximately 30 years.  She had a great passion for animals, especially raising her dogs and race horses.  She enjoyed cooking for others and loved sharing her goodies with many in the community. Vivian is survived by the father of her children; Pete Lawrence of Plainview, TX; 3 children; Karen Barnhart & husband Ricky of Hardin, TX; Steven Lawrence & wife Kathy of Porter, TX and Michael Lawrence & wife Pam of Houston, TX; 8 Grandchildren; D’Etta Casto-DeLeon, Vivica Castro, Daryl Dowlearn, Tammy Fendley, Tasha Burdick, Desiree’ Rokovich, Matthew Lawrence and Traci Lawrence and 13 Great-Grandkids with one on the way. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Norman Dooley, 9 brothers and 2 sisters and her adopted daughter Shurline Wright.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, TX 77505.