Gloria Van Gilder

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Gloria Eudora Goatcher Van Gilder, 77, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016. She was born March 4, 1938 to Archie Goatcher and Lucille Ragsdale Goatcher in Sikeston, Missouri.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 37 years, John Richard Van Gilder, son Jack Morris Terry III, step-son Richard Ellis Van Gilder, step-daughter Susie Van Gilder Ortiz, daughter-in-law Angela Rollins Van Gilder, and granddaughters Abbie Ortiz, and Audrey Van Gilder.

Gloria enjoyed spending quality time with her friends, family and cats. She loved to read, write, dance with John to the tunes of Big Bands, and listen to talk radio. Gloria was a talented pianist and published author. During her university days, she was a twirler in the Houston Cougar band.

Gloria spent her professional career serving others. She taught business classes at San Jacinto University with Parker Williams. Gloria managed the Human Resources department at Memorial Southwest Hospital. She lovingly referred to her co-workers at Memorial as her extended family. Gloria would proudly tell you of her greatest professional accomplishment co-owning Records, Etc, an attorney’s records service, with her husband John for 28 years.

Gloria was a caring friend, a devoted co-worker, a loving mother, and a gracious and adoring wife.

Joyce King Eddlemon

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Joyce King Eddlemon, 90, known to her loved ones as “Nanny”, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Joyce was born on her dear granny’s farm in Georgetown, Texas on November 1, 1925. She lived most of her early life in Houston, with a brief stay in Texon where she graduated from Reagan County High School, afterwards returning to Houston to work as a typist for Western Union. On December 7, 1943 she married the love of her life, James King, following him to Washington, Florida, and Texas as James proudly served in the US Navy and Joyce served in the Civil Air Patrol. The happy couple was blessed with four children, and the family eventually settled in Houston where James worked for Robertson Tank Lines. Joyce spent most of her professional career in the Yellow Pages department of Southwestern Bell. After years of happy family life, Joyce and her children lost James in 1969. Joyce later found joy in her marriage to Roy Eddlemon, of Houston. As a dedicated and loving wife Joyce patiently cared for Roy during his protracted battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s until his death in 1995.

Joyce united her large and diverse family with her boundless love and generous spirit. She opened her home as the gathering place for family events, reunions, and holiday celebrations. Her grandchildren fondly remember spending time with her playing dominos, making dolls and other crafts, and fishing on Lake Livingston. Joyce also offered her home and her heart to her community. She freely embraced friends, neighbors, and even strangers whenever they were in need. She hosted church gatherings, quilting bees, and welcomed foreign exchange students into her home. She was a dedicated member of Southeast Church of Christ for over 30 years, and she lovingly served her community in a variety of ways such as driving ill patients to and from medical treatments, and sewing clothing for hospitalized infants and for needy children in impoverished nations. Joyce also reached people through her passion for creating art. She was a talented painter, a gifted quilter, and renowned porcelain doll maker.

Joyce is preceded in death by husband James Lowell King, husband Roy Arvil Eddlemon, daughter Sue Ellen King Carlisle, and grandson William Bradley Taylor. She is survived by son James Vaughn King, daughter Elizabeth Pearl King Bailey, daughter Nora Ann King Rodriguez, grandchildren Ashley, Tim, Jim, Leah, Melissa, Tara, Tracy, Jeremiah, and Heather, fourteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Saturday, February 6, at Niday Funeral Home, where visitation begins at 10:00am, with the service starting at 11:00am. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Lawanda Bevill

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Lawanda Jean Bevill was born in Houston, Texas December 10, 1927 and went to be with the lord February 3, 2016. Lawanda has been a long time Houston resident and was active in the community. Lawanda is preceded in death by her lifelong love of 67 years, Gordon, and is survived by many extended family members. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, family and faith were the focus of her life. Lawanda and Gordon were members of Christian Temple Assembly of God Church.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, February 8, 2016, and a final celebration of Lawanda’s life will be at 11:00am Tuesday, February 9, 2016, all held at Niday Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

James “Jim” Humerickhouse

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James Arden Humerickhouse or “Jim” or “Hummie” (as his wife refers to him) went to be with the Lord Saturday January 30, 2016. Jim is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandy Humerickhouse , his two children, daughter Kyle Holmes of Pasadena, Texas and son Michael Fay of Waxahachie, Texas. In addition to his children he is survived by his daughter-in-law Monica Fay, grandchildren Melissa, Hayden, Jordan, Meredith and great-granddaughter Danielle. Jim is also survived by many friends whom he loved greatly.

Jim was born on September 30, 1934 to Willis and Margaret Humerickhouse in Dover, Ohio. He was the youngest of three siblings which included his brother Alyn and sister Janet.

Jim was drafted in the Army February of 1957 and served in the 9th Infantry Division through November of 1959. For last two years of his service, Jim was stationed in Alaska on the Kenia Peninsula. He served his rank as an E-4 in a technical capacity with Army intelligence during the cold war with Russia. Upon honorable discharge he moved back to Ohio.

Jim spent most of his professional career as a seismic technician centered in the oil explorations field. His work took him all over the world including Australia, New Guinea and up and down the Amazon River.

In 1969 he met his wonderful wife Sandy along with his new children Kyle and Mike. Jim and Sandy would wed in January of 1970 and begin a life together. Jim’s work immediately took him and his new family abroad to places like South America and Mexico but, would eventually make their way back to the U.S. in 1973. Upon returning to the U.S. Jim and Sandy settled down in in Pasadena, Texas where they would live out their lives through Jim’s recent passing.

The memorial service honoring Jim’s life will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Parkgate Community Church, 3715 Preston Avenue, Pasadena 77505.

Thomas “Gene” Quinones

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Thomas Eugene Quinones “Gene, or Papa Gene”, 60, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning January 30, 2016. He was born Houston, Texas on July 14, 1955 and one of six children to Edward and Esther Quinones.

He is survived by his devoted loving wife of 42 years Mary Ann Quinones, his son Thomas Eugene Quinones II, his daughter Regena her husband Paul Ratcliff and granddaughters Avery and Haley, sister Pauline Quinones and brother Edward Quinones II.

Thomas is preceded in death by both his parents, sisters Gloria Matamoros, Henrietta Rodriguez, brother Raymond Quinones.

Thomas loved his family and friends dearly. Mary Ann was dedicated to Gene and always gave him that best of care. He always said the he didn’t know what he would do without her. His pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends always telling stories, and making people laugh. Even with his disabilities he was still taking classes to learn more about computers. He also enjoyed his metro adventures with his friends. Thomas was the type of person who never met a stranger. He was always there for a family or friend who was in need.

Thomas was an inspiration to his family and friends. No matter his circumstances he always tried to have a positive attitude and make plans for future vacations and local outings.

Family and friends may pay their respects Monday, February 1, 2016, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for viewing and visitation. A service will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, February 2, 2016, both will be held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Jo Hinton

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Jo Hinton was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on March 5, 1936. She went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2016. She graduated high school in Borger, Texas in 1954 and later married Jim “the love of her life” on July 16, 1954. She had two wonderful sons and a granddaughter who was more of a daughter to her. She lived her life where her family and friends were everything. She never met a stranger, always going out of her way to be the “hostess with the mostess.” Living her life as a true Christian and serving the church teaching Sunday school, coordinating weddings, WMU, & Mission on Wheels. Jo never neglected to say, “I just love you so much.” She was blessed to be loved by so many, she will be missed greatly.

She is preceded in death by her parents John Henry and Lucy Venus Allison, sister, Joy Lewis, and two brothers, Paul Allison and Richard Allison.

Jo is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Hinton, sister Betty Payne, sister-in-law Anna Allison.

Son Richard Hinton, wife Brenda, granddaughter Allison Kidd, husband Justin, great-grandchildren Jordan and Katie.

Son Scott Hinton, wife Susan, grandchildren Jason Otts, wife Jennifer, Brian Otts, wife Brandi, great-grandchildren Jaden, Jocelyn, and Bristol.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 7:00pm Tuesday, February 2, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home. The service celebrating Jo’s life will be at 11:00am Wednesday, February 3, at South Main Baptist Church. Interment will privately be held at Grand View Memorial Park.

Duane Sterling

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Duane Edward Sterling passed away January 28, 2016. He was born in Houston, Texas on December 5, 1969 to the parents of Boyce and Libby Sterling and welcomed by his older sister Anna. Duane attended Sam Rayburn High School where he graduated in 1989 then attended San Jacinto College where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree. He continued his education at Sam Houston University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995.

Duane was with the Houston Police Department for 18 years. He was a Senior Police Officer working in the ID Division in the Audio and Video Group, recovering and processing video from Crime Scenes. He enjoyed his work and working with the personnel from the different divisions he supported and made many friends.
Duane was a member of the Johnson Space Center Airplane Radio Control Club. He loved traveling and going to Model Airplane Fly- Ins with his dad. He loved fishing, watching all the NASCAR races which is a love he shared with his nephew Cody, who both loved Tony Stewart. Duane really enjoyed hanging out with his friends and going to the family reunions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Duane was a loving uncle and would try to come to all the events and be supportive of his nephews Cody and Casey as they participated in their many activities. His family was a very important part of his life. He leaves behind his loving parents, Boyce and Libby Sterling, his sister, Anna and brother-in-law Jim and nephews Cody and Casey Winand and many relatives.

His kindness and his loving ways will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family greatly appreciates the help and support of the HPD and PPD. We appreciate all the positive and exciting accomplishments we knew about and learned about during these past couple days. Your truly heart filled phone calls, prayers, and hugs of encouragement have helped keep our hearts up and full of enlightenment. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Christian Academy Building Fund or the Shriners Hospital in his honor.

God will link the broken chain, as one by one we meet again.

The funeral service will be at 11:00am Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at First Baptist Church Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena.

Frances Joan Ellis


On the evening of January 27, 2016, Joan passed away at her home from natural causes. She had enjoyed a wonderful day visiting with a dear friend as they celebrated her 81st birthday.

Knowing Joan, was knowing joy. Regardless of the circumstance, Joan always found the good in any situation and was one of the first to offer laughter and a positive perspective. She exemplified a life of loving others, as evidenced by the many lives she touched throughout her years. For Joan, family and friends were everything. She loved people and gave so freely of herself, never expecting anything in return. To say she loved extraordinarily would not be an exaggeration.

Frances Joan Lawson Ellis was born in the town of Posey in Lubbock County, Texas on January 18, 1935. She was the first born child to Fannie Ola and James Delbert Lawson.

Joan’s early years were spent growing up in west Texas where the rows of corn and cotton stretched for miles. She shared stories of playing in the fields as a child and had fond memories of time spent with her family. At the age of 10, her family moved across the state to Houston. She graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1953.

After high school, Joan went to work for Aetna Insurance and then later at the Champion Paper Mill. It was at Champion where she would meet her future husband, Harold Ellis. The two were married on May 2, 1958 at Sunset Methodist Church in Pasadena, Texas.

Together, Harold and Joan dove into raising their three beautiful children. Joan embraced motherhood, and she was so very proud of her children. She rejoiced when she later became a grandmother, and then a great grandmother.

In 1974, Joan went to work for Deer Park ISD in the south campus library. She helped countless students learn and continued spreading her optimism and joy with all she met. After twenty years of service, she retired from the school.

Joan loved to travel, and she and Harold took many trips all over the United States. When she was not traveling, she was engaged in one of her hobbies. She loved to crochet, cross-stitch, and show her love to her family by cooking amazing meals. So many laughs were shared around her table by family and friends as she poured out love in every dish.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Harold W. Ellis, son Randall W. Ellis, mother Fannie O. Lawson, and father James D. Lawson.

Joan is survived by her daughter Rebecca Ellis Stracener and husband W.J. Stracener of Caldwell, Texas, son Larry R. Ellis and wife Cheryl Ellis of Franklin, Tennessee, daughter-in-law Karen Ellis of Magnolia, Texas, sister Pat Anderson of Pasadena, Texas, many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

Linda Richardson


Linda Ellen Vaughan Richardson, 76, passed away January 25, 2016. She was born September 18, 1939 to Paul Hall Vaughan and Ruth Alcine Henderson Vaughan in Livingston, Texas.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, son James Franklin Richardson, mother and father-in-law James and Nellie Richardson, and sister Joan Vaughan. Linda is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Richardson, Sr., son Charles and wife Kathy Richardson, daughter Paulette Richardson Steen, daughter Robin and wife Rhoda Richardson, grandchildren Jeremy and wife Erin, Jennifer and husband Ben, James, Heather, Ricky, Cody and great grandchildren Kaely, John, Madison, Luke, Jack, Caleb, Ethan and brother Charles Vaughan.

Linda enjoyed time with her family, church family, singing and had a love for classical and gospel music. Her faith in Jesus Christ was apparent by her love for her family and many friends. Her love for children led her to have a weekly Bible study in her home for her children and the neighborhood children.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, January 27, and the funeral service will be at 10:00am Thursday, January 28, all held at Niday Funeral Home. Interment will follow at 2:00pm at Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston, Texas.

Louise Meier

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Louise White Meier, 81, passed away January 24, 2016. She was born September 3, 1934 to Leonard Alva White and Eva Mae McBride White in Moberly, Missouri. Louise moved to Deer Park upon graduation from Moberly Junior College, worked for Shell for 31 years, and often said, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could!”

Louise married Gilbert Albert Meier on May 28, 1954 in Pasadena, TX, by whom she is predeceased. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Lana White of Clinton, Mississippi; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Letha Meier of Pasadena; daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Nancy O’Neal of Wichita, KS; grandchildren Sarah Andrews and husband, Brian; Nathan Meier and wife, Ashlea; Aaron O’Neal and wife, Rachel; Paul Meier and wife, Tia; and Andrew O’Neal; great-grandchildren Julia Andrews, Victoria Andrews, Zachary Meier, Abigail Andrews, Levi Andrews, Aidan O’Neal, Alexander Meier, Adelyn O’Neal, Connor O’Neal, and Isaac Meier.

Louise was a faithful member of the Parkview Church of Christ in Pasadena. She was loved and will be missed by her spiritual and physical family.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, January 28, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00am Friday, January 29, at Grand View Memorial Park.