Cora Pearson Steakley passed away on May 11, 2013 after bravely battling cancer. Cora was born in Houston, Texas to Jacob and Cora Pearson on May 14, 1931. Preceded in death by her husband and best friend of 58 years, Billy Joe Steakley, Cora is survived by her three sons: Clifford Steakley and wife, Linda; Mark Steakley and wife, Gaye; and Roger Steakley and wife, Tracy. Cora also leaves behind seven treasured grandchildren, Eric, Nicole, Alexander, Spencer, Rachel, Savanna, and Cameron; her brother Billy Pearson and his wife, Mary, several nieces and a nephew; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Cora was a lifelong resident of Houston graduating from Milby High School in 1949 where she was chosen as class beauty and proudly served as a Milby cheerleader. She held a variety of positions in the Houston area, and retired from BMW North America as Port Manager. Cora was extremely active in the Shell Retiree’s club serving in a variety of positions. She was also responsible for organizing class reunions for her fellow Milby graduates, as well as handling a variety of roles for the Freeway National Little League Association for sixteen years. Cora also took pride in her ability to develop and maintain lifelong relationships with friends dating back to elementary school. She will be sorely missed by all that she touched.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the wonderful staff of the Palliative Care Unit at M.D. Anderson for treating Cora with compassion and respect during the last days of her life.
Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, May 20th, and the service celebrating Cora’s legacy will be at 10:00am Tuesday, May 21st, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.
“If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.”