Donald “Don” Williamson


Donald (Don) H. Williamson, 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 16, 2017.  He was born in Gustine, Texas to Willie Washington Williamson and Francis Elizabeth Donald Williamson on November 19, 1934.  Don is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Dorothy, daughter Catherine (Cathy) Dale Williamson Odle and son Darrell Wayne Williamson.  Brothers Willard, J. P., Fonzy, W. H., and sisters Juanita and Rosaline.

Don is survived by his wife Betty J. Busbee Williamson, grandson Erik J. DeSimone and wife Danielle and children, grandson Joshua D. Williamson and wife Shawna, daughter-in-law Kimberley Williamson, great-grandsons Erin DeSimone, Cody DeSimone and Bret Williamson.  Great-great grandsons Avery DeSimone and Jaxon DeSimone.   Great-granddaughter’s Cloie Sunshine DeSimone and Emily Elizabeth Williamson due in May, 2018.  Step-children Debbie Schools, husband Curtis and children, Gregory Busbee, wife Tina and children.  Brother, George Williamson and wife Donna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was a member of Freeway Manor Baptist Church in Houston where he also served as a deacon.  He retired from Stauffer Chemicals after 20+ years to create a new business; Johnson and Williamson Welding Services with his friend Billy Johnson.

The service will be held at Freeway Manor Baptist Church, 2300 Rodney St., Houston, Texas 77034 on Monday, November 20, 2017.  Visitation at 1:30 p.m. with service following at 2:30 p.m.  Interment will be at Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena.   In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Freeway Manor Baptist Church in Don’s memory.

Julius V. Zella


Julius Valentine Zella passed away peacefully on Veteran’s Day 11.11.2017 at the age of 95.  He is preceded in death by his parents Antonin Zella and Augustina Lesak, son Richard, four sisters and two brothers.  Julius was born on Valentine’s Day 2.14.1922 in Gonzales, TX, the second of nine children.  Julius married Leona Svec on 10.09.1948.  Together they enjoyed dancing to the Czech Polkas and Waltzes at the many Church Picnics and Dancehall Dances for over 70 years.  They raised four children.  He loved to fish, build and fix things.  He was extremely proud of his Czech Heritage, being born first generation American. He was devout in his Roman Catholic Faith.  He served his Country during WWII in the US Army Aviation Corps. Member of the China-Burma India Veterans Assoc., Millwright Local 2232, American Legion, SPJST and the Catholic Community of St. Luke the Evangelist.

Julius is survived by his wife Leona, son Gary, daughter Denise, daughter Catherine Halata and husband Mark.  Four grandsons Jeremy, Aaron, Tyler and Andrew.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, November 14, with recitation of the Holy Rosary  at 6:00pm, held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Wednesday, November 15, at the Catholic Community of St. Luke the Evangelist, 11011 Hall Rd., Houston 77089. Rite of Committal will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Tyler Stokley, Andrew Halata, Daniel Otto, Dale Pittman, Raymond Lesak, and Joe Pavlicek.

Robert Kelley

Robert Lee Kelley, 30, of Houston Texas was born in Webster Texas on May 19, 1987, and passed away on November 10, 2017.

Robert is survived by his wife Sarah Kelley, children Travis Keith (9) and Cheyenne Kelley (6), father Jeffrey Kelley, mother Madeline Kelley, beloved sister Elizabeth Kelley Davis, and half-sister Chrissy Cartwright.

Robert was raised in the Houston area until he was 14, and then the family moved to Louisiana. In the following years, Robert developed his love of the great outdoors, spending his weekends working cows and riding 4 wheelers. Growing up he loved camo and was quite the daredevil- never shying away from a challenge.

Robert joined the National Guard in 2005 and the family soon moved back to Texas. Robert was activated and spent 6 months supporting the people of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

Robert moved back to Texas and a few years later, reignited his relationship with Sarah Buchner, his childhood sweetheart, and they were married. Robert loved Sarah with all his heart, and he would have crossed Heaven and Earth to make her happy. She was the love of his life.

Robert was a hard working man, getting his work ethic from his dad. He starting working as an Electrician’s Assistant with Sarah’s father Buddy, and quickly moved up the ranks becoming a foreman of electrical crews working start-ups and shut-downs in the plants.

Robert loved to fish. His passion was wade fishing for sharks. While on vacation in Florida, he caught a 6 foot hammerhead. He also loved sports and followed the Houston Astros to the World Series Championship.

Even though Robert’s path through life had many twists and turns, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age, so we believe when he left this life he was met by the loving arms of his Savior.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, with the funeral service following at 7:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Joan Jeannette Pace

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Joan Jeannette (Lyon) Pace, 84, of Pasadena Texas, passed away on November 9, 2017. Joan was born in North Hammersmith, London, England on May 18, 1933.

Joan was the youngest of six children born to Thomas and Bessie Lyon of London, England. She survived the bombings of London during WWII, then at the age of 21, Joan sailed to New York City to marry Henry Allen Pace on March 17, 1955. They moved to Brownsville, to Corpus Christi, to New Orleans, to Houston and finally to Pasadena where they lived most of their lives, and raised their 3 children.

Joan enjoyed dancing in her youth, fishing, playing at the casinos and was an avid knitter. She loved her cup of tea, a snack and a good movie.

She is preceded in death by her husband Henry Pace. She is survived by her son Ronald Pace and wife Maria, son Raymond Pace and wife Teresa, and daughter Leslie Thompson and husband Fred. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brian Pace, Crystal Cuellar and husband Ivar, Laura Trevino and husband Israel, and their mother Joi Pace; Zachary Pace and wife Lindy, Joshua Pace, and Kimberly Cardona and husband Angell and many great grandchildren.

 Joan once wrote:

“I believe if you sit by a running river on a lazy afternoon, the river will talk to us, however, we must be listening”

 Joan will be greatly missed by her family and we will be listening.

The family will receive friends, Sunday, November 12, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm., at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will also be held at the funeral home, Monday, November 13, at 10:00am. Interment will take place, Friday, November 17, at Houston National Cemetery.

Mary Ricklefsen


Mary Katherine Ricklefsen, age 70, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 2, 2017.  She was born on April 21, 1947 in Lufkin, TX.

Mary was known to friends and family as “Moo Moo” and “Mamaw”.  She enjoyed making jewelry and crafts. She was completely devoted to her family. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and godmother.  She led by example and her unconditional love, selflessness and compassion made her a model of the Christian spirit.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and June Moore. She is survived by her childhood sweetheart and beloved husband of 55 years, Fredrick Ricklefsen of Pearland; son, Joe Ricklefsen and his wife Pam of Friendswood, daughter, Christine Yeo and her husband Robert of Pearland, and daughter, Julie Poe and her husband Richard of Friendswood.  She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Whitney Williford and her husband Brian, Richard Poe III, Cory Poe, Connor Ricklefsen, Robert Yeo Jr. and numerous nieces, nephews and other lovely relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, November 6, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland 77581.  A reception will follow in the social hall.

Janice McLaughlin


Janice K. “Jan” McLaughlin, 89, of Pearland, TX passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017 after a brief illness.  She was born on June 10, 1928 to Michael and Leona Kudla. She is preceded in death by her husband Tommy, their son Paul, her parents, and her brothers Norman and Roland.

Jan is survived by her daughter Marianne of Pearland, sons Johnny of San Leon, Doug (JoBeth) of Pearland, and Jimmy of Pearland; her grandchildren Molly Sullivan (Matt) of Morrison, CO, Emily Siscoe (Derek) of Pearland, Kelly McLaughlin of Pearland, Justin Walker, Jennifer Walker, and James Walker all of Sugarland; her great-grandchildren Elijah and Nathan Sullivan and Jesslynn and Brooklynn Walker as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and Bay family and friends.  Pallbearers are Robert Rincon, James Andrews, Ismael Montelongo, Amadeo Montemayor, Derek Siscoe, Vincent Ornelas, Justin Walker and James Walker.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 7:00pm pm on Sunday, November 5, 2017, with a Rosary beginning at 6:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland 77581. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Chad Ryan Phillips

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Chad Ryan Phillips went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 30, 2017.  Chad was born on January 27, 1986.

Chad is survived by his parents, Jennifer Phillips and Steve & Vickie Phillips, He is also survived by his sister, Leslie Phillips Hanhart, brother Chase Phillips, nephew Andrew Hanhart, Aunt Tannie Phillips, great-uncle Horace Ryan and long time girlfriend Crystal Moore and her two daughters Katie and Khya.  Chad also leaves behind many family and friends.

Chad was raised in Pasadena, Texas and attended South Houston High School, where he made many friends and was a part of the Agriculture Program raising pigs.

Chad had a contagious personality that endeared his family and friends from the time he could walk and talk.  He loved to laugh and was always ready to help others.  Chad was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite team of all – the Dallas Cowboys.  Chad developed a love for cooking in his teen years and loved to experiment with different recipes.  His passion turned into his career in the restaurant business and Chad was currently employed by Pappas Restaurants.

At the age of 8 years old, Chad trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Even though Chad’s path of life had many twists and turns, our hope is in the fact that when Chad stepped from this life into the next, he was met by the loving arms of his Savior.

The family will receive guests Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00am until 10:00am., followed by a memorial service at 10:00am., at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

In lieu of flowers, please make your contributions to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Jill Cook

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Jill Cook, age 64, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was born on November 15, 1952 in Olney, Illinois to Eldon and Wilma Nelson.

Jill was born to be a nurse and caregiver and her happiest times were spent helping others. After her nursing training she worked for Dr. Davis and then for Dr. Robert McAmis. She was working at San Jacinto Manor when she became ill. She truly loved her patients and treated them all like family. Jill had a love for her fellow nurses and doctors associated with San Jacinto.

Jill loved her family unconditionally and they loved her right back. She had an unbreakable bond with her son, Jason and lit up any time he was around. Sadie Grace was her pride and joy and she adored her from the moment she knew Jason and Mary were expecting. Her favorite moments were when she was surrounded by her family and friends that were thought of as family. She cherished holidays with a crowded home full of love and laughter.

Jill fought hard through her illness including her last fight, never complaining and always worried about how it was affecting others. Jill will be deeply missed by her family and many dear friends.

Jill is survived by her husband of 24 years, Keith Cook. Her sons, Jason and fiancé Mary and their children, Cade, Hayes, Ainslie and Sadie Grace. Paul and wife Blanca and their children, Madison and Sophia. Sister, Linda Goodman and Sister-in-law, Peggy Nelson. Niece, Susan Goodman. Nephew, Steven Goodman and his children, great-nephew, Jacob and wife Katrina and their children, Max and twins, Mason and Madison. Great-niece, Stefany and her daughter, Brooke. Great-niece, Karly and her daughter, Payton. Great-niece, Kassidy. Nephew, Scott Goodman and wife Jen and their children, great-nephew, John and wife Nicki and their daughter, Shaylie. Great-nephew, Jeff and wife Addie and their daughter, Abilene. Great-niece, Chelsea. Great-niece, Alyse and husband Nick and their daughter, Lily. Great-nephews Colby, Mathew, Colton and Caleb. Nephew Matt Nelson and his wife Heather and their children Amara, Kaleigh and twins, Connor and Ethan.

She was preceded in death by brother, Bruce Nelson and grandson, Preston Holter.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 4, at 2:00pm., at Life Community Church.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Life Community Church Harvey Relief Fund, Life Community Church,9529 Fairmont Parkway La Porte, TX 77571 281-478-0594

Toni Ivey Stinnett


Toni Ivey Stinnett was born as a creature of light in Longview, Texas February 12, 1965 and departed into heavenly glory on Saturday October 28, 2017 at the young age of 52.

She was preceded in death by her precious mother Madeline Rose Saccoccio Simmons. She is survived by her loving husband James Stinnett, children, Devon Harris and Elizabeth Ivey, son in law Steven Harris, father Billy Ray Simmons and his wife Theresa, as well as a younger brother Kevin Ray Simmons, and wife Liberty and nephews Ryan, Jacob and Hunter.

Toni came to know the Lord and was baptized at 13 years of age in Hallsville, Texas. She was a Hallsville High School graduate, band member and majorette.  As a free spirit, right after high school, Toni started working for a veterinarian which is where her love for animals and the outdoors came to life.

Later she trained and worked as a medical transcriber, caring for her children during the day and transcribing work after they were asleep.  She adored her girls and was grateful for the wonderful young women God created them to be.

Toni was strong, fought fiercely, loved mightily and protected her loved ones with all her heart. In addition, she recently became a certified Home and Health Care Aide. This satisfied her desire to help those suffering with Alzheimer’s.

Toni’s family and friends were her whole world. Words fail to describe the fierceness and depth with which Toni loved. Every time she walked in a room she knew how to bring everyone together to have a good time with her bold laugh, and yet still be at ease with her respect for all.  As a loving, caring, daughter, wife, mother and friend, Toni helped everyone she came in contact with. She could never say no.  Toni provided the voice of wisdom to many and had a way of challenging them to live bolder, brighter lives.  Hers was the voice of reason with, “This is JUST MY OPINION…”.

Respect was so important to her. Serving others by cooking and catering elaborate parties for them was one of her favorite ways to show how much she cared. It was not uncommon to hear her say, “Are you OK?”, since she was always concerned about everyone’s well being.

Toni married Jamey August 15th, 2016 and they both often said, “God saved the best for last”.

Toni brought JOY and will greatly be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Visitation will be held from 11am to 12 pm, Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, at Monument Baptist Church 3602 East Blvd., Deer Park, TX 77536. Memorial Service follows with Pastor Mike McMahon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to in her name.



Thelma Lee Hart

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Thelma Lee Hart was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 27, 2017.  Thelma was born August 8, 1932 to parents James and Gladys Conner.  She was born in Livingston, Texas.  She was the first of three children.  Thelma is preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband, Don Hart.

Thelma loved the Lord and served him and her church faithfully over the years!  She was a faithful wife for 61 years until death parted them.  She was a loving mother and grandmother!

She is survived by her son Gary Hart, wife Kathy, daughter Gina Hart Vaughan, husband Ken, daughter Marcia Hart Griffin, husband Greg, son Ken Hart, and wife Jo.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Natalie Vaughan Bishop, Jady Griffin, Julie Vaughan Dyson, Justin Hart, Jacob Griffin, Stacy Hart Thomas, Caleb Vaughan, Lucas Griffin, Kimberly Hart Manuel, and Tara Hart, along with many great grandchildren.  She will be missed by family, beloved friends and caregivers.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00pm Monday, November 6, 2017 at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in  Pasadena, TX.  There will be a family graveside service at 10:00am Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Grand View Memorial Park and Cemetery.