Ouida Hartt


Ouida Ann King Hartt, 80, of Deer Park went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 06, 2015. She was born on December 28, 1934 in Winnsboro, Texas to Noel Leon and Lorine Odessa King.

She is survived by her 2 daughters, Deborah Kay Hutto and her husband, David; Rhonda Gale Rodriguez and her husband, Arthur; and her 2 sons, Roland Ray Barrett and his wife, Barbara; Larry James Barrett and his wife, Bonnie; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Lorine; her first husband Roland Woodrow Barrett, married for 30 years; her latest husband John Thomas Hartt, married for 33 years; and her grandson, Sunny Barrett.
She was a faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church for many years. She was a practicing Christian with a dedicated and faithful heart. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a very loving person. She will be missed by many. We will all take comfort in knowing that she is in the presence of God, reuniting with those she loved who left before her.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, October 9, 2015, and the service celebrating Ouida’s life will be at 2:00pm Saturday, October 10, 2015, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Brookside Memorial Park.


Leroy Chauvin


Leroy “Lee-Lee” J. Chauvin passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday October 5, 2015. He was a native of Chauvin, LA and resident of Pearland, TX. He was an oyster wholesaler and the owner of Lee’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Leroy was the beloved husband to the late Leona Cheramie Chauvin. He is survived by his sister Mildred “Cully” Hendry; children Mary C. DuBois and devoted son-in-law Kenny DuBois, Tina C. Maier, Amy Chauvin, and Tim and Jackie Chauvin; randchildren include Melanie, Sylvia, Brooke, Nikki, Chris, Mathew, Leona, Ivy, Melissa, Ozzy, Tiffany, Angelle, Mikie, Lisa, Donny, and Bobby; great-grandchildren Irene, Mya, Sydney, Alexia, Lennon M., Ennis, and Lennon P. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Vivian Chauvin, son Peter Chauvin, granddaughter Jamie Lee DuBois and siblings LJ Chauvin and Hilda Detiveaux.

The family would like to extend special thanks to his dedicated and loving caregiver (who he affectionately called “my wife”) Chanelle Lovely-Behn. Funeral arrangements will be provided by Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma, LA. Visitation will be Thursday evening October 8, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at Chauvin Funeral Home. An additional visitation will be held Friday October 9, 2015 at St. Francis Cathedral, Houma, LA from 8:30 am to 10 am followed by mass and funeral.


Sebastian Yanez Cano


Sebastian “Sy” Yańez Cano, 73, of Deer Park, Texas passed away suddenly, Monday October 5, 2015.

Sy was born January 20, 1942 in Odem, Texas to Francisco and Matilde (Yańez) Cano. He attended school in Odem, Texas. In March 12, 1962 he married Gloria Ortiz in Odem. Sy was employed as a master electrician and spent most of his working years employed by Brown & Root. He enjoyed working with his hands and wood-working. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Sy is survived by his wife Gloria of Deer Park, TX and his daughter Sylvia Hartschuh and husband Jeff of Kemah, TX, and his son Eddie Cano and wife Sondra of Deer Park, TX; five grandchildren, Christopher Hartschuh and wife Roxanne of Houston, TX, Allison Hartschuh of Kemah, TX, Nicolas Cano of Deer Park, TX, Nathaniel Cano of Deer Park, TX, and Noah Cano of Deer Park, TX; four sisters, Perfecta Garza, Flora Vidaurri, Guadalupe Garza, Manuela Cano; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Matilde, and his brothers Esteban Cano and Pedro Cano, and sister Dominga (Cano) Alvarado.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00am,Thursday, October 8th, at Clear Creek Community Church in League City, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Evelyn Moon


Evelyn Marie Moon left this world peacefully on September 26th, 2015.

Evelyn Moon was known and loved by countless people. Working at Shell, she made many friends and no doubt inspired others to live as she had, with kindness and compassion. Her hobbies consisted of gardening and reading. Every tree grew tall at her touch, just as every flower blossomed while in her care. There was never a plant that wilted while she was near. In her hobby she had achieved the title of ‘Master Gardener’ while in the company of others who shared her passion. When she wasn’t out tending to plants, she would be inside, reading and spending time with her family. Having read countless books one would say that she had lived countless lives, all within the pages of a book.

As one of the most compassionate people in this life, she helped nurture the lives of many. From stray animals, to family, and even strangers, this world has become a better place just by having her in it. Any time she saw an animal that was hungry, it was fed. When she saw one without a home, she gave it shelter. Any time someone had ever asked for help, she gave it. Not once had she ever turned someone down. A mother to one, and grandmother to three, she made their lives better and gave them the belief that they could do great things.

Where any of us would be without her, we cannot say. What we can say, however, is that this life would not be as bright, nor as great. While this world is less off for losing such a person of grace and kindness, we can take solace in the fact that she did great things in such a humble way. We can only hope to take a page from her book and try to be as caring as she was so that we live in a way that would make her smile and make her proud. While we have truly lost someone great and inspiring, God has gained another angel to look over all of us.

Friends, family, and loved ones are to gather at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer, Houston 77089, so that we may remember and celebrate her life on Saturday, October 3rd, at 10:00am.

Lana Simpson


Lana Nicole Simpson “Peedoodle”, age 30, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on September 20, 2015. She was born in Victoria, Texas on May 24, 1985. She had been a resident of Sagemont for 18 years and currently resided in Alvin.

Lana is preceded in death by her sister in 2009 from two heart transplants, Lindsay Ann Simpson and her grandparents, Billy Novosad, Lawrence Simpson and Beulah Simpson. She is survived by her parents, Lauren Simpson of Sagemont and Lanny Simpson of Alvin and cousin/sister, Kaitlyn Sellers of Alvin. She is also survived by her grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. She graduated from Dobie High School in 2003.

Lana wrote amazing poetry and had some of her poems published in various articles. She loved her crazy cat, Tigger, anything tie dye, retro or 60’s, Tinker bell and Alice in Wonderland. There wasn’t a scary movie she didn’t have in her vast collection. She was a connoisseur of cheese dip and loved her Mexican food and Coca Cola.

She loved to turn up the music and “jam out” to rock. We won’t mention she was notorious for tripping over “air” and always breaking some bone in her body. This was probably from those awesome dance moves. She loved to cook for her family and friends when they came by. In her earlier years, she was on the Dobie swim team and loved it. She loved to go down to Rockport and just hang out.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home.

Mary Lee Henderson


Mary Lee Henderson went to be with The Lord on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the age of 93. She was born on June 25, 1922 to Ruby Estelle and Christopher Columbus Foshee in Haughton, Louisiana. She was the second of four girls.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby, her father, Christopher; her loving husband, Lonnie Preston Henderson; her sisters Joye Estelle Waldrip and Carolyn Ann Garcia; her son in law Michael Amador; her grandson Seann Preston Watson; her nephew Fredrick Fowle, her niece Becky Guevara.

She is survived by her son Larry Watson and wife Margarita of Malaga, Spain; her daughter Cynthia Henderson of Pasadena; her daughter Nancy Coffman and husband James of Stafford, Virginia; sister Kathy Smith and husband Bobby of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is also survived by her grandchildren Joel, Larry, Shaye, and Christopher. In addition she is survived by her granddogs Patches, Leo, Chloe, and Kamilah. She is survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved like her own.

Mary lived her life for The Lord. The last few years she spent her day reading her Bible. In her young adult years she spent time singing gospel music in a quartet. They traveled throughout the south singing at Signing Conventions. She loved tell stories about her experiences singing with the Blackwood Brothers on the radio. Whenever she and her sisters got together you could always expect to hear the four of them sing gospel music.

She was a devoted wife and mother to her three children. She made sure that they did not want for anything. She seldom bought things for herself because she would much rather buy for her children. Her house was the meeting place for all of the children in the neighborhood. She would watch them play and ensure their safety and many times would prepare picnic lunches for everyone. In the evenings all of the adults would bring their lawn chairs to our front yard and spend time talking and laughing together. Her son Larry joined the Air Force when he became old enough and spent many years away from home. She would be overjoyed when she knew that he was coming home for a visit.

She was a great cook. She never mastered the concept of cooking for four. When she cooked there was enough for the neighborhood. She was especially known for her famous breakfast that she made every Sunday and any time that company came to visit. She also enjoyed baking. There were always fresh cookies, cakes, and pies available. Holidays were always special. It was just difficult to find a place to sit at table because she would prepare so much food that you could not see the surface of the table.

She was a very loving person. She will be missed by many. We will all take comfort in knowing that she is in the presence of God, reuniting with those she loved who left before her.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, September 23, and the funeral service will be at 11:00am Thursday, September 24, officiated by Bro. Royce Measures, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Alton Dickey


Clarence Alton Dickey, 73, passed away September 16, 2015. He is survived by his siblings, Murice Hightower and husband Charles and Gerald Dickey and wife Kay; and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00pm until 4:00pm Sunday, September 20th, at Niday Funeral Home and the service honoring Alton’s life will be at 10:45am Monday, September 21st, in the Chapel at Houston National Cemetery

Mary Miller


Mary Miller was born on July 8th, 1944 and passed peacefully on September, 14th 2015. She was born in Houston to Lewis and Gladys Dagg and was later joined by her siblings Art and Evelyn Dagg.

Mary was known for her love and enjoyment of people. Church foyers were designed with her in mind complete with a crowd of people, comfortable seating and restrooms for the occasional break. Mary wanted to know how you were, for real. She wanted to know you and collected people the way some children collect baseball cards. She was proud of everybody she knew and she bragged about their accomplishments. She often admired people so ferociously they started believing they were the person she thought they were.

Mary was a principled woman who would sometimes take her two children, Jennifer and Donald to Austin to visit with state legislators about legislation she supported or opposed. She wanted to participate in making the world better, not only principally but through great personal sacrifice. For years she would visit under-served areas around Houston on Saturday as part of her church’s bus ministry. The next day children would file out of trailers and ramshackle houses to join her on the church bus. Hundreds of children who might otherwise have never heard about the love of God did so under her joyful care and attention. They loved her and came to love God because of her.

After her children graduated from school and left the house, Mary went back to school herself completing her Bachelors and then Masters Degrees through night classes. Once she graduated, she retired. She’d no interest in using her degrees professionally, she only wanted to continue learning. The fall of Enron cost her her retirement and she re-entered the workforce later in life without a single complaint. She loved people and work gave her the chance to be around more beautiful people.

Mary was diagnosed with cancer 16 months before she passed and in that short time went on multiple vacations, often too tired to get out of bed at the hotel. But she wanted to see the world. The sunsets and sunrises. She would order wonderful meals and do little more than smell them as her condition made her sensitive to food. She wanted to spend her last year celebrating the beauty of God’s creation and the incredible gift He’d given her in a life. She praised God to the end, ever believing, never complaining and reminding us all God is good all the time and the circumstances of the human drama, including birth and death are simply bookends to a beautiful story about lost children struggling to believe they will reunite with their Father.

Mary can now be found in the presence of that Father. Probably in the foyer.

The service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at 11:00am Friday, September 18, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home.

Congetta Bish-Bryant

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Congetta Marie Bish-Bryant was born on May 1st 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Congetta Tarantino Bish and Robert Bish. The Lord called Congetta home on September 13, 2015. She is preceded in death by her father Robert Martin Bish and brother Robert Todd Bish. She is survived by her husband James Bryant, daughter Robin Geiler and husband Steve, son Shane Miller and wife Eva, daughter Brandi Carlile, stepson Christopher Bryant, daughter-In-Law Lisa Bryant, grandchildren Jordy and Maggie Geiler, Marx and Emily Marcantel, Brooke and Brandon Fick, Kenady Carlile, Pam, Cara, Edwin, Shayla Bryant and Kaylee Oliver, great-grandson Maxton Marcantel, mother Congetta Bish, brother John Bish, numerous nieces, nephews, and her dog Zena.

Raised in Houston, Congetta was a true “East Ender” graduating from Austin High School in 1964. She went on to become a devoted wife, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loyal friend to many. She held many jobs through the years including working in the film industry for 15 years and appeared in several movies, most notably Urban Cowboy. She wrote comedy columns for local newspapers, supported and acted in The Little Theater and enjoyed writing children’s books. She did marketing for several Houston radio and TV stations. Congetta volunteered countless hours at United Way, Local Homeless Shelters, and even created a “Glenda The Good Witch” character that traveled to Texas Children’s Hospital sprinkling pixie dust, smiles and stuffed animals to Houston’s sick children. She held the Woman’s State Karate Championship in 1967 and also won first place in multiple Houston Whip Club Dance Competitions. She also owned the Purple Mooon Antique Shop in The Heights for several years. She was blessed with a God-given “gift of vision” and enjoyed using it to help and counsel others; occasionally she was called in to assist law enforcement on missing person’s cases.

She never met a stranger and had a contagious zest for life that embodied a larger-than-life personality that she used to entertain and bring joy to others. She had a way of making people feel unique and important and that each person had their own special purpose in life. Always the life of the party, she was a constant source of entertainment and laughter with her twisted sense of humor. Congetta was strong in her faith and never lost her enthusiasm for life. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, crafting, decorating, bingo and spending time at the beach but most of all loved any time spent with family.

The world has lost a special lady. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten.

The service celebrating Congetta’s life will be held at 11:00am Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. A reception will follow at Robin and Steve Geiler’s home, 904 Woodcrest Drive, Friendswood 77546, 832.724.5998.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in Congetta’s name may be made to all Catholic Charities.

David Allen Waldrop


Every now and then God sends a special angel to live among us. David Allen Waldrop was one such angel. David was born in Houston, Texas on February 5, 1950 and answered God’s call to come home on September 11, 2015, in Cypress, Texas where he has lived for the past 8 years.

David is preceded in death by his father John Wesley Waldrop Sr., his mother Bernice Evangeline Waldrop, his brother Donald Joe, a niece Kimberly Gessner, a niece Jordan Rodgers and brother-in-law Jerry Snoe. He is survived by his sister Judy Reighard and her husband Jim, sister Mary Lefton and her husband Jim, sister Sherry Snoe, sister Anita Gessner and her husband Phil, brother John Waldrop and his wife Janis and many nieces, nephews and cousins. We would be remiss not to add Chris and Charmaine Philemon-Cherubin who were like his second family members for the 8 past years at Bethesda Lutheran. He deeply loved them as they did him and the family is eternally grateful to them.

David lived on his own for the past 8 years in a group home run by Bethesda Lutheran Communities where they treated him with utmost love and respect. Virginia, Heather, Melisa, Tamico and all the staff there, we can’t thank you enough for taking such good care of him. David talked often of his family, his extended family and his many friends and he had love enough for all. His loving heart was enormous, his faith solid and his huge smile could melt your cares and burdens.

This is not good bye but a “see you again” our sweet, sweet David. David will now lay to rest along side of his beloved mama and daddy through eternity.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, September 18, 2015, and the service celebrating David’s life will be at 10:00am Saturday, September 19, 2015, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. A private burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.