Cruz Martinez


September 14, 1954 – August 27, 2016

After a long battle with brain cancer, Cruz went home to be the LORD on August 27, 2016. Cruz was born in Houston, Texas and resided in Pearland the majority of his life. He is the son of Raymond and Mary Martinez. Cruz is survived by his mother Mary and eight brothers and sisters and their spouses, Raymond and wife Lucy, Ruben, Johnny and wife Karen, Louie and wife Cyndi and Phillip and Mary, sisters Minnie and Andy Martinez, Ventura and Rick Lautzenheiser, and Martha and Bob Zaremba. He also left numerous nephews and nieces who will greatly miss him. Cruz was preceded in death by his father Mr. Raymond Martinez Sr. and his brother Eddie Martinez, and his sister Frances Martinez Kloepper. His special love was Delphina Martinez whom he met at Crosspoint Church over five years ago. Cruz and Delphina became best of friends and connected a special bond between them. They were a true inspiration and blessing to each other.

Cruz was employed by Blue Bayou Brass where he enjoyed working for 29 years. He was a member of Crosspoint Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir as well as his weekly Bible study group. His favorite pastime was watching and attending football games. His favorite teams were the Pearland Oilers, the LSU Tigers, and the Dallas Cowboys. With Cruz it was pretty much what you see is what you get. He was known for his witty character, funny personality, and his don’t worry about attitude. He had a way to make people laugh and kept everyone entertained with his storytelling techniques. His direct and honest approach would always catch your attention. He was an unforgettable character to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.   II Timothy 4: 7

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, August 30th, at Niday Funeral Home. The service celebrating Cruz’s life will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, August 31st, at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Road, Pearland 77581. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

Anna Llosa

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Anna Belia Balli De Leon Llosa passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with diabetes and leukemia.  Anna Belia was born in 1938 near Brownsville, Texas, the eldest daughter, of 13 children, to Ramon De Leon and Anna Balli De Leon.

Anna Belia came to Houston in 1963 to pursue a career in nursing.  She completed her vocational license at J.T. Canales Vocational Nursing School and graduated as “Nurse of the Year”.  She spent close to 40 years as a licensed vocational nurse working in Houston hospitals.  Her passion for caring for the sick shone through her work and her life, as a loving mother/grandmother, good wife, and adored sister and aunt.   She will be forever remembered and deeply missed.

Anna is survived by her husband, Luis Eduardo Llosa; daughter, Marissa Sipocz; and grandchildren, Isabel and Peter Sipocz.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Elida De Leon, Spring, Texas; Dolores Vargas, Hondo, Texas; Rosalinda Gonzales, Spring, Texas; San Juana De Leon, Davenport, Iowa; Dalia Solis, Davenport, Iowa; Marialena Marrero, Rock Island, Illinois; Ida Cortez, San Antonio, Texas; and by her brothers, Ricardo De Leon, Alice, Texas; Noe De Leon, Pasadena, Texas and Joel De Leon, Illinois City, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm., Saturday, September 3, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, where a Rosary will also be prayed.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00am., Saturday, October 15, at San Pedro Catholic Church, Brownsville, Texas.  She will be laid to her final rest at Sabas-Cavazos Cemetery in San Pedro, Texas.

Carol Wilbanks


Carolina “Mimikila” Wilbanks has entered the penny casino in the sky after passing away peacefully on August 25, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. Having worked for the City of Pasadena for two decades, her affable personality was known in the community as one of the most generous.

A loving wife and mother, she is survived by her husband of 59 years James Wilbanks; her children Bobby, Tommy, Patti, and John; and her nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She brought compassion to every aspect of life. Even if you didn’t know Carol, her wit, enthusiasm, and precocious sense of humor made you forget your troubles. When you were with her, all you could do is laugh. In addition to the endless love around her, she was also a talented pianist, cook, and renowned for her love of Christmas.

Carol loved her family more than anything else, once describing them as her greatest accomplishment.  She was an endless source of inspiration, a shoulder to cry on and a wise voice in times of trouble.

No doubt in less than twenty-four hours she has made new friends and has caught up with the loved ones who passed on before her, especially her beloved mother Rose.

The family will received friends from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Sunday, August 28, and the service celebrating Carol’s life will be at 11:30am Monday, August 29, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery.

Juanita McCracken Alexander

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Juanita McCracken Alexander, 95, died August 24, 2016, in Friendswood, Texas surrounded by family.   Juanita was born in Kokomo, Indiana to George and Maude McCracken July 11, 1921, the youngest of 10 children.  She was a long-time resident of Crawfordsville, Indiana and retired with her husband to Bradenton, Florida, and The Woodlands, Texas.

Juanita was a member of the Crawfordsville Art League, Tri Kappa Sorority and the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church. She was an award-winning seamstress, an avid tennis player, a world traveler and a long-time volunteer at the Well Baby Clinic.

Juanita was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Dr. Stephen John “Jack” Alexander and son-in-law David Patterson.  Juanita is survived by three daughters: Nancy Alexander of Carmel, Indiana, Sue [Johnny] Alexander of Pearland, Texas and Anne Patterson of Spring, Texas; grandchildren Stephanie [Joshua] Ruwet, Catherine [Brad] Hepler, Scott Alexander, Matt [Crystal] Alexander, Michael [Zijing] Patterson and Sarah Patterson; great-grandchildren Stella, Lilly, Ruby Cate and Max Ruwet, Ella Hepler and niece Beverly Jean Munsell of Baton Rouge, Lousiana.

There will be a private family celebration of life at a later date.  Those wishing to remember Juanita may make donations to the Montgomery County Free Clinic (formerly Well Baby Clinic), P. O. Box 86, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or online or the charity of your choice.

Edward Tempa “Eddie” Heald, Jr.


Edward Tempa “Eddie” Heald, Jr. passed away very peacefully on Sunday, August 21, 2016.  Eddie was born in Houston, Texas on August 1, 1950 and is preceded in death by his father Edward T. Heald, Sr.

Eddie is survived by his mother Evelyn Herrmann Heald; sister, Geneva Benet (Steve); brothers Mark Heald and Craig (Cindy) Heald.  He is survived by many nieces and nephews, Stephanie Benet Gomez (Benjamin), Cristen Heald Crites (Jonathan), Karli Benet Barmore (Sean), Alan (CJ) Heald, Jr., Markel Heald Simpson (Bobby), Clay Heald, Austin Heald and Cameron Heald; along with many great nieces and nephews, Taylor, Emily, Aaron, Collin and Evie Gomez; Lincoln, Henry and William Crites; Joshua Barmore; and Mason, Damian, Zoe and Trevor Simpson.

Eddie graduated from Ross Sterling High School, Houston, Texas in 1970 and lived life to its fullest.  He was one of a kind and an expert at taking things apart but not always putting it back together very well. He loved sports especially NASCAR.

Eddie loved his family and was very committed to them.  Growing up Eddie was always the silly one and acted goofy.  All of the siblings always hung out together whether it was taking a road trip to California in mom and dad’s Buick to look for that big wave, or head to the mountains to visit his sister when Eddie decided to go snow skiing but refused to take a lesson.  Eddie would ski and fall all the way down the mountain as his sister watched with binoculars, or at home jumping off the house into the pool.  Eddie knew how to have fun.

Most of all he was a very devoted son to his mother.  After the loss of his father, Eddie stepped in and took over the role of taking care of his mom.  It was not unusual for Eddie and his mom Evelyn to hop in the car and take a road trip.  In the last years of his life, he spent his time cooking and taking care of her, which his family will always be very grateful for his sacrifice.

The service celebrating Eddie’s life will be held at 3:00pm Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Bobby J. “Bob” Bartlett


After a lengthy illness, Bob J. Bartlett, born February 20th, 1934, passed away Sunday, August 21, in Houston, TX, at the age of 82.  Visitation will be Wednesday, August 24, at 1:30 at Niday Funeral Home located at 12440 Beamer Rd. in Houston, TX.  Services will immediately follow at 2:30. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery located at 8701 Almeda Genoa Rd., Houston, TX  77075.

Mr. Bartlett grew up in Baldwyn, MS, later moving to New Orleans where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Holland.  He worked for E.S. Binnings, Inc. then was transferred to Houston, TX, where they raised their three sons.  Upon retirement they moved to Bude, MS, living there for a number of years.  In 2008 they returned to Pearland, TX, to be near their sons.

Mr. Bartlett was preceded in death by his parents, William (Bob) and Lucille Bartlett, and brother, Mack Bartlett.   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Holland Bartlett, son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Rennie Bartlett, son Gregory Bartlett, and son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Tonya Bartlett all of Pearland, TX; granddaughters, Meghan Carrier, Liz Ploof, Aimee Bartlett, and Alisa Bartlett; grandsons, Charlie Bartlett, Tim Bartlett, Robert (Bobby) Bartlett, Casey Bartlett, and Tristin Bartlett; six great grandchildren; sister, Mary Alice Bourgeois of San Antonio, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia Ball

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Long time South Belt resident Virginia Ball age 73, died peacefully on Sunday August 21st.

Virginia was born in Tennessee and moved to Houston in 1980. She is survived by her 4 children Lisa Sellers, Tom Aldridge, John Aldridge and Michelle Urdiales. She was pre-deceased by her son Robert Aldridge and her husband Theodore Ball. Virginia was the proud mother of 5 children, 26 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She was a strong hard working woman who loved unconditionally and genuinely cared about people. She left us with beautiful memories; her love will be our guide.

In honor of her life a memorial service will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, September 3rd, at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers we would like to ask for donations to be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.

Mona Van Wyk

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Mona Van Wyk passed away from natural causes on August 20, 2016.  She was born Romanita Guerrero on 1-12-1928 to Oton Guerrero and Manuela Salinas Guerrero in Mission, Tx.  She was the 3rd of 11 children and grew to be a great help to her dear Mother.  She graduated high school at 16 as an A student and went to work for a local doctor.  She married Arthur John Van Wyk in May of 1948 and they moved to Moline, Illinois along with his son Robert Allen Van Wyk.  They had 3 more children – Sandy Sue, David Arthur, and Steven Othon before moving to Waco, TX in 1955.  Mona enjoyed a long career as a nurse at several medical practices in Waco.  She was a wonderful, caring and dedicated nurse to her patients and for the doctors who employed her.  She was a generous, loving and spirited woman and a devoted Mother who was loved by all who knew her helpful and giving nature and her distinctive laugh.  She was also a member of Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church and sang in the choir in the early years.  She moved to Pasadena, Tx in 2008 to live close to her family.  She will be sorely missed by those who mourn her passing but we take comfort in knowing she is receiving her Heavenly reward after a life well lived.

Mona is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Art, daughter Sandy, great-granddaughter Sandy, sister Teresa, and brothers Fernando and Arnold.  She is survived by sons:  Robert Allen and wife Sandra Kay (Carter), David Arthur and wife Donna (McAfee), and Steven Othon and wife Debbie (Simmons), 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, and 7 siblings and their families.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mona will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday August 27, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

John Robert Yeats, Jr.


John R. Yeats, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Friday August 19, 2016.  John was born February 6, 1925 in Kirbyville, Texas.  He was a World War II Navy veteran and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for 39 years at Houston Lighting and Power Co.  He was active and dedicated to his Church and served in many capacities throughout the years.  John was also an avid gardener and photographer.  He excelled in growing African Violets and won several photography awards for photos of his African Violets and outdoor scenes.  He loved his family and enjoyed sharing life stories and spending time entertaining his grandchildren.

After his retirement, he and Sylvia traveled extensively throughout the United States and toured the Holy Land and Europe.

John is survived by his wife, Sylvia of 72 years; two sons John (Genoyce) and Barry (Joan), five grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, August 26, 2016, and a celebration of John’s life will be at 10:00am Saturday, August 27, 2016, all held at Niday Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Robert Hale, Joseph Rivera, Jeremy Yeats, Jeremy Hathway, Jay Rivera, and Shawn Hale.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Deborah “Debi” Hester

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Deborah “Debi” Ann Hester, 60, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  Debi was born on May 24, 1956 and was a resident of Pasadena, Texas graduating from Pasadena High Class of 1975; everyone who knew Debi knew that she had a contagious smile and laugh that brought joy to everyone she came in contact with; Debi touched many lives with her loving heart and outgoing personality.

 She was the dearest mother of three daughters Kourtnie (Erin) McBride, Kaiela Guerra, Kristalinn Guerra; dear sister of Howard “Bubba” Hester, Daniel “Danny” Hester, Tanya Hester and the late William “Barre” Hester and Dana Jones.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm., Thursday, August 25, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.