Becky Wiley Wolfe

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Becky Wiley Wolfe passed from this world into the loving arms of Christ on April 20, 2017. She will be greatly missed by all of those who loved her so dearly.

She is preceded in death by her mother Mary Freeman Wiley, and her father Benjamin J.Wiley, grandparents, Willie (GaGa) Freeman, Noah (Pa) Lyman Wiley, and Jessie (Granny) Wiley and Benjamin Wiley. She is survived by her husband, Mark Wolfe and family. Sister Vicki Wiley Sepher and husband  Koroush K. Sepher, brother,  Ben L. Wiley, his wife René Wiley, nieces Rachel Wiley-Janota, husband Joey Janota and great nephew Jackson Wiley Janota. Samantha Wiley and great niece Neva Miller, Sarah Wiley Thomas and husband William Thomas, great niece Mary Thomas, and great nephews Henry Thomas and Theodore Thomas. Life Long Best Friend Lisa Smith Harrison, Husband Howard Harrison, God Children, Josh Harrison, Cassie Harrison,  and Jake Harrison.  Step Sister, Rene Morgan and Husband Tom Morgan, step-nephews, Ryan Deering and Jacob Deering.

Mary “Becky” Wiley was born on September 4, 1961 in Houston, Texas and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1980. Becky lived Christ’s message of love and giving back, not only for her loved ones, but to anyone in need. Becky will be remembered for her sweet and generous nature; she was cherished and loved dearly by so many. She loved people, puppies and horses, with an unparalleled devotion to kindness. Becky loved to shop, and she was great at it. With an incredibly charitable heart, she always bought things for everyone else, finding wonderful gifts for her beloved family, friends, church members and many strangers in need. An exceptional sister and aunt, she showered her sisters Vicki, Lisa and Rene, and her nieces, Rachel, Samantha and Sarah with loving gifts every chance she got.

In her career she was a resource of fashion, jewelry and beauty for Houstonians, including her favorite venture, the lovely boutique at Salon Jorj.

For the last 25 years she cared for her parents in their illnesses, and never left their side. Even through the pain and suffering that consumed Becky’s later years, she did not deter from her immense generosity. She had a laugh that would light up the room, and you always felt the warmth of her love while in her presence.

The Service Celebrating Becky’s Life will be held  Friday, April 28, 2017 at Watters Road Church of Christ, 3616 Watters Road, Pasadena, Texas 77504; Light Meal with Family and Friends from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Visitation 6:00 – 7:30pm. and Funeral Service at 7:30pm.

Thank you to the loving community of Watters Road Church of Christ, who was a great comfort and help to her these last few years.

Mary Wilkins

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Mary Alice Wilkins was born on August 9, 1937 and went to be with our Lord on April 20, 2017.

She was born to Samuel George and Elta Mae Hooton Ramsey in Dallas County.  One of nine siblings, she grew up in the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff and as a teenager she was a team member on the Lisbon Presbyterian Church baseball team.

She was the owner of the Galaxy Hallmark Shop, one of the largest franchises in the Houston area until her retirement in 2011.  Her retirement was spent enjoying her family, visiting with her friends, spoiling her dogs and the neighborhood dogs, and attending her beloved Sagemont Church where she was a longtime member.  Her church family was very precious to her and she loved attending the various activities especially the Ladies Christmas Brunch where she always had a beautifully decorated table.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Edward Wilkins, three sisters and four brothers, grandson Chad Marcus Lapp and great-grandson Joseph Sullivan.

She is survived by her brother James Robert Ramsey of Dallas, TX, children Janet Lanell Thurber of Humble, TX, Joyce Suzanne Sconyers of Friendswood, TX, Mark Edward Saucier of Florida, Howard Lamar Saucier of Sunnyvale, TX, Karen Michelle Slaughter of Dallas, TX, Richard Leon Saucier of Victoria, TX, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, numerous extended family members and friends and her two beloved dogs, Rusty and Rocky.

The service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at 11:00am Monday, April 24, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Brookside Memorial Park.

Kay Anthony

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Emily “Kay” Carson Anthony went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 12, 2017 at the age of 77.  Born on Valentine’s Day, 1940, Kay was known to all as a genuine sweetheart and a faithful, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Fort Stockton High School.  She continued her education at Baylor University where she met and married the love of her life for 56 years, David Wesley “Wes” Anthony.

After graduating from Baylor University in 1962, Kay and Wes moved to Houston where she taught typing at Pasadena High School until the birth of their first child on Christmas Day, 1966.  She and Wes were also blessed with 2 sons born in 1968 and 1970, respectively.  Kay accepted the full time (24/7) job of raising their children.  She excelled as a mom loving each one of her children for their uniqueness and was always ready with words of encouragement, hugs and love whether needed or not.  In the eyes of her children she was the perfect mom.  She wisely taught and exemplified beauty on the inside, but her greatest gift to her children was teaching them to love God and seek Him for answers in all things.

Kay also dedicated her life to supporting her husband.  Her many talents were a compliment to his music ministry at Magnolia Baptist Church, FBC Friendswood and Sagemont Church where she played the piano and the organ as well as sang in the choir.  Her beautiful alto voice blended with his baritone voice and they often sang duets at churches, weddings and funerals. She also touched the lives of many youth and young adults she and Wes led in church choirs and mentored in the “Before You Say I Do” program at Sagemont Church.

Kay was always content to stay in the background, but she was truly the steadfast anchor in the lives of her family.  Her consistent faith in God, love, kindness and support at all times will not be forgotten by all who had the opportunity to know and love her.

“She speaks wise words and teaches others to be kind.  She watches over her family and never wastes her time.  Her children speak well of her. Her husband also praises her, saying “there are many fine women, but you are better than all of them’.  Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned; she should be praised in public for what she has done.”  Proverbs 31:26-31, NCV.

Kay is survived by her children, Lorine (Vic) David, David (Shelly) Anthony and John Anthony; grandchildren Samantha, Dugan, Emily, Lila, Drew (Sonia), Alison (Mike) and Alisha (Justin); 5 great-grandchildren; and sister, Lynda (Bob) Falkner.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Wes Anthony, her parents Ermon B and Lorine Barker Carson and niece, Debra Falkner Meador.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sagemont Church or the ministry of your choice.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, April 17, and the funeral service will be at 10:00am Tuesday, April 18, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  A private burial will follow.

Helen Imhoff Guthrie

Helen Imhoff Guthrie, 97, died in her sleep Monday of Holy Week, 10 April, 2017.  She is survived by her children, Douglas Guthrie and Tia Neyman (and her husband, Jempy Neyman) and her granddaughters, Scarlet Cohen and Mia Romano.  She is predeceased by her husband, Jimmy, her parents, Peter Joseph and Waleria Imhoff and all her brothers and sisters.  She was the last of her generation.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 18 April, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Chapel of Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston 77089, with a rosary being prayed at 7:00pm.  A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 19 April, at 12:00 noon at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road, Houston, TX  77089. A private interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Those who wish may contribute to the St. Luke Building Fund.

Elby Wade Hudson III

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Mr. Elby Wade Hudson III, 72, of Pearland, Texas passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 while receiving medical care at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.  He was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 8, 1944 to Elby Hudson, Jr. and Louise (Moyer) Hudson.  After attending Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, he joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17.  While serving in the Marine Corps, he graduated from high school in Hawaii.  He served his country from 1961-1965.  During his tenure, Wade was a member of a top secret 47 man 3rd recon operation, SHUFLY, in Vietnam in 1963.  His unit carried out security and rescue operations in DaNang to aid other troops.  Wade returned to San Antonio upon his discharge from the Marine Corps and attended San Antonio College.  It was there that he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Nancy Nagel.  Wade and Nancy were married in 1966.  Upon Nancy’s graduation from St. Mary’s University, they moved to Houston, Texas in 1967.  Wade graduated from the University of Houston and subsequently received his Master’s in Education from Texas Southern University.  Wade was a Licensed Professional Counselor.  During his career in education, Wade coached in Houston ISD and Spring Branch ISD and then became a high school counselor, alternative school counselor, and truant officer during his 28 years with Alief ISD.  Wade was part owner of Courtesy Driving School for many years.  He enjoyed weightlifting and tennis and had a love of running which lead him to complete several marathons.  For many years, Wade’s day would begin by meeting his running friends at Memorial Park before going to work.  Wade was given the privilege of receiving a heart transplant from Houston Methodist Hospital on December 22, 2009.  This gift allowed him 7 more years to be with his family and friends.  Wade was blessed to be able to develop relationships with his five grandchildren.

Wade is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lillian Gillett and grandfather, Elba Hudson, his grandmother, Della Moyer and grandfather, Klare Moyer, his father, Elby Wade Hudson, Jr., and his mother, Louise Moyer Hudson Mitchell Curry, his step father William Mitchell, his father-in-law Richard Robinson, his mother-in-law Marion Robinson, his sister-in-law, Janice Jarzombek and sister-in-law, Elva Robinson.

Wade is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy (Nagel) Hudson, his two daughters, Becky Blaylock and her husband Garrett, Crystal Hacker and her husband Dustin, along with five grandchildren:  Breanne Blaylock, Blaire Blaylock, Hudson Hacker, Brody Hacker, and Brooks Hacker.  He is also survived by his sister Brenda Hale and her husband Robert, Jr., sister-in-law Gail Tribble and her husband Robert, brother-in-law, Richard Robinson, brother-in-law Robert Jarzombek, sister-in-law, Joy Raines and her husband, Tony.  Wade is also survived by nephews Robert Hale lll, Richard Jarzombek and Randy Jarzombek, niece, Jennifer Randle and numerous step-nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his aunt, Dorothy Roberts and cousins.

The family takes comfort in knowing that Wade is at home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  A service celebrating Wade’s life will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, April 13, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, 12440 Beamer Rd., Houston TX 77089.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation-Heart Transplant Research, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX 77210-4384 or Veterans of Foreign Wars (https://heroes.vfw.org).

Charlotte Moore

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Charlotte Carol Moore passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 6, 2017. Charlotte was born February 11, 1966 in Houston Texas. She grew up in Pasadena, Texas where she met the love of her life and husband of 20 years, David Moore. David preceded her in death April 3, 2006 and we know they are now reunited in heaven after 11 years.

Charlotte stayed home to raise her children for many years and worked as a secretary/office manager part time. She went to school after her children were grown and earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Houston Clear Lake. She was consistently on the Dean’s list and in the National Honor Society. Charlotte was accepted into the master’s program at U of H when she was diagnosed with cancer. She volunteered at many organizations that hosted several annual events, particularly for the National MS Society where she was an ambassador. Charlotte’s passion was to learn and help others, she also loved traveling with her children and entertaining at her home.

Charlotte is survived by her children Lana Fillman and husband Chris, Lacey Moore, and David (Trey) Moore; her sister Rebecca Hannah and brothers Frank and Travis Waskom.

Charlotte was a wonderful friend and mother who will be missed by all the lives she has touched.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, April 11, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, April 12, in the chapel at First Baptist Church Pasadena. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Abraham “Abe” Arzaga

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Abraham “Abe” Arzaga went to be with the Lord on April 1, 2017 after almost a 6 year battle with brain cancer.  Abe was born on December 12, 2000 at St. John’s Hospital to parents Abraham and Denise Arzaga of Houston.

Abe was such a special and amazing kid.  An expert in video games.  That was his joy in this life.  Always with a sweet smile.  Even when he was in pain.  A one line joker a very witty kid even with his doctors and nurses who loved him so much for his joyful spirit.  He would always make the most formal doctors laugh until they had to leave the room.  That was little Abe.  His teachers and friends at school always loved this amazing personality.  Many teachers called him an old soul in a kid’s body. His sisters and brother learned at a very young age not to start a discussion or an argument with him.  He would beat them 10 out of 10.  His friends on his video games online liked him so much even though he was much younger than them.    They called him little bro “Abe1212”. He fought like a lion.  Cancer might have broken his body but never his warrior spirit.  He was an Eagle who always flew over any difficulty or challenge in his young life until his broken body could not hold him anymore.  So he spread his wings and flew directly so high into the house of God Almighty, who was already waiting for him. For all of us family and friends, that happy boy video game expert left a void in our hearts that nothing will fill until the day when we meet again.

Abe is survived by his parents Abraham and Denise Arzaga, siblings Amari Montelongo, Anahi Arzaga, Ashly Arzaga and Dylan Beller; uncles Joseph (wife Olivia) and Joshua Roppolo, Francisco (wife Petra), Rafael and Wenceslao (wife Martha) Arzaga and his aunt Chary Riddle (husband Wayne), and numerous nieces and cousins and in-laws.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, April 7, and the service celebrating Abe’s life will be at 10:00am, Saturday, April 8, both to be held at Christ Church, 12815 Fuqua Street, Houston 77034. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carl McCain Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 66054, Houston, TX 77266.

Bobby Ray Cooper

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Mr. Bobby “Bob” Ray Cooper, 87, of Crosby, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 while in medical care at Kindred Hospital-Bay Area, in Pasadena, Texas. He was born September 26, 1929, to Marshall and Hettie (Williams) Cooper. Bobby was born in Goodpine, Louisiana, and remained in his home-state of Louisiana through his middle teenage years. He was born in 1929, the year of the “Stock Market Crash”, spent his early childhood growing up in the “Great Depression”, 1929-1939, and endured the effects of World War-II, 1939-1945, during his teenage years.

Bobby Ray Cooper was recruited into the US Army at age 17 in 1947 shortly after the end of WWII, and served in the US Army for two years,1947-1948, and received an Honorable Discharge in summer of 1948 at age 19. While in the US Army, Bobby Ray Cooper, served at the “Fitzsimons Army Hospital/Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center (FAMC)”, located Arora, Colorado. The FAMC was named after Lt. William T. Fitzsimmons, who was the first American Medical Officer killed in WWI. The FAMC was located on 577 acres, was opened in 1918 during WWI, and remained open until its closing in 1999.

While serving in the US Army in Arora, Colorado, Mr. Bobby Ray Cooper met and fell in love with, and married, Ms. Dolores Catherine Stoik in May 1948. After discharge from the US Army, Bobby, and his newly-wed wife Delores, traveled to his home state of Louisiana to live. After WWII it was very difficult to find work in Louisiana. So, Bobby and Delores moved to Houston, Texas where Bobby was successful in locating steady work.

Bobby underwent training and was successfully employed as an Air Condition/ Refrigeration Technician for most of his adult life. He enjoyed to work with his hands and retired at age 65. He enjoyed returning to Louisiana from time to time to see and smell the tall pine trees and reminisce of childhood/teenage hunting and fishing.

Bobby remarried on March 24, 1987 to Ms. Flora Louise Edwards of Galena Park, Texas. Bobby and Louise moved to Galena Park, Texas, and resided there for several years before moving to Crosby, Texas. Bobby and Louise enjoyed their life and home that was nestled in the tall pine trees in Crosby, Texas…….I think it reminded Bobby of his boyhood days in the tall pines in Louisiana.

Mr. Bobby Ray Cooper is survived by four of his five daughters; Brenda Cooper Cryer, Judie Cooper Haynes, Dianne Cooper Watt, and Rita Cooper Cusack, and his son Raymond M. Cooper (from marriage to Dolores Cooper); as well as eleven grandchildren; Shannon Cooper Lee, Lisa Haynes, Matt Haynes, Kimberly Wilborn, Angela Wilborn, Christopher Cusack, Meagan Cusack, Lindsey Dulaney, Casandra Moon, Daniel Standley, and Audrey Victoria Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Hettie (Williams) Cooper, and his wife Flora Louise Cooper (Edwards), who passed away in January 2017.

Mr. Bobby Ray Cooper is also survived by Flora Louise Cooper (Edwards) two sons (by previous marriage); Mr. Calvin Edwards, and Mr. Dennis Edwards, of Crosby, Texas.

Of my Dads life-long work, efforts, and accomplishments, the most important decision he ever made, was the day he humbled himself before our GOD in heaven, confessed his sins to GOD, asked for forgiveness, and Accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at age 87 in 2017.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Saturday, April 8, at Niday Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 9:15am Monday, April 10, at Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Cooper’s name may be directed to Sagemont Church.

Tretha Bell

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Tretha Doyne Eastwood Bell passed peacefully surrounded by family on March 29, 2017.  Tretha, I mean Nelly Mae Bell Tretha Doyne Eastwood Bell (Yes that is really her actual name) was the 9th of 13 siblings born in Boswell, OK on May 6, 1935 to Lillie Bell and Hiram Eastwood.  Does Eastwood sound familiar?  Yes, she was a distant relative to THE Clint Eastwood.  After graduating grade school, she joined her sisters in Dallas where she went to Business School.  Tretha married Ronald Overton “R.O.” Bell on May 15, 1954.

She was definitely a mamma’s girl!  One of her greatest joys was spending time with her mother.  When her mother was 90, she visited Houston and decided to stay.  She asked her Mom, if she could have anything in the world…what would you want?”  Lillie remarked, I have 13 children and always wanted a gold wedding band.  So, she took her to purchase the ring.  On Tuesday, we were pleasantly surprised to see that same gold wedding band on our mother’s hand at the hospital.  What a wonderful sign from heaven, that the mother she loved so dearly was there with her.

She is survived by her brother Bruce Eastwood (Odessa) and sisters Nema Schwartz (Stuart) and Francis Nauman, her sons Robby Bell (Teresa), Rick Bell (Lori) and daughter Tanya Bracksieck (Mike), 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces, and countless friends.

Tretha leaves an irreplaceable void in the lives that she touched, without even realizing it.  Babysitting brought her joy, whether it was watching her grandchildren or the children that she kept.  No matter how old her loved one was, she marked them with her very special kiss across their forehead every time she saw them and followed that with “That’s my spot.” Family was her everything and her purpose, along with sharing her love for Jesus Christ.  Her children were raised on moon pies and fignewtons.  Our fondest memories of her were playing games…jumping over marbles in Wahoo, skipping you in Uno or Skipbo, five and diming you in Dominos or snatching a handle in Spoons; but you rarely could catch her when she “Mooned”.

Everyone who knew her knows that her biggest passion and thoughtful gift was her Green Thumb.  She inherited her love and knowledge of flowers from her mother.  She transplanted her flowers from her mom’s home and the flowers continued to move wherever she lived. Her passion was to share her flowers, but there was always a rule… don’t say thank you or the flowers will die.

She was truly one of a kind, we are not exaggerating.  One example was many years ago, her finger was pinched between a ladder, she mended that hurt finger herself.  Everything healed, but to her surprise she put her finger print back on upside down.  One of a kind!

Her family will miss her very much, but is comforted to know that she was greeted with open arms when she arrived in heaven.  Cherish this time on earth…  The family would like you to honor our Momma, Nana, GiGi, MeMe and Sissy by planting a flower to share, doing a good deed for someone, or simply playing Uno with your children. Until we meet again sweet Tretha, we will always love and adore you.

The service celebrating Trethas’ life will be held at 2:00pm., Monday, April 3, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Keaford Hale

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Keaford Floyd Hale, 66, passed away on March 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  Keaford was born on January 12, 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida to parents Willard and Mirdis Hale.  He grew up in Magnolia, Texas and served in the United States Navy for 8 years after high school.  After his service in the military, he worked on sail boats and traveled extensively as a truck driver.  He retired in his 50s and made his home in Pasadena, Texas.  He was an active member of the American Legion Post 521 and enjoyed trips to Louisiana to the casinos.  Keaford enjoyed dancing and listening to many genres of music.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren was always ready with a witty comeback or a great joke.

Keaford is survived by his wife Carol S. Drake-Hale of 6 years; daughter Belinda Borner and husband Jim; daughter Patricia Fiegel and husband David; step-daughter Mellissa Fielden and husband Terry; step-daughter Amanda Bradley and husband Steven; brother Willard Hale, Jr; sister Joyce Anderson; sister Debra Bradley and husband Tom; Father in-law Bobby Sanders and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Keaford is proceeded in death by his parents Willard and Mirdis Hale, brothers John Hale and Eugene Hale and brother in-law Robert Anderson.  He will be greatly missed by the many people he encountered throughout her life.  We take comfort in knowing he is at home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Keaford’s family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Sunday, April 2nd at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. A graveside service will be held 11:00am., Monday, April 3rd at La Porte Cemetery.