Mary Sue Collins

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Mary Sue Collins, 79, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Pasadena, TX. She was born Mary Sue Rains on August 4, 1937 in Goose Creek, TX to the late James Howard Rains and Essie Loraine Payne Rains.

Sue was the loving mother of 6 children, grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 8. Sue lived most her life in the Pasadena area where she worked as a real estate broker for 30+ yrs and then a marketing representative at Texas America Title for 15 yrs where she eventually retired.  For a brief period she also owned and operated a bed & breakfast and bakery in Jefferson, TX. Sue enjoyed many hobbies in her lifetime including painting, camping, collecting vintage items and traveling/cruising the world.  She was a history buff and enjoyed learning about Texas history especially.  Sue shared her love for the arts with her grandchildren by taking them to the theater annually for Christmas. In any spare time Sue actively volunteered for the Pasadena City Planning Commission as well as local and national political campaigns.

Most of all Sue enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She spent years coordinating family trips and holiday gatherings for everyone including one in her home just this past January. Sue’s family and friends will best remember her for her selflessness.  Those closest to her each have unique stories of her many acts of kindness. More evidence of this exists in the numerous thank you notes in her home from organizations she supported and donated to all her life including the SPCA, Wounded Warrior Project and Feed the Children. Even in her final days, Sue was not worried about herself but only of her family. Sue was the family matriarch and she loved and appreciated each of her family members.

Sue is survived by her aunt Mabel Lazenby; 6 children: Rex Utsey and fiancée Barbara, Rhonda Lendo and husband John, Morris Utsey, Russell Utsey and wife Cindy, Clint Whatley, Denise Cervenka and husband Ron; 8 grandchildren:  Brad and wife Sarah, Kari and husband Danny, Amanda and husband James, Rusti, Sandi, Jesse, Kali, Thomas and wife Keleigh; 8 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Addyson, Raeyln, Ava, Trey, Chase, Scarlett, Hadleigh; special family member: Christi Dalecky and numerous nieces and nephews. Sue was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Faye Jackson.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm., Friday, February 17th, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Sue Collins to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

William A. “Sonny” Steed

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William A. “Sonny” Steed stepped into heaven and into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  He was born June 3, 1935 to William P. Steed and Erma Allen Steed in Atlanta, Texas.  Sonny was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Leta F. Steed, daughter Melynda K. Steed, son James A. Steed and loving Aunt Mildred “Bidge” Proctor as well as numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

Sonny surrendered to the ministry while in high school at an Evangelistic Crusade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He attended Louisiana College from 1953-57, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1964-66, where he received his Masters of Religious Education; and Licensing and Ordination were at First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas.  His ministry included the following churches and organizations: Wardville Baptist Church, Pineville, LA as Minister of Music; First Baptist Church Ferriday, LA as Minister of Music; Trinity Baptist Church West Monroe, LA as Minister of Music/Youth; Morningside Baptist Church Shreveport, LA as Minister of Music/Youth; Istrouma Baptist Church Baton Rouge, LA as Youth Director; First Baptist Church Homer, LA as Minister of Music/Youth; First Baptist Church Pearland, Texas as Ministry of Music/Youth; served on the staff at Union Baptist Association helping develop Trinity Pines Conference Center; South Park Baptist Church Alvin, TX as Minister of Music/Youth; returned to Istrouma Baptist Church as Minister of Education; served on the staff at Rapha Treatment Centers as Director of Pastoral Care; First Baptist Church Pasadena, TX as Minister of Education; returned to Istrouma Baptist as Minister to Senior Adults; Shadycrest Baptist Church Pearland, TX as Church Administrator retiring from the ministry after 61 years of service to the Lord. He was currently serving as Minister of Member Involvement at First Baptist Church Pasadena, TX.

Sonny also served in the following capacities: Board Member for Don Piper Ministries, Kiwanis Clubs, School Board Member for Pearland ISD, and Lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Sonny loved His Lord and Savior and the life he led exemplified that to the fullest.  He loved the people with whom he served from children to adults.  Many of them are now serving the Lord as missionaries, pastors, staff members and in other areas of ministries in their churches throughout the United States and across the world.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, February 14th, and the service celebrating Sonny’s life will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, February 15th, all held at First Baptist Church Pasadena. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Sonny’s name to be made to First Baptist Church Pasadena, “Completing the Miracle” Fund, or another church or charitable organization of your choice.

Bobby Pickens

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Bobby Glenn Pickens of Pasadena, Texas passed away February 9, 2017.  He was born in Houston on July 5, 1949.  He was a member of Sagemont Church which he loved greatly.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia and his children, Christopher Pickens, Jeremy and his wife Aubin Pickens.  He had one precious granddaughter Daphne Pickens whom he was so proud of.  He leaves behind sisters Gloria McDaniel and Mary Pickens and brother David Pickens.  Preceded by his parents L. D. and Gloria Pickens and his sister Linda Spriggs.

After 39 years at Bayer, he retired in 2012.  He enjoyed his retirement and filled his time enjoying his friends, carving, even began taking guitar lessons at age 66.  He had many wonderful times fishing and hunting with many friends.  One of his favorite times was being on the deer lease with one of his best friends from childhood.  He always looked forward to the next hunting season.

Bobby left behind family and many friends that he loved with a passion.  They were such a blessing to him and never forget how much he loved you.

The service celebrating Bobby’s life will be at 11:00am Monday, February 13, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Pauline Hart

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Pauline Ellis Hart was born May 1, 1921 in Canton, NC to the late Tobe and Nettie Ellis.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, O. C.; son, Steve; and son-in-law, Jerry.  She was the last surviving sibling of eight.  Polly was a former resident of Trinity, Texas and prior to that, Pasadena, Texas.  She stepped into heaven on February 8, 2017 to meet her Savior face to face and to be greeted by family and friends who preceded her.  She is survived by her daughter Sue de la Moriniere; son, Larry Hart & wife Cheryl; grandchildren, Keith de la Moriniere & wife Janie, Matthew de la Moriniere & wife Rhonda, Amanda Camp & husband Ty, Carissa Hart, Rebekah Dischler & husband Matt, and 8 great grandchildren. A Graveside service will be held at 10:00am Friday, February 17, at Grandview Memorial Park with Rev. Keith de la Moriniere officiating.

We greatly appreciate the kind care that was given by her CNA and nurses at RHC in Baytown and the end-of-life care given by Faith Community Hospice.

Aurora Rodriguez

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Aurora Rodriguez, 76, of Brookside Village, Texas, passed away February 6, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Glen Flora, Texas to Felix and Leonora Corpus, also from Brookside Village.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Roy Rodriguez. Aurora is survived by her sons Charles and Ronald Rodriguez; her grandchildren Ryan, Raegan and Rylee Rodriguez along with their mother Paula Rodriguez. She is also survived by her sister Josephine Caballero and brother-in-law Nicolas Caballero Jr., along with several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to thank her caregivers.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, February 13th, at Niday Funeral Home, with a rosary being prayed at 6:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Tuesday, February 14th, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road in Pearland. Rite of Committal will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. Aurora you will be missed but never forgotten.

Josephine V. Moon

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Josephine V. Moon, 98, passed away on Sunday February 5, 2017 at a Pasadena Hospital.  Josephine was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and graduated from Smith College in 1940. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and affectionate grandmother, great grandmother and friend who lived in Pasadena for over 70 years; Josephine also worked as a schoolteacher for the Pasadena Independent School District.

Josephine is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Moon and her son, Mark Moon. She is survived by daughters, Marsha Wilson and husband Larry, of Pasadena, TX, Nancy Owens and husband Jim of Humble, TX, and Joan Vauthrin and husband Robert of Katy, TX; sons, Merle Moon and wife Jo Carol, of Pasadena, TX and Greg Moon of Seabrook, TX.

Granny’s grandchildren include, Brent Angle of Houston, TX, Staci Adrian and husband Jason of Kingwood, TX, Kevin Angle of Alvin, TX, Stephen Stork, of Humble, TX, Justin Moon and wife Mindy of Richmond, TX, David Vauthrin and wife Beth of Houston, TX, Ryan Moon and wife Kandace of Houston, TX , Michelle Westermeyer and husband Michael of Katy, TX and Michael Moon of Pasadena, TX.

Great Grandchildren include Stephen, Canen and Graycen Adrian, Kirsten and Hunter Moon, Charli and Kinslie Westermeyer and Alexis Vauthrin.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, February 9, and the funeral service will be at 10:00am Friday, February 10, both held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

Felipa “Faye” Gonzales

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Felipa “Faye” Gonzales passed away peacefully, February 3, 2017, at her home in Houston, TX, after battling cancer for a several months. Born in Kingsville, TX, February 10, 1921, to Cleofas Zungia and Modesta Trejo, she lived most of her life in Algoa, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, A.V. Gonzales, sisters, Manuela Barajas and Eva Zuniga, and brother, Adam Zuniga.

Faye was a devoted Christian and became an ordained mister in 1977. She was a multifaceted lady who enjoyed cooking for everyone, sewing, and tending to her numerous plants.

She is survived by her daughter, Celia Garcia; step-daughter, Lucy Martinez and husband Raymond; step-son, Samuel Gonzales; grandchildren, Mike Garcia and wife Leanne, TJ Garcia, Joe Garcia, Irene Wong and husband Jerry,  Samuel Gonzales Jr., Veronica Gonzales,  and Rebecca Gonzales; sisters, Esther Bustamante and Mary Davilla; several great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, TX.  A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, 11:00am at South Park Cemetery, 1310 N. Main, Pearland, TX.

Willis Owen Mahaffey, Sr.

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Willis Owen Mahaffey, Sr., 96, passed away peacefully January 29, 2017 in Schertz, Texas.  Willis is survived by his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and James Barnes Sr., son-in-law Ron Malvo, and daughter-in-law Genia Mahaffey.  Willis has 11 grandchildren:  Sam Mahaffey, Clay Robbins (deceased), Kimberly Robbins (deceased), Samuel Watkins, Dawn Swain, Scott Hayes, Richard Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Erin Cude, Willis Allen Mahaffey, and Jeffrey Mahaffey.  He also has 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.  Willis was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille of 73 years, daughter Lois Moore-Malvo, son, Willis O. Mahaffey, Jr., daughter Helen Karr and his parents Owen George and Lois Ethel Talbot Mahaffey.

Willis was born in Cambridge, Illinois September 8,1920. He attended grade school and High School in the part of Oklahoma known as The Cherokee Indian Territory.  His grandpa Mahaffey’s farm was homesteaded in that Indian Territory in the late 1890’s. In 1938 Willis enrolled at Salt City College in Hutchinson, Kansas and earned a Degree in General Business Science. He paid his tuition by enlisting in the National Guard.  In 1940 he was hired as an aircraft welder by Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita Kansas.  In 1942 he moved to Douglas Aircraft Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Willis was drafted 1A for military service in 1944.  To his dismay he was turned down as 1F, unfit for Navy service.  During this time, still employed with Douglas Aircraft, he was chosen to work on a super secretive job called “Project X.”  A few Class A Army-Navy certified welders prepared the plane that carried President Roosevelt to Russia for the Yalta meeting with Stalin of Russia and Churchill of England.  The last 2 years until the end of WWII, and 24 years old, he was day shift foreman in the welding department #411 Douglas Aircraft Plant.  After WWII, Willis went into sales of oilfield equipment and retired in 1982 after 30 years with Continental Emsco Supply Company.

 Willis became a Mason in 1948.  He accepted Christ into his heart in 1955 and on September 16, 1956 he was ordained a Deacon. The Lord allowed him to serve in many church positions to include teaching 9-12 year-old boys in Sunday School.  He was a sponsor for Junior Achievement and loved working with young people.

Willis had a passion for the “birds and the bees.”  He was a beekeeper for many years and raised Auto-Sex Texas Pioneer pigeons; probably the best squab producers in the industry. He played a fundamental part in getting this new breed accepted into the National Pigeon Association.

 Living through the Depression years instilled a work ethic that Willis lived by.  Church family, immediate family, career or hobby, he never did anything half-hearted.

Willis will be missed by his friends and family.

The service celebrating Willis’ life will be held at 2:00pm., Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas, with visitation at 1:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Discipleship Program at Memorial Baptist Church – Pasadena, Texas or the American Heart Association – Houston, Texas.

Charles Bruce Clausen

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The Lord called Charles Clausen home on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Houston, Texas.  Charles was born January 6, 1944 in Houston, Texas to Archie Clausen and Margaret (Mema) Roberts Clausen.  Charles attended Catholic grade school, Mount Carmel High and Milby High School in Houston before serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Wren DD-568 and USS Haynsworth DD-700.  He was employed with ARMCO Steel in the 1970s as well as co-owner of C&M Café in Houston near the ship channel.  After ARMCO closed the plant in Houston, Charles began his career in law enforcement.  He retired as a Sergeant with the Harris County Constable’s office Pct. 2 in January 2006, after nearly thirty years of service.  Charles is preceded in death by both parents and his brother, Johnny Clausen.  Charles is survived by his beloved best friend and companion, Bella (German Shepherd); Daughter, Deborah Clausen Driver and husband, Gregg, of Douglass, Texas; Son, Jeffrey Clausen and wife, Kassie, of Douglass, Texas; Daughter, Audrey Sawyer, of Mineral Wells, Texas; Daughter, Emily Sawyer, of Houston, Texas; Grandchildren:  Kaiden, Kaileb, Quinton, Ian, Garrett, Zachary and Jayce; Nieces, Shanna Clausen Sisson and Jennifer Clausen; Nephew, John Clausen, as well as numerous friends.  Charlie loved to play pranks on others and tell jokes.  He was skilled in Chess, several video games and cheated like crazy at Monopoly when he played against his kids.  This will be one of our fondest memories of Dad as well as his love of the movies The Lion King and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  He loved his job and brothers in law enforcement.  He loved animals, especially his Bella.  Visitation with family and friends will be held Monday, February 6, 2017, 2-4pm, at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA of Texas are greatly appreciated.

LaNelle Gorton

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LaNelle Gorton, 77, of Deer Park, TX, devoted wife, loving mother, and affectionate grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend entered into the loving embrace of our Lord on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

LaNelle was born in Huntsville, TX on March 17, 1939 to Josie and Richard Wofford. LaNelle was the big sister to Emily Joe and the family moved to Houston, TX.  LaNelle attended public school in Houston Texas and graduated from Jeff Davis High School where she was a Drill Team Cadette.  She attended the University of Houston where she received her Associates Degree.

LaNelle and Harry attended First Baptist Church of south Houston, but at different times. Once LaNelle and Harry met and started dating this realization became known as they both knew a lot of the same people from church. LaNelle and Harry married on March 14, 1959. This loving union blessed our world with six wonderful children: Terry Allen Gorton, Gayla Alane Clason, Scott Arnold Gorton, Randal Adam Gorton, Kathy Ann Stiegelmar, and Karen Emily Gorton. Randal shares his grief with wife Debra Gorton, and Kathy with husband John Stiegelmar.

LaNelle is also survived by seven grandchildren: Michael Brandon Clason, Alana Lee Clason, Brent Green, Stanton Allen Gorton, Daric Reid Gorton, Cara Nicole Gorton, and Rebecca Antonia Stiegelmar.  Alana shares her grief with husband, Rick Harlow and Brent with wife Jamille.

LaNelle is also survived by five great grandchildren: Braydon Austin Harlow, Evan Tyler Harlow, Arin Elizabeth Harlow, Gracie Reese Green, and Augustus Jace Green.

LaNelle enjoyed being a full time mother and homeroom mom to all of her kids. She was a cub scout troop leader, Rams to Deer Park High School football mom, golf, baseball, basketball, and a cheer, dance, and drill team mom.  She also enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher and being involved in all aspects of her children’s lives. LaNelle cheered the loudest and was the proudest to all of her children’s endeavors.

Summer vacations were spent attending national conventions all over the United States with the Mothers of Multiples, where LaNelle help found the organization.  LaNelle was an active leader and held many positions over the years as president, treasury, and other official duties, but her most loved position was the Fairy Godmother.  LaNelle enjoyed performing at convention annually wearing fun costumes with added feather boas, tiara, and wand. She would sing and dance for all of the moms that were so happy to have a week off from being a busy wife and mother of multiples to enjoy listening to professional guest speakers, seeing the local sites, and most importantly, bonding with other mother’s of multiples.

In memory of LaNelle Gorton who was known as the Fairy Godmother at Texas Mothers of Multiples conventions since the late 1970s, a scholarship fund has been set up for mothers of twins/multiples that would like to attend state convention, but cannot afford to do so.  In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the TMOM Fairy Godmother fund through PayPal at PayPal.Me/TMOMFairyGodmother  or you can send a check to: TMOM Fairy Godmother, Houston MOM, 2880 Flower Creek Lane, Dickson, TX 77539

If you have any questions or comments or memories to share about LaNelle Gorton aka TMOM Fairy Godmother, you can send an email to: TMOM.Fairy.Godmother@gmail.com

During the final days of LaNelle’s life, Houston Hospice peacefully transitioned our loving mother to Heaven, and we would like to extend our gratitude for their utmost care in making our mother’s final moments bearable.

The family will receive friends from 9:00am until 9:30am., Saturday, February 4, at First Baptist Church Deer Park, and the funeral service will begin at 9:30am. Interment will follow at Black Jack Cemetery in Huntsville, TX.