Frances “Fran” Edwards

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Frances Wyndolene Durham Edwards was born September 25, 1929 to Chester and Ada Durham. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ralph J. Edwards, daughter, Charlotte Day, husband, Carrol G. Day; daughter, Cathy Edwards; Grandchildren, Collin and wife Kristin Day, Carissa and husband, Nick Vann, and Connor Day; great- grandchildren, Eden, McKenna, and Jillian Vann; Cayden, Kyla, and Maddie Kate Day; a brother, Dale and wife Marge Durham, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by parents; Chester and Ada Durham, brother, Don Durham, and a daughter, Cynthia Celeste Edwards.

Early in life Fran asked Jesus to be her Savior and Lord and was baptized by W. A. Criswell at First Baptist Church, Chickasha, Oklahoma. She felt that God called her to be a missionary and loved going on mission trips to tell people the good news about Jesus. She traveled to Argentina, Africa, Brazil, France, Guyana, Germany, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Siberia, and Venezuela. Fran felt that the local church was also a mission field. She felt it was her mission to let everyone she came in contact with know how much Jesus loves them. She wanted each person to know Jesus as their personal Savior. She worked on a book to help new Christians grow in their faith.

Church was always a very important part of her life. Ralph, her husband was a minister their entire married life. Throughout their marriage, she played a supportive role to his ministry in several churches, in Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas. She taught teenagers and adults in Sunday School. Through the years, in several churches, she was the director of “G.A.’s” Girl’s Auxiliary, a group that taught girls the importance of scripture memorization and sharing the gospel locally and abroad by actions, deeds, and financial support. She also helped sponsor multiple youth mission trips to many areas of the United States.

Fran loved her family dearly, loved to cook, and was a gracious hostess to those who visited her home. She loved to set a beautiful table and entertain guests and family for meals and special occasions. She was a substitute teacher in public schools and worked as a secretary in several churches through the years.

Fran will be deeply missed by her loved ones and friends. We know confidently that her thoughts are clear and her hearing crystal. Her beautiful blue eyes sparkling as she confidently lifts her voice with the angels in heaven. She is secure in the arms of Jesus.

Fran studied her Bible faithfully and Psalm 37:4 helped direct her life:  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

The service celebrating Fran’s life will be held at 6:00pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Sagemont Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be privately held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Kenneth Lynn Ray

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Kenneth Lynn Ray, 69 entered into rest, September 21, 2017.  He was born September 2, 1948. He is preceded in death by Father,  Odie Odester Ray, Mother, Lillie Thorp Ray and  sister, Pamela Ann Norman.

He is survived in death by his wife, Karen Ray, brother: Curtis Ray and wife Debbie, brother-in-law: Charles Norman, son: Kenneth Lynn Ray II and wife Tammy, daughter: Karie Leann Ray and husband Christiano Costa, son: Korey Ray. Grandchildren: Kylie and Kaycie Ray, Harley and Lillie Ray Costa and Korey`s unknowns. He is also survived in death by numerous nephews and nieces and a multitude of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held  at 2:00pm., Thursday, September 28, at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Michael “Mike” Ibarguen

Michael Stephen Ibarguen went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 20, 2017, at the age of 65.  Mike passed away on the golf course practicing the game he loved.  He was raised in Pasadena, Texas and graduated in 1970 from Sam Rayburn HS. After graduation, he was drafted to play minor league baseball.  For 6 years he played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers.  Following his stent in baseball, he attended U of H where he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering.  For almost four decades Mike had a career as an Engineer in the Petrochemical/Engineering Construction industry that took him and his wife, Leah, to different parts of the country.  Mike’s faith and family were important parts of his life.  He and Leah were members of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas.

He is survived by Leah, his wife of 45 years, son Blake and his wife Jennifer, granddaughters, Sophia and Samantha Ibarguen, and a host of other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Texas.

Micaela “Mickie” Hinojosa

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The spirit of Micaela “Mickie” Y. Hinojosa was set free on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  She was surrounded by her loved ones until she was called home.  She joins her mother Minerva Ramirez Ynosencio, her father Miguel Pantoja Ynosencio, her brother David Ynosencio, and her son Mark Daniel Hinojosa in heaven.  Mickie’s heart belonged to her family.  She will be missed dearly by her children, son Raymond Hinojosa III and wife Tina, daughter Rebekah Minverva Sanchez and husband Leonardo, and daughter Michelle Renee Bolanos and husband Harold.  She will also be remembered by her brother Manual J. Ynocencio, and her sister Elena “Helen” N. Garza McClure.

Her pride and joy were her 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Renee Torres, Sarah Elizabeth Bolanos, Leonardo Daniel Sanchez, Katherine Nicole Bolanos, Brenna Mikaela Sanchez, Jesse James Sanchez, Raymond Hinojosa IV, Aaron Alexander Bolanos, Alysia Kristine Hinojosa, Gabriel Alexander Hinojosa, and her 3 great grandchildren Xavier Nex Salazar, Eve Emery Rodas, and Isla Eden Rodas.

Mickie was born July 23, 1951 in Bryan, Texas.  Her family moved to Houston in 1953 and into a developing neighborhood, El Dorado, in 1956.  She later raised her kids in the same house she grew up in.  She enjoyed working with her mom making Christmas decorations after High School and with her Dad in the bakery after having her first child.  After having her fourth child and becoming a single mother she started working as an electronics assembler for a new upcoming company, Compaq.  She moved on to assembling electronics for downhole drilling tools. She has always been a strong, hardworking woman that hated to depend on anyone but loved to be depended on.  She “retired” at the age of 62.  At 63 years old she obtained an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and went on to become a substitute teacher at Alvin ISD until becoming ill.

Mickie was a free spirit with a heart of gold who enjoyed life.  Some of her favorite pass times included singing in church, watching baseball games, bowling, going to the movies, the renaissance festival, reading, road trips, and going to the mall.  She devoted her life to her family and she loved supporting her children and grandchildren in everything they did.

“At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we build; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character; and not our success, but our significance.” Mickie touched the lives of many and her memory will forever be engraved in our hearts.

A memorial service honoring Mickie’s life will be held on Friday, September 29, at 6 p.m. at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Mary Drury

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Mary P. Drury went to live in the kingdom of God with the Angels on September 20, 2017.  She died of natural causes.  Mary was born to Anita Guedry and Salvatore Perrero August 14, 1921 in Paincourtville, Louisiana. She graduated from Port Allen High School in Port Allen, Louisiana on May 31, 1939, and attended and graduated from Spencer Business College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 15, 1941.  Mary was a recipient of the Parent Teachers Association life time achievement award on April 18, 1963 in Houston, Texas.

Mary married Robert C. Drury on April 1, 1946.  He preceded her in death after more than thirty years of marriage. She retired from Foleys/Macys after twenty years of service as executive assistant to the Warehouse Store manager.

Left to mourn are her daughter and son-in-law Donna and Carl Haga, son and daughter-in-law Robert C. Drury, Jr/Marcela Romero, granddaughters Rachelle VanMeter and Holly and her husband Mike Kressley, great granddaughters Hannah Crumley and Kaylee Kressley, great grandson Michael G. Barnard and her dear friend and sister Alice Harkness.  Others include nieces and nephews and various other family members.  Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father and brother Felix Perrero.

A funeral mass will be held on September 28, 2017 at 12 o’clock noon at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, located at 11011 Hall Road, Houston, Texas 77089.  The family will host family and friends in the foyer of the church at 11:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers please contribute to the charity of your choice.

Patricia “Pat” Knotts

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Patricia Jean Anderson Knotts, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 18, 2017.  She passed away at home with her husband, children, and granddaughter gathered around her bed, holding her hand.  What a blessing that she was able to see and visit with her husband, her children, and almost all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren during the final week of her life.

Pat was born in Adair County near Zion, Iowa on March 24, 1933.  She grew up in Creston, Iowa.  Her child rearing years were spent in southern California, and she lived her last 30 years in Houston, Texas.

Above all else, Pat loved the Lord.  She lived for Him, and the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – were evident in her life and a comfort and encouragement to all who knew her.

She was a devoted wife to Elvin Knotts for 63 years, and passed away holding his hand.  She was a loving mother to her three children – Mike Knotts, Sherry Escobedo, and Angie Regalado — and taught them to lean on the Lord.  Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you.

As her children got older, Pat went to school to become a Registered Nurse, and worked in the medical field for several years.  After Elvin retired, Pat and Elvin bought a motor home and enjoyed traveling.  They later became interested in dancing and for many years were members of Round Dance clubs and attended weekly dances which they very much enjoyed.  All through the years, Pat and Elvin were actively involved in church.

In addition to her husband and three children, Pat is survived by 14 grandchildren – Lauren Desalvo, Megan Knotts, Karen Akers, Allison Knotts, Eric Knotts; Brandon Escobedo, Mandy Almendarez, Diego Escobedo, Nicole Tello, Zeke Escobedo, Shyla Escobedo; Jessica West, Veronica Regalado, and Kevin Regalado.  Pat is also survived by 22 great grandchildren – Bryce, Sam, Caleb, Juliet and Nathan Desalvo; Oliver and Nora Akers; Logan and Luke Escobedo; Charisma, Sierra, and Ayvia Roach; Keegen and Emilee Almendarez; Penelope Tello, and Eli James (in utero); Cole, Beau, Ivy, and Raylan West; Awstyn and McKenzie Regalado.  Pat is also survived by siblings – Neva Hill, Rob Anderson, and Linda Dibel.

The service celebrating Pat’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home on Beamer Road in Houston.  A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017, also at Niday Funeral Home.

Jose Rolando Rodriguez

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Jose Rolando Rodriguez passed away on September 14, 2017 with his wife at his side. He was born in Laredo, Texas to Jose Rodriguez and Viviana Zavala.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Idalia Alvarado. He leaves his family, whom he loved dearly including his wife of 44 years, Sara, son, Marcos, daughter and son-in-law, Susanna and Heath Mills, his most beloved grandchild, Aly Underwood, step grandson, Blake, sisters Ana Laura Benavides and Nora Hernandez. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rolando arrived in Houston after graduating from the University of Texas. He eventually settled in Pasadena where he raised his family and spent his life as an educator.

He enjoyed watching sports, especially his UT Longhorns and Astros. He was, also, always ready for any lively discussion, and could strike up a conversation with anyone as no one was a stranger to him.

Visitation for Rolando will be held at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, Texas, September, 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM followed by a short service.

 

William Walker

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William Glendon Walker passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  He was 87 years old, born on September 11, 1930 in Nashville, Tennessee.

William was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Walker, his brother Randall Walker, his sisters Rita Weiland and Lila Wright and his parents Farris Walker and Susie Sullivan Walker.

William will be dearly missed by his children, son and daughter-in-law David and Cindy Walker and grandchildren Sarah Robins, husband Ty Robins and Leah Walker, by his son and daughter-in-law Daniel Walker and An Wang, by his daughter and son-in-law Diana and Mario Chapa.

William grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where he spent summers with his brothers on uncle Willie’s farm.  He moved to Houston while in high school to live with his dad.  William met his future wife, Peggy, while both were attending Milby High School.  William graduated high school in Nashville, moved back to Houston and he and Peggy began to date.  They continued to date while William spent three years in the army, serving in Korea.  William and Peggy were married in 1954.

William’s career was in the transportation industry, where he worked as an export shipper’s agent, sending exports from the port of Houston all over the world.  He loved cars, farm equipment and other transport machines.  Once when Peggy took him to an opera performance, William was bored with the opera, but fascinated by the machinery used to change the sets between acts.  They only attended the opera that one time.  While they were dating, Bill drove a 1948 Mercury with muffler cut outs that made it so loud, Peggy could hear him coming over to visit her from three blocks away.

William was retired for 20 years and during retirement he and Peggy traveled and spent time with family.  Their most enjoyable trips were taken with the seniors of Sagemont Church to places like Alaska, Branson, MO, Hershey, PA, and Fredericksburg, TX.  He loved family times together, tinkering in his garage, and fixing things around the house.

William was a faithful, steadfast and devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family.  He was always available to his wife and children to give them whatever they needed.  He loved his family, loved his church and he loved Jesus.

The funeral will at 10:00am Monday, September 18, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8701 Almeda Genoa Road.

Odis Ray Reed Sr.

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Odis R. Reed, Sr., a resident of the South Belt area for forty-two years, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017, after a lengthy illness.  He was surrounded by his loving family and former wife Dora and her husband, Jeral Jones.  He is survived by his children: Leah Mischelle McFall, Carolyn Yvonne Baier and Odis Ray Reed, Jr., and wife, Bobbett.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Ryan Baier, Brian McFall, Ashley Reed, Shelby Reed, Brianna Reed, Nicole Cypert, Deven Cypert and Colby Reed.  He has four surviving siblings:  Patricia LaGrand of Houston, Clyde E. Reed, Jr. of Florida, Rodger D. Reed and Susan E. Bond, both of Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents: Clyde E. Reed, Sr., Eva M. Bradshaw and Helena Reed (stepmother).

Odis was founder and owner of Tex-O-La Wire Rope and Cable, Inc., and years later founded AIRMASTERS, Inc.

The family’s heartfelt gratitude goes to the loving staff of Resolutions Hospice and the staff at Clear Brook Crossing Nursing Home and Rehabilitation.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Rd., Houston, Texas.  Chaplain Pat Savage of Resolutions Hospice will officiate and Fr. Douglas Guthrie, of St. Luke The Evangelist Catholic Church will give the closing prayer.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:  Resolutions Hospice, 12600 Featherwood Dr., Ste. 108, Houston, Texas  77034, in memory of Odis R. Reed, Sr.

Ricky Coates

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Ricky Van Coates passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Wayne, Pennsylvania at the age of 55 years and was born September 8, 1961 in Pasadena, Texas.  He is survived by his four daughters, Nicole P. and husband Jeff Holt and granddaughter Sasha of Fairfax, Virginia, Courtney R. Coates of Wayne, PA, Lindsay L. Coates of Port Neches, TX, and Morgan A. Coates of Port Neches, TX; Ricky’s father Ronald Coates of Houston, TX (and preceded in death by his mother Jacqueline Ann Coates); his sister Regina K. and husband Jeffrey P. Sciba of Houston, Texas; also Regina’s children Jason W. and wife Andrea Greagrey; their children Mallory, Hannah, and JJ of Friendswood, TX, Leah S. and husband Jeff Victory of Woodlands, TX and daughter Taylor; and Matthew V. Greagrey of Austin, TX; also, Rick’s grandmother Ruth Taylor, 96 years young of Seabrook, TX.  Not included are multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins too many to count from both sides of the family.

Ricky graduated from Dobie High School, San Jacinto Jr. College, and from Texas A&M University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He later obtained an International Auditing License and his work took him all over the world.  He loved the Great Outdoors and Beautiful Sunsets. His hobbies were many. To name a few, snow skiing, all kinds of music, the guitar, surfing, fishing, golf and Rick was an avid reader.  Above all, he loved his family and especially his four daughters.  His friendships lasted a lifetime.  There was no such thing as a stranger to Rick, if he didn’t know you, he would before you could walk away and you would walk away feeling good. He always tried to find the good in people and bad situations that just arise in life.

Ricky accepted Christ as his savior at the age of twelve at East Haven Baptist Church which was the family church in those years.  The family later moved membership to Sagemont Church.  During those early years at Sagemont, questions arose in his heart regarding his salvation and he recommitted his life to Jesus during his fourteenth year of life.

The service celebrating Rick’s life will be held at 5:00pm Saturday, September 30, at Niday Funeral Home.