Ernest Roman “Ernie”

ROMAN PHOTOErnest Roman (Ernie), 58, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2014 surrounded by his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, sister in law and son in law. He was born on November 19, 1955 in Houston, Texas. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Dora Roman, children Ernest Roman Jr., Jason Roman, Stephanie Roman and Lori Roman; grandchildren Zachary Roman, Angelica Roman, Jada Roman, Reese Roman, Elijah Roman, Alexander Roman, Adam Roman, Sophia Roman & Zoë Roman; numerous family and friends.

Ernie cherished his wife Dora Roman of over 40 years. His love for her is everlasting. His mission in life was to make sure his wife, children & grandchildren felt his unconditional love. Ernest Roman a devoted loving father and grandfather that was very playful but an authoritarian when he needed to be. His strength, integrity, morals and work ethic were passed on to his children. He enjoyed watching his grandsons playing sports and critiquing their talent. Ernest enjoyed the gentle & sweet love of all his granddaughters. Ernie’s Sunday afternoons were watching football and having family time. Ernie adored the beach life; kayaking, fishing, BBQ, shrimp boils, bonfires and the warm sunlight touching his body. He loved the breeze of the ocean caressing his body.

Ernest battled cancer for over two years and continued to work through his illness. Ernest worked as a scheduler/planner and worked in the petro-chemical industry for over 30 years. Ernest was a strong dedicated man and never wanted to miss a day of work. He worked up to 4 days before his passing.

The Roman family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all our family & friends.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Courtney L. Allen


Courtney L. Allen departed this world at 4:00am, April 22, 2014. He is survived by Roberta Allen, his wife of 68 years, son Les Allen and his family, wife Stephanie, granddaughter Ashley Johnston and her husband James, great grandson Dashiell, grandson Paul, and son David and his family, wife Kathy and granddaughter Lauren, and numerous friends.

Special thanks to Jane Berglin for her endearing support of her sister, Roberta, Novaes Gregg, Gregory and Kay Gregg, long time care givers Amilee and Silvia and the staff of Paramount for their kind attention and care.

Courtney was born July 23, 1924 in Somerville, MA. After attending high school in Watertown, Massachusetts. He entered the Air Force in 1942, working on B17’s during World War II. After the war, he attended and graduated from Bentley College in 1948 with a degree in accounting. He then went to work for a Steam Ship Agency in New Orleans prior to moving to Houston in 1951 to work for Texas Barge Lines, later to become Sioux City and New Orleans Barge Lines, Inc. He rose through the ranks of barge lines to become the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until the company was sold in 1968 to the Crown Family. After selling the company, he commuted to St. Louis for a period to assist with the transition but did not take a position there in the interest of keeping his family in Houston.

Back in Houston, Courtney founded Allen Marine Services, which, unfortunately coincided with the recession in the late 60’s an early 70’s, and was not successful. He then took business management positions with United Building Services, SHIPCO, and Schuler Allan Naval Architects until his retirement.

Courtney was an active member of the community. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for 61 years, having served on the vestry as both a vestryman and senior warden and was a regular usher at the 8 AM service. He was recognized for Outstanding Service to the Houston Metropolitan Ministries and is an Honorary Member of St. Anne’s Guild.

He was an active supporter of and participant with the Boy Scouts of America having served as District Chairman for South Central Houston. He worked with Troops 251 and 551 sponsored by the United Methodist Church. He was recognized as an Eagle Scout sponsor and presented a certificate of appreciation for contributing to Breakthrough for Youth. He sent one of his sons to the National Jamboree and the other to the World Jamboree.

Courtney was also a member of the Propeller Club, the Houston Historical Society, President of the Glenbrook Civic Club, and a COP volunteer. He loved the outdoors, particularly the Colorado fishing trips he took with his in-laws in Berthoud Colorado.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, April 25th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7843 Park Place Blvd., Houston, Texas 77087. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

Michael Wayne Owens

Michael Owens

Michael Wayne Owens joined the angels above on Monday 21st of April 2014. He left this earth to complete his journey in heaven to accompany his son Shawn Owens and his father Charles M. Owens. Mike was born in Winchester, Indiana and moved to Houston Texas at a young age. Mike was a loving caring man. There was not a person out there he did not befriend. His hobbies were building sport cars, fishing and watching sports especially football, basketball and boxing.

He leaves behind on this earth his mother Wynona Owens, a daughter Amie Owens, brothers Randy  & wife Debbie, Greg & wife Connie, and David & wife Tracy, as well as several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many friends who loved him dearly.

The funeral service will be at 1:30pm Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service, starting at 12:30pm. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

Myrtle “Deady” Earlene Sealy Molen


Myrtle “Deady” Earlene Sealy Molen, 89, of Houston, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, Texas.  She was born March 6, 1925 to James and Nancy Sealy in Madisonville, Texas.  Deady attended Milby High School in Houston, Texas.  She was a member of Broadway Baptist Temple for many years until she became a member of Park Place Baptist Church 30 years ago where she was a member of the ‘Jubilee’ class.  Deady, also affectionately known as “Deady Mama”, was a loving and doting sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.  Her family and church family meant the world to her.  Deady will be dearly missed, remembered, loved and cherished in many hearts forever.

Deady is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Nancy; husband, Ben Molen; brothers, Andrew “A.J.” Sealy and James Sealy; sisters, Kathleen Burke and Lucille Green and long time friends and neighbors, Patsy Craig and Callie Preiss.

She is survived by brother, Donald Sealy of Pearland; sons, Andrew Brame and wife Dorothy of Pearland, Bennie Molen and Pam Dezell of Pasadena, James Molen and wife Phyllis of Houston, and step-son Edward Molen and wife Sue of Midwest City, OK; daughters, Cheryl Kokosz and husband Mike of Pearland,  Debra Molen of Houston; step-daughters Helen Baughman of Pearland and Barbara Baughman of Willis; grandchildren Andrea Casas, Michael Molen, Jamie Molen, Katie Molen, Daniel Molen, Michelle Chodowiec, Russell Kokosz, Cindy Massey, Lesa Baker, Edward Molen, Kenny Baughman, Charles Baughman, Tammy Skeens and Darryl Baughman. 25 Great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 10:00am Friday, April 18th, at Park Place Baptist Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service, starting at 9:00am.  Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Robert S. VanArsdal


Robert S. VanArsdal, 69, of Alvin was called to be with the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014. Van was born February 7, 1945 in Albany, New York to the late Loran S. VanArsdal and Myrtle Leneker.

Van was a hard worker who was loved by all who met him. He never met a stranger and enjoyed numerous hobbies over his life which included watching football, golfing, fishing, hunting, and spending time at his and his wife’s beautiful beach house in Galveston, Texas. When he wasn’t hard at work on the lawn mower or tending to the various animals on his suburban farm, he was enjoying any sweets he could get his hands on.

In recent years Van became involved in the church and was a Christian man who believed in spending the majority of his time around his family and friends. Golden Corral and Busy Bee were among his favorite local restaurants as an Alvin, Texas resident.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Suzann VanArsdal of Alvin; their children, Loran and Cheryl of Washington state, Stephanie and Mike  of Channelview,  Michelle of Pasadena, and Shawn and Jackie  of Friendswood; grandchildren, Loran Jr., Helen, Charles, Eric, Joshua, Heather, Amy, Michael, Megan, Clayton, and Chandler; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved family and friends.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, April 17th, and the funeral service will be at 11:00am Friday, April 18th, officiated by Pastor John Wise – all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery in Diboll, Texas, and the graveside service will be officiated by Pastor Roger Fancher.

Mary Lee Elliott

Mary Lee Elliott2Mary Lee Elliott, 81, of Pasadena, TX peacefully left this world surrounded by loved ones and began her eternal life on April 11, 2014.

Mary cherished her simple country beginnings, born in a tent during a blizzard on a ranch in Stanton, TX on November 11, 1932. Born to Monroe and Minnie Thomas, she was the second of seven girls and 2 boys. Mary learned her honest, caring family values in the rural settings of her early childhood in Goldthwaite, TX and later the entire family moved to Galveston.

She graduated Ball High School in 1950. She was married in 1951 to her high school sweetheart, George W. Elliott. Mary and George were blessed with four children: Deborah, Edwin, Richard and Mark. As a military family they spent the next 24 years mainly in Houston / Galveston, California and even Hawaii before retiring from the US Marine Corps back in Texas.

Mary continued her secretarial career at UTMB Galveston in the early 70’s, enjoying professional education, the UTMB Secretaries’ Club, volunteering and fundraising. She enjoyed the beach, dancing, short trips, crafts and gardening. She was passionate about cooking, especially for the holidays. Yearly, she produced the traditional feasts as well as all the accompanying goodies. She cooked daily meals herself, always finding someone to share them with. She loved to cook a big pot of anything, being a true country girl, whether for a big church dinner or anyone in need. Later of course, grandchildren were a major joy in her life.

She was a faithful servant of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fairmont Ward. Mary had access to vast genealogical information and how to go further in her hunt for yesterday. Mary had found her spiritual home.

Always Mary’s first priority was friends and family and then later in life, church and service. Mary enjoyed being a member of the Texas Ruby Ladies Red Hatters and the Women’s Transportation Club. One of her later specialties was organizing local trips to see theater, holiday events and as many sights around Texas as she could find.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her eldest son Ed, and siblings Jo, Dorothy, Bonjean, Opal, Paul and Allen Ray. She is survived by her sister Linda Cox, as well as daughter Deborah, son Richard and wife Janice & son Mark and wife Jennifer.

Grandchildren are Timothy Mayeux and wife Kelli, Jennifer Lam Parmer and husband Nathan Parmer, Ryan Elliot and wife Kim, Tracy Fields and husband Tim, Mark T. Elliott Jr., Ashley Elliott and Christopher Morris, Jr.

Great-grandchildren are Tim Jr. (Beau), Bradley, Matthew, Savanna, Ella, Libbey, and Nathan.

She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and sisters-in-law Mary Shumate, Joann Abbott and Kate Delle.

Mary had an iron will and an incredible zest for life. She led a full life rich in love, service, and spiritual growth. She was at peace with her maker and looked forward to joining her Heavenly Father. We will dearly miss her.

Arrangements under the direction of Niday Funeral Home at 6777 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX. The family will be receiving friends and loved ones on Wednesday, April 16th from 6-8 pm and a celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 17th at 11am.

Edith Donaho

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Margaret Edith Donaho, 92, of Pasadena, Texas died April 11, 2014 in Houston Methodist St. John Hospital.

Edith was born on August 30, 1921 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Sam and Beulah Ward. She was raised near Gainesville, Texas by her grandparents and became a Christian at an early age. She and her husband Jesse moved to Houston in the early 1940’s. Edith was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church Pasadena where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of Eastern Star. As a businesswoman, she owned and operated Edith’s Floral Shoppe in Pasadena into the 1980’s. In retirement, she served in the ministry of building churches throughout the country. She enjoyed traveling, crafting and meeting new people. Later, she moved to Splendora, Texas to be near her brother, and served in First Baptist Church Splendora before returning to Pasadena where she resided with Sherry and Steve until her death.

Edith was preceded in death by her father and mother Sam and Beulah, husband Jesse Donaho, brothers Clyde Ward and S.E. Ward ,and sister Ethel Shoenenburger.

She is survived by her brother Leon Ward and wife Doris, sister-in-law Helen Williams and husband Jerry, nieces and nephews Sherry Eska, Susie Arechiga, Carol Dobson, Boyd Copeland, Mel Ward, Rick Ward and spouses, three grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, April 14th, and the service honoring Edith’s life will be at 10:00am Tuesday, April 15th, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Theresa Taylor

Taylor photo0001Theresa Alba Poythress Taylor beloved wife, mother, and friend passed away Thursday, April 10th, surrounded by her family. Theresa was born on June 27, 1928, in Meridian, Mississippi, to Carl and Pearl Poythress. She grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, in the home we all adored on Second Avenue. Theresa graduated from Ole Miss in 1950. In 1954, Theresa married John Taylor. Within a few years they moved their family to Texas.

Theresa was a true southern lady; known for her kind and gentle nature. She never said an unkind word about anyone. She possessed a true gift for listening. This gift allowed people to open their hearts to her. These traits made her truly special to all who were blessed to know her. She loved traveling the world with her husband, John. They took road trips across the U.S. to visit many of the National Parks. They especially enjoyed their cruises, which included trips to Asia, Malaysia, Egypt, Turkey, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Russia, and most of the Caribbean. During those trips she enjoyed seeing the sites, dancing with her husband, and spending some time and money in the casino. Theresa enjoyed her regular trips to Louisiana where she was known to get lucky at the slots, but even if she lost she always had a good time. Most of all, she loved her husband, children, grandchildren, family, and friends. She looked forward to the Poythress family reunions and our annual family gatherings at the beach.

Her legacy will proudly live on through her surviving family members which includes her husband, John Taylor; daughters Emily Incerto and her husband Mark, Sara Gellatly, and Leigh Wilson and her husband Coe; grandchildren John, Kate, and Drew Incerto, Chase and Taylor Wilson, and Jordan Gellatly; her brother, David Poythress; and her many nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank all of our friends and family for their love and support over the past several months. We would like to give special thanks to the caregivers that made her comfortable: Mary Jane Pina; and the team from Hospice Compassus: Tymali, Patty, Barbara, Julie, and Billie Jo.

A memorial service celebrating Theresa’s life will be held Friday, April 18th, 11:00am at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Theresa’s name may be made to CHA Foundation, c/o Hospice Compassus, 4949 Fairmont Parkway, Suite 300, Pasadena TX 77505, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society,

Larry Dean Johnson

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Larry Dean Johnson while at his favorite place, the Nascar Race in Fort Worth, Texas had a massive heart attack and on April 10, 2014 passed away. He was born April 3, 1962 to Ottis and Nona Johnson in Houston, Texas. He attended school in Pasadena, Texas and went on to serve in the US Army. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 13 years, Laurie; and step daughters Hollie and husband Stephen Salas and Heather and husband Dan Mahoney; his cherished grandchildren Ava, Sienna, Autumn, Luka and Ashlynn; brothers James and wife Trish, David; sisters, Jeanette and husband Paul, Katherine and husband Brian, Pat, Barbara and husband Danny, Donna (Larry’s twin) and husband Mike; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Larry is preceded in death by his parents Ottis and Nona and brother, David.

Larry especially enjoyed working and helping his customers in his business L. Johnson Services that he started 5 years ago. When not working he liked to go the races, spend time with the grand kids and camping.

Larry was a man of few words. His handwritten will that was not seen until after his death, was all of five lines. When he did talk to you it was something that needed to be said and was from his heart.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will follow at 5:00 pm. The interment will be at Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:45.

Gary Cay Brown (Buddy)

Brown PhotoGary Cay Brown (Buddy), 58, passed away Sunday April 6, 2014. He was born February 8, 1956 in Baton Rouge LA. He lived a full and meaningful life as a modern renaissance man with many interests, fine craftsmanship, and talents. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and coworkers.

Gary was a member of Clear Lake Baptist Church, the NRA, and IBEW. He attended Sam Rayburn High School. Soon after completing an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at San Jacinto College, he went to work at NASA Johnson Space Center as a computer technician, fulfilling his dream of working in the space program. During most of his technical career, he was employed in the petro-chemical industry; first as a carpenter, then pipe fitter, and for many years as an Instrument Technician. For the past ten years he has worked in Texas City at a plant now owned by Eastman Chemical. There he was known for maintaining a count of the turtle population and riding a pink bike, as well as competently preventing and solving many technical problems.

Gary was an adored and adoring father–often playful; helpful with homework; stern if necessary; and always supportive. He enjoyed serving as a Do-Dad for the Girl Scout sailing program; having himself earned the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow. Activities on the busy weekend that he passed included an enjoyable bike ride with his youngest daughter and planning a crawfish boil with his eldest. When his middle daughter was last home from college, they shared one of his finest fishing trips ever.

All aspects of fishing captivated Gary. He enjoyed kayaking; tying flies; lashing nets; making custom fishing rods; boating when he could; and occasionally even catching a fish. Other hobbies included building model train layouts, telescopes, wood working, playing guitar, dominoes, and game nights. His many skills made him quite a good handyman; yet he often found time to read an entire book in a day. He especially liked science fiction and archeology. Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was one of his proudest achievements, and factored in the grand design of meeting his wife. Gary and Linda were married for over thirty-two years. Family and guests in their home fondly recall his solemn suppertime prayers.

He left behind parents Gary Keith Brown and Patsy Cay Brown of Pasadena; wife Linda Shippy Brown; children Cassidy, Victoria, and Cali Brown; sisters Laura Fast of Katy and Tuesday Rouyea Denham Springs, LA; a dozen nieces and nephews, and numerous other beloved family and friends. The family is comforted by the knowledge that when the bright twinkle left his beautiful eyes he went to be with his Savior.

Visitation will be held, Thursday, April 10th from 6 to 8 PM at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held Friday April 11th at 10 AM, at the same location, followed by a committal service at Forest Park East Cemetery.