Estella Brown Chavez

Estella Chavez, 63, of Pasadena, TX passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 17, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jesus R. and Leona B. (Brown) Chavez. Recently retired, she enjoyed traveling with her family and friends. Her last 13 years of employment was as an administrative secretary at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. She was previously employed by Harris County 7 years, where she spent the last several of those years working in Internal Affairs. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Houston for over 40 years; ten of those years were dedicated to directing and educating youth through the CCD program. Estella leaves behind her beloved siblings, Elise Chavez Zapata, Eloise and Jimmy Buenrostro, Jesse and Molly Chavez, John and Rose Chavez along with many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded by her siblings Gilbert and Antionette Chavez and her nephew Mark Buenrostro. Visitation will be held at Niday Fairmont on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a Vigil Service at 6:00 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Houston, Texas on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Orvil Lee “Buck” Rogers


Orvil “Buck” Rogers loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the age of 90.  He was known as Pawpaw by his grandchildren and family.  Orvil was born September 30, 1924 in West Port Tennessee to Charly Gray Rogers and Letha Mae King who preceded him in death.  He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of sixty years, Margaret.  He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Groves and Etta Marie McLemore, three daughters, Vicki and Rollin Cochran of Corsicana, Texas; Cheryl  and Rex George of Alvin, Texas;  Connie and Nelson Fetgatter of Pasadena, Texas and one son Bill and Casey Rogers of Altus, Oklahoma.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Shannan Cochran Wells and her husband Brad, Chris Cochran and his wife Lori, Tamara George Jamison and her husband Zach, Blake Fetgatter, Brittany George Schrock and her husband Jeff, twins Travis Fetgatter and Tyler Fetgatter and Bill Rogers and his wife Kristen.  He is also has six great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Ryker Wells, Kayla and Mason Cochran and Braeden and Brennen Rogers.  We will miss him very much.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00pm Friday, November 21, 2014, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas.

Hazel Suits


Hazel handed her life over to the Lord on November 10th, 2014 at her home in Houston, TX with her family by her side.

She was born on November 18th, 1938 in Lohn, TX to Jess W. and Daisy Garrett.

She retired from Schlumberger Oil Company after 30+ years of service to them.  After her retirement, she loved traveling, shopping, playing bingo, crocheting, oil painting and spending time with her many grandchildren.  As a Christian, she called East Haven Baptist Church her home.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jess W. & Daisy Garrett and one brother, J.W. Garrett.

She is survived in death by her children—Claude E. Wardlow and wife Debbie, Janet Wardlow-Murphy and husband Mike and Lisa Suits-Paulk; her grandchildren—Raymond Wardlow, Pamela Wardlow-Wyatt, Angie Baucum, Melissa Patterson, Devin Cooper, Nicholas and Seth Paulk; her great-grandchildren—Whitley, Brittany, Brianna, Gracie and Caleb; her brothers and sisters—Evelyn Garrett Bledsoe, Ron G. Garrett and wife Linda, Larry Earl Garrett and Faye, Patricia Garrett Hayes and husband Tim; along with a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends Thursday, November 13th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the service celebrating Hazel’s life will be held at 10:00am on Friday, November 14th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Blanche Quinn Mason

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Blanche, 94, was born January 22, 1920 and went to be with the Lord November 10, 2014 at home in Deer Park, Texas.  She was born in Abernathy, Texas to Edith and Richard Kraus.  She is preceded in death by husbands; James C. Quinn, and Rev. Estol R. Mason, step-sons Weldon Mason and Charles R. Mason, sister Maxine McAfee and brother Raymond Kraus.  She is survived by nieces Peggy Womack, Deer Park, Texas, Marilyn Baugh Austin, Texas and nephews Richard Kraus, Houston, Texas and William McAfee, Austin, Texas and step-daughter, Martha Mason of Lakeway, Texas.  Blanche is also survived by many great and great-great nieces and nephews as well as step-great and great-great grandchildren.

Blanche was a beloved wife, sister, step mother and sweet Aunt Blanche to us.  She helped many people through her life.  She was a licensed Barber and co-owner of Beaumont Barber College.  She was a horse woman and knew her way around a herd of cattle.  She knew her politics and could hold a good conversation with you on all topics.  She always lived her life as a Christian woman and was a good example to all of us.

Sweet “Aunt Blanche” will be missed.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Memory Gardens in Edna, Texas.

Valerie Lynn Adams


Valerie Lynn Adams was born September 28, 1957 and left us on November 7, 2014. She is remembered by her husband of 34 years Richard Adams and her only son Nathan Adams, granddaughter Chloe Adams and 2 loving dogs. As well as a large extended family and several friends that were easily considered family as well.

Valerie was born in New York City, New York but left it behind for the sunny beaches of California as soon as she was old enough to do so. It was the sunny beaches, beautiful weather and nightlife that drew her there. In the summer of 1979 she met Richard and from there they never looked back. Richard was there finishing out his run in the navy. They both enjoyed everything Southern California had to offer and lived life to the fullest. In the fall of 1980 Richard asked Valerie to come back to Texas with him and she did. On December 31, 1980 at a Willie Nelson concert,  Richard asked Valerie to be his wife and she gladly accepted. Four days later she went to the DMV and changed her name to Mrs. Valerie Adams.

In 1981 the happy couple started their life together in a brand new house with a son on the way. June 18,1981 Valerie had her first son, Nathan. Unfortunately 9 days later Richard and Valerie were in a tragic car accident that turned their world upside down. They went through multiple surgeries and the end result was Valerie would never walk again. For the first two months Richard and Valerie were both in the hospital. They had it arranged to be in the same room. At night the nurse would roll Richard’s bed next to Val’s and they would hold hands and vow to each other that they would make it through these trials and everything would be okay.

After some time as promised everything was okay. Valerie was in a wheelchair but that did not stop her. She worked, she drove, she cooked she did as much as she could. She traveled to warm sandy beaches and enjoyed life as much if not more than anybody else. She did not let her disability become an inability. She had some great years and provided some great memories for all that were around her. Unfortunately as she got older things got harder. The distances she was able to travel became shorter and the challenges for daily activities became greater. In 2008 Valerie started to become a frequent patient to the hospital. However she always managed to pull through and make it home. When she was home everything was back to normal. She was sharp as a tack and quick as a whip. She was the backbone that held her family together. In the summer of 2014 her pain and suffering was too much and she was admitted to the hospital. She was rendered dialysis frequently and fought really hard to make it home one last time. After her husband and son spent days at her bedside, wishing her pain and suffering away. She decided it was time to rest.

She was a listening ear to many, a voice of reason to several. She was a mother to not only her son, but all of his friends. She was a sister to all that she was connected to. She didn’t have it all but she didn’t need much. Sure she couldn’t walk, but she sure could talk. Her snap will be missed as well as her spark. Her heart of gold was a treat to us all. Her pain and suffering is gone but her spirit will live on with all that knew her.

The family will receive friends Sunday, November 9th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, and the service celebrating Valerie’s life will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 10th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Nicolasa Palacios

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Nicolasa Maria Palacios, 90, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening, November 7, 2014.  Nicolasa was born on November 21, 1923 in Simonton, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Domingo and Maria Munguia, husband Mario Palacios and son Domingo Palacios.  She was a homemaker and loved her family dearly.  She loved to read and work her word find puzzles.

Nicolasa is survived by her children:  Mary (Larry) Mercado, Lee (Isabel) Palacios, Consuelo Perez, Mario (Gloria) Palacios, John (Margaret) Palacios, Rosendo (Susie) Palacios, Romero (Anna) Palacios, 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren her sister, Katie Garza, brothers/sisters in-law, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of loving friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, followed by a Celebration of Life service on Sunday, November 9th, The Catholic Community of St Luke the Evangelist, 11011 Hall Road, Houston 77089.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00pm Monday, November 10th, at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble. A reception will follow the burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Nicolasa’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Charles Henry Anderson


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine

Charles Henry Anderson began the first chapter of his travels on October 22, 1945 in Galveston, Texas where he was the first child born to Charles Edward and Madeline Anderson.  Two years later the family moved north from the immediate coast to Houston, Texas where it would grow to include another brother and a sister.  Those early chapters of his life which were heavily influenced by the salt air and island sand left him with a lifelong love of salt-water fishing and boating.

“Charlie” graduated from Milby High School in 1964 and subsequently pursued his education in order to receive an Associate in Arts Degree from South Texas Junior College in 1967. His travels were soon to become international when he was inducted into the Army in 1969.  After completing his initial training in El Paso, Texas he was stationed in Seoul, Korea as a member of a U.S. Diplomatic Liaison Service.  During his deployment he took the opportunity to widen his travels to include the orient, specifically Japan.

Upon returning stateside and being honorably discharged from the Armed Services in 1975 the chapters of Charlie’s life grew to include employment with the YMCA as the Director of the Pasadena, Texas facility.  His responsibilities included administrative oversight of the physical facility as well as developing and directing numerous age-related and family programs.  In 1977 he left the YMCA to return to his love of travel and began employment as a bus driver for the Kerrville Bus Company with routes encompassing the Houston to Austin, Texas corridor.  He soon became the preferred driver for Lone Star Travelers, a company providing organized group bus tours throughout the U.S. and Canada under the ownership of “Kitten” Carter.  They grew into a successful twosome and their combined love of travel led them through chapters of adventures via busses, motorcycles and even airplanes.

Charlie retired from commercial bus driving in 2013 and in order to stay active he returned to his “community” roots by driving a school bus for the Pasadena Independent School District. His book of travel adventures came to an unexpected conclusion on November 7, 2014 at age 69 when he passed away suddenly due to complications of heart valve replacement surgery.  He is preceded in death by his father, Charles E. Anderson and brother Robert E. Anderson.  Survivors include his mother, Madeline Anderson (age 93), his sister Sharon Driesch and husband Jim, nephew Adam Geron and wife Christen, special love Kitten Carter and her family, along with many great and wonderful friends from over the years.

The pages of the book of Charlie’s life are filled with travel, adventure and loving stories too numerous to mention.  A service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  His inurnment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery at a date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to a charity of your choice.

Dominick (Kash) Kashinski


Dominick (Kash) Kashinski passed away peacefully on November 2, 2014. Kash was born on January 22, 1920 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He had a remarkable life that was full of accomplishments. Kash proudly served in the Army Air Corp and the United States Air Force for 22 years. During that time, he flew over 50 missions in the Burma Hump and World War II.  Kash also flew as a crewmember on B-36’s and B-51’s during the Cold War in 1950’s. After his distinguished military career, he was a dedicated employee who worked on NASA T-38’s for 46 years, finally retiring at the age of 89 years old.  Kash also loved traveling to Branson, the Houston Texans, the Houston Astros and country dancing, however, his biggest love was his family. His is preceded in death by his wife Kathryn and son Tony. He is survived by son, Michael Kashinski and daughter, Linda Kay Kashinski. He is also survived by granddaughter, Cassie (Tom) Munoz, Anthony (Jeannie) Kashinski, and Jason Kashinski, and great-grandchildren, Garrett and Garrison Munoz;  Laetan, Trey and Cooper Kashinski; Jason, Lindi and Kaitlin Kashinski.

Kash had an amazing life that was full of dedication and commitment not only to his country and family.

A memorial gathering celebrating Kash’s life will be held Saturday, November 8th from 5:00-8:00pm., at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Jean B. Jones


Jean B. Jones was born January 13, 1933 in Kurten, Texas and raised in Bryan, Texas.  Jean graduated high school with high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She was a Civil Service employee for over 30 years. Jean left to be with our Lord and Savior on November 2, 2014.

Jean is preceded in death by her father Rufus Batten, mother Jessie Lee Batten, sisters Doris Soape, Dorothy Bownds, Ruth Sokal and Hazel McMillon, brother Carlton Batten, son Mark Jones, granddaughter Kimberley Asher and grandson Austin Jones.

She leaves behind Sheryl Asher (daughter) of La Porte, Kevin (son) and Sabine Jones of Sagemont and Kellie Jones (daughter-in-law) of Alvin. Mary (sister) and Lloyd Simpson of Locust, NC, Catherine (sister) and Robert Alter of Bryan, Texas, Ronald (brother) and Jackie Batten of South Park, Florida and Jere Batten (sister-in-law) of Sugarland, Texas. Grandchildren Alicia Asher and Aaron Gentile, Christy and Chris Jones, Kevin D. Jones and Jessica Jones. Great Grandchildren Korah, Ethan and Andrey Jones and Xander Gentile.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 4th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the service celebrating Jean’s life will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 5th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Kevin D. Jones, John Allison, Avery Hoggard, Chris Jones, Aaron Gentile and Dustin Vic.

James “Red” Morace


James Michael Morace known to his friends and family as Red, 64, passed away November 1, 2014 in Houston Texas. Born April 11, 1950 in New Orleans Louisiana and grew up in Ferriday, Louisiana.

Red was an unforgettable friend to many as well as a proud and loving father, brother and uncle. He honorably served in the United States Army where he proudly fought for his country in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. Red was defiantly a remarkable man, spreading love and encouragement in every direction he turned with his optimism and hopefulness for every situation.

Proceeded in death by his parents E.D and Edna Mae Morace, sister Mel Vonie Bessonette, step-brother, Jule D. Morace and step-sister Judy Bergeron.

Survived by his daughters Danielle Morace and Nichole Morace, brother Norman E. Morace, sisters Linda M. Blaney and Wanda K. Gorton and brother-in-law Jack Gorton.

The funeral service celebrating Red’s life will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 15th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 12:45pm Monday, November 17th, at US Houston National Cemetery.