Benigno “Ben” Escalante Ramirez

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Benigno “Ben” Escalante Ramirez, 75, of Deer Park, TX (formerly from Pasadena, TX and Weslaco, TX) passed away February 24, 2015.  He was the son of Santiago and Margarita Ramirez.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Ermelinda.  He is survived by his four daughters: Sandra Ramos of Missouri City, TX, Bridget Annette Colunga of Deer Park, TX, Priscilla Ramirez of Deer Park, TX, Yajaira ”Jannette” Martinez and husband Chris of Houston, TX, and son, Benigno “Benny” Ramirez of Deer Park, TX.  He is also survived by his four grandsons: Christopher Ramos and his wife Christine, Nicholas Colunga, Justin Colunga,   Ethan Sands, and great grandsons: Xavier Ramos and Zachary Schuenemann.  In addition he is survived by a brother, three sisters, and many nephews and nieces.

Ben graduated from Weslaco High School, where he was in track and field and all district in football.  He attended San Jacinto College, where he received his Associate’s degree.

He was in the Army from 1963 to 1965 and was proud that he had served his Country and a very proud American.

Ben was employed at Goodyear Chemical Plant for many years, where he made many friends, and eventually retired in 2002.

He enjoyed watching all sports and was a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan.  He enjoyed doing yard work but mostly loved spending time with relatives, friends, and telling stories from the past.

Ben will be greatly missed by his family and friends but his animated personality and his cheerful spirit will not be forgotten. He’ll forever remain in our thoughts and in our hearts

The family will receive friends from 3-6pm. Sunday, March 1st, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will be held Monday, March 2nd, at 10:00am, also at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home; interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Pall Bearers: Christopher Ramos (Grandson) Nicholas Colunga (Grandson) Justin Colunga (Grandson)                          Pruben “Rex” Ramirez (Nephew) Aldo Garza (Nephew) Oscar Cuellar (Nephew)

We sincerely thank everyone for the kind words, heartfelt condolences, and faithful prayers.

Mary Lint

Mary Lint

Mary Louise Lint of Houston, Texas, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Monday, February 23, at Southeast Memorial Hospital, she was 86 years old.

She was born May 20, 1928, in Massena, Iowa, the daughter of the late Addie Dill and Lucius Wells and adopted daughter of the late Rowena Lavina and Harold Hays Higdon.  She was married December 14, 1946 to the late Charles E. Lint.

Survivors include four daughters, Sherry Munn (Butch) and Bobbi Williams (Billy) of Houston, Texas, Janie Amendt (Dennis) of Somerset, Wisconsin and Vicki Houk of Missoula, Montana; one sister, Norma Lee Rosel of Osage, Iowa; one brother, Jack Knight (Violet) of Atlantic Iowa; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and her first great-great-grandchild is due July 27, 2015, making five generations; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends will also miss her.

She is preceded in death by her parents and adoptive parents, four brothers and her beloved husband.

She was the Brownie and Girl Scout Leader in Vinton, Iowa, a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 94 in Stephensville, Montana, and she was employed by IGA Grocery in Perryville, Missouri.  She was an avid fishing assistant throughout her 54 year marriage to her beloved.  She was also a member of Easthaven Baptist Church.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, March 4, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with Steve Coleman from Easthaven Baptist Church officiating. Following the service, friends and family are invited to a reception in Mary’s honor at the home of Billy and Bobbi Williams.

Imogene Bailey

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Imogene Yerby Bailey, 88, passed away, February 23, 2015, with her son by her side in Canton, Maine.

Imogene was born September 20, 1927, in Jacksonville, Texas to James Wade and Jimmie Gertrude Parker Yerby.  She was a descendant of Indian Chief, Quannah Parker.

Imogene attended school in the town she was raised in, Oakwood, Texas.  She received her Nursing Degree at the age of 20 from St. Anthony’s in Amarillo, Texas.  Just a few months after completing her nursing degree she completed and received her Associates Degree in 1947 from Amarillo College.  She then served in the Nursing Cadets.

Imogene married Lonnie Sam Bailey on November 30, 1946 and thus began her life as a wife and nurse.  In 1948 she went to work for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas.  She retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center as an Operating Room Nurse in 1985.  Imogene was not done with her nursing career just yet, she went on to work at Ben Taub General Hospital, she also spent time working at Methodist and Southeast Memorial Hospital.  She was a devoted nurse till the day she passed, never was a time that she did not have a medical book or blood pressure cuff by her side.

Imogene is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Sam Bailey, her son and his wife Robert Gerald and Camilla Bailey, her brothers James Hardy Yerby and his wife Benetta, and her brother James Marion Yerby, and her brother Quannah Parker Yerby.

Imogene is survived by her son and his wife, Clinton Wade and Sammie Bailey, her daughter Marian Catherine Gibson, her granddaughter and husband Aleina Anne and Roy Thacker, and two beautiful great-grandchildren, Samantha Marie and Colby Dale Thacker.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  Inurnment will follow at a later date in Oakwood, Texas.

Ray Dial

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Captain Ray Clifford Dial was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 23, 2015.  Ray was born on November 28, 1923 in Lamesa, TX to parents B.F. and Dore Dial.  Ray was the only boy in a family of six children.  There is much rejoicing in Heaven as he reunites with his parents and sisters Frankie, Erma, Mildred, Lois and Evelyn and his son, Timothy who all preceded him in death.

Ray served bravely in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific.  Afterwards, he came home to work on Tugboats in the Port of Houston and also started Manchester Wire Rope.

Soon after, he met his beautiful wife Mavis on the beach in Galveston.  They were married for 64 wonderful years.

Ray worked for the Port of Houston Authority on the fireboat Capt. Crotty, as a marine firefighter and worked his way up to Captain.  He served on the Capt. Crotty until it was decommissioned and then as Captain on the Howard T. Tellepsen until he retired in 1986.

Ray was an ordained Deacon and served his Church for many years.  He loved fishing, working in his workshop and repairing and building just about anything you could imagine.  He was skilled in woodworking and welding and various other vocations.

Ray was a quiet, gentle soul, who was respected and loved by all who knew him.  He loved his family with all his heart and was a wonderful husband and father and friend to many.  Ray is survived by his beloved wife Mavis, his children Debra Roddam and her husband, Tim, his daughter-in-law, Debra Dial, his son Micah Dial, his son Paul Dial and his wife, Carol.  He is also survived by his grandchildren Tim, Chris, Stephen, Richard, Shannon, Clifford, Audrey and Evan and his great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be at 11:00am Saturday, February 28, with visitation prior to the service starting at 10:00am, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  He will be laid to rest at Houston National Cemetery.

Elizabeth Sue Jerral

Elizabeth Sue Patten Jarrell 56, of Houston Texas, died February 21, 2015, with her family by her side.

She was born in Clarksdale, MS to mother Peggy Henry and Father Marion Patten on November 25, 1958. She graduated High School in Greenport, Long Island, NY. She obtained her Masters in Accounting and was a budget analyst at NASA. She married James David Jarrell on February 14, 2005 and they lived together in Houston, TX.

She was passionate about learning and loved to travel. She loved to read garden, fish and spend time with her pets. She was an accomplished pianist. She loved music, drama and played many instruments. Everywhere Beth was she was loved and treasured. She was hardworking, dedicated and resilient.

She is survived by her husband James David Jarrell of the home, three children Robert Lee Shlemon of Houston, TX, William Rophail Shlemon and Milka of FT. Lee, VA and Rebecca Kenna Shlemon of Yokosuka, Japan. She is also survived by her two Grandchildren Isaac and Isabella Shlemon. Father Marion L. Patten and wife Marry Beth of Monzola, Montana, mother Peggy Henry and husband Claudie Henry of Ardmore, Ok, sister’s Susan Conway and husband Danny of Long Grove, OK and Patricia Swanzy and husband Monte of Dallas, TX.

A funeral service will be held on February 26,2015 at Niday Funeral Home in Houston, TX. Visitation will be between 9:00 am – 11:00 am with the service starting at 11:00 am. The burial will take place at 3:00 pm at Hewitt Cemetery in Wilson, OK.

William Batiest “Bill” Oggero


William Batiest “Bill” Oggero, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the age of 71. Bill was born October 4, 1943 in Houston to Batiest “Bat” and Bernice Oggero. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and beloved brother Nicolas Joseph Oggero.

Bill is survived by the love of his life of 51 years, Valerie Oggero; his daughter, Kimberly Mingarelli and her husband Ross; his son, Bat Oggero and his wife Dawn; and three grandchildren, Lauren Oggero, Nicole Mingarelli, and Vincent Oggero; who lovingly referred to their grandfather as “Poppie.”

Bill was a homebuilder and a developer early in his career. He enjoyed the neighborhood in which he lived and helped develop. Most days, Bill could be found on the golf course or in the clubhouse, playing cards and enjoying the comradery of his friends. Bill was also a devoted family man. He created many fun and special memories for his children and grandchildren; of which he was most proud.

His family and friends will miss him dearly, but will hold on to their memories, and have peace knowing that he lived such a full life. He was loved by so many and was truly one of a kind.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 22, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, with a Rosary prayed at 5:30pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Monday, February 23, at 11:00am at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.

Frances Evelyn McClendon


Frances Evelyn McClendon, beloved mother, grandmother, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the age of 84.  Frances was born on April 30, 1930 in Calvert Texas. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, mother, father, sisters and brother.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Deborah Cook, her children Justin and Megan, daughter Frances Fletcher, her children Anastasia and husband Dean, and their children Talynn & Rilea, daughter Alisha and her husband Justin, and their sons Coleten, Landen and Brayden, daughter Ashlea and her husband Mark, and their children Justine, Maya and Lyla.

Frances “Evelyn” loved to garden and work with her flowers. She was a best friend, mother and grandmother. We will all miss her smiles, laughter, warm hugs and caring heart she shared with everyone she was in contact with.  She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 25th from  6 – 8 pm.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 26, at 2pm, both at Niday- Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Richard Fernandez, Sr.

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Richard Fernandez, Sr. went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ unexpectedly on vacation in San Jaun, Puerto Rico on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the age of 71.

Richard Fernandez, Sr. is survived by his beautiful loving wife of 51 years, DiAnn Lee Smith Fernandez, Son, Richard Fernandez, Jr and wife Carol Ferguson Fernandez, daughter Sharin Nicole Fernandez Hunt and husband Jason Lee Hunt and son Kenneth Scott Fernandez and wife Kasie Schilhab Fernandez, grandchildren, Andrew Scott Hernandez, Kristen Michelle Fernandez, Lauren Elisabeth Fernandez, Joshua Alexander Garza, Kaden Hooks Fernandez, Kenzie DiAna Fernandez, Rodell D. Duff, Lexie Rae Schilhab, Mara Lee Hunt and Cayman Alyse Hunt.  He is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Amparo and Alex Arroyos, Norma and Joe Guerrero, Angie Gonzales and brother, Eusebio Fernandez, Jr and wife Molly as well as sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Donna and Mike Langston and Carolyn and David Smith.  He has numerous, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his father Eusebio Trevino Fernandez and mother Asencion Pantoja Fernandez.

Richard was born on June 11, 1943 in Houston, Texas graduating from Jeff Davis High School in 1961. He then went on to further his education at the University of Houston.  He was active in the Civil Air Patrol where he met his wife DiAnn Lee Smith and married in 1963.  During this time he began his passion as a steamship agent within the Port of Houston.  For over five decades he has been devoted to the Maritime industry working for numerous successful businesses in the Gulf Coast area.  In 2000, he decided to take his knowledge and expertise to open his own agency, North American Shipping Agencies, which has two locations in Houston and Corpus Christi.

Another past time of Richard was his devotion to his family and community.  In 1973, he and his wife moved their family to the Kirkwood/Sagemont area where he was an active coach, mentor and sponsor to so many teams for his kids, grandkids and less fortunate children in the community.

Visitation for friends and family of Richard will be Monday, March 2, 2015, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10:00am at Freeway Baptist Church, 8702 Kingspoint, Houston 77089.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Richard Fernandez Memorial Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, where proceeds will provide scholarships for area students pursuing maritime education.

The family would like to thank our community for the outpouring of prayers, love, food and cards.  We would also like to thank the following:  South Belt-Ellington Leader, Little Longhorns Daycare, Sagemont Cowboys, Sagemont Beverly Hills Little League, Pasadena Independent School District, Houston Police Department, Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, Federali’s Cooking Team, Dr. Erika Simpson, Dr. Harold Walton, Dr. Anh Dao, Freeway Baptist and Sagemont Church for all the great times and memories.  We will miss our husband, DAD, Papaw, Pawpaw, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Fred Davis, Zeke Menchaca, Scott Siscoe, Steve Gutierrez, JD Molina and Mike Walker.

Andy Waller

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The world has lost another son, brother, grandson, nephew, and uncle.  Andrew “Andy” Kyle Waller passed away on February 19, 2015 at the age of 28.  He was a funny man that brought light to every room and joy to every soul.  He will be missed by all.

Andy was born September 8, 1986.  He graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 2005.  After high school Andy joined the U.S. Army.  He was a veteran of two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.  SPC Waller was many things to many people, but to his brothers in arms he was a true brother.  He managed to make soldiers laugh in the worst of times and the best.  He lived by the motto Never One Deep (N1D). Andy retired from the Army in 2014 and made his home in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Andy was also a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

Andy is preceded in death by his grandparents Howard Hudgins of Timpson, TX, Guy C. Waller, and Audrey Waller of Pasadena, TX.  He is survived by his parents Richard and Carolyn Waller of Pasadena; brother Brad Waller, sister-in-law Laurel and nephew Asher of Deer Park;  brother Travis Waller and sister-in-law Jennifer of Venice Beach, CA; and grandmother Barbara Hudgins of Timpson, TX, aunts, uncles, many cousins, and special friend Carrie Lucas of Ft. Worth, TX, as well as many friends.

The Celebration of Life for Andy will be held at 5:00pm Monday, February 23, 2015, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, with visitation prior to the service, starting at 4:30pm.  Burial will be at a later date at the Houston National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Andy’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Joseph John Gonzalez

Joseph John Gonzalez, 63, passed away peacefully Monday, February 16, 2015, with his wife, niece and nephew by his side. Joe was born on May 24, 1951, in Pontiac, Michigan to Jose Gonzalez and Conception Tapia. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Rosie, whom he loved unconditionally, his sisters Josie Glover and husband Dale, Esperanza Meredith and husband Royce, Silvia Sanchez, brother Rocky Gonzalez and wife Debbie, and several nieces and nephews. Joe is preceded in death by his dad; Jose Gonzalez, mother; Conception Tapia, sister; Linda Furman, brother-in-law; Larry Furman, sister; Teresa Briones and nephew; Joseph Furman. Joe was a member of Christian Temple. He enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. Joe enjoyed worshiping and spreading the word of the Lord.  He loved to cook but was never willing to give out his secret recipe. He was always open to helping others. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, and in his younger years he enjoyed playing tennis. He was always ready for a conversation. He would often greet strangers the same way he greeted family and friends with a warm smile. With a strong faith in GOD he never hesitated to show his love and passion to his family and friends. Joe always wanted to uplift people’s spirit, and made an impact on anyone that crossed his path. He had a positive outlook on life and always shared his wisdom with his nephews.  Joe will be greatly missed but we comfort ourselves in knowing that he is rejoicing in the Heavens. The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6-8pm. The celebration of life will be held at Christian Temple Church in Houston, Texas on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00pm with the interment following at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”

Psalm 23:4