Stephen “Steve” Aaron

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Stephen “Steve” Aaron was born in Laurel, Mississippi on January 7th, 1952 to Walter Coyt Aaron and Eva Blanche McCord Aaron. After spending his formative years in Mississippi, Steve moved to Houston, TX in 1968 and attended C.E. King High School . It was in high school that Steve met his future wife, Carol Johnson, whom he married in 1971 and later welcomed a daughter and two sons.

A member of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 54, Steve was an accomplished welder, staying in the trade until his retirement in 2013. Though employment in the union sometime required extended stints away from home, Steve cherished returning to his family where his off-time was spent playing with his children, watching Houston Astros baseball games and fishing wherever and whenever the opportunity presented itself. Steve adored his family and constantly boasted on them and their accomplishments to anyone that would listen, no matter the venue or the audience.

Always surrounding himself with friends and family, Steve touched the hearts of all those that he met and made new acquaintances daily. His humor, kindness, generosity and an ever-present smile were hallmarks of his attitude toward others and can be seen by the multitude of friends that he created and maintained throughout his life.

Steve will be sorely missed by all and his absence will be felt daily. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Jennifer Aaron-Faridi of Cypress, TX and her husband, Kashif; son, Stephen C. Aaron of Georgetown, TX and his wife, Jennifer; son, Daniel Aaron of Houston, TX and his wife, Ana; brothers, Stanley McClain of Hattiesburg, MS and Tommy Wilson of Spring Hill, FL; sister, Janett Pack of Houston, TX and half-sister, Bridgette Wilson Clark of Prospect, LA. Steve also leaves behind 7 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.

The family will receive friends to celebrate his life, Sunday, February 18, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.  A service of remembrance will also be held at the funeral home, Monday, February 19, at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Eric Michaud


It is with heavy hearts that the family of Eric Michaud announces his passing on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the age of 35.  He was a beloved son, husband and father. Eric leaves behind his loving wife, Lisa, two children, Eric, Jr. (9) and Hailey (6), his mother Donna Brantley, father Glenn Brantley and brother Drew Brantley.

Eric was truly one of a kind, and once you met him you did not forget him. His personality was bold and larger than life – always saying how he felt, whether it was good or bad.  You never had to second guess where he stood.  His honesty and often time blunt words are what people loved about him. We all had moments where he drove us crazy, but he always found a way to make us laugh.  One thing that everyone knew about Eric was his love for his children. Jr was his pride and joy, his “mini me” and Hailey was his “baby girl” and the twinkle of his eye. He was a dedicated select baseball coach who had a passion and love for the sport that was evident every time he stepped onto the field. He loved it and he loved the boys he coached. He made such a difference in so many of their lives and it certainly will not be the same without him on that 3rd base line giving the umpires hell or giving the opposing team’s coaches a hard time or joking around.

The family is so thankful for the outpouring of love we have all received and it’s just further proof of the type of person Eric truly was, and how much of an impact he made on people. We will miss him every day and cling to all the happy memories we have of him.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 18th, at 4:00pm at Niday Funeral Home located at 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas 77089.

In lieu of usual remembrances, a college fund for their children, Eric, Jr. and Hailey has been set up at Chase Bank, Routing #111000614, Acct #: 2946558638

Shirley Annette McElroy

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Shirley Annette McElroy was born in Norphlet, AR on August 25, 1934. At the age of five, she moved to Houston TX with her family, father Gene, mother Mini and siblings. She graduated from Milby High School in June 1953, shortly after, she, married John Theodore McElroy June 27th.They were married nearly 49 years.

During their time together they had a total of six children, John Theodore Jr., Vincent, Ronald Glenn, Glenda and Larry. Which in turn gave her nine grandchildren, that in turn then gave her 4 great grandchildren. With her nurturing instinct, she took in all of them and cared for them at different times in their life and some were full time with special needs, like her son Glenn and grandson Charlie. Also, almost as long she helped raise her granddaughter Andrea and great granddaughter Cierra. She did this with love no matter the struggles that life sent her way.  She was the matriarch of four generations.

After the deaths that happened over the years of her husband John Theodore, son Glenn, grandsons Charlie and Jordanis, she made the decision to make a change and move with two of her sons Ronald and Larry to Alvin TX where she lived until her last day.

During her life she also joined The Kingdom Hall as a Jehovah’s Witness where she made a wish to never die, to live on in the new system, but she lost her fight with cancer and now will sleep in death for a while until called from the grave. Then she will be reunited with all her loved ones that will be there to greet her with open arms in a long-awaited time of great happiness where her sister Peggy will say to her “well done Sister Shirley”. Until we all meet again, we all love you.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 15, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home Beamer Chapel. The funeral service will be held Friday, February 16, at 10:00am. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn  Cemetery.

J. Melvin Hurst

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Melvin was born March 12, 1929 at the crossroads of northeastern Texas in the town of Tenaha, a shipping point on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway and a shipping center for area farmers and lumbermen. Although he was the only child of Reverend H. “Hubbard’ Hurst and Mary “Eunice” Smith Hurst, he would spend his lifetime surrounded by his loving family including his wife of 65 years, two children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of close family friends.

Melvin received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Texas A & M University in 1952 where he was a member of the time-honored Corp of Cadets, the oldest student organization on campus, which consistently commissions more officers into the country’s military than any other school in the nation except the three service academies. And although membership in the Corps carries no military obligation, Melvin graduated and began serving our country as a First Lieutenant in the Army Airborne Division of Paratroopers. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January 1954. It was before his service, on June 10, 1952 that he married the love of his life, Billie Bush, and his military service would provide many opportunities for the couple to travel. Two children, daughter Sherri and son Mike completed the nuclear family in 1956 and 1961 respectively.

Melvin’s occupational history spanned 40 years of employment at Hydrocarbon Construction Company from which retired in March of 1994. During those years, he also completed study at The University of Texas in order to receive a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering in 1960. In addition, after his retirement Melvin worked at the Harris County Appraisal District for several years by serving on its Review Board.

Not only was Melvin lovingly devoted to his family and profession, but many will remember him as an avid golfer as well. His passion for the game led him to the Baywood Country Club where his accolades included being named the Club Champion for a year and recording 2 holes-in-one. Such was his love of the game that he was known for continuing to play despite having a broken arm; a true demonstration of his intensity for the sport. But the golfing pastime provided more than just food for his physical wellness, it also provided many possibilities for Melvin and Billie to expand their circle of close and wonderful friends and participate in many well-remembered activities.

The familiar saying that “family is where life begins and love never ends” certainly describes Melvin’s life. Both his extended and spiritual families have continued to grow and now we celebrate his life as one who we have once loved and can never lose; for as we have loved him so deeply, he has become a part of us.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Billie Hurst; daughter, Sherri Brewton and husband James; son Michael Hurst; grandson Jon Brewton and wife Kerry; granddaughter Amanda Brewton; granddaughter Ashley Branyan and husband Patrick; grandson Christopher Hurst and wife Genesis; two beautiful great-granddaughters Lucy and Olive Brewton; numerous cousins, devoted friends, and the spiritual community of the First Baptist Church of Pasadena.

The funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00pm., Friday, February 16, at First Baptist Church Pasadena, the visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Maxine Burk Laughlin

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Maxine Burk Laughlin passed into Heaven on February 10, 2018 at the age of 97.  She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who shared her ever abundant love with all who came into her life.  She was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas, later moving to Houston, Texas where she met, married and raised a family with her husband James Robert (Jim) Laughlin, Sr.  She faithfully lived her life through her devotion to her Savior Jesus Christ and practiced that love daily.  Maxine was generous, kind, and many good memories are left to cherish.

She had a special love of gardening and always had the most beautiful flowers surrounding her home.   Her happiest times were spent with her family and loved ones.

Maxine is survived by daughters; Linda Laughlin Migliavacca and husband Jim,  Lauren Laughlin Moore and husband John, and son, James Robert (Jim) Laughlin, Jr. and wife Sheila; granddaughter Tara Hensley and husband Eric; grandson James Robert (Trey) Laughlin III;  great granddaughter Charlotte Rene Laughlin, and a host of sisters, nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Robert Laughlin, Sr. and numerous other relatives and loved ones.

The family will receive guests Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm at Niday Funeral Home, followed by a Celebration of Her Life at 2:00pm.

Gilbert Escobedo


Gilbert F. Escobedo of Houston, Texas, went to be with our Heavenly Father Saturday afternoon, February 10, 2018 surrounded by family in peace and love at the age of 75.  He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Rosie Escobedo.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Escobedo, of 40 years and three children; daughter, Chris Marie Escobedo; daughter, Martha Reeder; son, Raleigh and Carol Jimenez; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four siblings, brother, Mack and Marita Escobedo; sister, Henrietta Escobedo; sister, Josie and John Castecka; sister, Annie and Phillip Villalobos; sister, Olita and John Sanchez; along with many nieces, nephews and relatives.

Gilbert was born in Austin, Texas, June 14, 1942 where he stayed until he enlisted into the National Guard in 1961.  In 1962, he decided to transfer to the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam and completed two tours. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and returned to Houston, Texas where he created a beautiful life with family and friends.

He will be remembered for his love of life, generous spirit, individuality, and the joy he brought to his family and many friends.  He was truly one of a kind and heaven received an amazing angel.

A rosary will be prayed Friday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. and the funeral service will be Saturday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m., both held at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston 77089. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

Gwynn Myers


It with great sadness that the family of Gwynn Mary (Bass) Myers, 66, announces her passing on February 9, 2018, after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease. She will be deeply missed, but her family takes great comfort in knowing that she has been reunited with her husband, mother, and grandmother in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Gwynn will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Kristy Myers and Stephanie Ballard, son-in-Law TJ Ballard, grandchildren Devin, Samantha, Skylar, and Logan Ballard, nephew and niece John Myers and Mary Aparicio.

Gwynn was born September 3, 1951 in Camden, AR to Mary (Garner) Bass, where she grew up living with her mother and beloved grandmother, Sally Lu “Mama” Garner, and surrounded by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She had a happy childhood, spending most of her younger years in both Camden and Houston, TX. Gwynn briefly attended San Jacinto College where she met her beloved husband, Michael “Dan” Myers. It was love at first sight, and they were married six months later. Both Gwynn and Dan rejoiced in the birth of their two daughters. Gwynn’s dream from childhood was to be a stay-at-home mom to her children, and she was given her wish shortly before her oldest daughter started school. Gwynn was very involved in the lives and activities of her children – volunteering at school, attending activities, and being the best taxi service a child could ask for. In addition, she was the sole caretaker for her sick husband, making many sacrifices for her family to ensure that they were happy and knew they were loved. After his own long battle with diabetes, her husband passed away, and she turned all of her focus to caring for her children and mother.

Gwynn adored her four grandchildren and was also actively involved in their lives and activities. Whether it was sports events, dance recitals, school performances, church activities, graduations, or award ceremonies, Gwynn attended everything that she could, even on the occasions that she wasn’t feeling well. She was very proud of her grandchildren and took great joy in watching them grow up.

Gwynn loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her faith showed through everything that she did. At a young age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She was very involved with her throughout her entire life, even serving as a charter member, with her husband, at Timber Lakes Baptist Church in The Woodlands, Texas. Gwynn will be remembered by all as a very sweet woman who loved others and would give anything she had to help others.

The celebration of Gwynn’s life will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018 at South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-6:00pm, with the service celebrating Gwen’s life starting at 6:00pm. Interment will be at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston at 10:00am on Friday morning, where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, 4300 East Sam Houston Parkway South, Pasadena, TX 77505.

JoAnn Stringer


JoAnn Stringer, born JoAnn Judy Harper on March 18, 1939, passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at age 78. JoAnn was the daughter of Fred Harper and Mildred (Peters) Harper. She was born in Maryville, MO and went to school in Tarkio, MO. The family later moved to Fremont NE where she attended high school.

She graduated from Fremont High School in 1957 and attended Wayne State College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Physical Education. She taught for 50 years; first in Binghamton, NY, in Merritt Island, FL, and the last 35 years in Pasadena, TX.  JoAnn was dearly loved by her family, students, fellow teachers, and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Arlene Marti (Bob) and Peggy McIntyre (George), Peggy’s son Marti McIntyre, her husband Donald Stringer and stepdaughter Janet Honn. She leaves behind 3 stepdaughters: Pamela Thompson (Billy) of St. Cloud, FL, Mary Stringer of Dickinson, TX, and Linda Coyner (Steve) of Spokane, WA. She also leaves behind: 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, 1 niece and 2 nephews.

JoAnn was dedicated to her family, her job, and her students. She was a contributing writer of Biology textbooks and was inducted into the Hall of Honor at South Houston High School in 2013. JoAnn was active in PARSE, Delta Kappa Gama, and in her church in Pasadena, First United Methodist Church.

JoAnn loved to get together with retired friends and teachers every week and play dominoes. She was an avid reader, she also enjoyed watching basketball games and participating in school plays. She loved to travel; she and her husband Don made several trips across the United States, many times taking their children or grandchildren with them.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 14, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 15, at 3:00pm, at First United Methodist Church. Interment will be Friday, February 16, at 9:00am., at Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504.

Emily Niday


It is with great sadness that the family of Emily Niday announces her passing after a long battle with cancer on February 6, 2018 at the age of 78. Emily will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Brenda Kay Alfred of Houston, son Bobby Carnell of Pasadena, and daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Marvin Cate of Mckinney, Texas.

Emily had six6 grandchildren, Denise Tepe, Linda Dabney , Edwina Fowler, Michael Hill, Rodney Cooper, Robert Cate and Christina Carnell. She also had numerous great-grandchildren.

The celebration of Emily’s life will be held Friday, February 9, 2018, from 12:00pm until 3:00pm  at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Aileen C. Schaefer


Aileen Marian C. Schaefer passed away peacefully from this life after a gradual decline of health in the early morning of Monday, February 5, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Aileen was born and raised in Lott, Texas to Oners and Linda Curry. She was the second of five children; James, Cecil, Leonard, and Donald Curry. While attending nursing school in Waco, Texas, Aileen met the love of her life, Clarence A. Schaefer. After two years of courting, spending many Saturday nights at the dance halls, dancing to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the two wed on April 19, 1951 in Houston, TX in a civil service. In 1960, they welcomed their son, Gregory P. Schaefer, and were married for 20 wonderful years. In 1962, Aileen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Sacred Heart Dominican College and enjoyed 35 successful years of nursing working at a VA hospital tending to our veterans.

Aileen was faithful to her Catholic religion, and enjoyed attending church every Sunday. She especially looked forward to Mother’s Day or any other special holiday that fell on Sunday, when her son Greg would bring her a pink corsage to wear to church. Aileen’s hobbies included tending to her roses or vegetable garden, going on cruises and travelling the world, shopping at Macy’s and always finding a great deal, going to lunch with her friends, and visiting with her “Caribbean Friends” that have been by her side for over 50 years. Perhaps, her truest joy was the love that she had for her family. All were so very special and dear to her, but her son, grandchildren, and her sweet great-grandchildren, were the center of her world. Not a day would go by without talking to them or in many cases, needlessly worrying about them. She was a true example of light, love, and service, and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Aileen is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, parents; Oners and Linda Curry, and her brothers; James, Leonard, and Cecil Curry.

Her life will be forever cherished in the lives of her son, Greg Schaefer and wife Carolyn of Pasadena, TX; granddaughter, Jennifer (Schaefer) Young and husband Tyson and their children, Tyson Jr., Trenton, and Taliah, currently living overseas; granddaughter, Kristen (Schaefer) Langdon and husband Sheldon and their children, Oliver, Ellie, and Emery of Sugarland, TX; granddaughter Mary Beth Goss and husband Avery and their son, Lane of Pasadena, TX. She is also survived by her brother Donald Curry and his wife Rose, and many loved nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm with the rosary and vigil starting at 6:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Friday, February 9, 2018, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road, Houston 77089. Rite of Committal will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.