Elsie Stevenson


Elsie Pearl Cress Stevenson was born in High Point, North Carolina on February 20, 1927, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She attended school through high school in High Point, NC graduating from High Point College (now known as High Point University) in 1947 with an AB in English and a minor in French.  She was a member of Alpha Theta Phi Sorority. From 1947 until 1951, Elsie taught both English and French in public schools in North Carolina and Georgia. Elsie completed 45 hours of graduate work at A & I Kingsville, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston, Clear Lake.  She taught first and second grades in Texas public schools, teaching fourteen years in the Clear Creek Independent School District in Clear Lake, TX from 1951-1985.  In total, she dedicated 28 years of her life to educating young children. After she retired in 1985, she worked as a part-time Office Manager for Clear Lake Real Estate Organization.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of fifty three years, Harold “Coach” Tabor Stevenson of Houston, TX, who was a WWII veteran, teacher, football coach and realtor; her parents, Abner and Mary Elizabeth Fields Cress of High Point, NC; her four half siblings, Evelyn Cress Kelly, Catherine Cress Martin, Mabel Cress, and Clarence Tony Cress; and five siblings, Abner Cress, Jr., Robert Cress, Emma “Sally” Lee Cress Flynn, Dorothy “Dot” Ann Cress and James Gordon Cress, all of High Point, NC; and her beloved young son, David Harold Stevenson of Houston, TX.

Elsie is survived by; her two sons, Daniel “Dan” Gordon Stevenson of League, City, TX, and Daryl Craig Stevenson and wife Melanie Cummings Stevenson of Pearland, TX; her two grandchildren, Michael Tabor Stevenson, of Friendswood, TX, and Brandi Danielle Stevenson of Pearland, TX;  and great-granddaughter, Giuliana Tabor Stevenson of Friendswood, TX. Her nieces of whom she was extremely fond are; Catherine Ruth Cress, Carolyn Cress Locke and husband John Locke, and Cynthia Ann Cress, all of whom are from High Point, NC. Just last year the nieces and John surprised Elsie with a visit to Houston for her 90th birthday party.

Elsie Stevenson loved her family, and doted on her sons, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She treated the girls to “proper tea parties” when they were little, teaching them how to hold a teacup correctly and behave like little ladies.  Reading to her grandchildren was something she really loved doing and is a fond memory of both grandchildren. She valued reading and a good education, and passed that love on to her children and grandchildren.  She loved entertaining and being with family, and in her later years she enjoyed the ladies who sat with her, and their sharing of conversations and life stories.  She was an avid reader who loved discussing the latest in politics and world events. Computers were a godsend to Elsie, allowing her a way to send emails regarding politics and other topics to many.  Years ago, she and her husband, Harold, and several other couples began University Baptist Church in their living room.  She loved the Lord, and enjoyed reading the Bible, and was a lady in every sense of the word, always very proper and well-spoken. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00am Friday, April 20, 2018, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Elsie will be laid to rest with her husband, Harold, at Houston National Cemetery, Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Jeff Vavrecka


Jeffrey Lynn Vavrecka, 57, passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. Jeff was a graduate of Pearland High School and was a diesel mechanic for Central Freight Lines for approximately 40 years.

Jeff loved being outdoors, whether it was playing with his dogs, working the yard, checking on the baby birds or sitting by the fire at night.  He was always eager to help friends and family fix what needed fixing, or build what needed building. Always a wealth of knowledge and ability available and eager to share, which led to the popular saying among his East Texas friends and relatives, “We need Jeff here” or “Ask Jeff, he would know”.

He was a loving and caring father, son and brother and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jeff is preceded in death by his brother Steve Vavrecka. Jeff is survived by his son Chase; parents Charles and Virginia Vavrecka; sister Cindy Huber and husband Dean; nieces and nephews:  Stephen Vavrecka and wife Deshana, Jared Vavrecka and wife Sheena, Amber Stephens and husband Colby, Katie Childress and husband Marshall and Shawn Huber; and host of other relatives and friends; and his beloved pets.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, April 13, and the service celebrating Jeff’s life will be at 11:00am Saturday, April 14, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

Keith Hendon


William Keith Clayton Hendon, Sr., 63, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, peacefully in his sleep, after many years of struggling with heart issues.

Keith was born November 25, 1954 in Texas City, Texas to Bill and Jane (Norton) Hendon. He grew up loving the outdoors and had a very passionate love of animals. He enjoyed being in the country, from hunting and fishing, to trail rides. If there was a piece of land that he could plant a flower in, he was sure to make a flower bed there. There were many traits that people knew him by. His deep voice was one that captured everyone’s attention. The other was his stubborn head of hair that almost had its own personality. Keith never met anyone that he didn’t become friends with and he always had a big heart for people. When he was with his children, he loved to make them laugh. Keith was always the biggest kid of them all. He will be missed by many family and friends.

Keith is survived by his daughter, Christa K. Guevara, and five sons, Anthony J. Hendon, William K. Hendon, Jr., Darryl J. Hendon, William Alex Hendon, and Roger M. Bonney; six grandchildren, Nicolas Hendon, Jazmine Guevara, Joshua Guevara, Andrew Hendon, Sara Hendon, and Ethan Hendon; his two sisters and brother, Lisa and her husband Douglas Brosch, Donna Pate, and Sam Hendon, and stepfather Cheyenne Pate.  Keith also had several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Hendon and Jane Pate, and sister Judith Edwards.

The memorial service celebrating Keith’s life will be held at 2:00pm Monday, April 16, 2018 at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Carol Flores


Carol Ann Petrich Flores passed away on the morning of April 7, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Marlin, Texas September 25, 1943.

Carol is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dr. Luis M. Flores, sister-in-law Esther Flores, son Patrick Robb, daughter-in-law Rebecca Robb, grandchildren Abbie and Andy Robb, her sister Susan Kalson and numerous cousins that include Mike, Pat, Jay, and niece Elizabeth.

Carol was raised in Houston, Texas and attended Mt. Olive for grade school and attended Concordia College. She later went to work for NASA as a secretary. Carol loved fashion, genealogy, gardening, cooking, collecting fine china, entertaining, and traveling. Carol’s family would like to thank her amazing caretakers, Aisha Janguo and Danelle Vineyard, along with the outstanding Traditions Hospice staff.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, with visitation prior to the service starting at 12:30pm.

Carol’s family would like to thank her amazing caretakers, Aisha Janguo and Danelle Vineyard, along with the outstanding Traditions Hospice staff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

Terri Glatthaar


Terri Linette (Badgett) Glatthaar, 55 years old, passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Deer Park, Texas. She was born March 18, 1963 in Baytown, Texas to Imogene Badgett and the late Kenneth Eugene Badgett.

Terri is survived by her loving husband Don Glatthaar of 27 ½ years and she was a mother to two loving children, Justin and Marissa. She is also survived by her mother, Imogene Badgett; brothers and sisters: Randall and Claudette Badgett, Roy and Brenda Badgett, Colin Mosser, Trey and Lori Ritz; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by two sisters: Debbie Dickens and Kathy Mosser.

Terri was a graduate of Deer Park High School and was employed by Lubrizol for 39 years. She loved to attend Life Community Church and was a faithful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was very passionate about living her life to the fullest.

The celebration of Terri’s life will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Life Community Church (9529 W Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, TX 77571). The visitation will be at 1:00PM with a service to follow at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Terri’s name to www.foundationforwomenscancer.org

Manny Adler


Manny Adler, 59, of La Porte, passed away April 1, 2018. He was born to Vidalina and Manuel, Sr. on February 11, 1959 in Havana, Cuba. He came to the U.S. in the Freedom Flight on December 1, 1965, to New Orleans, Louisiana, then to Pasadena, Texas.

Manny went on to marry his first wife, Marie Baughman in 1981. They had three children together, Jackie, Manuel Adler III and Kevin Adler. He later divorced and married Jeanette Ramos on March 28, 1994. Manny took responsibility for raising Tashia Nichole Stevens Garcia, then came Shawn Michael Adler.

On October 31, 2016 Manny was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, which he beat. While taking chemo and radiation treatments, it was found he had stage 4 liver cancer on May 26, 2017 and was told he only had two months to live.

Manny never stopped working while taking cancer treatments and never let anyone know how bad it really was. To Manny it was just something else he worked through as with everything else he did.

Manny is preceded in death by Logan Tyler Hunton and Jerimiah Jeiel Garcia, his grandsons he never got to meet. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jeanette Ramos Adler; children Jackie (John) Hunton, Manuel III (JM) Adler and wife Megan, Kevin Adler, Tashia Stevens Garcia and husband Ramon, and Shawn Michael Adler; granddaughters Alyssa, Courtney, Brianna, Aubrey, and Grace; and grandsons Kameron and Kayden Hunton.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Monday, April 9, 2018, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland.

Shirley Cain


Shirley Jolene Cain of League City, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the age of 90.  She was born February 14, 1928 to Norman W. and Rillia Jared in Marion County, Indiana.  She grew up on a dairy farm near Indianapolis and learned a proper work ethic by watching her mom and dad as they worked to provide for the family.  While in the Plainfield School District, Shirley met the one and only love of her life, Daniel Bruce Cain.  Daniel was a prankster who won Shirley’s heart and since the two had a like-minded work ethic, they were the epitome of a match made in heaven celebrating seventy years of marriage in August 2016.

In 1962, Daniel and Shirley with their three children, Sheila, Mark and Angela relocated to the city of Houston.  Revealing the work ethic she learned on the dairy farm, Shirley excelled in the medical field in the area of office management.  She developed a great love for the numerous doctors and nurses that she served throughout her career in the medical field and retired with over thirty years office management in 1992.

According to Shirley, nothing was more precious to her than her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved and accepted every child as uniquely created by God and entrusted to her family for the express purpose of being a “NANA” who always showered each with unconditional love, respect and dignity.  Family gatherings were the hallmark of the Cain Clan and we have all benefited from her kind affection and unwavering devotion.

Daniel and Shirley were long-time members of the First Christian Church serving together in numerous locations such as Pasadena, TX, Spring, TX, Guymon, OK, and Mineola, TX. Shirley served on numerous church committees including several Pastor Search Committees.  She was also actively involved in several civic and community service organizations.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of seventy years, Daniel and all but one remaining sibling, Jane Hayden.  Those left behind to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sheila Rhodes and husband, Larry, her son Mark Cain and wife Inga, her daughter Angela Autrey and husband Denny; grandchildren Jennifer Bajorek, Shelly Niemand, Greg Rhodes, Mike Rhodes, Ashley Bagwell, Vanessa Patterson, Rachel Estrada, Jared Cain, Nathan Cain, Kathleen Cain, Amber Stovall, Julie Welch, and Haley St. John; twenty great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a multitude of dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Friday, March 30, 2018, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Kim Berryhill


Kim (Whitaker) Berryhill went home to be with the Lord on March 27, 2018.  Her passing was unexpected and a severe shock to her family and close friends.  She had suffered for many years from migraines and fibromyalgia, which frequently left her with pain and the frustrations related to not being able to do many of the things in her heart.  She is now with Jesus and is no longer subject to pain or frustration – only joy.

Kim was a skilled musician, often playing piano for those closest to her in the home church she loved so much.  In the evenings she would often sit at the piano, put on a prayer shawl and pray to the Lord, and then practice songs to use the following Sunday.  In the blending of her faith and talents, she set Phil 4:4 to music and often sang “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice!”  This has been an encouragement to many and is now perhaps the best way to remember her.  She never thought much of herself or her accomplishments, but she left a very deep impression on so many.

Kim was born January 1, 1962 and as a child moved to Columbia, SC.  In high school she met Scott Berryhill, who proceeded to “chase her until she caught him”.  They married July 2, 1983, beginning a wonderful life together lasting almost 35 years.

Kim is survived by her husband Scott Berryhill, daughter Lara Saldana and husband Eli, son Benjamin Berryhill and wife Bethany, son Andrew Berryhill and wife Jessica, and daughter Jennifer Barker and husband Jonathan, plus six grandchildren: Jason, Josiah, Elise and Ivy Saldana, Jack Berryhill and Claire Berryhill.  All of this wonderful family is nearby; and learning to be a grandmother (“Nana”) was a particular joy to her.  Kim is also survived by her father Ray Whitaker, brother Paul Whitaker and his wife Betty, sister Karen Hartsfield and her husband Jim.  She was also dearly loved by her parents-in-law, Rudy and Betty Jones, who took her into their hearts as one of their own.  In addition, Kim leaves behind a unique and much-loved group of very close friends, many dating back to high school days.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kim’s name to Texas Right to Life.

Christopher “Chris” C. Rasmussen

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Christopher (Chris) C. Rasmussen, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the age of 66.  He was born on July 28, 1951 to Marcellus and Patsy Rasmussen in Oceanside, CA.  He worked as an electrician for many years and retired from Fisk Electric.  As a longtime resident of Deer Park, Texas, he touched many lives.

He loved life and lived it to the fullest.  The love for his family (whether it was a blood relative or a friend) ran very deep and he will be missed by many.  He would go out of his way to help anyone and had a knack of “fixing” things.  He traveled the Country and Canada on his Harleys and met so many people along the way.

Many of his friends called him by his nickname “Sugarfoot”.  Over the past couple of years, he did not travel as much on his motorcycles, but began seeing a different part of the world via cruises.   He also loved to snow ski, usually in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

He is survived by his siblings, Denese Alaniz (Joe) and Cheryl Meyer, and numerous other relatives, including aunt, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his parents, step-father James Snowden, and his brother Mike Rasmussen.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 29, from 6:00pm until 8:00 pm., at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will be held Friday, March 30, at 9:00am., also at the funeral home; interment will follow at LaPorte Cemetery.

Mary Frances Bogan

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Mary Frances Snedeker Bogan, longtime South Belt resident, passed away on Sunday, March 25 at Memorial Southeast Hospital after a long illness. She is finally resting peacefully, free from any suffering or pain, in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Mary was born in Houston, Texas, on December 9, 1941.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, and the absolute best grandma (or “Buh-Buh”) to her devoted three grandsons.  She went to Southmayd Elementary, Deady Junior High, and then graduated from Milby High School a year early in 1959.  She was indeed smart, and had dreams to maybe one day go to college and become a registered nurse.  However, she ended up meeting Sammie Bogan, and they got married in 1961.  She decided to stay home to raise her three children, until her youngest was eight years old.

Then Mary went back into the work-force as a merchandiser for American Greetings.  She loved this job, as it really reflected her personality, putting greeting cards out for people to buy to give to each other to say things they couldn’t “speak” otherwise.  This is the person she was, the one everyone came to for advice, and for spiritual guidance.

Mary loved the Lord, and she was always telling anyone who would listen to her that they needed to have a personal relationship with God.  She would say, “Remember Jesus said, ‘I am the vine; you are the branches…apart from me you can do nothing.” John 5:15  She would always say, “Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

The closeness of family was the next most important thing to Mary after her relationship to God, because as a child she grew up mostly living at her grandmother’s house.  She loved her children fiercely, and she and Sammie still lived with their oldest son, Richard.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Eric Collins, lived just minutes away, with their three sons, Joshua, Matthew, and Michael, and they were the light of Mary’s life.  She spent countless hours a week on the phone and computer with them, playing games with them.  They spent every weekend together, her daughter taking her to get her hair done each week and such, as she was her best friend, and they would always go back to her house for fun with the family.  She was loved by everyone and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be at Niday funeral home on 12440 Beamer Rd, on Friday evening from 6pm-8pm for friends and family.  Her celebration of life will be Saturday morning at 10am at the Niday funeral home as well.  There will be a brief graveside service following at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble at 12:15pm