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