Condolences

Our deepest sympathies go to Neva Howard on the recent passing of her mother, Pauline Harrison.

Pauline was born on July 14, 1929 in Upshur County to Barnie and Myrtle Caldwell Roberts, both now deceased. She was married for sixty-three years to Charles Elwyn Harrison, who passed away in 2010. Pauline will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She served her Lord, family and friends well. Pauline was a member of several Baptist churches as she and her husband lived in several towns in Texas. She became a member of the Deer Park First Baptist Church in 2013, when she moved to the area to be closer to her daughters.

Those she left behind to cherish wonderful memories include: her three children, David (& Arlene) Harrison, Donna (& Ken) Hanson, and Neva (& Ernie) Howard; six grandsons; and 15 great grandchildren. Survivors also include brothers and sisters-in-laws, Gerald & Mavinee Roberts, Charles & Bonnie Roberts, Ray & Janie Roberts and Wanda Stracener.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice, or to the Texas Baptist Home for Children, 629 Farley St., Waxahachie, TX 75165.

Neva is a Library Assistant at the Central Campus Library.


Our deepest sympathies go to Dianne Duron on the passing of her father, Demetrio Z. Torres, Jr.  A longtime resident of Galveston County, Demetrio passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the age of 86.

After serving in the Air Force for four years, Demetrio married Bertha; they were blessed with eight children, 6 boys and 2 girls.  Spending time with family was very important to him, whether it was watching the Houston Astros win the World Series, the Texans and Cowboys football games, afternoon barbecues and monthly family breakfasts.  Demetrio had a passion for serving God, his Church and those in need.  He earned his fourth degree knighthood and was very proud to wear the uniform while protecting the Church.

In his efforts to obtain a better life for his family, Demetrio became a certified welder at Del-Mar College in Corpus Christi, and soon after moved his young family north to Galveston, Texas, where he became a welder for Todd Shipyard.  He still knew he wanted to do more for his family, so he left the shipyard and became employed with Amoco, which is now Marathon GBR. He retired after twenty-seven years and earning the title Oil Movements Supervisor.  He later became employed at College of the Mainland as a Testing Coordinator in the Adult Education Department; he proudly worked to help and encourage each student that he encountered and did this for nine years until he “retired” again at the age of 76.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Demetrio and Susana (Zertuche) Torres; his sisters, Nellie Flores, Carmen Mendez, and Irma Torres; his brothers, Roque and David Torres; and his son, Damian Torres.  He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Bertha (Berlanga) Torres; his sons, Demetrio III, Daniel (Maggie), Michael (Rose), Edward (Ann), Sam (Debby); his daughters, Dianne (Michael) Duron, Doris (Thaddeus) Butler; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous relatives and many close friends.

 

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors that cared for him in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shrine of the True Cross, Capital Campaign or St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o Shrine of the True Cross (400 FM 517-E, Dickinson, TX 77539).

Dianne is the Director of Budgets for San Jacinto College.


Our deepest sympathies go to the friends and family of Elizabeth Anne McFarlin Thomas, who passed away at the age of 83 on July 30, 2019.

Anne obtained her Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and began teaching at San Jacinto College. Students recall her intimidating glare should a comma be misplaced, or subject and verb failed to agree. However, they also said that her classes, though challenging, taught them how to communicate effectively through the written word…with commas properly placed. She advanced to Dean of the English Department, was nominated for the prestigious Piper Award for teaching excellence, and retired after thirty years of service.

Anne was president, founder, and active supporter of many groups that fostered an appreciation for education, music and history, including Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasadena Historic Society, San Jacinto Day Foundation, Harris County Historical Commission, and Anderson Historical Society. She also was a Girl Scout Leader, a 4-H group leader, a Rotary Ann, chairman of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival, and an active member of Pasadena First United Methodist Church.

Always kind and patient, determined yet forgiving, the hallmarks of Anne’s life were her belief in the value of education and the love of family. Her mantra – “You can do anything you set your mind to” was demonstrated in her life’s accomplishments. She will be dearly missed, but she has made the world a better place.

Anne was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Stanford and Bill McFarlin; and sisters, Mary Elaine Barnet and Jean Austin.  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clyde Thomas of Anderson; children, Julie Thomas Horn and husband Geoff of Navasota, Steven Donald Thomas and wife Vicki of Montgomery, TX, Jennifer Thomas of Shiro and Andrew Thomas and wife Shelle of Fruitland, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Woodson of Derby, Kansas along with many other relatives and friends.

For those that desire, it has been suggested that memorials in Anne’s name be made to Anderson First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Main St., Anderson, TX 77830, or to a favorite charity.

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Our deepest sympathies go to Debbie Westmoreland on the recent passing of her sister, Brenda Jo Cotter.  Brenda passed away on July 22, 2019, at the age of 82.

Brenda was born on January 20, 1937 in Stockdale, TX, to Walter Milam Dowlearn and Lola Merle Mays Dowlearn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joe Harold Cotter; brother, Walter Bernard Dowlearn; great-granddaughter, Ashley Brooke Emery; and sister-in-law, Jackie Dowlearn. Brenda is survived by her son, Randy Cotter (Susan); daughter, Su Zanne Kimble (Emmit); grandchildren, Shelby Peterson (Tony), Joe R. Cotter, Josh Cotter (Jenna), Rochelle Lopez (Bobby), Craig Butler (Natalie), Laura Rowoldt (Seth), and Raylene Zeitler (Justin); brother, Robert Dowlearn; sister, Debbie K. Westmoreland (David); 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

Debbie is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services.


Our deepest sympathies go to Lt. Sabrina Naulings on the recent passing of her father-in-law, Willie “Grump” Stanciell.

Sabrina is a lieutenant in the police department.