Our deepest sympathies go to Cathy Andrusick on the recent passing of her mother, Ruby Dylla. Ruby, a long-time resident of the Sheldon-area, went to be with her lord and savior on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Ruby was a wonderful, loving wife, mother, grandma and GG. She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she loved her pastor and fellow church members. She loved to sew and do hand-embroidery, and she loved games, especially jigsaw puzzles, Scrabble, and dominoes.

Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, George Dylla; and daughter-in-law, Freddie Dylla, and six siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Joan Bedwell and husband Mike, Rose Wise and husband Bryan, Cathy Andrusick and husband Richard; son, George Dylla Jr; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She will be called blessed, and will be truly missed by her loving family.


Cathy is the Senior Administrative Assistant of Natural and Allied Health Sciences at North campus.

Our deepest sympathies go to Mike Harris on the recent passing of his mother, Loretta Ann “Brown” Harris.

Loretta passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the age of 85. She was born on December 8, 1934, in Providence Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Louis Brown and Flora Dixon Smith Brown; her brothers, Hubert R. Brown and Thomas R. Brown; and her loving husband of 58 years, Jackson Davis (J.D.) Harris. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Mike Harris and wife, Jodi; brother, Wayne Brown and wife Betty; grandchildren, Kendall, Riley, Mitchell, Megan, Madelynn and her dear friend, “J.R.”, as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Loretta married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, J.D. Harris. They grew up in the same small town, building their lifelong bond from an early age. She enjoyed spending time with J.D., whether they were flying in their private plane or traveling the lower 48 states in their motorhome. Loretta always looked forward to visiting her “little cottage in the woods” on Lake Livingston that she and J.D built together. She was happiest at the lake spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite pastimes were researching her family lineage, gardening and cooking. Loretta was adventurous throughout her life and, in her later years, she found great joy in her travels and cruises with her dear friend and companion “J.R.” She was a proud member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, an online donation can be made honoring Loretta at

Mike is the Director of Construction Services for the college.

Our deepest sympathies go to Beverly Smith on the recent passing of her twin sister, Barbara Lynn Smith Warfield. Barbara passed away on January 3, 2020, in Pearland, TX, with Beverly by her side.

Barbara was born on November 4, 1952, in Galveston, TX, to George Thomas and Carolyn Smith. Barbara had been a resident of Pearland since 2005. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters. Barbara was a Registered Nurse; she graduated from Galveston Community College. She worked many years in surgical care at Memorial Southeast, taught Health Science at Clear Brook High School and Vocational Nursing at San Jacinto College North Campus.

Barbara is preceded in death by her father, George Thomas Smith Jr., and her brother, Robert Wayne Smith. Barbara is survived by her mother, Carolyn Smith; daughter, Angela Warfield; son, Rodrick Warfield; her twin sister Beverly Smith; brothers, Paul Warren Smith and his wife Charlotte, and Dennis Lee Smith and his wife Debbie; grandchildren, Stephen and Patrick Warfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude at in lieu of flowers.

Beverly is a Professor of Vocational Nursing at North Campus.

Our deepest sympathies go to Sharon Spears on the loss of her mother, Margaret Lorene Spears.

Lorene was born on April 4, 1931, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; she passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the age of 88, in North Richland Hills, TX .

She met the love of her life at the age of 13. Her husband, Robert, didn’t know it, but his days as a single man were numbered on that very day. They raised four children together, and through it all, Lorene’s lively spirit and helping heart touched many lives. She was a resident of Pearland for over 40 years. Her last workplace was Pearland State Bank, and she was a member of First Church Pearland. Her hobbies included sewing and making crafts, and she loved to volunteer and help where needed. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and attending activities with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and Robert, her loving husband of 49 years. Her memory will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Rita Girod of Alvin, Texas; Shirley Bennett and husband (David) of Conroe, Texas; Bobby Spears and wife (Bonnie) of Madisonville, Kentucky; Sharon Spears of Friendswood, Texas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sharon is a Sr. Administrative Assistant in the English, Modern Languages and Speech department at South Campus.

Our deepest sympathies go to Mary Ann Blake on the recent passing of her mother, Jane Agnes Basserman Dwyer. She passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on December 6, 2019 at Milford Hospital.

Jane was the daughter of Agnes and Frederick Basserman, sister of Frederick Basserman, and the wife of Francis Dwyer for 68 years. She was the loving mother of daughters: Susan (Carlos) Figueroa; Judy (George) Benz; Mary Ann (Blake); Sara (Kevin) O’Connor; Catherine & (Robert) Tremblay; and sons: Frank, Gerry and Paul. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Jane loved the beach and was an original member of Save our Shores, an organization that fought to keep West Haven Beaches open to the public. Later in life, she attended SCSU, worked at St. Raphael’s Hospital and was awarded the St. Raphael’s Walter J. Dwyer prestigious award.

She spent time traveling with her husband and family. She loved having a large family and celebrating birthdays and holidays. The door was always open for her children’s friends and she formed many friendships and bonds over the years. Jane had a positive impact not only her family’s life, but also those of numerous friends spanning many generations.

Mary Ann Blake is a Professor of Engineering Design Graphics at South Campus.

Our deepest sympathies go to Patrecia Simpson on the recent passing of her brother, Leonard Earl Simpson.

Leonard was born on January 7, 1961; he passed away on December 1, 2019, at the age of 58. He graduated from Crosby High School and San Jacinto College. He was the Pastor of Disciple Temple True Holiness Church of God in Christ in Baytown, Texas and a Master Electrician for the City of Houston. He also was co-owner of Good Works Energy. Leonard was a loving husband, father, brother, Pastor, and friend. We will cherish his memory.

Leonard leaves to mourn a wife of 12 years, Juanita Simpson; two sons, Leonard II and Eddie Simpson; three grandchildren, siblings, other family members and dear friends.

Patrecia is a Contact Center Agent II at North campus.