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CONROE FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Honoring Your Loved Ones With Compassion

PAGE FREEMAN WILHITE

Page Freeman Wilhite, 67, passed away Sunday evening, August 4, 2019, following an extended illness. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to James Clifford Freeman and Cornelia Freeman on April 8, 1952.

Her life was defined by her love of art, her husband (Tim), and her two sons (James and Ben). A talented artist, Page found beauty in the things we all overlooked. Fortunately, she shared that vision with us through her works of art that spanned virtually all media. She was herself beautiful both inside and out. She is deeply missed. 

While raising her children, Page returned to school and earned her bachelor of arts degree at Sam Houston State University. She went on to teach art courses for the Conroe Independent School District for a number of years before eventually retiring.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Timothy Owen Wilhite; two sons, James Freeman Morse (Leslie) and Edward Benjamin Morse (Suzie); her mother, Cornelia Freeman; three sisters, Mary Hollis Shipley, Carol Carleton Brookhart (Scott), and Patricia Barrett Freeman (Bruce); two grandchildren, Zoe Elizabeth Morse and Zachary James Morse; several nieces, nephews and other extended family members. She was also expecting a third grandchild, Sullivan Robert Morse, when she passed.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, August 12, 2019, at 1pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors, 1504 N. Thompson Street, Conroe, Texas 77301.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration or to a charity of your choice. 

EMILY ALYSSA STOWE 

 Celebration of Life Service for Emily Alyssa Stowe, 12, of Waller, Texas will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Magnolia Cowboy Church. Sweet Emily was born on December 8, 2006 in Sugar Land, Texas to Donald Barry Stowe, Jr. and Christina Leigh Garwick. She passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 near her family home in Waller. Emily attended Schultz Jr. High School in Waller where she played softball and was a straight “A” honor student. Emily had a fondness for horses whether she was barreling racing or just spending time in their company.

She was always caught with a smile on her face and tried to always be happy no matter what.

She was a generous, caring, loving and sassy girl. Emily always kept her head up and lived her life with joy. Emily loved spending time with her family, friends and her beloved pup Betty. She will be remembered for her caring, outgoing personality and bright smile. Emily shared many great memories with her sister, Tristin; riding the goats in the field, keeping their drawing competitions ongoing, and helping Emily aka: “Chicken Tender” take care of her family chickens.

Emily was preceded in death by her mother, Christina Stowe in 2018 and her grandfather, Gerald Garwick. Left behind to cherish her memories are her loving family: father, Donald B. Stowe, Jr. and wife, Tiffany; siblings, Jason and Josh Wells and Taylor Stowe, Tristin Gammon, Hayden Gammon and Trenton Cross; grandparents, Donald B. Stowe, Sr., Hattie Ewart, Patricia Garwick and Shelby and Hilda Cross. Emily also leaves behind many caring aunts, uncles, cousins, many other relatives and friends.

Our little girl who whose favorite colors were purple and sunshine yellow, our loving child who loved butterfly’s and sunflowers, our precious pre-teen who loved to dance with joy will now live forever in

our hearts and souls. Emily is dearly loved and will be greatly missed.    

PAT MOODY GREEN

Pat Moody Green, age 88, passed away on July 30, 2019 after a long illness. Her memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in The Woodlands this Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

Pat was a devoted, loving wife to her husband, Gene Green, who preceded her in death. She was also a loving mother to their three children. One of her passions was art and some of her work can be seen in Trinity Episcopal Church in The Woodlands. She was an active board member at Trinity, President of the Houston Theta Alumnae Association, worked with the Houston Theta Antiques Show several years, and volunteered at the Houston Speech and Hearing Center.

In her spare time she loved to watch the wild birds and ducks in her back yard and read her daily devotional. She also loved spending time with her dog, Duchess.

Pat is survived by her children Micky Sherman, Vivian Talley and husband Robert, and Richard Green; grandchildren Robert Sherman and his wife Mellisa, Zachary Talley and wife Elizabeth, Lindsay Talley and Kyle Green; and great-granddaughter Abigail Sherman.

We may have lost an incredible woman, but her spirit lives in each of the lives she touched.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 3901 S Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381.

GENEVA LOUISE (KELLY) WILLIAMS

Geneva Louise (Kelly) Williams, age 91 of Mount Pleasant PA, formerly of Conroe, TX, died Thursday (7/4/2019) in the comfort of her daughter's home.

Mrs. Williams was born July 21, 1927 in Aransas Pass, TX, the daughter of the late William and Elena Cornelius Kelly.

Geneva was an accomplished artist in a variety of media. Throughout her life she lived in four different states, and traveled to Paris, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. During these years, she studied with different artists in sculpture and life drawing. She attended workshops in oil and abstract design. Geneva was continually seeking experiences to add to her education in art. 

As an owner of Neva's Art Studio and Gallery, she was well known in the artist community of Conroe, TX. Geneva achieved show awards, cash awards, best of show awards, People's Choice, and merit awards. In her studio, she taught class in drawing and painting. For her, teaching art to others was very rewarding. She often said that her paintings expressed what inspired her, and that she hoped others would enjoy them again and again. She expressed that art was the experience of putting ones love of beauty on canvas or paper to be translated by others. She and her husband of 65 years were active member of Longmire Road Church of Christ in Conroe, TX They were blessed with many friends and close relationships. After the loss of her husband, Thomas S. Williams Sr. in 2014, Geneva moved to Mt. Pleasant to live with her daughter, Connie Eicher.

She is survived by her loving family: her children: Micheal Alan Williams of Beaumont, CA, Constance Ileen Eicher of Mt. Pleasant, Alvin Sidney Williams of Baytown, TX. Her sister: Josephine Fiegel of Harlingen, TX. Eight grandchildren: Michael Williams, Jr., Monica Williams, Trian Azadi, Amanda Modrak, Dawn Williams, Brian Williams, Christopher Eicher, and Jaime Aumer. Fifteen great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Geneva was preceded in death by her husband Thomas S. Williams, Jr. in 2014, and by her sister: Gladys White.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors followed by inurnment in Houston National Cemetery.

PEGGY JO PETTY CASTLESCHOULDT

A Celebration of Life for Peggy Petty Castleschouldt will be held in The Chapel at the Conroe Funeral Directors located at 1504 N. Thompson St., Conroe, Texas 77301 on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor James Ross officiating. Peggy Jo was born on November 14, 1935 in Chandler, Texas to Elmer Jennings Petty and Lila (May) Petty. She passed on July 22, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas. Peggy was the fourth of nine children in her family. Peggy was a very loving mother and loyal friend. Nothing was more important than her relationships with family and friends. She was always there to listen and comfort, even if it was knocking on your door at 2:30 in the morning after a long night of dancing with friends. If you knew Peggy, you knew dancing was one of her greatest joys.

If you really knew her, you will never forget her. Peggy was a rarity, she was a stay at home mom. She raised four kids during the Pop 50's, the psychedelic 60's and the Rock and Disco 70's. She survived, along with her children on that Magic Carpet Ride. During her later years, Peggy began and ended each day with phone in hand to ensure all was well with her loved ones. Those phone calls will be sorely missed. She is preceded in death by her Parents, sisters, Wanda June Petty, Norita Dosier, and Paulette Jones, and brothers, Charles and Tony Petty. Surviving siblings include sister, Marlene Carr and brothers, Darrell and Phillip and Kissy Petty. She is also survived by the Husband of her youth, Wayburn Castleschouldt, and their children, Coletta Castleschouldt & husband, Laurent Astolfi, Mark & Teresa Castleschouldt, Dee Dee & Mike Canada, and Todd Castleschouldt. Peggy was blessed with nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren whom she adored. She believed that she lived a very full and adventurous life...and she did. Peggy had a special relationship with "the man upstairs" and with friends, Ruth Carrington and Robin Miller. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.

TELISSA A. JENNINGS

BARBARA A. BURNS

Visitation for Barbara A. Burns and her daughter, Telissa A. Jennings will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Conroe Funeral Directors. Barbara passed on May 31, 2019 and Telissa passed on June 22, 2019. They both will be greatly missed by their family and friends. Following cremation, a burial at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. 


MARGARET M. WOODS

Margaret M. Woods, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Pathways Memory Care at Villa Toscana in Houston, Texas. Margaret was born June 13, 1928, in Sylva, NC She was the oldest child of Ross and Hannah (Hall) Burgess. After living briefly in Maryland, the family settled in West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley. She attended St. Albans schools. She married John W. Woods in 1945, while he was home on leave from the US Navy. Upon his return after the war, they settled in St. Albans. Margaret enjoyed her life, participating in all the usual activities for wives and mothers of the 1950s: Girl Scouts, 4-H, Garden Club, and socializing with friends. She particularly enjoyed cooking and sewing for her family and she excelled in both. She entered the work force when she was employed at Embee’s in Charleston, WV.

Upon moving to Texas she continued her retail career at Sakowitz (Gulfgate Mall), but moved to Neiman Marcus (Galleria) where she remained until retirement in 1991. She enjoyed working and loved the many friends she made through those contacts. Margaret was very strong willed, a trait she enjoyed knowing she had passed on to most of her great-grandchildren, as evidenced by one of their Mother’s hashtag: #Burgessgenesarestrong. She enjoyed their ballgames, playing school, playing hide and seek, school concerts, grandparents day, and sharing milkshakes and her cookies. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Nancy Burgess Alexander, her two brothers, Ross Junior Burgess and John Coleman (J.C.) Burgess. She was also preceded in death by a niece, Rhonda Alexander Perry of Spartanburg, S.C, and a nephew, Michael Burgess of Rossville, Ga, with whom she was very close. She is survived by her daughters, Marsha Morris and her husband Dwight, and Belinda Casey and her husband Michael; and her grandchildren, Chuck Morris (Jamie), Bret Morris (Amber), Brad Casey (Shantelle) and Nikki Martin (Dan Della Pesca). During the later years of her long life, she found great joy in her 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom miss her greatly: Seth, Grace, Charlie, Tori, Jack & Lucy Morris; William and Katherine Casey; Colton Martin and Johnny Della Pesca.

The family would like to thank the staff of Pathways Memory Care at Villa Toscana and the staff of Vantage Hospice for the extraordinary care provided to Margaret and the kindness and consideration shown to her family.

Donations “In Memory of Margaret Woods” are appreciated to Vantage Hospice, Ste. 301, 21720 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, Tx, 77450,. or the American Lung Association at https://action.lung.org/site/Donation2?df_id=31271&31271.donation=form1.

Following cremation, A Celebration of Life will be held on September 20, 2019. at 10:30 A.M. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Tx., 77380.

GUADALUPE (AL) ALBERTO DELGADO

Graveside services for Guadalupe Alberto (Al) Delgado, 59, formerly of Richardson, Texas will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11:00 am in Forest Hills Cemetery in Livingston, Texas. A Memorial service for Al will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm with Dr. Scot Bontrager officiating.

Al was born on April 7, 1960 in Waco, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents Guadalupe Garza Delgado and Juanita Delgado Stewart. He attended Texas State University where he majored in Industrial Arts. During his time in school, he began his lifelong career in international computer sales. He passed away in Houston, Texas on July 18, 2019.  

Al is survived by his wife of 38 years, Betsy; son Bryan and wife Emily, daughter Elizabeth Gaul and husband Alex; brother Tony and wife Rachel, sisters Desma, and Mody Stovall and husband Ben, beloved nieces and nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.

Al and Betsy married on November 22, 1980 in Livingston, Texas, and eventually settled in Richardson, Texas to raise their family. His career allowed him to travel the world and oftentimes his family enjoyed joining him on his travels. After many happy years there, his career took them to Houston, Texas. Al was a man who enjoyed bringing the world laughter with his impressions, jokes, and never-ending optimism. He was a devoted husband, loving father, role model, and the life of the party. “Big A” actively supported the activities of his children and all of their friends. From childhood to adulthood, his love of comic books, the Lord of the Rings series, and the Star Wars saga only grew as he became an avid collector of comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy memorabilia. 

BRADLEY D. FERRELL

A Celebration of Life Service for Bradley D. Ferrell of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with The Rev. Vance Letbetter officiating.

Bradley was born on October 19, 2003 in Shenandoah, Texas and passed away on June 29, 2019 in Bedias, Texas at the age of 15. Bradley is survived by his loving family: beloved parents, Carlos and Kristi Martinez, Bill Ferrell and Angelique Merrell; maternal grandparents, Walt and Gerri Crain; paternal grandparents, Henry and Eva Martinez; loving siblings, Derek Ferrell, Riley Elliott, Michael Elliott, Matthew Martinez, Alex Martinez, Devin Ferrell, Nick Ferrell and Brooke Ferrell; and numerous aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. Bradley would have been a sophomore at Conroe High School starting in the fall where he belonged to the CHS fishing team and FFA. His passion was fishing, whether it was fresh or saltwater. He spent almost every weekend fishing with his dad and brothers.

Bradley loved and lived life to the fullest through the simple pleasures such as chatting with friends, spending time with family members or entertaining us with his wicked sense of humor. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He was observant and was a great listener which was uncommon for someone so young. Our hearts are beyond broken. It was a privilege to have Bradley in our lives and we will always love him beyond measure.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Shriners: Donate.lovetotherescue.org. Select “In Memory of Bradley Ferrell”; please select Galveston designation. Mailing: 815 Market St., Galveston, Tx 77550. Select “donor development” and donate “In Memory of Bradley Ferrell.”

MARY BETH PRICE 

Funeral Services for Mary Beth Price of New Waverly, Texas will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. A private interment will follow at Willis Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service in The Chapel beginning at 2:30 pm.

Mrs. Price was born on November 26, 1943 and passed away peacefully on June 19, 2019 at the age of 75. Mary and her husband Jim were longtime members of Grace Church in South Houston. She also loved working with her dog Sandy in Noseworks. Her quiet, loving and caring disposition will be greatly missed. 

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jim Price; parents, Roy and Merle French; and two brothers, Charles and Clayton French. She is survived by her loving family: sister-in-law and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Bob Sheffield; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Melvin and LaNell Thomas; niece Tammy Polk and nephew, Terry Mudd; many other dear relatives and friends also survive.

JOANN GARCIA

Visitation for JoAnn Garcia, 28, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. JoAnn was born on November 23, 1990 in Houston, Texas to Miguel Angel Garcia and Sanjuana Hernandez Garcia. She passed away in Conroe on May 29, 2019. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 


DAVID ALAN LINN

A Celebration of Life will be held for David Alan Linn, 66, of The Woodlands, Texas on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Grace Crossing, 105 FM 1488, Conroe, Tx 77384. Mr. Linn was born on November 6, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Walter G. Linn and Helen L. (Johnson) Linn. He passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 in The Woodlands, Texas. David started off early in his career as an air traffic controller. He then later landed into the hardware industry where he spent over 35 years as a well-respected salesman and manager.

David was strong in body, in spirit, and in commitment. From his education to his career these characteristics could be seen. David was extremely loyal. His faithfulness to the important people in his life could be seen in the way he steadfastly maintained ties with his family and childhood friends. David spoke openly of his admiration for the love of his life, Beth and especially, his children and how proud he was of all their individual achievements. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Helen Linn. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 32 years, Beth A. Linn and his children, Lisa Heggestad and husband, Gary Moore, Michael Linn and wife, Charli and Paige Linn. He is also survived by his sister, Judy Arenas and husband, Fred and his brother, Dennis Linn and wife, Mary, as well as, his grandchildren, Brandon Heggestad and wife, Elizabeth, Jordan Adams and Josie Linn and his great grandchildren, Kashton, Haidyn and Blake. Numerous other nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Healing with Love, a non-profit organization based in Tomball, TX.

BONNIE SUE FOSTER

Funeral Services for Bonnie Sue Foster, 78, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Brenda Mapston officiating. Interment will follow in New Bethlehem cemetery. Visitation will be held in The Chapel two (2) hours prior to the funeral service on Monday, beginning at 11:00 am.

Mrs. Foster was born on October 8, 1940 in Conroe to Dudley Bryant Walker and Ora Opal Ludine (Bush) Walker and she passed away peacefully on April 17, 2019 in Conroe, Texas. Bonnie grew up in Conroe with her four brothers and sisters and stayed to raise her family here. She was a loving, caring woman who dearly loved life and truly believed that taking great care of her own family was her most important job. 

Bonnie was artistically creative and especially enjoyed painting. She worked at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter for over 11 years and loved each and everyone of the animals there as her own. Her sweet smile and loving disposition will be greatly missed.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dudley Walker and Randel Walker; sister, Lucy Wallace and her grandson, Cory McClanahan.

Bonnie is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, Lewis Foster; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and George Clark of Conroe and Judy and Wayne Hales of Conroe; son and daughter-in-law, Robin and Regenia Johnson of Carlos, Tx; sister, Betty Canon of Longview; grandchildren, Eric, Misty, Bryant, Grant, Ross and Raelyn; great grandchildren, Madilyn and Addisyn; many other dear relatives and friends also survive.

Pallbearers: Roland Walker, Anthony Dorr, Ross Johnson, Bryant Hales, Grant Hales and Marcus Canon.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials to: Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Conroe at www.mcaspets.org/donate.

HELEN CASTNER

Funeral Services for Helen Castner, 90, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Joseph Bogue officiating. Interment will follow at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Helen was born on May 19, 1928 in Newton County, Texas to Bunyon Stark and Julia Maudie (Ebarb) Stark. She passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019 at her home in Conroe. Helen had a successful at the Nabisco Company where she spent many years. She was a loving, dear woman who chose to love life and live it to the fullest.

Her sweet smile and caring nature will dearly be missed. Helen is survived by her loving family: Son, Lloyd Castner; brothers, B.J. Stark, Wayne Stark, Willie Stark and Leonard Stark; grandchildren, Phillip Castner, Tammy Castner, Aurora Sky Castner and Christie Terry; several great grandchildren and many other dear relatives and friends.

VETRA JOYCE ARRAZATE

Funeral Service for longtime resident of Conroe, Vetra Joyce Arrazate, 82, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at Mims Baptist Church in Conroe with the Rev. Jerry Chaddick officiating. Interment will follow at Conroe Memorial Park cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Mims Baptist Church from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday, beginning at 9:00 am. Mrs. Arrazate was born on July 20, 1936 in Harrison county, Coldspring, Texas. She passed away peacefully on April 2, 2019 in Conroe, Texas surrounded by her family. She met and married her love, Eliud on May 18, 1979 and they lived a life full of grace and love.

Vetra and Eliud were faithful members of First Baptist Church of Conroe for many years and more recently, Mims Baptist Church. She and her husband enjoyed socializing whether it was with family members or friends. Vetra loved watching old westerns and in their early years, she and Eliud enjoyed playing golf with friends. Vetra worked as a registered nurse at Houston Medical Center for several years before moving on to sell real estate. She enjoyed the outdoors and nature, especially when she was admiring the beautiful flowers of spring and the hummingbirds, but her true devotion was to all the trees our Lord has made. Vetra was a loving, dear woman who chose to love life and live it to the fullest. Her sweet smile and caring nature will dearly be missed.Vetra was preceded in death by her parents, James Robert McQueen and Nora Lee (Cummings) McQueen; sister, Nellie Reeder; son, Russell Ward and grandson, Clifford Raines. She is survived by her loving family: husband, Eliud Arrazate; sons, Doug Ward and wife, Christi of Houston, Kenny Ward and wife, Robbie of Willis, Frank Arrazate and wife, Deborah of Conroe and Nathan Arrazate and wife, Jenifer of Conroe; daughters, Rebekah Arrazate of Tyler and Elizabeth Randolph and husband, Jonathan of Kingwood; sister, Lala “Bay” Messerly of Houston; daughter-in-law, Joanie Ward of Houston; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren She is also survived by many other dear relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Mims Baptist Church. www.Mimsbaptist.org

JAMES A. GROVES

Memorial Service for James Allen Groves, 72, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Chaplain John Downs officiating. He was born on July 4, 1946 in South Bend, Indiana to James Floyd Groves and Alice Marie (Ebel) Groves. James passed away peacefully on March 28, 2019 in Conroe with family by his side. In 1964 he met and married the love of his life, Frances Marie (Pullman) Groves in South Bend, Indiana and they had two beautiful girls, Cheryl and Deborah.

Jim proudly served his country in the Navy and was always extremely proud to be an American. He was an avid volunteer for many years. He was on the Walker County Housing Authority Board and served as a member of The New Waverly Lions Club where he volunteered at The Texas Lions Camp, a summer camp for children with disabilities in Kerville, TX for many years.

Jim worked as a lineman, splicer, and technician for 30+ years for Indiana Bell, Southwestern Bell, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies.

In his younger years, Jim enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, going to Freeport beach, riding his motorcycle, and customizing his old Chevy van. He and Frances always had pets, he was very much an animal lover.

Family was always the most important part of his life. From the little things like taking the time to spend precious moments with them to always making sure his wife had fresh flowers in a vase on their kitchen table. Jim was a loving, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed.

James Groves is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Frances Groves; sister, Joan Hammer; daughters and son-in-law, Cheryl Groves and Deborah and Arthur Dennis; grandchildren, Kasey Lamoreau and husband, Kurt, Cory Koch and wife, Mango, Kacie Morgan and husband,Dane, and Evan Groves; great grandchildren, Kaden Lamoreau, Korbin Lamoreau, and Hoyt Morgan; numerous other cherished relatives and friends also survive him

WAYLON LEE COUCH

Funeral Services for Waylon Lee Couch, 51, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will follow at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble, Texas. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Conroe Funeral Directors. Waylon was born on February 13, 1968 in Houston, Texas and passed away on March 21, 2019 at his home in Cut-in-Shoot. He was a kind and loving brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed. Waylon was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Smith and his grandmother, Eva Gladys Smith.

He is survived by his loving family: Sisters and brother-in-law, Torrie Rushing, Cary Bruce and Syndee and Troy Bynum; brothers, Randy Dunegan and Steve Dunegan; half-brother, Harlan Couch; aunt, Judy Harris; cousins, Carlet Bergeron, Martin Schelsteder and Shunta Harris; nieces, Carly Johnson, Amber Pitman, and Cori Bynum; and nephews, Hayden Bruce and Christian Rice. Waylon is also survived by several second cousins, other dear relatives and friends.

ROBERTO REYNA

Memorial service for Mr. Roberto I. Reyna, 72, of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Whitaker officiating. Mr. Reyna will receive military honors for his service in the Army. He was born on March 16, 1946 in San Diego, Texas to Rosendo Reyna and Florinda (Ibarra) Reyna. Roberto passed away peacefully on February 10, 2019 in Conroe, Texas.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a member of the Army Rangers Special forces (Wolf Pack) from 1967-1969. He was a proud family man and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to many. Roberto was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his belated wife, Herminia C. Reyna; son, Robert I. Reyna; brother-in-law, Bill Schellenger; and niece, Melissa O’Connor.

Roberto is survived by his loving family: Wife, Lunila G. Reyna; Daughters, Elsa R. Rood and husband, David; Norine F. Reyna and husband, Glenn Hammonds; Grandchildren, John E. Johnson III, and wife, Angeleah; Chelsea Larose and husband, Jacques, Matthew Rood and wife, Jerrymay Lepitan, Kaylyn Rood, Christian Reyna and Israel Reyna; great grandchildren, Eris Johnson and Katie Johnson; siblings, Olga Reyna Schellenger, Humberto Y. Reyna, Rolando Y. Reyna, Nora B. Reyna, Celina O. Reyna, Ramiro Reyna, Eddie O. Reyna and their families and friends.

IGNACIO DOMINGUEZ

Funeral services for Ignacio Dominguez, 32, of Willis, Texas will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Vincent Alexius

officiating. Pastor Daniel Aranda will give the eulogy. The visitation will be held on two hours prior to the funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm in The Chapel. The Rosary will be cited by Maria Bacheo, one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 3:00 pm.

Ignacio Dominguez was born on March 21, 1986 in Houston, Texas and passed away on February 16, 2019 in Cleveland, Texas.

Ignacio will be remembered for his thoughtfulness, friendly and outgoing personality, his love of working with his hands and his passion for being outdoors. He was a caring and loving man, with the biggest and warmest heart imaginable. Anybody who ever had the pleasure to meet him knew this. Throughout his life, he always found time to spend with friends and family. He was a generous man who loved to listen and cared so deeply about what was going on in other people's lives. He could constantly be found chatting with people, peppering those conversations with jokes and frequent bursts of laughter. Ignacio was greatly loved will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving family: beloved wife, Bridgett Gonzalez; parents, Maria Gardea Carillo and Espirio Dominguez; children, Alexzander Gonzalez, Bianca Gonzalez, Espirio “JoJo” Dominguez and Maria Dominguez; siblings, Raul and Laura Dominguez, Irene and Alex Cano, Lourdes and Severo Tobo, Elvira and Ruben Galvan, Ivonne and Eduardo Gardea, Elvia and Arturo Gardea, Vanessa Gardea, Alma and Armando Solis, Luis Dominguez, and Oscar and Lizzett Dominguez; uncle, Patrocinio Dominguez; and aunt and uncle, Luz and Luis Ortiz. Ignacio is also survived by a host of other loving relatives and dear friends. 

JEANETTE DELLA RASKA

Interment for Jeanette Della Raska of Conroe, Texas will be held in Philadelphia cemetery in Prattsville, Arkansas. Private services for family will be held in Conroe. Mrs. Raska was born on March 24, 1938 in Houston, Texas to George and Vivian Duke. She passed away peacefully on February 2, 2019 in Conroe, Texas with family by her side. Jeanette is survived by her loving family:

Daughter, Jody Bowles and husband, Robert of Conroe; Son, Harold Carraway and wife, Linda of Conroe; Daughter, Karen Kroll and husband, Mark (deceased)of AR.; Son, Mark Raska of Montgomery; Son, Lynn Raska and wife, Kim of Conroe; sister, Del Jean Buie and husband, Robert of AR; Sister, Meredith Webb and husband, William (deceased) of AR.; Sister, Lydia Crutchfield and husband, Tony of AR; 18 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Numerous caring nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and loved ones also survive. Jeanine was preceded in death her parents, George and Vivian Duke and two sons, Joe and Scott Raska. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.  

KENNETH MILO CONATSER

Funeral services for Kenneth Milo Conatser of Humble, Texas will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:00 am at Springs of Living Water Church with Pastor Ernest Maxwell officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the funeral service at the church. Interment will be held at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe at 2:30 pm.

The viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Conroe Funeral Directors, 1504 N. Thompson St., Conroe, TX 77301. Mr. Conatser was born on November 1, 1934 in Delight, Arkansas and passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019 in Houston, Texas. He was 84 years old.


Springs of Living Water Church, 5901 Treaschwig Rd, Spring, Texas 77373.

Garden Park Cemetery, 801 Teas Rd., Conroe, Tx 77303.

JIMMIE DALE LENOX

Funeral Service for Jimmie Dale Lenox of Willis, Texas will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm in The Chapel with Pastor John Gaston officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the funeral service beginning at 12:00 pm. Mr. Lenox was born on July 22, 1946 in Texas City, Texas to James Lenox and Inez (Collins) Lenox and passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at his home in Willis. Jimmie was 72 years old.

Jimmie grew up in League City, graduating from Clear Creek High School where he excelled in athletics.

After a longtime career in construction, Jimmie retired as Superintendent at Gamma Construction Company. He is survived by his dear family: Loving wife of 25 years, Shirley Lenox; brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Lois Lenox; and his two sisters, Nita Hart and Rita Townsend. Jimmie is also survived by nieces, nephews and other caring relatives and friends. 

ROBERT LAWRENCE RICE, IV

Robert Lawrence (Larry) Rice, IV, 76, beloved husband, father and brother passed away Friday, the 4th of January 2019 in Conroe, Texas. "Larry" was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and was the son of Robert L. and Rosemary Rice. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Katherine Rice; his children Scott Atkins Rice, Gene Paul Rice, Dr. Jennifer Lynn Rice, Madeline Tracy Rice, Julia Charlene Rice and Robert Lawrence (Larry) Rice, V; his siblings Cynthia Capers, Diane Callahan, Deborah Parker, Gregory Rice and Terri Rice and was predeceased in death by his sister Rosemary Rice;

he has nine grandchildren. He attended Rice University and played baseball and football as a runningback/quarterback and place kicker for the Owls. He was the Owls football leading scorer in 1963. He graduated from Rice University conferred Cum Laude in 1965 and then attended South Texas College of Law graduating in 1967. Larry practiced law for over 40 years, the last twelve years with his son Larry. He was an avid tennis player, winning many state titles with his wife Kay in mixed doubles. He coached many baseball teams including his grandsons’ teams. He loved to be outside and feed his birds and deer. His dogs, Peaches and Bella and his cat, Mr. Cat will miss him dearly. Paramount to his life was his devout Catholic Faith which led his family to mass every week. He will be greatly missed.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Boston University Research: CTE Center at bu.edu/cte/ in Larry's memory.


A Mass will be held on Monday at 2:00 pm, January 7, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, Texas with Father Joseph Manapuram officiating.

ARCHIVED FROM 2018

Billy Burt Carter 1934-2018

Richard Alexander Eidem 1933-2018

Mary Florence "Flo" Stiverson 1931-2018

Vergie Beatrice Snow 1930-2018

Beverly Ann Smith 1940-2018

Ellen Karsnak 1927-2018

John Eric Petty 1960-2018

Courtenay Crane Cross 1942-2018

Carol LeMoine Trammell 1937- 2018

James Morris Hare, Jr. 1953-2018

Louis Longmire Calfee 1930-2018

Barbara Lee Ann Kirkpatrick Gates 1948-2018

Joe Henry Mays 1933-2018

James Meeson Price 1932-2018

Thomas Fred Griggs 1948-2018

Bobby Gene Harrelson 1964-2018

Ruthie Jane Gilmore Bartlett 1927-2018

Maria Delcarmen Moreno 1957-2018

John Edward Gay 1934-2018

M. Catherin Blakley Cowen 1926-2018

Bobbie June Zinnecker 1936-2018

Dartha Lou Cummings 1926-2018

David Eugene Lawson 1959-2018

Ollie Mae Smith 1931-2018

Sahvannah Trevette Lee Evans 2002-2018

Herman John Halle 1931-2018

Claire Ann Anderson 1940-2018

Wilma Lee Basler 1933-2018

Kelley Saul 1960-2018

Bidal Zabala, Jr. 1952-2018

Carolyn Jordan Soileau 1943-2018

George Joseph Willy, Jr. 1951-2018

Georgia Gayle Story 1944-2018

Doyle Martinez 1951-2018

Lon Kendel Timmons 1944-2018

William Keelan "Tater" Brown 1995-2018

Jerry Lyle Rundgren 1932-2018

Pamela Sue Vercher 1964-2018

Stepen D. Correll 1939-2018

Robbie Lyn Vercher 1963-2018

Maria Cruz Bustamante 1943-2018

J.W. McCauley 1937-2018

Zane Miguel Arellano Mendoza 1996-2018

Virginia Agnes Smith Hoke "Honey" 1935-2018

John Robert Ballou 1982-2018

Mark Gregory McGrew 1957-2018

James Edward Okert 1935-2018

Donnel Main Rogers 1947-2018

Marie Delta Landry Hays 1923-2018

Janet Christine Perez 1945-2018

Katherine Jean Lewis Chaykoski 1940-2018

Linda Jay Spears Turner 1950-2018

Nancy Vaught Koerner 1945-2018

Tommie Leon Bennett, II 1941-2018

James Nelson Morgan 1947-2018

Deborah Marie Barbee 1955-2018

Dorthy Hight 1947-2018

Bobby L. Weise 1937-2018

James Albert Stoddard 1947-2018

Wendel Earl Calvert 1969-2018

Ione Watson 1937-2018

Wanda Rose Belue 1941-2018

Richard Thomas Hellner 1944-2018

Dorman Wayne Lockey, II 1974-2018

Doug G. Clute 1942-2018 Dear Friend of the Powell's

Roger Dale Thurman 1946-2018

Richard Kinney 1941-2018

Charles G. Myers 1931-2018 Dear Friend of Steph

William J. "Bill" Sarussi 1934-2018

Vladimir I.Perry 1946-2018

Shelly Lee Bryan 1960-2017-Beloved Friend of Steph

Deborah Lee Karsnak 1954-2018

BILLY BURT CARTER

Memorial service for Billy Burt Carter will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Samuel Brannon officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. with full military honors for his service in the Army. Mr. Carter was born on September 27, 1934 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to James Rufus Carter and Mildred Babcock Carter.

He passed away peacefully on December 8, 2018 in McAllen, Texas at the age of 84. Billy is survived by his loving family: children, Bill Carter, Jeff Carter, Kenny Lance, Vicki Carmon, Annette Carter-Hancox, Steve Lance, Debbie Rodriguez, and Brad Carter; brother and sister-in-law, James R. Jr. and Chloe K. Carter of Burleson; 15 grandchildren and a handful of great grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

RICHARD ALEXANDER EIDEM

Funeral Service for Richard Alexander Eidem of Conroe, Texas will be Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev Ray Hyden officiating. Full military honors will be performed by the 4709 VFW Honor Guard for his service in the Army. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm. at the funeral home. Mr. Eidem was born on April 10, 1933 in Benson Township, Minnesota and was later adopted at the age of 5 by Nickolai and Zelda (Snook) Eidem. He passed away on November 26, 2018 at home surrounded by family at the age of 85.

Mr. Eidem was preceded in death by his parents; Nickolai and Zelda Eidem, his grandson, Jacob Allen Connoy and his great granddaughter, Anne Coleman. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 33 years, Sarah Eidem; children and their spouses, Glenda Mitlyng and Mitch Brand, Robert Eidem, Sandra and Steve Connoy, Carolyn and Robert Lentz, Beverly Eidem and Mike Pretzel, Rita and Kenneth Daigrepont, Anita Moore, Melody and Terry Mueller, Mark Williamson and Kevin and Cyrena Williamson; 26 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his furry companions, Heidi and Beauregard.

Richard was born in Minnesota, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska at the age of 11 and later enjoyed hunting and building.

After high school, he went back to Minnesota graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul and later graduating from Minnesota Military Academy (officers training school).

Richard proudly served in the Army during the Korean war and was a retired captain of the National Guard. He was an active member of the Coushatta Camellia Society where he served as past president. Richard moved to Texas in the early 1980’s where he made his home working as a contractor. His smile, kind disposition and his straight approach to life and teaching others will be greatly missed.

Mary Florence “Flo” Engle Stiverson

April 23, 1931 - November 15, 2018.

Flo was born in Houston, TX and also lived in Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri & Florida. Her greatest love was for her family including husband Richard (Dick), her 6 children - Sam, Kimberly, Mike, Chris, Ted, and Tom; and her 6 grandchildren, Sarah, Christopher, & Jessica Stiverson; and Kadyen, Kolbie and Ashleigh Stiverson Inns.

She loved reading, gardening, traveling and entertaining family during the holidays. Flo always had a smile on her face and always looked on the bright and positive side of life.

She was a long time weekly volunteer at Conroe Regional Hospital and enjoyed the women’s groups at the Bridge Club, the Garden Club & the Book Club of River Plantation, and Lake Conroe Newcomers Club. She was an active member of Tree of Life Lutheran Church of Conroe.

Surviving are daughter Kimberly, sons Ted, Chris & Tom, her six grandchildren, her sister-in-law Mildred Stiverson of La Jolla, California, her cousin Harriet Awapara of Houston, Texas, and her puppy dog Dexter. Her parents were the late Florence Dowling Engle and James Charles Engle. Her brother was the late Reverend James Charles Engle, Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at Tree of Life Lutheran Church,3201 North Loop 336 West, Conroe, TX 77304 (936-539-9530) at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 8. A reception will follow at the Church Activity Hall. Flo's wish is that in lieu of a gift that a donation be made to the SPCA or Tree of Life Lutheran Church Seminary Fund of Conroe, TX.

VERGIE BEATRICE SNOW

Funeral service for Vergie Beatrice Snow of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow in Copeland Chapel cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 10:00 am. Vergie was born on May 17, 1930 in Madisonville, Texas and passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Conroe, Texas.

Vergie was a loving and kind mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; her nine brothers and sisters, her first husband, Monroe Spikes and her second husband, Gilbert Snow. Vergie is survived by her loving family: Daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Cliff Williams; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Kay Spikes; grandchildren, Troy Williams and wife, Stacey and Charlie Spikes; several great grandchildren; and her best friend, Bobby Stott.

BEVERLY ANN SMITH

Funeral Service for Beverly Ann Smith, 78, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11:00 am at Mims Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Chaddick officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm at Hopewell cemetery in Normangee, Texas with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. The family will receive friends at Mims Baptist Church two hours prior to the service starting at 9:00 am. Mrs. Smith was born on March 19, 1940 in Houston, Texas to Fred and Lillian Opal (Follis) Finke. She passed away on November 20, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Lillian Finke and her daughter, Lori Ann Smith. She is survived by her loving family: beloved husband of 60 years, Aubrey Milton Smith; children and their spouses, James and Lola Smith, David and Mikki Smith, Robin Smith, Donna Smith Cole and Robert Cole and Stephen and Tonya Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and George Wynn; many dear grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. "The Slow Poke Sam’s" RV Club members will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include the Brothers and Sisters of the Adult 7- Sunday School class at Mims Baptist.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: THE GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL, P.O. Box 3522, Conroe Tx 77305.Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Lillian Finke and her daughter, Lori Ann Smith. She is survived by her loving family: beloved husband of 60 years, Aubrey Milton Smith; children and their spouses, James and Lola Smith, David and Mikki Smith, Robin Smith, Donna Smith Cole and Robert Cole and Stephen and Tonya Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and George Wynn; many dear grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. "The Slow Poke Sam’s" RV Club members will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include the Brothers and Sisters of the Adult 7- Sunday School class at Mims Baptist.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: THE GIDEONS INTERNATIONAL, P.O. Box 3522, Conroe Tx 77305.

Ellen Karsnak

Memorial Service for Ellen Karsnak of Willis, Texas will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm prior to the service. Ellen will be laid to rest next to her husband, Robert at Houston National Cemetery. She was born on September 16, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Bertha (Brodbeck) Williams. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Ellen graduated from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana in 1950 with a BS in Home Economics. While attending Ball State she was a charter member of “Alpha Sorority” which is called Alpha Chi Omega today.

She soon met and married the love her life, Robert Karsnak, they married on April 15, 1950 and celebrated 66 years of marriage before his passing in 2017. She taught at Cadiz High School in Cadiz, Indiana for many years before leaving to become a homemaker and mother. Ellen was very good seamstress who made many of the family’s clothes and had a craft shop in Metamora, Indiana for 20 years. In her later years, loved to garden and create beautiful craft pieces.


Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Williams; daughter-in-law, Deborah Karsnak and her husband, Bob. She is survived by her loving family: Son, John R. Karsnak of Willis, Texas; Daughter, Robin Reed and husband, Jim of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Austin Karsnak of Willis, Texas, Jennifer Burka and husband, Michael of Chicago, Drs. Ryan and Tristin Reed of Florida, and Jordan Karsnak and wife, Taylor of Conroe, Texas; great grandchildren, Kaden Karsnak of Willis, Texas, Rowan Karsnak of Conroe, Ryker Karsnak of Conroe, Texas and Brooklyn Burka of Chicago; special friend, Ellen Paterson; numerous nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive. 

JOHN ERIC PETTY

Memorial service for John Eric Petty will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Raya Machupa officiating. John was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1960 as the third son of Terry and Katherine Petty.

e was born in Canyon, Texas, but the family moved around Texas, Oklahoma, Norway, and finally to New Orleans, Louisiana. John graduated from O. Perry Walker Senior High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in 1978. John and his ex-wife Dawn had two daughters Michelle and Heather. His daughters were his whole life. John worked at Austal Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama as a design draftsman. In his free time John enjoyed attending the local United Methodist Church. He also enjoyed working on and riding his motorcycles. He is survived by his loving family:

Daughters

Michelle Petty and Heather Petty

Granddaughters

Raylie Huble and Elena Torres

Brothers

Terry Petty, Shane Petty, and Bruce Petty

Nieces & Nephews

Matthew Campbell, Troy Petty, Audrey Durham, Annabel Petty, and Christopher Petty

As well as countless other family members and close friends

COURTENAY CRANE CROSS

Memorial Service for Courtenay Cross Crane will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating.

Courtenay Crane Cross of Carrollton, Texas passed peacefully on November 11, 2018. Courtenay was born on April 8, 1942. She is survived by her son/daughter-in-law: Marq LaFayette and Mary Ella Walters; daughter/son-in-law: Keely and Mike Mobley; grandchildren: Bennett Mobley, Hannah Mobley, and Julie Mobley. 

 She was preceded in death by her husband: John H. Cross; parents: James M. and Faye P. Crane; brothers: Patrick B. Crane and Joseph B. Crane. Courtenay grew up in Conroe, Texas and graduated from Conroe High School in 1960. After High school, she settled in Tomball to raise her children with then-husband, Carlos R. LaFayette. She earned her Early Childhood and Speech Pathology degree at Sam Houston State University. She worked in various school districts throughout the years, with one of her latest schools being Sam Houston Elementary where she had once been a student herself. In later years, Courtenay married John Cross, and they resided in Hillsboro, Texas. After John’s passing, she returned to Conroe and served as Executive Director at the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County. Ms. Cross loved her Montgomery County “roots” and invested much time researching and sharing with others the history Montgomery County. She later moved to Carrollton, Texas to be near her children and grandchildren. Ms. Cross was an avid movie and theater fan. She enjoyed accompanying her children, grandchildren, and friends to performances anywhere there was a stage! Though, her favorite stages were those in New York. She even attended the 2014 Tony Awards. Her favorite? Kinky Boots, which she would sheepishly share, she had seen seven times. She lived her life as echoed by Kinky Boots’ character, Lola:“One never knows what joy one might find amongst the unwanted.”


In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County at PO Box 2262 Conroe, TX 77305 or heritagemuseum.us/donate/

LOUIS LONGMIRE CALFEE

Louis Longmire Calfee of Conroe, Texas went to be with the Lord surrounded by family on November 4, 2018 at the age of 88. Although given family names at birth, he was always known to family and friends as ‘Tink’. He was born, the youngest of four siblings, on January 23, 1930 in Willis, Texas the son of the late Robert Lewis and ‘Eva’ Longmire Calfee. He served in the U.S. Army during 1951 and continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves for many years thereafter. On the death of his father, he returned to Conroe, where he worked for the Conroe Telephone Company for 32 years. There he met his future wife, Bobbye Williams. They were married October 2, 1952.

In 1981 he went to work for Gulf States Utilities in Beaumont, but his heart was always in Montgomery County. He claimed to have retired in 1992, but he continued to work just as hard taking care of cows, grandchildren and family. He also spent his time serving as a deacon at the Longmire Rd. Church of Christ. ‘Tink’ was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Elizabeth ‘Sis’ House, and brothers, Robert Calfee and Harry Calfee. He is survived by his loving wife, Bobbye & his family. Children: Connie Calfee, Pat Bonner & husband, Dennis, Brent Calfee & wife, Brenda; Grandchildren: William Bonner & wife Julie, Kimberly Weisinger & husband Kristofer, Sarah Heller & husband Colin, Patricia Calfee & husband Joshua, Jessica Brinkman & husband Virgil, & Ashlynne Floria; Great-grandchildren: Brentlyn, Nolan, Kelson & Tobin; Boone, Tate & Zachariah; Katherine, Emma & Margaret; Blake & Kolton. As well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

CAROL LEMOINE TRAMMELL

Carol LeMoine Trammell succumbed to brain cancer on November 2nd, 2018, in her home in Willis, Texas, holding her granddaughter's hands. Carol was born on July 27th, 1937, in North Adams, Massachusetts, to parents Marie (Mace) LeMoine and Raymond LeMoine. Carol was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Barham. She is survived through her loving family:

Brother, Raymond LeMoine; Children, Lisa Porter and husband Robert, Edward J. Vallieres, Jr. and wife Darla, René G. Vallieres and wife Christine, and Suzette Vallieres; Grandchildren, John Porter, PhD, Jessica Vallieres, Edward J. Vallieres, Nicole Vallieres, Melanie V. Rose and Abigail Porter; Great grandchildren, Jason Hill, Henry Smith, and Cameron Rose; Family by heart, Jeffery Jackson, Robert Gronemeyer, and JoAnna Hernandez. Carol was employed for many years at St. Louis State Hospital in the accounting department and then retiring to a job at St. Louis' Operation Brightside, a local nonprofit that works to grow community green spaces. In addition, she spent many years volunteering at the Chatillon-Demenil Mansion before becoming a board member for the Bryan Mullanphy Trust. In recent years she enjoyed being a member of the Galveston Beta Club and Lafitte Society.

Barbara Lee Ann Kirkpatrick Gates

Barbara was born in San Antonio, TX on November 6, 1948 to Phyllis Charlee Joyce Cullen and Thomas Loyal Kirkpatrick. She joins her parents, her ex-husband, Larry Edward Gates, and her puppy Sassy in heaven on October 30, 2018.

Barbara was a very sweet, lovable and kind woman. She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling when she was able to do so. She loved fishing as a child with her dad and enjoying the moments as a child. She loved writing her pen pals. All 92 of them. She really enjoyed her late dog, Sassy. She was a wonderful mother, friend, and listener. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Laura Lee Joycella Gates; sons, Richard Thomas Edward Gates, Jason Charles Mathew Gates; her sisters, Brenna Kirkpatrick and her husband Morgan Bilbo; Bonnie Jones; and her God-Daughter, Christi Staten and her husband David Staten; 5 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her Celebration of Life will be held at Christi & David Staten home on 11/17/18 at 1pm. Flowers can be sent to her home or Laura’s home.

Christi & David’s home: 901 Crystal River, Montgomery, TX 77316

James Morris Hare, Jr.

Funeral Services for James Morris Hare, Jr. of New Waverly, TX will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Leigha Ruffin, Priest officiating. Interment will follow in East Sandy cemetery in New Waverly. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. James was born on February 22, 1953 in Huntsville, TX to James M. Hare, Sr and Rachel W. (Pool) Hare. He passed away peacefully at home on October 31, 2018 surrounded by family.

James grew up in New Waverly, Texas where he attended New Waverly High School and he played football. Throughout his life, he was an outdoorsman, loved nature, bird watching, hunting and fishing. He also had a fondness for all animals, especially his cat, Sox and dog, Sparky. James had a very patriotic soul and loved his country and honored the men and woman who protected it. James was a dedicated employee of Walker County Rd. Department, Precinct 4 from 1980-2000 where he met lifelong friends. His kind heart and sweet smile will be greatly missed. James was preceded in death by his parents, James, Sr. and Rachel Hare. Survived by his loving family: sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Storm Ruffin; brother, Arthur Hare; nephew, Ryan Ruffin and wife, Leigha; great nephew, Jace Ruffin; niece, Christine Ruffin; niece, Fawnna Wolfe; numerous caring other relatives and friends also survived.

Pallbearers: Joe Whitley, Joe Young, Bonner Hoeser, Ronnie McSwain, Storm Ruffin, and Corey McNutt. Honorary pallbearers: Ryan and Jace Ruffin and Ricky Little.

A special heartfelt thanks to Donna and Joe Young for all their care and support. 

JOE HENRY MAYS

oe Henry Mays of Willis, Texas went to be with the Lord surrounded by family on October 27, 2018 at the age of 85. Joe was born on June 27, 1933 in Carbon Hill, Alabama. He was a well-known mechanic in the Willis area for over 30 years, a trade he learned during his service in the United States Air Force. There was almost no type of work Joe could not perform, from building his own house, furniture building to fixing any type of small or large appliance.

  Joe’s favorite hobby was gardening and he was most proud of his tomatoes and okra. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Eula Mays; sisters, Lotta Files, Carolyn Guin, and his brother, Paul Mays. He is survived by his loving family: son, Joe Allen Mays and wife, Kathi; daughters, Teresa A. Castleschouldt and husband, Mark, and Tammy Franco and fiance’, Bo Serres; sisters, Romaine Elliot, Patricia Sawyer, and Amelia McGough. Joe is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Church of Christ, 206 West Marlin St., Willis, Texas 77378. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of Christ, 206 West Marlin St., Willis, Texas 77378 in the name Joe H. Mays.

JAMES MEESON PRICE

James Meeson Price died peacefully on September 29, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanette Peery Price (Jan). Also survived by his children, Sharon Price Purdy (Clay), Scott Meeson Price (Jenny), Anne Price Miller (Dan), and John Schroeder Price (Cathy). Fun and funny grandpa to Anne, Will, Ellie, Leland, Robert, Katherine, John, Tim, Lee and Jane. He was much loved by Jan's children Michael Fassel (Marci), Christopher Fassel, Sr. (Annette), and Shelley Lawson- Kennedy (Chris), their children Maroc (Tyler), Mikenzy, Christopher, Jr., Janna (Maikel), Jayme (Benjamin), grandchildren Penelope, Milo, Oliver and Killian, and brother Lawrence E. Peery (Larry).

Jim was adored by his sister, Helen Price Ballantine, her husband Bob, nieces Carolyn True (Jeffrey), and Beth Spencer, and nephew, David Ballantine (Lilette), and their families. Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Elinor Price Hueston, and his brother John King Price.

Born in Elmira, New York, Jim was the eldest son of Rowena and Wilfred Price. He spent many happy summers in upstate New York attending camp at Tanager Lodge. He loved the outdoors, a wood burning fire, Presbyterian hymns and all things chocolate. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Jim lived a full, happy life and will be remembered by all who loved him for his guidance, his infectious laugh, and his great sense of humor.


In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Capabilities, Inc., an organization supporting people with disabilities, founded by Jim's father, Wilfred Price, in 1955.

Capabilities Inc., 1149 Sullivan Street, Elmira, New York 14901

THOMAS FRED GRIGGS

In Loving Memory of Thomas Fred Griggs of The Woodlands, Texas who passed away on October 29, 2018. He is survived by his loving family and friends. Services held at a later date. 

Funeral services for Bobby Gene Harrelson of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Daniel Pitts officiating. He will receive military honors for his active duty in the Army. Interment will immediately follow at Bennett Cemetery in Apple Springs, Texas. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Bobby was born on December 12, 1964 in Baton Rouge, LA and passed away on October 18, 2018 in The Woodlands, TX. He was 53 years of age at his passing. Bobby proudly served in the U.S. Army (Airborne) while stationed in Alaska. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the piney woods of East Texas and on any given sports day he could be heard cheering on the Texans and the Astros with family and friends. Bobby was a dedicated man and worked for Rob’s Remodeling for many years. His sweet smile, joyful heart and keen sense of humor could light up any room. Bobby will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, John W. Harrelson; grandparents, John W. Harrelson, Nettie McIntyre and George and Lucy Rogers; and his sister, Brenda Edwards. Bobby is survived by his loving family: son, Jason Aycock; grandson, Briar A. Aycock; parents, Darlene and James Pinckard; step-mother, Kathy Harrelson; sisters, Traci Valadez, Lisa McCarthy and Silva White; brothers, Eric Arnold, Michael Arnold, John (L.J.) Harrelson, Jr., Lee Paul Harrelson, Brandon Harrelson and Thomas Edwards; several special nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends also survive. Pallbearers: Randy Sebastian, Jason Brooks, Shannon Brooks, Rowdy Sebastian, Chip Murphy and Robert Pitts. Honorary: Lynn Johnson.

RUTHIE JANE GILMORE

BARTLETT

Memorial Service for Ruthie Jane Gilmore Bartlett of Robstown, Texas will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Sam Campbell officiating.

Ruthie was born on January 27, 1927 in Conroe, Texas to George and Thelma Gilmore. She passed away on October 6, 2018 peacefully at home surrounded by family in Robstown, Texas. Ruthie was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. During her life, she was a proud life-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star- Zapata, Texas Chapter. Ruthie also was a retired Beautician who enjoyed square dancing and loved fishing. But, most of all, enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and dear friends. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Ruthie was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Franklin Bartlett; parents, George and Thelma Gilmore; sisters, Betty Rash, Claudia Tutter, Jackie Gilmore and Gayle Gilmore; brother,Henery Gilmore; dear grandsons, Anthony Jones and John Bartlett; and dear adopted granddaughter, Taryl Conner. Ruthie is survived her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ruben Favela of Robstown, TX and son and daughter-in-law, Clark and Mae Bartlett of Elk City, OK. Ruthie was blessed with many loving grandchildren (8) and great grandchildren (21): grandchildren, Trey Braune, Larry Dixon and wife, Emily, Kristina Bartlett, Summer Gieswein and Latasha Bartlett; great grandchildren, Savannah Braune, Cheyenne Braune, Breannah Braune, DeAnna Modesto, Aries Cockerham, Kai Favela, James Wood, Trinity Jones, Clayton Jones, Dominic Jones, Alex Gentry, Frank Vasquez, Sarah Gieswein, Ashley Gieswein, John Bartlett,Jr., Tanner Bartlett, Keristan Bartlett, and Jayden Bartlett; special friend, Mandi Wood and Sam Campbell; Ruthie is also survived by her sister and best friend, Lavonne Petrich of Tomball, Texas, as well as, many nieces and nephews.  

MARIA DELCARMEN MORENO

Visitation for Maria Delcarmen Moreno of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Mrs. Moreno was born on October 24, 1957 in Houston, Texas and passed away on September 8, 2018 in Conroe, Texas. She was 60 years of age. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

JOHN EDWARD GAY

John Edward Gay of Conroe, Texas passed away on Wednesday August 15 surrounded by his loved ones. He was 84.

John was born February 1, 1934 in Bertram, Texas and spent his formative years in George West, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, served in the U.S. Army and distinguished himself professionally as a business owner, salesman and consultant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vera Moody Bethea and Edward Alexander Gay; his younger brother, David Alexander Gay; and infant son, David Alexander Gay.

John loved Longhorns football, BBQ, deer camp and boating on Lake Conroe or Lake Livingston with his kids. Entertaining family and friends around the table on Saturday afternoons brought him great joy. He was renowned for his humorous storytelling, his often-biting sense of humor and his ability to see comedy in everything – and to induce laughter in every room.

John was a lifelong animal lover, raising and nurturing everything from birds and livestock to countless rescue dogs and cats, all of which lived with tremendous love and devotion under his watch and care. He is survived by his wife Barbara Gay of Conroe; his son Edward Gay and daughter-in-law Sheila Gay of Conroe; daughter Nancy Gay Martinez and son-in-law Michael Martinez of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter Mimi Gay of Burlingame, Calif; granddaughter Holly Armstrong and her husband Alasdair Armstrong of Singapore; grandson Matthew Gay of Conroe; great granddaughter Lily Grace Armstrong of Singapore; as well as his loving rescue dog, Joey. John leaves behind many beloved friends, partners and confidants he considered to be his brothers, sisters and family.


In lieu of flowers, John would be honored if you would consider a donation to the animal shelter of your choice.

M. CATHERIN BLAKLEY COWEN

Funeral service for Merlen Catherin Blakley Cowen of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Andrew Dow officiating. Interment will follow the following Monday, September 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Houston National Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Catherin was born on April 2, 1926 in Love County, Marietta, Oklahoma to Merlen N. Blakley and Mariar J. Cobb Blakley. She passed away peacefully on September 8, 2018 at the age of 92. Catherin was a devout Christian, a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

In 1950, she met and married the love of her life, Clarence “Dook” Cowen and they moved to Houston where they raised their family. To this union two beautiful daughters were born; Karen Lynn and Sonya Leah.

Catherin was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Dook” Cowen; sister, Mannie Marie Hicks; brothers, Jim Ed Blakley, William B. Blakley and John Stanley Blakley; and her parents. She is survived by her loving family; daughters, Karen Lynn Horn and Sonya Leah Cowen; grandchildren, Joshua Broomas, Crystal Flores and husband, Eloy and Clint Horn and wife, Dixie; great grandchildren, Walter, Jonathan, Elexis, Ethan and Evan; numerous nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

BOBBIE JUNE ZINNECKER

Funeral service for Bobbie June Zinnecker, longtime resident of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church-Conroe with the Rev. Mary Tumulty officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Conroe Funeral Directors from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Bobbie was born on December 12,1936 in Houston, Texas to Robert and Maurine Chapman. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at home with her family by her side. Bobbie was 81 years old. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1955 where she was member of the Scottish Brigade drill team. Bobbie then went on to graduate from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1959. Attending SHSTC she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Bobbie's passion was teaching which included English, physical education, vocational training and life skills in the Texas Department of Corrections. She was an educator for many years and was blessed with countless testimonies from former students about the great influence she had on their lives.

Upon her retirement, she embarked on another passion. She traveled the

U.S. and Canada, bicycled through Europe three times, toured Thailand after the tsunami and visited the Holy Land. The symphony and theater were a vital part of her life. She enjoyed playing tennis, fishing, and playing Tripoli with her beloved friends throughout her life.

Bobbie spent countless hours volunteering to serve her country, her church and her community.

Bobbie was a champion to her daughters gifting them with the faith in a

loving God. She provided them with a true example of Jesus' loving kindness and selflessness.

Bobbie is survived by her daughters, Valerie Manis and husband Matt, Susan Poole and husband Eric, and her life-long friend Janet Landry and her family. Also surviving is her sister Judy Dorsett, her grandchildren, Carson, Collin, Madison and Matthew, Emily, Jamie, Jodie and loving cousins and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church-Conroe or to a charity of your choice in Bobbie's memory.

JAMES CRUZ

Funeral Service for James Cruz of Splendora, Texas will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. James was born on December 1, 1963 in Houston, Texas and passed away on September 3, 2018 at the age of 54. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

DARTHA LOU CUMMINGS

Funeral services for Dartha Lou Cummings of Coldspring, Texas will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Dacus Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Minter officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel cemetery under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. The viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Mrs. Cummings was born on April 12, 1926 in Alto, Texas and passed away on August 28, 2018 in Huntsville, Texas. She was 92 years old. Dartha was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Davis, son Richard Cummings, Jr. and her beloved husband, R.L. Cummings. She is survived by her loving family:

daughter, Patricia Rutledge and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Barry and Cindy Davis, Cindi and Mark Kuchera, Angela Rutledge, Richard and Wendy Rutledge; great grandchildren, Jacob Rutledge, Lexi Heritage, Shelby Doss, Taylor Hurst, Garrett Weesner, Laken Davis and Lindsey Davis; five great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Barry Davis, Richard Rutledge, Mark Kuchera, Jacob Rutledge, Taylor Hurst and Garrett Weesner. 

DAVID EUGENE LAWSON

Graveside services for David Eugene Lawson, of Channelview, Texas will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in Bedias Baptist Cemetery in Bedias, Texas. David was born on May 19, 1959 in Manhattan, Kansas to Wayne E. and Bobbie Ann (Lomax) Lawson. He passed away on August 26, 2018 at his home. David was 59 years old.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Bobbie Lawson. He is survived by his loving family: Sister, Judith Martin and husband, Adrian; brother, Robert Lawson and wife, Donna; step brothers, Tommy Rushing and wife, Pam and Joe Rushing; nieces and nephews, Christopher and April Orcutt, Anthony Orcutt, Jessica Orcutt, Jennifer Maynard, Krystal Lawson and Jennifer and Cordell Campbell; numerous other dear aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive. 

OLLIE MAE SMITH

llie Mae Smith, 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday August 18 2018. She was a very religious woman who loved to sing in church, help those in need, and family was very important to her. She will be greatly missed. Ollie was preceded in death by her Father, Mother, Husband, Brother, Sister and Children (David Thompson, Patricia Hayes and Vickie Diane Harrison). Ollie is survived and left to cherish her precious memories by her sister Sylvia Harper and husband James of Willis Texas, Son Raymond Thompson of Willis Texas, Grandchildren Crystal Hartwick and husband Brian, Wendy Thompson, Robbie Jones, Raymond Harrison, Amanda Hayes, Kelli Flynn, and numerous relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Living Word World Outreach Church in Conroe Texas on August 30, 2018 at 11:00 am. 

*All floral deliveries to church, please.

SAHVANNAH TREVETTE LEE EVANS

Funeral Services for Sahvannah Trevette Lee Evans of Conroe,Texas will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Copeland Chapel cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Sahvannah was born on April 19, 2002 in Conroe, Texas. She passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at her home in Conroe. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

HERMAN JOHN HALLE 

Herman John Halle, 87, of Conroe, TX passed away on July 31, 2018 peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Mr. Halle was born on February 27, 1931 in Greenwood, WI to Fred and Margaret Halle. Services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a Rosary being held at 1:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 1:30 p.m. After Mass a gathering of friends and family will be held at the Parish Life Center, John Paul II room, 704 Old Montgomery Rd, Conroe. Herman was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan Renken; four brothers and one sister.

e is survived by loving family: wife of 66 years, Barbara “Bunny” Halle; son, Michael (Toni) Halle; grandchildren, Kristin Halle, Heather (Daniel) Cohen, Jennifer Respass, Joshua Rosenthal, and Alexander Renken; great grandson, Jaden Rosenthal; many nieces, nephew and friends. Herman was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to the Good Sam RV club, Willis-Seniors and YMCA-Seniors organizations. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Alzheimer’s Research or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

CLAIRE ANN ANDERSON

raveside service for Claire Ann Anderson of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas with the Rev. Bill Posey officiating. Mrs. Anderson will be laid to rest next to her husband, Billy. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Conroe Funeral Directors.

Claire was born on July 31, 1940 in Seguin, Texas to Aaron “Buck” Saegert and Pearl Dornhoffer Saegert. She passed away peacefully on July 31, 2018 in her home in Conroe at the age of 78. Claire was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Billy Joe Anderson and her parents. She is survived by her loving family: Daughters, Dana Norman Painter and husband, Mark and Toni Bailey-Dawson and husband, Brian; grandchildren, Rachael Ann Patterson, Samantha Patterson-Wild and husband, Alex, Benjamin James Bailey and Brandon Owen Bailey; great grandchildren, Alexandria Olivia Wild and Savanna Eloise Wild; brother, Kenneth “Wayne” Saegert and wife, Aileen Counsil-Saegert and their daughter, Cathy Pace; brother, James D. “Jim” Saegert and his daughter, Jamie Saegert Connel and husband, Richard Connel; loyal companions, Susie and Sassy (dogs) and Joker (cat); numerous other dear relatives and caring friends also survive. Claire was the quintessential career woman well before it was fashionable, helping grow Matel Toy Co. (25 yrs), Knickerbocker Toy Co. and Leisure Dynamics until her retirement in 1985. During her career some of her most notable Community activities were her memberships in the American Society of Professional and Executive Women, the National Association of Female Executives, Eastern Star Chapter 10 and more recently, being a member of Living Way Church in Conroe. She also was a longtime member of the Southwestern Toy and Hobby Association (1967-1985) where she met lifelong friends. Claire was honored with several high achievement awards for her sales abilities from Matel and Leisure Dynamics and was recognized as Notable American by the American Biographical Institute, which led to her being listed in Who’s Who of American Woman in 1981-1982. Claire was a loving mother first and foremost and always took care of her family. Her sweet smile and kindness will dearly be missed.In lieu of flowers, the family requests, memorials to: The American Cancer Society.

WILMA LEE BASLER

ilma Lee Basler, 85, Conroe, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, July l6, 2018. Born in Piney, Tennessee to Julia and Melvin Entsminger. Preceding our loved one is her husband, Delbert Basler, sisters, Opal Brown and Jenny Fritz and brother Floyd Daniels. Also preceding her is her niece, Claralynn by Wilma's sister Opal.

Wilma worked many years as a military housewife through many moves and overseas locations. 

She helped keep her family together through hard work and determination. She had two children, Tommy H. Basler and Pamela B. Basler. Tom's children, Susan Vialpando (Paul), Thea Basler (Paul) and Ryan Basler (April). Great grand Children, Lance and Allison Vialpando and Nathan John Basler. Pam's children, Emily Blevins (Mark) and Timothy Crouch (Michelle). Her other beloved niece by sister Opal resides in Georgia, Julianne Sutton (Charles).

Wilma loved to craft, enjoyed and loved her family, friends, especially Wanda Coffey and family, Deloris, John and Michael Burom. She also loved her pets and treated them with love and respect. She will be missed by all that loved her.

Arrangement by Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, Tennessee please call for the specific time. 

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