Marie Lorene Swopes Anderson, 87, of Angleton, TX passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015. She was born October 7, 1928 to Jim Swopes and Edna Perdue Swopes in Melrose, NM. After graduating high school, she attended beauty school in Lovington, NM, and opened her first beauty shop.She then moved to Alvin, TX in 1960 as a single parent, to raise her two boys and opened ABC Beauty Shop above the old bowling alley, and became a dear friend to many people. In her spare time she loved to crochet, decorate cakes and bake for the holidays.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, William O’Donnel; brother, Durwood Swopes; sister, Juanita Black; and son, Richard Anderson, Jr.
Marie is survived by her son, Ronald Anderson and his wife Kim; grandchildren, Tishla Anderson, Bradley Anderson, Richard Anderson, III, Kristopher Anderson, Shaun Anderson, and Tamara Ellington; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Dr. Rodney Bowman officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Anderson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Louise Haskins Wisley passed away on November 18, 2015 while at home with her family. Louise is survived by her husband, Marvin R. Wisley; children, Gene and Kathy Wisley and Janice Wisley Bradley; grandchildren, Frank and Shannon Wisley Foster, Kelley Wisley, and Michael Bradley; and great-grandchildren Katlin and Caroline Foster.
Viewing is Sunday, November 23, 2015, 4:00-6:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. Funeral service will be on Monday, November 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Jeter to be followed by burial at South Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Wisley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Philip Timmins, 72, of Friendswood, TX passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.He was born March 31, 1943 to William Everett Timmins and Maude Thomas Timmins in Dayton, OH.
He graduated from Milton Union HS and then Hanover College. He received his MA degree from Indiana University and MBA from Auburn University. After 10 years of teaching college, and 8 in the finance arena, he started his own medical insurance sales company. Many will remember Tom for his love of antique cars as evidenced by membership in the Dallas Region HCCA and the Gulf Coast Region AACA. He was also a director for the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. His most recent sojourn was the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run in MN, which they completed in August.
Tom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evelyn, their children, Audra Timmins, M.D., Houston, and Shaun and Maria Timmins, Dallas; grandchildren, Bryce Bloom-Timmins, and Schuyler and Avery Timmins; brother and sister-in-law, Teo and Greta Albers (Chino, CA) as well as a host of wonderful nieces and nephews and their 11 children (CA); and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. at the Webster Presbyterian Church, 201 West Nasa Parkway, Webster, TX 77598 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. A reception will follow. Interment will be held at the Forest Park East Cemetery at 2:30 P.M. in Webster, TX.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in his memory may be made to the MD Anderson Moon Shots Program (MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210) or Keels & Wheels (C/O Bob Fuller, P.O. Box 156, Seabrook, TX 77586).
Condolences may be sent to the Timmins family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Diane Remington Collins was born to Eleanor Davidson Remington and Melvin Howard Remington in Long Beach, CA on July 16, 1944. Following a short illness she passed away after surgery for the removal of a blood clot in her aorta on the 12th of November, 2015.
Raised in Wharton and El Campo, TX, Diane graduated from El Campo High School. She started her college education at Wharton County Junior College and Sam Houston State University. Marriage and the raising of children postponed her education until her 40’s when she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She opened a family counseling practice in Alvin and the joined Devereux Treatment Network in League City, TX until her retirement in 2006 to care for her elderly father.
Diane was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alvin for more than 40 years and was very active in the missions, outreach, and administrative committees of the church. She had very deep and committed faith in her Lord and Son, Jesus Christ.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents Eleanor Davidson Remington and Melvin Howard Remington; her son, Brian Daniel Collins; and her niece, Sara Jane Remington. She is survived by her former husband, Michael Collins; her daughter, Sandra Collins; her twin brother, Dan Remington and wife Jane; as well as nephews and niece, Brett, Keith, Trace, and Rachel Remington, and families. She is also survived by close and special friends Dixie Clark, Marilyn Martin, and Linda Mason; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A celebration of Diane’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Alvin, 302 South Johnson St., Alvin, TX 77511, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Craig King officiating.
A private burial service will be held with immediate family and friends following the church service. Church service attendees and friends are invited to visit with the family following the private burial service and enjoy refreshments in the church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers donation may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Alvin or the Alvin Animal Shelter, 550 W. Highway 6, Alvin, TX 77511
Condolences may be sent to the Collins family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Arlene Cecile Belanger Heft, 69, of Pearland, TX passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.She was born June 8, 1946 to Francis P. Belanger and Kalma A. Berglund Belanger in Spooner, MN. Shortly after she was born, her family moved to Houston, TX in 1948. Arlene grew up in South Houston and attended Milby High School, graduating in 1964. Once she graduated she moved to Hawaii and lived on the island of O’ahu. Her father fell ill a few years later, moving her back to Houston, once she returned she began her career as a legal secretary, met her husband, and then her son Mark was born in 1975. She worked for Vinson & Elkins Law Firm until she retired in 2003 at the age of 55. Arlene then was able to spend the next 12 years enjoying her free time and watching her grandchildren grow up.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother Wayne.
Arlene is survived by her son Mark and his wife Heather; grandchildren, Syrus, Preston, and Maya; and other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Heft family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Charles J. Whitsett, 79 of Friendswood, TX passed away on November 3, 2015. He was born in Tulia, TX in 1935 to Jewel and Electa Whitsett. Charles is preceded in death by his parents Jewel and Electa Whitsett, his son Stephen Whitsett, and nephew Jimmy Fox.
Charles attended school in Tulia and graduated from Tulia High School where he met the love of his life, Monette Andrus. He graduated from Baylor University where he majored in accounting, and was a member of Air Force ROTC. After graduating from college he joined the Air Force to pursue his lifelong dream to be a pilot. After serving in the Air Force for nine years as a fighter pilot he left active duty to fly for Delta Airlines. He continued his military career in the Texas Air National Guard at Ellington AFB, Houston, TX, retiring after 31 years of military service. His airline career with Delta Airlines spanned 28 years. Upon retirement he began to do volunteer work for the schools that his grandchildren attended in the Clear Creek Independent School District. He and Monette enjoyed traveling with family and friends abroad and as well as in the United States.
He is survived by Monette Whitsett, his wife of 59 years; daughter Jana and husband Joe Vaughn of Tulia, TX; two sisters, Alta Fox and husband Alvin, of Tulia and Doris Watson of Arlington, TX; three grandchildren, Ryan Maney and wife Monica of Shanghai, China; Crystal Bouma and husband Waylon of Friendswood, TX; and Justin Whitsett also of Friendswood, TX; three great-grandchildren that made his eyes sparkle whenever they were around. They are Sierra and Cora Maney of Shanghai, China, and Wade Bouma of Friendswood, TX. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, numerous other family members, and cherished friends.
Charles will be remembered for his humor, empathy, and for taking care of his family. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday November 7, 2015 at 2:00pm at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX. There will be a Visitation on November 11th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Kornerstone Funeral Home in Tulia TX. A graveside service will be held November 12, 2015 at 2:00pm at Rosehill Cemetery in Tulia, TX.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Tulia Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 116, Tulia, TX 79088; The American Heart Association, P. O. Box 841125, Dallas Texas 75284; or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Whitsett family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Fern Louise Powell Deans, 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, the 29th of October surrounded by family after a courageous and hard fought battle against heart, brain, and pulmonary issues over the last three years and especially the last six months until the Lord called her to her Eternal Home in Heaven.
Fern was born on the 3rd of June in 1941 in Bay City, TX to Marianne Lorenzen Powell and Samuel L. Powell and grew up on her namesake grandmother Fern Lorenzen’s family ranch outside Edna, TX. She went to Vanderbilt Elementary School and High School in Edna as a proud cowgirl and played clarinet in the band, along with many other school activities. She graduated in the top 5% of her class in 1959. She later went to Houston Business College and completed her courses in less than 2 years, again with honors. She first went to work as a secretary for a patent lawyer firm in downtown Houston for several years and was then later recruited to NASA in the legal office by their patent attorneys where she began her 25 year career at NASA in 1965. Fern quickly moved from the legal patent office to Apollo Luna Mission planning office, and later Apollo Lunar Science Experiment office whose staff was responsible for experiments in the CSM/SIM Bay and the Lunar ALSEP experiment stations left on the surface during the six lunar landing missions and the lunar rover vehicle used on the moon for extended exploration away from the lunar lander on the last three Apollo missions, 15, 16, 17 over the time period of July 1969 to December 1972. It was during this time, Fern met her future husband, Philip M. Deans who was working with the Engineering Directorate support to these same engineers on the Mission Planning and Lunar Science Experiment and Apollo Program Offices. After about a year of courtship they established a wedding date on August 15, 1969 after the successful completion of the Apollo 11 First Lunar Landing on July 20th, 1969 and the safe return of crew back to earth landing on July 24, 1969.
After the Apollo Program ended, Fern’s group supported the Skylab 3 Manned Missions of 30, 60, 90 days duration and they performed all kinds of biomedical experimentation on the astronauts for long duration zero gravity effects on crew performance and external science studies of the earth observation with an EREP package similar to the earlier lunar orbiter SIM Bay experiments of the lunar mapping and observation and the Apollo Telescope Mounted Camera for long duration studies of sun, solar activities andspace radiation effects. She later worked in the Medical Directorate with the doctors and engineers monitoring the overall crew health, mission monitoring, medical facilities for health monitoring of astronauts, their families, and the NASA workforce for annual monitoring and any space degradation effects of flown astronauts. It was during this time, Fern got to experience one of her most exciting events as a test subject, due to her small size, 5 percentile (Asian female), to test out the lower body negative gravity suit/rubber pants with waste band pressurized to force/redistribute blood back to extremities and head to condition from zero-g back to 1 G during re-entry from spaceflights. Fern was fortunate to work in the most creative and innovative part of NASA’s human spaceflight programs with some outstanding people in all the areas of space disciplines, engineering, science, and medical on all the major programs. During this creative time, women made significant strides forward and were really the glue and executive secretarial support arm to their managers, and they were merged into the “60’s Chicks Professional Group totally recognized and supported by the JSC top center management as the movers, shakers and expediters to process all their extensive official documentation, directions, and administrative functions. While working for NASA, Fern, Phil and son Jeff were able to go to KSC and witness Apollo 15 and 17 launches.They were fortunate to go to the second return flight of Space Shuttle/Orbiter STS-127 which was launched on July 4, 2009 as a family, with son Jeff and two granddaughters participate and witness the last Space Shuttle/Orbiter STS 135 final flight in the program before premature retirement.Fern and Phil celebrated her 74th birthday back on June 3rd, 2015 and their 46th wedding anniversary on August 15, 2015 while in Cornerstone LTAC hospital in Webster, TX.The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, therapists and staff of Cornerstone LTAC ICU and Memorial Hermann SE ICU for their compassionate care.
Outside of NASA, Fern supported her husband, Phil and their family with her youthful love of ranching, animals, particularly the baby goats, sheep, calves, cow dogs, and horses. Phil and Fern were involved in ranching operations for over 35 years in Houston and Jackson Counties, 35 year members of Farm Bureau, TSCRA, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as lifetime members, enjoying many rodeos and entertainers over those 25 to 35 years. It was during their ranching in Grapeland, Houston County, that they fell in love with Bluegrass and attended the First Salmon Lake Labor Day Festival started by Floyd and Fanny Salmon in 1976 and never missed a Festival until Fern had a fall and brain surgery back in April 2013. Fern and Phil have also been lifetime members of the Bay Area Bluegrass Association (BABA) in League City held at the Civic Center for over 29 years, and have supported monthly shows and FOTS festivals conducted by BABA over the years. When they would visit Phil’s family back in his hometown, of Wilson, NC they would always try to make a weekly show at the Bluegrass Barn near New Hope where Phil grew up.
Fern was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fern and Andrew Lorenzen; her parents Sam and Marianne Powell; several great aunts, aunts and uncles; and cousins.
She is survived by her husband, Philip M. Deans; son, Jeffrey L. Deans; two granddaughters, Faith Erin Deans and Emily Grace Deans; their mother, Nadia Loren Deans; sister Lucy Smith and her son, William Smith of Tucson, AZ; special cousins, Mary Bell and June Neal; aunt Dorothy Lorenzen; a number of cousins in the Lorenzen and Powell families; special childhood friend, Kay Jorgensen from Edna and her hairdresser, and life friend, Sandra Cooley of League City, TX; also by many friends in her extended family community in the NASA Clear Lake, Bay Area and hometown Edna from over the years; her family on the East Coast: sister and brother-in-law, Lou Deans Gordon and JR Gordon of Wilson, NC; niece Alice Susan Gordon and husband Witold Tulodziecki of Roswell, GA; niece Barbara Ann Overman and husband Ron Lort; great-niece, Morgan Alicia and husband Art Tollinger and their children of Chesapeke City, MD; great-nephew Andrew Overman Lort, of Wilmingon, NC; nephew and niece, Leonard and Terrie Deans; great-nephews, Adam and Jordan Deans, of Timberlake, NC; nephew and niece, Frank and Kathy Overman, of Kenly, NC
A memorial service and celebration of Fern Louise Deans’ life is planned on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr. (FM 518), Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Steve O’Donahoe officiating. Fern’s final interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, in Wilson, NC, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to,Wounded Warriors Foundation, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or www.stjude.org; Bay Area Bluegrass Association, 5820 Misty Meadow St., League City, TX 77573, 281-993-1620 or www.bayareabluegrass.org; or a your charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Deans family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Mae McWilliams Manuel, 90, of Houston, TX passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015. She was born on July 4, 1925 to George F. McWilliams and Ruby Eura Hutcherson McWilliams in Lufkin, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Edward Frank Manuel.
Ruth lived in Lufkin, TX until about 1938 when her family moved to Houston, TX. Before the WW2, her family moved to Los Angeles so her father could work in a shipyard. When the war started, they moved back to Houston from concern about possible attack or invasion. Back in Houston, she worked as a car hop at the original Prince’s Drive In. Later, she became a long-distance telephone operator for Southwestern Bell.
Ruth was married on March 31, 1945 to Edward Frank Manuel by Reverend Dr. Harry G. Knowles.
She is survived by her children, Edward Manuel Jr. and wife Virginia; Elaine Sparks; Lynn Ciolli and husband Clayton; David Manuel and wife Susan; grandchildren, Amy Curtis and husband Eugene; Lisa Ciolli-Hile and husband Chris; Stacy Ciolli and Jordan Manuel; great grandchildren, Mikaela Curtis, Sydnie Hile and Addison Curtis; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM. with the funeral service following at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
Pallbearers will include Ed Manuel, David Manuel, Clayton Ciolli, Travis Merrill, Chris Hile, and Eugene Curtis.
Condolences may be sent to the Manuel family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Patricia (Schumacher) DeShazer of Pearland went to meet our lord on October 20, 2015. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK on March 18, 1929 and was a long-time resident of the city of Pearland, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Oyssie Schumacher, husband James DeShazer, and sister Valentine Moore.
She is survived by her son Tim DeShazer and wife Janice; grandsons Earl and Robert DeShazer all of Alvin, TX; sister Fran Watkins of Irving, TX: brother Robert Schumacher of Sheboygan, WI; sister-in-law Patricia of Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
There are no services scheduled at this time.
Condolences may be sent to the DeShazer family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Jeter Memorial Funeral Home is family owned and managed by Greg Jeter since it was established on February 15, 1995 by Greg Jeter and has proudly served the Friendswood, Alvin, Pearland, Clear Lake, Houston and League City, Texas areas with all of your funeral needs. If we can be of assistance, please call us at 281-992-7200.