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Roger Wayne Russell, 76, of Bridge City died Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 28, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Port Arthur with Reverend Don Falke officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday at the church. Roger was born in Goose Creek , Texas on January 31, 1930. He graduated
from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1948, began his college education and then joined the United States Air Force in 1950. He was sent to Japan in 1952 for 27 months. When he returned to the states in 1954, he married Peggy Rae Bittick. They were stationed in Topeka, Kansas, until Roger was discharged from the Air Force. He finished his education at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, Texas, and they moved to Port Arthur in 1957 where Roger began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson High School. He worked for the Port Arthur Independent School District until 1973. The family moved to Bridge City , Texas at that time and he began working for the Bridge City ISD. He taught art in the classroom, was director of student activities, a counselor, and assistant
principal during his working years. Upon retirement, he worked endless hours at his beloved First Baptist Church doing more things than this paper could hold. Even upon learning of his illness in August 2005, he continued working, visiting, writing cards and doing all he could for other people. He is preceded in death by his parents, Holt and Lois Russell and is survived by his wife, Peggy Russell of Bridge City; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Kathy Russell of Bridge City and Randy and Helen Russell of College Station; daughters and sons-in-law, Jana and Bob Cash of Beaumont and Karen and Bryan Bozman of Bridge City. He is also survived by his brother, Rollin Russell of Canon City, CO and eight grandchildren, Bonnie Russell, Lindy Stuckey, Shelly Russell, Ryan Russell, Robyn Cash, Matt Cash, Kristi Bozman and Russell Bozman. Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Carter, Mark Tolar, Thomas Robinson, Don Reeves, Mike Nicholas, Charles McBee, Albert Follett and Bart Bragg. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacon Body of the First Baptist Church in Port Arthur.   
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  Dr. Clyde M. Gott, 95, well known educator, scholar, athlete, adored husband,
ather, and grandfather passed away December 5, 2007 at his home in Fair Oaks Ranch, TX. His wife of over 70 years, Louise Marie Kneuper Gott, and his son were at his side.
He was born September 21, 1912, in Anahuac, TX, to James William Gott and Stella Palmer Gott who preceded him in death. Clyde grew up in the oil fields of East Texas
nd graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School. He quickly excelled as a scholar and an
athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. He entered Southwest Texas State University on a football scholarship. Continuing to excel in athletics, he lettered every year in both football and basketball from 1931 through 1934. He was later inducted into the
Southwest Texas University “T” Association Hall of Honor. After earning a Bachelor of Science at Southwest, he returned to
coach and teach at Hull-Daisetta High School where an amazing high school record was compiled there. Dr. Gott’s 1936 and 1937 football team went undefeated 11-0-0 and 12-0-0, respectively. In 1938, Clyde moved to coach and teach in Smithville, his successor Coach Bill Stages kept the Hull-Daisetta winning steak going in 1938 and 1939 to a grand total of 43 consecutive wins. After Smithville, his
career took the following path: Vice Principal, Burbank High School, San Antonio; Vice
Principal, Jefferson High School, San Antonio; Principal, Jefferson High School, San Antonio; Principal Jefferson High School, Port Arthur; and finally, Superintendent, Port Arthur Independent School District. In all, Clyde served as an educator for nearly five decades before retiring to Fair Oak Ranch. During his transition Dr. Gott also completed a Master of Arts and an Education Doctorate at University of Texas, Austin. As a Superintendent, he was listed in Who’s Who in the Southwest and South, Who’s Who in Texas Today and Community Leaders of America. During his long education career, he belonged and participated in many professional organizations such as Phi Delta Kappa (President); Texas State Teachers Association
(President of Alamo District San Antonio and District 5); Port Arthur YMCA (President of Board of Directors); Port Arthur Lions Club (President); and Port Arthur Shrine Club (Mason). He was also a professional referee for football and basketball, officiating at the high school, college and professional levels. In 1982 he became a member of University United Methodist Church and served on various boards and was a Sunday school teacher until approximately 2002.
Dr. Gott was described by his peers and employees as an “energetic, resourceful, hardworking man who spent 50-80 hours a week on the job often drinking a Coke for lunch.” He was also described as “extremely loyal and supportive of his employees.” Those who worked for him as a Superintendent said he was “a professional who has the strength to make recommendations even if they were unpopular. He was extremely
honest and takes responsibility for what happens.”
Dr. Gott is survived by his wife, Louise M. Gott; son, Deene Gott and wife, Ruth; sisters, Edith Gott White, Mary Ruth Gott Reese; granddaughters, Kim Gott Judin and husband, Hank; Kay Gott Weatherford and husband, Mark; and great granddaughter, Grace Evelyn Judin. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bevil Gott, E.B. Gott and Harley Gott.

Dr. Gott’s family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to Mrs. Maria Espinosa for always being there for
Clyde in his time of need and to the staff of Vital Hospice for the care they provided.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 7:00 PM Monday, December 10, 2007 at
Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. Funeral services will begin at 9:00 AM Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North with interment to follow at Mission Burial Park North. Services will be conducted by his nephew, Michael Gott, Evangelist. Contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Crippled Children’s Hospital for children or to the charity of your choice in Dr. Gott’s memory.   
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  Martha Taylor, 81, of Port Arthur, died Friday, November 14, 2008 at Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston.
She was born on March 30, 1927 in Port Arthur, Texas to Jack Crouch and Ollie
Flowers Crouch.
Martha was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and a member of The United Methodist Temple. She was a superb math teacher at
Thomas Jefferson High School for 35 years who was highly regarded
by her students and served as past president of Port Arthur
Community Concert Association.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday,
19, 2008 at The United Methodist Temple. Reverend Jesse Brannen
will be officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband; F.B. Taylor, founder of F.B. Taylor Insurance Agency.
She is survived by her two sons; Bill Taylor and wife, Susan G. of Houston, TX and
George Taylor and wife, Jean H. of Port Arthur, TX one brother; Freeman "Jack" Crouch, Jr. and wife, Bea of West Columbia, TX and three grandchildren; Kate Taylor of Houston, TX and Thomas Taylor and wife; Kellie of Mansfield, TX; William Key of Salt Lake City, UT.   

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Anna Mae Devine, age 81 passed away at her residence in Groves, Texas on Sunday,
April 5, 2009 Anna Mae was a lifelong resident of Groves. She had
been the principal's
secretary at Thomas Jefferson High School for 40 years. Visitation for
Anna Mae will be Wednesday, April 8, 2009 from 5:00 P.M. until
7:00 P.M. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Graveside entombment service will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 9, 2009 in the Chapel of
Peace Mausoleum at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Anna Mae was
preceded in death by her parents Joseph (Poker) and Anna Welsh Kirkemeyer, brother Joseph J. Kirkemeyer, sister, Isabel Kirkemeyer
She is survived by her son Eddie and his wife Melody Devine of Groves, three grandchildren, Dana Devine of Port Neches, Corey Devine of
Houston, Jared and his wife Crystal of North Carolina, one step grandson Josh Lewis of Bridge City.
   
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 Elaine Commander    Thomas Jeff. H.S Year Bk,
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  Mary Evelyn Hayes - Students who plan to become teachers will benefit from a new endowed scholarship program created by a generous gift of $100,311.98 from the estate of Mary Evelyn Hayes, a Port Arthur native and a teacher in the Port Arthur Independent School District for 38 years, who died February 10, 2006, at the age of 93.
Mrs. Hayes was an extremely dedicated teacher working in Port Arthur public schools for many decades. She made a positive impact on her student," said Dr. Sam Monroe, president of Lamar-Port Arthur." Now, through this scholarship fund, she will continue to have a positive impact on students who will become the teachers of the future."
Hayes was born in 1912 and graduated from Port Arthur high School, She attended Texas State College, where she earned her bachelor and master's degrees before returning to Port Arthur to teach.
Hayes moved to Bryan in 1992 after the death of her husband, Walter Hayes of Port Arthur.
She remained a supporter of Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the Museum of the Gulf Coast.
Hayes' estate also celebrated scholarships at Texas Women's University, Texas A&M  University and the University of Texas.
Lamar-Port Arthur currently offers six associate of arts degrees in teaching. Students can choose to teach Early Childhood through fourth grade, Early Childhood through 12th grade, or they can specialize in teaching art, drama, music or physical education.
The Mary Evelyn Hayes scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

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Ara A. Golmon, age 94, passed away April 24, 2009 at King's Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Mississippi.  She was born on March 22, 1915. 
She was a graduate of
Brookhaven High School, Baylor University, and the Bread Loaf School of English.  She was an English teacher for Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas until her retirement.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Brookhaven. 
Survivors are her brother, Hollis Golmon of Monticell' and Arleen Hogatt of
Bridge City, TX
Graveside sevices for Ara A. Golman are at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27 at
Rosehill Cemetery
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  Lionel Rowland, 70, passed away to glory Friday, September 25, 2009 at Christus St. Mary’s Hospital, in Port Arthur. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Shaaron, children Michael Rowland of Dallas, TX, Cheryl Bateman of Lubbock, TX, and Cynthia Robertson of Denton, TX. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Porter of Austin, TX.
Born in Austin, Texas, in 1939. He was a devoted husband, father, historian, teacher, musician, and most of all, a disciple of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. He held a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Latin from Baylor University and a Master of Science in History from Lamar University. He was a resident of The Golden Triangle, for over 42 years while he raised and nurtured his family, taught History at area high schools (TJ, Lincoln and Port Neches-Groves)
Lionel started playing the piano at the age of four and was the church organist by the age of 15.
Lionel was extremely active with the Student Council on the local, state and national level. He was an avid scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster.
Lionel had an open home to all. He will be missed.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Port Neches with Dr. David Mahfouz officiating under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home Port Neches. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009 at First Baptist Church Port Neches in the Koinonia Room.
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  Dortha Dee Maxey Vaughan, 88, died on March 7, 2010 of complications from a stroke.
She was born in Dallas on Aug. 11, 1921 to Everett Logan Maxey and Doris Carswell.
Dortha Dee’s family moved to Port Arthur when she was a child. She attended Port Arthur schools and Texas State College for Women in Denton before her marriage to Oscar Roger
Vaughan on Jan. 31, 1942. They lived at several Army Air Force bases during WWII and  returned to Port Arthur after the war.
Dortha Dee was bold and brave, intelligent and beautiful. She loved learning and reading, books and poetry.
She had a lifelong interest in nutrition and enjoyed cooking. For years she rose at 5:30 a.m. to prepare a gigantic breakfast for her family.
She was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Port Arthur and treasured the times she spent on the affairs of the women’s association.
Other passions included dogs, playing bridge, current affairs and politics. She believed in equal rights for all Americans and was an early member of the Texas Women’s Political Caucus.
She earned bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in English from Lamar University in Beaumont and wrote her thesis on  Robert Frost.
She taught at each of Port Arthur ISD’s high schools: Jefferson, Austin and Lincoln, and loved them all.
She was preceeded in death by her husband, Roger Vaughan, and her sister, Marilyn Maxey Haven Straker. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki Vaughan and Robert Clare; son, Roger Maxey Vaughan, all of San Antonio; niece Holly Brassington of Wisconsin and nephew Douglas Maxey Haven of Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Ave., 77642.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at Levingston Funeral Home, 5601 39th St., Groves. The funeral service will be held at Levingston at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Margaret Desmond of Trinity Presbyterian Church officiating.Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
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  Jane Ruth Smith, 79, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Christus St. Mary Hospital.
Jayne was born July 23, 1932 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Lloyd Lyle Smith and Beulah Powell Smith. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 54 years and retired in 1992 after 35 years of service as an English Teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. Jayne was very active in the community volunteering and serving in many organizations. She was a member of Friends of the Port Arthur Library Board, Community Concert Boards; President of the Texas Artists Museum for 2 terms totaling 5 years; served many years on Motiva Community Advisory Panel; founded and sponsored Ebbtide literary magazine and Ecology Club at Thomas Jefferson High School; and also taught line dancing classes.
She wrote 11 literary study guides and had several articles published in the English Journal. Jayne was an avid traveler, traveling to each state in the U.S.A. and over 30 countries world wide.
Survivors include her brother, Lloyd Lyle Smith, Jr. and wife, Gerry of Tulsa, OK; niece, Sharon Myers and husband, Tom of Norman, OK; five great-nephews, one great-niece and one great-great nephew.
A Memorial Service will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas.
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  Dorothy H. Dugan, 92, of Wildwood, died Saturday, December 3, 2011, at Dogwood Trails Nursing Center in Woodville. Dorothy was born December 17, 1918, in Port Arthur to Herbert M. “Rusty” and Allie Mae (McCulloch) Huber. She is predeceased by her parents and her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Wesley M. Dugan, Jr.  A resident of Wildwood for more than thirty years, Dorothy retired from Port Arthur Independent School District as the registrar for Thomas Jefferson High School. She was also a long time member of Wildwood-Village Mills United Methodist Church, where she served in various ministries over the years.
She enjoyed traveling but was happiest in her beloved Wildwood.  She was a member of the “ladies bunch” who worked on crafts and lunched together.  She loved flowers, helping others, and entertaining friends on her deck overlooking the lake.  Dorothy was dedicated to her church, her family and friends, her kitties, and her crossword puzzles which she completed in ink until age 90!
She is survived by her daughter, Pam Springer and her husband, Jerrol, of Houston; granddaughter, Laurie Tucker and her husband, David and their children, Madeline and Jessica of Katy; granddaughter, Dana Turner and her husband, Kevin and their children, Max and Lily of Dallas; and numerous other relatives and special friends. The family is grateful to her extended family--Becky, Trystan and all of special angels that cared for her with unconditional love during the last three years.
Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Wildwood-Village Mills United Methodist Church, 5943 FM 3063, Village Mills, Texas with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the direction of Broussard’s in Kountze. A gathering of her family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday and continue until time of service.
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  Rex Eugene Copeland, loving husband and father, passed peacefully on to heaven Saturday, 12/15/2012, at the age of 94.  He was born August 7, 1918, on a farm southwest of King City, MO, to Benjamin Porter and Georgia Mae Vaughn Copeland.  The youngest of three sons, he attended school in a one-room school house.  He later would begin his 40 year teaching career in a similar rural school.
He graduated from King City High School in 1937.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from N.W. Missouri State Univ. where he majored in Business and minored in Math, and later earned a Masters Degree in Education from Sam Houston State Univ. in Huntsville, TX.  He was a life-long member of the First Christian Church of King City, and also of Port Arthur, TX.
He enlisted in the Army during WWII to help defend his country.  He was placed in the Army Air Corp, where he was a flight instructor.  It was during his time at the Corsicana Air Field in Corsicana, TX, where he met the love of his life, Lois Madden.  They were married November 9, 1944, and shared 68 wonderful years together.  
After teaching high school for 7 years in Lyman, WY, they relocated to Port Arthur, TX, where the weather more suited his Texas bride. He taught at Thomas Jefferson High School and Nederland High School.  They raised 4 daughters, spending the winters in Texas and the summers in King City on the farm where he grew up.
He was a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Assoc., Texas State Teachers Assoc., Natl. Education Assoc., Texas Business Education Assoc., Pi Omega Pi Fraternity, Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, President of the Port Arthur Classroom Teachers Assoc., NEA Delegate, and Nederland High School Teacher of the Year.  He took many students to Texas UIL Typing competitions producing many finalists and a State Champion.
Rex had a very competitive spirit and enjoyed all sports, especially golf which he played well into his 80’s.  He loved traveling and spending summers in King City, but above all, his family was most important to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Emile Murray Copeland and James Vaughn Copeland.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lois Madden Copeland, four daughters:  Shelley Copeland of Plano, TX;  Joni Dixon and husband Randy of Plano, TX;  Robin Rodwell and husband Doug of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;  Ginni Gilgour and husband Steve of Blue Springs, MO.  Also 7 grandchildren:  Lindsay Dixon Bradley, Lacey Dixon Wostal, Heather Rodwell White, Ashley Rodwell, Wil Rodwell, Chase Gilgour, and Hailey Gilgour, and one great grandchild, Olivia White.
He was laid to rest Wednesday, December 19, in King City, Missouri with military rites.  To share a memory or condolence, visit www.robersonfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Christian Church of Port Arthur.
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  F. L. "Smitty" Hill, 83, former football coach at Port Arthur Jefferson, San Angelo Central, Angelo State University, SFA, and New Mexico State, died peacefully Thursday evening (5/15/14).
Born on June 26th, 1930 in El Paso Texas. Smitty Graduated from Beaumont High in 1948. He attended Lamar Tech and graduated in 1953. While at Lamar, Smitty played numerous positions and lettered five years in football. He still holds the record for a 99 yard fumble recovery and return. While at Lamar he met and married Helen McCutcheon, his wife for over 60 years. After graduating he joined the Navy and attended Officers Candidate School. During the Korean War, he was chief engineering officer on the USS Wiseman.
Smitty began his coaching career at Port Arthur in 1956. He became Head Coach/AD in 1966 and enjoyed 6 successful seasons, before taking the same position at San Angelo Central in 1972. His Bobcat teams were very successful, winning 2 district titles in the legendary "Little SWC" and beating Odessa Permian 3 years in a row. In 1979 Coach Hill was Quarterback Coach for Angelo State's National Semi-Finalist Team. Smitty became a successful Real Estate Agent in San Angelo for a couple of years. In 1981 Smitty went with head coach Jim Hess, where they enjoyed 8 successful seasons. In 1990 he went with Hess to New Mexico State as Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. Prior to 1990 NMSU had the longest losing streak in NCAA Division I. In two years they had a winning season.
Smitty was a member of the AFCA and THSCA, in which he held several positions including coaching the all-star team, and chairman of the all-star selection committee. Smitty is a member of the Lamar Cardinal Hall of Honor, Southeast Texas Coaches Association Hall of Honor and the Yellow Jacket Alumni Association Hall of Honor. In 1994 Smitty was Head Coach of the Texas Team in the Shriner's California-Texas All-Star game. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Port Arthur. Smitty retired and moved back to Port Arthur in 1992. He spent the next 20 years enjoying retirement by travelling, working at the church, and spending time with family and friends.
Smitty is survived by his wife, Helen Hill of Port Arthur, son, David Hill of Port Arthur, and granddaughter Lacy Parker, and husband Eddy of Mabank, Texas. He is also survived by his sisters, Sister Lou Ann Hill of Houston, Barbara Trahan and husband, Clyde of LaMarque and sister in-law June Hill of Warren. Smitty also leaves three brothers, Vernon and wife, Severa of Carencro, LA., Richard and wife, Kim of Lumberton and Glen and wife, Kathi of Katy. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. Smitty was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Arthur and Homer along with his sister Patsy Matthews.
Visitation will be at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas on Monday, May 19, 2014 from 4-6 P.M. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 P.M.
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Muriel Lucille Stubbs, 87, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Houston. She was the daughter of Cecil Stubbs and Clara Gray Stubbs and was born in Port Arthur, Texas on November 5, 1929, where she also grew up, the fourth of seven children. She was active with the Camp Fire Girls, served as a camp counselor and continued to attend annual reunions at their camp. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. She retired after 38 years of teaching English in Port Arthur public schools (where Janis Joplin was one of her students); The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California; and J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Many of her former students became her lifelong friends. She has also taught in White Pines College’s Elder Hostel program in Chester, New Hampshire, and most recently coordinated a monthly creative writing group where aspiring writers came together to share ideas and critique each other's work.
Muriel was a feminist always and a Yellow Dog Democrat, but aside from marching numerous times down Constitution Avenue with signs and placards, she was seldom able to indulge these passions until she retired and moved to Houston in the early 1990’s and became a regular volunteer with the Harris County Democratic Party. Volunteering for the party was very fulfilling for Muriel, and she fell in love with her volunteer work for the party and with her fellow activists. She served as Editor of the ROADwomen Register, the monthly newsletter of the River Oaks Area Democratic Women’s Club, where she published a monthly column, Muriel Stubbs’ News Update.
She is survived by her brother Bill Stubbs and his wife, Patsy; her brother Mark Stubbs and Don Willson, and many other family members and special friends. She was preceded in death by both parents; her brother Carlton and her sisters Cecile, Gwen and Bonnie.
Muriel’s family wants to thank the staff of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and all of her friends who came to visit her and lovingly cared for her in her final days, especially her nieces - Kay Stubbs, Lesley Stubbs and Lyndi Reed, and friends MariAlice Grimes and Toni Medellin.
Following a private graveside service at Memory Gardens, Nederland, Texas, a Celebration of Muriel’s Life will be held in Houston at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Houston Friends for Life at (713) 863-9835.
"To love that well which thou must leave ere long." -William Shakespeare

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