Oretha Ann Hewitt Chapman, 73, passed away on Feb. 3, 2013. She was born in Nocona, Texas, where she spent the majority of her life before retiring to South Padre Island, Texas, with her husband, Melvin Chapman.
Ann was a member of the Church of Christ and was on the Board of Directors for the Gladys Porter Zoo, and past president of the Port Isabel Animal Shelter. Through her love of animals, she went on zoo trips to the Galapagos Islands, African Safaris, and was Chairman for many animal benefits. Ann was also very active in her church.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Marie Hewitt; husband, Jack Howard of Nocona and granddaughter, Danielle LeBlanc.
Ann is survived by her husband, Melvin Chapman; a son, Dr. Stewart Chapman and wife Karen; her daughters: Melanie Howington and husband Robert, Kimberly Corbin and husband Ed, and Cheryl Reynolds; ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and other extended family members.
The family will receive friends this evening, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the West Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Nocona Church of Christ, 311 Cooke St., Nocona, Texas. Committal services will follow at Nocona Cemetery in Nocona, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations in Ann's name to the Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, Texas 78520 or the Brownsville Northside Church of Christ Building Fund, 5800 Stagecoach Trail, Brownsville, Texas 78526.
You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send your condolences online to the Chapman family at www.darlingmouser.com.
Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Feb. 4, 2013