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Anita Borges Stude

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ANITA BORGES STUDE, age 68, passed away peacefully on Thursday, the 9th of July 2009, at her home in Houston, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. The youngest of three sisters, she was born in Caracas, Venezuela on the 24th of January 1941 to Miguel Borges and Bertha Hellmund de Borges. She majored in psychology and international studies at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Her life forever changed when mutual friends set her up with Mike Stude, a Texan working for Brown & Root in Venezuela. Mike proposed within weeks of meeting her, and they married in July of 1964. Mike brought his new bride to Houston, and remained devoted to her for the next 45 years, until she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Mrs. Stude was actively involved in and served on boards of many of Houston's civic and cultural organizations including the Houston Ballet and Nutcracker Market, the Garden Club of Houston, Houston Botanic Garden, St. John's School, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Bayou Bend, Rienzi, Houston Parks Board, Lowe Foundation, Children's Assessment Center, Episcopal High School and Prevention of Child Abuse. Her children and grandchildren were her life's passion. She was a daily presence in her three children's lives, and in the lives of her grandchildren, who called her "Nini." Anita was preceded in death by her parents, the late Miguel Borges and Bertha Hellmund de Borges, and her sister, the late Antonietta Borges Hellmund. Anita is survived by her husband, Mike Stokes Stude; her daughters, Isabel Stude Lummis and her husband, Ransom Clark Lummis, and Elisa Stude Pye and her husband, Cristopher Harris Pye; her son, Herman Luis Stude and his wife, Aliyya Kombargi Stude; her sister, Bertica Borges Yanes; and her grandchildren, Frances Ann Lummis, Louisa Rice Lummis, Margarett Brown Lummis, Virginia Isabel Lummis, Micajah Ali Stude, and Soraya Antonietta Stude. Her family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at M. D. Anderson, the University of Texas Medical School of Houston, and the hospice caregivers who cared for her, tried to prolong her life, and ease her suffering. Their tireless efforts are sincerely appreciated. Also, the family wishes to thank Anita's extended family and friends for their letters, notes, and gifts, and also for their support and selfless time and care given to her. The memorial service is to be conducted at four o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 13th of July, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston, where the Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus, and the Rev. Michael J. Barrett will officiate. Immediately following the memorial service, friends are cordially invited to greet the family at a residential venue to be announced in the printed service bulletin. This reception is to conclude at half-past seven o'clock in the evening. Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private Rite of Committal at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. For those desiring, contributions in Mrs. Stude's memory may be directed to the Houston Ballet Foundation, 1921 W. Bell St., Houston, TX, 77019; or to Houston Botanic Garden, P. O. Box 27510, Houston, TX, 77027.

Published in Houston Chronicle from July 11 to July 12, 2009
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