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Brooks, Chester - Houston  
Chester "Chet" Edward Brooks passed away peacefully on the morning of May 11, 2016. Chet Brooks was born on August 18, 1935 and raised in the small town of Goldthwaite, Texas where his love of journalism was sparked by his work at the Goldthwaite Eagle. He attended San Angelo College and San Jacinto Jr. College before eventually earning a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Texas in Austin. He served a brief stint in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Early in his career, he worked as a writer for the Houston Post. Senator Brooks was elected to the Texas House of Representatives representing Harris County from 1962 to 1966. In 1967, he ran and was elected to the Texas Senate. His district eventually became District 11, which included parts of Galveston and Harris counties. He proudly served that district until 1993. During his tenure in the Senate, Senator Brooks served on a various committees, including those of Finance, Education and State Affairs. In addition, he chaired the Committee on Human Resources/Health and Human Resources from 1977-1993. The work on this committee was especially near and dear to his heart, as he was able to benefit the lives of a great number of people. He also served on the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Coordinating Commission for State Health and Welfare Services, the Ad Hoc Committee on Federal Block Grants, the Joint Committee to Study the Needs of Autistic Citizens, and was President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 1972. In 1981, he became the youngest Dean of the Senate. After leaving political office, he continued his education by obtaining his Master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin. In later years, he began working at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of the Ombudsman, where he continued to champion for our state's most vulnerable residents. He also proudly served the Texas State Guard, 1989-2010, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. He is preceded in death by his mother, Julia Biddle. He is survived by four daughters: Laura Kouns and husband Rick, Tracie Garvens and husband Tom, Anna Brooks and Katie Brooks; five grandchildren: Madison Kouns, Connor Kouns, Brendan Kouns, Gabe Garvens and Samuel Garvens; as well as countless friends and colleagues. He often made the comment, "It was a good day, if we helped someone today." He worked diligently to make this world a better place and focused on service to the children and underrepresented citizens of Texas. He leaves behind a legacy of service to the people of Texas. Services were held on Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1201 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas. A reception was held at the church immediately following the service. Afterwards, burial took place at the Texas State Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at ALZ.org or CASA of Travis County. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 12 to May 25, 2016
Deveny, Ida Nell - Pasadena  
Ida Nell Deveny, 82, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Sugar Land, TX. She was born May 27, 1933 in Abilene, TX to Harold and Lucretia McDonald. The daughter of a minister and a teacher, Nell earned education degrees from Abilene Christian College and Texas Technological College, teaching in New Jersey and Texas. Nell wed Charles Deveny, Jr in 1964 and settled in Pasadena, TX, enjoying 50 years of marriage before his death in 2015, two days after the passing of her only brother, Harold McDonald, Sr. She is survived by sons Daniel, Ken, and Glenn Deveny. A loving, devoted wife and mother, Nell enjoyed gardening, music, teaching Sunday School, and comforting the ill with cards and letters. Funeral services will be at 1pm Tuesday, May 10 at her beloved Watters Road Church of Christ in Pasadena, TX.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 7 to May 20, 2016
Evans, Dr. Dean Ray - Houston  
Dr. Dean Ray Evans, age 80, died on Sunday, April 17, 2016. A celebration of Dean's life will be held later this summer in his hometown of Troup, TX. Dean's full obituary and details of services can be found in the online tributes section at www.integrityfuneral.com.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 16 to May 29, 2016
Garcia, Margaret - Pasadena  
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Margaret Montoya Garcia, entered the gates of heaven. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Librado Garcia, daughter Elsa Rangel, granddaughter Zhandra Cordona, and grandson Michael Zuniga. She leaves behind her children Oscar Garcia and wife Angie, Yolanda Rodriguez and husband George, Joe Garcia and wife Wendy, and Olga Garcia, son-in-law Febronio Rangel Jr., sister Irene Garcia, along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. with a rosary to start at 6:00 P.M. Officiating the Rosary will be daughter Mary Silva. Funeral Services will be officiated by Father Lee Flores on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas 77505. Interment to follow at Grand View Memorial Park.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 26 to June 8, 2016
Jennings, Kevin - Webster  
Kevin Michael Jennings, 51 of Pasadena, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Pasadena, Texas. He was born June27, 1964 in Ankara, Turkey. Kevin has worked for BP Petroleum as an operator in Texas City since 1996. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He is survived by his parents, Travis and Emma Jennings; daughter, Brittany Jennings; sister, Kimberly Jennings; niece, Marissa; nephew, Travis Myers and numerous other relatives. Visitation will be Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5PM to 8PM at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12:30PM at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Anderson, Texas.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 19 to June 1, 2016
Minter, Lonnie - Houston  
On Monday April 25th, 2016 Jesus came and took our father home. He leaves behind a family with broken hearts. Lonnie (Sonny) was born in Galveston, TX on December 4, 1944 and passed away on April 25, 2016 at the age of 71. He is survived by his son Michael Minter, daughter Michelle DiStefano & husband Nick, granddaughter Dezirae Jones & husband John, great grandson Evan Jones, Sister Bobbie Jean Minter, niece Pamela Tyler and many other family members. Lonnie met and married his wife Barbara in 1966 and they were happily married for 49 years. He trained to become an electrician and later used these skills at Arco Chemical/Lyondell for over 30 years. He also volunteered his time for the Special Olympics for many years. Lonnie will be missed by many people who he has touched in this lifetime. His Celebration of Life was held on May 14, 2016 at San Jacinto Baptist Church 310 W. P. Street Deer Park, TX 77536 at 1:00 pm.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 13 to June 5, 2016
Moore, Sammy (Sam) - Houston  
Sammy Moore, 62, passed away of Lymphoma on May 4, 2016 in Kerrville, Texas. He was born on January 1, 1954 in Madison-ville, Texas, grew up in the Pecan Park section of Houston prior to settling in Pasadena. Sam was a journeyman pipefitter and worked a number of years at Boccard on Galveston Rd., before retiring to the hill country. Sam was an honest hard working man, he was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. He loved his family especially his wife, kids and grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife Darlene Moore, mother Helen Karber-Orlando, two sisters Deborah and Donna, two daughters Christina and Courtney, step-son George and four grandchildren Katy, Chance, Emmit and Cassidy, one great grandchild Skyley. God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be So he put his arms around you And whispered "Come to me" With tearful eyes we watched you And saw you pass away Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay A golden heart stopped beating Hard working hands at rest God broke our hearts to prove He only takes the best. Services are pending. Our family is grateful for the condolences and prayers.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 9 to May 22, 2016
Oakes, Donna - Pasadena  
Donna Vieve Oakes, 92, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Pasadena, Texas. She was born on October 20, 1923, in Bryan Mill, Texas, to Charlie and Florie (Cromer) Jones. Donna married James Turner Oakes on January 1, 1948, and they lived in East Texas and Louisiana before settling in Pasadena, Texas in 1960 to raise their three children. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Donna adored her family. She never missed an opportunity to lavish time, attention, and perfect gifts on those she loved. A committed Christian and member of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene for many years, she generously shared her talents and time by singing in the choir, decorating the church, and organizing events. Many things brought joy to Donna. She loved cooking, talking, reading, shopping, and gardening, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Donna is survived by her daughter, Sharon Oakes; daughter-in law, Deborah Oakes; niece, Peggy Goff; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, James T. Oakes; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Maxine Oakes; and son, Stanley J. Oakes. The family would like to thank Heritage House of Pasadena and Grace Hospice of Kingwood for their kindness and care. Interment was at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Houston, Texas. A Celebration of Life will be held in July at South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas. Condolences and memories may be shared in the guestbook of Pasadena Funeral Chapel.
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 16 to May 29, 2016
Pennington, Thomas M. "Mike" - Pasadena  
Thomas Michael Pennington, "Mike", went to be with the Lord on Tuesday May 17, 2016. Born in Quanah, TX on November 30, 1955 to the late Thomas Ray Pennington and the late Betty Audine Pennington, Mike grew up in the West Texas area and later graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, TX. His passions included the cowboy way of life and spending time with his family. Mike is survived by one son from his first marriage, Karl Thomas Pennington, 34, and wife Amy of Midland TX. Also surviving are Mike's wife Teresa Wilson and their two beautiful daughters Brittany Cheyenne Pennington, 19, and Breanna Paige Pennington, 17, all of Dayton, TX. He is also survived by his brother Forrest Ray Pennington and wife Jeanette of Crosby, TX, and sisters Regina Gail Payne and husband Quintin of Dayton, TX, and Glenna Marie Benton and husband David of Montgomery, TX, as well as beloved aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and dear friends. Services are planned for Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Grand View Funeral Home in Pasadena, TX, with public viewing beginning at 2:00 PM followed by a celebration of Mike's life at 3:00 PM. Additional public viewing will be held Sunday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A GoFundMe account has been established for his daughters. "Your wings were ready but our hearts were not".
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 20 to June 2, 2016
Sizemore, Floyd Douglas - Houston  
Floyd Douglas Sizemore was born September 13, 1931 in Covington, VA and passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 in Pasadena, TX. Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Lucy Cline Sizemore and Floyd B. Sizemore of Covington, VA and brother, Vernon LeRoy Sizemore of Westminster, CO. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Mae Guinn Sizemore; children, Sheila Steele and husband Ken, Deborah Porter, Scott Sizemore and wife Sandra, and Timothy Sizemore and wife Samantha; grandchildren, Sarah Porter, Jennifer Sizemore, Ashley Sizemore, Alex Delfiero, Matthew Reed, Kyle Reed, Collin Reed, and Anthony Fox; and great-granddaughter Alyssa Rogers. He is also survived by his brothers, James Sizemore of Baltimore, MD and Ernest Sizemore of Clifton Forge, VA. A veteran of the Korean War, Doug served in the 865th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He enjoyed attending many of his unit's yearly reunions, the last of which was held in April in Branson, MO. At home, he was a proud member of VFW Post 9188 in South Houston. Among Doug's past employers were Fisher Scientific, Standard Coffee, and National Linen Service. However, he will probably be best remembered as a greeter at the Shaver St. Walmart, where he worked for ten years before he retired to become a full time caretaker for Dorothy. He and Dorothy were longtime members of First Baptist Church, South Houston. A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at Easthaven Baptist Church, 13100 Beamer Rd., Houston. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Korean War Veterans Association, P.O. Box 407, Charleston, IL 69120-0407 or to the Fisher House Foundation. www.fisherhouse.org .
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Published on yourpasadenanews.com from May 10 to May 23, 2016
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