Mary Catherine Lister
1956 - 2021
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he Sunrise: In Livingston, Texas on April 26, 1956, a beautiful baby girl, Mary Catherine, was born to Mildred Joyce. Mary was raised by her aunt and uncle, Eddie Lee and A.J. Joyce. She accepted Christ at an early age in New Caney, TX, where she attended elementary through Jr. High school. She graduated from Smiley High School in 1974. Mary earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009. On February 20, 1994, Mary married James Lister. Mary had a handsome son, David, and later was blessed with a precious grandson, Davion. Mary was a member of both Mims Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Conroe. Mary lived a life full of service to others. She worked in the food services and catering business most of her adult life. She opened Lister Catering, which provided not only delicious food, but lavish decorations for countless private events and professional organizations. If Mary was in charge, you knew it would be done with excellence. Mary generously gave her time and talents to the Salvation Army, the Battered Women's Shelter, the Conroe Assistance League, and Conroe's homeless community, just to name a few. Mary saw no race, religion, or social status when she looked at you - she only saw one of God's children, and treated you as such. She was truly the hands and feet of Jesus in her service and love for others. Mary is survived by her loving husband James Lister, son David, grandson, Davion, her sisters, Roxie Joyce, Lillie McNack (Ralph), and Katie Almore, great-aunts Faye Williams and Christine Williams, and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her aunt and uncle who raised her, Eddie Lee and A. J. Joyce, mother Mildred Joyce, and siblings, Clara Mae Watts, Margot Watts, Ruby Perry, Martha Lee Jackson, A.C. Joyce, Spence Joyce and Jerry Joyce. In the time immediately preceding her death, Mary was lovingly cared for by her niece, Patricia Joyce Gibson. The Sunset: Mary met her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face on April 26, 2021, her 65th birthday. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 1st. 2021 in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 600 North Main St. in Conroe, TX. The service will be live-streamed for those unable to personally attend.

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Published in The Courier of Montgomery County from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2021.
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Janet Grisby
May 1, 2021
I called you Aunt Mary I'm bless to have met such a wonderful beautiful woman may you REST IN LOVE no more pain Love you
Cicely M moore
April 30, 2021
Mary was a special lady and a treasured friend.
She enjoyed pleasing others and my family and I were recipients of her love many times.
I will always remember her delicious peach tea. My grandson Hudson tasted it and said, “Wow that’s good. It has the buzz of a soda with a good sweet taste.” Mary had the biggest laugh when I told her what he said. Her rolls were also extra special and she always made sure I got an extra one when she served them.
She catered my husband and my 50th wedding anniversary party and she surprised us by adding a beautiful heart ice sculpture because she found out I liked heart shaped things. She also had a lady sew replicates if my bridesmaid’s dresses to display with my wedding dress and also surprised us with a cake that was made like our original wedding cake. She always went the extra mile to make an event even more special.
She was truly a gift from God to us and we will miss her
Nancy and Joe Bickley and famuly
April 30, 2021
Mary was a special lady who loved you openly with a big smile. She knew I loved her hot rolls and always made sure I had some when she baked them She knew I wanted salt and pepper on the tables at our ladies luncheons and made sure there was always some on the tables and made sure I knew they were on the tables. She made the very best peach tea and my grandson Hudson tasted some one time and said, “Wow, that is good. It has the buzz of a soda and with a good sweet taste.” Mary just had a big laugh about that. She catered my husband and my 50th wedding anniversary party and would not let me see the decorations until that night and when we got there we said another big “WOW”. It was beautiful. She knew I liked hearts and had a beautiful heart shaped ice sculpture there for us and had a beautiful area with my wedding dress displayed along with replicas of two of my bridesmaids dresses displayed that she had had someone sew. She also found someone who made us an anniversary cake that was the same as our original wedding cake. She made it a special evening. She lived to serve others and in doing so blessed so many lives. My family and I will miss her and her love for us. We thank God that we were able to know such a very special lady and call her our friend. Nancy and Joe Bickley and family.
Nancy and Joe Bickley
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