Matagorda County Obituaries


Thomas P. Alfaro
November 6, 1958 – April 20, 2014

Thomas P. Alfaro, 55, of Witts Springs, Arkansas, died at 10:44 a.m., Sunday, April 20, 2014, in the emergency room of OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois.

He was born November 6, 1958, in Bay City, Texas, the son of Benigno Alfaro and Rose Alfaro.

He is survived by three sons, Joshua Caleb Alfaro of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jason Thomas (and Bobbie) Alfaro of Bernice, Oklahoma, and Justin Paul (and Rachael) Alfaro of Grove, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Sommer Lynn, Caleb Allen, Ava Ann, Cheyenne Lee, Scarlett Rose, Crimson Baxter, Amelia Rose, and Brayson Lane; and seven brothers and sisters, Benigno Alfaro, Patty Estrada, Hector Alfaro, Julio Alfaro, Dolores Maldonado, Leobardo Alfaro, and Rosario Larson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Thomas was a traveling electrician. He enjoyed working on his cabin and spending time with his grandchildren.

Cremation will be accorded. Celebration of his life began at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Marshall Motel and Restaurant, 251 Hwy. 65N, Marshall, Arkansas 72650.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an education fund for his grandchildren in care of Grand Savings Bank, Grove, Oklahoma.

Online condolences may be made at

Bay City Tribune, April 27, 2014

Elvira "Vera" Gonzales Anderson

(October 4, 1949 - March 10, 2014)

Elvira Anderson known as“Vera/Momo” of Clute, Texas went to be with her creator Monday, March 10, 2014. She was born in Raymondsville, Texas to Trinidad Paez and Juan Gonzales and raised in Bay City, Texas.

Vera was a long time resident of Lake Jackson, Texas area, residing most recently in Clute. She found joy in raising her children and later enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was very family oriented and loved helping others. She had a beautiful heart and everyone was always welcomed and made comfortable in her home. Her favorite color was purple.  She LOVED the Dallas Cowboys, hanging out with friends, traveling with her sisters and spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by her Father, Juan Gonzales; Sister, Maria Luisa Gonzales; Mother, Trinidad Paez; son, Gilbert Gonzales; Brother in law Isabel “Chevy” Gutierrez and Nephew, Joseph Gonzales.

Survivors include sons, Michael Mata and wife, Michelle Mata of Converse, Texas, Emilio “Lee” Mata of Clute, Texas. John Gabriel Gonzales of Lake Jackson Texas; daughters, Rita Trevino of Dickinson, Texas, Lena Torres and husband Fernando Torres of Rosenberg, Texas, Ester Escobedo and Husband, Jaime Escobedo of Clute, Texas, Monica Gomez and husband, Paul Gomez of Freeport, Texas, Katy Luera and husband, David Luera of Lake Jackson, Texas, Amy Rodriguez and husband, Ronnie Rodriguez of Temple, Texas; siblings John Gonzales and wife Mary Gonzales of Houston, Texas, Sarah Gutierrez of Sweeny, Texas, Susie DeLeon of Bay City, Texas, Twin sister, Frances Gonzales of Dickinson, Texas, Joe Gonzales and wife Mary Gonzales of Bay City, Texas, Thomas Davila and wife, La Dena of Sulphur, Oklahoma. She had 25 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A funeral service will be held at 7pm Thursday, March 13 at Family Life Church in Lake Jackson with visitation beginning at 6pm. An additional funeral service will be held at 1pm Friday, March 14 at Taylor Bros Funeral Home in Bay City. Pallbearers are Stephen Pena, Jr., Rafael Garza, Jr., Ronnie Rodriquez, Jr., Michael Angelo Garza, Ismael Escobedo, Chase Ruiz, Robert Samora, Jr. and David Lee Garza. Honorary Pallbearers are Emilio Mata III, Sebastian Samora, Ryan Ruiz, Gabriel Elias Escobedo, David Wayne, Jr., Matthew Wiseman, Jaime Escobedo, David Wayne, Sr., Ronnie Rodriquez, Sr., Fernando Torres and Paul Gomez.  Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Esther Arias Anzaldua

May 13, 1944 – June 19, 2014

Esther Arias Anzaldua, 70, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born May 13, 1944, in Bay City, Texas to parents Bruno Arias and Esther Zepeda Lopez.

Esther was raised in the Bay City area. She married Manuel Anzaldua, Jr. on December 23, 1961 in Bay City. She was a housewife and loved spending time with her family, especially her many grandchildren. Esther enjoyed ceramics, painting, reading the Bible, camping, fishing and cooking.

Her parents Bruno Arias and Esther Zepeda Lopez preceded her in death.

Visitation was held Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 12 noon, from Wharton Funeral Home Chapel in Wharton, with Brother Bob Hobbins officiating.

Burial followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, TX.

Serving as pallbearers were Baldamar Mendiola, Michael Hernandez, Medardo Ramirez, Christopher Borger, Anthony Hernandez and Stephen Lowry.

Esther is survived by her husband of 52 years, Manuel Anzaldua Jr. of Corpus Christi; daughters, Esther Marie Anzaldua of Austin, TX, Minerva Borger and husband Christopher of Corpus Christi, Patricia and husband Michael Hernandez of Corpus Christi and Olivia Anzaldua of San Antonio, TX; son, Manuel Anzaldua III of Dallas, TX; sisters, Eva Arias Guzman of Texas City, TX, Elva Arias Mendiola of Houston, TX, Olga Arias Douglas of Colorado, Mary Arias Rodriguez of Angleton, TX and Linda Jasso of Angleton; brothers, Don Montoya Jr. of Boling, TX, Bruno Arias Jr. of Brazoria, TX, Johnny Arias and Ruben Jasso of Angleton, TX; grandchildren, Ashley, Anthony and Allison Hernandez, Sophia Borger and Elena Espinoza.

Funeral services were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, June 25, 2014

Mavis Helen Asbury

Mavis Helen Asbury, 77, of Palacios, TX passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Detar Navarro Hospital in Victoria, TX.

She was a member of Cedar Lane Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, TX. As a wife and mommaw, she devoted her life to her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ray and Effie Beard; and her brother, Noel Beard.

Surviving is her husband, Tandy L. Asbury of Palacios, TX; her children, Jan E. Piemontese and husband Tony of Berwick, PA, Tandy L. Asbury II and wife Lisa of Fraziers Bottom, WV, Ray G. Asbury and wife Tammy of Corpus Christi, TX; grandchildren, Lauren Piemontese of Alexandria, VA, Stephanie Piemontese and fiancée Scott Harley of Shickshinny, PA, T.L Asbury and wife Stacy of Winfield, WV, Erika Walker and husband Stephen of Vienna, WV, Miranda Asbury of Culloden, WV, Melissa Piemontese of Berwick, PA, Jessica Asbury of Corpus Christi, TX, Ray Gregory Asbury of Corpus Christi, TX, Katie Asbury of Corpus Christi, TX; and great-grandchildren, Isaac Bayes Asbury, Taylor Asbury and Avery Walker.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Kellers Funeral Home in Dunbar, WV.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 16, 2014, at Kellers Funeral Home with Minister Donnie Chapman officiating.

Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Park.

Bay City Tribune, June 15, 2014

Elton Maurice Ashcraft

July 9, 1935 – March 30, 2014

Elton Maurice Ashcraft, 78, of Bay City, Texas, passed away on March 30, 2014.

He was born on July 9, 1935 in Bay City, to the late E.J. and Goldie Mahon Edgar Ashcraft. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired Justice of the Peace of Matagorda County.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ashcraft of Bay City; daughters, Cindy Dew and husband Tom of College Station and Kristen Henderson and husband Raymond of Oklahoma; sons, Elton Maurice Ashcraft and wife Malynn of Oklahoma and Darryl Ashcraft and wife Jennifer of Van Vleck; step-sons, John Barnard and wife Debbie of Sweeny and Tracy Clay Barnard of Bay City; special grandson, Chad Bailey Ashcraft; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Mahon Smith and husband Boyd of Utah, Noma Slater of Alvin and Iris Porter of Bay City; brothers, Glenn Ashcraft and wife Sue of Richmond and E. J. Ashcraft, Jr. of Cypress.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rochelle Ashcraft; and son, Mark Young.

A Memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2813 Carey Smith Blvd., Bay City, with Bishop Bischoff officiating.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, Texas, 979-543-3681.

Bay City Tribune, April 2, 2014

Marvin Ashton

May 8, 1958 – July 11, 2014

Funeral services for Marvin Ashton, 56, of Van Vleck, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. John Baptist Church in Van Vleck, Texas.

Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and visitation with the family will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City.

He was born in Bay City, Texas on May 8, 1958, to James Ashton, Sr. and Ruth Williams Ashton; and passed away July 11, 2014, in Houston, Texas.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Ashton of Van Vleck; two daughters, Brandi Perez of Bay City and Miranda Ashton of Pearland; one son, Tynee Franklin (Victoria) of Lake Jackson; special friend, Elcena Woods of Van Vleck; three sisters, Patricia Ashton, twin sister Mamie Emerson (Eric) and Diane Woodard (Charles), all of Van Vleck; two brothers, Rev. James Ashton, Jr. (Janice) of Bay City and Gary Ashton, Jr. (Clara) of Van Vleck; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Condolences may be shared with the family by fax at 979-245-1537 or online at

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, July 16, 2014


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