Matagorda County Obituaries
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 www.h-p-w.com.
Bay City Tribune, April 27, 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, 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, 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, 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 triskafuneralhome.com.
Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, Texas, 979-543-3681.
Bay City Tribune,
April 2, 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 email@example.com.
Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.
Bay City Tribune,
July 16, 2014
SSG Anthony Wayne Auld, 32, of Boling, Texas, died in a tragic car accident on September 03, 2014, near Vilseck, Germany.
On this day the world lost a man who loved life and the adventure of it all. Anyone who knew Tony could see the greatness that followed him; it overflowed from his heart.
Tony believed life was the ultimate adventure. Tony’s love of life, adventures, learning and serving were evident in his everyday life. He loved being outdoors and near the water. He was always ready at a moment’s notice to grab a fishing pole from his mom’s house to go after that next ‘big’ catch. After getting his scuba diving certification, his latest adventure and new found love was cave diving and exploring the ocean. Tony never met a song he didn’t attempt to sing. He never hesitated to pick up a microphone for a bit of Rock Band with his Army family. Tony’s lust for life and smile were infectious. He loved to tell stories of his adventures over and over with a sense of humor like no other. Although capturing a smile in a picture was difficult, Tony rarely went without one.
Tony wanted to experience life. With a new wife and desire to learn, Tony started his journey working in the oil field. His dedication and long hours served to prepare him for a life of service. He served his family, community and country with all his heart and ability. He was always ready to jump to service during his tenure with the Boling Volunteer Fire Department. His passion for technical skills pushed him to study and graduate from the institute of robotics and fiber optics.
Following the path of his grandfather, whom Tony greatly revered, Tony was a member of the Wharton Masonic Lodge. The camaraderie and brotherhood of the Masons was something Tony always admired. Anyone who knew Tony could see that he thrived when part of a brotherhood.
Staff Sargent Auld started his military career by enlisting in the Texas Army National Guard in 1999, at the age of 17. He was later assigned to 1st Brigade, 49th Armor Division as an Aviation Operation Specialist. SSG Auld was deployed with his unit to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003-2004. In August 2009, he re-enlisted as an 11B Infantryman in the United States Army and was stationed in Ft Polk Louisiana. He was deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in 2010-2011. SSG Auld PCS’ed to Vilseck Germany in April 2012, and was assigned to apache troop 1st Squadron, 2nd Calvary Regiment. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in 2013 and returned from a successful deployment as a squad leader in Comanche troop.
Just as Tony was true to his family, he was true to the Army. He listened honestly to any soldier’s problem and served them in a way to make them feel like they were his highest priority. Tony never used his rank to push soldiers down, but to quietly and calmly lift them up. He stood with his brothers in arms to protect his family at home.
Tony had two favorite women in his life, his wife Kasey Auld and his mother Karen Auld. He leaves behind a large extended family including his in-laws, aunts and uncles, God children, his many nieces, nephews and cousins and most of all friends, all over the globe!
Following memorial services in Germany, Tony will have visitation in Wharton, Texas on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Wharton Funeral Home, after 5 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 10 a.m., at Creekside Church, 16628 Hwy 36, Needville, Texas with the Rev. Greg Garcia officiating.
Burial will be held in Needville Public Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Graveside services will be under the auspices of Wharton Masonic Lodge. He will be laid to rest with his grandparents Lloyd and Hope Auld.
My Soldiers Prayer
Now I lay my head to rest.
My weary day is done.
I thank you God, the soldiers,
This gift for me have won.
Lead them ever wisely
That their course be
Sure and swift.
Make clear the path of victory,
The darkness soon to lift.
Hold them in your loving care,
And may they know this day…
That their courage grants,
God bless and guide their way!
Condolences may be left a www.whartonfuneralhome.com
Bay City Tribune,
September 17, 2014
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