Matagorda County Obituaries
Funeral services for Ricky Lee Abbott, will be Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Manning, Sr. officiating.
Viewing will be Friday, February 13, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Chapel of Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas.
Burial will follow immediately after services at Ashwood Cemetery [Union Baptist Church].
Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-3489.
Bay City Tribune,
February 11, 2015
April 28, 1927 – May 9, 1999
A rosary will be recited for Amelia Acosta, 72, of Brazoria, Wild Peach Community, at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 13, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Mrs. Acosta died May 9, at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born April 28, 1927, in Cuero, to the late Lorenzo and San Juana Rodriguez, Sr. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, a resident of Brazoria for the past year, and a resident of Bay City for 50 years.
Mrs. Acosta is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Amelia and Harry Shortt of Brazoria and Gayle and Joe Mireles of Port Lavaca; sister, Bertha Rodriguez of Bay City; and grandchildren, Joe Albert Mireles, Gayle Linda Mireles, and Abel Mireles, all of Port Lavaca, and Samantha and Mirissa Shortt, both of Brazoria. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Acosta; brothers, John Rodriguez and Lorenzo Rodriguez, Jr.; and by her sister Julia Valdez.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, May 11, 1999 Courtesy of Susie Adkins Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby
Charles Walter Adams, 88, of Bay City
died August 30, 2000 at the Legacy. He was born August 13, 1912 in
Ripley, Okla. to the late Robert Edward and Allie May Adams. Mr.
Adams was a member of the Pentecostal Church, a resident of Bay City
since 1918 and a former member of the I.O.O.F. Odd Fellow Lodge.
Funeral services for John Anthony Adams, 52, of Blessing, Texas, are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at West Palacios Church of God of Prophecy in Palacios, Texas.
Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.
Bay City Tribune,
April 29, 2015
BAY CITY - Hermenejilda "Mary" Aguilar,
75, of Bay City, died Sunday, May 31, 2005.
Dylan Ray Airrington, 8 mos. of Van
Vleck died Thursday, September 28, 2000 in Bay City. He was born
January 18, 2000 in Wharton to Darrell and Christina Guthrie
Fred Alameda, III, 20 months, died July
30, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
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
Rosalie Hooge Allsup, age 89, passed away peacefully, on Friday, April 24, 2015.
She was born on February 16, 1926, in Poteet, Texas, to Alphonse Hooge and Anna Caroline Ripps Hooge. She was one of seven children and grew up in Poteet, Texas, where she worked as a bookkeeper, in her family’s grocery store.
On June 5, 1949, she married Thomas Edward Allsup at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Pleasanton, Texas. Rosalie and Thomas lived in various locations in Texas in the early years of their marriage, due to Thomas’ job as a welder for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1965, they built their permanent family home in Bay City, Texas, where they raised their three daughters. Rosalie and Thomas enjoyed 61 happy years together, until Thomas’ death in 2010. Rosalie was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and her family was the focus of her life. She was also a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, where she served on the Altar Society for numerous years.
Rosalie is survived by two daughters, Leann Barta and husband John of Winnemucca, Nevada, and Rosemary Guentzel and husband Perry of Baytown, Texas; one son-in-law, Robert Williams II of Van Vleck, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Barta and wife Rachelle of Houston, Texas, Nicholas Barta of College Station, Texas, Elaina Barta of College Station, Texas, Chris Barta of San Luis Obispo, California, Heather Exum and husband Sean of Littlefield, Texas, Robert Williams III of Van Vleck, Texas, Nicole Guentzel, Kelsey Guentzel, Matthew Guentzel and Jonathan Guentzel all of Baytown, Texas; one brother, Leon David Hooge and wife Carole of Poteet, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Allsup; daughter, Amy Allsup Williams; parents, Alphonse and Anna Caroline Hooge; brothers, Louis Anthony Hooge, George Amil Hooge, August Ervin Hooge and Paul Henry Hooge; and sister, Mary Hooge Stiles.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015, with the recitation of the Rosary at 6:30 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.
Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, Texas.
Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-4613.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.
Bay City Tribune,
April 29, 2015
BAY CITY - Charlotte Louise Dow
Anderson, 59, of Bay City, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004.
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.
www.taylorbros.net Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby
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 Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby
Edith Lucille “Shug” Arnold, 87, went home to the Lord, Sunday, October 19, 2014. Edith was born August 5, 1927 in Needville, Texas the late Anthus and Gladys Laxson Kelley. Edith was a loving and devoted mother, Nannie, sister, aunt & friend, always putting others before herself. She had the most generous heart and touched many lives with her presence.
Edith is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, daughter, brother and sister. She is survived by her K-9 child and devoted companion: Prissy, children: Linda Williams and Pamela Henricksen; 13 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; sister Hazel Koch; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Rush officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Justin Boudreaux, Lawrence Arnold lV, Terrell Williams, John Sellers lll, Jimmy Sellers, Dwayne Miller Jr., Jonathan Miller, and Devin Diederich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW Post #2467 in Palacios.
Arrangements are with the Palacios Funeral Home (361) 972-2012.
October 29, 2014
Louis Glen Arnold, 75, of Bay City, Texas, passed away December 9, 2014, in Pasadena, Texas.
He was born November 19, 1939 to W.H and Loretta Arnold.
He is survived by his wife, Janit D. Arnold; and four children, Louise Jr., Wayne, Donna and Roger Arnold, and their families.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Bay City, Texas.
Bay City Tribune,
January 18, 2015
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
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
Felecia Austin, 53, of Bay City, Texas passed away Monday, January 5, 2015.
Services are pending with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-5197.
Bay City Tribune,
January 7, 2015
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Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Apr. 15, 2014
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