Matagorda County Obituaries
Earl H. Icenogle -
Earl Herbert Icenogle
Earl Herbert Icenogle, 71,
of Bay City passed away April 24, 1997 in Hamilton,
He was born March 31, 1926
in Griggsville, Illinois to Albert H. and Hazel Smith
Icenogle. He was a graduate of Southwest Texas in San
Marcos, Texas; a former teacher for the Van Vleck and
Palacios ISDs; a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church; a
member of the Knights of Columbus; and served as
president, past president, and trustee for the F. O. E.
He is survived by his wife,
Earlou Icenogle of Bay City; by one son, Eddie Icenogle
of Houston; by two sisters, Millie Andrews of California
and Margaret Trevino of New Mexico; by three brothers,
Robert Icenogle and Marvin Icenogle both of California
and Jim Icenogle of Oklahoma; and by two grandchildren,
Brinson Earl Icenogle and Michael Icenogle both of
A rosary will be recited at
5:30 p. m. Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at Taylor Bros.
Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m.
Wednesday, April 30, 1997 at Holy Cross Catholic Church
with Msgr. James Brunner officiating. Burial will follow
at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Arrangements are with Taylor
Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.
Daily Tribune, April
Mrs. Hazel Mildred Icenogle, 71, of
El Campo died April 17, 1977 in
Nightingale Hospital in El Campo.
She was born July 5, 1905 in
Griggsville, Ill. Survivors include
two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Andrews
of La Puente, Calif. and Mrs.
Margaret Cole of Sonora, Calif.;
four sons, Earl H. Icenogle of
Palacios, James D. Icenogle of
Denver City, Robert A. Icenogle and
Marvin D. Icenogle of Sonora,
Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Clara
Smith Holloway of Sonora, Calif. and
Mrs. Irene Meyers Polson of
Amarillo, and a brother, Robert N.
Smith of Griggsville, Ill. Services
will be at 3 p.m., Thursday at the
Palacios Funeral Home. Burial will
be in the
Cemetery with Rev.
Jesse T. Jones officiating.
Arrangements with Palacios Funeral
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Monday,
April 18, 1977, Matagorda County, Texas
Ludie Elizabeth Eaton Inge, 96, born
March 16, 1914, in Hays County, Texas, died Saturday, September 11,
2010, in Bay City, Texas.
Ann, as she preferred to be called, was preceded in death by her
parents, Ausburn Hardy and Margie Salter Eaton, and by a brother,
Emzy Ausburn Eaton.
She is survived by: her daughter, Marjorie Inge Griffith and her
husband, W. Barton Griffith, M.D.; by three grandchildren, Michael
D. Griffith and wife, Allison, Steve M. Griffith and wife Laura,
Karen G. Duffy and husband, Brian; by eight great-grandchildren,
Michael and Andrew Griffith, Brittan, Brooke and Rebecca Griffith,
Brian, Emily, and Matthew Duffy.
Ann was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy,
Daughters of the American Revolution, Jamestown Society, Dames of
the Signers of the Magna Carta, and National Association of Retired
She loved growing beautiful flowers, executing exquisite
needlepoint, tracing her family tree, and wearing beautiful shoes.
The family would like to thank the Legacy Assisted Living for their
loving care the past five years and the First United Methodist
Church ministry that has held church services every Wednesday
morning at the Legacy Assisted Living “Church in the Hallway.”
Ann was laid to rest next to her parents in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco,
Texas at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2010 with the Rev. David
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United
Methodist Church of Bay City.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613
Bay City Tribune, Published September 15, 2010
Jesse Harold Inglehart &
Lucy Eleanor Inglehart -
Matagorda Cemetery - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
Local Teacher Dies
Mrs. Ingram, known as "Keye" to her many friends,
came to Bay City in August 1923 to teach Spanish in the Bay City
High School. In 1950 she added counseling to her teaching duties,
and in 1954 became full time counselor in the high school. She
occupied this position until her retirement at the end of the
1966-67 school year. In her 44 years of teaching she saw the Bay
City school grow from an eleven-grade school to its present 12-grade
system; from a high school of 186 students to one that had 189
graduates the year she retired.
One unique contribution that she made, in
addition to her teaching activities, coaching basketball and
baseball for the girls, would be the drum and bugle club she
organized in her early teaching years. Called "Keye's Kadets," this
group preceded performing school bands with pep squads, trained yell
leaders, and drum majors. In fact, "Keye's Kadets" has been accorded
as a "first" in Texas high schools having been organized and used as
a pattern for many Texas schools, being the original pattern for
such groups as the "Rangerettes" and the "Starlettes" and such.
Upon her retirement from the Bay City schools,
the entire student body participated in a school assembly in her
honor. And at that time the following words were written summing up
some of her accomplishments:
"Every school has a pattern of development which
might be compared with a tapestry. And, in the tapestry that
represents the picture of education in Bay City schools there are
woven endless threads of Mrs. Ingram's work. All the threads are
strong and will last. They are bright, and add a cheerful aspect to
the picture because she has been the spirit of cheerfulness at all
times. There are threads of inspirational tones, representing the
depth and sincerity of her devotion to the helping of young people.
Actually, the threads representing her work are mingled with every
part of the picture because she has been such an integral part of
the school itself, and because the students and their welfare always
came first with her."
Mrs. Ingram, a graduate of Southwestern
University at Georgetown, was an honorary member of the National
Honor Society, a chapter organization in the local high school
instigated largely by her efforts. Many years ago she was awarded a
life membership in the high school P. T. A. She helped write the
words to the "Alma Mater," with the music written by Jimmy Barron
and the school annual was dedicated to her more than one year.
Mrs. Ingram was a member of the Teachers'
Honorary sorority Delta Kappa Gamma, a long time member of the D. A.
R., and Vice-Regent and charter member of the recently organized Bay
City Mary Rolph Marsh Chapter of the D. A. R., a member of the
Chautauqua Club, the Study Club, the Book Review Club, the Texas
Personnel and Guidance Association, the American Personnel and
Guidance Association, the Texas State Teachers' Association, the
Classroom Teachers' Association. She was also a member of the
Eastern Star, Bay City Chapter 380, and served this group in the
capacity of Worthy Matron.
She was a member of the volunteer hospital group
of Pink Ladies, and served in every capacity of the local Lions Club
wives group, assisting with their annual Rice Festival.
The Daily Tribune, August 2, 1972
Keye Morgan Ingram
Keye Morgan Ingram, 70, passed away at St. Luke's
Hospital in Houston Tuesday, August 1. Mrs. Ingram had lived in Bay
City for 49 hears and was a member of the First United Methodist
Church and the Eastern Star, Bay City Chapter No. 380. Survivors
include: husband, J. W. Ingram of Bay City; 5 sisters, Mrs. Rutha
Ferguson of Georgetown, Mrs. Alice Dolan of Big Lake, Mrs. Lois Hine
of San Antonio, Mrs. Anna Kelly of Giddings and Mrs. Roberta Pierce
of Ft. Worth. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 3, at
the First United Methodist Church in Bay City at 3 p. m. with Rev.
Wayland Elmore officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Bryan Cole, Bill Howze, Bill McAllister, Bob
Renfro, Eddie Jecmenek and D. F. Wiginton. Honorary pallbearers will
be: Ashley Etie, George Calloway, Dr. Charles Shoultz, Dr. Paul
Brewer, Dr. Bryan Simons, Members of the Wesley Bible Class, Bay
City High School faculty, and Bay Tex Motors employees. Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
The Daily Tribune, August 2, 1972
Mary Belle McAllister
(July 9, 1916 - April 23, 2010)
Mary Belle McAllister Ingram of Bay
City, TX passed away on April 23, 2010 at her home, the Legacy
Assisted Living, after fighting a valiant battle against Hodgkin’s
Lymphoma and heart disease.
Mary Belle was born in Mankins, TX on
July 9, 1916 to Vera Frazier Richeson (from Bomerton, TX) and
Watkins L. Richeson (from Cherry Hill, AL). After graduating from
high school in Mankins, she attended North Texas State Teacher’s
College in Denton graduating in 1936 with a Bachelor of Science
Degree. In later years she also obtained her Master’s Degree in
Education from Denton. She taught for one year at South Lockett in
west Texas. In the fall of 1937 she moved to Bay City and taught at
Bay City High School. In subsequent years she taught fifth grade at
Tenie Holmes Elementary and was librarian at Cherry Junior High
School and McAllister Junior High School. Mary Belle felt her
greatest contribution to teaching was leading the Junior Historians
In 1941, Mary Belle married Harmon J.
McAllister. They had three children: Jerry, Julianne and Bill.
Harmon became superintendent of schools in Bay City and died in
1963. In 1973, she married William J. Ingram, who died in 1983.
Mary Belle was active in many school
organizations from the Girl Reserves in the 1930’s to the Junior
Historians in the 1970’s. In 1978, she was first runner-up for the
Texas Teacher of the Year award. She was an active member of the
First United Methodist Church for almost 70 years and in 1980
authored 110 Years of Methodism, History of First United Methodist
Church of Bay City, Texas, for which she received the Kate Warnick
Award for excellence in publication of local church history. She was
book chairman and chief compiler of Historic Matagorda County, a
two-volume history published in 1986. In 1979 she authored a family
history book, Listen To The Bell. In 2006, Mary Belle published
Canebrake Settlements, which recorded the history of black people
and their churches along Caney Creek during the nineteenth century.
Mary Belle taught school for thirty
years and after retiring in 1978, she was active in the Matagorda
County Museum, the Matagorda County Historical Commission, the
Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and
the Landmark Commission. She received the Texas Historical
Commission Award of Excellence in Preserving History in 1991 and the
Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Mary Belle was preceded in death by her
parents, both husbands, son Bill and sisters Vivian and Alice. She
is survived by her children Jerry (Hope) McAllister of Hammond, WI
and Julianne (Daryl) Thompson of Ashwood, TX; her six grandchildren,
Juliellen & Christopher Galletti, Jennifer & John Runnells III, Troy
& Lauren Thompson, Adrienne Palmer, Ruby & Brian Bodeker, and Ellie
McAllister & Paul Hennings; she was very proud of her twelve great
grandchildren, Christopher, Aubrey & Claire Galletti, Hunter &
Chandler Runnells, Erin & Landon Thompson, Zachary, Trent & Ethan
Palmer, and Coralee & Merritt Bodeker; a nephew and six nieces,
including Jan (Fred) Raby of Elgin, TX to whom she was very close;
and her devoted caregiver and friend Carolyn Boulden.
A special thank you to the Legacy
Assisted Living staff and to special caregivers, Sherry Jones,
Michelle Rodriguez, Hester Williams and Hope Barrera for taking such
loving care of our mother and grandmother.
Mary Belle Ingram, educator, librarian,
genealogist, historian, civic leader, church layman, patriot,
friend, wife, mother, and grandmother, is a treasured loved one and
citizen of her community, county, state and country.
Pallbearers are grandsons Troy Thompson,
John Runnells III, Chris Galletti, Paul Hennings, Brian Bodeker, and
friends Jim Allen, Bob Noster David Holubec and Mike Reddell.
Honorary pallbearers are Sam Maglitto, Lamar Evans, Fred Walker,
Eddie Jecmenek, George Durett, Charles Martinez and George Yeager.
Preferred memorials are William R.
McAllister Scholarship Fund at Stephen F. Austin University,
Matagorda County Museum and First United Methodist Church of Bay
Visitation will be held at Bay City
Funeral Home from 2 – 4 PM Sunday. Funeral service will be 2 PM
Monday, April 26, 2010 at First United Methodist Church of Bay City
with interment at Cedarvale Cemetery.
“I have had a good and fruitful life, and hope I have not lived in
vain but have left a legacy of service to my family, friends and
church, and to this wonderful community that has been my home since
1938”. Mary Belle Richeson McAllister Ingram, 8/24/09
Rodellin Fields Ingram
(February 17, 1936 - January 12, 2008)
Rodellin Fields Ingram, 71, of Kingwood, formerly of Bay City,
entered into eternal rest on Jan. 12, 2008. She was born Feb. 17,
1936 in Hellier, Kentucky to the late Steven Albert & Roma Branham
Fields. Mrs. Ingram was an educator for 41 years, teaching in BCISD
for 31 of those years. She taught at Bay City Junior High, John
Cherry Elementary, Linnie Roberts Elementary and was librarian at
Pierce Elementary. Mrs. Ingram was a graduate of Sam Houston State
University in 1971.
She was preceded in death by a sister Patsy Ruth Shields.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Lawrence M. “Pete”
Ingram; daughters Roma Ann & husband Jack Rusheon and Alicia Kay &
husband Robert Reue all of Houston. She also has four grandchildren
SSGT Michael Rusheon USAF, Jason Reue, Cole Reue & Paige Rusheon.
She is also survived by brother-in-law Jackie C. Shields of Killeen,
TX; sister-in-law Willa Dean Collins of Lead Hill, AR; cousin Susie
Stein of South Carolina and 7 nieces and nephews. She will be missed
by special friends Charles & Mary Painter of Columbia, TN.
While living in Bay City, she was a member of Epsilon Sigma
Alpha, which supported community service projects, the Texas State
Teachers Association, Bay City Book Revue, Bay City Retired Teachers
and Rice Belt Sams RV Club.
The family will greet friends and relatives from 6PM – 8PM
Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev.
Chester Sassman officiating. Entombment will follow at
Memorial Park. SSGT Michael Rusheon, Jason Reue, Cole Reue, Jimmy
Farmer, Ronnie O’Neal and Jimmy Kincaid will serve as pallbearers.
Dub Ingram lll, 86, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in Bay
He was born January 13, 1924 in Cisco, Texas to the late William
Taylor and Lelah Dill Ingram, Jr.
He served his country proudly during WWll as a boatswains mate in
the battle of Leyte Gulf and the liberation of the Philippines. He
loved golf and served as a golf course superintendent for 45 years,
member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America Association. He
started caddying when he was nine years old.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, E. June Howard
Ingram, children; Thomas Michael Ingram and wife Penny, Claudia Ann
Holloway and husband John, Dana Lee Thomas and husband Gary, Kathy
Merchant and husband Kent, Judith Elaine Triplett and husband Randy;
10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lester
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 27, 2010 at Taylor
Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Gantz officiating.
Burial to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting
City Tribune, Published September 26, 2010
Robert E. Insall &
Goldie Insall -
Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo
courtesy of Faye Cunningham
Aubrey “Toby” Inscore, 67,
of Bay City, Texas, died at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston,
Texas, on October 4. He was a member of W.O.W. and the Lions Club.
Survivors are: wife, Mrs. Tressie Inscore of Bay City; daughter,
Susan Furgiuele of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sons, Robert of Katy,
Texas, and Aubrey F. of Bay City; sister, Zella Blackwell of Luling,
Texas; brothers, Johnnie Inscore of San Antonio, Texas, and Carl
Reed of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; and 9 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be
held at Taylor Brothers Chapel, on October 6, at 4:00 PM, with Dr.
Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jack Rice, J. C. Hall, Comer Hall, Oscar Gibb, Tom
McGlathery and Bill Wheeless. Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers
The Daily Tribune, October 6, 1980
Courtesy of Susie Adkins
Funeral services for Alice B. Irvine, 91, of Edmond, Oklahoma,
(recently of Bay City, Texas) were at 1 p.m. April 9, 2008, at
Baggerley Funeral Chapel in Edmond. Burial was at Memorial Park
Cemetery in Edmond.
Alice was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Skidmore, Missouri. She died
Saturday, April 5, 2008 in Bay City, Texas.
Alice was a school teacher in the Oklahoma City School District, at
Cassidy Elementary School, and in the Mustang School District.
Following retirement she and her husband were staff members for
Campus Crusade for Christ.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, John H. Irvine and her
son, Donald K. Irvine.
Survivors include: her son, John B. Irvine, three grandchildren and
six great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Bay City or
Charity of choice.
Bay City Tribune, Published April 16, 2008
Juan Carlos Irizarry
January 25, 1981 – April 22, 1999
Funeral services for Juan
Carlos Irizarry, 18, of Bay City, Selkirk Community, will be held
Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church in Bay City, with Rev. Edward Boren officiating.
Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. A Rosary Service was
held at 7:00 PM Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Irizarry died April 22,
1999. He was born January 25, 1981, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to German
Irizarry, Sr. and Gladys Correa Irizarry. He was a member of the
Catholic Church, a resident of Bay City for 10 years, and a senior
at Bay City High School.
He participated in
football for four years and was on the 1999 State Team, starting for
the offensive line. He was on the track team for two years, in
Speech and Drama for four years, and in Boys Interact for one year.
His junior year he was elected Class Favorite and Most Friendly his
senior year as well as being nominated for Most Dependable and Mr.
In addition, Irizarry was
a Voice of Democracy Essay Winner for two years and received the
Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. He was a
member of the National Honor Society, a D.A.R.E. Role Model, River
Watch Leader, a National Hispanic Merit Scholar, and in the National
Hispanic Recognition Program.
Irizarry was a Texas A&M
Presidential Scholarship recipient, a UIL Aide, in the One-Act Play
cast for two years, and on the District All-Academic Team. He won
the 1997 district Bronze in Shot Put, second place in the 1997
District Persuasive and Extemporaneous Speaking, and was a Regional
He was an understudy and a
member of the honor crew for the state one-act play “Miracle
Worker”, an Honor Scholar, an Advanced Placement Student, was ranked
11th overall in the Class of 1999, was Senior Government
Class Austin Representative and a Government-For-A-Day participant.
He received awards in Speech and Drama, Bible Reading, Group
Improvisation, Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, Extemporaneous
Speaking, and Duet Improvisation. He was enrolled to attend Texas
A&M University in College Station.
Survivors include: father,
German Irizarry, Sr. of Texas City, Texas; mother and step-father,
Gladys and Raymond Johnson of Bay City; paternal grandparents,
Americo Irizarry and Amela Maldonado, both of Puerto Rico; sisters,
Barbie Bickner of Akron, Ohio, Maria Irizarry and Magda I. Irizarry,
both of Bay City. He was preceded in death by: sister, Lisa Marie
Pallbearers will be Clay
Breedon, Michael Sprys, Kristopher Stewart, Ryan Weed, Lane
Bradford, Aaron Vargas, Devin McBride and Latorrie Burnette.
A Memorial Fund has been
set up at I.B.C. Bank in Bay City.
The Daily Tribune,
April 27, 1999
Photos courtesy of Betty Crosby
Funeral services for Roland Irving Jr.,
79, of Bay City will be held 11 a. m. Saturday at Mother Zion
Baptist Church with the Rev. K. J. Griggs officiating. Burial will
be at Eastview Cemetery. Visitation will be until 9 p. m. Friday at
Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. The body will lie in state Saturday at
the church 10 to 11 a. m.
Mr. Irving was born Jan. 13, 1913 in Bay
City to the late Frances and Roland Irving Sr. and he died Sept. 22,
1992 at Matagorda General Hospital.
Survivors include two sons, L. D. Irving
and Charles Sancho of Houston; two daughters, Alena Robinson and
Patricia of Bay City; six grandchildren, Cora Wilson of Odessa,
Phyllis Hayes of Carrollton, Jerome Sancho of Frankfurt, Germany,
Wanda Goode, Tammie Irving, Cassundra Massey of Houston; five
great-grandchildren and one uncle, Eugene Harrison of Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Deacon Booker T.
Holbert, Deacon Alex Stone, the Rev. P. R. Mayfield, Deacon Ben
Scott Jr., Deacon Hewitt Wiggins, the Rev. Byron Laws and Brother
Ira J. Edison. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Ministers
and Deacons Wives Auxiliary and other deacons, L. D. Irving, Charles
Sancho, Jerome Sancho, Victor Hayes, Phillip Hayes and Eugene
Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts
Daily Tribune, September, 1992
Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott
Clayton Hugh Irwin, Jr.
(December 29, 1983 - October 28, 2005)
Clayton Hugh "Bo" Irwin, Jr., 21, of Wharton, passed away
Friday, October 28, 2005. He was born December 29, 1983 in Wharton
to Tammy Short Irwin and Clayton H. Irwin, Sr. He was a lifelong
resident of Wharton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of
He is survived by his mother: Tammy Hann & husband Fred Hann
of Bay City; by his father: Clayton H. Irwin, Sr. & wife Beverly
Irwin of Bay City; by his sister: Jessica Mejorado of Wharton: his
step-sisters: Vanessa Sanea Granger of Dallas, Lora Gene Guzman of
Bay City, Amanda Petrosky of Angleton, Rebecca Moore of Bay City,
Olivia Irwin of Bay City and Valerie Irwin of Bay City; and by his
grandparents: Mary Ann Irwin of Wharton, Pat & Howard Anderson of
Pflugerville, and Doug Short of Austin.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 1,
2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mack Matthis, and
Rev. Gary Irwin officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale
Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Jarred Hohensee, Lee Rose,
David Mejorado, Richard Williams, Dale Rowland and William Tabor.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Collette and Kevin Kerr. The
Family will be receiving visitors from 6 PM - 8 PM Monday night at
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, (979)
Connie Dean Isbell
August 12, 1943 - December 6, 2014
Dean Isbell, of Jermyn, Texas, was born on August 12, 1943, to
Grider and Marie (Cunningham) Scarbough, in Big Spring, Texas.
passed away on Saturday December 6, 2014, in Jacksboro, Texas. She
was 71 years old.
married Jerry Isbell, on June 8, 1959, in Snider, Texas. She was a
homemaker, but most of all a loving wife, sister, mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry in 1971; her
sons, Gerald and James Isbell; brother, Sterling Scarbough; and
daughter-in-laws, Rhonda Isbell and Brenda Isbell.
survived by her children, Shonda Isbell, Bethany Isbell and husband
Gary James, and Mitchell Isbell; nine grandchildren, 13
great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members and
was a visitation on Tuesday December 9, 2014, at Coker Funeral Home
from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Jacksboro, Texas.
Services will be held Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Coker Funeral
Home Chapel in Jacksboro, Texas, at 2 p.m., with burial following in
City Tribune, December 10, 2014
Donald Dean Ivy
Donald Dean Ivy, 74, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013. He is
survived by: his wife, Joyce of 54 years; his sons, Ronnie
(Selkirk); Michael and wife, Anne (San Antonio) and his two
grandsons, Matthew and Blake (San Antonio); sister, Faye West
(Houston); special pets, Ginger and Clyde; and numerous caring and
loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald graduated from El Campo
High School in 1956 and attended Wharton County Junior College. He
retired from Elevator business in Houston, Texas, in 1994 after more
than 35 years of service. Donald and his wife retired to Selkirk
Island, Bay City, Texas in 1994. Donald was preceded in death by:
his parents, Jack and Evelyn Taylor Ivy, and sisters, Nelda Koester
and Wanda Messersmith. Following cremation, a memorial service will
be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Wharton Funeral
Home, 515 Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas. The service will be performed
by Brother Rick Dubroc, First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests memorials to Matagorda Fire Dept., 414 Live Oak
Road, Matagorda, TX 77457; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd,
Houston, TX 77030 or the charity of personal choice. “Death comes in
its own time, in its own way. Death is as unique as the individual
who is experiencing it.” Funeral arrangements are under the
direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.
City Tribune, June 26, 2013