Matagorda County Obituaries

Betty Rugeley Lewis

January 12, 1928 – June 17, 2014

Betty Rugeley Lewis, devoted wife, mother, and friend, 86, died Tuesday June 17, 2014, at her Escondido, CA. home, with her family by her side.

Betty was born January 12, 1928, in Bay City, Texas to Lee and Irma Rugeley. 

In 1945, Betty graduated from Massey Business College and shortly after, began a job as secretary at Bay City First National Bank. In 1972, she graduated from Palomar College with an Instructional Associate degree and worked for the Escondido Elementary School district for 17 years. Betty was active in numerous areas of Escondido First United Methodist Church, including the catering team, Susana Circle, Nominations Committee, Membership and Evangelism Committee and Lamplighters. She also served as Director of Lay Evangelism, ushered the 10:45 service, was a confirmation advisor and taught Sunday School for many years. Betty was President of Reciprocity for Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) for a year and participated in their philanthropy from 1999 to present. 

Betty is survived by husband, Henry Lewis; children, Janet (Fred) Miller, Kim (Loren) Lewis and Steven Lewis; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas; niece, Leanne Sliva; nephew, Trey Rugeley; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Patricia Lewis.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Escondido CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Legacy Fund at the First United Methodist Church.

Bay City Tribune, June 25, 2014

Edith Clapp Linton
(December 31, 1921 - May 2, 2014)

Edith Clapp Linton, 92, went to her eternal rest on May 2, 2014 at Hillcrest Hospital. Visitation will be Monday, May 5 from 6-8pm at Palacios Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10am Tuesday, May 6 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX 77419

Edith was born in Blessing on Dec. 31, 1921. She married Nathan D. Linton on May 31,m 1939, who was serving in the Navy. During Nathan’s military career, Edith lived in many states making a home for Nathan and their three children. After Nathan’s retirement from the Navy, they returned to Texas. Lather Edith received her B.S. in Education degree from Texas State University and her M.S. in Education degree from the University of Houston Victoria Center. She spent 21 years teaching including 18 years in Palacios where she and Nathan lived for 24 years. After retiring from teaching, she and Nathan built a ranch in Elk, Texas where she spent many years enjoying her family.

Edith was preceded in death by her devoted husband Nathan of 65 years; parents, Harvey and Josephine Clapp; sister, Lena Darcy; brother Harvey C. Clapp; daughter-in-law, Beverlay Linton; grandson, Gerald “Chip” Linton; granddaughter, Jimmie Edith Linton; and great-grandson, James Dean Richards..

Survivors include her sons Gerald Linton and his wife Gayla, Ronald Linton and his wife Marilyn, and her daughter Sandra Dulling and her husband Robert; grandchildren Krystal Liske, Kimberlay Pavlik, Ronald Linton Jr., Melissa Bergholtz, Robert Linton Dulling, and Nathan Dulling, six great-grandchidren, four great-great grandchildren and her sister Alice Buckley.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Elk Volunteer Fire Department or to the charity of your choice.

Ernest Lechuga

(December 29, 1957 - May 2, 2014)

Ernest “Ernie” Lechuga, 57, of Bay City went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 2, 2014. He was born December 29, 1956 in Yorktown, TX to Casildo and Beatrice Rios Lechuga. Ernie was a volunteer fireman with the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department. He liked to Kayak, loved the Lord, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bay City. Ernie was very kind hearted, a good husband, and loved going to the Nascar Races.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years: Mona Lechuga of Bay City; step-son: Andrew Medina & wife Laurie of Rosenberg; children: James and Angie Solis; 2 sisters: Diane Lechuga of Corpus Christi and Norma Castereno & husband Oliver of Victoria; brother: Casey Lechuga & wife Erica of San Antonio; parents: Casildo and Beatrice Lechuga of Victoria; nephew: David Castereno of Victoria; and step granddaughter: Emma Medina.

The family will recieve visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 9, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.  Pallbearers will be: Scott Wagner, Garlan Hinman, Randy Frontz, James Svetlik, Bart Szeinbach, and Salvador Vega.

Longina Mendoza Lumbreras

August 28, 1943 – June 28 2014

Longina Mendoza Lumbreras, 70, of Van Vleck, TX, passed away June 28, 2014.

She was born August 28, 1943, in El Campo, TX, to the late Robert Cavazos and Rita Mendoza Cavazos. She retired from Van Vleck ISD after 30 years of service. She was Den Mother for 1st Generation Cub Scouts in Van Vleck, Den 3; Pack 943 and Sport’s Mom for 1st Generation Baseball, Van Vleck Little League, The Dodgers.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny M. Cavazos, Stephen M. Rodriguez and Rosie M. Cavazos.

Survivors include her husband, Leno Lumbreras; sons, Angel C. Huerta of Greenwood, IN, Rubin C. Huerta and wife Eloise of Bryan, TX and Johnny Huerta and wife Yolanda of Van Vleck; siblings, Paublo Gonzalez, Robert M. Cavazos, Tony M. Cavazos and Maria Mendoza of Houston; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A prayer service will be held 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Yolanda V. Huerta and Angel C. Huerta officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, July 2, 2014


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