Matagorda County Obituaries


Alfred J. Naiser - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


John Naiser & Annie Naiser - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Johnnie J. Naiser - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Theodore W. Naiser - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Troy Eugene Nance - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Betty Raeciel Neely
January 6, 1927 –May 5, 2014

Betty Raeciel Neely, 87, of Beulah, North Dakota, passed away on May 5, 2014, at Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, North Dakota.

Raeciel was born on January 6, 1927, in Blackwell, OK, to Raymond Leslie and Luciell Elizabeth Waggerman.

Raeciel was preceded in death by her daughter, Diana Luciell Neely; husband, Vernon R. Neely, Sr.; mother and father, Raymond Leslie and Luciell Elizabeth Waggerman; sister, Arlene Violet Koym; nephew, Brian Leslie West; brothers-in-law, Douglas McClellan West, Henry Wallace Koym, Jr. and Joe Ray Beard.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Cheryl Lee Neely; sister, Imogene Rose Beard; granddaughter, Meggaen Cyle Neely; great-granddaughter, Hayley Marie Foley; nieces and nephews, Christopher Lee Foley, Jeffery Wade Koym, Sally Ann Koym, Sandra Gayle West and Scott Alan West.

Visitation was held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah, ND.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, at Barbot Funeral Home.

Burial was at Beulah City Cemetery.

Palacios Beacon,  June 4, 2014

Gil Nelsen

Funeral services for Gil Nelsen, 81, of Palacios were held May 1, 2014 at the Danevang Lutheran Church.

Gil was born on August 8, 1932 in Danevang, Texas where he learned to love working the land and  peacefully went on to greener pastures on April 28, 2014 in Victoria, Texas.

A United States Navy veteran, he became an exciting chemistry teacher, teaching students to engage in experiments rather than just read about it. Later he worked in the oilfield throughout the great state of Texas and then retired in Palacios, Texas at his ranch “Cowpatty Haven.”

Gil was preceded in death by his beloved wife Caroline “Suzy” Nelsen and both parents Hans and Anna Emilie Andersen Nelsen.

Gil precedes his brothers, Dan Nelsen (of Victoria) and Alton Nelsen (of Blessing), in death; even though he is the youngest, Gil always claimed to be the “big” brother. Cherished father of Dolores Key, Karen Nelsen, Carol Longoria (Gerald Longoria), Joanne Brown, Linda Czerwieniec, and James White. Fun-loving grandfather to Jennifer, Jessica, Justin, Bryson, Elisa, Nicolaas, Jessica Marie and Maria.

Arrangements were made with Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo.

Palacios Beacon, May 7, 2014

Virginia Graham Tully Neptune

Virginia Graham Tully Neptune, 93, of Pflugerville, Texas, died Tuesday, August 28, 2007. She was born on June 24, 1914, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the third child of Daniel Lewis Tully and Mary Virginia McIver Tully.

Virginia received her education from St. Scholastics Catholic School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1935, she married Everett Brown Neptune in Okmulgee, where they lived until 1948. They relocated to Old Ocean, Texas, when her husband was transferred to the Sweeny Phillips 66 Refinery.

Her husband, Everett, died in 1972, and Virginia moved to The Woodlands, Texas, to be closer to her family. Virginia worked for Foleys and was very active in the Catholic Church while finding time for her favorite card games, bridge and canasta. In 2002, Virginia moved to Pflugerville to be closer to her three children and their families.

Virginia loved to travel and was an avid sports fan. During her lifetime, she cheered for the Okmulgee Bulldogs, Sweeny Bulldogs, Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs and the Westlake Chaparrals. She lived long enough to enjoy seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Virginia will be remembered as a gentle person who had a sweet and wonderful smile and loved her family very much. She considered her family her greatest achievement.

Virginia is survived by her son, Everett "Ebbie" Brown Neptune Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mary Sue; daughters, Linda Kay Smith and Diane Sue Krafka; grandchildren, Rebecca Neptune Gibson and husband, Scott, Elizabeth Neptune Dodge and husband, Todd, Stephanie Smith Derrick and husband, Dave, Laura Krafka Barrios and husband, Noé, Rachel Krafka Suiter and husband, Jimmy, Charles Everett Krafka and wife, Meghan, and Katherine Krafka Maloy and husband, Hunter; sister, Betty Ann Kepler; and a very special nephew, Claude Gibson; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Neptune; parents, Daniel Lewis and Mary Virginia Tully; sisters, Leona Gibson and Louise Abbott; and son-in-law, Leonard Smith.

Virginia's son, Ebbie, will not be able to attend Saturday's services as he is in McKinney, Texas, recovering from a stroke. He and Mary Sue, with his family, will celebrate a Memorial Mass to honor his mother at a later date in McKinney.

The viewing will be held on Friday, August 31, 2007, at Weed-Corley-Fish from 6 to 8 p.m.

The funeral Mass, a celebration of Virginia's life, will be on Saturday, September 1, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 1520 North Railroad Ave., Pflugerville, TX 78660, at 10:00 a.m.

A graveside service will be held following the funeral service at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Van Vleck, Texas, where Virginia will be buried next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church or your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705. (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guestbook online at

Brazosport Facts, August 31, 2007                Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Emily Amber Newman - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Harvey C. Newton & Ida B. Newton - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Melvin M. Newton & Gladys Evelyn Newton - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Anh Thi Nguyen
(January 1, 1969 - March 15, 2014)

Anh Thi Nguyen, 45, of Palacios passed away March 15, 2014. She was born January 1, 1969 in Vietnam to Vinh Van Nguyen and Tu Thi Nguyen.

Survivors include her husband Tommy Tran; parents Vinh Van Nguyen & Tu Thi Nguyen; daughters Huyen Jessica Tran Padron & husband Edgar Padron and Jenny My Kiu Tran; son Eric Thai Tran & wife Kloe Dung Tran; siblings Vinh Nguyen & wife Trang Lai; Vinh Nguyen & wife Hang Nguyen; Tuyet Nguyen & husband Hai Nguyen; Quang Nguyen & wife Kim Anh Nguyen; Thim Nguyen-Weaver & husband Michael Weaver; Hung Anh Nguyen & wife Norma Nguyen; Brittany Hien Nguyen; John Nguyen & wife Roxanne Gonzales; Henry Nguyen; Larry Nguyen & wife Kim Thuy Nguyen; and grandson Edward Trieu Vy Tran Garcia.

Rosaries will be recited at 7:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday March 19 & 20, 2014 at the Palacios Funeral Home and at 5:30 PM Friday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic with Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Randolph L. Nicely

BAY CITY - Randolph Lee Nicely, 50, of Bay City, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003.

He was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Covington, Va., to Anna Csokay Nicely Cook and the late Elwood Nicely.

Survivors: wife, Linda Robinson Nicely; mother, Anna Cook of Covington, Va.; daughters, Sarah Lin Nicely Lankau of Lexington, Va., Mary Elisabeth Nicely Richmond of Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Bethany Ann Nicely of Bay City; son, Daniel Randolph Nicely of Bay City; sisters, Glory Knick of Lexington, Va., and Nancy Cutlip of Blue Field, W.Va.; brother, Roger Nicely of Roanoke, Va.; and one grandchild.

The family will receive visitors 6-8 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Abundant Life Fellowship Church, the Rev. Greg McMullin officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Memorials: American Heart Association.

Victoria Advocate, October 7, 2003               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 William E. Nichols  Annie Mae Nichols   Ronald W. Nichols - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Annie Mae Nichols, Retired School Teacher

Annie Mae Nichols was born Dec. 22, 1926 in Walker County and died Jan. 22, in Huntsville.
Mrs. Nichols was a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with minors in English, Fine Arts, and Social Studies. She married the love of her life in Huntsville on July 21, 1950. She and W.E. Nichols met in the five-and-dime store where Mrs. Nichols worked while attending school.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, since 1988 when she moved her membership and relocated to this area. Prayer Ministries have been a vital part of her life with faith and belief that prayer is very essential in all church ministries. The Agape Class held a special place in her heart where love and kindness was shown. All of the staff members at the Lexington Center were held close in her heart, as well. She cherished her time there and was so grateful for the love and caring that surrounded her during her final months.

After retirement with teaching experience, she became interested in writing inspirational poetry. Her works are published in anthologies in the U.S. by the International Library of Poetry with international recognition as well by Noble House publishers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elmer Nichols, Jr.; son, Ronald William Nichols; parents, William Harmon and Ena M. Strickland; brother, William Harmon Strickland and sister, Minnie O. Aleivine.

Survivors include sister and husband, Louise C. and Luther Laskie of Riverside; sister Ellen Gardner of Bryan; sister and husband, Dorothy J. and E.F. Arnold of The Woodlands; sister Lorene Parchman Morris of Bryan; sister and husband, Betty J. and Claudene Pierce of Riverside; sister-in-law Helen Strickland of Huntsville brother-in-law and wife Jack and Ramona Nichols, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive visitors from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday and services will follow in the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville at 2 p.m. with Rev. Carroll Williams officiating. A private burial will be held on Monday at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers are Donnie Bilnoski, Ray Alewine, Sam Adams, Joe Strickland, Marc Strickland and Jack Nichols. Honorary pallbearers are Luther Laskie, E.F. Arnold, Claudene Pierce and Glyn Madden.

Mrs. Nichols will be fondly remembered for her engaging smile, love of life, exuberance, positive attitude, and kindness.

In lieu of flowers Mrs. Nichols requested that donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 1229 Avenue J, Huntsville, Texas 77340.

Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at

Walker Free Press, January 22, 2010     Courtesy of used with permission


Frances F. Neitsch

(September 24, 1925 - October 11, 2014)

Frances Frankson Neitsch, 89, of Palacios, passed away October 11, 2014 in Port Lavaca. Frances was born in Palacios, Texas on September 24, 1925 to parents, William H. and Edith Loff Frankson. She was very loving and devoted to her family and was a lifelong and faithful member of the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Wilbur and Wayne Frankson, a husband, Jack Coursey and a husband, Milton Neitsch. She is survived by a daughter, Judy Frankson, granddaughter and husband Jody and Brad Carter, great grandchildren, Mason and Landry Carter, brother, Raymon and wife Carol Frankson, sister in law, Florence Frankson, Step sons, Jack Coursey and wife Diane, Milton Neitsch, Jr. and wife Jimmi, Lewis Neitsch and wife Bridget, step daughter, Nancy Macune and husband Ray, 10 step grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews all of whom were very dear to her.

Visitation will be held on Sunday October 12th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Palacios Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 13 at 3:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Palacios with Rev. David King officiating. Interment will be held on Tuesday October 14, with a graveside service at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston at 2:00 PM.

William Ray Norman & Bertha S. Norman - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Ben L. Nowak - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Frank A. Nowak & Annie Dora Nowak - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



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