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A memorial service for Robert Dwain Koenig, Sr., 46, of Palacios, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Charlie Parker officiating.

A private burial service will be held at the Palacios Cemetery at a later date.

Mr. Koenig was born June 18, 1956 in El Campo, Tx. to the late Cassie Ezell and Frederick Wallace Koenig, Sr. He died at his residence July 22, 2002.

He is survived by his son, Robert Dwain Koenig, Jr. of Provo, Utah; and a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Nancy Koenig, Jr. of West Columbia; an aunt, Wilma Johnson of Palacios; and several cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Robert Duran Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, P. O. Box 791, Palacios, Tx. 77465. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, (361) 972-2012.

Graveside services for Elizabeth “Dianne” Valcik, 45, of El Campo were held July 24, 2002 at the Garden of Memories Cemetery with Rev. Barry Curtis and Brother Hollis Hoffman officiating.

A former Palacios resident, she was born Oct. 1, 1956 in Port Lavaca to Plama Harwell Wilke of El Campo and the late Henry Wilke. She died Sunday, July 21, 2002.

Survivors in addition to her mother include the husband, August “Gus” Valcik of Palacios; two daughters, Laura Janak of El Campo and Julie Harvey of Palacios; one son, Scott Valcik of El Campo; three sisters, Terri Brouhon of Dallas, and Jennifer Wilke and Karen Joyce Belcolore, both of El Campo; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Curtis of Houston; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur “Brent” Wilke and Henry Wilke.

Pallbearers were David Harvey, Scott Valcik, Steven Janak, Todd Kidwell, Kevin Harvey and Joe Lankford. 

An account to help defray funeral expenses has been opened in her name at Commercial State Bank, El Campo.

Funeral services for Thelma Barrett Gifford, 78, were held Thursday, July 18, 2002 at the First Baptist Church of Schertz, Texas.

A native of Clarendon, Texas, she was born June 25, 1924 to the late Henry and Ruth Barrett. She was an active member of her church, a retired school teacher, and a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughter, Verna Sue and Linda June, both of Schertz; and one sister, Winifred Thompson of Palacios.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services Evelyn Ivon Laws, 74, of Bronson, KS, will be held at 2 p.m. July 18, 2002 at Paint Creek Church of the Brethren in Uniontown, KS with Pastor Chub Bolling officiating.

 Mrs. Laws was born December 16, 1927 in Altoona, KS to Leroy Crowder and Ethel Maxwell Crowder. She died July 11, 2002 in Palacios, TX.

Affectionately known as “The Pig Lady”, her hobbies included collecting pigs as well as dancing, and bowling

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Charles Woods of Bronson, KS; two sons and daughters-in-law Ron and Karen Louise Laws of Palacios, TX and Allen and Karen Sue Laws of Conroe, TX; grandchildren Randell, Chris, and Brian Woods, A. J. and Russell Laws and Jessica and Jody Laws; and great-grandchilldren Jordan and Logan Woods and Mackenzie Woods.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman Allen Laws, in March of 1991.

Memorials may to go to the American Cancer Society for Liver Cancer Research under the direction of the Johnson Kunkel Funeral Home in Moran, KS.

Funeral services for Bernice M. Allen, 85, of Cape Carancahua were scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios.

A homemaker and member of First United Methodist Church, she was born in Houston on Oct. 25, 1916, to the late Davis F. and Ida Sharp Thames. She died Thursday, July 11, 2002.

Survivors include a son, James W. Allen III of Houston; a daughter, Terry Downing of Bandera; a sister, Virginia C. Fried of Houston; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen, Jr.

Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas Avenue, Palacios, Tex. 77465. Slavik Funeral Home of Edna was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Dolphus ‘Al’ Hudson, 83, of Palacios, were held July 7, 2002 at the Family Chapel of Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston.

Mr. Hudson was born Jan. 12, 1919 in Clarksville, Ark. He died July 4, 2002 at his residence in Palacios.

He is survived by his wife, Delia; daughters Karen Swider, Valerie Sandoval and Vicky Reyna; sons David Hudson, Charles Hudson, Tommy Reyna, Toby Reyna, Greg Reyna and John Reyna; sisters Lucy Coons and husband, Paul, and Flo Kanabe and husband, Herman; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Charles Hudson, David Hudson, Paul Coons, Herman Kanabe, Tommy Reyna, Frank burk, Martin Sandoval and Greg Reyna.

Funeral services for Janie Aparicio Gonzalez, 83, of Palacios were held July 8, 2002 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. She died Friday, July 5, 2002.

A native of Goliad, she was born March 29, 1919 to the late Isaac Jeiman and Manuela Villereal Aparicio. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include the husband, Frank A. Gonzalez; daughter Anna Gonzalez of Palacios; three sons, Frank Gonzalez of Palacios, John Gonzalez of Lubbock and Jim Gonzalez of Victoria; six sisters, Isabelle Garcia, Rosie Aparicio, Toni Garcia, Annie Morales, Frances Buentello, all of Palacios, and Mary Silvas of Port Lavaca; two brothers, Pete Aparicio of Victoria and Bernard Aparicio of Palacios; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Homer Aparicio.

Funeral services for Hilda Lee Maynard, 60, of Palacios were held July 6, 2002 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Lay Minister Colleen Claybourn officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Maynard was born March 2, 1942, in Claremore, Okla., to Clarence and Gladys Irene Stand Gering.She died July 2, 2002.

A resident of Palacios since 1962, she had been a registered nurse with Wagner General and Matagorda General Hospitals for 40 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Warren D. Maynard of Palacios; her mother, Gladys Irene Harrison of Nowata, Okla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Michael Huddleston of San Antonio and Kelly and Ronnie Schneider of Palacios; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Dale and Irene Maynard of Palacios; sisters, Martha Mick of Houston, Freda Heath of Merced, Calif. and Peggy Garland of Tulsa, Okla.; brothers, Jimmy Heath of Dewey, Okla. and Billy Louis Heath of Tahlequah, Okla.; and six grandchildren, Mark, Matthew and Michael Huddleston, Jr., all of San Antonio, Ashlyn and Jake Schneider, and Trey Maynard, all of Palacios.

She was preceded in death by a son, Louis Michael Maynard; her father; and brother, Jerry Gering.

Pallbearers were Michael Huddleston Jr., Mark and Matthew Huddleston, Marvin and Billy Stuhrenberg, and Craig Wallis.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Palacios Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 560, Palacios, TX 77465.

Funeral services for Felicidad Castillo Contreras, 80, were held June 23, 2002. A lifetime resident of Palacios, she was born May 17, 1922 in Austwell, TX to Paula and Santiago Castillo. She died June 20, 2002.

She is survived by four daughters, Emily Cabarubio, Felicidad Torres, Ramona Longoria of Palacios, and Delfina Bazor of Monroe, LA, one son Juan Contreras of Hardwick, GA. Also survived by 21 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, a son, a granddaughter, and two great-grandsons.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Raymond, Bobby, and Jerry Aguayo, James Cabarubio, Daniel Palacios, and Armando, Alvino, and Adrian Torres. Services officiated by Pastor Tony Flores of the Living Word Church.

Funeral services for Lottie Campbell Knipp, 61, of Bandera, Tx., were held Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at the Palacios Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment followed at LaBauve Cemetery in Francitas.

Mrs. Knipp was born Feb. 18, 1941 in Palacios to the late Yancey Eugene and Erma Lee Laxson Campbell. She died Saturday, June 22, in San Antonio.

A resident of Bandera for the past six years, she was a former long time resident of Palacios and had been employed as a waitress at Peterson’s Restaurant.

Survivors include her husband, Martin Maurice Knipp II of Bandera; two daughters, Gina Ellis of Palacios and Robin Harr of LaGrange; three sons, Timothy Flores of Center, Mark Flores of Palacios and Russell Flores of Smithville; two sisters, Linda Ellis of Palacios and Elizabeth Hardin of Port Lavaca; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Clint Loff, Kenny Brown, Billy Christmas, Randy Ellis, Tim Nyquist and Bobby Rogers.

Funeral services for James Orville Murphy, 66, of Palacios, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Kelly Cemetery.

Mr. Murphy was born Aug. 9, 1935, in Wyatt, Mo. He died June 19, 2002.

He was a retired tug boat captain, shrimper and fisherman.

He is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Ann Fischer of Port Arthur, Blanche Holder of Freeport and Blenda Gaye Kinzel of Swedgewickville, Mo.; sons, James Kevin Murphy of Chester, Ill. and Anthony Allen Murphy of Mineral Point, Mo.; sisters, Ellen Brumley and Claire Marie Cope, both of Wyatt, Mo.; brother, Charles Murphy of Charleston, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glady Taylor Murphy.

Funeral services for Mabel Edith Castner, 90, of Palacios, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2002 at Palacios Funeral Home. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery.

Mrs. Castner was born Jan. 26, 1912 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the eldest child of James William Saitta and Mabel Nixon Saitta. She died June 16, 2002 at Palacios Healthcare Center.

She had been a resident of Palacios for 25 years. She was a National Flower Judge, a past president of the Palacios Hospital Pink Ladies, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios, a volunteer at the Palacios Chamber of Commerce and active at the Friends of Elder Citizens Center.
She graduated as Salutatorian of her class in Washington, NJ. in 1928 and had also lived in Chicago, Ill., Baltimore, MD., Cornwall PA, Midland, Tx., Clearwater, Fla. and Kerrville, Tx. She married John Nichols Castner on the way to a dance in Chicago on Dec. 31, 1931.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jeanene of Bacliff, Tx., sons and daughters-in-law Nita and Willis Hunt Castner II of Arlington, TX., and Debbie and James Walter Castner of Coleman, Tx.; daughter-in-law Jinny Castner of Sequin, Tx.; grandchildren Debbie Hooper of Clyde, Tx., John Castner of Cape May, NJ, Tanya Clarke of Roundrock, Tx., James Castner of Yukon, Okla., Alicia Castner of Crowley, Tx., Paul Castner of Midland, Tx., Becki Rendon of Sequin, Tx., Sonja Bean of Arlington, Tx., and Delaine Watson of Mustang, Tx.; great-grandchildren Leslie Hooper of Clyde, Tx., Cristy Castner of Oklahoma City, Okla., Anthony Tobar of Arlington, Tx., Jason Castner of Cape May, N. J., Melissa Castner of Cape May, N. J., Shannon Perry of Crowley, Tx., Catherine Clarke of Roundrock, Tx., and Grant Bean of Arlington, Tx.; great-great grandchildren Destiny Castner and Bobby Castner of Cape May, NJ.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64-years, John Castner; a son, John Castner, Jr., and a brother, James.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Senior Citizens Center, 700 Commerce, Palacios, Tx., 77465.

Funeral services for Abel “Bink” Pierce, 81, of Palacios, were held June 17, 2002 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with the Rev. Andy Blair officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing.

Mr. Pierce was born Nov. 26, 1920 in Galveston to the late Abel Head and Stella Yeatts Pierce, Sr. He died June 14 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

A veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy, he was a member of Queen-Hamlin VFW Post #2467, Palacios Masonic Lodge #990 AF&AM, the Scottish Rite Temple and Palacios First Presbyterian Church. He was a retired carpenter and former building inspector for the City of Palacios.

During his tenure as building inspector, he wrote a building safety column for the Palacios Beacon. The column later became the ‘Wandering’ Column’ which ran for several years.

Survivors include the widow, Peggy Jean Pierce of Palacios; one daughter, Martha Pierce of Alva., Fla.; one son, Warren Pierce of Palacios; one sister, Grace Adams of Alvin; one brother, John E. Pierce of Kenner, La.; six grandchildren, Loena Graeber of Orlando, Fla., Trey Tomas and Michelle Lodds of Mobile, Ala., Donald Pierce and Sandy Jensen of California, and Patricia Pierce of Salt Lake City, Utah; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, John Roy Pierce and Michael A. Pierce; and a brother, Donald Y. Pierce.

Pallbearers were Luke, Dennis, Jay and Lee Hall Pierce, Trey Pierce Tomas and Walter Adams. Honorary pallbearers were members of VFW Post #2467 and Masonic Lodge #990. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Palacios Masonic Lodge #990 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 695, Palacios, Tex. 77465.

Manuel Alvarez Morales, 73, passed away on June 11, 2002. He was born on August 6, 1928 in Palacios to Juan and Mercedes Morales. 

He was a Corpus Christi resident for 15 years. He was a loving and caring father and devoted grandfather as well as a good family provider.

He was a sports fanatic who coached baseball for many years. His hobbies were walking, reading, and listening to music and watching sports. 

Survivors include four daughters, Dolores Arispe and Vera Morales both of Corpus Christi, Ruby Morales of Victoria, and Sophia Knight of Richmond; six sons, Irvan Moran of Victoria, Edward Morales of Victoria, Sam Morales of Corpus Christi, Rudy Morales of Victoria, Rena Morales of Corpus Christi, and Kenneth Morales of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren, Madeline Moran, Matthew Arispe, Michael Arispe, Leslie Morales, Michelle Morales, and Daniel Morales; sister, Angie Carrillo of Palacios; and three brothers, Tomas Morales, Frank Morales, and Marcelo Morales all of Palacios.

Funeral services for Santos R. Marroquin, 87, of Palacios, were held June 10, 2002 at St. Anthony Padua Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Marroquin was born Dec. 31, 1914 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to the late Margarito and Hilaria Benavidez Resendez. She died June 6, 2002.

She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

She is survived by daughters Christine Nevarez of Palacios, Esparanza Oros of Bay City and Augustina Esparaza of Rosenberg; sons Felipe R. Marroquin, Lazaro R. Marroquin and Leandro Marroquin, Sr., all of Palacios,Gumesendo Marroquin and Tomas Marroquin, both of Bay City, and Juventino Correa of Molina, Ill.; a brother, Manuel Resendez of California; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus P. Marroquin; a son, Cleofas Marroquin; a sister, Maria Valdez; a brother, Vicente Valdez; and her parents.

Funeral services for Mary Eileen Lewis, 75, of Palacios, were held May 30, 2002 at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Lewis was born Sept. 13, 12926 in Wichita Falls, Tx. to the late Martin Calvin and Mary Oline Ashley Harvey. She died May 28, 2002 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Victoria.

She was a Baptist and a resident of Palacios since 1946. She was the former owner/operator of Lewis Grocery in Palacios along with her late husband.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tana and Don Bouquet of Hiram, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law Robert B. and Rhonda Lewis, Jr. of Palacios; sisters Robbie Adams of Charlie, Tx. and Carol Baba of Dillsburg, Pa.; grandchildren Kristi Lewis Martino and husband, Louis, of Palacios, Robby Brent Lewis of LaPorte, Tx., Michael Tur of Acworth, Ga., and Ryan Lewis of Palacios; and great-grandchildren Brittany and Bethany Martino, and Brenten, Cody and Colton Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Lewis, Sr., and a brother, M. C. Harvey.

Pallbearers were Louis Martino, John Chipman, Bobby Berger, James Kruse, John Ressler and Michael Tur.

Funeral services for Rom Matthew Vallon, 18, of Lewis Subdivision near Palacios, were held June 1, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in El Campo. The Rev. Rick DuBroc officiated, followed by interment in Garden of Memories, El Campo.

He was born Feb. 12, 1984 in Conroe. He died May 28 in a car-train crash at Blessing.

A 2002 graduate of Louise High School, he was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Nancy Diehl Stehno of Lewis Subdivision; step-father, Charlie Stehno of Louise; father, Rom Edward Vallon; two sisters, Marlo Treybig and Cindy Hirsch, both of Huntsville; one brother, Gerald Treybig of Willis; three nephews and two nieces.

Pallbearers were Donald Diehl, Jody Martin, Anthony Akin, Steve Harris, Steven Truelock and Alan Stehno.

Graveside services Alice Rivas Solis, 63, were held May 29, 2002 at Palacios Cemetery.

Alice was born Aug. 26, 1938 in Palacios, Tx. She died May 25, 2002 in San Antonio, Tx.

She was a loving mother of three daughters, who was well known for her kindness, generosity, and joyful spirit. Alice was a published poet who enjoyed painting, arts and crafts, and her rose garden. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters Cindy Sauceda, Cheryl Solis, and Serena Solis; their father, Joe Solis; her sons-in-law Rene Sauceda and Kenneth Nichols; her sisters Betty, Esther, Janie, Minnie, Eva, and Emma; her brother Daniel; and her mother Pola Landeros; the children’s paternal grandmother, Celia Marroquin; and her relatives, extended family members, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Telesforo Rivas; her brother, Adam Rivas; her maternal grandparents Antonio and Simona Gatica; and her parternal grandparents Prudencio Rivas and Rosa Flores.

Visitation will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home at 701 1st Street in Palacios, Texas, between 4 and 9 pm. Graveside services will be held at Palacios Cemetery at 11am.

Alice was a dedicated member of Jehovah’s Witnesses and found comfort in the following scriptures: “Love is long-suffering and kind… bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” - 1 Cor. 13:4-8. “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.” -Luke 23:43.

Donations may be given, on her behalf, to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses at a local Kingdom Hall.

Funeral services for Selema Bailey, 97, of Palacios were held Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Meaders officiating. Interment followed at the Palacios Cemetery. She died May 19 at the Palacios Healthcare Center.

A resident of Palacios for 50 years, she was born Jan. 8, 1905 in New Iberia, La., to the late Noah and Alta Hebert Broussard. She was a Catholic.

Survivors include four sisters, Aline Bickham of Palacios, Olive Burke of Orange, Joann Yendry of San Antonio and Alice Stuart of Bay City; three brothers, Wallace Broussard of Port Lavaca, Sidney Broussard of Midfield and Noah Broussard of Bay City; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by stepmother Verna Broussard; sisters Agnes Carvell, Linda Sarkala and Carolyn Jones; brothers Lawrence, Robert, Oliver, Edward and Alvin Broussard.

Pallbearers were Melvin and Bob Bickham, Gilbert Flores, Jr., Sidney Broussard, Roy Kelly and Ray Sexton. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Marie Creppon, 74, of Palacios were held Saturday, May 18, 2002 at MacAdam Cemetery, near Huntsville. She died Thursday, May 16.

Mrs. Creppon was born July 2, 1927 at Goose Creek, Texas.

Survivors include her children: Jerry Dye and Dollie, Jane Anderson and Bert, Tina Huffmeister, William A. Rouse and Mary, and Kim Crown and Tim; a sister, Lena Post; two brothers, Red Osborne and Harold Osborne; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Earthman Funeral Home, Houston, was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Morgan, 68, of Schertz, Tx. and formerly of Palacios, entered into rest on May 16, 2002 at her home in Schertz of pancreatic cancer.

She was born in Tupelo, Ark. She and her husband, Roy, had lived in Palacios for 15 years where she worked at Wagner General Hospital.

She was a loving caring person and touched the hearts of many people during her lifetime. 

She is survived by her husband Roy; sons Danny of Danbury, Conn., and Mike and Pat, both of SchertZ, Tx; grandchildren Jimmy, Shane and Danielle; her mother, Ludie Gipson of Conway, Ark.; twin sister, Dona Bruno of San Diego, Calif.; and brothers Martin of Little Rock, Ark. and Jack of McCrory, Ark. Also by her dear friend Linda Huffman and husband, Richard, who was such a comfort to her during her illness. Also by her many friends and those at Mission Vista Hospital where she worked as a nurse for 10 years.

Funeral mass for Raymond William Koch, 58, of Palacios was held 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. James Nischan officiating. Interment was at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Koch died Sunday, May 12. He was born Nov. 15, 1943 in Francitas to the late Johnnie L. and Edyth Lillie Capak Koch.

A resident of Palacios since 1952, he was a retired welder from Alcoa Aluminum and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include his sister, Virginia Chipman of LaWard, and nieces and nephews, Monica Dunn, Greg Chipman and Rhonda Lewis, all of Palacios.

Pallbearers were David Koch, Richard Parrish, William Parrish, Keith Boazman, Ronald Pokoyski and James Cepak. Honorary pallbearers were Emil Kurtz and Bobby Koch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Building Fund, 1004 Magnusson St., Palacios, Tx 77465 or to Hospice Support Care, 1102 N. Mechanic, Suite B, El Campo, Tx. 77437.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Dorothy Nell Meyer, 76, of Palacios were held May 10, 2002 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment followed at the Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Meyer died Wednesday, May 8, at Hospice of Houston. A longtime resident of Palacios, she was born April 12, 1926 in Broaddus, Tex., to the late Odes Clifford and Minnie Bessie Harvey McGilbery. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Lynn and Raymond Morgan of Houston, and Kathy and Henry Breitkreutz of Mart; son and daughter-in-law: Kenneth and Betty Meyer of Lake Jackson; three sisters, Eunice Stanley and Hazel DeVries, both of Lufkin, and Ollie Taylor of Angleton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Meyer; a sister, Myrtle Mott; and brothers, James and Rayford McGilbery.

Pallbearers were Dan Tucker, Bud Morris, Leon Smith, Ollie Walker, Richard Sanders and Charlie Michalik. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Brister and Tommy Ellis.

Memorial may be made to the First Baptist Church or to the Palacios Library. Arrangements were by Palacios Funeral Home.

Memorial services for Mattie Hurta, 83, of Midfield were held May 11, 2002 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, with the Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. She died Wednesday, May 8.

A retired postmaster for the Midfield Post Office, she was born Nov. 7, 1918 in Blessing to the late Roe and Lizzy Little Guynes.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Cary of Midfield; a sister, Margaret Nicholson of Tibado, La.; a brother, Garland Guynes of Clute; and one grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alphon Hurta; a daughter, Helen Louise Hurta; and two brothers, Ralph and Norman Guynes.

Memorials may be made to the Midfield EMS.

Funeral services for Anita H. Alderete, 59, of Palacios, were held May 2, 2002 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Charles Dwomoh officating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Alderete was born Feb. 20, 1943 in Poteet, Tex. to the late Aurelio R. Alderete and Francesca H. Herrera Alderete. She died April 29, 2002.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

She is survived by a son, Frankie Alderete of Palacios; sisters Eva Alderete of Palacios, Teodora (Lola) Vallejo of Rosenberg, Lina Germino of Sweeny, and Rosemary A. Rodriguez of Palacios; a brother, Rafel Alderete of Palacios; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, George Alderete and Aurelio Alderete, Jr.

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