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In Remembrance
Wynona Cecelia Lister "Nona"
E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary

Wynona Cecelia Lister "Nona"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; II Timothy 4:7.

Wynona Cecelia Lister departed this life to join her loved ones in heaven on Tuesday, April 25th at her home surrounded by her family.

Wynona was born to Everette and Zannizzine Pleasant on November 24, 1955, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Wynona was lovingly referred to by her friends and family as "Nona".  She began her education at Holy Rosary Catholic School and Ursuline Academy.  Wynona continued her education at Ball High School and graduated in 1974.  Throughout her school age years, Wynona was very active in many organizations including choir, drama clubs, the Black History club, and the Ball High School Tornettes.  Her hobbies included softball and swimming.  When Wynona returned to Galveston in 1968, it was the Mary Lois Gabriel's School of Dance that recognized her talents as a dancer.  She developed her skills and passion in dance from the fourth grade through high school.  Wynona became an exquisite dancer and was featured in many dance recitals. After high school Wynona attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX for a brief time until her illness enabled her to continue attending.  After regaining her health she enrolled at Prairie View A & M University for a brief time until her health started failing again.  She returned to Galveston where she opened her own daycare, "Nona's Daycare".  Soon she had to retire due to her debilitating illness.

Wynona was married to Cecil F. Ray Lister in Long Beach, CA in 1976.  From this 10 year union was born her loving daughter "Chell".

Wynona was an active member at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  Her most honored involvement at the church was when she was crowned the 1986 Mardi Gras Queen.
Wynona is preceded in death by her birth father, her adopted father Robert L. Simmons, and her beloved stepfather James H. Nolan, her grandparents, Gladys Sinegaure and Wallace LaDay, George and Elizabeth Simmons, and her uncle, Adolph LaDay.

She leaves to cherish her fond and loving memories to her devoted mother Zannizzine Simmons-Nolan of Galveston, her beautiful daughter, Jouyzelle Racheal Lister of Austin, grandfather, Johnny Palmore of Texas City, TX, a sister, Patricia Smith (Larry), a brother, Robert L. Simmons II; uncle and aunt, Raymond & Lurlene Simmons, Godmother, Mary Thomas; special aunt, Francis Hollins all of Galveston; special friends and Godparents of Chell, Jackie and Don Pipkins of Missouri City, TX, stepmother, Peggy Simmons-Pylant of Rancho Cordova, CA; her nieces, Racquel V. Simmons of Antioch, CA, Morgan N. Simmons of LaMarque, TX; her nephews, LaDay Smith (Lillian) of Los Angeles, CA, LaVon Smith (Cheri) of Wichita, KS, and Robert L. Simmons III of Antioch, CA.; grandniece, Lahna Smith of Los Angeles, CA. and a host of uncles, aunts and other relatives and friends.  A special thanks to the Davita Dialysis clinic nurses of Galveston, Deena, Tammy, Annete, and Katina.  The doctors at U.T.M.B., Dr.'s Aristimuno, Beach, Vital, and Khang.  Devoted caregivers Pat Humphrey, Gloria Ward, Avis Wilturner, Kay Richardson, Michelle Randle, Mia Murray, Shawanda "Archie" Haynes, and Tyrone.

Visitation for friends and family will be Tuesday, May 1, 2007, from 6-8:00 PM with a rosary at 7PM at E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary.  The homegoing celebration will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Joseph Onuoha, Celebrant.  Burial services will be held at Paradise North Cemetery in Houston, TX under the direction of E.R. Johnson.




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