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In Remembrance
Marvella Gerard
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home

Marvella GerardMarvella Gerard, age 82, of Killeen, formerly of Galveston died Sunday, January 11, 2009 at her residence in Killeen.  Funeral Mass is 10:00 am Monday, January 19, 2009 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Edmond Nnadozie, M.S.P. celebrant assisted by Deacon Douglas Matthews. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. Visitors may call at the church from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Sunday, January 18, 2009 with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 pm.

Marvella was born September 11, 1926 in St. Martinville, Louisiana to Walter Andres, Sr. and Pauline Wilson Andres. She was a school teacher and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church for over 50 years. She was a Eucharistic Minister for over 15 years, President of Altar Society for over 15 years, member of Knights of Peter Claver Auxiliary Ct. # 20 for over 50 years, Grand Lady for Ct. #20 for over 18 years, Fourth Degree Member for over 40 years, Third degree Member for over 50 years, financial Secretary for over 6 years, Vice Grand Lady for 1 year, Area Deputy for more than 20 years, member of Holy Rosary Bereavement Committee, member of the Saint Monica Society Community Affiliation, President of the Neighborhood Club and Den Mother for the Knights for Madonna Ct. #20 for Saint Peter Claver, helping them to raise money for them to attend conventions and conferences every year. She sponsored children, paying their dues if needed, in the Jr. Knights and Jr. Daughters of Knights of Peter Claver.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edwin Joseph Gerard, Sr.; sisters, Bessie Johnson and Sarah Norbert, a brother, Aaron Andres, Sr. a son Chester Joseph Gerard, Marvella is survived by her son Edwin J. Gerard, Jr. of Galveston;   daughter/granddaughter, Stacy Ashton and husband Jonathan of Killeen; sisters, Louella Lewis of New Iberia, Louisiana, Ruth Chargois of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Juanita Solomon of St. Martinville, Louisiana; brother, Walter Andres, Jr. of Houston; granddaughters, Breanna and Bria Ashton; special and devoted friends, Albert Perry and Valerie Hall of Galveston, numerous, nieces, nephews, other relatives, Godchildren and many friends.

Pallbearers will be William Christian, Ray Mays, Steve Marsh, Larry Feaster, Edward E. Patton, and Lionel Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers are Edwin Gerard, Jr., Albert Perry, Jonathan Ashton, Lumas Etienne, James Smith and John Senegal.

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