Mary Edna Lera, loving wife, mom, grandmother/Butchie, sister, Aunt Butchie, and friend died peacefully at home with her family at her bedside Monday, November 16, 2009.
On Wednesday, November 18, visitation will be held from 1-3 pm with a funeral service to follow at 3 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 1115 36th Street, Galveston, with Rev. Paul Wehner officiating. A reception celebrating her life will follow her service. Private family burial will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Galveston, on Thursday, November 19th.
Mary was born on May 22, 1932 in Galveston, Texas, was a 1950 graduate of Ball High School and a member of Grace Episcopal Church. She was a lifelong resident of Galveston, residing temporarily in Kemah, anxiously awaiting the restoration of her home. She enjoyed shopping and her flowers and treasured many a trip to the casinos—she rarely met a slot machine that she didn’t like!
She married the ‘love of her life,’ Thomas A. Lera, on August 22, 1953 and cherished more than 56 years of devoted love with him.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Allie and Dick Jordan. Mary is survived by her husband, Tom Lera; son, Tom, Jr., of Oklahoma City; son, Greg and Lillie Lera, of Friendswood; daughter, Peggy and Kenny Whitworth, of League City; son, Jordan and Terri Lera, of Kemah; sister, Glad Noland, of Texas City; sister, Frankie Hillman, of Santa Fe; ‘special sister,’ Bette Nonus, of Galveston; grandchildren, Rudy, Chris, Jordi, Van, Ross, Allie, Trevor, Tori, Jake, Brooke, Samantha, and Richard Kyle; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation nieces and nephews, and numerous other relatives, neighbors, and close friends.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Butchie’s family requests that memorials be made in her name to her favorite charities—Ronald McDonald House, 301 14th Street, Galveston, TX 77550 or The Jesse Tree, 3924 Avenue P1/2, Galveston, TX 77550-7424, or to the charity of your choice.