Rita Mae Stepp Pevoteaux died of cancer Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston, Texas. She was born July 1, 1920 in Galveston, Texas. She was a retired employee of RCA Service Company, was of the Catholic faith, a member of Sacred Heart Church, belonged to St. Peter’s Sand Dollars, was a member of AARP-1294, Grandmother’s Club 900, bingo player at the Senior Citizen Center, and traveled to many parts of the world. Following the loss of her home in Hurricane Ike, she moved to Village on the Park Retirement Community in Friendswood.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew J. and Sarah Muldoon Hansen; first husband and father of her children, William P. (Bill) Stepp, Sr.; second husband, Vaughn P. Pevoteaux; son, William P. (Billy) Stepp, Jr.; daughter, Jerry Lane Stepp Sanders; and two grandchildren, Philip Vaughn Sanders and Ann Marie Sanders.
She is survived by daughter, Mary Ann Stepp Taylor and husband, Walter, of Galveston; grandchildren: Mark Zientek and wife, Donna, of Cary, IL; Michael Zientek of Galveston; Michelle Gonzalez and husband, Leo, of League City; and Jerry Paul Sanders, Jr. and wife, Candy, of Antioch, TN; and step granddaughter, Teri Jones and husband, Ken, of Richardson, TX. She is also survived by her brother, Thos. J. “T.J.” Hansen, Sr. and wife, Emma Jean; and sister, Lucille Maxwell, all of Galveston; great grandchildren: Dakota Zientek; Chase Beck; Christopher Dobson; Jessica Lane Gibson; Nicholas Gonzalez; Alexandrea Gonzalez; Preston and Nathan Ellis; Brittany, Joshua, and Stephan Jones; Justin and Brandy Register; many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends, Dorothy Wolter of Galveston; Babbs Wills of France; and Edna Leon of Wales.
The family would like to thank the staff of Gulf Health Care Center and the Hospice Care Team for their kind and loving care of Rita.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 23rd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with a rosary at 6:30 pm.
Funeral Mass celebrating Rita’s life will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, June 24th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial following the service at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.
Pallbearers will be Mark Zientek, Leo Gonzalez, Paul Sanders, Thos. J. “Trey” Hansen, III; Wayne Maxwell; and Walter Taylor.
If desired, donations may be made in honor of Rita to The American Cancer Society, 6301 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057 or to the Hospice Care Team, Inc., 1708 Amburn, Suite C, Texas City, TX 77591.