Frances Imogene Perry, a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother was received by the Lord Thursday, February 17, 2011, at the age of 86. She passed peacefully, surrounded by family. A longtime resident of Galveston, she retired from UTMB in 1990. She attended St. Patrick Church where she volunteered with church bulletins.
She is predeceased by her parents, Albert D. and Josephine Wise; her brother, Douglas Wise; sisters, Helen VanCleave, Erma Ruppert and Lena Wise; and son-in-law, Jerry Mashburn.
She is survived by five children: Jesse Perry, Jr., and wife, Ellen of Galveston; Gene Perry and wife, Marina of Texas City; Elizabeth (Susie) Mashburn of Lufkin; Patricia (Patsy) Songy and husband, Joseph of League City; and Sandra Janicek and husband, Christopher of Needville. She is survived by fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Ralph Wise of Pickrell, Nebraska, and Warren Wise of Gibbon, Nebraska, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Her devoted friend of more than 60 years, Marion Gonzales, also survives her.
Well loved for the time shared with family, opening her home to all, she is also fondly remembered as playful, enjoying Bingo!, playing cards, as well as an occasional trip to Coushatta. She was a “queen of puzzles,” outstanding at crosswords, Jumbles and Cryptoquotes. She loved following baseball and any sport featuring her child or grandchild. She was their number one fan, finding pleasure in cheering them on.
Most of all she was maternal to everyone entering her home. Her love was demonstrated in the hours quilting or crocheting as gifts and baking to warm the heart. She listened, played games and laughed with those near and wrote letters to cherished family and friends afar. She will be deeply missed by all.
Her family will receive visitors from 1:00 until 2:30, Monday, February 21st, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will begin at 2:30 at the church with Father John Bok, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Steven Perry, Kyle Perry, Boyd Mallia, Michael Cridland, Mark Cridland and John Pipkins.