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Geneva Ann Sowell Ford

Geneva Ann Sowell Ford, age 66, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at her residence in Porter Springs. Geneva was born August 12, 1952 in Waco, Texas to parents, Oran Angrus Sowell and Anita Lantrip Sowell. She travelled and lived in numerous locations around the world with her husband’s work, including Dubai, Republic of Georgia, and Turkey. Geneva never attended university until she was 42 and decided to obtain an Accounting degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude with that degree 6 years later. Geneva started an embroidery business, Sew What? in Crockett and was an accomplished artist. She was a devout Christian her whole life accepting Christ as Savior at the age of 5 and remained very strong in her faith. A devoted wife, loving mother, and incredible grandmother being the center of her family.

Geneva is survived by her husband of 43 years, Erin Ford of Porter Springs; daughters, Tara Etheredge and husband, Luke II of Llano, TX, Leigh Erin Siber and husband, Kirk of Lufkin, TX, April Cereijo and husband, Jorge of Irvine, CA; grandchildren, Luke Etheredge III, Grace Etheredge, Margaret Siber, Abigail Siber, Nathaniel Siber, Olivia Siber, Gabriel Siber, Jorge Cereijo; sisters, Diana Selby and husband, Mike of Alvin, Donna Welborn and husband, Ronny of Cameron; brothers, Charlie Sowell and wife, Emmy of Corsicana, Gary Sowell of Corsicana. She is preceded in death by her father, Oran Sowell; mother, Anita Lantrip Sowell.

Funeral services for Geneva Ann Sowell Ford will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church with Dr. Tim Allen and Rev. Leon Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in the Porter Springs Cemetery. Family will receive friends for visitation Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Houston County Cancer Support Group, c/o Pioneer Bank, 1265 E. Loop 304, Crockett, Texas 75835.

Alpha Fritsche Marietta

Alpha Fritsche Marietta, 93, passed away October 17, 2018 in Crockett, Texas. Alpha was born January 19, 1925 in Houston, Texas to parents, William and Lydia Hirsch Fritsche and grew up in the Cypress-Rosehill area of Harris County.

She met her husband, Domenick, prior to World War II and corresponded with him for three years during the war. They were married June 30, 1946.  Alpha and Domenick resided in the Fairbanks community outside of Houston and were dairy farmers.

They were the parents of three children Linda, Shirley and Steven. Alpha worked on the farm, was employed at Hollis Meat Market, maintained a yard and garden, and enjoyed sewing. She was a Girl Scout leader and a long-time member of Fairbanks United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

In 1974, Alpha and Domenick retired and moved to a farm outside of Crockett. To the grandkids and great- grandkids, she was known as “Alpie”. Many holiday dinners, barbeques and crawfish boils were held for family and friends. Alpha took up quilting and each child, grandchild and great-grandchild have a quilt to remember her by.

Domenick died in 2003 and Alpha continued to live on the farm until failing health necessitated moving to a nursing home. Even there she greeted everyone with a smile and her beautiful blue eyes.

Alpha is survived by her daughters, Linda Marietta of Sebastopol, CA and Shirley Marietta of Spring; son, Steven Marietta of El Dorado, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Amy Brown Wolf, Hannah Marietta Cobb, Cameron Marietta Bisbey; honorary grandchildren, Christopher Jimenez and Elizabeth Jimenez. Alpha was able to see all of her seven great-grandchildren except the youngest born in September, 2018. Alpha is also survived by nieces, Kay Marietta Hamilton and Julia Marietta of Crockett, Teddy Grey of Houston and nephew, Wesley Fritsche of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lydia Hirsch Fritsche; husband, Domenick Marietta; brother; A.M. “Zeke” Fritsche; daughter-in-law, Pamela Borchardt Marietta.

Family extends a special appreciation to Alpha’s caregivers, Cynthia Roberts, Dorothy Tott and Pauline Willis.

Graveside funeral services for Alpha Fritsche Marietta will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 in the Earthman Resthaven Cemetery, 13102 North Fwy, Houston, TX. Family will receive friends for visitation Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Group of Houston County, 192 Coral Gables, Trinity, TX 75862, or to the Fritsche Cemetery Association, 17002 Shaw Rd., Cypress, TX 77429.

Shirley Porterfield

Funeral services for Shirley Porterfield, age 75, of Centerville, Texas, will be held 11 A.M., Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Pastor Tuffy Loftin, of the Cowboy Church of Leon County, will officiate the service. Mrs. Porterfield will be laid to rest in the Bennett Cemetery. A brief visitation is scheduled for 9 A.M. until service time Monday before the service at the funeral home.

Shirley Marie (Karcher) Porterfield was born March 31, 1943 in Houston, Texas to George William & Otha Lee (Wren) Karcher. She worked in human resources in the banking industry and had lived in Centerville for the past twenty-two years, coming from Humble, Texas. Shirley enjoyed gardening, painting, fishing, and working on puzzles. She treasured each of her grandchildren and loved them with all of her heart. They were the absolute joy of her life. Shirley had even built a pool for them to enjoy, and she, herself, loved sitting by the pool watching them have fun. Shirley also loved animals, including wiener dogs, and birds. Over the years she had spent a lot of money keeping her bird feeders full of food for the many birds that would visit everyday.

Shirley passed away suddenly, October 16, 2018 in Madisonville, Texas. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; husband, Jack Porterfield and sister, Bonnie Morrison. Surviving family members include sons, Randy Porterfield of New Caney, Brad Porterfield (Lesa) of Pearland and Kenneth Porterfield (Elizabeth) of Centerville; brother, Ronnie Karcher of Austin; sister, Leaola Decker of Austin and grandchildren, Justin, Colton, Tyler, Jaret, Rachael, Logan & Jacob Porterfield.

Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas is entrusted with arrangements.

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