Helen Marie Willeford Carden, age 92, of Rosenberg, TX died February 2, 2021 in Richmond, TX.
She was born February 7, 1928 in Alvin, TX to parents William Thomas and Mattie Jane Freshour Willeford.
She grew up with her six brothers and sisters on a dairy farm, milking cows before school and doing other farm chores after school.
She graduated from Alvin High School.
While in school she met the love of her life, Vernon O. Carden, Sr. Although they were young, 16 and 17, they decided to get married before he was to ship out with the U.S. Navy.
They were married June 25, 1945.
They were based in San Diego during the war and then moved back to Alvin.
They began their family there and in 1956 moved with their oldest four children to Rosenberg, in order for Orville to start a new career with Fort Bend County’s oldest funeral home.
They joined the First Baptist Church in Rosenberg where Helen spent the rest of her life faithfully serving Jesus, her church family, and the community.
They welcomed two more children to their family after moving to Rosenberg. In 1960 they became partners with John Garmany in the local funeral home, and in 1970 they became the sole owners of the funeral home, changing the name to Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, Inc.
Helen had a true calling to minister to those in grief and to comfort those around her. She taught Sunday School for many years and participated in the Women’s Missionary Union, along with serving on various church committees.
She always had time to support her six children and their interests, having attended countless ball games, piano recitals, and school plays.
She loved to sing and always sang in the church choir and blessed many with her beautiful soprano voice. Later in life she joined The Golden Heirs, a performing and traveling choir for seniors. One of the greatest regrets was losing her hearing and being unable to sing or even listen to the music she loved. No matter what hardship she faced along the way, deaths of family and friends, illness, broken bones, she still had a zeal to share the love of Christ and to work to reveal the possibilities of what Christ can do in peoples’ lives.
She kept a supply of little books called, “Jesus Calling,” and for years distributed one to nearly everyone she encountered.
She made sure all the residents and employees at her assisted living facility had a copy.
She also made sure they all had a birthday card on their birthdays.
She made the rounds at the facility checking on everyone, encouraging them, letting them know they were not alone. She always had a smile on her face.
She is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 70 years, Vernon O. Carden, Sr.; sons, Donald Lee Carden and Martin Dale Carden; son-in-law, Judge Thomas R. Culver, III; daughters-in-law, Lauren Carr Carden and Barbara Bell; siblings: Elizabeth, Billy, Juanita, Jack and Marjorie.
Left to cherish her memory and legacy of faith are her children, Vernon O. “Butch” Carden of Goldwaithe, TX; Janice Marie Carden Culver of Richmond; Debra Sue Carden of Richmond; Kellye Annette Carden Hubbell and husband, Shiles of Mount Pleasant; daughter-in-love, Marsha Brown Carden of La Grange. Grandchildren: Monica Morrow Battles and Christine, of Leander; Lynley and Dawn Carden, of Richmond; Kiesha and Mark Youens of La Grange; John Carden of Mason City, Iowa; Katie and Jimmy Spurlock, of Goldwaithe, TX; Courtney and Buck Baker of Houston; Jackie and Mark Hamm, of Richmond; Thomas R. Culver IV and Kristen, of Katy; Virginia Ev Waymer of New Braunfels; Allan “Van” Van Slyke of Richmond; Lindsey and Kendall Wiley, of Austin, Chase Van Slyke of Richmond; Joshua and Casey Hubbell, of Austin; Megan and David Williams, of Austin. Great grandchildren: Cyera Raven and Anthony and their children Jaden, Brayden, Makenna and Major; Tessa Summers; Gracie, Callan and Valyn Waymer; Colton Elliott, Wyatt Battles; Campbell, Riley and Graham Youens; Tristan, Jacques, Judy, Sonja Carden; Pierson and Helen Baker; Thomas R. Culver V, Jacob, Joseph, Jude, Judy Hamm; and Braedon Van Slyke. She is survived by her sister, Wanda Cozad of Lufkin, and many special nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her longtime friends and members of the Birthday Club, Alice Jarisch Benson, Mary Cook and Jo Ann Davis.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to her personal caregiver, Sabrina Carter, and the special caregivers and staff at Cambridge Assisted Living who provided love, care, and support to our mom for the past 7 1/2 years, especially Anna Wise, Ashley Rios, Maria Medina, Tracy Salazar, Kia Weed, and Alexis Banda.
Public Visitation will be 5 — 7:00 PM Friday, February 5, 2021, at First Baptist Church, 1117 First Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Due to Covid-19 concerns, facial masks must be worn inside the church building and social distancing must be observed.
A private family graveside will be held at Morton Cemetery, Richmond, TX. Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons and granddaughters.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the church she loved, First Baptist Church, 1117 First Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471, or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
Condolence messages may be written for the Carden family at www.garmanycarden.com.
Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.
Arthur Gene Stehle, age 82, of Alvin, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020.
He was born in Rosenberg, Texas on January 24, 1938.
Arthur graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School and continued to receive an Associate Degree in Accounting from Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas.
Arthur met the love of his life, Jackie Freudensprung and they married on June 13, 1959 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, Texas.
Arthur retired as an accountant from Monsanto Chemical Company where he worked for 30 years.
Besides spending time with his family and friends, Arthur loved traveling with his wife and his favorite traveling buddies Billy and Linda Struckmeyer.
He also enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes, solving Sudoku puzzles, and playing a round of 42 with his church brothers.
He was also actively involved in Brother’s in Christ, and many other activities of the Alvin Lutheran Church where he was a member for many years, and loved his church family.
He has touched so many lives with his love and passion for life.
Arthur is survived by his wife Jackie Freudensprung Stehle, his daughter Kimberly Stehle Walker, his two sons Gregory and Patrick Stehle, and other family and friends.
Arthur is preceded in death by his father John Stehle, mother Lillian Vogler Stehle, and his sister Laverne Stehle Oberhoff.
The family of Arthur Gene Stehle wishes to thank his lifelong friend Billy Struckmeyer, and Cousins Charles Brinkmeyer, and Bea Bilek for being there for him and being his rock (support system).
A Celebration of Life memorial service for family and friends will be held on February 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1208 Fifth Street, Rosenberg, Texas.
After a 27 month bravely fought battle against brain cancer (glioblastoma) Melvin passed into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
He was born September 24, 1943 in Merryville, Louisiana to Walter Emmons and Irene Smith Emmons who preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Charles Surovik at Greenlawn Funeral Home on Monday, February 8, 2021 with visitation from 10:00 and services at 11:00 followed by burial at Greenlawn Cemetery
The youngest of 4 brothers and 1 sister, Melvin had very humble beginnings which greatly influenced his strong work ethic.
Melvin attended Merryville schools before entering the US Navy in 1963 where he served his country aboard the USS Shadwell.
He was proud of his service to his country and felt joining the Navy was one of his best decisions ever.
After his discharge in 1967 he worked for Borden’s Ice Cream for 10 years and then joined the Grocers Company where he held many different positions until his retirement in 2007 after 28 years of service.
After retirement, he had a few part-time jobs, but really enjoyed being a handy man. He regularly enjoyed helping and mentoring others with their home projects. Melvin volunteered his handy man services to various people in the community and worked with Thrivent to build Habitat for Humanity homes in Rosenberg.
He also loved working in his vegetable garden and regularly had the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood.
He enjoyed fishing when he could and was a huge fan of LSU football.
After a chance meeting in Houston and after only 4 months of dating, Melvin made another great decision when he married Marilyn Linney on December 2, 1967.
Through this union they had 2 children, Jason and Farrah.
He loved his family and was a great provider. Melvin was proud of his children and their accomplishments and attended and cheered at every game, recital, program, etc.
Melvin was a founding and active member of New Covenant Fellowship, Rosenberg where he served as Elder for many years.
Melvin was very serious about his faith.
He was committed to lifting all in prayer and giving all to God. This never wavered.
Melvin is also preceded in death by his sister, Delorse Howard and by his brother, Walter Lavelle Emmons.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marilyn Linney Emmons and by his children, Jason Emmons and wife, Katrina Emmons, of Bulverde and Farrah Drury and husband, Rich Drury, of Sealy. He is survived by brothers, Robert Emmons and Wilford Emmons, DeRidder, LA and by Don Ray Smith, Montgomery.
He was a loving Pops to five wonderful grandchildren, Levi Emmons, College Station; Lexi Emmons , Houston; Tanner Hall and Spencer Hall, Bulverde; and Jakobe Drury, Sealy.
Serving as pallbearers are Rich Drury, Levi Emmons, Hector Gutierrez, Tanner Hall, Marvin Preuss and Clarence Wolfshohl. Honorary pallbearers are Jakobe Drury, Lexi Emmons and Spencer Hall.
Our sincere thanks to the staff at Altus Hospice for their kindnesses and concern during this season. Special thank yous to our special angels, Veronica Rhoads and Linda Aitsebaomo.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Melvin’s memory to New Covenant Fellowship, P.O. Box 257, Rosenberg, Texas, or to the charity of your choice.
Jason A. Rodriguez of Rosenberg, 18, passed away on October 30, 2020. He was born on June 21, 2002 in Houston. Jason was survived by his parents and two siblings.