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Mary Patricia Hess

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Mary Patricia Hess passed away in Houston on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. She was born on Feb. 14, 1928, to Beatrice Olivia Nonez Roemer and Paul Christopher Roemer.

Mary (or Patsy) completed her RN nursing degree after high school graduation, and eventually rose to the position of Head Floor Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston. She married Albert L. Hess on April 24,

1954 and raised five children. Mary was a devout Catholic and was a strong person of principles. She taught her children the love of adventure and all things outdoors. She enjoyed camping, especially in the mountains. Mary and Albert fell in love with Ruidoso and moved there in 1985. Mary always appreciated the mountain views, cool, dry climate and deer passing through her yard on a daily basis. She particularly enjoyed sharing her favorite places with people who had never had the privilege to see such wonders. Even after Albert passed away, Mary remained in Ruidoso where she continued to support her church and played bridge with her group weekly. She cared deeply for her family and friends. Mary retained a keen mind, quick wit and generous sense of humor all her life.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, and son, Stephen.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Louise Roemer, of Houston; sister-in-law, Ellen Silhan and husband, Mike, of Houston; and aunt-in-law, Marion Whitaker, of Fort Worth; daughter, Trischa Hess and husband, Wayne Bock, of Lockhart; daughter, Susann Brown, of Bryan; son-in-law, Don Brown, of Keller; son, Mark and wife, Elaine Hess, of Houston; daughter-in-law, Janette Hess, of League City; and daughter, Angela and husband, Don Gandy, of Weatherford; her grandchildren: Adam Burkland, Chris (Michael) Schulze, Alan Burkland, Tristan Brown, Nathan (Lauren) Brown, Scott Hess, Russell Hess, Stephen Hess, Claire Hess and Jacob Gandy; and her great-grandchildren Dustin, Summer and Madelyn Schulze. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation was scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Advantage Funeral Home, 7010 Chetwood Dr., Houston, Texas, 77081. Funeral Mass was planned on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Dr., Houston, Texas, 77024. Interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas, 77082.

Arrangements under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 7010 Chetwood Dr., Houston, Texas, 77081. (713) 662-2030. Fax: (713) 662-3252.

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