Marion Louise Alderete, 83, of Galveston, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at her home in Galveston. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 7, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, 25th and Winnie, Galveston, the Rev. Douglas C. Guthier, Pastor, officiating. Private interment will occur at a later date under the direction of Malloy and Son Funeral Home. A reception for family and friends will follow the service at The Lyceum of Galveston at First Lutheran Church.
Marion was born June 23, 1929 in Galveston, the only child of Collis P. Huntington and M. Louise Huntington. She attended Galveston schools, and graduated from Ball High School in 1947. Marion loved her family, Galveston Island, and First Lutheran Church absolutely and without reservation. She worked from 1959 until 2008, and was particularly proud to be hired, in 1962, as the first teller of Bank of Galveston (Hometown Bank), and abruptly ended her career as a bookkeeper at Chalmer’s Hardware, thanks to Hurricane Ike.
Marion is preceded in death by her parents, her granddaughter, Lauren Kay Gonsoulin, and her grandson, William Collis Johnson. She is survived by her son, Carl F. Johnson, III, of Marble Falls, Texas, daughters Ann Wilson (Brian) of Newcastle on Tyne, England, Julie Agee of Galveston, Sue Flemke (Ron) of Pine Island, Minnesota, and honorary son, Dr. G. Michael Moore, DDS of Galveston, grandchildren Patricia Johnson (Michael), Irene Johnson, Angela Applegate, Meredith Johnson, Emily Applen (Eric), Michael Flemke (Tracy), Aaron Flemke (Alison), Ryan Flemke, Jason Flemke, and seven great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to Dr. Anita Mercado for her exceptional care and kindness which extended the length and quality of Marion’s life. They would also like to thank her excellent caregiver, Leslie Teamer of A-Med, and the Hospice Care Team, especially nurse, Evie Brien-Wells, chaplain, Evelyn Lupardus, and social worker, Cynthia Rincones, who were wonderful and patient. The family is most appreciative of Marion’s family at First Lutheran Church for their visits, gifts, cards, tamales and candy.
A special thanks to Joanne Kovacevich Valencia for visiting Marion weekly, which kept her engaged and interested in the world outside her home.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas 77550, designated to Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy or the Capital Campaign.