Muriel Estella Bockelman

October 9, 1924 - November 12, 2017
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Muriel O’Beirne Bockelman, 93, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017.  She was born on October 9, 1924, in Newport, South Wales, Great Britain, to Ivor and Alice Richards.  After World War II, Muriel wed Carroll O’Beirne with whom she had three children: Jackie, Pauline and John.  In 1953, they immigrated to Galveston, Texas, where Carroll (“Irish”) worked for American Oil in Texas City and Muriel worked for St. Mary’s Hospital.

Following Carroll’s death in 1987, Muriel was incredibly lucky to find love again. In 1989, she married Raymond Bockelman of Galveston, Texas, where they would reside for nearly 20 years.  Following the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, they relocated to The Forum in The Woodlands to be closer to Muriel’s daughter, Jackie.

Muriel enjoyed knitting, gardening, shopping and traveling, and returned “home” to Great Britain whenever possible. She enjoyed lunching with the ladies of The Forum and took tremendous joy from her weekly outings with her close friend, Eliana.  Sundays were spent with her daughter, Jackie, and son-in-law, Tom.  She absolutely adored her great grandchildren, Jackson and Isabella, and treasured her time with them.

Muriel was preceded in death by her son, John O’Beirne, in 1971; her daughter, Pauline O’Beirne Thornton, in 1987, her husband, Raymond Bockelman, in 2010, and stepdaughter, Sylvia Bockelman Quinn, in 2016.

Muriel is survived by her daughter, Jackie Martini, and husband, Tom; her grandchildren, Michael Martini and wife, Jennifer, John Martini and Tracy Thornton; greatgrandchildren, Jackson and Isabella Martini; stepson, John Bockelman and wife, Debby; and step grandchildren, Kyle and Nicholas Bockelman.

A special thanks to her many long-time friends, including Alma McLendon, Emma Jean Phillips and Gloria Lemon, and to her godchild, Andrea Gould, and her family, with whom she spent many joyous holidays.

Muriel’s family and friends will receive visitors from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 16th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with a service celebrating Muriel’s life beginning at 6:30 pm. Graveside services will be Friday, November 17th, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service celebrating her life at 6:30 pm.

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Graveside Service


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Born: October 9, 1924
Died: November 12, 2017

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Madeleine Baker posted on 11/27/17

Numerous years ago Mrs Bockelman came to our physical therapy clinic in Galveston and I was privileged to be her physical therapist. I found her to be charming and delightful and I have thought of her often over the years. I offer you my condolences for her death. She was a lovely lady.


Linda Frank posted on 11/16/17

I love you Muriel! I loved visiting with you every time you were with Jackie. I am so happy you had Jackie. What a jewel she is. It was also fun hanging out with you and Ray. We had so much fun going to Austin that time. I forgot why we went there but remember having a blast! Have fun with Jesus. I am sure he was excited to see you again! Linda B Frank #Expect Great Things!


Marlene Limon posted on 11/16/17

Muriel was such a kind and loving person. She will be greatly missed. Please accept my condolences.


Paul posted on 11/15/17

May God Bless her and may she be with her heavenly family and all the Angels and Saints. Thoughts and Prayers for her and all the family. May she rest in peace.


Kay King posted on 11/15/17

I am so sorry for your loss. Moms mean so much to us and she will be so missed by you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kay J King