Winifred Katherine "Winnie" Gordy

July 8, 1915 - March 20, 2017
Winifred “Winnie” Katherine Gordy thumbnail
Malloy Funerals & Cremations
Denise Wilson
Elizabeth Smith Light a candle


Winifred Katherine (Winnie) Gordy passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on March 20, 2017 with her children by her side, in the red brick house in Galveston built by her parents in 1928. She was born on July 8th, 1915 in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. For her first three years, she was a member of the Bob Ott traveling vaudeville show troop with her parents and the baby of the theater. Her family moved to Galveston in 1919 after her father, Captain Edwin E. Howell, returned from World War I serving in the Merchant Marines, delivering supplies to Europe. He continued his career in the Merchant Marines for the rest of his life and captained a hospital ship for the first half of WWII. Her mother, Theodora Rose Howell, was a survivor of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane and a well-known opera singer and singing teacher in the Houston-Galveston area.

During her youth in Galveston, Winnie danced adagio and ballet during her teen years, loved horseback riding which she enjoyed into her mid-eighties, and swimming where she proudly earned a junior lifesaver certificate. She attended Ball High School, became a sponsor for the Hurricanes, a Galveston semi-professional football team where she met her future husband, Albert Insley Gordy. They married in 1939. After Albert’s sudden death in 1961, Winnie began working at United States National Bank (later, Frost Bank) in Galveston until her retirement as Teller in 1985. She loved reading and music but her favorite hobby was painting. She became a prolific local artist into her 90’s and served as Treasurer for the Galveston Art League for a number of years.

Winnie was a self-admitted “lousy” housekeeper and indifferent cook, but an extraordinarily devoted daughter, very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She was gracious and fun loving to the very end of her life and deeply loved by all fortunate enough to know and spend time with her.

Winnie is survived by her son and daughters, Jane Cherry of Galveston, Barbara Butters of Harlingen, TX, Howell Gordy of Cambridge, Massachusetts, six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Winnie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.

Funeral mass will be 11:00 am, Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Galveston Art League or charity of your choice.

Leave a Condolence

Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

| Map

A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.

Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

| Map

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

| Map

Donation Information

Galveston Art League

Phone: 409.621.1008

P.O. Box 3403
Galveston, TX 77552
Donate Now


Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Winnie by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Timeline for Winifred "Winnie" Katherine Gordy

Born: July 8, 1915
Died: March 20, 2017

Condolences for Winifred “Winnie” Katherine Gordy

Malloy Funerals & Cremations

Our thoughts and prayers remain with your family. We are honored by the trust and confidence you have placed in us during this difficult time.

– The Staff of Malloy Funerals & Cremations


Peter Villarreal posted on 4/2/17

Offering Condolences Love & Prayers to the family of Winnifred Gordy and Albert Gordy. Truly a Wonderful family I've known for 64 years. Many memories of graces & caring & friendship. Wishing you all Peace & Love & Health & Blessings and May they Rest In Peace???? Amen Maria & Kiki


Laura Villarreal McVay posted on 3/22/17

My heartfelt condolences to Barbie, Butch, and Jane. Winnie and Albert are on my top 10 all time favorite folks. Growing up as neighbors, we always had the most fun building "club shacks" in our back yards, throwing china berries at each other and hearing ghost stories from Albert. Winnie smiled and enjoyed all of us kids in and around with Barbie doing cartwheels, Butch warning of the latest storm or hurricane onset and between Winnie, Albert, and my dad, they were our greatest sandlot baseball fans. Between Albert and my dad, they told the greatest scary stories and can't help but wonder their true assistants were our moms, scaring the holy bejeebers out of us! Winnie always and always has been a good soul, and a true loving person. She is a tribute to humanity! She is a person to remember to be loved and admired as we grow into our life here on earth. She will be missed but somehow, I know she is welcomed to glory where she is to continue her afterlife. Hugs to Barbie, Butch to me and Howell, and Jane. We are truly blessed by both your Mom and Dad. So sorry I cannot be there, but I know your Mom knows. Lovingly, Laura


Denise Wilson posted on 3/21/17

Rest in Peace Ms. Winnie.... Rejoice with our Lord. I'll be looking for your tinkle in the Heavens above.


Elizabeth Smith posted on 3/21/17

Dear Winnie's family, Winnie was such a blessing to the world. She had an amazing zest for life, a welcoming heart and a gift for connecting with people. She was a truly astonishing woman. You are all in my thoughts as it will be difficult without her here. Love, Beth Smith


Miles & Lynn Arena posted on 3/21/17

Winnie ~ your memory will live on in our hearts and minds. Thank you for being a exceptional person and neighbor to us for the last 24 years. We shall miss you dearly. Miles & Lynn Arena