A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.
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.