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Stella Perry

March 19, 1942 — June 28, 2016

Services for Stella Christine (Gooday)Perry, 74, of Houston are set for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell. Interment will follow at the Birdsong Cemetery near Deanville. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday July 1, 2016 also at the funeral home. Mrs. Perry died June 28, 2016 in Houston surrounded by her family.

Stella was born March 19, 1942 in Houston, Texas. She was baptized at the age of 13 at the Bellaire Baptist Church. She graduated from Bellaire High School in 1960. She then went to and also graduated from Herman School of Nursing in 1962. Stella was an R.N. for many years, until medical issues prevented her from continuing her goal in life as a nurse. She always wanted to care for others.

After becoming a nurse she married Gerald Perry on December 22, 1962. They had two children; Darrell born October 5, 1963 and Donna born December 22 1966.

The family joined St. Mark Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas in 1970. The children and Gerald were all baptized there together in 1970 and the children attended school there as well. Stella was involved in many school and church activities and ministries. Her favorite activity was singing in the choir. Stella enjoyed sewing, and even though it became difficult as her arthritis worsened she was able to sew beautiful creations. She enjoyed estate sales, camping and being outdoors, cats and all animals, family gatherings and she had a wonderful caregiver's spirit.

Stella is survived by her loving husband of 53 years Gerald T. Perry of Houston; son and daughter-in-law Darrell & Lisa Perry of Houston; daughter and son-in-law Donna E. & Jeff Moore of Houston; grandchildren, Kandace & Dr. Scott Stevens of Floresville, Texas, Kevin Perry & fiancee Lindsey Nyquist of Lockhart, Texas, Melissa & Brian McIntyre of Springhill, Tennessee; great grandchildren Brynlee and Camryn Stevens of Floresville, Texas, Presley and Hartlyn McIntyre of Springhill, Tennessee; brothers and sister-in-law, Andrew Nelson Gooday, George & Reba Gooday all of Hitchcock, Texas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Daniel Perry, J.W. & Rosalie Perry, E.D. Perry and Viola Perry Malek all of Burleson County, Hayes & Helen Perry of Giddings, Alma Perry Turner of Martindale, Irene Perry of Caldwell, Texas, Laura Perry of Dimebox, Texas; numerous half brothers and sisters; Bobby & Fay Ballard and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Perry, Jeffrey Perry, Dewayne Poehl, Tommy Turner, Mike Perry, Steve Perry, Preston Perry, Frank Reniningen, Jr., Joel Cowan.

Stella fought a tremendous battle with multiple cancers, infections, and rheumatoid arthritis and always kept a strong faith and a sparkle in her pretty blue eyes. She was brave and courageous to the bitter end. She was at home when she took Jesus' hand and left this earth peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. In lieu of flowers the family suggest giving a donation to the charity that she was so compassionate about, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7. Rest in Peace, Stella...We shall all see you soon.

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SERVICES
Visitation

Friday, July 01, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

STRICKLAND FUNERAL HOME - CALDWELL
530 HWY 36 SOUTH
CALDWELL, Texas 77836

Funeral Service

Saturday, July 02, 2016
10:00 AM

STRICKLAND FUNERAL HOME - CALDWELL
530 HWY 36 SOUTH
CALDWELL, Texas 77836

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