OBITUARY

Chloie Marie McFall

March 29, 1922June 30, 2019
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Chloie Marie Kennedy McFall, 97, of Houston, TX died June 30, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Mary Ann McFall. She was born March 29, 1922 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas, to Thomas A. and Mary Young Kennedy. The family moved to the Pocasset, Oklahoma community where she grew up and attended school. After graduation, she attended nursing school at Wesley Hospital in Oklahoma City. Upon certification as a Registered Nurse, she worked at a hospital in Tulsa, OK. While working there as an RN, she met M.G. (Buddy) McFall. Later, they married and moved to Alice, TX.

Throughout their marriage, they moved numerous times, as the oil equipment company, Camco, needed them. Their moves included several cities in Texas, Louisiana, Venezuela, Lagos Nigeria, and Brunei, southeast Asia.

She taught art to several classes of handicapped children, and also worked as school nurse at Huffman Elementary/Jr. High/High School. She enjoyed gardening, painting, and being with friends and family. She was an inspiration to all who came in contact with her for her compassion, care and selflessness. As a member of Houston First Baptist Church, she freely shared her faith. That strong faith, and God's grace, carried her safely through all of her life experiences.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy; parents, Thomas A. Kennedy and Mary Young Kennedy; six brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include one daughter, two sons, and two daughters-in-law: Mary Ann McFall of Houston; Terry McFall and Colleen, of Jasper; and Thomas McFall and Beth, of Brenham; grandchildren Mia McFall, Houston; LTC Thomas McFall and Angelica, Omaha, NE; Erin Serice and Mark, Sugarland, TX; Theodore McFall and Dorothy, Custer, WA; Brian McFall and Brittany, Vicksburg, MS; Fr. Michael McFall, Houston; Rebecca McFall, Brenham; Kyle Goodnight, Brenham; and Amanda Wright and Joseph, Stedman, NC; great grandchildren Patrick McFall, Brigid McFall, Mary Serice, Monica Serice, Benedict Serice, Timothy Serice, Kateri McFall, Athanasius McFall, Joseph McFall, Bernadette McFall, Brendan McFall, Austin Goodnight, Ashley Goodnight, Jacquellyn Wright, Carlie Wright, and Jesse Wright; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet in Bellaire, TX. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Houston First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy fwy (I-10W), Houston, TX. Burial will be held at 10 am, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at West Oaks Cemetery, in Jasper, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Cal Farley's Boy's Ranch, or Shriners Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Mary Ann McFall

July 14, 2019

I was blessed to have her as a mother and later in life she lived with us as she helped to raise Mia. Prior to that, she had a nursing career, married and she and Dad had an adventurous life When she came to live with Mia and me, Mom continued to enjoy adventures, share her love for the Word of God and share her great sense of joy in life. Whether it was with us or friends, going to the therapy pool, Bible class, a trip to Jasper or Sugarland or a family reunion, Mom was always interested in the lives around her. She dearly loved people and as a friend said, "she met you where you were". She delighted in her friends and loved ones and in sharing in their lives. Mom had health challenges but did not complain. She was proud of and loved her grandchildren and great grands and kept up with the details of their lives. Her prayer life was a precious time for her. She loved her Life Bible Class friends and Dr. Tabor's teaching. She could keep confidences and was a source of solace and council for many. She was a remarkable person and ran her race well.

Robin Richards Belsha

July 10, 2019

Miss Chloe was someone I could always count on to laugh with, talk with and ALWAYS to listen. A joy in so many lives and a constant in mine as we were all growing up together. Picking me up to see the foal come into the world or driving me back from a trip to TAMU and telling stories of our years in Corpus and some of the shenanigans and adventures she and my mother had. A bright light in all our lives. Love to all of her family from mine.

Cheryl Easley

July 9, 2019

Mary Ann and Mia I am so very sorry for your loss. Ms. Chloie was such a special lady and I was so very blessed that she was a part of my life. I met her at church and we became friends very quickly. We had wonderful talks. I learned so much from her in a very short time. She is now one of God's Angels! I love and will always miss and remember her.

Wes and Jane Snyder

July 9, 2019

Knowing how much Chloe loved gardening, one Sunday she came to church with her garden clippers still in her walker basket. Needless to say, she joined all the Crown class in laughter. Every one loved Chloe and we are blessed to be among her friends. We will miss her but she is with Jesus and her beloved husband.

Duma Rutherford

July 9, 2019

Chloie was a very sweet & caring lady. She would brighten my day with her smile. She always checked to see how I was recovering from surgery
& gave encouraging support. I wish she had been my nurse. I cherish having known her & will think of her often.

Dan and Nancy Reedy

July 9, 2019

From the shared viewpoint of a niece (Nancy) by blood and a nephew (Dan) by marriage, our Aunt Chloie was the flower that adorned our garden. We shared the view that she was a person of grace; a person with the capacity to love without judgment; a person of faith who appeared to see only goodness and not evil; and a person who perceived redeeming qualities despite individual shortcomings and flawed environments.

Mt. Carmel, IL
After WWII, Uncle Buddy arrived at the Dunham family home in Mt Carmel, IL accompanied by a beautiful young nurse—Chloie Marie Kennedy, the person who would become his life-long companion and love. They were married in the First Christian Church of Mt Carmel by the Reverend J. B. Young. Adult witnesses were Buddy’s sister LaRue McFall and David Raymond Dunham. For pre-teen Nancy, the event was forever memorable and a source of great pride when Uncle Buddy and her future Aunt Chloie asked their niece Nancy and nephew David Dean to stand with them as Brides Maid and Best Man.

Jasper, TX
Nancy and Dan joined Aunt Chloie and Uncle Buddy at their home in Jasper, once the ranching adventure in Stilwell had ended. While Nancy enjoyed a round of golf with her favorite uncle (a total of 3 holes), Dan and Aunt Chloie toured Jasper. Nancy recalls yet another morning coffee event in Jasper. When she arrived in the kitchen, Aunt Chloie was preparing coffee for Uncle Buddy who was still in bed. Aunt Chloie explained that it had been a regular practice during their marriage to have their first cup of coffee together in the bedroom. To her surprise, Aunt Chloie invited Nancy to join her and Buddy (still in bed) for bedroom coffee. Aunt Chloie’s gracious invitation for Nancy to join in this morning ritual became a lasting memory of her familial connection to two favorite people.

We always felt the warmth of her love, and we loved and admired her in return. She was and always will be “The Flower in Our Garden”.

Hal and Marie Downing

July 9, 2019

Hal and I fell immediately in love with Chloie on her first visit to the Crown Life Bible Study class at Houston’s First Baptist Church. It was her smile, gentle and quiet spirit that tugged at our hearts. As we gradually got to know her better, we saw and felt her love, appreciation, and priority to her family and saw clearly her desire to learn and honor God’s word. Her constant note taking in class was impressive showing that her heart yearned to hear from God through His word. She not only studied God’s word but shared what she learned by ministering to others by sending cards and making phone calls to the sick and to those needing encouragement.
Most of all we deeply miss her prayers on our behalf. There was no doubt in our minds that whenever we asked for prayer (and even if we didn’t) she was lifting us before the Lord. We sense a void now knowing that a great prayer warrior is no longer praying on our behalf.
We feel so very honored that God chose to place this special lady in our lives and are comforted in knowing that she is now face-to-face with the Lord she loved so deeply. Chloie was “a good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:21), she lived out her faith and was a real difference maker to us and all she met.

Herb, Becky, and Melanie Maier

July 8, 2019

Melanie said she will never forget going to Buddy and Chloie’s home in Stilwell, Oklahoma. She was four or five years old and had never been on a farm. Buddy took her out every day to see the animals, and she was in heaven! The Guineas had new babies, and they were running all over the place, so Chloie had Melanie help her take care of them. Melanie thought that was the greatest thing ever!

To this day, I often think of the wonderful breakfasts Chloie fixed for us. The bacon she prepared was the best I had ever eaten (as was everything she cooked!). Herb and I had not been married long, and when I got home I wanted to replicate her bacon for him, so I called and asked her what kind of bacon she used. Turned out, she dipped her bacon in Self-Rising Flour, which made it the best thing ever! I have cooked bacon in that manner over the years, but I just don’t have Chloie’s magic touch! Spending that time with her and Buddy is one of my fondest memories!

When Herb and I got married, I was honored to become a part of the Herb, Buddy and Chloie, Al and Rhoda, and Paul and Winnie Mae circle of friends. We spent many hours eating and fellowshipping. I can guarantee you that I had never laughed as we did in my entire life. I would come home with my stomach and jaws just aching from laughing so much. What a precious group of friends that was!

Kimberly Smith

July 8, 2019

I've known AC since as far back as I can remember. She was so special to my grandmother, Katie. I always remember how much fun they had visiting each other and I loved hearing stories of them growing up together. She was always one of the most positive people I have ever met and genuinely wanted to know about my life and family. While I will always think of her fondly and remember her as someone who inspired in me the importance of staying active till the end, it was her being with me at the nursing home in Stephenville when Grandma Katie passed away. She ever so gently and lovingly walked me through what was happening and was such a comfort to Katie in those final moments. Her sweet spirit will always be with me. I am forever grateful for her being there with me at that moment. I have to believe her and Katie both are at perfect peace now and laughing once again.

Cindy Cozewith

July 8, 2019

I had known and loved her for many years. We met in the Bellaire pool, and I always loved talking with her. Chloie aways was interested in the lives and families of all of the “Mermaids”. She shared with us the adventures she had in her life—living abroad when she was younger and her husband’s profession took the family to exotic places. We also heard about your large family and her delight in the love you shared. I was privileged to be invited to her 90th birthday party. It was a joy to see how proud Chloie was of the McFall clan—and rightfully so. What a great and loving family.
Mia, you were especially dear to her heart. She took such pride and joy in your accomplishments. I think you and Chloie had a special bond. She spoke of you so often. My husband and I moved to Pennsylvania four years ago, so regretfully, I was not able to see Chloie often. But when we made trips to Bellaire, and get-togethers could be arranged, she tried to be there to say “hello”. My most recent trip was this past January. Betsy Black picked Chloie up to bring her to the coffee shop to visit with me and our many other friends. I am so grateful that I was able to spend time with her that day. I know how much you will miss her. She was a most remarkable woman and will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

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