Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX


Laura Ann Criel

November 28, 1985November 25, 2019
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Our beautiful daughter, Laura Ann Criel passed away on November 25th, just shy of her 34th birthday. The Lord wanted her to celebrate her birthday in heaven with Him. She was born in Joliet, Illinois and moved to Park Ridge, Illinois where she attended St. Paul of the Cross Catholic school. She moved with her family to Montgomery, Texas when she was 13 years old and finished school at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Conroe. She attended Incarnate Word Academy high school and completed her Associate Degree from Lone Star College. During her lifetime, Laura continued to touch the lives of everyone she met with her loving smile and kind heart. Laura’s health always presented a challenge to her, but her determination and perseverance never stopped her. She volunteered and worked many hours for the YMCA both in Chicago and Houston. She also worked as the college registrar for Springfield College, Houston campus. The loves of her life were her beautiful daughter, Rebeka Marie and her partner Alvaro Gonzalez. Together they created many special memories that will be held close to our hearts. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, James B. Hickey Sr. of Joliet and grandparents, Ted and Laura Criel of Chicago, Illinois. Laura is survived by her parents, Ted and Paula Criel of Montgomery, Texas, her loving sister, Kate Huddleston and her husband, Paul of Willis, Texas. She is also survived by her Grandmother, Diane Hickey of Joliet, Illinois and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from across the United States. Laura loved her family deeply and was never happier than when she was with all of them celebrating life.

Laura was an inspiration to all who met her. She loved life and lived it to the fullest never backing down but always pressing forward despite her physical challenges. Laura had a way of brightening a room when she entered and touching the hearts of everyone she met. Her eyes would sparkle, and her generous heart would embrace all who crossed her path. She will always hold a very special place in our hearts and will be sorely missed.

We want to thank all the Doctors and Nurses at the Houston Methodist Liver Transplant center. Without them, we would not have had 11 extra years with Laura. A special thank you to Dr. Mark Ghobrial who was sent to us by God to take care of Laura during her long illness.

A visitation for Laura will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas. A rosary will occur at 7:00 PM. The Mass of the Resurrection will occur Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 109 N Frazier St, Conroe, Texas. An interment will occur at Garden Park Mausoleum, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, Texas. All are invited to come and celebrate Laura’s beautiful life with her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Laura’s name to the Sherrie and Alan Conover Center for Liver Disease, The Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, Texas 77210-4384 so that others may have the gift of life as Laura did.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Laura Ann Criel

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Mary Tikalsky

December 1, 2019

Dear Paula, Ted and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the passing of Laura. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am holding you all up in my loving thoughts and prayers for God to bless you with strength, courage, comfort, love and the peace that only He can give. Thinking of you with much love-
Love and prayers,
Mary Tikalsky, YMCA of the USA

Diane Mendonca

November 30, 2019

Laura, I so remember how proud you both were when I first held Beks...just a few weeks old... she was our Methodist Transplant baby...I’m grateful for the pleasure of knowing you and to be able to welcome your bundle of joy.

Your strength, love and determination will live on as a testimony for Beks to remember her mum. God called you home but your journey will never be forgotten!

Eternal Peace!

Diane Mendonca ( former EA to Dr.Mark Ghobrial)
Los Angeles, Ca

Cindie Cantu

November 29, 2019

Laura, your passing leaves us with a huge heart ache, but we know you are in heaven now. The boys have very sweet memories of their aunt Lola which they will hold forever in their hearts. Lately we were both going thru rough times and we became closer as we comforted each other thru txt and calls. Thank you for always being you. For always telling me never to give up. Till we meet again Sis I love you and miss you dearly.

Alvaro Gonzalez

November 29, 2019

Juanita & José Gerardo Martinez. Cynthia & Rene Cantu. Romana Gonzalez and Juan Espino. Gabino and Gladis González. Efraín and Stephanie Gonzalez. Gabino Jr., Aldo, Damian, Santiago, Eduardo, Arizlaida and Vicente.

Nicky Rosenbluth

November 28, 2019

Sending my love and hugs to her family. I am so sorry for your loss

Karen Jachimowski Sharpnack

November 27, 2019

Paula, Teddy and Kate, I am so sorry to hear about Laura's passing. My heart goes out to all of you and your family community. I am so blessed to have been part of all of your lives for many years back in the 1980s. I loved babysitting both Kate and Laura for several years, and enjoyed being part of Laura's first swimming experiences. One of my most favorite memories was having the day with Kate and Laura and taking them to the movies to watch Big with Tom Hanks. Thank you Criel family for allowing me to he part of your loves in my late teens, early twenties. Karen