November 21, 1934 – November 12, 2020
Mary Bernadette (Simpson) Foley, 85, passed away November 12th, peaceful in her sleep in Houston.
She was born on November 21st,1934,in Houston to Allen J & Jessie (Blouin) Simpson. She was a graduate of St. Agnes Academy '52 and the University of St Thomas '56. She taught in parochial schools and Houston Independent School District for thirty years, retiring in 1990. After moving to Galveston in 1989 she was a long time member, volunteer, and part time employee for the Galveston Historical Foundation and was also associated with the Moody Mansion in Visitor's Services in the early 90's. She was also a long time member of the East End Historic District Association, the Galveston Republican Women and The Book Club. Returning to Houston in 2017, she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish and the Houston and Texas Retired Teachers Association.
Preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 55 years, William J (Bill) Foley, she is survived by children Karen Cullum (Donald), Kevin Foley (Donna), Charles Foley, and Clare Bell (Craig). Her grand children are Victoria Foley (Will Molis), Colby Bell, and Dustin Cullum (Katie); and her four great grand children, Kase and Kane Molis, and Charlotte and Francesca Cullum. She is also survived by a brother, J. Byrne Simpson and wife Susan of Fullerton, California, and five nieces.
Graveside service will be November 24th, at 12:00 at Garden of Gethsemane in Forest Park Lawndale in Houston and reception to follow at 2410 Del Norte Foley/Bell Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Galveston Island Meals on Wheels, Galveston Historical Foundation, or St Agnes Academy, University of St Thomas, or St Rose of Lima Parish in Houston Building Fund.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020
My first memory of meeting Mrs. Foley was right after Hurricane Ike. Galveston had been evacuated and Kevin told me that he needed to get her cats from her house and take them to her. So we managed to corral them into a cat carrier and a storage tub and got them to where she was staying. After that, I was the person who rescued her cats. So, we had that love of cats in common. I always looked forward to seeing her because we had another thing in common, being teachers. One thing about teachers, we can always “talk shop” even if we never worked together a day in our lives. It’s a common bond that all teachers have. I loved to hear her teacher stories and she always gave me encouragement, mostly that I should just retire ASAP. I will miss those conversations with such a sweet lady, but I know she is in a happier place watching over all of us. Sending prayers and love to the Foley family today and always.
Dale & Sonya Davison
November 24, 2020
Such a special person, always pleasant, kind and welcoming. Condolences to the family, heaven gains another angel!
November 22, 2020
The Foleys moved into the house directly behind us back in the mid-60s, and our families became quite friendly right away. We even had a gate installed between our back yards that saw lots use. This news of Bernadettes passing away saddened me greatly. I was able to tell her at my fathers funeral how much she personally had meant to me during a very important time in my life. In 1967 Bernadette started taking me to a small Catholic school that was a couple of blocks from the school where she taught. I was 13 years old, it was 1967, and we shared the 30 minute commute each way almost every day for a year. Lots of changes happening back in 1967 for those who can remember that decade - some of the best rock n' roll ever made, Vietnam, Summer of Love, the list goes on. We had some great conversations. Bernadette had great charm, open to ideas, and was willing to put up with me with a smile on her face. Over the years I have often reflected on how much just being who she was shaped who I am. Thank you, Bernadette, and say Hi to Bill for me.
November 20, 2020
We have known and loved Bernadette for 41 years. When Anne went Houston she took Anne under her wing and watched over her for us. She was such a fun loving person and we spent many wonderful times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Love from the Buffalo Leous’ family.
Stan and Margaret Wilkening
November 19, 2020
We send loving thoughts and prayers to our dear friends, The Foley Family. May the Lord bring peace, strength and healing to you all.
Love, Stan and Margaret Wilkening
November 18, 2020
That sweet face is the one I will forever remember. We feel blessed to have known Bernadette for so many years and will always hold the memories of her love, and our love for her, in our hearts. It hurts a little bit less knowing she and her sweetheart Bill are back together. Rest in peace, Precious. We love you and will see you again one day.
Philip & Mary