Brookside Funeral Home & Brookside Memorial Park

13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX


Miriam Louise (Arnette) Van Vleck

October 28, 1940January 7, 2020

Miriam Louise Arnette Van Vleck, age 79, entered into rest on January 7, 2020 in Onalaska, TX. She was born to the late William “Bill” and Edith Arnette on October 28, 1940 in Shreveport, LA. She was preceded in death by both her parents and by her brothers, Junior & Alvin Arnette.

She was known as Louise, or "Sis,” to those who loved her. In 1958, she was the class valedictorian of Aldine High School, where she was also drum major of the marching band and played the saxophone. Louise Lead a fulfilling career as a highly respected legal secretary that presented her with many opportunities to excel in her field. She was dedicated and greatly valued by the talented legal professionals she worked for and around.

She loved family, cooking, reading and music, especially the saxophone as it brought her harmony in the woods of East Texas, where she loved to be and to which she retired in 2006. She remained active in community and political circles through the lifelong relationships she cherished and nurtured.

She leaves behind many who loved and esteemed her. Her memory will be cherished by her three sons , Hugh Spinks, his partner, Carol Colby, Kirk Spinks and wife Paula Spinks, Dean Bay and wife Lisa Bay; grandchildren; Leslie, Junior, Kelton, Colton and Cameron along with 8 great grandchildren and many other extended family members in Texas and Georgia.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX 77039. The Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 10:00 am at Brookside Funeral Home. The Committal Service will follow in Brookside Memorial Park.


  • Ronnie Bay
  • Jody Bay
  • Colton Bay
  • Cameron Bay
  • Junior Gillmore
  • Kelton Spinks
  • Butch Jackson
  • Pete Jackson


  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, January 13, 2020


Miriam Louise (Arnette) Van Vleck

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Kim Reeves

January 13, 2020

I met Louise in 2011 when I went to work at a law office in Onalaska, Texas. She quickly became not just a co-worker but my friend. We never missed a holiday that we did not text each other.

She was a hoot!! She never had a cross word to say about anyone and she always had such a positive attitude. She spoke very highly about her 3 sons whom she adored & was very proud of.

To say she will be missed is an understatement. She was truly one of a kind and a special gem. I will miss her deeply. My sincere condolences and prayers are with her family.

Louis, Fresquez

January 11, 2020

One of the sweetest lady's I've had the privilege to know and be friends with. Did matience and construction work for her for many years. Again a privilege. Don't remember a time of her being cross or rude to anyone. Oh she got upset and was firm, but never out of character of a sweet spirit. My grandsons Luke and Noah would go over to her house from time to time with me to do littles things for her. And they like loved her especially her "tea cup cookies" . Rest assured I believe Ms. Louise received a great crown and welcome into heaven.

Cheryl Hebert

January 9, 2020

Hugh, Kirk, and Dean

My deepest condolences on your loss. There is no deeper felt loss than that of ones mother. I have many many memories of her. One that comes to mind every year is of the old Thanksgivings we all shared. Turkey at midnight! LOL We would awake to the smell of the most delicious turkey ever. I still cook mine that way. Another favorite memory of mine was sitting on the porch at Granny's laughing, talking and just enjoying the country. She raised three handsome boys into fine men that she was very proud of. My prayers are with you all. Love Cheryl

Bobbye Richards

January 9, 2020

Louise was a pistol! We worked together at a law office in Onalaska, Texas for several years. She always had a story to tell about her adventures with the political candidates she worked with and from her working days in the law firms in Houston. When I went on to be the District Clerk in Polk County - she was a huge help on my campaign. She even donned a t-shirt and worked the polls for me - and I was on the Republican ticket!! That was a huge compliment from her! If she was your friend, she was fiercely loyal. She was a great lady, an amazing friend and I will miss her. Blessings to her family -- she talked about you all the time -- she loved you greatly.

Laura Duff

January 9, 2020

Louise was a woman with a heart of gold, whom I feel very blessed to have had her cross my path. You will be loved and missed dearly.