Nita Earlene Westbrook
August 27, 1939 – May 10, 2019
Our mom, Nita Earlene Westbrook was very special to so many. She was the most generous person we knew. Mom and Dad were both born during the depression and didn’t have much growing up. That did not stop them from becoming successful, selfless and generous.
All of her life, mom was always trying to learn new ways to express her artistic abilities through different mediums. She was a jack-of-all-trades. From oil painting to ceramics, from sewing to crocheting, Mom could decorate your house, your yard or your party! She could do it all and enjoyed every minute of it! If you needed it, she had it and IF she didn’t, she would have Daddy build it! We will miss her spunkiness, creativity and her kind and generous spirit. No matter how tight her daily schedule was, from either driving Daddy to work or meeting the demands of her private school bus business, she always made the time to help others in need. Mom truly had a servant’s heart and it showed in her service work with Beta Sigma Phi. She proudly served her community and held various board positions during her tenure. She was nominated “Chapter Sweetheart” several times before becoming a sustaining member. Once the grandchildren came along, Mom always said she loved us girls, but her greatest joy were her seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She and Daddy loved spending time with each and every one of them.
As we start this new season in our lives, we will laugh, cry and remember all of the joys and sorrows that we shared as a family with our mother. She was truly the glue that held us together. Mama passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019 at her home in Conroe, Texas. She was born August 27, 1939 to Earl and Juanita Ryals of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. At age 13, Mama met Daddy on the Aldine Jr. High school bus when Gary Fretwell pushed Daddy into her. Who knew a simple little nudge from a friend would lead to a lifetime of love lasting nearly 66 years!
Her survivors include our Daddy, Harold Westbrook. Her children, Tracy Rodriguez and husband Richard Rodriguez, Christy Kramr and husband Patrick Kramr. Grandchildren, Candace Rodriguez and Fiancé Jose “JD” Diaz, Kelli Kuykendall and husband Cody Kuykendall, Steven Rodriguez and Fiancé Cierra Durymala, Joshua Kramr, Amy Kramr and Gracie Kramr Great grandchildren: Camille Diaz, Corbin Houston and Cayden Kuykendall Sister: Sherry Wilcox and husband Dale Wilcox
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Jess and Stella Cathcart, Jesse and Edna Ryals, parents Earl and Juanita Ryals, sister Betty Lynn Ryals, brother Jesse Arnold "Dickie" Ryals and great-grandson Kohen Mark Rodriguez.
- Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019
- Reception Friday, May 17, 2019
- Graveside Service Friday, May 17, 2019
Nita Earlene Westbrook
May 18, 2019
May God hold Rita in His arms. My prayers for Harold. Nita was a dear classmate and friend. It has been a long time since those Aldine years but our friends remain in our hearts. Nita was always smiling and helping others. Those of us who shared years together will share her passing with love to the family.
Donald Joe Kessler
May 15, 2019
I've known both Harold and Nita long before there was a Harold and Nita Westbrook -- as childhood playmates, in Sunday school and in high school. But it wasn't until our high school reunions that I got to know them well, as kind and thoughtful individuals that are lucky to have found one another. I'll miss Nita but I know that Harold will miss her much more. I sincerely hope that Harold will realize that he has the support of many friends and reaches out to those who also care about him.
May 15, 2019
Loved this lady so much. She was always be smiling and laughing and seemed to never meet a stranger. The way she loved her family was obvious as her glow illuminated the room at any family event, that was where she truly loved to be. This love and energy should be an inspiration for us all, a beautiful memory from a beautiful lady. She will be missed and not forgotten.
May 15, 2019
Even though she wasn’t my Aunt by blood, I always called her Aunt Nita. She and Uncle Harold have always been there for me and my family. Birthdays, babies, weddings, holidays, baptisms, graduations, showers and funerals. I know she has rocked and loved three generations of babies in my family! She will surely be missed!! Love you Aunt Nita!!
Carole Krustchinsky Marsh
May 13, 2019
Nita was a wonderful friend to my mom and I. Nita and Harold lived across the street from me. I will always have fond memories of her and her family. Love to Harold, Tracie, and Christy. Prayers for all.