Rivers Harrison Lodge

January 15, 1915July 27, 2018

Rivers Harrison Lodge, born on the 15th of January 1915 in Bedias, Texas, passed away on Friday, the 27th of July 2018, in Houston. She was 103 years of age.

Rivers graduated from Sam Houston State University at the age of 19 and returned to Bedias in 1934 to teach her younger brother and sister in high school. In 1937 she left Bedias to come to Houston to begin her career with HISD. Beginning at Jeff Davis High School, then Bellaire High School and finally Westbury High School as Dean of Women until she retired in 1976.

She has been a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for over 70 years. A member of Delta Kappa Gamma for over 79 years and Brae Burn Country Club for 73 years. She played golf and drove her car until she was 97. In July of 2012, she had a stroke.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harris “Tightwad” Lodge; her two brothers, Jim and Phil Harrison; and her only sister, Lucille Harrison Cole.

She is survived by her daughter, Edwina Lodge Chatham and her husband Stephen; her granddaughter, Elizabeth Chatham Scott and her husband Brad of Waurika, Oklahoma; grandson, Peyton Chatham and his wife Shaylene of Tulsa, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren, Lodge and Houston Scott, and Ellyn, Kate and Harrison Chatham.

The family would like to thank Dr. Margit Winstrom for incredible care for over 30 years; her housekeeper, Gracie Gomez; her devoted caregivers, Cathy Juarez, Jeniffer Rosenber and Jocelynn Authorlee; the staff of Memorial Hermann Hospice; and the kind staff at Autumn Years Personal Care Home.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Monday, the 30th of July, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The interment is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 31 of July, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston, where the Rev. Terry Thompson will officiate. A uniformed steward from Geo. H. Lewis & Sons will be positioned at the front gate of the frontage road entrance so as to guide attendees to the grave site.

A memorial service and celebration of life will follow at three o’clock in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, also officiated by the Rev. Terry Thompson.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in her name be directed to the George W. Salmon Pediatric Fund, Baylor College of Medicine, Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations MSC #800, P.O. Box 4976, Houston, TX, 77210; to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Bldg. Fund, 5501 Main St., Houston, TX, 77004; or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Visitation with the Family Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Diana Smith Forbes

July 30, 2018

Mrs Lodge was the Dean of Women when I attended Westbury. (class of 1966) while I never had a personal encounter with her in her office, I often saw her in the hall way or at a Home-EC or Future Teacher event. Several years ago I did get to visit with her at one of our mini-reunion luncheons. She was a gracious and lovely lady, full of charm and wit. We had a few moments to visit and tell a couple of stories from my high school years. My condolences go out to your family and I know
that Mrs. Lodge will be missed by those who loved her and those she loved. May you feel the comfort of God's presence in your grief.

Donna Ferris

July 30, 2018

Dear Winnie and Family,

Mike and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother.

Mike and I became friends with Rivers at Braeburn. She was always a wonderful and fun golfer to play with—a true friend.

Love to you all.
Donna and Mike Ferris

Betty Touchstone

July 30, 2018

It has been our privilege to have Rivers as our friend! What an amazing woman! We are grateful for memories and wonderful stories! The greatest gift she gave us was Winnie, a truly incredible daughter!!! Our lives are blessed for the simple reason our paths crossed! We will miss her!
Betty and Truman Touchstone

Carrie and Jim Cole

July 29, 2018

Great-Aunt Rivers was a warm and welcoming woman. We’ve never felt so loved than to be introduced to all her friends at Brae Burn CC for dinner! It was a pleasure and honor knowing her. We wish we could be at the memorial service, but we will be thinking of her.

Karen Carrera

July 29, 2018

My Aunt Rivers was larger than life. She made such an impression on me as a little girl and through the years. What an amazing, long life she lived, and what a loving, family-focused legacy she leaves behind!

Mackie Plaster-Bobo-White

July 29, 2018

What a great Bedias woman you were, Rivers!!! You were an inspiration to so many people. I feel so lucky to have known you and to think that your parents and my grandparents were next door Bedias neighbors. Now my daughter owns it and she loves it like you did!! Such great history together. You will be missed and Texas has lost another True Blue Texas Woman!

Jo Harrison

July 29, 2018

Aunt Rivers was truly a loving and encouraging mentor to me. She played with me every year in the Elkins Lake WGA Member Guest Tournament till she was 93 years old.
She will be missed.

Lise Leigh

July 29, 2018

How blessed Greg and I are to have had Rivers as a neighbor. A role model, a friend, an inspiration........ A woman who embodied all the best that is Texas. Rivers, you’ll always be in our hearts. 😘

John Boyce

July 28, 2018

I had more encounters with Mr. Gupton at Westbury High School than I ever did with Rivers Lodge. But about five years ago I had the great opportunity to talk with her for about twenty minutes. Right away I knew I had missed something important in my school years. What a Lady!

Diane Mayeur Cutaia

July 28, 2018

Thank you Mrs Lodge for your patience and stern guidance with me. I spent a lot of time in your office! I will never forget the tears in your eyes when you saw me graduate. (Not sure if they were joy or relief). You will never be forgotten!