Virginia E. Rylander
November 17, 1928 – January 10, 2020
On November 17, 1928, God gave our mother, Virginia Evangeline Felan Rylander, her first breath and on January 10, 2020, in Houston, Texas, God took her last breath to be with him and her husband, Olney B. Rylander, Jr.
Born to Raymond G. Felan and Josephine Morales Felan in Brownsville, Texas and she was one of three sisters. They moved to Houston in 1931. She attended Lamar High School and then went on to Business College, after her graduation from Lamar. In 1948 she went to work at Foley’s in downtown Houston in their administration office. She worked for Foleys for 9 years and then stayed home for several years raising her family. In 1964 she started Rylander Personnel Services until 1976.
On January 28, 1950 she married the love of her life, Olney B. Rylander, Jr. (O.B.) and they were married for 53 years. She loved to sew, garden, cook and travel abroad with her husband. She loved getting with family to make tamales and O.B. would often be found eating the filling before they could start stuffing them.
They loved to square dance and joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Square Dance Club. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of her daughter’s dresses and prom dresses, her only grand-daughters dresses, embroidering pillows and many more items. She had an eye for design and creating table scapes for every holiday, they looked like they were out of a magazine. She was the life of any party she gave or attended. Virginia had a love for hats, you hardly saw her without a hat on, even at the nursing home, and she was always in some type of hat. She attended every family function, never missed a one, because family was her top priority, it meant the most to her. When visiting her at the nursing home, she always asked about everyone in the family and wanting updates. Each week she would call in her grocery order and at the top of the list would be watermelon, Fig Newtons, fried shrimp, Shipley donut holes, orange soda and good tamales (always requested homemade) and enchiladas.
Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Olney B. Rylander, Jr, her parents Raymond and Josephine Felan and youngest sister Minda Falcon. Virginia is survived by her sister Gloria Falcon of Houston, Texas, daughter Rebecca Rylander Davis Courtney and her husband James Courtney, son Kenneth K. Rylander and his wife Lora Rylander of Corpus Christi, her grandsons; William L. Davis, III, (Bill) and his Fiancée, Amy Moore. Christopher M. Davis and his wife Shelly Davis, Jacob Rylander, of Corpus Christi, Texas and granddaughter Rachel Rylander. She is also survived by great-grandsons; William A. Davis, and Zachary M. Davis, all of Houston, Chase M. Davis and Colin Davis, all of Southlake, Texas and Kayden Rylander, of Round Rock, Texas. She also leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends who will truly miss her.
She was a loving and caring mother, a confidant and loyal friend to many.
- Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
- Committal Service Friday, January 17, 2020
- Reception Friday, January 17, 2020