OBITUARY

Judith "Judy" Byrne Lancaster

November 21, 1939June 28, 2018

Judith (“Judy”) Byrne Lancaster, 78, of Meadows Place, TX passed away peacefully in Sugar Land, TX on June 28th with her four children and many loving grandchildren at her side. Judy was born on November 21st, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Emmet Francis Byrne and Mary Margaret Farrell Byrne. Judy graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Her early professional career included roles with United Airlines and Brunswick Corporation. In 1966 she married Neville Lancaster, Sr., her beloved husband of 32 years, and soon after moved to Tokyo, Japan where she lived for four years before returning to Chicago and, ultimately, moving to Houston in 1973. Following 10 years as a homemaker, she earned a teaching certificate from the University of Houston in 1978 and began a 30-yr career as a teacher and tennis coach at Bellaire High School and later as an adult high school administrator at Houston Community College. Judy was an active member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX where she was a member of the Wellspring Theresian Community women’s ministry and she also volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society. In addition to being a committed and passionate educator, Judy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend and dog lover. She was an avid and accomplished bridge player who enjoyed the game and cherished the friendships she had with her fellow players. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life and her greatest joy. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to visit siblings, children and her many friends. She was known as the “Yellow Rose of Texas” on the C.B. radio as she logged thousands of miles in her Oldsmobile station wagon visiting family and friends across the country during summer vacation. Judy is preceded in death by her husband Neville John Lancaster, Sr., her sister Barbara Byrne Brown, and her brother Thomas Farrell Byrne. She is survived by her children Karen Lancaster Stade and son in-law Richard Stade, Debbie Lancaster and fiancé Mike Harvey, Noreen Lancaster Weaver and son in-law Raymond Weaver, and Neville John Lancaster, Jr. and daughter in-law Whitney Lancaster, in addition to her 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five siblings, and two beloved dogs. She will live forever in their hearts and be remembered fondly by all. A visitation will be held at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek from 5-8pm on Monday July 2nd, 2018. A funeral mass will be held at St Theresa Catholic Church located at 705 St. Theresa Blvd, Sugar Land Texas on Tuesday July 3rd at 11:00am, Interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery. Tribute and or words of condolence can be left at www.settegastkopf.com. Donations can be made in Judy’s name to the St. Vincent DePaul Society: C/O St Theresa Catholic Church - 705 St. Theresa Blvd - Sugar Land, TX 77498 or @ https://www.stvincentdepaul.net/give/donate

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Rosary Service Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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Judith "Judy" Byrne Lancaster

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Ella Jefferson

July 3, 2018

Sorry for your loss. I met Judy when I became an Adult High School at the Bissonnett Campus. She taught me all about being the administrator at the campus. I loved working with her and we became very close. I am so sorry that I am just seeing this, I will continue to keep the family in my prayers.

Bert Glaze

July 2, 2018

We first met Judy and Neville in the early seventies. They came from Chicago when Neville was hired to work for George Brown (Brown and Root) so he had to be talented. Judy's Dad was a one term Republican Congressman who was a victim of the "Goldwater" loss - remember the nuclear bomb pictures. Judy was a Sorority Sister of current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatives. Judy taught at Bellaire High School which was one of the best high schools in Texas. She also coached the tennis team. Her teams won so many regional championships that she is the all time winningest Coach. Neville and Judy were active in a lot of things to make The Meadows a better place to live. As time went on Neville was elected to the Fort Bend ISD school board. They became friends with almost every elected official.
I remember once when Neville casually mentioned to Judy that Gov. Bill Clements was coming to their house for a coffee and that many guest were expected. Judy came to our house almost frantic because with kids and dogs the house was not ready. My Judy and several friends pitched in to make it magazine ready. That is one of the many, many stories about Judy and Neville that will always be a fun memory. Some others I cannot tell. -- Bert Glaze

Ken and Joyce Elliott

July 2, 2018

Judy was loved and will be missed by all her Vincentian friends at St. Theresa’s SVdP food pantry.
We loved her for her self deprecating humour, her feisty to the point communication style, but mostly her loving and caring heart when someone needed help.
Our deepest sympathy to Judy’s family for their loss.

Marva Ledwith

July 1, 2018

I started working with Judy many years ago at HCC. At the end of each semester at checkout, Judy expected all grades and other paperwork to be in order. It was a pleasure to have worked with her. She always asked about my family and I enjoyed hearing about her family. I will miss Judy but I know she is in heavenly hands. May God be with you in your hour of sadness.




Marva Ledwith

July 1, 2018

I started working with Judy

Terri Miday

July 1, 2018

I met Judy at the SVdP Food Pantry at St. Theresa’s. She was so kind and loving and always supportive. I went through some tough times and Judy was always there to pick me up. God broke the mold when he made her. I will always treasure her friendship. I know God has a very special place for her In Heaven.

Terri Miday

Michael Pappas

July 1, 2018

John, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Everlasting....may her memory be! Our sincerest condolences, The Pappas Family (Michael, Laura, Wilson, Christopher, Nicholas, and Patrick)

Kim Bourgeois

July 1, 2018

After 40 years of friendship with Noreen, I have an abundance of wonderful memories of literally growing up with the Lancaster family. Judy, Mrs. Lancaster, was like an extended Mom to me and all of us and I am forever grateful for everything she brought to my life and all of our lives. She will be so missed and my family sends heartfelt love and prayers to her family as they deal with the physical loss of their Mom, family member and friend!

Bqrbqrq Tivnan

July 1, 2018

My family (Schneiders) moved to the same street the Byrnes lived in 1951. Judy & I were in 7th grade and walked to St. Cajetans together on most days.
Then we took the CTA to the same all girls Catholic HS for 4 years (Longwood). After graduation, Judy went off to Trinity in DC while I went to Mundelein in Chicago BUT we always stayed in touch even when I was teaching overseas for DOD. She sent me a letter in 1966 inviting me to be a bridesmaid. I was delighted to return for that wonderful event. We always stayed in touch and my hubby & I even spent some time in her Texas house while traveling and she always stayed with us when she returned for her Trinity reunions. I picked her up in 2016 after her 55th reunion and she was "fit as a fiddle". I was so devastated when Debbie alerted me to the health crisis last year. I was elated when she came through and I was able to speak with her. I wish i could be with her beloved family tomorrow and Tuesday for her service . I will be there in spirit and am sure Jude is thrilled to be with her parents and Bobbie.. Loved you, Byrnsie

FROM THE FAMILY