Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX


Cholla Kepner

December 5, 1932January 19, 2013
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Cholla Kepner, 80, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Along with teaching at the Art League of Houston for more than 45 years, she worked for NBC and the Local media outlets in Houston as a court room artist and has also worked for M.G.M. Studios. Cholla has adeptly captured personalities on canvas and paper for the past 45 years. Aside from hundreds of commissioned portraits, between illustration assignments, sculpting, and teaching; she has lectured and demonstrated through-out the southwest. “I love to teach – and will probably wish to do some teaching and workshops even when I’m 90!” Cholla is preceded in death by her daughter Robin Blake and grandson Brant Runnels. She is survived by her ex-husband Audra Runnels; daughter Gianna Holle (husband Brian); sons Wade Runnels (wife Pam) and Theron (wife Mavis); Step-son Jeremiah Runnels; grandchildren Theron II, Ilyn, Tiffany, Christopher, Jessica, and Douglas; 7 great-grandchildren; and her very special friend Robert van de Grift. A memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 I 45 south , The Woodlands, Texas 77384 on Tuesday, January 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm. To the sign register book or to leave memories of Cholla for the family please visit www.forestparkthewoodlands.com.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 22, 2013


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Valentina Hardin

December 1, 2013

I am so sad to have found out just now that this beloved teacher is no longer with us. She inspired and led me to find creativity even when I really doubted myself. She gave me the opportunity to show my work at the Art League when I was just a beginner and I'll never forget that. I will miss her so much!

Valentina Blonski Hardin, December 1, 2013

Brenda Little

September 1, 2013

Since the 1980's, Cholla and I have kept in touch when I was not taking her classes. I would call her, not often, but would check in to see how she was. I'm sorry to say, I waited too long and it is very sad for me. She was a positive influence in life and now, she has left a tremendous void in my life. I am so sad.

yolanda kepner

February 7, 2013

What a beautiful tribute to aunt cholla. . My love goes out to all the family members. . And to all the dear friends who knew her. .

Gina Marin

February 5, 2013

What a wonderful tribute to a talented artist. Aunt Cholla was a beautiful woman both inside and out. She will be greatly missed by all her family.

Sharnha Reyes-Hew

January 31, 2013

I am so saddened by Cholla's passing. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. She was a wonderful, strong woman, who gave herself to her work and the success of her students. Her spark that lit up many hearts. She made a huge difference in many, many lives, including mine. Rest in peace, my darling friend, heaven has an angel to paint the sky in vivid colors. I will miss you!!

January 29, 2013

Cholla was a beloved fixture here at Texas Art Supply. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed

Eepi Chaad

January 29, 2013

Cholla was a beloved fixture here at Texas Art Supply. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed

Mick Stewart

January 28, 2013

I knew Cholla for nearly 25 years; I met her through Bob van de Grift. She was simply a mensch; a treasure, a wonderful, beautiful, delightful lady. In fact, I moved into Cholla's backyard apartment for a year where she smothered me with her love, affection and her wonderful strawberry smoothies. Van was her closest, most dedicated friend the past few years - I would like to thank him for caring for Cholla, her cats and for "being there" for her during this time. I'll never forget her. She was a Houston treasure, who touched everyone she knew. - Mike Stewart


January 26, 2013

Memories of Cholla will continue to inspire us. This is why we live at all.

Jean Ross

January 23, 2013

Such a generous, validating spirit! She was so willing to share her talent and so willing to foster talent in others. I will miss our dear Cholla. My thoughts are with her family as Cholla moves on into brighter, higher realms.