LaVeta Holmes McGary

LaVeta Holmes McGary, of Texas City, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the age of 69. She was born October 5, 1947 in Texas City, Texas to Robert and Daphine Holmes.

LaVeta was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Daphine Holmes, and Sibling Robert Gary.
She is survived by her husband William, son, Nathan Savchenko and wife, Dorinda, and four grandchildren, Carissa, Christopher and his wife Caity, Cailyn, and Cody. Her surviving siblings are Charles Holmes and wife Neva, Roberta Holmes Carter, and Robert Holmes Junior and wife Debbie. Laveta’s family also includes many nieces and nephews that she loved immensely.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10am at Crowder Funeral home in Dickinson Texas 851 FM 517 Rd W, Dickinson, TX 77539 with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery, in Edna, Texas.

LaVeta graduated from High School in Las Cruces New Mexico in 1965. She attended College at College of the Mainland in Texas City and Nursing school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. While there, she earned her Master degree in Nursing Education in 1978 and worked at the Danforth Hospital in Texas City. LaVeta began her teaching career at College of the Mainland in Texas City in 1978. She also taught Nursing at Lee College in Baytown. In 1990, she served as a consultant in Pakistan in the Karachi Adventist School of Nursing and served as the Principal there until 1996.

She returned to Texas City and continued teaching Nursing at College of the Mainland until her retirement in 2009. After retirement, she served faithfully in her local Adventist church in Texas City until her death.


  1. RIP my friend…

    Brian and Margo

    Brian N Baucom
  2. Aunt LaVeta will be loved and missed by all of us. We have so many wonderful memories that we can hold onto until Jesus comes. For me, being a youngster listening to the Life of Samson on LP at Aunt LaVetas’ home to watching family members being baptized that had taken Baptismal Classes by Aunt LaVeta, to listening to what she shared with family members about the trials of her life at the end of her years. My prayer is that each of us will not take a moment in this life for granted. How we treat each other, what we think and what we say will be brought before the Throne of Judgement. Will you be found to have reflected Christs’ Character? If not, you have time to ask for forgiveness and give your will and life to Jesus. I know that Aunt LaVeta kept the blessed hope of Jesus in her heart and waited for the glorious promise of the special resurrection for those who die under the Third Angels Message.
    May the Lord comfort each and every one.
    God bless.

    Leona Dawson
  3. RIP Veta.. Offering Prayer for the families.. May Christ give you all peace and Joy..
    George Adams

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Sister LeVeta’s passing. When I was younger and a new member of the Texas City Church it was always a special Sabbath when she and Bill would return from Pakistan with so many wonderful mission stories to share. She will be sorely missed.

    Marquelle Chapman
  5. Until we meet again Veta. I will love you in my memories. Prayers of comfort for the family.

    Kerri Hollomon
  6. LaVeta was always one of my favorite people. I am a Christian and I know she is in a far better place now, but she will be greatly missed by many people.

    Daniel McGary
  7. I am so sorry about Laveta’s death. She was a COM colleague for many years, and I always looked forward to seeing her at the COM Retiree luncheons. I will miss her. I am so sorry for your loss, Bill.

    Astrid Lowery
  8. Laveta was my nursing instructor.She was angelic in every way, showing love, patience, compassion, and kindness to her students and to the patients during our hospital training. She was loved by all our class.
    God bless her family.
    Mary Jane Peterson Page
    College of the Mainland School of Nursing Class of 1981

    Mary Jane Page
    • I was a fellow faculty member of LaVeta’s at College of the Mainland many years ago. She was an extraordinary woman, teacher, and mentor to students and friends. Although we lost touch over the years I remember her so fondly, particularly her “can-do” approach to life, innovative approaches to teaching, and musical talent. Her greatest gifts, though, were her deep compassion and kindness to everyone she touched. My deepest condolences to her family.

      Libby (Vincent) Tsubai
  9. I have just heard of Veta’s death and am deeply sad over the loss of my friend and colleague. She was a special friend and an excellent nursing professor. I am sorry we were not in touch in her final year on Earth but there is no doubt she is with her Lord today and reaping the blessings of eternity that she so deserves.

    Linda (Marley) Summey
  10. I just learned of Mrs McGarys passing. It instantly brought back the memories of what a funny, kind and intelligent person and instructor she was. She was my favorite teacher through nursing school and I have remembered her fondly many times in my career as I used the skills learned from her. May she rest in peace.

    C Haggard RN

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