Marietta Bell Pawlik

Marietta Bell Pawlik, 100, of Dickinson, Texas passed away at her home on December 17, 2022, surrounded by family.

Her parents, Adah and Jesse met in Indianapolis where he was a ‘through freight’ conductor on the Nickle Plate rail road and where she owned a restaurant.   They married in 1920 and moved to Peru Indiana to start their life together.

Mother Adah (Murray) Buri (1888-1982), Father Jesse James Bell (1878-1964) along with siblings Cecil (Jack), Miriam Lenora, Tawnee (Lillian) and brother Robert (Bob) Knuten welcomed Marietta in their Peru, Indiana family on August 4, 1922.

Marietta said she had a wonderful life growing up.  She was spoiled with all the attention from the older children and her parents revamped the basement of their house for her to invite high school friends over to play records and dance.

After High School, with her father’s encouragement, she completed her nursing degree from Englewood Hospital School of Nursing in 1945.  She was devoted to her father and was inconsolable upon his death.  After graduation she found a position working in the polio ward of John Sealy Hospital in Galveston Texas.  Although she had a tiring week, a nursing friend encouraged her to attend a party where she met Chester Pawlik – her future husband.   Marietta also worked as a private nurse and an industrial nurse for Union Carbide Chemical Company in Texas City before retirement.

Chester Louis was the eldest of 7 sons and 2 daughters of John D. Pawlik (1899-1973) and Florence Urbanczyk (1902 – 1993) who were farmers in McAllen Texas.  He attended Texas A&M University when WW II interrupted his studies.  After serving in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines, he returned and graduated with a degree in Civil engineering.  He accepted a position with the Galveston Army Corps of Engineers where he retired after 28 years of service.

Soon Marietta and Chester added Robert James, John Stephen and Edward Louis into their family – three mischievous boys who enjoyed their country home – playing in the streams, riding bicycles through the woods and shooting their BB guns.   They had a good life.

After her parents passed, Marietta and husband Chester spent long lazy summers at her mother’s old home in Peru Indiana where they enjoyed the milder weather.  She kept busy tending to the flowers, visiting famers markets and canning salsa, pickles and fresh vegetables for her family and friends.

Marietta enjoyed nature, caring for her flowers and planting large summer gardens.  She was proud to be the President of the Garden Club in Humble Texas.

Marietta and her husband Chester leave behind the families of her 3 sons:

– Bob and Billye Meyer (deceased), sons Lance, Richard (Tammy Champagne) and their children Eli and Carson.
– John and Rhonda Riley
– Ed and Robin Lamb, daughter Jennifer (David Peel) and their daughter Blayke; son Bryan (Sue Robinson) and their children Graham and Evelyn.

Visitation at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday December 28, 2022 with a Rosary starting at 7:00 pm.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 12 noon on Thursday, December 29, 2022, Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church celebrated by Father Larry Wilson.  Interment follows at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery Dickinson.

Pallbearers are Bryan Pawlik, Lance Pawlik, Richard Pawlik, David Peel, Bobby Crowson and Bob Peel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Enhabit Hospice of South Houston or the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson Texas.


  1. Sandy and I are sorry for your loss. I know Mrs Pawlik was loved very much up to the last.
    Rest in peace.

    Rick and Sandy Conner
  2. We were neighbors of Marietta and Chester in 1976 in Pinehurst of Atascocita. They were both very dear to our family. Marietta taught me so many things about gardening, cooking and crafting. She was such a talented and patient teacher! They will always have a place in our hearts and we will cherish all our fond memories.

    Love and sympathy to all the family,
    Mary Ann and Jim Wosenitz

    Mary Ann & Jim Wosenitz
  3. We are saddened for your loss. We know she lived a long and fulfilled life with a legacy of a wonderful family.
    Dan, Saba, and mama

  4. We are so very saddened by the lost of a beautiful soul!! Marietta was the sweetest person I have ever met in my entire life. We will miss you and your delicious cakes you made for The Knights of Columbus fish fry’s!
    Bobby, Ed and family we send our prayers and condolences to each of you.

    Al & Rachel Carmona
  5. Vickie and I are so sorry for your loss. She lived to be 100, so that is living a full life. Our prayers are with you and your family…..

    Johnnie Arolfo
  6. Marietta had many things in her life to be proud of – a wonderful family, a strong faith life, her contributions to many worthy organizations, a career as a nurse, and reaching her 100th birthday. So much life lived and so many lives touched in all those years, it’s hard to sum it all up in just a few words. I’m glad that I got to know Marietta and my prayers are for the repose of her beautiful soul and for her family. May God give you peace and hold you close to His heart.
    With deepest sympathy,

    Sharon Chamberlain
  7. I’m so sad to find out about your passing 😢. I tried to call you and check on you because you were on my mind heavy. My condolences and prayers to your family. I really loved Mrs.Pawlik. I was her caregiver/ companion Shyla Bateast. She was a great friend. I am truly going to miss her!!

    Shyla Bateast

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