Mary F. Custer Clevenger, 78, of League City, Texas passed away from this life on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas at Harbor Hospice Care Center. Mary was born in Hitchcock, TX on April 18, 1937 and was also raised there. She was a graduate of Dominican High School in Galveston and after the birth of her two sons she furthered her education with an associate’s degree from Galveston College, her B.S. and a Master’s Degree from University of Houston in education with additional time spent at UH working towards a Doctorate. She was employed at Lipton Tea Co. for her early career where she had many lifelong friends. She also helped at American Fence Supply which was her first husband’s business. She then began her teaching career which included elementary education in the Galveston ISD and in the Hitchcock ISD where she retired after 30 plus years. She always had great joy and feelings for so very many of her former students that she helped to educate. It was so very rewarding for her to see them become successful in life.
She was a friend to many having lived in Galveston, Santa Fe, and League City for her final stop. Like so many other grandparents she thought the world of her seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren while spending lots of time fun time with them. She also loved her casino trips and local card games. Her home and friends in the League City Retirement Community at Tuscan Lakes were also so very wonderful for her.
Mary was preceded in death by her second husband Joe Clevenger, her first husband Joseph A. Custer, Sr. her parents Katherine and C. C. Howard.
She is survived by her sons Joe Custer, Jr., and wife Valerie of League City and Boo Custer and wife Diane of League City, grandchildren Cassie Custer Vandeford and husband Robert, Trey Custer and wife Karlee, Coy Custer and fiancé Arin, Valen Custer, Kristen Custer, Chase Custer, and Carly Custer, great grandchildren Adarra and Cabrina Vanderford, Easton (ER 4) Custer and Evan Custer, sister Charlene McDuffie (Bill) of Lake Conroe, TX and Brother Nelson Howard (Lil) of Hitchcock TX and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and her little yorkie BooBoo.
So very dear to her were caregiver and friend Linda Tillmon of Galveston, Wayne Lovette and wife of League City, and Ellie Whitlock of Webster. The family also wishes to extend unending thanks to Drs. Aruna and Mahendra Agraharkar, and Dr. Nguyen for all of their great care and understanding of her needs.
A visitation in her honor will be held 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, March 7, 2016, Crowder Funeral Home, Dickinson, Texas with Graveside Services 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Dickinson, Texas.
In Lieu of flowers donation may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.