HOUSTON - With her family at her side, Rose Mary Raney went home to be with her Lord on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, in Brownwood, Texas. She was born the eldest of three daughters to Harold Paul and Rosa Stella Dresch, on April 8, 1924, in Houston, Texas. For most of her life she resided in Pearland, Texas, where she met and was married to Hughie Raney just before he shipped out to Europe in World War II.
Rose Mary is preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years; her son, Hughie Raney Jr.; granddaughter, Melissa "Missy" Raney; sisters, Dorothy Hyde and Georgia Lee Hutchinson; and dear family members and friends. She is survived by daughter, Delores Raney Guess and husband Sonny of Palestine, Texas; daughter-in-law, Sandra Raney of Cranfills Gap, Texas; son, Paul Raney of Signal Hill, Calif. and daughter, Linda Raney Harriss and husband Earl of Brownwood, Texas. She was dearly loved by her eight beloved grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, and a multitude of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
Rose Mary lived with an unwavering faith and love that touched the lives of all who ever met her. Back when Pearlanders really knew each other, she was Mam Maw to half the population. A true follower of Jesus, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pearland, then Shadycrest Baptist Church of Pearland, and finally Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood.
Rose Mary's final words to her family were, "I love you all very much. Thank you so much for always loving me and taking such good care of me. All I want you to do is always love Jesus." She then spoke to her grandchildren and said, "And, please make sure you continue raising your babies to love Jesus."
The great-grandchildren sang Jesus Loves Me at the service.
A celebration of Rose Mary's life was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Pearland First Baptist Church, 3005 Pearland Parkway. Burial followed in South Park Cemetery, 1310 N. Main, Pearland, Texas. The family hosted a visitation from 6-8 p.m. Monday, at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston.