Elizabeth Daigle Walling
June 18, 1922 ~ April 4, 1999
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Elizabeth Daigle Walling, 76, died Sunday; at home, surrounded by her loving husband, Joe, children, grandchildren and friends after a long bout with brain cancer. More details and a pictorial retrospective of her life may be viewed on the Internet at http://www.hypertexas.com/Elizabeth.htm.
During 28 years with Arthur Andersen & Co., Elizabeth's smiling face, greeted thousands of clients, staff and partners-to-be with her famous bowl of candy.
A remarkable woman of courage, compassion and boundless love, Elizabeth fully recovered from Hodgkins Disease in 1974, breast cancer in 1992 and was very active in the fight against cancer. She and her husband of 13 years, Joseph Walling, spent 10 years as volunteers at M. D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center.
The family wishes to thank her kind and gentle caregivers, Fr. Chacko Puthamayil, Parochial Vicar of St. Laurence Catholic Church, Rev. Jamie Kinsman and Brother Gerald Canon of the Almeda Baptist Church, the staff at M. D. Anderson and Hospice at Texas Medical Center for their love and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center.
Born in Waveland, Indiana, Elizabeth Walling moved to Houston in 1938 with her mother, Esther Ghormley, brother, Bud and sister, Elaine. In 1941, she married Sterling Daigle who preceeded her in death after 40 years of marriage.
In addition to her thoughtfulness and faith, she will be remembered for her "green thumb", creativity with floral arrangements and a passion for travel.
Survivors include her husband, Joe and sister, Elaine Vetrano of Houston, sister-in-law Ruth Ghormley, as well as her children; John Daigle of San Antonio, Dianne Pieper and Steve Daigle of Evergreen, Colorado; four grandchildren, Amy Crawford, Michelle, Adam and Travis Daigle; stepchildren Cheri Huffman of Denver, Colorado, Nancy Donnelly and Sheila Slezak of Houston as well as Mary Tyler of Ft. Worth, Texas. Stepgrandchildren Don and Neil Pieper and Step-greatgrandchildren Kylie, Elyse and Christian Pieper.
Her many friends are encouraged to visit with the family Tuesday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Earthman Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel, 12555 S. Kirkwood, Stafford, Texas.
A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. John Weyer, pastor of St. Laurence Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on April 7. The church is located at 3100 Sweetwater Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas followed by interment at Forest Park Cemetery Wayside.
Pallbearers are: Ken Pieper, Mark Vetrano, Tim Vetrano, William Crawford, Neil Pieper, Mark Slezak, Clarence Donnelly and Raymond Terrell. Honorary pallbearers are: Adam Daigle, Travis Daigle, Philip Vetrano, Casey Vetrano, Steve Stevens, Jason Tyler, Travis Tyler, Alan Huffman and Keith Tyler.
Joseph and Elizabeth Walling
Sterling and Elizabeth Daigle
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