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Linda Gentry Lery of D’Hanis, Texas entered into eternal rest on July 13, 2017.
Born December 5, 1942, in Good Pine, Louisiana to Dalton and Louise Gentry, Linda was a loving, unique individual who touched the lives of all who knew her.
She married Dennis Frank Lery on June 25, 1960 … on his 21st birthday so he’d never forget their anniversary.
Although she worked inside and outside of the home, she was completely dedicated to her family and rearing their three children, John, Paul, and Denise. She will be remembered most for being a committed wife and an unconditionally loving mother and grandmother. Her family was her biggest accomplishment. Her daughter was her partner in crime — they called and texted daily. Denise wishes to express condolences to everyone who didn’t have a mom as amazingly awesome as she and her brothers did.
They weren’t all easy, but Linda’s 74 years were filled with happiness and laughter. Lots of laughter! She refused to wait ’til the last minute for anything; despised cold weather; always griped that restaurant portions were too big; lacked patience; thought watching tv was a waste of time; had a black thumb instead of a green one; and hated bad grammar, fixing her hair, dust bunnies, and spicy food. She researched her family’s lineage for years and was proud to become a Daughter of the American Revolution. She was a Southern girl to the core. She always had a cup of coffee in her hand, read books constantly, always told it like it was, loved sitting in the sunshine and watching hummingbirds, made an outstanding strudel and mouthwatering kolaches, loved sitting under the tin roof to listen to the rain, and knew there was nothing better than a glass of Texas Sweet Red wine at the end of the day.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents and four siblings (Mary Nell Smith, Laverne Blue, Frank Gentry, and Ruby Dotson). Left to cherish her memory and tell wonderful stories are Dennis Lery, her loving husband of 57 years; son John Lery, daughter-in-law Patricia Lery, and granddaughters Brittany and Kristin Lery and great grandson Kamel; son Paul Lery; daughter Denise Lery Torres, son-in-law Ross Torres, and grandchildren Ryan and Natalie Torres; sisters Christine Francis and Carolyn Devillier; lifelong friend Elaine Wray; and countless extended family and friends.
A memorial and rosary will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 20, at E.P. Compean Funeral Home in Rosenberg, Texas. The funeral mass will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 21, at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond, Texas, with Father Manuel la Rosa-Lopez officiating, followed immediately by interment at Morton Cemetery in Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org/help). Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.epcompean.com.
Her last months were filled with lots of love and laughter. Let’s celebrate a wonderful, happy life. She will be sorely missed and remembered fondly. Raise a glass of red wine to a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her soul is free from her cancer-racked body; may she be surrounded by sunshine and her sisters in Heaven.
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