Cynthia Kay Clendennen Bryant, 67, born Oct. 7, 1948, died Feb. 14. She is survived by her husband James Bryant, daughter Katie Pierce, son Michael Bryant, siblings Peggy Burgess and husband John, Emmett Clendennen and wife Debbie, Mark Clendennen and wife Lori, and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Harry August Burttschell, 71, born Dec. 29, 1944, died Feb. 16. He was a lifelong resident of Houston. He served in the Marines. He enjoyed entertaining and was often a featured guest at the Alvin and Grapevine Oprys. Burttschell is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara Burttschell, sons Kevin Burttschell and Heath Burttschell, daughter Kristine Whitaker and two grandchildren.
Margaret Faircloth, 70, born May 17, 1945, died Feb. 21.
Emily Francine Leonard, 96, born May 31, 1919, died Feb. 22.
Darling Melissa Murillo, 32, born in 1983, died Feb. 19. She is survived by her loving parents, Cesar and Mercedes Villarreal and brother, Cesar Allen Villarreal. Murillo was a very spiritual and devoted Catholic. She loved to travel and spoke highly of her trip to the Vatican in Rome. She had a passion for the fashion world and her time in college was spent studying psychology.
Donald R. Southward, 65, born Sept. 11, 1950, died Feb. 20. His career in the oil and gas industry allowed him to pursue his two passions – traveling and hunting. He is survived by his brother Bill Southward, his two sons Daniel Southward and Dean Southward, and two grandchildren.
Elizabeth Wilson, 90, born Nov. 24, 1925 in Ashland, Ala., died Feb. 15. She met her husband Bob while working as a telephone operator in Alexander City, Ala., and they were married in Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 9, 1948. They moved to the Houston Heights in 1951. Bob opened an automobile repair shop on Yale Street in the Heights, which he operated for more than 50 years. The family later lived in Oak Forest. She retired at 85 from Cornelius Nurseries. Wilson is survived by her sisters, Marion Riley, Ruth Farr, daughter Rebecca Jane Wilson Turner, and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.