Hattie Mae Wood “Woody”

Published 11:36 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hattie Mae Wood, “Woody” 92, was called home Sunday, January 3, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Rupert Oliver and Dora Anna Wood; sisters, Dorothy Liere, Beatrice Theriot and Virgle Hawk. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Debbie Harris and husband, David of Pearland, Linda Cessac and husband, Phil of Pearland, Melvin Theriot Jr. and wife, Donna of Pearland, Curtis Oblinger and wife, JoyLyn of Spring, Carol Masada and husband, Tim of Spring, George Hawk of Pearland; great nieces and nephews, Kristina Butts and husband, Randy of Washington, DC, Deidrea Mabry and husband, Casey of Garden Plain, KS, Amber Roos and husband, Justin of Washington, DC, Dupree Cessac of Pearland, Morgan Cessac of Pearland, Melvin Theriot III of Pearland, Amanda Greer and husband, Joshua of Manvel, Christine K. Masuda of San Diego, CA, Sharon Zittle and husband, Keith of Boulder, CO; great-great nieces, Reyse and Avery Mabry, Josephine and Katherine Butts, Rylynn Theriot-Greer and many more family and friends.

Hattie Mae grew-up in Pearland, Texas, on her family’s dairy farm where she and her three older sisters spent the summers riding horses, going to the movies and enjoying the outdoors. Hattie Mae graduated as the Salutatorian from Pearland High School in 1940. After graduation she attended Texas Women’s University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education and later earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Houston. Hattie Mae taught in Sugar Land for one year before she was offered a position as the girls’ volleyball coach with Orange ISD. For 40 years, Hattie Mae taught physical education and driver’s education and successfully coached the girls’ volleyball and golf teams. In addition to her passion for sports and education she enjoyed racing her two corvettes in competitive endurance races. After she retired from teaching and coaching in 1985 she spent her days on the golf course, refereeing girls’ volleyball games throughout Texas and teaching defensive driving. During her time in Orange, she was an active member of the Vidor Church of Christ. She returned to Pearland in 2005 to live closer to family, and was often in the stands (home and away games) cheering on Pearland High School girls’ volleyball teams. She loved to spend time traveling with family and friends throughout the U.S. and overseas. Over the past 10 years she enjoyed being part of family weddings, vacations and the baptisms and birthday parties of her great-great-nieces.

Hattie Mae will be dearly missed by family and friends who admired her passion for her faith, family, sports, travel, chocolate and ice cream – in addition to her independent nature. In her honor, her family hopes you’ll enjoy chocolate cake and ice cream with those you love and remember her good-hearted spirit.

The visitation for Hattie Mae will be held Friday, January 8, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The funeral service will take place Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Pearland Church of Christ, 2217 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father Wayne Wilkerson and Paul Evans officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com .