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In Memory of Lucille Allen McAlister

RespondBy | Aug.05, 2010 | Filed in: News

Lucille Allen McAlister, age 73, a lifetime resident of Houston, passed away on July 31, 2010. Mrs. McAlister was born on Dec 7, 1936, in Houston, Texas, to Gordon Bailey Allen and Fannie Weinona Allen. She was very active in causes for people who were deaf and hard of hearing. Mrs. McAlister served three, three-year terms for the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Board for Evaluation of Interpreters and also served as an evaluator for the Certification Board from 1983 – 2008. She also taught sign language courses in Interpreter Training for Lee College, Houston Community College and North Harris County College. Additionally, Mrs. McAlister served on the Advisory Board for the Interpreter Training Programs at Lee College, North Harris County College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She served on numerous task forces for the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Commission for the Dear and Hard of Hearing. Mrs. McAlister also served two terms as President of the Greater Houston Interpreters of the Deaf. While she worked in an educational setting for many years at all levels and in a variety of medical settings, her greatest love was in court interpreting.

Preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Gloria Slates; Mrs. McAlister is survived by her loving husband, Michael McAlister; son, David Lee Dudley and wife, Patty, of Macungie, Pennsylvania; step-daughters, Renee Marshall and husband, George, of Spring, Beth Bruce and husband, Steven, of Houston, and Katy McAlister, of Algonquin, Illinois; sister, Menefee Holdren; grandchildren, Tyler, Rachel and John Dudley, Chad and Amy Cegelski and Madeline McAlister; “favorite niece,” Kathleen Holdren and her children Lacey Webster and husband, Jason, Lindsay Ellis (Godchild) and husband, Chad, and Leslie Benbrook; nephews, David Lavon Brewer and wife, Wanda, and their children, Adam and Stacy and Richard Holdren and wife, Marilou, and their children, Marlow and Richmond; and numerous other friends, family and colleagues who will miss her.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels, with Pastor John Raddatz of Joy Lutheran Church officiating. Entombment will follow at Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Honoring the family as pallbearers will be Sonny Wukasch, Steven Bruce, Chad Cegelski, Robert Reichle, Maury Knape and George Marshall. For those desiring, memorial donations may be made in Lucille’s memory to Joy Lutheran Church Building Campaign, P. O. Box 23187, Houston, Texas 77228.

Born: December 07, 1936
Died: July 31, 2010
Visitation: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Crespo & Jirrels
Services: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels; entombment at Memory Gardens Mausoleum

Also visit: http://tributes.com/Lucille-McAlister
Memorials: For those desiring, memorial donations may be made in Lucille’s memory to Joy Lutheran Church Building Campaign, P. O. Box 23187, Houston, Texas 77228.
Cemetery: Memory Gardens (Map)
Location: Crespo and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services (Map)

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