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Mary Nell Bear

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Mary Nell Brewer Bear, 96, the last of her family’s generation on both the Brewer and Bear families, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019, in Richland Hills.   She was born and raised in Nacogdoches, the fifth daughter of Arthur and Minnie Nama Powers Brewer. She attended SFA University until the beginning of the war, when she went to work for the civil service. Mary Nell moved to Crockett after World War II to work for Farmer’s Home Administration where she met and married Roland Hugh Bear, Sr. in 1950. She was a longtime member and volunteer at the First United Methodist Church, and Pythian Sisters where she served as Past Chief. Mary Nell, along with her sisters and friends, were avid quilters and in 2010, she moved to Richland Hills to be near her family following an illness.

Mary Nell is survived by her daughter, Aletha Bear Houy and husband, Ralph of Richland Hills; son, Roland Hugh Bear, Jr. of Richland Hills; grandsons, Russell Lawrence Houy, Chad Roland Houy; and numerous other relatives. She is preceded in death by husband, Roland Hugh Bear, Sr; parents, Nama and Arthur Brewer; sisters, Elsie Violet Barker and husband, Frank, Maxine Hammond and husband, L.J., Shirley Oleta Key and husband, Ed, Carol McBryde and husband, Forest; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, William Bear, John Bear and wife, Lucille, Aaron Bear and wife, Rebecca, Jim Bear and wife, Gladys, Jessie Bear and wife, Mildred, Ted Bear, Walter Bear and wife, Beulah, Fannie Berry and Annie Laurie Bear; nieces and nephews, Mary Frances Hobbs, Sue Truitt, Mary Jho Hammond, Patsy Barker, John Roland Bear, Danny Bear, James Ray Bear and Terry Bear.

A Celebration of Life for Mary Nell Bear will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Malcolm Monroe, officiating. Online condolences may be left at



  1. Aww, another ICON of Crockett is resting in the arms of the Lord. Peace be with the family and all who knew this nice lady.

  2. My condolences to Aletha, Roland, and all of the family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. God bless you.

  3. Aletha and Roland, sorry for your loss. She was a dear, sweet, lady and I know you will miss your mom. My prayers are with you at this time.

  4. Aletha, so very sorry for the loss of your precious mom. May God’s Grace surround you and your family.
    Praying for you. Jackie Selman Beaulieu.

  5. Aletha and Roland,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was always so sweet to me. I will forever remember her sitting in her place on the pew in our church with a smile on her face. She was such a faithful member. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this very difficult time.

  6. Mary Nell “Mama Bear” was such a lovely sweet woman! She always welcomed me into your home and made me feel like part of the family. I treasure those fun memories from so long ago! Aletha, Ralph, Russell, Chad and Roland, I will keep all of you in my prayers!

  7. My condolences to the family of Mary Nell. I knew her before and during the time we worked for the same agency.

    Clifford Beeson
    Retired 1994 Fha

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