Vina Irene Mallory, 88, of Orange, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Hermann Memorial Baptist Hospital.

Funeral Service is 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange., with Rev. Tim Norris of Trinity Lutheran officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Born in 1919 in Austin to Roy Hamilton and Emma Annie (Bauer) Piper, she was a secretary of Levingston Ship Building and a proprietor of Mallory’s Grocery where she took a special interest in children. She also worked in accounting for Ramsey-Kantz, and was a founding and very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Women and taught Sunday school for more than 25 years. She loved children and was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who attended all of her children and grandchildren’s activities. She was known as the “Icee Lady” at Mallory’s Grocery. She also loved to play bridge. 

She was a member of the Orange Country Club, Women’s Club of Orange and served on several auxiliary boards for Orange County youth baseball and football. She volunteered at Jones Nursing Home and was PTA officer at Jones Elementary. 

She was preceded in death by parents Roy and Emma Piper; husband James Mallory; and sisters Doris Crawford, Dorothy Blair and Mildred Wolf. 

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Dorraine Babcock and John; son and daughter-in-law, John Mallory and Sherry, all of Orange; and Jim Mallory of League City; grandchildren Jason Babcock and wife Melissa; Shane Brister and wife Scottie; Bryan Mallory and wife Leslie; Maggie Collum and husband Casey; Lauren Mallory and Rebecca Mallory; great-grandchildren Justin Babcock, Brady Babcock, Bennett Mallory and Macy Collum; brother Leroy Piper of Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members.

Pallbearers include Bryan Mallory, Jason Babcock, Shane Brister, Casey Collum, Mike Ochs and Jay Broussard. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Gilbert, Robert “Ed” Edwards, Eddie Colebrook, Buddy Stelter, James Stringer, Ralph Eikenhorst, Bob Appel, Bruno Schueler and Larry Downhour.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1819 16th St., Orange, 77630.