Mary Lou Stuckey Vela of Vidor was called home to Heaven on Monday, March 12, after a long battle with breast cancer.

You can always find Mary outside in her yard tending to her flowers. Mary loved her children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers. She always had a kind and gentle way with each of them. She had a smile that would light up the room and a heart that was just as big, and if you wanted to see that smile, just bake a cake or some lemon cookies. A simple but humble child of God, Mary loved the Lord above all. She was a godly example to all of those around her. Even to the end, Mary talked about the love of God.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Eastgate United Pentecostal Church in Vidor with the Rev. Bobby Edwards, officiating. Burial will follow at Del Rose Cemetery in Vidor.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the church.

Born in Anahuac, on Sept. 21, 1952, Mary was preceded in death by her father and mother, James Gordon Stuckey and Gertrude (Hargraves) Stuckey. As well as her niece, Kamisha Block.

Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Rochelle Waldrep of Jasper; daughters, Theresa Waldrep of Vidor, Sadie Vincent of Woodville; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathon and Jaymee Waldrep of Hemphill; and nine grandchildren, Kayla Vincent, Kristian Vincent, Kamron Vincent, Tamra Denton, Nathanial Lofton, Aeris Waldrep, Aeryn Waldrep, Landon Means and Makai Waldrep.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Steve Stuckey, Kathy Byerley, John Edward Stuckey, Arlene Segrest, Darlene Gillis, Jane Block, Wayne Stuckey and Terry Stuckey.

Arrangements are held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.