April 10, 1947 – April 12, 2018
Red Convertibles and Not Wanting to Miss a Thing
Royce Ann was … well … Royce Ann. We remember her by her various cars – often red convertibles – her distinctive clothes and jewelry, and her warm and loving friendship. She was devoted to family and friends. She enjoyed time with brother Alfred & Joyce; son Dan & Deanna; grandkids Lilly, Evie and Reid; (great-)nieces & nephews; as well as dozens and dozens of friends.
Royce Ann was born in Gladewater, Texas and grew up in nearby Longview. She met Rick at a friend’s Bat Mitzvah at Emanu El when they were 13. They met again at age 15 at a TOFTY convention again at Emanu El, and they started a 5-year correspondence first from Longview to Houston then when college started from Houston to Boston. Rick and Royce Ann married in 1967 at Emanu El. Then in Boston she worked in the physics department at MIT while Rick completed his studies. They moved back to Houston in 1970; Dan was born later that year.
Royce Ann received her BFA in Environmental (Interior) Design from the University of Houston where she got her passion for photography. She not only passed the national interior designers qualification exam the first time, she went on to teach 5 others – all passed. She started Spatial Images, Inc. helping countless homeowners and businesses with their design needs. For 22 years she was the Facilities Planner at UTMB in Galveston which in her words was a “playground of 7 million square feet of clinical, educational and research space”. She loved her work and was well respected by the thousands she interacted with.
She was a member of several charitable and professional groups often in a chair or board position. She was most active in the Women’s Business Support Network (WBSN); progressively being secretary, treasurer, annual dinner chair, and president. In 2001 the Federation of Houston Professional Women honored her as a Woman of Excellence at their annual banquet.
As an accomplished artistic photographer her images are in many collections across the US. She has exhibited in invitational juried shows from Washington State to the Louvre in Paris, recently awarded second place in a local show. She has an image on display now for FotoFest with her Pixels and Silver colleagues who have graciously dedicated their show to Royce Ann.
Despite all the medical challenges she continued to push forward in part because she didn’t want to miss anything. A few years ago, Royce Ann started Hebrew lessons in her 4-year quest to become Bat Mitzvah; she persevered despite two torn rotator cuffs, her kidney transplant stopped working (we couldn’t say failed) putting her on dialysis again, and she beat breast cancer. In the last year, she was back at Congregation Emanu El helping make lunches for underprivileged kids.
The family thanks the numerous medical professionals over the years who helped Royce Ann.
We love you Royce Ann and we’ll miss you.
A Graveside Service will take place at 1:30 pm, Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77074, Rabbi Pam Silk officiating.
Donations in Royce Ann’s honor may be made to Congregation Emanu El, (http://emanuelhouston.org/donations).