Lila Mae Volkmann

Lila Volkmann

Lila Mae Van Houten-Volkmann was born on May 21, 1954 in Battle Creek, Iowa. The daughter of Carleton Collins and Blanche Vernelle (Lochner) Van Houten. She moved to Texas in 1995 and remained until her passing on August 1st, 2017 at the age of 63.

She was an amazing single mother, who worked tirelessly to earn her Nursing Degree to achieve her dreams and support her children. To her, family was most important. She was always going above and beyond for her family, friends, co-workers, and her patients who she loved and cared for deeply.

Lila enjoyed reading, baking, making Christmas candies, having barbecues, pool parties, and especially spending time with family. She would travel to spend time with extended family members, including her brothers and sisters, always looking forward to the next get together. She was the one to call when you needed a question answered, had a bad day or just wanted to chat. Her children idolized her, to them she was and always will be their hero.   She was a kid at heart. She was the first to start a silly string or squirt bottle war. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, from sleepovers, firefly catching and immersed herself in all of the enjoyments of being a Grandma and Great-Grandma. 

While she was called Home too soon, she will be remembered always. Survivors include 4 children, Anita Williams (Tom); Peggy Hammond (Ken); Misty Urdiales (Ronald Jr); Jeff Volkmann (Amanda);  Grandchildren, Beau Williams, Brittany Batten, Bethany Batten,  Trent Kirchner, Trevor Kirchner, Nathan Kirchner, Ethan Urdiales, Adrienne Urdiales, Olivia Urdiales, Sammy Volkmann and Nick Volkmann ;  7 great grandchildren;  3 brothers, Gay Van Houten (Marilyn), Mert Van Houten (Rosaline), Jervae Downing (Butch) and Denny Van Houten (Linda); and a best friend, Bobby Urdiales.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Carleton and Blanche Van Houten; 1 son, Jerry Dennis Van Houten; 1 brother, Vernon Van Houten and 2 sisters, Anita Van Houten and Lynelle Van Houten. 

Services will be Tuesday, August 8th with a visitation at 10am, and a Memorial Service at 11am at Texas City Chapel.