Josephine Reina Flanagan, 88, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Josephine was a native Houstonian, born September 20, 1929. Her parents, Mary and Anthony Lee Reina were Italian immigrants and she was the only daughter. From a very early age, Josephine helped run the family owned grocery store. In 1953, she met the love of her life, Jack Wesley Flanagan and together they had one daughter, Theresa. From the 60’s – 70’s Josephine worked for several independent oil companies as a bookkeeper and one of Houston’s favorite restaurants Valiant’s. The love story continued with Jack later in life, she loved him so much they were married twice. Together, in the late 70’s, they worked at Maxim Egg and in the 80’s they owed and ran the snack and sundry shop, Jac-Jo, Inc. located in the Chronicle Building downtown. Awakening each morning at 3:30, working side by side with him, until his death in 1996.
Her passions in life all had to do with creations she could make with her hands. She was an avid gardener who loved pot gardening with beautiful flowers, an amazing custom dress designer, and afghans crocheted to perfection. She loved listening to Frank Sinatra and enjoyed dancing the night away, adorning herself in jewelry, and never leaving the room without her lipstick. Her nickname was, “Miss Diva” and said with the utmost respect.
She is survived by her daughter; Theresa Flanagan Hildreth, grandsons; Shane Miller Hildreth (Regay), Jeffrey Lance Hildreth (Caroline), great-grandchildren; Audrey, James, Hayward, Ali, and John Hildreth; three brothers, Vincent, Frank (JoAnn), Bernard (Monta); step-grandchildren Blake and Kelsey Flanagan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving parents, Mary and Anthony Lee Reina and her husband, Jack, as well as her son-in-law, James Miller Hildreth.
The family wishes to extend their most grateful thanks to all the individuals that have been with her throughout this journey with Alzheimer’s the last 4 years. To those who touched her heart and enriched her soul in so many ways; for their love, support, care, and comfort at Silverado Sugarland, we could not have done this without you. A special thank you and love for our wonderful Maryann Simon, she loved you Mer.
Grandsons – Shane and Jeff Hildreth
Nephews – Vincent Reina, Jr., Chris Reina, Tony Reina and Coy Ramsey
Friends are invited to celebrate a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1505 Kane St., Houston, Texas 77007. Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am. A Private Burial will follow the mass. In lieu of flowers family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity.
Josephine Marie "Jo" Flanagan