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A4 I)\llY\IA\s THURSDAY, JULY 1,1999 GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS Questions rais< The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The emergency room doctor diagnosed Donald Ashwell with early stage pneumonia and prescribed an antibiotic. But Mississippi limits how many prescriptions it buys each month for Medicaid patients, and the drugstore said Ashwell had reached bis limit. Unable to pay for the $45 antibiotic, Ashwell went home. Three days later, Ashwell, 37, had worsened severely and was hospitalized — but it was too late. He died. And Medicaid had a $4,900 hospital bill. "This is a dilemma that thousands ... of people across the country face every month," said Cynthia Folcarelli of the National Mental Health Association, which is using AshwelTs death last month to ask the federal government to end state prescription limits. A survey by the Health Care Financing Administration, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid, found that at least 11 states restrict the number of prescription drugs nonhospitalized Medicaid patients can receive per month. Limits vary from three in Arkansas to five in Mississippi and 10 in West Virginia. If s the same conundrum facing all health plans: Medications are the fastest-growing, health-care cost, so limiting them is logical when budgets are tight, said William Waldman.of the American Public Human Services Association, which represents Med' icaid directors. There must be safeguards ensuring critical care isn't denied, Waldman cautioned. But critics say even in states that provide waivers for emergencies vulnerable patients must know how to work the system. "It's mind boggling, all the red tape and things people have to go through," said Ashwell's sister, Patricia Vinriguerra. "If you doirt (know how), you are in trouble." Ashwell took five drugs every day to control schizophrenia and manic depression. The medicines worked well enough that he became a frequent, and popular, volunteer at area health clinics, said Susan Richards of the Mental Health Association of Harrison County, Miss. But the Wiggins, Miss., hospital death report says Ashwell couldnt buy a sixth drug, the antibiotic, "because of financial problems." The records describe painful and expensive attempts to save Ashwell after his untreated pneumonia worsened: Limiting prescriptions rarely is a problem, said Mississippi Medicaid director Helen Wetherbee. Of Mississippi's 500,000 Medicaid recipients, "we have about 2,500 who bump that limit once a year or more," she said. The limit is a very gen- erous one." Still, Mississippi passed a law in April allowing patients to appeal for an extra five drugs if a doctor determines exceeding the limit is necessary. There's the real mystery of Ashwell's death: Under the new law, Wetherbee says she would have authorized AshwelTs antibiotics if only someone had asked. Why didn't anyone? "That's my question," said Wetherbee, who is contacting the hospital, drugstore and Medicaid case managers involved "to make sure it doesn't happen again." ; t~ Constance A Schultz SANTA FE — Constance A. Schultz, age 78, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Directors. Frank Prisco DICKINSON - Frank Prisco, 73, of Dickinson, Texas, passed away Wednesday, June 30,1999, at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas. Arrangements are pending at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Doyle E. Ferris HARLINGEN, Texas - Doyle E. Ferris,'72, passed away in Harlingen, Texas, June 27,1999. Mr. Ferris was a retired Merchant Marine Officer. He was a member of M.M.&P. His son, Jeffry Wayne Ferris, preceded him in death. Survivors are his daughter, Sue Ann Buckley and grandson, Joshua Buckley, both of Dallas, Texas; and Margaret Ann Ferris of Galveston, Texas. A private memorial service was held in Harlingen, Texas. Lena Charles WEST TEXAS CITY - Mrs. Lena Charles, 92, of west Texas City, peacefully passed from this life June 27, 1999, at Gulf Health Care Center in Texas City. Mrs. Charles was born January 2, 1907, in Ar- mandville, Louisiana, and has resided in Texas for over 70 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Charles and her oldest daughter, Willie Mae Mosely. .She is survived by her devoted daughter, Dorothy Leonard; 11 grandchildren: Michael Leonard, Valerie Mosely, Patricia McKinzie, Arthur Mosely, Joan Cartwright, Charlene Ruff, Earl Mosely, Joseph Mosely, Roderick Leonard, Ronald Mosely and Zachary Mosely, 25 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; 2 nieces and a host of friends. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, 1999, at Mainland Funeral Home in La Marque with a wake immediately following Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 3, 1999, at 12 (noon) at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque with Monsignor Culver officiating. Interment will follow at the Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock. Pallbearers will include her grandsons, Joseph Mosely, Roderick Leonard, Ronald Mosely, Zachary Mosely and great- grandsons, Roderick Leonard Jr. and Derrick McKinzie. The family would like to thank Gulf Home Health Center and the many wonderful friends in the community. > Mainland Funeral Home Hosey Sudds GALVESTON — Funeral services for Mr. Hosey Sudds will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. from Lundy Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. John Anderson officiating. Mr. Sudds was born May 31, 1935, to the union of John and Luberdie. He was preceded in death by both parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Friends may call at Lundy Mortuary, Thursday after 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. He leaves to cherish his memories, his one sister in Houston, Texas; 2 sisters in Mansfield, Louisiana; one sister in Frison, Louisiana; two sisters in Shreveport, Louisiana; two brothers in Houston, Texas; one brother in Jonesboro, Louisiana; one dear friend, Velma Salt; one soix; one daughter; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lundy Mortuary t-r\ * r. A l. V E S T o N COUNTY.* TtffiDAJjyNEWS Your Local Ncw« Source U.S.P.S. 213400 Founded in 1842 Texas' Oldest Newspaper Dedicated to the growth and progress of Galveston and all of Galveston County. Published every morning by Galveston Newspapers Inc., 8522 Teichman Road, Box 628, Galveston, Texas 77553. Second class postage paid at Galveston, Texas. The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use or republication of all the local news of spontaneous origin printed in this newspaper. Subscription rates by carrier, $12 per month- by mail, $270 per year anywhere in the continental United States, $540 per year outside the United States. (409)8*3-5200 (800) 961-3*11 The Galvestan County Daily News welcomes letters to the editor, whtcn stwuW be limited to 150 words. Gladys Lulu Lott GALVESTON - Gladys Lulu Lott, age 98, of Dickinson, passed away at her home June 29,1999. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 1, 1999, rVom 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 2,1999, at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. Gladys was born in Kansas on February 16, 1901. She moved to San Benito, Texas, at a very young age. She was a Girls' Softball great-grandma from 1979 to 1999. God's gift to us the greatest mother, grandma and great-grandma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lott, and son, Delbert Timmerman. She is survived by Myrtle Timmerman of California; son, Louis Timmerman of Lockport, New York; son Roger Timmerman, (Bettye) of Galveston; daughter, Esther Hyde of Dickinson, Texas; grandchildren Carolyn Ardrade (Chris) of Washington State; Diane Daigler (John) of Lockport, New York; Michael Timmerman also of Lockport; Dorinda Hyde of Dickinson; Clark and Peter Hyde (Lisa) of Salt Lake City, Utah; great-grandchildren Chani, A.D. and Chad Ardrade; Margot, Tara Daigler; Darby Earle (Greg); Kayce Kay and Megan Hyde; also a very dear friend, RuthVaugh. J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Directors Doris Mason Weber Becker Doris Mason Weber Becker, 84, entered into eternal rest on June 29,1999. Mrs. Becker was a member of Tomball United Methodist Church and a member of the Potpourri Club of Magnolia. She was preceded in death by husbands, Ozro Paul Weber, George White and Louis E. Becker; four brothers and parents. Survivors are her four daughters, Lillian Weber Reed and husband Kenneth Jr. of Mesquite, Texas; Edwina Peyton and husband Marvin; Denise Ann Weber-Biondolilo and husband Philip M.; and Carolyn Weber Davis and husband Bill Jr.; one son, Paul Weber and wife Betty; one sister, Nedra Lloyd; one brother, Edwin A. Mason; eleven grandchildren: Linda Colvin, Sharon Lowry, Kenneth Reed in, Shari Robey, Gary Peyton, Thomas Troy Nordyke, David Weber, Daniel Weber, Kyla Davis, William Davis HI and Kimberly Davis; and twelve great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 2,1999, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Forest Park Lawndale with Dr. Scott Endress of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 1999, at the funeral home. Pallbearers for the funeral service will be the six grandsons, Kenneth Reed HI, Gary Peyton, Thomas Troy Nordyke, David Weber, Daniel Weber, and Trey Davis. Forest Park Lawndale law, Frank Henderson; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Garrett; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorials may be sent to Fields Funeral Home, Inc., 2702 Avenue L, Galveston, Texas 77550. Fields Funeral Home,- Inc. Obituaries Obituaries are a paid feature of TTie Ga\«- ston County Daily News. For information about the costs and how to submit an obituary, call (409) 683-5200 or (409) 683-5308. The deadline for obituaries is 4 p.m. dally during the week and 5 p.m. for Pending Notices. For Weekends (Sat & Sun.) and for Holidays, the deadline for both Obituaries and Pending Notices is 12 Noon. Obituaries placed by individuals must be completed prior to submitting to The News, they may be hand written (legible), or typed, and may be faxed, waited or brought into the Mainland or Galveston island Offices, at least an hour prior to regular Obituary deadlines. For prompt service, please call, if you are coming in, to mate sure someone is available to assist you. You win need to have some verification of the dead, and prepayment is required - all credit cards are accepted. Families and funeral homes m urged to erv sure that information is accurate, and eB names are spslted correctly. The Oafly News assumes ro responsibility for inaccurate information provided to us. Mary L. Garrett TEXAS CITY - Mary L. Garrett, 67. departed this life on Monday, June 28, 1999, at a UTMB hospital in Galveston. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Progressive Baptist Church with the Rev., Johnathan Steele .officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, Texas. Mrs. Garrett was born May 30,1932, in Nacogdoches, lexas. She was employed with the La Marque Independent School District and was a member of the Progressive Baptist Church Choir. Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by a daughter, Tracy Garrett, and son, Dewane Garrett. Survivors include sons, Ricky Garrett, Kim Garrett and Trent Garrett; daughters, Shirley Reese, Debra Finley, Charlotte Henderson and Pamela Garrett; a host of grandchildren; brother, Bill Finley; sisters, Dorothy Mayfield, Rose Walker, Emma Ervin and Jolene Fowler; son-in- Betty J. Jantz TEXAS CITY - Betty J. Jantz, 70, of Texas City, died Tuesday, June 29,1999, at Clear Lake Hospital, Webster, Texas. She was born August 4,1928, in Dallas, Texas, and had resided in Texas City for 45 years. A visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 1999, at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 2,1999, at the funeral home with Johnny Munoz officiating. Burial will follow services at Forest Park East in Webster, Texas. Survivors include her husband, Virden Jantz of Texas City; daughter and son-in-law Virdeen J. and Johnny Munoz of League City; two sisters Mona Hosea and Jewell :Goins of Houston; two brothers, Louis Taft of Angleton and Earl Taft of Dallas; one grandchild Ethan A Munoz. James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas Jack Doras Richardson GALVESTON — Jack Doras Richardson, 81, of Galveston, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at his residence. Visitation will be Friday, July 2,1999, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Brother Darrell Streeter will officiate. Mr. Richardson was born June 22,1918, in Houston, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of Galveston and a member of the Methodist faith. He worked as a switchman for the Galveston wharves until his retirement in 1973. He was a member of the United Transportation Union. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of VF.W. Post 880. He played semipro baseball for Falstaff and Southern Select Brewery. He is preceded in death by his wife, Tommie Lou Richardson. He is survived by his three daughters, Aloha Berger and her husband Greg Neal of Santa Fe; Lynda Orton of Santa Fe; Theresa Sarich Kirk of League City; son, Jack Doras Richardson and his wife Phyllis of Galveston; five grandchildren, Tammy Herrin, Robyn Bums, Debbie Kidd, Aloha Bishop and Larry Berger Jr.; and six great- grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Orton, Rodney Herrin Sr., Billy Burns Jr., Bill Bishop, Larry Berger Jr. and Brian Kidd. Memorials may be made to the Alvin Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 2102 West Lang Street, Alvin, Texas 77511. Malloy & Son Funeral Home Services Durdin Funeral services for Neal Durdin will be held 2 p.m. at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock. McElwain Services for John Lester McElwain will be today at 10 a.m. at J. Levy & Bro. Chapel. :'. . l$'795 Pertiozen | / . -Cash&Cany Cash & Can? | Ramctecks Availably Limit 3 Dozen- While Supplies Last. s MAINLAND ROftAL, MC. 765-LOVE 2710 Broadway The family oj CLIFTON SQUALLY DOUGLAS would like to thank everyone Jor their kindness daring our time of bereavement. To the many friends oj Clifton, we thank you Carolyn Douglas and family Remember someone with a tribute to their memory. Memorial ads are published daily starting at just INDEPENDENCE DAY ADVERTISING DEADLINES The Advertising Departments of The Galveston County Daily News will be observing the Independence Day Holiday on Monday, July 5,1999. Both the Classifed and Retail departments will be closed. 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