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Celebrating the life of
Ursula Ormanin Nissen
May 19, 1923 - November 13, 2013
A rich full life filled with culture, the arts and lots of love.
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Private Service at Home

My Dearest Mother, I will always love you. You will live forever in my heart. Your loving daughter, Gabriella

Gabriella, Houston, TX

So sorry for your loss ,my prayers are with you and your family.

Karin, VPA nurse, Houston, TX

Prayers for you in this difficult time

John Herthneck, Houston, TX

I'm very sorry for your lost, I know you where very close to her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. XOXOXO

Theresa Coppoock, Port Aransas, TX

Dear Gabriella and Quin So sorry to hear Mama is no longer with us. I still remember when I first met her, her mischievous smile and the twinkle in her eyes, especially when she looked at her precious daughter. The photo you chose did her justice, what a beauty. Love Sally and DeAun

Sally Jewell, Houston, TX

Dearest Gabriella and Quin, my condoloences to you. Your cousin Claus Nissen

Claus Nissen, Houston, TX

Hello Gaby and Quinn, I'm so sorry to hear that your mother died. I can imagine how you feel now. Your all are in our heats and thoughts. Love from all of us - Annegrethe and Olav and kids from Denmark

Annegrethe and Olav and kids, -, Denmark

My deepest condolences to the family. I did not know Ms. Ursula, I was drawn to her picture. Such a beautiful person. What a wonderful human being. Gaby and Quin, I will keep you in my prayers. You now have a beautiful angel watching you from heaven.

Mary Castillo, Houston, TX

Dearest Gaby and Quin, So sad to hear the news and so sorry for your loss. I shared some very funny and sweet moments with Ursula when I sat with her. I was apprehensive at first about the responsibility but I never regretted the decision. I am so glad I was able to know her and spend time with her. Sending you courage and love. Pat

Pat Goodwin, Houston, TX

Dear Gaby and Quin..... we're so sorry for you loss, please receive our heartfeld condolences. Love from Henrik and Tina,

Tina Schmidt, Aarøsund, Denmark

My condolences to your family during this time of grief.

Anonymous, Houston, TX

Dear Gaby and Quin Our heartfelt condolences are with you at this time of loss, yet Ursula was a joy to be with especially when I first met her at the Houston VA lab. She would not stop bragging about her little Gaby. I am so glad to have come across her path again in recent years, as well as yours and Quin's. Ursula is continuing to watch over you both. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Love, Muriel & Rich

Muriel & Rich Christensen, Houston, TX

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother as a lovely lady. She adored you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Ann Ryemon, Houston, TX

Ursula Ormanin Nissen, died on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 90.

Ursula is survived by her daughter Gabriella Nissen and her son-in-law Quin Harris.

She was born Ursula Anna Ormanin in 1923 in Berlin. She grew up in a beautiful part of Berlin called Schöneberg and attended the Humboldt Oberschule. She was an excellent student and excelled at languages, science and sports. During the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies Ursula was one of a thousand German youths selected to participate in the Festspiel Olympische Jugend.

Her father Franz Theophil Ormanin was a former member of the Kaiser’s Imperial Guard and later worked as a bank administrator. Her mother Elizabeth Schoett Ormanin was an educated beauty with a talent for clothing design. Her brother Günter Ormanin studied literature and aspired to become a forest ranger but instead was drafted into the German army and died from wounds received during WWII.

Ursula was a long time resident of Houston where she lived since leaving Berlin at the age of 31 to live with her Danish husband Claus Nissen, now deceased. Together they established a comfortable life in Houston. Ursula created a beautiful home in their house near MacGregor Park, and Claus worked as a ship engineer for the Merchant Marine. Every time Claus returned from sea was another honeymoon. Their three memorable years together were filled with adventurous travels throughout the United States including road trips to California, the Grand Canyon and Florida. Both eventually became citizens of the United States.

When Ursula was three months pregnant she received news about the accidental death of her husband while he was working aboard a Lykes Brothers Steamship Company cargo ship. She immediately found employment to support herself and her child on the way. She worked as a Medical Technologist at Memorial Hospital and continued her career as a Medical Technologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital until her retirement. Her time at the Veterans Administration Hospital included managing a laboratory and teaching classes.

Ursula had seen her more than her share of adversity including living through the Allied bombing of civilian areas of Berlin that left her home nearly in ruins. Even after the war during the Allied occupation life continued to be difficult and dangerous. Ursula participated in bucket brigades to remove rubble from destroyed buildings and stood in long lines to receive what little food was available. Despite the hard times Ursula continued her education by attending Lette College and graduating from the Margot Schumann Institute. After graduating she worked at the Lankwitz Hospital as Medical Technologist.

Although Ursula remained unmarried until her death, her life was not without love. She adored her daughter, and her daughter returned her love. She developed friendships in her youth that lasted until her death. Ursula was a kind, sensitive, and gentle woman. She will be remembered for her beauty, intelligence, generosity, wisdom, sense of humor, and her loving, open-hearted nature. She had a wonderful laugh. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Ursula created a rich, full life for herself and her daughter. She introduced Gabriella to the arts and culture available in Houston and made it possible for Gabriella to follow the artistic path she herself had not been able to follow professionally. Ursula enjoyed drawing and painting and exhibited her work at the The Art League Houston and at her daughter’s studio. She loved classical music especially Johann Strauss waltzes. She sang in the choir of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church for several years even though she was a religious skeptic. She enjoyed gardening and her home was always filled with beautiful plants. She was an excellent cook and homemade soups were her specialty.

Ursula loved to travel and took many trips throughout Europe before she married. She shared her love for travel with her daughter, and together they embarked on trips throughout Texas, the USA, Europe and Mexico. She created many beautiful photo albums of her travels.

Even though illness clouded the last years of Ursula’s life she still remained herself until the end. Her daughter Gabriella lovingly cared for Ursula during the last years. Gabriella’s husband Quin also provided assistance with her care in recent years.

The family wishes to extend thanks to Louis Frost, M.D. and the staff at Visiting Physicians for their guidance and excellent care. Thanks also to the nurses and staff at Careline Home Health for their kindness and support. Special thanks go out to Renisha Nwachukwa her caregiver and A Better Homecare. Special thanks also to Tasha (Torsha) Turner her previous caregiver who preceded Ursula in death. Thanks also to everyone else who cared for Ursula, especially the “Operation MamaCare” team.

The family will celebrate Ursula’s life with a private memorial service at home. Carl Jacobsen will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled through Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services.

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My Dearest Mother, I will always love you. You will live forever in my heart. Your loving daughter, Gabriella

Gabriella, Houston, TX

So sorry for your loss ,my prayers are with you and your family.

Karin, VPA nurse, Houston, TX

Prayers for you in this difficult time

John Herthneck, Houston, TX

I'm very sorry for your lost, I know you where very close to her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. XOXOXO

Theresa Coppoock, Port Aransas, TX

Dear Gabriella and Quin So sorry to hear Mama is no longer with us. I still remember when I first met her, her mischievous smile and the twinkle in her eyes, especially when she looked at her precious daughter. The photo you chose did her justice, what a beauty. Love Sally and DeAun

Sally Jewell, Houston, TX

Dearest Gabriella and Quin, my condoloences to you. Your cousin Claus Nissen

Claus Nissen, Houston, TX

Hello Gaby and Quinn, I'm so sorry to hear that your mother died. I can imagine how you feel now. Your all are in our heats and thoughts. Love from all of us - Annegrethe and Olav and kids from Denmark

Annegrethe and Olav and kids, -, Denmark

My deepest condolences to the family. I did not know Ms. Ursula, I was drawn to her picture. Such a beautiful person. What a wonderful human being. Gaby and Quin, I will keep you in my prayers. You now have a beautiful angel watching you from heaven.

Mary Castillo, Houston, TX

Dearest Gaby and Quin, So sad to hear the news and so sorry for your loss. I shared some very funny and sweet moments with Ursula when I sat with her. I was apprehensive at first about the responsibility but I never regretted the decision. I am so glad I was able to know her and spend time with her. Sending you courage and love. Pat

Pat Goodwin, Houston, TX

Dear Gaby and Quin..... we're so sorry for you loss, please receive our heartfeld condolences. Love from Henrik and Tina,

Tina Schmidt, Aarøsund, Denmark

My condolences to your family during this time of grief.

Anonymous, Houston, TX

Dear Gaby and Quin Our heartfelt condolences are with you at this time of loss, yet Ursula was a joy to be with especially when I first met her at the Houston VA lab. She would not stop bragging about her little Gaby. I am so glad to have come across her path again in recent years, as well as yours and Quin's. Ursula is continuing to watch over you both. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Love, Muriel & Rich

Muriel & Rich Christensen, Houston, TX

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother as a lovely lady. She adored you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Ann Ryemon, Houston, TX


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