Jayne Marliss Kirby Puls
September 20, 1923 – September 17, 2021
Jayne Marliss Kirby Puls went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 17, 2021, just three days shy of her 98thbirthday.
She was born on September 20, 1923, in Houston, Texas, the only child of Roscoe Orrell Kirby and Alma Hochmuth. She was a third-generation German immigrant on her mother’s side of the family. She lived in Houston until she started grade school, but then because of her father’s work they moved to Seguin where she finished elementary school and junior high. In junior high, she played baseball and basketball.
The family then moved to Sinton where she attended her freshman and sophomore years of high school. She was a member of the band and played the French horn. Her junior and senior years of high school were in Corpus Christi, graduating in 1940.
She attended Texas Lutheran College when it was a junior college, where she competed in intramural volleyball and basketball, then went to Baylor University for a year, then finished her degree at the University of Texas. She graduated with a BBA.
She worked at Texas Company in the purchasing department, and also for Pressure Weld Company, which did business all over the world.
She married William Leroy Puls in 1945, and after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy they lived in Austin, Texas, while he completed his degree in petroleum engineering. They then moved to Houston.
They were blessed with a son and daughter. They moved to Boerne in 1964. She has been a Boerne resident for 57 years. Fifty of those years were out on their ranch. In recent years, she has been a resident at Morningside at Menger Springs.
She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to have traveled to many wonderful places all over the world. She enjoyed baking, especially at Christmas time, and because the ranch always had such a wonderful garden in the summer, she canned various vegetables. She also enjoyed sewing and knitting.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boerne. She belonged to the Hill Country Cattle Women’s organization. She was a member of Kendall County Republican Women’s Association. She volunteered at the Boerne library and served on the library board. She was an avid reader and belonged to two different book clubs. She loved playing bridge – sometimes playing 2-3 times a week. She enjoyed languages, and could speak Spanish, and then took a course in French at San Antonio Community College. She always wanted to continue to learn. She was a very fun-loving person and took great pleasure in driving down to watch her grandchildren’s soccer games.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and also, by her husband. She is survived by her son, Layne L. Puls, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Boerne, and her daughter, Susan Puls, of Durango, Colorado; her grandchildren, Conrad Puls and his wife, Chrissy, of Garden Ridge, Texas, Anne M. Puls-Samuel, of Katy, Texas, and Charles E. Puls, of San Antonio; and by her great-grandchildren, Jacob Samuel, Joshua Samuel, Jonathan Samuel, and Beckham Puls, Barrett Puls and Kassidy Puls.
We thank all her wonderful Boerne friends, as well as her caregiver, Minnie Traylor, and the staff at Morningside Menger Springs for all the care and attention given to her over the years. We also wish to thank Alamo Hospice for attending to her these past few months.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church Historical Chapel on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 11 a.m. with a reception following at Luther Hall located directly behind the chapel. Private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at PO Box 1081, Boerne, TX 78006, the Kendall County Women’s Shelter at www.kcwstexas.org, or to the charity of your choice.
To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Jayne’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.