Mary Lou Mergele
May 8, 1925 – February 10, 2021
Mary Lou Mergele passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. She was born in Sour Lake, Texas, to Rector Gardner Proctor and Mary Maud Burney on May 8, 1928.
Mary Lou graduated from Sour Lake High School in 1945 as valedictorian. She continued her education at the University of Texas, Austin, earning a bachelor of arts degree and master of arts degree in history and government. She was a member of UT’s Phi Mu fraternity (social), Phi Alpha Theta (honorary), Capella Choir and the Girls’ Glee Club and Sextet. She was also a member of the University Methodist Church Choir for five years.
After a short career as a teacher, Mary Lou married Edwin W. Mergele, a New Braunfels, Texas, native on December 23, 1950, and retired from teaching. They lived in Houston where Ed was serving with the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, then moved to San Antonio in late 1951 where he was in general contracting, a real estate broker and developer.
Mary Lou was an active mother of four children, volunteering in the Methodist church, school and political work. She also worked in her husband’s office.
In 1969, they moved to Boerne where she became active in many areas of the community: Methodist church as chairman of Worship Commission, choir member and temporary organist; Boerne Grange as president of Boerne Area Historical and Preservation Society; Boy and Girl Scouts; PTA; Friends of the Kendall County Libraries; Republican Women, where she served as president, director of Senate District 25 and fourth vice president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.
Mary Lou and Ed celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2020. She is survived by her husband, Ed Mergele; children Edwin W. III and wife Terry, Stephen Proctor and wife Deborah, Bruce John and Jane Elizabeth and husband Dane Gourley; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren in 2020.
To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Mary Lou’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.