Mary Allene Morehead

     

June 30,1921 – September 21, 2008

Mary Allene Morehead, 87, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 21, 2008. A Memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at First United Methodist Church in Bryan, with Rev. Matt Idom, Rev. Harral Dunnam and Rev. Carroll Fancher officiating. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery with a presentation by the Bryan American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.

Mary Allene Mazurek Morehead was born on June 30, 1921, to Sylvester and Emma Hicks Mazurek in the western part of Bandera County. From a very young age, Mary took a keen interest in caring for the family’s pets that were ill and learning from her mother how to care for her family and others. Growing up on a ranch near Utopia, Texas with three sisters and two brothers helped her to build character, a strong faith in God and a stern, hard work ethic. With her warm smile and God’s love in her heart, Mary graduated from high school in 1939, and entered nursing school in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduating from nursing school in 1942, she went on gain advanced training in operation procedures at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

On October 6,1943, Mary returned to San Antonio and entered the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and completed basic training at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. She was later deployed to Independence, Kan. for regular army training and received her orders to go overseas in July of 1944. After eleven days at sea on a French ship, Mary arrived at Port of La Harve in France. After several days at port, Mary went to Camp Lucky Strike to set up Nursing Quarters. She continued on to Belgium shortly thereafter to build a Field Hospital. Several months later, Mary’s unit was ordered to Cologne, Germany, near the site of the Battle of the Bulge, to establish another Field Hospital in collaboration with the Red Cross. At the end of World War II, Mary’s unit was disbanded, she was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and she returned home to Utopia, Texas. Mary soon went to work at a Catholic hospital in Amarillo, Texas while she was waiting for her future husband, Bruce W. Morehead Jr., to come home from the South Pacific in late 1945.

Mary and Bruce first met in San Antonio, Texas in 1942, and she dated Bruce throughout her tenure in the United States Army. Bruce and Mary were married on August 28,1946, in San Antonio, Texas and resided there until they moved to Bryan, Texas in 1946. Bruce and Mary spent many happy years together and had a daughter, Darlynne Morehead Beard, and two sons, Brian H. Morehead and Bruce W. Morehead III.

Mary continued her nursing career in Bryan, Texas by workig for the late Dr. R.M. Searcy in his private practice. In 1995, she was awarded a 50 year service pin from the Red Cross for her many years of continued registration and service as a nurse. Mary also worked a number of years helping her husband build his business, Acme Glass Company, where he partnered with his brother, the late Leonard E. Morehead.

Mary was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bryan, the Neighborly Sunday school class, and the Sewing for Others auxiliary group, where she contributed countless hours of service to many class and church projects. Mary also worked on numerous fund raising events for the Crestview Retirement Community. Mary loved working in her flower gardens, was a long time member of the Bryan Garden Club, was honored by the community on a couple of occasions for her beautifully landscaped yard, and was an honorary member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Mary’s name, Mary Allene Mazurek, also appears on the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Wall.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Emma Mazurek; brother, Hubert Mazurek; brothers-in-law, Hulen Richardson and Bailey H. Dunlap Jr.; nephews, Craig Richardson, and Randy Carroll.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce W. Morehead Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Darlynne and Jim Beard; son, Brian H. Morehead; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce W. Morehead III and wife, Christina, all from Bryan; grandchildren, Dr. Michelle Beard and husband, Kenneth Hogan of Houston, James Blanton Beard II, and Mary Ann Morehead, both of Bryan; step-grandchildren, Richard Lankford of Paris, Texas, Joe and wife, Heather Lankford of Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Crystal Renfro of Los Angeles, Calif.; step great-grandchildren, Layne Lankford of Paris, Texas and Aidan Lankford of Sulphur Springs, Texas; sisters, Geraldine Richardson of Bedford, Texas, Eris Carroll of San Antonio, and Nina Dunlap of La Feria, Texas; brother, Leslie Mazurek of Utopia, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 506 East 28th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803, Crestview Retirement Community, 2505 East Villa Maria Road, Bryan, Texas 77801, the American Red Cross, or Hospice of the Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.

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