Marie Brooks Manry, age 89, of Houston, passed away peacefully Friday, the 25th of October 2013. Marie was born in Crowley, Louisiana, on the 23rd of January 1924, to Edward Chachere and Grace Marie Pipes Brooks. She was married to John Thomas Manry III, for 60 beautiful years.|
Marie graduated from the University of Texas in 1948. She was proud to be a homemaker. Marie was involved in her children's activities, and was PTA president at their elementary, junior, and high schools. Her community involvement included: Guaranty National Bank board member, appointment by Gov. Briscoe to the Commission for Women, Children and Youth Services, and serving on the Harris County Grand Jury. She was the first girl editor of her high school yearbook. She and John enjoyed many years with the Tenneco Retirees, the Navy Reunions, volunteering at the Houston Tenneco marathon, traveling the U.S. with friends, membership at the Briar Club, where she was an officer of the Briar Ladies.
As a longtime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, she served on many committees. She and John received the Distinguished Life Award. Her Bible study groups and the Randy Smith Sunday School Class were a big part of her life.
Marie enjoyed playing the piano every day, sewing, bay houses in Seabrook and Galveston for over 40 years, trips to Beaumont, family birthday celebrations, and lunching with her sweet friends.
Marie was predeceased by her husband, John; her brothers, Congressman Jack Brooks, Edward Brooks; and brother-in-law, Winston Manry.
Marie is survived by her children, Judy Klein and husband, Bill, of Bridge City, Brooks Manry and wife Kay, of San Antonio, and Martha LeFevers and husband, Kyle, of Houston. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Julie Klein Broussard and husband Dean, Thomas Klein and wife, Melinda, Dr. Joseph Gajan and wife Taylor, Dr. Jennifer Asmussen and husband Neal, and Claire LeFevers. She is also survived by her four great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her sisters-in-law, Charlotte Brooks and Jayne Manry.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock this afternoon until seven o'clock this evening, Tuesday, the 29th of October, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The interment service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 30th of October, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale Street in Houston.
The memorial service is to be conducted at half-past one o'clock in the afternoon, also on Wednesday, the 30th of October at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Hines Baker Room.
In lieu of customary remembrances the family suggests memorials in Mrs. Manry's name be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P. O Box 22013, Houston, TX 77027-2013.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2013