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Mary Louise Van Winkle died on April 10, 2014, at the age of 100 in Houston, Texas.
She was born August 10th, 1913 in Benton, Illinois and grew up in Shelbyville Indiana where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. In 1931 she married Matthew Van Winkle. The family later moved to Austin in 1947 when her husband accepted a position as a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Louise was active in numerous civic, church, and community organizations and clubs. For years she maintained active roles in the UT Ladies club, Alpha Phi Mothers Club, PEO, and several sewing and church groups. She was such a genuine leader and held offices in various groups thorough out the years. One of her most outstanding characteristics was her contagious positive attitude. She endeared herself to so many through her warm and giving personality.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Matthew Van Winkle; her son, John Van Winkle; sisters, Marjorie Reimann and Jean Stith; and her parents Floyd and Carmen Angel.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan McWilliams and her husband Hugh of Houston; grandchildren, Stacey Kubiak and husband David of Lake Jackson; and grandsons John McWilliams of Austin; Matt Van Winkle and wife Tiffany of San Antonio, and Samuel Colt Van Winkle of Boston. Louise also had 4 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews; all of whom loved her dearly.
Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, Indiana.
Louise struggled with vision problems during the last ten years of her life. Because of her keen mind, she chose to continue learning by listening to books from the Texas State Library at the rate of 2 to 3 books a week. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Talking Book Program; P.O. Box 12516; Austin, TX 78711-2516.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 13, 2014
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