Alma Jeanne Mauk, 88, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord on October 5, 2012. She was born on December 10, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri. Alma attended Letot School in Dallas, Texas, skipping the second and third grades and winning many spelling bees. She attended North Dallas High School and the University of Houston. She had planned to attend Rice Institute (Rice University) but after being accepted, was called to care for her grandparents. While working for the Southern Pacific Railroad, she met Paul, a Houston police officer, and the love of her life. They were married in 1951. Alma enjoyed being a devoted mother to her three children. She was very active in the PTO and spaghetti suppers at her children's schools, and served as their room mother. She enjoyed traveling and dancing with Paul. Alma greatly enjoyed working for the circus at Arabia Shrine Temple. Her husband of 56 years, Paul H. Mauk, and her grandson, William Paul Hyer, entered heaven before Alma. She is survived by her children, Madeline Mauk, Martin Mauk with wife Glenda, and Melinda Hyer with husband Bill; grandchildren, Jason Mauk and wife Jenny; Melissa Moorehead and husband Joseph; Virginia Schmidt and husband Jeremiah, and Elyse Mauk; and great grandchildren Lauren Moorehead, Hunter Schmidt, and Alexandra "Lexi" Mauk. She is also survived by Jeanne Sommerfeld, her friend for 29 years who was devoted to Alma and took care of her for the past 9 years. The family greatly appreciates the love and care that caregivers Ella Ball, Ada Milligan, Cathryn Baker, and Jackie Edwards gave to Alma. In addition, the family is grateful to Rev. Lisa Hunt and the Lay Eucharistic Visitors from St. Stephen's Episcopal Church who faithfully visited, prayed with, and brought communion to Alma at home, and to all the people at Sheltering Arms for the joy they brought to Alma while she was able to visit there. The family thanks the Houston Police Department for their service throughout the years. Finally, the family thanks Dr. Rashmi Jaitly and Dr. Sarah Selleck at the Baylor Geriatrics Clinic and Houston Hospice for the outstanding care provided to Alma. Friends and family are invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock until seven o'clock on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Bradshaw-Carter, 1734 West Alabama in Houston. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Alma Mauk will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama in Houston. Interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Road in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the 100 Club of Houston, 5555 San Felipe, Suite 520, Houston, Texas 77056. Online tributes may be posted on www.bradshawcarter.com.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2012