Ethel Louise Mann — mother, grandmother, and great grandmother — passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 23, while resting in her West Houston home. She was 91-years-old.
Louise was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 30, 1922, in Salesville, Texas, outside of Mineral Wells. She was the second of three children by her mother, Willomet "Ninnie" Barrett Bennett and Joe Clarence Bennett. Her two brothers — Glenn Bennett and Joe David Bennett — predeceased her.
Louise grew up on a ranch in Loving Valley, Texas, where she rode a Shetland pony to school. Graduating from Mineral Wells High School in 1939, she began studying at Texas Wesleyan College. On March 30, 1941, she married her husband Joseph Edward Mann, Sr.
After the birth of their first son, Joseph Edward Mann, Jr. on April 21, 1942, Louise and Ed moved to Fort Worth. Louise gave birth to her second son, Jimmy Roger Mann, on the Fourth of July in 1943. Her daughter, Mary Mann Endress, was born on July 16, 1959. Louise was a member of University Baptist Church and an active volunteer in her community. While her children were young, Louise was a homemaker. After her children were grown, Louise taught preschool at University Christian Church for 19 years.
She relocated to Houston in 2005 to live closer to her daughter, Mary. While living at Parkway Place — a senior living community — Louise became an avid bingo player. Louise was also a lifelong dog-lover. Her family wishes to thank each of Louise's caregivers — Barbara Hill, Tianna Hill, Stephanie Johnson, Lisa Robinson, Laura Weinmann, and Jessica Ryall — who made it possible for Louise to live comfortably in her apartment throughout the twilight of her life.
Louise's husband, Ed Sr. and two sons, Ed Jr. and Jim, predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter Mary and husband Scott Endress, grandchildren Jason Mann and wife Michelle, Jennifer Mann Ezzell and husband Adam, Erin Mann Hammel and husband Billy, Cecilie Mann Engle and husband Phillip, Marianne Endress, and Alex Endress. Louise is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her loyal canine companion "Lollipop".
A memorial service for Louise was held at the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth on Saturday, July 26, with the Rev. Dr. Mark Woods officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Louise may be sent to University Baptist Church. The church address is 2720 Wabash Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX, 76109.