OBITUARY

Maurice J. Akery

July 12, 1943October 18, 2013
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Ida Maurice Akery, 70, passed away Friday, October 18, 2013 surrounded by her children, grandchildren and loved ones. Maurice is survived by her former husband and best friend, Daniel Akery, of Austin, TX; her daughter, Gena Danielle and son-in-law Bobby Pounds, of Austin, TX; her son, Stephen Akery of Austin, TX; her grandchildren, Danielle Pounds, Madelyn Pounds and Benjamin Pounds, of Austin, TX; and many other friends and family.

Maurice was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan Maurice and Viola Johnson, of Clifton, TX and brother Joe Wayne Johnson, of Cleveland, TX.

Maurice Johnson was born July 12, 1943 in Clifton, Texas. Affectionately known to her family as “Snappy”, Maurice spent her younger childhood in Houston, Texas. She had many fond childhood memories here that include tagging along behind her big brother, Joe whom she idolized. Her family moved to Marshall, Texas her 9th grade year and she graduated from Marshall High School. The next fall, Maurice moved into Gibbs Hall dormitory and attended college at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX majoring in Early Childhood Education. It was at Stephen F. Austin she met her future husband, Daniel Gene Akery. Maurice graduated with her undergraduate degree at the same time Dan graduated with his Masters of Education. The couple wed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1963 and settled in Vidor, Texas. Dan’s career brought them to Austin, Texas in 1968, where they made their permanent home. The same year they welcomed their first child Gena Danielle Akery and five years later, their son, Daniel Stephen Akery.

Maurice had the pleasure of teaching several grades in several elementary schools throughout her career with the Austin Independent School District. Early in her career Maurice went back to school and earned her Master’s Degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career as well as her membership at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Maurice made life-long friends, many of which are here today. Maurice’s greatest joy and center of her world were her two children Gena & Stephen and her grandchildren, Danielle, Madelyn and Benjamin who knew her only as “Momo”. She took pride in all of their accomplishments and nothing made her happier than being in their presence.

Throughout their marriage and beyond Maurice and Dan stayed very close. They continued an unbroken friendship and took care of each other in numerous ways. They enjoyed babysitting grandkids together, holidays and everyday events. Dan brought Maurice back into his home over the past few months to care for her after health issues kept her from living by herself. They truly held an unusual but wonderful relationship.

From birth to the present, Maurice kept strong ties with her brother Joe. Her beloved brother passed away only one week before she did. And much like she did in her young childhood, Snappy took Joe by the hand and followed him Home.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm, Thursday, October 24th at Woodlawn Baptist Church at 4600 Manchaca Road with funeral services immediately following at 2:00pm. Interment will follow at Cook Walden/Forest Oaks Cemetery at 6300 W. William Cannon Drive in Oak Hill.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 24, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Interment
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Sharon Sloan

December 27, 2013

Sometimes special people come into your life that are never forgotten no matter how many years have passed. Maurice was that person, and there will always be a special place in my heart for her.

Danny Akery

November 8, 2013

Maurice - I have always loved you so very much! My life will never be the same with out you. I thank the Lord for the few months we got to spent together. "IF LOVE COULD HAVE SAVED THEE,THY WOULD NOT HAVE DIED" -

OUTPATIENT SERVICES TEXAS NEURO REHAB CENTER

November 6, 2013

FROM THE STAFF AT TEXAS NEURO REHAB CENTER, WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAURICE WAS ONE OF OUR FAVORITES! SHE HAD SUCH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND WE SPENT MANY HOURS LAUGHING WHILE WE WORKED ON HER REHABILITATION GOALS. SHE BROUGHT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE THAT WAS INFECTIOUS TO ALL WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH HER. WE WERE SAD WHEN WE HAD TO DISCHARGE HER FROM REHABILITATION. WE ARE KEEPING YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. WE FEEL FORTUNATE THAT WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO CROSS PATHS WITH MAURICE.

October 30, 2013

Thanks for some great memories and the beautiful gift of your friendship. I know you're keeping all the angels in heaven laughing. Miss you and love you.
Gayle
Cedar Park

Jan (Mitchell) Spain

October 24, 2013

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to teach with Maurice. She possessed a kind of joy that anyone around her could feel...especially the children that she taught. Maurice had the biggest heart of anyone I know.

October 24, 2013

So very Blessed to have had such an Amazing, Beautiful, Loving and Wonderful "Mo" Fun best friend. Many treasured memories. Lucky Heaven! Much Love to Maurice's Awesome family. You will be sorely missed Dear Friend.
Kyleen McCann

Janet Shepperd

October 24, 2013

Mr. Akery, Gena, Stephen and Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of sweet, precious Maurice. She was a ray of sunshine everytime we saw her and she will forever be missed by all that were touch by her love and compassion for others. We love your family and are here for y'all if you need anything. Prayers for strength, comfort, love and Peace for all the days ahead. GOD IS AWESOME AND HE will carry y'all during this most difficult time and give you the courage you need each day.

God Bless All Of You...We Love Each Of You Dearly,
Janet, Reagan, Meagan and Morgan Shepperd

Danielle Pounds

October 24, 2013

Momo-
You were such a huge impact on my life. I will always miss sitting on the front porch with you and talking, but i know you have a place in heaven. I'll see you again someday, love you so much!!

Darcy Baylis

October 24, 2013

I loved your mom, Gena! I feel so lucky to have met her brother when he visited your mom last Spring. We all had a wonderful visit together. Peace and comfort to you and all of your family.

Janette Foster

October 24, 2013

To the Akery Family,
Chris, Mark and I extend our deepest condolences to all of you.

We have known Stephen for 16 years. It is obvious that who he is, is in no small part, the result of having been blessed with a wonderful and supportive mother.

Peace and hope to all of you as you mourn her passing, and as you now take her with you in your memories always.

With love, The Foster's