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Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Mary Helene Muessig

May 24, 1923July 26, 2020

Mary Helene Muessig went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 26, 2020. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Bill Muessig, who probably asked her, "What took you so long?" She was also preceded by her parents, Jennie O'Connor Glass and Ralph Glass, originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and by her brother Tom Glass and beloved sister Joan McNamara. Mary was born on May 24, 1923 and grew up in a loving home in Detroit, Michigan where she was raised by her mother, a former teacher and devoted housewife, and by her father, Ralph Glass, a World War I Infantryman, who became a City of Detroit bus driver who never met a stranger. Mary was 97 years young and was still sharing her warm smile.

In 1947, while attending Wayne State University, Mary met a former World War II Reconnaissance Patrol Leader named Bill Muessig and the rest as they say is history. They dated for several years and then Bill moved to Texas. He quickly returned the Christmas of 1949 "to get the prettiest girl from Kalamazoo" and they were married on January 7, 1950 in Detroit at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mary had never lived outside of her Detroit home for the first 26 years of her life, and the next day they were on their way to Dallas, Texas where she spent the next 71 years of her life as a Texan! Shortly after arriving in Texas, Mary was ecstatic to find out that she was pregnant with her first-born, living in an unairconditioned home in Garland, Texas in the middle of the summer. Craig was born in November 1950 followed by Kristine Mary (Teena) in May of 1954, Jeff in November of 1956, and her baby Janet in April of 1960. They were founding members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Garland where all four of their children attended grade school.

Mother's life was certainly characterized by gratitude. She was eternally grateful for her parents and for her siblings, Tom and Joan. She married the love of her life, Bill Muessig, and cherished their 63 years of marriage together. Her children were her life and she was their greatest cheerleader and a wonderful Mother. However, she could be very objective whenever necessary. She was always appreciative of her many Good Shepherd Catholic Church friends and cherished her best friend, Eleanor Garrett, who she lost several years ago. She had a special love and appreciation for her home on West Celeste Drive in Garland where she raised her four children. She loved unconditionally her Good Shepherd Pastor, Father Charles Smid, and likewise she was extremely grateful for her current Pastor, Father Joseph of St. Michael's in Garland and her Guardian Angel Jan Molstad who regularly brought her Communion. The last four years she was always appreciative of the loving care that she received at the Avalon Memory Care Center in Garland by devoted nurse's aides, too numerous to mention but they know who they are. The Muessig family thanks them also. She cherished most of all her Catholic faith and her relationship with the Almighty and we are comforted with the fact that she is now with her Savior.

She is survived by her son Craig Muessig, wife Alice and their daughter Betty Marie, daughter Teena Zihlman, husband Andy, and their three children, Coleen (Brian), Caroline (John), and Kurt (Carrie), son Jeff Muessig and wife Cindy, and their three children Lori (Keith), Jeni (David), and Will. Janet was the caboose along with her son Chris Coyle, his son Jacob and Katie, Jacob's mom. She was extremely blessed with her eight grandchildren who she cherished and also her twelve great grandchildren, Jacob, Ellie, Millie, Hattie in September, Hadley, Reagan, Brett, Maggie, Avery, Mason, Lee, and Lucy. One of the last things mom said when she went to the hospital was, "Take care of those babies!"

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Michael the Archangel Food Pantry, 950 Trails Parkway, Garland, Texas 75043, www.stmichaelgarland.org, in honor of Mary and Bill Muessig. The family will hold a private Mass of Christian Burial, and a public celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date due to the current pandemic. "Well done, good and faithful servant . . . enter into the joy of thy Master!"

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Meg Domas

August 4, 2020

Craig, Teena and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She sounded like a very warm and gracious woman. Clearly traits that she passed on to you both. Our thoughts are with you and all of your family.

Much Love,
Meg (Rud) and Ralph Domas

Clare Hogan

August 3, 2020

Dear Craig, Tina and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. From the obituary, I could see that your mom was a wonderful person and loved by all who knew her. You all and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Clare Hogan
BL ‘69

Linda Lyons Dehan

August 3, 2020

Dear Teena and Craig,

With sympathy for the loss of your beloved mother. Loosing a parent is most difficult. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit bring you deep consolation and comfort as you endure this grievous trial.

God's blessings,

Linda Lyons Dehan

Judy Coyne

August 3, 2020

Dear Craig and Family,
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. From the obituary I read, it sounds like she had a full and wonderful life. I'm sure Bill is thrilled to have her once again by his side. Peace to all.

Judy

Julie Lawrence

August 3, 2020

Dearest Craig and Teena ~ I will always remember your sweet Mother. She had the cutest personality and I always felt welcome in your home because of her kindness. May God carry you as you walk this journey of grief. You always miss your parents....much love and prayers.

Stephanie Morales

August 1, 2020

It was a blessing caring for you my Mary. I will always have a place for you in my heart. There won’t be a day that goes by at Avalon where we won’t remember you. Thanks for the laughs and the love. Love you Mary always! 🙏❤️

Terry Arata-Maiers

August 1, 2020

Jeff, I always remember your mother laughing and being amused. She said and did the things that needed to be said and done and got everyone to laugh in the process.

It’s an honor to have a parent you miss so much when they’re gone.

Thinking of and praying for you and your family as you say good-bye.

Mark Phillips

July 31, 2020

I only met Mrs. Muessig a few times but they were all happy family occasions and I remember her sweet smile. But I know her oldest daughter, Teena, and I am sure she got her beautiful smile from her mom and also her strong faith and love of family! I hope Mrs. Muessig’s family is comforted by knowing God welcomed her home and she is celebrating eternal life with her husband and all her loved ones who preceded her into heaven.

Amy Parker

July 31, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Mrs. Muessig is when she would come sit on the porch with my mom, at our house on Ridgewood. It would be hot out, but all the neighborhood kids would be in the street playing football. Through all the yelling, I could hear Mrs. Muessig's laugh, and the occasional, "Oh, Laverne!" She was a wonderful friend to my mom, and all of us kids really loved her.

Tim McNamara

July 31, 2020

Dearest Aunt Mary, thank you for all the memories, love and support. I do wish to share one of my fondest/funniest memories with all.

In my role as Kroger Real Estate Manager for the Dallas/FW area (1998-2003), I made recommendations to the Investment Committee on where to invest our capital. With the Muessig’s having strong ties to Garland, I felt somewhat pressured to invest some capital in their community.

So, I presented a remodel project for one of our Kroger Garland stores and after making the business arguments, I finished my presentation by stating that my Aunt Mary is a long time Garland resident and she says we need to do this project. Well, the project did get approved and you can imagine the jokes that ensued leading up to the completion of the remodel.

Well, on the Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Day, my Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill were present to support me. During the celebration, Aunt Mary approached my Division President (Mr. Z) and introduced herself. Aunt Mary thanked Mr. Z for the investment in the remodel and went on to tell him that “he better be nice to her nephew”. That’s support!

So, the project was a BIG success, the Muessig’s were pleased, and Mr. Z was always nice to me. Aunt Mary, thanks again for your love and support.

Your smile and caring ways will be missed, but will always live on through your wonderful kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Please give my Mom and Dad a hug/kiss when you see them and keep watching over those of us still on earth. God bless.

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