Mary Ann Luedke
February 16, 1956 – October 10, 2020
Mary Abbott Luedke, 64, of Houston, TX passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020.
Mary was born in Glens Falls, NY on February 16, 1956 to Wilbur Abbott and Theresa Grady Abbott. She graduated from Whitehall High School in 1974. Mary moved from New York to Texas when she was 21 years old and that is where she raised her family and remained for the rest of her life. In 1997, she met and married her husband, Darryl Luedke and they spent the next 23 years together. Mary’s career was spent working in grocery stores, most of that time was at Randall’s and in the last years for HEB. She was an extremely hard worker no matter what positions she held throughout the years. She was always showered with gifts during the holidays from her employees which is a testament to what kind of manager she was. Mary enjoyed watching sports and throughout her life had golfed and participated in both bowling and shuffleboard leagues. She enjoyed good books and good food. But more than anything, she loved being at home, spending time with family and friends. An ideal night for Mary would be playing games and listening to music with those closest to her. She is survived by her loving husband, Darryl. Her devoted children, Theresa Rodriguez (Daniel Chapman), Kenneth LeRoy, and Jill Luedke (Blake Bradford). She also leaves to cherish her memory her beloved grandchildren, Victoria, Christina, Abrianna, Star and Cyrus. As well as her loving brother Tom Abbott, wife Patti and her nieces and nephews. Also her Mother in Law, Delores Luedke as well as her Brother in Laws, David (Pam), Don (Bota) and Dwight. She is preceded in death by Wilbur Abbott (father), Theresa Abbott (mother) and half-sister, Kathleen Fiorino.
At Mary’s request, there will be no service. Please feel free to share a memory with the family here.
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Mary Ann Luedke
October 16, 2020
Mary and I have been best friends for over 45 years. From our days in New York to our time in Texas--where we both ended up raising our kids and remained friends. Those who knew her appreciated her quick wit, devote loyalty and her smarts. Mary was always one to express her opinion. Although I never was a very good golfer, some of our time was still spent on the golf course. On one particular day I was having a difficult time getting my ball down the fairway in a straight line. Mary was quick to point out that I was not following through with my swing and I was raising my head. Well a couple of holes later, I hit the ball and apparently raised my head because the ball hit a tree and immediately came back and hit me in the eye. I received a black eye and concussion--but Mary still pointed out, again, that I had raised my head and didn't follow through. That was Mary. We laughed about it for years to come. Boy did we have some times.
I will miss my best friend terribly. We always started the new year with a phone call and a prediction that the coming year would be easier. We looked forward to spending our time with our children, our family and our friends. I will cherish our time and memories forever.
I miss you and love you Mary. Till we meet again.
Mary Lou Cromwell
October 14, 2020
I started playing Shuffle Board with Mary and Darrel, they really showed me the ropes, along with Theresa. Love, Love them.
Always Mary Lou
Maribel Sosa (Garza)
October 14, 2020
Mary and I met in the early 90's when I was Deli Manager at Randalls # 41 and she was my Merchandiser. When I met her soon I was inspired to give her my respect as she quickly showed me that she was a very intelligent person and knew what she was doing in her field of work and from her I learned a trick or two on how to run a deli. (The truth is that I learned more than one or two). Mary and I identified each other because she played Shuffleboard and I played billiards and every now and then we ran into each other where we played. She had a great dedication and love for her work since she always did it with excellence. But greater was the love she had for her family that we always shared conversations about our children and grandchildren. In particular, we talked a lot about our Boys since they had a lot in common. (She always told me, don't worry honey, I just know that this will soon become a thing of the past) She always encouraged me and I always appreciated her for that. When she went to HEB we distanced ourselves due to our different occupations but we always communicated during any holiday and wished each other well-being.
I will miss you friend! Rest in peace.
October 13, 2020
It’s been so difficult even thinking of writing these words but I know I needed to share this news. On Saturday, my beautiful mom left us for a better place. Although our hearts are aching, we take comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain. My mom was an amazing one and I know my heart will never be whole again. I wanted to share some of the most important things that she taught me about:
*Music - my love for all music comes from my childhood and my house will forever be filled with it.
*Sports/Games - if there wasn’t a game on the tv, there was a board game on the table. From Sunday morning football picks out of the paper to March Madness picks. When I was young and broke, I scored playoff tickets to the Astros, who did I take? My mom ❤️. Of course she introduced me to my love of shuffleboard. I alway wanted to beat you at Trivial Pursuit, we’ll have to save that for another time.
*Work Ethic - my mom was one of the hardest working people I know. It was all for us.
*Happiness - all she wanted was for us was to be happy. Nothing could measure our happiness other then what was in our heart. I’m happy mom.
*Free thinker - whether it was politics, religion or anything else, it was up to me to decide what I believed in. Thank you, mom.
*Motherhood - I can’t say enough about this one She lost her mom when she was 12, but she still some how learned to be the best mom to me and in turn prepared me for Christina. For this I thank you the most from the bottom of my heart.
I could go on forever because you were that great mom. Love you always. 💜
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October 13, 2020
Mary and I were friends since the late 80s. First as deli managers then as merchandiser partners. I loved her- she was wicked smart with a great sense of humor and a loving heart.
We met for lunch a few times (after her diagnosis and before the pandemic) and talked about life, love, kids, work...you name it. One of the days were getting together at a restaurant I texted "I'm here." She texted "Me too." (She had been resting in her car, waiting for me.) When I exited my car I walked towards hers and she came out. We greeted one another silently with a hug that lasted a very long time. We held one another and silently said everything we needed to say to each other. Heart to heart, no words necessary. I will remember my dear friend forever.