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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Mary Alford Mischer

August 12, 1922June 24, 2020

Mary Alford Mischer passed away in Houston on Wednesday, the 24th of June 2020. She was 97 years of age.

She was born in Houston County, Texas, on the 12th of August 1922, to Lizzie Henderson Alford and Edgar Durwood Alford. Mary grew up in the small town of Austonio, Texas, and moved to Houston in 1941. After arriving in Houston, she met Walter Max Mischer, Sr. They were married on the 15th of August 1943. They were married for 62 years until Walter passed away in December of 2005.

Mary was active in supporting her husband’s extensive business affairs, her family, and civic endeavors. After their marriage, Mary worked at Hughes Tool Company as a welder during the week, and worked with Walter on the weekends to help him start his construction business. Her civic and charitable support extended to the creation of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute based within the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and staffed by renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists who are on the staff of the University of Texas Medical School. She was also a supporter of MD Anderson, Hermann Eye Center created by Dr. Richard Ruiz, UT Health Consortium of Aging lead by Dr. Carmel Dyer, and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Houston and numerous other charities.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Max Mischer, Sr.; her parents, Lizzie and Edgar Alford; Sudie and Dudley Hester, who raised her and her siblings after her parents’ untimely deaths; her brother, Edgar Gerald Alford and his wife Margie; her sister, Virginia Louise Alford; and her grandson, Walter Max Mischer III.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula Mischer; and son, Walter Max Mischer, Jr. and wife Leila Winters Mischer. Mrs. Mischer enjoyed her seven grandchildren, Candace Watson, Robert L. Corson and wife Olivia, Walter R. Corson and wife Jodie, Duncan M. Watson and husband John W. Davenport, Walter Max Mischer III and wife Sarah, Lawson Mischer Frackelmayer and husband Oliver, Morgan Mischer Warth and husband Lucas. She was blessed with great-grandchildren, Nicholas Corson, Andrew Corson, Matthew Corson, Mariah Watson, Kaylynn Watson, Molly Mischer, Campbell Mischer and Tate Warth. Mrs. Mischer is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Mischer Russell.

The family wishes to acknowledge the friendship and loving care provided to Mrs. Mischer by her physician Dr. Carmel Dyer, her caregivers Dorla Cervera for the last 22 years, Pamela Kelly, Barbara Joseph, Malaker Jones, Tammy Shinn, Penny Chavez, and Carmela Meadows. Also, to Crossroads Hospice Dr. Jeffrey Lee and especially Courtney Tuck.

A family graveside service will be held in her honor. A Celebration of Life will be held for Mary at a future date following the cessation of the CO-VID 19 Virus.

In lieu of customary remembrances, her family requests with gratitude that those wishing to do so may make a donation in her honor to Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, TX 77024; or to Mischer Neuroscience Institute, 925 Gessner, Suite 2650, Houston, TX 77024.

Services

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Virginia Benavides

July 2, 2020

Dear Walt, Paula and entire Mischer Family, sending my deepest condolences. God in Jesus Name grant you Love and Peace and Comfort you always.

Nick Kelsey

June 30, 2020

What a remarkable life well lived.
My stepfather, Herbert Tigner, a senior Vice President of the Mischer Corp
and my mother, Mary Ellen Tigner, would have appreciated my expression.
“Mr T”, as I referred to him, was a veteran of WWII, having served as a captain in the army artillery in the Phillipines and among those who occupied Japan post war. His family’s roots in Texas went back directly to the first 300 settlers in
the Stephen F Austin Colony. He and I would plant drifts of tulips in the front yard of his home to celebrate the New Year on January 1 and to bring a new burst of life and color in the spring of the year. “Mr T” s gardening hobby and appreciation of the diversity in nature were mentioned by the Methodist minister during his funeral. In visiting with Mr Mischer Sr briefly after the service he said, “I wish I had known that about Herbert.”
We have a special fondness and appreciation for your family members as individual human beings. May the Good Lord bless you and keep you.
Nick Kelsey

Betty Duoto

June 29, 2020

Walt, Paula and family,
I loved your Mother like my own. I remember all of the fun times in Malibu visiting with Mary and Mr. K when her and your Dad taught me to play Rummikub. She was a gracious, warm, loving lady and I will always remember her kindness to me. Your father and mother will always be a good memory for me. I loved my visits to the ranch with Mary, Kelli and Mr. K. We always had so much fun.
My prayers are with you all during this sad time and I love you all!🙏❤️

Betty Duoto

Mary Thompson

June 28, 2020

I remember your Mom as a very gracious lady who loved her family foremost. She said something to me at one of my kid’s birthday parties as we were watching the little ones play. She sweetly pointed out “These are the golden years. Enjoy” . The truthfulness of those words come back often as I now watch my adult children raising their own families. I smile and relish the joys (and appreciate the golden moments) of sharing family times. Thank you Mrs Mischer.

Diane Crane Truitt

June 28, 2020

My family, the Sherwood Crane family, lived across the street from the Mischers'. I grew up playing with Paula and Walt. Paula took dance lessons and I thought it was the greatest that Paula would let me wear her sparkly ballet outfits!! Her mother was so warm and fun to be around. Our whole family has such great memories of being neighbors to such a wonderful family.

God bless you, Paula and Walter,

Diane Crane Truitt

Raymond Goodrich

June 28, 2020

I have very fond memories of her deceased spouse, Walter Mischer, Sr., who over 40 years ago was my partner in exercise workouts at the Pritikin Center in Santa Monica, CA. I enjoyed meeting and learning about Walter's activities and family. Though I did not meet his wife, Mary, it was very apparent how much Walter loved and adored her. I am sad to learn of her death, but I know someone in Heaven who has prepared a wonderful place for her. With my prayers for peace and acceptance to all who knew and loved this dear lady,

Tammy Shinn

June 27, 2020

I am a nurse that cared for Mary at the end of her life her with us because I know Mary has eternal life with our Lord. Mary would talk to God daily. Mary left me with many good memories she had a good sense of humor. . She has an awesome family not a day went by that Paula or Walter were not there with her to have lunch or dinner an those visits were special to her. Will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Tammy Shinn

June 27, 2020

I was one of the last nurses to care for Mary. Mary made a lasting impression on me she was such an admirable woman an kept her dignity to the bitter end. She had such a since of humor. Mary talked to the Lord every night gave me the peace to know she would have eternal life. Mary had wonderful kids there was not a day that went by where of them were there to have lunch or dinner with her. Mary you or loved an missed by everyone that knew yoy an will never be forgotten.

Tammy Shinn

June 27, 2020

I was one of the last nurses to care for Mary at the end of her life an must say was a pleasure. Mary was a strong woman an did things her way to the very end. Mary had such a sense of humor. Mary kept her dignity to the bitter end. I will always remember Mary she was an admirable lady. With no doubt I can say
Mary was a wonderful Mother an grandmother there was not a day that went by that her daughter(Paula) or son( Walter) was not there to have lunch or dinner with her an those visits meant the world to her. Mary you will be missed an remembered by all who knew you.

Barbara Joseph

June 27, 2020

I had been one of Mrs. Mischer's caregivers since March 1, 2016. She was a very wonderful person and a very good client. We shared many stories, laughs and tears and I will always have lasting memories of Mrs. Mischer. Her entire family are very wonderful and loving people. I will always keep Mrs. Mischer and her entire family in my heart.

Love Always to her Family,

Barbara Joseph
Certified Nursing Assistant

FROM THE FAMILY