Agnes Marie Eldridge

October 16, 1951June 15, 2019
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Agnes Marie (Kocian) Eldridge, 67, of Houston, Texas and formerly of Shiner, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at her residence.

Funeral Mass is under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:00 am at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Father Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with Harvey Kocian officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Buffington Funeral Home.

Agnes was born on October16, 1951 in Shiner, Texas. She was the daughter of Raymond J., Sr. and Mary (Haverda) Kocian She graduated from Saint Ludmila Academy and Saint Paul High School in 1970 in Shiner where she earned the title of Valedictorian . She was also voted Homecoming Queen in 1970. She was the Shiner Harvest Festival Queen in 1970. After high school, Agnes graduated from Saint Thomas University in 1974 with a Bachelors Degree, and then obtained her Masters Degree. She married Davey Eldridge on July 15, 1995 at Saint Thomas University Chapel in Houston, Texas. Agnes enjoyed taking care of her flower and vegetable gardens. She made stained glass windows in her spare time. She liked to cook and bake for her family and friends. Agnes had numerous dogs named Pachessa, Riley, Jack, Simon and GG, She loved them all. Agnes retired in 2015 after 37 years as a teacher and administrator for the Houston Independent School District. After retirement, Agnes became a member of the neighborhood Timbergrove Manor Flora-Dora Friendship Club. Agnes was the caretaker of her family cemetery plots.

Agnes is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Davey Eldridge, one nephew, Charles Kocian and his girlfriend, Laura, of Stevenville, Texas, many cousins, and many other close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, of Raymond J., Sr. and Mary Kocian, and one brother; Raymond J. Kocian, Jr.

The family request memorials to: Houston Hospice / 1905 Holcomb Blvd. / Houston, Texas 77030 in lieu of flowers.

To join the family in celebrating Agnes’ life and to offer words of comfort, please go to:


  • Raymond J. Kocian Sr., Father
  • Mary Kocian, Mother
  • Davey Eldridge, Husband
  • Raymond J. Kocian Jr., Brother
  • Patrick Charles Kocian, Nephew
  • Agnus also leaves many cousins and other close friends to cherish her memory.

  • Mark Miertschin
  • Charlie Fontaine
  • Hilbert Bludau
  • Marvin Kocian
  • Dennis Kocian
  • Allen Kocian

  • Houston Hospice



  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 21, 2019


  • Interment


Agnes Marie Eldridge

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Jo Ann Arlitt

June 21, 2019

I am heartbroken to hear of Agnes' passing. Although we lost touch over the years, spending our carefree teens together in Shiner were memorable. After graduation we headed to college in Houston. What an adventure for us country bumpkins!
Sending prayers for comfort to Agnes' loved ones. May she rest in peace.
Jo Ann Korenek Arlitt

Susan Kocian Alvarez

June 20, 2019

Dave and Patrick my deepest sympathies. Agnes was there for me many years ago and treated me with kindness and no judgements. Thank you for everything . Agnes I love you and will miss you.
Your cousin Susan

Lisa Wagner Bunting

June 20, 2019

I am deeply saddened by Agnes’s passing. She leaves me with many cherished memories of growing up in Shiner and college days in Houston. I can see her coming up the road by the football field in her little blue compact to pick up me and my sister for school each day. What fun we had ! Thinking of her and all our adventures makes me smile thru the tears. Love you Ag

Sincere sympathy to you David and also to Patrick.,
Lisa Wagner Bunting

Margie Kocian

June 20, 2019

My deepest condolences and sympathies in the passing of Agnes Kocian Eldridge. May God wrap His arms around you at this time of your sorrow. May she Rest In Peace!

Cristina Martinez

June 19, 2019

Dear David, it's hard to understand why our loved ones are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life.

May God's love make your grief bearable.

Your friends, Gustavo and Cristina Martinez

Marylane Mosley

June 18, 2019

Agnes was one of the loveliest persons I have ever known. She was beautiful inside and out. Met her back in the 80’s at Jason’s during the country western era. She will be sorely missed.



    Agnes Marie Eldridge was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

    Agnes was born on October 16, 1951 at at home in Shiner, Texas. Her parents were Raymond and Mary Kocian. Agnes was raised in Shiner, Texas. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

    Growing up in the Eldridge household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Agnes was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Agnes was raised with one sibling. She had one brother, Raymond, Jr. Agnes was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Agnes and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Agnes was always consistently loyal to her family.

    As a young child, Agnes was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Agnes developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Agnes took part in softball and basketball. In her spare time she liked reading and gardening. However, what Agnes enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

    While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Agnes as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Saint Paul High School in 1970. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English. Harvest Queen, Homecoming Queen, and Valedictorian. Agnes was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Agnes always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

    College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Agnes handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Agnes was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete her class work. She seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down her classmates. Agnes was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed her fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Agnes well during her college experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Masters in Education.

    On July 15, 1995 Agnes exchanged wedding vows with Davey Eldredge at the Saint Thomas University Chapel of Houston, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Davey, Agnes held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Davey and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

    Agnes greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently Agnes enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Agnes was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was a Teacher. She was employed for 37 years as a teacher by the Houston Independant School District. Agnes worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

    Agnes liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Agnes always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening and country dancing. Agnes was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

    Agnes found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included dancing and playing basketball. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football and baseball.

    Many organizations were grateful to have Agnes as a member, since she always brought with her a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Agnes was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Agnes was a member of the Honor Society. Throughout her later years, Agnes was an active member of the Friendship Club and the Silver Speakers.

    As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Agnes was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Agnes preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Agnes was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Agnes was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Friendship Club and the Tinbergrove Manor Houston. Politically, Agnes was a member of the Democratic Party.

    Agnes sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. She was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Agnes many accolades for her efforts and achievements. Some of her most prestigious awards included being honored as Teacher of the Year in 1986.

    Agnes enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Agnes appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Agnes always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included trips to upstate New York, Vermont, and Ottaway and Montreal, Canada.

    Agnes was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Agnes’s favorites was Pachessa, an Australian Shepherd. They were best friends for 14 years. Her family was rounded out by her other dogs, Riley, Jack, Simon, and GG.

    When Agnes’s retirement finally arrived in 2014, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Her new life involved relocating to Houston, Texas. Even in retirement, Agnes continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

    Agnes Marie Eldridge passed away on June 15, 2019 at at her home in Houston, Texas. She had cancer. She is survived by her husband, Davey and a nephew, Patrick Charles. Services were held at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Agnes was laid to rest in Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner, Texas.

    Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Agnes Marie Eldridge. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.