Colonial Funeral Home

1801 East Red River Street, Victoria, TX


Mary Lou Mereness

November 17, 1926June 15, 2019
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Mary Lou Mereness, of Victoria, Texas, passed from this earthly life into glory on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 92 years of age. She was born in South San Antonio, Texas on November 17, 1926. She married her childhood sweetheart, Lyman Talcott Mereness, on March 16, 1945. Married 61 years, before his passing in 2006, they first met when Lyman and his family moved next door when he was 11 and she was 8. At the time of her death Mary was a member of the Blythe Church of Christ.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Lyman Mereness and wife Dana, of Victoria, Cheryl Goode and husband, Howard, of Victoria, and Ben Mereness and wife Jackie, of Amarillo, Texas. She is survived by eight grandchildren and their spouses: Tyler Mereness and wife Diane, of Nashville, Tennessee, Amy Cady and husband David, of Ewa Beech, Hawaii, Janay Vorpahl and husband Derek, of San Antonio, TX, Tamra Denoyer and husband Todd of Victoria, Texas, Kody Goode and wife Jenny of Abilene, Texas; Kevin Mereness and wife Lauren of Dallas, Texas, Kent Mereness and wife Brynn of Canyon, Texas; and Kory Mereness and wife Mandy, of Roseburg, Oregon. Those marriages have blessed her with 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Dot Phillips of Oklahoma, and brother-in-law Bert Mereness of Arizona, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends still living who loved her and were blessed by her life and faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Otha Phillips and Amy Gertrude Phillips Daugherty and step-father, E. E. Daugherty; her sister, Adell Brownlee and husband Lee; and brothers, Clifton and wife Louise, and Marvin Phillips. She was also preceded in death by a grandson and three great grandchildren.

Mary loved her family and friends. She was devoted to the Lord, to teaching others about Jesus, and creatively sharing stories from the Bible. As an incredibly gifted Bible school teacher, she spent hours not only preparing her lessons but working into the late hours of the night creating take-home crafts for children in her Bible classes, Vacation Bible School, and for those who rode to church on the Joy Bus. She was loving and kind but also fiery and passionate. She delighted in the loudness and laughter that was so often present at family gatherings.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Claire Bridge of Victoria (Greatwood Homes of Victoria) and to Crown Hospice for their professional and loving care which has been provided these past few years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Crown Hospice, 1101 Salem Rd., Suites, A-D, Victoria, Texas 79904 or Eastern European Mission, PO Box 55245, Hurst, Texas 76054.

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  • Lyman Talcott Mereness, Husband
  • Henry Otha Phillips, Father
  • Amy Gertrude Phillips Daugherty, Mother
  • E.E. Daugherty, Stepfather
  • Adell Brownlee, Sister
  • Lee Brownlee, Brother-in-law
  • Clifton Phillips, Brother
  • Louise Phillips, Sister-in-law
  • Marvin Phillips, Brother
  • Lyman (Dana) Mereness, Son
  • Cheryl (Howard) Goode, Daughter
  • Ben (Jackie) Mereness, Son
  • Tyler (Diane) Mereness, Grandson
  • Amy (David) Cady, Granddaughter
  • Janay (Derek) Vorpahl, Granddaughter
  • Tamara (Todd) Denoyer, Granddaughter
  • Kody (Jenny) Goode, Grandson
  • Kevin (Lauren) Mereness, Grandson
  • Kent (Brynn) Mereness, Grandson
  • Kory (Mandy) Mereness, Grandson
  • Dot Phillips, Sister-in-law
  • Bert Mereness, Brother-in-law
  • Mary Lou also leaves 14 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends to cherish her memory.

  • Crown Hospice
  • Eastern European Mission


  • Visitation Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 22, 2019


Mary Lou Mereness

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Tom Nuckels

June 21, 2019

Lyman, Cheryl, and Ben,

I have many fond memories of your mom and dad, living just four doors down from them during my late teen years. They gave this teenager much love and support when he needed it most. They were instrumental in encouraging me to attend Sunset School of Preaching which began my journey in ministry which continues today, some forty years later. I'll never forget the time, just weeks before Janice and I were to leave the States to form a mission team in South America, your mom pressed a $100 bill in my hand. I attempted to refuse it, since I assumed that little church in Point Comfort didn't have a huge preacher's budget. With a tear in her eye and a big smile that she was noted for, said, "Do you believe in receiving a blessing." "Of course," I replied. She then said, "Well, receive this gift and let me receive a blessing." How does one argue with that. We were both blessed! May God bless you as you grieve the loss of your dear mother, who was a spiritual mother to me.

Grace and peace,
Tom & Janice Nuckels
Liberty Hill, TX

Larry Nuckels

June 21, 2019

I met Lyman and Mary Lou Mereness when they came to Point Comfort Texas as preacher and preachers wife. They were a blessing to the church and I recall many activities they initiated. Mary Lou was a great encourager and teacher. She conducted many teachers workshops for the Ladies of point comfort and surrounding churches. She was one of my Moms (Martha) closest friends. Mary Lou, Mom and Edith Winters joined Eternal Flame fitness center and faithfully worked out together several times a week for many years. Their bond of friendship lasted their lifetime and I feel sure for the rest of eternity. She will be missed by many. Larry Nuckels and Family

Mary Jane Schuster

June 20, 2019

I was named after "Aunt" Mary and my mother, Jane Clark Foreman. Her laughter is what I remember most when those two were together. It took my brother, Jack , and I years to figure out she was not an aunt by blood, but an aunt by love. She is with her "boyfriend" and soulmate, Lyman, and her best friend from childhood, Jane. All my love to Lyman, Jr, Cheryl and Ben Mike.

Bruce Hill

June 18, 2019

My condolences to the entire Mereness family. Mary Lou and Lyman were so special to me. I got to know them when they lived in Garden City and then when we moved to Victoria I was so surprised to get reaquainted with they. They were so special to me, a great Christian couple whom I loved dearly. I am sorry we will not be able to make the service for her but we are out of the country. She loved the Lord, the love of her life, Lyman, and her family. We do pray for each of you and hope you are comforted knowing she procured her place in the Great Day when the Lord returns. Love you all, Bruce and Sandy