Mary Neil Poole Linnenberg
Mary Neil Poole Linnenberg
  • August 28, 1928 - August 28, 2016
  • Houston, Texas

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Mary Neil Poole Linnenberg of Houston passed away at her home on Sunday, August 28, 2016, surrounded by her family. She died on her 88th birthday after a year-long struggle with cancer. Born to Rhoda and U.J. (Man) Poole in Madisonville, Texas, she graduated from high school in 1945 and went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor degree in Education. She taught school in the Houston Independent School District for thirty-five years, finishing at John H. Reagan High School in the English Department. After retiring from HISD in 1985, she taught for six years at Houston Community College.

Mary was a devout Christian and an elegant woman who cherished her family. She was an active member of First Baptist Church Spring Branch and later Memorial Drive Baptist Church. Mary's husband, George Linnenberg, predeceased her in 1996. Mary was affectionately known as Mom, Mamaw, Memaw, Gigi and Aunt Dee to those who loved her.

Mary is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and David Shelfer of Houston and Elaine and Larry Thompson of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Mark and Brian Shelfer and his wife Catherine, and Andrew, Alyssa and Jack Thompson; four great grandchildren, Avery and Cate Shelfer and Brooks and Bennett Shelfer; a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Billie Poole, of The Woodlands, and their daughter and son-in-law Pam and Elvin Brownlee, of Andrews, TX and their children Eric and Cason. She is also survived by her nieces Janet Landry and Marsha McClesky and her husband Peter.

Friends gathered to share memories during a visitation at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, from 5 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, August 31st. Funeral services were 10 AM on Thursday, September 1st at Memorial Drive Baptist Church located at 325 North Piney Point Road, where a reception followed the service. Interment was in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.