July 14, 1952 – August 2, 2020
Mary Elizabeth Pirtle Walraven of Bryan, a longtime chief in educating dad and mom and coordinating group packages to fulfill native wants, died August 2, 2020, on the age of 68 after a short sickness. Visitation shall be at 10 am, adopted by her Life Tribute Celebration at 11 am, Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Middle; with household burial companies in Bryan Metropolis Cemetery. Companies are within the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Facilities, Bryan-Faculty Station.
Born July 14, 1952, in Olney, Texas, she was the oldest daughter of R.C. Pirtle Jr. and Mavis Elizabeth Gaither Pirtle of Throckmorton, an agricultural city in North Texas. She was married there Jan. 6, 1973, to Ed Walraven of San Angelo, Texas. Their wedding ceremony achieved native fame when a North Texas ice storm in the course of the wedding ceremony made it not possible for a lot of household and pals to depart city for nearly every week.
Since retiring from Bryan faculties in 2016, she has loved many playdates with grandsons and was pleased to return to journey, usually with tent tenting and climbing as an added pleasure. A favourite a part of the tenting was early morning and sundown “critter” searches. Such journeys additionally allowed her to follow her different pleasures: pictures, sketching and portray. The liberty of retirement had the benefit of letting her focus on quite a few handicrafts.
She moved to Bryan in 1974 together with her husband from San Angelo and commenced working for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Walraven labored with the extension service for 10 years till turning into a well being and childbirth educator, instructing childbirth and parenting courses at native hospitals and ladies’s facilities, and holding nationwide positions with the Worldwide Childbirth Schooling Affiliation.