Anne Wilson vonBriesen Lurz
Age 73 - Houston, TX
Date of Donation: 06/03/2010
Select Specialty Hospital; Houston, TX


Anne met Joe while still in high school. Joe said he was struck immediately by her beautiful blue eyes surrounded by auburn hair cut in a page boy style. On the way home Joe remembers saying to her cousin that he would marry Anne. Her cousin said Joe was crazy - - BUT, he did. Anne and Joe married during Joe’s senior year of high school. They celebrated over 54 years of marriage through both hard and good times.

Despite having little money in those early years, Anne kept the home fires burning, managed the household and was a wonderful mother to all of us children while Joe worked full time and studied to become an engineer. Anne was selfless and many times during their married life did without in order that others, whether friends or family would have food, clothing or care. She shared anything she had, regardless of her needs and desires. Anne was a fantastic cook and was particularly known for her wonderful pies. Joe always joked about her pie crusts saying they were the second best pie crusts after her father’s.

She raised her children with unconditional love, immense patience and many a “Wait until Your Father Comes Home.”  It took the children until they were older to realize that most times Joe never knew of their many wrongdoings.

They moved around a lot.  Anne always went to great lengths to help everyone  adjust to new homes, new schools and new friends by actively involving herself in the neighborhood, the community, church groups, Little League, Boy Scouts, Brownies, swim teams, hockey leagues or whatever activities the children chose to pursue.
Anne had a special relationship with her grandchildren whom she spoiled relentlessly
, despite their parents’ objections.  She condoned and encouraged many activities for her grandchildren that her own children were never permitted, from jumping on beds to sliding down banisters.  And only her grandchildren were allowed ice cream for dinner.  No wonder they always wanted to stay with MeMaw.

Her friends were so many and were very diverse. She played Bridge for 46 years but never took it too seriously.   She said she enjoyed the friendships and the game too much to make it into work.  Anne also played BUNCO, a game she once said she would never play because it was too mindless.  But, she did finally join a group of neighborhood ladies to play. As she said, it’s really not about the game, it’s about the wonderful people.

Anne had one major hobby that was a passion to her. She was a rug hooker for about 35 years and many of her works are museum quality pieces.

Anne’s smile was infectious, but it was when she started laughing that it was the most fun. It was impossible not to join in her laughter
.

Anne and Joe loved to travel, especially going on cruises.  Joe said cruising with Anne was always a pleasure.  She made friends on every continent as evidenced by the number of e-mails Joe received following her passing from places as far away as Australia, South Africa and South America.  All from people she met while cruising. The UN doesn’t do as good a job of bringing people together.

Anne particularly enjoyed working as a Greeter/Usher at the 7 A M mass at Christ the Redeemer CC. She frequently told Joe about people who, week after week, appeared gloomy and dour when coming into church. They quickly became her projects as she worked to get them to talk, to open up and to smile when they came through what she called “my door”.

Anne’s smile, along with her eyes let everyone know they were welcome.  She met no strangers.We all miss her blue eyes, her smile, her laughter, her guidance and most of all, we miss her love.At her passing she donated her body.  Her eyes were taken along with enough skin for 400 people.
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