Loraine Briscoe Breazeale

Loraine Briscoe Breazeale
January 5, 1915 – June 5, 2007

Loraine Briscoe Breazeale, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, longtime resident of College Station passed away in Houston on June 5 at the age of 92. Private family burial will be at College Station Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be at 12 p.m. Friday, June 8 at A-M United Methodist Church with the Rev. Laurinda Kwiatkowski officiating.

She lived a long life but was never old. She was young at heart and brought joy to everyone with each passing year. She was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, and with the gifts of encouragement, generosity and creativity. Loraine, one of 9 children, was born January 5, 1915, in Moody, Texas, to Cora Lee Mathis and John Levin Briscoe. She grew up in the Liberty Hill area of McLennan County.

Loraine had a true zest for life and love of the Lord and her family. She remained fruitful and active and thrived for most of her long life. She was an active member of A-M United Methodist Church and the Morning Circle and she was co-founder of the Chi Omega Mothers Club at Texas A-M University. Loraine was an avid swimmer and earned numerous 50-Mile Swim Badges.

She sold real estate in Brazos County for many years. She loved her work with Aggie students at the Wesley Foundation, playing bridge, crocheting coat hangers and enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loraine will be dearly remembered for her smile, her laughter and her unconditional love.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 67 years, William Griffin ‘Breezy’ Breazeale, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her son, William Griffin ‘Bill’ Breazeale of Odessa; her daughter, Peggye Jane Breazeale Gibson and husband, Dr. Mike Gibson, of Houston; grandchildren, Darla Jane Breazeale, Jennifer Ann Breazeale, William Griffin ‘Trey’ Breazeale and wife, Jana, Debra Jane Autenreith and husband, Michael, and Betsy Catherine Dees; great-grandchildren, Aaron and Amanda Breazeale and Ava Jane and Mitch Autenreith; loving sisters, Wilma Keen and Johnnye Van Hook; a special brother-in-law, Howard Van Hook; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are nephews, Karl Van Hook, Kyle Van Hook, Kevin Van Hook and Wayne Phillips, and great-nephews Ken Phillips, Andy Van Hook, Josh Van Hook, Taylor Van Hook and Clay Van Hook.

Memorials may be made to A-M United Methodist Church.

‘The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courtyards of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green, to declare: ‘The Lord is just; He is my rock.”


  1. Peggye,
    I’m thinking of you. I’ll send a note to you soon. Your mother always thought of others and went out of her way to do things for other people. I’ll also always remember the wonderful little pies she made for LWNS.

  2. My condolences and prayers goes out to the family. Peggy, I will always remember your mom to be a kind and generous person to me when she gave me some of your clothes. You took me to your house one afternoon after school so your mom could give me the clothes. She was a very classy lady and I’m sure she will be missed but not forgotten. Keep the faith!

  3. It was good to see her familar face. The selected image brought many memories into focus, having left dear ole CS in 1973. I’m glad to have known her (and Peggye Jane) while growing up in CS. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Yours – David.

  4. Peggye,

    This is a very hard time for you and remember the Happy times and know that Jesus loves her. God Bless you.

  5. Peggye,
    I was so sorry to learn of your Mother’s death. She was a wonderful woman and a great role model of how to be a great mother and work outside the home. I know you will miss her terribly. We buried Mom last Sunday and she was also 92. What great and wonderful lives they led.

  6. We very fond of Loraine and Breezy. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We were glad to see that the baseball team is still giving an award in their honor. They were great fans. Loraine was such a lovely lady in every way.
    John and Carolyn

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