May 27, 1940 ~ September 13, 2021
San Angelo, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas
Merlene Wilde Kouba of Bryan, Texas passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the age of 81. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. Columbarium internment will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Parish Cemetery in Wall, Texas. Callaway-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers in Bryan, Texas is responsible for services.
Merlene was born to R. B. and Alice Strube Wilde in San Angelo, Texas on May 27, 1940. She attended Wall Public Schools and graduated in 1958. After high school, Merlene earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas. While at University, she met and married her husband, Joseph. They remained happily married for 60 years and 8 months and were blessed with three children, Darrell, Tammy, and Eric. In addition to rearing her children, Merlene was employed by the State Department of Transportation in Austin. After retiring to Horseshoe Bay in 1995, Merlene maintained an active life that included golf with her many friends, spending summers on Lake LBJ and HSB’s many venues with children and grandchildren, and participating in the many social activities offered in HSB. Years later, Merlene and Joseph moved to Sun City where she remained active in golf until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That diagnosis required a move to Bryan to be nearer to family. Merlene’s family is grateful for the care provided to her by medical staff at Baylor Scott and White, nursing and caregiver staff at Isle at Watercrest and staff from Hospice Brazos Valley.
Merlene is survived by her husband, Joseph; son, Darrell Kouba of Rockne, Texas; daughter, Tammy Faust and husband Bruce of Snook, Texas; and son, Eric Kouba of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; granddaughter, Mandy Piowaty and husband John of Spain; granddaughter, Tiffany Prewitt and husband Charles of Willis, Texas; granddaughter, Rebecca Reading and fiancé Stephen Sutter of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey; grandson, Jake Reading and Candice Scott of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Mary Kate Sebesta and husband Joseph of Snook, Texas; granddaughter, Anna Faust and fiancé Shawn Scott of Bryan Texas; and granddaughter, Emma Faust of Snook, Texas; and great grandchildren, Charlie, Aiden, Quinn, Henry, Gus, Michael and Riggins.
Merlene is also survived by brothers Floyd, Leroy, Olen and Wilfred and sisters, Lorene, Sara, Betty and Cathy and numerous nephews and nieces.
You will be missed
Condolences for your loss
Many blessings and best wishes. RIP
Merlene was a very special lady, and we want to offer our sincerest sympathy to you and your family
for your loss.
I will miss our special talks. I have learned your art of being calm when issues arise which really annoys some. Haha Your right it is fun just to watch. I am so grateful for the time we spent together and were able to talk in private. Until we meet again Aunt Merlene. Love you always now and forever from the whole Burnett family.
Joe and Family
I am so sorry for your loss of Merlene.
There isn’t any way to to explain of what it feels like to lose someone who has guided and cared for you like a mother and spouse.
There are memories that will follow and sustain you
I am sorry I can’t be with you for the funeral but my prayers will.
God bless you