Shirley Pfannstiel

Shirley (Grace) Barron Pfannstiel, 82, of College Station, passed away Thursday March 6, 2014. Her family will receive guests during a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station with interment to follow at the College Station Cemetery.

Shirley was born in Burleson County TX on April 24, 1931 to parents Tom Joe and Lillian (Robinson) Barron. Her mother died while she was an infant, and she was raised in Wellborn TX by her aunt and uncle Minnie (Robinson) and J.D. Williams. She graduated at age 16 from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, and at age 18 with a B.S. in Art History from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville (a few years later obtained an Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston). She took a position as an elementary art teacher in Boling TX, where she soon met her husband-to-be Daniel C. Pfannstiel. They married on November 23, 1950, in the brand new Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M in College Station. In over 63 years together, they raised 4 children while living in Bay City TX, E Lansing MI, Madison WI, and mostly in College Station. She was active in many social and civic organizations affiliated with Texas A&M University and the community. Her life-long passions were music, art, reading (especially biography and history), gardening, and bringing up her children. She and her husband traveled extensively, especially later in life, and she visited every state in the USA and over 100 countries and all 7 continents around the world, becoming fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian.

She was preceded in death by her birth parents, by “Mama” Minnie and “Uncle” J.D., and by brothers, Joe, Tom (Weldon), Charlie, and Noel (Oscar) Barron and sister Mary Anna Walters.

Survivors include her loving husband, Dr. Daniel C. Pfannstiel; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jan Pfannstiel of College Station, Kerry Pfannstiel of College Station, Robin and Betsy Pfannstiel of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Russell C. Riepe of San Marcos; sisters, Lillian Boemer of San Antonio, Ruth May Mulenex of Austin, Carolyn Barron of Austin, and grandchildren, Daniel M. Pfannstiel and wife Jennifer, Eric Alan Pfannstiel, Laura Telfer and husband Darin, Edward Riepe, and Celeste Riepe.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001, or other worthy charities of your choosing.

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  1. We are so happy that our path crossed with Shirley and Dan’s many many years ago. We have enjoyed the pleasure of hearing about their world travels through the years. I always enjoyed Shirley’s company when we would travel together to our Club meetings. She was a very very smart lady and I enjoyed visiting with her.

  2. I met Miss Shirley while my mother lived at Hudson Creek. What a remarkable loving lady! It was clear that even as she declined she was a formidable woman. She was unfailingly happy to see me, whether she remembered she knew me or not. My mother passed away in Dec. 2013. The thought of her and Miss Shirley together comforts me.
    (My husband is Roy, who knows some of you.)

  3. Dr. Phannstiel & Family,
    My condolences on your great loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Phannstiel was a beautiful and gracious lady. May she rest in peace!