Viola Ann Tubbs

Viola “Mitzi” Tubbs
April 2, 1944 – December 14, 2019

Surrounded by family, Viola “Mitzi” Tubbs passed peacefully on December 14, 2019 in Bryan. God decided He needed to call one of His strongest soldiers up home to Heaven. A visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, and a Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:30pm, on Wednesday, December 18 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center.  Attendees are encouraged to wear vibrant purples and/or greens to celebrate her life, as those were her favorite colors.

Mitzi, born April 2, 1944, was raised with bountiful but humble beginnings, always reminiscing about life on the farm and its many harvests. She is preceded in death by her little brother, Jimmy, and parents, Vince and Esther Marek, of Dimebox. From them she inherited a green thumb and a knack for sewing. Her brother, Clifton, remembers her as “the greatest cotton-picker of all-time.” 

A devout Catholic, first-and-foremost came Mitzi’s faith in God and love of her Savior Jesus Christ. With beads always by her bedside, she prayed the Rosary nightly. Even as her health suffered, unable to attend Mass, she learned that while doctors no longer make house-calls, priests still do. A volunteer of St. Joseph’s named Patty paid her many visits to pray and have Communion together. When she was unavailable, Monsignor John McCaffrey personally came to Mitzi’s home.

Some might say her family came second in the chain-of-command for her devotion, but her husband Stanley frequently joked, “When I die I hope I’m reincarnated as one of Mitzi’s dogs. She treats them better than she does me.” Her canine companions were cherished deeply and spoiled rotten, as she opted to home-cook them meat instead of canned food. Her sister, Sharon, shares Mitzi’s compassion for animals, and has been involved in professional dog-breeding over the years.

Mitzi made sure to leave her mark of love within the hearts of many, especially her husband Stanley. She shared her gift for gardening with her son, Gregory. Her generous nature and excellent example of motherhood were passed down to her daughter, Kimberly. Mitzi did not stop there, inspiring creativity in her two grandchildren, Wade and Whitney, by not only inheriting them her raw talent and admiration of visual arts like drawing and painting, but the ideal image of unconditional love.

Beyond the bonds of blood, the family she chose played a vital role in Mitzi’s life and happiness. She loved her late mother-in-law, Mary Ann Tubbs, and sister-in-law, Nancy McDaniels more than words can express. She guided her daughter to designate Frances and the dearly departed Daniel “Buddy” Tubbs as Wade’s Godparents, for their pure generosity and kind-hearted souls.

Mitzi is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews across the country, and her boundless love went out to each of them as she prayed every night.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Mitzi’s honor, as they fondly remember her time spent selflessly hand-sewing and embroidering blankets to donate to the kids undergoing treatment.

Express condolences at


  1. We are so sorry to hear about Mitzi. We send our deepest sympathy to her family.

    We remained friends with Mitzi since childhood. We still corresponded over the phone and by mail. Mitzi was the Maid of Honor in both of our weddings. We spent many happy times together and had many good laughs and cries. Mitzi was special to us.

    Jeanie Whitsel Gold
    Mildred “Stosh” Whitsel Anderson

Accessibility Tools