Dena Tobler '85 November 8, 2021 3:41 PM updated: April 13, 2022 2:41 PM
Dena Leanne Brown Tobler
July 15, 1963 - June 18, 2021
Dena Leanne Brown Tobler of Magnolia, TX, was born July 15,
1963, in Dallas, TX, to Edwin Glenn Brown, Jr., and Marian Ann
Brown. She went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
on June 18, 2021 following a horse-riding accident.
Dena attended Jane Long Elementary in Freeport, Lake Jackson
Intermediate, and Brazoswood High School, Class of 1981. She
was co-editor of the paper and yearbook, participated in choir,
and went to Ontario, Canada with the Baptist All-State Choir.
She was awarded a four-year Presidential Endowed Scholarship
to Texas A&M University in College Station.
She was the Editor-in-Chief of the 1984 Aggieland Yearbook.
She also studied abroad one summer in Italy. Dena graduated
(class of 1985) Cum Laude in December 1984 with a degree in
Journalism and Math.
Dena loved horses from the time she could walk. She read every
horse book in the school library and was drawing horses
continually. At A&M she rented a 22-year-old horse and started
taking English riding lessons.
The horse riding community rallied together to create the
perpetual "Dena Tobler Memorial Trophy", presented each year to
the Adult Jumper Champion at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.
Besides horses, Dena loved reading and knitting. She had just
finished knitting a panda bear for her niece’s baby due on
Dena was currently a Senior Technical Project Manager at
She was preceded in death by her Father, Ed Brown, paternal
Grandparents Eddie and Elsie Brown, maternal Grandparents
Felix and Mary Neal Ainsworth, and paternal Aunt Charlotte Brown Baker.
She leaves to cherish her memories her husband and the love
of her life, Michael Tobler; her Mother, Ann Brown, of Lake Jackson;
Brother, Danny (Sara) Brown, of Surfside; Sister, Denise (Travis) West
of Harrison, Arkansas; four nephews; two nieces; six great nephews;
three great nieces; special cousins in Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin,
and Norway; her horses, Teddy and Fiorenza; her three cats, as well
as all her special friends from the barn at Irish Day Farm in Houston.
Until we meet again...