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Mary Thiele '89 November 22, 2022 11:00 AM updated: November 22, 2022 11:04 AM

Mary Rachel Thiele
July 27, 1941 – August 28, 2022

Mary Rachel Treece Thiele of Fulshear, Texas, devoted mother and wife, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 28, 2022 at the age of 81. Mary was born July 27, 1941 in Clorinda, Iowa to Charles Elmer Treece and Roberta Neil Treece.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Robert L. Thiele; daughter, Tracey Michelle Galetti; son, Colin Robert Thiele; granddaughters, Jamie and Sadie; grandsons, Cooper and Beau; great-grandson, Raighden, and brothers, Thomas Treece, David Treece, John Treece, and sister, Ann Treece Vacek. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Mary graduated from Yoakum High School in 1959. She attended Southwest Texas State College and graduated in 1962. After meeting in first grade, she married her high school sweetheart Robert L. Thiele on July 28, 1962, and celebrated 60 wonderful married years in 2022. She supported Robert during his senior year at Texas A&M and received her master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1989 to become a proud Aggie herself.

An educator, she loved her elementary kids and spent 30 years teaching in Giddings, Ft. Worth, Beaumont, Alief, and mostly Katy, TX, taking breathers for child-rearing, moves, and living in Brazil. Cooking for family and friends was a passion she loved. She loved being in nature and hiking trails – especially any leading to a waterfall or old-growth trees. Flowers were special to her. She knew all their names and could identify most wildflowers at highway speeds.

An avid reader and collector, a favorite pastime was perusing collectable shops and used book shops while RVing and seeing America. Over 50 years camping, boating, and water skiing on Lake Ouachita, AR attests to that being her favorite place. Snow skiing, even while on oxygen, was her sport.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 12, 2022 at First United Methodist Church, Fulshear, 8201 Harris Street, Fulshear, TX 77441 (281) 346-1416

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local food bank or to First United Methodist Church, Fulshear.


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