Posted: Wed 8:26 AM, Jan 09, 2013
Funeral Home: Memorial Funeral Chapel
August 5, 1925 – January 3, 2013
Mildred Ann (Griffin) Mahler of Bryan, Texas passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at the Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan followed by a graveside service in Bryan City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday January 11.
Mildred was born in Bryan, Texas to William Marshall Griffin and Lillie Pearl Kemp Griffin on August 5, 1925, the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1943. On September 30, 1943, she married the love of her life, Ben L. Mahler. Immediately after their marriage, she took a job at the Pentagon while Ben shipped out overseas to fight in WWII. Following the war, they returned to Bryan where she worked as operator at the Bryan Telephone office until she became a mother to her six children. In her later years, she returned to work as a secretary for Beard Transfer and Storage. At the age of 75, Mildred started working as a caregiver at Mother's Day Out programs, becoming a loving "grandmother" to so many children. She was a chartered and faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Bryan and the Neighborly Sunday School Class.
Mildred was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. All who knew Mildred will remember her for the love she shared so generously and unconditionally. She was kind to everyone and always said the one thing she could easily do was be a listener to anyone who needed an ear. Leading by example, she taught us all the importance of loving your neighbor.
Mildred was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ben L. Mahler; her parents William Marshall Griffin and Lillie Pearl Kemp Griffin; sisters, Claire Griffin, Nell Myers, Irene McGill, and Ruth McPherson; brothers, Bennie T. Griffin and James Griffin; and niece Peggy Jean Bradfield.
She is survived by her children, Susan Ouren and husband Bill of Kingwood, Texas, Patricia Holman of Bryan, Theodor (Ted) Mahler and wife Carolyn of Sherman, Texas, Lisa Mahler of Bryan, Texas, Roy Mahler and wife Mary of Bryan, and Tammie Milum and husband Roy (Rocky) of Spring, Texas; ten grandchildren, Erica Holman Taylor and her husband Cody, Rachael Holman Luna and her husband Giovanni, Michael Holman and his wife Shayleen, Matthew Mahler, Travis Mahler and his wife Heather, John Mahler, Stephen Mahler and wife Lindsey, Benjamin (Ben) Milum, Aaron Milum, and Marshall Milum; three great grandchildren Ryan Holman, Quinn Taylor, Henry Mahler and another one expected in June 2013; fifteen nieces and nephews; best friend since childhood, Gladys Merchant; and so many who lovingly referred to her as Grandma Mahler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church at 506 East 28th St, Bryan, TX, 77803 or the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. A Memorial page has been established for Mildred Mahler on this website.