Mary Lou Bullock, 81, of Luling passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Mary Lou was born April 14, 1933, in Lockhart to Francis and Hazel Ross Field. She was a Class of 1950 graduate of Luling High School. Mary Lou married John Matthew Bullock on July 18, 1951, in Luling. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Luling where she had faithfully served over 50 years with the Women of the Church, Altar Guild and had served several terms on the Vestry. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Mary Lou was involved in bringing 4-H clubs to Caldwell County. Mary Lou, along with Pinky and Mary Anna Brown, joined in with South Texas families creating the Texas Youth Rodeo Association. Following the formation TYRA, Mary Lou joyfully found herself hauling her daughters, Linda and Dolly, to horse shows and rodeos all over Texas from April to August. All the while, Mary Lou worked a full time job at the Lockhart Savings and Loan maintaining her welcoming smile and pleasant nature even though the youth rodeo circuit demanded so much of her energy.
Mary Lou was a modern-day frontiers-woman. She and her sister, Ruth, rounded up and worked cattle growing up on their family “home place” between Lockhart and Luling. Riding horses in the 1930s and 40s was a way of life, not a recreational respite. Joining their daddy in hauling cattle to the San Antonio Stock Yards was a welcoming trip to the city. This way of life was engrained in Mary Lou, years later as she closed her flower, clothing and gift shop each day, she routinely shed her dress and pumps for blue jeans and boots to check on her pastures, cattle, and put out bales and cube cattle. Hard work was part of her nature, she maintained a large beautiful lawn on her own, a passion she loved and begrudgingly relinquished to her helpers when she could no longer do the work herself.
Mary Lou had married J.T. Jeffry in the spring of 1974 in Seguin. After 12 years of marriage Mr. Jeffrey passed away and years later Mary Lou remarried her first husband, John M. Bullock. Mary Lou was familiar with life’s hardships, but she was never deterred, never broken, she maintained an unequivocal faith in her Lord that kept her determined and strong. The manner in which she lived her life; her willingness to work, endure hardships, and sustain a faithful Christian walk in life was an example that her children have heeded and put into practice as the correct path to follow. Every small town has its heroes, its champions, it is fair to say that Luling, Texas has lost one its heroes, one of its champions, but memory of this great woman will live on in those that knew and loved her.
Mary Lou Bullock is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Linda and Delton Bishop, of Luling, and Dolly and David Baker, of Tyler; son and daughter-in-law, J.T. Jeffrey and Angela, of McMahan; sister, Ruth Alexander, of Lockhart; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Gina Bullock, of Luling; grandchildren, Annette McFadin, Matthew Bishop, Lyndon Hamilton, Aaron Bishop, Weston Hamilton, Stephanie Svatek, Arlene Koudela, Matt McNabb, David Ross Baker, Jeff Jeffrey, Autumn Matcek, Dr. Jess Jeffrey and Brandon Blackmon; and nineteen great-grandchildren; nieces and nephew, Lisa Alexander, Ginger Robbins, Bridget Hajovsky and Miller Clay Bullock. She was preceded in death by her husbands and parents.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Luling Episcopal Church of the Annunciation with Frs. Russell Matthews and Bur Dobbins officiating. Interment will follow Luling City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew Bishop, Lyndon Hamilton, Aaron Bishop, Weston Hamilton, Matt McNabb and David Ross Baker. Honorary Pallbearers were Jeff Jeffrey and Dr. Jess Jeffrey.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
Services are under the care and direction of O’Bannon Funeral Home.