MAUREEN VYVLECKA

 

 

Maureen S. Reynolds Vyvlecka began her new life with Christ on October 27, 2019 at the age of 84. Maureen was born May 14, 1935 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her husband, Frank C. Vyvlecka, her children, Sheila Duren and husband Mark of Helotes, Kathleen Welch and husband Craig of San Antonio, Kevin Vyvlecka and wife Karen of Jourdanton and Barry Vyvlecka and wife Cindy of San Antonio. Surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Ryan Duren and wife Noranda and their children Aubri and Tate; Lauren Vyvlecka; Allison Vyvlecka; Heather Martinez and husband P. J. and their children Kayden and Brendan; and Kasey Welch.

She is also survived by her brother, F. Meade Reynolds and wife Eileen; nephew F. Meade Reynolds, Jr. and family; niece, Dr. Eileen Reynolds and family; and niece, Susan Meehan and family, all of Lexington, Massachusetts. Her survivors also include many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Frederick A. Reynolds and Ethel Meade Reynolds; granddaughter Megan L. Duren and grandson Cullen R. Welch.

Maureen met Frank at the Commodore Ballroom in Lowell, Massachusetts while he was stationed in the army at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. Frank convinced her to marry him and be his “Yellow Rose of Texas.” She courageously agreed to move to a distant land with many relatives, rattlesnakes, tornadoes, scorpions, dusty fields and heat. They were married on April 21, 1956 in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts and moved to the small town of Jourdanton. She was a devoted wife for 63 years and mother of four. She supported her children in everything and taught them to respect themselves and others. She and Frank stressed the importance of education and helped them achieve it.

She loved teaching and was dedicated to her students’ achievements while at Jourdanton Junior High School and achieving their life accomplishments afterwards. Mrs. V, as the students affectionately called her, was not afraid to offer them advice, and always told them to strive to do their best.

Maureen was a devout Catholic and she and Frank raised their family as such. She was a contributing member of St. Matthews Catholic Church in Jourdanton. She made many friends with her bubbly personality and infectious smile. This trait allowed her to work tirelessly with church, school and her children’s organizations. She was very giving of her time and her love, and hosted many parties for her family and friends, that always included her love for cooking.

She was determined to make people happy, which made her happy. Her family believes she accomplished her goal. She will be deeply missed by all; however, her legacy will live on in her family, friends and students.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National MS Society and/ or United Leukodystrophy Foundation.

Maureen’s visitation was Monday, November 4 from 2-9 p.m. at the Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass was celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 5 at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Jourdanton. Interment to follow services at St. Matthew’s Catholic Cemetery in Jourdanton.

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