Mercedes Frances Luetge Jumper died at her residence in the Spring Branch area of Houston, March 17, 2006. She was 79. The second of seven children born to Hilton and Ada Luetge, the family for many years resided in the Schoenau area. Services were conducted Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Brenham Memorial Chapel with Bro. Mike Groseclose of Nelsonville Brethren Church officiating. Interment followed in Shelby Cemetery. Mercedes attended the Rock-house-Schoenau Grade School, performing many different activities associated with farm life, and also became the "mother hen" of the youngsters that arrived later in life. Mercedes was well known for the immaculate way she dressed and her class and style. Her quick wit and that infectious laugh stayed with her throughout her life. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Houston. Her first "job" was that of taking care of a child, Mr. James Lindemann, of Industry, while his parents conducted their business. She later moved to La Grange to work for the Weikel family. In 1945 she moved to Houston with her brother, Otis Luetge, where she worked in a variety of capacities. On July 7, 1971, she married Kenneth Jumper, of Dallas, and they lived in Houston until his death. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Milton and Lester; brothers-in-law Raymond Brinkmeyer Sr. and Bill Stark and nephew Raymond Charles Brink-meyer Jr. Mrs. Jumper leaves to mourn her two sisters, Virginia Stark of Bleiblerville and Waldine Brinkmeyer of Brenham; two close sisters-in-law Nora Dell Marek Luetge and May Dickey Luetge; two brothers and wives, Harris and Doris of Houston and Otis and Elma Dale of Shelby; along with a host of close relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Branch Luetge, Rocky Luetge, Mark Luetge, Rodney Luetge, Darrell Ainley, Charles Jankowiak, Darrell Krueger and Tim Janish. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church of Houston. Arrangements were handled by Brenham Memorial Chapel.
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