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On Feb. 8, 2011, Mary Lynch Fuller Hintzel, in the arms of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, went to our true Home in Heaven. Her family at her bedside, she departed from the Care Center of Brenham, where she had been surrounded for two months by a loving Christian staff and more recently as well by caring staff from Brazos Valley Hospice.

Mary began her 24-year earthly pilgrimage on June 23, 1986, at Bellville General Hospital, born to William Lynch and Katherine Joy Parker Fuller and welcomed by her brother Martin Hawling Fuller. She was baptized in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Thomas A. Wallace and was later confirmed there by the Rt. Rev. Claude Payne, Bishop of Texas.

She received her public education in Bellville ISD, and before she developed hydrocephalus, which caused her to begin losing her eyesight and required over 20 brain surgeries, she completed a year of study at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She then took courses at Blinn until surgeries interrupted her plans, but she was nevertheless able to complete several additional courses there in spite of her increasing disability.

She had numerous awards for her love and accomplishments in Latin and music, piano being her specialty. She loved animals, especially cats and ducks.

Mary married Travis Michael Hintzel in St. John Lutheran Church. To this union was born one who was and is the joy of her too-short life, Perry Lynch Hintzel, a blessing through that marriage to both sides of his large family.

She was also a founding and faithful member of St. Barnabas’s Anglican Church (Reformed Episcopal/Anglican Church in North America). Only her recentest extended stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, from which she moved in late November to the Care Center, kept her from regular weekly worship, where at the junior high cafeteria her presence encouraged her parish family, still on their pilgrimage.

However, she was keenly aware, as is her family, of the great breadth of her much larger Christian family, which extends into the many churches of Bellville, Austin County and beyond, who have supported her and her family in prayer and service.

She is survived by her son Perry, her parents Bill and Kathy Fuller, her brother and sister-in-law Martin and Meghan McArdle Fuller, Travis and the Hintzel and Thomas families, her grandparents Katherine Joy Schwecke Parker and Col. Robert T. and Ruth Lynch Fuller Townsend, her uncles and aunts Robert and Sharon Reed Parker, George and Kathleen Fuller Jones, Val and Libby Fuller Kiecke, and Dr. Robert and Beth Fuller Stark, many cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Stephen Stults, Vicar of St. Barnabas’s Church, who was assisted by the Rev. William Heard, also of St. Barnabas’s. Thanks to the Rev. Timothy Bucek, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the members, who graciously opened their hearts and building for the visitation and this service of worship.

Chris Nava played the organ. Pallbearers were Wesley Jones, Adam Kiecke, Aaron Kiecke, Robert Stark Jr., Ross Bradfield and Clint Pechacek. Honorary pallbearers were David Perales and Tyler Satterwhite.

Schmidt Funeral Home coordinated the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the fund for Perry’s education (set up at First National Bank), the Brazos Valley Hospice, or church or charity of choice.

Posted by Joy Neely


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