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Elinor Margaret Brooks Kettler, age 85, widow of Melvin Kettler, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at College Station Medical Center.

Elinor was born April 15, 1926 in Navasota the daughter of George Willard and Bernice (Cone) Brooks. She was baptized into the resurrection of Jesus Christ in First Baptist Church of Navasota in April, 1938 at the age of 12 by Dr. W.A. Bowen. Elinor grew up in Navasota , where she attended Navasota High School. She also attended Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville. Elinor joined St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church on Feb. 13, 1992.

On Oct. 7, 1944, she married Harold G. Harrison while he was home on leave from the U.S. Navy at her sisterís home in Navasota by Reverend Howard Shoemake.

On Sept. 7, 1996, she married Melvin Kettler at St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church by Reverend Murray Travis of Abilene and Pastor Edwin Lampe of Brenham.

Elinor was a loving mother and grandmother and great-grandmother. Affectionately known as ďMimiĒ by her family and friends, she was a lover of the arts and a talented artist, as demonstrated by her incredible oil paintings. She loved traveling the world and took great pride in sharing her experiences through her scrapbooks. Elinor was an avid reader and was instrumental in fundraising for the founding of the Bellville Library.

Survivors include her daughter, Julie and husband Larry Tegeler of Brenham; son Philip Harrison and wife Jeanette of Bellville; daughter Georganna and husband David Marek of Bellville; grandchildren, Amey Rogas and husband Russell, Bradley Tegeler, James Harrison and wife Holly, Haley Beham and husband Matthew, Sara Marek and fiancť Robert Kramer and John Harrison and special friend Dori Rodriguez; step-son, Ron Kettler and wife Sue;  brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charlie and Peggy Harrison of Bedias; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Elinor was preceded in death by her parents, G.W. and Bernice Brooks; husbands, Harold Harrison and Melvin Kettler; sister, Bernadine Moore; brother-in-law, Tom Moore; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Uldene and Dick McIntyre.

A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26  at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.

A memorial service was conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham, where the Reverend Phil Fenton served as the officiant.  Prior to Sundayís memorial service, the family gathered for a private interment, where Elinorís much-loved grandsons Bradley Tegeler, James Harrison, John Harrison, Russell Rogas, Matthew Beham, Robert Kramer and great-grandson Britt Rogas were honored to serve as her pallbearers.

In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, the family suggests contributions be directed to St. Paulís Christian Day School Library at 305 W. Third, Brenham, Texas or charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit:
Posted by Joy Neely



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