Mary Lou's 80th Birthday
Mary Louise Dumestre, 80, left this world on September 25, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on May 19, 1934, in Colorado Springs, Colorado to William and Irene Sode. Mary Lou met the love of her life, Alex, while riding on a fire truck in a Shriner’s parade. The handsome Air Force officer asked her for her phone number, which she refused, but said “I’m the only Sode in the phone book.” Two years later they were married in a ceremony on the Air Force base. Mary Lou became “housewife extraordinaire” in every facet of her life. She was a fantastic cook and wonderful baker. She was a gifted seamstress, making most of her children’s clothes when they were young and designing costumes in later years as a manager at a costume shop. She loved feeding the birds who took sanctuary in the beauty of her beloved gardens filled with colorful flowers. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals, always letting the family adopt strays that suddenly appeared on the doorstep, including her most recent feline friends, Punkin and Shadow. She delighted in keeping up with the grandkids, going to their games and concerts, taking the granddaughters shopping, and baking with all of them for the holidays. She loved to paint and make handcrafts, and even had a small business for a few years. None of us will ever forget how she made all of the holidays and birthdays extra special through the traditions she kept from year to year, including decorating for each and every holiday, complete with lights. Mary Lou would send out email “birthday alerts” to family members, so everyone would remember to send their best wishes to the birthday boy or girl. Family was so important to her, and she somehow always managed to keep everyone close. Her smile lit up a room, and she loved to add just a little “bling” to everything, something that she passed on to all the girls in the family. In later years, she and Alex enjoyed taking trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Mediterranean, which always included shopping excursions, yielding countless mementos from their travels as Christmas gifts.
Mary Lou accepted every challenge that came her way with a calm demeanor...multiple moves and transfers (not always to exotic places), hurricanes, blizzards and normal everyday family crises. We never saw her shed a tear after being diagnosed with cancer…she simply asked what she needed to do and did it. She never felt sorry for herself, in fact, she considered herself lucky after seeing some of the young women in her oncologist’s office battling the same disease. If you asked her, “How are you doing today?” she would always say “Okay” and that she thought tomorrow would be a better day. She defied the odds.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Alexis C. Dumestre, daughters Gina Sanderson, Christi Skweres and Lisa Brown, son Jim Dumestre, sons-in-law Sam Sanderson, Jerry Skweres, Bruce Brown and Aldo Gonzales, daughter-in-law Gretchen Dumestre, grandchildren Ryan Sanderson, Alexis Gonzales, Morgan Sanderson, Tyler Gonzales, Lukas Dumestre, Rebekah Dumestre and Grayson Skweres, special family members Justin and Ashley Skweres and their children, Jonah, Griffin and Everett, Travis Skweres, Jakob Brown, Kevin and Kacie Brown, Nique Durnerin and numerous friends and family. We are grateful to her caregivers, Queen Izevbigie, Jan Nooner, Beverly Johnson, Naomi White, Gloria Pena and Tammy Heim, who made her last few weeks comfortable in her own home.
In lieu of flowers, hug your family and friends, and tell the people you love that you love them…Mary Lou always did. If you wish, donations can also be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 3rd at St. Edward Catholic Community, located at 2601 Spring-Stuebner Road in Spring, TX.