Most of us believed she was invincible. And, up until her last day on earth, she was. Maurine Syma Thomason was a matriarch and could beautifully balance generosity and pure love with discipline and candor. Her garden was always green and flourishing, and she never missed an opportunity to turn one plant into twenty for one of her favorite church fundraisers. She was deeply loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
Maurine spent most of her life in Texas and the last 64 years in Austin. She was born and raised in Yorktown, TX, and also lived in San Antonio, TX; Sherman, TX; Xenia, Ohio; and Japan and France while her husband was in the Air Force. Her career involved raising 4 children and running a beauty parlor here in Austin. She was a longtime member of St Austin's Catholic Parish and Catholic Daughters of The Americas.
Maurine enjoyed spending as much time with her family as possible. She would never pass up an opportunity to go to Mass, grab lunch or dinner (and a frozen margarita with plenty of salt), accompany a family member on a trip to the store, or just sit in her back yard, watch the birds and squirrels and catch up on life while sharing some of her simple, but insightful advice. She was always eager to do yard work, whether it was at her home or the home of someone she didn't even know. If you gave her enough time in anyone's yard, you could find her with a pair of scissors pruning flowers or pulling up weeds.
Her positivity and pizzazz for life brought a bright light and levity to everyone with whom she came into contact. And, the fact that she was sharp as a tack and mobile up to the end of her life was, and will continue to be, an inspiration and prescription for a life well lived. Her years on earth have left a legacy that will never die and that has touched so many lives.
Maurine is survived by her son, Mike Thomason; daughters and sons-in-law: Marjorie and Bill Hanshaw and Teresa and John Harris; daughter, Carol Winkley; grandchildren: Scott and Dorothy Hanshaw, Christopher Winkley, Maurine Winkley, Hailey and John De La Rosa, Carter Harris, Holly and Craig Gallogly; great granddaughters: Chelsea Priem and Marci Priem; sister, Lucille Pitre; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: husband of 61 years, Alvis Thomason; granddaughter, Reagan Hanshaw Priem; son-in-law, Tom Winkley; parents, Frank and Frances Syma; sisters, Irene Syma and Frances Glisson; brothers: Bruno Syma, Joe Syma, Severen Syma, Sebastyan Syma, Frank Syma Jr, and Bob Syma.
Visitation – April 21, 2017 – 5 to 6 pm
Rosary – April 21, 2017 - 6 pm
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home - 3125 N Lamar, Austin
Funeral Mass – April 22, 2017 - 10am
St Austin's Catholic Church - 2026 Guadalupe, Austin
Burial – Following Funeral
Assumption Cemetery - 3650 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin