October 15, 1937 – March 10, 2014
Ethel Merle Cook Hodges, 76, of League City, Texas, went home to the Lord on March 10, 2014. Her family will receive guests during a visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 which will be immediately followed by a Celebration of Life, both at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, Texas.
Merle was born in Bryan, Texas on October 15, 1937 to parents Marvin Morris and Ottie Mandy (Lambert) Cook. She attended Stephen F. Austin High school in Bryan, Texas. She had many jobs in her lifetime from a soda jerk as a teenager, to a travel agent, to tax preparer, business owner, and as a cashier in the MSC at Texas A&M University before retiring to League City, Texas.
Merle was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (GiGi), aunt, sister, and friend. She loved to fellowship with family and friends, loved to travel, was an avid reader, and enjoyed music immensely. Merle had an adventurous spirit, an infectious laugh, and a sparkle in her eye with every smile. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Merle was preceded by death her parents, her siblings Barbara Ella Knight, W. Roderick “Rod” Cook, Morris Lewis Cook and Pansy O. “Pam” Pivonka. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Dr. John Hodges Jr., and Patty Hodges; daughter Teresa “Terri” Rogers; daughter and son-in law Barbara Alice Lobdell-Siems and Christopher Siems; sister-in-law Sue Cook; grandchildren Sara Eveland, Steven Hodges, Vincent Lobdell, Katie Lobdell, and Jake Lobdell; great granddaughter Presely Eveland, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Merle’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.