Zella Lois Pagel Darden
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Zella Lois Pagel Darden
Zella Lois Pagel Darden
Zella Lois Pagel Darden, a country girl born in Tivoli, Texas on February 23, 1922 to Gus A. and Elenora Louise Stanzel Pagel. A more recent resident of Cedar Park, a World Wide traveler as a mother and Army wife and a long time public school teacher passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving son Marshall and his wife,

Charlotte on January 14, 2014. Lois was predeceased by her husband Jack Darden in 2005. She is survived by her son Marshall and his wife Charlotte of Cedar Park and grandsons Jay and great grandsons Noah, Owen and Drew of Austin and Justin and his wife Cherie and great grandson Charlie and great granddaughter Chelsea of Cedar Park; son Jim and his wife Mindy of Long Boat Key, Florida; daughter Carol Fish of Corpus Christi and grandsons Brent and his wife Amber of Corpus Christi and great grandsons Zachary and Cormac of Midland and Jeffery and his wife Heather and great grandsons Preston, Philip, and Marshall of Ft. Worth; daughter Eleanor and husband Dave Fitte of Mexia and granddaughter Lauren of Austin; her brother Frank Pagel and his wife Marilyn of Tivoli and their son Chris and his wife Alyssa of Brentwood,

Tennessee. Lois grew up on a farm and ranch and attended schools in Tivoli and graduated from high school in nearby

Austwell. From early on she wanted to be a teacher of Home Economics and pursued that profession at Victoria College and Texas A&I in Kingsville, later completing her education at Sul Ross State University in

Alpine in 1944. While attending summer school in 1941 at Texas A&I, she met a dashing young Texas Aggie Cadet Jack Darden passing through Kingsville on his way home to Harlingen. Though engaged in the winter of 1942, neither realized their destiny at that time as Jack went off to WWII and Lois returned home to teach Home Economics and English and complete her education. Lois and Jack were married after the war in 1945 and began their world wide journey together as husband and wife. Following her husband at his many military assignments -Arkansas, North Carolina, Japan, Georgia, Indiana, Germany, Kansas, and Virginia, Lois and Jack began their travels and along the way started and raised a wonderful loving family. Nonetheless, they never forgot their Texas roots, returning often for vacations and reunions with family, friends and their children’s education as all four attended and graduated from state universities; Marshall, Jim and Eleanor from Texas A&M and Carol from Texas A&I. Lois and Jack paused in their journey by retiring to the good life in San Antonio in 1976. Lois was a devoted, gracious wife and mother who willed her four children to follow in Jack’s and her footsteps, get their education, work hard and live happy, productive lives.

Her memory will always remain in our hearts, and minds; until we meet again in that heavenly place that we

hold so dear. A graveside funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m., January 22, 2014 at the National Cemetery at Fort Sam Houston, Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209. Lois’s family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be sent to The Aggie Wives and Graduates Club of San Antonio at the following address: Mrs. Gayle Elliott, President , Aggie Wives

and Graduates Club 10810 Mount Ida, San Antonio, Texas 78213 Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral

Home Leander/Cedar Park 1200 South Bagdad Rd. Leander, Texas 78641 (512) 260-8800
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