Lois Drymalla Braden went to Jesus on Friday, April 27, 2018, after a 10-year fight with cancer. Lois was born on Dec. 1, 1944, in Sealy, Texas, to Jay Lee Drymalla and Norma Klaus Drymalla.
Lois was a 1963 graduate of Columbus High School and a 1967 graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos where she obtained a BA in elementary education. She began her teaching career in Houston ISD and taught there for eight years, before marrying LJ Braden of Columbus on July 18, 1975. They made their home in Columbus and Lois began teaching in Sealy ISD elementary school where she taught until she retired in 2006.
Lois and LJ had no children of their own, but she was a very active and involved aunt to her sister Sharon Hall's two sons, Jason M. Hall and Jared S. Hall. She treated them as they were her own children. She & LJ attended all their ballgames and school activities as well as taking them on trips. She loved them dearly.
She later became a great aunt when Jared Hall had a daughter, Jaelynn Hall, in March of 2008.But she considered herself a second grandma. She was very involved in Jaelynn's life and all activities also, movies, shopping trips, and at Christmas and birthdays a stack of presents. Jaelynn would walk to her house after school many days and stay with her and LJ. Lois made every ballgame and swim meet and paid for Jaelynn's gymnastics classes. She made every softball playoff game in Bellville last summer and was one of the loudest supporters.
Lois began tutoring LeAnn Frnka when she was in the third grade and she and LJ became very involved in her life also and when she needed a place to live they opened their home to her where she was living for the past two years. She became their "daughter" and a very welcome family member. They were both so proud of the young woman LeAnn had become and were excited for her graduation in May and her starting college in August 2018.When LJ passed away in January 2018 she was a great comfort to Lois. Lois was looking forward to her graduation, unfortunately, God had other places for Lois to be.
Lois loved flowers as anyone who drove by her house could tell. She had a "green thumb” and everything grew for her. Lois said many times that planting and digging in the dirt and caring for her flowers was her salvation especially in times of stress and loss.
Lois also loved cats. She not only had numerous cats thru her lifetime but most of her house decor was cats. Cat plaques, cat statues, cat flower pots, cat pictures, cat Christmas tree ornaments and cat plates. If it had a cat on it, she probably had it. She had two cats at the time of her death, Buzz & Sadie. Just ask her about her cats and you would hear all kinds of stories about them and their antics. Before LJ died he told her to not become "an ole crazy cat lady.”
She loved to read and always had several books by her chair or bed she was reading. She carried a bag of books to her chemo treatments and would sit and read there.
Lois & LJ were members of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and also attended St. Roch's in Mentz. This was LJ's home parish as well as her Dad's and paternal grandparents and great-grandparents. She and LJ were married there in 1975 and LJ was buried from there in January 2018. She was a very firm believer in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She told her sister Sharon shortly before she died that she was not afraid, she knew she was going to a better place.
Lois was a Pink Lady at Columbus Community Hospital for many years and loved her volunteer work there. She made some of her very best and very loved friends there who many came to be with her and family after her death before her body was removed. We all agreed that it looked like she was smiling at all of us, letting us know she was OK.
Lois was a member of the Retired Teachers group from Columbus and a member of Columbus Christian Women's Organization.
Lois and LJ loved to travel and took many trips all over the US, Canada, and Europe. On Lois's last trip to Rome, she took her nephew Jason with her since LJ couldn't walk too well anymore.
Lois was the oldest grandchild on both her parents’ sides of the family. She loved to get together with cousins especially Marilynn Klaus Yearwood and Barbie Klaus Evanicky, Brian & Wendy Kotrla, and their children, Chris Kotrla, and wife to be Diane and their children. She loved to play cards and dominos and Bunko and Pakino. She played cards most Friday nights with her loved friends.
She is survived by her sister Sharon Hall and husband Chuck of Columbus, nephews Jason M. Hall and wife Amy of Houston, Jared S. Hall and daughter Jaelynn Hall of Columbus and "special daughter" LeAnn Frnka of Columbus and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jay Lee and Norma Klaus Drymalla, husband LJ Braden, grandparents Willie & Emily Klaus of Frelsburg and Anton & Elnora Drymalla of Bernardo, several uncles, and aunts.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz, Texas.
Funeral Service will follow on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz, TX with Fr. Michael Lyons officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, Texas.
Burial in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: St. Anthony's Altar Society (PO Box 669, Columbus, TX 78934) who provide flowers for the church; Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary (110 Shult Dr., Columbus, TX 78934); or the building fund for St. Anthony's School (P.O. Box 669, Columbus, TX 78934).
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.