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Lydia Rust

September 14, 1923 — March 1, 2020

Lydia Rust, 96, passed away on March 1, 2020. She was born September 14, 1923 to Walter A. and Hilda (Krueger) Mohr in Washington, Texas and was baptized Lydia Wilhelmine Malinde Mohr on October 28,1923 in Friedens Evangelical Church in Washington, Texas. Lydia was confirmed at Frieden’s Church on December 26, 1937. Lydia met Barry Rust at a dance, and they were married on September 8,1946.

Lydia attended Brown Prairie School in Washington and Brenham High School, graduating in 1940. She attended Blinn College where she obtained a teaching certificate. She went on to obtain an associate’s degree from Blinn College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

She began teaching school in 1941 and taught at Mound Hill, Union Grove, Prairie Hill, Brenham Elementary and Alton Elementary. She enjoyed teaching fourth grade in the Brenham schools for many years and retired after a teaching career of almost forty years.

Lydia was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill where she enjoyed fellowship with the women’s circle and quilting. She was also a member of the local retired teacher’s association.

Lydia loved and was loved by her family. Family and friends were very important to her. She made sure that grandchildren and great grandchildren were always remembered with fresh baked cookies. Lydia always enjoyed exchanging cards and letters with family and friends. She discovered email and text messages and kept up daily correspondence with a quite a number of people using her trusty cell phone until her last few weeks.

She was preceded in death by Barry, her husband of 52 years; her parents, Walter A. and Hilda Mohr; brothers Walter G. (Wanda) Mohr and Roger (Anna) Mohr; brothers-in-law Sam Lanham, Ben (Doris) Rust, sisters in-law Kitty Mohr, Hilda (Herbert) Quebe, and Edna (Erwin) Steinkamp, and nieces Janet Lancaster and Susie Redlein.

Lydia is survived by her daughters, Karen Tiller and Sandy (Joseph) Ordner; grandchildren Ross (Bronwyn) Moench, Laura (Matthew) Forrester, Stacy (Mark) Wise, Derrick (Maria) Ordner, Nathan (Patricia) Ordner, and Dwayne (Roshan) Ordner; great grandchildren Werner and Ainslee Moench; Beck, Ruth Ann, Winnie, and Gus Forrester, Taylor and Eli Wise, Chayse Order, and Derrick Ordner, Jr. She is also survived by sisters May Dell Lanham, Virginia (G.V.) Layton; brothers Daniel (Bonnie) and Jerry Mohr, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at St. John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill on March 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. A reception and visitation with the family will follow the memorial service in the church parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. John Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

A special thank you to everyone at Kruse Village and Amedisys Hospice for the loving care and kindness provided to Lydia and her family.

Funeral arrangements for Lydia Rust are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham.


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