Eunice ‘Arlene’ Lietner Briscoe | 1931-2013

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Eunice “Arlene” Lietner Briscoe

Eunice “Arlene” Lietner Briscoe, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

Service is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Mims Baptist Church in Conroe with Pastor Gene Kendrick officiating. A lunch will be served at the church at noon. Burial is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Alvord Cemetery.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Willis.

Arlene was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Electra to John and Lucille Lietner. Her father worked for the Magnolia Oil Co., and they lived all over Texas. Her parents operated a dairy and farm in Alvord where she could tell tales about raising tomatoes and watermelons.

Arlene has a sister, Belva Garrett, of Alvord and a brother, Larry Lietner, of Elm Mott.

Arlene met her future husband, Ralph Wallace Briscoe, while she was riding in the school bus after he returned from World War II service in Guam with the Seabees. They married May 8, 1948. Ralph worked in an aircraft factory in Saginaw, and Arlene was a beautician in Alvord and later in Wichita Falls and Archer City. She was a teacher’s assistant in the Wichita Falls Independent School District.

Ralph and Arlene traveled extensively in their later years. They had been married 53 years when Ralph died in 2002.

Ralph and Arlene had two sons, Arnold W. and Daylon R. Briscoe. Daylon preceded his mother in death, leaving a widow, Barbara Briscoe; two daughters, Tricia and Laura; and her son, James; and daughter McKenzie. Arnold and his wife, Elaine, have one son, Adam, and grandson Connor.

Arlene’s greatest joy was being a member of Mims Baptist Church. Often, even though she knew the church might not open until 6 p.m., she would be there at 5, just in case. Knowing several weeks in advance of her surgery, she started making out cards for members of her Sunday School class and others through November just in case she might not be able to write them after getting out of the hospital.

Arlene never met a stranger and wanted to take each one of them to heaven with her when she went.

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