In their seventy-two years of marriage, Bill and Myrtle Brennan were rarely apart for more than two weeks at a time. So it has been in death. Two weeks after her husband died, Myrtle Jackson Brennan followed him into eternity on January 5, 2013.
Myrtle was born October 19, 1921 in Jennings, Louisiana to Leland O. and Myrtle Richards Jackson. She grew up in Jennings, graduated from Jennings High School and Port Arthur Business College. Then, Myrtle met Bill on a blind date at church where she played the piano for the weekly service. One year later, October 11, 1940 they married, left Jennings and lived in various places of Bill's FBI assignments, until finally settling in Crystal City, Texas in 1946. Crystal City was home until 2010 when they moved to Driftwood, Texas to be nearer their daughters.
In Crystal City, Myrtle stayed busy raising their three daughters, sewing for them and faithfully belonging to the PTA for 24 years. She loved her clubs: the Athena Study Club (of which she was a founding member), bridge club, supper club, and the Porcelain Arts Club. She was the bookkeeper for the family business. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Crystal City for 62 of its 100 years, playing the piano for church services and participating in the Friendship Sunday School class. After moving, she wasted no time transferring her church membership to the First Baptist Church of Wimberley where she gathered new sisters-in-Christ in the Encouragers Sunday School class and Monday Night Bible Study.
Throughout her life, Myrtle showed quiet courage – leaving her family at age 18, living in big cities, adopting her husband's hometown, and creating a warm and loving home environment for her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Some moments of uncharacteristic white-knuckled courage were parasailing in Mexico, flying with her husband, and even learning to land their Cessna airplane "just in case."
Myrtle was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and "Mom" to many. She touched many lives with her cheerfulness, bright smile, positive outlook, and unshakeable faith.
Myrtle Brennan is predeceased by her beloved husband Bill, her parents, her brother Leland Jackson and wife Helen and nephew Gaylor Jackson and wife Jeanette of Jennings; brother Grenese Jackson and wife Fae of Jennings.
Myrtle is survived by her three daughters: Sandra Carr and her husband Don of Driftwood, Carole San Miguel and her husband Arthur of Austin, Debra Torstrick and her husband Fred of Jackson, TN; six grandchildren: Michael Carr and his wife Leslie of Bellingham, MA, Cathy Carr of Los Angeles, CA, Amanda Walls and her husband Brian of Derby, KS, Beth San Miguel of Austin, Fielden Torstrick and his wife Kelly of Knoxville, TN, Brennan Torstrick of Atlanta, GA; six great-grandchildren: Alexander, Ethan, and Ella Carr of Bellingham, Brady, Austin, and Jackson Walls of Derby; a nephew Jamie Jackson and niece Jackie Hines.
If desired, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Wimberley, or to the charity of your choice.