Barbara June (Houts) Schreiner, wife of the late Dr. Leo Muriel Schreiner, was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 surrounded by her family, after losing her battle with dementia.
Barbara was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Snyder, Okla. to Connie Lahoma (Pruett) Houts and R.V. Houts. She was the oldest of four children. Her family moved to Texas to engage in farming in November of 1936, eventually settling in Raymondville in 1942. Barbara attended school in Raymondville and pursued a college degree at Abilene Christian University, where she met her husband Leo and was an active member of the student education association. She graduated in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in general home economics, and was married June 1 that same year in her home town. She and Leo settled into raising a family and teaching. They had five children and their teaching assignments took them all over Texas. Eventually, they moved their family to Oklahoma, Kansas, back to Texas and finally they settled in Kingsville in 1980. Barbara continued teaching in special education at KISD, where she worked until retirement. During her time there, she impacted the lives of many students, some of whom still fondly recall her today. She was active in her church community at the Kingsville Church of Christ, where she assisted with vacation bible school, volunteered at Camp Bandina and attended mission trips to Mexico. She enjoyed spending time with her fellow members of the ladies circle, planning many luncheons and bible studies, taking time to make an impact on the lives of others through service.
Barbara was a loyal servant and dedicated mother, not only to her children, but to numerous others. Through her work with special education, family relations and Christian service, she was truly “mom” to many. She was a woman of many talents, an excellent seamstress, talented cook and gardener. She was a lover of crafting, anything from fine needlepoint, delicate crochet to woodworking, she did it all. Above all her greatest worldly love was her children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all their friends who affectionately called her “ mom.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Connie Lahoma and R. V. Houts; her husband of 50 years, Dr. Leo Muriel Schreiner; and her brother-in-law, Gary Hall.
She is survived by her brother, Vernon (Linda) Houts of Hamilton; sister, Janell Houts Hall of Sillsbee, and brother, Curtis Houts of Ecuador; five children, Debra (Rick) Lauder of Liberty Hill, Denise Schreiner of Kingsville, David Schreiner of Kingsville, Darla (Wes) Gandy of Ricardo and Dee Anne Schreiner of Alvin; grandchildren, Rebecca Padilla, Cristyn (Cody) Pharis, Kevyn (Tyler) Packer, Thomas (Amanda) Schreiner, Paige (Tripp) Mathews, Cheyloh (Justin) Brodnax, Reagan Schreiner, Hunter (Laura) Flanagan, Chance Davis and Kevin Schreiner; as well as eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and adopted family members.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Catherine Brodnax for her dedicated service in helping care for our mother.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Turcotte–Piper Mortuary in Kingsville, followed by a private graveside ceremony in Raymondville.
In lieu of regular remembrances, the family asks that you honor our mother’s memory by planting a tree at http://www.treesforachange.com/products/custom-grove-of-trees or make a memorial contribution to a charity of you choice.