Obituary of Mary Sue McCurdy Breuer

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MARY SUE McCURDY BREUER August 31, 1931 – September 29, 2022

Sue was born August 31, 1931 in the Mission TX home of Andrew and Ellen Yeargin McCurdy. The family, including older siblings Martha, John and Virginia, and younger brother Robert, moved to Kingsville TX on Sue’s 8th birthday. She attended schools in Kingsville, graduated from Texas A&I University with a degree in English, then met and married Joe Breuer.

Sue and Joe settled in Harlingen TX and raised their four children. Joe worked for the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife as an inshore fisheries marine biologist. They were active in the First Presbyterian Church, and music was always their focus at home and at church. Sue and Joe sang in the church choir, their children were all in the school band and took piano lessons, and Sue was the church organist for 10 years. Sue was a secretary for nine months of the year and could stay home with her children during the summer months. She loved to sew and collected leftovers and notions from friends to make girls’ clothes to donate to various border ministries, and later to Manos de Cristo. The family traveled the United States and both coasts of Canada in their motorhome, particularly enjoying the mountains of Colorado and attending the Bloys Camp Reunion in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, where they purchased property and set up a permanent trailer which she called their “casita”. After retiring in the early 1980s, Sue and Joe moved to the hills outside of Dripping Springs and traveled extensively. After Joe’s long battle with cancer, Sue was widowed in the early 1990s and moved to Austin.

She joined the Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Esther Circle Bible study, met the group Visions Seniors and accompanied one of the children’s choirs on the piano for a time. She was a member of the Wednesday Morning Music Club, where she held various offices and made countless friends in Austin and beyond who shared her deep love of music. Sue served on the board of Opera In The Ozarks, a training ground for students seeking a career in opera.

Sue was predeceased by her husband Joseph Paul Breuer in 1990 and her precious son Carl Matthew Breuer in 2009. She is survived by her brother Robert (Shirley) McCurdy of Lubbock, her son Martin and his wife D’Etta of Mexia, son Tom of Corpus Christi, daughter Paula of San Antonio, daughter-in-law Deb of Spring; grandsons Marty of San Marcos, Joey (Grace) of San Antonio, Matthew of College Station and Chris (Brennan) of Joplin MO; granddaughter Amy of Corpus Christi, great-granddaughter Shelby of Kerrville, and many beloved nieces, nephews and their families. The family would like to thank Orchard Park of Kyle, Legend Oaks Rehabilitation and Enhabit Hospice for their care of Sue over the past few months.

A memorial service will be held October 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, followed by a reception. If you would like to make a donation in Sue’s honor, please consider Manos de Cristo in Austin or your local Habitat for Humanity.

Posted on October 13, 2022

Posted in Austin American Statesman