ETHEL ERNESTINE ILSCHNER MAYFIELD: November 5, 1944—September 27, 2022
Ethel Ernestine (Ilschner) Mayfield, 77, of Belton TX, passed away on September 27, 2022, after a brief illness. Ethel was born on November 5, 1944, in Bryan TX and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1963. Not long after high school graduation, Ethel met the love of her life, Lee, in Bryan. The two met when she walked into a convenience store where Lee was working, to buy a Life magazine documenting the recent JFK assassination. Lee and Ethel were married on November 15, 1964, and welcomed two children, Mike and Michelle, a few years later. Ethel devoted her life to Lee and her children, staying within the home to rear them and supporting their many activities from little league all the way through college and beyond.
Ethel found the home of their dreams in 1976 on Lake Belton, where she continued to reside until her recent illness. She worked tirelessly, improving the home and clearing the hill below the house, creating an amazing view of the lake that still wows visitors to this day. She was an amazing cook, homemaker, and gardener. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, listening to country music, and playing the slots in Shreveport. Ethel and Lee traveled the world together, visiting numerous places such as Australia, Hawaii, Paris, Ireland, and London. Her passion, though, was travelling to watch her kids and grandkids throughout their athletic and musical ventures.
Ethel is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Lee. Also, by her parents, Edgar and Mildred Ilschner, and siblings Anne, Martha, Mary, and Ernest. She is survived by her son Mike and daughter Michelle. Ethel is the grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters, Madison Mayfield, and Tanner Mayfield. She is also survived by her brother, Ed Ilschner, in-laws Tom and Tinka Adkins, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 1, at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton TX.