Elizabeth Gardner Maret
November 9, 1943 – September 3, 2017
Elizabeth Maret, 73, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2017 in College Station, Texas. A visitation will begin at 2pm with her Life, Legacy, and Transcendence Tribute Celebration Service at 2:30pm, followed by a festive reception, on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center with Certified Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield officiating. Cremation Memorial services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.
Elizabeth was born to her parents Colonel Raymond Maret, MD and Elizabeth Clark Maret on November 9, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father’s military career caused the family to move frequently during her youth allowing them to experience many cultures and places around the globe spawning Elizabeth’s love of travel, people, and cultures. Throughout Elizabeth’s life, she developed a vast assortment of loves and passions as she allowed the rapture and bliss of life’s existence and experience to shape her spirit and character. As she traversed her life journey, she developed a true, raw, and authentic love for animals, nature, poetry, art, people, cultures, travel, orchids, kayaking, hang-gliding, music, sustainable development, yoga, culinary arts, family, servitude, and Jesus Christ and His divine teachings. Elizabeth had a vast appreciation for education and learning, and a perpetual desire to share her journey of ever-growing experiences, enlightenment, and understanding, with all those that intersected with her path.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree, Masters of Art, and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, from the University of Texas in Austin. Her career began as an Assistant Professor at Huston-Tillotson College in 1972 – 1973. The next three years she taught at the Texas Technology University. In 1976, Dr. Maret began teaching Sociology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, until her retirement in 2005. During her tenure as an educator and researcher, Elizabeth dedicated herself to enriching the lives of her students through fervent and passionate guidance and teaching. Elizabeth also wrote three books, and contributed a vast array of articles to professional journals, encompassing the topics of women’s studies, roles of women in the cattle industry, relations between female labor force participation and fertility, the career patterns of mature America women, feminism and social change, how women’s health affects the labor force, sex roles and consumer perceptions of promotions, products, and self, human capital and labor market structure, and women’s work participation and fertility in metropolitan areas, to name a few.
While here on earth, Elizabeth Gardner Maret was a powerful and unwavering force of love, compassion, devotion, appreciation, goodness, kindness, and liberation. She refused to be shackled by the parameters of impractical conformity, limited thinking, inequality, unnecessary tradition, or insensible cultural expectations. She impacted the lives of many people through her example and ability to propound authentic and genuine love into the world she traversed through. She leaves a legacy of love, hope, encouragement, forgiveness, compassion, servitude, and giving.
“Beautiful is the [woman] who leaves a legacy that of shared love and life. It is [she] who transfers meaning, assigns significance, and conveys in [her] loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This [woman] shall be called, Mother.” -Stella Payton
She is pre-deceased by her parents Raymond and Elizabeth Clark Maret.
Her son David Marethouse, of College Station, survives her.
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