H.R. No. 724
         WHEREAS, A full and generous life drew to a close when Elsie
  Townes Pressler of Houston died on February 12, 2008, at the age of
  102; and
         WHEREAS, A fifth-generation Texan, Elsie Townes was born in
  Beaumont on March 11, 1905, and moved to the Bayou City in 1917 with
  her family; she attended Randolph Macon Woman's College in
  Lynchburg, Virginia, and The University of Texas at Austin, where
  she was a member of Pi Beta Phi, the Mortar Board, and the Orange
  Jackets; she graduated with the Class of 1927; and
         WHEREAS, The following year, she married Herman P. Pressler,
  Jr., and the couple shared 66 fulfilling years of marriage,
  parenthood, world travel, and volunteerism until Mr. Pressler's
  passing in 1995; they received the Distinguished Citizens Award
  from Sheltering Arms in 1987; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Pressler was the granddaughter of John C.
  Townes, the dean of the law school at The University of Texas at
  Austin, and Judge C. C. Garrett, the first chief justice of the
  First Court of Civil Appeals; the UT Law School building was named
  for Mr. Townes and the Garrett-Townes Auditorium at South Texas
  College of Law was named for both of her grandfathers; her father,
  Edgar Townes, was a founder of the Humble Oil and Refining Company
  and served as its first general counsel, while her husband, Herman
  Pressler, Jr., was vice president and director of Exxon, USA, and
  president of the Houston Bar Association; and
         WHEREAS, Carrying on her family's legacy of service to their
  fellow Texans, Mrs. Pressler was a member of Houston's first
  Municipal Arts Committee and the president of the Junior League of
  Houston, the Women's Auxiliary of the Houston Bar Association, the
  River Oaks Garden Club, and the Harris County Heritage Society; she
  served as the Houston group chair of the National Society of the
  Colonial Dames of America and as a member of the John McKnitt
  Alexander Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and
  the Friends of Bayou Bend; she was also a founder and longtime
  congregant of River Oaks Baptist Church; and
         WHEREAS, Deeply admired for her graciousness and her zest for
  life, Elsie Pressler inspired countless people with her many good
  deeds, and she will forever hold a treasured place in their hearts;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 81st Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Elsie Townes Pressler
  and extend sincere sympathy to the members of her family: to her
  sons, Townes G. Pressler and Judge H. Paul Pressler III and his
  wife, Nancy; to her grandchildren, Jean Pressler Visy and her
  husband, Joe, Anne Pressler Csorba and her husband, Les, Terry
  Pressler Smith and her husband, Tom, Molly Pressler Lamme and her
  husband, Duncan, Townes G. Pressler, Jr., and his wife, Kathleen,
  and H. Paul Pressler IV; to her 16 great-grandchildren; to her
  sisters-in-law, Mrs. E. E. Townes, Jr., Mrs. Christopher G. Townes,
  and Mrs. Howard R. Barr; and to her other relatives and friends;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Elsie
  Townes Pressler.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 724 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on March 19, 2009.
  Chief Clerk of the House