Lila Florence Blocker Berner of Vanderpool, Texas was born December 13, 1937 in Houston and passed away on December 7, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel R. Blocker and Helen Walker Blocker.

Lila is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Frederick Ernest Berner Sr. Also her siblings Dan Blocker, Barbara Blocker Wise and Mona Blocker Garcia of Marfa, and by her sons Frederick Berner Jr. and Kevin Berner. Lila had two grandchildren, Marissa Berner and Daniel Berner and was the proud great grandmother of Zane Berner, Scarlett Berner and Jude Berner. Lila is also survived by her lifelong friend, Sue Massey Niehart.

Lila was raised in Alvin, Texas where she graduated from Alvin High School. She attended both University of Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

Lila joined the Houston Police Department in 1960 and was the 11th female officer hired by HPD. She was first assigned to the Juvenile Division where she met her Frederick, the love of her life. She then transferred to the Forgery Division where she became one of the first females promoted to detective.

She served for 10 years in her position with the Harris County Organized Crime unit. She rounded out her 30 years of service to the Houston Police Department in the Burglary and Theft unit. Lila was proud to have served as a police woman in a field that had been reserved for men in the years before women like her led the way for those who would follow later.

Lila and Fred raised their two sons in Alvin, Texas. She and Fred enjoyed taking the family to many historical sites which instilled a love of history in both her sons. They visited historical sites throughout the South and Southwest including Washington D.C., Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites, and Pueblo Indian ruins in the Southwest. They also traveled extensively throughout Mexico visiting Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, and Mixtec ruins.

Lila and Fred retired to the West Texas hill country outside of Vanderpool. They purchased a piece of land and built a small one-bedroom home that sits at the juncture of two creeks. A few years later they built their dream home on the same property. Lila enjoyed the outdoors. She loved the flora and fauna of the West Texas hill country. She marveled at the beauty of the clear water and the cedar trees. Lila and Fred were welcomed by their many new friends in the hill country and were made to feel right at home. Lila was always thankful for that. Lila and Fred enjoyed working on their property and going on long walks together.

They spent many year traveling together, visiting family and friends, and collecting antiques along the way. Lila felt fortunate to have had an extended retirement of 28 years. She loved her family and friends dearly.

There was a viewing at Grimes Funeral Home in Bandera on December 12, 2018 with a church service December 13 at the First United Methodist Church in Utopia, Texas, followed by a funeral service at the Vanderpool Cemetery in Vanderpool and then a return to the Methodist Church for a post service reception.

A special thanks to Lila and Fred’s friend Evelyn Le’Bouf, David Rainey, and Dexter Rainey for all the help over the years and assisting with local arrangements. Thank you to the local EMS and Vanderpool fire department for the quick response when Lila was in need.

The Big Bend Sentinel

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