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History

History

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home has been serving Cameron area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home started way back in 1908 with Bill Marek. Mr. Marek began working in the funeral business at the age of 21, while he worked for one of the local merchants. Bill worked for Jim Coleman selling furniture and it just so happened that the undertaking business was located in the same building.

A few years later, Bill Burns began working with Mr. Marek, after graduating from Texas Tech where he majored as an electrical engineer. Together, they purchased their first building in late 1939. They opened the doors in February 1940 as Marek-Burns Funeral Home at 202 W. 4th St.

In 1946, Ed Laywell began working with Marek-Burns after graduating from high school. He had worked for the local J.C. Penny's department store for a short time.

In 1947, Ed started working for the Weed Corley Funeral Home in Austin. A few months later, Ed started embalming school in 1948 with a loan from Mr. Burns. After finishing his training, he went to work in Dallas for the George A. Brewere Funeral Chapel until he paid Mr. Burns for the loan. Ed came back to Cameron in 1952 and began working for Marek-Burns Funeral Home. On July 1, 1965 Ed became a partner.

Mr. Bill Marek suffered a stroke in 1966 and in July of 1970, Burns-Laywell bought Mr. Marek's part of the business. Then in April 1978 Mr. Burns suffered a stroke, as well. Ed Laywell bought out Mr. Burns in October of 1978. Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home moved from the W. 4th St. location to their new building at 2800 N. Travis in September 1983.

Maurice Goza joined the funeral home in 1990 as a part-time employee. He became a full-time employee in 1993 and eventually, purchased the business from Ed Laywell on July 7, 1998. Maurice and his wife, Vicki, continue to serve the community with the same compassion, integrity, and quality service that has been the corner stone for Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home for almost 100 years.

Ryan Batten, son of Maurice & Vicki Goza joined the funeral home on December 28, 2006. Ryan and his wife, Maria are a vital part of Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in keeping with the same compassion and energy in serving their community.









 


 

Our Story

Marek-Burns-Laywell is located in Cameron, Milam County, Texas. We are at the crossroads of Central Texas, at the juncture of Highways 36 (East-West) and 77 (North-South). Our central location puts Dallas about 150 miles to our North, Houston is 160 to our East, and San Antonio, also, about 150 miles to our South.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home was established in 1908 and has been for almost a century providing Central Texas with integrity, compassion, and quality service that so many families have come to trust and depend on.

Maurice Goza and his wife, Vicki, are the present owners and operators of Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home. They continue to provide the community with the same quality service and sense of purpose that has been this establishment's heritage. They coordially invite you to look through their web site. Please feel free to call or write concerning any question you may have about funerals, pre-planning or any of our other services. If there is anything that you would like to know regarding these subjects, please e-mail us via the "Contact Us" button. It is our firm belief that knowledge in the area of funerals and pre-arranging services is VERY important.

This site has been established for informational purposes only, and it is NOT for marketing or sales. We will be glad to answer ANY questions you may have.





Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home
Phone: (254) 697-3661
2800 North Travis, Cameron, TX 76520


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