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Mary Mccoy

June 28, 1930 — January 20, 2023

Brenham, TX

Mary McCoy, 92, passed away January 19th and went to be with her Lord in Heaven.

Mary Louise Fox was born June 28, 1930 to Paul and Clara Fox in Dallas on June 28, 1930.  Mary married Jim McCoy and lived in Dallas until he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in geology.  Throughout the 50s and 60s they lived on the Gulf Coast, while Jim worked as a petroleum engineer for various oil companies.  While living in Beaumont, Texas, Mary was a Red Cross volunteer.  They moved to Libya in the late seventies when Jim went to work for Mobil Oil.  They lived in Libya for several years, then moved to Saudi Arabia, and then back to Libya until the Reagan Administration when all Americans were ordered to leave Libya.  These were Mary’s most cherished years as she loved living in a foreign country and getting to travel the world.  She was always a witness to her Christian faith as she led bible studies in her home at great risk in the Muslim countries.

After they left Libya, Mary and Jim settled in Quitman, Texas where they lived out their early retirement years.  Their later years were spent in Brenham, Texas at Kruse Village.  They became members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the William Penn community outside of Brenham.  Jim was involved with the Steven Ministries program and volunteered at area nursing homes.  Mary was a member of the “Sonshine” group of ladies at Bethlehem who visited the home bound and nursing home residents each month.  She also let Bible studies that met in her home.  She was an avid bridge player.  Mary’s great love was Garden club.  She came to Brenham as a very established master flower show judge with the Texas and National Garden Clubs.  She was an appreciated member of the Bluebonnet Garden Club in Brenham.

Mary is survived by her daughter Melanie McClenathen, grandson Russell and his wife Abby and various nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents Paul and Clara Fox, and her four brothers, Alvin, Paul, Ronald, and Harold.

Many thanks go out to all the caregivers and loving friends who faithfully cared for Mary this past while.

There is no visitation;  funeral services will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at William Penn at 10:00 am on Friday the 27th of January.  Pallbearers will be Paul Richter, Russell McClenathen, Daryl Dahman, Michael Dieterich, Dale Schroeder, and Collin Schroeder.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, please visit

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church of William Penn (Brenham Tx)

10202 FM 1935, Brenham, TX 77833

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