Mary Elizabeth Fendley

27 September 1945 - 9 February 2024

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Mary Elizabeth Fendley

Mary Elizabeth was born in El Dorado, Arkansas to Earl Julius and Audrey Clare Hare Jenkins. Mary spent her early years in El Dorado until 1952 when she moved with her parents and sister Martha to Houston, TX. She graduated from Stephen F Austin High School in 1964. After High School, Mary went to work at Aramco Steel, at which time she met Joe Fendley at a fraternity party at the University of Houston. Joe spent the next two years courting her until he finally got her to agree to wed, which they did on 2/11/1966. Mary passed away two days before their 58th wedding anniversary.

Mary spent her married life in Houston, Richmond, and finally Fulshear. Her favorite places to vacation with Joe were Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout their lives, Mary and Joe regularly enjoyed evenings on their patio.

Mary was fiercely devoted to her family. As a daughter, wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, or friend, she was always eager to selflessly help the ones she loved. Mary was the backbone of her family, she supported them with healthy doses of hugs, encouragement, and the occasional criticism when warranted. She loved having everyone together and enjoyed being the mastermind behind a good joke. Affectionately known as Nanny by her grandchildren, she and Papaw (husband Joe) enjoyed watching their grandchildren grow into young adults. Nanny enjoyed her last four years with a close and beautiful relationship with her great granddaughter, Avery. Her lasting influence will be felt for generations.

Mary will be greatly missed by her husband Joe Jr., sons Joe III and Michael, daughters-in-law Serena and Susan, grandchildren Lauren, Joe IV (Ty), Brooke, and Kayla, great granddaughter Avery, and her sister Martha.

As per Mary's wishes, there will be no service. Mary's and Joe's ashes will be mixed and spread in the snow by their family in Colorado.

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