BRYAN, Texas — Mary Ann Fanguy, 89, of College Station, Texas, passed peacefully from this life on Sept. 4, 2019. Her family was by her side as she drew her last breath. As per the family’s wishes, there will be a visitation/memorial for her on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Refreshments will be provided.
Mary Ann was born Sept. 28, 1929, in Yazoo City, the daughter of Mary O’Reilly Farrell and Thomas Rocco Farrell. Later the family moved to Greenwood, where she met lifelong friends and the love of her life, Dr. Roy Charles Fanguy. Unable to live on this Earth without Roy by her side, she passed just 17 days after his death.
Mary Ann met Roy Fanguy as a senior at Greenwood High School. From there they would later marry on Dec. 20, 1951. She followed him to several Army bases, and their son, George, was born in Auburn, Alabama. Later, Roy went to Texas A&M University to pursue his Ph.D., and Mary Ann worked at the Extension Service. After he received his Ph.D., the family moved to Starkville with a new baby girl, Janet, only to return to Texas A&M University a few years later to build a life of new friends and family.
The next 50-plus years flew by in College Station. Mary Ann was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a home cooking expert with an extraordinary flair and famous for her fried chicken that no one can duplicate to this day. She worked in the real estate community for 25 years as a prominent Realtor. She was a member of the Texas A&M Garden Club and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and, until the last years, was an avid bridge player. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, OPAS and Aggie football. There was never a more joyful Aggie cheerleader than Mary Ann.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Roy C. Fanguy; her parents, Thomas Rocco Farrell and Mary O’Reilly Farrell; and her brothers, Thomas Farrell and Patrick Farrell.
She is survived by son George and his wife, Lynette Fanguy, of Austin; daughter Janet Fanguy of College Station; her grandchildren, Ryan Fanguy of Austin and Rachel Fanguy of Phoenix; her brother, Jim, and his wife, Betsy Farrell, of Vicksburg; and many nieces and nephews throughout the land.
Dr. Roy C. Fanguy, Ph.D., emeritus professor, 89, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 18, at his home in College Station, Texas, with his family by his side.
Roy was born Nov. 24, 1929, in New Orleans, the son of George and Rose (Bacon) Fanguy. His family eventually moved to Greenwood, where he met his future wife and lifelong friends. They graduated in 1947 from Greenwood High School. After graduation, Roy attended Mississippi State, where he received his B.S. in genetics. He then proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant. After the service he continued his education by pursuing his master’s degree from Auburn and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M (’58).
Dr. Fanguy taught genetics and physiology at Texas A&M University in the Poultry Science Department. His love of genetics led him to become a consultant for many show dog breeders and clubs across the country. He was also a consultant for many zoos, breeders and clubs across the world involving ostriches, emus and rheas. Dr. Fanguy received a patent for his work in the poultry industry.
After he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Farrell, their adventure together lasted 73 years! Through trials and tribulations, his love for her never faltered. They were often seen holding hands and smiling wherever they went and even at his end.
Dr. Fanguy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Sigma Chi Fraternal Order. He enjoyed fishing, football and painting. He also developed a love of quantum physics during the “Space Race,” as did many Americans, and it was a lifelong passion that he pursued as a hobby.
Dr. Fanguy is preceded in death by his parents, George and Rose Fanguy; sisters Alice Feltus and Doris (Dottie) Green; and a brother, Bruce Fanguy.
He was survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Ann Fanguy; son and daughter-in-law George and Lynette Fanguy of Austin, Texas; daughter Janet Fanguy of College Station, Texas; grandchildren Ryan Fanguy of Austin and Rachel Fanguy of Phoenix; sister Rosemary Fanguy McKelvey of Macon, Georgia; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Betsy Farrell of Vicksburg; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association for research.