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Contributed by Art Fay
Mary Smith Fay (8/27/1915 - 7/7/2000)
Dear Friends:

I am sad to report to the membership that Clayton Library Friends 2nd Vice President Mary Smith Fay passed away this morning (July 7th) at 9 a.m. at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Fay underwent heart surgery on June 21st and died as a result of medical complications that began a week ago. I received an advanced copy of the obituary, which I am including with this e-mail. The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 10th at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama. The family will hold a visitation on Sunday, July 9th, 4 to 7 p.m., at the George H. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, 1010 Bering Drive.

Don Pusch
Clayton Library Friends


MARY SMITH FAY died Friday, July 7, 2000. Born August 27, 1915 in White County, Illinois, daughter of William Logan and Myrtle Hunsinger Smith, received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois. After teaching in Crossville [IL] Community High School, worked during World War II at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor; then, Monmouth Memorial Hospital in Long Branch, New Jersey, as superintendent. Moving to Houston in 1948, she joined the Exploration and Production Research Laboratory of Shell Oil Company. She was supervisor, technical information, when she retired in 1969.

Mrs. Fay was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Certified Genealogist and served as a trustee from 1983 to 1995. In 1997, she was elected a Fellow in the American Society of Genealogists, the highest accolade in genealogy. She served as the court-appointed genealogist in the Howard Hughes probate case. She has published many articles in genealogical and historical journals and has authored three books. In 1985, the Texas State Genealogical Society awarded her the honor of Fellow. In 1998, Mrs. Fay was appointed to the Board of the City of Houston Public Library.

Mrs. Fay served as regent of Ann Poage Chapter, DAR, and has worked with the Children of the American Revolution on a local, state, and national level since 1960. In 1984 she was elected Honorary Vice President National (for life) of the United States Daughters of 1812 after serving as president of the Captain James Asbury Tait Chapter in Houston and as state president. She is a member of the Daniel Braman Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists; the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter VIII; and of several historical and genealogical organizations, including currently serving as a vice-president of the Clayton Library Friends.

In 1989, Mary Fay was elected to the National Board of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She was an active communicant of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and has served as Service Assistant.

Preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles H. Fay, she is survived by her sister Ellen Smith Brown of Warren, Texas; step-daughter Lucy Fay Reich and her husband Joseph C. Reich of Houston, step-son Dr. Charles H. Fay, Jr. and his wife Joellen of Highland Park, NJ; grandchildren: Kathryn Stepanski and her husband Patrick L. Stepanski of Magnolia, Texas; Karen Kalberer Doherty of Manchester, NH; Sarah Rosenblum and her husband Dr. David Rosenblum of Irvine, CA; and Josiah W. Fay of Los Angeles; and great-grandchildren, Cory, Caitlyn and Carla Stepanski, and Taylor Doherty.

Funeral services will be at St. Stephen's Church, 1805 W. Alabama, with Rev. Helen M. Havens officiating. Burial at the Oakwood cemetery in Austin. For those desiring, memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

[Mary Smith Fay was responsible for one of the FAY genealogies on Edwin Hedge Fay (1987)]
Art Fay
Posted 7/10/2000