Mary Ethelene Bucy, 76, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at her home in Houston, Texas. Ethelene was born on July 9, 1934, in Lubbock, Texas, to James Fred Bucy and Sena Ethel Montgomery Bucy, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, J. Fred Bucy, Jr., of Dallas, and sister, Charlene Bucy Baumgardner, of Pagosa Springs; nephews Fred Bucy, Robert Baumgardner, Jr., Karl Baumgardner; and nieces, Roxanne Bucy Coogan, Diane Bucy Gruber; Barbara Baumgardner Lindley and Sherrie Baumgardner Haynes, other family members and many dear friends.
The Bucys moved from Tahoka to Brownfield in 1948. Ethelene graduated from Brownfield High School in 1951. Ethelene received her bachelor’s degree in commercial art from Texas Tech in Lubbock, and master’s degree in art from the University of Texas, Austin. She was a member of MENSA. She taught art and art history at St. John’s School in Houston for 15 years.
Upon retirement from teaching, she devoted more time to her own business, Loving Pals. She trained show dogs and then participated in showing them in the International Houston Dog Show, winning ribbons with them. Her business included the care of animals, birds and plants.
Ethelene was a woman of varied accomplishments: gardening, becoming a glider pilot, excavating in the Baleric Islands, mountain climbing in Peru and participating in Outward Bound. She most recently became an expert in mycology, butterfly culture and bee keeping. Her gardens were planted to attract butterflies and bees.
The family memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 18, in the Terry County Memorial Cemetery, Brownfield, Texas.