Obituaries – Naron McVay

VAN HORN – Fay Euraline Naron McVay, 96, of Abilene and formerly of Van Horn, died Monday, October 30, 2017, at an Abilene care facility.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Van Horn.  Burial will follow in the Van Horn Cemetery under the direction of Bailey-Howard Funeral Home of Clyde.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Van Horn.

Fay Euraline was born January 22, 1921, in Hughes Springs, Texas, to Thomas and Beatrice Naron.  She had graduated from high school in Linden before her family’s move to west Texas.  She and her parents were founding members of the First Baptist Church in Van Horn, and as a young lady she taught the first young women’s Sunday School class.  She was a member and served in all offices of the Women’s Missionary Union, was the director of Girl’s Auxiliary and served as a greeter for Sunday morning church services.  She continued to teach Sunday School into her 90’s when her health prevented her from attending church.

Fay Euraline was a charter member of the Twentieth Century Club in Van Horn and served in all offices.  She was a member and past president of the Davis Mountain Federated Woman’s Club that served communities through student scholarships and community improvements throughout the Big Bend area.  She was a member and former chairman of the Culberson County Historical Museum and the Hudspeth County Historical Society.  She was a member of MADD, and was a charter member of the WWII Memorial Society to build the National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.  She was a member of the Garden Club and enjoyed the presentations and artists of the Sul Ross Fine Arts department.

Fay Euraline McVay married William H. “Bill” McVay on October 2, 1942, in Corvallis, Oregon.  They married after the U.S. was pulled into WWII, and lived in California until Bill was shipped overseas.  Upon his return, Fay Euraline rejoined him in California.  They moved to Van Horn permanently when Bill retired from active duty.

Fay Euraline’s life as a wife and mother included many adventures aside from bringing up their daughters.  The family camped in a station wagon and a small camper throughout Mexico and Texas.  When the family owned farm property on the Rio Grande, weekend trips over tortuous roads often led to nausea and much complaining from all of the females.

When the ranch was purchased north of Van Horn, Fay Euraline had amazing accuracy at shooting snakes or chopping off their heads with a hoe.

Being a bride/wife of the 1940’s/1950’s, she worked to provide the idyllic home.  She was an excellent seamstress, designing and making all her daughter’s clothes, and was an amazing cook.  She thoroughly enjoyed planning and preparing meals that were not only delicious but were presented beautifully, as if from a Norman Rockwell painting.

In direct contrast to the women of this time, her opinion in the family and business were valued.

In Fay Euraline’s later years with Bill, they traveled throughout the US in their RV and enjoyed the beauty of their ranch, watching the change of flora and fauna with each season.

Fay Euraline was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice and Thomas Naron; and her husband, Bill McVay, in 1999.

She is survived by her three daughters, Darice McVay of Van Horn, Celise McVay and husband Harold Orr of Clyde and Tertia McVay of Granbury; her brother, Billy Gene Naron of El Paso;  her five grandchildren, Carley Howard and husband Matt of Clyde, Blake Cobb of Lubbock, Amber Orr and Erica Robbins of Austin and Amity Pitcher and husband Jim of Bryan; her five  great-grandchildren, Kerrigan and Patrick Howard, Aria Robbins and Madeline and Mackenzie Harrell; and her three nieces, Mildred Naron Mendoza and Barbara Naron Conoly of San Angelo, and Gail Draper Bailey of Ruidoso.

The family suggests that honorariums be made to Wesley Court, 2617 Antilley Road, Abilene, Texas, 79606, or Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine Street, Abilene, Texas, 79601.  Fay Euraline received loving and tender care at both places toward the end of her time on earth.

The family would like to express appreciation to Beth Conoly, Glenn Guidry and Dr. Thomas for providing care for mother before she left for Abilene.

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