Mary Alice Conway Martin was born on August 1, 1923, in Mission, Texas, at her family home. She passed away on January 17, 2017.
Mary Alice was a lifelong resident of Mission. She graduated from Mission High School and The University of Texas at Austin. After her college graduation, she returned to Mission and was a teacher at East Side Elementary School for several years.
In 1947, she married Scott Martin and they made their home in Mission. Mary Alice is survived by her loving husband of 69 years. Also surviving her are her two daughters and sons-in-law: Rebecca and David Crook of Mission, and Mary Dale and Kenneth Newsome of Fairfax, Virginia. Also surviving Mary Alice are her grandchildren: Laura Dudley of Fairfax, Virginia, Scott Dudley (Jessica) of Portland, Oregon and Daniel Crook (Joanna) of San Antonio, Texas. Mary Alice was preceded in death by her two sons, Michael Conway Martin and David Scott Martin.
Mary Alice was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission all of her life. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Altar Society for many years. Her children all attended St. Paul’s School. She was a charter member of the Mission Junior Service League and served as an officer and member for many years. Mary Alice spent many volunteer hours on the Mission Junior Service League’s various projects and remained a sustaining member. While Mary Alice was an active member, the Mission Junior Service League helped staff the “Well Baby Clinic.”
She served for many years as a volunteer Girl Scout leader for her two daughters and as a Boy Scout den mother for her two sons and other children of the Mission community. Mary Alice was also very active as a volunteer for the Mission Little League organization.
The Texas Citrus Fiesta was also the beneficiary of her talents and dedication to Mission. As a girl, she was an “Orange Blossom” in the very first Citrus Fiesta. St. Paul’s Church entered a float in the Citrus Parade for many years, and she spent numerous years working on floats with other members of the school’s PTA. Years ago, many businesses along Conway Avenue had display windows that fronted on Conway Avenue during the Citrus Fiesta. Mary Alice, her mother, Mrs. Dale Conway, and Mrs. Ruth Dooley Langston spent many hours decorating the display window at Conway, Dooley and Martin Insurance Agency for the Citrus Fiesta using fruit grown in her parents’ citrus grove. She also made several costumes for her children for the Product Costume Style Show.
Mary Alice was a volunteer at the Vannie E. Cook Cancer Center in McAllen, which she enjoyed very much. She was also a supporter of Comfort House in McAllen and volunteered for them in the past.
She gave talks to various organizations about the early days of Mission. These talks included her own memories, letters, and stories told to her by her parents. She presented this talk, among others, to the Mission Historical Society and the Mission Historical Museum. She and her husband are Lifetime members of the Mission Historical Museum and have donated various items of historical value about Mission and the Conway family to the museum. In 2010, Mary Alice was honored as the “First Lady of Mission.”
Our family would like to thank Dr. Lakshmi Kondapavuluru, Dr. K.V. Chowdary, Dr. Terrence Posluszny, Dr. Prakash Palimar and their staff members for their superior care of Mary Alice.
A Rosary will be held on Friday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, with visitation from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission, and her burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Arnaldo Corpus, Daniel Crook, Medardo De Leon, Jr., Richard E. Dooley, Scott Dudley, Felix T. Martinez, Bill Robertson and Charles Zey.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that she be honored with memorial gifts to a charity of your choice. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.