MARY LINDA MCBAY PENNER, artist, beloved daughter,
aunt and friend, departed this life for her eternal
heavenly home on Jan. 27, 2009, in Fort Worth, TX
with burial at Bullock Cemetery in Ranger, TX.
Mary was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Fort Worth to Thomas
Carl and Bobbie Lee Coffman (RHS-1940) McBay. She
accepted the Lord and Savior at the age of 9 at
Ridglea West Baptist Church, where she was a member.
Mary was a 1967 graduate of Arlington Heights High
School and attended Tarrant County College. Mary had
a passion for animals and her acclaimed art is a
lasting testament of her love. Mary was a crusader
for the wildlife of the rain forest of South and
Central America and many of her paintings were of
the unique species of plants and animals she studied.
Mary's art has been exhibited in numerous museums
throughout the U.S., including the Smithsonian,
National Museum in New York and Leigh Yawkey Woodson
Art Museum. Many of Mary's paintings are in private
collections throughout the U.S.
Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn
Survivors: parents, Thomas Carl and Bobbie Lee McBay
of Fort Worth; nephew, Kerry Smith of Fort Worth;
niece, Kristina Smith of Austin; and numerous cousins.
FATHER: THOMAS CARL MCBAY, 95, a loving husband,
father, grandfather, & great-grandfather departed
this life Dec. 16, 2015 to his eternal heavenly
home. Burial was in Bullock Cemetery at Ranger.
Carl was born March 17, 1920, in Lincoln, TN, to
Walter & Ella Mae McBay. After completing his
education, he met and married Bobbie Lee Coffman
(RHS-1940) in May of 1940. Carl served his country
in the U.S. Army 8th Cavalry during World War II
in the Pacific and occupation of Japan. After 30
years in the regular Army and Navy Reserves as
chief petty officer. He entered into a career in
the aircraft industry in 1941 in Dallas. He was
employed by General Dynamics in Fort Worth for 38
1/2 years. He was a resident of Fort Worth since
1947. Carl was a faithful member of Ridglea West
Baptist Church for 51 years. He was a member of
Western Hills Baptist Church in his last years.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Carolyn
Smith and Mary Penner.
Survivors: Beloved wife of 75 years, Bobbie Lee;
grandson, Kerry Smith; granddaughter Kristina and
husband Peter Swan; great-grandson, Parker Swan;
niece, Sheri Capehart and husband, Bruce; & son-
in-law, Alvin Smith.