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Mary Ann Kokernot

Female 1922 - 2014  (91 years)

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  • Name Mary Ann Kokernot  [1
    Born 25 May 1922  [2
    Gender Female 
    Name Koko 
    Died 12 Jan 2014 
    Person ID I3132  Barber
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2014 

    Father Herbert Lee Kokernot, Jr.,   b. 6 Jun 1900,   d. 23 Jul 1987, Alpine, Brewster County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Golda Rixon,   b. Alpine, Brewster County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1990 
    Married 25 Aug 1921  Alpine, Brewster County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F1092  Group Sheet

    Family Lawrence Christian Lacy,   b. 21 Aug 1919, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 2011, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    +1. Living
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    Last Modified 21 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F1114  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Obit from Big Bend Sentinal, 23 Jan 2014;

      Mary Ann"Koko" Kokernot Lacy died peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2014. A memorial service will be Saturday, February 1, at 11am at First Baptist Church of Waco. A reception and lunch will follow.

      She was born May 25, 1922, on the Kokernot o6 Ranch to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lee Kokernot Jr. She attended Alpine public schools, The Hockaday School in Dallas and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 1941 she returned to Texas and graduated from Baylor University in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in history.

      While at Hockaday, Mrs. Lacy met her future husband, Lawrence Christian Lacy, on a blind date. They married on September 18, 1943, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California. They moved around while Mr. Lacy served in the Navy. They settled in Waco and started their family.

      Mrs. Lacy was an active member of First Baptist Church, and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She shared her talents and leadership skills in many community organizations. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She spent most summers of her life living on the beautiful Kokernot 06 Ranch. While out in West Texas, she and her family attended Paisano Baptist Encampment and Bloys Camp meeting in the Davis Mountains.

      She was preceded in death by her parents; and Lawrence, her spouse of 67 years.

      She is survived by their four children, Elizabeth Winn and husband Jim, Chris Lacy and wife Dawn, Ann Brown and husband,Cletus III, and Golda Brown and husband Stan. Mrs. Lacy is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Molly Winn Burns and husband Webb, Lacy Winn Sakellaris and husband George, James Winn, Kristin Lacy Cavness and husband Buddy, Lance Lacy and wife Brandee, Cletus Brown IV, Edward Brown, Cooper Brown LaPoint and husband Mike, Jacob Brown and wife Milana, and Lauren Brown. Her nine great grandchildren are Hayden and Selden Burns, Angenie, Natalie and Emma Sakellaris, Madison and Mason Cavness and Christian and Katherine Lacy.

      She also leaves her attentive caregivers, Judy Gindratt, Tracy Drake, Socorro and Joe Wolcott and Uni Murphy.

      A quote from a dear friend, "I had the wonderful privilege of serving on a Baylor committee with her for 20 years as we worked through a number of challenges to get a Panhellenic Building agreed upon, approved, fund-raised, designed, built, dedicated, and occupied. I grew to appreciate those same qualities that made Koko so valuable to Paisano– loyalty, dedication, consistency, selflessness, persistence, honesty, pragmatism— but most of all friendship and love." We will all miss her.

      Memorials may be made to Paisano Baptist Encampment, Attention Buddy Baldridge, 6725 Highway 380, Synder, Texas, 79549; Harold C. Simmons-Friends of Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. Baylor University, Attention Sue Koehler, One Bear Place 97262 Waco, Texas 76798; or charity of your choice.

      The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at

  • Sources 
    1. [S92] New Encyclopedia of Texas, Ellis A. Davis and Edwin H. Grobe, (Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 1929), 490 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S125] FGR, FGRS FROM KENT GARDIEN FILES; IN GARDIEN 2 FILE (Reliability: 3).
      These were in package from Robert H Kokernot who said "received data from Johnnie S.. and will add to it. It is presumed these FGRs were from Johnnie and addenda are from Robert.