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. Burial was in
Bullock Cemetery in Ranger.
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.