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Obituary for Tracy Fehlis Aycock

September 3, 1919 - June 16, 2016
Austin, Texas | Age 96


AYCOCK, Tracy Fehlis

Tracy Fehlis Aycock, 97, passed away peacefully Friday morning, June 16, 2017 at Westminster Manor in Austin, Texas. She was born to Wanda and Arno Fehlis in Ottine, Texas on
September 3, 1919. She attended high school in nearby Gonzales where she made lifelong friends.

She went on to college in San Marcos where she was a Gallardian sweetheart and caught the eye of James Marshall Greenwood. When he saw her photo in the Austin paper, he told his mother this was the girl he would marry. He flew his open cockpit plane over their farm in Ottine to get her attention and his efforts paid off when they married in 1939. Their daughter, Janelle Greenwood Burns, was born in 1940 and their son, Dean Marshall Greenwood, was born in 1943 while their father was training pilots during World War II.

The true measure of Tracy's faith and her capabilities became evident after the war as she was bringing her young family and all their belongings to join her husband in Shanghai, China where he was flying "The Hump". He was killed in a plane crash on Christmas day in 1946, one day before Tracy and the children arrived.

After 6 months, she and the children returned to Texas and Tracy went back to school at the University of Texas. She was then, and always, thinking of her children. She finished her Bachelor's degree and her Master's degree and was asked to teach in the Home Economics department where she was a well loved and respected instructor until she retired in the mid-1970's. She maintained lasting relationships with many of her beloved students.

During that period, she met John Aycock, and they married in 1961. Together they were known for their great friendships and entertaining in the home she designed, and they built on Camino Alto. Most of all, they were known for their humor and joy of life. They loved to dance, travel and were renowned for the pranks they played on their dearest friends, known as the "Dirty Dozen". She was also a member of the exclusive Sewing Club which never sewed a stitch!

After John's death, Tracy moved to Westminster Manor and was appropriately on the Welcome Committee for many years. People were drawn to Tracy. She was bright, charming, and most of all, interested in others more than herself.

The most important part of her life was her faith and her family. Her faith was at her core. She was active at St. David's Episcopal Church and loved attending Sunday services and was able to do so until just a few weeks ago. Not long ago, she was honored for being a member of the Altar Guild for 25 years. She attended the Rectors Bible Study and completed Bible Study Fellowship. She helped designed and was very active in the Junior Helping Hand Home for Children.

Tracy was the real heart of her family and her extended family, which included, and was open to so many. She set high standards through love and through example. She was always there for guidance, for prayers, and to minister to those who were ill.

She also loved a good story, was quick to laugh and never complained. We would be remiss if we did not mention that she was dressed to the nines every day of her life. It was just her way.

Tracy never tired of visits from her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, and any dogs they might bring with them! She taught us all how to live with kindness and responsibility.

Her smiling face and her warm love will be carried with us forever.

Tracy is predeceased by her parents, her brothers William Winston Fehlis and Kenneth Lamar Fehlis, and by her adopted sister and great friend, Gloria Allen Leigh.

She is survived by Janelle Burns and Dean Greenwood and their spouses, Richard Burns and Maureen Greenwood, and her daughter, Sue Aycock. Also her grandchildren and their spouses, Tracy and Mike Curran, Christy and Mark Meador, and Abby and Mike Dwyer. She will be missed by her great grandchildren, Maddox and Eloise Meador, Annemarie Curran, and Michael and Marshall Dwyer and her nephews and niece, William Fehlis, Jeff Fehlis, and Terri Fehlis.

A memorial service will be held at St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 East 8th Street on Tuesday, June 20th at 2:30 p.m... In lieu of flowers, any kind remembrances of Tracy might be sent to St. David's Episcopal Church or Junior Helping Hand Home for Children

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  • In lieu of flowers, any kind remembrances of Tracy might be sent to St. David's Episcopal Church or Junior Helping Hand Home for Children

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