Following an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease, Lou Ann Mahaney entered into God's Kingdom on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Shepherd Of Life Lutheran Church. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Alzheimer's Association at http://alz.org/donate . Although Lou Ann was born in Houma, La., where her father worked in the Texaco oil fields, she was a native Texan in every sense of the word. She moved to Fort Worth as a child, attending Westcliff Elementary, McLean Junior High and Paschal High School, where she graduated summa cum laude. At Paschal, she met a tall, future Aggie, Parks Mahaney, and together they began a 60-year journey of love including marriage, parenting, career, retirement and travel. They married in 1961, while she was attending Texas Woman's University. After graduation, she joined him in Germany, where she taught at an American school. After her three children were of responsible age, she returned to academia at UTA and was awarded her Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1984. Her final and most rewarding position was as the Mathematics Department Chairwoman at TCC-NE Campus. After retiring in 2002, she designed and decorated a new house in Dalworthington Gardens and made multiple trips to Europe. Lou Ann was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, but was able to carry on with normal activities and travel until 2016. Lou Ann was a sweet, intelligent, stylish and outgoing person who loved her family, her students, friends, theater, classical music and opera. In her final years, her only conversation was to tell all around her that she loved them, even the pastor during his sermons. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. She will be missed by all. Survivors: Husband, M. Parks Mahaney III; son, M. P. "Chip" Mahaney IV and wife, Susan; daughters, Hollie Schmidt and husband, Peter; Heather Vail and husband, David Lawhorn; grandchildren, Andrew and Sarah Mahaney, Katie and Helen Schmidt, Jackson and Colin Vail and Julian Lawhorn; brother, Charles Sebesta and wife, Vicki.
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