Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Clara Elizabeth Lacy
August 21, 1902 – October 2, 2006
Clara Elizabeth Lacy Fentress died
peacefully at her home in Waco on Monday, October 2, 2006 at age
Fentress and her husband Harlon supported the creation of the
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and the acquisition of the site
for the museum.
Clara was born in Dallas, Texas on August 21, 1902, to Edward Franklin
and Mattie Hallum Lacy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlon
Morse Fentress; her parents; two brothers, Frank and Donald Lacy; her
son, Joel Morse Fentress; another son, deceased at birth; and her son-in-law,
Edward Lee Humphreys, III.
Clara was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin,
where she earned a degree in business, an unusual accomplishment
at that time for a woman. She met Harlon Morse Fentress at
the University, and they married January 7, 1924. Harlon, owner
and publisher of Newspapers Inc., which included the Waco Tribune
Herald, was her life’s
partner until his death in 1976. These publications were sold
to Cox Enterprises just prior to his death.
Clara was active in local charities and organizations, and was a charter
member of the Thursday Study Club. She taught an Adult Sunday school
class at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for many years.
Her love of poetry and her own published poetic works were an important
part of her amazingly long life. Her quick wit and extraordinary mind
were a challenge to those who knew her. She operated a computer into
her nineties, and could recite lengthy poems even prior to her death.
Her conversation was upbeat and clever. You always knew where you stood
Her faith was her rock -- an ever present help and guide throughout
her life, and even so into eternity. She remained alert and served
as a counselor to her friends and family until her last days.
Her survivors are: her daughter, Sara Humphreys Warren, and her husband,
Bill Warren of Waco; grandchildren, Laurie Fentress Humphreys of Austin;
Margaret Humphreys Cummings and husband, Corky of Wichita Falls; Edward
Lee Humphreys IV of Durango, Colorado; five great grandchildren, Carl
Spencer Morse, Harlon Humphreys Morse, Sara Meredith Cummings, Ann
Elizabeth Cummings, and Benjamin James Cummings; nephew, Andrew Lacy
and niece, Linda Kruse.
Her family wishes to express its deep appreciation to those individuals
who provided loving care in her later years.