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OBIT: Mary Elizabeth Wood Pechacek

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  • Ray J. Bacak
    Mary Elizabeth Wood Pechacek Mary Elizabeth Wood Pechacek , age 82, of Atlanta, GA, died June 3, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at the Emory University
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      Mary Elizabeth Wood Pechacek
      Mary Elizabeth Wood Pechacek , age 82, of Atlanta, GA, died June 3, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta due to complications from an infection.  Frank Fred Pechacek Jr., her husband of 64 years, was at her bedside when her heart failed.
      She was born in rural Lavaca County, Texas on April 29, 1925 to Leona Kuhn and Roland Bunting Wood.  She graduated from Flatonia High School in 1942, having been Homecoming Queen in her senior year.  While she was a popular and great beauty in high school, young Frank, known to all as "Frankie", was her only love in life.  After he enlisted in the Army Air Corp at the start of WW II, they were married on Sept. 12, 1942.  During the war years, she worked as an AT&T telephone operator, saving up her salary so she could travel to military training bases across the country to be with Frankie before he entered combat duty in Europe.  After living in Flatonia, Texas until her children were grown and Frank retired as a U.S. Postal Service rural mail carrier in 1977, they traveled around the country before returning to Texas, living in Austin and Corpus Christi, then returning to Flatonia before they moved to North Carolina.  Most recently, they moved to the King's Bridge Retirement Center in Atlanta where husband Frank still resides. 
      She was an inspiration to all that knew and loved her.  Her gracious and generous spirit was loved by all who knew her.  She could find the good in everyone and always gave the credit for accomplishments to others.  During her years in Flatonia, she was an active member of the Sacred Heart parish, working as parish secretary in the 1960's.  In her own special and loving way, she has been a life-long friend to many in the Flatonia area.  As part of her lifelong involvement in volunteer activities, she was elected president of a Travis County, Texas coordinating committee of retired women's organizations, won awards as an outstanding volunteer the Center in Corpus Christi Naval Medical Center Pharmacy, and helped establish and coordinate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Fayette County, Texas. 
      She was preceded in death by her son, Frank Fred Pechacek III (Freddie); and her brothers, Leroy and Jessie Wood.  Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 64 years, Frankie; daughter, Betty Ludlum and her companion Roy Greenwood of Austin, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Terry Frank Pechacek and Julie Ann Fishman of Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carol Pechacek of Mooresville, North Carolina; her grandson, Samuel Frank Pechacek of Atlanta; granddaughter Renee and her husband Charles Ravel of Corpus Christi ; brother-in-law John Pechacek and wife Bessie of Flatonia; and a large number of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends in Texas and around the country.
      Everyone who has had the chance to be around Elizabeth ken knew her generous, loving spirit and now feels a heartfelt sorrow from the fact that she is no longer here with them in physical form.  But everyone who knows her great spirituality can sense that she is still very much with them.  As she often has been heard to say "Don't cry for me, I'm now with the angels." 
      Interment of her remains will be at a later date in Flatonia, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fayette County EMS System at 979-968-8991. 
      (transcribed from The Flatonia Argus, June 21, 2007 edition) 
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