Norma Fain Braly Following a nine year struggle with dementia, Norma Fain Braly left this world on Monday, December 23, 2013. As she ascended to be with our Lord, hand-in-hand with Jesus, she likely reminisced of her earlier days and the very day of her baptism along the banks of the creek at Greenwood Baptist Church at her family's homestead in Parker County near Weatherford, Texas. |
Norma was a country girl and worked with her family helping in the daily chores of their dairy farm. She and two of her sisters, Ann and Betty, told stories of their days at Weatherford High School when their boyfriends from town went on a date. These fellows would end up helping them milk cows-this was their "date!"
Norma Jean Fain was born on October 14, 1929 in Parker County/Weatherford, Texas. She was the youngest of nine children born of Douglas Wythe Fain and Mary Barber Fain. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1950 with a Home Economics degree. Following graduation she went to work as the McCulloch County Home Demonstration Agent in Brady, Texas. It was there, in The Heart of Texas, that she met a fellow U.T. alumnus, the love of her life and devoted husband of almost 59 years before his passing, Walter Eugene Braly, of Brady, Texas. Norma and Walter were married August 31, 1952 at Greenwood Baptist Church, the same church where she was baptized, in Weatherford, Texas.
Norma was an intelligent and beautiful woman, both in heart and soul. She was active in the Presbyterian Church, an accomplished bridge, tennis, and piano player, and with her gifted intelligence, she was the in-house tutor for her three sons! She was a voracious reader with a professional vocabulary. If she was uncertain about a word or its meaning, she would hit the dictionary, which was always next to the book she was reading at the time. Norma's computer skills were precocious and self-taught twenty years ago, long before their current widespread use today.
She was an active member of the Delphian Society until 2004 when her dementia became severe. She enjoyed her association with the Delphians in raising money for the University of Houston Scholarship Endowment Fund for matriculating women. She was the consummate loving and caring mother and successfully survived raising three boys!
Norma is preceded in death by her four brothers, John Wythe Fain, J.D., Harold Barber Fain, M.D., Douglas William Fain, and Robert Henry Fain, M.D., and four sisters, Mayna Fain Bode, Ruth Fain Greer, Ann Fain Rea, and Betty Fain Wright, R.N.
She is also survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Walter Grant Braly, M.D. and Lisa Hansen Braly of Houston, Texas, Houston Fain Braly, Ph.D. and Laura Cazabon Braly of Austin, Texas, and William Joel Braly and Betsy Wolan Braly of Houston, Texas. Surviving grandchildren include Frank Hansen Braly, Houston Lee Braly, II, M.D., Morgan Fain Braly, R.N., Matthew Fain Braly, C.P.A., Walter Mason Braly, Thomas Calhoun Braly, Virginia Kathryn Braly, and Allison Jeanette Braly, sisters-in-law, Alice Braly Gibson, Patricia O'Rourke Braly, and Diana Dugat Braly, and 30 nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to the loving, caring, and professional staff at The Abbey Assisted Living facility in Houston, Texas.
The funeral service for Norma will be held in Brady, Texas at Brady Presbyterian Church, 900 S. Blackburn Street, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013. Internment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, Highway 87N (San Angelo Highway), in Brady.
In lieu of flowers, and as per Norma's wish, please donate in her memory to the
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2013