Mary Conley Jones LaCaff passed away on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, in Midland, Texas, at the age of 87. She was bom on April 5, 1927, in Lubbock, Texas, to Sallie Virginia and E. Murray Jones. She graduated from Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. She moved to Midland in 1950 and lived with JoAnn Jonnson, Ann Wemple, and Frances Shaeffer. Mary's stories of their times together were wildly entertaining. In 1951, she met the love of her life, Ted B. LaCaff, at the Elks Club swimming pool. They married later that year and were married for 53 years until Ted's death in 2004. They were blessed with six children. The family enjoyed summers at their beloved cabin in Holy Ghost Canyon, New Mexico. In 1992 Mary and Ted were lured to Santa Fe, New Mexico, because of Ted's love of the mountains and Mary's love of art. Mary, an accomplished artist, also enjoyed decorating, cooking, and entertaining her many friends and family members. She returned to Midland in March of this year to be closer to her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted B. LaCaff; daughters, Sally and Lucy; son-in-law, Blake Yarborough and his children Jordan and Taylor. She is survived by her daughters, Becky Yarborough and Mary Ann Detmering and husband Tim, sons Ted F. LaCaff and David LaCaff; grandchildren, Annabelle Gardaphe and husband Chase, Madeline Bailey, Justin Yarborough and wife Ashley, Isabelle, Eloise, and Christopher Detmering; and great grandson Charles Witt Gardaphe. Services will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas Avenue, Midland, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Midland Deacon's Fund or
. Mary's gift to her friends and family is a lifetime of treasured memories that will bring much joy and laughter for years to come. We will miss her wit and humor but have no doubt that Ted is glad to have that wit and humor with him now that they are reunited.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2014