Mary Bach

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Memorial services to celebrate the life of Mary Irene Bach will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Conroe, TX on Saturday, October 27th at 11:00am.

Mary Irene Bach was born Mary Irene McCord on Nov. 25, 1944 to Mary Estelle and Forrest Bedford McCord, Sr. of Dallas, TX. She passed from this life on Oct. 18, 2012 in Conroe, TX surrounded by friends and family and carried into eternity on the strains of her favorite hymns played and sung by her church music director, Brandon Folts, and her daughter and son, Kari and Kent Glasco.

Mary lived a full and vibrant life, filled with love, family, church and music. She graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1963, where she had been a cheerleader and choir member. During her South Oak Cliff days, she had also been a member of the inaugural Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad, the CowBelles and Beauxs. She and her high school classmates stayed in touch throughout the years and took many wonderful trips together, and many of them made trips to spend time with her during her final days on this earth.

After high school, she attended Sam Houston State University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at Sam Houston, she met her future husband, Kelly Glasco, and, after their marriage, they moved together to Conroe, where both became teachers. Mary taught choral music and accompanied choirs and soloists for 43 years in Conroe ISD, only retiring when her cancer forced her to do so. Her final position in the district was at Cryar Intermediate School, where she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award and numerous awards for her years of service. Her Cryar Intermediate co-workers were a major source of love and support throughout her illness, for which her family will always be grateful.

Though not part of their paid positions, she and Kelly directed the annual musicals at Conroe High School for many years, presentations which many will attest were of professional quality. She also accompanied the Montgomery County Choral Society and McCullough High School choir on their trip to the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, where they performed. She was also in the Studio One singers performing group. She loved to travel to Europe, where she was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform on many of the great cathedral organs.

After their divorce, Mary married Tom Bach, a friend of her family, and they spent several years performing at the Crighton Theater, with Tom on stage and her at the piano. She was a permanent fixture as rehearsal and orchestra pianist at the Crighton for many years.

Mary never re-married after she and Tom divorced, but devoted herself to her children, grandchildren, church and students. She loved family and spent her time and resources with them whenever possible, taking them to special events or on trips to Hawaii, Vegas or on a cruise. She prepared many special photo albums, scrapbooks and video presentations to document these special times with family and always shared copies with the rest of the family. One event that was especially significant to her was the annual McCord/Hubbard family Christmas caroling party, for which she played piano and prepared binders of the best-loved songs for use each year.

The church was always part of Mary's life, having been raised by a father who directed music in the United Methodist Church and a mother who played organ for services. In Conroe, she played for First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Tree of Life Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church, where she served until her passing. The family is grateful for all of the support her church friends and fellow staff provided during her illness.

Mary is preceded in death by her mother and father, sister Diane McCord Langston, first husband and father of her children, Kelly Blake Glasco and other friends and family, many of whom fought similar battles with cancer. She is survived by her brothers, Larry, Forrest, Jr., and Richard; children, Kari Lynn Glasco and Kent McCord Glasco; grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Chapman, Tristan Alexander Smith, Anais Rose Glasco and Aiyana McKenzie McCord Glasco; and many other family, co-workers and friends.

Mary loved beauty in all of its forms, as evidenced by the beautiful landscaping she did in her yard, the many beautiful places she loved to visit and remember in pictures and the beautiful music she performed throughout her life at school, church and home. She shared her love of beauty in life with everyone, an eternal gift which lives on in her absence. She was daughter, sister, mother, friend and teacher of thousands who will miss her dearly. "The Music Lasts Forever".


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Oct. 22 to Nov. 4, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Cashner Funeral Home
801 Teas Road | Conroe, TX 77303 | (936) 756-2126
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