TRAVIS, Mary McIver
Mary McIver Travis was born August 6, 1995 and passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mary was bright and kind, creative, ethical, and empathetic. She was open-minded, non-judgmental, and believed in fairness and acceptance for all. She was a force of nature, a whirlwind of energy, a born leader, and a shining light and inspiration for her friends. Outgoing and precocious, Mary devoured books by the hundreds, wrote stories and poems, and easily struck up charming and insightful conversations with people of all ages.
Mary was an exceptional student, wise beyond her years, and always present when friends were in need, providing them with support, encouragement and humor. She believed "you must be present to win" and seized every opportunity with enthusiasm. Rarely at a loss for words and punctuating nearly every text with a smiley face and exclamation marks, she lived with a passion for life that impressed everyone who knew her. Enrolled in the business program at Tulane University and a member of the Chi O Sorority, she loved school and New Orleans and enjoyed dining out and socializing with her large, diverse, and wonderful group of friends. Mary was excited about her courses and planned to study abroad next year to explore her interest in art.
Overcoming heart problems and severe scoliosis through several procedures including spinal fusion surgery, Mary acquired a perspective that made her nearly fearless in the face of adversity. We will forever be grateful for the care of Dr. Karen Wright and Dr. John Williams and the staff at Dell Children's Hospital.
Mary attended First United Methodist Preschool, Casa Montessori, Highland Park Elementary School, Hill Country Middle School, Westlake High School, Tulane University, and Camp Mystic. She enjoyed traveling, attending music festivals, cooking (especially eating), making arts and crafts, and spending time with her many close friends, who we will hold dear to our hearts forever.
Mary loved others deeply and was loved by everyone who knew her well. Her untimely death leaves a hole in our hearts so large that it can only be filled by her humor, beauty, inspiration, art, contributions to others, and the countless memories of one of the most caring and wonderful people you could ever know. We are left facing a mystery so big and powerful that we must work hard to find some understanding and peace. We trust that we will find comfort together as we smile in remembrance of Mary and her remarkable and vibrant life.
Mary is survived by her parents Ann Benners Travis and Edward Outlaw Travis, dear sister Kate Jordan Travis, grandfather William H. Benners III, Uncle David (Aunt Leslie), Aunts Kit, Mary (Uncle Rik), and Sue, cousins Griffin, Jackson, Mariah (Chris), Travis, Ray, Parker, Kelly, and Sarah, as well as other relatives and beloved friends and neighbors.
Instead of flowers, please consider contributions in Mary's memory to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention athttp://afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/MaryT
or another charity of your choice
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial gathering Monday Dec 22 at 1:30 pm at The Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, TX 78754. For more information please visit http://travisfamily.org/mary