Jan 31, 2014 -    8 Condolences

Daphne Fay Landry

Daphne Fay Landry and Chippy the IIIDaphne Fay Landry  88, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning, January 31st, 2014 at La Casa Retirement Home in Merritt Island, Florida.  Her husband, John, preceded her in death June 18th, 1978, and her youngest daughter, Joanne,   March 15th, 2009. She is survived by her children, Mark (and Mary) Landry of Overland Park, KS, Mary Landry Lindsey (and Dave) and Susan Landry Brannock of Morehead City, NC, William Ward Landry (and Nancy) of Cape Canaveral, FL. She had seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, where her father, Harold Van Vechten Fay and mother, Kathryn Beadle Fay were living and working for the World Peace Conferences of Boston  following World War I.  She lived there until about five years of age and they returned to Chevy Chase, MD where her father continued working for the federal government. She attended Holton Arms High School, and Wheaton College in Massachusetts where her degree was in Psychology and English. She married and settled eventually in 1954 in Potomac, MD where she could ride Pharaoh, her horse, and raise five children, dogs and cats. During her youth she worked a summer job at a hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, and acquired a life long passion for the beach.  In the summer of 1956, she purchased a cottage just outside the then limits of Ocean City, Maryland. Summers were spent there from then on, even to where the grandchildren would come back and visit. Four of her last five years were spent in independent living by her son, Mark, in Kansas. There the owner let her happily keep her sixth child, Chippy the III, her companion Jack Russell.  When more managing care was needed Will brought her to Cape Canaveral next door to his condo unit where she could daily observe the ocean waves breaking.

There will be a memorial service and inurnment in May at the Potomac Methodist Church in Maryland, the date yet to be set.

Mom memories. Mark PDF Memories William Ward Landry PDF Grandma Landry letter Erin PDF Grandma Landry by Mike PDF Feelings and Thoughts Mary Lindsey PDF


8 Condolences

  • I cherish the memories of my time with your mom and all of you, both in Potomac and Ocean City. Many thanks to your mom (Mrs. Landry to me) to make it all possible.



  • As Daphne’s first cousin — her Uncle Dudley was my father — I too remember Daphne as the lovely girl in the photograph to the right. On my visit to Uncle Harold’s when I was 11 and Daphne 12, Daphne taught me the pleasures of listening to afternoon radio. My family allowed only Jack Benny and Charlie McCarthy. Uncle Harold’s toaster popped the toast 20 inches high in the air, a delight to my childish self. I again enjoyed seeing Daphne when she took the trouble to visit me at a NOW conference in Washington around 1972, when it was still radical to show up at a NOW conference. Your family seems very warm and together.

    Love to my first cousins once removed,


    • Dear Flo, thank you for the lovely letter. I am glad to share Ward as my middle name as well. I just wanted to post here your birth name for my brother and sisters to know. Flo’s birth name – Flora Ward Fay.

    • Thank you Flo for sharing about your past with Mom. I am so grateful to you and your father. I still have the numerous letters he sent me when I was in high school and college.
      If ever in Seattle we will make it a point to call on you.
      Thanks again


  • As President of Daphne’s Class of 1948 at Wheaton College in Norton, MA., I want to extend the class’s condolences to Daphne’s remaining children and particularly to her son William. I sent a quote from his kind letter of a few months ago about her condition and living arrangements, etc. to the Wheaton Quarterly which should appear in the Class Notes section and be coming out sometime soon this spring. We have fond memories of Daphne with all of us those many years ago. The picture at the bottom on the right is the way I will always remember her. She was a dear girl!

    With our sympathy and love,


  • Sorry to read about your mom. As the oldest of the Trunnell boys, I remember that Mark and Willie came over to play with my brothers. Willie with Steve, but not sure who Mark matched up with. I think all they had to do to get to our house was to jump the Straubs fence and our fence and there they were. I am sure my brothers reversed the route when they went to your house to play. Once again, my condolences to all.


  • As one of your neighbors I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to you all. It is especially hard to lose a mother. Please keep in mind Jehovah, God’s promise to us all regarding the dead as you go through these trying times.

    At JOHN 5:25 Jesus says this about death “Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming and it is now. when the dead will hear the voice of the son of God, and those who have paid attention will live” So the bible gives us a sure comfort that the dead will indeed live again.

    Take comfort and peace.

  • I know your Mom was blessed to spend her last time on this earth with you and Nancy and in such a beautiful setting..

    You took such good care of her and I know if she could have she would have thanked you!

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