|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1910|
|Death: ||Oct. 5, 1996|
Mary Faulk Koock, 85, died Saturday evening.
A well-known Austin party-giver, creator of celebrations, and maker of memorable occasions, she was born in Austin November 7, 1910. She was the third of five children born to Martha ''Mattie'' Miner, a former Hornsby Bend school teacher, and Judge Henry Faulk, an Austin lawyer and former Travis County Attorney.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Koock; granddaughter, Natasha Koock; and her two brothers, Hamilton Faulk and John Henry Faulk.
She is survived by her seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, as well as by her two sisters, Martha Stansbury and Texana Faulk Conn, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The founder of Green Pastures, a nationally known Austin restaurant, Koock was also the author of two cookbooks, including a 1965 national best seller; and she co-authored a third cookbook.
While raising a family of seven children, she worked as a kindergarten teacher, a professional girl scout director, and a candy-maker before opening a restaurant in the old Faulk family home in 1946. She parlayed her natural talents as a party-giver into a successful catering business. She catered many parties at the Governor's Mansion and at the LBJ Ranch, as well as many wedding receptions.
Though Austin restaurants would not desegregate until after passage of the public accommodations act some 18 years later, Green Pastures was open to people of all races from its very beginning. After 25 years in the restaurant business, she sold Green Pastures to her eldest son, Ken Koock, and his partner.
Meanwhile, Mary Koock became food editor of Texas Star, a Sunday magazine supplement; and she was a columnist for Texas Parade. She also was a frequent guest lecturer around the state. She later served as vice president in charge of marketing at the Bank of Austin.
She received an honorary doctorate from St. Edward's University in 1983, and she was the recipient of the City of Austin's Distinguished Service Award in 1988. The Austin Women's Symphony League named her Woman of the Year in 1992, and she was listed in Who's Who of American Women. In 1995 the Mayor andthe Austin City Council proclaimed Mary Faulk Koock Day and renamed Congress Avenue in her honor.
Her seven children include three sons and four daughters: Ken Koock, Karen Kuykendall, Gretchen O'Boyle, Wm. ''Guich'' Koock, Tim Koock, Judy Strassman and Martha Koock Ward.
Her fourteen grandchildren include: Kathryn Koock Hillhouse and Molly Koock James; Marshall Kuykendall, Jr., Mary Alice Naiser and Sarita Kuykendall; Mary Ursula O'Boyle, Brigid O'Boyle, Christine O'Boyle and Terese O'Boyle; Travis Koock, Dobie Koock and Jenny Bridgwater; Zachary Koock and Maryhill Ward.
Her great-grandchildren include: Samuel Maverick Hillhouse, Wylie and Jenny Kuykendall, Haley Naiser, Lance Hoermann and Elise Koock, Hailey and Nikoah Koock.
Those who wish to do so may send a donation to Meals on Wheels, 2222 Rosewood Avenue, 78702; or to the Father Eugene Dore Family Center of St. Ignatius Church; or to Wild Basin Wilderness Park, 805 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 78746; or to the Mary Faulk Koock Eldercare Memorial, 4604 Copano Court, 78749.
A wake will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, 452-8811.
Funeral mass is set for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 140 West Oltorf. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
- Austin American-Statesman, October 7, 1996
John Henry Faulk (1868 - 1939)
Martha Cynthia Miner Faulk (1878 - 1956)
Chester L. Koock (1905 - 1993)*
Hamilton Faulk (1905 - 1992)*
Martha Faulk Stansbury (1908 - 2005)*
Mary Faulk Koock (1910 - 1996)
Texana Faulk Conn (1915 - 2006)*
Plot: Sec. 3, Lot 1139
Created by: Fluttergirl
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
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RIP to an extremely interesting and obviously beloved lady.|
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