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Phyllis Marilee "Mary" Privett Chaney
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1921
Deaf Smith County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 2008
Fresno County
California, USA


Mary was born on January 6, 1921, in Hereford, Texas and passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2008, in Fresno at the age of 87.

She was the second of eight children born to George Pillow and Sybil English Pillow. She spent her youth in Texas.

Mary married Reuben Privett in Texas and following the birth of their son Jerry they moved to California, settling for a while in the Bay Area where she worked in the shipyards.

In 1944, after the birth of their daughter Sheila they moved to Fresno. Daughter Shirley was born the following year.

Mary supported her family by working days in a coffee shop and nights singing western music and playing the fiddle. She was an accomplished fiddle player.

She played the fiddle with an all-girl western band, Noble's Melody Ranch Girls, and later with Dave Stogner's Western Rhythmaires, along with her brother, Bruce Pillow (aka Elsibub) playing at
The Fresno Barn as well as other local night spots.

In 1951 she married Jack Chaney with whom she had two sons, Jim and John.

In her retirement years Mary picked up the fiddle again playing and singing at convalescent facilities and retirement homes with the Joe Sausage Band in Fresno and Clovis.

She continued playing the fiddle until a stroke in 1987 rendered her unable to use her left hand. That was a sad time for her.

Mary was predeceased by Jack Chaney, her husband of 52 years; her infant brother George; her parents George and Sybil; brothers, Ardell, Bruce and Ted Pillow; mother-in-law, Rose Chaney; sister-in-law, Edith Chaney; brothers-in-law, Harold Chaney, Joe Crump, and Bob Yates; and stepson, Bob Privett.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, sons, Jerry Privett and Patricia, Jim Chaney and Maureen, and John Chaney and Gwen; daughters, Sheila Jones and Jerry, and Shirley Wegley; 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine "Lolly" Yates, Carole Crump, and Ramona "Mona" Kelley and Jack; and sister-in-law, Genevieve "Gennie" Pillow Timmerman, as well as many nephews and nieces.

LISLE FUNERAL HOME 1605 'L' Street Fresno, Ca.
Published in the Fresno Bee on 9/17/2008
Created by: D.A.R.
Record added: Oct 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30576436
Phyllis Marilee Mary <i>Privett</i> Chaney
Added by: D.A.R.
Phyllis Marilee Mary <i>Privett</i> Chaney
Added by: D.A.R.
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In honor of your love of music and your accomplished fiddle playing. Rest in blissful peace.
- purple-lady
 Added: Oct. 14, 2008

- D.A.R.
 Added: Oct. 14, 2008

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