Gertrude Yancey was born June 19, 1919 in New York City and died Oct 19, 2012 in Sugar Land TX at home. She was born to recent immigrants Sam and Sadie Feit in a small apartment in New York and then moved and grew up in Marshall TX. Her family owned a dry goods store on the square. She quit college when WWII came, and as many women did, went to work to replace the men. Gert took a job in Texas City at the Amoco refinery. She met and married George R.Yancey and had many wonderful friends in Texas City. There were lots of great times playing cards, catching and cooking crabs, shrimp, and oysters. Their son Rick was born in 1954 and she stayed home to raise him. When Rick was 10 she went back to school at the University of Houston to finish her degree, and then went to work as a social studies teacher at Levi Fry Junior High in Texas City. Her husband George died in an accident in 1979. In 1989 Gert moved to Sugar Land to live with Rick and wife, Jill. She helped raise her grandson Chris. He was the apple of her eye, and she enjoyed him on a daily basis as he grew up! Gert loved to eat good food, shop for bargains, and read the Houston Chronicle daily, each and every page, including the ads. She never missed an opportunity to vote, and cast her mail in ballot the day before she passed. Gert was a strong and resolute woman, and weathered the great depression, strikes, hurricanes, and breast cancer. She is predeceased by her husband George and her parents, Sam and Sadie Feit. Gert is survived by her son Rick and wife Jill; daughter Nancy and husband Bob Barnett. Grandson Christopher and wife Kelley Yancey; Great grand daughters Sadie and Samantha Yancey. Sisters Flo Berkman and husband Maurice; Louise Levy and husband Warren; special friends Evon Byrd, Martha and Davy Morris, and their children Cori Kelemen and Kayce Brown.
Special thanks to caregiver Marilyn Chuvac, who was a joy and companion to Gertrude in her final year. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Texas City High School Band 1431 Ninth Avenue North Texas City, TX 77590, or to the charity of your choice.