Mary Kaough

May 23, 1951December 3, 2018
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Born on May 23rd, 1951, Mary Kathryn Kaough passed away on December 3rd, 2018 in Bryan, Texas. Mary was adopted at birth by Louis and Kate Kaough. Her early years were spent in Missouri City, Texas; the family then moved to Willis, Texas. Mary was part of a graduating class of fourteen from Willis High School and subsequently graduated from Sam Houston State University. The family lived in Willis for some time; her parents then moved to Estes Park, Colorado, finally settling in Conroe. Their years in Colorado gave Mary a lifelong love of Estes Park and the mountains.

Mary was a speech therapist and teacher with Conroe ISD for 28 years, the last thirteen spent as a special education teacher at Conroe High School. She also was a huge proponent of, and participant in, the Special Olympics program; she saw so much potential in her students. Following her retirement from teaching, Mary continued to work hard, whether it was selling antiques at Garrett House Antiques in Montgomery, refurbishing and selling antique fans at Coles in Warrenton, or selling Hickory Farm products during the Christmas holidays. Her latest venture was driving a pilot truck – she was having a blast.

One can condense a person’s life to a few paragraphs but how can a life like Mary’s be described? She was extraordinary – she was a lover of puns, a wordsmith extraordinaire, a horse back rider, a golfer, an inveterate camper, a champion at crazy card games, an antiques dealer. She was a repository of useless information which she didn’t hesitate to share. Trivial Pursuit was Her Game. Mary had a knack for bringing disparate groups of people together. She loved selling; in her words, she “could sell chrome off a trailer hitch”. She loved meeting people and hearing their stories and she knew how to listen. And she was a talker – but she was never boring.

Mary was “born again” when she found her birth family on January 14th, 2011; she was ecstatic to discover she had a brother, two sisters and nieces and nephews. She said she felt a part of her that had always been missing had at last been made whole.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Louise and Laverne, and her dear friend, Micky Phillips. Mary is survived by her adoptive mother, Susan Hall, of Conroe; brother, Norwood Speed, of McComb, Mississippi; niece Jacque Harvey and her husband, Kenny Harvey, and their daughter, Terrie Byessee, all of Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews; her extended family at Garrett House Antiques in Montgomery, Texas; innumerable friends, and her “brother”/confidante/best friend, James Danheim, of Willis, Texas. Mary, you will be missed more than you could have ever realized. Godspeed, dearest friend.

Visitation will be at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe on Friday, December 14th 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Services will be held at Cashner Funeral home on Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at 10:00am, with interment following at Garden Park Cemetery. A celebration of Mary will be held at Cork This Winery in Montgomery, Texas, beginning at 12:00pm on Saturday. To leave condolences for the family, please go to


  • Susan Hall, Adoptive mother
  • Norwood Speed, Brother
  • Jacque and husband Kenny Harvey, Niece
  • Terrie Byessee, Great niece
  • Mary is predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Louise and Laverne, and her dear friend, Micky Phillips.

    Numerous nieces and nephews; her extended family at Garrett House Antiques in Montgomery, Texas; innumerable friends, and her “brother”/confidante/best friend, James Danheim, of Willis, Texas.


  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Jacque Harvey (Niece)

December 15, 2018

I am so glad MK found us (her birth family) when she did. She and her sister, Louise (my Mom) hit it off right away. Mom was the baby of the family until MK came on the scene but I don't think she minded giving up that position. The next day she met her other sister, Laverne and her brother, Norwood. Lots of sharing of pictures and stories.

I will never forget the trip my daughter (Terri), MK and I took to Hot Springs. We stayed in the historical and iconic Hamilton House, a bed & breakfast. We explored the house and grounds as I shared all the rich history and secrets. I think we went to every antique/flea market because we didn't want to miss any hidden treasures. We went to see the movie "The Help" and laughed ourselves silly. There was always fun and laughter anytime MK was in the mix. We made some lasting memories in such a short period of time. We were truly blessed to have known you and we will never forget you. We love you MK!!

Penni Golding Biehl

December 14, 2018

Mary was a good friend to myself and the Golding family. She was a unique loving person. I can't ever recall seeing her face without a big smile on it.
So many will miss her and so will I. Sending love, peace and prayer to the family.

Brenda Pollard-Slivensky

December 12, 2018

Miss Kaough was one of my 6th grade teachers back in the mid 80's. She was a wonderful lady with a beautiful soul. I had not seen her in years, and just a couple of weeks back I ran into her in town,and she knew exactly who I was even after all these years. She will be missed dearly.

Debra Dean

December 12, 2018

Mary was such a special lady, I have known her and her family for many years.She will be missed.Wecaught up with news every year at the mall at Hickory Farms.😇

Karen Gonzalez

December 12, 2018

To the family, I am sorry Mary has passed on. The few times I spent time with her I really enjoyed and it makes me smile to think of her. The last time was at the shop over summer and so glad I got to see her. To Susan and the family, thanks for those posted pictures. They depict how I think of her.

Jennifer Moore

December 11, 2018

I will never forget your smile! I met Mary in 1973 and we hit it off right away. We shared and went through alot , growing up together. She will always be my dearest and oldest friend, never had a argument. I know that she is happy being with her mom and dad and true love Mickey. I will never forget dressing in a white tux and standing up with her at her wedding, Anne took pictures. We were the only straight people in the whole party. Never felt more loved. We will dance again when we see each other, love you always.

Susan Eby

December 10, 2018

I was so sad to hear about Mary's passing. I'll never forget her sweet smile and laugh!

Selinda Simpson

December 10, 2018

From the first day I met Mary she made me feel as though we’d been friends forever! She always had a beautiful smile on her face. She always asked about our dog (Sampson). I loved driving our golf cart around Montgomery and seeing her on The Garrett House porch reading! It won’t be the same not seeing her in Montgomery! Mary will be missed! RIP sweet lady 😘. Stay strong Susan 🤗

Linda Williams

December 9, 2018

It's such a treat to see all these great photos of Mary and the people who loved her and were loved by her. Mary made her way into your heart, and your life was better because of it. If Mary was along for the camping trip, you knew there was going to be plenty of laughter. If you were hanging out at a party Mary was attending, there was no doubt who was going to be in the middle of the shenanigans. My mother, my siblings, my children, and I always counted Mary as a special friend. She'll be missed, and remembered fondly.

carla Cook

December 9, 2018

Mary was a part of our GARRETT HOUSE family, we both worked at GH selling antiques. Mary always had a smile, a genuine happy smile. She loved driving her new truck and was so happy these past weeks. While my husband was in the hospital I was headed home but decided I really needed to eat. As I was being seated I looked over and there was Mary and Susan; just the medicine I needed laughter shared along with good food. I now consider that divine intervention. I could have gone home but something told me to go to Cracker Barrel. This happened a week before her passing. Precious are friendships that we hold close, they are our treasures in life. I will miss my friend.