Mary Elizabeth “Mae Beth” Proudy, 74, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, transitioned February 14, 2020, at her residence in Kemah, Texas. Mary was born October 15, 1945, the daughter of the late Peter and Daphne Robateau Foster Donate. In 1962, Mary graduated from Xavier Preparatory School and went on to attend LSU in New Orleans (UNO). She met and married the late Thomas Alexander Proudy, a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. Mary began her federal government career as a Procurement Clerk at the Naval Support Activity, New Orleans. She advanced in her profession, receiving promotions and held positions in California, Philadelphia, and Virginia before retiring from NASA – Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Following retirement, Mary began a second career as a public relations and communications professional, serving the City of Kemah as the Director for Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chairman for North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce. As the vice president of the Kemah Community Development Corp., Mary helped launch the Kemah Visitor Center and enjoyed providing tourists and visitors with information about Bay Area attractions and the popular Kemah Boardwalk.
Mary was active in her community and held the admiration and love of friends and neighbors. She enjoyed giving time at St. Mary’s Church and was known for her hard work and volunteerism from Galveston to Clear Lake. Her commitment to ensuring scholarships in North County will forever be one of her most memorable legacies.
She enjoyed lunching with the NASA ladies, holiday events and parades, serving as chairman of the Krewe du Lak Truck Parade, participating in Mardi Gras at the Kemah Boardwalk, the Kemah Blessing of the Fleet, the 4th of July Parade and Kemah Boardwalk Fireworks, and the Christmas Boat Parade on Clear Lake, Clear Creek & Galveston, Bay, Texas.
Kemah won’t be the same without “proud” Mary.
She is survived by her sister Eugenia Foster Adams, niece, Lynette Patrice Adams, dedicated caregiver Yolanda Skipper, and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral mass will be held March 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1512 E. Walker, League City, Texas. Private burial.
In remembrance of Mary Elizabeth Donate Proudy, please make donations in her name to the National American Diabetic Association, 2451 Crystal Dr., Ste. 980, Arlington, VA 22202.