Lucille Gandy Monych

Lucille Gandy Monych, passed away peacefully Aug. 16, on the morning of her 99th birthday surrounded by loved ones. A long-time resident of La Marque, Lucille was born in Honey Island, Texas, to Mitchell and Lela Gandy, one of 14 brothers and sisters. Orphaned at a young age, Lucille went to live with her sister, Onieta, first in Port Aransas, and later in Galveston, where she met the love of her life, Harry Wesley Monych, Jr.

“Hum,” as she was known to many, became an active member of the La Marque community serving the needs of others, especially children. For more than 30 years she and her husband were involved with the 4-H program in Galveston County and were members of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Lucille served the youth of La Marque, first with her sister, Esther Rice, and later with family and friends, through the Youth Aid Project (YAP) which provided toys for children at Christmas, school supplies and uniforms.  Lucille especially could not bear the thought of a child not having toys for Christmas and worked tirelessly to ensure holidays were special ones for youth.  For years she participated in the Golden Division of the Texas City/La Marque Chamber of Commerce, La Marque Crime Stoppers, Little League and other service organizations. She coordinated the Christmas in August Fundraiser annually to raise funds for YAP. A true pillar of the community Lucille knew no strangers. Anyone who spent five minutes with her felt like a dear friend.

She received the Shining Star Award from the Texas City-La Marque Chamber and the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge in recognition of her community service. She was chosen as a Grand Marshall for the La Marque community Christmas parade, and was selected the Prom Queen in 2021 for Bayou Pines Care Center, where she spent the last year of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Harry Wesley Monych, Jr. She is survived by her brother, Roy Gandy and wife, Barbara; sister-in-law, Martha Monych; children, Patricia Monych  and husband, Warren Miller, Harry Monych and wife, Pam, Betty Schoenbaechler and husband, Louis; grandchildren: Fred Faour and wife, Valerie; Patrick Faour, Wes Monych, John Paul Faour, Jeff Monych and wife, Jennifer; Anna Schoenbaechler and husband, Nick Reynolds; and Mary Schoenbaechler; great grandchildren: Jason Monych  and wife, Morgan;  Justin Monych,  Kasey Faour, Will Faour, Lexie Monych, Alyssa Faour, Katie Faour, Alyson Keith, Jossie Faour, Martin  Martinez, Peyton Faour and Khloe Monych; great-great granddaughter Dahlia June Monych and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5-8 p.m. at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral and internment will be Saturday, Aug. 27 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.


  1. She was a second Mom to many 4-H’ers through the years. She always wore a smile that could light up a room. You will be missed by many. Thank you for all you ever did for me and my family. May your family find peace and happiness in the memories they can share in this time of sorrow. God has gained a true angel.

    Norman "Bird" Frank
  2. We will miss Aunt Lucille so so much. Her smile was infectious and beautiful. She was so loving and caring, she lived her beliefs. I was so glad we got our mothers together for one last visit which we still share with each other!
    I will always remember being n the rodeo in my early years with Aunt Lucille and uncle Wesley. She will forever be in our hearts.

    Brenda monych
  3. I am so sorry for the families loss but thinking about Mrs.Monych warms my heart. She was such a wonderful person to the youth of LaMarque. I was in 4H and lived close to her and she would always go out of her way to give help when needed. She was such a warm hearted lady. She will never be replaced. Much love ❤️

    Mellissa Rose Wingate
  4. Mrs. Monych will truly be missed. She was such a happy and caring person to all. She lived out her dreams to help others selflessly. Prayers to her family during this time.

    Linda Crowston
  5. Pat, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Although I never got to meet her in person, I knew she was a wonderful person and I know you all will miss her tremendously.

    Sharon and Michael Ross and family
  6. Aunt Lucille was a Strong Beautiful Person with a Heart of Gold !! I wish I lived closer I would of loved to be around her!! God has took another Angel home .Prayers for the family to carry on.

    Audrey L Collins
  7. I remember her when we were kids visiting Great Aunt Esther.
    If anyone related to the Maddox family wants to share pics
    and family stories, I would love to connect back to our
    cousins, aunts, and uncles if possible. She was a wonderful
    woman, and I remember her fondly.

    Haley Maddox

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