4/3/41 – 12/20/12
Emily Mayer Ferrier Lel and, 71, a former resident of Roswell, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at her home in Fredericksburg, Texas. Born to Abe and Juanita Heard Mayer on April 3, 1941, Emily grew up in Roswell, and attended schools in Colorado (where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority) and New York City. It was in New York that she first began to develop her illustrious career in art and design. She relocated to Dallas, where she ran a children’s showroom in the Dallas Apparel Mart for many years. Following her artistic talents, Emily and a partner created a line of hand-screened luggage and textiles, White Sparrow Handprints, that was a precursor to many of the textile-designed fabric bags today. Emily pursued a career away from design for a while with Briggs Freeman Realtors and, in 1996, left Dallas and moved to Fredericksburg, where she started her own firm, Texas Town & Ranch Real Estate. It was in the Texas Hill Country that her artistic blood really began to flow. Emily crafted a line of hand-forged iron sculptures including St. Francis of Assisi, and custom fire screens that grace many yards and homes across the Texas countryside. As an artist, Emily honed her talent to become a well-regarded landscape painter, fond of capturing the beautiful Texas Hill Country and New Mexico vistas. She leaves behind her loving husband Mitch Leland; her daughter Emily Ferrier Patterson (husband Thompson); son Chip Ferrier (wife Mardi); four grandchildren, Emily, Gray and Lawson Patterson and Ryleigh Ferrier; her brother Ronald Mayer (wife Martha); stepdaughters, Anne Monaghan (husband Brad Drage), and Leslie Leland; and many other cherished family members and friends. In addition to her artistic and real estate endeavors, Emily was a fabulous cook and shared her delicious meals with many friends and family. She loved reading and collecting cookbooks, always planning her next meal. Emily was also a valued member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, where she served in many capacities as an enthusiastic volunteer. We take great comfort in knowing she rejoiced when she was reunited with family members and friends who preceded her in death. A valiant daughter of God, Emily will be forever in our hearts as we remember the example she set.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 1 p.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 601 W. Creek St., Fredericksburg, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you make contributions in her name to St. Barnabas for use in special programs.