Fanny Emerance Voyer, of Mason, passed away on Saturday, September 26 at the age of 92. A memorial service was held for her on Sunday, October 4 at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel.
Fanny was born on September 1, 1917, in Malonne, Belgium, the only child of Emile Hector and Amanda LeConte Jacques. She resided in Namur, Belgium, during her childhood and her first marriage to Louis Tichon. Louis and Fanny had one daughter, Yvette Tichon Eppler in 1939, the late wife of Pat Eppler. Fanny later married Frank Voyer and came to the United States on the USNS Buckner on April 1, 1963. Frank and Fanny had one daughter, Doris Miller.
Fanny was a survivor of World War I as a child and World War II as a young mother. Fanny’s first husband, Louis, was taken prisoner early during World War II which left her alone to care for her own mother and daughter. Although Fanny was a fierce protector of them both she did not hesitate to work diligently with the Underground Resistance, even though there was extreme risk involved. She would take her daughter, Yvette, to the train station and send her with farewell flowers to visit the prisoners waiting to board the trains. While unknown to the surrounding Nazis, Yvette would be giving the prisoners information on where the safe havens would be for them. The prisoners would then know where to jump off the train and this information inevitably saved their lives. Fanny also transported dynamite in Yvette’s baby carriage. She would put the dynamite in the bottom of the carriage covered with blankets and place Yvette on top. She would then push Yvette through crowded Nazi occupied territory to a designated drop off. Fanny, whose code name was “The Beaver”, also hid weapons in her home for the Underground Resistance knowing that at any time her home could be searched by the Nazis.
After World War II, Fanny married Frank Voyer. From 1945 to 1963, Fanny, Frank and Doris lived in Belgium. Frank preceded Fanny in death in 1968 while living in Dallas, Texas. Fanny began working for the Marriott Corporation in 1966 and retired in 1984. In 1974, Fanny was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She continued to live in Dallas surrounded by loving friends and to be near her two grandsons. She moved to Mason in 2007, at the age of 90, where her granddaughters could care for her.
Fanny made friends easily, even though her language barrier/accent was a challenge. She loved her neighbors (especially dear Carol) and the wonderful friends who delivered Meals on Wheels and her Bingo playing buddies.
Fanny was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frank Voyer and her beloved daughter, Yvette Tichon Eppler. She is survived by the following grandchildren: Bobby Feaster and wife, Amy, of Ralls; Amanda McMillan and husband, Scott, of Mason; Vanya Keyser and husband, Brent, of Fredericksburg; Carlos Gonzales of San Diego, California; and Zolen McFadden of Dallas. She is also survived by the following great-grandchildren: Grant and Luke Feaster, Morgan McMillan and Paxten Keyser.
Fanny was known for her generosity to others and will continue to give even in her death. She donated her body for research to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Memorial arrangements were entrusted to the Mason Funeral Home.