Lucille Boyden Reis Fancey

Lucille Boyden Reis Fancey

1919 – 2020Fancey, Lucille

Mrs. Lucille Boyden Reis Fancey was born in St. Louis, MO on Nov, 5, 1919. Her early interest in horses was evident when she was found petting the belly of the ice wagon horse at the age of 2. In high school in Buffalo, N.Y., she was active in swimming, gymnastics, and the horse riding club. She worked at the famous Hengerer’s Dept. Store in Buffalo at 18 where she bought a beautiful horse print with her last paycheck.

During WWII, she worked for the Army Air Corps as a civilian. After marrying Roger Fancey, a pilot and aircraft accident investigator, they bought their first horse owned together named Cheyenne. On their Midland-Odessa ranch, she raised horses, cattle, chickens, chinchillas, and show dalmatians. Her girl scout troop built a full-size glider with the help of a local pilot, and her troop volunteered at a glider meet hooking gliders to the planes that carried the gliders to the sky.

Mrs. Fancey was an amazing woman of many talents; she was down to earth and hard working. She did all of her own pasture mowing, feeding horses, and all of the things pertaining to the upkeep of a large farm. In 1960, she moved to Edmond, OK, and soon began teaching English hunter jumper, complete with cross country course on her property. She also founded the “Lost Hound” Fox Hunt with sometimes 35 hounds to choose from. They hunted “no-kill” in northern Oklahoma with little harm to the smarter Foxes (coyotes). She taught three generations of people to ride teaching three classes a day three days a week. She always charged ten dollars a lesson, even when other trainers began to charge forty.

Even at the age of 97 when she had smaller classes Mrs. “F” would still correct form and make them work toward proper riding technique. One of her young riders/boarders was paralyzed in a car accident from waist down. She helped that student begin riding her own horse. At that point Mrs. Fancey became interested in therapeutic riding. In 1977, with her daughter, Joy, as director they began Coffee Creek Riding Center for the handicapped. Her generosity in the beginning of land, horses, and feed helped the program start. The program has now grown to serving 250 students a year with the help of 150 volunteers. Many miracles of provision have made it possible to keep this program FREE for the 42 years. Her dream of having a therapeutic program “Coffee Creek” has been able to bless hundreds of children and their families. She is survived by daughters Joy and Gay, grandchildren Dr. Trey Milligan, Nancy Riggs, Amy Choffin, Steve Snyder, and Elizabeth Trotter, with many great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel Edmond, OK.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Coffee Creek Riding Center For the Handicapped, 17 E. Coffee Creek Rd. Edmond, OK 73034

We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but feel they should not due to the health environment.  To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page.  Then click on ‘Videos’ then ‘Live Streams’.

9 thoughts on “Lucille Boyden Reis Fancey”

  1. Wendy Stover

    What an amazing woman. What a life she had lived. Giving so much to so many children. A pillar of excellence to our community.

  2. Camille Hobbs

    Mrs. Fancey was a blessing to many students. Our daughter had her first job feeding horse at Coffee Creek. What a life well lived. Our deepest sympathy to her family. Camille & Clarence Hobbs


  4. Lynda Westhof Adcock

    Mrs. Fancy was a remarkable woman. I know both of her girls and they are truly their mother’s daughters, equally remarkable women. Mrs. Fancy gave so much to so many through her Riding Center. She was truly blessed by God to be able to help so many through her love of horses. May God give peace and comfort to Joy, Gay and their families.

  5. Alta Turner

    A wonderful, kind, helpful woman, much admired by everyone…prayers and love to Joy and Gay and their families…may her legacy shine on in Edmond, forever…

  6. Miss Fancy has been a pillar of hope to many, including our family too! Coffee Creek and all whom make it up, has been remarkable and joyous to many. Blessings to Joy, and crew! Blessings to you all! My sister knows you all well!! Thank you. Thank You Miss Fancy! We Miss You!!!

  7. Joann Webster

    Ms. Fancey was “one of a kind.” A true inspiration to everyone who knew her. My daughter Mary Kay and I will always cherish the times we had together. God rest her dear wonderful soul.

  8. Loretta Caram

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs. Fancey. She was a special person to those who knew her. What a life she led, and what a legacy she left. The impact she made on those around her enriched the lives and character in her community.

    Many years ago, I boarded my horse at Coffee Creek and took riding lessons from her. I still have wonderful memories of that experience and was lucky enough to have a wonderful visit with her about two years ago.

    I personally visited and observed the therapeutic program offered to handicapped children. I was moved by what I saw. I encourage anyone wanting to support this important effort to please do so.

    My prayers go out to Mrs. Fancey and her entire family.

  9. So sorry to hear of her passing. As one of her students, I will never forget the hours riding to and from her classes twice a week and for weekend horse shows, Pony Club ralley’s and events. She inspired me to become a teacher myself. I will never forget her generosity, love and support. Prayers for all her loved ones.

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