Mary Collom Fore, a daughter of Texarkana pioneers, dies at 89

TEXARKANA, Texas — Mary Collom Fore will be remembered for her work in preserving the city’s history.

The daughter of a pioneering Texarkana family, Fore died in her sleep Tuesday. She was 89.

Fore was devoted to Texarkana, cataloging the city’s past and serving the community through philanthropy.

Fore was born March 18, 1933, at Texarkana Hospital to Mary Evelyn Maddox and Dr. Spencer Allen Collom Jr. She graduated from Texas High School in 1951 as a member of the National Honor Society.

Fore was a veteran member of her high school yearbook club–a foreshadowing of her future documenting historic moments and ensuring their preservation.

Fore attended the University of Arkansas, where she joined Pi Beta Phi. She was awarded the sorority’s Evelyn Peters Kyle Award for assisting fellow students.

After university, Fore married Samuel Abraham Buchanan. The pair had three children — Allan Collom Buchanan, John William Buchanan and Mary Anne Buchanan Lachowsky. Fore later married Max Holman Fore, who died in 2008.

“She, along with Max, traveled all over the United States attending numerous graduations, award ceremonies and weddings for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” her obituary states.

To her children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Fore was affectionately known as Ba, Baz and Bazie.

As a descendant of the pioneering Wilson, Maddox and Read families, Fore inherited several historic items and documents connected to the founding of Texarkana. Museum curator Jamie Simmons said Fore donated a vast collection of family memorabilia and antiques to the museum in the 1970s, later prompting the museum to create an award in her name.

Fore was also a member and past president of the Texarkana Museums System Guild.

“She did so much that when she decided to retire from the guild, no one felt like they could fill her shoes. There was no one to replace her after she stepped down,” Simmons said.

In 2019, she was the inaugural honoree for the Historic Collection Award, which was created to recognize a person who donated substantial items to the museum.

Simmons said Fore was kind and willing to share history with not just the museum but the public at large.

Museum board president Velvet Hall Cool met Fore when Cool started her tenure on the board about 10 years ago. She said Fore could be counted on for guidance.

Fore joined the Junior League of Texarkana in 1956 and had been named a Sustainer Emeritus as a member, current Sustainer President Robbin Bass said.

Visitation will be 5 pm to 7 pm Tuesday at East Funeral Home-Downtown. After a private funeral, services will be 2 pm Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church.

“She was just always a wonderful, wonderful person to interact with, and we are just heartbroken that she’s not going to be with us longer than she was,” Cool said.

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