August 11, 1944 – December 29, 2021
Phyllis Ann Ponder Falco, 77, of Waco, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2021, after a brief battle with pneumonia. Phyllis was born August 11, 1944 in Corpus Christi, daughter and only child of the late Phillip and Eunice Trice Ponder. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bill Falco; her son, Carter Falco; his daughter, Leslie Falco Smith; his son-in-law, Eric Smith; his grandchildren, Zephyr and Vix Smith; and her beloved puppies, Ollypopple and Pepe. Phyllis graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts.
Phyllis was a champion of many Waco causes. She was a passionate volunteer and board member for Fuzzy Friends Rescue. She loved being surrounded by animals and found infinite joy in their gentle faces and warm, gentle bodies. While his first love was animals, his civic involvement included serving on the boards of the Junior League of Waco, Waco Cotton Palace, Waco Hippodrome Nonprofit Theater, and the East Terrace House Museum. Additionally, Phyllis was 1st Vice President of the Waco Symphony Council for 15 years, where she chaired the Waco Symphony Council Hunter and Jumper Horse Show, the main fundraiser for the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
Outside of volunteering, Phyllis was a fun loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to travel, tell stories and hang out with her two and four legged friends (she often said she wanted to be a dog in her next life). Phyllis loved music and loved a good party. She didn’t hesitate to attach a surfboard to the top of her station wagon to help her son catch the waves of a looming hurricane. She hauled her daughter’s pony through Texas in an old Chevrolet pickup and cheered ringside in many competitions. Phyllis has enjoyed her life to the fullest and has given generously of her time and talents.
To use the Muppets’ wise words and one of Phyllis’ favorite songs, we hope it is “Movin ‘right along. Footloose and fantasy free.”
Services for Phyllis Falco will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Oakwood Cemetery. In remembrance of Phyllis’ life, the family requests that any charitable donation be made to Fuzzy Friends Rescue or the First Presbyterian Church of Waco.
Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from January 2-4, 2022.