Alicia Landry Dies at 91

Alicia Landry, wife of longtime Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry, died Thursday. She was 91.

As a teen, the then Alicia Wiggs attended both Hockaday and Highland Park High School before moving to Austin for college, where she met her future husband at the University of Texas.

“A sorority sister encouraged her to go on a blind date with a handsome UT football player named Tom Landry,” her obituary, published at Dignity Memorial’s website, said. “It was a match literally made in heaven.”

Landry led the Longhorns to an Orange Bowl win, then almost immediately afterward the two walked down the aisle, marrying in 1949.

“Alicia was never far from her Tommy’s side,” her obituary reads. “He considered her his greatest asset.”

After marriage came three children and a home in Preston Hollow, and then grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who called her “Honey.”

“She loved all holidays and her Christmas celebrations were always a highlight of the year for her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren alike,” her tribute said. “She was called Honey by the grandchildren and they all adored her. Coach and Honey’s house was a favorite gathering place for all.”

Landry was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Lisa Childress; her parents, Herbert and Frances Wiggs; and her sister, Linda Whitworth. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tom Landry Jr. and Gina; her daughter and son-in-law, Kitty and Eddie Phillips; and a number of children and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Texas FCA at or to Highland Park United Methodist Church in memory of Alicia Landry.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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