BELTON - It's an unusual name for a judge, Fancy, and one that people don't forget - or mind inquiring about.
People frequently ask about the name's origin when they first meet her
, Judge Fancy Jezek
says.Jezek, the first judge for the 426th District Court in Bell County newly formed this year, originally was named Gladys after her grandmother.
But what started off as a nickname used by family members became her
legal name thanks to a rule-bound kindergarten teacher.
"I didn't get to be Fancy
(officially) until I was in kindergarten," she
That is what everybody at home called her
said, explaining that the only time she
wasn't called Fancy
was when she
was in trouble and her
mother would call her
Then school started, and her
teachers kept calling her
Gladys, refusing the cutesy moniker.
"I cried the first week because they called me by my real name, and I thought I was in trouble," Jezek
mother went to the school and explained to the teachers that if they called her
daughter Fancy, she
would stop crying a solution that wasn't acceptable to the school officials.
"They said we don't call children by their nicknames," Jezek
said."So (my mother) took me out of school and took me to the courthouse and changed my name."
It's that type of unwillingness to simply accept things without question that her
mother displayed that has influenced Jezek
After growing up in Houston, Jezek
practiced law in Bell County for 26 years following graduation from Baylor University Law School