Mary Louise Mann of Waco passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Graveside services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Raymond G. Parker officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.
Mary Louise was born August 17, 1930, in Morganton, North Carolina, to Wake Hidalgo Myers, Sr. and Mary Louise Bender. She was a graduate in 1948 of Greenville High School, Greenville, South Carolina, and in 1952 of Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina.
She worked as a buyer for Cox's Department Store in Waco. Mary Louise was a school teacher, fundraiser, an avid civic volunteer and an excellent hostess. Her volunteer interests included being a member of the Providence Auxiliary Board, serving as president in 1972; the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors, 2006-2011; Daughters of the American Revolution; the Waco Symphony; the Waco Cotton Palace Board of Directors, 1971; the Women's Study Club; and Historic Waco Foundation, where she served as president and assisted with the Fort House Tea Room Cookbook.
Her hobbies included cooking, needlepointing, crocheting, bridge, golf, travel, collecting antique furniture, reading novels and perusing recipes. We looked forward to her fantastic meals and famous eggnog served annually during the Christmas season. Mary Louise has been a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church, Waco. Members of the church continue to enjoy the beautiful needlepoint cushions she helped stitch for the altar area and a few of the needlepoint stoles worn by the pastors.
Mary Louise was a wonderful mother, loving grandmother and great friend. She cared deeply for every life she touched. As a lady of the South, she possessed grace and poise, a strong opinion, a fighting spirit, charm, wit, a great memory and a generous heart. Mary Louise shared good advice, told the best stories, loved always, gave her full effort in every situation, and persevered through many adversities. Each family member will forever be her precious "Sugar Foot".
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25
"It's not the length of life, but the depth of life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Robert Aigner Hunter; her sister, Sarah Quincy Myers Cobble Carpenter; and her former husband, Robert Allen Mann.
She is survived by her brother, Wake Hidalgo Myers, Jr., and wife, Mary Jane, of Greenville, S.C.; her daughter, Mary Hyden Mann Hunter, of Waco; and her sons, David Wake Mann and wife, Jacqueline, of Waco, and Allen Barclay Mann and wife, Teitsa, of Dallas.
Survivors also include grandchildren, Julia Barclay Hunter Therrell of Waco, Jennifer Katherine Mann of Waco, George Bender Hunter and wife, Arundel, of Dallas, Rebecca Joan Mann Wright and her husband, Lance, of League City, Texas, David Perry Mann, II of Denver, Colo., Patrick Barclay Mann, Robert Stratton Mann, and Hayden Delozier Mann, all of Dallas; two step-grandchildren, Andrew Neil Eisner and Phillip Anthony Eisner, both of Dallas; and great-grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Therrell and Adam Blake Therrell, II, of Waco. Nieces and nephews include Robert Ray Cobble and wife, Jan, of Greenville, S.C., Mary Jane Cobble Downs of Rutherford, North Carolina, Phillip Eugene Cobble and wife, Faye, of Greenville, S.C., and Susan DePree Myers Hamilton and husband, Blanton, of Winston Salem, N.C.; as well as many other great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are George Bender Hunter, David Perry Mann, II, Patrick Barclay Mann, Robert Stratton Mann, Hayden Delozier Mann, Lance Wright, and Phillip Eugene Cobble.
Special thanks are expressed to Cordelia "DeeDee" Eastland, Charlie Wells, Deon "Dee" Tuckerhill, Dr. Jackson Walker and the hospice staff of Bluebonnet Health Services.
Memorials may be made to Central Texas Senior Ministry, aka Meals on Wheels, 501 W. Waco Dr., Waco, Texas 76707, 254-752-0316; the Historic Waco Foundation, 810 S. 4th St., Waco, Texas 76706, 254-753-5166; or First United Methodist Church, 4901 Cobbs Dr., Waco, Texas 76710, 254-772-5630.
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August 17, 1930 - March 8, 2014